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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by nullPointer Thu Nov 19, 2015 2:34 pm

GSZX1337 wrote:Her replacement, Tara Strong, admirably fills in for her. Everyone in the voice cast performs superbly and bring their respective characters to life.

I haven't played Arkham City yet, so this is (awesome) news for me. Having kids has exposed me to a lot of modern cartoons, and I have to say I'm always extremely impressed by Tara Strong's voice work. She's done a ton of disparate projects, but they're generally super cool.
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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by Markies Thu Nov 19, 2015 10:02 pm

I beat Mario Kart: Double Dash!! on the Gamecube!

Damn, do I love Double Dash! This is actually the third time that I have beaten the game. I beat it twice before with my friends with co-op play, but this is the first time I have done it alone and on my own system. Mario Kart 64 has always been my favorite version, but I think Double Dash could be close to it. It is just fantastic. The track design, characters, special moves, music, sound and graphics are just unbelievable. It is fantastic.

The second character is really silly and the rubber band effect is pretty awful, but they do not deter from a fantastic experience. What a Game!
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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by Exhuminator Fri Nov 20, 2015 12:12 am

Games Exhuminator has beat in 2015...
1. Devil's Attorney (Android | 2012 | strategy) (7/10)
2. Resident Evil 5 (360 | 2009 | action adventure) (8/10)
3. Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed (360 | 2010 | kart racer) (8/10)
4. Dragon Quest VIII (PS2 | 2005 | JRPG) (9/10)
5. Gears of War (360 | 2006 | cover shooter) (6/10)
6. Uncharted: Golden Abyss (Vita | 2012 | action adventure) (7/10)
7. Orcs & Elves (DS | 2007 | dungeon crawler) (7/10)
8. From The Abyss (DS | 2008 | action-RPG) (5/10)
9. Army of Two (360 | 2008 | cover shooter) (7/10)
10. Psychic World (Master System | 1991 | platformer) (4/10)
11. Endless Ocean: Blue World (Wii | 2010 | adventure / diving sim) (9/10)
12. Journey to Silius (NES | 1990 | platformer) (6/10)
13. Sword Master (NES | 1992 | platformer) (3/10)
14. Project: Snowblind (PC | 2005 | FPS) (7/10)
15. Yakyuuken Part II - Gal's Dungeon (Famicom | 1989 | maze / puzzle) (5/10)
16. Bishoujo Sexy Derby (Famicom | 1988 | horse racing) (2/10)
17. SiN Episodes: Emergence (PC | 2006 | FPS) (5/10)
18. Seirei Gari (AKA Ghost Hunter) (NES | 1989 | puzzle / adventure) (4/10)
19. The Guardian Legend (NES | 1989 | action-RPG / shmup) (9/10)
20. Prey (PC | 2006 | FPS) (7/10)
21. Ys IV: Mask of the Sun (SFC | 1993 | action-RPG) (4/10)
22. Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader (GameCube | 2001 | combat flight sim) (3/10)
23. Ys V: Lost Kefin, Kingdom of Sand (SFC | 1995 | action-RPG) (7/10)
24. Bonk's Adventure (TurboGrafx-16 | 1990 | platformer) (6/10)
25. Lost Kingdoms (GameCube | 2002 | CCG-action-RPG) (8/10)
26. Bonk's Revenge (TurboGrafx-16 | 1991 | platformer) (6/10)
27. Blazing Lazers (TurboGrafx-16 | 1989 | shmup) (7/10)
28. Heatseeker (PS2 | 2007 | arcade flight combat) (7/10)
29. Castlevania: The Adventure (Game Boy | 1989 | platformer) (3/10)
30. Castlevania II: Belmont's Revenge (Game Boy | 1991 | platformer) (7/10)
31. Castlevania Legends (Game Boy | 1998 | platformer) (5/10)
32. Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 (Game Boy | 1994 | platformer) 7/10
33. Bonk's Adventure (Game Boy | 1992 | platformer) 7/10
34. Brandish: The Dark Revenant [Ares mode] (PSP | 2009 | dungeon crawler) 9/10
35. Castlevania Special: I'm Kid Dracula (Famicom | 1990 | platformer) 7/10
34. Brandish: The Dark Revenant [Dela mode] (PSP | 2009 | dungeon crawler) 8/10
35. Soul Calibur V (360 | 2012 | fighter) 7/10
36. No More Heroes (Wii | 2008 | action adventure) 7/10
37. Castlevania: Bloodlines (Genesis | 1994 | platformer) 7/10
38. Bionic Commando (360 | 2009 | action adventure) 8/10
39. Vanquish (PS3 | 2010 | cover shooter) 9/10[/b]
40. Uncharted: Drake's Fortune (PS3 | 2007 | cover shooter) 6/10
41. King's Field II (PS1 | 1995 | dungeon crawler) 7/10
42. Trauma Center: Under The Knife 2 (DS | 2008 | surgery sim) 7/10
43. Fairune (Android | 2013 | action / puzzle) 5/10
44. Metroid: Other M (Wii | 2010 | action adventure) 7/10
45. Red Dead Redemption (360 | 2010 | action adventure) 10/10
46. Army of Two: The 40th Day (360 | 2010 | cover shooter) 6/10
47. Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers (3DS | 1997/2013 | JRPG) 6/10
48. Bonk's Revenge (Game Boy | 1994 | platformer) 7/10
49. The Lord of the Rings: War in the North (360 | 2011 | action-RPG) 8/10
50. Valkyria Chronicles (PS3 | 2008 | SRPG) 9/10
51. Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction (360 | 2010 | action adventure) 7/10
52. Sorcery! (Android | 1983/2014 | game book) 9/10
53. Sorcery! 2 (Android | 1984/2014 | game book) 8/10
54. Lone Wolf - Book I: Flight From The Dark (Android | 1984/2015 | game book) 8/10
55. Lone Wolf - Book II: Fire On The Water (Android | 1984/2015 | game book) 8/10
56. Island of the Lizard King (Android | 1984/2014 | game book) 7/10
57. Shadow and Ash (PC | 2015 | adventure)
58. Atelier Rorona Plus: The Alchemist of Arland (PS3 | 2014 | JRPG) 8/10
59. Warioware: Touched! (DS | 2005 | puzzle action) 7/10
60. Shadow Hearts (PS2 | 2001 | JRPG) 8/10
61. Dungeon Explorer: Warriors of Ancient Arts (DS | 2008 | dungeon crawler) 6/10

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62. Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box (DS | 2009 | puzzle adventure) 5/10

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Professor Layton and The Diabolical Box is part of a highly lauded series of adventure puzzle games for the DS and 3DS. This particular entry was the second game in the series, being a sequel to The Curious Village. Here we find Professor Layton and his assistant Luke once again mixed up in a strange series of events that will test their noggins to find out the truth. All the while testing the patience of the player to endure the endless boring bits along the way.

Diabolical Box's improvements over its predecessor are few. Primarily the presentation has improved noticeably. The background artwork here is astoundingly well crafted, top notch. Level-5 successfully ripped off The Triplets of Belleville aesthetic perfectly this time. The animated cutscenes are also nicely done and are a joy to watch. The music sounds well enough too, although it is extremely limited in instrumentation (hope you like accordions) and sparse in track selection. (You WILL get tired of hearing that same old music box tune for EVERY. SINGLE. PUZZLE.) There are also a lot of mini-games here that you let you do riveting things such as brewing tea, taking photos, or designing an exercise course for a hamster.

Diabolical Box's plot starts out legitimately interesting. A strange death inducing box shows up out of nowhere. Layton takes it upon himself to discover its past. While this plot starts out quite interesting, it quickly loses all steam during the entire middle portion of the game. The plot does get more interesting at the very end, but the way it is resolved is utter deus ex nonsense and atrociously unbelievable. On top of that, the plot focuses on resolving the fate of two characters that were barely even developed by that point. I've seen better story telling in Saturday morning cartoons to be totally honest.

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Plot aside, you will spent most of your time either incessantly poking the stylus over every square pixel of the screen looking for "hint coins", or perhaps actually solving puzzles. Puzzles are everywhere here flying at you like gnats on a sticky summer day. Now, when the puzzles are actually intertwined with the plot and include stylus interactivity, they are truly enjoyable. Unfortunately about 85% of this game's puzzles are nothing like that, and are instead abstract non-interactive ones ripped right out of Akira Tago books. If you enjoy inane number puzzles or tracing maze loops, you'll find plenty of that bland joy here.

To be perfectly honest, I found the bulk of Diabolical Box to be excruciatingly boring. The plot was unengaging and badly paced. Environs such as a blasé train and endless Bavarian architecture weren't much fun to explore. Puzzles were of the quantity over quality format. The entire experience is so concerned with being faux-quaint and overly inoffensive, that I was actually offended by how ridiculously prim it ultimately is. It's like the game thought only elderly nuns were going to play it, and even they would have felt the callouses of Level-5's kid gloves after a while.

Well folks this was the second game in this series I completed, and I still don't understand why people love it so much. Compared to other adventure games on DS like Hotel Dusk, Ghost Trick, or Ace Attorney, Professor Layton's first two games are utterly milquetoast and forgettable. (I hold out a little hope for the rest though, as Tatsuya Shinkai did not direct any other games in this series after this.) A true gentleman may never leave any puzzle unsolved, but he could certainly be forgiven for leaving this diabolical box locked shut forever.

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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by GSZX1337 Fri Nov 20, 2015 2:55 am

Markies wrote:Damn, do I love Double Dash!

I think Double Dash is one of the more underrated entries in the series. I remember people shitting on this one, but I think that it has stood the test of time better than its successor on the Wii.

The second character is really silly and the rubber band effect is pretty awful, but they do not deter from a fantastic experience.

I like having the second character as it allows you to be a bit creative with the second power-up slot. It also provides a two player co-op experience. :D
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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by prfsnl_gmr Fri Nov 20, 2015 10:58 am

Exhuminator wrote:The plot does get more interesting at the very end, but the way it is resolved is utter deus ex nonsense and atrociously unbelievable. On top of that, the plot focuses on resolving the fate of two characters that were barely even developed by that point. I've seen better story telling in Saturday morning cartoons to be totally honest.


I love the plots in Professor Layton games. Like Edgar Allen Poe's The Murder in the Rue Morgue, the truth is more wondrous than the mystery.

In any event, the stories in Professor Layton games are at least as realistic as the one in Hotel Dusk. (The fact that the game presented its story as a believable narrative made it even more laughable.) The Professor Layton games also have radically better puzzles and adventure game mechanics, and I have never understood why people hold Hotel Dusk in such high regard. (I am nonetheless interested in playing its PAL-only sequel at some point.)

EDIT: Also, the third Professor Layton game is insanely good. I cannot recommend it highly enough. (The fourth one isn't that hot, though, but it does include a 100+ hour RPG as a bonus feature...)
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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by alienjesus Fri Nov 20, 2015 11:00 am

I love the Layton games and Hotel Dusk.
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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by prfsnl_gmr Fri Nov 20, 2015 11:36 am

First 50
1. Cut the Rope (3DS)
2. Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction (PS3)
3. Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth (XBOX)
4. Jewel Link Chronicles: Mountains of Madness (NDS)
5. Super Mario 3D World (WIIU)
6. Mario Kart 7 (3DS)
7. Kirby Triple Deluxe (3DS)
8. Gunman Clive (3DS)
9. Child of Light (WIIU)
10. Gunman Clive 2 (3DS)
11. Mighty Switch Force! Hyper Drive Edition (WIIU)
12. Shifting World (3DS)
13. VVVVVV (3DS)
14. Mega Man 9 (PS3)
15. Mighty Switch Force 2 (WIIU)
16. Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse (PS3)
17. Castle Crashers (PS3)
18. Pushmo (3DS)
19. Steamworld Dig (3DS)
20. The Unfinished Swan (PS3)
21. Blaster Master (NES)
22. Samurai Shodown II (NEOGEO/PS2)
23. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (2600)
24. Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons (PS3)
25. Shining Force II (GEN)
26. Rayman Legends (WIIU)
27. Gorf (ARCADE)
28. Fairune (3DS)
29. Mighty Gunvolt (3DS)
30. Ikachan (3DS)
31. Block Boy! (3DS)
32. Legend of the Dark Witch (3DS)
33. R-Type Delta (PS1)
34. Half-Life (PS2)
35. Soul of Darkness (3DS)
36. Cubit the Hardcore Platforming Robot (3DS)
37. Alien on the Run (3DS)
38. Bit.Trip Presents...Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien (WIIU)
39. Hazumi (3DS)
40. Aaru's Awakening (PS3)
41. Teslagrad (PS3)
42. Monsters (Probably) Stole My Princess (PS3)
43. Year Walk (WIIU)
44. Xeodrifter (3DS)
45. Ittle Dew (WIIU)
46. The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (3DS)
47. Costume Quest (PS3)
48. Mutant Mudds Deluxe (3DS)
49. Costume Quest: Grubbins on Ice (PS3)
50. Deathsmiles (360)

51. Mario Kart 8 (WIIU)
52. Quell Reflect (3DS)
53. Electronic Super Joy: Groove City (WIIU)
52. Rage of the Gladiator (3DS)
54. Electonic Super Joy (WIIU)
55. Ascent of Kings (WIIU)


Rage of the Gladiator (3DS) is the best Punch Out!! game in years. In it, you play as a prince sentenced to fight against various warriors and mythical creatures in the arena for murdering your father, the king. (Guess what? You find out who really did it when you beat the game!) Each of the battles plays like a bout in a Punch Out!! game. (That is, you dodge or block enemy attacks based on their various audio or visual tells, and then you counter with your own attacks. If you land an attack before an enemy attacks, you fill a gauge at the bottom of the screen that allows you to perform incredibly damaging combos, and you win a match when you knock the enemy down three times.) Defeating one opponent unlocks the next, and clearing a difficulty level advances the story and unlocks the next. The game also contains light RPG elements, and defeating an opponent provides you with points you can use to upgrade your skills and money you can use to purchase items and upgrade your equipment. You receive more money for dispatching opponents efficiently, and the game encourages you to replay battles for more money and a higher ranking. (Also, it is practically impossible to defeat opponents on the higher difficulty levels without upgrading your character's skills and equipment.) Finally, the game looks great, and the 3D effect is amazing. (When enemies start throwing projectiles at different speeds in the higher difficulty levels, the 3D effect is incredibly helpful for dodging those attacks.) In sum, the game certainly deserves all of its accolades, and anyone who has ever enjoyed a Punch Out!! game should give it a try.

Electronic Super Joy (WII U) is a simply spectacular 2D platformer, and it is now one of my favorite games. The game's soundtrack is spectacular; it has distinctive art direction; it is consistently funny; and it is incredibly addictive. The later levels are also incredibly difficult, however, and those who are easily frustrated may not enjoy it. (At one point, I thought that the Wii U port was glitched such that achieving one of the bonus objectives, and unlocking the bonus levels, was impossible. It isn't. It is just really, really, really hard to do.) If levels like this and bosses like this are appealing to you, then you really should give this game a shot.

Ascent of Kings (WII U) is a very easy and very short 2D indie platformer that plays and looks a lot like old MD-DOS platformers from the late 1980s. You can get through it in about 45 minutes, and the only thing that it really has going for it are its aesthetics and low price point. I had fun with it, but I really can't recommend it.
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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by Markies Fri Nov 20, 2015 12:23 pm

GSZX1337 wrote:
Markies wrote:Damn, do I love Double Dash!

I think Double Dash is one of the more underrated entries in the series. I remember people shitting on this one, but I think that it has stood the test of time better than its successor on the Wii.

The second character is really silly and the rubber band effect is pretty awful, but they do not deter from a fantastic experience.

I like having the second character as it allows you to be a bit creative with the second power-up slot. It also provides a two player co-op experience. :D


My friend and I have put so many more hours in Double Dash compared to Mario Kart Wii. But, I have seen several people saying similar to things to you. Double Dash has grown better in time and I think it is because the game plays amazing well.

I watched a reviewer say that it was easier to hold items with two people and that totally makes sense. In Mario Kart 64, you had to hold the Z button to have two items at once. In Double Dash, you could save your item with that one person driving while the other person uses other items. It makes sense and I can see how it would be useful in a more competitive situation. I just never used it and the two partners didn't make much difference for me. It's neat, but it's not like a reinvention of the wheel or anything like that.
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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by Exhuminator Fri Nov 20, 2015 12:37 pm

prfsnl_gmr wrote:lots of crazy talk about about Layton vs Hyde

Well if there's one thing I've learned, it's that you and I have very different tastes when it comes to gaming. And there's nothing wrong with that. So while I completely disagree with your opinions about Hotel Dusk, I won't argue against them. This is all purely subjective stuff.

(PS, yes you should play Last Window, it's fantastic.)
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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by prfsnl_gmr Fri Nov 20, 2015 12:40 pm

Exhuminator wrote:Well if there's one thing I've learned, it's that you and I have very different tastes when it comes to gaming. And there's nothing wrong with that.


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Exactly! I am glad someone else on here understands that we don't all have to like the same things! (If we did, life would be incredibly boring...and I wouldn't be able to say that I have exemplary taste! :lol: )
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