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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by prfsnl_gmr Wed Dec 23, 2015 1:44 pm

Demon's Souls begs to differ...
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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by BoneSnapDeez Wed Dec 23, 2015 2:41 pm

I know for a fact you haven't played Ys Origin - there aren't any console ports!!!
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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by Xeogred Wed Dec 23, 2015 2:50 pm

prfsnl_gmr wrote:Demon's Souls begs to differ...

Definitely excited to hear your thoughts on Dark Souls and Bloodborne someday. Glad you dug Demon's!
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by REPO Man Wed Dec 23, 2015 3:06 pm

Star Prince from Retro Game Challenge for DS. But I cheated and used the invincibility code.

And it turns out that I have to re-beat Robot Ninja Haggleman 1 and 2 since I forgot to save my progress afterwards. And then I have the two racing games that I absolutely HATE!!
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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by prfsnl_gmr Wed Dec 23, 2015 5:58 pm

BoneSnapDeez wrote:I know for a fact you haven't played Ys Origin - there aren't any console ports!!!


You got me there! :lol:

Xeogred wrote:
prfsnl_gmr wrote:Demon's Souls begs to differ...

Definitely excited to hear your thoughts on Dark Souls and Bloodborne someday. Glad you dug Demon's!


I murdered the blue dragon last night, and I plan on finishing it off tonight! (It got me a few times too...the final score is really: blue dragon - 3; prfsnl_gmr - 1...)
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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by IrishNinja Wed Dec 23, 2015 6:03 pm

went on a tear of action RPG stuff, and in the last few months beat:

Golden Axe Warrior
Crusader of Centy
Beyond Oasis
Monster World IV

was working on Shining Force CD (book 2) but Yakuza 5 came out, and my desire to plat that pretty much takes up way too much time
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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by Michi Thu Dec 24, 2015 2:31 pm

I finished off the Tomb Raider reboot last night.

Pretty fun game overall. The combat and platforming were pretty evenly spaced out, the optional tomb puzzles were simple, but did require a bit of thought and the QTEs didn't bother me as much here as they do in some other games (or maybe I'm getting used to them.) I do wish they hadn't added so much of them into the combat, though. Those extended kill shots might have looked nice, but they ended up distracting me more than anything. I did have to use a guide to pinpoint a couple stray collectables, but everything else was pretty intuitive, which I really appreciated.

One thing I was a little let down by was the ending. After having taken down the giant Oni, Methaias ended up being a cakewalk by comparison. Still satisfactory, but I was expecting just...a little more, I guess *shrugs*

Oh well, still fun. And only mildly irritating to my not-very-much-a-shooter-player sensibilities.

8/10 Would not hesitate to give the sequel a go.
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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by MrPopo Thu Dec 24, 2015 4:05 pm

First 50:

Second 50:
51. Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne - PC
52. Starflight - PC
53. Skies of Arcadia - Dreamcast
54. Aliens versus Predator Classic 2000 - PC
55. Super Star Wars - SNES
56. Shadowrun: Hong Kong - PC
57. Hexen: Deathkings of the Dark Citadel - PC
58. The Catacomb - PC
59. Azure Striker Gunvolt - 3DS
60. Mighty Gunvolt - 3DS
61. Catacomb Abyss - PC
62. Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge - PC
63. Strike Suit Zero - Director's Cut - PC
64. Wolfenstein 3D Spear of Destiny - PC
65. StarCraft - PC
66. Metal Storm - NES
67. Septerra Core - PC
68. Metal Warriors - SNES
69. Zelda II - The Adventure of Link - NES
70. Anachronox - PC
71. Faxanadu - NES
72. Adventures of Lolo - NES
73. Ninja Gaiden 2 - NES
74. Half Minute Hero: The Second Coming - PC
75. Mega Man 5 - NES
76. MechWarrior 3 - PC
77. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - NES
78. Faria - NES
79. Rebel Galaxy - PC
80. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: The Arcade Game - NES
81. Grim Fandango - PC
82. StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void - PC
83. Fallout 4 - PC
84. Bloodrayne - PC
85. Bloodrayne 2 - PC
86. Catacomb Armageddon - PC
87. This Starry Midnight We Make - PC
88. Shadowrun Dragonfall - Director's Cut - PC
89. Catacomb Apocalypse - PC
90. Super Mario Bros. - NES
91. Tomb Raider Legend - PC
92. Super Mario Bros. 3 - NES
93. Tomb Raider Anniversary - PC
94. Tomb Raider Underworld - PC
95. StarCraft Brood War - PC
96. Ninja Pizza Girl - PC
97. Borderlands The Pre-Sequel - Claptastic Voyage - PC
98. Duke Nukem Forever - The Doctor Who Cloned Me - PC
99. Doom 3 - Resurrection of Evil - PC
100. Painkiller - Battle Out of Hell - PC

101. Alien Isolation - PC
102. Medal of Honor Allied Assault - Spearhead - PC
103. Medal of Honor Allied Assault - Breakthrough - PC
104. Castlevania Bloodlines - Genesis

And with that the last of my Classicvanias is beaten. A lot of blood, sweat, tears, and practice to remind myself how to play a Classicvania. But it was worth it to kill Dracula yet another time. He just doesn't seem to take the hint.

So Bloodlines is rather unique in Classicvanias in that you start off by choosing to play as either the standard whip user or a new spear user. The spear does less damage than the whip but it can attack straight up and at angles while you're on the ground, and when jumping you can stab downward (which is quite nice for medusa heads). You also get a super jump (which you are invincible during). The whip user can whip diagonally up when he is jumping; this allows him to swing off of pretty much anything his whip attaches to. These two different mobility options are emphasized in levels 3 and 5, where the path branches depending on whether you can swing over a large gap or jump up super high.

Bloodlines is also unique in that there is a third whip upgrade. If you break open a large number of candles it will drop a third level of power for your weapon. This increases the damage you do and gives you a new super subweapon. If you later collect a different subweapon you can get back the super subweapon by collecting a second one of whatever subweapon you currently have (e.g. if you're holding axe and have level three attack grabbing anther axe gives you super subweapon). The super subweapons are unique to each character but are roughly equivalent to the item crashes from Rondo. One caveat is that if you take a hit you lose the third level of weapon power and the super subweapon. This ends up being an overall frustrating mechanic, as a little mistake can make a huge impact on your going through the levels, as that third level of power can mean it takes one less hit to kill an enemy. Speaking of item crashes, since the game uses the C button for your items it also has mini item crashes for when you hit up plus C. These tend to be a larger version of your subweapon, rather than a screen filling attack.

My biggest complaint with Bloodlines is that the difficulty is very ragged. A large number of enemies take multiple hits to kill, but you fight them in areas where those extra hits are a major liability. Additionally, the damage enemies do is all over the place. While with the NES games you have a general sense of being able to take X hits before you die, in Bloodlines the damage varies widely between enemies, and it feels like the distribution is rather nonsensical. I found myself dying a lot when I intuitively expected to be able to take another hit or two based on previous experience.

The game also likes throwing in a bunch of minibosses. Most of them are rather uninteresting, with the worst being a bone dragon with slightly more HP than a normal one, but nothing else to mark it as a mini boss (other than the health bar and boss music). The stage bosses are all pretty weird and not fitting in with the more traditional Castlevania bosses. The most bizarre is the gear golem boss with his oodles of HP and his Rayman-like lack of connective stuff between his body parts.
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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by BoneSnapDeez Thu Dec 24, 2015 4:37 pm

1. Grandia (PlayStation)
2. Jungle Hunt (Xbox - Taito Legends)
3. Jungle Hunt (Atari 2600)
4. Jungle Hunt (Plug & Play - ColecoVision Flashback)
5. Donkey Kong (Atari 2600)
6. Donkey Kong (Intellivision)
7. Donkey Kong (ColecoVision)
8. Bubble Bobble (NES)
9. Side Arms: Hyper Dyne (PSP - Capcom Classics Collection Remixed)
10. 1941: Counter Attack (PSP - Capcom Classics Collection Remixed)
11. Ys: The Ark of Napishtim (PSP)
12. The Ninja Kids (Xbox - Taito Legends)
13. Neutopia (TurboGrafx-16)
14. Golden Axe Warrior (Xbox 360 - Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection)
15. Phantasy Star Online Ver. 2 (Dreamcast)
16. Growl (PlayStation 2 - Taito Legends 2)
17. Arabian Magic (PlayStation 2 - Taito Legends 2)
18. Dungeon Magic (PlayStation 2 - Taito Legends 2)
19. Gekirindan (PlayStation 2 - Taito Legends 2)
20. Ys II (Saturn - Falcom Classics II)
21. Darius Gaiden (PlayStation 2 - Taito Legends 2)
22. G Darius (PlayStation 2 - Taito Legends 2)
23. Giana Sisters DS (DS)
24. RayStorm (PlayStation 2 - Taito Legends 2)
25. Mr. Do! (ColecoVision)
26. Beauty & the Beast (Intellivision)
27. Boxing (PlayStation 2 - Activision Anthology)
28. Crystalis (NES)
29. Dragon Warrior (NES)
30. Faxanadu (NES)
31. Tombs & Treasure (NES)
32. Kirby's Dream Land (Game Boy)
33. Kirby's Adventure (NES)
34. Kirby Super Star (SNES)
35. Hoshi no Kirby 64 (Nintendo 64)
36. Kirby: Triple Deluxe (3DS)
37. Dig Dug (Wii - Namco Museum Megamix)
38. Phoenix (Xbox - Taito Legends)
39. Phoenix (Atari 2600)
40. Pleiads (Xbox - Tecmo Classic Arcade)
41. Kangaroo (Atari 2600)
42. Final Fantasy Adventure (Game Boy)
43. Gorf (Atari 2600)
44. Richard Scarry's Huckle and Lowly's Busiest Day Ever (Pico)
45. Mickey's Blast Into the Past (Pico)
46. Secret of Mana (SNES)
47. Psycho Soldier (PSP - SNK Arcade Classics 0)
48. Genshi-Tou 1930's (PSP - SNK Arcade Classics 0)
49. Datsugoku: Prisoners of War (PSP - SNK Arcade Classics 0)
50. SAR: Search and Rescue (PSP - SNK Arcade Classics 0)
51. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES)
52. Tic-Tac-Toe / Shooting Gallery / Doodle / Quadra-Doodle (Channel F)
53. Robot War / Torpedo Alley (Channel F)
54. Pinball Challenge (Channel F)
55. Elevator Action (Xbox - Taito Legends)
56. Elevator Action II (PlayStation 2 - Taito Legends 2)
57. Altered Beast (Xbox 360 - Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection)
58. Congo Bongo (Xbox 360 - Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection)
59. International Soccer (Commodore 64)
60. Out of this World! / Helicopter Rescue! (Odyssey²)
61. Alien Invaders - Plus! (Odyssey²)
62. Ice Hockey (Atari 2600)
63. River Raid (Atari 2600)
64. Frankenstein's Monster (Atari 2600)
65. Ys II (Famicom)
66. Ys III: Wanderers from Ys (Turbo CD)
67. Gremlins (Atari 2600)
68. Frogs and Flies (Atari 2600)
69. Ice Climber (NES)
70. Ys III: Wanderers from Ys (PlayStation 2)
71. Ghosts 'n Goblins (PSP - Capcom Classics Collection Reloaded)
72. Ikari Warriors (Atari 2600)
73. Donkey Kong Junior (Atari 2600)
74. Donkey Kong Junior (ColecoVision)
75. Ys: Memories of Celceta (Vita)
76. Guevara (PSP - SNK Arcade Classics 0)
77. New Super Mario Bros. 2 (3DS)
78. Evolution (Plug & Play - ColecoVision Flashback)
79. Ys I (GOG.com - Ys I & II Chronicles+)
80. Ys II (GOG.com - Ys I & II Chronicles+)
81. Mushihimesama Futari Ver 1.5 (Xbox 360)
82. Evoland (GOG.com)
83. Phantasy Star (Sega Master System)

84. Hydlide (NES)
85. The Legend of Zelda (NES)
86. Esper Dream (Famicom Disk System)
87. Sylviana: Ai Ippai no Boukensha (Famicom Disk System)
88. Kalin no Tsurugi (Famicom Disk System)
89. Soul Blazer (SNES)
90. Illusion of Gaia (SNES)


I think that wraps things up since my last update (August!!!).

Was hoping to hit 100-120 this year, but got slowed down by my daughter who requested multiple playthroughs of Zelda, Dragon Warrior, and Kirby.
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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by IrishNinja Thu Dec 24, 2015 5:27 pm

BoneSnapDeez wrote:84. Hydlide (NES)


oh man, how was this? i beat Super Hydlide on the Genesis in the day, but revisiting it a few years back...yikes. still love the OST but beyond that, it's rough!
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