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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by dsheinem Thu Dec 31, 2015 11:37 am

Games Beaten 2015
First 50 of the year:
Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call - 3DS
A Bird Story - PC
Quake - PC
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare - PS4
Quake: Scourge of Armagon - PC
Quake: Dissolution of Eternity - PC
Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis - NDS
Painkiller - PC
Gungrave: Overdose - PS2
Adventure -Atari 2600 (PS2)
Auto Racing - Intellivision (PS2) [1979]
Boxing - Atari 2600 (PS2) [1980]
The Count - TI99/4A (emulated) [1981]
Dragonstomper - Atari 2600/Starpath Supercharger (emulated) [1982]
Enduro - Atari 2600 (PS2) [1983]
Diablo III - PS4
Front Line - Atari 2600 (emulated) [1984]
Gertie Goose - The Lost Eggs - C64 (emulated) [1985]
Ocean Commander - Wii
Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance - PS2
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls - PS4
Mortal Kombat: Deception - PS2
The Order: 1886 - PS4
The Uncle Who Works for Nintendo - PC
Grab Them By The Eyes - PC
Growl - PS2/Arcade
Hydlide - NES [1986]
Ikari Warriors - NES [1987]
Jonah Barrington's Squash - C64 (emulated) [1988]
Steel Diver - 3DS
Super Mario 3D World - - Wii U
Quake II - PC
Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number - PS4
Kung Fu Louie vs. The Martial Art Posse - PC [1989]
Loom - PC [1990]
Metroid II: Return of Samus - GB [1991]
Ninja Commando - - Arcade (MAME) [1992]
Tennis in the Face - Vita
Final Fantasy Type-0 HD - PS4
Quake II: The Reckoning - PC
Injustice: Gods Among Us - PS4
Assassin's Creed: Freedom Cry - PS4
Infamous: First Light - PS4
Race the Sun - PS4
Mad Riders - PS3
Destiny: House of Wolves - PS4
Escape Goat 2 - PS4
Tower of Guns - PS4
Wolfenstein: The Old Blood - PC
Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars - PS3

Flower - PS4
Everybody's Gone to the Rapture- PS4
Towerfall - PS4
Cyberbots - PS1
Battletoads (Arcade) - Xbox One
Forza Horizon 2 presents Fast and Furious - Xbox One
Gunman Clive 2 - 3DS
Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions - Vita
Rocket League - PS4
Far Cry 4 - PS4
Her Story - PC
Destiny: The Taken King - PS4
Retro City Rampage - Vita
Ultraflow - iOS
PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale - Vita
Tansformers: Devastation - PS4
Call of Duty: Black Ops - PS3
Call of Duty: Black Ops II - 360
Star Wars Battlefront II - PSP
Star Wars Battlefront (2015) - PS4
Bastion - Vita
Emily is Away - PC
Undertale - PC
Plug & Play - PC
Dyscourse - PC
Gunslinger (Dezaemon Kids!)- PS1 (Vita)
Nightmare (Dezaemon Kids!)- PS1 (Vita)

Total: 78

Previously: 2014 | The First 400 Games

I am stupid: stupid, stupid, stupid. I picked up Dezaemon Kids! a year or two ago thinking that it was a cute-em-up with a few cute-em-up building tools for kids. Nope. Little did I know that this entry in the series, which like the others allows you to build shmups, came not only with ~10 sample shmups from the devs but also a whopping 102 additional 16-bit style doujin shmups accessible via a second disc (or, if you played the PSN copy like me, via a "Reset w/Disc 2" choice in the settings). The quality on these varies, but there are about 20 ranked titles listed at the top of the directory which are all very, very good and quite varied. I first played the second listed dev game (a hori called "Gunslinger") which is a fast paced, mech-based excusion through 4 levels of parallax scrolling and generous powerups. That game was ok, and certainly a good showpiece for some of what is possible with the tools in the set.

However, I really, really dug into the second game on the bonus disc, a vert shmup called "Nightmare" created by T. Iwata (I'd love to know if he has other work out there!). Make no mistake, I have played more than my fair share of 16-bit era shmups, and I would not hesitate to put this one in the upper echelon of available titles. Specifically, the game oozes aesthetic appeal - gothic and occultish imagery, spooky chiptunes, a nice variety of effects-driven weapons, and a creative use/manipulation of the various tools provided by the devs.

The whole time I was playing Nightmare, I kept thinking: noise would absolutely adore this.

You can read a lot more about the game (and the series) over at HG101, but suffice to say if you consider yourself a shmup fan you owe it to yourself to spend some time with these titles. I have only scratched the surface, but am thrilled to know that having this sitting on my Vita gives me quick and easy access to literally 100+ new-to-me 16-bit style shmups. You'd be hard pressed to find more bang for your buck in the genre.

80 by tonight is in my sights!
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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by retrosportsgamer Thu Dec 31, 2015 11:50 am

Wow, didn't realize Dezaemon Kids! was on the US-PSN. That's a must-buy for me.

Sounds like the guy who wrote the PSN description likes it too!

This version includes a fully-voiced tutorial, simplified interface, a huge amount of sample data, a horizontal scroll option, and 2-player simultaneous play options. Best of all, your purchase includes 102 great sample games, of which, Kagero is flat-out awesome.
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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by prfsnl_gmr Thu Dec 31, 2015 11:55 am

retrosportsgamer wrote:Wow, didn't realize Dezaemon Kids! was on the US-PSN. That's a must-buy for me.

Me neither. I am buying this game when I get home.
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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by BoneSnapDeez Thu Dec 31, 2015 12:34 pm

I saw "Dezaemon" on my screen and got really excited for a second because I thought dish had played a N64 game.

I was thinking of Dezaemon 3D. I honestly didn't know any more about this series. Wild stuff.
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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by dsheinem Thu Dec 31, 2015 1:12 pm

prfsnl_gmr wrote:
retrosportsgamer wrote:Wow, didn't realize Dezaemon Kids! was on the US-PSN. That's a must-buy for me.

Me neither. I am buying this game when I get home.

Dezaemon Plus is too...
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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by alienjesus Thu Dec 31, 2015 2:31 pm

I was holding out posting this one just in case I finished one more before the end of the year. I didn't quite manage to finish Ys 2 on time though, so here we go. Stats will follow tomorrow!

First 50:
1. Star Fox 2 SNES
2. Sonic Advance 2 GBA
3. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker Wii U
4. Advance Wars: Dark Conflict DS
5. Joy Mech Fight Famicom
6. Grandia PS1
7. Money Idol Exchanger Game Boy
8. The Battle of Olympus NES
9. Lost Kingdoms 2 GC
10. Fire Emblem Shadow Dragon DS
11. Code of Princess 3DS DL
12. Discworld Saturn
13. Kaeru no Tame ni Kane wa Naru [For the Frog the Bell Tolls] Game Boy
14. 3D Sonic the Hedgehog 3DS DL
15. 3D Streets of Rage 3DS DL
16. Pokémon Shuffle 3DS DL
17. 3D Altered Beast 3DS DL
18. 3D Super Hang-On 3DS DL
19. 3D Space Harrier 3DS DL
20. 3D Galaxy Force II 3DS DL
21. 3D Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master 3DS DL
22. Sonic 3 & Knuckles Mega Drive
23. Bayonetta Wii U
24. Fighting Vipers Saturn
25. Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan 3DS
26. Super Castlevania IV SNES
27. Shovel Knight Wii U eShop
28. Discworld II: Missing, Presumed...!? PC
29. Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo Saturn
30. Chameleon Twist N64
31. Live a Live SFC
32. Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland DS
33. Splatoon Wii U
34. Mega Man X Wii U VC
35. Game & Watch Gallery Advance GBA
36. Metroid: Zero Mission GBA
37. Saturn Bomberman Saturn
38. Touch My Katamari PSN
39. Banjo-Tooie N64
40. Transbot SMS
41. Talmit's Adventure Mega Drive
42. Alien 3 SMS
43. Shinobi 3DS VC
44. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater Vita
45. Super Street Fighter II X: Grand Master Challenge 3DO
46. The Curse of Monkey Island PC
47. Final Fantasy VIII PS1
48. Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth1 PSN
49. The Land of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse Game Gear
50. The Legend of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse Game Gear

51. Deep Duck Trouble starring Donald Duck Game Gear
52. Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX 3DS
53. Kirby and the Rainbow Paintbrush Wii U
54. Retro Game Challenge DS
55. Pop Island Paperfield DSiWare
56. Stranded Kids GBC
57. Bomberman 64 N64
58. Inazuma Eleven DS
59. Bust-a-Move 4 DC
60. Sega Bass Fishing DC
61. Mario Party 8 Wii
62. Sonic Chaos Game Gear
63. Sonic the Hedgehog SMS
64. Jet Force Gemini N64
65. Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Wii U DL
66. Kirby's Ghost Trap SNES
67. Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon GBC
68. Dark Arms: Beast Buster 1999 NGPC
69. LittleBigPlanet PSVita Vita
70. Donkey Kong Jungle Beat GC
71. Märchen Adventure Cotton 100% SFC
72. Luigi's Mansion 2 3DS
73. Portal XBLA
74. Game & Watch Gallery 2 GBC
75. WarioWare D.I.Y DS
76. Chibi-Robo!: Zip Lash 3DS
77. Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed PSN (Vita)
78. Ys Book I: Ancient Ys Vanished: Omen PSN (Vita)
79. The Last Story Wii
80. Mushroom Men: The Spore Wars Wii *NEW*

A round 80 games finished this year, which I think is my new record.

Mushroom Men: The Spore Wars
Mushroom Men was game M of my alphabet marathon.

Mushroom Men is a adventure/platformer/action game for Wii which draws elements from games such as Zelda whilst creating a unique world of it's own.

The game is split into 10 levels, each of which is generally fairly open ended and has multiple tasks you need to achieve to progress. You control Pax, a titular Mushroom Man, as he quests to find meteorites and defeat the evil amanita mushrooms and avoid the mutated local wildlife.

You do this by platforming around the levels, hitting enemies with weapons and making use of your 'sporekinesis' to move objects around if they've been infected with radioactive mushrooms. You can glide around to make platforming easier, and you can upgrade weaponry by finding objects around the levels, such as corn cob prongs, toothbrushes, chewing gum and the likes. Different weapon types attack in different ways, but they're fundamentally all the same.

Platforming is loose but functional, and combat works OK but really suffers from the lack of a lock on system. Both have issues with camera controls which are 100% manual - they work fine, but it can be tedious to constantly readjust the camera all the time.

Mushroom Men has a reasonably generic look, but with it's own style. The game tries to draw elements from schlocky horror films but it's a little underutilised unfortunately, probably due to the games lower budget. It would have been great if the game looked more like the game's concept artwork which is stunning. The level designs are still pretty cool though, as they do a great job of making you feel like a tiny mushroom in a big world - lots of indoor environments make the world feel big and the character feel small. The music is really bizarre and kinda awesome though. It's by Les Claypool and has a very odd and distinctive style. Definitely worth a listen:

Mushroom Men is by no means a must-own. But it is a very competently built and fun game that is absolutely dirt cheap, and at only 5 hours or so to play through it's worth a quick go.

That's all the games I'll be beating this year. Stats tomorrow!
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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by Sarge Thu Dec 31, 2015 3:30 pm

1) Rollergames
2) Bayou Billy
3) Whomp 'Em
4) Love+ (repeat, B-)
5) Love+ (repeat, B)
6) Zen: Intergalactic Ninja
7) Battletoads & Double Dragon
8 ) Battletoads (repeat, first time with Game Genie, this time using save states, nowhere near legit win... but it was "beaten")
9) Battletoads (repeat, legit, no Game Genie, no continues, no save states!)
10) Rockin' Kats
11) The Little Mermaid
12) Tiny Toons Adventures
13) Tiny Toons Adventures 2
14) Code Name: Viper
15) Bayou Billy (completely legit!)
16) King of Dragons (on Capcom Classics Collection Reloaded)
17) Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom
18) Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos
19) Ninja Ryuukenden III
20) Treasure of the Rudras
21) TMNT: Tournament Fighters (SNES) (repeat)
21) Ninja Gaiden III (SNES)
22) Ninja Gaiden (SNES)
23) Wrath of the Black Manta
24) TMNT (NES) (save states)
25) TMNT (NES) (legit)
26) Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (SNES)

27) Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (repeat)
28) The Krion Conquest
29) Jackie Chan's Action Kung-Fu
30) Yume Penguin Monogatari
31) Street Fighter 2010 (save states / rewind)
32) Street Fighter 2010 (repeat, legit run)
33) Conquest of the Crystal Palace
34) Aladdin
35) Trojan (save states)
36) Trojan (legit run)
37) The Last Remnant
38) Remember Me
39) Bloodrayne Betrayal
40) Rex Rocket

41) Fester's Quest (non-legit)
42) Fester's Quest (legit)
43) Justice League Task Force
44) Monument Valley: The Forgotten Shores
45) Gunman Clive 2
46) Freedom Planet (Lilac, 84 lives lost)
47) Freedom Planet (Carol, 43 lives lost)
48) Link's Awakening DX

Previous undated:
49) Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (almost all optional stuff done, all stars)
50) Donkey Kong Country 2
51) Picross DS
52) Shadow of the Ninja
53) Shatterhand
54) Super Smash Bros. (Kirby)
55) Pillars of Eternity (65-ish hours, Monk)
56) Majora's Mask (all masks)
57) One Must Fall 2097
58) Contra (not a great run, but no continues or code)
59) Doom
60) Bayonetta 2
61) The Fall
62) MvC2 (Hulk, Cyclops, and Gambit, if memory serves)
63) Child of Light
64) TMNT: Danger of the Ooze
65) Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (forgot to plug this one in)
66) Dragon Quest III (SFC)
67) Transistor
68) Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow (repeat)
69) King of Demons (bad ending)
70) King of Demons (good ending, no-death run)
71) King of Demons (good ending, hard)
72) Life of Pixel (100%)
73) Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows (100%)
74) 8-Bit Commando
75) Freedom Fall
76) Shadow and Ash
77) Sorcery!
78) Super Cyborg (argh, this was hard!)
79) Job the Leprechaun
80) Transformers: Fall of Cybertron
81) Odallus
82) Samurai Pizza Cats
83) Splatterhouse: Wanpaku Graffiti
84) Time Diver: Eon Man
85) Chrono Trigger (repeat)
86) Super Castlevania IV (repeat)
87) Psycho Dream
88) GS Mikami: Joreishi Wa Nice Body
89) Wario Land (VB) (how did I miss listing this one?)
90) Shadow Force
91) Cosmo Police - Galivan
92) Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky FC
93) Momodora II
94) Momodora
95) Strikers 1945 Plus
96) Double Dragon (Neo Geo)
97) Guardian
98) Solar Striker
99) Battle Unit Zeoth

100) Metal Slug 5 (via Metal Slug Anthology on Wii)
101) Metal Slug X (via Steam on PC)
102) Street Fighter X Tekken (Vita, Hardest, Ken/Ryu)
103) Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition (3DS, Medium, Ken)
104) Castle in the Darkness (normal ending)
105) Castle in the Darkness (100%, secret ending)
106) Skullgirls
107) Super Dodge Ball (repeat)
108) Power Blade 2
109) Rolling Thunder (NES)
110) Life Force
111) Demon Sword
112) Bill & Ted's Excellent Game Boy Adventure

So, had a halfway-finished playthrough from Power Blade 2, so I finished that off. It's a decent game, sure, but the controls feel pretty sluggish. I like the suits, but you really have to know how to take advantage of them to keep from dying. I save-stated/rewound some for this one, but I can see a pretty decent path to victory if I give it another go.

The same cannot be said for Rolling Thunder. Good grief, that game requires some split-second reflexes, or perfect knowledge of the stages, plus unerring execution. Freakin' bats are absolutely horrible, and there are a few jumps that are insanely tricky as well, especially when you've got enemies around that you're trying to avoid. The control scheme is a lot like Castlevania or Ghouls & Ghosts, except the game isn't even that forgiving... I used rewind like crazy to get through it. Could I beat it one day? Perhaps. Do I feel an overwhelming urge to? Heck no.

At least it has passwords, though.

EDIT: Still mining the old savestates, finished off Life Force. This one feels a lot more fair than Gradius, mainly because you get to respawn where you died. It also has that Gradius/Contra thing going where, if you can hang on to your full complement of weapons, things are quite easy. I can see legitimately beating this one when it strikes my fancy, there's not a ton other than that final escape sequence that I can see that would be terribly taxing, and that is even mitigated by the in-place respawn. Just gotta make sure I have enough lives!

(And no, I'm not trying to catch MrPopo, ain't happening. My numbering scheme is different, anyway, so I'm quite a few games behind.)

EDIT 2: More NES mining. Finished Demon Sword. It's been a long time since I beat the game. It's not terrible, actually. It's not great, either, but it's a lot better than Legend of Kage. It's firmly in the average category, where it does a few interesting things, but the execution is a little too uneven to even approach the classics.

EDIT 3: Finished off a playthrough I had going of Bill & Ted's Excellent Game Boy Adventure. My aunt had this when I was a kid, and for some reason it had some fascination for me, despite just being a "run-around-and-collect-stuff" puzzler. It could have been anything, honestly, because the license is just barely integrated, but it's not too shabby. As I mentioned earlier, Job the Leprechaun that I played earlier this year gave me the same vibes, which is when I had picked this up to play again.
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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by Ack Thu Dec 31, 2015 5:08 pm

Hey Popo, congrats on getting VtM to run. Even with all of the patches, I still can't play it. I'm guessing it has to do with resolution issues for video(which has plagued several of my GOG purchases). Also, I agree with the MoH:AA expansion thoughts of yours, but I disagree with you about SiN. I hated it when I tried playing through it, and I ended up quitting halfway through. The gunplay just did not mesh with me for some reason. I suppose I should go back some day, but it is going to take a while.

Also, Payday 2 has dominated my December, so no more beaten games from me this year. Oh well.
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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by MrPopo Thu Dec 31, 2015 5:12 pm

I'll be honest, the gunplay in Sin didn't click until a few levels in. But once it did I had a blast. It rewards good aim and good reactions; enemies tend to suffer from hit stun so you can save a lot of pain by playing well.
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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by PresidentLeever Thu Dec 31, 2015 5:54 pm

Cave Story (PC) - 7+
Ecco: The Tides of Time (MD) - 7-
Populous: The Beginning (PC) - 7+
Golden Axe Warrior (SMS) - 6
Alex Kidd in Miracle World (SMS) - 8
The Legend of Zelda (NES) - 6+
Zelda II (NES) - 5+
Metal Sonic Hyperdrive (MD) - 7+
Pop'n Twinbee (SNES) - 7
Tiny Toon Adventures: BBL (SNES) - 5+
Tiny Toon Adventures 2 (GB) - 7
Star Wars (Namcos spel)(NES) - 6+
Rush 'n Attack (NES, 1-player) - 5
Faxanadu (NES) - 6+
Bubble Ghost (GB) - 7
Ganbare Goemon: Sarawareta Ebisumaru!/Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon (GB/GBC, 1990/2000) - 7-
Astyanax (NES) - 6+
Twinbee 3 (NES) - 7
Meikyuu Jiin Dababa (FDS) - 7-
Joe & Mac (1P, MD) - 7
Joe & Mac (1P, SNES) - 6+
Gyruss (NES) - 6+
Goonies II (NES) - 6-
Cyber-Lip (1P, NG) - 7
Famicom Wars (NES) - 7
Phantasy Star II (MD)(med mods/koder) - 6
Phantasy Star III (MD)(med mods/koder) - 5+
New Super Mario Bros. Wii (2P, Wii) - 8-
Sonic Colors (Wii) - 7+
Romancing Saga (SNES)(med koder) - 5+
Makai Toushi SaGa/FF Legend (WS GB version) - 7
Lomax (PS1) - 6+
Heroes of Might and Magic II (PC) - 8-
Phantasy Star IV (Hard Mode)(MD) - 8-
Darius II (MD) - 6+
Alex Kidd in Miracle World (Hard Mode)(SMS) - 8
Alex Kidd in Fall of Radaxian (SMS) - 6
Ys Book I (PC) - 7
Ys Book II (PC) - 6+
SD Hero Soukessen: Taose! Aku no Gundan (NES) - 5+
Spy vs. Spy II (1P, NES) - 6
Ridge Racer (PS1) - 6
Rayman (PS1) - 7
Wipeout (PS1) 6+
Raiden (1P, PS1) - 7
Raiden II (1P & 2P, PS1) - 8
Rapid Reload (PS1) - 7+
Super Mario Bros. 3Mix (NES) - 7+
Dragon Fighter (NES) - 6
Freedom Planet (Lilac, PC) - 7+
Crystalis (NES)(Rebalanced patch) - 7+
GG Shinobi (GG) - 7
GG Shinobi II (GG) - 7+
Power Rangers: The Movie (GG) - 7
Shadowrun (MD)(med mods/koder) - 6+
Light Crusader (MD) - 7+
Crash Bandicoot (PS1) - 6+
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