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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by Exhuminator Thu May 26, 2016 8:11 am

Xeogred wrote:Hopefully beating one of these old games will convince me to power through Shadow Tower Abyss. Seems phenomenal. But I just hate emulating.

Do you own a PS2?
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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by ElkinFencer10 Thu May 26, 2016 8:27 am

1. Shadow Warrior - Playstation 4 - January 1
2. The Order: 1886 - Playstation 4 - January 2
3. Dead Rising: Chop Till You Drop - Wii - January 3
4. NyxQuest: Kindred Spirits - WiiWare - January 4
5. Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F 2nd - Vita - January 5
6. Shadow the Hedgehog - Gamecube - January 9
7. Fairy Bloom Freeia - Steam - January 10
8. Petit Novel Series: Harvest December - 3DS - January 13
9. Gas Guzzlers Extreme - Steam - January 14
10. Muramasa: The Demon Blade - Wii - January 16
11. Project Zero 2: Wii Edition - Wii - January 19
12. Killzone: Liberation - PSP - January 20
13. Sin & Punishment: Star Successor - Wii - January 20
14. Kirby's Epic Yarn - Wii - January 24
15. Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love - Wii - January 25
16. Corpse Party - PSP - January 25
17. Freedom Planet - Wii U - January 25
18. Earth Defense Force 2: Invaders from Planet Space - Vita - January 25
19. Silent Hill: Homecoming - Xbox 360 - January 26
20. Life is Strange - Playstation 4 - January 28
21. Corpse Party: Book of Shadows - PSP - February 2
22. Megadimension Neptunia VII - Playstation 4 - February 12
23. Dr. Discord's Conquest - NES - February 13
24. Corpse Party: Blood Drive - Vita - February 17
25. If My Heart Had Wings - Steam - February 18
26. Missing: An Interactive Thriller - Steam - February 18
27. Her Story - Steam - February 18
28. Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright - 3DS - February 26
29. Saints Row 2 - Steam - March 1
30. Saturday Morning RPG - Playstation 4 - March 3
31. Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest - 3DS - March 6
32. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze - Wii U - March 8
33. Pokken Tournament - Wii U - March 20
34. Moe Chronicle - Vita - March 22
35. Tom Clancey's The Division - Playstation 4 - March 23
36. Yoshi's New Island - 3DS - March 28
37. Alien Rage - Steam - April 1
38. Alien Breed: Impact - Steam - April 2
39. Alien Breed 2: Assault - Steam - April 3
40. Alien Breed 3: Descent - Steam - April 3
41. Bravely Second: Ballad of the Three Cavaliers - 3DS - April 6
42. Quantum Break - Xbox One - April 7
43. Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric - Wii U - April 8
44. Akai Katana - Xbox 360 - April 9
45. Otomedius Excellent - Xbox 360 - April 9
46. Chasing Dead - Wii U - April 10
47. Fire Emblem Fates: Revelation - 3DS - April 14
48. Ratchet and Clank - Playstation 4 - April 20
49. Starfox Zero - Wii U - April 23
50. Aero Fighters 2 - NeoGeo - May 8
51. Bravely Second: End Layer - 3DS - May 11
52. Uncharted: Golden Abyss - Vita - May 15
53. Doom - Playstation 4 - May 20
54. Uncharted 4: A Thief's End - Playstation 4 - May 22
55. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan - Playstation 4 - May 25


Let's start by saying that, in my opinion, Platinum has never made a bad game (at least of the ones I've played). Some have been "okay," but from my experience, nothing they've ever made has been actually bad. This is true of this game, as well. This game also, however, falls largely into that "okay" category.


The art style of the game is great, combining cel shading with a comic design for the characters rather than the awkward almost clay-looking models that some recent iterations of the turtles have used. The characters are fairly well defined with the four distinct personalities portrayed well. Michelangelo is perhaps a bit *too* obnoxiously pizza-obsessed to the point where the joke feels like beating a dead horse, but that's fairly true to his character, so that's more of a personal gripe.


The game's biggest flaw is its length; it took me less than 5 hours to beat all 9 levels. Now the unlockable/upgradable abilities, four difficulty levels, and online play may add some replay value, but generally speaking, the game feels too short. Normally I'm not one to complain about a game's being too short; I'd rather a game be really good and short than drag on and overstay its welcome. The problem is that this game is okay. If you're a big TMNT fan like I am, it may bump up to "pretty good," but generally speaking, it's just "okay." It plays a bit like a slowed down, lower budget Bayonetta (and, given that Platinum developed it, that shouldn't be a big surprise).

I'm not saying you should avoid this game at all, but I don't think I'd recommend it until you see it in the bargain bin.
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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by noiseredux Thu May 26, 2016 8:29 am

Elkin, did you play it solo? From everything I've read, it's really a game designed w/ co-op in mind. I *might* give it a go this weekend, though that would've been far more likely had it supported local co-op.
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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by ElkinFencer10 Thu May 26, 2016 8:35 am

noiseredux wrote:Elkin, did you play it solo? From everything I've read, it's really a game designed w/ co-op in mind. I *might* give it a go this weekend, though that would've been far more likely had it supported local co-op.

Yeah, I played it solo. It probably would be a lot better co-op.
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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by Sarge Thu May 26, 2016 11:45 am

1) Bonk's Adventure (NES)
2) Little Samson
3) Holy Diver
4) Holy Diver (legit!)
5) Mitsume Ga Tooru
6) TMNT II: The Arcade Game (NES)
7) Mighty Final Fight
8] Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!
9) Monster In My Pocket
10) Battle of Olympus
11) Gunstar Heroes (repeat)
12) Dragon Age: Inquisition
13) Dragon Age: Inquisition - Trespasser
14) Captain America and the Avengers (NES)
15) StarTropics
16) Double Dragon II: The Revenge (NES) (save states)
17) Double Dragon II: The Revenge (NES) (legit)
18) Crisis Force
19) Esper Dream 2
20) Felix the Cat
21) Moon Crystal
22) Panic Restaurant
23) Frankenstein (NES)
24) Crystalis
25) Nekketsu Kakutou Densetsu

26) Killer Instinct (GB)
27) Mashin Hero Wataru Gaiden
28) Sly Spy (Arcade)
29) The Red Star (unreleased XBOX, also on PS2)
30) Adventure Island 4
31) Cocoron
32) Batman: Arkham Knight
33) Xeodrifter (Vita)
34) Doom 2
35) Brandish: The Dark Revenant
36) Magical Pop'n
37) The Ninja Warriors (SNES)
38) Phantasy Star (SMS)
39) Phantasy Star III
40) Super Smash Bros. for 3DS
41) Brandish: The Dark Revenant (Dela Mode)

42) Freedom Planet (Milla, 82 lives lost)
43) Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis
44) Lara Croft Go
45) Oniken
46) Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam
47) Batman: The Video Game (GB)
48) Batman: The Video Game (NES)
49) Super Spy Hunter

50) Mega Man 2
51) Mega Man 4
52) Mission: Impossible (NES)
53) Mega Man 6
54) Super Mario Bros. 3
55) Sword Master
56) DuckTales 2
57) Rush'n Attack (NES)
58) Mega Man 3
59) Mega Man 5
60) Mega Man
61) S.C.A.T. - Special Cybernetic Attack Team
62) TaleSpin (NES)
63) Double Dragon III (NES)
64) Donkey Kong (NES)
65) Astyanax (NES)

66) Master Chu and the Drunkard Hu
67) The New Ghostbusters II (NES, proto)
68) Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (PSP, via Dracula X Chronicles)
69) Revenge of Shinobi
70) Shinobi III
71) Shadow Dancer
72) El Viento
73) Earnest Evans
74) One Must Fall 2097
75) A Nightmare on Elm Street (NES)
76) Hebereke
77) Contra
78) Wario Land: Shake It!
79) Gimmick!
80) Ninja Gaiden (GG)

I didn't even know this game existed. I'm still not entirely sure why it does. It's passable, but pitifully easy right up until the end, where the last boss has three forms, two of which are dirt-simple, and the last which... well, once you have the pattern, it's really simple, too.
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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by Key-Glyph Thu May 26, 2016 4:30 pm

01. MagMax (NES)
02. World of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse (GEN) [2-player]
03. Sonic Spinball (GEN)*
04. Sonic Spinball (GEN)* [complete]
05. Comix Zone (GEN)*
06. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (NES)
07. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Manhattan Project (NES)
08. WCW World Championship Wrestling (NES)
09. Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES)
10. Super Mario Bros. 2 (NES)
11. Wario Land: Shake It! (Wii)
12. Animal Crossing: Wild World (DS)
13. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Hyperstone Heist (GEN) [2-player]*
14. Gunstar Heroes (GEN)
15. Columns III: Revenge of Columns (GEN)

16. Contra: Hard Corps (GEN)

Short version:
Everything explodes so good!!

Longer version:
Now here's a game I've had my eye on for about two years. I LOVE this soundtrack, and at some point I realized I'd seen the bionic wolfman character (Brad Fang) in Sega Visions way back when I was a kid. I'd thought he was super cool. So, I was inspired to pursue Hard Corps for both new and nostalgic reasons.

I finally picked it up at a gaming convention earlier this month thanks to a generous vendor who, after seeing my regret that I did not have enough money to spend on it, brought the price on his loose cart down to $25. Thank you, generous vendor. *wipes single tear of joy*

And, well, I loved it. This is the kind of game that is overflowing with ideas. Bosses are huge, have several forms, and are interesting, over-the-top ridiculous, and occasionally kinda gross. There's a choose-your-own-adventure component which forces you to make big plot decisions at two different junctures, resulting in four different endings. You have four different characters with personalized arsenals of four weapons each. And the events that unfold, and even some enemy entrances, are unexpectedly expressive and cinematic. There's just so much going on here.

With its four playable characters of unique strengths/weaknesses and four different endings, this is a title that you'll want to go back and experience in different ways again and again and again.

I only have two complaints. One is that sometimes it's not clear when bosses suddenly won't kill you from being touched (there was one boss I couldn't figure out because I didn't realize its legs were suddenly benign in its final form). The other is that when you pick up a new weapon, you automatically switch to it. I kept getting wasted in the first stage because Brad Fang has a weapon that requires charging up before unleashing. I'd be jogging along, happily decimating everything with my gatling gun arm by holding B; then I'd get switched to the charging weapon and just run full-body, suddenly unprotected by a bullet stream, into the next enemy. Pretty embarrassing for a supposed super solider!

I've only beaten one path as Fang, so I'm interested in seeing the remaining endings. I'm curious to try out the other characters too and see how they handle, but it's hard to make that choice. Fang is like my new Raph. 8)

* = replay
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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by Ack Thu May 26, 2016 4:31 pm

Key-Glyph wrote:16. Contra: Hard Corps (GEN)

Short version:
Everything explodes so good!!

Key-Glyph reviews things right.
I have a movie review website now:
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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by Xeogred Thu May 26, 2016 6:05 pm

Exhuminator wrote:
Xeogred wrote:Hopefully beating one of these old games will convince me to power through Shadow Tower Abyss. Seems phenomenal. But I just hate emulating.

Do you own a PS2?

Thin model.

If I had a fat modded one that would be awesome. I also want to play the Xenosaga undubs and FFXII International someday.
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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by PartridgeSenpai Thu May 26, 2016 6:14 pm

Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure (DS)

This is a game I've had my sights on for a LONG time. Like, since I saw it in Nintendo Power 7 years ago. Honestly, I really didn't know what to expect after waiting for so long, but I was very very pleasantly surprised with this great game.

The action is good. Hatsworth moves just about as fast as he needs to to maneuver the platforming and enemies, and you need to constantly be keeping your combos in mind in the later levels so you don't get squashed in and murderized, because this game is harrrd. I would say in terms of general difficulty, it's probably one of the hardest original DS games I've ever played.

In terms of gameplay, it's your standard jumping and platforming affair. You slowly get new powers like a wall jump and a dash move, but that's it in terms of your mobility. You use a cane/sword to combo up enemies, and once you kill an enemy it goes down to the puzzle screen. The puzzle game on bottom is just Panel De Pon. You match blocks and tiles to get up a puzzle bar which can restore your health, activate powerups, and if you get it all the way, you can activate it for a big invincible super-robot suit.

The game has character in spades from the uber-English Tea Land it's set around. Hatsworth and his myriad of enemies are all very silly, and the music is also great to compliment it. The story is nothing incredible, but the characters are written very entertainingly, and I'll say that I genuinely didn't expect the twist at the end.

Verdict: It's not the best platformer ever, but I really loved it. In my opinion, you'd be hard pressed to find a better 3rd party action game of this quality on the DS. It'll always remain in my heart around where Loco Roco 2 is: A very charismatic platformer that I'll remember forever :)
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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by Exhuminator Fri May 27, 2016 5:26 pm

Games Ex has beaten in 2016:
1. Mega Man ZX Advent|DS|2007|platformer|8h|7/10
2. King's Field III: Pilot Style|PS1|1996|dungeon crawler|1h|8/10
3. Sleeping Dogs|360|2012|action-adventure|20h 45m|8/10
4. Sleepings Dogs: NiNP DLC|360|2012|action adventure|1h 22m|5/10
5. Chikyuu Kaihou Gun ZAS|GB|1992|shmup|33m|8/10
6. Vattle Giuce|GB|1991|shmup|45m|5/10
7. MechWarrior 2 (Clan Wolf)|PS1|1997|mech sim|2h 35m|7/10
8. Gradius: The Interstellar Assault|GB|1992|shmup|27m|8/10
9. SolarStriker|GB|1990|shmup|23m|7/10
10. Fatal Fury: Wild Ambition (Arcade Mode)|PS1|1999|fighter|45m|6/10
11. Dead or Alive (Arcade Mode)|PS1|1998|fighter|23m|5/10
12. Asuka 120% Burning Festival Final (Arcade Mode)|PS1|1999|fighter|26m|8/10
13. Soul Blade (Arcade Mode)|PS1|1997|fighter|18m|9/10
14. Trax|GB|1991|shmup|23m|7/10
15. Street Fighter: The Movie (Arcade Mode)|PS1|1995|fighter|36m|5/10
16. Warpath: Jurassic Park (Arcade Mode)|PS1|1999|fighter|17m|4/10
17. Psychic Force (Arcade Mode)|PS1|1997|fighter|22m|7/10
18. Touki Denshou: Angel Eyes (Arcade Mode)|PS1|1997|fighter|27m|7/10
19. Advanced V.G. 2 (Arcade Mode)|PS1|1998|fighter|15m|8/10
20. StarHawk|GB|1993|shmup|1h 15m|4/10
21. Nemesis|GB|1990|shmup|28m|7/10
22. Cardinal Syn (Arcade Mode)|PS1|1998|fighter|54m|7/10
23. Street Fighter EX Plus Alpha (Arcade Mode)|PS1|1997|fighter|15m|7/10
24. Street Fighter EX 2 Plus (Arcade Mode)|PS1|1999|fighter|22m|8/10
25. Battle Unit Zeoth|GB|1991|shmup|24m|6/10
26. Soul Calibur IV (Arcade Mode)|360|2008|fighter|12m|9/10
27. Mercenary Force|GB|1990|shmup|54m|5/10
28. Battle Arena Toshinden (Story Mode)|GB|1996|fighter|12m|8/10
29. Street Fighter Alpha: Warrior's Dreams (Arcade Mode)|GBC|1999|fighter|10m|7/10
30. SD Hiryu No Ken EX (Story Mode)|GBC|1999|fighter|24m|7/10
31. Guilty Gear X: Advance Edition (Arcade Mode)|GBA|2002|fighter|8m|6/10
32. Super Street Fighter II Turbo: Revival (Arcade Mode)|GBA|2001|fighter|10m|7/10
33. Dual Blades (Arcade Mode)|GBA|2002|fighter|23m|4/10
34. Gradius Galaxies|GBA|2001|shmup|1hr 24m|8/10
35. Tekken Advance (Arcade Mode)|GBA|2002|fighter|15m|7/10
36. Street Fighter Alpha 3 (Arcade Mode)|GBA|2002|fighter|22m|7/10
37. Black Belt Challenge (Arcade Mode)|GBA|2002|fighter|8m|4/10
38. Iridion II|GBA|2003|shmup|58m|9/10
39. King's Field III|PS1|1996|dungeon crawler|25h|9/10
40. Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel|360|2013|cover shooter|7h 54m|7/10
41. Panzer Dragoon|Saturn|1995|rail shooter|55m|7/10
42. Panzer Dragoon II Zwei|Saturn|1996|rail shooter|1h 25m|8/10
43. Kirby Air Ride|GameCube|2003|kart racer|45m|6/10
44. Mario Kart: Double Dash!!|GameCube|2003|kart racer|35m|8/10
45. Bloody Roar: Primal Fury (Arcade Mode)|GameCube|2002|fighter|35m|8/10
46. XG3: Extreme G Racing|GameCube|2001|racer|1h 35m|7/10
47. Mario Kart 7|3DS|2011|kart racer|1h 54m|9/10
48. Code of Princess|3DS|2012|beat 'em up|4h 25m|7/10
49. Ace Combat Assault Horizon Legacy|3DS|2011|flight sim|3h 42m|7/10
50. Crimson Shroud|3DS|2012|JRPG|6h 55m|7/10
51. Gunman Clive|3DS|2013|platformer|54m|7/10
52. Gunman Clive 2|3DS|2015|platformer|1h 30m|7/10
53. Attack of the Friday Monsters!|3DS|2013|adventure|3h 2m|8/10
54. Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception|PSP|2006|flight combat|2h 25m|8/10
55. Ace Combat: Joint Assault|PSP|2010|flight combat|6h 26m|4/10
56. Nayuta: Endless Trails|PSP|2012|action-RPG|16h 03m|8/10
57. Alpha Protocol|360|2010|action-RPG|12h 20m|5/10
58. Makai-Mura Gaiden: The Demon Darkness|Game Boy|1993|action-adventure|6h|7/10
59. Hangman|Atari 2600|1978|puzzle|15m|8/10
60. Beneath Apple Manor|Apple II|1978|roguelike|2h 28m|9/10
61. Rusty|PC-9801|1993|platformer|3h 46m|7/10
62. Night Slave|PC-9801|1996|mech shooter|2h 37m|8/10
63. Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut|360|2013|action-RPG|31h 15m|6/10
64. Target Earth|Genesis|1990|mech shooter|49m|7/10
65. Assault Suits Valken|SNES|1992|mech shooter|1h 23m|8/10
66. Everblue|PS2|2001|scuba adventure-RPG|12h 38m|7/10
67. Shadow Tower|PS1|1998|dungeon crawler|14h 51m|7/10
68. Shovel Knight|3DS|2014|platformer|6h 47m|8/10

A NES styled platformer that gets a lot more right than it does wrong.
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