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Re: Games Beaten 2016

Posted: Mon Aug 15, 2016 5:31 pm
by MrPopo
The map for Ultima 1 is fun because it consists of four screens that wrap 1, 2, 3, 4 as you go horizontally and 1, 2, 3, 4 as you go vertically.

Re: Games Beaten 2016

Posted: Mon Aug 15, 2016 5:42 pm
by fastbilly1
That makes so much more sense now. Ultima 2 is installed, but I am holding off for now. Back on my Spider Solitaire habit.

Re: Games Beaten 2016

Posted: Mon Aug 15, 2016 5:59 pm
by MrPopo
And it goes 1, 2, 3, 4 if you go in a spiral. Yay for the magic of video games violating normal geometry!

Re: Games Beaten 2016

Posted: Mon Aug 15, 2016 9:04 pm
by ElkinFencer10
Games Beaten in 2016 So Far - 81

January (20 Games Beaten)
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


February (8 Games Beaten)
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


March (8 Games Beaten)
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


April (13 Games Beaten)
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


May (6 Games Beaten)
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


June (13 Games Beaten)
56. MegaTagmension Blanc + Neptune VS Zombies - Vita - June 2
57. Republique - Playstation 4 - June 3
58. Splatterhouse - Playstation 3 - June 4
59. Spec Ops: The Line - Playstation 3 - June 5
60. 1943: Battle of Midway - NES - June 6
61. Mirror's Edge: Catalyst - Playstation 4 - June 12
62. Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem - SNES - June 13
63. Homefront: The Revolution - Playstation 4 - June 15
64. Gone Home - Playstation 4 - June 15
65. Double Dragon Neon - Playstation 3 - June 16
66. Vanquish - Playstation 3 - June 17
67. Epic Dumpster Bear - Wii U - June 20
68. B3: Game Expo for Bees - Wii U - June 21


July (7 Games Beaten)
69. Raiden V - Xbox One - July 16
70. Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE - Wii U - July 16
71. Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 FES - Playstation 2 - July 23
72. Lost Sea - Playstation 4 - July 24
73. Far Cry Primal - Playstation 4 - July 27
74. Black - Playstation 2 - July 28
75. Until Dawn - Playstation 4 - July 31


August (6 Games Beaten)
76. Divine Sealing - Mega Drive - August 1
77. Gal*Gun: Double Peace - Playstation 4 - August 2
78. Valkyria Chronicles II - PSP - August 5
79. Breach and Clear - Vita - August 10
80. Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem - Gamecube - August 12
81. Metal Gear Solid - Playstation - August 15


81. Metal Gear Solid - Playstation - August 15
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This is a game that's been on my shelf for a few years but that I had never gotten around to playing. I always figured I wouldn't much care for it. I've always recognized the series as extremely well made, but I really don't like stealth games that much; I prefer to sprint in, guns blazing, and rack up a body count that would put Josef Mengele to shame. I decided a few days ago, however, that this was a game that I NEEDED to play. For Heaven's sake, I've played through every main series Call of Duty game for the sake of being able to judge them fairly; I should, at the very least, play through a game that's legitimately good even if I don't personally like the style. So I started juggling Metal Gear Solid with Monster Monpiece on my Vita.

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I have to admit, however, now that I've finished the game....I REALLY liked it. I still wish I'd had running in and murdering everything in a hail of bullets as a real option, but I'd be lying if I said that - once I got into it - I didn't thoroughly enjoy the stealth. It's still not my preferred playstyle, but damn if they didn't get it right in this game. I suspect most people are familiar with a game as legendary as Metal Gear Solid, so I won't spend any time going into the plot and rather just give my take on it.

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I'll admit up front that, being terrible at stealth games, I played the game on easy. I think even I probably could have handled normal, though; except for the actual Metal Gear boss battle, none of the game gave me much real difficulty. There were some segments or bosses that were a good challenge for me, but that one boss fight was the only one that was "hard" for me at all, and honestly, once I figured out the trick to beating it on my second try, even that one was extremely manageable. That is, however, probably due in no small part to the merciful health and ammo drops throughout the game that my difficulty setting allowed.

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There's really not a whole lot more for me to say about the game. I do think, however, that the cutscene at the very end TOTALLY ruined the series mood that the preceeding nine hours established for me. I get that it fit with the narrative, but it felt like a rather jarring character shift for Snake, and I just wasn't a fan. It felt forced. Other than that one part, however, I really don't have any complaints for the game. It truly was a remarkable game, and I'm glad that I finally got around to playing it. I look forward to starting Metal Gear Solid 2...eventually. :P

Re: Games Beaten 2016

Posted: Mon Aug 15, 2016 9:26 pm
by marurun
I beat Cally's Caves 3 just the other day. This is a mobile title that migrated to Steam. It doesn't play like a mobile game, IMO, so that's fine. The main character is a young girl who starts with a pistol but finds other weaponry. You level your weapons and yourself. There's also a final form for every weapon. Every few levels the weapons evolve in ways that improve or alter their behavior. Some levels are small, some are fairly large, but since it's all platforming and shooting it's cool. It's not really a Metroidvania, but you can go back to previous levels, and some previous bosses are very useful for leveling your weapons. The graphics are colorful and stylized and the music is rather interesting. There aren't tracks for various levels or level types, but rather a loop of several sufficiently long tracks that cycle through and then repeat.

Watch for a sale and pick it up on Steam.

Re: Games Beaten 2016

Posted: Mon Aug 15, 2016 9:43 pm
by Xeogred
ElkinFencer10 wrote:There's really not a whole lot more for me to say about the game. I do think, however, that the cutscene at the very end TOTALLY ruined the series mood that the preceeding nine hours established for me. I get that it fit with the narrative, but it felt like a rather jarring character shift for Snake, and I just wasn't a fan. It felt forced. Other than that one part, however, I really don't have any complaints for the game. It truly was a remarkable game, and I'm glad that I finally got around to playing it. I look forward to starting Metal Gear Solid 2...eventually. :P

It was 1998. A definite product of its time. 8)

I'm not saying some of those final scenes are good, but they're hilarious. You'll have to get the Otacon one next time.

Re: Games Beaten 2016

Posted: Mon Aug 15, 2016 10:27 pm
by PartridgeSenpai
Partridge Senpai's 2016 Beaten List


42. Beautiful Katamari (360)

This review will probably be shorter than my past few, mostly because it's Katamari! If you don't know what it is, then it's really easy to describe, and if you do know what it is, then you probably already have an opinion on it, so it's not really that worth dribbling on about here. I'd already loved the first two games, especially the second one, and this game reaffirmed that well-deserved love. The only part that made me sad was to learn that this was really the last real Katamari game on a console, with the PS3 one just being a compilation and not so much a new game of its own ;A;

It's Katamari Damacy: You use both joysticks as tank controls to roll around a big ball that sticks to anything smaller than it that you roll into. It's wacky, it's Japanese, and it's very very fun. The King of the Cosmos is his usual campy, cocky self, spitting tons of weird lines of both praise (of himself) and of demeaning (you, his son). The art style is more or less the same as the PS2 games, which I'm inclined to forgive not only because this was a fairly early 360 title, but also because it means the game has a really good frame-rate that rarely dips, and was immediately noticeable for me. Only in the very final levels when you get SO big that you can see most of the map at once does the game start to chug at all, and even then it certainly doesn't harm gameplay.

In comparison to the first game, it blows it out of the water. The first game had a bit more personality in the writing and had more, better music, but this game just has SO much better levels. There are fewer of them, yes, but gone are the totally wank "collect the biggest X in this area," or "collect only X as much as you can" stages that plagued that game. Now in addition to the missions where you gotta roll a Katamari to X-size, you also need to focus somewhat on the theme of that level (be it toys, cold things, powerful things, energy things, etc.) but that usually isn't too hard.

In comparison to the second game, though it has been a while since I played it, I do recall that game having more levels. I could be remembering it wrong though. Beautiful Katamari I would say is at least on the level of that game, though perhaps not quite as good because that game's writing was very self-referential and sillier, and it had more stages. This game keeps that game's local co-op mode though, so that's nice. The 360 version does have a level full of 360 controllers and consoles though, which made me giggle quite a bit X3. This game is also HARD like the past couple games. Especially the last 3 or 4 stages, you really gotta work to get the Katamari big enough for the goal-size.

Verdict: Highly recommended. It's Katamari! It's silly, it's wacky, and it's above all: fun. Even if you suck at it (like I kinda do, though I like to think not too badly), you'll have fun with the cool environments, neat art style, and fantastic music. I can also speak from experience to the fact that the co-op mode is a fantasticly fun thing to do with someone who doesn't play video games too often, or even with one who does. I will admit, this is really just a slightly lesser version of We Love Katamari but on a 360. However, if you can get past that, then it's a fantastic game that's still a boat-load of fun.

Katamari Forever review likely coming soon-ish :I

Re: Games Beaten 2016

Posted: Mon Aug 15, 2016 11:42 pm
by IrishNinja
man, i wanted to love Beautiful Katamari (so happy that grocery store level made it into Forever), but that was literally my first experience of day 1 (or so?) on-disc DLC, and it hurt my experience overall

Re: Games Beaten 2016

Posted: Tue Aug 16, 2016 10:04 am
by ElkinFencer10
Xeogred wrote:You'll have to get the Otacon one next time.

Wait, there are multiple endings?!? I love Otacon. I need to see this.

Re: Games Beaten 2016

Posted: Tue Aug 16, 2016 10:20 am
by alienjesus
ElkinFencer10 wrote:
Xeogred wrote:You'll have to get the Otacon one next time.

Wait, there are multiple endings?!? I love Otacon. I need to see this.


Yep. Changes depending if you 'beat' the torture sequence or not iirc.