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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by ElkinFencer10 Wed Aug 17, 2016 10:27 am

Games Beaten in 2016 So Far - 83

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 (8 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
82. Hello Kitty Kruisers - Wii U - August 16
83. Monster Monpiece - Vita - August 17


83. Monster Monpiece - Vita - August 17
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Monster Monpiece is yet another titty anime game in the Vita's library. This one only got a digital release in the West, but at least it got released here at all; what brought me to his game was having first played its spiritual successor, Moe Chronicle, which never got a Western localization at all (thank god for Asian versions with English subtitles). Anyway, after falling in love with the weeb af dungeon crawler Moe Chronicle, I decided to download the TCG RPG Monster Monpiece. I then proceeded to let it sit on my Vita's overpriced memory stick unplayed for a year until I eventually got around to it.

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A bit about the game mechanics. The battles take place on a 7x3 grid with each player's "HQ" at either end. A 3x3 square in front of each HQ makes up that player's part of the grid with a 1x3 no man's land of sorts in the middle. Each card has a specific mana cost (you get 3 mana at the start of each turn) that is usually determined by that card's values for each of the three stats - HP, Attack, and Intelligence/MP (Intelligence for buff cards, MP for healer cards). There are four main categories of cards - Offense, Range, Buffs, and Healers. Offense cards are your heavy hitters that can only attack directly in front of them. Range cards usually have high Attack but low HP and have attack ranges varying from 2 spaces all the way up to 6 (the entire field). Buff cards boost the attack of the card directly in front of them and usually have moderate HP and Attack, and Healer cards heal lost HP from the card directly in front of them and usually have moderate to low HP and Attack.

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In addition to these types, there are four "Auras" of cards - Red, Yellow, Blue, and Green. Playing cards in a certain aura consecutively gets you a bonus. Two cards in a row will get you an extra mana point, and playing three cards in a row will get you three extra mana points as well as an extra Attack stat point and an extra hit point for all of your cards currently in play. After three in a row, it resets to zero. There are also eight difference "species" of card, two for each type. Your Offensive species are Dragon and Demi-Human, your Ranged species are Bird and Beast, your Buff species are Undead and Hybrid, and your Healer species are Fairy and Nature; and there are multiple different "characters" within each species. If you play a card on top of a card of the same species (i.e. playing a Dragon card on top of another Dragon card), you can perform a fusion, fusing the two cards together and combining their stats. Let's say you have an Fairy card with 3 Attack, 5 HP, and 8 MP. If you play another Fairy card with 1 Attack, 3 HP, and 11 MP on top of that card, you'd end up with a Fairy card with 4 Attack, 8 HP, and 19 MP. You can only fuse two - no making a god card of 10 fusions - but it definitely helps you hold a defensive line or press into enemy territory. With Ranged card fusions, if one has a higher range than the other - say a 2 range card and a 4 range card - the final fusion will take the higher of the two attack ranges.

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There's also a "rubbing" mechanic. If you have enough Rub points, you can (basically) molest the monster girls living in your cards and upgrade them. Each time you do this successfully, they lose a layer of clothing and (usually) gain some stats. Sometimes they lose, stats, though. I couldn't find any rhyme or reason to whether they end up stronger or weaker, though, so I only did this once or twice and then gave up.

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This game starts off great. It's got a cool battle system, every card is a cute titty anime girl, and the tutorial stages do a great job of explaining the game and its mechanics. The chapters don't take too long - even if you do EVERYTHING like I did, maybe an hour per chapter. Then you get to chapter 8, and the pacing goes out the window. Chapter 8 takes as long as the previous seven chapters combined. THEN you get to chapter 9 - the final chapter - and that one takes as long as the previous EIGHT chapters combined (maybe not quite that long, but it's close). When you finally finish that, you discover that there's a post-game epilogue chapter to complete (assuming you don't just call it beaten when the credits roll and quit). That one, mercifully, wasn't too too long - maybe a two hours. The game had definitely overstayed its welcome by the end of chapter 8, though.

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As for the difficulty, in general, the game is pretty easy. I just used my default starting deck for the first five or six chapters. After that, I got beaten, so I used the massive amounts of gold I had accrued to buy (literally) about 70 three and five card packs from the in-game store and reworked my entire deck. Obviously half the fun of TCGs is building your own deck, but what I found to the be the most effective was a deck of all one Aura and one of the two species for each category. My end-game deck, for example, was all Yellow with just Dragon, Fairy, Undead, and Beast cards. That way you ALWAYS keep your Aura bonuses continually repeating (unless you have to pass a turn for whatever reason; that breaks the chain), and it's extremely easy to fuse cards. Those Aura bonuses will make or break a game since they not only heal and buff all of your cards, but they also keep your mana pool supplied.

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All in all, while it does get extremely tedious at the end, it's a fun game. If you're a fan of titty anime or of TCGs (or both), I definitely recommend giving this a download if you've got $20 you don't know what to do with. Oh, and you get a Neptune card from Hyperdimension Neptunia (since Compile Heart and Idea Factory made both games).
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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by Exhuminator Wed Aug 17, 2016 11:34 am

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|2015|platformer|6h 47m|8/10
69. Earth Defense Force 2025|360|2014|3rd person shooter|20h 38m|7/10
70. FRAMED|Android|2014|puzzle|1h 35m|7/10
71. Fuse|360|2013|cover shooter|11h 18m|7/10
72. Front Mission 5: Scars of the War|PS2|2005|SRPG|32h 39m|8/10
73. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare|360|2007|FPS|5h 45m|9/10
74. Call of Duty: Black Ops|360|2010|FPS|5h 35m|6/10
75. Caverns of the Snow Witch|Android|2014|gamebook|2h 25m|5/10
76. Metal Storm|NES|1991|platformer|45m|8/10
77. Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse|NES|1990|platformer|1h 15m|6/10
78. Crisis Force|NES|1991|shmup|35m|7/10
79. Bloodbones|Android|2014|gamebook|2h 45m|8/10
80. Sorcery! 3|Android|2015|gamebook|5h 47m|9/10
81. L.A. Noire|Xbox 360|2011|action adventure|24h 54m|8/10
82. Return to Mysterious Island|PC|2004|adventure|4h 33m|7/10
83. The Lost Crown|PC|2008|adventure|17h 20m|7/10
84. Echo: Secrets of the Lost Cavern|PC|2005|adventure|5h 45m|6/10
85. The Scheme|PC-88|1988|platformer|6h 45m|7/10
86. Aquales|X68000|1991|platformer|2h 10m|9/10
87. Malaya's Treasure|MSX2|1988|action adventure|2h 25m|7/10
88. Gal*Gun: Double Peace|Vita|2016|rail shooter|2h 28m|8/10
89. Shadow Tower Abyss|PS2|2003|dungeon crawler|10h 47m|9/10
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90. P.N.03|GameCube|2003|arcade shooter|2h 10m|8/10

In 2002 Capcom announced the "Capcom Five" project. This was to be a series of five exclusive games for the Nintendo GameCube, with development overseen by Shinji Mikami. Eventually only four games were released for the GameCube, and ultimately only one game in the project remained a GameCube exclusive in perpetuity. That game being P.N.03, or rather Product Number Zero Three. P.N.03 was likely not ported to other systems due to its abysmal sales. In its first two weeks in Japan, P.N.03 barely reached 10,000 units sold. In the USA, P.N.03 only managed 13,000 units sold. It seemed the gaming world of the time was not interested in a futuristic arcade shooter starring Vanessa Z. Schneider. And that dear readers, is a travesty.

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P.N.03 takes place on a future space colony, where security robots called C.A.M.S. have gone berserk, attacking everyone they were supposed to protect. Vanessa Z. Schneider, a mercenary, is hired to come to this colony and destroy the rogue robots. Using her special cyber suits with high powered weaponry, cat like reflexes, and sexy techno dancing, Vanessa will do just that. She is lead along the way via radio communication with a mysterious contractor. Over time the situation becomes less clear, and a deeper conspiracy begins to surface. Is Vanessa who she thinks she truly is? Are the C.A.M.S. actually malfunctioning, or are they doing their job after all?

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At its core, P.N.03 is a fast paced arcade shooter, encouraging no-hit speed runs at high difficulty levels. The more successful the player is, the more points they acquire. Points can be spent to unlock new suits for Vanessa, as well as upgrade the suits' capabilities with new dance moves. Dance moves when invoked, cause Vanessa to perform impressive acrobatics unleashing devastating attacks in their wake. While P.N.0.3.'s controls at first seem clunky, it isn't long before the player understands their purpose and gets into the groove with Vanessa. Side dodging, cartwheeling, somersault jumping, and other such evasive tactics make Vanessa hard to hit, provided the player has the skill to accommodate her moves. This game's edge detection is amazing, enemy lasers will miss Vanessa if they even go so much as through her finger gaps. With a game pushing high skill play this hard, that's the kind of attention to detail that matters.

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Graphics are no slouch here either. Sure, P.N.03 is most famous for Vanessa's impeccable derriere, but nothing else graphically is slouching here. The environments are convincingly cold and lifeless, displaying a sterile space colony convincingly. The enemy robots, laser effects, and atmospheric immersion are wonderful and a joy to experience. It is true though, that graphically Vanessa is the star of the show. Primarily her outstanding skeletal animation, doubly so that it was all hand animated by one person. On the audio front, as long as you enjoy eurodance electronica, you'll have a good time. Jennifer Hale provides Vanessa's voice with utmost perfection. Sound effects like laser blasts, explosions, and everything else get the job done just fine.

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P.N.03 can be as easy or as difficult as you want it to be. Easy mode is pretty easy, Normal will challenge you, and Hard will probably break you. This is a game designed for those who seek high scores, faster and faster speed runs, and the ownership of all collectables. Collectables being the suits and powering them all up to full capacity. (The only way to see all of Vanessa's dance moves is to indeed own all the suits.) P.N.03 is a short game designed for replayability. It even has optional "trial missions" that are randomly generated, allowing the player to grind for points to spend at the shop. If you enjoy arcade designs like this, you'll get a lot of mileage out of P.N.03. Here's a video of someone with decent skill playing the game:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLrGj-KrL_0

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It's a shame that more gamers didn't latch onto P.N.03 when it released thirteen years ago. Many of the ideas in P.N.03 were later used by Shinji Mikami to inform his more successful futuristic shooter Vanquish, itself being a spiritual successor to P.N.03. These days P.N.03 is more known for its NSFW gifs* than much else. While I openly admit Vanessa Z. Schneider is the hottest female video game protagonist ever, the actual video game she stars in is pretty damn good too. Capcom produced this game under extreme monetary restraint and a very limited development schedule, yet still delivered a minimalist shooter tour de force. If you enjoy shooting robots, have a fondness for cyber ladies, and want to test your oldschool arcade reflexes, step onto the dance floor with P.N.03.



*I'm talking about stuff like this (seriously NSFW):
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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by ElkinFencer10 Wed Aug 17, 2016 5:18 pm

That one's going on my Gamecube to-get list, fer sher....

Games Beaten in 2016 So Far - 84

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 (9 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
82. Hello Kitty Kruisers - Wii U - August 16
83. Monster Monpiece - Vita - August 17
84. Army Men: Major Malfunction - Xbox - August 17


84. Army Men: Major Malfunction - Xbox - August 17
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Long time Army Men fans like me are used to disappointment. This is especially true when discussing the (mercifully few) games produced after 3DO's IP was bought by
Global Star Software. Never content to keep a bad thing from getting worse, Global Star took everything that was wrong with the first of their two Army Men games - Sarge's War - amplified that, stripped it of the few scraps left of what made Army Men good, and then called it Major Malfunction.

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From a visual standpoint, the game is fine. That's to be expected - it's running on the most powerful console of the 6th gen. I haven't played the PAL-only PS2 port to compare, but at least on Xbox, it looks pretty good. It sounds...well, audio is polarizing. The music is pretty good. Not epic like the early Army Men games, but it's got a decent soundtrack. The dialogue and sound effects, however....damn, man. The sound effects sound like they're straight from an Ebaumsworld soundboard, and the dialogue is straight Sims gibberish. Army Men always either had no voice acting or legitimate voice acting, but this is the only game in the series that's actually had fucking gibberish, and it does NOT work. The writing doesn't redeem it any; the entire script is just early 2000s meme humor. Bad TV references and lame movie quotes make up at least 40% of the script. It's like a prophetic warning about Meme Run on the Wii U eShop a decade later.

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The biggest problem aside from the writing and dialogue (I can look past that if the gameplay is good) is control. It has a camera controlled by the right stick, but it's really hit or miss whether or not it will actually let you move the camera; half the time, the camera gets stuck in a single position because of the positioning of the environment. When you can move it, it's only one dimensional movement; you can't move it at all along the Y axis, making it extremely difficult to try to check if you missed any of the ten service medals hidden throughout each level. It also suffers from the ever-obnoxious sudden shift in directional orientation upon changing camera angles. In those situations where you're given almost no control over the camera, it behaves a bit like a fixed camera, so when it snaps back into a more free motion position, you'll sometimes find that due to the position, your up and down movement have been flipped. When you're trying to edge across a sink or bathtub where water is an instant death and there are no mid-level checkpoints, that's irksome as shit.

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The other problem is the collision detection. It is COMPLETELY random whether or not Anderson (yeah, you don't play as Sarge) decides to grab a ledge or if you're going to spent a minute and a half jumping up and down against a wall like a rabbit on crack. You also will - not infrequently - just kind of slide off a platform that SHOULD be solid and level. Like the ground wasn't bad from its lunch break or some shit. Again, water - one level has you jump across the arms of an inflatable octopus in a filled bathtub. Then you have the instances where the walls get hungry and eat you. That's what it seems like, anyway. There was one particular instance that made me rage quit for 10 or 20 minutes. I was at the very end of a level, and I had to do some platforming jumping up a series of stacks of towels (this was a level taking place in the bathroom). Well, rather than grab onto the ledge of the stack of towels in front of him, my dumbass character decides to phase out of this dimension for a fraction of a second and merge with the wall. The front half of my body was firmly blended with the wall in front of me with the back half sticking out. No matter what I did, I stayed stuck. Jumping didn't work. Crouching didn't work. Trying to walk didn't work. Shooting every weapon I had in an attempt to knock myself back didn't work. I had to restart the level. 30 more minutes of my life down the shitter.

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My last complaint is a minor one and one that will only apply to people who love the series like I do. You don't fight the Tan. This is the only game in the entire series in which you don't fight the Tan. That's literally the series' whole thing - the Green Army fights the Tan Army. The Tan aren't even MENTIONED in this game. That's like having a full length Halo game where the Master Chief spends 10 hours fighting random space pirates with ZERO mention of the Covenant or the Flood throughout the entire game. It just feels...wrong. Very, deeply wrong.

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If everything worked, this would probably be a 6 or 7 hour game. As it stands now, though, with the various bugs and glitches that I encountered, it took me closer to 9 or 10 hours. Unless you're a hardcore Army Men fan like I am, just steer clear of this one. Stick to either Army Men 2 or Army Men Toys in Space on PC; the Army Men World War sub-series on PlayStation; or Sarge's Heroes on numerous consoles.
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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by dsheinem Wed Aug 17, 2016 5:33 pm

Games Beaten 2016

First 50:
Spirits of Xanadu - PC
Tales From the Borderlands: Episode 1 - PC
Operation C - Game Boy
That Dragon, Cancer - PC
Contra - NES
Super C - NES
Contra III - The Alien Wars - SNES
Tekken - PS1
The King of Fighters '99 - PS1
Street Fighter Alpha - PS1
Call of Duty: Black Ops III - PS4
Three Fourths Home - PC
Firewatch - PS4
Street Fighter V - PS4
Far Cry: Primal - PS4
Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax - PS3
BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma EXTEND - Xbox One
Android Assault Cactus - PS4
Table Top Racing - Vita
The Room - iOS
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle - PS3
The Room 2 - iOS
Broforce - PS4
Toybox Turbos - PC
Peggle 2 - PS4
R-Type (R-Type Dimensions) - 360
The Room 3 - iOS
Rampage - SMS
Doom (2016) - PS4
Dungeon Siege III - - 360
Uncharted 4 - A Thief's End - PS4
NES Remix - Wii U
Moon Chronicles: Episode 1 - 3DS
Outrun 3D - 3DS
Box Boy - 3DS
Splatoon - - Wii U
Nano Assault Neo X - PS4
Mamorukun Curse! - PS3
Hyperburner - iOS
The Beginner's Guide - PC
Halo 5: Guardians - Xbox One
POP: Methodology Experiment 1 - PC
Amplitude - - PS4
Slave of God - PC
Power Drift 3D - 3DS
Bio-Hazard Battle - Genesis
Thunder Force II - Genesis
Thunder Force III - Genesis
Lightening Force - Genesis
DiRT: Showdown - PC

Battleborn - PC
140 - PC
Last Duel - Arcade (PSP)
Alien on the Run - 3DS
Undead Bowling - 3DS
Chain Blaster - 3DS
Runny Egg - 3DS
Bound - PS4 *new*

Total: 58


Previously: 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010

So I wrote a lot about Bound today.
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by prfsnl_gmr Wed Aug 17, 2016 5:36 pm

ElkinFencer10 wrote: Global Star took everything that was wrong with the first of their two Army Men games - Sarge's War - amplified that, stripped it of the few scraps left of what made Army Men good, and then called it Major Malfunction.


In a way, though, what they did kind of makes sense, right? I, mean, you did buyi a game titled "Major Malfunction"...and you can't say that Global Star misled you with that title. :lol:
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by ElkinFencer10 Wed Aug 17, 2016 6:07 pm

prfsnl_gmr wrote:
ElkinFencer10 wrote: Global Star took everything that was wrong with the first of their two Army Men games - Sarge's War - amplified that, stripped it of the few scraps left of what made Army Men good, and then called it Major Malfunction.


In a way, though, what they did kind of makes sense, right? I, mean, you did buyi a game titled "Major Malfunction"...and you can't say that Global Star misled you with that title. :lol:

DAMN IT, YOU'RE THE FOURTH PERSON TO MAKE THAT JOKE TONIGHT. I hate them for giving the game that title....
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by Xeogred Wed Aug 17, 2016 6:36 pm

P.N.03 is one of the rare things I'd like to check out on the Cube someday, since yeah it's the obvious precursor to Vanquish and one of the only Mikami games I have yet to play.

And praise skin tight suits.
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by Markies Wed Aug 17, 2016 8:19 pm

1. Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader (GCN)
2. Max Payne (XBOX)
3. Eternal Poison (PS2)
4. Dragon Warrior III (NES)
5. Arkanoid: Doh It Again(SNES)
6. Super Mario Brothers 2 (NES)
7. Phantasy Star Online (DC)
8. Power Stone (DC)
9. Bare Knuckle 3 (GEN)
10. Thousand Arms (PS1)
11. Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (GCN)
12. Mega Man 5 (NES)
13. Ninja Gaiden (NES)
14. Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic (XBOX)
15. Mega Man 6 (NES)
16. Metal Saga (PS2)
17. Mafia (XBOX)
18. Parasite Eve (PS1)

19. Shining Force (GEN)

I beat Shining Force on the Sega Genesis this evening!

Shining Force is one of the best games I have ever played on the Sega Genesis. In fact, it's up there for one of the best games I have ever played. I love Strategy RPG's and this game is a perfect one. The characters are varied and unique. The setting and story are tried and true, but offer a bit of difference to change things up a bit. The grinding is there, but it is not too bad. The game play is the best part as the battles are quick enough not to stay there welcome, but long enough to add some sort of challenge.

The only small flaws were that the inventory system is a bit archaic and the promoting mechanic can be very confusing. With that being said, the game is nearly perfect. It is a perfect game to start getting into the SRPG genre. Just amazing!
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by Xeogred Wed Aug 17, 2016 8:26 pm

Agreed on the inventory management, haha. It was really chunky.

The second game improves upon the first in every way!
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by dunpeal2064 Wed Aug 17, 2016 8:57 pm

Loved the PN03 write-up Ex. I played it for the first time earlier in the year and thought it was great.
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