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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by BoneSnapDeez Sat Sep 10, 2016 10:48 pm

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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by Xeogred Sat Sep 10, 2016 10:48 pm

Sarge wrote:Yeah, I do. But it's not dense with bad religious allegory, it's dense with bad geopolitics. And nanomachines. ;)

In all seriousness, I'm pretty sure that almost every bit of my hangup with the Xeno series is with the religious aspect. If that were done better, I'd probably love the story, but it just makes no sense to me because terms are misused, leading me to think they were more included to try to seem more "highbrow".

Xenosaga 3, as a game, was great, especially after the trainwreck that was the second game. But it also felt rushed, and many of the reveals just fell flat.

Who knows, maybe I'll replay them some day, and it will all click.

Well I don't want to probe, but what do you think of Quintet then? :lol:
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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by Sarge Sat Sep 10, 2016 10:51 pm

Quintet is a little different, because it's not quite so overt. It doesn't feel like they're trying too hard. :)

I generally expect a little theological craziness with JRPGs. Comes with the territory! But there are lines, and Xenosaga crossed it for me. ;)
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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by MrPopo Sun Sep 11, 2016 12:57 am

Xenosaga was where they took the time to actually read up on the religion, as opposed to the usual method of picking it up through half-remembered stories and that one Christian guy the next town over. But the translation they read was 80's NES quality.
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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by Sarge Sun Sep 11, 2016 6:13 pm

January:
1) Bonk's Adventure (NES)
2) Little Samson (NES)
3) Holy Diver (NES)
4) Holy Diver (NES) (legit!)
5) Mitsume Ga Tooru (NES)
6) TMNT II: The Arcade Game (NES)
7) Mighty Final Fight (NES)
8] Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! (NES)
9) Monster In My Pocket (NES)
10) Battle of Olympus (NES)
11) Gunstar Heroes (GEN) (repeat)
12) Dragon Age: Inquisition (PS4)
13) Dragon Age: Inquisition - Trespasser (PS4)
14) Captain America and the Avengers (NES)
15) StarTropics (NES)
16) Double Dragon II: The Revenge (NES) (save states)
17) Double Dragon II: The Revenge (NES) (legit)
18) Crisis Force (NES)
19) Esper Dream 2 (NES)
20) Felix the Cat (NES)
21) Moon Crystal (NES)
22) Panic Restaurant (NES)
23) Frankenstein (NES)
24) Crystalis (NES)
25) Nekketsu Kakutou Densetsu (NES)

February:
26) Killer Instinct (GB)
27) Mashin Hero Wataru Gaiden (NES)
28) Sly Spy (ARC)
29) The Red Star (unreleased XBOX, also on PS2)
30) Adventure Island 4 (NES)
31) Cocoron (NES)
32) Batman: Arkham Knight (PS4)
33) Xeodrifter (VITA)
34) Doom 2 (PC)
35) Brandish: The Dark Revenant (PSP)
36) Magical Pop'n (SNES)
37) The Ninja Warriors (SNES)
38) Phantasy Star (SMS)
39) Phantasy Star III (GEN)
40) Super Smash Bros. for 3DS (3DS)
41) Brandish: The Dark Revenant (Dela Mode)

March:
42) Freedom Planet (Milla, 82 lives lost) (PC)
43) Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis (PC)
44) Lara Croft Go (AND)
45) Oniken (PC)
46) Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam (3DS)
47) Batman: The Video Game (GB)
48) Batman: The Video Game (NES)
49) Super Spy Hunter

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

May:
66) Master Chu and the Drunkard Hu (NES)
67) The New Ghostbusters II (NES, proto)
68) Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (PSP, via Dracula X Chronicles)
69) Revenge of Shinobi (GEN)
70) Shinobi III (GEN)
71) Shadow Dancer (GEN)
72) El Viento (GEN)
73) Earnest Evans (GEN)
74) One Must Fall 2097 (PC)
75) A Nightmare on Elm Street (NES)
76) Hebereke (NES)
77) Contra (NES)
78) Wario Land: Shake It! (WII)
79) Gimmick! (NES)
80) Ninja Gaiden (GG)
81) Wai Wai World 2 (NES)
82) Zoda's Revenge: StarTropics II (NES)
83) Uncharted: Golden Abyss (VITA)
84) Double Dragon (SMS)

June:
85) Astra Superstars (SAT)
86) Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (360)
87) Star Wars: Dark Forces 2 - Jedi Knight (PC)
88) Star Wars: Dark Forces (PC)
89) VVVVVV (PC)
90) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Hyperstone Heist (GEN)
91) Broforce (PS4)
92) Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight (PC)
93) The Terminator (SCD)
94) Aban Hawkins and the 1001 Spikes (PC)
95) Electronic Super Joy (PC)
96) Golden Axe (GEN)
97) Double Dragon (GB)
98) Double Dragon II (GB)
99) Double Dragon III (GB)
100) Super Mario Land (GB)
101) Kirby's Dream Land (GB)

July:
102) Vapor Trail (GEN)
103) King Colossus (GEN)
104) Kirby: Planet Robobot (3DS)
105) Curse of Issyos (PC)
106) Alisia Dragoon (GEN)
107) Curse of the Crescent Isle DX (PC)
108) Tales of Hearts R (VITA)
109) Flashback (SCD)
110) Rayman Legends (VITA)
111) Wonder Boy in Monster World (GEN) (via 360)
112) Altered Beast (ARC)
113) Altered Beast (GEN)
114) Song of the Deep (PS4)

August:
115) Tatsunoko vs. Capcom (WII)
116) Another Metroid 2 Remake (AM2R) (PC)
117) Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse (GEN)
118) Streets of Rage (GEN)
119) Technobabylon (PC)
120) Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (GB)
121) Ax Battler: A Legend of Golden Axe (GG)


September:

122) Xenoblade Chronicles X
123) Final Fight (ARC) (via Final Fight: Double Impact)
124) Magic Sword (ARC) (via Final Fight: Double Impact)

Beat both Final Fight and Magic Sword. My opinion of Final Fight hasn't changed much. It was a graphically-impressive game that gave up a lot of depth from something like Double Dragon to increase the speed and amount of enemies. It's a "classic", but it's a pure quarter-muncher.

Magic Sword is actually pretty similar. This is the first time I've ever completely finished the game, amazingly enough. It's alright, but it's a very straightforward game. I never thought about it until someone else mentioned it, but you can kind of connect this with Black Tiger as its forebear and King of Dragons and the D&D arcade games as its successors. I don't think it's as good as KoD or Black Tiger, and I've never stuck with the D&D games to the end, so I'll withhold judgment on that. It's really, really repetitive, either way. I think Black Tiger is an absolute classic, and I remember being disappointed that the NES version never came to fruition.
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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by dsheinem Mon Sep 12, 2016 12:37 am

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
Parasite Eve - PS1
Destiny - PS4
Destiny: The Dark Below - PS4
Destiny: The House of Wolves - PS4
Destiny: The Taken King - PS4
Otomedius Excellent - 360 *new*
Crimsonland - PC *new*

Total: 65


Previously: 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010

I credit-fed through Otomedius Excellent, which I daresay is a pretty poor title given how mediocre I found it to be. I can appreciate both a good Konami shmup and a little bit of fan service, but this title was pretty lacking in both departments. The soundtrack is ace, though.

Crimsonland, by contrast, is pretty great and one that I beat in a much more "legitmate" way by beating all the levels of the campaign on the default setting. It reminds me a bit of the twin stick shooters that really took off on XBLA around the launch of the 360, but it is better than most of those titles (e.g. I MADE A GAME WITH ZOMBIES IN IT). If you get a chance to spend a buck or two on it in a Steam sale, it is well worth the money.
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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by Exhuminator Mon Sep 12, 2016 8:50 am

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101. The Soukou Kihei Gun Ground|DS|2007|mech sim|3h 36m|7/10

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The Soukou Kihei Gun Ground is a Japan-only mech sim/shooter released in 2007, developed for the DS by RideonJapan,Inc., published by D3Publisher. It is part of the renowned "Simple Series", a large library of budget titles that spans many platforms. The Soukou Kihei Gun Ground was created in the vein of such games as Assault Suits Valken or Front Mission: Gun Hazard. Although The Soukou Kihei Gun Ground is not quite as polished as its influences, it is however far more difficult. Which can be considered a positive for the right kind of player.

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The Soukou Kihei Gun Ground includes the ability to fully customize your mech, using funds accumulated during missions. This aspect is very reminiscent of Armored Core. You can alter the head, torso, arms, legs, weapon systems, item inventory, and even the colors of your mech. You can choose to focus on melee, ranged, or special weapons, and even expand your mech's radar capabilities. All of this costs cold hard cash though, and doing poorly in a mission means you won't be making much money, meaning you'll only do worse in the next mission due to having ever more obsolete mech parts. Grinding for income becomes a bit of a necessary evil at times, but thankfully there are occasionally replayable missions designed for just this purpose. Also sometimes missions branch, giving the player alternate paths to take, meaning replaying the game will reveal new missions not played previously.

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Most of the time you simply have to kill an arbitrary amount of enemy mechs to accomplish a mission. Sometimes there are other objectives like destroying a boss, or defending a friendly unit, and once in a while there are special "hacking" events. These circumstances involve the bottom screen, and ask the player to solve various types of logic puzzles, all within a strict time limit. Even something as simple as investigating suspect cargo on a patrol mission can require the player to quickly memorize eight number sequences, and then punch those numbers back into a keypad in less than three seconds. Get it wrong and the box explodes, damaging or destroying your mech, and you'll have to do it all over again.

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The Soukou Kihei Gun Ground has a rather complex story line, told by talking heads and dialogue boxes, with occasional 3D polygon rendered cutscenes. The plot is obviously advanced and a huge part of the game. However, I cannot read Japanese, and I have no idea what anyone was saying. The best I can tell is you're some sort of soldier or mercenary, working with a military front to reclaim an island from a rogue enemy invasion. At the end of the game you end up destroying a reactor, and you continuously fight against a recurring nemesis mech. I really wish I could have played this game in English, but alas, no English publisher decided to pick it up.

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One reason this game may not have been localized besides from being a niche genre, is that The Soukou Kihei Gun Ground is extraordinarily difficult. You've got to really love customizing mechs, grinding for cash, and enduring blistering onslaughts of hundreds of respawning enemies. And that's to say nothing of the many huge bosses you'll face. However if that sounds like fun, you'll have a solid side scrolling mech sim-shooter in your hands. With competent graphics, a great pumping OST, and responsive controls, The Soukou Kihei Gun Ground is an addictive play. It's also easily one of the most hardcore DS games available, and will challenge even genre veterans. If you love mechs, love tough shooters, and still enjoy playing DS games, you won't regret importing The Soukou Kihei Gun Ground.
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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by prfsnl_gmr Mon Sep 12, 2016 12:22 pm

First 25
1. Ultimate NES Remix (3DS)
2. Space Invaders Infinity Gene (iOS)
3. World of Goo (iOS)
4. A Dark Room (iOS)
5. Shovel Knight (WII U)
6. The Room (iOS)
7. Mega Man 10 (PS3)
8. The Room Two (iOS)
9. Braid (PS3)
10. Kung Fu Fight! (WII U)
11. Kung Fu Rabbit (WII U)
12. Escape Goat (360)
13. Canabalt (iOS)
14. Leo's Fortune (iOS)
15. King's Field: The Ancient City (PS2)
16. Grim Fandango Remastered (iOS)
17. Dust: An Elysian Tale (360)
18. Shantae (GBC)
19. 3D Space Harrier (3DS)
20. 3D After Burner II (3DS)
21. 3D Classics: Kid Icarus (3DS)
22. Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters (GB)
23. Shantae: Risky's Revenge Director's Cut (WII U)
24. Final Fantasy Adventure (GB)
25. Furdemption (iOS)

26. Virtua Fighter Remix (SATURN)
27. Manos The Hands of Fate (iOS)
28. Virtua Fighter 2 (PS3)
29. Fighting Vipers (PS3)
30. Ikari Warriors (PS3)
31. Virtua Cop (SATURN)
32. Virtua Cop 2 (SATURN)
33. Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars Director's Cut (iOS)
34. Virtua Racing (PS2)
35. Daytona USA (DC)
36. Sega Rally Championship (SATURN)
37. RayForce (iOS)
38. Hundreds (iOS)
39. Don't Look Back (iOS)
40. Finding Teddy (iOS)
41. Shantae & The Pirate's Curse (WII U)
42. Dragon Warrior II (GBC)
43. Guardian Heroes (360)
44. Ninja Smasher! (3DS)
45. BoxBoxBoy! (3DS)
46. 2 Fast 4 Gnomz (3DS)
47. Aeternoblade (3DS)
48. Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures (3DS)
49. Attack of the Friday Monsters! A Tokyo Tale (3DS)
50. Bloody Vampire (3DS)

Bloody Vampire is a decent adventure platformer (i.e., a "metroidvania" game) with bump combat mechanics (i.e., you fight like Adol in the Ys series). It costs $5, and I would have disappointed if I had paid more for it since, other than the combat mechanics and the complete lack of a map, everything about it was unmemorable. At $5, however, it provides a nice diversion for fans of the genre. The music was passable; the sprite work is good; the game offers a decent challenge at times; and it is consistently entertaining. It can be completed in a little over five hours, however, and both the story and cut scenes are incredibly annoying. It also recycles a lot of sprites. (Seriously, most of the bosses are just enlarged versions of regular enemies, and the final boss is a palette-swap of an earlier boss.) Moreover, and while the hand-drawn backgrounds look good, the tiles used to create the game's levels look like they were pulled from an early TG-16 game. Finally, the game's experience/gold system is completely broken, and once you discover how to exploit it, you can level up your character very quickly very early in the game. (Easy enemies often provide as much experience/gold as difficult ones.)

In sum, I enjoyed Bloody Vampire for what it was. I received my $5 worth of entertainment from it, but no more, and would have a hard time recommending it to anyone not already heavily invested in the genre.
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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by Exhuminator Tue Sep 13, 2016 8:31 am

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102. The Chou-Dangan!! Custom Sensha|DS|2008|platformer|1h 12m|7/10

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Simple DS Series Vol. 31: The Chou-Dangan!! Custom Sensha is a shooting-platforming game developed by ThinkArts and released on Nintendo DS in 2008. In Custom Sensha you take control of various tanks, and shoot your way through countless enemy armored vehicles, planes, helicopters, and whatever else they throw at you. This is done from a side scrolling perspective, with nice 2D graphics and simple controls. As you destroy enemies you rack up experience points, which level up your current tank, making it more resilient and powerful. While traveling through stages, you can find hidden power-ups, which act as additional optional gear that can be attached to your tank.

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During intermissions, you can save your game, and also customize your current tank. There are many different parts available to find, ranging from flame throwers, to heat seeking missiles, to lasers and more. The wide variety of parts encourages the player to replay missions, seeking out additional power-ups previously inaccessible, but now available due to new tanks or abilities. Shooting however is only half the challenge, the other half is the platforming aspect. Indeed your tanks can jump, and must jump, in order to navigate treacherous bottomless pits, moving platforms, conveyor belts and more. Thankfully extra lives are easy to come by, and you'll need them towards the end of this rather brief game.

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If you can read Japanese, you'll likely enjoy the simple story included in Custom Sensha. I can not read Japanese but I had no problem playing through the game. As such, I recommend Simple DS Series Vol. 31: The Chou-Dangan!! Custom Sensha to DS players who enjoy importing hidden gems from Japan. Although this is a brief experience (you'll knock it out in less than two hours), Custom Sensha is still a fairly unique experience. It's also a well crafted one, with tight controls and simple gameplay. So hop in your tank, shoot the bad guys, and try not to drive off a cliff to your death. Sounds like a good way to win a war to me.
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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by ElkinFencer10 Tue Sep 13, 2016 11:32 am

It's not a game beaten, but since I know a few people here seem to enjoy my reviews, and I'm not sure who checks the Game Reviews subforum, I figured I'd mention here that I just wrote a review on Overwatch in case anyone wants to give it a peek.

http://elkinfencer10.weebly.com/home/overwatch-ps4
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