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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by Xeogred Fri Oct 28, 2016 10:46 pm

If the controls in Demon's Crest felt like Super Ghouls, I'd be all over it!
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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by Sarge Sat Oct 29, 2016 1:05 am

Ugh, that penultimate boss is a pain with the Bracelet. Just finally had to turn it off. The last boss is actually ridiculously easy in comparison.
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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by MrPopo Sat Oct 29, 2016 12:30 pm

First 50:
1. Oni - PC
2. Donkey Kong 64 - N64
3. Yoshi's Story - N64
4. Neverwinter Nights: Shadows of Undrentide - PC
5. Forsaken 64 - N64
6. Bloodrayne: Betrayal - PSN
7. Fire Emblem Seisen no Keifu - SNES
8. Fire Emblem Shin Monshō no Nazo: Hikari to Kage no Eiyū - Nintendo DS
9. Valkyria Chronicles 3 - PSP
10. Ready 2 Rumble Boxing - DC
11. Rise of the Tomb Raider - PC
12. XCOM 2 - PC
13. Shadowrun Hong Kong Bonus Campaign - PC
14. Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest - 3DS
15. Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright - 3DS
16. Lagrange Point - NES
17. Fire Emblem Fates: Revelations - 3DS
18. Cybernator - SNES
19. Outwars - PC
20. Resident Evil - GC
21. Resident Evil 2 - GC
22. Resident Evil 3 - GC
23. Resident Evil Code Veronica X - GC
24. Dino Crisis - PSX
25. Resident Evil 5 - PC
26. Dark Souls 3 - PS4
27. The Banner Saga 2 - PC
28. Bravely Second - 3DS
29. Star Fox Zero - Wii U
30. Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - PC
31. Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Winter Assault - PC
32. Doom (2016) - PC
33. Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Dark Crusade - PC
34. Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Soulstorm - PC
35. Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine - PC
36. Doom 64 - N64
37. Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - PC
38. Super Empire Strikes Back - SNES
39. Might & Magic 3 - Isles of Terra - PC
40. Mirror's Edge Catalyst - PC
41. Sonic 2 - Genesis
42. Resident Evil Revelations - PC
43. Resident Evil Revelations 2 - PC
44. Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE - Wii U
45. Kirby: Planet Robobot
46. Sin: Wages of Sin - PC
47. Torchlight II - PC
48. Star Ocean: Integrity & Faithlessness - PS4
49. Axiom Verge - PS4
50. Shadow Complex Remastered - PS4

51. Ori and the Blind Forest - Xbox One
52. AM2R - PC
53. Total Annihilation - PC
54. I Am Setsuna - PS4
55. Planetary Annihilation Titans - PC
56. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - PC
57. Dark Reign - Rise of the Shadowhand - PC
58. Dragon Age Inquisition - Jaws of Hakkon - PC
59. Dragon Age Inquisition - The Descent - PC
60. Dragon Age Inquisition - Trespasser - PC
61. The Witcher 3 - Hearts of Stone - PC
62. The Witcher 3 - Blood & Wine - PC
63. ReCore - Xbox One
64. Final Fantasy Tactics - PS1
65. Resident Evil 6 - PC
66. Knuckles Chaotix - 32X
67. Assault Suit Leynos - PS4
68. Might & Magic 2 - Gate to Another World - PC
69. Might & Magic 4 - Clouds of Xeen - PC
70. Might & Magic 5 - Darkside of Xeen - PC

I've wrapped up the ongoing story of the first five Might & Magic games, though I still have the postgame content that only exists in the combined 4&5 game. Darkside of Xeen is a culmination of everything that's been going on in the previous games, and a fitting end to the quintology.

Darkside of Xeen can be played standalone, but it will be a bit hard at the get-go. Newly created characters start at level 3 (or 5, not sure which, definitely not 1), and the quests in the first town all give out huge amounts of experience. In fact, a running theme through this game is that quests give out large amounts of experience and therefore you should track them all down. You'll actually have to do more of them in order to complete the main quest, as you need to collect a large number of MacGuffins that are located in the various quest dungeons. Like Might & Magic 2 this is a high-powered game; I ended at level 85 and my characters all had stats boosted to 50 at minimum, and a few had their prime stats at the effective cap. You're going to need that power, though, as many of the late game enemies can still work through a fully buffed party if you don't come at them in full force.

Overall the game has a darker feel than Clouds of Xeen. The palette of the land is darker, and the terrain has more of a "world in decline" feel to it. Additionally, you need to unlock access to all the towns. While you can sneak into the first two the other three will require you to progress quests to enter. The big bad of 4&5 has set up base on this side of the land, whereas it was just his general on the other side and his general hadn't fully pushed through his campaign yet. There's an overall sense of this being a world under siege.

One thing I noticed was that my spellcasters started to lose their luster. At these high levels (and having mostly Obsidian gear from drops) I'm getting so many attacks per turn that the magic doesn't keep up, outside the scaling magic. But my casters were now powerful enough to contribute in physical combat anyway. They were still useful for their buffs, but I feel like I could easily have replaced the sorcerer with an archer, and maybe kept the cleric for the deep SP pool (especially for divine intervention, which is the only healing spell worth a damn at this point).

One really nice aspect of Darkside is there are a lot of puzzles in it. While every Might & Magic game has had a puzzle or two this one throws a couple in every dungeon. Some are navigational, while others are logic or wordplay puzzles. It keeps the gameplay engaging even for the portions where you're massively overpowered because you brought over characters from Clouds of Xeen.

As I mentioned this wraps up the story of the first five Might & Magic games. You gain access to the logs of the two characters who have been part of the series since the beginning and get more explicit information as to what's been going on in the five games, and in the backstory in general. Things that were only mentioned obliquely in previous games are explained in detail.

On to the postgame!
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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by BoneSnapDeez Sat Oct 29, 2016 2:26 pm

Is part X somehow related to the Xeen games? Maybe I am smoking cheeb.
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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by Sarge Sat Oct 29, 2016 2:48 pm

And there's the legit win in SGnG. Figured out the pattern quite well on the green demon. Easiest way to get there is a perfect run with crossbow, know where the chests are, get the Bracelet almost at the end of the stage, and then finish it all off. The first demon is a bit more unpredictable. You can also do it like I did and make it from the beginning of the stage with the Bracelet. I didn't have Gold Armor, so that makes it a little tougher, but being cautiously aggressive with that first form is the name of the game, then you should have enough time to wait out the second.

And as mentioned, the final final boss is a wimp. Kinda funny, that.
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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by MrPopo Sat Oct 29, 2016 4:35 pm

First 50:
1. Oni - PC
2. Donkey Kong 64 - N64
3. Yoshi's Story - N64
4. Neverwinter Nights: Shadows of Undrentide - PC
5. Forsaken 64 - N64
6. Bloodrayne: Betrayal - PSN
7. Fire Emblem Seisen no Keifu - SNES
8. Fire Emblem Shin Monshō no Nazo: Hikari to Kage no Eiyū - Nintendo DS
9. Valkyria Chronicles 3 - PSP
10. Ready 2 Rumble Boxing - DC
11. Rise of the Tomb Raider - PC
12. XCOM 2 - PC
13. Shadowrun Hong Kong Bonus Campaign - PC
14. Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest - 3DS
15. Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright - 3DS
16. Lagrange Point - NES
17. Fire Emblem Fates: Revelations - 3DS
18. Cybernator - SNES
19. Outwars - PC
20. Resident Evil - GC
21. Resident Evil 2 - GC
22. Resident Evil 3 - GC
23. Resident Evil Code Veronica X - GC
24. Dino Crisis - PSX
25. Resident Evil 5 - PC
26. Dark Souls 3 - PS4
27. The Banner Saga 2 - PC
28. Bravely Second - 3DS
29. Star Fox Zero - Wii U
30. Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - PC
31. Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Winter Assault - PC
32. Doom (2016) - PC
33. Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Dark Crusade - PC
34. Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Soulstorm - PC
35. Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine - PC
36. Doom 64 - N64
37. Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - PC
38. Super Empire Strikes Back - SNES
39. Might & Magic 3 - Isles of Terra - PC
40. Mirror's Edge Catalyst - PC
41. Sonic 2 - Genesis
42. Resident Evil Revelations - PC
43. Resident Evil Revelations 2 - PC
44. Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE - Wii U
45. Kirby: Planet Robobot
46. Sin: Wages of Sin - PC
47. Torchlight II - PC
48. Star Ocean: Integrity & Faithlessness - PS4
49. Axiom Verge - PS4
50. Shadow Complex Remastered - PS4

51. Ori and the Blind Forest - Xbox One
52. AM2R - PC
53. Total Annihilation - PC
54. I Am Setsuna - PS4
55. Planetary Annihilation Titans - PC
56. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - PC
57. Dark Reign - Rise of the Shadowhand - PC
58. Dragon Age Inquisition - Jaws of Hakkon - PC
59. Dragon Age Inquisition - The Descent - PC
60. Dragon Age Inquisition - Trespasser - PC
61. The Witcher 3 - Hearts of Stone - PC
62. The Witcher 3 - Blood & Wine - PC
63. ReCore - Xbox One
64. Final Fantasy Tactics - PS1
65. Resident Evil 6 - PC
66. Knuckles Chaotix - 32X
67. Assault Suit Leynos - PS4
68. Might & Magic 2 - Gate to Another World - PC
69. Might & Magic 4 - Clouds of Xeen - PC
70. Might & Magic 5 - Darkside of Xeen - PC
71. Might & Magic 4&5 - World of Xeen - PC

If you're playing the combined version of Might & Magic 4 & 5 then you gain access to some postgame content once you have defeated the big bads of each individual game. This consists of uniting the two sides of Xeen into a single entity; in the end the flat world is converted into a sphere, allowing both peoples to intermingle freely.

The post game consists of a few required dungeons and one optional challenge dungeons. You need to get the elements in balance, rescue Prince Roland, and finally bring everything to a location above Darkstone Tower. Rescuing Prince Roland is what requires you to go through both Dragon Tower and Darkstone Tower, and both involve some puzzle solving and a lot of very high level enemies. But the standout is the challenge dungeon.

The first floor is to solve a crossword puzzle. The entire map is a giant crossword puzzle and the floor changes from water to ground as you fill in the correct answers. The second floor is mostly about combat against some unique enemies. The third floor is a navigational puzzle where you have to ring four gongs without touching any piles of treasure; the Jump spell is crucial here. The last floor is the heart of Xeen itself, and it's mostly for flavor. There's also a ton of clones of Lord Xeen, so I hope you remembered your Xeen Slayer Sword.
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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by MrPopo Sat Oct 29, 2016 4:36 pm

BoneSnapDeez wrote:Is part X somehow related to the Xeen games? Maybe I am smoking cheeb.

It is not. X is squarely in the fantasy-only Ubisoft continuity. The devs even wanted to try and reintroduce some of the sci-fi stuff but were denied (though the non-canon dev room itself apparently does have some throwbacks to the classic story).
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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by Ack Sat Oct 29, 2016 6:09 pm

So what now, Popo? Moving on to 6 or taking a break?
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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by MrPopo Sat Oct 29, 2016 8:04 pm

I was debating doing Swords of Xeen, but I think I'm going to take a bit of a break. I do think I'll do Swords of Xeen before the end of the year.
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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by Sarge Sat Oct 29, 2016 10:43 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)
125) Castlevania: Circle of the Moon
126) Ratchet & Clank: Quest for Booty
127) X-Men (ARC)
128) Vanguard (ARC)
129) Trio the Punch (ARC)
130) Street Fighter 2': Special Champion Edition (GEN)
131) Snake Rattle 'n' Roll (NES)
132) Rad Racer (NES)
133) Super Mario Bros. (NES)

October:

134) JAWS (NES)
135) Chronicles of Teddy: Harmony of Exidus
136) Double Dragon II: The Revenge (PCE CD)
137) Splatterhouse (TG-16)
138) Super Dodge Ball (PCE)
139) Demon's Crest (SNES)
140) Splatterhouse 2 (GEN)
141) Super Ghouls 'N' Ghosts (SNES)
142) Stargate (SNES)

Not entirely sure why, but I've always thought Stargate (and most of Probe's action games like Judge Dredd) looked interesting, but I never put much time into them. Well, this one's done, and it's... a lot better than you'd think. Nothing mind-blowing, but certainly not the worst game I've ever played.

Kurt Russell (yes, they managed to get his likeness) can shoot his gun multiple directions, throw grenades, and do some ledge-climbing. It's a bit like a more responsive Flashback or something, although there are some control quirks at times.

The last boss is pretty tough. Turns out the best method to win is to find certain spots and defend yourself via gunfire, and unload grenades when you can. I also managed to miss one of the bomb pieces earlier in the game, so I got the bad ending. Turns out I barely missed it, I went back with a save state, and finished it again. Kind of an annoying thing, so make sure to look everywhere for them (and the heiroglyphics)!

Not a terrible way to spend the day. 6.5/10? Seems a'ight, definitely above average.
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