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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by Ack Tue Nov 29, 2016 12:12 pm

dsheinem wrote: I don't care for the other two much at all.


Funny enough, this is how I've always felt about Phalanx. I play it, and something about it just never clicks.
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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by Sarge Tue Nov 29, 2016 12:18 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)
143) ActRaiser 2 (SNES)

November:
144) Castlevania (NES)
145) Chip 'N' Dale's Rescue Rangers 2 (NES)
146) Chip 'N' Dale's Rescue Rangers (NES)
147) Gain Ground (GEN)
148) ActRaiser 2 (legit) (SNES)
149) The Rocketeer (NES)
150) Adventures in the Magic Kingdom (NES)
151) Kung Fu
152) Spartan X 2
153) Xexyz (NES)
154) Warlock Bentspine (PC)
155) Rise of the Tomb Raider (PS4)

Welp, I finished this last night. It was totally worth the wait. Yes, it came out last year on XB1, but I'm not interested in buying one of those yet.

If you played the 2013 reboot, you know what to expect. A lot more open-world gameplay elements, with several optional tombs and crypts. This time, though, the tombs are actually pretty significant. There are some fairly interesting puzzles going on here that will take you a little longer than just saying, "That's it?" Most of them involve pulleys and doing stuff with your rope arrows, which are a cool tool.

The game itself certainly does a good job of characterizing Lara again. I know some folks had issue with tonal whiplash in the first game, given how many dudes you brutally arrow in the head, but I thought it worked well enough. This time, you can definitely see more of that building towards the character that we've always known Lara to be, and there isn't as much tonal whiplash. It's just Lara doing what she feels has to be done.

Interspersed in the open-world bits are various linear action setpieces, much like the Uncharted games. They work pretty well, although if you've played enough video games, you can kinda feel the artificial tension that those bring. In most cases, you're never actually in quite as much danger as the game reflects. But it's still impressive to take in.

Anyway, totally worth playing. I'll give this one a 9/10 at least. There were times where I even had a bit of a Zelda vibe going, so any game that can give me that feeling is gonna rate pretty high.
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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by dsheinem Tue Nov 29, 2016 12:52 pm

alienjesus wrote:Lords of Thunder is the greatest shmup of the era, and one of the greatest shmups of all time.


I can respect that argument and used to hold that view myself...

Nowadays I can't decide which Toaplan or Compile shooter I think is the best of the era, but I am increasingly leaning towards Truxton or Robo Aleste.

I don't think I could push Lords of Thunder out of the top 4 or 5 though. Very tough choices!
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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by dsheinem Tue Nov 29, 2016 12:54 pm

Ack wrote:
dsheinem wrote: I don't care for the other two much at all.


Funny enough, this is how I've always felt about Phalanx. I play it, and something about it just never clicks.


Yeah, I debated putting Phalanx there but listing just a few games looked a little petty :lol:

There's a tremendous gulf in quality between Genesis and SNES shmups. The best SNES titles would be middling titles on the Genesis.
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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by prfsnl_gmr Tue Nov 29, 2016 1:18 pm

dsheinem wrote:There's a tremendous gulf in quality between Genesis and SNES shmups. The best SNES titles would be middling titles on the Genesis.


<Gasp!>

IMO, R-Type III is one of the best shmups of its generation, but I can understand why some people would not like it as much as I do. Super Aleste would be great on any system, however.

That said, I generally agree that Blazing Lazers is amazing, but I haven't read enough praise for Steel Empire. IMO, both it and its (insanely overpriced) 3DS remake are very, very solid
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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by ElkinFencer10 Tue Nov 29, 2016 1:23 pm

Jesus Christ, I was sold on that remake until I saw the price tag. $30?? Daaaaamn son.
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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by alienjesus Tue Nov 29, 2016 1:28 pm

dsheinem wrote:
alienjesus wrote:Lords of Thunder is the greatest shmup of the era, and one of the greatest shmups of all time.


I can respect that argument and used to hold that view myself...

Nowadays I can't decide which Toaplan or Compile shooter I think is the best of the era, but I am increasingly leaning towards Truxton or Robo Aleste.

I don't think I could push Lords of Thunder out of the top 4 or 5 though. Very tough choices!



I hear most people prefer Gates of Thunder, but Lords is my personal preference of the two. I still need to pick up a physical copy though - shame the price jumped up about £40 because of Brexit.

I do find that my preferences are for Compile shooters for the era.
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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by Exhuminator Tue Nov 29, 2016 1:31 pm

ElkinFencer10 wrote:Jesus Christ, I was sold on that remake until I saw the price tag. $30?? Daaaaamn son.

Sadly if the game had sexy anime pilots in its cutscenes, it would actually sell at that price.
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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by Sarge Tue Nov 29, 2016 1:46 pm

Exhuminator wrote:Sadly if the game had sexy anime pilots in its cutscenes, it would actually sell at that price.
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You should go play Sengoku Blade then. ;)

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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by Exhuminator Tue Nov 29, 2016 1:53 pm

I was thinking Steam-Heart's actually, but yeah.
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