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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by Xeogred Tue Mar 15, 2016 8:00 pm

Sarge wrote:After playing The Guardian Legend, I was keen on anything similar. Xexyz fit the bill, and even if I don't like it quite as much, it's still quite solid. Definitely a gem, and as mentioned, it should still be pretty cheap.

Did I miss your post of The Guardian Legend or something? I've always wanted to check that one out solely based on the fact that it looks kind of like Blaster Master.
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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by Sarge Tue Mar 15, 2016 8:08 pm

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Sarge wrote:After playing The Guardian Legend, I was keen on anything similar. Xexyz fit the bill, and even if I don't like it quite as much, it's still quite solid. Definitely a gem, and as mentioned, it should still be pretty cheap.

Did I miss your post of The Guardian Legend or something? I've always wanted to check that one out solely based on the fact that it looks kind of like Blaster Master.

Ah, sorry, not recently; I was referring to when I was much younger. I discovered TGL through Nintendo Power, and our local video store had a copy. We loved it, and I actually own that copy from when they started selling their NES stock. Xexyz became one that my brother and I chased down after playing it.

I really should revisit it, though. :)

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


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

March:
42) Freedom Planet (Milla, 82 lives lost)
43) Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis
44) Lara Croft Go
45) Oniken
46) Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam
47) Batman: The Video Game (GB)

I've always had a fascination for this game. Maybe it's the music, maybe it's the tiny little cutesy-wutesy (did I just say that?) Batman sprite, or that he totally wields firearms... either way, it's good stuff from Sunsoft. Short, though. I was actually playing this last night on PSP, and both emulators I tried crashed at the end of Stage 2-3. Ugh. I went at it on PC this time, and it continued without a hitch. On top of that, I pulled off a no-death run! No, really! I kinda surprised myself with that one. I wouldn't say it's an overly hard game, but it's not easy, either.
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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by Exhuminator Wed Mar 16, 2016 9:38 am

Ex's 2016 beat list:
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

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55. Ace Combat: Joint Assault|PSP|2010|flight combat|6h 26m|4/10

Ace Combat: Joint Assault takes everything Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception did right, and does it entirely wrong. Released four years after Ace Combat X, Joint Assault does not aurally or graphically improve upon its predecessor. Rather it focuses on the two complaints people had with Ace Combat X, that ACX was too easy and too short. So in order to make itself more difficult and longer, Joint Assault uses copious asinine artificial difficulty methods to cheat the player of a fair experience.

The best planes are locked behind New Game+, the best parts are locked behind required grinding of previously beaten missions. The rate at which you can acquire upgrades is laboriously slow and unrewarding. Halfway through the campaign, each and every mission becomes a chore to complete. This is due to mission designs hinging on gimmick concepts like constantly dodging a rail gun, flying a 747 through a mine laden canyon, or destroying continued variations of the same stupid air fortress. Boss battles are infuriating due to bosses themselves having no regard for realistic aerial physics whatsoever. Especially the final boss who in a standard jet, can stop mid-air, and shift back and forth dodging missiles like a ninja, without stalling. None of your own jets can even remotely do that. Disregard if you hit the boss with a missile it magically doesn't hurt him. Also most of the missions are balanced for co-op play, with no regard to auto-adjusting to the single player experience. Which means playing these missions single player is just nightmare after nightmare.

Without going into truly excruciating further detail, Ace Combat: Joint Assault is a disgusting mess of a game. And I'm saying that as someone who's beaten six other Ace Combat games before this one. The plot is junk, you never get to fly with AI wingmen, missions are way too long, etc. Joint Assault has zero regard for actually entertaining the player or offering a fair challenge, but rather goes out of its way to be inconvenient and frankly not fun at all. (Seriously, once you reach mission 14, just call the game done. The long march of crap to finish mission 21 just isn't worth it.) Joint Assault is aptly named, because this is a two-fold assault of bad game design and joyless flight.

Edit: Just did my research and confirmed that Ace Combat X and Joint Assault did not share the same director, lead game designer, or assistant game designers. Totally different teams, and that explains everything.
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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by Exhuminator Wed Mar 16, 2016 1:10 pm

Sarge wrote:After playing The Guardian Legend, I was keen on anything similar. Xexyz fit the bill, and even if I don't like it quite as much, it's still quite solid. Definitely a gem, and as mentioned, it should still be pretty cheap.

BoneSnapDeez wrote:There's a game called Ginga Denshou: Galaxy Odyssey on Famicom Disk System that's very similar to The Guardian Legend (in fact, it predates it) with the same sort of alternating shmup and exploration sequences. Unfortunately, it happens to be pretty terrible. Xexyz rules. I have yet to finish it though.

If you guys like shmup action-RPG-ish NES/FC games check out:

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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by BoneSnapDeez Wed Mar 16, 2016 1:54 pm

on my wishlist brothaaaaa. It's cheap, I'll snag it when I have a chance. Surely I derped around with it via emulation some years ago.
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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by ElkinFencer10 Wed Mar 16, 2016 2:58 pm

How bad is the language barrier on that game? I tend to avoid RPGs not released outside of Japan because I can't read/speak Japanese.
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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by BoneSnapDeez Wed Mar 16, 2016 3:07 pm

Not too bad. It's an action oriented game.

Get yourself a Retron 5 playa, and load up patches on an SD card.
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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by ElkinFencer10 Wed Mar 16, 2016 3:18 pm

BoneSnapDeez wrote:Not too bad. It's an action oriented game.

Get yourself a Retron 5 playa, and load up patches on an SD card.

Woah, you can do that?? I've got a Retron 5, but I had no idea you could load patches on it (admittedly, I've not played around with it too too much).
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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by BoneSnapDeez Wed Mar 16, 2016 4:03 pm

Yes brah. Load up patches. Play your Japanese games in English.
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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by ExedExes Wed Mar 16, 2016 5:23 pm

Oh man I totally missed that Batman GB clear. I still can't make it past 4-2, the auto scrolling area.
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