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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by BoneSnapDeez Fri May 05, 2017 9:35 pm

Yes. But I'll have to play something from 1980 immediately after to return balance to the cosmos.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by Xeogred Fri May 05, 2017 10:08 pm

Have you never played the sequels? Most seem to like DKC2 the most, but I prefer the first DKC since it has the coolest levels and atmosphere to me. That world just feels so alive and massive. Only a few 16bit games have that density, kind of like Super Metroid. The cool thing about DKC2 though is that it picks up right after the first in terms of difficulty at the end of DKC1, so DKC2 is a lot harder. The collectathon elements aren't bad at all and now the bonus stages are interesting. But, I despise how the lost world area was setup here. You can only access one level per world after you get enough DK coins (15 I think?). It's just kind of silly how it was formatted. Anyways, I probably haven't 100%'d DKC2 or DKC3 since I was a kid. The collectibles don't get in the way at all, but you would probably have to go out of your way a bit if you want to 100% these. This is another thing I like about the original, the simplicity is something to appreciate about it.

1. Duke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary World Tour (PC)
2. Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter* (PC)
3. Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter (PC)
4. D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die (PC)
5. Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight (PC)
6. Deadcore (PC)
7. Yakuza 4 (PS3)
8. Hyper Light Drifter (PC)
9. Doom 2: Valiant (PC)
10. Resident Evil 7 (PS4)
10. Doom 2: Ancient Aliens (PC)
11. Doom 2: Vanguard (PC)
12. Doom 2: Doom 2 The Way id Did (PC)
13. Doom 2: Community Chest Pack 4 (PC)
14. Doom: Doom The Way id Did (PC)
15. Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 (PC)
16. Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2 (PC)
17. Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (WiiU)
18. Dishonored 2 (PC)
19. Kirby's Dream Land (GB)
20. Kirby's Dream Land 2 (GB)
21. Super Mario Land (GB)
22. Super Mario Land 2 (GB)
23. Mighty Final Fight (NES)
24. Kirby's Dream Land 3 (SNES)
25. Trip World (GB)
26. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Hyperstone Heist (Genesis)
27. Aladdin (Genesis)
28. Streets of Rage (SMS)
29. Bare Knuckle (Genesis)
30. Bare Knuckle 2* (Genesis)

* replay

Like I said last night... had to replay the sequels. 8)

I don't know if it's KEGA emulating things well or my crappy Logitech speakers having some magical effect with Genesis games, but the sound quality is absolutely amazing for some reason. My whole room was bumpin' with SoR2 here.

This game is basically perfect. I don't know if the Japanese version has some music changes or differences though? Some stuff sounded new, but it's maybe been forever since I've done a full run of this one.

SoR2 might be my favorite. But SoR3 is to SoR2 like what Seiken Densetsu 3 is to Secret of Mana... the gameplay levels up and is perfected. The advanced complexity to SoR3's gameplay is absolutely incredible. Unique running attacks with weapons, being able to run in general, and everything about its combat is sublime. Just like SD3. It's basically perfection for its genre. But damn do I love SoR2. I'll continue on and hit up the Japanese Bare Knuckle 3, since it's the time that matters most.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by Sarge Sat May 06, 2017 12:36 am

Put me in the DKC is better camp, too.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by strangenova Sat May 06, 2017 1:27 am

DKC2 is superior in every way, just my vote
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by alienjesus Sat May 06, 2017 6:36 am

Hello, I am that guy who thinks DKC3 is the best one.

Also, as far as version differences in Streets of Rage 2, I think they mainly just removed Blaze's panty shots when performing jump kicks and that's it.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by Xeogred Sat May 06, 2017 6:41 am

alienjesus wrote:Hello, I am that guy who thinks DKC3 is the best one.

Also, as far as version differences in Streets of Rage 2, I think they mainly just removed Blaze's panty shots when performing jump kicks and that's it.

Yeah I know of that change, haha. I used her a bit, but I prefer Axel in SoR2.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by ElkinFencer10 Sat May 06, 2017 10:00 am

Sarge wrote:Put me in the DKC is better camp, too.

Same.

alienjesus wrote:Hello, I am that guy who thinks DKC3 is the best one.

Get the fuck out.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by ElkinFencer10 Sat May 06, 2017 11:02 am

Games Beaten in 2017 So Far - 39

January (10 Games Beaten)
1. Persona 4 Arena - Playstation 3 - January 1
2. Chrono Trigger - SNES - January 7
3. Ys: The Vanished Omens - Master System - January 8
4. MUSHA - Genesis - January 10
5. Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree's Woe and the Blight Below - PlayStation 4 - January 11
6. Ys I - TurboGrafx-CD - January 13
7. Ys II - TurboGrafx-CD - January 14
8. Dragon Quest Builders - PlayStation 4 - January 23
9. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard - PlayStation 4 - January 26
10. School Girl/Zombie Hunter - PlayStation 4 - January 29


February (12 Games Beaten)
11. Fire Emblem Heroes - Android - February 3
12. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD - Wii U - February 5
13. Dante's Inferno - PlayStation 3 - February 7
14. Hotel Dusk: Room 215 - DS - February 11
15. Persona 4: Dancing All Night - Vita - February 12
16. Sniper Elite 4 - PlayStation 4 - February 17
17. Pony Quest - NES - February 19
18. Halo Wars 2 - Xbox One - February 22
19. Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions - PlayStation Portable - February 24
20. Hotline Miami - PlayStation 4 - February 26
21. Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light - Famicom - February 27
22. Bad Dudes - NES - February 28


March (6 Games Beaten)
23. Root Letter - PlayStation 4 - March 2
24. Vroom in the Night Sky - Switch - March 10
25. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Switch - March 17
26. Super Bomberman R - Switch - March 18
27. Super Mario Run - Android - March 24
28. I Am Setsuna - Switch - March 24


April (9 Games Beaten)
29. Mass Effect: Andromeda - PlayStation 4 - April 1
30. Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army - PlayStation 4 - April 2
31. Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army 2 - PlayStation 4 - April 2
32. New Frontier Days: Founding Pioneers - Switch - April 3
33. Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army 3 - PlayStation 4 - April 4
34. Persona 5 - PlayStation 4 - April 17
35. Alienation - PlayStation 4 - April 18
36. Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc - PlayStation 4 - April 23
37. Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair - PlayStation 4 - April 29


May (2 Games Beaten)
38. Puyo Puyo Tetris - Switch - May 4
39. Fire Emblem Gaiden - Famicom - May 6


39. Fire Emblem Gaiden - Famicom - May 6

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I'd heard that Fire Emblem Gaiden changed up the standard Fire Emblem formula, so I was always a little unsure whenever I considered playing it. With the 3DS remake coming out in North American in two weeks, though, I knew that now was the time to power through. If I played the remake first, not only would I not appreciate the changes made in the remake as much, but I knew the original would feel clunky and archaic when I played it later. To get full enjoyment out of both games, I knew I needed to play the original release before the upcoming remake.

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There are definitely a lot of things that Gaiden did that breaks from what now know as the "core" Fire Emblem formula, but it's not as drastically different as I had expected. I've seen it compared to Zelda II, and in some ways, I think that's fair; it's the second game in the series, so there wasn't an established "tradition" to continue or break, but because it's different from what later became the norm, it can feel quite alien to those playing it today. Gaiden did the whole "do it differently" thing much better than Zelda II, however. The only major differences are that weapons don't degrade, you have a map you can traverse at will (rather than straight linear battle progressions), and your game is split between two separate groups - Alm's group and Celica's group, each of which move on opposite sides of the map and interact only in indirect ways until the end.

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The battles themselves work pretty much the way that they do in any Fire Emblem game. You move around a grid in turn based combat and try to kill the bad guys before they kill you. Weapons don't degrade, so there's one less thing to worry about, but because this is an early Fire Emblem game, there's no weapon triangle. I forgot about that when I first started playing and was horribly confused with an axe wielder crippled one of my sword users in an early battle. Otherwise, it's your standard Fire Emblem combat system. You get experience for kills, you stats go up when you level up, and one wrong move can fuck your entire team. One difference to note is that class ups work differently here. There are development "trees" that different classes use, and you class up not with an item or by surpassing a level cap but by visiting a shrine once you've attained a minimum level. From that level, you can either promote your unit or keep them at a lower class (though I have no idea why you'd ever want to do that). Enemies in shrines also respawn every time you leave, so they're great for grinding exp (a must in this game).

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I do have one minor gripe with this game - I didn't find the characters or story as engaging as most Fire Emblem narratives. That's not to say that it was bad; it was very enjoyable. I'm normally absolutely engrossed in the lore and story of a Fire Emblem game, and here, I was only interested. I felt little burning urge to rush home to play immediately after work, and I've rarely lacked that for a Fire Emblem game. I certainly played once I did get home, and I enjoyed it, but it certainly didn't hook me hard and relentlessly like Mystery of the Emblem or Path of Radiance did. I'm hoping that spruced up cut scenes and some voice acting in Fire Emblem Echoes will make me more interested than the Famicom's mute text screens. That's not knocking text delivered narrative at all, but it's undeniably less immersive than animated cut scenes with voice acting.

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Fire Emblem Gaiden isn't going to make my Top 5 Fire Emblem Games list or anything, but it's an extremely competent sequel to the original, and while it can be a little bit rough around the edges, it's absolutely still worth playing for fans of the series as well as fans of SRPGs in general. The characters, while not as captivating as other entries in the franchise, are interesting and likeable, and the story is deep enough. The combat is what really makes the game shine, though, and truthfully, that's as it should be. If you're into Fire Emblem or strategy games, definitely give this one a go next time you're in the mood for a challenge.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by BoneSnapDeez Sat May 06, 2017 2:12 pm

Workin' dem Fami RPGs.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by Jmustang1968 Sat May 06, 2017 2:18 pm

Hmm the story on this remake will be a concern for me. I have found all the Fire Emblem stories pretty terrible with the exception of the Gamecube/Wii releases. So if this one is weaker than the usual, then I do not have high hopes.
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