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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by Sarge Sat May 06, 2017 3:00 pm

Xeogred wrote:Yeah I know of that change, haha. I used her a bit, but I prefer Axel in SoR2.

Burn Knuckle! Burn Knuckle! Burn Knuckle! :lol:

(Axel is my choice, too, but I've also started using Max a lot. Dude is a beast.)
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by Markies Sat May 06, 2017 5:13 pm

1. Phantasy Star II (GEN)
2. Guitar Hero (PS2)
3. Adventures of Lolo (NES)
4. Animal Crossing (GCN)
5. Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse (NES)
6. Beyond The Beyond (PS1)
7. R.B.I. Baseball (NES)
8. Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo (PS1)
9. GoldenEye: Rogue Agent (GCN)
10. Project Gotham Racing (XBOX)
11. Ristar (GEN)
12. Conker's Bad Fur Day (N64)
13. Crash Bandicoot (PS1)
14. Pikmin (GCN)

15. Syberia (XBOX)

I beat Syberia on the Microsoft XBOX this afternoon!

I never really got into the Adventure game genre when I was growing up. I wasn't that big of a PC gamer and my active mind really never had the time nor the patience for that type of genre. I had always been curious about them as I played Myst for a little while, but that was about it.

In my college days, I used to watch X-Play rather religiously and I remember them reviewing Syberia. They gave it rave reviews and the visuals really attracted me towards the game. However, I was really interested in the story as I have grown to love History the longer I am on this Earth. The idea of how old things still fit in the Modern World really resonated with me and I had to give this genre another shot.

Syberia is a really good Adventure game and just a nice pallet cleanser for myself. It was really nice to play a game with no enemies, no time limits, no action, a slower pace and very little puzzle work. The game is a little bit like an interactive movie as there aren't any of the famous Sierra inventory puzzles.

The story is very interesting as it deals with an old toy factory, automatons and the oncoming change of the modern world. It's not too emotional, but it does tug at your heart strings. It's elegant, subtle and quite beautiful.

For a little game, Syberia is just a nice game. It probably won't be one of my favorites at the end of the year, but it is definitely an enjoyable experience. If you love Adventure games or even want to try them out, Syberia is a wonderful place to start.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by Xeogred Sat May 06, 2017 6:03 pm

Sarge wrote:
Xeogred wrote:Yeah I know of that change, haha. I used her a bit, but I prefer Axel in SoR2.

Burn Knuckle! Burn Knuckle! Burn Knuckle! :lol:

(Axel is my choice, too, but I've also started using Max a lot. Dude is a beast.)

Yeah I tried out Blaze for a second but wasn't liking her moveset much in 2. I always liked Max growing up though! One of the better bigger dudes alongside Haggar.

Have you ever played SoR Remake? You can eventually unlock a bunch of other side characters like Shiva, Mr X, some female ninja (forget if she was a boss in 3 somewhere), some others. They all play so authentically well too, it's incredible. It really is pretty much SoR4.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by alienjesus Sat May 06, 2017 6:08 pm

Axel is actually my least favourite to play as in both 1 and 2, although I like him a little more in 3.

In 1 I like Blaze best, and in 2 I liked Skate the most as a kid. On a recent playthrough I was liking both Blaze and Max a lot though, and doing better as them too (I was playing the character rotating mode that's in the 3DS port).

I'm more undecided on 3 so far.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by Xeogred Sat May 06, 2017 6:29 pm

Interesting, I kind of like SoR2 Axel more than SoR3 Axel. It seems like he has better reach in 2.

Skate is pretty good with his grabs, but he just looks... lame to me haha.

I've always liked Dr Zan, but I would probably take Max over him. Shame Adam didn't make it into the sequels, I really dig him even though I prefer the mid-speed types like Axel, Adam was still fast enough and awesome. I think I might run with Blaze for SoR3 next time.

Final Fight wise, let's just say... Cody sucks. lol, he's fine but Guy and Haggar specialize in their respective areas so much that I never care to use Cody anymore.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by Xeogred Sat May 06, 2017 8:25 pm

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)
31. Bare Knuckle 3* (Genesis)

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And beat! Cleared on normal with no continues and used Blaze. She was pretty awesome, though the backflip kick leaves her a bit open to some attacks. Her running special move fully upgraded at three stars is awesome.

Got the good true ending. I forgot that's the one with the robot level and Neo X at the end... I kind of prefer the other route where you fight Shiva at the end.

Playing them back to back again, I would say I probably like SoR2's levels the most (more cool cityscapes). But you really have to love how much more advanced SoR3's mechanics are and the game runs way faster. Both have their strengths and are perfect.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by Sarge Sat May 06, 2017 10:47 pm

Xeogred wrote:Have you ever played SoR Remake? You can eventually unlock a bunch of other side characters like Shiva, Mr X, some female ninja (forget if she was a boss in 3 somewhere), some others. They all play so authentically well too, it's incredible. It really is pretty much SoR4.

Oh, yeah, definitely. It's great. I played through all the routes back when it came out. I was shocked at the quality, it absolutely felt like a new SoR game.

As for games I've beaten, I just finished Mighty No. 9. I'm here to tell y'all, it's not a great game, but it certainly didn't deserve the crap that it caught. I figure it's a bit above average. Sometimes the game really sings, and other times there are massive, cheap, unfair difficulty spikes that bring the whole thing down. The mechanics don't always mesh well. Still, if you can get it ridiculously cheap, it's not bad. I don't feel bad dropping a ten spot on it.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by ElkinFencer10 Sun May 07, 2017 8:28 am

Games Beaten in 2017 So Far - 40

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 (3 Games Beaten)
38. Puyo Puyo Tetris - Switch - May 4
39. Fire Emblem Gaiden - Famicom - May 6
40. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - Switch - May 6


40. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - Switch - May 6

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Having had an extremely unsuccessful console with the Wii U, Nintendo has been doing a fair bit of porting their games to Switch and 3DS. Between Hyrule Warriors, Yoshi's Woolly World, Breath of the Wild, and now Mario Kart 8, former Wii U exclusives are often available on other platforms, sometimes with slight upgrades and sometimes with slight downgrades. So how does Mario Kart 8 Deluxe stack up against the original Wii U release now that it's graced the Switch with its presence? Imagine someone gives you the best birthday present in the world, and when you've finally regained your compose, they shout "BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE!" Yeah, it's kind of like that.

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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is pretty much exactly the same game that you got on the Wii U with the inclusion of all DLC (including the Mercedes-Benz karts) and a few new extras. The resolution (while docked) is a full 1080p rather than the Wii U's upscaled 720p, and - for those who notice such things - the weird dropped frame issue in the Wii U version has been fixed (check out Digital Foundry's video that shows the random drop to 59 fps), keeping this release locked at a solid and (as far as I can tell) unwavering 60 fps. There are six new characters - King Boo, Dry Bones, Bowser Jr, the Inkling boy and girl, and Gold Mario (unlockable by beating all 12 grand prix cups on 200 cc). With the exception of Gold Mario, all drivers are unlocked from the start. There are also a few new kart options and a totally revamped Battle Mode with eight battle courses - three old ones and five all new ones. My favorite addition (aside from Inkling girl; she's my waifu), however, is the return of the double item box and ability to hold two items. It was one of the things I thought made Double Dash the best game in the series until Mario Kart 8, and it was my only real complaint about Mario Kart 8 on Wii U.

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What if you're a total scrub and never played Mario Kart 8 on the Wii U, though? Well, let me break down for you why this is the best damn Mario Kart game ever made. Making a return from Mario Kart Wii are the bikes in addition to your standard karts, but new to Mario Kart 8 are the ATV class of vehicles. There are also (excluding the four DLC cups) four cups with redesigned tracks from previous Mario Kart games as well as four cups with all new tracks. Throw in local and online play, both of which are extremely smooth and - in case of online - completely devoid of lag or connection issues as far as my experience goes, and you truly have the definitive Mario Kart experience here. Add in the DLC and the few extras and enhancements from the Switch port, and best Mario Kart game ever made gets even bester.

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While the racing is super tight and truly superb, the battle mode is possibly the aspect of this game that stands out the most simply because of how much it's been improved over its Wii U counterpart. The added battle arena tracks alone set it far above its original release (especially given how fond I am of the Splatoon themed battle arena). There are now five different game types in battle mode. The tried-and-true Balloon Battle has been altered from the original release of Mario Kart 8; instead of having a last man standing style of battle, it's now based on points with a time limit; if all of your balloons are popped, you respawn, but you lose half of your accumulated points. There's also Renegade Roundup which is basically just cops and robbers cross Mario Kart; Bob-omb Blast which is a spin on Balloon Battle where you just use a shit load of Bob-ombs; Coin Runners which is my least favorite, being just "collect more coins than the other guys;" and Shine Thief in which you much collect the Shine Sprite and hold onto it for 30 seconds. If you're hit and lose the Shine Sprite, your timer doesn't reset, but you have to reacquire it to start counting down again.

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Now, of course, it wouldn't be a major first party release without some kind of amiibo functionality, right? Well, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe keeps the same basic amiibo functionality as the original release, but it adds in Splatoon themed Mii outfits that can be unlocked with Splatoon amiibos. It also expands the amiibo compatibility list by allowing you to use amiibo variations (for example, any of the eight Splatoon amiibos can unlock the Splatoon outfit, and any of the gazillion Animal Crossing amiibos or amiibo cards can unlock the Animal Crossing outfit). Personally, I would have liked to see Nintendo add a bit more here - something special for the gold Mario or Mega Man amiibos or the various Zelda or Monster Hunter amiibos, for example - but it's not bad for a little bullshit extra. If nothing else, it gives amiibo collectors a little something cool while not making those without amiibos feel screwed over.

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I know I've said it a couple times already, but me reiterate again for those who didn't get it the first however many times - Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on the Switch is the greatest Mario Kart release to date. As far as I'm concerned, this is a concrete and indisputable scientific fact. I mean, hell, it sold over a million copies in less than a week and has a 1:2 adoption rate among Switch owners in the United States. There's a TON of fun to be had here both single player and multiplayer, and that multiplayer fun is just as good local as it is online. Set up a LAN party, set up an online game, or battle it out against the CPU at 200 cc. Whatever your preferred flavor, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has something to offer, and that something is basically crack cocaine. You need it. You NEED it. Trust me; you need it.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by Xeogred Sun May 07, 2017 10:29 am

Yeah, I own Mario Kart 8 on the Wii U and I won't feel bad about buying it again when I get a Switch. Sounds worth it for Battle Mode alone and all around, it is quite possibly the best Mario Kart ever.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by ElkinFencer10 Sun May 07, 2017 4:42 pm

Xeogred wrote:Yeah, I own Mario Kart 8 on the Wii U and I won't feel bad about buying it again when I get a Switch. Sounds worth it for Battle Mode alone and all around, it is quite possibly the best Mario Kart ever.

Dude, hit us up when you get it. Bogus, Lauren, and I are almost always down for some MK8.
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