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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by BogusMeatFactory Tue May 09, 2017 8:34 pm

I loved mystical ninja starring goemon. Ebisumaru's crawl animation is priceless.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by retrosportsgamer Tue May 09, 2017 8:38 pm

That Puyo Puyo 2 is BRUTAL. Well done
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by Xeogred Tue May 09, 2017 9:26 pm

Even Dr Robotnick in Mean Bean Machine is crazy.

Speaking of Contra, thinking of hitting up the NES game soon. Always been a casual fan of the few I've played, but I'm actually not sure which ones I've beaten. If any. lol
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by Exhuminator Tue May 09, 2017 9:48 pm

I played Fantasy Zone II so much as a kid, but I never did beat it. Made it to the last stage a few times. Like you said, you get screwed by enemies that just fly onto the screen out of nowhere with no time to react. And then when you die, you lose all your power-ups, so when you come back you're just a sitting duck. Not well balanced, but very pretty with a great OST.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by Markies Tue May 09, 2017 11:15 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)

16. Xenosaga Episode I: Der Wille zur Macht (PS2)

I beat Xenosaga Episode I: Der Wile zur Macht on the Sony Playstation 2 this evening!

I was a bit hesitant to pick up the original Xenosaga. It took me longer than normal to beat Xenogears. I got stuck at a point and had to start all over to finish the game. Plus, I had heard that the game is mostly cut scenes and that the story literally made no sense. However, I had somebody go on and on about the game, so I finally decided to jump in and pick the game up.

In a way, I was right, but not to the degree I thought I was.

The game IS mostly cut scenes, but that is not the whole game. There is no overworld to explore and you don't do much walking around outside considering you are in space. So, you are mostly going from dungeon to dungeon with some resting in your space ship in between.

You can get stuck in the game, but it is not completely detrimental. You won't be turning off the game in frustration because of it, but the game really does not have a good flow to it. Suddenly, you will be in a really hard part and it will be hard to escape. I think that is the major flaw is the game does not feel cohesive. It feels like one episode of a TV show after another. Also, everything about the game is incredibly long. From the cut scenes, to the battles and the dungeons, everything is so much longer than in most JRPG's.

However, the music in the game is utterly fantastic. The final boss music is one of the BEST final boss music I have heard in a good long while. All of the characters are very unique and I knew all about them by the time I ended the game. It does take a while, but the battles and exploration are really enjoyable.

Overall, Xenosaga Episode 1 is a solid game. If you like RPG's, then it is perfect for you. If you are on the fence about them, then stay away from it. This is a game made by people who love intense, long RPG's for people who like intense, long RPG's.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by Xeogred Tue May 09, 2017 11:21 pm

Not everyday you see someone playing Xenosaga. Glad you liked it Markies. I think the first has aged a bit poorly, but I still like it. 2 gets a lot of slack, but that's only because the game itself fails to explain its own battle system. If you get around to that one sometime and need help let me know, I've gone through it a few times and love it. It's still an obtuse battle system but I ended up having a lot of fun with it. The storytelling is even better in this one (focuses a lot on Jr and Albedo). It's also shorter, at about 20 hours long.

Everything would be perfected by Xenosaga III which is hands down my favorite PS2 RPG and the second half / second disc might be better than all of Xenogears in my book, it is mindblowing stuff if you're a sucker for insane philosophical mecha anime sci-fi craziness. It is the finale of finales with every main character having their own final boss. I have never seen a finale this epic since I beat it years ago.
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by Sarge Tue May 09, 2017 11:54 pm

I remember thinking the first game was awesome, better than almost anything I'd ever played. Then the sequel sucked, and the third game was just... solid, perhaps, good, but not mind-blowing.

I honestly have no idea how well its aged, though. I'd like to think my tastes wouldn't have shifted that much in the intervening years, but who knows?
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by Markies Tue May 09, 2017 11:58 pm

After playing through the first game, I can say with certainty that I will be playing Episode II and Episode III. I have other games I wish to buy on the PS2, but those two games are definitely high on my list to play.

It's funny that II talks more about Jr, Albeedo and Momo. I was plaything through the game with a friend and we were just talking about how the first 3/4 of the game is about Shion and KOS-MOS. Then, suddenly, it is all about Jr, Momo and Albeedo. I'm glad to hear it is shorter as I put about 40 hours into Episode 1, which isn't that bad for a JRPG.

I have heard that Episode III is the best one. Apparently, it's also the most expensive. But, I heard the creator wanted to do 3 more games that would go into the PS3, but Namco put a stop to it, so he crammed everything he could into Episode III, so it is just filled to the brim with stuff!

I am really looking forward to Episode II and Episode III! They are both now on my radar whenever I go out game shopping.

For aging, it is definitely a PS2 era JRPG. There is no denying that. The characters mouths don't even come close to saying the words on screen. Also, the battle system is a bit old in that regard. But, for a PS2 JRPG, it is really good. It's not so obtuse that it would be impossible to play nowadays, but it is by no means a 'modern' game.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by Exhuminator Wed May 10, 2017 2:24 am

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25. Binary Domain | 360 | cover shooter | 2012 | 9h | 7/10

Binary Domain is a futuristic tactical cover shooter. It tries to be different by making the way you treat your squadmates matter; how you treat them is how they'll treat you (in theory anyway). Game design is mostly solid, but has some issues. The weapons are generic, and the combat system is rather boilerplate. The battles are let down by repetitive sequences that last too long against very bland redundant robots. (Yes you can shoot the robots' heads or legs off to slow them down, that's cool about once.) There are occasional disengenous action sequences that make no sense in a cover shooter. Thankfully the boss battles are all super great, and make up for the potboiler shooting slogs. When you're not blasting tons of robots, the plot manages to keep things interesting. There's excellent cutscenes and great voice acting, with a crazy story having enough logic holes to make Hideo Kojima jealous. Character models look great in the cutscenes, but the environments remain sterile and vapid throughout the experience. There are some annoying AI issues with your friendly squad-mates, but you'll get around it. Some people think Binary Domain is better than Vanquish, but that's just crazy talk. While the cutscenes and plot beat Vanquish's, the moment-to-moment gameplay doesn't even remotely compare. Also Binary Domain is a total cakewalk on normal difficulty, whereas Vanquish puts up a fight. Ill conceived comparisons aside; if you enjoy sci-fi and cover shooters, you could do a lot worse than Binary Domain. I know I sound negative towards this game, but that's only to counter balance the Pollyannas who laud it beyond what it actually is. Binary Domain is not an amazing hidden gem nor Vanquish killer. Rather this is a decent cover shooter with some considerable issues, made enjoyable by an above average plot and cool cutscenes.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by alienjesus Wed May 10, 2017 4:37 am

BoneSnapDeez wrote:Good reviews.

Puyo Puyo games = impossible.


retrosportsgamer wrote:That Puyo Puyo 2 is BRUTAL. Well done


Xeogred wrote:Even Dr Robotnick in Mean Bean Machine is crazy.


Haha, I'm glad it's not just me sucking at them :lol:

I still have Puyo Pop Fever on Gamecube to play, and Puyo Puyo Tetris is in the post on it's way to me. My understanding is both of those are much more reasonable in challenge though. I guess we'll see!

BogusMeatFactory wrote:I loved mystical ninja starring goemon. Ebisumaru's crawl animation is priceless.


It's just a really fun game. It's certainly flawed, but most of the time when you play it just doesn't feel like those flaws matter because you're having such a good time. The music definitely helped me overlook them too. I love this tune: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69G5IiM6BgI

Exhuminator wrote:I played Fantasy Zone II so much as a kid, but I never did beat it. Made it to the last stage a few times. Like you said, you get screwed by enemies that just fly onto the screen out of nowhere with no time to react. And then when you die, you lose all your power-ups, so when you come back you're just a sitting duck. Not well balanced, but very pretty with a great OST.


Yeah, that stage was horrible. I just made a beeline for the shop, grabbed the 7 shot and some of the screen clearing bombs, and did my very best to kill stuff with them before they hit me. It only worked sometimes. Then to rub salt into the wound, the boss of that level made mincemeat out of me for quite some time too. And then to make things worse again, the next stage was the boss rush, and I had to beat the fucker again. The final boss was easy in comparison.
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