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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by Exhuminator Sat May 13, 2017 12:46 am

Xeogred wrote:I know exactly what I'm replaying after Contra[/url]. The series that not even anyone here on RB ever talks much about. Also checked out Mega Turrican and it seems like a religious experience for me. Can't wait to get through the whole thing, somehow never played much of that one.

I owned Super Turrican back in the 90s, bought it from a Walmart when I was in high school. I never did beat it, but I remember it had awesome music. Super Turrican 2 is also really impressive. I should go back and finish both of those. They were from a time when Factor 5 were making good games.
pierrot wrote:Yakuza's still a pretty good game, though.

I'd say it's a pretty great game. I didn't beat the original PS2 Yakuza until 2013. I thought it had aged well and was a lot of fun.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by ElkinFencer10 Sat May 13, 2017 7:03 am

Games Beaten in 2017 So Far - 44

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 (7 Games Beaten)
38. Puyo Puyo Tetris - Switch - May 4
39. Fire Emblem Gaiden - Famicom - May 6
40. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - Switch - May 6
41. Outlast II - PlayStation 4 - May 7
42. Dishonored - PlayStation 4 - May 10
43. Snipperclips: Cut it Out, Together! - Switch - May 12
44. Pikmin - Gamecube - May 12


44. Pikmin - Gamecube - May 12

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Pikmin is a game that's been in my collection for years but that I've never played for more than about two hours until this week. See, I hate time limits. Like, that's pretty much my least favorite thing in a game. It's why Majora's Mask is my second least favorite Zelda game after Zelda II (I haven't played the CD-i games). I decided I should probably put on my big boy britches and actually play through it, though, since I think it's the only Nintendo IP I've not played, so that's exactly what I did this week.

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Pikmin is, at its core, a real time strategy game, but rarely does it feel like one. You're not base building or destroying enemy cities or installations or anything. You've your little Pikmin - fire-proof red ones that hit hard, super light yellow ones that can hold bombs, and amphibious blue ones that can touch a water molecule without instantly dying. You'll have to build up your supply of each type of Pikmin and use the right one for the right job. They're also ridiculously stupid and will charge headfirst at an enemy that it definitely can't kill, and the yellow and red ones will jump into water with a total disregard for their own safety just like America jumped into the Trump administration.

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The story is that Olimar, this little pigmy looking dude with Vulcan ears, crash landed on this planet. His space suit only had 30 days' worth of life support before he dies from exposure to oxygen (it's toxic to him). He's gotta scour this planet for 30 missing parts to his ship, although there are really only like 20 that are REQUIRED to get back into space, so as long as you find the right pieces, you don't technically have to find all 30 (although it's not terribly difficult to find them all with time to spare; I did it in 24 days). Without spoiling anything, I will give you some advice, though; leave yourself at least two days for the last area (it took me three because I fucked up and wasted the bombs, costing me a day).

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One thing I did really love about Pikmin, however, was the surprising and frankly rather deceptive look of the game. It looks like a fairly cute, innocent little game. You've got this cute, funny looking little guy and all these adorable little creatures...and then you start talking about suffocation, you hear Pikmin scream as they drown, you see them get eaten, mauled, and crushed to death, and you watch them burn to death. Like, damn, dude. This game, despite being super colorful and cheerful, is actually pretty fucking dark when you think about it. That juxtaposition between the aesthetic of the game and the dark reality of what's going on is just brilliant in my opinion and artistic af.

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To be honest, I'm not the biggest fan of Pikmin. I know I said I love how jarring the contrast between the look and reality of the game are, and I do really admire that about it, but there are a couple things that really keep me from loving it. First is that the Pikmin AI could have used some work. I'm not saying they should be autonomous and play the game for me, but I should be able to walk across a bridge without ten of my dudes deciding to jump to a watery grave despite my best efforts to keep them on land. They also seem to get caught on every conceivable obstacle in the environment, and lord help me if I'll ever find half of them. The look is cute, the story is interesting, and the gameplay can be fun, but between my gripes with the AI and the fact that I utterly LOATH time constraints in games, I just can't bring myself to love this one. I liked it enough to play the others in the series, so I'll eventually get Pikmin 2 on either Gamecube or Wii, and I already have Pikmin 3 sitting on my Wii U shelf. This one just doesn't rank that high for me.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by alienjesus Sat May 13, 2017 7:33 am

ElkinFencer10 wrote:To be honest, I'm not the biggest fan of Pikmin. I know I said I love how jarring the contrast between the look and reality of the game are, and I do really admire that about it, but there are a couple things that really keep me from loving it. First is that the Pikmin AI could have used some work. I'm not saying they should be autonomous and play the game for me, but I should be able to walk across a bridge without ten of my dudes deciding to jump to a watery grave despite my best efforts to keep them on land. They also seem to get caught on every conceivable obstacle in the environment, and lord help me if I'll ever find half of them. The look is cute, the story is interesting, and the gameplay can be fun, but between my gripes with the AI and the fact that I utterly LOATH time constraints in games, I just can't bring myself to love this one. I liked it enough to play the others in the series, so I'll eventually get Pikmin 2 on either Gamecube or Wii, and I already have Pikmin 3 sitting on my Wii U shelf. This one just doesn't rank that high for me.



It won't help now you're done, but holding the stick away from your character as you walk makes your Pikmin form a narrow line behind you, which stops them walking off bridges all the time.

The C stick is your best friend in general in that game. Rushing big enemies on mass from behind is the best way to kill them. Using it to pull away from corners stops Pikin getting stuck too.

Pikmin who are lost show up as coloured dots on your map screen.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by ElkinFencer10 Sat May 13, 2017 8:38 am

I figured that out at 2/3 of the way through the game, and it helped, but I'd still have a few kill themselves anyway.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by alienjesus Sat May 13, 2017 8:53 am

I think it's probably just something that comes with practice, as I had similar issues the first time I played, but I never have any problems with pikmin getting stuck nowadays.

I remember the fact that Pikmin 3 had taken away the c-stick controls to be a big deal for in that game. It really changed up the way it played for me.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by ExedExes Sat May 13, 2017 11:14 am

Sarge wrote:Well, that was interesting. Figured I'd use what I knew from Contra III and put it to use with a better end boss run (yes, I used a save state I had there to test). Managed to keep my death count significantly in all the attempts, mainly from better strategy on which forms to trigger. The worst I get is still the bubbles, but generally I'll hit either the brain one or the rocks. The rocks are actually pretty easy, you can scoot right up to the boss and duck down, and they won't touch you. A quirk of programming, I guess, but I'll take it!

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I'll tell you the easiest form. It's the blue/orange colored one, where it gets "legs" and moves back and forth across the screen. If you stay on either the left or the right edge of the screen, it won't be able to kill you. Just jump and shoot!

For me, I lock my eyes on that form and get it about 90% of the time on that one.

I've played this game for years and can beat Normal very comfortably and Hard when I get decent runs through to the end, not losing many lives and surviving stage 5. But watching the Cinemassacre playthrough showed me an easy way to defeat the boss.

I'm also enjoying all the Contra talk!
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by pierrot Sat May 13, 2017 1:59 pm

Exhuminator wrote:
pierrot wrote:Yakuza's still a pretty good game, though.

I'd say it's a pretty great game. I didn't beat the original PS2 Yakuza until 2013. I thought it had aged well and was a lot of fun.

"Fun" would be the optimal word there. I think it is fun, but I also feel it's just too needlessly mindless, and that wasn't what I was hoping for going in, considering the usual comparisons to Shenmue that one hears (although I really should have expected it considering the subject matter). That can pretty much sum up a lot of my gripes with the gameplay, though: The world is 'muddy' and lacks detail, cut-and-paste NPCs everywhere--I couldn't recognize some named ones, even--largely boring, repetitive combat, very little incentive to invest time in most of the distractions. What the team did best was work within a reasonable budget, and produce something that's generally fun.

Also, you can't tell me that you actually enjoyed the highway chase scene.
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by prfsnl_gmr Sat May 13, 2017 6:29 pm

First...I am inspired by xeogred's work with the contra series. He still needs to play Operation C, though!

Second, I finally got through 3D Fantasy Zone last night. It ended up reminding me a bit of R-Type Delta...you can continue as much as you want, but if you lose your money and power ups, you can pretty much forget it. (Also, Poppozu is one of the hardest bosses in video games.). I honestly don't know how people got through the original arcade version of this game.
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by Xeogred Sat May 13, 2017 6:38 pm

Operation C looks cool. How about Hard Corps Uprising and Contra Rebirth?

I was thinking I'd be done after Contra III and Hard Corps, but maybe these others are legit too. Don't think I'll get around to 4 though.
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by PartridgeSenpai Sat May 13, 2017 6:40 pm

pierrot wrote:Also, you can't tell me that you actually enjoyed the highway chase scene.


If it were the whole game or if it were repeated, I'd probably have a lot more issues with that sequence. It was a one-off silly thing though, so I didn't mind it. It was a silly, over the top thing that I felt fit the tone. It does not make a return in the second game (although it really well could've, you just do normal brawling on the backs of cars instead :P ).
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