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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by Xeogred Mon May 15, 2017 11:13 am

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)
32. Marchen Adventure Cotton 100% (SNES)
33. Earthworm Jim* (Sega CD)
34. Ghouls'n Ghosts (Genesis)
35. Contra (NES)
36. Super C (NES)
37. Final Fight 2* (SNES)
38. Contra III: The Alien Wars (SNES)
39. Final Fight 3* (SNES)
40. Operation C (GB)

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The mastermind is finally revealed... Mother Brain! Funny ending, with a strange final boss before this reveal that felt a little out of place. Maybe the bird robot is a reference to another series?

Operation C rules and was a blast. The music was top notch and it has two top down levels Super C styled. You just have to adjust to the slower framerate compared to the console games, but otherwise it still plays really well. I was working on this a lot of yesterday throughout the day and finally got it. You want to basically perfect levels 1-4, so you have a lot of lives for the final boss in 5. At least... that's how I conquered it. Level 3 was the harder one with a tough boss too. But the big secret to Operation C is that Homing is the boss here. If you can do a perfect run through 1-4 with it, it should be a breeze after awhile. It was cool how weapon power ups stacked in this one, I'm not sure if they did in the others? Although I wasn't sure if it effected everything, but if you got two Spreadshot's it would increase with speed and spread.

It was awesome that Operation C was entirely unique. It seemed to pull most influences from Super C for some of the levels, but otherwise this game was chalk full of its own unique bosses and enemies, so it was a nice different experience. Highly recommended if you like the others. I found it to be a little easier in ways, but you can have some bad runs and if you don't have weapon powerups it can prove to be pretty tough in spots.

I guess there's a GB conversion of Contra 3 that looks cool, not sure if I'll put too much into it though but it's neat it exists. As I said though, Operation C is instead its own thing so it's cool to see a bunch of new stuff.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by Exhuminator Mon May 15, 2017 11:22 am

Xeogred wrote:I guess there's a GB conversion of Contra 3 that looks cool, not sure if I'll put too much into it though but it's neat it exists.

There's also a port of Contra 3 to the GBA, called Contra Advance: The Alien Wars EX. The biggest change to it is the top-view stages from the original Super NES game were replaced with two stages from Contra: Hard Corps (the Military Train and Big Battle stages).

I don't know if you've played Contra Force (NES) yet, but it kind of sucks, I'd skip that. Contra Hard Corps on Genesis is amazing. The PS1 entries; Contra: Legacy of War and C The Contra Adventure are both kinda "meh", not terrible but skippable. Neo Contra and Shattered Soldier on PS2 are both pretty good, worth playing. Contra ReBirth on Wii is excellent, I really enjoyed that one. Contra 4 on DS is very good also, but is one of the hardest Contras. I think only Shattered Soldier is harder than it.

I've not played Hard Corps: Uprising, no opinion there.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by prfsnl_gmr Mon May 15, 2017 11:50 am

Good work on Operation C! It is such an underrated game.

Fun Fact: The villain from Operation C returns for the other portable Contra game, Contra 4.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by alienjesus Mon May 15, 2017 11:54 am

I have the port of Contra 3 to the GB (or at least the European equivalent, Probotector). It plays pretty well and is quite faithful. The Fire power up is definitely the best one in the portable version though - spread is a bit meh due to the limit of number of bullets on screen making it shoot much more slowly.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by ElkinFencer10 Mon May 15, 2017 3:02 pm

Games Beaten in 2017 So Far - 45
* denotes a replay

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 (8 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
45. Metal Slug - Neo Geo MVS - May 13*


45. Metal Slug - Neo Geo MVS - May 13*

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Metal Slug is the first entry in what is - in my opinion - the greatest arcade run-n-gun series of all time. It's the reason that I hunted down a Neo Geo MVS cabinet, and it provided some of my all-time favorite Wii co-op memories when playing Metal Slug Anthology. I'm more than a little biased, but this series is one of SNK's greatest masterpieces, and it all started with this game.

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The basic plot is that this evil General Morden took over the world's governments and took possession of a new all-terrain war tank called Metal Slugs. Marco Rossi and Tarma Roving are sent in to reclaim or destroy any Metal Slugs they find and to locate and destroy Morden's base of operations. They complete this critical mission by running to the right and killing every enemy soldier in their way (of which there seems to be an endless supply). Along the way, you encounter POWs you can free. If you save these prisoners, they pull large weapons - heavy machine guns, rocket launchers, flamethrowers, etc - out their anuses. At least I'm assuming that's where they were hiding them. Not really any other place I can think of to hide heavy weapons when you're just wearing rags and are being tied up by the enemy.

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The game itself is extremely simple in concept, but as an arcade game designed to eat your quarters, it's insanely difficult. I also suck at it, so it's a damn good thing I can set the cabinet to Free Play and just continue infinitely. I could play every day for the rest of my life, and I'm fully confident that I'd still never be able to 1cc the game. It's a great challenge, though, and it's ridiculously fun when you're playing with a friend.

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In addition to running and gunning through enemy soldiers, if you get close enough to then, you can stab them with a knife and kill them (which is RIDICULOUSLY satisfying to do). You'll also have to content with enemy tanks, artillery, planes, helicopters, and patrol boats. While you'll play through most of the game on foot, there are several occasions where you'll get to take control of a Metal Slug. You get an infinite ammo machine gun while you're in the Metal Slug, and your grenades are replaced with cannon shells. One level at the end, you get to use an anti-aircraft gun and massacre whole squadrons of fighters. It's basically the coolest shit of 1996.

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Metal Slug isn't the greatest run and gun game of all time, but it is the progenitor of the greatest run and gun series of all time. I stand by that statement; fight me. The biggest problem I have with this first entry in the series is that there's some serious slow down on the arcade version. Later ports fixed that for the most part, but it's a pretty jarring thing on the arcade. Honestly, though, that's my only real complaint. It's just so damn good, especially when you've got a friend to play with you. My recommendation is to play it on PS2 or Wii on Metal Slug Anthology or on the digital release on Switch, but however you play it, it kicks ass.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by PartridgeSenpai Mon May 15, 2017 3:13 pm

Partridge Senpai's 2017 Beaten Games:

1. Tales of Hearts R (Vita)
2. UPPERS (Vita)
3. Volume (Vita)
4. Overlord: Minions (DS)
5. Kirby: Planet Robobot (3DS)
6. Overlord II (PS3)
7. Overlord: Dark Legend (Wii)
8. La-Mulana (Remake) (PC)
9. Infamous: Second Son (PS4)
10. htol#NiQ: The Firefly Diary (Vita)
11. Blood Bowl (360)
12. Dead to Rights: Retribution (360)
13. Bioshock Infinite (360)
14. Bioshock Infinite: Burial At Sea Part 1 (360)
15. Bioshock Infinite: Burial at Sea Part 2 (360)
16. Singularity (360)
17. Seifuku Densetsu Pretty Fighter X (Saturn)
18. Ultraman: Hikari No Kyojin Densetsu (Saturn)
19. Donkey Kong 64 (N64) (repeat)
20. Song of the Deep (PS4)
21. Naruto Gekitou Ninja Taisen 3 (GCN)
22. Banjo-Tooie (N64) (repeat)
23. Wario Land (VB)
24. Yakuza HD Edition (PS3)
25. Yakuza 2 HD Edition (PS3)
26. Vanquish (PS3)
27. Watchdogs 2 (PS4)
28. Pikmin (Wii)
29. Pikmin 3 (Wii U)

30. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Wii U)

Didn't wanna put away the Wii U quite yet, so I picked up another short-ish game I've had for a while. I did all of the crystal thingies and secret challenges in the main 3 episodes and all the bonus levels up to the endurence mummy one, at which point I called uncle because my fingers were getting tired from holding down the run button. (Fun note, I didn't know there was a run button until after I beat the game, so if any of you were wondering if you can totally 100% the main campaign without running, the answer is yes :P ).

It's the Toad mini-game from Mario 3D World but it's own game! It's actually a really great puzzle game. There's a lot of care and detail put into each tiny level, and getting through the main 62 will certainly take you a while. Then if you aren't done, there are some really punishing extra levels you unlock afterward that you can suffer with :P . The difficulty curve is great. The game is never too hard, but also always keeps pushing you a little bit further.

There are some attention to detail things that blew my mind. For example, you have a headlamp you can turn off with X, and I thought it was just a flavor thing. Turns out, it actually affects enemies' awareness of you! In dark levels, enemies like Shy Guys or Goombas won't notice you nearly as easily if you keep it off, which can be a real life saver. Little things like that made me really like this game.

Verdict: Highly recommended. It's a fantastic puzzle platformer with all the quality you'd expect from Nintendo. Definitely worth a go through if you can find it for like $20 like I did.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by BoneSnapDeez Mon May 15, 2017 3:16 pm

Metal Slug on MVS is good times.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by ElkinFencer10 Mon May 15, 2017 3:28 pm

BoneSnapDeez wrote:Metal Slug on MVS is good times.

Yeah man. I suck ass at it, but damn, it's great.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by marurun Mon May 15, 2017 3:37 pm

Metal Slug was made by Nazca, and it's pretty easy to tell that Nazca were former Irem staffers. Metal Slug has a lot of that late-era Irem attention to detail, and also a lot of that late-era Irem slowdown. Once Nazca learned the Neo Geo hardware better they had a lot less trouble with that.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by Sarge Mon May 15, 2017 3:40 pm

Yep, you can really see the influence from GunForce 2, although Metal Slug is a much more polished product.
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