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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by prfsnl_gmr Tue May 16, 2017 1:49 pm

I beat a Fantasy Zone II (SMS). It has good graphics for a SMS game. Amazing, in fact. Everything else about it is so tiresome, however, and it is so much worse in every way than it's predecessor and its remake. I tried to like it, but getting through it was such a chore. (I didn't end up with a 1CC. I saved between levels. Sue me. It was still really hard. I am moving on to the vastly superior Super Fantasy Zone.)
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by PartridgeSenpai Tue May 16, 2017 11:39 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)

31. Super Mario 3D World (Wii U)

In my pursuit to play through the first party Wii U games I have but haven't beaten yet, this was next on the chopping block after Treasure Tracker reminded me so much of it, and DAMN was it a good block to chop. Easily one of the best Mario games ever. Presentation, music, level design are all top notch. I played through trying to collect everything, missing only a scant few stamp thingies in worlds 1-10. I WOULD play the 11th world, but unlocking that seems absolutely insane, so I won't be doing it :P (In addition to getting all collectibles, you also need to beat ALL levels in worlds 1-10 with ALL five characters! Madness!).

Just like there was Mario Land on the Gameboy and Mario World on the SNES, we have Mario 3D Land on the 3DS and Mario 3D World on the Wii U. I thought 3D land was okay, but ultimately too easy to be terribly interesting (for the record, it also did the "beat every level with every character" thing, but there were only two characters and it only unlocked one level). 3D World, on the other hand, is a fantastic multiplayer experience and an equally fantastic single-player experience. This is probably the Mario game that lends itself best to the multiplayer aspect, but the later levels (especially in worlds past 8) are difficult even for a single player, let alone several all competing for the same space.

The set-up is basically that there are stages you progress to on a world map, like Super Mario World, but each stage is it's own little Mario Galaxy-like 3D platforming stage. The result is VERY fun, and the added dimension is definitely the prime factor in how it's so much more easy to play multiplayer.

Verdit: Highly Recommended. I won't harp on much more. Chances are, if you have a Wii U, you either already have this game and have already beaten it and already know how great it is. At the very least, you've read someone else's review on the site and already know how much we like it, so yeah, I'm part of that group who think it's amazing. If you own a Wii U, it's definitely one of the best games you can have for the console. Behind the obvious BEST game for the system, this is a very solid second best :D
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by Exhuminator Wed May 17, 2017 10:11 pm

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28. Late Shift | PC | adventure | 2017 | 55m | 7/10

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FMV games are nothing new. They've been around since at least 1983's Dragon's Lair if not longer. During the early '90s, the SEGA CD became infamous for its schlocky FMV entries. But Late Shift still manages to do something different with the FMV genre; high quality. This FMV adventure was directed by a legitimate Hollywood director (Michael Robert Johnson), has proper lighting and expensive cinematography, the plot was written by an accomplished author, and most importantly the actors are actual professional actors.

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The plot and action will draw you in like a good TV show would. You play the part of a college student working the late shift of a parking valet job. It isn't long before he's mixed up in an auction heist, deathlisted by the Chinese mafia, and becomes hunted by the police as well. It's high stakes stuff, except you've got the power of choice to control the story. With something like 180+ choices to make leading to 7 possible endings. But you have to make your choices in real time, Late Shift doesn't stop to wait. There's never any hiccups between loading, all transitions are seamless.

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That said, I think many of the choices are just window dressing at best, and it should be easier to go back in time to create new plot forks by choosing other decisions. As it stands, once you reach an ending, you have to start the whole game over again. Also the subtitles often don't match what the actors really say. Regardless, Late Shift sets a new watermark for the FMV genre. It's professionally made all around, has a gripping crime drama scenario, and provides just enough decisions to be a legitimate video game. This is a great way to spend an evening with friends or a loved one. Popcorn in one hand, mouse in the other.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by noiseredux Wed May 17, 2017 10:21 pm

Wow. That's been on my wishlist but I was on the fence. Looks good.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by Xeogred Thu May 18, 2017 8:21 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)
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)
41. Contra Hard Corps (Genesis)

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atLo71Ttt2k - final stage theme was freaking epic
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vVNoYKKryI - credits theme I got, totally ruled

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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by ElkinFencer10 Fri May 19, 2017 9:21 am

Games Beaten in 2017 So Far - 47
* 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 (10 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*
46. Dariusburst CS: Chronicle Savior - PlayStation 4 - May 14
47. Batman: The TellTale Series - PlayStation 4 - May 17


47. Batman: The TellTale Series - PlayStation 4 - May 17

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I'm a big fan of TellTale's games. I absolutely adored The Wolf Among Us and all three seasons of The Walking Dead, and I've still got Game of Thrones sitting on my shelf for whenever I get around to starting it. They take storytelling to a level rarely seen in gaming today, and while some may criticize their games for being too light on actual gameplay, the player agency the choices give and the quality of the character development and storytelling that their games provide are remarkable.

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For those (somehow) not in the know, TellTale's series consist of episodic stories told in five episodes. Being impatient as shit, I always buy the season pass discs and keep them shelved for a while so that when I do play through the series, I can (hopefully) play through the whole series at once instead of being left on cliffhangers until the next episode is released because there are some major cliffhangers in these games. Even if it's not a definite cliffhanger moment, they build up the conflict in the story so well that you just have to know what happens next.

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Anywho, you play as the titular caped crusader in a non-canon story of Batman's early days in Gotham before Gordon was police commissioner, before the GCPD worked with Batman instead of shooting at him, and before Batman's archnemesis Joker was appeared. The story revolves around widespread attacks by a group called the Children of Arkham, the secrets of the Wayne family and Mayor Hill administration, and the mayoral campaign of Harvey Dent. I won't spoil any major story points, but it's a brilliantly written story not only of a villain threatening the people of Gotham but a tragedy about the fall and redemption of a hero.

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My only major complaint with the game is the frame rate. It's not a high action game, so some people probably aren't bothered by the frame rate, but it drove me up the wall. I don't know how other consoles, PC, or mobile platforms compare, but PlayStation 4 had some pretty major frame rate issues. At times, it was a smooth, unbroken 30 fps; other times it would stutter along like a low end PC trying to play a game on max graphics. It didn't totally kill my experience, but it definitely broke my immersion in places and was an enormous annoyance. Aaaand there's also the occasional entertaining but wtf graphical issue as seen below.

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All things considered, TellTale's Batman continues the studio's stellar record of superb storytelling and world building. It's got the bizarre performance issues that often accompany TellTale's games (at least on PS4), but they're not so severe as to render the game unplayable. If you don't care for Batman or the DC universe in general, you probably won't enjoy this game much, but if you're a huge Batman/DC fan or (like me) generally apathetic but love a good story, this should definitely be on your shelf and/or hard drive.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by Stark Fri May 19, 2017 12:40 pm

@Elkin, if you've not played Tales from the Borderlands yet, do. It's one of the funniest games I've ever played.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by BogusMeatFactory Fri May 19, 2017 8:37 pm

1. Captain Toad (WiiU)
2. Lost: Via Domus (PS3)

3. Modnation Racers (PS3)
4. Tron: Evolution (PS3)
5. Dead Rising (PC)
6. Fire Emblem Heroes (Android)

7. Yoshi’s Wooly World (Wii U)
8. Stanley Parable (PC)

9. Lone Wolf: Flight From the Dark (Android)
10. Lone Wolf: Fire on the Water (Android)
11. Lone Wolf: The Caverns of Kalte (Android)

12. Lone Wolf: The Chasm of Doom (Android)
13. Lone Wolf: Shadow on the Sand (Android)
14. Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch)

15. LoneWolf: Kingdoms of Terror(Android)
16. Plumbers Don’t Wear Ties (PC)

17. King’s Quest IV (PC)
18. Shovel Knight (PC)

19. The 7th Guest (PC)
20. 1, 2, Switch! (Switch)

21. The Longet Journey (PC)
22. Plague Knight (Switch)
23. Steamworld Dig (Wii U)

24. Dreamfall: The Longest Journey (PC)
25. Dragon Quest VIII (3DS)

26. Shovel Knight: Specter Of Torment (Switch)
27. Puyo Puyo Tetris (Switch)


Specter of Torment - When I thought that it couldn't get any better than Shovel Knight, Specter of Torment ups the ante with awesome new platforming mechanics, revamped levels and an all around awesome story. In this addition, you play as Specter Knight as you gather up knights to form the Order of No Quarter. As you progress, you learn about the back story of Specter Knight in flashback levels, which illuminate you on his origins.

The real meat is on how specter knight plays. When jumping in the air you can do a slash dash that cuts through enemies and propels you into the air across gaps. chaining these slashes is insanely fulfilling! You can also do a mini wall run up vertical surfaces. This was leagues better than Plague Knight and was just a genuine treat to play.

Puyo Puyo Tetris - I just finished the campaign and can safely say that it was a breeze compared to other Puyo Puyo titles. The various game modes make many of the levels a lot easier and even on the harder AI levels, you can usually win by keeping yourself alive long enough for the computer to make mistakes.

As for the story of the game, the world of Puyo Puyo and Tetris are colliding and the vast cast of Puyo Puyo characters must team up with all new Tetris-themed characters to find out how to stabilize the universe and keep their worlds separate. It is insanely silly and nonsensical and the voice acting is groan inducing. The game was fun though!
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by Exhuminator Sat May 20, 2017 1:05 am

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29. Ace Combat: Assault Horizon | 360 | "flight sim" | 2011 | 6h 25m | 5/10

So here's what happens if you try to turn Ace Combat into Call of Duty and dumb down the difficulty. As a long time Ace Combat series fan, I do give Namco credit for attempting to update the decades old game design they'd been recycling over and over. However the execution here was ludicrously botched. Yes I enjoyed the ability to fly various craft besides just jets, I enjoyed the viewpoints of more than one pilot, and was pleased by the most impressive graphics Ace Combat had utilized thus far. But the plot stunk, most mission design was terrible, the missions themselves were obnoxiously long, and the DFM system practically ruins the core gameplay. DFM is basically a mini-game you have to play almost every time you shoot down a targeted enemy. DFM is not fun, and it takes all the skill out of the player's hands and replaces it with an attempt at scripted spectacle. It was a dumb idea, and it should have at least been optional. While Assault Horizon is still better than the worst Ace Combat I've played (Joint Assault) it's still substantially inferior to the best (The Unsung War). The road to hell is paved with good intentions. That old adage perfectly sums up the plane wreck that Ace Combat: Assault Horizon turned out to be.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by ElkinFencer10 Sat May 20, 2017 3:20 pm

Games Beaten in 2017 So Far - 48
* 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 (11 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*
46. Dariusburst CS: Chronicle Savior - PlayStation 4 - May 14
47. Batman: The TellTale Series - PlayStation 5 - May 17
48. Batman: Arkham VR - PlayStation VR - May 18


48. Batman: Arkham VR - PlayStation VR - May 18

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Batman: Arkham VR is Rocksteady's attempt to cash in on both the early VR hype as well as the hype of the extremely successful Arkham series. It launched with an affordable price tag - $20 IIRC - but that makes a lot more sense when you play it and realize that it's only about an hour long. Despite the exceptionally short length, however, it is at least an extremely enjoyable VR experience.

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The game, naturally, is in a first person perspective. You play with two PlayStation Move controllers, one in each hand controlling Batman's hands. You play as Batman (obviously) and investigate the disappearance of Robin and Nightwing. You go through various environments and investigate using your grapple gun, scanner, and batarang. It's not terribly complex game, but the motion controls and VR headset make the game ridiculously immersive. Each environment has optional things to explore and secrets to find. Finding these secrets will unlock secret characters and features.

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Let's take a minute and address the game's negative points, and there are several. First and foremost what I've seen most people complain about - the length. The game is extraordinarily short. It will probably only take you between 45 and 75 minutes to finish depending on how thoroughly you explore an area. You've got the occasional little control glitches that often accompany games that utilize motion controls, but they're not too bad; it can take a little bit to get a feel for and avoid, but most of the game doesn't require quick and precise movement, so you've got plenty of time to figure out how to finagle it.

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Batman: Arkham VR definitely has its flaws, but as an immersive Batman experience, especially so relatively early in VR's adoption. The length is definitely a legitimate complaint, but at least the price tag is fairly low. The story is interesting, but the gameplay is just unbelievably fun and addicting. Yeah, it's got its cons, but the gameplay more than makes up for it in my opinion.
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