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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by ElkinFencer10 Sat Jun 03, 2017 3:14 pm

dsheinem wrote:I just played the Star Trek VR tutorial this morning and so far am impressed. Maybe you'd be down to team up online sometime this week?

Dude, I'm pretty much always down for Bridge Crew. Just shoot me a PM or something when you want to play. I've got the PSN Android app and my Gmail both synced to my phone, so I'll get the notification quickly.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by Exhuminator Sat Jun 03, 2017 4:03 pm

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35. Dive: The Medes Island Secret | Wii | action adventure | 2010 | 2h 35m | 7/10

Dive: The Medes Island Secret is not surprisingly a game about diving, or rather treasure diving. The dive setting is around the Illes Medes, a small and craggy group of seven islets in the northwestern Mediterranean Sea. You play the part of a solo diver, seeking lost treasure given precedence by an old legend. The gameplay is very simple, and to me seems a spiritual successor to 1983's Scuba Dive for the ZX Spectrum.

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That is to say you navigate underwater mazes seeking treasure, avoiding dangerous sea creatures, and constantly risk the chance of running out of air. Air also doubles as your HP, so getting hit by enemies saps air supply too. Thankfully you can sell treasures for the cash needed to upgrade your diving equipment. Upgraded diving equipment allows you to return to previous dive areas and explore further, due to being able to dive deeper and longer. Ultimately there are 10 diving areas, and to beat the game you have to find all 10 of the primary treasures in each area. This is made enjoyable by simple controls, immersive graphics, and a relaxing atmosphere.

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Many "professional" reviewers decried Dive for being overly difficulty and too hard to enjoy. I have no idea what those people were doing wrong. I beat this game in two and a half hours on normal difficulty without any issue. If you can take advantage of checkpoints and read a map, you'll be fine. And while we're talking about maps, if I could make one change to the game, it'd be to add a mini-map to the screen. It becomes quickly tedious having to constantly swap between the game world and map screen.

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Dive: The Medes Island Secret is a short and sweet experience, though perhaps too single minded in its approach. There's certainly not much variety in game design here. Once you've beaten one level, that's what the next nine are like (just progressively more complex). However, if you can get into the relaxing atmosphere and enjoy exploration, you may find Dive: The Medes Island Secret is a pleasant way to spend a few hours. Suit up, splash in, and have a nice swim outside the typical genres.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by Sarge Sat Jun 03, 2017 4:24 pm

Perhaps The Hunt for Red October on NES and GB?
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by Exhuminator Sat Jun 03, 2017 4:55 pm

Sarge wrote:Perhaps The Hunt for Red October on NES and GB?

I'll look into it, thanks.

Edit: The Hunt for Red October on SNES looks like a hot ticket.

Also the guys over at the Shmups forum have helped me find a bunch more. There's at least a dozen of these things. 8)
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by Sarge Sat Jun 03, 2017 6:58 pm

[quote="Sarge"]January:
1) The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition (PC) (8.5) (1/1) (~5.5 hours)
2) ActRaiser (SNES) (8.0) (1/2) (~4 hours)
3) Bonk's Revenge (GB) (6.0) (1/3) (~1 hour)
4) Tiny Toon Adventures: Babs' Big Break (GB) (6.5) (1/3) (~1 hour)
5) Blackwell Legacy (PC) (7.0) (1/5) (2.6 hours)
6) Blackwell Unbound (PC) (7.5) (1/7) (2.2 hours)
7) Blackwell Convergence (PC) (8.0) (1/7) (2.4 hours)
8) Blackwell Deception (PC) (8.0) (1/8) (4.7 hours)
9) Blackwell Epiphany (PC) (9.0) (1/9) (6.5 hours)
10) Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (PS4) (8.0) (1/22) (~55 hours)
11) Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 (360) (8.0) (1/28) (~.5 hours)
12) Deep Duck Trouble Starring Donald Duck (SMS) (6.5) (1/31) (~1 hour)

February:
13) Quackshot Starring Donald Duck (GEN) (7.5) (2/7) (~2 hours)
14) Fire Emblem Heroes (Android) (8.0) (2/9) (~10 hours)
15) Super C (NES) (9.5) (2/20) (~0.5 hours)
16) Contra (NES) (10.0) (2/20) (~0.5 hours)
17) Mickey's Dangerous Chase (GB) (6.5) (2/24) (~1 hour)
18) My Nintendo Picross: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (3DS) (8.5) (2/25) (~19 hours)
19) Mega Man 2 (NES) (10.0) (2/28) (~0.8 hours)

March:
20) Final Fantasy XV (PS4) (8.0) (3/2) (~33 hours)
21) Blaster Master Zero (NS) (9.0) (3/10) (~6.5 hours)
22) Espgaluda II Black Label (360) (8.0?) (3/17) (0.5 hours)
23) The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (NS) (9.5) (3/28) (~70+ hours)

April:
24) Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment (PC) (8.5) (4/7) (~5.5 hours)
25) Hyper Light Drifter (PS4) (8.0) (4/9) (~8 hours)
26) Gekido Advance: Kintaro's Revenge (GBA) (7.5) (4/16) (~3 hours)
27) Vanquish (PS3) (8.5) (4/17) (~7 hours)
28) Journey (PS3) (6.0) (4/19) (~2 hours)
29) GunForce (SNES) (4.0) (4/22) (~20 minutes)
30) GunForce 2 (ARC) (7.0) (4/23) (~30 minutes)
31) GunForce: Battle Fire Engulfed Terror Island (ARC) (6.0) (4/23) (~20 minutes)
32) Mighty Final Fight (NES) (8.5) (4/29) (~30 minutes)

May:
33) Final Fantasy V (SFC) (6.0) (5/1) (~33 hours)
34) Super Adventure Island (SNES) (7.0) (5/2) (~1 hour)
35) Dragon Spirit: The New Legend (NES) (7.5) (5/3?) (~30 minutes)
36) Mighty No. 9 (PS4) (5.0) (5/6?) (~5 hours)
37) Contra III: The Alien Wars (Hard) (SNES) (8.5) (5/11) (~1 hour)
38) Operation C (GB) (7.5) (5/22) (~1 hour)

June:
39) Super Dodge Ball (NES) (9.5) (6/1) (~15 minutes)
40) Bare Knuckle III (GEN) (7.5) (6/3) (~1 hour)

Bare Knuckle III is a good, bordering on great, beat-'em-up. It's much better balanced than its US counterpart, and as such is a lot more fun. The timed segments are absolutely no fun, though, especially with the last boss fight. I was playing on-system, but did use a save state on the Mega EverDrive to make sure I didn't goof up the last fight... which I did. Twice. Winning isn't an issue, but winning in time is. Figured out you need to play that fight quite a bit differently to make sure you're getting in enough hits, because his evasiveness and general cheapness is a lot to deal with in a three-minute window.

Also, the terrible music helped me decide to knock off a half point. Seriously, Yuzo, I get you were experimenting here, but it's awful experimenting.

At some point, I may make a run at the US version, but that's much, much tougher.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by Xeogred Sat Jun 03, 2017 7:22 pm

Terrible music? WTF
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by Sarge Sat Jun 03, 2017 7:48 pm

I guess there's always gotta be someone that likes that soundtrack. I think it's awful, especially compared to the first two games.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by ElkinFencer10 Sun Jun 04, 2017 9:31 am

Games Beaten in 2017 So Far - 53
* 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 (14 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
48. Batman: Arkham VR - PlayStation 4 - May 18
49. Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia - 3DS - May 25
50. Farpoint - PlayStation 4 - May 27
51. The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings - Xbox 360 - May 29


June (2 Games Beaten)
52. Star Trek: Bridge Crew - PlayStation 4 - June 2
53. The Walking Dead: A New Frontier - PlayStation 4 - June 3


53. The Walking Dead: A New Frontier - PlayStation 4 - June 3

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Season 3 of TellTale's Walking Dead series - this series subtitled A New Frontier - takes place a few years after the conclusion of season 2. You start off with an entirely new cast of characters - Javier, your protag; David, Javi's brother; Kate, David's wife; Gabriel, David's son; and Mariella, David's daughter. "But wait, where's Clementine? She's right there on the cover!" She's still in the game, and she's still a major focus, but despite continuing her story, A New Frontier puts Clem sort of to the side, putting the primary focus on the sort of side story of Javi's family, although they interact extremely heavily with Clem, making her feel like either a more minor main character or a major side character. It's definitely a shift considering that Clementine had pretty much been the focal point of the first two seasons.

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If you've played the first two seasons, then you pretty much know what to expect here; 70% pure narrative, 25% quick time events, 5% actual moving and shit. It looks about the same graphically, and the quality of the writing and voice acting remains top notch. The facial animations do seem a bit more awkward at times here, but I'm not sure they're actually more awkward, if I'm just not noticing it until now, or if that's a difference between PC (where I played the first two seasons) and PS4 (where I played this season). For veteran players and hardcore Clementine enthusiasts like me, it can be a little harder to get into the early parts of the game when it's just Javi's family, but their characters and situations are still extremely compelling, and of course, all is right in the world once Clementine is reintroduced.

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As with all of TellTale's narrative games, player choice guides the story, and your choices will change how not only that episode ends but what happens in the rest of the season's episodes (of which there are five, as usual). One feature that I absolutely love that I assume was carried over from season two although I truthfully can't remember since it's been so long is that before starting episode one, you get the chance to fill in your choices for major turning points in the previous two seasons in order to help shape how the world and the characters are in season three. I assume that feature was included in season two as well, but regardless, it's a great feature to have here so you can have a bit of ownership over how Clementine's character has developed throughout her troubled and traumatic childhood.

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Overall, I found the story to be a little less engaging and interesting this time than in the previous two seasons. That's not to say that their quality slacked as it feels, for the most part, just as well made as ever. I just personally found myself less ensnared in the narrative this time probably because I'm a major Clementine fanboy, and there was occasionally a scene or two not all about her. I haven't read The Walking Dead, and I stopped watching the show after season four or five, but from what I've heard, this season of the game makes an attempt follow the comics much more closely than the first two seasons. Of course, TellTale tells their own story, but they apparently worked with the series creator to have some of the overlapping characters fit a bit better or something. I don't know, that doesn't matter to me, but I know some people like that sort of thing, so I figured it was worth mentioning.

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The Walking Dead: A New Frontier is a great continuation of the story that fans have come to love, but the shift to a focus on this new cast of characters can feel a little jarring to some who had hoped this would be season three of The Adventures of Clementine. I hit a few performance issues that I'm starting to realize are par for the course for TellTale on PlayStation 4 - some awkward/hilarious graphical glitches, frame rate drops, some apparent choice bugs where characters that my choices killed show up randomly in scenes long after their deaths, and a frustrating number of game crashes - but while irksome, they don't completely break the game. Those performance issues are the main reason that I'd have to score this season lower than the previous two. It might be that I played those on a different platform, but this season in general just felt like it needed a few more rounds through QA and bug testing. Overall, though, it's still an excellent experience, and fans of the series shouldn't let the bugs and glitches deter them from playing through.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by noiseredux Sun Jun 04, 2017 10:51 am

1. Fire Emblem Heroes (Android)
2. Sara Is Missing (Android)
3. Civilization V (PC)
4. Portal 2 (PC)
5. Halo Wars 2 (PC)
6. Mario Run (Android)
7. Super Blackjack Battle 2 Turbo Edition (Android)

brief but fun single player run-through. There's more stories to see, if you want to call them that. But I'll probably dabble with multiplayer instead.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by noiseredux Sun Jun 04, 2017 1:04 pm

1. Fire Emblem Heroes (Android)
2. Sara Is Missing (Android)
3. Civilization V (PC)
4. Portal 2 (PC)
5. Halo Wars 2 (PC)
6. Mario Run (Android)
7. Super Blackjack Battle 2 Turbo Edition (Android)
8. Diablo III (PC)

Wow. Loved this game so much.
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