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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by Xeogred Sun Jul 30, 2017 10:29 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)
41. Contra Hard Corps [End B] (Genesis)
42. Mega Turrican (Genesis)
43. Prey (PC)
44. Dark Souls 3 DLC: Ashes of Ariandel & The Ringed City (PS4)
45. Spec Ops: The Line (PC)
46. System Shock" Enhanced Edition (PC)
47. Tekken 7 (PS4)
48. Nier Automata [Platinum] (PS4)
49. Nier (B) (PS3)
50. Drakengard 3 (A-C) (PS3)
51. FEAR Extraction Point* (PC)
52. FEAR Perseus Mandate* (PC)
53. Transmissions: Element 120 (PC)
54. Ratchet & Clank (PS4)
55. Rise of the Tomb Raider (PS4)


* replay

The Ratchet & Clank remake is simply sublime. I love how they get Dr Neferious in there, since he's easily one of the best iconic characters in the series now. I'll probably go back to it again sometime and get the platinum. Overall this is probably under Crack in Time and Going Commando, maybe tied with Up Your Arsenal for me. All four of them are incredible so this is one of the best! It's a good jumping in point for new players too and considering the first game is a little rough, you could maybe supplement this for it. But if this was your first and you enjoyed it, I highly recommend playing all the other main installments.

Rise of the Tomb Raider ruled. The progression felt a bit like Zelda at times which is really cool. However I have to admit heavily scripted games after awhile can be taxing and this game is massive! I did a lot of the side stuff and wanted to do all the tombs, but I guess I missed one. It felt like I was probably 15-20 hours in so I was starting to feel ready for it to be over. But there's still a lot of content and some of the DLC I need to check out sometime, since the PS4 version came with a ton of extras and DLC. Overall I like this even more than the first reboot. I found the story to be more engaging, the snowy Syria setting was incredible, and they refined the gameplay further. Love what the Dead Space composer brings to these too. Great stuff.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by ElkinFencer10 Sun Jul 30, 2017 10:30 am

Dude, I absolutely adored both of those games. Fantastic choices!
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by Ack Sun Jul 30, 2017 2:59 pm

That makes two people I know who adore Buck Bumble.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

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Ack wrote:That makes two people I know who adore Buck Bumble.

Who's the other? WHERE IS MY SOUL MATE?!?
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by Juan Aguacate Sun Jul 30, 2017 4:20 pm

Xeogred wrote: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 [End B] (Genesis)
42. Mega Turrican (Genesis)
43. Prey (PC)
44. Dark Souls 3 DLC: Ashes of Ariandel & The Ringed City (PS4)
45. Spec Ops: The Line (PC)
46. System Shock" Enhanced Edition (PC)
47. Tekken 7 (PS4)
48. Nier Automata [Platinum] (PS4)
49. Nier (B) (PS3)
50. Drakengard 3 (A-C) (PS3)
51. FEAR Extraction Point* (PC)
52. FEAR Perseus Mandate* (PC)
53. Transmissions: Element 120 (PC)
54. Ratchet & Clank (PS4)
55. Rise of the Tomb Raider (PS4)


* replay

The Ratchet & Clank remake is simply sublime. I love how they get Dr Neferious in there, since he's easily one of the best iconic characters in the series now. I'll probably go back to it again sometime and get the platinum. Overall this is probably under Crack in Time and Going Commando, maybe tied with Up Your Arsenal for me. All four of them are incredible so this is one of the best! It's a good jumping in point for new players too and considering the first game is a little rough, you could maybe supplement this for it. But if this was your first and you enjoyed it, I highly recommend playing all the other main installments.



I think the only flaw of the game is they didn't add a combat arena

I've actually started a quest to platinum all of the R&C games. On that note:

Ratchet & Clank All 4 One - PS4

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I had always assumed that the R&C side games were bad. I didn't even think they were made by Insomniac for some reason (I was wrong).

All 4 One is a blast. It's actually the most platformey R&C game I've played. The shootey stuff is still in there, but they've cut back on the amount of it by a large amount to make more room for actual platforming and light puzzle solving than the main line R&C games, which are about 70% shooting and 30% platforming/puzzles. All 4 One is more 50/50, which oddly makes it feel more old school to me than the other R&C games. All 4 One knows it's a platformer, while the main line games seem to often forget about the platforming element, focusing much more on the action and explosions.

The co-op is well implemented, though it's less fun if you play solo. Clank will be controlled by the AI and he does a very good job of doing whatever you need him to do, but the game is just so much more fun with 4 players. Amazingly, there are still players online. I've noticed this with a few, old PS3 games and I can only assume it's because of PSNow adding backwards compatibility to the PS4. It's not an ideal service, but it gets the job done for people who don't want to take their PS3 out of the closet. Anyway, the game finds many clever, fun ways to force players to work together, while still encouraging some light competition. You'll help each other, but still try an earn the best score, or outdo each other in other areas (most bolts collected, most kills, least amount of deaths, etc.). There's a fantastic co-op mechanic in the game where players are encouraged to concentrate all their fire on a single target, eventually triggering a powerful explosion for massive damage. It's very cool and satisfying when you pull it off as it always accompanied by dramatic slow down.

The interplay between the four characters is hilarious, especially in the cut scenes. They're this perfectly dysfunctional team. Nefarious has the funniest lines. And the game has some of funniest villains and characters in the series, like Commando Spog, who can't retire until he eliminates your meddlesome team. Or the friendly, giant mech you'll encounter in one stage that Captain Qwark gets really attached too. The humor is on point. There's a funny moment in the game where you find an area with no enemies, and it's revealed that they are all hiding out of fear from your team LOL.

All 4 One has some of the most creative gameplay elements in the series. Some stages have you descending down a vertical shaft with a jet pack, much like those stages in the Battletoads games where you rappel down the inside of a tree. The battletoads would kick any enemies, while avoiding obstacles. Here you do the same, but wall slam your enemies instead of kicking them. There's also a water based boss battle that has you doing battle while riding jet skis. The game even puts a different spin on the traditional rail grinding sections.

One last thing, you have limited health and can't upgrade it in any way. This kind of makes some of the firefights in the game feel more intense than the other R&C games, especially when there's enemies everywhere and four players all blasting weapons at them. It can become hard to even tell where your character is among all the visual chaos, leading to you taking hits you didn't even know were coming at you.

And can I just say how weird it is that Clank is running around blasting bad guys in this game, when in every other R&C game he is completely incapable of combat? I don't think the game even explains that. He's basically every bit as capable a warrior in All for One as Ratchet. But then again, so is Kwark, I guess you just have to accept that everybody else had to be brought up to Ratchet's level in order to facilitate the multi-player element.

I still prefer more traditional R&C games, but the All 4 One experiment is a lot of fun. I'm curious now about the other side games that I never played (Deadlocked and Full Frontal Assault). I plan on playing them too in my quest to Platinum all the R&C games. I still have some trophies and skill points to mop up in All 4 One. Speaking of trophies, I wish Tools of Destruction and Quest for Booty would get re-released or remastered so I could add them to my trophy hunt.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by Ack Sun Jul 30, 2017 5:03 pm

ElkinFencer10 wrote:
Ack wrote:That makes two people I know who adore Buck Bumble.

Who's the other? WHERE IS MY SOUL MATE?!?

My buddy Fat Brian, who feels Buck Bumble is one of the greatest of the N64's hidden gems.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by Xeogred Sun Jul 30, 2017 7:00 pm

@Juan: Nice! All 4 One is the side game I might consider. I'm not sure about the others. It would be neat if they all got some PS3 or PS4 collective release, maybe they did? But yeah since that one is still more geared towards co-op, I've kind of held off on it. It didn't feel like I missed anything vital by only playing the main games. I did however play Quest for Booty... I guess that was kind of stand alone and on the side.

Yeah the reason I love Going Commando so much is because it balanced the adventure platforming and action elements perfectly. It still felt like an old school platformer with bigger levels and some exploring. From Up Your Arsenal and on the games got more linear and focused on the action, which is fine since that's still awesome. But Going Commando was a blissful combination and they got everything right on that one. The quality jump between the first and this one was massive. I also got a big kick out of the villain being this polite old guy that Ratchet and Clank trusted when he was constantly trying to kill them haha. Second best villain after Neferious.

Getting the platinums for these is pretty easy. Just a little time consuming with some grinding elements here and there, but yeah. I didn't bother with the first games platinum though. I went the entire game without finding the health upgrades, which seemed really tucked away or something... so having to beat that with 4 health points made Dark Souls look like a joke. I guess it's on me for that making the experience a little sour, but the game also had some issues like no side strafing, the grapple hook was really wonky and killed you a lot, etc. Maybe I'll consider revisiting it again sometime for the challenge run and mopping up the trophies. Ratchet's surfer accent was awful too haha. I still try and recommend it to anyone interested in the series though, just have to brace for some archaic flawed and brutal game design. The charm and character is still there though.

The Groovitron trophy for the remake looks real tedious, lol.

Oh yeah... Tools had no trophies? I remember this one being a little frustrating and the new engine was kind of odd. I liked the remastered first three way more, how they looked and felt. The villain in Tools was pretty lame too, but overall still a great game. Just one of the weaker ones to me.

You're totally right that the remake lacking an arena is a noticeable disappointment. Those are always a huge highlight in the others.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by Juan Aguacate Sun Jul 30, 2017 8:30 pm

Xeogred wrote:@Juan: Nice! All 4 One is the side game I might consider. I'm not sure about the others. It would be neat if they all got some PS3 or PS4 collective release, maybe they did? But yeah since that one is still more geared towards co-op, I've kind of held off on it. It didn't feel like I missed anything vital by only playing the main games. I did however play Quest for Booty... I guess that was kind of stand alone and on the side.

Yeah the reason I love Going Commando so much is because it balanced the adventure platforming and action elements perfectly. It still felt like an old school platformer with bigger levels and some exploring. From Up Your Arsenal and on the games got more linear and focused on the action, which is fine since that's still awesome. But Going Commando was a blissful combination and they got everything right on that one. The quality jump between the first and this one was massive. I also got a big kick out of the villain being this polite old guy that Ratchet and Clank trusted when he was constantly trying to kill them haha. Second best villain after Neferious.

Getting the platinums for these is pretty easy. Just a little time consuming with some grinding elements here and there, but yeah. I didn't bother with the first games platinum though. I went the entire game without finding the health upgrades, which seemed really tucked away or something... so having to beat that with 4 health points made Dark Souls look like a joke. I guess it's on me for that making the experience a little sour, but the game also had some issues like no side strafing, the grapple hook was really wonky and killed you a lot, etc. Maybe I'll consider revisiting it again sometime for the challenge run and mopping up the trophies. Ratchet's surfer accent was awful too haha. I still try and recommend it to anyone interested in the series though, just have to brace for some archaic flawed and brutal game design. The charm and character is still there though.

The Groovitron trophy for the remake looks real tedious, lol.

Oh yeah... Tools had no trophies? I remember this one being a little frustrating and the new engine was kind of odd. I liked the remastered first three way more, how they looked and felt. The villain in Tools was pretty lame too, but overall still a great game. Just one of the weaker ones to me.

You're totally right that the remake lacking an arena is a noticeable disappointment. Those are always a huge highlight in the others.


Going Commando was great, a bit harder than a lot of the other ones too. I actually think that game's races are much better than the ones in the first game (and the remake too).

It boggles my mind that the remake has no combat arena. That's a signature part of the series for me.

I actually liked Tools a lot. I think it introduced some fun stuff that they added to the PS4 remake of the first game, like the Groovetron. But yeah, it had no trophy support. Weird now to remember when Playstation games didn't have those. The Groovetron trophy in the PS4 game isn't too bad by the way, just find a list of all the enemies online and make sure to use Groovetron on all of them as you play through challenge mode. In fact, using the Groovetron actually makes the game easier

The very first R&C is really, really rough. So I'm glad it got the remake treatment. Oddly enough though, someone on youtube has a video talking about how massively disappointed he was with it, and what a masterpiece he thought the original game was.

It's a good time to try All 4 One. I don't know how much longer the online community will last since it's already a six year old game. Another cool thing about All 4 One that I didn't mention in my review is that it feels like what a Ratchet and Clank arcade game would be like. God I miss arcades. The drop in, drop out 4 player co-op and the fact that there's no penalty for dying (unless the whole team dies) really gives it that arcade game feel. It's pretty easy for anyone to pick up and play too. I have this awesome vision in my head of this game in an arcade cabinet at a mall somewhere
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by Xeogred Sun Jul 30, 2017 8:41 pm

Come to think of it, I actually did play some of All 4 One a long time ago. This was before I was a fan though so it didn't resonate with me much. But yeah I remember we had four guys I think and the levels and puzzles were like Rayman Legends styled stuff haha.

I didn't think I'd consider replaying these games since it's a big franchise, but now I'm thinking I probably could run through them all again. Don't have to even think about the trophies and such since that's all covered in most of them haha. My old roommate was obsessed though and would replay them all back to back all the time, I think that'd be some burnout for sure. I'm glad he got me hooked though. He liked to joke that this series is to him what Mega Man is to me, heh.

It could be shocking to myself to see how much I might remember each game individually, since that's how it felt playing the remake. Even though it had the new coat of paint, I easily had a lot of deja vu moments with the levels.

I won't knock on Tools too much for sure though. It's like a strong ~8/10 or something. I think I remember it being one of the hardest ones though, like some of the boss battles were really tough. It's better than Into the Nexus for sure, even though I won't hate on that one either. But the new characters and darker tone was a bit odd... pretty short and forgettable too.

Although Up Your Arsenal kind of starts the more linear trend, I remember the story being awesome in this one and having a lot of Qwark. That's always a huge plus!

A replay of Going Commando > Crack in Time could be awesome though.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by ElkinFencer10 Sun Jul 30, 2017 8:49 pm

Ack wrote:
ElkinFencer10 wrote:
Ack wrote:That makes two people I know who adore Buck Bumble.

Who's the other? WHERE IS MY SOUL MATE?!?

My buddy Fat Brian, who feels Buck Bumble is one of the greatest of the N64's hidden gems.

Tell Fat Brian he's god damn right it is.
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