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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by PartridgeSenpai Sun Aug 06, 2017 9:33 pm

ElkinFencer10 wrote:Clearly Konami, like Sega, hates money.


I don't remember, how does Sega hate money again? Is it becasue they have so many franchises they've basically abandoned? Heck, they're worse than Nintendo with that stuff nowadays!

Also, I keep meaning to say, I like and appreciate your new avatar! It once again makes you very easily identifiable :)
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by ElkinFencer10 Sun Aug 06, 2017 9:36 pm

PartridgeSenpai wrote:
ElkinFencer10 wrote:Clearly Konami, like Sega, hates money.


I don't remember, how does Sega hate money again? Is it becasue they have so many franchises they've basically abandoned? Heck, they're worse than Nintendo with that stuff nowadays!

Also, I keep meaning to say, I like and appreciate your new avatar! It once again makes you very easily identifiable :)

lol, well, I figured the joke that I'm as good with responsible spending as the Greek government had run its course.

And yeah, so many unutilized or poorly utilized (looking at you, Sonic) franchises.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by Xeogred Sun Aug 06, 2017 9:47 pm

Sonic Mania is gonna rock your face.
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by MrPopo Sun Aug 06, 2017 9:50 pm

Xeogred wrote:Sonic Mania is gonna rock your face.

Have played a level. Can confirm.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by ElkinFencer10 Sun Aug 06, 2017 9:58 pm

I'm stoked. It looks like they finally got their shit together. Sonic Forces, however, is more worrisome. It looks a lot like a return to the 3edgy5me approach they took with Shadow.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by PartridgeSenpai Sun Aug 06, 2017 10:51 pm

ElkinFencer10 wrote:I'm stoked. It looks like they finally got their shit together. Sonic Forces, however, is more worrisome. It looks a lot like a return to the 3edgy5me approach they took with Shadow.


I don't know, man. At this point with the fuckin' character creator it almost seems like they're in on the joke. I think it's gonna be really ridiculous and stupid on purpose because they know a certain segment of the fanbase loves that stuff. :lol:
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by pierrot Sun Aug 06, 2017 11:26 pm

ElkinFencer10 wrote:[...T]he two copies of Zelda I bought! :lol:

You're a monster.
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We need to refocus a little bit on the truly important things here: The soundtracks for the Rebirth games are unreasonably godlike masterpieces. Some of the best tracks from their respective 8/16-bit entries, remixed in a pseudo-X68k style, by none other than Namiki Manabu (Mushihimesama /Futari, DoDonPachi DOJ/SDOJ, Deathsmiles, and much more)? Yes, yes, and yes. If for some crazy reason there's someone out there who hasn't checked out the official OST for Castlevania Rebirth, and Contra Rebirth, there's a medley for each series, at the end of the album, with a few extra remixes. There's even a wonderful remix of "Lost Painting," from SOTN, in there. The medley for Contra is unbelievable, as well. Highly recommended.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by Xeogred Mon Aug 07, 2017 12:04 am

Man are you sure? I can't recall a single track from Castlevania Rebirth in my head... when the music leaves a huge mark on me in the other games. :lol:

Maybe the sound effects or something else was distracting, in fact... weren't the sound effects super loud? I'll have to listen to the OST on its own.

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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by ElkinFencer10 Mon Aug 07, 2017 10:11 am

Games Beaten in 2017 So Far - 78
* denotes a replay

January (10 Games Beaten)
1. Persona 4 Arena - Playstation 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 (10 Games Beaten)
52. Star Trek: Bridge Crew - PlayStation 4 - June 2
53. The Walking Dead: A New Frontier - PlayStation 4 - June 3
54. Rebel Galaxy - PC - June 18
55. The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II - Vita - June 20
56. Medal of Honor: Allied Assault - PC - June 21*
57. Medal of Honor: Allied Assault - Spearhead - PC - June 21
58. Medal of Honor: Allied Assault - Breakthrough - PC - June 22
59. Aliens Versus Predator - PC - June 23
60. Army Men - PC - June 24*
61. Apartment 666 - PC - June 26


July (17 Game Beaten)
62. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Hyperstone Heist - Genesis - July 12*
63. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Hearts of Stone - PlayStation 4 - July 15
64. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Blood and Wine - PlayStation 4 - July 22
65. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - PlayStation 4 - July 24
66. Splatoon 2 - Switch - July 25
67. Kamiko - Switch - July 25
68. Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge - Xbox - July 26
69. Panzer Dragoon - Saturn - July 27*
70. Snake Pass - Switch - July 27
71. Buck Bumble - Nintendo 64 - July 28*
72. Castlevania - NES - July 29
73. Castlevania II: Simon's Quest - NES - July 29
74. Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse - NES - July 29
75. Super Castlevania IV - SNES - July 30
76. Castlevania Adventure - Game Boy - July 30
77. Castlevania Adventure Rebirth - Wii - July 30
78. Contra Rebirth - Wii - July 31
79. Heavy Fire: Special Operations - Wii - July 31


79. Heavy Fire: Special Operations - Wii - July 31

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The low resolution WiiWare icon I used above is incredibly fitting for this game.  There's a lot of shovelware on the Wii in general, and there's a LOT of shovelware on the WiiWare service, but Heavy Fire: Special Operation is an especially heinous type of shovelware; it's the kind of shovelware that looks and sounds like it could be moderately entertaining and then fills you with severe buyer's remorse.  It's only 500 Wii points, but that's about 500 too many.

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Special Operations is the first title in the bafflingly existent Heavy Fire Series, beginning as a WiiWare exclusive in 2010 before getting ported to the 3DS eShop in 2012.  The game is a rail shooter that's kind of in the style of arcade shooters but without any of the fun.  You start off with a semi automatic pistol and "rank up" based on how many points you score in each level, and each rank gets you a new weapon.  The problem is that except for the move from semi auto to auto after the pistol, they're all pretty much identical.  Each level has a bigger magazine, and some of the higher level weapons let you reload by pressing A instead of shaking the Wiimote, but that's it.  Every weapon kills in one hit.  Every weapon has roughly the same fire rate.  It's a mess.  You die after being shot three times, and while there are checkpoints, you've got a limited number of continues.  While that, in general, isn't a problem, it seems totally arbitrary who's going to hit you and who isn't.  Sometimes a guy will be on screen for a full 30 seconds before I get around to killing him without shooting me once; other times, a guy will hit me after three seconds of being on screen.  They also throw an entire army at you.  The game takes place in Somalia, and I think I killed the actual population of Mogadishu during my one playthrough.  It gets silly and ridiculous fast.

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Just about the only thing that this game has going for it is that performance stays pretty consistent, but given that the game looks like it could run on the Gamecube, that's not really saying much.  I know the Wii isn't an HD system, but this game just looks terrible.  Not quite as bad as Farcry Vengeance, granted, but it's not a whole lot better.  The sound effects, as well, are truly abysmal.  All of the guns sound the same - completely artificial and without any "oomph" whatsoever.  Some games have gun sound effects that at least sound halfway like they're supposed to, but that's not the case here.  Not in the slightest.  The gun sounds are also almost completely treble.  I turned off my subwoofer and heard almost no difference.  Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't high caliber guns supposed to have SOME kind of bass or "oomph" to them?

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Heavy Arms: Special Operations is a WiiWare rail shooter in as much as Mehmet Oz is a doctor - yeah, technically, but it's literally the last place you should look if that's what you need.  The visuals are atrocious, the sound design if horrid, and gameplay is as shallow as rich white boy in a college fraternity.  Even at $5, this game is a complete waste of money, and that's coming from a guy who LOVES rail shooters.  Not even 2 player cooperative multiplayer can redeem this wretched excuse for a game.

​tl;dr - you'd have more fun drinking a bleach cocktail.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by Sarge Mon Aug 07, 2017 12:53 pm

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)
41) Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES) (9.5) (6/5) (~30 minutes)
42) Wizards & Warriors X: Fortress of Fear (GB) (4.0) (6/8) (~1 hour)
43) Castlevania: The Adventure (GB) (3.5) (6/9) (~1 hour)
44) Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King (PC) (8.0) (6/15) (~8.5 hours)
45) Streets of Rage (GEN) (9.0) (6/17) (~45 minutes)
46) Ghouls 'N Ghosts (GEN) (6.5) (6/17) (~4 hours)
47) Contra: Hard Corps (GEN) (8.5) (6/18) (~50 minutes)
48) Mighty Gunvolt Burst (NS) (7.5) (6/23) (~3 hours?)
49) Exile's End (PC) (8.0) (6/24) (~5 hours)

July:
50) Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (PS4) (8.5) (7/1) (16h53m)
51) Pharaoh Rebirth+ (PC) (8.0) (7/3) (7 hours)
52) Jackal (NES) (9.0) (7/9) (45 minutes)
53) Golden Axe III (NES) (2.5) (7/9) (~45 minutes)
54) Rygar (NES) (7.0) (7/10) (~2 hours)
55) Faxanadu (NES) (8.0) (7/14) (~6 hours)
56) Tekken 3 (PSX) (6.0) (7/24) (~20 minutes)
57) Horizon: Zero Dawn (PS4) (8.5) (7/30) (38h16m)

August:
58) Contra: The Alien Wars (GB) (3.5) (8/1) (~30 minutes)
59) Super Smash Bros. (N64) (8.0) (8/6) (~20 minutes)

Decided to pull out the N64 for a brief period. Had to sadly put it all back up pretty quickly; I'm having to clean the house up a bit for an appraisal. :( Not before I got in a quick Super Smash Bros. round, though!

True story: I actually preferred the N64 game to Melee for a long time. The pace was slightly more sedate, so to me it felt like it could be a little bit more technical at times. I still wish I could use the d-pad instead, but oh well.

I generally mained Kirby in the original. It's quite sad that, despite Sakurai being at the helm, later entries have nerfed Kirby considerably. However, I decided to mix things up and use Samus this time! Specifically, my brother always mained Samus, and was always astoundingly good using her. He had the timing down on when to unload that charge shot, and he was spectacular at keeping you from recovering to the edge. Granted, neither of us were tournament level, but he generally was better than I was at the game.

Imagine my surprise, though, that I managed to hit the high score with Samus on our cart. This was solely because I was playing on Normal, and somehow managed to squeak through the game without losing a stock. And boy oh boy, is that upward flamethrower move effective on Master Hand. Talk about hitting the weak point for massive damage.

Anyway, SSB holds up remarkably well. The improvements in visual fidelity over the years obviously help things out, but the core here is in place and surprisingly strong, even after all these years.
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