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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by Markies Mon Aug 07, 2017 5:06 pm

1. Phantasy Star II (GEN)
2. Guitar Hero (PS2)
3. Adventures of Lolo (NES)
4. Animal Crossing (GCN)
5. Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse (NES)
6. Beyond The Beyond (PS1)
7. R.B.I. Baseball (NES)
8. Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo (PS1)
9. GoldenEye: Rogue Agent (GCN)
10. Project Gotham Racing (XBOX)
11. Ristar (GEN)
12. Conker's Bad Fur Day (N64)
13. Crash Bandicoot (PS1)
14. Pikmin (GCN)
15. Syberia (XBOX)
16. Xenosaga Episode I: Der Wille zur Macht (PS2)
17. Tetris Plus (PS1)
18. Metropolis Street Racer (DC)
19. Darkwing Duck (NES)
20. Marvel Vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes (PS2)
21. Ico (PS2)
22. Final Fantasy V (SNES)
23. Mega Man X (SNES)
24. Beyond Good & Evil (XBOX)

25. Beetle Adventure Racing! (N64)

I beat Beetle Adventure Racing! on the Nintendo 64 this afternoon!

I am not exactly a gear head. I cannot get under my hood and fix anything. However, I do enjoy cars for their looks. I like specific cars and have an interested in older cars.

With that in mind, I am not a big fan of Volkswagon or their Beetle car. But, I had heard this game was really amazing and so I did my best to my preconceived notions aside and buy the game as it was incredibly cheap.

Beetle Adventure Racing is one of the better racing games released on the N64. I wouldn't say it is Mario Kart 64 or Cruisn World good, but I would say it is up there. The game plays wonderfully with sharp turns and a good sense of speed. Each track is completely different and unique with laps taking over three minutes to complete. With some catchy songs as well and a good amount of draw distance for the N64, this is a surprisingly well put together game.

Apparently, the multiplayer 'Beetle Battle' mode is the best part, but I never got to experience it. If you can put aside the fact that you are racing Beetles and enjoy a good racing game, Beetle Adventure Racing comes highly recommended and one of the best racing games on the N64!
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by Forlorn Drifter Mon Aug 07, 2017 6:56 pm

Pikmin

My first time actually finishing the game, and I'm still very impressed with the game itself. I did find the "final boss" underwhelming and pretty boring to fight (get him to eat bomb, attack with reds, retreat & repeat), but managing to get all 30 parts my first run was nice.

There was also the flying enemy that snatches pikmin and plants them in the ground, which was a purely annoying enemy to deal with. My coordination isn't good enough to hit it right off the bat, so I end up with singular pikmin and planted pikmin all over the dang place.

Despite my complaints, an easy 8/10 for me, though that might be downgraded when I get pikmin 2. We shall see.
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by pierrot Tue Aug 08, 2017 12:00 am

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The Mushi OSTs are great, but I kind of prefer Manabu on his own. Battle Garegga, Ketsui, and DDP: DOJ being prime examples.
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by Flake Tue Aug 08, 2017 8:40 am

Forlorn Drifter wrote:Pikmin

My first time actually finishing the game, and I'm still very impressed with the game itself. I did find the "final boss" underwhelming and pretty boring to fight (get him to eat bomb, attack with reds, retreat & repeat), but managing to get all 30 parts my first run was nice.



Pikmin is hard for me. Hearing the Pikmin cry out for a PikGod that doesn't exist when I accidentally drown half of them still terrifies me.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by ElkinFencer10 Tue Aug 08, 2017 11:23 am

Games Beaten in 2017 So Far - 80
* 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 (18 Games 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
80. Heavy Fire: Black Arms - Wii - July 31


80. Heavy Fire: Black Arms - Wii - July 31

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Teyon's at it again with a sub-par WiiWare rail shooter with Heavy Fire: Black Arms, this time set in South America instead of east Africa.  Fortunately, Teyon learned something, releasing a game that improves over its predecessor in a number of ways; unfortunately, that bar wasn't set very high, and Teyon only moves it up a little bit with Black Arms.  It's like moving from getting 100 lashes to getting 90 lashes - yeah, it's better, but it still sucks.

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The first improvement that Black Arms makes over Special Operations is with visuals.  It still doesn't look amazing for the Wii, but the textures do seem to have had a little more care put into them this go around.  The environments still aren't amazing or anything, but they're a definite improvement over the Gamecube-esque visuals in Special Operations.  The enemies are also much better designed this time.  They still have the accuracy of Imperial stormtroopers, the model detail of a mannequin, and the intelligence of the current president of the United States, but there are a reasonable amount of them in pretty appropriate placements rather than a million and a half of them literally everywhere.  It makes for a much more durable suspension of disbelief.  The sound design is also better, although it's still pretty terrible.  There's still absolutely no "oomph" to the weapons' firing sound effects, but at least I could tell a difference when I turned off my subwoofer.  Now it just sounds like a flute instead of a piccolo.  All in all, the game makes a decent first impression, especially if you have Special Operations as a craptastic point of reference.  Unfortunately, you quickly see that the first impression is about as good as it gets, and the honeymoon period ends about halfway through the first stage.

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Despite these improvements, however, Black Arms is still with Special Operations as a bottom tier rail shooter.  Granted, it's at the top of this bottom tier now instead of instead of the bottom of the bottom tier, but it's still not a good game, and while it's definitely worth one penny more, $5 might be a fair price for this one.  Other than the improvements I mentioned above, it's basically the same as the original but in South America.  A little more polish, a little more detail, a little more care, but minor improvements still won't fix a product of quality this low.  There is, at the very least, SOME entertainment to be had here, and it might even be almost fun if you played with a friend (especially if you and that friend are drunk), so as I do with my students, I have to give the game some credit for at least improving over the series' past performance.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by ElkinFencer10 Wed Aug 09, 2017 8:38 am

Games Beaten in 2017 So Far - 81
* 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 (20 Games 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
80. Heavy Fire: Black Arms - Wii - July 31
81. Panzer Dragoon II Zwei - Saturn - July 31*


81. Panzer Dragoon II Zwei - Saturn - July 31*

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Panzer Dragoon II Zwei is everything a sequel should be...except rationally named.  I mean, the title literally means "Panzer Dragoon Two Two."  They should have picked "II" or "Zwei," but both is just silly, so I'm going to stick with Zwei because German makes everything better (well, except for those two world wars...).  That, however, is irrelevant to the actual game which is truly fantastic.  It takes (almost) everything about the original Panzer Dragoon and makes it better.  Almost everything.  Unfortunately my disc decided to freeze at one particular spot in level four consistently, so I had to finish my playthrough on an emulator, but at least that means I got to capture my own screenshots for this one.

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In Panzer Dragoon Zwei, you play as Jean-luc Lundi, some random kid in a ridiculously superstitious village that has a strict policy of killing any mutated lizard beasts they see, believing the soft glow from the bioluminescence mutation is an omen of ill fortune.  Jean-luc finds an even more unusual mutant one day, though; a specimen that not only displays bioluminescence but that also possesses wings.  Unable to bring himself to kill this unique creature, Jean-luc hides it in his shed.  Because being imprisoned in a small 5x5 wooden shack is definitely preferable to death or just being chased away.  Anyway, he names the young wyvern Lagi and, once Lagi's wings develop, tries to teach him to fly.  It's on his way back from one such flying exercise that a massive airship annihilates Jean-luc's village in an attempt to kill Lagi.  At this point, Lagi goes super Saiyan or something and starts shooting lasers out of its mouth.  Unfortunately these lasers don't even come close to hitting the airship, and thus beings the game with the sole objective of "Kill the airship that rekt my village."

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Panzer Dragoon Zwei is a dramatic improvement over its predecessor in almost every way.  The control is SIGNIFICANTLY more fluid and refined, and the visuals almost look like a different platform entirely.  The game runs smoother, the textures are higher resolution, the video compression is of a much better quality, smoother animation, an almost complete lack of excessive pixilation even on detailed models, and the environments all look more detailed and immersive.  Literally the only area in which I felt Zwei fell short of the original is the soundtrack.  The first Panzer Dragoon's orchestral soundtrack is the stuff of legend, especially for the mid-1990s.  That's not to say that Panzer Dragoon Zwei's soundtrack is garbage or anything.  Zwei has a great soundtrack with some very fitting and well composed music.  It just doesn't match the greatness of its predecessor's OST, and while that's a shame as it's the sole blemish on an otherwise universal improvement, those were some awfully big shoes to fill, so it's not too terribly surprising that it fell a little short.

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With regards to gameplay, the game is a rail shooter that plays exactly the first one in terms of control, but there are a couple of key differences that make Zwei something different and make it apparent that Team Andromeda took player criticism of the first game into account when making the sequel.  Despite my rather sarcastic synopsis of the story above, the writing and narrative were clearly given much more attention in Zwei than in the original.  The cutscenes between levels offer more insight into the world and the plot unfolding, and the production values of the cutscenes are a marked improvement.  Your dragon's form can also change depending on how you play.  The biggest improvement to the experience, however, is the inclusion of branching paths.  Depending on how you play each level, you will take different routes that while not affecting the story directly do affect your experience and the difficulty level.  This one change added a lot of replayability to a game in a genre that usually lacks much at all in the way of replay value.

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Panzer Dragoon II Zwei, despite having a repetitive name, is everything a sequel should be.  It takes the formula of the original game and fixes control issues, improves visuals, adds in new gameplay mechanics, and fleshes out the narrative to give the player an all-around better experience than the first game could provide.  It's worth noting that the music took a hit in Zwei, not even approaching the grandeur of the original game's soundtrack, but with that one exception, Zwei improves on Panzer Dragoon in every way.  If the first game was worth playing, Zwei is a must have for Saturn collectors.  The North American copy can be a bit pricey, going for $50 or so last I checked, but a Japanese copy can be had for $15 or $20, and while you might need to look up the story online, the actual gameplay wouldn't present any language barrier.  Highly recommended.
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by pierrot Wed Aug 09, 2017 6:54 pm

I so very much love PD Zwei, for many of the improvements over the original you listed. It was impressively cinematic. It grabbed me, and forced me to become immersed in the scenario. The final boss is one of the most unforgettable experiences in video games, I feel.


ElkinFencer10 wrote:Panzer Dragoon II Zwei is everything a sequel should be...except rationally named.  I mean, the title literally means "Panzer Dragoon Two Two."

I thought this was interesting when I saw it, either in the Japanese manual, or in one of the Pandora's Box options' promotional videos: Whoever handled the naming for the game construed "Zwei" as 'Futari,' or something like "together"/"togetherness"--literally "two people." So, really, the "II" denotes the iteration within the series, and "Zwei" represents more of a subtitle. Perhaps that's not really official, though. Early promotional works aren't necessarily official statements, but that appears to be the initial reasoning for the name.




ElkinFencer10 wrote:Because being imprisoned in a small 5x5 wooden shack is definitely preferable to death or just being chased away.

I understand your point, but my interpretation was that sending it out into the wilds still might be a death sentence if it encountered other people. Also, if memory serves, the town raises them as livestock, and for transportation. I might have to check on the veracity of that, but I recall it being the case.



ElkinFencer10 wrote:Literally the only area in which I felt Zwei fell short of the original is the soundtrack.

I completely disagree here. On it's own, I think Zwei's soundtrack is in the upper echelon of video game OSTs, and I think just about every track from Episode 2 Boss on supports that. Even in comparison to the original Panzer Dragoon's OST--which I enjoy immensely--I think Zwei is more fitting of the raw, and emotional visual components that it supports. I actually prefer Zwei's OST as a standalone album even, compared to the original's, though.
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by BoneSnapDeez Wed Aug 09, 2017 8:28 pm

Y'all should play the game "Zwei!!"

FALCOM!!!!!!

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Oh and the sequel is......
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by BoneSnapDeez Wed Aug 09, 2017 8:39 pm

1. Chrono Trigger (SNES)
2. Gyromite (NES)
3. Lucy -The Eternity She Wished For- (Steam)
4. Ys III: Wanderers from Ys (Famicom)
5. Radical Dreamers (SNES)
6. Video Games 1 (TI-99/4A)
7. Portopia Renzoku Satsujin Jiken (Famicom)
8. Exile (TurboGrafx CD)
9. Exile: Wicked Phenomenon (TurboGrafx CD)
10. Xak (PC Engine CD, Xak I・II)
11. Xak II (PC Engine CD, Xak I・II)
12. Neutopia (TurboGrafx-16)
13. Captain Silver (Sega Master System)
14. Märchen Veil (Famicom Disk System)
15. Vanguard (Atari 2600)
16. Kangaroo (Atari 2600)
17. Front Line (Atari 2600)
18. Mario Bros. (Atari 2600)
19. Harmonia (Steam)
20. Donkey Kong (Atari 2600)
21. Jungle Hunt (Atari 2600)
22. Dragon Slayer: The Legend of Heroes (TurboGrafx CD)
23. Gorf (Atari 2600)
24. Neutopia II (TurboGrafx-16)
25. Dungeon Magic (PlayStation 2, Taito Legends 2)
26. The Lost Vikings (SNES)
27. Blue's Journey (Wii Virtual Console)
28. Wizard Fire (Wii, Data East Arcade Classics)
29. Super Mario Run (Android)
30. Dragon Warrior II (NES)
31. Gurumin: A Monstrous Adventure (GOG.com)
32. Witch & Hero (Nintendo eShop)
33. Phoenix (Atari 2600)
34. Emerald Dragon (Super Famicom)
35. Sky Skipper (Atari 2600)
36. Donkey Kong Country (SNES)
37. Cadash (TurboGrafx-16)
38. Cadash (Genesis)
39. Popeye (Atari 2600)
40. Mega Man 2 (NES)
41. Mother (Famicom)
42. Scramble (Game Boy Advance, Konami Collector's Series: Arcade Advanced)
43. Super Cobra (Atari 2600)
44. Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II (GameCube)
45. Mecha Ritz: Steel Rondo (Steam)
46. Donkey Kong (Wii Virtual Console)
47. Donkey Kong Jr. (Wii Virtual Console)
48. Donkey Kong 3 (Wii Virtual Console)
49. Donkey Kong Jr. Math (Wii Virtual Console)
50. Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards (Nintendo 64)

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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by Flake Thu Aug 10, 2017 8:39 am

January:
Super Mario Bros Advance 4: Super Mario Bros 3 (GBA/WiiU)
Super Mario Bros Advance 2: Yoshi's Island (GBA/WiiU)
Wario Land 4 (GBA/WiiU)

March:
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch)
Batman: Arkham Asylum (PS3)

April:
Front Mission 3 (PS1/PSTV)
Mega Man 2 (PS4)

May:
Megaman 3 (PS4)
Megaman 4 (PS4)
Megaman 5 (PS4)
Megaman (PS4)
Megaman 6 (PS4)

June:
Megaman Legends (PSX)
Final Fantasy X HD (PS4)

July:
Marvel vs Capcom: Clash of the Super Heroes (PS3)
Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 (PS4)
Adventures of Mana (PSTV)
Shovel Knight: Shovel of Hope (Switch)
Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (PS4)
Castlevania (NES/WiiU)

August:
Castlevania The Adventure: Rebirth (Wiiware)
Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow (GBA/WiiU)

Not a bad game! Definitely doesn't top Circle of the Moon as my favorite GBA game but it's a great mini version of Symphony of the Night.

Things I didn't like: I didn't like Soma as a protagonist because he did not seem to really take any agency in his situation. You basically run around a castle till you find someone to tell Soma what to do, no questions asked.

I also was not impressed by the design of the Castle. There were way to many long corridors that dead ended into empty rooms with no real purpose or treasure.

Things I did like: The nods to the franchise' history and a lot of the ancillary characters. Low-Key Alucard was interesting and I thought it was a cool Castlevania III homage to have Alucard and descendents from the Belmonts and Belnades clans, even if only one of them was playable.

The soul system was great! It meant a lot more menu navigation than really jives with me but it was a great Metroid-esque approach to level design and it was fun to figure out which sets of souls had synergy with your current weapons.

The weapons were really cool but the rate at which you received them meant that after about an hour, the odds of any given weapon found being worth your time dropped like crazy. In SotN, the item improvement was incremental but Aria's stat jumps are too drastic.

I am pretty sure I got a 'bad' ending so I'll probably come back at this one, FAQ in hand again.
The PSTV is amazing.
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