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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by Sarge Sat Aug 12, 2017 5:31 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)
60) Battletoads (Japan) (NES) (7.5) (8/10) (~40 minutes)
61) Castle of Dragon (NES) (2.5) (8/10) (~1 hour)
62) The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (NES) (3.0) (8/10) (~30 minutes)
63) Strider (NES) (6.5) (8/11) (~2 hours)
64) Commando (NES) (3.5) (8/11) (~1 hour)
65) Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa (NES) (6.5) (8/12) (~1h30m)
66) Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (GEN) (4.0) (8/12) (~1 hour)

And the blitz continues. First, Strider hasn't seen me beat it since probably 20 years ago. So I gave it a go. It's rough, but also manages to do some interesting things. The non-linear action-adventure structure elevates it above just a straight hack-'n'-slash. There's likely no way the arcade version would have worked out very well at all on NES. (And of course, this isn't a port, it was developed at the same time as the arcade version.) If the tech were just a bit more polished, and the localization a bit better, this would be upper-tier material. As it is, the game feels like it's going to fall apart. The jumping in particular is rather egregious, with lots of hanging on the sides of objects and questionable hit detection. And that wall-jump... well, let's just say that it can be done, but it makes Super Metroid's version look easy-peasy.

Another Capcom release, Commando, is a decent enough conversion of the arcade game, in that it somewhat approximates the action, but like Strider, it feels like the wheels are going to fall off at any moment. Enemy soldiers just flat-out disappear, everything blinks and flashes weirdly (so does Strider, by the way), and the aiming is a lot like Jackal or Contra in the arcade in that it takes time for your shot to change direction. Just a simple 8-way firing mechanism would have made the game easier. It's really not all that good, and surpassed by a lot of stuff that came later on the system.

Now, shifting to Konami, Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa proves a prime representative of the sort of game that would have never crossed the pond in the '80s/'90s. Weirdness is the name of the game, including controlling the titular Upa, a baby that hits enemies with his rattle to inflate them, which you can then send careening toward enemies. You can also ride the inflated enemies, which proves to be a decent chunk of the platforming. Mostly inoffensive action and a few tricky bits define the game, and if you're looking for something weird from Konami's library, this is worth trying.

Last, and almost least, is Power Rangers: The Movie on Genesis. There's only one description that comes to mind here: generic brawler. Very little variety in enemies, combos that feel a little sluggish at times, and characters that don't seem to have any real differentiation doom this to lower-tier licensed junk. Technically rather solid, but mainly a low-effort cash-in.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by BoneSnapDeez Sat Aug 12, 2017 8:38 pm

Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa is a weird one, being released on FDS and then re-released as a Fami cart for some reason. Both versions are expensive with the cart being truly outrageous. A true blessing to have it on the VC.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by alienjesus Sun Aug 13, 2017 7:04 am

BoneSnapDeez wrote:Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa is a weird one, being released on FDS and then re-released as a Fami cart for some reason. Both versions are expensive with the cart being truly outrageous. A true blessing to have it on the VC.


Aw, thats bad news for me. I'm still working on trying to get physical copies of all the digital games I own, and that's one of them.

That said, I'm glad digital sources like VC exist as it gives me a chance to play games like this in the first place. And any truly outrageously priced stuff I'm happy to stick with the download :lol:

EDIT: The Famicom cartridge seems super pricy, but there's plenty of FDS disks on eBay UK right now that vary from £50 BIN down to sub-£20. You sure it's that pricy?
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by BoneSnapDeez Sun Aug 13, 2017 6:19 pm

You're right, at the moment there are a couple of disk + plastic case copies on eBay right now for ~$30. Not bad at all, though more expensive than most FDS games.

My problem with FDS shopping on eBay is that I frequently can only find complete games, which are naturally more expensive.

As far as I know, it's actually the FDS original that's emulated on the VC.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by Flake Sun Aug 13, 2017 8:16 pm

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)
Ultra Street Fighter II (Switch)
Megaman 8 (PS4)


Ultra Street Fighter 2 is what I wished Street Fighter V was: Fun, fast, accessible, and complete.

If you're a member of our Slack channel (and if you aren't f**k you), then you know how much I love Megaman 8. As in, I will be an Aaron Burr to your Hamilton were you to insist MM2 is comparable. The PS4 version has a few problems I didn't see coming but fortunately, it's all in the visuals department; There appears to be a limit to how much you can upscale 32 bit era sprite work to a modern 44 inch TV. That said, the game is still incredibly playable and even the 'jump jump, slide slide' parts are veritable masterpieces to hear our own AlienJesus to tell it. The Megaman Legacy Collection 2 is worth buying.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by strangenova Sun Aug 13, 2017 8:18 pm

I love Megaman 8 as well, never understood all the hate that it gets from people. Seven is one that I don't care for however.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by Sarge Sun Aug 13, 2017 8:25 pm

strangenova wrote:I love Megaman 8 as well, never understood all the hate that it gets from people. Seven is one that I don't care for however.

I agree with this sentiment. I think Mega Man 2 and MM9 are the best of the series, though.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by PartridgeSenpai Sun Aug 13, 2017 8:26 pm

What's a "slack channel?" I hear all these people talk about it but I've never understood what it is. Is it something else on the website? O.o
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by strangenova Sun Aug 13, 2017 8:30 pm

Sarge wrote:
strangenova wrote:I love Megaman 8 as well, never understood all the hate that it gets from people. Seven is one that I don't care for however.

I agree with this sentiment. I think Mega Man 2 and MM9 are the best of the series, though.

It's been a long time since i've played 9 so I won't speak to it, but 2 is the best in the classic series.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by BoneSnapDeez Sun Aug 13, 2017 8:47 pm

PartridgeSenpai wrote:What's a "slack channel?" I hear all these people talk about it but I've never understood what it is. Is it something else on the website? O.o


http://www.racketboy.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=50785
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