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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by ElkinFencer10 Thu Sep 14, 2017 7:01 pm

Games Beaten in 2017 So Far - 96
* 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*


August (9 Games Beaten)
82. Sunrider: Mask of Arcadius - Steam - August 4
83. Panzer Dragoon Saga - Saturn - August 5
84. Sunrider: Liberation Day - Steam - August 6
85. Emily is Away - Steam - August 8
86. Ys III: Wanderers from Ys - SNES - August 19
87. Nights of Azure - PlayStation 4 - August 25
88. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy - PlayStation 4 - August 26
89. Strike Suit Zero: Director's Cut - Xbox One - August 27
90. Devil's Third - Wii U - August 30*


September (6 Games Beaten)
91. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle - Switch - September 4
92. Dungeons & Dragons: Tower of Doom - Wii U - September 4
93. Daytona USA - Xbox 360 - September 6
94. Dungeons & Dragons: Shadow Over Mystara - Wii U - September 6
95. Cave Story+ - Switch - September 10
96. Cosmic Star Heroine - Steam - September 14


96. Cosmic Star Heroine - Steam - September 14

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Cosmic Star Heroine is a game I went into knowing nothing about, immediately felt very conflicted about, and then fell absolutely in love with.  I started playing it because Flake said he was going to start it, and I like playing single player games alongside someone else and swapping experiences.  When I fired it up and saw the 16-bit-esque pixel graphics, I immediately though "Oh Christ, another damn pixel art game..." but I had kept hearing good things about it, and mrpopo had given me the Steam code for the game a few months ago, so I decided I'd stick with it.  Jesus Christ, I'm so glad that I did.

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It's immediately evident that Cosmic Star Heroine takes a lot of inspiration from Chrono Trigger, Phantasy Star, and Mass Effect.  It's a 2D JRPG like the former two games, but it has lot of playable characters from whom to choose and a save-the-galaxy sci-fi theme like the latter.  Although I didn't realize this until I was about a third of the way through the game, it's made by the same folks who made the PHENOMENAL Cthulhu Saves the World and the (supposedly but I haven't played it yet) excellent Breath of Death VII, two other pixel art indie RPGs.  While having satirical rather than serious plots, those games are extremely well regarded (as is Cosmic Star Heroine), so made perfect sense to me why I was enjoying this game so much once I realized that it was the same development team.  As I later found out, Cthulhu and the protagonist from Breath of Death actually make cameo appearances as optional side quest bosses (as does the Raccoon City Police Department from Resident Evil 2).

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The game plays like a fairly standard JRPG with a team of up to four playable characters (out of a total of eleven) and one non-player "support" character who gives certain buffs (+25% damage to organics, +25% healing, +10% exp gain, etc).  Rather than a typical MP system, the game uses a "charge" system whereby your characters' abilities each have one use, and to recharge that ability, the character must spend a turn defending.  The game is very approachable and doesn't get bogged down in grinding or meticulous item rationing like a lot of JRPGs because your characters' health is always restored after each battle.  The game takes place almost entirely on three different planets with an almost-endgame dungeon and the actually-endgame dungeon away from those three planets.  Once a certain point is reached, one can travel freely between the three planets and hunt sidequests and fight optional bosses.

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The visuals, being pixel art, don't really stand out as WOW! levels of impressive or anything, but they are definitely well done, and the backgrounds and environments definitely have unique character and charm.  The game's music is actually fantastic - something that's often neglected in indie RPGs - and it's the sound design along with the writing that really make the game shine.  The music is always fitting for the situation or the locale, and the writing is extremely well done with a story that keeps players interested and engaged and characters who never bore and who are, for the most part, pretty well developed throughout the game's progression.  The humor in the game is one of the best aspects of the writing in my opinion, and that will come as no surprise to those who've played Cthulhu Saves the World.

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Cosmic Star Heroine is definitely an extraordinary indie game.  I've become increasingly difficult to impress with indie games over the years, especially those that employ the done-to-death pixel aesthetic, but this game manages to do it.  It's well written, brilliantly designed, and more playable than a lot of AAA games with cutting edge graphics and 3D game engines.  It's a simple game, but it's an example of simplicity at its finest.  With a handful of platforms supported (not to mention Limited Run Games' upcoming physical releases for Vita and PS4), this is a game that all RPG lovers need to play.  I can promise you that it won't disappoint in the slightest.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by Xeogred Thu Sep 14, 2017 7:41 pm

That game looks so much cooler than I Am Setsuna to me, heh. I'll check it out sometime.

You keep ragging on pixel art lately Elkin... that is what sells me on indie games, but maybe you just need to be really picky about it like I am. It needs to look like Shovel Knight, Axiom Verge, Momodora, etc for me to be impressed and like the aesthetic. IE, I want it to look like an authentic game that could have been on the NES-PSX. If it doesn't pass that test, then all I think is that... looks like it was made in Flash or something and it's ugly. :P It can be a tricky ground sometime, but that's basically the science I apply to it and it's easy to distinguish since I grew up in those eras I guess.

In other news...

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I am the GOD of Sonic. Polished off all the trophies, a full run of Sonic + Tails, Knuckles, and Tails. I might wrap it up with a solo Sonic run sometime soon. I could not put this game down... and still don't even think I'm ready, so that solo Sonic run will probably start soon. This game is literally perfect.

The Hall of the Gods 2017 for me so far:
1. Nier Automata
2. Zelda Breath of the Wild
3. Sonic Mania
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by pierrot Thu Sep 14, 2017 8:01 pm

Key-Glyph wrote:I think Mega Man 3 might have my favorite soundtrack of the original trilogy. I can say this with 90% certainty because I was singing along a heck of a lot more than I remember doing with 2.

Yeah, totally. I love the MM3 soundtrack. The main title theme is an awesome lead in to a bunch of stage themes that are all tremendous (except for maybe Topman), and stage select, password, and power up themes that are all way better than they have any business being. When you tie it all up with the great Wily 2, Wily boss theme, and staff roll tracks, that's a glorious OST.

Is it just me, or do Needleman and Hardman's themes sound like they wouldn't be out of place in a Sonic game?

Whenever I think of NES Mega Man games, I pretty much think of just MM3. MM2 to a lesser extent as well--it's great for Metal Man's theme, and metal blades--but otherwise, I'm all about MM3.


Markies wrote:I will always have a treasured spot in my heart for the original Legend of Zelda. That game was my childhood and I beat it countless times. For my second spot, I always said Ocarina of Time was it. For now, I think it has some competition.

I'm happy to see that you ended up enjoying Wind Waker. It's my favorite 3D Zelda, partly because of, as you mentioned, how expressive the characters are. I really love how rich the graphical style makes the world feel, too. The exploration in the game hooked me pretty well, but it would probably have been harder to deal with if everything weren't so dang pleasant to look at. I still think it was a bit of a waste of time and resources for Nintendo to remake the game for the WiiU, but they changed some things that made it easier for people who wouldn't have otherwise played the game, so I guess that's cool. I think it would've been a whole lot more appealing without all the Bloom, though.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by BoneSnapDeez Thu Sep 14, 2017 10:27 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)
51. Xak: The Art of Visual Stage (Super Famicom)
52. Yoshi's Woolly World (Wii U)
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This is pretty fun! My daughter watched me play a segment and she seemed to enjoy it as well.

This plays like your typical "Yoshi" game. It's a 2D platformer with some distinct controls. Yoshi can do a prolonged flutter-jump and is able to fire eggs yarn balls, which are aimed with a rotating cursor. Visually, it's gorgeous with a yarn and fabric theme reminiscent of Kirby's Epic Yarn. There's a similar relaxed vibe present here as well. Lives are infinite - there isn't even a tally - and one can choose to play on an easier mode where Yoshi simple flies over everything (or so I think, I never utilized this). That isn't to say the game is easy; difficulty increases steadily and the final stretch can get rather tricky. There's a bit of disparity overall regarding both stage length and challenge. Some can be breezed through, while others are designed in the "ghost house" fashion with locking doors, multiple paths, and so on. The final castle features my arch nemesis: a color puzzle that sent me looking for a walkthrough.

The best aspect about the game is all the "gimmicks." Nearly every stage brings something new to the table. One level has Yoshi bouncing on giant bubbles, in another he's tunneling through stone, or floating on high winds, or sticking to velcro, or rolling snow into snowballs, and so on. There's so much ingenuity here, and everything is so masterfully designed and programmed; nothing feels tacked-on or contrived (contrast this to my recent failed go at Donkey Kong Country 2, which I felt consisted of a bunch of "randomness" strung together).

There is some collectathon stuff that I didn't really care for. Thankfully it's all optional. My game came with an amiibo. I don't even know what that is or what it does. Others may find these elements way more interesting; I like to keep it straightforward and simple. There are some weird Miiverse scribbles displayed between levels. Today I saw one that said "FART." I laughed because I am twelve years old.

Overall, fun ass game. Probably my second favorite Wii U platformer after New Super Mario Bros. U.

Oh wow I just played a modern game.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by Sarge Thu Sep 14, 2017 10:40 pm

In your defense, it doesn't play like a modern game, Bone. ;)

Also, I'm waiting for the LRG release of Cosmic Star Heroine. That's the only reason I don't own it yet. If I can't get it, then I'll buy on GOG.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by Xeogred Thu Sep 14, 2017 10:49 pm

How about 3D World, Bone? I could see you liking that one. Most of the levels have fixed camera angles. You have a classic SMB3 styled world map and just go level to level. Love the simplicity to it. Seems to get overlooked for some reason, I think everyone assumes it can only be played chaotically in multiplayer or something. I played the entire game solo and loved it.

Maybe you'd dig Tropical Freeze too, despite also not like DKC2. I like the DKCR games more than the New Super Mario Bros stuff. They are also less on the collectathon elements compared to DKC2 and DKC3.

But yeah Woolly World sounds amazing.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by Markies Fri Sep 15, 2017 12:33 am

pierrot wrote:
Markies wrote:I will always have a treasured spot in my heart for the original Legend of Zelda. That game was my childhood and I beat it countless times. For my second spot, I always said Ocarina of Time was it. For now, I think it has some competition.

I'm happy to see that you ended up enjoying Wind Waker. It's my favorite 3D Zelda, partly because of, as you mentioned, how expressive the characters are. I really love how rich the graphical style makes the world feel, too. The exploration in the game hooked me pretty well, but it would probably have been harder to deal with if everything weren't so dang pleasant to look at.


I agree 100% and felt the exact same way. It wasn't until the Triforce Charts when I wandered if it was too much exploration. However, by the end, I was still excited and interested to look around. The expressions and the atmosphere of the game is just amazing.

Also, I live smack dab in the middle of the US. For me to see an ocean, I have to drive at least 6 to 8 hours. So, for me, this was the closest I was going to get and to have some sort of sea travel. It felt like it for me as I could almost smell the sea water.

I realized that I had been playing that game for 5 months and I couldn't believe it. It felt way shorter and like I had always been playing it. I just absolutely loved it and it will be VERY high on my Best Games of 2017!
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by Key-Glyph Fri Sep 15, 2017 1:03 am

Woah, you guy are really selling me on Windwaker. I've never seen it in action, but I've had it recommended based on my love of the ocean and sailing.

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I laughed at the thought of this and also of your laughing at it, because I am eight.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by ElkinFencer10 Fri Sep 15, 2017 9:19 am

Xeogred wrote:That game looks so much cooler than I Am Setsuna to me, heh. I'll check it out sometime.

You keep ragging on pixel art lately Elkin... that is what sells me on indie games, but maybe you just need to be really picky about it like I am. It needs to look like Shovel Knight, Axiom Verge, Momodora, etc for me to be impressed and like the aesthetic. IE, I want it to look like an authentic game that could have been on the NES-PSX. If it doesn't pass that test, then all I think is that... looks like it was made in Flash or something and it's ugly. :P It can be a tricky ground sometime, but that's basically the science I apply to it and it's easy to distinguish since I grew up in those eras I guess.

I enjoyed it a lot more than I Am Setsuna, although that was also an amazing game. I'm definitely prejudiced against pixel art, but as I think I've shown, that's not my only criterion, and I'm perfectly happy to say I was wrong when the style is done well as was the case with Cave Story+ and Cosmic Star Heroine. It's just been SO overdone by indie devs that I'm sick of it.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by noiseredux Fri Sep 15, 2017 9:30 am

damn, Cosmic Star Heroine really looks awesome. It was on my want-list, but I've also gotten kind of burned out on some of these retro throwbacks. But seriously, this looks great.
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