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Re: Games Beaten 2017

Posted: Wed Nov 01, 2017 12:29 pm
by ElkinFencer10
Sarge wrote:Short version: If you have a Switch, you need this game. If you don't have a Switch, well, between this and Zelda, things should be getting close to a threshold to make it worth buying wtf is wrong with you get one scrub

FIFY

Re: Games Beaten 2017

Posted: Wed Nov 01, 2017 1:45 pm
by MrPopo
Sarge wrote:Except for that retro segment in the last kingdom after the credits. Seriously, screw that bit. (I probably should have gone to bed. Yeah, I'll blame that.)

Dude, I hated that part. Especially at the end where you're moving around the circles. It took me several deaths to realize that the controls were "move the analog stick to where you want Mario to go on the circle" rather than "move right to go clockwise, left to move counterclockwise" which is what would be sane to me. But then again, I also have no problems with tank controls (which is another control scheme relative to the actor rather than the camera).

Re: Games Beaten 2017

Posted: Wed Nov 01, 2017 2:05 pm
by Sarge
Thank goodness I wasn't the only one! That was all sorts of goofed up. It took me a few deaths to realize what was going on, too. And it doesn't help that I was frustrated enough by then to get really impatient on the earlier bits. I agree, sane would have been left for CCW, right for CW. I'd have blazed right on through that way.

Re: Games Beaten 2017

Posted: Thu Nov 02, 2017 9:29 am
by ElkinFencer10
Games Beaten in 2017 So Far - 112
* 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 (14 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
97. Lego Worlds - Switch - September 16
98. Metroid: Samus Returns - 3DS - September 18
99. Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls - PlayStation 4 - September 23
100. Weeping Doll - PlayStation VR - September 23
101. Dying: Reborn VR - PlayStation VR - September 24
102. Shadow Warrior 2 - PlayStation 4 - September 28
103. Pokken Tournament DX - Switch - September 29
104. White Day: A Labyrinth Called School - PlayStation 4 - September 30


October (7 Games Beaten)
105. Monster High: New Ghoul in School - Wii U - October 2
106. Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash - PlayStation 4 - October 8
107. Barbie Dreamhouse Party - Wii U - October 14
108. Tales of Berseria - PlayStation 4 - October 25
109. Cyberdimension Neptunia: 4 Goddesses Online - PlayStation 4 - October 28
110. Super Mario Odyssey - Switch - October 30
111. Splatterhouse: Wanpaku Graffiti - Famicom - October 31


November (1 Game Beaten)
112. Fire Emblem Warriors - Switch - November 1


112. Fire Emblem Warriors - Switch - November 1

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Anyone who knows my gaming tastes knows that I'm a HUGE Fire Emblem fan. It's my favorite Nintendo IP even surpassing Legend of Zelda and Mario. Fire Emblem Warriors is, like Hyrule Warriors was for Zelda, a big departure for the Fire Emblem series in terms of genre. Like Hyrule Warriors was for Zelda, however, it's a fantastic new take on the series that will likely appeal to fans of both Fire Emblem and Koei Tecmo's musou games and may well serve as a gateway for one of those series for players.

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If you've played Dynasty Warriors, Samurai Warriors, or any of the Warriors/randomIP crossovers (Zelda, Gundam, One Piece), then you exactly how this game plays - you run around killing hundreds or thousands of enemies single handedly and take control points while occasionally killing bosses. For those unfamiliar with any of those games, it's basically large scale hack 'n' slash. You've got a handful of ally characters, a handful of playable characters (you can choose what characters you want to be allied and playable before starting a battle), and a gazillion random grunts who die for you. Each character handles a little differently and has different pros and cons, and they all level up the more they kill, so who you choose to play as can have a big impact on changing your gameplay experience.

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The game obviously doesn't play much like Fire Emblem given how drastically different the genre is, but it does have a few features that keep it somewhat similar. When you pause and bring up the map, you can give simple orders to any allied unit. For example, you can have an allied unit protect another one, attack an enemy fort, protect one of your forts, attack an enemy boss or sub-boss, or just move to a specific area. It's not as direct control as you'd get in a proper Fire Emblem game, but it's still a nice degree of strategy. Most significantly, however, is that they kept class ups and the weapon triangle intact. There are a small handful of missions that reward you with a Master Seal upon completion, allowing you to promote a unit at level 15 or higher to the next class, granting additional skill upgrades as well as dramatic stat boosts.

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The game isn't perfect, however. A lot of folks I know don't particularly care for the stories in Fire Emblem, but even by Fire Emblem standards, the plot of Fire Emblem Warriors isn't especially great. It's not awful, mind you, but it's EXTREMELY predictable and cliche. I typically like the stories in Fire Emblem games, but I found myself a bit disappointed with this one. I predicted the "plot twist" towards the end at the very beginning of the game. The voice acting is especially bad for most characters. There are a few characters who sound fine, but in general, it's...bad. Not mid 90s level of bad, of course, but by modern standards? Yeah, it's not great.

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For all of the game's shortcomings in terms of narrative and voice acting, Fire Emblem Warriors more than makes up for that with visuals and music. It's not the best looking game on Switch (although it is worth noting that development began when the Wii U still had another two years of life), but it does look extremely pretty. The real star of the show the soundtrack, however. The game's music is another nod to the Fire Emblem series proper with grandiose orchestral scores that really elevate the feeling of awe behind the massive battles.

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Fire Emblem Warriors is definitely a musou game first and foremost, but if you're into that style of gameplay and a fan of the Fire Emblem series, there is a LOT to love here. It's a much more balanced crossover than the Shin Megami Tensei/Fire Emblem crossover, Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE, and that will likely be a big relief to long time Fire Emblem fans. Class promotions and the weapon triangle are kept intact, and while there are some big Fire Emblem characters who I felt shouldn't have been omitted from the game, there's always a chance that they'll be added later in DLC, and the characters who were featured are big names from the most recent games - something to be expected, honestly. All in all, there are a few notable flaws in the game, but it's an extremely enjoyable experience and one that I highly recommend to Switch and New 3DS owners.

Re: Games Beaten 2017

Posted: Thu Nov 02, 2017 10:02 am
by alienjesus
ElkinFencer10 wrote:Image



That floor texture though...

Re: Games Beaten 2017

Posted: Thu Nov 02, 2017 10:34 am
by Exhuminator
ElkinFencer10 wrote:Fire Emblem Warriors is definitely a musou game / it's an extremely enjoyable experience

How many musou games have you beaten before this one?

Re: Games Beaten 2017

Posted: Thu Nov 02, 2017 10:49 am
by ElkinFencer10
Exhuminator wrote:
ElkinFencer10 wrote:Fire Emblem Warriors is definitely a musou game / it's an extremely enjoyable experience

How many musou games have you beaten before this one?

Beaten? Dynasty Warriors 7, Hyrule Warriors, Hyrule Warriors Legends, and Hyperdimension Neptunia: Action Unleashed. I've played but never finished Warriors Orochi 3, Samurai Warriors 3, and some One Piece game.

Re: Games Beaten 2017

Posted: Thu Nov 02, 2017 9:52 pm
by Xeogred
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)
56. Sonic CD* (PC)
57. Alan Wake* (PC)
58. Deus Ex* (PC)
59. Momodora III (PC)
60. Mega Man 7* (PS4, MMLC2)
61. Mega Man 8* (PS4, MMLC2)
62. Mega Man 9* (PS4, MMLC2)
63. Mega Man 10* (PS4, MMLC2)
64. Rockman & Forte* (SNES)
65. Mega Man Legends (PSX)
66. Sonic Mania (PC)
67. Mega Man Legends 2 (PSX)
68. Dishonored: Death of the Outsider (PC)
69. Yakuza 0 (PS4)
70. Metroid Samus Returns (3DS)
71. Blue Revolver (PC)
72. Caladrius Blaze (PC)
73. Crimson Clover World Ignition (PC)
74. Deathsmiles (PC)
75. Ikaruga* (PC)
76. Jamestown (PC)
77. Metal Slug (PC)
78. Metal Slug 3 (PC)
79. Metal Slug X (PC)
80. Mushihimesama (PC)
81. Dead Space* (PC)
82. AM2R* (PC)
83. Trouble Witches Origin (PC)
84. Blaster Master Zero (3DS)
85. Legend of Zelda: Link Between Worlds (3DS)
86. Dead Space 2* (PC)
87. Yoshi's Woolly World (WiiU)
88. Crash Bandicoot HD (PS4, NST)
89. Crash Bandicoot 2 HD (PS4, NST)
90. Crash Bandicoot 3 HD (PS4, NST)


* replay

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That wraps up the whole original Crash trilogy! The N-Sane Trilogy is an amazing collection and bang for your buck. My plan going into this was just to have something simple to pass some time with while I focused on another game or two with so many big releases lately. I only planned on hitting up Crash 1 and taking this slowly saving the sequels for another time, as I did say the Sly collection, or the Ratchet & Clank trilogy, etc. Low and behold I was instantly hooked on Crash and blasted through each game, I could not put these dang things down and wanted more! None of them were that long, the replay value can be high if you want the collectibles and to master the levels in two forms: 1) getting all the boxes which can be pretty tough, and 2) time trials running through the levels. I was thinking about maybe going for the platinum on Crash 3 since it was the easiest of the three, but after realizing the relics I earned for the time trials I attempted was only the Bronze/Sapphire when you need Gold/Platinum for the trophies and some hidden levels, I said screw it for now haha. Blasting through the three games in a row was a crazy challenge in itself and I feel awesome conquering them.

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For some context, I was an N64 kid to the core. But I was exposed to Crash Bandicoot 1 off and on as a kid, some friends had it and of course I saw the humorous commercials at the time. Ah, the days when mascots ruled the industry and console makes lovingly threw snark at one another. The funny thing is a lot of people knock on Crash himself and to that, I can tell you after beating the original three games, I still can't describe the character or stories... and it's entirely moot! It doesn't matter. Her's a furball that jumps and spins, in cool colorful worlds with vibrant levels and variety. That's all the backstory I wanted and cared for. There were tons of moments throughout these games that felt like SNES era Rare. I wouldn't even be surprised if Naughty Dog were influenced by Donkey Kong Country or something.

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The Crash games hold up well for a 3D platformer from the 32bit era, because the games work on fixed static camera angles. An excellent modern comparison would be with Mario 3D Land/World, I have yet to play Land but absolutely loved World. The camera will pan around sometimes for some sidescrolling parts, which I absolutely loved. Frankly I'd love to see more 3D platformers like these or maybe have some to discover. The Crash design feels like it's nothing but pure NES tendencies at work. You need to get from point A to point B, and I just love that. Less is more! Crash doesn't try to be a ridiculous collectathon or riddle you with too much junk. The difficulty is also Contra level material. Crash has no health points whatsoever, aside from the occasional shield you MIGHT find in a level here and there. But besides that, you have to do everything perfectly. So the tension is constant and you must be precise in your deliberate platforming and dodging of enemies. The checkpoints are fair enough and you essentially do have infinite lives, though hitting a game over mid level will just force you back to the very beginning so you'll lose out on any checkpoint progress. I would say that Crash 2 is one of the hardest games I've beaten this year.

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Vicarious Visions did an amazing job with this trilogy, remastering them from the ground up on a new engine. I still weirdly in a cool way got PSX vibes while playing these. They were drop dead gorgeous and some of the best looking games I've seen this gen, next to the newest Ratchet & Clank game. These random pictures from the net do not do it justice at all. Color goes such a long way. I never beat the original Crash 1 back in the day nor was I more than a casual fan, so I did not notice the intricate differences between the physics, but I don't think it really matters. So with my little exposure to Crash, straight up having never played 2-3 back in the day, I hope this is all a nice testament to how much fun this whole package was for me. The variety was consistent throughout the entire trilogy, with Crash 2 being the toughest of the bunch. It beefed up all the enemies and the levels got spacier, so your platforming had to be more precise. 3 introduced a few vehicle stages that admittedly aren't the best, but not a huge issue either. Also I really have to point out, in 2017 I have played a lot of platformers, both 2D/3D and any weird mixes in between, boss battles are sometimes really lazy in this genre, but wow the boss battles were really creative and cool in these with ideas I don't think we've ever seen again. For my money, I thought Jak & Daxter was terrible and could not stomach much of Jak 2 at all. The Crash games are infinitely better.

Beyond impressed, had a blast with this.

I will be honest, a lot of folks hyped up Woolly World. And it was great fun, easily the best Yoshi game since Yoshi's Island! But I kind of slept walk my way through the entire game and didn't have much to say when I beat it. Crash was the polar opposite and demanded skill, I had about 10x more fun with these. Now if I grab a Switch sometime soon I wonder if it will be weird going into Odyssey shortly after these, since that one sounds quite easy too haha.

Re: Games Beaten 2017

Posted: Thu Nov 02, 2017 10:16 pm
by Sarge
Remember, challenge is not the point of Super Mario Odyssey, the exploration is. :)

Re: Games Beaten 2017

Posted: Thu Nov 02, 2017 10:24 pm
by Xeogred
Oh yeah, I know they shouldn't be compared and are different ultimately in the end haha.

Also don't want to make it sound like Crash = hard = GOOD! But I loved how tough and mechanically simple it was, pure bliss. I should get 3D Land sometime soon to get another Fixed Camera 3D Platformer fix. :lol: