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by Exhuminator Thu Nov 02, 2017 10:47 pm

Xeogred wrote:3D Land sometime soon

3D Land is legit fantastic.

If you're looking for a hard platfomer, I suggest one of these:
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by ElkinFencer10 Fri Nov 03, 2017 8:55 am

Games Beaten in 2017 So Far - 113
* 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 (2 Games Beaten)
112. Fire Emblem Warriors - Switch - November 1
113. Sine Mora EX - Switch - November 2


113. Sine Mora EX - Switch - November 2

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Sine Mora EX was a bit of an impulse pre-order for me. I obviously love getting new retail Switch games to support the system and have something else to play on it, but I'd never heard of this particular game despite the fact that it's an enhanced port of an older game. What sold me was that it was advertised as a story driven shmup, something that I don't see very often. Although I suck at it, I'm a huge fan of the shmup genre, and having that with a legit story AND on the Switch was more than enough to sell me on it.

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The first thing that stood out to be about Sine Mora was the visuals. The game is absolutely beautiful, and while that's expected to a certain extent from modern shmups, the environments and pseudo-2.5D perspective with regards to enemy spawns really impressed me. The bosses are also EXTREMELY well detailed and truly beautiful. They take place in multiple phases, and most of them have short transition scenes between the phases that move you around to a different side of the boss. It's a really well executed way to give a 2D game a feeling of three dimensional depth.

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Unfortunately, the story failed to hold my attention. It's something about time travel, some empire of furries or something, and some dude trying to avenge his dead kid. That's about all I got from it. It's not brimming with clarity, and the story telling itself is a bit dry. The voice acting doesn't help - it feels rather dull and amateur. The story has potential - it's an interesting enough premise - but the execution leaves a lot to be desired.

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Sine Mora EX is a stunningly beautiful and addictingly fun to play shmup that unfortunately falls a bit short with the attempt to deliver a compelling story. Fortunately, however, the gameplay and graphics are more than enough to make up for the lackluster story and meh voice acting. With the game's being available on a whole host of platforms, pretty much every gamer has access to the game on one system or another, and I definitely recommend it for shmup fans.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by Segata Fri Nov 03, 2017 1:03 pm

Enjoyed Sine Mora EX. The characters are just M rated StarFox characters to me. I have not finished it because I'm awful when there is a time limit in a game.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by Xeogred Sat Nov 04, 2017 11:13 pm

I beat Cuphead and feel weirdly indifferent about it. Summarized some of my thoughts yesterday.

Beat it at about 5 hours. A few shorter than the average on HLTB. It's very hard and pure trial and error. I'll admit I cheesed the Dice King, his card attack seemed impossible to get through. The hit detection was so wonky at times and there were some foreground in spots that was just silly and annoying. The Junkyard Robot boss was one of the toughest ones for me. But otherwise it was all pretty doable after awhile.

Like I said in my other post there, I think I just ultimately spoiled myself playing a ton of Contra games earlier this year and Mushihimesama. I wasn't going into Cuphead ready to make comparisons or anything, but it did give me a lot of urges to want to play those and other stuff instead or something.

Will be curious to see what others think of it.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by MrPopo Mon Nov 06, 2017 12:20 am

First 50:
1. Pokémon Moon - 3DS
2. Tony Hawk's Underground - GCN
3. Warhammer 40,000 Dawn of War II: Chaos Rising - PC
4. Warhammer 40,000 Dawn of War II: Retribution - PC
5. Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness - PSP
6. X-Wing: Imperial Pursuit - PC
7. Star Wars Republic Commando - PC
8. X-Wing: B-Wing - PC
9. Blazing Lazers - TG-16
10. Tales of Xillia 2 - PS3
11. Shining Force CD: Shining Force Gaiden - Sega CD
12. MUSHA - Genesis
13. Sonic CD - Sega CD
14. Final Fantasy Legend III - GB
15. Tales of Zestiria - PS3
16. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Switch
17. Horizon Zero Dawn - PS4
18. Tales of Berseria - PS4
19. Battlefield 1 - PC
20. Turok 2: Seeds of Evil - PC
21. Mass Effect Andromeda - PC
22. Starflight 2 - PC
23. Armored Hunter Gunhound EX - PC
24. Space Megaforce - SNES
25. Persona 5 - PS4
26. Torment: Tides of Numenera - PC
27. Cosmic Star Heroine - PC
28. Prey - PC
29. Strafe - PC
30. Mystic Origins - NES
31. Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia - 3DS
32. Ultra Street Fighter II - Switch
33. The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky - PC
34. Ultima IV - PC
35. Environmental Station Alpha - PC
36. Dust: An Elysian Tail - PC
37. Hollow Knight - PC
38. The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky Second Chapter - PC
39. The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky the 3rd - PC
40. Call of Duty - PC
41. Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 - 3DS
42. Sonic Mania - Switch
43. Mighty Gunvolt Burst - Switch
44. XCOM2: War of the Chosen - PC
45. Metroid: Samus Returns - 3DS
46. Dishonored: Death of the Outsider - PC
47. Cuphead - Xbox One
48. Odallus - PC
49. Shenzhen I/O - PC
50. South Park: The Fractured But Whole - PC

51. Oniken - PC
52. Strife Veteran Edition - PC
53. The Mummy Demastered - Switch
54. Super Mario Odyssey - Switch
55. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus - PC

Or, How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Shoot Nazis In The Face.

Picking up immediately where The New Order leaves off, TNC takes a BJ Blazkowicz who is only mostly dead and gives him a chance to keep fighting Nazis; this time in America. The plot has you linking up with the resistance groups scattered through the US to form a more substantial fighting force that can properly challenge the Nazi regime and throw off their oppressive yoke.

The game is a bit of an evolution of what we saw in The New Order and The Old Blood. You once again have a stealth option of being able to sneak up on enemies, stab them in the neck, or throw an extra axe for a silent takedown. Officers with the ability to raise the alarm also make a return appearance. There's also a very versatile dual wielding system in place. You can dual wield any of your non-heavy weapons in any combination, with no accuracy penalty. Each weapon is mapped to a different button, so if you want to have a shotgun in one hand and a grenade launcher in the other and use them depending on the target you are good to go. There's only one time I can think of where I'd want to NOT dual wield, and that's with the couple of weapons with an optional scope. But it's much more fun to dual wield.

The perk system also makes a return, giving you minor bonuses related to how you play the game. It's more of a nice acknowledgement, rather than any major thing, but it's still nice to have. Later in the game you also will unlock a special ability that will add some movement and problem solving options depending on which one you choose (though late game you can get the other two). Again, nothing too earth shattering, but it's fun. The important thing is none of it distracts from shooting a bunch of Nazis in the face.

A word of warning; this game is incredibly taxing and I had to upgrade my PC in order to play it. I was due for an upgrade anyway, but I was surprised by just how poorly it ran compared to other PC games I've gotten in the last year. But if you've got a machine that can handle it the action is silky smooth, with lots going on at any one time. When the action gets heavy it's important to maintain a cool head and a high level of situational awareness.

Oh, did I mention they have a reskinned version of Wolfenstein 3D playable in game? (all six episodes) There's a ton of little details like that, with the crew having a lot going on in between missions and a lot of collectable readables scattered through the missions to give more backstory on the world. They really put some effort into their world building to go along with the catharsis.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by dsheinem Mon Nov 06, 2017 12:20 pm

Games Beaten 2017
Inside - PS4
Street Fighter V - PS4
TIMEframe - PC
Rituals - PC
Mother Russia Bleeds - PC
Horizon: Zero Dawn - PS4
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Switch
Here They Lie - PSVR
Dexed - PSVR
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard - PSVR
Last Voyage - iOS
Ghost Blade HD - PS4
What Happened to Edith Finch - PS4
Fast RMX - Switch
Puyo Puyo Tetris - Switch
Garou: Mark of the Wolf - Vita
Star Wars: Republic Commando - PC
Battlefield 1 - PS4
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - Switch
Shock Troopers - PC (Arcade)
Shock Troopers 2nd Squad - PC (Arcade)
Gravity Bone -PC
A Thousand Flights of Loving - PC
Forza Horizon 3: Hot Wheels - PC/X1
Eve: Valkyrie- PSVR
Farpoint - PSVR
Painkiller: Battle Out of Hell - PC
Ghost Squad - Wii
Monument Valley 2 - iOS
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare - PS4
Tekken Tag Tournament 2 - 360
Tekken Advance - GBA
100ft Robot Golf - PSVR
Final Fantasy XV: A King's Tale - X1
Star Wars Racer Revenge - PS2
Just Cause 3 - PS4
Toadled - PC
Gulity Gear Xrd -Revelator- PS4
Mortal Kombat XL - PC
Destiny 2 - PS4
Dishonored - PS4
Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition - PS4
Nex Machina - PS4
Dying Light - PS4
Arizona Sunshine- PSVR
Dead Rising 3 - X1
Soul Dimension - PSVR
The Bug Butcher - PS4 *new*
Super Mario Odyssey - Switch *new*
King of Fighters XIV - - PS4 *new*

Total: 50


Previously: 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010

The Bug Butcher is a real hidden gem in a sea of indie knock-offs and gimmicks. It plays like a cross between Centipede and...some other classic arcade game where you collect powerups while running across the bottom of a screen...combined with an art style that is of the same quality as Behemoth's work in stuff like Castle Crashers...all mixed together...and you have an exceptional game.

I won't add much to the discussion of SMO that hasn't been said, but I would agree that it is one of his finest outings...and I say that as someone who never really liked Mario64 to which this game often draws favorable comparisons (I much preferred the Galaxy titles). Time will tell how compelled I am to go back and collect more stuff for the sake of it (if ever), but the time I spent with the basic story showcases quite a lot of imagination in design for the series, which I very much appreciated.

KOF XIV is something I picked up on the cheap a while back and have wanted to spend some time with. I cleared Story Mode (with one continue on the final boss), and can see putting this into my rotation of fighters to spend time with once in a while.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by ElkinFencer10 Mon Nov 06, 2017 1:13 pm

Games Beaten in 2017 So Far - 114
* 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 (3 Games Beaten)
112. Fire Emblem Warriors - Switch - November 1
113. Sine Mora EX - Switch - November 2
114. Ys III: Wanderers from Ys - TurboGrafx-CD - November 4


114. Ys III: Wanderers from Ys - TurboGrafx-CD - November 4

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As I've already reviewed this game on Super Nintendo (you can read that review here), this will be a fairly short review. I'm mainly going to focus on the major differences that I noticed between the TurboGrafx-CD version and the Super Nintendo version as well as mention a bug or two that I encountered.

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The first two things that one will likely notice is that while the TurboGrafx version can't quite match up the visuals in the Super Nintendo version, the music simply blows the SNES out of the water, but given that we're talking cartridge versus compact disc, that's to be expected. That's not to say that the Super Nintendo version has bad music - it's probably my top 5 Super Nintendo soundtracks - but it just can't compete with CD quality audio especially when that audio is some kickin' 1980s synth rock. I'm actually not typically a fan of that particular style of rock music, but it's really well done in this game and works well.

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Having the advantage of CD audio gives this version the upper hand with delivering the story as it allows for full voice acting. Granted, the voice acting in this game is TERRIBLE, but it's still a nice touch that most RPGs of the era still lacked. Despite the utter lack of acting talent on the part of the voice actors, the dialogue does give the game and its story a more engaging feel than its text-only counterpart, at least for me. As for the big visual differences, there aren't really MAJOR difference for the most part, but there are a number worth noting. The parallax scrolling is MUCH superior on Super Nintendo as the hardware was more suited to that type of effect. It's not horrible on TurboGrafx, but the backgrounds - especially in town - look as if they stutter along instead of scrolling smoothly. It's not horrendous, but it can be pretty jarring, especially before you get used to it. Otherwise the differences are mainly the relatively minor things one would expect when comparing a game on two pieces of hardware with noticeably different specs. Sprites don't look quite as detailed or sharp, and the colors don't pop quite as much as on Super Nintendo. It's worth mentioning, however, that I played the Super Nintendo version on a Retron 5 with HDMI whereas I played the TurboGrafx version on my PC Engine CD with composite output, so that's a factor to keep in mind.

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While there are a couple minor changes I'll note in a bit, the biggest difference in terms of mechanics and gameplay is the difficulty curve - it's MUCH smoother and lacks the brutal spikes that were present in the Super Nintendo version. When playing on SNES, I had to get myself to max level in the second dungeon; on TurboGrafx, I was on the second to last dungeon before I felt a real need to reach max level. With regards to level grinding, the TurboGrafx version lacks the nice little owl exploit on Super Nintendo that allowed for SUPER easy money and exp grinding, although there's a spot in the mountain dungeon that is almost as fast and convenient. The last two things I want to note relate to bugs. The Super Nintendo version had a bug where the (outrageously expensive) fairy necklace did nothing. It's supposed to revive you automatically if you die in battle, and that items works as intended in the TurboGrafx version. Instead, the TurboGrafx version has a bugged time ring which works as intended on Super Nintendo but does nothing except drain your ring power with no actual effect on TurboGrafx; it's supposed to slow enemies. If I had to take one, though, I'd picked having a bugged time ring over a bugged fairy necklace, so I found it to be a fair trade.

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Ys III: Wanderers from Ys on TurboGrafx-CD remains a fantastic action RPG. It still doesn't live up to the high standards set by Ys I+II, but it's still a solid experience. Playing on CD on TurboGrafx as opposed to cartridge on Super Nintendo brought about as many advantages as it did disadvantages, but I definitely think that TurboGrafx is the way to play. The difficulty is much more reasonable with a much fairer progression juxtaposing the brutal spikes on Super Nintendo, and while the visuals suffer, the improved audio more than makes up for it. It's definitely MUCH cheaper on Super Nintendo, but if you're able to play it on TurboGrafx, then that's absolutely the version I recommend.
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by Exhuminator Mon Nov 06, 2017 1:25 pm

ElkinFencer10 wrote:It's definitely MUCH cheaper on Super Nintendo, but if you're able to play it on TurboGrafx, then that's absolutely the version I recommend.

Very nice beat! And I agree, the TGCD is much better balanced, the OST really is amazing. My favorite track: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGwG0Fh ... A&index=13

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by Segata Mon Nov 06, 2017 2:06 pm

Have all III versions. I would give the Genesis version second place in the music department. Something went very wrong on the SNES version. Ys is just cursed on Nintendo consoles. Anytime there is a port of Ys on a Nintendo system, it's the worst version of that game.
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by marurun Mon Nov 06, 2017 2:21 pm

I played and beat the TG-CD and SNES versions, and I like them both. The SNES version does have a rather fantastic soundtrack and is good looking and not bad playing, either. Just the difficulty is all.
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