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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by prfsnl_gmr Mon Nov 06, 2017 11:48 pm

1. Shantae 1/2 Genie Hero (Wii U)
2. Blek (iOS)
3. Bloo Kid 2 (3DS)
4. HarmoKnight (3DS)
5. 3D Fantasy Zone II W (3DS)
6. Fantasy Zone (SMS/3DS)
7. 3D Fantasy Zone Opa Opa Bros. (ARC/3DS)
8. Fantasy Zone II: The Tears of Opa Opa (SMS/3DS)
9. 3D Classics Twinbee (NES/3DS)
10. Rainbow Bell a/k/a Twinbee (ARC/DS)
11. The Legend of Zelda:Breath of the Wild (Wii U)
12. The Guardian Legend (NES)
13. The Clash at Demonhead (NES)
14. The Goonies II (NES)
15. Day of the Tentacle Remastered (iOS)
16. Mario Kart 64 (N64/Wii U)
17. Drancia Saga (3DS)
18. Chain Blaster (3DS)
19. Color Commando (DS)
20. Ace Mathician (DS)
21. Jump Trials Supreme (3DS)
22. Dragon Quest VII (3DS)
23. Fairune II (3DS)
24. RBI Baseball (NES)
25. River City Tokyo Rumble (3DS)
26. Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara (Wii U)
27. Arkanoid vs. Space Invaders (iOS)
28. Device 6 (iOS)
29. Transformers: Human Alliance (Arcade)
30. Metroid Samus Returns (3DS)
31. A Ride Into the Mountains (iOS)
32. Super Mario Run (iOS)
33. Legend of Kusakari (3DS)
34. Banjo Kazooie (N64/360)


A Ride Into the Mountains (iOS) is a minimalist action game where you play as a mounted archer. You use the touchscreen to shoot arrows and the gyroscope to move your horse. It's OK. I got it for free and deleted it as soon as I finished it.

Super Mario Run (iOS) is the best iOS platformer. I bought it on sale for $5, and I loved it. Nintendo has added a ton of content, and I am still working through all of it. (Those star coins are tough to get, and trying to get them all turns the best iOS platformer into a great puzzle game.) Highly recommended.

The Legend of Kusakari (3DS) is a fun, very Japanese game based on tried-and-true pastime of "mowing the grass" in The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. (Seriously...it is based on that.) In it, you mow the lawn so that the legendary hero doesn't have to worry about fighting monsters and wading through tall grass at the same time. It plays like The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past transformed into an action-puzzle game, and while it is very easy to beat, completing the challenges and getting S ranks on all of the levels is very, very hard. Also highly recommended.

Banjo Kazooie (N64/360) is a bit of a conundrum to me. On the one hand, I hated it. The controls are terrible; the camera is worse; and it is full of vintage Rare trolling. On the other hand, it is genuinely challenging; the levels are wonderfully designed; and it is oddly compelling. I just had to find all 100 jigsaw pieces and 900 music notes before beating the game, but I often wanted to throw my controller through the wall in frustration. (It is also the definition of juvenile.) I am ultimately glad a played through it, but I do not see myself picking up the sequel anytime soon.

For the rest of the year, I will be concentrating on beating games I started but never finished. They are:

Affordable Space Adventrues
Alto's Adventure
Costume Quest 2
Go! Go! Commander Video
River City Knights of Justice
Rush
Super Amazing Wagon Adventure
Yoshi's Wooly World

Beating all of these will give me a fresh start in 2018. Wish me luck!
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by Markies Tue Nov 07, 2017 3:35 am

Exhuminator wrote:
Markies wrote: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)
26. Sonic Adventure (DC)
27. Giga Wing (DC)
28. Metal Arms: Glitch in the System (XBOX)
29. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (GCN)*
30. Landstalker: Treasure of King Nole (GEN)
31. Soul Calibur II (GCN)

32. Destruction Derby 64 (N64)

Your list of games beaten is awesome and so are you.


*Except for this one.


*Laughs* I know that Zelda is a very controversial topic, so I won't mention too much that I absolutely loved everything about Wind Waker.

But, more importantly, thank you kindly for the compliments! I don't think I'll ever reach the triple digits like some people around here, but I would like to think I have a good number and there are some quality there. I will do my best to continually play retro games for as long as possible!
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by ElkinFencer10 Tue Nov 07, 2017 8:19 am

Games Beaten in 2017 So Far - 115
* 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 (4 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
115. Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper - Wii U - November 4


115. Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper - Wii U - November 4

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Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper is an enhanced Wii U port of Warriors Orochi 3 that includes the extra characters that were feature in the PSP exclusive Warriors Orochi 3 Special. It's the third game in the Dynasty Warriors/Samurai Warriors crossover series (fourth if you count the compilation with the first two games) and takes place after the events of Warriors Orochi 2.

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The premise of the game is steeped in Shinto mythology. Orochi, a legendary eight headed dragon from Japanese folklore, was slain in his human form at the end of the previous game but has been reborn as an eight headed hydra to try to destroy the world again. Facing apocalyptic situation, the warriors of Japan's Sengoku period and China's Three Kingdoms era must put aside their differences and come together to combat Orochi and his army of demons. From there, the story gets pretty convoluted with the various characters all intersecting and their motivations and relationships with one another. In that regard, given the size of the roster, it's definitely a game that would be best enjoyed by those familiar with the characters of both Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors.

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The gameplay is your standard musou affair - pick a team of three characters and use them to massacre hundreds or thousands of enemies in each battle. Most of the missions are core missions central to the game's story, but there are a handful of optional side missions that you can unlock by getting certain characters' affinity with one another high enough. I'm lazy, so I never bothered with those. The missions can get a bit monotonous, so you might want to play the game in a couple of sittings instead of marathoning it. I think I played it in two bursts. Your characters gain experience and level up and get their stats increased based on level, and you also get some points at the end of each level that you can use to level up any of your characters. You can also do basic weapon fusions to improve the traits and attributes of your weapons.

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The game's visuals are fairly good. The wall and floor textures aren't amazing, but considering that it's a port of an Xbox 360/PS3 game, it looks pretty good overall. The character models looks nice, and the facial animations are well done. The music is fairly standard but very fitting for the action going on. It's appropriately upbeat and exciting to keep the blood pumping during the heavy action.

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Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper is a good musou game and a welcome part of the depressingly slim Wii U library. I, personally, found it less engaging than Dynasty Warriors 7 or either of the two Nintendo crossover musou games, but it's still a fun game that's worth playing especially if you've got a friend to play co-op. It's pretty cheap these days - around $10 or $15 complete at the time of writing - and while it's not an "amazing" game, it's definitely worth adding to a Wii U collection and playing through.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by Exhuminator Tue Nov 07, 2017 11:40 am

Markies wrote:I know that Zelda is a very controversial topic, so I won't mention too much that I absolutely loved everything about Wind Waker.

I don't hold anything against anyone who enjoys the game. I'm just not a fan.
Markies wrote:I will do my best to continually play retro games for as long as possible!

That's why I think your list is awesome. I enjoy coming to a retro gaming forum and reading about actual retro gaming. Most of our beloved Games Beaten thread tends to be filled with modern releases. Which is understandable to an extent, but when done habitually becomes disingenuous to the spirit of the site. So thank you, and thank anyone else too, who brings retro gaming discussion to this forum.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by BoneSnapDeez Tue Nov 07, 2017 2:32 pm

prfsnl_gmr wrote:The Legend of Kusakari (3DS) is a fun, very Japanese game based on tried-and-true pastime of "mowing the grass" in The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. (Seriously...it is based on that.) In it, you mow the lawn so that the legendary hero doesn't have to worry about fighting monsters and wading through tall grass at the same time. It plays like The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past transformed into an action-puzzle game, and while it is very easy to beat, completing the challenges and getting S ranks on all of the levels is very, very hard. Also highly recommended.

Banjo Kazooie (N64/360) is a bit of a conundrum to me. On the one hand, I hated it. The controls are terrible; the camera is worse; and it is full of vintage Rare trolling. On the other hand, it is genuinely challenging; the levels are wonderfully designed; and it is oddly compelling. I just had to find all 100 jigsaw pieces and 900 music notes before beating the game, but I often wanted to throw my controller through the wall in frustration. (It is also the definition of juvenile.) I am ultimately glad a played through it, but I do not see myself picking up the sequel anytime soon.


I grabbed The Legend of Kusakari a couple of weeks ago. Like what I've seen so far, I just need to buckle down and finish it.

Banjo Kazooie I do not like. I think Rare is really hit-or-miss overall, with about 50% of their games worth playing. Too much collectathon stuff in their 5th gen games.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by ElkinFencer10 Wed Nov 08, 2017 8:14 am

Games Beaten in 2017 So Far - 116
* 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 (5 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
115. Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper - Wii U - November 4
116. The Bunker - PlayStation 4 - November 5


116. The Bunker - PlayStation 4 - November 5

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The Bunker is a game of a genre that has been woefully underrepresented in the past 20 years - full motion video. Having its (admittedly cringey) peak in the early and mid 1990s, FMV games have more or less died out since the late '90s. The Bunker proves that this genre still has a lot to offer if developers put in the effort needed to make a quality product.

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You play as a man named John, the last survivor of an English fallout bunker after a cataclysmic nuclear war. John, who was born in the bunker, goes through his life following the same routine every day. When a system malfunction breaks that routine, however, John's sanity starts to unravel as he tries desperately to repair the malfunctioning bunker and avoid a radioactive death. The story is extremely well written and well presented, and when you look at the game's pedigree, you start to see why; the writers had previously worked on The Witcher, Broken Sword, and SOMA, and the actors boast filmographies include The Hobbit, Star Wars, and Game of Thrones.

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The game plays like a point and click adventure, and there are no computer generated images at all; every bit of the game, from start to end, is live action full motion video. It's an approach that's almost never seen these days, but because it's such an uncommon approach to gameplay and storytelling, it works EXTREMELY well. It's a breath of fresh air in an industry otherwise filled with attempts to make realistic looking but still artificial characters. The fact that real actors are used is what allows it to deliver such an emotionally impactful story. The player is made to feel the sadness that John feels at certain memories, and even though there's not real "enemy" to escape, the feel of anxiety elicited from the game is palpable. It's really a masterfully crafted game.

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The Bunker is a brilliant speck of color in a sea of monochrome. The directing done for the game's production is extraordinarily well done, and the manner in which the game's story is delivered is its highest point without a doubt. That's not to say that the game is perfect - some of the objectives can be a bit obscure, and I feel like there could have been a bit more done to expand on the game's backstory and context - but all things considered, it's an excellent game. While it's unlikely most folks will be able to snag a copy of the Limited Run Games release that I have, it's readily available digitally on Xbox, PlayStation, and both major computer operating systems. I definitely recommend giving it a playthrough.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by alienjesus Wed Nov 08, 2017 8:37 am

BoneSnapDeez wrote:
prfsnl_gmr wrote:Banjo Kazooie (N64/360) is a bit of a conundrum to me. On the one hand, I hated it. The controls are terrible; the camera is worse; and it is full of vintage Rare trolling. On the other hand, it is genuinely challenging; the levels are wonderfully designed; and it is oddly compelling. I just had to find all 100 jigsaw pieces and 900 music notes before beating the game, but I often wanted to throw my controller through the wall in frustration. (It is also the definition of juvenile.) I am ultimately glad a played through it, but I do not see myself picking up the sequel anytime soon.


I grabbed The Legend of Kusakari a couple of weeks ago. Like what I've seen so far, I just need to buckle down and finish it.

Banjo Kazooie I do not like. I think Rare is really hit-or-miss overall, with about 50% of their games worth playing. Too much collectathon stuff in their 5th gen games.


I'm sad to see neither of you enjoy Banjo-Kazooie. I played that game as a summer game a few years back now but I loved it. I actually agree with the 50/50 theory on how good Rare is, but for me it divides up like this - all of their N64 stuff is great, their SNES and Xbox stuff is mixed, and their NES stuff is generally terrible :lol:
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by prfsnl_gmr Wed Nov 08, 2017 11:28 am

alienjesus wrote:I'm sad to see neither of you enjoy Banjo-Kazooie. I played that game as a summer game a few years back now but I loved it. I actually agree with the 50/50 theory on how good Rare is, but for me it divides up like this - all of their N64 stuff is great, their SNES and Xbox stuff is mixed, and their NES stuff is generally terrible :lol:


I’m just the opposite. :lol: I adore almost everything Rare made for the NES, and I think it is one of the system’s best developers. Its subsequent output is much more of a mixed bag for me.
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by Exhuminator Wed Nov 08, 2017 12:11 pm

ElkinFencer10 wrote:The Bunker is a game of a genre that has been woefully underrepresented in the past 20 years - full motion video.

FMV games have definitely improved in recent years. I recommend both of these:

http://store.steampowered.com/app/584980/Late_Shift/

http://store.steampowered.com/agecheck/app/373390/

I've heard good things about these two, not played them yet:

http://store.steampowered.com/app/303430/Roundabout/

http://store.steampowered.com/agecheck/app/545540/
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by Sarge Wed Nov 08, 2017 1:49 pm

prfsnl_gmr wrote:
alienjesus wrote:I'm sad to see neither of you enjoy Banjo-Kazooie. I played that game as a summer game a few years back now but I loved it. I actually agree with the 50/50 theory on how good Rare is, but for me it divides up like this - all of their N64 stuff is great, their SNES and Xbox stuff is mixed, and their NES stuff is generally terrible :lol:


I’m just the opposite. :lol: I adore almost everything Rare made for the NES, and I think it is one of the system’s best developers. Its subsequent output is much more of a mixed bag for me.

I think a lot of Rare's output was hit-or-miss, but boy, when they hit they really hit. Most of their licensed stuff is bad, but then you get great games like R.C. Pro-Am, Cobra Triangle (which I'm terrible at), Snake, Rattle, 'N' Roll, Battletoads... they had some great titles. And even though they're a tier down, the Wizards & Warriors games aren't half bad, either.

They never really did seem to find their way, in my opinion, on the 16-bit machines, but a lot of their N64 output was good.
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