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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by ElkinFencer10 Thu Nov 16, 2017 8:35 am

Xeogred wrote:Elk, just how involved are the alien enemies in Crysis 3? I apparently got the game for free on Uplay at some point somehow, maybe a GPU purchase or something. But I've never bothered to try it out.

The aliens come in about...halfway through? Maybe a third of the way? They take center stage once they do show up, but they're waaaaay less interesting than in the first two games.
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by ElkinFencer10 Thu Nov 16, 2017 8:42 am

Games Beaten in 2017 So Far - 120
* 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 (9 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
117. Dear Esther - PlayStation 4 - November 5
118. Gex - 3DO - November 5
119. Crysis 3 - PlayStation 3 - November 6
120. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus - Xbox One - November 10


120. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus - Xbox One - November 10

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God bless MachineGames and Bethesda. If you've played Wolfenstein: The New Order or Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, then you know the kind of amazing game to expect here. The reason I said "God bless MachineGames and Bethesda" despite being solidly secular, however, is because of how they handled the issue of multiplayer. They basically said "There's no multiplayer because that's not the kind of game we want to make and screw you if that's all it takes to convince you not to buy it." I love it. In an age where single player games are increasingly scarce, I absolutely adore a game that is aggressively single player.

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The New Colossus takes place right after the events of The New Order, so if you've not played The New Order, I'm going to strongly recommend you go play that game first. Following the destruction of New York City by a German atom bomb, the United States has surrendered and been absorbed into the Greater Reich. Fighting with a small but stalwart resistance, BJ's role has shifted from elite American soldier to whatever-it-takes anti-fascist (Antifa, if you will) revolutionary. While a game of over-the-top fiction, it does provide an alarmingly likely scenario had the Nazis won the second world war - mandatory German classes, heavily armed Nazi soldiers patrolling the streets of America, and the Ku Klux Klan serving as the Nazis' link to the American people. I won't spoil anything about the missions that take place there, but for me as a Louisiana native, fighting in the walled off New Orleans ghetto where our new Nazi overlords dumped the "undesirables" - Jews, people of color, homosexuals, leftists, etc - was particularly powerful for me and made me especially grateful to my ancestors who fought tooth and nail to keep the Nazis from our shores.

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Visually, the game is absolutely beautiful. I waited until my Xbox One X was delivered so that I could enjoy the game in the full glory of 2160p and HDR, and it was well worth the wait. While both PS4 Pro and Xbox One X make use of dynamic scaling, the PS4 Pro maxes out at 1440p and upscales to 4K whereas the Xbox One X has a maximum native resolution of a full 2160p according to DigitalFoundry. DigitalFoundry also reports that the game on Xbox One X is comparable with running it on PC at max settings with a 1080 Ti. I haven't played it on PC to compare, but with how damn good it looks on Xbox One X and how smooth is runs, it wouldn't surprise me. The visuals are just incredible and really serve to deepen an already immersive game.

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As one should expect these days from a Bethesda published id property, the music is just killer. The whole sound design is, really, but the music is fantastic. It's heavy and fast paced to play off the adrenaline of battle but not so overpowering that it steals the spotlight from the action. The sound effects are perfectly balanced, and the voice acting is probably the most impressive part of the audio. The voice acting is so well done that the emotion really comes through clearly in the dialogue. I won't go into detail, but there's a really....hard....scene fairly early on, and the voice acting during and after that scene really give it a touch of life that so many games lack.

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On the subject of difficulty, it's definitely a marked step up from The New Order. Enemies are tougher, smarter, and you can't soak up nearly as much damage. A lot of people, myself included, commented on how easy The New Order was relatively speaking, and it seems that those comments were taken to heart. Even on lower difficulty settings, The New Colossus is a good challenge that won't leave most wanting a harder experience. Challenge aside, though, this is pretty much already my 2017 game of the year for one simple fact - it lets me kill both Nazis AND the Ku Klux Klan IN THE SAME MISSION. It's glorious; I can be a LITERAL social justice warrior, not just the cringey try-hards on Tumblr.

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There was a lot of "controversy" surrounding the game leading up to its release (and I use "controversy" in the loosest 'this is bullshit' way possible) because of perceived commentary on current events although I have a hard time seeing how anyone can think "Nazis are bad" is a controversial statement. I wanted to add my thoughts about whether or not and to what extent the game does critique the current administration, but given the forum's (very appropriate) ban on politics, I'll just link my blog post with those thoughts.

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Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is an EXTREMELY competent sequel to Wolfenstein: The New Order and addressed, for better or for worse, the common complaint of "The New Order is too easy!" It picks up right where The New Order left off and brings both an engaging and emotionally stimulating story as well as intense Nazi killing action. You can sneak around and pop Nazis in the head with a silenced pistol, run in screaming like a lunatic while dual wielding automatic shotguns, or sprint from Nazi to Nazi burying a bloody hatchet in their necks. The freedom and agency the game gives to play however the hell you good and well please is amazing, especially when you're killing enemies as universally loathed as Nazis. If you enjoyed Wolfenstein: The New Order, you owe it to yourself to get The New Colossus.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by noiseredux Thu Nov 16, 2017 8:59 am

I loved New Order but didn't really care much for Old Blood. I guess that's bumped my interest down on this a bit, but I'll def play it at some point.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by Xeogred Thu Nov 16, 2017 9:19 am

noiseredux wrote:I loved New Order but didn't really care much for Old Blood. I guess that's bumped my interest down on this a bit, but I'll def play it at some point.

Same. The final boss in Old Blood alone was one of the dumbest and most frustrating things I've seen in forever.
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by dsheinem Thu Nov 16, 2017 9:24 am

noiseredux wrote:I loved New Order but didn't really care much for Old Blood. I guess that's bumped my interest down on this a bit, but I'll def play it at some point.


I am hoping to get to it before the year is out myself. I am guessing there will be some holiday deals where this one can be grabbed for about $30...
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by noiseredux Thu Nov 16, 2017 9:35 am

dsheinem wrote:
noiseredux wrote:I loved New Order but didn't really care much for Old Blood. I guess that's bumped my interest down on this a bit, but I'll def play it at some point.


I am hoping to get to it before the year is out myself. I am guessing there will be some holiday deals where this one can be grabbed for about $30...


I definitely try to do the same thing as you - try to play all the games that I feel could be GOTY candidates before the year is up. But, damn this has been a good year for games. I feel like the list of stuff that I was interested in is so long there's no way (financially, sans-time-machine-wise) I could pull that off. Haha.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by dsheinem Thu Nov 16, 2017 9:44 am

noiseredux wrote:
dsheinem wrote:
noiseredux wrote:I loved New Order but didn't really care much for Old Blood. I guess that's bumped my interest down on this a bit, but I'll def play it at some point.


I am hoping to get to it before the year is out myself. I am guessing there will be some holiday deals where this one can be grabbed for about $30...


I definitely try to do the same thing as you - try to play all the games that I feel could be GOTY candidates before the year is up. But, damn this has been a good year for games. I feel like the list of stuff that I was interested in is so long there's no way (financially, sans-time-machine-wise) I could pull that off. Haha.


I feel like I've done reasonably well on that score (playing potential GOTY candidates). It is a tough competition this year, for sure.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by ElkinFencer10 Thu Nov 16, 2017 10:21 am

The Old Blood was a lot of fun, but I agree that it wasn't as good as The New Order.
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by Exhuminator Fri Nov 17, 2017 1:24 am

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100. Panzer Dragoon Mini | Game Gear | 1996 | 3/10

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I'm not sure what made SEGA think creating a Panzer Dragoon game aimed at kids for Game Gear was a good idea. Considering the disparity between the Game Gear and the Saturn, it was a daunting idea to say the least. The closest equivalent SEGA could come up with was a Panzer Dragoon flavored Space Harrier clone. Not a very good clone, sadly. The game design here is as simple as possible. You pick one dragoon out of three, and then fly through five stages, fighting a mid-boss and a final boss per stage. Your interactivity is limited to dodging shots, aiming shots, and using a weak lock-on system. When you destroy enemies, they do not drop health pick-ups or power-ups of any sort. There's not even a scoring system, so killing enemies comes across as fairly pointless. When you finish a stage you get a password, but you probably won't need it. I beat this game on my first try, without dying even once.

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You see, this is a "Kid's Gear" release, meaning it's simple and easy... on purpose. And maybe for a five year old, Panzer Dragoon Mini would be a feasible choice. Except the lame music and lackluster graphics probably wouldn't hold their attention long. Chances are, any kid who plays Panzer Dragoon Mini, will put the game down out of perturbed boredom. SEGA licensed seven Panzer Dragoon games*, but Mini is the only one that never left Japan. Yeah, there's a reason for that. Playing Mini leaves one with the same dispassionate and disgruntled expression as the cover art's blue dragoon. Not even the rider wanted to stick around.

*If you include the Tiger LCD stuff.
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And there it is, once again I've beaten 100 games in a year.

I can stop whenever I want.

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by ElkinFencer10 Fri Nov 17, 2017 8:22 am

To Exhuminator - Still want to add Panzer Dragoon Mini to my collection even if it's overpriced and shitty. Need that Panzer Dragoon collection completeness!

Games Beaten in 2017 So Far - 121
* 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 (10 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
117. Dear Esther - PlayStation 4 - November 5
118. Gex - 3DO - November 5
119. Crysis 3 - PlayStation 3 - November 6
120. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus - Xbox One - November 10
121. Sonic Forces - Switch - November 10


121. Sonic Forces - Switch - November 10

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Sonic Forces is Sega's latest attempt to make Sonic modern but not cringey like Sonic '06, not 3edgy5me like Shadow the Hedgehog, and not an almost literally unplayable broken mess like Sonic Boom. Did they succeed? Well, almost. Kind of. It really depends on who you ask.

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First and foremost, it's important to note that I'm pretty casual Sonic fan. I like the series and have many of the games, but I've not beaten many of them, and I don't ABSOLUTELY LOVE it like a lot of Sonic fans do. They're fun games, but I'm not as gung-ho about Sonic as I am with Fire Emblem, Hyperdimension Neptunia, or Fallout, so I'm going to have a more tempered view of the games than most. With that said, I really enjoyed Sonic Forces. Overall, it's definitely on the easy side of things, but there were still some parts that game me some serious trouble, especially the final boss.

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You spend the game's 30 stages (plus a few bonus stages you can unlock) playing as either Sonic, early Sega alternate dimension Sonic, or your custom made OC (which is why I've spent the past few months referring to the game as Bad OC Simulator 2017). To my disappointment, though, there aren't a lot of options for making your OC truly horrendous outside of clothing choices (although a t shirt, golden plate helmet, and Crocs IS pretty horrible). Your avatar never speaks, and you don't get to name him/her; you're always "buddy" or "rookie." The stages are all almost purely linear, but there are some branching paths with different collectibles that give a little bit of replayability. The game's only real replay value comes in trying to better your score on a stage, though, and compete with friends that way. It's something, but personally, I feel no urge to keep playing now that I've finished the story.

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The Switch version runs smoothly and looks pretty good. Granted, it's not the most visually demanding game, but the fiery and ruined environments still look good on Switch both docked and handheld, and the frame rate didn't give me any real noticeable hiccups. The music is bit...dated....though that may be intentional as it reminds me a LOT of Sonic Adventure on the Dreamcast. The voice acting is fine, although some characters' voices are definitely better than others. What made me REALLY happy is that they didn't completely disregard the established character for Knuckles like they did in Sonic Boom. Knuckles is NOT an idiot, and Sega finally remembered that, it seems.

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Sonic Forces really isn't a bad game. It's not an amazing game, and it's not the game that most Sonic fans were hoping it would be, but I really enjoyed it, and I think that's probably indicative of how it's likely to be perceived in general - casual fans or newcomers will likely enjoy it while hardcore and long time fans will probably be left pretty disappointed. Wait for this one to get cheaper - $20 or less, I'd say - but then give it a play. It's a good time even if not one you'll likely want to revisit.
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