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Re: Games Beaten 2017

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Re: Games Beaten 2017

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111. Dungeon Explorer | TG16 | 1989 | 7/10

Dungeon Explorer is a 1989 action-RPG developed by Atlus for the TurboGrafx-16, published by Hudson in Japan, and NEC in USA. Dungeon Explorer is only an action-RPG in a very loose sense. There is a threadbare plot, and NPC dialogue from to time, but the story is incredibly shallow, and not at all the point of the experience. Rather it's the arcade-like gameplay here that's the star of the show. Actually, the game design is truly a Gauntlet ripoff, mostly. The player moves a character in an overhead 2D fashion, while shooting various types of attack objects forth, that's about it. There are various player characters however, with two special powers unique to each character. For example the warlock can freeze time, the bishop can heal nearby allies, and the bard's has the ability to change the music. Up to five simultaneous players choose a character and traverse maze-like rooms together, killing monsters spawned from monster-generators. The players must exercise crowd control via immediate destruction of the monster-generators to survive. At the end of every dungeon is a boss to kill, which leaves behind a gem that will boost a player chosen stat, and also raise the players' level. Unfortunately, killing monsters does not garner experience, but monsters occasionally drop temporary stat boosting items.

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At any time a player can write down their personal password, and use it to continue should said player run out of lives. However, password resurrection does necessitate considerable backtracking to return to where a player died. If someone chooses to play Dungeon Explorer single player, the experience is not balanced well for that, and is considerably more difficult. If possible, play with five players to even the odds. Perhaps the best aspect of Dungeon Explorer is its outstanding OST, created by the stupendously talented Tsukasa Masuko. Listening to his incredible music tracks will often make up for the frustration of being marauded to death by gnomes and spiders. Dungeon Explorer is not a terribly long game, it can be beaten in just a few hours. Making for a decent Sunday afternoon playthrough. Dungeon Explorer is not a complex action-RPG by any means, and barely qualifies for the genre distinction honestly. But if you've got some friends who can appreciate classic arcade-like game design, and are up for some co-op action, Dungeon Explorer is a decent choice.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

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Fun beat em up. Doesn't stand out really either. Music is pretty good esp on the 4th stage. Little shorter than I expected. Voice samples kind of remind me of Street Fighter 1. Not nearly that bad but have a weird muffled sound. I had fun but it's not SoR or Final Fight.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by Ack Fri Dec 01, 2017 11:48 am

Exhuminator wrote:111. Dungeon Explorer | TG16 | 1989 | 7/10


For a second I saw the title and got my hopes up that you were about to talk about Dungeon Master. Then I read the second word, and my hopes were dashed upon the rocks of reality.

I need to get around to playing Dungeon Master...
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

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Ack wrote:I need to get around to playing Dungeon Master...

I've played it (DOS), never beat it. I would like to beat it. I just haven't decided what version I should play. There are so many versions of Dungeon Master on various platforms. It will happen some day though.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by Ack Fri Dec 01, 2017 12:02 pm

Exhuminator wrote:
Ack wrote:I need to get around to playing Dungeon Master...

I've played it (DOS), never beat it. I would like to beat it. I just haven't decided what version I should play. There are so many versions of Dungeon Master on various platforms. It will happen some day though.


The only one I have access to is the SNES port, which I acquired meaning to beat over the summer and never got around to. I'm not enthusiastic about SNES controls for CRPGs, but I've made do before. However, I lack a manual, so I will need to do some research before jumping into the game.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by Exhuminator Fri Dec 01, 2017 12:17 pm

Ack wrote:I'm not enthusiastic about SNES controls for CRPGs, but I've made do before. However, I lack a manual, so I will need to do some research before jumping into the game.

It sucks that Dungeon Master on SNES doesn't suppose the Super NES Mouse. However, the SNES version may just be the best version of DM, based on what I've read. (There's another console variant on TGCD called Theron's Quest, which is a bit simplified and easier.) You can read that missing SNES manual here.

I still can't believe Dungeon Master isn't on GOG yet. :?
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by MrPopo Fri Dec 01, 2017 12:29 pm

My suspicion is that the rights are in a limbo like System Shock's were, but unlike System Shock there isn't quite the wave of "omg you gotta get it" to fuel a company like Nightdive to untangle them.
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by ElkinFencer10 Fri Dec 01, 2017 1:45 pm

Games Beaten in 2017 So Far - 132
* 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 (21 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
122. Call of Duty: WWII - Xbox One - November 11
123. For Honor - Xbox One - November 12
124. Blue Reflection - PlayStation 4 - November 17
125. Bully - Wii - November 20
126. Star Wars: Battlefront II - Xbox One - November 22
127. Doom - Switch - November 22
128. Onslaught - Wii - November 22
129. Zombie Panic in Wonderland - Wii - November 22
130. Criminal Girls: Invite Only - Vita - November 28
131. Dynasty Warriors Gundam 3 - PS3 - November 29
132. Gundam Side Story 0079: Rise from the Ashes - Dreamcast - November 30


132. Gundam Side Story 0079: Rise from the Ashes - Dreamcast - November 30

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I LOVE the Sega Dreamcast. It's one of my favorite consoles. It's got a brilliant design, supremely comfortable controller, support for VGA output, and the underdog sales performance to which I'm so attracted. In the past couple months, thanks to Colin, I've also grown to love Gundam. I'm still dipping my toes into the franchise - I've only seen the old movie trilogy about the One Year War - but I'm hooked, man. So when I saw that Gundam Side Story 0079: Rise from the Ashes was on the Dreamcast? Oh, yes please!

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Folks had told me that Rise from the Ashes was a game perfectly tailored to the Dreamcast controller, so I was eager to try it. So many games make poor use of the Dreamcast's controller, so I was curious to see this supposedly specifically tailored utilization. The game, at its core, is a mobile suit simulation action game where you pilot a mobile suit from a first person perspective in the cockpit. At first, the controls felt extremely awkward - you use the D pad to move and the control stick to turn the mobile suit's head - but after a couple missions when I started to get a feel for it, it really does work perfectly with the Dreamcast's controller. The head movement never quit feeling a bit awkward for me, but I also didn't really use that function outside of the scoped zoom (with which you can only move the mobile suit's head, not the suit itself).

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The game, despite the controls specifically designed for the Dreamast's controller, does feel rather sluggish in a lot of ways. You can dash in a certain direction by double tapping the D pad, but you can't shoot while dashing, and when not dashing, movement feels pretty slow. Given that you're piloting a gigantic robot, though, that makes a certain amount of sense (although the agility with which Amuro pilots Gundam makes me with for that kind of speed in the game). The game's story is okay, but it's not nearly as exciting or interesting as the actual anime. You play as White Dingo, a Federation mobile suit squad fighting Zeon in Australia. The characters are likable enough, but they're not particularly memorable in my opinion. You foil some Zeon plot and drive them from Australia with a few little hints here and there to the amazing exploits of Amuro and the White Base crew dropped on occasion in incidental dialogue.

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The game looks and plays fantastic. The models for the actual people look really rough and rudimentary, but you don't see actual humans particularly often, and the mobile suit models and animations look fantastic. For a game from 1999, it really looks superb. The audio isn't much to write home about - the music is so-so, and the voice acting is pretty sub-par - but in additional to the visuals, the game has some rock solid gameplay to help balance that out. It's got a very arcade feel all the way down to the "Continue?" screen with the 10 second countdown when you get a game over. It's also a pretty short game - while this excludes cutscenes, retries, and loading times, my recorded game time to complete the nine levels was about an hour and fifteen minutes, and even with retries and cut scenes and such, I'd say it probably took me no more than three or four hours, making it the perfect length game for random replays when the mood strikes.

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Gundam Side Story 0079: Rise from the Ashes is not a game with a great narrative or cast of voice actors (although there are a couple of exceptions to that), but it is a game is great visuals and truly exceptional simulation gameplay. This is about as close as I've seen to the feel of actually piloting a mobile suit short of the Xbox's gigantic Steel Battalion controller. The controls will feel awkward and alien at first, but once you put in enough time to figure them out, they feel fantastic, my only complaint being the somewhat awkward use of the control stick to move just the mobile suit's head. If you have a Dreamcast, this is a game worth owning, and if you're a Gundam fan, this is a game you MUST own.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by Exhuminator Fri Dec 01, 2017 1:52 pm

>Gundam Side Story 0079: Rise from the Ashes

Very nice beat Elky. One of my goals next year is to dig my Dreamcast out of the closet and beat some games on the system. One of those games will be Gundam Side Story 0079. I've always been interested in it, and your review confirmed my hope that it doesn't suck. Thanks.
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