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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by prfsnl_gmr Mon Dec 11, 2017 7:13 pm

Sarge wrote:I did not like the implications of the story at the end at all in To the Moon. If they ever follow up on it, I hope they delve more into what an moral conundrum what they were doing was, instead of trying to spin it (in my eyes) as something beautiful and wonderful.


Agreed. Also, the gameplay was complete garbage.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by Exhuminator Mon Dec 11, 2017 7:21 pm

prfsnl_gmr wrote:The story might be deep or touching if you had never seen a movie, read or book, or interacted with another human.

This is my reaction to so many video games praised with "amazing stories", after I play them. More gamers need to read legit novels and watch movies that aren't just bubblegum.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by alienjesus Mon Dec 11, 2017 7:36 pm

Games Beaten:
First 50:
1. 3D Power Drift 3DS
2. Maze Hunter 3-D 3DS
3. Hyrule Warriors Legends 3DS
4. Icarus Proudbottom's World of Typing Weekly PC
5. Paper Mario N64
6. Catherine PS3
7. Glover N64
8. Blast Corps N64
9. Snipperclips: Cut It Out, Together! Switch eShop
10. Pullblox 3DS eShop
11. Pokémon Picross 3DS eShop
12. Bare Knuckle III Mega Drive
13. The Legend of the Mystical Ninja SNES
14. Alisia Dragoon Mega Drive
15. Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master Mega Drive
16. Dynamite Headdy Mega Drive
17. Runbow Wii U eShop
18. The Mystical Ninja starring Goemon N64
19. 3D Puyo Puyo 2 3DS
20. Fantasy Zone II: The Tears of Opa-Opa 3DS
21. SteamWorld Dig 3DS eShop
22. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Switch
23. Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped PS1
24. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time GC
25. Pilotwings 64 N64
26. Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones GBA
27. Puyo Puyo Tetris Switch
28. Life Force NES
29. Bionic Commando NES
30. Bonk's Revenge TGCD
31. Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia 3DS
32. Splatoon 2 Switch
33. Shantae & The Pirates Curse 3DS eShop
34. Devil May Cry PSN
35. Team Kirby Clash Deluxe 3DS eShop
36. Blaster Master Wii U VC
37. Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes GC
38. Wario Blast! featuring Bomberman Game Boy
39. Astro Boy: Omega Factor GBA
40. Daiku No Gen-San: Ghost Building Company Game Boy
41. Kirby: Planet Robobot 3DS
42. Noobow Game Boy
43. Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 Game Boy
44. Mario Golf N64
45. Akumajo Special: Boku Dracula-Kun Game Boy
46. Rockman World 5 Game Boy
47. Hamtaro: Ham-Hams Unite! GBC
48. Sonic Mania Switch eShop
49. Marvelous: Mōhitotsu no Takarajima SFC
50. Super Mario Odyssey Switch

51. Gauntlet IV Mega Drive
52. Alex Kidd in Shinobi World Master System
53. Psycho Fox Master System
54. The Ninja Master System
55. R-Type Master System
56. Momotarō Katsugeki PC Engine
57. Overcooked: Special Edition Switch eShop
58. Parasol Stars PC Engine
59. Star Parodier PC Engine
60. Cadash PC Engine
61. Dead or Alive Ultimate Xbox
62. Dead or Alive Ultimate 2 Xbox
63. OutRun 2 Xbox *NEW*
64. Pop'n Twinbee SNES *NEW*


Replays!:
1. Bare Knuckle III Mega Drive
2. Die Hard Arcade Saturn
3. The World of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck Mega Drive
4. Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble 3DS VC
5. Trip World 3DS VC


Here's reviews 16-17 of 28!

OutRun 2

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Outrun 2 was a game I’d been on the lookout for for a while on Xbox, and when I finally spotted it in the wild earlier this year I knew I had to pick it up and finally give it a shot. The original OutRun was a game I thoroughly expected to dislike, based on my general opinion on other Sega sprite scrolling games like Space Harrier and Hang-On, but was pleasantly surprised to fall in love with, thanks to it’s chilled vibe, easy to pick-up-and-play gameplay and fantastic soundtrack.

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In OutRun 2, you once again cruise down 5 stages of track with your girl in the passenger seat and some sweet tunes on the radio. Pulling off from the beach, you venture through a variety of settings in order to reach the goal at the end of the the 5th. At the end of each stage though, you get given a choice to go left or right, each leading to a new section of track with a new theme, resulting in branching paths to 5 different end points, but often with several ways to reach each. Taking the left path results in an easier track, whilst taking a right takes you to a trickier section. Theoretically at least, as I thought some of the middle paths were the trickiest, but generally the idea held up overall. Reaching the end gives you a goofy ending just like the original (with a different one for each path) and a chance to place your initials on the high-score screen.

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As well as the classic arcade stylings though, OutRun2 offers some new content in the form of Heart Attack mode. In this mode, you have to impress your lady friend by achieving each of the tasks she sets you as you drive the course. These might be to overtake other cars on the road, to drift around corners, to hit or avoid traffic cones or to stay in certain coloured areas of track (generally either the inside, outside or middle of a corner). Do well in these sections and your gal pal will shower you with affections in the form of hearts and give you a rating from D to AAA (and above, maybe?). The goal in this mode is to reach the end having impressed your lady the most.

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An extension of this mode is seen in challenge mode also – challenge mode takes each of the games 26 sections of track and gives you challenges to achieve on them. Some are simple or similar to Heart Attack mode, but some are a little bit zanier, such as one where you must keep track of numbers being displayed as you drive in order to solve the maths problem and take the right exist at the end. Do the numbers equal 26 or 29? You decide! Another might have you getting more points if you keep your speed above a certain point. Challenge mode is a lot of fun although slow to get started as you unlock each section of path by finishing the previous one – so early on you have to do them in order, whereas later you can branch out as in the main mode. You can unlock additional cars and more by playing through these challenges.

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OutRun 2 controls quite similarly to the first with very arcade and unrealistic controls, but it’s big addition is drifting, which can be used to take tough corners very tightly and at speed. This is very useful on the harder difficulty tracks as your regular turning circle isn’t very good, but to get high scores on some of the challenges I found that you had to learn when not to drift, as a drift is ever so slightly slower than turning without drifting, and so sometimes you’d go faster by taking the corner gently instead.

OutRun 2 is a fantastic follow-up to the original game which keeps all of the things that made the first game great, whilst building on it enough to make this feel modern and new. The additional gameplay modes are a lot of fun, and the remixed versions of the original’s music are also good, although the new tracks are more questionable. This is absolutely a worthy game to pick up on Xbox, so if you spot it for cheap, give it a go. You won’t be disappointed.

P.S I had a hard time finding images specifically of the XBox port of Outrun 2, so it's possible a few of these are from other versions of the game. Sorry! The actual game looks pretty decent though.


Pop’n Twinbee

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Pop’n Twinbee is a vertical scrolling shoot ‘em up by Konami. Now some of you may know my opinion of old-school Konami shooters is a bit hit-and-miss, and that certainly carries over to this game. It’s a game of some highs, and some lows, for sure.

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In Pop’n Twinbee, you play as Twinbee and/or Winbee, off the save the planet from and evil doctor or something, I dunno. You do this by flying upwards and shooting your way through the stages to make your way to the bosses, as you might expect. Twinbee and Winbee are armed with a standard shot, but also a bomb which is used to kill ground enemies who cannot be shot by other means. Bombing is much slower than shooting, so ground weapons can be tricky to deal with, but they also tend to drop health to recover your life, so that’s nice – Twinbee and Winbee can take a couple of shots before dying. You can also hold the bomb button to release a short range punch which does a lot of damage and destroys bullets, or unleash an army of chibi-bees which act as a screen clearing bomb using the X button.

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You can power up Twinbee and Winbee by collecting coloured bells, each with different effects – blue bells increase your speed, purple provide a spread shot (which sucks, it shoots too slow and is short range), whilst grey provides a power shot. Pink, green and flashing bells are the ones you want though – pink bells provide a shield, green add options, and flashing bells add an extra chibi-bee to your bomb stock. Your options can be set to work in 3 different ways per ship, with Winbee and Twinbee actually functioning in different ways. I used the surround option as Twinbee which creates a box of laser beams, but lacks as much protection or focused firepower as the others. You can stock up to 4 options, but you’ll lose one each time you take a hit, so having a shield is crucial to maintain your firepower.

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The tricky element of Twinbee comes from it’s power up system – bells appear when you shoot clouds and fall down the screen, but they start bronze and only award points. Shooting them enough times will change their colour and bounce them back in the air, but a single extra shot will cycle them back to bronze. Often clouds appear in clusters, so you’ll be bouncing around half a dozen bells whilst trying not to shoot them past what you want and also avoiding the enemies now swarming you due to the lack of shooting – it can be very frustrating to gain even the simplest of power ups. Early on in the game, things are calm enough that it’s not a big issue, but by stage 5, there’s so much crap on stage that it becomes a nightmare to keep everything on the go – especially as the last few stages are absolutely filled with torrents of enemy bullets. If you die, getting re-powered up is hideous.

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And thus we hit the same problems as always with Konami shooters. Pop’n Twinbee is a bright, colourful and fun shmup for the most part, but as is par for the course with Konami, it’s overly punishing to players, with a single death often being enough to make the game unwinnable. Luckily I managed to keep my shield count up and push through the last level using my extra lives I’d accumulated, but it was pretty tough going and I narrowly avoided a game over overall.

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Pop’n Twinbee is a fun game to pick up and play every now and again, and it’s great fun in 2 player where you can grab your partner and hurl them at enemies, but it’s a game you should go into expecting to enjoy just for the fun of playing it. If, like me, you’re determined to see it through to the end, prepare for frustration to be hidden under that sickly sweet exterior.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by alienjesus Mon Dec 11, 2017 7:44 pm

prfsnl_gmr wrote:To The Moon (iOS) is, basically, a four-hour visual novel styled like an interactive cutscene in a 16-bit JRPG. The story might be deep or touching if you had never seen a movie, read or book, or interacted with another human. If that sounds good to you, go for it. I thought it was pretty horrible, however, and the few hours I spent with the game seemed longer than the 125 + that I spent with BOTW. Not recommended.


I guess the implication is that because I loved To The Moon I have never done any of those things then. :roll: :lol:

Oh well, I'm sorry you didn't like it. I'm personally looking forward to the sequel coming out soon immensely though.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by Ack Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:49 pm

I'm two pages late for the Wild Arms 3 discussion, but I will chime in briefly.

Wild Arms 3 got me back into JRPGs after a near-decade hiatus from the genre. It had come down to a perception of game length and time requirements, which clashed with my need to focus more on college and then stayed through grad school and the post-college years while I tried to find work. In the meantime, I had been focusing heavily on things like fighting games, survival horror, whatever I could find on the SNES, etc. But I had acquired a ton of JRPGs over the years and never gotten around to playing them, so while looking over my PlayStation 2 collection, I felt it gnawing at the back of my mind and finally decided it was time to jump back in. Even despite the game's flaws, I had a blast and went through it, even clearing the long special dungeon at the end of the game. It renewed my interest, and I followed it with a victory run of JRPGs: Chrono Trigger, Breath of Fire, Final Fantasy VI Advance, Final Fantasy IV, 7th Saga, Arcana, Super Mario RPG, and so on.

I realize that other games in my collection might have spurred me to return to a genre I've well enjoyed, but WA3 ended up being the get that brought me back, so I have a soft spot for it. Thanks, Wild Arms series.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by BoneSnapDeez Mon Dec 11, 2017 9:16 pm

Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World got me back into JRPGs after the longest time away from the genre, and video games in general. Sometimes the most "random" shit just does it.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by Ack Mon Dec 11, 2017 9:36 pm

Yeah, but thank goodness for that "random" shit!
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by Exhuminator Mon Dec 11, 2017 9:36 pm

alienjesus wrote:Pop’n Twinbee is a fun game to pick up and play

Gonna have to add that one to my shmup list. I've never played through a Twinbee shmup, but your review made this one look appealing.

Ack wrote:Wild Arms 3 got me back into JRPGs after a near-decade hiatus from the genre.

Thanks for the story. I love it when people share personal gaming anecdotes like you just did.

I've never played a Wild Arms game all the way through. I played like ten minutes of Wild Arms 1 back in 2009, that's it. I am interested in the series because of its "wild west" theme (a genre I enjoy in films).

BoneSnapDeez wrote:Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World

I'm glad this game has at least one fan.
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by REPO Man Mon Dec 11, 2017 10:55 pm

Power Rangers: Beats of Power - Special Edition on Normal. I played it on my tablet with my new Mayflash F300 Fightstick ($60 on Amazon, but it's worth it).
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by PartridgeSenpai Mon Dec 11, 2017 11:03 pm

Exhuminator wrote:
BoneSnapDeez wrote:Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World

I'm glad this game has at least one fan.


At least two! I know Tanooki likes it as well :)
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