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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by prfsnl_gmr Sun Dec 24, 2017 10:58 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 (ARC)
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)
35. Go! Go! Commander Video (iOS)
36. River City Knights of Justice (3DS)
37. Super Little Acorns 3D Turbo (3DS)
38. Tomb Raider Go (iOS)
39. Lume (iOS)
40. To The Moon (iOS)
41. The Executive (iOS)
42. Gorogoa (iOS)
43. Old Man’s Journey (iOS)

In my continuing quest to beat all of the very short games taking up almost all of the storage space on my iPad, I played through Old Man’s Journey. It is a relaxing puzzle game with delightful art and sound direction, and almost non-existent gameplay. The “puzzles” consist of connecting various sections of a parallax background so that the titular old man can navigate across the screen. Even the game’s most challenging puzzles are extremely easy, however, and the game only lasts for a little over an hour. The game does not make up for its unchallenging puzzles wth a compelling storyline, and despite its great art direction, I find it very hard to recommend (especially after just finishing up the equally-priced but drastically superior Gorogoa).
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by MrPopo Mon Dec 25, 2017 5:07 pm

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
56. Etrian Odyssey V - 3DS
57. The Legend of Zelda Four Swords Anniversary - 3DS
58. Vectorman - Genesis
59. Human Resources Machine - PC
60. The Legend of Legacy - 3DS

A runner up in the "silly game names" contest, The Legend of Legacy is a SaGa clone on the 3DS. However, it focuses 100% on gameplay with only the barest amount of story, and those bits are put together piecemeal, Dark Souls style. The gameplay does have a fair amount of depth to it, though like any SaGa game it can put you deep into RNG hell.

You start by picking one of seven characters, which gives you an intro cutscene unique to that character. This, and the post credits cutscene, make up 95% of the unique story amongst the characters. The more important part is the various affinities these characters have. See, like the SaGa games (especially Romancing SaGa), this is a game where you grow by doing. And different characters have an affinity for growing in particular areas. While you can teach everyone everything with enough patience, you're better off focusing on the areas your characters specialize in. Of course, you don't actually learn what those are in game.

So here's how all the growth works. First, you start by putting each character in one of three kinds of stances; attack, defense, or support. Attack stance increases your combat power, defense increases your defense and allows defensive moves to cover your party, and support stance tends to increase your speed and healing ability. There are various sub-stances in each of these three categories for additional customization. You can prebuild up to six formations of these stances and can freely choose a formation at the start of each turn. In addition to these benefits, these formations correspond to your three primary stats. At the end of combat you can have your Attack, Defense, or Support level increase by one point if you were in that stance. These increase your damage, defense, and speed.

But that's not all. Your attack skills and magic also have independent levels in Attack, Defense, and Support. These can level up every time you use that skill in that stance, and it increases that skills effectiveness in that stance. So a skill with 10 attack, 5 defense, and 1 support will do the best in attack stance and terrible in support stance. These increases happen immediately in battle, so you can grow multiple levels in one battle. You can also learn new skills mid battle Romancing SaGa style, where you will randomly use another skill instead of the selected one and will have learned it permanently. Climbing up this ladder is necessary for doing damage late game.

But that's still not all. We now get to the most complicated system, the magic system. There are three kinds of magic, Water, Wind, and Fire. In order to use magic you need to first have forged a contract with the spirits of that element. This is done through equipping an accessory which gives you the ability to forge the contract mid battle. When you have a contract you can both cast magic of that element and you get a post-turn bonus; water restores party HP, wind restores party SP, and fire increases the party's ability to inflict statuses. What complicates things is that only one side of the battle can have a contract with a particular element at any one time. So enemies can forge a contract before you cast a spell, which will cause yours to fizzle. And they get the same post-turn benefits. To actually gain spells you equip another accessory that can cast that spell, and you can learn it permanently by getting lucky and learning it the same way you learn new weapon skills. Finally, you can only cast spells of a given element if you have a piece of gear attuned to that element; the accessories that forge contracts and teach spells are attuned, as well as certain weapons. All in all, it's a very complicated system that makes magic mostly more trouble than it's worth. In random battles you will be lucky to use any magic at all, while in boss fights it tends to be restricted to keeping up the right benefits (passive healing is awesome) and keeping up an elemental shield.

The game also tends to have very uneven difficulty. The intentional part seems to be that there are sizeable jumps between areas in the enemy difficulty. What magnifies this is the RNG nature of getting the necessary upgrades. You will really start to feel the pain late game if you haven't been properly building a tank (someone to sit in defense stance all the time) and haven't learned at least one AOE weapon skill, as enemy packs get larger and more dangerous as the game goes on. However, all these systems put together make for a pretty active final boss fight, as you have to juggle a lot of things to make it through effectively.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by dsheinem Mon Dec 25, 2017 8:02 pm

prfsnl_gmr wrote:43. Old Man’s Journey (iOS)

I find it very hard to recommend (especially after just finishing up the equally-priced but drastically superior Gorogoa).


Hmm, I have had my eye on this one as something to pick up, but your post makes me hesitate. After seeing your review, part of me thinks: "Oh, ok - now I know not to buy it!" and part of me says "Oh, but he also didn't like To The Moon, so what does he know?!" :lol:

Games Beaten 2017
The first 50:
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
Super Mario Odyssey - Switch
King of Fighters XIV - - PS4

Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds - PS4
Alienation - PS4
Forza Horizon 3: Blizzard Mountain - PC/X1
Destiny 2: Curse of Osiris - PS4
Doom VFR - PSVR
Gorogoa - iOS
Devil May Cry 4 Refrain - iOS
Sonic Mania - Switch
Raiden V - PS4 *new*
Scanner Sombre - PC *new*

Total: 60


I played through the story mode in Raiden V, which is a little bit overwhelming with all the various modes and stages that are available. I think that 1cc'ing this would be a marathon event, especially if one were genuinely trying to accomplish a maximum score. I need to seek out some expert playthrough videos at some point to see what the best players have been able to do with this most excellent clinic in shmup design - anyone have one that they recommend?

Scanner Sombre is mostly neat as a visual toy as the gameplay is pretty bare bones ("walking simulator" is an apt term here) and the story, to the extent there is one, doesn't really connect very well. Still, the visuals are impressive for what they are - it reminds me of a scifi take on something like The Unfinished Swan. here are some screens:

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Trying to get five more games in between now and the end of the year. Wish me luck!

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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by prfsnl_gmr Mon Dec 25, 2017 10:13 pm

dsheinem wrote:
prfsnl_gmr wrote:43. Old Man’s Journey (iOS)

I find it very hard to recommend (especially after just finishing up the equally-priced but drastically superior Gorogoa).


Hmm, I have had my eye on this one as something to pick up, but your post makes me hesitate. After seeing your review, part of me thinks: "Oh, ok - now I know not to buy it!" and part of me says "Oh, but he also didn't like To The Moon, so what does he know?!" :lol:

Trying to get five more games in between now and the end of the year. Wish me luck!


Watch a video and give it a shot. (I mean, you liked To The Moon; so, who knows? Maybe overly easy, twee, self-important games are your thing? :lol: ) It is only $2 in the App Store right now, which isn’t much for an hour’s entertainment. (Personally, however, I think both your time and money are likely better spent on other things.)

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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 (ARC)
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)
35. Go! Go! Commander Video (iOS)
36. River City Knights of Justice (3DS)
37. Super Little Acorns 3D Turbo (3DS)
38. Tomb Raider Go (iOS)
39. Lume (iOS)
40. To The Moon (iOS)
41. The Executive (iOS)
42. Gorogoa (iOS)
43. Old Man’s Journey (iOS)
44. Shadow Blade (iOS)

Shadow Blade is a ninja game that does a great job making you feel like a ninja, and it is about as solid as action platformers get on iOS. In it you proceed through a variety of stages, avoiding obstacles, grabbing collectibles, double jumping off of walls, and slicing the five enemy types to pieces. You get one star for grabbing all the basic collectibles, another for grabbing two, more difficult to find collectibles, and a third for beating the stage within a certain amount of time. It really isn’t all that hard, and it usually took me only a few attempts to perfect each level. (I am still working my way through the challenge levels, however, which are much harder. I doubt I’ll have the dedication to perfect all of those.) It actually controls incredibly well, which was a bit of a shock for an iOS platformer, and most importantly, it is consistently fun and rewarding. It was certainly a nice up-tempo, change of pace from the last few games I have added to this list. I can’t remember who, but someone on here recommended it to me a while back, and I am both thankful for the recommmendation and happy to pass it on.

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I received a $50 App Store gift card today, which is more than enough to buy every game I want for the platform. I don’t have the storage space for them, however (especially after downloading Full Throttle Remastered the other day). Accordingly, my quest to clear iPad storage space continues...
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by MrPopo Tue Dec 26, 2017 1:18 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
56. Etrian Odyssey V - 3DS
57. The Legend of Zelda Four Swords Anniversary - 3DS
58. Vectorman - Genesis
59. Human Resources Machine - PC
60. The Legend of Legacy - 3DS
61. Dynamite Headdy - Genesis

One of the early Treasure games, Dynamite Headdy is a pretty solid platformer that kicks you in the balls in the last third. And I mean, right, square in the balls. It's a weird change of pace from the first two thirds of the game, which had a reasonable difficulty curve. It almost feels like the game is going "uh oh, this guy might beat me; I need to pull out all the stops."

The main thing that sets Dynamite Headdy apart from other platformers is the head mechanic. Your basic attack is to throw your head in a direction, where it will go out for a bit then boomerang back. It's important to note that your head does no damage on the way back. This attack not only lets you damage enemies, you can also knock stuff over and you can grab on to certain parts of the stage; this will let you pull yourself up and comprises a bit of the platforming (including a bastardly part near the end). Building on this is the ability to pick up a variety of new heads during the game. Each of these lasts a limited time and has some different effect; one doubles damage and can break through special walls, one turns you invisible (invincible), and one stops time. Some of them are used for stage traversal, while others are a way to get extra damage in on bosses. And then there's one useless head that makes you vulnerable for enough time to take three hits in between your mercy invincibility.

Aesthetically, the game is presented as if it is a stage play. Lots of the backgrounds look like they are wooden sets, and frequently parts of the "set" will fall off in response to things happening in the foreground. There's even some moments when you go backstage. It's a neat aesthetic and I think they use just the right amount of acknowledging it.

The actual level progression is kind of haphazard. Some levels consist of a short section before a boss, others consist of multiple stages with multiple bosses in between. There's even a shmup level. It seems like the stage breaks are used in lieu of checkpoints, so you'll get a mixture of short stages and longer stages depending on where the devs wanted you to respawn after death.

But man, that last portion of the game. The bosses get incredibly nasty with very little room for error. One boss can put you in hit stun and then kill you with crushing, while the final boss has several incredibly hard to dodge attacks mixed in with his repertoire; I was only able to beat him by pause buffering to take my time and figure out how to approach each pattern. And that was after I died a ton when I either got a bad pattern that dealt too much damage or I miffed a dodge and lost half my health to a bullshit attack.

It's a goofy little game that hides some serious teeth when you're not looking.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by prfsnl_gmr Tue Dec 26, 2017 11:16 pm

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 (ARC)
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)
35. Go! Go! Commander Video (iOS)
36. River City Knights of Justice (3DS)
37. Super Little Acorns 3D Turbo (3DS)
38. Tomb Raider Go (iOS)
39. Lume (iOS)
40. To The Moon (iOS)
41. The Executive (iOS)
42. Gorogoa (iOS)
43. Old Man’s Journey (iOS)
44. Shadow Blade (iOS)
45. The Sailor’s Dream (iOS)

The Sailor’s Dream is a beautiful work of interactive fictionn from Simogo, the creators of Device 6 and Year Walk. While it ultimately isn’t as compelling as either of those titles, it is nonetheless a moving short story wrapped in lovely artwork, haunting voice work, and lovely music. I highly recommend it, and I am disappointed in myself for not playing through it sooner.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by dsheinem Wed Dec 27, 2017 2:44 pm

Games Beaten 2017
The first 50:
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
Super Mario Odyssey - Switch
King of Fighters XIV - - PS4

Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds - PS4
Alienation - PS4
Forza Horizon 3: Blizzard Mountain - PC/X1
Destiny 2: Curse of Osiris - PS4
Doom VFR - PSVR
Gorogoa - iOS
Devil May Cry 4 Refrain - iOS
Sonic Mania - Switch
Raiden V - PS4
Scanner Sombre - PC
Everything - PC *new*
Luke Sidewalker - PC *new*
The Fidelio Incident - PC *new*

Total: 63


Everything is a fascinating game that is hard to classify in any way, other than that it combines elements of something like a Katamari Damacy game with elements of something like No Man’s Sky but, ultimately, easily turns out to be better than any of those titles. The narration and soundtrack by Alan Watts is compelling as all get out and made me dive down a rabbit hold of reading about him and his life and writings, which is high praise for a game that has you start out by walking around as a horse in a...strange way. I get why this one has been on people’s GOTY lists...it will likely end up on mine.

Luke Sidewalker is a dumb little game that offers a cynical and occasionally funny take on navigating NYC and its various neighborhoods. It has nothing at all to do with Star Wars, but I checked it out because of the jokey title and was not disappointed.

The Fidelio Incident is like a more politically-driven Dear Esther or some such, with a few puzzles and trippy sequences thrown in for good measure. It deals with the IRA in the 1980s, is based in Iceland, and is probably worth your 2-3 hours if you grab it on sale. It isn’t near as good as some of the best games in its genre, but it looks nice and is still a good way to kill some time on a lazy afternoon.

I just need to beat two more between now and Sunday night to hit my goal. Looking good!

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by Segata Wed Dec 27, 2017 3:32 pm

Xenoblade Chronicles 2.

In other threads talked about this game a great deal. Mentioned how early on feels a bit like Skies of Arcadia. Even some similar music. Oh, and the music in this game is phenomenal. The story is well done and I do like the sharp Scottish and Welsh accents. While it is a Xenoblade game in a great sense of scale, this is not nearly as big as the last game in X. I do kind of wish it was but it's still plenty big to explore. Combat is the best in the series. It's much more accessible. The game does have some parts in the game that I'm not a fan of. Mainly Chapter 7 and an early part of Chapter 10. I loved how the game
connects directly to the first. And doesn't rule out that X might be still a result of Klaus as he may have created multiple universes.
I was pretty surprised that Nomura designed Malos and Jin as they are actually good. Normura typically sucks shit at character design. Even Cloud sucks with parachute pants and banana hair. The villains are not over the top, they make sense and you feel for them really. Great game and recommend it any JRPG fan. In some ways, it's like what if someone made a Tales game that was you know..actually good!
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by Sarge Thu Dec 28, 2017 1:53 am

Previous games:
January:
1) The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition (PC) (8.5) (1/1) (~5.5 hours)
2) ActRaiser (SNES) (8.0) (1/2) (~4 hours)
3) Bonk's Revenge (GB) (6.0) (1/3) (~1 hour)
4) Tiny Toon Adventures: Babs' Big Break (GB) (6.5) (1/3) (~1 hour)
5) Blackwell Legacy (PC) (7.0) (1/5) (2.6 hours)
6) Blackwell Unbound (PC) (7.5) (1/7) (2.2 hours)
7) Blackwell Convergence (PC) (8.0) (1/7) (2.4 hours)
8) Blackwell Deception (PC) (8.0) (1/8) (4.7 hours)
9) Blackwell Epiphany (PC) (9.0) (1/9) (6.5 hours)
10) Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (PS4) (8.0) (1/22) (~55 hours)
11) Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 (360) (8.0) (1/28) (~.5 hours)
12) Deep Duck Trouble Starring Donald Duck (SMS) (6.5) (1/31) (~1 hour)
February:
13) Quackshot Starring Donald Duck (GEN) (7.5) (2/7) (~2 hours)
14) Fire Emblem Heroes (Android) (8.0) (2/9) (~10 hours)
15) Super C (NES) (9.5) (2/20) (~0.5 hours)
16) Contra (NES) (10.0) (2/20) (~0.5 hours)
17) Mickey's Dangerous Chase (GB) (6.5) (2/24) (~1 hour)
18) My Nintendo Picross: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (3DS) (8.5) (2/25) (~19 hours)
19) Mega Man 2 (NES) (10.0) (2/28) (~0.8 hours)
March:
20) Final Fantasy XV (PS4) (8.0) (3/2) (~33 hours)
21) Blaster Master Zero (NS) (9.0) (3/10) (~6.5 hours)
22) Espgaluda II Black Label (360) (8.0?) (3/17) (0.5 hours)
23) The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (NS) (9.5) (3/28) (~70+ hours)
April:
24) Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment (PC) (8.5) (4/7) (~5.5 hours)
25) Hyper Light Drifter (PS4) (8.0) (4/9) (~8 hours)
26) Gekido Advance: Kintaro's Revenge (GBA) (7.5) (4/16) (~3 hours)
27) Vanquish (PS3) (8.5) (4/17) (~7 hours)
28) Journey (PS3) (6.0) (4/19) (~2 hours)
29) GunForce (SNES) (4.0) (4/22) (~20 minutes)
30) GunForce 2 (ARC) (7.0) (4/23) (~30 minutes)
31) GunForce: Battle Fire Engulfed Terror Island (ARC) (6.0) (4/23) (~20 minutes)
32) Mighty Final Fight (NES) (8.5) (4/29) (~30 minutes)
May:
33) Final Fantasy V (SFC) (6.0) (5/1) (~33 hours)
34) Super Adventure Island (SNES) (7.0) (5/2) (~1 hour)
35) Dragon Spirit: The New Legend (NES) (7.5) (5/3?) (~30 minutes)
36) Mighty No. 9 (PS4) (5.0) (5/6?) (~5 hours)
37) Contra III: The Alien Wars (Hard) (SNES) (8.5) (5/11) (~1 hour)
38) Operation C (GB) (7.5) (5/22) (~1 hour)
June:
39) Super Dodge Ball (NES) (9.5) (6/1) (~15 minutes)
40) Bare Knuckle III (GEN) (7.5) (6/3) (~1 hour)
41) Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES) (9.5) (6/5) (~30 minutes)
42) Wizards & Warriors X: Fortress of Fear (GB) (4.0) (6/8) (~1 hour)
43) Castlevania: The Adventure (GB) (3.5) (6/9) (~1 hour)
44) Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King (PC) (8.0) (6/15) (~8.5 hours)
45) Streets of Rage (GEN) (9.0) (6/17) (~45 minutes)
46) Ghouls 'N Ghosts (GEN) (6.5) (6/17) (~4 hours)
47) Contra: Hard Corps (GEN) (8.5) (6/18) (~50 minutes)
48) Mighty Gunvolt Burst (NS) (7.5) (6/23) (~3 hours?)
49) Exile's End (PC) (8.0) (6/24) (~5 hours)
July:
50) Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (PS4) (8.5) (7/1) (16h53m)
51) Pharaoh Rebirth+ (PC) (8.0) (7/3) (7 hours)
52) Jackal (NES) (9.0) (7/9) (45 minutes)
53) Golden Axe III (NES) (2.5) (7/9) (~45 minutes)
54) Rygar (NES) (7.0) (7/10) (~2 hours)
55) Faxanadu (NES) (8.0) (7/14) (~6 hours)
56) Tekken 3 (PSX) (6.0) (7/24) (~20 minutes)
57) Horizon: Zero Dawn (PS4) (8.5) (7/30) (38h16m)
August:
58) Contra: The Alien Wars (GB) (3.5) (8/1) (~30 minutes)
59) Super Smash Bros. (N64) (8.0) (8/6) (~20 minutes)
60) Battletoads (Japan) (NES) (7.5) (8/10) (~40 minutes)
61) Castle of Dragon (NES) (2.5) (8/10) (~1 hour)
62) The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (NES) (3.0) (8/10) (~30 minutes)
63) Strider (NES) (6.5) (8/11) (~2 hours)
64) Commando (NES) (3.5) (8/11) (~1 hour)
65) Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa (NES) (6.5) (8/12) (~1h30m)
66) Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (GEN) (4.0) (8/12) (~1 hour)
67) Dragon Scroll: Yomigaerishi Maryuu (NES) (5.0) (8/13) (~4 hours)
68) Mega Man 8 (SAT) (7.0) (8/17) (~4 hours)
69) Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap (PS4) (8.0) (8/19) (4h42m)
70) Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo HD Remix (PS3) (6.5) (8/25) (~30 minutes)
71) Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth (DS) (7.5) (8/27) (25 hours?)
72) Daikatana (GBC) (6.5) (8/28) (~3 hours)
73) Bionic Commando (NES) (9.5) (8/30) (~1.5 hours)
74) Adventure Island II (NES) (6.5) (8/31) (~3 hours)
September:
75) The Mafat Conspiracy (NES) (5.0) (9/1) (~1.5 hours)
76) Snake's Revenge (NES) (8.0) (9/4) (~4 hours)
77) Ys: Memories of Celceta (VITA) (7.5) (9/4) (~25 hours?)
78) Skate or Die 2: The Search for Double Trouble (NES) (5.0) (9/7) (~2 hours)
79) 1943: The Battle for Midway (NES) (7.0) (9/9) (~2.5 hours)
80) Dungeons & Dragons: Tower of Doom (ARC/360) (5.0) (9/9) (~1 hour)
81) Arkista's Ring (NES) (6.0) (9/9) (~1 hour)
82) Bad Dudes (NES) (4.0) (9/9) (~45 minutes)
83) G.I. Joe: The Atlantis Factor (NES) (7.0) (9/10) (~2 hours)
84) Target: Renegade (NES) (2.0) (9/10) (~1 hour)
85) Gyruss (NES) (8.5) (9/11) (~1 hour)
86) Renegade (NES) (3.5) (9/12) (~30 minutes)
87) Metroid: Samus Returns (3DS) (9.0) (9/18) (11h35m) (16h total time)
88) Rambo (NES) (4.5) (9/19) (~3 hours)
89) Return of Double Dragon (SFC) (8.0) (9/20) (~1 hour)
90) Wizards & Warriors (NES) (6.5) (9/21) (~1.5 hours)
91) Wizards & Warriors III - Kuros: Visions of Power (NES) (6.5) (9/23) (~4 hours)
92) Wolverine (NES) (3.0) (9/23) (~1 hour)
93) The Jetsons: Cogswell's Caper (NES) (6.0) (9/23) (~1 hour)
94) Ironsword: Wizards & Warriors II (NES) (6.5) (9/24) (~2 hours)
95) The Flintstones: The Rescue of Dino and Hoppy (NES) (6.0) (9/24) (~1 hour)
96) RodLand (NES) (7.0) (9/30) (~1 hour)
97) Gradius (NES) (7.0) (9/30) (~30 minutes)
98) Life Force (NES) (8.0) (9/30) (~1 hour)
99) Gradius II (NES) (8.0) (9/30) (~1 hour)
October:
100) Guerilla War (NES) (6.0) (10/1) (~1 hour)
101) Gun-Nac (NES) (7.5) (10/2) (~1.5 hours)
102) Mega Man 9 (PS4, via MMLC2) (9.5) (10/7) (~2.5 hours)
103) Star Wars (NES) (5.5) (10/7) (~1.5 hours)
104) Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana (PS4) (9.0) (10/25) (49h20m)
105) Super Mario Odyssey (NS) (10.0) (10/31) (10 hours?)
November:
106) Super Castlevania IV (SNES) (8.5) (11/11) (4 hours)
107) Transformers: Devastation (PS4) (6.5) (11/18) (5h56m)
108) Dracula X: Rondo of Blood (DUO) (8.0) (11/26) (2 hours)
109) Castlevania Chronicles (PSX, X68K mode) (6.5) (11/29) (6 hours)

December:
110) Faussete Amour (DUO) (5.0) (12/4) (3 hours)
111) Ys III: The Wanderer from Ys (DUO) (5.5) (12/7) (~5 hours)
112) Kaze Kiri: Ninja Action (DUO) (6.5) (12/9) (~1.5 hours)
113) Ys Book I & II (Book I) (TCD) (6.0) (12/16) (~5 hours)
114) Shin Megami Tensei: Synchronicity Prologue (8.5) (12/17) (~3 hours)
115) WeaponLord (GEN) (6.5) (12/18) (~40 minutes)
116) Alwa's Awakening (PC) (6.5) (12/20) (~6.5 hours)
117) Ys Book I & II (Book 2) (TCD) (6.5) (12/27) (~5 hours)

So, I knocked out the other half of Ys Book I & II. It's better than the first one, because you get a few more locales. It also fundamentally changes how the game plays in some ways by giving you a ring that belches fire. As you level up, it gets more powerful, where it will continue to tear through enemies. You also find a few idols that will give it homing capability. It's different, that's for sure.

Once again, mazes are the order of the day. Navigating the game can be a chore. Thankfully, you get a ring that will let you return to various towns and temples you reach, so the backtracking isn't quite as egregious. Also, I wouldn't advise killing the penultimate boss until you're one level away from the max. Otherwise enemies are going to give very little experience while trying to reach max level, which is almost a necessity for the last boss. I ended up grinding in Jira's Basement, basically getting the monsters to pool and a fire shot would give a solid 15 EXP a pop. It took a good 15 minutes or so to get that last level, and it was pretty mind-numbing.

Graphics are about what you'd expect from a non-souped up Turbo CD game. The soundtrack is a'ight, too, although I like the remixed version of the PSP game a bit better.

Really, you can see where they sanded off some of the rough edges of the first game, so the series at least was showing some promise here. It's still not a patch on the series starting from Ys VI, but I didn't hate my time with the game. And it was nice seeing some of the history of the series. I'll probably give Ys IV a go soon so I can have all the main entries under my belt.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by Segata Thu Dec 28, 2017 2:15 am

Disagree. Always felt Ys II is weaker of the 2. Still fantastic games.
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