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Re: Games Beaten 2017

Posted: Thu Feb 16, 2017 9:02 pm
by Xeogred
I have lost track of how many times I've RE-bought the RE games and REplayed them. But yeah after my last run through most of them and the newest PS4 releases, I think REmake is my cemented #1. It's perfect. RE2 and RE4 come close, but REmake is just too good.

Re: Games Beaten 2017

Posted: Thu Feb 16, 2017 9:49 pm
by PartridgeSenpai
dsheinem wrote:Also, WTF? How are there 60+ pages in this thread already and its only mid-February? :shock: :?


I blame Elkin, Exhuminator, Bone, and Popo. Beatin' too many games :P

Re: Games Beaten 2017

Posted: Thu Feb 16, 2017 10:03 pm
by Ack
Lots of discussion and long posts, and some of these guys don't do much on their downtime.

Re: Games Beaten 2017

Posted: Thu Feb 16, 2017 10:05 pm
by BoneSnapDeez
1. Chrono Trigger (SNES)
2. Gyromite (NES)
3. Lucy -The Eternity She Wished For- (Steam)
4. Ys III: Wanderers from Ys (Famicom)
5. Radical Dreamers (SNES)
6. Video Games 1 (TI-99/4A)
7. Portopia Renzoku Satsujin Jiken (Famicom)
8. Exile (TurboGrafx CD)
9. Exile: Wicked Phenomenon (TurboGrafx CD)
10. Xak (PC Engine CD, Xak I・II)
11. Xak II (PC Engine CD, Xak I・II)
12. Neutopia (TurboGrafx-16)
13. Captain Silver (Sega Master System)
14. Märchen Veil (Famicom Disk System)
15. Vanguard (Atari 2600)
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Vanguard is an old SNK arcade game that was ported to the Atari 2600 and 5200 shortly after its release. I believe there's also an Atari 8-bit prototype out there, though I'm sure you're all aware that Atari 5200 and Atari 8-bit games are virtually identical minus their respective control schemes.
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What we have here is a really solid shmup with alternating horizontal and vertical stages. Your ship can fire in four directions, dependent on what direction its flying. There's a fuel gauge, similar to the one in Konami's Scramble, but here the fuel is refilled simply by defeating enemies. This is great mechanic; I never liked dipping to the ground to grab fuel tanks. Vanguard does offer up the occasional "E tank" (they look like the ones in Mega Man) though these are used to grant temporary invincibility.
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Vanguard is not a rote one-stage looper, but a "lengthy" quest that culminates with a final boss battle. There's even a map screen that appears between stages to indicate progress. These elements alone make it exponentially more complex than the standard Atari game, and arguably more enjoyable. I can even see the "1985 and up" crowd getting behind this one.

The controls are solid and I didn't even feel tempted to swap out my Atari stick with a Genesis controller. Graphics are impressive and the game features that "rainbow" checkerboard style commonly seen in old Atari games. There's no music of course, but the staticky explosions are as satisfying as ever.
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I strongly recommend sticking around after the first loop, as the challenge increases incrementally and fairly. Also, there's an unexpected continue feature included, which makes this a great choice for shmup novices as well.

This is one of the best shmups of its era, besting legends like Defender, River Raid, Scramble, Super Cobra, and others. I own a boxed copy of the 5200 port as well, though I have yet to play it.

There's also a Vanguard II, which didn't receive a port until the PSP release of SNK Arcade Classics Vol. 0. I tried it once and don't recall being particularly impressed.

Moar Atari games to come.

Re: Games Beaten 2017

Posted: Thu Feb 16, 2017 10:07 pm
by Exhuminator
dsheinem wrote:Also, WTF? How are there 60+ pages in this thread already and its only mid-February? :shock: :?

This thread is the lifeblood of Racketboy these days.

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Nice beat on Vanguard, Bone. Vanguard is the first shmup I ever fell in love with. Such an innovative and creative game for its time. Vanguard was the first shmup I owned other than Astro Warrior on SMS. (I've never looped Vanguard, but I did loop Astro Warrior.)

Re: Games Beaten 2017

Posted: Thu Feb 16, 2017 10:24 pm
by BoneSnapDeez
Oh man I suck at Astro Warrior. Never had much luck with that one. I do enjoy it though, enough to buy two copies (standalone and with Hang On).

Re: Games Beaten 2017

Posted: Thu Feb 16, 2017 11:15 pm
by prfsnl_gmr
Exhuminator wrote:
dsheinem wrote:Also, WTF? How are there 60+ pages in this thread already and its only mid-February? :shock: :?

This thread is the lifeblood of Racketboy these days.

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Nice beat on Vanguard, Bone. Vanguard is the first shmup I ever fell in love with. Such an innovative and creative game for its time. Vanguard was the first shmup I owned other than Astro Warrior on SMS. (I've never looped Vanguard, but I did loop Astro Warrior.)


I agree. This thread is great, and it is my favorite part of the forum. I would love to post here again, but DQVII is apparently an endless game...

Re: Games Beaten 2017

Posted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 1:42 am
by Sarge
We just like to talk a lot. :)

Re: Games Beaten 2017

Posted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 8:44 am
by Damm64
Xeogred wrote:I have lost track of how many times I've RE-bought the RE games and REplayed them. But yeah after my last run through most of them and the newest PS4 releases, I think REmake is my cemented #1. It's perfect. RE2 and RE4 come close, but REmake is just too good.


I really hope they remake RE3 and maybe code veronica as well. That way you can have all the best version of each game on the PS4.

RE2 and RE4 are my favorites in the franchise depending of the day you ask me i could say RE2 is my favorite of the franchise or RE4.

Re: Games Beaten 2017

Posted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 10:42 am
by ElkinFencer10
Ack wrote:Lots of discussion and long posts, and some of these guys don't do much on their downtime.

I'll have you know that I do a LOT on my downtime! Just look at all the games I've beaten!