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Re: Games Beaten 2018

by AreYouSerious Thu Oct 04, 2018 10:59 pm

Well 2018 is almost over, so I guess I better get mine in from now. Now I've played a ton of games this year, but the one I actually finished were God of War, Celeste, Shadow of Colussus and Divinity. And I enjoyed every last minute of it. :mrgreen:
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Re: Games Beaten 2018

by ElkinFencer10 Fri Oct 05, 2018 1:19 pm

Games Beaten in 2018 So Far - 91
* denotes a replay

January (16 Games Beaten)
1. Phantasy Star Portable - PlayStation Portable - January 1
2. Middle-Earth: Shadow of War - Xbox One - January 9
3. Duck Tales - NES - January 10
4. Yakuza Kiwami - PlayStation 4 - January 14
5. Xuan-Yuan Sword: The Gate of Firmament - PlayStation 4 - January 20
6. Doki Doki Literature Club - Steam - January 20
7. Deep Space Waifu - Steam - January 21
8. Turok: Dinosaur Hunter - Steam - January 21
9. Duck Tales 2 - NES - January 22
10. TaleSpin - NES - January 22
11. Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers - NES - January 23
12. Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers 2 - NES - January 24
13. Global Defence Force - PlayStation 2 - January 24
14. Darkwing Duck - NES - January 25
15. Tiny Toon Adventures - NES - January 26
16. Poi - Steam - January 28


February (18 Games Beaten)
17. Galaxy on Fire 2 Full HD - Steam - February 3
18. Final Fantasy Legend - Game Boy - February 5
19. Valkyrie Drive Bhikkhuni - Vita - February 5
20. Super Little Acorns 3D Turbo - 3DS - February 8
21. Adventures in Equica: Unicorn Training - Android - February 8
22. Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest - SNES - February 10
23. X-COM: UFO Defense - Steam - February 14
24. Ys IV: The Dawn of Ys -TurboGrafx-CD - February 18
25. Army Men - Game Boy Color - February 19
26. Army Men 2 - Game Boy Color - February 19
27. Army Men: Air Combat - Game Boy Color - February 20
28. Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA 2nd - PlayStation Portable - February 22
29. Army Men: Sarge's Heroes 2 - Game Boy Color - February 22
30. Army Men Advance - Game Boy Advance - February 24
31. Dynasty Warriors Gundam Reborn - PlayStation 3 - February 25
32. Army Men: Operation Green - Game Boy Advance - February 26
33. A Night Out - PC - February 27
34. Army Men: Turf Wars - Game Boy Advance - February 27


March (10 Games Beaten)
35. Phantasy Star - Master System - March 10*
36. Grand Kingdom - PlayStation 4 - March 17
37. Bit.Trip Beat - Wii - March 18
38. Bit.Trip Core - Wii - March 18
39. Bit.Trip Void - Wii - March 18
40. Bit.Trip Runner - Wii - March 22
41. Bit.Trip Fate - Wii - March 22
42. Bit.Trip Flux - Wii - March 24
43. Bit.Trip Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien - Wii U - March 25
44. My Nintendo Picross: Legend of Zelda - Twilight Princess - 3DS - March 28


April (7 Games Beaten)
45. Gundam Breaker 3 - PlayStation 4 - April 4
46. Night Trap - PlayStation 4 - April 5
47. Corpse Killer - Sega CD 32X - April 9
48. Corpse Killer - Saturn - April 11*
49. Area 51 - Saturn - April 16*
50. Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers - Sega CD - April 17
51. SD Gundam G Generation Genesis - PlayStation 4 - April 28*


May (6 Games Beaten)
52. Detention - PlayStation 4 - May
53. Guacamelee - Wii U - May 6
54. EDGE - Wii U - May 7
55. RUSH - Wii U - May 9
56. Pokemon Snap - Nintendo 64 - May 27
57. Doom VFR - PS VR - May 27


June (20 Games Beaten)
58. Jurassic Pinball - Switch - June 8
59. Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn - Switch - June 9
60. Lost Sphear - Switch - June 11
61. Medal of Honor Heroes 2 - Wii - June 12
62. Medal of Honor: Vanguard - Wii - June 14
63. Pokemon Quest - Switch - June 15
64. Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth - 3DS - June 17
65. Art of Balance - Wii U - June 17
66. Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon - Switch - June 18
67. DmC Devil May Cry - PlayStation 4 - June 19
68. DmC Devil May Cry: Vergil's Downfall - PlayStation 4 - June 19
69. Assassin's Creed Rogue - PlayStation 3 - June 20
70. Assassin's Creed Unity - Xbox One - June 21
71. Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China - Xbox One - June 22
72. Assassin's Creed Chronicles: India - Xbox One - June 23
73. Assassin's Creed Chronicles: Russia - Xbox One - June 24
74. New Gundam Breaker - PlayStation 4 - June 24
75. Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard - PlayStation 3 - June 25
76. Assassin's Creed Syndicate - Xbox One - June 29
77. Ride to Hell: Retribution - Xbox 360 - June 30


July (8 Games Beaten)
78. Broforce - PlayStation 4 - July 4
79. Just Cause 2 - PlayStation 3 - July 4
80. Barack Fu: The Adventures of Dirty Barry - Switch - July 5
81. Organ Trail - PlayStation 4 - July 5
82. Red Dead Revolver - Xbox - July 7
83. Omega Quintet - PlayStation 4 - July 13
84. Super Mario Sunshine - Gamecube - July 16
85. Nurse Love Addiction - Vita - July 17


August (4 Games Beaten)
86. XCOM 2: War of the Chosen - PS4 - August 3
87. Life is Strange: Before the Storm - PS4 - August 3
88. Game of Thrones - PS4 - August 5
89. Star Trek - Steam - August 6


September (1 Game Beaten)
90. Pokemon Vega - Game Boy Advance - September 18


October (1 Game Beaten)
91. Panzer Dragoon Mini - Game Gear - October 5


91. Panzer Dragoon Mini - Game Gear - October 5

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One of the great things about my Everdrive GBA is that someone made a Game Gear emulator for it. I have a Game Gear as well as the Master System/Master System card/Game Gear adapter for my Retron 5, but what I don't have is the ability to acquire some of the prohibitively and out of reach Game Gear imports - Panzer Dragoon Mini, for example, a Japan-only Game Gear exclusive that seems to fetch prices around $300 and up on eBay these days.

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Panzer Dragoon Mini plays almost exactly like its Saturn counterparts just scaled down to fit the capabilities of Sega's handheld. I'd heard all sorts of gloom and doom about how bad it is online, but having played through, I can't imagine why. It's not a masterpiece or anything, but it's quite a competent game for the system, and I had a lot of fun playing through it. It's broken into five stages each of which is composed of random enemies that attack you, usually a mini boss with some more enemies following, and then an end boss. The final stage is largely a boss rush with an extremely brief interlude and a handful of enemies before the next boss.

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I'll be the first to admit that my experience with the Game Gear isn't particularly extensive, but of the Game Gear games that I have played, this is definitely one of the better looking ones. The sprites are fairly simple as are the backgrounds, but the scaling gives a nice impression of a three dimensional environment, and the colors and animations are all well done. I was playing this one in public without headphones, so I can't speak to the sound effects or music, but as far as the visuals and gameplay go, it's a great game. The criticism it frequently gets online is totally bizarre to me.

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Panzer Dragoon Mini is a seriously good handheld game to play if you have an hour or two to kill. My playthrough took just a bit over an hour - maybe 70 or 75 minutes if I had to guess. The visuals are nice and colorful, and while the artstyle does takes a super deformed approach to the dragons, it fits with the handheld and looks totally fine. It plays well and controls fine, and with a password after each stage and three difficulty settings, it's a very accessible game for players of varying skill levels. Given the hefty price tag, most folks won't get to experience this one, but if you're open to emulation or Everdrives, then I strongly suggest playing this one if you're a fan of on rails shooters. For me, at least, Panzer Dragoon Mini did not disappoint.
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Re: Games Beaten 2018

by nullPointer Fri Oct 05, 2018 6:52 pm

Help I'm trapped in a bottomless backlog of reviews! Ah well, nothing left to do but write my way out of it ...

The List So Far:

25. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy: Trials and Tribulations [3DS]
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Reviewing the third title in the Ace Attorney Trilogy is a bit like sitting down with a packet of jelly beans and writing a review for the third one you eat ... after having written separate reviews for the first two. Sure, each one might have subtle individual nuances that mark it as being vaguely distinct (Oh, look this one is actually two jelly beans fused together!), but for the most part it's the generic traits of jelly beans as a whole that remain with you rather than the individual traits of each one. And so it goes with the Phoenix Wright trilogy; each entry in the series doesn't do a whole lot to differentiate itself from the last. Still … jelly beans aren't half bad when the mood is right. So let's start there.

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Phoenix Wright: Trials and Tribulations is an excellent representation of what makes this a great series. It's a thinking man's adventure game wrapped in the trappings of a visual novel. I think the best adventure games are the ones that make you feel clever (rather than lucky) for discerning the puzzles therein. And just like other games in the series Trials and Tribulations does a really nice job with the puzzles. Despite the fact that sometimes the puzzles are a bit overly specific (I feel like there are a few puzzles in the game that only accept one answer as the 'correct' one where multiple answers could technically be correct), there's nothing resembling full on moon logic here.

Another aspect the series is known for is its strong cast of characters and Trials & Tribulations is once again a fantastic representation of this. All the old standbys are here and well represented. I don't want to get into too much detail here for fear of spoilers, but one repeated aspect is that once again we find Maya in some kind of danger over the course of a particular trial. I found this slightly disappointing due to setting up her character as the 'peril monkey' of the series. C'mon Capcom, Maya's better than that! Let's see her saving Phoenix for a change! (maybe in a team-up with Edgeworth!). I have to say though that Trials & Tribulations introduces one of my favorite characters in the series, that of Prosecutor Godot. This sharply dressed oddball is so delightfully strange and jazz-man cool that it's hard not to love him. Plus he's a hopeless coffee addict just like this reviewer. "Blacker than a moonless night, hotter and more bitter than hell itself … that is coffee." Preach it brother!

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It needs to be said that the writing here is also pretty sharp. The cases are well constructed and build on one another towards a satisfying finale, not just for this single game but for the entire initial trilogy as well. Just like the end of a good book, I was a bit sorry to have to leave these characters behind, if only for the time being.

So Trials and Tribulations is a good representation of most of the qualities that have come to exemplify the Phoenix Wright series, but perhaps none so much as the steadfast lack of change. If one were to knock anything about the series it's that up to this point it's remarkably resistant to change. I mean I guess 'if it ain't broke' there's no point in fixing it … but it's just by the time you get to Trials & Tribulations it's hard to fight that feeling of 'been there, done that'. I'm not sure I could suggest a solid strategy for 'shaking up the formula', but I can definitely say that by the time you get to the third game it starts to feel like a predictable formula.

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All the same I'm not sure I can complain too readily about this. Coke tried to change their formula once, and look how that worked out. I suppose if you have a good thing going, maybe it's wise to stay the course. Bottom line, if you're playing this game it's likely that it's not your first day in court with Phoenix Wright. And if you've enjoyed his previous outings you'll find no … Objections … here (har, har). Just don't expect to find any groundbreaking new evidence of changes to the formula. Recommended for Phoenix Wright aficionados and adventure game fans. This court is now in recess.
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Re: Games Beaten 2018

by prfsnl_gmr Fri Oct 05, 2018 11:00 pm

Objection!

Edgeworth rules. The series’ only flaw is that it doesn’t feature him enough.
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by PartridgeSenpai Fri Oct 05, 2018 11:11 pm

prfsnl_gmr wrote:Objection!

Edgeworth rules. The series’ only flaw is that it doesn’t feature him enough.


Objection!

I'd actually say that between 1 and 3, he's featured JUST the perfect amount (he's barely in 2 which is one of many reasons that game isn't very good, but that's another discussion :P ).

I actually found him kinda grating and uninteresting in his stand-alone game. I think he makes a much better supporting character/rival than he does a protagonist. Perhaps AA Investigations 2 has better writing though.
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Re: Games Beaten 2018

by nullPointer Sat Oct 06, 2018 1:26 am

prfsnl_gmr wrote:Objection!

Edgeworth rules. The series’ only flaw is that it doesn’t feature him enough.

:D

Actual and true quote by me:

I wrote:I'll say this for Trials and Tribulations, Godot might very well be my second favorite prosecutor in the entire series. If not for Edgeworth, he'd easily be my favorite, but no one can top Edgeworth. I'm comfortably straight, but the Edgeworth bro-mance is strong.


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Re: Games Beaten 2018

by prfsnl_gmr Sat Oct 06, 2018 6:08 pm

:lol:

I love it. Edgeworth is just, in so many way, the better lawyer. I was just so sad when Phoenix beat him. (That said, I was playing as Phoenix...so he had somewhat of an unfair advantage...) He also always ends up doing the right thing, even if the justice system in those games is insane. (Seriously...its like something from the Spanish Inquisition.)

If you like those games, you should give Harvey Birdman a shot sometime. You can beat it in no time, but it is by the same team that made the Phoenix Wright games and plays very similarly.
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by PartridgeSenpai Sat Oct 06, 2018 6:33 pm

prfsnl_gmr wrote:If you like those games, you should give Harvey Birdman a shot sometime. You can beat it in no time, but it is by the same team that made the Phoenix Wright games and plays very similarly.


I've actually always thought Harvey Birdman was a lot harder than Ace Attorney because there are several cases where you can start the trial whenever you want. Therefore, it's very possible to begin a trial you literally cannot win because you don't have all the evidence you could've possibly gotten from the visual novel section previously. Combined with the usual moon-logic Capcom uses on top of the general overall weirdness of Harvey Birdman's universe and that is a game I've never been able to enjoy like I can enjoy the Ace Attorney games.
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Re: Games Beaten 2018

by pierrot Sun Oct 07, 2018 2:01 pm

ElkinFencer10 wrote:Panzer Dragoon Mini

No offence, Elkin, but I've seen some of the stuff you've subjected yourself to, and I'm willing to chock this one up to a high-water mark for your inhuman tolerance to bad games. I don't think I would disagree that PD Mini is a playable game, but it's hard for me to imagine anyone would actually enjoy it. It's obviously meant for little kids, so I'm really not the target audience for it, but I found it to be just about the most boring half-hour or so I've ever spent playing a game that wasn't called "Mickey's Ultimate Challenge." (Technically I think I only spent half that amount of time playing through Mickey's Ultimate Challenge, though.)

I guess it's good that at least someone enjoyed PD Mini. Just can't say I did.


nullPointer wrote:Despite the fact that sometimes the puzzles are a bit overly specific (I feel like there are a few puzzles in the game that only accept one answer as the 'correct' one where multiple answers could technically be correct), there's nothing resembling full on moon logic here.

I played the Japanese version two years ago, and actually did not come away with a very positive opinion of the series, in retrospect. Part of it was how much the developers seemed to try to squeeze every last bit of utility out of one or two different pieces of evidence, even though the logical hoops one would have to jump through to arrive at the destination they seemed to hope for felt completely baffling to me at times. I left this note in my backloggery entry for the game, but don't entirely recall what it refers to: "Why didn't he just throw the plans away? It's so dumb." I'm assuming that was in the last chapter, although I don't entirely remember what the last chapter even was. The main case I remember was the one on the bridge, and I remember just being furious at the game for some of the crap it pulled with the evidence for that case, and all of the holes in the scenario plot. I think I was really upset with the defendant in that one, but I don't totally recall why. I also remember a little of the flamboyant frenchman, just for how bad a stereotype he was. In conclusion, I don't find the games really memorable at all, even though there are some memorable characters.

I played the first two games back in about '06, and really liked them back then, but after finishing Gyakuten Saiban 3, I felt a little like the series was not really that great as a "game" series. If you haven't played Ghost Trick, I would highly recommend it, though. Ghost trick is like what would happen if everything about PW/GS were done perfectly. Better music, better gameplay, better puzzles, better story, better characters, more interesting graphical style. It's ace. I think Phoenix Wright has some fun characters, and all, but the third game was pretty disappointing for me.
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Re: Games Beaten 2018

by ElkinFencer10 Sun Oct 07, 2018 8:48 pm

pierrot wrote:I've seen some of the stuff you've subjected yourself to....


pierrot wrote:...your inhuman tolerance to bad games


Oh, you flatter me. :wink:
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