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Re: Games Beaten 2018

by alienjesus Mon Nov 12, 2018 5:48 pm

Games Beaten 2018
1. Letter Quest Remastered Switch eShop
2. Batman NES
3. Little Nemo: The Dream Master NES
4. Mickey's Wild Adventure PS1
5. Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Bros. 3DS
6. Layton's Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires' Conspiracy 3DS
7. Nier Automata PS4
8. Legacy of the Wizard NES
9. The Legend of Zelda (starring Zelda) NES
10. Tobu Tobu Girl Game Boy
11. Rhyme Rider Kerorican WSC
12. Sonic Advance 3 GBA
13. Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap PS4
14. Super Adventure Island SNES
15. Dynamite Cop DC
16. Pokkén Tournament Wii U
17. Mega Man 7 PS4
18. Rhythm Tengoku GBA
19. Portal 2 360
20. Shinobi X Saturn
21. Gravity Rush Remastered PS4
22. Mario & Rabbids Kingdom Battle Switch
23. Metroid Samus Returns 3DS
24. Shinobi 3DS
25. Resident Evil HD Remaster PS3
26. Advance Guardian Heroes GBA
27. Alien Storm Mega Drive
28. Ecco: The Tides of Time Mega Drive
29. Earthbound Beginnings Wii U VC
30. Mega Man 8 PS4
31. Dragon Quest Builders Switch
32. Vertical Force Virtual Boy
33. Snipperclips Plus: Cut It Out,Together! Switch
34. Conker’s Bad Fur Day Nintendo 64
35. Ever Oasis 3DS
36. Wario World Gamecube
37. Solar Striker Game Boy *NEW*
38. Pop'n Twinbee GBC *NEW*
39. Halley Wars Game Gear *NEW*


I was feeling in the mood to play through something quick and accessible the other day, so I decided I would play some 8 bit portable shmups. I had a few that had been sitting for long enough, so I sat down and played through them a few times until I had them cracked. Here’s what I though of the ones I played:



Solar Striker

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Solar Striker is a shmup for the original Game Boy, and was one of the earliest games for the system. As both of these facts might suggest, it’s quite a basic game – your ship only has one fire button, and as far as I could tell it moves at a constant speed too. You can gain power ups which upgrade your laser – the first power up will increase the firing speed, and the second will increase the size of your shots, and then they alternate. Your shot starts off as the typical pea shooter, before becoming 2 pea shooters, 3 pea shooters and then 2 thick lasers in turn.

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There are 6 levels in Solar Striker, and they’re pretty simple in layout. Enemies come in in consistent patterns and often only one variety of enemy will be present at once, so you can easily react to what they’re doing, but later levels feature tougher enemy types who shoot more often, take more hits or have aggressive movements.

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The game is pretty reasonable in difficulty for the most part, but a few of the late game bosses are hard to handle due to how much screen estate they fill up with their body and bullets and how many hits they take to go down. It’s one hit death in this game, but when you respawn you keep some of your power ups – you’ll drop down to the previous tier of laser, which is punishing but not as bad as most games of the genre.

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Overall, Solar Striker is a fun little time. It has catchy music and basic but serviceable graphics, and there’s an odd kind of charm to it that’s hard to describe considering it’s a generic space shooter. I like it though, and although it’s never winning any awards for best in the genre, it’s worth the low price it goes for if you’re a fan of the Game Boy.

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Solar Striker has a simple but solid soundtrack that fits the game nicely. The most memorable track is probably the one that plays in the very first stage. Click the image below to listen:

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Pop’n Twinbee

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Pop’n Twinbee is a shmup for the original Game Boy, but the version I played was the Game Boy Color port found on Konami Classics Collection volume 3. As with all the games in the series, the most notable thing about the game is it’s oddball power up system – shooting clouds will release bells, which fly into the air. Shooting the bells will change their colour, and each colour gives different power ups. I found this mechanic to be even more frustrating here than normal – bells need tons of hit to change colors, but will then cycle back to normal as soon as they’re hit once more. I also found it harder to juggle multiple bells, and despite playing through the game multiple times trying to beat it, I never quite figured out what effect each colour has.

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Pop’n Twinbee on the Game Boy is an interesting game – it features 5 levels, and a variety of cutsey and colourful settings to fly around. As usual you have a standard shot which hits airborne enemies, as well as a bomb to hit grounded foes. The problem with the game though is that it just feels horrendously cheap and not a whole lot of fun to play. The bell system is the main culprit this time round – it’s just too much to handle on a GB screen whilst other enemies are coming at you, and the juggling act isn’t fun. I can’t imagine how much worse it would be playing on original GB when bell colour would be even harder to distinguish!

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Personally, I recommend you avoid this one – it’s far inferior to the decent-but-also-a-pain-in-the-ass SNES version, and if you’re going to get one of them, definitely go with the console port. This game was not fun to play through at all.

Recommended listening:

The music of Twinbee is catchy enough, and I heard it many times whilst trying to best the game. Stage 5 theme's was my pick of the bunch, click the image below to hear it:

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Halley Wars

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For my 3rd 8 bit portable shmup, I went for something a little bit different and played a game on the Game Gear instead. Halley Wars is a vertically scrolling shmup for the console with a rather generic space theme, but a few nice ideas that make it stand out a little. The main gimmick is the % in the lower corner of the screen – this is the health of the planet earth, and every enemy that gets past you will raise this % meter, with 1005 giving you a game over.

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Other than this mechanic, Halley Wars is a fairly competent but generic shooter. You can find power ups to boost your speed, or add to the spread of your ships shot, which is very useful for keeping that % low, and you can also find options. Unlike most games of its kind, the options in Halley Wars are destructible, meaning that you don’t normally keep hold of them for long. However, pressing the 1 button whilst you have one equipped will detonate it, so they also serve as your bombs for the game.

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There’s not a lot more to say about Halley Wars – it has a cool twist where you think you got to the end only to be turned around and sent back the otherway, but it’s a fairly basic game. However, of the 3 games on this list, it’s likely the best playing one. If you have a Game Gear (or especially if you have a way to play Game Gear games without dealing with the original screen) it’s a fun little game worth a play, and I’d recommend it.

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The soundtrack to Halley Wars is not anything special, but it's enjoyable enough. My pick is this track which plays on stage 1, 5 and 7 - click the image below to listen to it:

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Re: Games Beaten 2018

by ElkinFencer10 Tue Nov 13, 2018 1:03 pm

Games Beaten in 2018 So Far - 97
* 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 (6 Games Beaten)
91. Panzer Dragoon Mini - Game Gear - October 5
92. Advance Wars - Game Boy Advance - October 7
93. Valkyria Chronicles 4 - Switch - October 18
94. Mario Tennis Aces - Switch - October 21
95. Girls und Panzer: Dream Tank Match - PS4 - October 21
96. Banner Saga - Steam - October 23


November (1 Game Beaten)
97. Xenogears - PlayStation - November 12


97. Xenogears - PlayStation - November 12

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Xenogears is the one game in the "Xeno" series that I don't have, but with my new attempt to embrace digital games, I decided to buy it on PSN and dust off the ol' PS TV. I was SUPPOSED to be playing this in tandem with flake, but as usually, he lived up to his name and flaked out on me and decided not to play it. -insert sadness-

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Xenogears is, in a lot of ways, a perfect example of Square's late 1990s JRPG offerings - it's too long, the story is convoluted to the point of confusion, and it's so much damn fun that you can't just quit. The BASIC story (and this is a bare bones synopsis) is that a colony ship of some sort crashed on this planet 10,000 years ago when some super weapon went haywire and blew it to pieces. Human survivors established an advanced civilization until some major war destroyed a bunch of it 4,000 years ago, and then some other giant war destroyed even more stuff 500 years ago. There are like three specific people whose souls are apparently so important that they get reincarnated infintely, and their memories get passed down as well, and then there's some split personalities, and there are giant robots, and somehow the giant doomsday weapon is god but also god doesn't exist but at the same time god is core to everything and...yeah. It doesn't make any sense. Unfortunately, it's also a perfect example of what ruins a lot of otherwise good games - plot holes, huge leaps of logic, and cut funding that led to a rushed and frankly terrible second half (or, in this case, last third). Imagine if the Democratic Party's 2016 presidential campaign were a JRPG. On paper, it should be amazing and a hole in one. Certain aspects of reality, however, forces it to crash and burn. I love games that incorporate ancient Judeo-Christian mythology into their story. I don't love it when it's done poorly and doesn't many any sense whatsoever.

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The tragic story of Xenogears' production is that it was originally intended to be a four disc game as several other Square JRPGs were. The first disc is a long and epic 40-50 hour adventure full of world building and character development, and if the game were judged just on the first disc, it would be a great game. Unfortunately, when they finished the first disc, they were out of money... and only about a third of the way through the story. So the rest of it got slimmed down beyond the max and crammed into one disc with the bulk of the story being either skipped entirely or relegated to boring vignettes between boss fights with the occasional dungeon or two (compared to the dozen solidly fleshed out dungeons in the first disc). There's a ton of potential there, and had the story elements in disc two been given the same treatment that the first disc received, it would probably be remembered as one of the best JRPGs of the era. As it is, however, the second disc totally sucks and ruins the game.

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The games visuals are largely so-so in my opinion with a decent 3D world but 2D sprite characters. Character attack animations are cool, but the game overall fails to match Square's Final Fantasy offerings of the era (probably because of the cut funding). The music, however, is quite good. Again, not on the level of the PS1 Final Fantasy games, but it's a solidly second tier soundtrack. The piece of the presentation that really falls apart, though, is the anime cutscenes. There are some full anime cut scenes, but the English dub is like something straight out of a 1950s Godzilla film; you'll see mouths moving a mile a minute with no words whatsoever, and you'll hear talking when no one's mouth is moving. I understand that it's extremely difficult to get English even half synced with Japanese animation especially with a depleted budget, but regardless, the effect is that is just looks sloppy and half-assed.

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Xenogears is a Shakespearean tragedy of game development; the first disc is SO exceptional and well done in almost every regard that they blew their whole budget and were left with a second disc that tries to do way too much with way too little to work with and, as a result, ruins the overall product. I really can't overemphasize just how soul-crushingly disappointing that second disc is. It truly does ruin the game for me and leave a bad taste in my mouth for the whole game. I honestly have a hard time recommending this one just because of how much of a let down the last 20 hours or so are, but I'm going to err on the side of a recommendation simply for how excellent the first 40 or 50 hours are. If I were rating each disc on its own, disc one would definitely get a 4/5 with disc two being given a 1/5. Unfortunately, that's not how multi-disc games work. The experiences on each disc may be of RADICALLY different quality, but it's still one single game.
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Re: Games Beaten 2018

by BoneSnapDeez Tue Nov 13, 2018 1:44 pm

ElkinFencer10 wrote:Xenogears is the one game in the "Xeno" series that I don't have, but with my new attempt to embrace digital games, I decided to buy it on PSN and dust off the ol' PS TV. I was SUPPOSED to be playing this in tandem with flake, but as usually, he lived up to his name and flaked out on me and decided not to play it. -insert sadness-


Or he's a normal person who will take a month to complete this game, unlike you, who beat it in two days. :lol:

good review btw
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Re: Games Beaten 2018

by ElkinFencer10 Tue Nov 13, 2018 5:20 pm

I'll have you know that it took me a whole two and a half weeks to finish this game!
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by MrPopo Tue Nov 13, 2018 5:23 pm

Can confirm. He was updating me every step of the way. Usually with "how much longer?!" and one amazing moment when he did the Chu Chu boss fight.
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Re: Games Beaten 2018

by Xeogred Tue Nov 13, 2018 9:03 pm

I'll never agree with people who think a bad ending or finale ruins the entire experience. 40-50 hours for the first disc is longer than most games. It was already novel heavy up to that point regardless, how the second disc text dump can ruin it for someone is beyond me. I'm not completely defending it, it'll always be the ultimate "what could have been", but what we GOT, is still a 10/10 and miracle in my book. Love the Xenoblade's, but I wish Tetsuya Takahashi would get back to the Gears/Saga scope again someday.

The frequent funny theory is that FF8 sapped it's sources. I'm a FF8 fan but that's unfortunate if true, not a good payoff haha.
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Re: Games Beaten 2018

by noiseredux Tue Nov 13, 2018 9:59 pm

1. Ducktales: Remastered
2. Grand Theft Auto V
3. Diablo III: Darkening Of Tristram
4. Final Fantasy Type-0
5. The King Of Fighters: Neowave
6. Guardian Heroes
7. Puyo Puyo Tetris
8. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
9. Gunstar Heroes
10. Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
11. Ultimate NES Remix
12. The Legend Of Zelda: A Link To The Past
13. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Yup. I still love Skyrim hard. And now I've actually beaten the main quest instead of just exploring aimlessly. Love it. Hard.
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Re: Games Beaten 2018

by Markies Wed Nov 14, 2018 1:07 am

Markies' Games Beat List Of 2018!
*Denotes Replay For Completion*

1. The Granstream Saga (PS1)
2. Perfect Dark (N64)
*3. Lunar 2: Eternal Blue Complete (PS1)*
4. Prince of Persia: Warrior Within (XBOX)
5. Donkey Kong Country (SNES)
*6. Pikmin (GCN)*
*7. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time (N64)*
8. Shining Force II (GEN)
*9. X-Men Vs. Street Fighter (PS1)*
*10. Mafia (XBOX)*
11. James Bond 007: Agent Under Fire (GCN)
12. ChuChu Rocket! (SDC)
*13. Super Metroid (SNES)*
14. Final Fantasy II (NES)
15. Devil May Cry (PS2)
16. Mega Man: The Wily Wars (GEN)
17. Secret of Evermore (SNES)
18. Test Drive: Eve of Destruction (PS2)
19. Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour (GCN)
*20. Paper Mario (N64)*
21. Grandia II (SDC)
22. Ghostbusters: The Video Game (PS2)
23. Bomberman Hero (N64)
24. OutRun (GEN)
25. Dragon Warrior IV (NES)
26. Super Monkey Ball (GCN)
27. Mischief Makers (N64)
28. Dragon Valor (PS1)
*29. Beyond Good & Evil (XBX)*
30. Tokyo Xtreme Racer (SDC)
31. Black (PS2)
*32. Street Fighter II (SNES)*
33. Koudelka (PS1)
34. Bad News Baseball (NES)
35. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (SNES)
36. Shattered Union (XBOX)

37. The Simpsons: Road Rage (PS2)

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I beat The Simpsons: Road Rage on the Sony Playstation 2 this evening!

Ever since I can remember, I have been a fan of The Simpsons. I would catch the early seasons every Sunday for many years, but I really started becoming fanatical about them when a local channel would show them weeknight for an hour between 6 and 7. I would wait for dinner to be finished while watching the show and I would memorize the episodes over and over again. It is without a doubt my most quoted television show and I still adore many of the seasons. Unfortunately, The Simpsons game have been garbage. I kept trying them as a kid, but they were just the worst games. However, I finally heard a Simpsons game was released that wasn't too bad. It was basically a clone of Crazy Taxi, so how could it be bad? Buying it for $5 seemed worth the price, so I decided to give it a shot.

The Simpsons: Road Rage is a blatant rip off of Crazy Taxi. So much so, that the company was taken to court and the lawsuit was settled out of court. The best part about the game are the lines said by the characters. The Simpsons have such a huge universe that to have so many unique characters in a game is actually quite easy. The developers really did their homework as the lines said are some deep references along with the cars for each character. These are one lines in one episode said from characters 20 years ago. Being able to drive around historic Springfield locations while listening to them is a joy.

For the first couple of hours. The game is WAY too long to get final credits. I had to have played the game at least 100 times to finally get credits. The lines repeat over and over again. And even though it is a clone of Crazy Taxi, it does not play like Crazy Taxi. The clipping issues are way too frequent as you will hit things that you clearly did not. None of the cars have much weight to them, so you are bouncing around like mad. In fact, the entire feel of the controls just felt a little off. The clock moves way too fast, no matter the difficulty.

Overall, it is hard for me to judge The Simpsons: Road Rage. I have such a love for The Simpsons that I can see past its faults. If you are a fan of the show, then I would recommend the game. It's not bad and hearing the references are worth the price of admission. If you do not care about The Simpsons, then please buy Crazy Taxi. It's the better game.
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Re: Games Beaten 2018

by alienjesus Wed Nov 14, 2018 6:33 pm

Games Beaten 2018
1. Letter Quest Remastered Switch eShop
2. Batman NES
3. Little Nemo: The Dream Master NES
4. Mickey's Wild Adventure PS1
5. Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Bros. 3DS
6. Layton's Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires' Conspiracy 3DS
7. Nier Automata PS4
8. Legacy of the Wizard NES
9. The Legend of Zelda (starring Zelda) NES
10. Tobu Tobu Girl Game Boy
11. Rhyme Rider Kerorican WSC
12. Sonic Advance 3 GBA
13. Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap PS4
14. Super Adventure Island SNES
15. Dynamite Cop DC
16. Pokkén Tournament Wii U
17. Mega Man 7 PS4
18. Rhythm Tengoku GBA
19. Portal 2 360
20. Shinobi X Saturn
21. Gravity Rush Remastered PS4
22. Mario & Rabbids Kingdom Battle Switch
23. Metroid Samus Returns 3DS
24. Shinobi 3DS
25. Resident Evil HD Remaster PS3
26. Advance Guardian Heroes GBA
27. Alien Storm Mega Drive
28. Ecco: The Tides of Time Mega Drive
29. Earthbound Beginnings Wii U VC
30. Mega Man 8 PS4
31. Dragon Quest Builders Switch
32. Vertical Force Virtual Boy
33. Snipperclips Plus: Cut It Out,Together! Switch
34. Conker’s Bad Fur Day Nintendo 64
35. Ever Oasis 3DS
36. Wario World Gamecube
37. Solar Striker Game Boy
38. Pop'n Twinbee GBC
39. Halley Wars Game Gear
40. Overcooked! 2 Switch *NEW*

Overcooked! 2

Like the first game in the series, I played Overcooked 2 entirely in co-op with my fiancée. I asked her if she would like to write the review for this one, and she kindly agreed to dictate it to me. Her dictated review is transcripted below. Enjoy...:

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"I enjoyed Overcooked 2. It is good in multiplayer with short levels. You have to co-operate with your partner. It is fun. I like the chef that has an octopus for a head and the one that’s a panda and Kevin. Kevin is a good boy… the best boy."

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"I think the levels were slightly easier than overcooked 1. I think Overcooked 1 was better overall because it was slightly more challenging, although the DLC of Overcooked 2 is too hard. It was an improvement that there were no ice levels in Overcooked 2, although there were several levels which set on fire which was annoying. "

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"I liked that there were not too many buttons to press in Overcooked 2. It was very satisfying when you got a dish out. My favourite dish to make was burgers. My least favourite dish was cakes and pancakes because I found it confusing to know when you needed to mix the ingredients."

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"I think the last level was not as climactic as Overcooked 1. Also, Overcooked 1 has some good Christmas themed levels which I enjoyed because you got to use a blowtorch to cook the turkeys. There were no turkeys to be blowtorched in Overcooked 2 as far as I know."

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"I like the aesthetics of Overcooked 2. The cute chibi style was very pleasing, especially the chef that had an octopus for a head. The music was good.

I would recommend Overcooked 2 to anyone who enjoys fun and octopi on your head."


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My fiancee doesn't really care too much for game music, so I made the selections here. The first song is the map screen theme which you'll hear in between levels and which really sets the fun tone of the game. The second is the stage theme for the rapids levels, which is just my favourite tune in the game. Click the images below to listen:

Overworld map:
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Ravenous Rapids:
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by Markies Wed Nov 14, 2018 11:09 pm

Markies' Games Beat List Of 2018!
*Denotes Replay For Completion*

1. The Granstream Saga (PS1)
2. Perfect Dark (N64)
*3. Lunar 2: Eternal Blue Complete (PS1)*
4. Prince of Persia: Warrior Within (XBOX)
5. Donkey Kong Country (SNES)
*6. Pikmin (GCN)*
*7. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time (N64)*
8. Shining Force II (GEN)
*9. X-Men Vs. Street Fighter (PS1)*
*10. Mafia (XBOX)*
11. James Bond 007: Agent Under Fire (GCN)
12. ChuChu Rocket! (SDC)
*13. Super Metroid (SNES)*
14. Final Fantasy II (NES)
15. Devil May Cry (PS2)
16. Mega Man: The Wily Wars (GEN)
17. Secret of Evermore (SNES)
18. Test Drive: Eve of Destruction (PS2)
19. Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour (GCN)
*20. Paper Mario (N64)*
21. Grandia II (SDC)
22. Ghostbusters: The Video Game (PS2)
23. Bomberman Hero (N64)
24. OutRun (GEN)
25. Dragon Warrior IV (NES)
26. Super Monkey Ball (GCN)
27. Mischief Makers (N64)
28. Dragon Valor (PS1)
*29. Beyond Good & Evil (XBX)*
30. Tokyo Xtreme Racer (SDC)
31. Black (PS2)
*32. Street Fighter II (SNES)*
33. Koudelka (PS1)
34. Bad News Baseball (NES)
35. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (SNES)
36. Shattered Union (XBOX)
37. The Simpsons: Road Rage (PS2)

*38. Cruis'n Exotica (N64)*

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I completed Cruis'n Exotica on the Nintendo 64 this evening!

The last Cruis'n game on the N64 went in a strange direction. They leaned more into the wild and crazy antics with huge flips and unique locations like Mars and Atlantis. However, the tight game play failed with bugs littered throughout the game and you never feel comfortable with how your car handles. It is a still a very enjoyable game and a great arcade racer. However, Cruis'n World is my favorite in the series and this felt like a step backwards and a drop in quality.
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