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Re: Games Beaten 2018

by MrPopo Sat Nov 24, 2018 4:47 am

First 50:
1. Ultima V - PC
2. Ultima VI - PC
3. Might and Magic VI - PC
4. Realms of Arkania: Blade of Destiny - PC
5. Pool of Radiance - PC
6. Curse of the Azure Bonds - PC
7. Secret of the Silver Blades - PC
8. Pools of Darkness - PC
9. Gateway to the Savage Frontier - PC
10. Treasures of the Savage Frontier - PC
11. Champions of Krynn - PC
12. Death Knights of Krynn - PC
13. Dark Queen of Krynn - PC
14. Into the Breach - PC
15. Lords of the Realm - PC
16. Dark Sun: Shattered Lands - PC
17. Lords of the Realm II - PC
18. The Alliance Alive - 3DS
19. Shattered Steel - PC
20. Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition - PC
21. Battletech - PC
22. Pillars of Eternity: The White March Part I - PC
23. Pillars of Eternity: The White March Part II - PC
24. Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon - Switch
25. Pillars of Eternity II - PC
26. Dragon Ball FighterZ - PS4
27. Detroit: Become Human - PC4
28. Call of Duty: United Offensive - PC
29. The Last of Us - PS4
30. The Last of Us: Left Behind - PS4
31. Prey: Mooncrash - PC
32. Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds - PS4
33. Resident Evil 7 - PC
34. Resident Evil 7: Not A Hero - PC
35. Warhammer 40000: Dawn of War III - PC
36. Overwhelm - PC
37. Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation - PC
38. Hard Reset Redux - PC
39. Nier: Automata - PS4
40. Darksiders - PC
41. The Banner Saga 3 - PC
42. Guacamelee! 2 - PC
43. Spider-Man - PS4
44. Shadow of the Tomb Raider - PC
45. Star Control Origins - PC
46. Valkyria Chronicles 4 - PS4
47. The Messenger - Switch
48. Dragon Quest XI - PS4
49. Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver - PC
50. Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2 - PC

51. Legacy of Kain: Defiance - PC
52. Iconoclasts - PC

I saw this played at SGDQ this year and it looked like a fun metroidvania, so I waited for it to go on sale and then snagged it. I figured it'd be a good palette cleanser between the Legacy of Kain games and Darksiders 2 (which I need to get through since the third game is dropping in a few days). Overall it was pretty decent; not as good as Ori or Hollow Knight but better than Dust.

Iconoclasts is set in a world run by a theocracy with a rigid system of jobs. You play as Robin, the daughter of a rogue mechanic who is a mechanic herself. The thing about rogue mechanics is that the technology that powers everything is considered sacred, so obviously unsanctioned mechanics are heathens. You start off investigating a noise and then the theocracy comes and fucks up your life, so you go chase them. You then find yourself propelled by events through the rest of the game, though about midway through it stops being "well, shit's happening" to you trying to be a bit more proactive.

The game's main mechanic is manipulating objects in the world with your giant wrench. You can turn bolts to open gates, swing on bolts or hang on them to drag down a chain, spin your wrench to spin gears, and eventually build up a static charge to power electrical objects. The game actually doesn't have much in the way of mobility upgrades; compared to a game like Metroid most of your ability to explore the world is behind gates locked with keys and gates locked by story. The wrench upgrades and a couple weapons do serve as your "now you can explore more" tools, but it's distinctly low key compared to others in the genre.

The game's story has some neat ideas (it's really big on various characters being extremely sure of things due to their faith), but it isn't told very well. The whole game was created by one guy, and a master of prose he is not. Frankly, an editing pass would have really improved things, and I wouldn't be shocked to find that the playtesters didn't really read the dialog, just mashed through it. And the ending suffers a bit from the silent protagonist, because you spend most of the game having other characters around you driving the dialog; the final sequence is entirely just your character, so the ambiguous stuff stays very ambiguous.

I'd lump this one in the 'if you want more metroidvanias" bucket.
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Re: Games Beaten 2018

by REPO Man Sat Nov 24, 2018 7:11 am

REPO Man wrote:I also recently beat Sonic Time Twisted as Sonic, though I failed to get all the Chaos Emeralds and Time Stones.


Just beat the game again after getting the rest of the Chaos Emeralds and Time Stones. And I beat the true final boss.
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Re: Games Beaten 2018

by dsheinem Sat Nov 24, 2018 11:42 am

Games Beaten 2018
The first 50:
Darkwing Duck - NES (PS4)
DuckTales - NES (PS4)
DuckTales 2 - NES (PS4)
Talespin - NES (PS4)
Chip n' Dale Rescue Rangers - NES (PS4)
Chip n' Dale Rescue Rangers 2 - NES (PS4)
Scarecrow - PS1 (Vita)
The Heart of Dark - PS1 (Vita)
Justice - PS1 (Vita)
Caligo - PC
Tomb Raider (2013) - X1
Nephise Begins - PC
Diablo III: The Darkening of Tristam - PC
Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams - X1
Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest - SNES
Forza Horizon 3 - X1/ PC
Elbub - PC
Tekken 4 -PS2
Injustice 2 -PS4
Apollo 11 VR - PSVR
Star Wars Battlefront II -PS4
Unearthing Mars - PSVR
Jenny of the Prairie - C64
Part Time UFO - iOS
Marvel vs Capcom Infinite - PS4
War of the Monsters -PS2
Far Cry 5 - PS4
Uncharted: Lost Legacy - PS4
Soul Calibur 2 - GCN
God of War (2018) - PS4
Orcs and Elves - NDS
Tekken 7 - PS4
House of the Dead 4 Special - PS3
S.A.R. (Search and Rescue) - PS3
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR - PSVR
Time Crisis: Razing Storm - PS3
Time Crisis IV - PS3
Marvel Ultimate Alliance - PS4
Dodonpachi Saidaioujou - 360
Ketsui Kizuna Shigokutachi Extra - PS3
Bad Dudes - Arcade (Wii)
Crude Buster - Arcade (Wii)
Wizard Fire - Arcade (Wii)
Heavy Barrel - Arcade (Wii)
The Bouncer - PS2
Thor: God of Thunder - NDS
Destiny 2: Warmind - PS4
King Oddball - PS4
High Hell - PC
Postal Redux - PC

Super Night Riders - PC
Slap City - PC
Ultraflow - iOS
Grim Dawn - PC
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus - PC
Postal 2 - PC
Postal 2: Apocalypse Weekend - PC
Street Fighter V (SF1 Story Mode) - PS4
Windjammers- PS4
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR - Dragonborn - PSVR
Demon's Crystals - X1
Blek - iOS
Destiny 2: Forsaken - PS4
Roundabout - PS4 *new*
Shoot 1UP - 360 *new*
Forza Horizon 4 - X1/PC *new*

Total: 66


Previously: 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010
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Re: Games Beaten 2018

by Markies Sat Nov 24, 2018 5:42 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)*
39. Kid Icarus (NES)

40. The Lost Vikings (SNES)

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I completed The Lost Vikings on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System this afternoon!

My favorite Youtube Video Game Review Series is 16-Bit Gems by Roo from Clan of the Gray Wolf. He offered a funny and insightful look into games that flew underneath the radar and he wanted to shine the light on them. His series got me into many games, some that I did not enjoy while others became instant favorites. His review on the Lost Vikings brought back memories of playing it as a child and since the game was very cheap, I picked it up many years ago. A few years ago, I tried to play it and I did not enjoy it all. However, my friend and several forum members convinced me not to sell it. So, I decided to finally give it another go and see if my first impressions were wrong.

It took me a while to warm up to Lost Vikings. Being unable to jump made things rather difficult and I kept dying rather frequently. However, I persevered and I was amazed to find a quality game here. The best part about the game is the level design. The game was made by people who would eventually make Blizzard and they had talent from the start. Two of your characters cannot jump, so to design levels around that hindrance is something special. Also, each character is unique in their abilities with weaknesses as well making none of them more over powered than the other one. However, together, they become a formidable unit that could take down many enemies. With unique worlds, colorful graphics and catchy music, the game has a solid package and tickles the brain in its purest puzzle mode.

However, when it gets to pure action or heavy platforming, the game can become incredibly frustrating. Neither you nor the enemies have any invincibility when taking damage, so your character dies rather quickly and that happens too frequently when it comes to the hand to hand combat. Also, especially the later levels that took a while to complete, to die after one mistake and to have restart the entire level gets incredibly frustrating.

Overall, Lost Vikings can get really annoying at times, but when the game is done right, it is incredibly good. It is a unique puzzle game that is not too common back then or even now a days. I am interested in the Genesis version with more levels and the differences in the sequel between the SNES and PS1 version. But, if you are looking for a puzzle game that will also test your reflexes, Lost Vikings is unique and good game.
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Re: Games Beaten 2018

by pook99 Sat Nov 24, 2018 8:49 pm

318. 20XX

I have heard a lot of hype about this game but I was reluctant to buy it because I hate roguelikes, I mean I really really hate rogue likes, I hate the idea of perma death, I hate the idea of needing to replay a game 100x before you can beat it, I hate the idea of randomized levels, I hate the fact that 80% of indie side scrollers are roguelites nowadays, I just fucking hate the trend and wish it would go away.

But, I love megaman, and everyone hypes this game up as the greatest mega man inspired game ever made, so it went on sale for 7.50 and I figured I would give it a shot because despite playing well over a dozen mega man games this year, including the absolutely phenomenal MM unlimited and MM 11, I still need more mega man in my life.

I'm glad I did, I will start by saying this game is not as good as most actual mega man games and I enjoyed MM 11 far more than I did this game, but it probably is the best mega man inspired game I have ever played.

The game is comprised of 10 stages, much like MM the first 8 are filled with robot masters whos weapons you can acquire, with the final 2 stages being a pretty long and difficult summation of obstacles from all the previous levels alongside 2 bosses, both of which are fairly challenging but not impossible. Unlike MM games you don't have total control over the order of levels, the first level and boss are randomnly chosen for you and then you can choose from one of 3 levels at a time until you finally conquer all the robot masters.

Just like MM each boss has a weakness, but since you can upgrade your primary blaster you don't always need to find the weakness, I beat most bosses using just my mega buster. The levels are fun, the environments are pretty varied and each level has its own set of obstacles which are randomnly shuffled into all sorts of patterns with varying difficulty. One of the reasons I hate rogue lites so much is because I feel that randomnly generated levels will never be as masterfully designed as hand crafted levels, this game did not change my mind. The levels are fun and well made but they do not fall into the same level of greatness that typical MM games do.

You can choose to play in 3 different modes, revenant which gives you 3 lives, normal where you have one live, and hardcore where you have one life with extra challenges. I chose to play revenant because I truly hate the idea of having one life and then having to replay the whole game. This mode was a lot more palpatable since you have some room for error, my first run I made it to the final stage, I beat the game on my 2nd run, then went back one more time to play on normal. I did not notice any changes in difficulty between normal and revenant other than only having one life, I also found less bonus challenge rooms on normal but I'm not sure if that is because of the change in difficulty or the random nature of the level design.

Throughout each run you acquire soul chips and nuts. Nuts are money(much like the later MM games) and can be used to buy health and upgrades, upgrading your character is extemely important and you can buy things like extra max health, damage boosts, and various equipment upgrades. When you die all of these things go away and you start from scratch. Soul chips can be used in between runs in the main lobby and the items you buy with soul chips permanently buff your character and make consecutive runs easier.

I was not impressed with the difficulty in this game, another reason I hate rogue lites is I feel they are hard for all the wrong reasons. On a level to level basis, 20XX is probably the easiest mega man game ever made, the levels are generally far easier to navigate, the bosses are easier as well, the difficulty comes from the fact that your health does not replenish between levels and you only get 1 or 3 lives depening on the mode. Sure you can buy health from vending machines, find health in hidden boxes throughout the levels, and enemies will randomnly drop health but if this same system were implemented in any mainstream mega man game it would probably be universally hated.

I have been negative in this review because of my intense disdain for roguelites. 20XX was a very fun game, I enjoyed it and would recommend it to any fan of Mega Man, however due to having to subscribe to all the shitty tropes of roguelites it does not hit the level of greatness it had the potential to achieve.
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Re: Games Beaten 2018

by MrPopo Sun Nov 25, 2018 6:19 pm

First 50:
1. Ultima V - PC
2. Ultima VI - PC
3. Might and Magic VI - PC
4. Realms of Arkania: Blade of Destiny - PC
5. Pool of Radiance - PC
6. Curse of the Azure Bonds - PC
7. Secret of the Silver Blades - PC
8. Pools of Darkness - PC
9. Gateway to the Savage Frontier - PC
10. Treasures of the Savage Frontier - PC
11. Champions of Krynn - PC
12. Death Knights of Krynn - PC
13. Dark Queen of Krynn - PC
14. Into the Breach - PC
15. Lords of the Realm - PC
16. Dark Sun: Shattered Lands - PC
17. Lords of the Realm II - PC
18. The Alliance Alive - 3DS
19. Shattered Steel - PC
20. Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition - PC
21. Battletech - PC
22. Pillars of Eternity: The White March Part I - PC
23. Pillars of Eternity: The White March Part II - PC
24. Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon - Switch
25. Pillars of Eternity II - PC
26. Dragon Ball FighterZ - PS4
27. Detroit: Become Human - PC4
28. Call of Duty: United Offensive - PC
29. The Last of Us - PS4
30. The Last of Us: Left Behind - PS4
31. Prey: Mooncrash - PC
32. Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds - PS4
33. Resident Evil 7 - PC
34. Resident Evil 7: Not A Hero - PC
35. Warhammer 40000: Dawn of War III - PC
36. Overwhelm - PC
37. Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation - PC
38. Hard Reset Redux - PC
39. Nier: Automata - PS4
40. Darksiders - PC
41. The Banner Saga 3 - PC
42. Guacamelee! 2 - PC
43. Spider-Man - PS4
44. Shadow of the Tomb Raider - PC
45. Star Control Origins - PC
46. Valkyria Chronicles 4 - PS4
47. The Messenger - Switch
48. Dragon Quest XI - PS4
49. Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver - PC
50. Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2 - PC

51. Legacy of Kain: Defiance - PC
52. Iconoclasts - PC
53. Slain: Back From Hell - PC

So at PAX this year in the Indie Mega Booth I saw a game that was a Contra clone with gorgeous pixel art and a heavy metal aesthetic (think the cover of every album in the 80s). The game was really fun, and it's on my Steam wishlist, and the guy manning the booth gave me a Steam code for their previous game: Slain: Back From Hell. The game originally came out in 2016 in a bad state (poor balance), the needed a couple of years to be patched up to its current state (as the original programmer left and a new one needed to be found; the artist is the main dev behind things). Based on what I've seen, the original release was in the "promising but too many warts" category. This release, on the other hand, is a lot of fun, as long as you don't mind punishing difficulty.

This game is basically a modern remake of the NES game Holy Diver, complete with the heavy metal inspiration and kick you in the balls difficulty. Enemies are relentless and will punish you roundly for trying to blaze through it. You need to approach every situation as if it'll be lethal, because it is. At your disposal are a sword that can manifest elemental powers and can be used to parry enemy attacks, as well as a magical shot that can be charged and pierce through enemies, or you can expend all your magic in a screen damaging blast. The parry ends up being one of your most useful tools; when properly timed this stuns enemies and allows you to deal a critical blow (think the interrupt mechanic from Bloodborne). You can also stun enemies by reflecting enemy projectiles back at them.

Properly using the right weapon on the right enemy and taking advantage of parrying big enemies is the key to survival in this game. The three weapons swing at a difference cadence and with a different arc, and this will come into play if you just try to mash your way through. You might have to draw enemies out in order to set up things. And you have to be mindful of a plethora of instant-death traps. You'll probably die to the first one of each of them, but once you learn to recognize their tells you'll only die to them when you stop paying attention. You can never rest on your laurels here.

Aesthetically, the game is gorgeous. The pixel art is phenomenal, and the backgrounds have a ton of detail and animations in them. Your character movements and attacks are super smooth thanks to all the frames of animation added to it. And all the particle effects are very detailed and are used greatly. The soundtrack is also awesome; it's mostly heavy metal tracks with a couple of more atmospheric tracks in certain levels. The presentation is probably the strongest part of the game.

There's a few segments where the checkpoints get a bit light, and those tend to have some of the nastiest enemies. But once you overcome them you feel super accomplished. There is always a checkpoint right before a boss, and the multi-stage final boss lets you skip to the stage you died on. And the reload to checkpoint after a death is fast and doesn't restart the music; the game knows you'll die a lot and is optimized to not make the deaths more punishing than the fact you lose progress.
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Re: Games Beaten 2018

by BoneSnapDeez Sun Nov 25, 2018 9:32 pm

Markies wrote:I am interested in the Genesis version with more levels


Keep in mind the SNES game was the original, so the Genesis port essentially has "bonus levels" (as opposed to the SNES game "missing" levels).

In any event, I enjoy the game on Genesis but it's so much better on the SNES. It was clearly designed with the SNES controller in mind and feels clumsy even with a 6-button Genesis pad. Still a great excuse to replay the game. I've been trying to hunt down the CD32 port!

Nice job finishing this one.
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Re: Games Beaten 2018

by Markies Sun Nov 25, 2018 9:36 pm

BoneSnapDeez wrote:
Markies wrote:I am interested in the Genesis version with more levels


Keep in mind the SNES game was the original, so the Genesis port essentially has "bonus levels" (as opposed to the SNES game "missing" levels).

In any event, I enjoy the game on Genesis but it's so much better on the SNES. It was clearly designed with the SNES controller in mind and feels clumsy even with a 6-button Genesis pad. Still a great excuse to replay the game. I've been trying to hunt down the CD32 port!

Nice job finishing this one.


Yeah, I've heard of people trying to playing the Genesis version with a 3 Button Controller and that just blows my mind.

I know it is the 'lesser' version and probably won't play as great, but I am very curious about those bonus levels. I really enjoyed the game and I enjoyed every level in the game.

Except maybe the last two. Those were terrible.
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Re: Games Beaten 2018

by Markies Sun Nov 25, 2018 9:37 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)*
39. Kid Icarus (NES)
40. The Lost Vikings (SNES)

41. Capcom Vs. SNK 2 (PS2)

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I beat Capcom Vs. SNK 2 for the Sony Playstation 2 this afternoon!

The original Capcom Vs. SNK game for the PS1 was one of my favorite fighting games for that system. The ease of play and cast of characters made the entire experience one of the most enjoyable fighting games on the PS1. I also loved the ability to gain points to unlock characters and stages in the game much like Marvel Vs. Capcom 2. It gave an incentive to play the game through multiple times. I knew that they had made a sequel to the game as my friend had the GameCube version. However, it took me a while longer to get it because I didn't want to use the GameCube controller. Several years ago, I finally bought the game and have played it multiplayer several times throughout the years. However, I never sat down to beat the game until now.

The major hook in Capcom Vs. SNK 2 is the wide variety of characters that you can play as. The game has a total of 48 characters that you can play as with some of them having to be unlocked through strange circumstances. The cast is a great representation of Capcom fighters, SNK fighters and unique characters from Capcom franchises. It is great to see these characters battle against one another with some of them being introduced to the Capcom fighting world. Besides the characters, the different modes in Arcade is completely new. You can do a 1 Vs. 1 traditional Mode, you can choose a mode where three characters battle up as a team or you could do a new Ratio Mode, where you can choose one character to be your strongest. I love the idea of the team battle that is found in many SNK fighters as it adds something completely new to the Capcom side.

All these characters are very fun and the fighting is great, I just wish the unlockables were much easier to find. My friend had this game for years and didn't know there were secret characters until one random evening. I wish there was a store where you could spend earned points and unlock the different characters, modes and stages that way. Also, the announcer could be the worst in gaming history. The absolute worst announcer ever.

Overall, Capcom Vs. SNK 2 gives more of the same in regards to the original Capcom Vs. SNK. However, like a good sequel, it just adds more to the table. More modes, more characters and more unlockables make the game a great addition to any 2D fighting fan that owns a PS2. Another fantastic Capcom Fighting Game.
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by Xeogred Sun Nov 25, 2018 9:57 pm

1. Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse (Genesis)
2. Darkwing Duck (NES)
3. Batman* (NES)
4. Journey to Silius (NES)
5. Aladdin* (SNES)
6. Magical Quest Starring Mickey Mouse* (SNES)
7. Run Saber (SNES)
8. Batman: Return of the Joker (NES)
9. Ninja Warriors (SNES)
10. Thunder Spirits* (SNES)
11. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (Switch)
11. Thunder Force III* (Genesis)
12. Donkey Kong Country* (SNES)
13. Skyblazer (SNES)
14. Super Turrican* (SNES)
15. Donkey Kong Country 2* (SNES)
16. Super Turrican 2* (SNES)
17. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (PS4)
18. Monster Hunter World (PS4)
19. Resident Evil: Director's Cut (PSX)
20. Resident Evil 2: DualShock* [Claire A/Leon B] (PSX)
21. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (PS4)
22. Resident Evil HD* (PS4) [PLATINUM]
23. Resident Evil 5: Lost in Nightmares* (PS4)
24. Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition* (PS4) [Vergil]
25. Yakuza Kiwami (PS4)
26. Nioh (PS4)
27. Super Mario Bros 3Mix (NES Romhack)
28. Yakuza 6 (PS4)
29. Metroid: Rogue Dawn (NES Romhack)
30. Front Mission: Gun Hazard (SNES)
31. Metroid II: Return of Samus (GB)
32. The Guardian Legend (NES)
33. Brain Lord (SNES)
34. Assault Suits Valken (SNES)
35. Black Mesa (PC) [May2018]
36. Super Metroid Randomizer [C5708009]
37. Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon (PC)
38. Cadillacs and Dinosaurs (Arcade)
39. Captain Commando (Arcade)
40. Fallout: New Vegas* (PC)
41. The Punisher (Arcade)
42. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Arcade)
43. TMNT: Turtles in Time (Arcade)
44. Golden Axe: Revenge of Death Adder (Arcade)
45. Golden Axe (Arcade)
46. Undercover Cops (Arcade)
47. X-Men (Arcade)
48. Double Dragon (Arcade)
49. Final Fight* (Arcade)
50. Battletoads* (Arcade)
51. Mega Man ZX Advent (DS)
52. TMNT III: The Manhattan Project* (NES)
53. Mega Man Zero* (DS) [MMZC]
54. Mega Man Zero 2* (DS) [MMZC]
55. Mega Man Zero 3* (DS) [MMZC]
56. Mega Man Zero 4* (DS) [MMZC]
57. Shadow Hearts (PS2)
58. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time* (3DS)
59. Heretic: Shadow of the Serpent Riders (PC)
60. Doom 2: Hellbound (PC) [12hr][Complex|HMP]
61. Doom 2: Sawdust (PC) [50m][UV]
62. Mega Man X* (PS4) [MMXLC]
63. Mega Man X2* (PS4) [MMXLC]
63. Mega Man X3* (PS4) [MMXLC]
64. Mega Man X4* (PS4) [MMXLC]
65. Doom 2: Back to Saturn X EP1 (PC) [7hr][Complex|UV]
66. Mega Man X5* (PS4) [MMXLC]
67. Mega Man X6* (PS4) [MMXLC]
68. Doom 2: Back to Saturn X EP2 (PC) [7h30m][Complex|HMP]
69. Doom 2: Plutonia 2 (PC) [8h23m][UV]
70. Doom 2: Lunatic (PC) [45m][UV]
71. Doom 2: Japanese Community Project (PC) [5h57m][Complex|HMP]
72. Resident Evil 3* (PSX)
73. Dragon Quest V (DS)
74. Koudelka (PSX)
75. Doom (PSX)
76. Final Doom (PSX)
77. Super Ghouls'n Ghosts* (SNES)
78. super Castlevania IV* (SNES)
79. Ninja Gaiden (NES)
80. Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos (NES)
81. Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom (NES)
82. Mega Man 11 (PS4)
83. Super Mario All-Stars* (SNES)
84. Silent Hill 2* (Xbox)
85. Silent Hill 3* (PS2)
86. Silent Hill 4* (Xbox)
87. Yakuza Kiwami 2 (PS4)
88. Shadow Dancer (Genesis)
89. Castlevania: Bloodlines* (Genesis)
90. The Revenge of Shinobi (Genesis)
91. Power Blade (NES)
92. Dragon Fighter (NES)
93. Shadow of the Ninja (NES)
94. S.C.A.T.: Special Cybernetic Attack Team (NES)
95. Shatterhand (NES)
96. Power Blade 2 (NES)
97. Choujin Sentai Jetman (NES)
98. Vice - Project Doom (NES)
99. Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna The Golden Country (Switch)

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I began 2018 getting around to Xenoblade 2, which I absolutely loved. Now I get to finish off 2018 returning back to its world with the prequel Torna, which blew my face off. They've finally achieved perfection in the gameplay department with Xenoblade at this point, the combat is absolutely amazing and gone is the gachi/Blade system of 2, instead you just have a core team of 9 characters to manage which I enjoyed. To call Torna DLC or even an expansion seems like a disservice almost, I got 30 hours doing about 90% of this release and will probably keep playing to actually 100% this one for a first. Only a few more side missions left and then some super bosses. I never thought I'd say that about a Xenoblade, usually chalk full of content which isn't a bad thing but not something I fully explore. This was a bit more bite sized... in comparison. Again, you're going to get 20-40 hours out of this and it's just crazy how easily Monolith Soft cooks this stuff up. It's an absolute steal for the price this is going for and deserves more attention and praise.

One large map is re-used to an extent but remixed a bit, as this prequel does take place 500 years prior to 2's events. Outside of that a lot of the OST is recycled which is fine, since the Xenoblade OST's are MASSIVE. However there are a handful of new tracks that go for a different spin than usual Xeno tunes, full on jazz fusion. The battle theme is one of the best EVER. Topped off with quite possibly the best gameplay/combat in the history of the entire Xeno-verse up to this point... this game was just pure bliss to play.

The story/characters are an excellent complimentary piece tying into 2 but again, what I'm getting at here is that even on its own, Torna is a huge awesome package complete with its own arcs and chapters. Some fans even like this cast more than 2's! I'd still probably recommend release date order and would play 2 before this but honestly, you could probably go with this if you wanted. It's probably an easier recommendation since it's a more compact and refined Xenoblade experience.

Monolith Soft just get better and better and I'm glad 2 and Torna's sales exceeded expectations. Can't wait for what's next!
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