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Re: Games Beaten 2018

Posted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 9:20 pm
by CaptainBlueSkies
Nothing yet. Been playing a lot of Fortnite Battle Royal, but only got to 4th place.

Re: Games Beaten 2018

Posted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 10:22 pm
by noiseredux
That's impressive. I sucked at it haha.

Re: Games Beaten 2018

Posted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 8:47 am
by PresidentLeever

Re: Games Beaten 2018

Posted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:59 am
by Flake
Alright, 2018 here we go: My goal - no replaying games I have already finished until at least July.

January

Yakuza Kiwami (PS4)

I have never played a Yakuza game before. I've purchased and then sold a couple without even trying them out - the depth and breadth of the series is just off putting. But when the remake of the first game went on sale for $20, I felt like I finally had a safe jumping on point.

I really, really liked this game. It had a really great story with a surprising amount of character development and cohesion. The characters were surprisingly likable despite being gross simplifications of criminals or police officers - even the game's main trio of a former Yakuza, burnout cop, and a criminal mastermind in an open rob were brought together in a way that felt shockingly organic. There weren't many points where I felt that character development or narrative flow took an abrupt turn due to convenient deus ex machina occurrences.

The fighting system, in particular, kept me absolutely engaged. The flow of combat is fast paced but never feels out of control. There is enough variety and decision making that battles that feel truly dynamic come out of my button mashing. I am sure that a person who dedicates themselves to mastering this game can create truly John Woo style battles.

I recommend this game for anyone else who has thought about the Yakuza series but was turned off by the price/rarity of the older titles or didn't have a clue where to start.

Re: Games Beaten 2018

Posted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 2:50 pm
by ElkinFencer10
There's one that goes between this one and the first one chronologically, but I forgot to upload screenshots to my OneDrive last night, so that one will get posted tomorrow.

Games Beaten in 2018 So Far - 2
* denotes a replay

January (1 Game Beaten)
1. Phantasy Star Portable - PlayStation Portable - January 1
2. Duck Tales - NES - January 10


2. Duck Tales - NES - January 10

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My first time participating in Together Retro! Duck Tales is a licensed platformer from back in day when that wasn't synonymous with "garbage shovelware." Interest in the game saw a resurgence a few years back when WayForward released their remake of the game (which was bloody brilliant), but those of us who played the original always knew what a gem this game was.

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For those who don't know, Duck Tales follows Scrooge McDuck - richest duck in the world - on his quest to get even richer. Like, there's actually no reason for Scrooge McDuck to be the hero of the game except that he's the protagonist and everyone loves Donald Duck (unless you're playing Kingdom Hearts). Regardless, though, Scrooge is presented as the game's hero, and with his nephews making cameos along the way, it's hard not to love this otherwise scummy capitalist mallard.

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The game's visuals are bright and colorful, a testament to what skilled programmers could do with the NES hardware. Even more enjoyable the the visuals, though, is the music. The soundtrack for the game is absolutely phenomenal, especially the music in the Moon level. In my opinion, the music is more nostalgic for me than the actual gameplay itself. The platforming is great, but the use of the cane both to attack and "pogo" felt really iffy to me, only responding the way I expected it to about 3/4 of the time. It wasn't bad, per se, but it didn't feel as reliable as I might have liked.

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The level design is much more in-depth than most platformers of the era. There are branching paths and dead ends in the level, and it's not always clear how to get to your destination in the level. Some paths will lead to greater riches but in the opposite direction of the boss, and there's a time limit working against you all the while. It's a great use of risk vs reward, and it makes the game good for at least a couple playthroughs before you run out of stuff you haven't seen before.

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Duck Tales isn't without its flaws, but it's an exceptional 8-bit platformer. The jumping is tight and responsive even if the cane controls aren't quite as tight as I'd like. The visuals are bright and colorful, and the music is an auditory delight. You can play the levels in any order, so if there's a particular level you really love, you can just pop in the cartridge and go straight to that level. I, personally, think WayForward's remake is an overall better game, but that's not to disparage the original in the slightest; it's still one of the finest licensed games on the Nintendo Entertainment System.

Re: Games Beaten 2018

Posted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 2:53 pm
by Sarge
1) Legendary Axe II (TG16) (6.0) (1/1) (2.5 hours)
2) The Magical Quest Starring Mickey Mouse (SNES) (7.5) (1/3) (1.5 hours)
3) Tiny Toon Adventures: Buster Busts Loose! (SNES) (6.5) (1/3) (2.5 hours)
4) The Adventures of Batman & Robin (SNES) (7.0) (1/4) (2.5 hours)
5) The Great Circus Mystery Starring Mickey & Minney (7.5) (1/6) (1.5 hours)
6) Phantom 2040 (SNES) (7.0) (1/9) (9 hours?)

Thoughts in TR thread.

Re: Games Beaten 2018

Posted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 3:18 pm
by marurun
Sarge wrote:6) Phantom 2040 (SNES) (7.0) (1/9) (9 hours?)

Thoughts in TR thread.


Why don't you include a link to the post for those of us who like to read your reviews?

Re: Games Beaten 2018

Posted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 4:42 pm
by Sarge
Linky added. :)

Re: Games Beaten 2018

Posted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 4:46 pm
by ESauced
Beat Mario Odyssey. Going around collecting the extra power moons now. I’m around 350 now so a ways to go.

The main game is fantastic and more than enough to earn this an A grade. All the extra moons are just icing. Although I will say some of the bonus moons seem a bit phoned in. If you show me the bonus moon on the map and it’s just sitting out in the open, what’s the point really?

Re: Games Beaten 2018

Posted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 4:53 pm
by marurun
Sarge wrote:Linky added. :)


YAY!