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Re: Games Beaten 2019

by noiseredux Wed Jan 30, 2019 1:14 pm

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big jump in graphics between Mega Man 5 and 6.
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Re: Games Beaten 2019

by ElkinFencer10 Wed Jan 30, 2019 1:31 pm

noiseredux wrote:
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big jump in graphics between Mega Man 5 and 6.

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Re: Games Beaten 2019

by dsheinem Wed Jan 30, 2019 6:43 pm

Just Cause 3 was fucking rad, and is still one of my go to open world games to mess around in even after finishing the campaign and a lot of the additional content. I heard Just Cause 4 is so-so, but I will probably pick it up when it hits the $20-$30 range for a digital version.
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Re: Games Beaten 2019

by noiseredux Wed Jan 30, 2019 11:30 pm

1. Super Mario World
2. Super Mario Bros 2
3. Bust-A-Move Universe
4. Crystalis
5. Castlevania II: Simon's Quest
6. Donkey Kong

Donkey Kong
1981, Nintendo


Donkey Kong was released just a couple of months after I was born. As such, it might seem rather antiquated to me. But I do have a certain fondness for it. I didn't always though. I don't even really remember when I first introduced to the game. I feel like my first encounter with Mario was Super Mario Bros SOMETIME after the NES was released. I can't really remember quite when that was. Although I do tie in memories of first playing NES around the time the Ninja Turtles first aired, so let's say it was 1987 then. That sounds about right actually.

At any rate, I'm pretty sure I probably found out that Mario had originally been in previous games about a year later. So probably sometime in 1988 I was introduced to the original Mario Bros and Donkey Kong at a friend's house. And I don't think either really wowed me given that these games felt like steps back from Super Mario Bros.

But over the years I've developed an appreciation for Donkey Kong. It's history is definitely fascinating. And the documentary The King Of Kong did plenty to make the game feel like it had a sort of excitement surrounding it. Of course the even more recent Billy Mitchell drama has made that excitement something even bigger.

That being said, Donkey Kong is definitely one of those games that I fire up every few years and play for like... a half hour. And that's about it. Maybe less. It's a good old school arcade game in that it's fun to "pop a few quarters in" and see if you're still okay at it. Not that I'm great. But I'm alright.

Tonight I decided to play the NES version via the Switch Online app after perusing Nintendo Power's list of their top 285 games. It's fun and all but the NES version is even shorter than the original arcade game as its lacking a level. So I did the first loop on one life no problem. And therein lies the problem for me: it's just a three level platformer. So you just keep doing it over and over. I guess playing for score, but that's not what makes a platformer fun to me. It's not like I'll ever be good enough (or CARE to be good enough) to see a kill screen.

So eh, whatever. I just kind of jplay this every once in a while to see if I can do a quick one-life run of the three base levels and then I feel all set. Maybe I'd be more into it right now had I not just played through the NES Remix levels a couple of months ago which breathed some new life into the game for me as it is.
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Re: Games Beaten 2019

by Xeogred Wed Jan 30, 2019 11:31 pm

It's interesting to note Mega Man 6 released a mere month before Mega Man X. They were pumping those out on the NES until the end haha. And it shows, the Robot Masters in 5-6 look incredible. 4-6 are top notch in my book but I guess some people got sick of the perfect formula. 2-3 are my favorites, but I generally just binge all 6 in row when I revisit them all the time. I only hate 7.
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Re: Games Beaten 2019

by prfsnl_gmr Thu Jan 31, 2019 12:33 pm

Agree on Mega Man 7. The only memorable aspect of that game is the awesome, really, really tough final boss. It was s nice throwback to the challenge of the first Mega Man games after years of declining difficulty.

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1. The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary (NDS)
2. Reigns (iOS)
3. Castlevania: The Adventure (GB)
4. Castlevania II: Belmont’s Revenge (GB)
5. Castlevania Legends (GB)
6. Yankai’s Triangle (iOS)

Yankai’s Triangle Is a psychedelic, surreal puzzle game where you match multi-colored triangles. (Also, the levels are procedurally generates, and the game never ends. There is apparently someone out there who’s played through more than 12,000 levels. You get the last achievement at level 243, however; so...uh...I “beat” it.) It sound simple, but the game throws a lot of tricks at you. Before long, you will find your self assembling brightly colored, flashing, rotating kaleidoscope images while animal noises play in the background and the triangles flash sharp teeth at you. Even as I approached level 243, the game was still throwing new mechanics at me, and I am certain it still had a few tricks up its sleeve when I called it. The basic gameplay never changes, and I developed a method for quickly solving the games puzzles regardless of what it threw at me. Accordingly, ithe gameplay wore thin after a while, and I had to push myself to the last achievement. Still, though, it was pretty addictive at first, and I dropped about six hours into it. That’s not bad for a $1 game with such simple mechanics, and I doubt the surreal experience will leave me soon. Recommended for anyone looking for a game you can play in two minute bursts.

I have also been messing around with its “sequel” Yankai’s Peak. That game is really well-designed, but super-duper hard, and I doubt I’ll beat it anytime soon.
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Re: Games Beaten 2019

by BoneSnapDeez Thu Jan 31, 2019 12:37 pm

hey noise, arcade Donkey Kong is also on the Switch. 8)
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Re: Games Beaten 2019

by Arenegeth Thu Jan 31, 2019 1:19 pm

2019 Finished and Completed games:

Finished Games:

    Ziggurat (PC-GOG)
- I finally finished Ziggurat. And I'm listing it as finished, because I don't know when/if I'm ever going to attempt to complete it.

After I got over my initial issues the game's progress invalidating structure (also known as rouge-like or rouge-lite) it was just a matter of time as I was unlocking better weapons, characters and perks after every failure.

But I still see no point to the mechanic, like what for? It seems especially lazy in avoiding actual tight level design, the one that got me to fall in love with FPS's games all the way back to the days of the original Doom and Duke Nukem 3D.

Even games like Serious Sam and Painkiller, that have a more similar structure (well comparatively anyway) are more fun because of that.

Ziggurat is a technically competent game when it comes to the core of its FPS mechanics, but the story is hard to give a damn about and the graphics, which border between cartoonish and Gothic are not unpleasant in any way. So ultimately my biggest issue is not with the game itself but the sub-genre it belongs to.

This game was a good testing ground for me, to see if I can stomach the sub-genre in the future. And though after getting over the initial stress inducing psychological block and eventually thriving (well it remains to be seen whether I truly thrive by completing it) by sticking to the game's rules. I... Just don't see the point of it...

Sure, I can stomach the progress invalidating structure eventually, but why I'm I putting it up with it in the first place? Rouge-lite FPS's are a relatively new thing, and though some of them (like Ziggurat here) are decent, do I really need to play any of them? When there's so many classics, (and the occasional throwback like Dusk) to enjoy and a few (like Doom Eternal) new games worth playing?

I guess if I finish every single FPS from every era that I want to play, maybe then I can start looking into these types of games, but even then, given that the thing that distinguishes them, is the very thing, I think they'd all be better without, maybe I shouldn't bother at all.

As far as recommending the game, considering you don't have my hang-ups with the rouge-lite structure and you don't expect the pinnacle of FPS gaming, you can do a lot worse than Ziggurat, and it should be a decent FPS romp, to hold you over for a cold winter month.

Completed Games:

    1. Spyro the Dragon (PS1)
- It was finished before it was completed for all of 20 minutes as I was 100%'ing every stage as I was clearing it. But as people who played the game would know, Spyro ends at 120% due to the one Dragon and Bonus stage that opens up after you beat the final boss. Of course on top of that, I went ahead and farmed 99 lives, simply because I could and it was reasonably quick, just to put a nice completionist bow on this fun game.

Spyro was an easy 3D platformer, I think I would have found it easy even if I had played it back in the day when I wasn't as experienced as I am now. But I also think I would have enjoyed it far more if I had played it on launch also.

You see Spyro was one of those games that 'slipped through the cracks'. I was aware of it when it came out (loved the demo), I wanted to play it and I had both the means and opportunity to buy it, but other things distracted me and it got forgotten and I didn't want to get the sequels because I hadn't played the first game, and that was that.

But these days, unless you are a PS1 fan or longed for the game since its launch like I did, you better of playing the new remake, it includes the sequels and it looks like is pretty faithful to the original gameplay experience.


Finished: 1
Completed: 1

Total: 2

Honorable Mentions:

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Notes:
Two games, right at the end of January, well hopefully completing Shenmue for the Dreamcast would be next on this list, but at this rate I'll probably, hopefully be done in March, though the whole project of both games and both versions may be a yearlong project at this point, since I plan to take short breaks playing other games in between, helps with not going (more) crazy.

Regarding the ongoing Mega Man conversation, I just realized I actually own Mega Man 1-6 as part of the Mega Man Legacy Collection for the 3DS. Which I mostly got for the Gold Mega Man Amiibo, back when I thought it was a good idea to collect every Amiibo.

But unfortunately, I can't even play my copy without soft-modding my 3DS since is the American version, and all three of my 3DS's are European.

Of course, even then, I'd rather play the games on their original platform, than a compilation on a handheld, is just odd to me how easy it was to forget that I technically own more than half of the original series.
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Re: Games Beaten 2019

by noiseredux Thu Jan 31, 2019 2:51 pm

BoneSnapDeez wrote:hey noise, arcade Donkey Kong is also on the Switch. 8)


I know, but the NES version is "free" w/ Switch Online. I've been trying to be fairly good about spending money, and trying to play more of the games I already have. I don't think we have a Cribs and Diaper Genies Acquired 2019 thread yet, do we? Haha.
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Re: Games Beaten 2019

by BoneSnapDeez Thu Jan 31, 2019 3:04 pm

dat price on the diaper genie refills :shock:
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