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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by MrPopo Sat Aug 27, 2016 8:02 pm

First 50:
1. Oni - PC
2. Donkey Kong 64 - N64
3. Yoshi's Story - N64
4. Neverwinter Nights: Shadows of Undrentide - PC
5. Forsaken 64 - N64
6. Bloodrayne: Betrayal - PSN
7. Fire Emblem Seisen no Keifu - SNES
8. Fire Emblem Shin Monshō no Nazo: Hikari to Kage no Eiyū - Nintendo DS
9. Valkyria Chronicles 3 - PSP
10. Ready 2 Rumble Boxing - DC
11. Rise of the Tomb Raider - PC
12. XCOM 2 - PC
13. Shadowrun Hong Kong Bonus Campaign - PC
14. Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest - 3DS
15. Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright - 3DS
16. Lagrange Point - NES
17. Fire Emblem Fates: Revelations - 3DS
18. Cybernator - SNES
19. Outwars - PC
20. Resident Evil - GC
21. Resident Evil 2 - GC
22. Resident Evil 3 - GC
23. Resident Evil Code Veronica X - GC
24. Dino Crisis - PSX
25. Resident Evil 5 - PC
26. Dark Souls 3 - PS4
27. The Banner Saga 2 - PC
28. Bravely Second - 3DS
29. Star Fox Zero - Wii U
30. Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - PC
31. Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Winter Assault - PC
32. Doom (2016) - PC
33. Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Dark Crusade - PC
34. Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Soulstorm - PC
35. Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine - PC
36. Doom 64 - N64
37. Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - PC
38. Super Empire Strikes Back - SNES
39. Might & Magic 3 - Isles of Terra - PC
40. Mirror's Edge Catalyst - PC
41. Sonic 2 - Genesis
42. Resident Evil Revelations - PC
43. Resident Evil Revelations 2 - PC
44. Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE - Wii U
45. Kirby: Planet Robobot
46. Sin: Wages of Sin - PC
47. Torchlight II - PC
48. Star Ocean: Integrity & Faithlessness - PS4
49. Axiom Verge - PS4
50. Shadow Complex Remastered - PS4

51. Ori and the Blind Forest - Xbox One
52. AM2R - PC
53. Total Annihilation - PC
54. I Am Setsuna - PS4
55. Planetary Annihilation Titans - PC
56. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - PC

The latest Deus Ex is here! Naturally I'm already finished because I've only put it down for things like sleep and going to work. The one sentence summary is HR but more with an Attack of the Clones ending. I'm predicting a third game that ends on a down note like Revenge of the Sith.

The game starts you off with a much better tutorial level than HR. Mostly because you get to start with a full suite of augs, so you get the ability to try out the various approaches from the get-go. Then, when the sudden but inevitable losing of your powers happens afterwards you know what you want to focus on. The game also gives you a bunch of Praxis Points at that point, so even though you're less than you were at the start you're still more than you were at the start of HR.

The game still has the structure of being in a hub level, doing several quests, then finally getting a story quest that takes you to a "dungeon". This time you get daylight at the start of the game. That gets taken away by midgame, though. The hub city is about the size of Detroit and Hengsha combined. However, there's a bit of frustration because it's split into a small area and a large area, and you need to take a loading screen train between the two. A couple times it gets annoying, as one quest had each step being on the opposite side of the boundary.

That said, the train has another important purpose; sending home the parallels between the anti-Aug sentiment and the expressions of racism we've seen in the past. In the world of Mankind Divided Augs are distrusted thanks to the Incident where they all were forced to go crazy. The average citizen you run into will be distrustful, or make snide comments about you. But when you go use the train things become a bit more real. The entrances are segregated into a side for Naturals and a side for Augs, and the Augs side is fenced off with razor wire. There's even separate trains with signs directing you to the appropriate one. If you take the Natural train the loading screen will have you as the only Aug in the car, with suspicious looks being thrown by the other passengers. And afterwards you'll get hasseled by the police for using the wrong train, and your documentation gets checked. The same thing happens if you take the Natural stairs to/from the train rather than the Aug stairs. It's a little subtle thing, but you quickly find yourself adapting to it and remembering to always go on THIS side and to use THIS train. The overall story of the game is about the Augs pushing back against the general anti-Aug sentiment, but it's little touches like this that really hit things home.

The game has several new augs available (which is a minor but important plot point) to suit the various playstyles. These new augs are experimental, so activating one will Overclock your system which can lead to errors. You can compensate by permanently disabling a regular aug. This ends up being a fine tradeoff, as you're probably not using all your augs anyway; stealth characters rarely use the Typhoon, for example. There's also a quest that lets you remove that penalty (and consequently make the disabled augs available again). It ends up being a bit of a missed opportunity in terms of giving you choices, as most people find a playstyle and stick to it, so you don't miss augs from playstyles you don't use.

The game has a single boss fight at the very end. It can be done non-lethally (and must be to get Pacifist) but the boss takes a lot to go down (multiple tranquilizer clips). You also have options for hacking his security bots and turning them on him; I'm not sure how effective they are overall because they're lethal. It's about on par with the boss fights from the Director's Cut of HR. I still wish it was fully skippable and not quite as much of a bullet sponge.

Overall, a very good entry in the series. Don't pay attention to the mixed Steam user reviews; they're evenly split between people who think they should be able to run the game on Ultra and people who take moral offense to being able to purchase Praxis Points (levels) in game using real money through a store only accessible on the main menu with nary a popup of "by the way, you should give us money" if you don't click it's menu option. Hell, the DLC from Dragon Age Origins was more intrusive than this in game store.
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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by Exhuminator Sat Aug 27, 2016 8:04 pm

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95. New Super Mario Bros. 2|3DS|2012|platformer|4h 58m|7/10

New Super Mario Bros. 2 isn't very new, really. If you've been playing Mario games for a while, you've already seen everything this game will throw at you. The designers shamelessly regurgitate old concepts from Mario platformers of yesteryear. The one big "new" idea I guess, is to try and collect as many coins as possible. You're encouraged to collect one million coins, actually. I suppose that activity may be enjoyable for somebody out there, so if you like to collect coins in Mario games, you will be in heaven here. For the rest of us Mario veterans, New Super Mario Bros. is just brand new déjà vu.

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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by ElkinFencer10 Sat Aug 27, 2016 8:15 pm

Exhuminator wrote:Image
95. New Super Mario Bros. 2|3DS|2012|platformer|4h 58m|7/10

New Super Mario Bros. 2 isn't very new, really. If you've been playing Mario games for a while, you've already seen everything this game will throw at you. The designers shamelessly regurgitate old concepts from Mario platformers of yesteryear. The one big "new" idea I guess, is to try and collect as many coins as possible. You're encouraged to collect one million coins, actually. I suppose that activity may be enjoyable for somebody out there, so if you like to collect coins in Mario games, you will be in heaven here. For the rest of us Mario veterans, New Super Mario Bros. is just brand new déjà vu.

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I got NSMB2 when it first came out, and that game marks only the second time a SMB platformer has let me feeling disappointed (after SMB2 US).
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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by noiseredux Sat Aug 27, 2016 11:27 pm

1. The Match Of The Millennium (NGPC)
2. Pocket Tennis Color (NGPC)
3. XCOM 2 (PC)
4. Street Fighter V (PC)
5. Spelunky (PC)
6. Gone Home (PC)
7. Day Of The Tentacle Remastered (PC)
8. Heroes Of The Storm (PC)
9. The Elder Scrolls Legends (PC)
10. Land's End (GearVR)
11. Hearthstone: League Of Explorers (PC)
12. Metal Slug (PC)
13. Broforce (PC)
14. Metal Slug X (PC)

credit fed through this with my wife today. Great sequel - but wow, a lot harder than the first. Lost track of credits quickly.
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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by MrPopo Sun Aug 28, 2016 12:05 am

First 50:
1. Oni - PC
2. Donkey Kong 64 - N64
3. Yoshi's Story - N64
4. Neverwinter Nights: Shadows of Undrentide - PC
5. Forsaken 64 - N64
6. Bloodrayne: Betrayal - PSN
7. Fire Emblem Seisen no Keifu - SNES
8. Fire Emblem Shin Monshō no Nazo: Hikari to Kage no Eiyū - Nintendo DS
9. Valkyria Chronicles 3 - PSP
10. Ready 2 Rumble Boxing - DC
11. Rise of the Tomb Raider - PC
12. XCOM 2 - PC
13. Shadowrun Hong Kong Bonus Campaign - PC
14. Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest - 3DS
15. Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright - 3DS
16. Lagrange Point - NES
17. Fire Emblem Fates: Revelations - 3DS
18. Cybernator - SNES
19. Outwars - PC
20. Resident Evil - GC
21. Resident Evil 2 - GC
22. Resident Evil 3 - GC
23. Resident Evil Code Veronica X - GC
24. Dino Crisis - PSX
25. Resident Evil 5 - PC
26. Dark Souls 3 - PS4
27. The Banner Saga 2 - PC
28. Bravely Second - 3DS
29. Star Fox Zero - Wii U
30. Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - PC
31. Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Winter Assault - PC
32. Doom (2016) - PC
33. Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Dark Crusade - PC
34. Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Soulstorm - PC
35. Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine - PC
36. Doom 64 - N64
37. Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - PC
38. Super Empire Strikes Back - SNES
39. Might & Magic 3 - Isles of Terra - PC
40. Mirror's Edge Catalyst - PC
41. Sonic 2 - Genesis
42. Resident Evil Revelations - PC
43. Resident Evil Revelations 2 - PC
44. Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE - Wii U
45. Kirby: Planet Robobot
46. Sin: Wages of Sin - PC
47. Torchlight II - PC
48. Star Ocean: Integrity & Faithlessness - PS4
49. Axiom Verge - PS4
50. Shadow Complex Remastered - PS4

51. Ori and the Blind Forest - Xbox One
52. AM2R - PC
53. Total Annihilation - PC
54. I Am Setsuna - PS4
55. Planetary Annihilation Titans - PC
56. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - PC
57. Dark Reign - Rise of the Shadowhand - PC

I was trying to beat this before Deus Ex came out, but I ended up still having two missions left. So once I was finished with DX I knocked those two out. And I'm happy I'm done with them.

So Dark Reign came out a month before Total Annihilation and was all set to duel with it for RTS supremacy. Except StarCraft came out a few months later, stomped them both, and TA only managed to hang on as a cult classic. Dark Reign does a lot of interesting stuff; it's got an extensive waypoint system that is created independent of unit orders (so you can add units to a path later on), a fantastically complex fog of war and elevation system, and sophisticated unit AI that was designed to remove some of the micro. Unfortunately, all of those ended up having their downsides; waypoints were rarely necessary, the pure 2D graphics made it hard to tell what direction slopes were going in and you massively suffered from not getting line of sight for attacks, and the Ai orders still required a lot of micro to fully use, only this time it was a different kind of micro.

Rise of the Shadowhand is the expansion to the base game. The base game consisted of 12 missions you could play as either side followed by a thirteenth mission. The twelve would be the same map for each side, but you'd be taking on each other's roles. For example, one mission might be that the Freedom Guard needs to save up 30000 credits while defending against the Imperials, while playing that map as the Imperials will have you trying to stomp that same base. The expansion removes this; instead you have seven unique missions for each side. So in terms of content it's just as much as the base game. Additionally, there are two "new" factions. I use quotes because each one takes one of the base two factions and replaces half the units.

The Shadowhand is the Imperial replacement, which removes most of the hover technology in favor of cyborg walkers. This gives you more flexibility in terms of how you can attack but you end up losing out on harass. It also replaces the Sky Fortress with a bomber that shoots incendiary missiles with a large damage radius. I found them to be more usable than Sky Fortresses, so a win there.

the Xenites are the Freedom Guard replacement. This replaces the best vehicles and infantry with this horrible system of alien creatures. There is a basic melee alien and a heavy ranged alien. They do a lot of damage, but they are also feral. The only way to control them is with special control units. The low level control unit is an infantry unit with no attacks. The high level control unit is the heavy ranged alien with a guy on top. This mechanic is awful, and I ended up just making the high level control unit so I didn't have to dick around with the whole system.

The other thing about the expansion is that most of the maps are "gimmick" maps. They all seem overwhelming at the start, but in each mission you end up getting an ah-hah moment where you realize the exact sequence of steps you need to get up a couple of heavy base defenses. Since base defenses are hilariously amazing in Dark Reign once you get a basic defensive perimeter up you can sit back and build the necessary army to steamroll. The only deviations are the commando missions (ones where you don't get a base, so in every game where these show up they have some sort of gimmick), the first Freedom Guard mission, and the last Imperial mission. The first Freedom Guard mission's gimmick is actually the fact that you don't come under the threatened timer until you attack the com stations while a unit is on their plateaus. Using a Scout on the slopes and a brace of artillery lets you clear it out at your leisure, and you don't get attacked much. The last Imperial mission is actually neigh-impossible to set up a defensive perimeter on because your base is surrounded by hills and valleys. Instead you just blitz to air units and get a handful of the bombers before you run out of your starting units and use those as defense, as the enemy doesn't send any threatening anti-air units on attack.

Personally, I can't recommend the expansion to people who've played the original. I feel like the missions in the original were more interesting. But at least now I'm one of the foremost authorities on the expansion's single player content, considering just how little information there is about Dark Reign out there. Maybe I'll get bored and write something for GameFAQs on it.
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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by PartridgeSenpai Sun Aug 28, 2016 12:09 am

noiseredux wrote:1. The Match Of The Millennium (NGPC)
2. Pocket Tennis Color (NGPC)
3. XCOM 2 (PC)
4. Street Fighter V (PC)
5. Spelunky (PC)
6. Gone Home (PC)
7. Day Of The Tentacle Remastered (PC)
8. Heroes Of The Storm (PC)
9. The Elder Scrolls Legends (PC)
10. Land's End (GearVR)
11. Hearthstone: League Of Explorers (PC)
12. Metal Slug (PC)
13. Broforce (PC)
14. Metal Slug X (PC)

credit fed through this with my wife today. Great sequel - but wow, a lot harder than the first. Lost track of credits quickly.


In my experience, Metal Slug X is just Metal Slug 2 that hates your freaking guts. As someone who owns an MVS cabinet and system though, I feel that it's worth mentioning that it is a totally different experience playing Metal Slug emulated compared to the original hardware. Most of this is because of the MASSIVE amounts of slowdown that game had on the original hardware. It makes for a lot more time to digest when and where bullets are coming from because it makes a sort of de facto bullet-time for you when things get crazy. It's for this reason why I know for a fact I die a LOT more when I play my Metal Slug Anthology versus when I play it on my cabinet.
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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by Exhuminator Sun Aug 28, 2016 11:06 am

MrPopo wrote:But at least now I'm one of the foremost authorities on the expansion's single player content, considering just how little information there is about Dark Reign out there. Maybe I'll get bored and write something for GameFAQs on it.

If you go that extra mile, I think you should also play through Dark Reign's other expansion "Battles of the Outer Rim ", and include a FAQ for it as well. That would be holistically inclusive and I'm sure people would appreciate it.
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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by MrPopo Sun Aug 28, 2016 11:43 am

I'd have to find it first. As you're well aware the GOG release doesn't include it and the download off darkreign.ws doesn't have it either, so I'd have to dig up a physical copy. I'm not sure I enjoy Dark Reign enough to do that much searching.
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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by dsheinem Sun Aug 28, 2016 12:36 pm

Games Beaten 2016

First 50:
Spirits of Xanadu - PC
Tales From the Borderlands: Episode 1 - PC
Operation C - Game Boy
That Dragon, Cancer - PC
Contra - NES
Super C - NES
Contra III - The Alien Wars - SNES
Tekken - PS1
The King of Fighters '99 - PS1
Street Fighter Alpha - PS1
Call of Duty: Black Ops III - PS4
Three Fourths Home - PC
Firewatch - PS4
Street Fighter V - PS4
Far Cry: Primal - PS4
Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax - PS3
BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma EXTEND - Xbox One
Android Assault Cactus - PS4
Table Top Racing - Vita
The Room - iOS
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle - PS3
The Room 2 - iOS
Broforce - PS4
Toybox Turbos - PC
Peggle 2 - PS4
R-Type (R-Type Dimensions) - 360
The Room 3 - iOS
Rampage - SMS
Doom (2016) - PS4
Dungeon Siege III - - 360
Uncharted 4 - A Thief's End - PS4
NES Remix - Wii U
Moon Chronicles: Episode 1 - 3DS
Outrun 3D - 3DS
Box Boy - 3DS
Splatoon - - Wii U
Nano Assault Neo X - PS4
Mamorukun Curse! - PS3
Hyperburner - iOS
The Beginner's Guide - PC
Halo 5: Guardians - Xbox One
POP: Methodology Experiment 1 - PC
Amplitude - - PS4
Slave of God - PC
Power Drift 3D - 3DS
Bio-Hazard Battle - Genesis
Thunder Force II - Genesis
Thunder Force III - Genesis
Lightening Force - Genesis
DiRT: Showdown - PC

Battleborn - PC
140 - PC
Last Duel - Arcade (PSP)
Alien on the Run - 3DS
Undead Bowling - 3DS
Chain Blaster - 3DS
Runny Egg - 3DS
Bound - PS4
Parasite Eve - PS1 *new*

Total: 59


Previously: 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010

So I was inspired by a number of recent posts about this game to finally dive into the series - I think I had this game back around the time of release and have let it languish on the backlog for literally almost two decades: that was a mistake. Parasite Eve is a fantastic game - there's a charm to the artwork, the dialogue is generally solid, the battle system is quite fun, and the inventory/weapon/stat management is very refined and inviting. The final boss gave me more than a few problems, though I was finally able to take them down after some trial and error (the final battles are much different than the preceding ones).

I know that the reviews of II and 3rd Birthday are mixed and that they are all very different games, but given that a lot of the same talent apparently worked on all three titles, I am eager to give them a spin before the year is out.

Incidentally, I think I may have put together a pretty solid Summer Challenge list without even trying. Classes resume this week, and since they ended in the Spring I have beaten these arguably "classic" games:

1. Rampage
2. Outrun (3D)
3. Amplitude
4. Power-Drift 3D
5. Bio-Hazard Battle
6. Last Duel
7. Thunder Force II
8. Thunder Force III
9. Lightening Force
10.Parasite Eve

Maybe I should take the "not going to try and make a list" approach every year :lol:
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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by Exhuminator Sun Aug 28, 2016 3:08 pm

dsheinem wrote:I know that the reviews of II and 3rd Birthday are mixed and that they are all very different games, but given that a lot of the same talent apparently worked on all three titles, I am eager to give them a spin before the year is out.

You're a seasoned enough gaming veteran to look past the little quibbles that bothered less experienced gamers. I'm pretty sure you'll have a good time. I loved all three Parasite Eves. Parasite Eve 2 is a better Resident Evil than quite a few actual Resident Evils are. And The 3rd Birthday takes the strategic enemy possession concept that Geist tried to utilize but actually does a great job with it.
MrPopo wrote:so I'd have to dig up a physical copy. I'm not sure I enjoy Dark Reign enough to do that much searching.

In just a few weeks, I'll be packing up my dork cave, which includes digging all the PC games out of its closet. I've got hundreds if not a thousand old PC games, and I know I've got some Dark Reign stuff in there. If I do in fact have that particular expansion I'll get it to you.
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