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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by BoneSnapDeez Mon Apr 03, 2017 3:21 pm

Oh I do the same thing.

Though in this game I skipped the mink coat and one particular sword because I knew a better dungeon drop was coming soon.
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by Sarge Mon Apr 03, 2017 5:04 pm

Both Dragon Warrior III and IV are fantastic, two of the greatest 8-bit RPGs ever. The next time I play through III again, it's going to happen on NES. (I beat that game sooooo many times.)
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by ElkinFencer10 Mon Apr 03, 2017 5:04 pm

Games Beaten in 2017 So Far - 32

January (10 Games Beaten)
1. Persona 4 Arena - Playstation 3 - January 1
2. Chrono Trigger - SNES - January 7
3. Ys: The Vanished Omens - Master System - January 8
4. MUSHA - Genesis - January 10
5. Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree's Woe and the Blight Below - PlayStation 4 - January 11
6. Ys I - TurboGrafx-CD - January 13
7. Ys II - TurboGrafx-CD - January 14
8. Dragon Quest Builders - PlayStation 4 - January 23
9. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard - PlayStation 4 - January 26
10. School Girl/Zombie Hunter - PlayStation 4 - January 29


February (12 Games Beaten)
11. Fire Emblem Heroes - Android - February 3
12. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD - Wii U - February 5
13. Dante's Inferno - PlayStation 3 - February 7
14. Hotel Dusk: Room 215 - DS - February 11
15. Persona 4: Dancing All Night - Vita - February 12
16. Sniper Elite 4 - PlayStation 4 - February 17
17. Pony Quest - NES - February 19
18. Halo Wars 2 - Xbox One - February 22
19. Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions - PlayStation Portable - February 24
20. Hotline Miami - PlayStation 4 - February 26
21. Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light - Famicom - February 27
22. Bad Dudes - NES - February 28


March (6 Games Beaten)
23. Root Letter - PlayStation 4 - March 2
24. Vroom in the Night Sky - Switch - March 10
25. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Switch - March 17
26. Super Bomberman R - Switch - March 18
27. Super Mario Run - Android - March 24
28. I Am Setsuna - Switch - March 24


April (4 Games Beaten)
29. Mass Effect: Andromeda - PlayStation 4 - April 1
30. Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army - PlayStation 4 - April 2
31. Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army 2 - PlayStation 4 - April 2
32. New Frontier Days: Founding Pioneers - Switch - April 3


32. New Frontier Days: Founding Pioneers - Switch - April 3

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New Frontier Days: Founding Pioneers is one of the early offerings on the Switch eShop. I wasn't entirely sure what to make of it when I saw it on the French eShop (I downloaded it on my EU account before it hit the North American eShop), but I had seen it described as a "city building" sim, so I was willing to give it a shot.

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The game has a few different modes - Story, Free Play, and Survival - but they all play largely the same. The "story" mode doesn't really have a story other than "Unnamed homeland sent you to set up a colony! Don't suck!" You have to meet certain key goals to be allowed to progress, and if your money is in the red for too long or if you take too long to meet one of those key goals, your homeland will have you recalled, resulting in a game over. Honestly, given how unfulfilling the story mode is coupled with the lack of any real unique features makes it a bit pointless in my opinion.

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Your colony goes through five or six different "ages" of development unlocking new buildings to improve your economy and city. You need to balance gathering a number of different resources, but the most important are food and money since those are the two that are depleted at every yearly "harvest festival." You also have to worry about wild animal attack; normally a stray bear is your biggest threat, but every now and then, you'll have some freakishly mutated giant boar lead a pack of killer pigs and destroy your entire city. That shit sucks.

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You can use the buttons or the touch screen to control things, and it's fine visually, but it does have the look and feel of a mobile game. I'm not sure I'm prepared to say outright that it's overpriced, but it's $9.99 price of entry is definitely the top of the reasonable asking price. If you're willing to take the plunge, however, there is some fun to be had as long as you're up for a game focused on building and not defending. After all, this isn't Civilization (though that would kick SO much ass on Switch).

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New Frontier Days: Founding Pioneers isn't a ground breaking game, and it isn't a particularly action-packed game, but if you're into city building games, it's a neat game that will provide some entertainment. The mobile game feel isn't a check in the "pro" column, but the game is still pretty fun all things considered. Maybe wait for it to go on sale, though.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by BoneSnapDeez Mon Apr 03, 2017 5:32 pm

I was wondering why you'd download this then I saw the anime girl in the second screenshot.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by noiseredux Mon Apr 03, 2017 10:14 pm

1. Fire Emblem Heroes (Android)
2. Sara Is Missing (Android)
3. Civilization V (PC)

shockingly, I just got the "hey congrats, you beat the game screen." Now this was just the default difficulty/settings and I guess the goal was just to survive to the year 2050. It was an interesting ride, though. I never looked anything up. Never knew what I was getting into. Just kept winging it until things made some sense. It was fun.

I don't feel like some new Civ convert, but I spent 8 hours enjoying this so I get the appeal. I'll write a longer thing on my site later.
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by dsheinem Mon Apr 03, 2017 10:40 pm

noiseredux wrote:1. Fire Emblem Heroes (Android)
2. Sara Is Missing (Android)
3. Civilization V (PC)

shockingly, I just got the "hey congrats, you beat the game screen." Now this was just the default difficulty/settings and I guess the goal was just to survive to the year 2050. It was an interesting ride, though. I never looked anything up. Never knew what I was getting into. Just kept winging it until things made some sense. It was fun.

I don't feel like some new Civ convert, but I spent 8 hours enjoying this so I get the appeal. I'll write a longer thing on my site later.


I thought you finished RE7 this year?
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by Xeogred Mon Apr 03, 2017 10:45 pm

1. Duke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary World Tour (PC)
2. Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter* (PC)
3. Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter (PC)
4. D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die (PC)
5. Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight (PC)
6. Deadcore (PC)
7. Yakuza 4 (PS3)
8. Hyper Light Drifter (PC)
9. Doom 2: Valiant (PC)
10. Resident Evil 7 (PS4)
10. Doom 2: Ancient Aliens (PC)
11. Doom 2: Vanguard (PC)
12. Doom 2: Doom 2 The Way id Did (PC)
13. Doom 2: Community Chest Pack 4 (PC)
14. Doom: Doom The Way id Did (PC)
15. Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 (PC)

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Wanted a little break from Breath of the Wild. Played and beat Episode 1 today and you know what? It really isn't that bad, though I got it for dollars on a Steam sale. Yeah, it feels super awkward and like it's a 2000's unofficial Flash sequel to Sonic... but given a few minutes and I got the hang of it. I'd even say I liked this more than Generations because there was zero plot and it was just straight to the point with the levels. There were four zones that seemed to pull from a few classics from Sonic 1 and Sonic 2.

The bosses were a bitch though, the final boss especially. It was needlessly dragged out and took awhile to get down.

I see a lot more positives on Episode 2 so it will be interesting to see what the difference is.

Overall, not something I'll replay like the classics, but it was a solid two hours with this one.
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by noiseredux Mon Apr 03, 2017 10:52 pm

dsheinem wrote:I thought you finished RE7 this year?


you thought wrong. I'm a giant baby who loves the RE series but has been inch-worming his way through 7 because it brings me to a state of panic. Great game. Super baby.
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by BogusMeatFactory Mon Apr 03, 2017 11:49 pm

1. Captain Toad (WiiU)
2. Lost: Via Domus (PS3)
3. Modnation Racers (PS3)
4. Tron: Evolution (PS3)
5. Dead Rising (PC)
6. Fire Emblem Heroes (Android)
7. Yoshi’s Wooly World (Wii U)
8. Stanley Parable (PC)

9. Lone Wolf: Flight From the Dark (Android)
10. Lone Wolf: Fire on the Water (Android)
11. Lone Wolf: The Caverns of Kalte (Android)
12. Lone Wolf: The Chasm of Doom (Android)
13. Lone Wolf: Shadow on the Sand (Android)
14. Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch)
15. LoneWolf: Kingdoms of Terror(Android)
16. Plumbers Don’t Wear Ties (PC)

17. King’s Quest IV (PC)
18. Shovel Knight (PC)


King's Quest IV - Look....I adore Sierra. They began my love for the adventure genre and created vibrant worlds of pure joy and entertainment. What I don't adore is King's Quest. I have tried very hard to dig deep to find appreciation for the series and barring two entries, I am left dumbfounded as to why it is so beloved. Let's talk about what King's Quest IV is all about.

The story of King's Quest revolves around King Graham wanting to pass on his adventuring hat to his children, Rosella and Alexander. Sadly, he falls hideously ill and Rosella meets a fairy that promises to help heal him on the condition that she retrieve a medallion that keeps said fairy alive, which was stolen by an evil witch.

This sends Rosella on a series of random-ass quests that follow zero rhyme or rhythm. Want an example?! Spoiler warnings!

In the game you come across the evil witch who is willing to spare your life if you do a series of tasks for her. The first task is to bring her a unicorn. How do you do that?! I'm glad you asked, because it makes no freaking sense.

Let's break it down step by step.

1. Find a pool in the wilderness and move back and forth until randomly cupid spawns. Wait for him to go into the pool and then steal his bow and arrows.

2. Shoot the Unicorn with the arrows to make it fall in love with you, but you can't ride it! You need a bridle.

3. Find the 7 dwarves home, enter it and clean it.

4. The dwarves come and eat and leave a bag of diamonds. Take them.

5. bring the diamonds back to the dwarves. They say thanks, but no thanks and give you the diamonds back WITH A LANTERN!

6. Give the diamonds to the fisherman and his wife who are in need of money and they give you a fishing pole. If you give them the diamonds before talking to the dwarves. GAME OVER, but you won't know that until the VERY END OF THE GAME!

7. Go to a random area in the game and find a bird eating a worm. If you don't scare the bird off quickly, it will eat the worm and GAME OVER!

8. Get the worm and BAIT HOOK. Use those words exactly or else you will not be able to put the worm on the hook. Use worm on pole, use worm on hook.... none of those work. Bait hook.

9. Catch a fish.

10. Swim out into the ocean, watching out for a random shark that will kill you.

11. Swim to the fairy island.

12. pick up a peacock feather.

13. Swim until you run into a whale which randomly appears and it will eat you. Mind you a shark will randomly kill you as well.

14. climb up the tongue of the whale and you have to do it a SPECIFIC WAY OR ELSE YOU WILL NEVER CLIMB THE TONGUE!

15. Once you are on top of the tongue you must TICKLE THE UVULA! Mind you that the room description never mentions uvula and if you don't know what a uvula is...GAME OVER. Tickle whale does not work!

16. The whale will spit you out on an island.

17. Give the pelican the fish you caught and it will give you a whistle.

18. Type LOOK GROUND all over the island until you find a bridle for your unicorn.

19. Blow the whistle to ride dolphins

20. put the bridle on the unicorn and ride it to freedom.


NOWHERE DOES THE GAME TELL YOU ANY OF THIS INFORMATION AND YOU JUST HAVE TO BE LUCKY!

The game is so arbitrary and obtuse and nonsensically built....GRAH!!!!!!!

Shovel Knight - Grabbed this on the Switch and it was my first outing with the game. What a spectacular game! It is charming, witty and full of life. It is perfectly balanced and the level design is spectacular. They did a great job of introducing you to new elements and then applying them in more complex ways as you progressed. I can not wait to dig into Plague and Specter Knight.
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by MrPopo Tue Apr 04, 2017 1:55 am

1. Pokémon Moon - 3DS
2. Tony Hawk's Underground - GCN
3. Warhammer 40,000 Dawn of War II: Chaos Rising - PC
4. Warhammer 40,000 Dawn of War II: Retribution - PC
5. Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness - PSP
6. X-Wing: Imperial Pursuit - PC
7. Star Wars Republic Commando - PC
8. X-Wing: B-Wing - PC
9. Blazing Lazers - TG-16
10. Tales of Xillia 2 - PS3
11. Shining Force CD: Shining Force Gaiden - Sega CD
12. MUSHA - Genesis
13. Sonic CD - Sega CD
14. Final Fantasy Legend III - GB
15. Tales of Zestiria - PS3
16. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Switch
17. Horizon Zero Dawn - PS4
18. Tales of Berseria - PS4
19. Battlefield 1 - PC
20. Turok 2: Seeds of Evil - PC
21. Mass Effect Andromeda - PC
22. Starflight 2 - PC
23. Armored Hunter Gunhound EX - PC
24. Space Megaforce - SNES

Aka: the game where Compile called out Konami and Irem as scrubs for not being able to have a fast pace shmup on the SNES without awful technical problems. Technically called Super Aleste (and thus being part of the large Aleste series), this game is basically Blazing Lazers++ (Gunhed++). The mechanics are pretty much lifted wholesale from the prior game with some additions to iterate. You still have a system of powerups that are leveled up by collecting a certain number of spheres or another copy of the base weapon. There's no secondary powerup (RIP shield); instead the weapon inventory has been expanded to a total of 8, and they can be reconfigured on the fly. Bombs and lives still work the same, including the golden life feature. I took advantage of this on my victory run (which was good, because I hadn't seen half the game before). A hit drops you down four weapon levels (out of six) or to zero, which ever comes first. So you always get a mercy hit. The other nice thing is you apparently can bank up the upgrade orbs; several times I'd take a hit, but then the next four orbs would level me up once per.

This game has a great selection of weapons which are all useful in different contexts. The basic machine gun is quite solid, as it has a wide spread when powered up and can be reconfigured into a variety of spread types, from all fire forward all the way to firing in all eight directions. The laser is basically the same as Blazing Lazers, but the alternate mode gives you a homing shot to replace some of your forward fire (or two homing shots at max level). The orb returns, but this time you get a much wider area and even two orbitals at max level, with the reconfigure button letting you halt their rotation (to block a particular area or just sit an orb on top of an enemy. There's a weapon called the multi direction fire which is high damage and piercing that fires in the direction you face and the reconfigure button locks it in place; this is one of those weapons that is effective with practice. There's a missile which can be homing or not, and then a charge weapon. With the charge you can either have it charge fast but you can't shoot while charging, or charge slow and you get a forward shot when charging. I personally found it cumbersome to use, but it's high damage. There's an option formation that goes to up to six options that follow you Gradius style, with the reconfigure locking them in place (which can be great for getting them around corners, more in a minute). And finally the scattershot fires orbs that explode on hitting things, and the reconfigure causes the shots to curve in the direction you move (for corner shots again).

Unlike most vertical shmups this game has a lot of terrain that will block you. Uniquely this game has no collision damage with terrain, other than being squeezed between terrain and the edge of the screen. So the devs weren't shy about putting in mazes and other similar hazards as the game goes on. My only complaint is that some levels have elements that are unclear as to whether or not they are blocking terrain or not.

This game is quite long; it's twelve stages with most of them being of above average length. Three of them are below average length, and the last stage is a boss rush. Unlike the other Compile games I've beaten this final boss only has one form, though its a rather hectic form and it's not always vulnerable to attack.

This is definitely an essential shmup for the SNES collection.
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