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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by ElkinFencer10 Wed Jul 26, 2017 10:29 am

Games Beaten in 2017 So Far - 67
* denotes a replay

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 (9 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
33. Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army 3 - PlayStation 4 - April 4
34. Persona 5 - PlayStation 4 - April 17
35. Alienation - PlayStation 4 - April 18
36. Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc - PlayStation 4 - April 23
37. Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair - PlayStation 4 - April 29


May (14 Games Beaten)
38. Puyo Puyo Tetris - Switch - May 4
39. Fire Emblem Gaiden - Famicom - May 6
40. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - Switch - May 6
41. Outlast II - PlayStation 4 - May 7
42. Dishonored - PlayStation 4 - May 10
43. Snipperclips: Cut it Out, Together! - Switch - May 12
44. Pikmin - Gamecube - May 12
45. Metal Slug - Neo Geo MVS - May 13*
46. Dariusburst CS: Chronicle Savior - PlayStation 4 - May 14
47. Batman: The TellTale Series - PlayStation 4 - May 17
48. Batman: Arkham VR - PlayStation 4 - May 18
49. Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia - 3DS - May 25
50. Farpoint - PlayStation 4 - May 27
51. The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings - Xbox 360 - May 29


June (10 Games Beaten)
52. Star Trek: Bridge Crew - PlayStation 4 - June 2
53. The Walking Dead: A New Frontier - PlayStation 4 - June 3
54. Rebel Galaxy - PC - June 18
55. The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II - Vita - June 20
56. Medal of Honor: Allied Assault - PC - June 21*
57. Medal of Honor: Allied Assault - Spearhead - PC - June 21
58. Medal of Honor: Allied Assault - Breakthrough - PC - June 22
59. Aliens Versus Predator - PC - June 23
60. Army Men - PC - June 24*
61. Apartment 666 - PC - June 26


July (6 Game Beaten)
62. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Hyperstone Heist - Genesis - July 12*
63. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Hearts of Stone - PlayStation 4 - July 15
64. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Blood and Wine - PlayStation 4 - July 22
65. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - PlayStation 4 - July 24
66. Splatoon 2 - Switch - July 25
67. Kamiko - Switch - July 25


67. Kamiko - Switch - July 25

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About a week ago, I found myself wanting to play something on my Switch but just a little too drunk for Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart, or Bomberman.  I remembered that I still had about €6 on my French eShop account, so I pulled it up to see if I could find anything that looked interested and fit my six Euro budget.  I saw Kamiko, and while I'm generally pretty sick of the pixelated "retro" style games, it looked interesting enough, and most importantly, it was only €4.99 - even with tax, I could afford that with what was on my account!

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Honestly, I have no idea what the story is in Kamiko; it didn't really interest me.  Something to the effect of "I want to become a super priestess warrior and fight evil reconnect the heavens and Earth, thereby saving the world or whatever!"  A for effort, D for execution as far as plot goes.  As for gameplay, it feels a little bit like a mix of Link to the Past and Ys.  Actually, it resembles Link to the Past WAY more than it does Ys, but for some reason, I kept thinking about Ys I when I was playing Kamiko.  When you start the game, you have three characters from whom to choose.  Yamato is a close ranged sword wielder who, according to the interwebz, is best suited for beginners; Uzume is an archer so naturally long ranged; and Hinome, whom I chose, is a bit of a hybrid of short and long range, throwing a mirror shield like a boomerang for a powerful ranged attack but also wielding a dagger for close quarters attacks while her shield is still in the air.

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The biggest problem I had with the game is the length.  There are only four levels with a boss after each (the last boss has two phases).  Even for a five Euro game, it's EXTREMELY short; my playthrough with Hinome took me just a little over an hour, and if and when I go back and play with the other two characters, I will probably only take me about 45 minutes for each playthrough since I now know roughly where the switches in each level are and how to beat the bosses.  Don't get me wrong - the gameplay is a lot of fun, and I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the game - but it's so short with no real replay value.  Even the storyline is identical across the three characters, so there's not a lot of incentive to replay it with the other two.

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Kamiko truly is a fun game, but it's just too short to recommend highly.  If it happens to go on sale in the future - maybe $3 or less - then by all means, download it.  It's a great action-adventure game.  Just don't expect to get more than an hour or so out of a playthrough.  The art style is lovely, and the music and sound effects fit the game well.  It's just a shame that there's not that much game for them to fit.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by Xeogred Wed Jul 26, 2017 11:24 am

I'm gonna need that on Steam.

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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by ElkinFencer10 Thu Jul 27, 2017 9:14 am

Games Beaten in 2017 So Far - 68
* denotes a replay

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 (9 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
33. Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army 3 - PlayStation 4 - April 4
34. Persona 5 - PlayStation 4 - April 17
35. Alienation - PlayStation 4 - April 18
36. Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc - PlayStation 4 - April 23
37. Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair - PlayStation 4 - April 29


May (14 Games Beaten)
38. Puyo Puyo Tetris - Switch - May 4
39. Fire Emblem Gaiden - Famicom - May 6
40. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - Switch - May 6
41. Outlast II - PlayStation 4 - May 7
42. Dishonored - PlayStation 4 - May 10
43. Snipperclips: Cut it Out, Together! - Switch - May 12
44. Pikmin - Gamecube - May 12
45. Metal Slug - Neo Geo MVS - May 13*
46. Dariusburst CS: Chronicle Savior - PlayStation 4 - May 14
47. Batman: The TellTale Series - PlayStation 4 - May 17
48. Batman: Arkham VR - PlayStation 4 - May 18
49. Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia - 3DS - May 25
50. Farpoint - PlayStation 4 - May 27
51. The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings - Xbox 360 - May 29


June (10 Games Beaten)
52. Star Trek: Bridge Crew - PlayStation 4 - June 2
53. The Walking Dead: A New Frontier - PlayStation 4 - June 3
54. Rebel Galaxy - PC - June 18
55. The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II - Vita - June 20
56. Medal of Honor: Allied Assault - PC - June 21*
57. Medal of Honor: Allied Assault - Spearhead - PC - June 21
58. Medal of Honor: Allied Assault - Breakthrough - PC - June 22
59. Aliens Versus Predator - PC - June 23
60. Army Men - PC - June 24*
61. Apartment 666 - PC - June 26


July (7 Game Beaten)
62. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Hyperstone Heist - Genesis - July 12*
63. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Hearts of Stone - PlayStation 4 - July 15
64. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Blood and Wine - PlayStation 4 - July 22
65. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - PlayStation 4 - July 24
66. Splatoon 2 - Switch - July 25
67. Kamiko - Switch - July 25
68. Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge - Xbox - July 26


68. Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge - Xbox - July 26

This review is dedicated to flake's dogs, Pascal and Cidr.  Such good boys.

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Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge is one of the games that always gets mentioned when discussing the best Xbox exclusives, and despite the fact that I've had the game since I bought my Xbox back in 2012, it wasn't until this week that I actually played it.  I'm not sure why I put it off so long; I absolutely adore flight combat sims.  I had played some of the multiplayer previously (locally, obviously), but man, I had no idea just how great a game I was missing out on.

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So Crimson Skies takes place in an alternate universe 1930s where the United States broke up into a handful of nations following the end of World War I, and instead of automobiles and large tanks, airplanes and airships became the dominant means of transportation and combat.  With the collapse of the United States government and relatively weakness of the various resulting governments, air piracy as ballooned into a major source of criminal activity.  You play as Nathan Zachary, and the game begins the morning that your character wakes up to a gun in his face.  Nathan spent the previous night gambling - unsuccessfully - and lost his prized fighter plane as well as his pirate airship.  The first part of the game consists of getting back that which you lost and settling the score with the Ragin' Cajuns, the rival pirate gang to whom you lost your aforementioned aircrafts.  After that, you visit an old friend, end up stumbling on a potentially apocalyptic evil plot, and set out to thwart the bad guy and save the world.  Or at least Chicago.

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The game consists of four pseudo-open world areas and a final boss fight.  You can collect money from completing various mission, and you earn upgrade tokens either by finding them hidden in the world or by completing story missions.  With money and upgrade tokens, you can upgrade each of your planes (of which there are a total of 12) to give them slight stat bumps.  It's rarely a dramatic increase - a couple of points in each of the three stats (defense, speed, and firepower), but it helps.  In addition to the main story missions, there are a handful of side missions, and each area has a race on which you can wager money.  The controls are fairly simple, and I mean that in the best way possible; your airplanes control beautifully, and flying feels like swimming through a pool of cream.  The left stick steers, the right stick rolls, and clicking the right stick before moving both sticks in a certain direction can perform a few special maneuvers.  The B button brakes, the Y button accelerates, and the X button is your general "action" button to take a plane lying in the environment, initiate a mission, or enter an AA gun.  The right trigger fires your primary weapon of which you have unlimited ammo, and the left trigger fires your secondary weapon of which ammo is finite.  The multiplayer is basically dogfight deathmatches, and it's IMMENSELY fun.

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The sound design in the game is fantastic.  The voice acting is decent - not horrible, but nothing special - but the music fits the situations, and the sound effects are great.  Slower, more powerful weapons have a really meaty bass to them, and the faster firing weapons are loud and proud.  Nathan has some fantastic one-liners, as well - the kind that are stupidly lame but freaking amazing nonetheless (hell, probably BECAUSE they're so lame).  The visuals are a bit more polarizing; while the actual gameplay looks fantastic - especially in 480p if you have component cables - the cut scenes feel a bit...off.  In general, they look fine, but they look just a little murky, almost as if the video compression weren't ​quite ​right.  I can't quite put my finger on it or put it into words, but the cut scenes just didn't look as clear as I might have hoped.  A very eloquent and precise description, I know.

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Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge definitely deserves the praise it gets, and it's definitely one of the Xbox's best exclusives.  Most modern flight combat sims don't hit the perfect balance and control that Crimson Skies manages, and each of the various planes from which one can choose feels unique and has its own pros and cons.  My personal issue with the cut scenes aside (and truthfully, they still look good for the time), Crimson Skies does almost everything right.  It looks great, it sounds great, it plays great, and while the story isn't amazing, it's interesting enough to keep you going with humorous dialogue to keep you entertained.  Combine that with some simply brilliant level design (especially the last area, holy crap), and you've got a must-have for any Xbox collector.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by PartridgeSenpai Thu Jul 27, 2017 10:13 am

Partridge Senpai's 2017 Beaten Games:

1. Tales of Hearts R (Vita)
2. UPPERS (Vita)
3. Volume (Vita)
4. Overlord: Minions (DS)
5. Kirby: Planet Robobot (3DS)
6. Overlord II (PS3)
7. Overlord: Dark Legend (Wii)
8. La-Mulana (Remake) (PC)
9. Infamous: Second Son (PS4)
10. htol#NiQ: The Firefly Diary (Vita)
11. Blood Bowl (360)
12. Dead to Rights: Retribution (360)
13. Bioshock Infinite (360)
14. Bioshock Infinite: Burial At Sea Part 1 (360)
15. Bioshock Infinite: Burial at Sea Part 2 (360)
16. Singularity (360)
17. Seifuku Densetsu Pretty Fighter X (Saturn)
18. Ultraman: Hikari No Kyojin Densetsu (Saturn)
19. Donkey Kong 64 (N64) (repeat)
20. Song of the Deep (PS4)
21. Naruto Gekitou Ninja Taisen 3 (GCN)
22. Banjo-Tooie (N64) (repeat)
23. Wario Land (VB)
24. Yakuza HD Edition (PS3)
25. Yakuza 2 HD Edition (PS3)
26. Vanquish (PS3)
27. Watchdogs 2 (PS4)
28. Pikmin (Wii)
29. Pikmin 3 (Wii U)
30. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Wii U)
31. Super Mario 3D World (Wii U)
32. Tales of Innocence R (Vita)
33. Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii)
34. Boing! Docomodake DS (DS)
35. Kirby Triple Deluxe (3DS)
36. Magicka 2: Learn to Spell... AGAIN! (PS4) (repeat)
37. Pokemon Moon (3DS)
38. Pokemon Black 2 (DS)
39. Pokken Tournament (Wii U)

40. The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth + (Switch)

After 100+ hours and beating Delirium with several different characters, I'd say I have this game pretty well beaten. Really, I had it beaten quite a while ago, but more runs to unlock more stuff with new characters is just so addicting!

Not gonna say too much. It's Binding of Isaac. It's a fucking fantastic rogue-lite, perhaps the best out there. The Switch port is absolutely fantastically done. The game looks beautiful, runs perfectly, and all of the new content that the '+' entails add that much more to mess around with!

Verdict: Highly Recommended. As stated before, it's Binding of Isaac. If you like rogue-lites, chances are you've already played it a long time ago. If you do like rogue-lites and haven't played it yet and have a PC or a Switch, then I cannot recommend picking up this enough.
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by Markies Thu Jul 27, 2017 1:15 pm

ElkinFencer10 wrote:Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge definitely deserves the praise it gets, and it's definitely one of the Xbox's best exclusives.  Most modern flight combat sims don't hit the perfect balance and control that Crimson Skies manages, and each of the various planes from which one can choose feels unique and has its own pros and cons.  My personal issue with the cut scenes aside (and truthfully, they still look good for the time), Crimson Skies does almost everything right.  It looks great, it sounds great, it plays great, and while the story isn't amazing, it's interesting enough to keep you going with humorous dialogue to keep you entertained.  Combine that with some simply brilliant level design (especially the last area, holy crap), and you've got a must-have for any Xbox collector.


Absolutely 100% agree!

I am not a flight simulator guy or love games about planes, but this game was utterly amazing. One of the best games I've played on the XBOX and just an absolute blast.

It is also insanely cheap, being like less than $5. If you own an original XBOX, you owe it to yourself to pick this game up.

I am happy to see you enjoyed it as well. Glad to see more people enjoy this underrated classic!
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by ElkinFencer10 Thu Jul 27, 2017 3:08 pm

I don't know why it sat on my shelf for half a decade before I finally got around to playing it. Even my roommate in college back when I got it in 2012 kept raving about amazing it was. For some reason, though, it never made it off my "I'll play it soon" list until this week.
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Also, FYI, it's $10 digitally on Xbox 360
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by Xeogred Thu Jul 27, 2017 3:30 pm

The hype seems very real with that one. I should check it out. I think I did play it back in the day but can't remember...

Cool it holds up though, especially for that kind of genre.
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by ElkinFencer10 Thu Jul 27, 2017 4:45 pm

Xeogred wrote:The hype seems very real with that one. I should check it out. I think I did play it back in the day but can't remember...

Cool it holds up though, especially for that kind of genre.

I played through some Vietnam flight combat sim on PS4, and while it was...okay...Crimson Skies is MUCH better. I haven't played any of the Ace Combat games (I'm a disgrace, I know), so I can't compare it to them, but there are definitely modern games that play much worse.
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by PartridgeSenpai Fri Jul 28, 2017 12:33 am

Partridge Senpai's 2017 Beaten Games:

1. Tales of Hearts R (Vita)
2. UPPERS (Vita)
3. Volume (Vita)
4. Overlord: Minions (DS)
5. Kirby: Planet Robobot (3DS)
6. Overlord II (PS3)
7. Overlord: Dark Legend (Wii)
8. La-Mulana (Remake) (PC)
9. Infamous: Second Son (PS4)
10. htol#NiQ: The Firefly Diary (Vita)
11. Blood Bowl (360)
12. Dead to Rights: Retribution (360)
13. Bioshock Infinite (360)
14. Bioshock Infinite: Burial At Sea Part 1 (360)
15. Bioshock Infinite: Burial at Sea Part 2 (360)
16. Singularity (360)
17. Seifuku Densetsu Pretty Fighter X (Saturn)
18. Ultraman: Hikari No Kyojin Densetsu (Saturn)
19. Donkey Kong 64 (N64) (repeat)
20. Song of the Deep (PS4)
21. Naruto Gekitou Ninja Taisen 3 (GCN)
22. Banjo-Tooie (N64) (repeat)
23. Wario Land (VB)
24. Yakuza HD Edition (PS3)
25. Yakuza 2 HD Edition (PS3)
26. Vanquish (PS3)
27. Watchdogs 2 (PS4)
28. Pikmin (Wii)
29. Pikmin 3 (Wii U)
30. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Wii U)
31. Super Mario 3D World (Wii U)
32. Tales of Innocence R (Vita)
33. Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii)
34. Boing! Docomodake DS (DS)
35. Kirby Triple Deluxe (3DS)
36. Magicka 2: Learn to Spell... AGAIN! (PS4) (repeat)
37. Pokemon Moon (3DS)
38. Pokemon Black 2 (DS)
39. Pokken Tournament (Wii U)
40. The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth + (Switch)

41. Doom 2016 (PC)

Damn, what a game. Actually managed to get through it in two days. More glorious, big-gun-fun from the boys over at id. I'd still say I prefer Wolfenstein: New Order, but this is still a damn good game.

The main thing this game has mechanically to differentiate itself from it's Nazi-laden cousin is one word: Verticality. By jumping (and eventually double jumping) up to a ledge and holding the jump button, you can climb up that surface. This allows for scaling and platforming that New Order doesn't do nearly the same way. Firefights end up being quick-fire, manic run arounds as you scramble around the map trying to outrun the demons while also trying to keep your sights aimed on them. The demons are also pretty smart, as they keep pace with you really well and are just as good at scaling the stages as you are. It's great fun, and a great advancement on the run-and-gun, faster paced FPS they were going for with the Wolfenstein reboot.

The maps are all very big, and usually at least somewhat non-linear. While you do always have an objective, you also have other areas of the map you can derp off to to fight more demons and find goodies. Goodies ranging from pointless collectables, to literally sections of retro Doom levels, to new guns and gun upgrades. Add in the runes you can hunt down to do challenges to unlock new passives, and you've got some good intensives to explore.

There are some miiiinor design hiccups I didn't care for. Grabbing the tops of surfaces doesn't always work. Almost every time I died, it was because Doom Guy wouldn't grab a ledge I thought was grabable. And the checkpoints can put ya back a bit sometimes, but you don't need to recollect any upgrades or collectibles between deaths, thank goodness. Aside from that, the rune that lets you have infinite ammo as long as you keep your armor above a certain threshold felt REALLY overpowered, so I just stopped using it out of choice of keeping the variety of guns I had to use up :P

Verdict: Highly recommended. So far as I can see it, some FPS people are Wolfenstein people, and some are Doom people. Some will like one more than the other for some reason or another. Doom is more or less all the gun-fun of Wolfenstein but with a much lighter, tongue-in-cheek story. If silly demon smiting is your game, then Doom is well worth pickin' up.
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