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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by Ack Mon Nov 13, 2017 2:30 pm

1. Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide (PC)(Action)
2. Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 (SNES)(Fighting)
3. DRAGON: The Bruce Lee Story (SNES)(Fighting)
4. Eradicator (PC)(FPS)
5. Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon (PC)(FPS)
6. D-Force (SNES)(SHMUP)
7. Eye of the Beholder II: The Legend of Darkmoon (PC)(RPG)
8. Dying Light (PC)(FPS/RPG)
9. Dying Light: The Following (PC)(FPS/RPG)
10. Gauntlet: Slayer Edition (PC)(Hack and Slash)
11. Dear Esther: Landmark Edition (PC)(Walking Simulator)
12. Dead Pixels (PC)(Run and Gun)
13. Half-Life: C.A.G.E.D. (PC)(FPS)
14. Hell Yeah: Wrath of the Dead Rabbit (PC)(Action Platformer)

15. Half-Life 2: Episode 2 (PC)(FPS)
16. Sugar Cube: Bittersweet Factory (PC)(Platformer)
17. Zombie Shooter (PC)(Top-Down Shooter)
18. Torchlight (PC)(Action RPG)
19. Descent II (PC)(FPS)

I finally got around to finishing Descent II off this weekend. It's a tough game, building off the ramping of difficulty in the first, but the sequel continues the trend to almost stupid levels. By the end, nearly everything you're up against fire multiple missiles, use tracking weapons, or break into swarms of smaller enemies to harass and attempt to interdict your progress. Level design remains highly creative throughout, though the thematic element to the game doesn't hold up. If you want some fun fire fights in six degrees of freedom, where up is whatever you decide it to be, Descent II is a great follow up to Descent.

Let's talk a bit about what I like: this game is a true sequel. The plot is a direct continuation of the first, but more importantly you start out fighting enemies that were top tier in the previous game. In short, you need to be on your A game from the get go, or you're never gonna make it through to the first boss. If you want to play Descent II, play Descent first to find out if you're good enough to handle it. If you've beaten Descent, graduate to Descent II. If you can't beat Descent, you won't be able to hack it in the sequel, so give up and go home now, kid.

Once again, the level layouts offer some spectacularly twisty mazes and corridors that can just as easily disorient a player as they can offer advantages to surprise and lay waste to the killer robots you're up against. The 24 levels of Descent 2 are broken into sections, with each "world" consisting of four levels. These worlds all have themes, be it aquatic and tropical subterranean elements, magma falls, darkened ice planets, etc. The only place this seems to fall apart is in the final area, where there doesn't seem to be a discernible theme tying it together. While the levels themselves are ingeniously crafted, I would have greatly appreciated a link between them to help continue the flow of the previous areas. Now every 4th level features a boss, and these guys are often hidden within large arenas and hold some nasty tricks for the player, particularly the farther you get. You do have an array of weapons to take them on, but so do the bosses for dealing with you, and they're often able to cloak or teleport around to stymie your efforts. And this is where I start to have some criticism for Descent 2.

First, you don't ever get an explanation for what any of your weapons do. Your equipment does provide some info, and many of the weapons are self-explanatory, but if you asked me what a Mercurial Missile does, I have no idea other than I hit things with it. I mostly stuck to the Gatling and Gauss cannon when I wasn't using the base laser fully upgraded. Missiles were for when I needed to drop something nasty quick or needed to manipulate a trick shot, such as a smart missile against a wall to take out an entrenched opponent. Now you do get explanations of enemies at each new set of levels, and these explanations prove invaluable. Read them thoroughly, because you're gonna have to go up against them, and they're more than capable of chewing you a new one. But this same courtesy does not extend to bosses, and that can make them a slog, particularly the final boss. He's a special case though; most of the others, you just need to connect enough times to bring them down.

The final boss represents a problem though. He has a weak spot on his rear, but you're never given a hint of that, and if you're not abusing cloaking drops, he's going to keep facing you and laying waste with his shaker missiles. He's the first enemy you fight that has something like this that I know of, and I threw about forty lives against him before I finally figured out I was aiming for the glowing bit on his rear. This is why you save before the big encounters, folks. In my defense, that glowing bit is hard to see, and he can wipe you out in a single shot if he gets you directly (and those little bastard missiles of his are seeking), so getting close enough to spot the target is an exercise in suicide. I find he's indicative of the final area though, where theme is dropped in exchange for raw toughness.

So, the question: is Descent II right for you? Go play Descent, and that will tell you if you're worthy of the attempt. If you are, Godspeed. You're either crazy good or just plain crazy...or likely both. Join the ranks of both, folks, and fly the narrow, claustrophobic mines.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by Sarge Mon Nov 13, 2017 2:57 pm

Speaking of Descent, I picked up one of the few clones of it, Forsaken, in a thrift store the other day. Turns out it's a pain to get running on modern operating systems. There is a source port, though. The website's link is busted, but I did find it by looking at one of the earlier revisions of the page on github and using the file sharing link there. Haven't put any time into it beyond finally getting some version of it working, though.

Descent II came with my computer, or at least a demo version of it that went to stage 8. I remember how rough that final boss was, too. Tough stuff for sure. I still love those games, though.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by BoneSnapDeez Mon Nov 13, 2017 3:10 pm

Good post, Exhuminator. I noticed you put it on GameFAQs as well. 8)

Loved seeing this come out digitally, I don't feel the need to track down a physical copy of Zwei II anymore.

The original Zwei!! is pretty rad; at least the PS2 port I've played is.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by Exhuminator Mon Nov 13, 2017 3:13 pm

BoneSnapDeez wrote:Loved seeing this come out digitally, I don't feel the need to track down a physical copy of Zwei II anymore.

I am 99% sure you especially would love this game.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by BoneSnapDeez Mon Nov 13, 2017 3:16 pm

Yeah I'll get on it when I have a chance. I tend to wait for sales when it comes to digital titles.

(I really wish GOG.com had gift cards like Steam, PSN, XBLA, and the eShop...)
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by MrPopo Mon Nov 13, 2017 10:49 pm

The important question for you Ack; how many hitscan enemies are there in the game?
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by ElkinFencer10 Tue Nov 14, 2017 8:19 am

Games Beaten in 2017 So Far - 118
* denotes a replay

January (10 Games Beaten)
1. Persona 4 Arena - Playstation 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 (20 Games 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
69. Panzer Dragoon - Saturn - July 27*
70. Snake Pass - Switch - July 27
71. Buck Bumble - Nintendo 64 - July 28*
72. Castlevania - NES - July 29
73. Castlevania II: Simon's Quest - NES - July 29
74. Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse - NES - July 29
75. Super Castlevania IV - SNES - July 30
76. Castlevania Adventure - Game Boy - July 30
77. Castlevania Adventure Rebirth - Wii - July 30
78. Contra Rebirth - Wii - July 31
79. Heavy Fire: Special Operations - Wii - July 31
80. Heavy Fire: Black Arms - Wii - July 31
81. Panzer Dragoon II Zwei - Saturn - July 31*


August (9 Games Beaten)
82. Sunrider: Mask of Arcadius - Steam - August 4
83. Panzer Dragoon Saga - Saturn - August 5
84. Sunrider: Liberation Day - Steam - August 6
85. Emily is Away - Steam - August 8
86. Ys III: Wanderers from Ys - SNES - August 19
87. Nights of Azure - PlayStation 4 - August 25
88. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy - PlayStation 4 - August 26
89. Strike Suit Zero: Director's Cut - Xbox One - August 27
90. Devil's Third - Wii U - August 30*


September (14 Games Beaten)
91. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle - Switch - September 4
92. Dungeons & Dragons: Tower of Doom - Wii U - September 4
93. Daytona USA - Xbox 360 - September 6
94. Dungeons & Dragons: Shadow Over Mystara - Wii U - September 6
95. Cave Story+ - Switch - September 10
96. Cosmic Star Heroine - Steam - September 14
97. Lego Worlds - Switch - September 16
98. Metroid: Samus Returns - 3DS - September 18
99. Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls - PlayStation 4 - September 23
100. Weeping Doll - PlayStation VR - September 23
101. Dying: Reborn VR - PlayStation VR - September 24
102. Shadow Warrior 2 - PlayStation 4 - September 28
103. Pokken Tournament DX - Switch - September 29
104. White Day: A Labyrinth Called School - PlayStation 4 - September 30


October (7 Games Beaten)
105. Monster High: New Ghoul in School - Wii U - October 2
106. Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash - PlayStation 4 - October 8
107. Barbie Dreamhouse Party - Wii U - October 14
108. Tales of Berseria - PlayStation 4 - October 25
109. Cyberdimension Neptunia: 4 Goddesses Online - PlayStation 4 - October 28
110. Super Mario Odyssey - Switch - October 30
111. Splatterhouse: Wanpaku Graffiti - Famicom - October 31


November (7 Games Beaten)
112. Fire Emblem Warriors - Switch - November 1
113. Sine Mora EX - Switch - November 2
114. Ys III: Wanderers from Ys - TurboGrafx-CD - November 4
115. Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper - Wii U - November 4
116. The Bunker - PlayStation 4 - November 5
117. Dear Esther - PlayStation 4 - November 5
118. Gex - 3DO - November 5


118. Gex - 3DO - November 5

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Gex is the embodiment of mid-90s attitude. Most folks probably played Gex on the PlayStation - let's be honest, the 3DO wasn't a popular console - but I wanted to play it on 3DO partly because I'm a sucker for "failed" consoles and partly because it's the original version. Gex, both in gameplay and in character, remind me a lot of Crash Bandicoot (at least the 2D levels) despite releasing a year earlier.

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Gex is another of the anthropomorphic mascot platformers that were so common in the 90s. At a time when most games were moving to 3D perspectives, Gex was one of the last big 2D platformers. The controls are very tight and responsive, although the hit detection is a bit hit or miss; I'll manage to hit an enemy that definitely should have hit me first, and I'll get hit by enemies that I definitely dodged. It's not so bad that some practice can't compensate, though.

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The visuals in Gex are...okay. Even running S-video, they look rather murky, and given that it's a 2D game, that was disappointing for me. It doesn't look bad, per se, but it's not a visually impressive game on 3DO. The enemies are at least fairly interesting with enemy designs varying to fit the theme of the world you're in. The sound design is similarly okay. The music is decent enough - distinctly early 90s - but the sound effects and Gex's one-liners sound a bit rough, presumably due to how the sound files were compressed. It's not bad by any means, but it does show its age.

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Gex shows its age, but it's not a bad 2D platformer. If you're nostalgic for the 90s and 90s attitude, then you'll probably find a good bit to like here. The gameplay is decent, but even competition from the era can offer better options. The visuals and sound are just okay - not good but not bad - and the one liners are cheesy even if entertaining in small doses. Truthfully, I can only recommend that you go out and search for this game if you're trying to build a 3DO collection as it's a decent title and relatively affordable, but otherwise, give it a play if the opportunity arises, but don't go out of your way. This is one that's better in your memories than in reality.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by BoneSnapDeez Tue Nov 14, 2017 2:12 pm

Looks awesome. I don't have that on 3DO, but the GOG.com version seems worthy of a future playthrough.

Do you have any of the 3DO RPGs, Elkin?
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by ElkinFencer10 Tue Nov 14, 2017 2:21 pm

BoneSnapDeez wrote:Looks awesome. I don't have that on 3DO, but the GOG.com version seems worthy of a future playthrough.

Do you have any of the 3DO RPGs, Elkin?

My 3DO collection is still rather small, I'm afraid. I've got:

Advanced Dungeons and Dragons: Slayer
Alone in the Dark
Blade Force
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Gex
Return Fire
Shockwave: Operation Jump Gate
Star Wars: Rebel Assault
Starblade
Super Wing Commander
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by MrPopo Tue Nov 14, 2017 11:03 pm

BoneSnapDeez wrote:Looks awesome. I don't have that on 3DO, but the GOG.com version seems worthy of a future playthrough.

Do you have any of the 3DO RPGs, Elkin?

I'm seriously considering doing Lucienne's Quest as a celebration once I've bought and moved into a house down here in California.
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