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Re: Games Beaten 2018

by MrPopo Tue Sep 11, 2018 1:07 pm

Nope, she's the wholesome sister.
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Re: Games Beaten 2018

by marurun Tue Sep 11, 2018 1:36 pm

MrPopo wrote:Nope, she's the wholesome sister.


This doesn't really fix the core problem, however.
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Re: Games Beaten 2018

by Jagosaurus Tue Sep 11, 2018 10:51 pm

We were talking Halo CE Anniversary in another thread, and it made me realize I didn't have the original 2001 Halo CE save file on my current 360. Then I got to thinking... I've only beaten it on original hardware and heard some gripes about how it run on 360 in later levels. Time to test it out...

Halo: Combat Evolved
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This is my second play through of Halo CE in 2018, the first on oXbox hardware, so how the campaign was intended to run is fresh in my mind. Also, I am playing the original game, not the "turn on original graphics" mode of Halo Anniversary.

First off, to those saying Halo CE is unplayable on the 360... come on. Is it perfect... no, but definitely playable. I ran through it with minimal problems. Here are my notes on any issues:

- Some frame drops when more than 2 vehicles and multiple enemies on screen
- Cut scene at end of 343 Guilty Spark level did not play. Jumped me right into the Library level. This would've been very confusing if I didn't know what was supposed to happen here in the story (first introduced to Guilty Spark)
- Some frame drops in Keyes level when 5+ flood on screen
- Significant frame drops as 10+ Flood are on screen in some areas of the Maw

I remember reading on forums back in the day that the last warthog driving scene in the Maw was impossible due to frame rate. Perhaps a later patch fixed this. I had no issues here on my 360E console. Earlier in the Maw, right before you get to the "destroy the 4 reactors" section, I ran into a few rough frame rate spots. Then they cleared up. Worth noting none of the issues above ever caused me to die. I also think some forget Halo 2 runs into a few issues on the 360 as well.

It was a great experience playing this again. Still hard to believe a console FPS from 2001 stands up so well 17 years later. Happy I now have all 10 levels/maps saved on my 360. Realizing how much I like this campaign. While Halo 2 may have the better multiplayer experience, I lean towards the Halo CE campaign as the winner there.

2018 Games Beaten:
1. Halo: Combat Evolved (oXbox - on original hardware)
2. Kameo: Elements of Power (360)
3. Halo 2 (oXbox game, played upscaled on 360)
4. Dead Rising 2 (360)
5. Halo 3 (360)
6. DOOM (360 XBLM)
7. Halo: Combat Evolved* (oXbox game, played upscaled on 360)

* Second 2018 play through if noted
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Re: Games Beaten 2018

by Markies Tue Sep 11, 2018 11:03 pm

Markies' Games Beat List Of 2018!
*Denotes Replay For Completion*

1. The Granstream Saga (PS1)
2. Perfect Dark (N64)
*3. Lunar 2: Eternal Blue Complete (PS1)*
4. Prince of Persia: Warrior Within (XBOX)
5. Donkey Kong Country (SNES)
*6. Pikmin (GCN)*
*7. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time (N64)*
8. Shining Force II (GEN)
*9. X-Men Vs. Street Fighter (PS1)*
*10. Mafia (XBOX)*
11. James Bond 007: Agent Under Fire (GCN)
12. ChuChu Rocket! (SDC)
*13. Super Metroid (SNES)*
14. Final Fantasy II (NES)
15. Devil May Cry (PS2)
16. Mega Man: The Wily Wars (GEN)
17. Secret of Evermore (SNES)
18. Test Drive: Eve of Destruction (PS2)
19. Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour (GCN)
*20. Paper Mario (N64)*
21. Grandia II (SDC)
22. Ghostbusters: The Video Game (PS2)
23. Bomberman Hero (N64)
24. OutRun (GEN)
25. Dragon Warrior IV (NES)
26. Super Monkey Ball (GCN)
27. Mischief Makers (N64)

28. Dragon Valor (PS1)

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I beat Dragon Valor on the Sony Playstation 1 this evening!

2017 was a rather strange year for me. My unhappiness at my job came to a head and I eventually left in the summertime. Thankfully, I landed back on my feet a few months later. When I did leave, a coworker of mine gave me a card and a gift certificate to a local game store. So, while walking around looking for a game, I came across Dragon Valor. Surprisingly, it was still New and it was a game on my list. I found out about the game while searching for RPG's on Wikipedia. It seemed rather interesting, even though I heard nobody talk about the game, so I decided to give it a shot.

In Dragon Valor, you play knights who are tasked with each of them destroying a different dragon. Each knight is a descendant from your previous character and depending on the choices you make, you will end up with different knights culminating in five different paths. The game is an action RPG played on the side. It has some light platforming, but it is mostly combat based. It kind of reminds me of a 3D Illusion of Gaia, but with very few puzzles. And surprisingly, all of this works really well. The generations idea is very unique and it is one of the first to really implement it into a game. I like the idea of the choices being made affecting your character and the children of your character. It is a little annoying for your characters to start out weak while the monster continue to scale up and the character development is usually just a single trait, but those minor gripes don't take away from a rather interesting system. Add on that with a great combat system that rewards pattern memorization, music that is catchy if a bit repetitive at times and dialog that had me intrigued throughout the entire game and you have an under rated gem on your hands. The dragon boss battles at the end of the chapter are truly rewarding and are the meat of the game. Also, there is a great leveling system where gaining items increases stats throughout the game with most of them carrying on each generation.

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by Dragon Valor. Being my first real generational game, I really enjoyed the concept and what to try more of in the future. There are some little annoyances and the graphics are hit and miss, but for a game I've heard little about, I enjoyed myself. If you love Action RPG's and are interesting in a generational story, Dragon Valor works!
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Re: Games Beaten 2018

by MrPopo Thu Sep 13, 2018 2:06 am

1. Ultima V - PC
2. Ultima VI - PC
3. Might and Magic VI - PC
4. Realms of Arkania: Blade of Destiny - PC
5. Pool of Radiance - PC
6. Curse of the Azure Bonds - PC
7. Secret of the Silver Blades - PC
8. Pools of Darkness - PC
9. Gateway to the Savage Frontier - PC
10. Treasures of the Savage Frontier - PC
11. Champions of Krynn - PC
12. Death Knights of Krynn - PC
13. Dark Queen of Krynn - PC
14. Into the Breach - PC
15. Lords of the Realm - PC
16. Dark Sun: Shattered Lands - PC
17. Lords of the Realm II - PC
18. The Alliance Alive - 3DS
19. Shattered Steel - PC
20. Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition - PC
21. Battletech - PC
22. Pillars of Eternity: The White March Part I - PC
23. Pillars of Eternity: The White March Part II - PC
24. Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon - Switch
25. Pillars of Eternity II - PC
26. Dragon Ball FighterZ - PS4
27. Detroit: Become Human - PC4
28. Call of Duty: United Offensive - PC
29. The Last of Us - PS4
30. The Last of Us: Left Behind - PS4
31. Prey: Mooncrash - PC
32. Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds - PS4
33. Resident Evil 7 - PC
34. Resident Evil 7: Not A Hero - PC
35. Warhammer 40000: Dawn of War III - PC
36. Overwhelm - PC
37. Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation - PC
38. Hard Reset Redux - PC
39. Nier: Automata - PS4
40. Darksiders - PC
41. The Banner Saga 3 - PC
42. Guacamelee! 2 - PC
43. Spider-Man - PS4

Insominac Games has created Spider-Man: The Original Netflix Series: The Game. This is a finely crafted experience that fully plays into the Spider-Man fantasy while also nailing what makes him such a fun and compelling character, as well as getting into the parts that make him human. If you enjoy Spider-Man you owe it to yourself to play this game.

At its heart, this game is Arkham City where you replace Batman with Spider-Man and make the appropriate tweaks to the world. The combat is a similar sort of flow based system, but it's both a bit more forgiving (you don't lose your combo for whiffing a hit) and gives you a bit more to do because of the heavy integration of Spider-Man's web shooters. The combat is always fun, and there are so many approaches to dealing with your enemies that you never get bored with it. There's even the predator stealth system from the Arkham games, though here it is deemphasized to mostly be a way of reducing the odds against you and having fun screwing with enemies (though there are a handful of story missions where you have to do it quietly or fail). Swinging through the city is incredibly satisfying, and there's so many little touches in the game; you can get hit by a train and die, or you can high five people on the street (and others will either say their kid loves you or complement your cosplay). The game's collectables are both meaningful (they flesh out the world quite well) and are introduced over time so that you aren't overwhelmed with "gotta do em all" syndrome like so many open world games.

Plot-wise there is a long progression, where you're following a main thread with several digressions because Spider-Man is a rounded character. Then, when you think you've resolved things, the seeds planted through the game sprout and lead to the big climax and some really awesome boss fights. The game includes Spider-Man's trademark banter, and they managed to strike a decent balance with it. There tends to be one or two banter lines that go along with the crimes you run into in the city (one or two per type of crime), and then in the stories there are specific pieces inserted. They avoided the "ok, you beat up five guys, time for a random quip" thing that could get it to really get old. And late game there is a really epic series of jokes in one of the boss fights.

And, like any good MCU-esque work, the game has a mid credits and a post credits scene which give hints at what can come next. The game has left a bunch of foreshadowing of things that will show up in DLC missions and for a sequel (and I certainly hope they decide to make one).
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Re: Games Beaten 2018

by prfsnl_gmr Thu Sep 13, 2018 8:48 am

Interesting....the review I read said that the game, which was an otherwise great open-world New York City simulator, was ruined by the inclusion of some sort of spider-themed superhero:

https://www.clickhole.com/bad-game-desi ... 1828974255

Apparently, you actually like that part, however... :lol:
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2. LaserCat (360)
3. Zombie Incident (3DS)
4. Bye-Bye BoxBoy! (3DS)
5. Monument Valley 2 (iOS)
6. Zenge (iOS)
7. Master of Darkness (Game Gear/3DS)
8. Wonder Boy (SMS)
9. Full Throttle Remastered (iOS)
10. Adventure Island (NES)
11. Adventure Island II (NES)
12. Adventure Island (GB)
13. Super Adventure Island (SNES)
14. New Adventure Island (TG16)
15. Adventure Island III (NES)
16. The Legend of the Ghost Lion (NES)
17. Part Time UFO (iOS)
18. Adventure Island II: Aliens in Paradise (GB)
19. Adventure Island IV (NES)
20. Super Adventure Island II (SNES)
21. Adventure Island: The Beginning (WII)
22. Quell Memento (3DS)
23. Wonder Boy in Monster Land (ARCADE)
24. Saiyuuki World (FAMICOM)
25. Whomp ‘Em (NES)
26. Bikkuriman World (TG16)
27. Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair (TG16)
28. Go Series: Picdun (DS)
29. The Keep (3DS)
30. Dooors (3DS)
31. Ninja Gaiden (ARCADE)
32. Advance Guardian Heroes (GBA)
33. TMNT (GBA)
34. Double Dragon Advance (GBA)
35. Mighty Final Fight (NES)
36. Double Dragon II (ARCADE)
37. Kung Fu Master (GB)
38. Cube Escape: The Lake (iOS)
39. Cube Escape: Seasons (iOS)
40. Cube Escape: Arles (iOS)
41 . Cube Escape: Harvey’s Box (iOS)
42. Cube Escape: Case 23 (iOS)
43. Cube Escape: The Mill (iOS)
44. Rusty Lake Hotel (iOS)
45. Cube Escape: Birthday (iOS)
46. Cube Escape: The Theatre (iOS)
47. Rusty Lake Roots (iOS)
48. Cube Escape: The Cave (iOS)
49. Rusty Lake Paradise (iOS)
50. Double Dragon 3: The Rosetta Stone (ARCADE)

51. Knightmare Tower (iOS)
52. 80s Overdrive (3DS)
53. Hitman Go (iOS)
54. Deus Ex Go (iOS)
55. Ecco the Dolphin (Genesis)
54. Double Dragon IV (iOS)
55. Double Dragon Neon (PS3)
56. Double Dragon (GB)
57. Shadow Tower (PS1)
58. Double Dragon 3: The Sacred Stones (NES)
59. Double Dragon II (GB)
60. Wonder Boy III: The Dragon’s Trap (SMS)

I took alienjesus’ advice and played through another Wonder Boy game, the absolutely glorious Wonder Boy III: The Dragon’s Trap. I know a lot of you have beaten this; so, I won’t write too much. I will say, however, that the game is a splendid open-world platformer that looks and sounds great, plays better, is exceptionally well-designed, and is tremendous fun. I loved it, and it is now my favorite SMS game. (Sorry, Phantasy Star!) Highly recommended.
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Re: Games Beaten 2018

by alienjesus Thu Sep 13, 2018 9:03 am

prfsnl_gmr wrote:60. Wonder Boy III: The Dragon’s Trap (SMS)

I took alienjesus’ advice and played through another Wonder Boy game, the absolutely glorious Wonder Boy III: The Dragon’s Trap. I know a lot of you have beaten this; so, I won’t write too much. I will say, however, that the game is a splendid open-world platformer that looks and sounds great, plays better, is exceptionally well-designed, and is tremendous fun. I loved it, and it is now my favorite SMS game. (Sorry, Phantasy Star!) Highly recommended.


Hooray! The 2 you still have remaining are also great, so I look forward to when you get to those as well :mrgreen:
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Re: Games Beaten 2018

by prfsnl_gmr Thu Sep 13, 2018 9:20 am

alienjesus wrote:
prfsnl_gmr wrote:60. Wonder Boy III: The Dragon’s Trap (SMS)

I took alienjesus’ advice and played through another Wonder Boy game, the absolutely glorious Wonder Boy III: The Dragon’s Trap. I know a lot of you have beaten this; so, I won’t write too much. I will say, however, that the game is a splendid open-world platformer that looks and sounds great, plays better, is exceptionally well-designed, and is tremendous fun. I loved it, and it is now my favorite SMS game. (Sorry, Phantasy Star!) Highly recommended.


Hooray! The 2 you still have remaining are also great, so I look forward to when you get to those as well :mrgreen:


Nice. I’m really looking forward to them...although, since I will also be playing The Dynastic Hero, I really have three games to go. (Even more good times!)
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Re: Games Beaten 2018

by alienjesus Thu Sep 13, 2018 9:45 am

prfsnl_gmr wrote:
alienjesus wrote:
prfsnl_gmr wrote:60. Wonder Boy III: The Dragon’s Trap (SMS)

I took alienjesus’ advice and played through another Wonder Boy game, the absolutely glorious Wonder Boy III: The Dragon’s Trap. I know a lot of you have beaten this; so, I won’t write too much. I will say, however, that the game is a splendid open-world platformer that looks and sounds great, plays better, is exceptionally well-designed, and is tremendous fun. I loved it, and it is now my favorite SMS game. (Sorry, Phantasy Star!) Highly recommended.


Hooray! The 2 you still have remaining are also great, so I look forward to when you get to those as well :mrgreen:


Nice. I’m really looking forward to them...although, since I will also be playing The Dynastic Hero, I really have three games to go. (Even more good times!)



I forgot you were playing variants. The Dynastic Hero is very literally just a reskin of WB in Monster World, so maybe you might not want to jump in right after you beat the WB version.
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Re: Games Beaten 2018

by marurun Thu Sep 13, 2018 11:15 am

If you are also playing ports, sample the TG-16 version of Dragon's Curse (Trap). It's rather nice.
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