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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by BoneSnapDeez Wed Jan 28, 2015 3:39 pm

1. Grandia (PlayStation)
2. Jungle Hunt (Xbox - Taito Legends)
3. Jungle Hunt (Atari 2600)
4. Jungle Hunt (Plug & Play - ColecoVision Flashback)
5. Donkey Kong (Atari 2600)
6. Donkey Kong (Intellivision)
7. Donkey Kong (ColecoVision)
8. Bubble Bobble (NES)
9. Side Arms: Hyper Dyne (PSP - Capcom Classics Collection Remixed)
10. 1941: Counter Attack (PSP - Capcom Classics Collection Remixed)


Played a couple of Capcom shmups during The Blizzard.

Side Arms
I have very little to say about this one.

I think it's probably a poor conversion from the arcade original.

You're a robot type dude who can shoot left and right with two different fire buttons, but it feels strange and awkward. The levels look nice but are dull, and the same enemies are used over and over. Next.


1941
Now this is more like it!

Despite occurring first "chronologically" this is actually the fourth game in the 19XX series.

All of the annoying quirks seen in the previous games are gone. No more timed boss battles. No more dull blue seascapes.

Just huge expansive levels, mechanical monstrosities for bosses, and a kickass OST.

2nd best game of the year so far after Grandia. Now to track down that SuperGrafx port...
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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by Sarge Wed Jan 28, 2015 3:54 pm

January

1) Rollergames
2) Bayou Billy
3) Whomp 'Em
4) Love+ (repeat, B-)
5) Love+ (repeat, B)
6) Zen: Intergalactic Ninja
7) Battletoads & Double Dragon
8 ) Battletoads (repeat, first time with Game Genie, this time using save states, nowhere near legit win... but it was "beaten")
9) Battletoads (repeat, legit, no Game Genie, no continues, no save states!)
10) Rockin' Kats
11) The Little Mermaid
12) Tiny Toons Adventures
13) Tiny Toons Adventures 2
14) Code Name: Viper
15) Bayou Billy (completely legit!)
16) King of Dragons (on Capcom Classics Collection Reloaded)
17) Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom
18) Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos
19) Ninja Ryuukenden III
20) Treasure of the Rudras
21) TMNT: Tournament Fighters (SNES) (repeat)
21) Ninja Gaiden III (SNES)
22) Ninja Gaiden (SNES)
23) Wrath of the Black Manta

So I beat the Trilogy version, and it's not a great port at all. I mean, it's playable, but it just feels so much sketchier all around. And the music is... well, some are alright, but most of them suffer badly in the transition. Also, it tends to miss inputs when the screen gets crowded, and it will get you killed.

I also stupidly booted up Ninja Gaiden. Almost managed to take down the end boss on the second go (one friggin' life block!), but then had about seven bad runs in a row. To say I'm familiar with Act 6 would be an understatement. I even sussed out exactly how to do that evil jump in 6-2 every time (let the sword-tosser back off the screen, jump right off the edge and slash immediately to kill falcon). The music here is pretty bad, too. And when it isn't, it just sounds weak.

Anyway, I did finally beat it, after far too many runs. Stomped the last boss, because I was really, really ticked off at that point, and I focused in. It wasn't even close! As far as I can tell, the difficulty is unchanged from the NES version.

Oh, and TMNT: Tournament Fighters. Shockingly good fighter, and the sprite work is excellent. How did the Genesis version get shafted so badly? Even the NES one is better! (I like the NES version, by the way.)
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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by J T Wed Jan 28, 2015 4:42 pm

BoneSnapDeez wrote:
Side Arms
I have very little to say about this one.

I think it's probably a poor conversion from the arcade original.

You're a robot type dude who can shoot left and right with two different fire buttons, but it feels strange and awkward. The levels look nice but are dull, and the same enemies are used over and over. Next.



This is a weird thing to say based on your review, but I totally need to play this game now! I'm a huge fan of Section Z, which has the same left/right shooting buttons layout. It takes some getting used to, but I like the freedom of being able to turn around in a shmup (though, oddly I don't like Defender style games much). I always wished there were more games like Section Z and was unaware that Side Arms: Hyper Dyne was that kind of game.

Also, 1941 is classic.
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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by PresidentLeever Wed Jan 28, 2015 5:48 pm

Mega Man X4 (PS1) - 7
Mega Man Zero (GBA, A) - 7
Mega Man Zero 2 (GBA, A) - 8-
Mega Man Zero 3 (GBA, B) - 7
Rocket Knight Adventures (MD, Normal) - 9
Gaiares (MD, Normal) - 7+
Magical Taruruuto-kun (MD) - 6+
Dynamite Headdy (MD, JP ver.) - 8
Alien Soldier (MD, Easy) - 8+
McDonald's Treasure Land Adventure (MD, Normal) - 7
MUSHA (MD, Hard) - 8
Mystic Defender (MD) - 6+
Rolling Thunder 3 (MD) - 7
Bare Knuckle 3 (MD, Normal, as Axel and Blaze) - 7+
Streets of Rage 2 (MD, Normal, as Axel) - 8
Streets of Rage Remake (PC, Easy (as Max and Adam)) - 8-
Starcraft (PC) - 8-/9+ (MP)
Starcraft: Brood War (PC) - 8/8+ (MP)


Maniac Mansion Deluxe (PC) - 6
Played through it two times, and finished it as Syd, Bernard and Michael (was gonna finish it as Wendy as well on my first run (Dave, Syd, Wendy) but didn't have a convenient save file from before sending the envelope). While it looks and sounds pretty great (similar to early 90s adventure games such as Conquests of the Longbow or Zack McCracken on FM Towns) and I did spot some minor gameplay improvements here and there (as well as the DotT-style interface which I quite like), I think it was a missed opportunity to get rid of all the logical inconsistencies, pixel hunting and other trial & error of the original game. There are still dead ends here, as well as a couple of new bugs (including one that gives you control over Dr. Fred and makes you unable to see the mouse pointer, though to be fair it seems hard to trigger). Therefore I'd only recommend going back to the first MM (or MM DX) with a guide ready, and mainly for the humour and aesthetics, though there are a few genuinely clever puzzles to be found. I also think the system with events based on hidden timers is pretty interesting and makes the game world seem more alive somehow, but aside from that, the sequel is better in pretty much every way.
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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by Blu Wed Jan 28, 2015 7:58 pm

1. Super Smash Brothers - N64 (January 3)
2. Shovel Knight - Wii U (January 6)
3. NES Remix - Wii U (January 14)
4. NES Remix 2 - Wii U (January 14)
5. Streets of Rage - Genesis (January 16)
6. F-Zero - SNES (January 21)
7. Super Mario 3D World (January 28)

This was a great game. That's really all that needs to be said. Nintendo had it right with this one, and I love the way this game played, the power ups that it added, and overall how enjoyable it was. 9.5/10

Loved the tunes, loved how cute it was. Would play again!
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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by BogusMeatFactory Wed Jan 28, 2015 8:07 pm

Blu wrote:1. Super Smash Brothers - N64 (January 3)
2. Shovel Knight - Wii U (January 6)
3. NES Remix - Wii U (January 14)
4. NES Remix 2 - Wii U (January 14)
5. Streets of Rage - Genesis (January 16)
6. F-Zero - SNES (January 21)
7. Super Mario 3D World (January 28)

This was a great game. That's really all that needs to be said. Nintendo had it right with this one, and I love the way this game played, the power ups that it added, and overall how enjoyable it was. 9.5/10

Loved the tunes, loved how cute it was. Would play again!


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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by BoneSnapDeez Wed Jan 28, 2015 8:09 pm

J T wrote:
BoneSnapDeez wrote:
Side Arms
I have very little to say about this one.

I think it's probably a poor conversion from the arcade original.

You're a robot type dude who can shoot left and right with two different fire buttons, but it feels strange and awkward. The levels look nice but are dull, and the same enemies are used over and over. Next.



This is a weird thing to say based on your review, but I totally need to play this game now! I'm a huge fan of Section Z, which has the same left/right shooting buttons layout. It takes some getting used to, but I like the freedom of being able to turn around in a shmup (though, oddly I don't like Defender style games much). I always wished there were more games like Section Z and was unaware that Side Arms: Hyper Dyne was that kind of game.

Also, 1941 is classic.


Well I also dislike Section Z. :lol:

Didn't even bother to finish that one. I believe it's on the same compilation, or the accompanying "Reloaded" one.

I LOVE Eco Fighters though, and that has even stranger controls (360 rotation).
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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by Blu Wed Jan 28, 2015 8:41 pm

BogusMeatFactory wrote:
Blu wrote:1. Super Smash Brothers - N64 (January 3)
2. Shovel Knight - Wii U (January 6)
3. NES Remix - Wii U (January 14)
4. NES Remix 2 - Wii U (January 14)
5. Streets of Rage - Genesis (January 16)
6. F-Zero - SNES (January 21)
7. Super Mario 3D World (January 28)

This was a great game. That's really all that needs to be said. Nintendo had it right with this one, and I love the way this game played, the power ups that it added, and overall how enjoyable it was. 9.5/10

Loved the tunes, loved how cute it was. Would play again!


Isn't the Cat Suit powerup the cutest on the Goombas and, "You know who?"


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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by Hobie-wan Wed Jan 28, 2015 8:50 pm

J T wrote:This is a weird thing to say based on your review, but I totally need to play this game now! I'm a huge fan of Section Z, which has the same left/right shooting buttons layout. It takes some getting used to, but I like the freedom of being able to turn around in a shmup (though, oddly I don't like Defender style games much). I always wished there were more games like Section Z and was unaware that Side Arms: Hyper Dyne was that kind of game.


FYI there are 2 versions on TG/PCE. Sidearms (card) and Sidearms Special (CD). I don't remember you having either of those, but just more possible options to play it.
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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by Ack Thu Jan 29, 2015 11:14 am

1. Renegade Ops (PC)(Multidirectional Shooter)
2. Borderlands 2 (PC)(FPS/RPG)
3. Gunpoint (PC)(Puzzle Platformer)

Gunpoint is short, sweet, and a lot of fun. The story focuses on Richard Conway, a private detective-type who is called to the building next door by a woman named Selena only to find she has been murdered and he's the only person on camera. From there, it spirals into a series of twists and turns as everyone backstabs just about everyone.

Each level is a job you must fulfill, to hack a computer or retrieve an object and then escape. But the fun comes in when you start picking up all of the tools you want to use. Want to fall long distances with no issue? Want to break through windows silently to not attract the guards? Want to wire a light switch through an electrical socket and electrocute someone when they try to turn on the lights? Or knock a guy out by kicking a door off its hinges and into his face? And all set to a smooth jazz soundtrack. I really love this game.

It's short, unfortunately. Like, really short. You can beat it in a single rainy afternoon. But the missions are replayable, and there is a dividing line where you have to make a vital choice, so seeing everything will require at least two playthroughs. Plus, beating the snot out of the final boss in a variety of ways is all part of the fun.
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