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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by Ack Tue Aug 18, 2015 7:29 pm

BoneSnapDeez wrote:Zombie Incident is the last eShop game I purchased. What I've played so far is pretty fun.

I buy digital games now..... what has happened.


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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by MrPopo Tue Aug 18, 2015 7:42 pm

BoneSnapDeez wrote:Zombie Incident is the last eShop game I purchased. What I've played so far is pretty fun.

I buy digital games now..... what has happened.

All games are digital.
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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by Ziggy587 Tue Aug 18, 2015 9:37 pm

Beaten:

1. Ys III - Wanderers from Ys (SNES)
2. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Hyperstone Heist (Genesis via EDMD)
3. Castlevania: Chronicles (PS1 via PS3)
4. From Russia With Love (PS2)
5. Star Fox Adventures (GCN)


Re-beaten:

1. Super Mario All-Stars + World (SNES via PowerPak)
2. Castlevania Bloodlines [x3] (Genesis)
3. Super Castlevania IV (SNES)
4. Castlevania Dracula X (SNES)
5. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night [x3] (PS1, PS3, PSP)
6. Goldeneye [x2] (N64)
7. Star Fox 64 (N64)
8. Castlevania [x3] (Emulator, FC, NES)
9. Super Mario Bros. (NES)

I just had a no death Castlevania run. :D

It wasn't the first time I've done it (this is either 3 or 4 I think) but I'm proud every time it happens.
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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by MrPopo Tue Aug 18, 2015 11:07 pm

First 50:

51. Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne - PC
52. Starflight - PC
53. Skies of Arcadia - Dreamcast
54. Aliens versus Predator Classic 2000 - PC

This is another one of those games that I grabbed illicitly way back in high school, never beat, then subsequently purchased a real copy in my adult life. This is a decent FPS that unfortunately gets eclipsed by AvP 2 in every way. But they do still manage to make a Marine campaign that makes you feel like the weak human you are and a Predator campaign that makes you feel like the uber badass you are. The Alien campaign ends up being a bit of a mixed bag, in my opinion.

Now, anyone who plays this will notice that you go fast. Like, super fast. It makes Doom seem like walking speed. This speed is vital for the Alien campaign; there aren't many points where you can do any real stealth as the Alien so you just need to haul ass to the squishy meat men and one shot them with your claws. The few times where it does feel like you're doing the Alien ambush stuff is when the level design has you go through a duct that leads to some unsuspecting humans. But it doesn't feel like you got clever and took an ambush path; the actual door was locked. Once I got the hang of the Alien campaign and just started going balls to the wall dash and slash I was able to clear it pretty easily, only being phased by the few times there would be a sentry ambush or a marine with a grenade launcher I wasn't able to take out immediately.

The Marine campaign mostly pits you against Aliens. Really, the Predator only shows up at the end of each campaign as sort of a boss monster; there's not really any sign of the Predators outside of that. It definitely keeps that feeling of "oh shit, oh shit, oh shit" that Aliens built up. But you need to be a very cool hand with your rifle, because it seems to be laser accurate against enemies that move very fast and very erratically. That means you can't rely on spray and pray to do any real work; your crosshairs have to be on target. Also, fuck those facehuggers. They're the absolute worst in the Marine campaign because you need to be watching your motion detector and having a light source out (i.e. flares) if you're going to see them. Fortunately, the game was always nice enough to ensure I had a flamethrower when they were around, as it utterly neutralizes them as long as you see them first. The final boss is unfortunately a slightly annoying puzzle boss; there's a few triggers you need to hit that are very non-obvious.

The Predator campaign gives you all the tools you need to hunt the most deadly game of all. It's pretty evenly split between humans and Aliens in terms of your enemies. And the game ends up throwing either one or the other at you at all times, so you don't have to do too much vision juggling. It's also nice how the various weapons all feel useful in one situation or another.

The biggest minus for the game is that the campaign stories are really bad. Like, there is an attempt at having an actual story, but it's so minimal that you will miss out on basically all of it. The only real story point I got was that the Marine gets written off as expendable by the company at the end, but then some random guy unlocks the door and lets me escape. There were other points where it felt like they were trying to put some story in but you couldn't really hear what was going on and this release doesn't scale up the font on high resolution monitors so you can't read the subtitles, and the subtitles don't even stay on screen the entire time the guy is talking.

By contrast, AvP 2 has the three campaigns taking place simultaneously and you need to do all three to get a sense of what's really going on; essentially each character is nibbling around the edges of the events happening. It's well told and unintrusive, and I wish this game could have had a story like that.

There's also a neat feature where after beating a campaign you unlock five bonus missions where you get to do another race's level. The Marine and Predator get some additional mobility tools when they do Alien levels to make up for the fact that they can't climb walls. I didn't bother to do it because it feels a bit gimmicky, but it's interesting in concept.
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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by SamuraiMegas Tue Aug 18, 2015 11:52 pm

Be a MGS3 and Peace Walker. Got the true ending for Peace Walker too. That torture scene is complete fucking bullshit though. Had to use the spoon trick.
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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by Sarge Wed Aug 19, 2015 11:02 am

MrPopo wrote:
BoneSnapDeez wrote:Zombie Incident is the last eShop game I purchased. What I've played so far is pretty fun.

I buy digital games now..... what has happened.

All games are digital.

Just to continue being pedantic... all video games are digital. ;)

And actually, that might not even be true... some might be analog. Like this. Fascinating stuff, for sure! :D
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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by MrPopo Wed Aug 19, 2015 11:05 pm

First 50:

51. Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne - PC
52. Starflight - PC
53. Skies of Arcadia - Dreamcast
54. Aliens versus Predator Classic 2000 - PC
55. Super Star Wars - SNES

I was in the zone tonight on this one. Super Star Wars is a game I used to rent as a kid, and I remember beating it with save states on my PC in high school, but this is the first time I beat it free and clear on my SNES. It feels good, but man, there's some nasty design choices in this game.

The weirdest thing about the game is the jump physics. All jumps are to a fixed height and if you are holding down the jump button when your feet touch a surface you immediately jump again. This goes against basically every instinct you have, and a few times it's gotten me into trouble. The other annoying thing is a couple of levels have a perspective applied to the surfaces, which makes it harder to figure out where the edge of a platform is. There's a slight delay between hitting jump and jumping, so I found myself falling off the edges of platforms due to missed timing. Most of the time this wasn't too bad, but there's a section at the end of the Sandcrawler where if you fall you hit instant death lava. And the respawn point in the Sandcrawler is incredibly difficult to recover from, so if you die there it's essentially a reset, as the game has no password system.

That's something to mention; the game has a system of powerups for your gun. Luke starts with the weakest gun, while Chewie and Han have the first powerup. There are three more levels beyond that, and each weapon has different properties. It can actually be more useful to stick with the seeker (3rd level) at times because of the utility, though the plasma (5th level) ends up having enough raw damage and a wide enough shot to overcome the homing. Luke also gets access to a lightsaber (midway through), which is a high damage weapon but you will take a lot of damage in the meantime. It's good for recovering from a death, though I found that Chewie's base shot combined with Chewie's huge health was enough to get me through until I could get power ups.

This game also loves to use Mode 7. There are two sections of riding around the landspeeder and then a section attacking turrets and TIEs on the Death Star at the end. All of these parts are terrible. The first two consist of moving forward, waiting for a Jawa on the horizon, stop moving forward, and shoot them. If you're moving forward while firing you shoot the ground. After killing a requisite number of Jawas you then just have to head to the structure in the background. The X-Wing part involves needing to kill a number of turrets and TIEs, but you have no time to react so you're better off just mashing left and right furiously while holding down fire. This Mode 7 stuff comes back in the rest of the series, unfortunately.

Interestingly the most dangerous hazards you run into are stage hazards. Spiked pits, exploding bombs, shrapnel from destroyed robots, they all do a lot of damage. By comparison the actual enemies don't do much damage AND they all drop hearts to keep you topped off. The biggest danger enemies can present is pushing you into the stage hazards, with the Death Star Docking Bay being the most notable example (a pit every so often that you barely have enough room to jump over and certain sections have random stormtroopers who drop in from above).

I beat Super Return of the Jedi when I was younger, so now I just have Empire on my list to finish.
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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by CFFJR Thu Aug 20, 2015 1:38 am

MrPopo wrote:55. Super Star Wars - SNES


Hey, as I recall that's my old copy!

I never liked that game enough to try to beat it. Anytime I played it I got annoyed pretty damn quick. Way to kill it Popo. I'm glad you took it down. :)
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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by MrPopo Thu Aug 20, 2015 2:11 am

CFFJR wrote:
MrPopo wrote:55. Super Star Wars - SNES


Hey, as I recall that's my old copy!

I never liked that game enough to try to beat it. Anytime I played it I got annoyed pretty damn quick. Way to kill it Popo. I'm glad you took it down. :)

Yeah, the game throws some major annoyance at you very quick. Stage one is vanilla, stage two is a dumb mode 7 stage, stage three is the annoyance of climbing the outside of the sandcrawler and stage four is the hell that is inside the sandcrawler. The game takes a noticeable nosedive in difficulty after that point.
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Re: Games Beaten 2015

by Fragems Thu Aug 20, 2015 10:27 pm

1. Injustice Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition(PS4)(Good)
2. Infamous First Light(PS4)(Good)
3. Drakengard 3(PS3) *Endings 1-4. Ending 5 I watched online due to BS boss.(Good except for the boss of the final alternate branch ending who can go burn in a firey hell :lol: )
4. Infamous Second Son(PS4)(Good)
5. Thomas Was Alone(PS4)(Great)
6. Uncharted Drake's Fortune(PS3) *(Good)
7. Uncharted 2 Among Thieves(PS3) *(Great)
8. Uncharted 3 Drake's Deception(PS3) **(Good)
9. Deadpool(PS3)(Great)
10. Red Dead Redemption(360)(Good)
11. Red Dead Redemption Undead Nightmare(360)(Okay)
12. The Walking Dead Survival Instinct(360)(Shit)
13. Fuse(360)(Okay)
14. The Bureau Xcom Declassified(360)(Okay)
15. Asura's Wrath(360)(Great)
16. Beneath a Steel Sky(PC)(Good)
17. Soul Gambler(PC)(Okay)
19. Harvester(PC)(Good, but disturbing)
20. Coma: Mortuary(PC)(Shit)
21. Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure(PC)(Good)
22. Freedom Planet(PC)(Great)
23. Tropico 3 Steam Special Edition(PC)(Great)
24. Far Cry 4(PS3)(Okay kinda meh)
25. Shellshock 2 Blood Trails(360)(Shit)
26. Grand Theft Auto V(PC)(Great)
27. Shadow of Mordor(PS4)(Great)
28. Call of Duty Advanced Warfare(PS4)(Okay)
29. Fallout 3(PC)
30. Fallout 3: Operation Anchorage(DLC)(PC)
31. Fallout 3: Broken Steel(DLC)(PC)
32. Fallout 3: Mothership Zeta(DLC)(PC)
33. Fallout 3: Point Lookout(DLC)(PC)
34. Dying Light(Xbox One)
35. Sunset Overdrive(Xbox One)

Sunset Overdrive is a really great game probably the best Xbox One exclusive I have played so far not counting compilations. The movement style, guns, and powers remind me a lot of Infamous just with a much heavier focus on movement and a lot more upgrades/customization which is great. The games humor is also top notch with plenty of cheesy movie references and fourth wall breaking. The only downside to the game is it is insanely easy and dying is actually fun since it hardly sets you back much and there are a variety of humorous respawn animations such as the Terminator time travel orb, alien abduction, Dr. Who Phone Booth, and etc. The multiplayer co-op is also really enjoyable and keeps things interesting post game with a nice competitive score system and variety of challenges.
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