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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by ElkinFencer10 Sun Oct 08, 2017 6:36 pm

Games Beaten in 2017 So Far - 106
* 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 (2 Games Beaten)
105. Monster High: New Ghoul in School - Wii U - October 2
106. Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash - PlayStation 4 - October 8

106. Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash - PlayStation 4 - October 8


Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash is the seventh entry in one of my favorite series of what I call "titty anime games." As is IMMEDIATELY apparently from the box art alone, this is not going to be a game for everyone. A lot of folks will likely find this game offensive, and honestly, I can't blame them. There are different ways to look at this game, and I really enjoyed, but your perspective on it is really going to do a lot to determine how you end up feeling about it.


The Senran Kagura series is about different schools of female shinobi-in-training, and while most of the games are side scrolling beat-em-ups, there are a couple that try on different genres, and this is one of those that deviate from the normal genre instead trying a competitive third person shooter that's not unlike Splatoon in its feel and format. It also brings together the various characters and side groups that have been introduced throughout the series' games in an attempt to tie them together into a single canon universe to serve as a launching point for future games in the series, a point that is made pretty clear at the end of the story mode.


The biggest complaint I've seen with this game is the blatant objectification of women, and that's a valid complaint. There are really two ways of looking at this type of game that determines whether or not one is outraged at the sexism. The first way is the way that folks tend to look at porn - that it turns women into sexual objects rather than people and sets up unrealistic expectations for women. The other way to see the game (the way I see it) is as a caricature. Yes, it objectifies the women in the game but in the same way that dime-a-dozen romance novel covers objectify men - in a way that is OBVIOUSLY unrealistic. No one looks like the women in this game; it's unrealistic to the point of absurdity which makes it, in my view, more caricature than serious objectification. I'm absolutely not telling people that they shouldn't feel offended by this game, but I am saying that some folks see this series as stupidly absurd rather than an attempt at legitimately portraying women. As an added side note, too, the characters, while trope-y at times, are genuinely fairly well developed and legitimately strong female character. They just happen to be strong female characters with massive breasts who are shooting each other with water guns in tiny bikinis.


The visuals are about what one familiar with the company would expect from Marvelous - good but not extraordinary. There's not an enormous amount of detail in the water effects, but you're unlikely to pay any real attention to the standing water when the action starts to heat up. The sound is quite well done, though; the music is really enjoyable, and the voice acting (which is only in Japanese) is well done, although a few characters play up the cutesy high pitched voice cliche a bit too much. The story is pretty simple for the most part; the four squads of shinobi girls - Hanzo, Gessen, Hebijo, and Homura Crimson Squad - are transported to this island and forced to compete in a water gun tournament to build up shinobi energy to keep the seal on some ancient demon from breaking. Individual characters get some deeper motivations throughout the single player, but that's the basic plot.


The game plays a lot like Splatoon except either team deathmatch or survival instead of Splatoon's unique "Turf War" game mode. The single player has a story mode consisting of a prologue and five arcs as well as random side missions, a free tournament, and a survival mode. I had a hard time finding folks to play online with, but from what I can tell, that's either team deathmatch or survival as well. You can equip your girls with any of the water guns that you want, and instead of the shinobi arts they had in the previous games, you get ability cards that you can use to customize a small deck that makes up their skill arsenals. The concept is simple, but the wide array of characters, costumes, and skill cards give the game a lot more depth than is immediately apparent for those who feel like diving in.


Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash is definitely a controversial piece of the PlayStation 4's library, but for those not bothered by the fairly sexist nature of the game, it's actually a pretty fun one. The characters have a lot more depth than one would expect from their models and the game's concept, but the gameplay itself is rock solid and addicting. It can get repetitive (as is par for the course for the Senran Kagura series), but that seems to be less of an issue in this game than in most of the entries in the series. I wouldn't say "RUN OUT AND BUY THIS GAME NOW," but if you're into third person arena style shooters and like pervy anime games, check this one out.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by prfsnl_gmr Sun Oct 08, 2017 9:19 pm

1. Shantae 1/2 Genie Hero (Wii U)
2. Blek (iOS)
3. Bloo Kid 2 (3DS)
4. HarmoKnight (3DS)
5. 3D Fantasy Zone II W (3DS)
6. Fantasy Zone (SMS/3DS)
7. 3D Fantasy Zone Opa Opa Bros. (ARC/3DS)
8. Fantasy Zone II: The Tears of Opa Opa (SMS/3DS)
9. 3D Classics Twinbee (NES/3DS)
10. Rainbow Bell a/k/a Twinbee (ARC/DS)
11. The Legend of Zelda:Breath of the Wild (Wii U)
12. The Guardian Legend (NES)
13. The Clash at Demonhead (NES)
14. The Goonies II (NES)
15. Day of the Tentacle Remastered (iOS)
16. Mario Kart 64 (N64/Wii U)
17. Drancia Saga (3DS)
18. Chain Blaster (3DS)
19. Color Commando (DS)
20. Ace Mathician (DS)
21. Jump Trials Supreme (3DS)
22. Dragon Quest VII (3DS)
23. Fairune II (3DS)
24. RBI Baseball (NES)
25. River City Tokyo Rumble (3DS)
26. Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara (Wii U)
27. Arkanoid vs. Space Invaders (iOS)
28. Device 6 (iOS)
29. Transformers: Human Alliance (Arcade)
30. Metroid Samus Returns (3DS)

My son had his birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese this weekend. I joined my daughter playing Transformers: Human Alliance, a rail shooter developed by Sega that is basically House of The Dead with robots instead of monsters. She left after a few levels. I played a bit by myself. My wife joined me for a bit. She left. I played by myself a bit more. I realized I was getting close to the end. Some random kid joined. I realized I wasn't as close to the end as I thought. He left. I've come too far to stop. I'm beating this game. Some other random kid joined. I beat the game. That random kid's mom pressed the start button to skip the ending sequence and credits. I left. Some other random kid got to play the rest of my credit. This is the arcade experience in 2017!!!!

Metroid Samus Returns is excellent. I won't write much about it here since so many members have already written so much. I will say, however, that: (1) it is almost the best 2D Metroid game; (2) it has the best boss fights of any 2D Metroid game; and (3) it is the hardest Metroid game since the original. It is a truly spectacular remake that I cannot recommend highly enough.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by Exhuminator Sun Oct 08, 2017 9:54 pm

prfsnl_gmr wrote:it is the hardest Metroid game since the original

I agree with that.


And I beat that third PSP shooter...

71. Soreyuke! BurunyanMan Portable | 8/10


Soreyuke! BurunyanMan Portable is a bullet hell cute'em up infused with humor and ecchi. Upon starting this game, the player can pick one of three girls to fight with. All playable characters are moe anthropomorphizations of cats, and all bosses are the same of mice. There's a plot in here somewhere but who cares. You're going to shoot a lot of mice and mice-girls. When you fight bosses, after you beat them, you get a bit of a naughty show of their defeated bodies. That might sound a tad raunchy, but Soreyuke! BurunyanMan Portable is actually the tame PSP port of Go Go Burunyanman Hardcore!! for PC. (Go Go Burunyanman Hardcore!! had literal hentai scenes in it, but Soreyuke! BurunyanMan Portable keeps things ecchi.) Even if you're not interested in smutty meow meow, the shoot 'em up gameplay here is sublime. The colorful graphics are outstanding, the wonderful OST consists of high fidelity electronica, and it's simply hard not to enjoy yourself while playing. Really it boils down to three questions: Do you enjoy bullet hell shoot 'em ups? Do you like cats? Do you enjoy ecchi? If you answered yes to at least two of those questions, then you should play Soreyuke! BurunyanMan Portable.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by BoneSnapDeez Sun Oct 08, 2017 9:58 pm

So many anime babes on this one page.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by MrPopo Sun Oct 08, 2017 11:35 pm

1. Pokémon Moon - 3DS
2. Tony Hawk's Underground - GCN
3. Warhammer 40,000 Dawn of War II: Chaos Rising - PC
4. Warhammer 40,000 Dawn of War II: Retribution - PC
5. Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness - PSP
6. X-Wing: Imperial Pursuit - PC
7. Star Wars Republic Commando - PC
8. X-Wing: B-Wing - PC
9. Blazing Lazers - TG-16
10. Tales of Xillia 2 - PS3
11. Shining Force CD: Shining Force Gaiden - Sega CD
12. MUSHA - Genesis
13. Sonic CD - Sega CD
14. Final Fantasy Legend III - GB
15. Tales of Zestiria - PS3
16. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Switch
17. Horizon Zero Dawn - PS4
18. Tales of Berseria - PS4
19. Battlefield 1 - PC
20. Turok 2: Seeds of Evil - PC
21. Mass Effect Andromeda - PC
22. Starflight 2 - PC
23. Armored Hunter Gunhound EX - PC
24. Space Megaforce - SNES
25. Persona 5 - PS4
26. Torment: Tides of Numenera - PC
27. Cosmic Star Heroine - PC
28. Prey - PC
29. Strafe - PC
30. Mystic Origins - NES
31. Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia - 3DS
32. Ultra Street Fighter II - Switch
33. The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky - PC
34. Ultima IV - PC
35. Environmental Station Alpha - PC
36. Dust: An Elysian Tail - PC
37. Hollow Knight - PC
38. The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky Second Chapter - PC
39. The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky the 3rd - PC
40. Call of Duty - PC
41. Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 - 3DS
42. Sonic Mania - Switch
43. Mighty Gunvolt Burst - Switch
44. XCOM2: War of the Chosen - PC
45. Metroid: Samus Returns - 3DS
46. Dishonored: Death of the Outsider - PC
47. Cuphead - Xbox One
48. Odallus - PC

Odallus is an indie game that takes a lot of cues from Castlevania series. In fact, I'd sum it up as Rondo of Blood devolved to an NES+ level (extra large sprites, some effects you can't get on the NES, but Konami style music and keeping to the limited palette aesthetic) and with some Metroidvania-style movement abilities and changes to level design in the process. The gameplay ends up being a little uneven, but overall it's a good platformer and is reasonably forgiving in the end.

The story is told through an initial series of Ninja Gaiden style cutscenes and then a series of pre-boss banter dialog boxes. There's also some runestones that are found in each level that explain the backstory. Honestly it isn't worth remembering, something something evil rising, something something you put a sword in it. There's some awkward wording and editing errors, and I honestly can't tell if it's intentional for that old NES feel or if the devs (who are Brazilian) just didn't get the best translator on the case.

Gameplay wise, you have a sword and three subweapons, each with their own ammo counter. The axe is like the Casltevania dagger, but it pierces enemies and can bounce off walls and still be damaging while it clinks off. The torch is basically like the CV3 holy water. And the spear is a modified version of the CV axe, where it arcs up but then falls straight down after a bit; it's super awkward to use but tends to do the most damage. As you proceed through the game you gain the ability to push large blocks, breath underwater (you start with a five second timer), double jump, dash, and slow fall/ride air currents up. You'll need to return to previous areas with these power ups to explore new paths, such as getting better swords and armor, getting health upgrades, getting ammo capacity upgrades, and discovering secret paths. See, like Rondo, the levels have multiple exits. There's a main path of four levels, but then you get to the fifth stage and you're blocked. So you need to go back to the first four and find the hidden exit to each of the four secondary levels. Only when you've defeated all eight bosses can you get to the final level, which consists of two branching paths where you have to refight a boss you fought before with new moves. Once you do both paths you can do the final boss (and the way open is saved through restarts, reducing frustration). There's also a shopkeeper in every level who sells health, subweapons, and extra lives (which, like CV2, are used to restart you from checkpoints rather than starting a level over).

The bosses are a mixture of large enemies and smaller humanoids, and all of them are very pattern based. In fact, the amount of RNG in the patterns is actually quite low; while the boss might position itself based on where you're standing the sequence of attacks will be the same from attempt to attempt. In fact, of all the bosses I had to restart on only one, who summons a helper, had RNG, and that was with the pattern of the helper's attacks. Considering just how fast some of the bosses are and how small their tells can be, you will be thankful that you can memorize a sequence that will give you various shots at their weak points without taking damage.

As I mentioned, aesthetically it hearkens back to the NES. It doesn't slavishly hold to it, so we get large sprites, some nice parallax, and we aren't technically limited by the color palette, but the game still tries to stay true to how we remember it looked. So stage backgrounds tend to have a limited range of colors, and character sprites don't use a lot of different colors either. While it technically can't be made on an NES it looks the part to anyone who hasn't done the research on how the NES works.

A downer is that the game has somewhat of a messy difficulty curve. Your attack range is always the same as the short whip in Castlevania, and it ends up causing you to get hit a ton. Most enemies can outrange your attack, and many are rather fast and take multiple hits to die, so you're going to be tanking a lot of hits. There's enough health pickups and merchants that you should be able to at least get to the boss checkpoint without dying, but it still will get you if you ever get cocky. The platforming is also not as tight as it should be. You have a power grip maneuver, but it's fairly clumsy due to the limited animation frames and sometimes requires more precision than you think to hit that sweet spot. There's also several sections that require very precise jump heights to not take damage from spikes. Fortunately, the game has zero instant death; lava and spikes only deal damage and there's no bottomless pits.

At the end of the day Odallus is a decent enough platformer that takes a lot of good stuff from Castlevania. It is smart enough to not just rip it off; think of how Holy Diver takes cues from Casltevania while doing its own thing. There's no penalty for game overs other than restarting the stage, so it's more approachable than the NES Castlevanias not named 2 for beating it. Just watch out for that last boss; he's one you're going to want to memorize the pattern on and learn how to manipulate his positioning.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by Xeogred Mon Oct 09, 2017 1:40 am

BoneSnapDeez wrote:So many anime babes on this one page.

I rike it.

And yeah Odallus rules.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by MrHealthy Mon Oct 09, 2017 3:26 am

Xeogred wrote:If you didn't like Sly 2 I dare you to try Sly 3, haha. Now that one killed me.

I intend too. Not one to write off a style of game because of one negative experience.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by ElkinFencer10 Mon Oct 09, 2017 7:52 am

BoneSnapDeez wrote:So many anime babes on this one page.

11/10 best page in the entire thread
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by Exhuminator Mon Oct 09, 2017 10:43 am

ElkinFencer10 wrote:11/10 best page in the entire thread

:lol: You should have seen the screenshots I was tempted to post from Soreyuke! BurunyanMan Portable. Decided to keep it PG-13 though. On the real YOU need to play through the PC version (Soreyuke! Burunyanman Hardcore!!!). Ecchi lord approved.
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Re: Games Beaten 2017

by Ack Mon Oct 09, 2017 10:44 am

I should really get around to updating this thread sometime...
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