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Re: Games Beaten 2018

by laurenhiya21 Thu Jun 07, 2018 2:17 pm

Classes are basically done for the semester (just a group project left), so time to finally catch up to reviews! I am quite behind :cry:

4/17: D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die (Steam)
It’s always disappointing when a potentially good game gets cancelled, but what’s even worse (in my opinion) is when a good game is partially released and is never completed. Unfortunately, the latter is the case with D4. It’s definitely not for everyone, but for my tastes it’s amazing. You don’t actually do that much in the game, as it’s mostly just poking around the area and talking to people, looking for clues to a murder (with many, many QTEs), but for me it’s fine. It’s got a good mix of murder mystery, weird but interesting characters, humour, and really just overall, it’s a bit wacky. The problem with D4, as mentioned before, is that it’s not finished and it will never be finished. Since it’s in episodic format, only the first two episodes were released and that’s right when it’s super good! It’s so frustrating!

So overall, it’s really good if you like something that’s a little weird, but make sure you can handle some disappointment.
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Re: Games Beaten 2018

by Exhuminator Thu Jun 07, 2018 4:31 pm

laurenhiya21 wrote:but for my tastes it’s amazing

You probably already know about it, but if not, check out Deadly Premonition. It's by the same designer, similar stuff. Unlike D4, DP was actually finished. I'm not endorsing DP strongly, for me it was a 6/10. But some folks around here (Ack) really love it. You might also.
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Re: Games Beaten 2018

by laurenhiya21 Thu Jun 07, 2018 4:44 pm

Exhuminator wrote:
laurenhiya21 wrote:but for my tastes it’s amazing

You probably already know about it, but if not, check out Deadly Premonition. It's by the same designer, similar stuff. Unlike D4, DP was actually finished. I'm not endorsing DP strongly, for me it was a 6/10. But some folks around here (Ack) really love it. You might also.

Yeah I've beaten Deadly Premonition! 8) Really love that game! The car noises were a little annoying sometimes but otherwise I had a blast playing it. I guess I just forgot to mention it in the review haha.
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Re: Games Beaten 2018

by Ack Thu Jun 07, 2018 5:07 pm

That's because lauren's got good taste.
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Re: Games Beaten 2018

by Exhuminator Fri Jun 08, 2018 2:59 pm

Ack wrote:That's because lauren's got good taste.

DP is an action-adventure game. While it's a great adventure game, it's a trash action game. Unfortunately you can't have one without the other, Zach.
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Re: Games Beaten 2018

by ElkinFencer10 Sun Jun 10, 2018 10:15 am

Since I forgot to post about Jurassic Pinball on here last night when I posted my review on my blog, I'm putting both in this post. Sorry for the gigantic post (jk i'm not really sorry my posts are awesome).

Games Beaten in 2018 So Far - 59
* denotes a replay

January (16 Games Beaten)
1. Phantasy Star Portable - PlayStation Portable - January 1
2. Middle-Earth: Shadow of War - Xbox One - January 9
3. Duck Tales - NES - January 10
4. Yakuza Kiwami - PlayStation 4 - January 14
5. Xuan-Yuan Sword: The Gate of Firmament - PlayStation 4 - January 20
6. Doki Doki Literature Club - Steam - January 20
7. Deep Space Waifu - Steam - January 21
8. Turok: Dinosaur Hunter - Steam - January 21
9. Duck Tales 2 - NES - January 22
10. TaleSpin - NES - January 22
11. Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers - NES - January 23
12. Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers 2 - NES - January 24
13. Global Defence Force - PlayStation 2 - January 24
14. Darkwing Duck - NES - January 25
15. Tiny Toon Adventures - NES - January 26
16. Poi - Steam - January 28

February (18 Games Beaten)
17. Galaxy on Fire 2 Full HD - Steam - February 3
18. Final Fantasy Legend - Game Boy - February 5
19. Valkyrie Drive Bhikkhuni - Vita - February 5
20. Super Little Acorns 3D Turbo - 3DS - February 8
21. Adventures in Equica: Unicorn Training - Android - February 8
22. Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest - SNES - February 10
23. X-COM: UFO Defense - Steam - February 14
24. Ys IV: The Dawn of Ys -TurboGrafx-CD - February 18
25. Army Men - Game Boy Color - February 19
26. Army Men 2 - Game Boy Color - February 19
27. Army Men: Air Combat - Game Boy Color - February 20
28. Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA 2nd - PlayStation Portable - February 22
29. Army Men: Sarge's Heroes 2 - Game Boy Color - February 22
30. Army Men Advance - Game Boy Advance - February 24
31. Dynasty Warriors Gundam Reborn - PlayStation 3 - February 25
32. Army Men: Operation Green - Game Boy Advance - February 26
33. A Night Out - PC - February 27
34. Army Men: Turf Wars - Game Boy Advance - February 27

March (10 Games Beaten)
35. Phantasy Star - Master System - March 10*
36. Grand Kingdom - PlayStation 4 - March 17
37. Bit.Trip Beat - Wii - March 18
38. Bit.Trip Core - Wii - March 18
39. Bit.Trip Void - Wii - March 18
40. Bit.Trip Runner - Wii - March 22
41. Bit.Trip Fate - Wii - March 22
42. Bit.Trip Flux - Wii - March 24
43. Bit.Trip Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien - Wii U - March 25
44. My Nintendo Picross: Legend of Zelda - Twilight Princess - 3DS - March 28

April (7 Games Beaten)
45. Gundam Breaker 3 - PlayStation 4 - April 4
46. Night Trap - PlayStation 4 - April 5
47. Corpse Killer - Sega CD 32X - April 9
48. Corpse Killer - Saturn - April 11*
49. Area 51 - Saturn - April 16*
50. Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers - Sega CD - April 17
51. SD Gundam G Generation Genesis - PlayStation 4 - April 28*

May (6 Games Beaten)
52. Detention - PlayStation 4 - May
53. Guacamelee - Wii U - May 6
54. EDGE - Wii U - May 7
55. RUSH - Wii U - May 9
56. Pokemon Snap - Nintendo 64 - May 27
57. Doom VFR - PS VR - May 27

June (2 Games Beaten)
58. Jurassic Pinball - Switch - June 8
59. Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn - Switch - June 9

58. Jurassic Pinball - Switch - June 8

Okay, so here's a little confession about me; I never really outgrew my four year old "OMG I LOVE DINOSAURS" phase. I just suppressed it. Spinosaurus is the most badass land carnivore of all time FIGHT ME YOU KNOW IT'S TRUE. I also absolutely LOVE pinball. I've got close to $200 worth of Pinball Arcade content on my PS4, and I have probably $20 of Zen Pinball 3 content downloaded on my Switch. When i saw Jurassic Pinball pop up on the Switch eShop, then, I was naturally stoked. Pinball AND dinosaurs? Dude, sign me up.


It was a trap. The cake was a lie. There were four lights. Bigfoot really was in San Andreas. Half-Life 3 exists. Whatever analogy for "I WAS TRICKED" you want to use, do it, because I was lured in like a pandolid shrimp to an anglerfish. Oh, only $1.99? That's about $1.50 more than this game is worth. It's only one single table which, honestly, I wouldn't mind paying $2 for it it were a decent table. There's potential based on the table design, but the physics are all wrong. I get that I've been spoiled by The Pinball Arcade, but nothing about Jurassic Pinball feels like a real pinball table. It's one of those things that's hard to put into words, but the physics just feel all wrong, and it's not just one aspect. Everything feels wrong from the ball's movement, to the flippers reaction, to the bumpers, to the general momentum of the table. It all just And that's the last thing you want in a video pinball game.


Visually, the game looks fine - not impressive but not atrocious - and the sound design is...okay...albeit a bit bland. What really suffers with regards to visuals and audio, however, is the overall presentation. The presentation feels almost like a demo. The menu is extremely barebones, and there's hardly any point in having an options menu with how limited it is. If there's only going to be the one table in the download, they could at least have stood to spruce it up a bit. It's just....drab. Distressingly and disappointingly drab. First impressions are important, and this game made a TERRIBLE first impression. The next 40 subsequent impressions were equally terrible.


Jurassic Pinball isn't unplayable. Unfortunately, that's about the best thing I can say for it. If you're not a video pinball enthusiast and just want a quick, cheap game to scratch the occasional pinball itch, then for $1.99, this is probably what you're looking for. If you're seriously into video pinball like I am, though, the wonky physics and lackluster presentation will be a total buzzkill for you. It's not for everyone - actually, it's not for most people - but it IS cheap, so if you're curious or just want to say you tried it (or just want another icon to go on your Switch home screen), then I guess there are worse way to spent $2, but there are definitely better ways to spend that money as well.

59. Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn - Switch - June 9

Sit down, children, and let me tell you a story. Once upon a time, there was a fighting game called Mortal Kombat that took the world by storm. This story is not about that game. This story is about a game called Shaq Fu, a hilariously cringe-worthy attempt to cash in on both the popularity of the 1v1 arcade fighter, Mortal Kombat, as well as the star power of NBA star, rapper, actor, and occasional professional wrestler Shaquille O'Neal. While receiving mixed reviews at the time - fighting game fans weren't too terribly difficult to please at the time - Shaq Fu has since gone on to be considered one of the worst games of all time. While it does have a cult following (-raises hand-), there's also a group dedicated to finding every Super Nintendo, Genesis, Game Boy, and Game Gear cartridge ever sold and destroying them to rid the world of the game. Gamers everywhere were in for a shock, then, when an Indiegogo campaign appeared to reboot Shaq Fu as a modern and hopefully less craptastic game. Gamers were even more shocked when the game actually got released. The biggest shock of all, perhaps, was that not only did a reboot of a LONG despised game get crowdfunded out of the blue and actually see release, it's also actually a pretty good game.


The original Shaq Fu was a 1v1 fighter, and while that may have been a commercially wise choice back in 1994, things are a bit different in 2018. The fighting game genre's heyday has long come and past, and while there are still popular, successful fighting games, the genre as a whole doesn't have the success it once did. With that in mind, development of Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn shifted the game's genre from the original's 1v1 fighter to a 2.5D beat 'em up similar to 2012's Double Dragon Neon. I pre-ordered this new Shaq Fu as soon as it was up on Amazon because not only am I (mostly ironically) a fan of the original Shaq Fu but I love seeing old, dead IPs from the early and mid 90s get revived with reboots for modern consoles. It was a fantastic surprise, then, when I started playing the game and actually found myself really enjoying it. Like, this wasn't a "Oh, this game sucks less than I expected!" sort of situation; this was a "This game is actually legitimately good" sort of situation, and that's the last thing I expected out of a new Shaq Fu.


Visually, the game's good. Not amazing. Not disappointing. Just kind of "Oh, this is nice." Like watching a high school football team's championship game. Few if any of the players are actually going to make it to the NFL, but they're pretty good. The music is the big surprise win here. While it's VERY 90s in style - it's got a bit of a Will Smith rap vibe - it's actually pretty good if you're cool with somewhat cringey lyrics. The game's title screen song will get stuck in your head EXTREMELY easily. I'm definitely going to be downloading a few of those songs. #NoShame The game's dialogue and humor can be just as cringey as the music's lyrics as the writing breaks the fourth wall a bit too obviously and a bit too frequently, but if you don't take the game seriously, it's good for a chuckle or two.


Although I was EXTREMELY impressed with how not-shitty and actually downright fun the game is, there are some flaws - one of which is pretty major - that I need to address. I played on Switch, so I don't know how this compares to the other three versions, but the frame rate was fine but not great. It seemed to hover between 25 and 30 fps throughout the game although it did stick closer to 30 than to 25 from what I could tell. Still, it would have been nice to see a locked 30 fps or at least variable between 30 and 60. The hit detection and telling where exactly you are on the Z axis isn't the best it could be, but it's nothing that breaks the game. What is a pretty major issue, however, is the loading time. Most of the game, the loading time isn't bad. When you launch the game, however, it takes literally about five minutes to load to the title screen. Once you're at the title screen, you're fine. Loading times in the game aren't amazing, but they're not horrendous like when you launch the game.


Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn is likely to be the biggest surprise game of 2018 for me. I seriously went into this game expecting it to be crap, but it truly is legitimately fun. It's not Game of the Year material or anything, but I can't say that it's a waste of money. I had a really good time with it, and I can see myself replaying it every now and then. The visuals look fairly good, the music is extremely catchy, and the gameplay, while extremely repetitive, is a lot of fun in moderate bursts; I played one level per night, for example, and never got tired of it. This rebooted Shaq Fu won't knock your socks off, but if you give it a go, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.
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Re: Games Beaten 2018

by dsheinem Sun Jun 10, 2018 3:45 pm

Games Beaten 2018

Darkwing Duck - NES (PS4)
DuckTales - NES (PS4)
DuckTales 2 - NES (PS4)
Talespin - NES (PS4)
Chip n' Dale Rescue Rangers - NES (PS4)
Chip n' Dale Rescue Rangers 2 - NES (PS4)
Scarecrow - PS1 (Vita)
The Heart of Dark - PS1 (Vita)
Justice - PS1 (Vita)
Caligo - PC
Tomb Raider (2013) - X1
Nephise Begins - PC
Diablo III: The Darkening of Tristam - PC
Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams - X1
Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest - SNES
Forza Horizon 3 - X1/ PC
Elbub - PC
Tekken 4 -PS2
Injustice 2 -PS4
Apollo 11 VR - PSVR
Star Wars Battlefront II -PS4
Unearthing Mars - PSVR
Jenny of the Prairie - C64
Part Time UFO - - iOS
Marvel vs Capcom Infinite - PS4
War of the Monsters -PS2
Far Cry 5 - PS4
Uncharted: Lost Legacy - PS4
Soul Calibur 2 - GCN
God of War (2018) - PS4 *new*
Orcs and Elves - NDS
Tekken 7 - PS4
House of the Dead 4 Special - PS3
S.A.R. (Search and Rescue) - PS3
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR - PSVR
Time Crisis: Razing Storm - PS3
Time Crisis IV - PS3
Marvel Ultimate Alliance - PS4 *new*
Dodonpachi Saidaioujou - 360 *new*
Ketsui Kizuna Shigokutachi Extra - PS3 *new*

Total: 40

Previously: 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010

Marvel Ultimate Alliance is the first game I beat from my Summer Challenge list and I can see why the game is held in high regard as one of the better Marvel games out there (and supposedly the sequel is better), but it is hard not to think of it as a so-so Diablo clone with an absurd plot that is designed to incoporate as many characters as possible. It was also quite easy, and I enjoyed my time with it and thought some of the environments were really well done.

DDP SDOJ is fucking hard, and I had to credit feed like a fiend to get through this one. I don't think it improves on its predecessor (DaiFukkatsu), which is still probably my favorite Cave game (and possibly my favorite shmup of all time). In any case, after playing it I had the feeling that my best shmup days were behind me (perhaps due to some aging reflexes?). So, I was glad to find that, by comparison, Kizuna Shigokutachi Extra was much more accessible and I performed reasonably well through at least the first half of the game before I got to a point where the credit feeding started (albeit at a much slower pace).
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Re: Games Beaten 2018

by MrPopo Sun Jun 10, 2018 4:33 pm

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

I tried picking this up after beating he original CoD last year, but got annoyed at the sheer amount of bullshit that gets you killed. It actually does ease up. The first campaign is the US campaign in Bastogne, and it starts with fox holes and lots of random stuff that kills you if you don't go to just the right spot. It quickly goes frustrating. After that it eases up some, with the more standard squad stuff you were doing in the previous game. Figuring out when you need to be the one to do something (kill something big, trigger a move up) is a lot of the gameplay. The British campaign starts off more interesting; the first mission has you as a gunner on a B-17. You get shot down at the end and picked up by the Dutch resistance, then you get co-opted by the SAS to assault some gun batteries in Sicily. And finally, the Russian campaign is more meat grinder. At least only half of it is urban fighting, and you get a fun tank segment in the middle.

This suffered from FPS expansion syndrome, where the main draw is making it harder, but without actually having good reason for that difficulty. So I'd only recommend playing it if you get it as part of a bundle.
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Re: Games Beaten 2018

by Markies Sun Jun 10, 2018 7:43 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)


I completed Secret of Evermore on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System this afternoon!

One of the nice things about only playing retro games is that I do not get caught up in all of the hype. The excitement one feels for a video game to be released only to be disappointed when you actually play the game. Granted, some games are actually good when they are released as well. With that in mind, the only hype I feel is one created in my mind. Like, if I have been looking for a game for a long time and I finally find it or a game I have been wanting to play for a while and I finally get around to it. I would say Secret of Evermore would probably be one of my most hyped games. Secret of Mana was my favorite game of 2014. I know Evermore and Mana are different games, but I wanted to continue in a game like that. I wanted to try the next step, even though it was a side step. So, this year, I finally got around to playing Evermore after all those years of hype.

Secret of Evermore could possibly be the most disappointing game I have ever played. It's hard not to compare Evermore to Mana, but even on its own merits, Evermore is a mean and not an enjoyable game. The enemies are way too powerful taking way too many hits and dealing way too much damage for just you and your dog. Several of the enemies float above you making it quite difficult to hit them. Your attacks do very little damage and have very little damage except when you power up your weapon. But, levels are only assigned to each individual weapon that you gain by killing one enemy at a time. Your dog is a much better fighter than you and basically carries you for the last world, which has too much backtracking. The alchemy system is interesting, but if you play it normally, you run into difficulty spikes because you didn't level up your spells before bosses which is hard to do considering your spells use up consumable items. Spells take forever to level up and they see very little increase. The game is incredibly dark throughout the entire experience and the ambient sounds make it feel disjointed as well.

Now, the actual music is rather enjoyable, the combat can be fun, I love traveling between the different worlds, seeing the transformation of my dog and the quips from the main character are rather funny. But, that is just window dressing. Overall, my feelings were mixed and I really wished I liked Secret of Evermore better.
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Re: Games Beaten 2018

by Xeogred Sun Jun 10, 2018 8:39 pm

@Markies: Don't want to knock on you there at all since you beat it! But something tells me maybe you missed some weapon power ups or something weird like that... I certainly remember that Evermore has some obtuse mechanics and the alchemy system is pretty bad, but I don't remember it being that hard or anything. The little trading area part was atrocious though. And did you get the bazooka near the end? I remember that making the finale easy. Hmm, who knows. I only beat it in full once many years ago.

Either way, rock on for finishing it and glad you enjoyed the music. I do wish Jeremy Soule did more work on the SNES or some old chiptunes in general.

Now... I don't know if you emulate, or import/patch games or whatnot, but next time... play the real sequel to Mana if you haven't! It's pretty hard though, but it has the best ARPG combat system of all time in my book. :D

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