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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by Sarge Thu Nov 17, 2016 9:47 pm

I can fill you in on my time in just a sec. *checks saves*

Hmm... nearly 30 hours on my brother's save in the first game, but mine's already clear, so I can't see the time. Pretty similar times, I'd wager, and a completionist run for sure. Aaaand... 41:03 on my last save in Lost Age.

So for me, it was like 30-40. 8)
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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by darsparx Thu Nov 17, 2016 10:29 pm

Ehh looks like I need to revisit those eventually. Especially since it looks like on my copy that was wiped. Not like it would do me any good to have the old file. You're kinda locked down once you hit the final if I recall and I wasn't prepared in the slightest for that. And I highly doubt on lost age that it's my clear data there since whoever was doing this had 13 15 14 14 in the djinn and is sitting at 57:50 before they sold it.....just wow(these were games i had to rebuy awhile back >_>)
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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by Michi Thu Nov 17, 2016 10:50 pm

BoneSnapDeez wrote:So Arc the Lad is from the mid-90s, ten hours, 2D, and easy? I am in.

I'm with Bone. This is clearly the next rpg I need to play.
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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by Exhuminator Fri Nov 18, 2016 12:19 am

BoneSnapDeez wrote:So Arc the Lad is from the mid-90s, ten hours, 2D, and easy? I am in.

Yes it's vintage 1995, 99% 2D (there are some polygonal special spell effects), and easy.

I mean easy compared to say Front Mission 5, which was the last SRPG I beat before Arc the Lad. Front Mission 5 makes Arc the Lad seem like tic-tac-toe. But I'm not saying that's a bad thing. The simple battle system in Arc works perfect for what the game is.

Some of my favorite tracks from the OST: ... A5&index=1 ... 5&index=22 ... 2802681BA5

Some battle footage:

And no the music in the game doesn't slow down like that, dude's emulation was off.

Arc the Lad is solid, you folks should play it.

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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by Sarge Fri Nov 18, 2016 12:22 am

I'm gonna be ecstatic if we can get a cadre of Arc the Lad fans on here. :)
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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by Exhuminator Fri Nov 18, 2016 12:58 am

As long as nobody plays this:

I think we can keep this train rolling.
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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by Sarge Fri Nov 18, 2016 1:19 am

Yeah, I've got that one. It ain't very good.
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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by Xeogred Fri Nov 18, 2016 7:21 pm

Good lord these tracks are so good. 90's nuke right to the face. It's been so long and I've only played the games once, but they left such a great mark.

So much better than FFT.
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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by Sarge Sat Nov 19, 2016 12:10 am

1) Bonk's Adventure (NES)
2) Little Samson (NES)
3) Holy Diver (NES)
4) Holy Diver (NES) (legit!)
5) Mitsume Ga Tooru (NES)
6) TMNT II: The Arcade Game (NES)
7) Mighty Final Fight (NES)
8] Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! (NES)
9) Monster In My Pocket (NES)
10) Battle of Olympus (NES)
11) Gunstar Heroes (GEN) (repeat)
12) Dragon Age: Inquisition (PS4)
13) Dragon Age: Inquisition - Trespasser (PS4)
14) Captain America and the Avengers (NES)
15) StarTropics (NES)
16) Double Dragon II: The Revenge (NES) (save states)
17) Double Dragon II: The Revenge (NES) (legit)
18) Crisis Force (NES)
19) Esper Dream 2 (NES)
20) Felix the Cat (NES)
21) Moon Crystal (NES)
22) Panic Restaurant (NES)
23) Frankenstein (NES)
24) Crystalis (NES)
25) Nekketsu Kakutou Densetsu (NES)

26) Killer Instinct (GB)
27) Mashin Hero Wataru Gaiden (NES)
28) Sly Spy (ARC)
29) The Red Star (unreleased XBOX, also on PS2)
30) Adventure Island 4 (NES)
31) Cocoron (NES)
32) Batman: Arkham Knight (PS4)
33) Xeodrifter (VITA)
34) Doom 2 (PC)
35) Brandish: The Dark Revenant (PSP)
36) Magical Pop'n (SNES)
37) The Ninja Warriors (SNES)
38) Phantasy Star (SMS)
39) Phantasy Star III (GEN)
40) Super Smash Bros. for 3DS (3DS)
41) Brandish: The Dark Revenant (Dela Mode)

42) Freedom Planet (Milla, 82 lives lost) (PC)
43) Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis (PC)
44) Lara Croft Go (AND)
45) Oniken (PC)
46) Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam (3DS)
47) Batman: The Video Game (GB)
48) Batman: The Video Game (NES)
49) Super Spy Hunter

50) Mega Man 2 (NES)
51) Mega Man 4 (NES)
52) Mission: Impossible (NES)
53) Mega Man 6 (NES)
54) Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES)
55) Sword Master (NES)
56) DuckTales 2 (NES)
57) Rush'n Attack (NES)
58) Mega Man 3 (NES)
59) Mega Man 5 (NES)
60) Mega Man (NES)
61) S.C.A.T. - Special Cybernetic Attack Team (NES)
62) TaleSpin (NES)
63) Double Dragon III (NES)
64) Donkey Kong (NES)
65) Astyanax (NES)

66) Master Chu and the Drunkard Hu (NES)
67) The New Ghostbusters II (NES, proto)
68) Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (PSP, via Dracula X Chronicles)
69) Revenge of Shinobi (GEN)
70) Shinobi III (GEN)
71) Shadow Dancer (GEN)
72) El Viento (GEN)
73) Earnest Evans (GEN)
74) One Must Fall 2097 (PC)
75) A Nightmare on Elm Street (NES)
76) Hebereke (NES)
77) Contra (NES)
78) Wario Land: Shake It! (WII)
79) Gimmick! (NES)
80) Ninja Gaiden (GG)
81) Wai Wai World 2 (NES)
82) Zoda's Revenge: StarTropics II (NES)
83) Uncharted: Golden Abyss (VITA)
84) Double Dragon (SMS)

85) Astra Superstars (SAT)
86) Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (360)
87) Star Wars: Dark Forces 2 - Jedi Knight (PC)
88) Star Wars: Dark Forces (PC)
90) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Hyperstone Heist (GEN)
91) Broforce (PS4)
92) Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight (PC)
93) The Terminator (SCD)
94) Aban Hawkins and the 1001 Spikes (PC)
95) Electronic Super Joy (PC)
96) Golden Axe (GEN)
97) Double Dragon (GB)
98) Double Dragon II (GB)
99) Double Dragon III (GB)
100) Super Mario Land (GB)
101) Kirby's Dream Land (GB)

102) Vapor Trail (GEN)
103) King Colossus (GEN)
104) Kirby: Planet Robobot (3DS)
105) Curse of Issyos (PC)
106) Alisia Dragoon (GEN)
107) Curse of the Crescent Isle DX (PC)
108) Tales of Hearts R (VITA)
109) Flashback (SCD)
110) Rayman Legends (VITA)
111) Wonder Boy in Monster World (GEN) (via 360)
112) Altered Beast (ARC)
113) Altered Beast (GEN)
114) Song of the Deep (PS4)

115) Tatsunoko vs. Capcom (WII)
116) Another Metroid 2 Remake (AM2R) (PC)
117) Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse (GEN)
118) Streets of Rage (GEN)
119) Technobabylon (PC)
120) Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (GB)
121) Ax Battler: A Legend of Golden Axe (GG)

122) Xenoblade Chronicles X
123) Final Fight (ARC) (via Final Fight: Double Impact)
124) Magic Sword (ARC) (via Final Fight: Double Impact)
125) Castlevania: Circle of the Moon
126) Ratchet & Clank: Quest for Booty
127) X-Men (ARC)
128) Vanguard (ARC)
129) Trio the Punch (ARC)
130) Street Fighter 2': Special Champion Edition (GEN)
131) Snake Rattle 'n' Roll (NES)
132) Rad Racer (NES)
133) Super Mario Bros. (NES)

134) JAWS (NES)
135) Chronicles of Teddy: Harmony of Exidus
136) Double Dragon II: The Revenge (PCE CD)
137) Splatterhouse (TG-16)
138) Super Dodge Ball (PCE)
139) Demon's Crest (SNES)
140) Splatterhouse 2 (GEN)
141) Super Ghouls 'N' Ghosts (SNES)
142) Stargate (SNES)
143) ActRaiser 2 (SNES)

144) Castlevania (NES)
145) Chip 'N' Dale's Rescue Rangers 2 (NES)
146) Chip 'N' Dale's Rescue Rangers (NES)
147) Gain Ground (GEN)
148) ActRaiser 2 (legit) (SNES)
149) The Rocketeer (NES)
150) Adventures in the Magic Kingdom (NES)
151) Kung Fu
152) Spartan X 2
153) Xexyz (NES)

Hey, look, it's the other adventure/shooter hybrid on NES! Whereas The Guardian Legend apes Zelda and some of the best vertically-scrolling shmups, Xexyz (apparently pronounced zeks-zees?) copies more Zelda II and horizontal scrollers. It's... well, it's certainly more than the sum of its parts, but it's not nearly as polished as TGL.

The basic structure is roll through a platforming stage, finding a force star along the way by shooting star blocks a certain number of times to reveal a door and then beating a guardian for it. Then you get into the castle, find your way to the boss there, with some short shooter stages with branching paths that loop if you don't take the right one.

Finally, you'll reach a boss, take it down, and free a captured princess or whatever. Then you'll go through another pure shooter stage, take down another boss, and repeat. This is pretty much the structure until the end of the game.

The platforming is interesting enough, although the jumping can be a little tricky at times. You can obtain new weapons through the game, and by collecting "E" symbols, you gain currency to spend at shops. You can also "buy information", most of which is useless, upgrade said weapons, restore health, and so on. There are also rooms where you can wager money to get more, some where folks will just give you stuff, some where you take down an enemy to free a captured (and bathing?) fairy, and a room where you headbutt a ghost up to knock a treasure chest off the ceiling for money. Yeah, it's weird alright.

The shooting itself is also pretty average. I mean, it's not terrible, but it's not terribly interesting. You have two types of shooter stages, one where you're in a vehicle, and one where you remain standing on a platform and fly around. The latter lets you use your on-foot weapons, and is reserved for the final big bad of the area.

Anyway, I had a real fondness for this game growing up because of the light exploration and RPG elements, but it's a game that you only play after The Guardian Legend. Because seriously, that game still rocks. This one's just a'ight.

For a more effusive take on the game, here's the HG101 entry.
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Re: Games Beaten 2016

by Markies Sat Nov 19, 2016 7:35 pm

1. Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader (GCN)
2. Max Payne (XBOX)
3. Eternal Poison (PS2)
4. Dragon Warrior III (NES)
5. Arkanoid: Doh It Again(SNES)
6. Super Mario Brothers 2 (NES)
7. Phantasy Star Online (DC)
8. Power Stone (DC)
9. Bare Knuckle 3 (GEN)
10. Thousand Arms (PS1)
11. Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (GCN)
12. Mega Man 5 (NES)
13. Ninja Gaiden (NES)
14. Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic (XBOX)
15. Mega Man 6 (NES)
16. Metal Saga (PS2)
17. Mafia (XBOX)
18. Parasite Eve (PS1)
19. Shining Force (GEN)
20. San Francisco Rush: Extreme Racing (N64)
21. Bushido Blade 2 (PS1)
22. Street Fighter Alpha Anthology (PS2)
23. ActRaiser (SNES)
24. Resident Evil 4 (GCN)
25. Mario Power Tennis (GCN)
26. Crimson Skies: High Road To Revenge (XBOX)

27. Growlanser II: The Sense of Justice (PS2)

I beat Growlanser II: The Sense of Justice on the Sony Playstation 2 this afternoon.

Growlanser II is a real time Strategy RPG that has a heavy emphasis on characters and story. There are no grids and battles take place in real time, but there are heavy amounts of strategy involved as you direct characters who to attack and what spells to use.

The story is very interesting with a group of soldiers trying to stop two warring nations from fighting and many different insurgences from popping up. I felt like the end was a little strange as it throws in two final battles for little reason.

The characters are all well liked and I really enjoyed the party that I had. They were all different and unique and I enjoyed playing off of them. The battle system is tremendously fun and enjoyable. There is enough strategy to scratch that itch, but the battles are very short compared to other SRPG's so it feels very fast.

It is bothersome when your characters bump into each other. They don't go through each other, but they bounce and try to find other ways around. Also, some of the battle formations can be just down right cruel as none of them seem really fair.

But, those are minor points. This is a fantastic game and I cannot wait to play more of the series. I will play the third one shortly and it comes highly recommended to anybody that likes SRPG's.
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