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Re: Games Beaten 2014

by MrPopo Tue Dec 30, 2014 3:55 am

So it turns out Front Mission: Gun Hazard is a 15 hour game. I know this because I started playing it 15 hours ago and just finished it. It very obviously has someone who worked on Cybernator/Assault Suits Valkan on the dev team, and just as obviously the soundtrack is a collaboration between Uematsu and Mitsuda. You can definitely hear a lot of Chrono Trigger influences in the soundtrack.

The game itself is not as hard as Cybernator because it has the RPG elements and the overall platforming isn't as tight as Cybernator's. But that's not necessarily bad, as Cybernator is balls hard and Gun Hazard is more approachable. And as you get on you start being able to tear through enemies once you figure out the weapons that work best for you or you get those extra few levels. The boss fights are fun; many have patterns that can be exploited but others you just need to be good at dodging and maneuvering around. For an RPG company it's a pretty solid side scroller.
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Re: Games Beaten 2014

by dsheinem Tue Dec 30, 2014 9:58 am

Games Beaten 2014

Primal Rage - 32X
Golden Axe - Genesis
To the Moon: Holiday Special - PC
Need for Speed: Rivals - PS4
Halo: Spartan Assault - Xbox One
Kolibri - 32X
Motocross Championship - 32X
Shank 2 - PS3
Colassatron: Massive World Threat - iOS
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons - PS3
Snafu - Intellivision - Intellivision
Tatsunoko vs. Capcom - Wii
Street Fighter vs. Tekken - Vita
Wolf Fang - PS1/Vita
Mirror's Edge - iOS
Infamous: Festival of Blood - PS3
The Last of Us: Left Behind - PS3
Flappy Bird - iOS
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag - PS4
Titanfall - Xbox One
Infamous: Second Son - PS4
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls - PC
Killzone: Mercenaries - Vita
Shock Troopers - Arcade (PS2)
Borderlands - PC/PS3
Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2012) - Vita
PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale - PS3
Muramasa Rebirth - Vita
Spyro The Dragon - PS1/Vita
Ys II: Ancient Ys Vanished - PC
Gears of War: Judgment - 360
Raiden III - Arcade (PS2)
Strider - Arcade (PS2)
Mario Kart Wii - Wii
Mario Kart 8 - Wii U
Eye of the Beholder - - Sega CD
Code of Princess - 3DS
Crimzon Clover World Ignition - PC
Bushido Blade - PS1
New Super Mario Bros. 2 - 3DS
Mario Kart DS - NDS
Ketsui: Death Label (Very Hard Mode) - NDS
Marvel vs Capcom - Dreamcast
Wario Land - Virtual Boy
The Typing of the Dead - Dreamcast
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon - 360
Bioshock Infinite: Burial At Sea Episode 1 - PS3
LEGO Star Wars Microfighters - iOS
Bioshock Infinite: Burial At Sea Episode 2 - PS3
Gunman Clive - 3DS
Spider - iOS
Metal Torrent - NDS
Injustice: Gods Among Us - PC
Thief Gold - PC
Shovel Knight - 3DS
Wolfenstein: The New Order - PC
Spoiler Alert - PC
Battle Arena Toshinden - Game Boy
Dungeons and Dragons - Shadow of Mystara - PC
Diablo III - PC
Dungeons and Dragons - Tower of Doom - PC
Expendabros - PC
Doom III: The Lost Mission - PC
Borderlands 2: Headhunter 1: T.K. Baha's Bloody Harvest - PC
Kangaroo - Atari 2600
Escape Goat - PC *new*
Borderlands 2: Headhunter 2: The Horrible Hunger of the Ravenous Wattle Gobbler - PC *new*
Borderlands 2: Headhunter 3: How Marcus Saved Mercenary Day - PC *new*
Ninja Spirit - PCE
Borderlands 2: Headhunter 4: Wedding Day Massacre - PC
Proteus - Vita
Destiny - PS4
Karnov - NES
Bug Princess - iOS
Contra: Hard Corps - Genesis
Night Warriors: Darkstalkers' Revenge - PS3
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel - PC
Vib-Ribbon - PS1
Deathsmiles (360 Mode) - 360
Vampire Savior (Darkstalkers 3) - PS3
Forza Horizon 2 - Xbox One
Shadow of Mordor - PS4
The Novelist - PC
Luftrausers - Vita
Monument Valley - iOS
Dragon Age: Inquisition - PS4
Sonic Advance - GBA
Titan Attacks -Vita
Home - PC
Sunset Overdrive - Xbox One
The Sailor's Dream - iOS
Thomas Was Alone -Vita
Freedom Planet - PC
Borderlands 2 - Vita
Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon - 360
Capcom vs. SNK: Millennium Fight 2000 Pro - PS1
Fatal Run - 7800
Light Crusader - Genesis
Retro/Grade - PC *new*
Jazzpunk - PC *new*

Total: 100


Games Beaten: 2013 2012 2011 2010

w00t, I hit 100 with almost two full days to spare!

Retro/Grade is a great shmup/rhythm game mash up - I had played it on PS3 a few years ago and it was fun to revisit it. Very pretty, great soundtrack, and worth a look if you have any curiosity.

Jazzpunk is probably the most surreal game I have ever played, and that's saying something. It was equally hilarious and wonderfully surprising, with lots of little minigames that rewarded you for exploration. I think the screenshots of my journey through the game provide ample evidence as to its strangeness, and this game is ultimately one of the highlights of 2014 for me and a nice way to end the year.

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This matches my personal best for games beaten in a year - and I don't think I want to try and hit any more between now and the 1st as I had to do a lot of playing to get these last 14 in since December 14th. :lol:

This was a year of many long games - at least for what I typically do. I sunk in excess of 80 hours into Destiny, about 65 hours into Dragon Age Inquisition, more than 80 combined in the various Borderlands games, another 50 or so into Diablo III, 40 or more into Titanfall, and then I probably played another half dozen games or more that clocked in around 15-20 hours (Thief, Eye of the Beholder, Forza Horizon 2, AC: Black Flag, Shadow of Mordor, etc.). I enjoyed really digging into some of these, and the vast majority of them still have things in them that I want to go back to in the next year for various reasons.

Some stats
Total Games: 100

Modern: 66 (PC: 20, PS3: 10, Vita: 9, iOS: 8, PS4: 6, 3DS: 4, Xbox One: 4, 360: 4, Wii U: 1)
Retro: 34 (PS1: 5, PC: 4, Arcade: 3, 32x: 3, NDS: 3, Gen: 3, DC: 2, Wii: 2, SCD: 1, VB: 1, IV: 1, PCE: 1, NES: 1, GB: 1, GBA: 1, 2600: 1, 7800: 1)

Genre Breakdown:
FPS: 16
Beat Em Up/Run-n-Gun: 12
Fighting: 11
RPG: 9
Shmup: 9
Racing: 8
Third Person Shooter: 6
Platformer: 10
Other: 19

Best game I've finished that was released this year: Dragon Age Inquisition
My GOTY, even though it isn't the best one I played: Destiny
Best retro game I finished for the first time: Thief

Total since I started keeping track (2010): 455
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Re: Games Beaten 2014

by RyaNtheSlayA Tue Dec 30, 2014 3:26 pm

Assassin's Creed IV WiiU
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon PC
Splinter Cell: Blacklist WiiU
Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut WiiU
Jazzpunk PC
Pikmin 3 WiiU
Call of Duty: Ghosts WiiU
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze WiiU
Tomb Raider (2013) PC
Danganronpa Vita
Far Cry 2 360
The Witcher 2 360
Catherine 360
Injustice: Gods Among Us 360
Gears of War 360
Forza Horizon 360
Portal PC
Portal 2 PC
The Wolf Among Us PC
Analogue: A Hate Story PC
XCOM: Enemy Unknown PC
BioShock PC
BioShock: Infinite PC
Persona 4 Golden Vita
Wolfenstein: The New Order PS4
DriveClub PS4
Sonic CD iOS
Sonic 2 iOS
Jurassic Park: The Game PC

Half Life 2 PC

Still as good as it ever was. Easily still one of the best games ever made.
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Re: Games Beaten 2014

by BoneSnapDeez Tue Dec 30, 2014 4:08 pm

First 100:
1. Bad Dudes vs. DragonNinja (Wii - Data East Arcade Classics)
2. Caveman Ninja (Wii - Data East Arcade Classics)
3. Crude Buster (Wii - Data East Arcade Classics)
4. Heavy Barrel (Wii - Data East Arcade Classics)
5. Secret Agent (Wii - Data East Arcade Classics)
6. Wizard Fire (Wii - Data East Arcade Classics)
7. Super Mario Land (Game Boy)
8. Burning Fight (PlayStation 2 - SNK Arcade Classics Vol. 1)
9. Magician Lord (PlayStation 2 - SNK Arcade Classics Vol. 1)
10. Metal Slug (PlayStation 2 - SNK Arcade Classics Vol. 1)
11. Sengoku (PlayStation 2 - SNK Arcade Classics Vol. 1)
12. Top Hunter: Roddy & Cathy (PlayStation 2 - SNK Arcade Classics Vol. 1)
13. Metal Slug 4 (PlayStation 2 - Metal Slug 4 & 5)
14. Metal Slug 5 (PlayStation 2 - Metal Slug 4 & 5)
15. Metal Slug XX (PSP)
16. Phantasy Star Online (Dreamcast)
17. Smash TV (PlayStation 2 - Midway Arcade Treasures)
18. Total Carnage (Xbox - Midway Arcade Treasures 2)
19. Skyblazer (SNES)
20. Mega Man II (Game Boy)
21. The Monkey King: The Legend Begins (Wii)
22. Ys (Saturn - Falcom Classics)
23. Super Mario Bros. (SNES - Super Mario All-Stars)
24. Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels (SNES - Super Mario All-Stars)
25. Super Mario Bros. 2 (SNES - Super Mario All-Stars)
26. Super Mario Bros. 3 (SNES - Super Mario All-Stars)
27. Super Mario World (SNES)
28. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (SNES)
29. Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (Game Boy)
30. Mahou Kishi Rayearth (Super Famicom)
31. Magic Knight Rayearth (Saturn)
32. Disney's Aladdin (SNES)
33. Kirby's Dream Land (Wii - Kirby's Dream Collection)
34. Kirby's Adventure (Wii - Kirby's Dream Collection)
35. Kirby's Dream Land 2 (Wii - Kirby's Dream Collection)
36. Kirby Super Star (Wii - Kirby's Dream Collection)
37. Kirby's Dream Land 3 (Wii - Kirby's Dream Collection)
38. Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards (Wii - Kirby's Dream Collection)
39. Kirby's Epic Yarn (Wii)
40. New Super Mario Bros. U (Wii U - New Super Mario Bros. U + New Super Luigi U)
41. New Super Luigi U (Wii U - New Super Mario Bros. U + New Super Luigi U)
42. Shock Troopers (PlayStation 2 - SNK Arcade Classics Vol. 1)
43. Shadow Blasters (Genesis)
44. Final Fantasy (Game Boy Advance - Final Fantasy I & II: Dawn of Souls)
45. Super Mario Advance (Game Boy Advance)
46. Sonic CD (PC)
47. Donkey Kong Country (SNES)
48. Battle Arena Toshinden (Game Boy)
49. Crusader of Centy (Genesis)
50. Joe & Mac (SNES)
51. Ys: The Vanished Omens (Sega Master System)
52. Code of Princess (3DS)
53. Ys (PSP - Ys I & II Chronicles)
54. Ys II (PSP - Ys I & II Chronicles)
55. Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi (PSP - Sega Genesis Collection)
56. Gradius (PSP - Gradius Collection)
57. Shinobi (Xbox 360 - Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection)
58. Otomedius Excellent (Xbox 360)
59. Deathsmiles (Xbox 360)
60. Sonic the Hedgehog (Xbox 360 - Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection)
61. The Lost Vikings (SNES)
62. The Lost Vikings (Genesis)
63. Final Fantasy II (Game Boy Advance - Final Fantasy I & II: Dawn of Souls)
64. Final Fight (PSP - Capcom Classics Collection Remixed)
65. Alien Syndrome (PlayStation 2 - Sega Classics Collection)
66. Exile (Genesis)
67. Ristar (Xbox 360 - Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection)
68. Final Fight (Xbox 360 - Capcom Digital Collection)
69. Classic NES Series: Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (Game Boy Advance)
70. Classic NES Series: Metroid (Game Boy Advance)
71. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (Xbox 360 - Konami Classics Vol. 1)
72. Ys (DS - Legacy of Ys: Books I & II)
73. Ys II (DS - Legacy of Ys: Books I & II)
74. New Super Mario Bros. (DS)
75. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (PSP - Sega Genesis Collection)
76. Golden Axe III (PSP - Sega Genesis Collection)
77. Muramasa Rebirth (Vita)
78. Magic Sword (PSP - Capcom Classics Collection Remixed)
79. Mega Twins (PSP - Capcom Classics Collection Remixed)
80. Super Mario 3D Land (3DS)
81. Super Mario Bros. Deluxe (Game Boy Color)
82. Dungeons & Dragons: Tower of Doom (PlayStation 3 - Dungeons & Dragons: Mystara Eiyuu Senki)
83. Dungeons & Dragons: Shadow Over Mystara (PlayStation 3 - Dungeons & Dragons: Mystara Eiyuu Senki)
84. Ys III: Wanderers from Ys (SNES)
85. Ys III: Wanderers from Ys (Genesis)
86. Ys: The Oath in Felghana (PSP)
87. Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (Xbox 360 - Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection)
88. Contra (NES)
89. Sonic & Knuckles (Xbox 360 - Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection)
90. New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Wii)
91. Ys IV: Mask of the Sun (Super Famicom)
92. Ys IV: The Dawn of Ys (PC Engine CD)
93. Ys (Famicom)
94. Ys (Turbo CD - Ys Book I & II)
95. Ys II (Turbo CD - Ys Book I & II)
96. Popful Mail (Sega CD)
97. Dodonpachi Resurrection (Xbox 360)
98. Ys V: Ushinawareta Sunano Miyako Kefin (Super Famicom)
99. Gorf (VIC-20)
100. Gorf (Commodore 64)

101. Vay (Sega CD)
102. Ys Origin (PC)
103. Commando (Xbox - Capcom Classics Collection Vol. 1)
104. Mercs (Xbox - Capcom Classics Collection Vol. 1)
105. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (Game Boy)
106. SonSon (PSP - Capcom Classics Collection Reloaded)
107. The King of Dragons (PSP - Capcom Classics Collection Reloaded)
108. Knights of the Round (PSP - Capcom Classics Collection Reloaded)
109. Eco Fighters (PSP - Capcom Classics Collection Reloaded)
110. Forgotten Worlds (PSP - Capcom Classics Collection Remixed)
111. Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete (PlayStation)
112. Space Harrier (Xbox 360 - Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection)
113. Crystalis (Game Boy Color)
114. Bionic Commando (PSP - Capcom Classics Collection Remixed)
115. Captain Commando (PSP - Capcom Classics Collection Remixed)
116. Last Duel (PSP - Capcom Classics Collection Remixed)
117. Super Mario Bros. (NES)
118. Super Mario Bros. 2 (NES)
119. Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES)
120. Akai Katana (Xbox 360)


Some nice casual Mario play on NES to round out the year. Also, Akai Katana. My least favorite Cave shmup (that I own) but still solid.

That's it for 2014. My list ended up obnoxiously long because 1) I played a lot of arcade shit and 2) this is the first year I've done this so I didn't apply the "no repeats from last year(s)" rule that some of yous follow.

Should be interesting to see what 2015 brings. I'd like to get through a fair amount of 8 and 16-bit JRPGs. And since I've been on such an arcade kick I'll probably spend a decent chunk of next year tackling Taito Legends 1&2 + maybe some MVS games.

Also, there are some Ys Book I & II ports I haven't gotten to yet. Mwahahahahaha.
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Re: Games Beaten 2014

by Flake Tue Dec 30, 2014 4:55 pm

BoneSnapDeez wrote:That's it for 2014. My list ended up obnoxiously long because 1) I played a lot of arcade shit and 2) this is the first year I've done this so I didn't apply the "no repeats from last year(s)" rule that some of yous follow.


I've never bothered with that rule either because A) There are many games that are short and fun enough that I know I'll play them most years and B) as I get older, my relationship and view of many games changes immensely. The experience changes as I change.
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Re: Games Beaten 2014

by RyaNtheSlayA Tue Dec 30, 2014 6:02 pm

Pfft. Casuals. You've still got like 30 something hours to beat more games. :lol:

Edit: Speaking of which

Assassin's Creed IV WiiU
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon PC
Splinter Cell: Blacklist WiiU
Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut WiiU
Jazzpunk PC
Pikmin 3 WiiU
Call of Duty: Ghosts WiiU
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze WiiU
Tomb Raider (2013) PC
Danganronpa Vita
Far Cry 2 360
The Witcher 2 360
Catherine 360
Injustice: Gods Among Us 360
Gears of War 360
Forza Horizon 360
Portal PC
Portal 2 PC
The Wolf Among Us PC
Analogue: A Hate Story PC
XCOM: Enemy Unknown PC
BioShock PC
BioShock: Infinite PC
Persona 4 Golden Vita
Wolfenstein: The New Order PS4
DriveClub PS4
Sonic CD iOS
Sonic 2 iOS
Jurassic Park: The Game PC
Half Life 2 PC

Half Life 2: Episode 1PC

Short and not quite up to the standard set by the main game. It's still fantastic. Just not quite as much so.
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Re: Games Beaten 2014

by TSTR Tue Dec 30, 2014 7:58 pm

1. Dead Pixels (PC)
2. Magical Drop V (PC)
3. Reaching Out (Android)
4. Nanolife (Android)
5. Darius Burst (PSP)
6. Ridge Racer 2 (PSP)
7. Darkstalkers Chronicle: The Chaos Tower (PSP)
8. Street Fighter II: Special Champion Edition (Genesis)
9. Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike Online Edition (PS3)
10. Super Mario Bros. (NES)
11. Persona 4 (PS2)
12. Final Fantasy (PSP)
13. Gun-Nac (NES via Wii)
14. The Stanley Parable (PC)
15. Imscared (PC)
16. Escape Goat (PC)
17. Darkstalkers Resurrection (PS3)
18. The Uncle Who Works For Nintendo (PC)
19. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater (PS1 via PC)
20. Sonic the Hedgehog (Genesis via PSP)
21. Sigils of Elohim (PC)
22. Blades of Steel (NES via PSP)
23. Wolfenstein 3D (PC)
24. The Wolf Among Us (PC)
25. Dear Esther (PC)

Bumping it up to a paltry 25 with my first "walking simulator" experience. All in all, there are worse ways to waste an hour. It's certainly pretty enough to the point where I wanted to take screenshots (so I did). The prose is well, a certain color sometimes, but I did eventually understand what exactly the deal was after a bit. Not something I'd recommend to everyone, but if you're into the whole "games as art" deal it's worth a look.
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Re: Games Beaten 2014

by Damm64 Tue Dec 30, 2014 9:13 pm

1- Metroid Confrontation
2- Red Dead Redemption (PS3)
3- Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare (PS3)
4- Bayonetta (PS3)
5- Doom 1 (Ps3) (BFG Edition)
6- The Last of Us (Ps3)
7- Condemned 2: Bloodshot (PS3)
8- Resident Evil: Revelations (Ps3)
9- King of Dragons (PSP)
10- Mercs (PSP)
11- Silent Hill: Downpour (PS3)
12- Dead Space (PS3)
13- Thief Gold (PC)
14- Crysis 3 (PS3)
15- Silent Hill Homecoming (Ps3)
16- Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion (3DS)
17- Pokemon Y (3DS)
18- Dead or Alive: Dimensions (3DS)
19- Mario & Luigi: Bower's inside story (DS)
20- Siren: New Translation (PS3)
21- Super Princess Peach (Ds)
22- Warhammer 40.000: Space Marine (Ps3)
23- X-men Origins: Wolverine (PS3)
24- The Darkness (Ps3)
25- Bioshock (PS3)*
26- Metal Gear Rising Revengence (PS3)
27- New Super Mario Bros 2 (3DS)
28- The Darkness 2 (PS3)
29- Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon (3DS)
30- Shadows of the Danmed (PS3)
31- Alice Madness Returns (PS3)
32- FarCry 3 (PS3)
33- God of War Chains of Olympus(PS3)*
34- God of War Ghost of Sparta (PS3)*
35- Bioshock Infinite (PS3)
36- Portal (PS3)

37- Half life 2 (PS3)
38- Half Life 2: Episode 1 (PS3)
39- Ocarina of time 3D (3DS)
40- Half Life 2: Episode 2 (PS3)


So i was thinking about puttin half life 2 + episodes as one single game but when i investigated i realize they're not expantions packs but stand alone releases, and since EP3 is not going to come never (i love how the back of the box says is a trilogy) so what the hell it was good enough to stand on it's own. Overall anything you say about HL2 can be said on the episodes i consider EP1 a bit weak but still quite fun though a bit short and EP2 has the best parts of the original and puts them into good use. My only gripe with HL 2 is the vehicle section at the begining, its very nice but overstays it's welcome making you go long roads 3 times with two vehicles, you go once with a car and the second it's the same car but with a gun now.

I would say the ports on the PS3 are solid but far from perfect it has sound issues randomdly you will hear cracking noises for a couple minutes and the framerate it's inconsistent in some parts and will inflict on your reaction time. Even patched the problems persist but if i should recommend it to some one i would say to play it on PC or the 360 version, i read that version is free of these issues.

Now with ocarina 3D. Like i said in the random thoughs section it really feels half remake half port, sure all the textures and models are touched up and look much better than before and UI it's make's the pacing of the dungeon more fun. But still it has the same sounds, music, camera angles, and it shares some of the same issues as the N64 version sometimes you will engage conversation with a NPC and the camera and get behind a piece of the scenery and block your view, to be fair this happens rarely, and while the game runs smoother in a lot of sections of the game i saw a several framedrop in the battle against Ganondorf when he get's hit by the lightning. But those are just nitpicks from me this is the best version to play this game and it also includes a mirrowed master quest and a boss rush everything you ever wanted.

I hope to see a nice extra like these in majora's 3D.
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Re: Games Beaten 2014

by Exhuminator Wed Dec 31, 2014 1:12 am

MrPopo wrote:So it turns out Front Mission: Gun Hazard is a 15 hour game. For an RPG company it's a pretty solid side scroller.

I've always considered Gun Hazard to be an action-RPG, so that time makes sense to me. Congratulations on experiencing an amazing hidden gem in the SNES (or should I say SFC) library. Not to be pedantic but I think it's worth noting that Omiya Soft developed the game, not Square. Omiya Soft consisted of folks involved in the development of games like Target Earth and Assault Suits Valken (AKA Cybernator) hence the similar feel.

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Well it looks like Peace Walker on PSP will be the final game I beat for this year. Finished it up via co-op with my fiance tonight. 8/10
Peace Walker for PSP was created with grand ambition. Truly this is a console game squeezed onto a handheld format. As such the scope of this Metal Gear far outweighs other Metal Gear games on PSP. Primarily the graphics are amazing considering this is a PSP title, you will be impressed. The comic book styled animated cutscenes are always entertaining. The soundtrack and voice acting are also top notch. You'll likely also be overwhelmed with how many things there are to do in Peace Walker besides just the main missions. From managing your own army, developing your own weapons, conducting small scale warfare, organizing your own base, and even building your own Metal Gear, it's hard to be bored playing Peace Walker. And that's not even mentioning the extra layers of complexity if you play in co-op mode.

Despite all of that praise, Peace Walker falters because despite how hard it tries to be a console game, it's still held back by its platform. Primarily the lack of a second analog stick and secondary rear triggers. Due to these control limitations, you will constantly be fighting with a camera that drives you mad with an aiming system that is sluggish and inaccurate. In addition to this, the lack of alternate triggers means you'll deal with overly complicated controls just to do something as simple as switching your weapon or changing your items. All of these limitations become incredibly frustrating during the frantic Monster Hunter influenced boss battles with singing mechs. Last but not least, the plot is a mish mash of typical Kojima nonsense that tries to retcon events in Metal Gear 3 in frankly disrespectful ways.

With a better control layout, a proper camera, decent aiming, and a sensible plot, Peace Walker could have been a stellar game. As it stands, this is an experience worth seeing for its technical spectacle, but the fun factor sometimes hides even better than Big Boss does. You can't help but be impressed with the technical accomplishments yet shake your head at the controls foibles. As such, you'll probably have a much better time with Peace Walker if you play it on PS3 instead of PSP.
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Re: Games Beaten 2014

by MrPopo Wed Dec 31, 2014 2:01 am

Exhuminator wrote:
MrPopo wrote:So it turns out Front Mission: Gun Hazard is a 15 hour game. For an RPG company it's a pretty solid side scroller.

I've always considered Gun Hazard to be an action-RPG, so that time makes sense to me. Congratulations on experiencing an amazing hidden gem in the SNES (or should I say SFC) library. Not to be pedantic but I think it's worth noting that Omiya Soft developed the game, not Square. Omiya Soft consisted of folks involved in the development of games like Target Earth and Assault Suits Valken (AKA Cybernator) hence the similar feel.

I feel like Gun Hazard puts most of the focus in the action; the RPG part creates a consistent upgrade curve when compared to Cybernator's "find the upgrade chips" style. The biggest thing the RPG part gives you is the ability to grind your problems away.

I actually first encountered the game and Front Mission in general when I found an archive back in high school that was labeled "Awesome SNES RPGs" which included a lot of fan translated stuff, such as Front Mission, Gun Hazard, Star Ocean, Tales, Sailor Moon, and others. I played the heck out of Front Mission but not so much Gun Hazard, since it wasn't very playable using keyboard controls. Later on I got into Cybernator and Metal Warriors on hardware and I remembered Gun Hazard existed.
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