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Ack wrote:
RobertAugustdeMeijer wrote:27 Dusk
It's fast, funny, and physical. Level design is great. Makes me yearn for more boomer shooters, but can they surpass this?
8/10


This may shock you, but in my opinion, yes!

Want something along the lines of Blood? Try Cultic.

Hexen and Heretic more your speed? Check out Amid Evil and Hands of Necromancy.

Duke Nukem 3D your jam? Ion Fury is a great call.

Quake? HROT.

Doom? You need to play Boltgun.

And this is only just scratching the surface. You have so many possible options worth checking out: Shrine, Project Warlock, Prodeus, Hedon, Perilous Warp, and still plenty more out there and plenty more coming!


Thanks! Ian Danskin (Innuendo Studios) has recommended some of these, and they're in my Steam Wishlist (I didn't know about HROT yet though!). Would you say any of these are clearly a step better?
Also, didn't Cultic have some immersive sim elements?
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I wouldn't say better so much, as it depends on taste. I have enjoyed all of them though and think, if you're a fan of boomer shooters and the wave of updates and rereleased that classic FPS have been getting recently, that you should definitely look into them.

Cultic has a lot of interactivity, but I wouldn't call it an immersive sim. It offers choices like throwing dynamite, sliding into cover, shooting out lanterns, etc., but it's a good ol'fashioned FPS at the end of the day. Definitely worth playing!
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Note wrote:1. Kirby's Dream Land (GB)
2. River City Girls (Switch)
3. Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (SNES)
4. The Simpsons (Arcade)
5. Illusion of Gaia (SNES)
6. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge (Switch)
7. Shining Force III [Scenario 1] (SAT)
8. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (SNES)
9. Klonoa: Door to Phantomile (PS1)
10. Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (GEN)

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11. X-Men Legends (PS2)

I originally purchased X-Men Legends around the time of release, played a bit of it in single player, but became distracted and didn't return to it. More recently, my partner and I have been playing couch co-op action RPGs and after finishing a variety of games in the genre, this was another I had around that I thought would be fun to finally dive into. I'm glad we did, as I found the game much more enjoyable and easier to play through in co-op mode. For our playthrough, we mostly used Wolverine, Cyclops, Jean Grey, and Storm.

As mentioned, this is an action RPG in which you start off controlling a new recruit to the X-Men, Alison Crestmere, who has the ability to manipulate fire, but as the game progresses, you get a chance to control many of the characters known from the series in a team of four. You have the ability to switch characters as you please throughout the mission, which is a nice touch. I think having to manage the stats and trees for all these characters as a single player might be a bit daunting, but playing through the game co-op, my partner and I focused on and kept track of certain characters. Also, characters in reserve still earn experience points, which is a really nice feature, as it'd be tough if part of your force was left behind in stats. Each character can also be equipped with a few accessories, and there are some really useful items hidden throughout the levels. Other than the main missions, you can also tackle different scenarios in the Danger Room, which are replayable, and can help you grind, if you find that your character's are too weak for a certain section. However, the Danger Room discs that contain these missions have to be tracked down throughout the game.

Graphics wise, the developer's used cel shaded graphics, which I think gives the main characters, enemies, and items a distinct look and makes them pop a bit from the backgrounds, which is unique, especially for the genre. The cutscenes are also well drawn and animated, and I was pretty impressed with the graphics in these sections. The voice acting was also a bit better than I expected from a game. However, there are certain bits of dialogue where voice acting pop ups and other bits where there weren't voices at all. I found this to be a bit odd, as there didn't seem to be any reason why some areas didn't include the voice overs.

One of my only issues with the game, which really only affects the co-op play, is that there are missions featuring Alison Crestmere that are single player only. This is a bit frustrating as you're sitting down with someone to game together and one of the players has to sit out for an extended amount of time while the other finishes up one of these missions. With so many X-Men characters playable, I feel like the developers should have given you the option to play these sections together too. Another issue which is purely cosmetic, is with some of the illustrations used for the loading screens. Some of them just look off! Especially the one with Cyclops, who was drawn with probably a million muscles in his chest. Lol. My partner and I would always laugh when it came up.

I think if you're a fan of the X-Men comics or cartoon series, you'll really enjoy this game, as you get to adventure through a lot of settings you're familiar with, including the Morlocks headquarters in the sewers, the Xavier Institute, New York City, and Asteroid M. You'll also get the opportunity to play through some of your favorite characters and bash away at some of the villains you're used to. Overall, whether you're a Marvel fan or an action RPG fan, I think this is worth your time! Give it a shot if you haven't already.


I have had so many good times playing this game. That reminds me, I've been meaning to get around to playing Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3

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1. Void Destroyer - PC
2. Ender Lilies: Quietus of the Knights - Switch
3. Raging Blasters - Switch
4. Citizen Sleeper - Switch
5. GetsuFumaDen: Undying Moon
6. Hands of Necromancy - PC
7. Project Downfall - PC
8. Chasm: The Rift - PC
9. Cultic - PC
10. Kirby Super Star - SNES
11. Kirby's Dream Land 2 - GB
12. Kirby's Dream Land 3 - SNES
13. Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards - N64
14. Fire Emblem Engage - Switch
15. Mechwarrior 5: Rise of Rasalhague - PC
16. Kirby's Epic Yarn - Wii
17. Kirby's Return to Dreamland - Wii
18. Mega Man 7 - SNES
19. Mega Man 8 - PS1
20. Conquest: Frontier Wars - PC
21. Theatrhythm Final Bar Line - Switch
22. Octopath Traveler II - Switch
23. Last Call BBS - PC
24. The Legend of Heroes: Trails to Azure - Switch
25. Dread Templar - PC
26. The Great War: Western Front - PC
27. GrimGrimoire OnceMore - PS5
28. Haegemonia: Legions of Iron - PC
29. Everspace 2 - PC
30. Star Wars Jedi: Survivor - PC
31. The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom - Switch
32. Warhammer 40000: Boltgun - PC
33. Diablo 4 - PC
34. System Shock (2023) - PC
35. Huntdown - Switch

Huntdown is a cyberpunk run-and-gun where you take one of three bounty hunters and go destabilize the gangs that are running roughshod over the populace, in the name of order. There are a total of four gangs to tangle with, each of which has four lieutenants and a big boss that all need to be taken down. This means you have four acts of five levels each full of baddies to kill.

Each character has a handgun with infinite ammo and a throwing weapon with a cooldown. These have some differences between the characters, so spend a bit of time seeing which one feels right. Unlike most run-and-guns, you can only fire forward, so you'll be doing a lot of jumping to hit higher enemies. You have a dash which can also be used to do a ground pound and cover plays a major role in the game. Boxes and cards can be ducked behind to block fire, while open doors in the background can sidestepped into a la Blackthorne to avoid fire (though it won't save you from melee enemies, or enemies from your close ranged melee). You also will find a lot of weapons with limited ammo through the stages; sometimes dropped by enemies and somethings sitting on the ground. These are higher powered than your regular weapon and sometimes have interesting effects (like grenade launchers having an arc), and you can freely switch between a limited ammo weapon and your sidearm. Managing your resources is important, as the action is fast and furious.

The stages throw lots of baddies at you, though it's all fixed spawns and triggers, so no infinite guys like Contra. The game features checkpoints that full heal you upon reaching them, though respawning at a checkpoint loses any weapons you were holding. By contrast, the autosave before a boss DOES save your loadout if you respawn, so the boss fights are bit more forgiving in that fashion. The game has gorgeous pixel art with great use of parallax, and it has a terminally 80s aesthetic that you'll either love or hate, depending on how cool you are. Overall, it's quite the solid title that doesn't try to stretch things out; it gives you exactly the right amount for this type of game.


Pretty amazing game, but like most run n guns it's harder than it needs to be. That's why I rarely bother with the genre. Nice to have an actual health bar in a game like this though, that's more than a lot of run n guns give you
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Previous Years: 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022

1. Void Destroyer - PC
2. Ender Lilies: Quietus of the Knights - Switch
3. Raging Blasters - Switch
4. Citizen Sleeper - Switch
5. GetsuFumaDen: Undying Moon
6. Hands of Necromancy - PC
7. Project Downfall - PC
8. Chasm: The Rift - PC
9. Cultic - PC
10. Kirby Super Star - SNES
11. Kirby's Dream Land 2 - GB
12. Kirby's Dream Land 3 - SNES
13. Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards - N64
14. Fire Emblem Engage - Switch
15. Mechwarrior 5: Rise of Rasalhague - PC
16. Kirby's Epic Yarn - Wii
17. Kirby's Return to Dreamland - Wii
18. Mega Man 7 - SNES
19. Mega Man 8 - PS1
20. Conquest: Frontier Wars - PC
21. Theatrhythm Final Bar Line - Switch
22. Octopath Traveler II - Switch
23. Last Call BBS - PC
24. The Legend of Heroes: Trails to Azure - Switch
25. Dread Templar - PC
26. The Great War: Western Front - PC
27. GrimGrimoire OnceMore - PS5
28. Haegemonia: Legions of Iron - PC
29. Everspace 2 - PC
30. Star Wars Jedi: Survivor - PC
31. The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom - Switch
32. Warhammer 40000: Boltgun - PC
33. Diablo 4 - PC
34. System Shock (2023) - PC
35. Huntdown - Switch
36. HROT - PC
37. Armored Core V - PS3

Since Armored Core 6 is coming out soon, I thought it was time to get through the Armored Core games I own but haven't beaten yet. First up is V, the third game to be released on the PS3. Armored Core 4 and For Answer featured high speed mech combat and a completely impenetrable story; I can't even tell you what the story was other than the basic setup (post apocalyptic world). V slows things down and actually has a story you can follow, bare bones as it is.

The world of Armored Core V is a wasteland with a single inhabitable city, ruled by a figure known only as Father. You are an elite pilot for the Resistance, trying to take him down. Now, Father never actually appears in the game; you only hear from flunkies and Father gets bumped off offscreen in the later parts of the game. The player character is voiceless and faceless, with the distinguishing feature being terrifying to other pilots by the end of the campaign, which leads to the thin story of the Order missions.

Which is a good segue into the mission setup. There are two mission tracks in the game. The first is the 10 story missions, which are long missions that have objectives that unfold as you experience them. The second is the 83 order missions, which are little bite-size missions that are set after the story (though this isn't clear in-game). These are divided into two kinds; destroy all regular enemies or fight one or two enemies at the same power as yourself in a duel. There are a few different subplots in the order missions related to you and your support staff. You have the option of hopping back and forth between these two tracks, and you don't have to do all the missions in order; completing missions open up other missions, to the point that I had the option of doing the final four story missions in any order.

Inside missions you will find that your mech is fairly plodding, though you can do quick dashes to avoid enemy hits. Your arsenal consists of a weapon in each arm, a backup in each shoulder that can be swapped with the arm weapons, and a shoulder weapon (which might be on one or two shoulders depending on your arm parts). There is good weapon variety in terms of their damage types, fire rates, fire trajectories, and the like. There's one particularly interesting kind, which are heavy weapons that require you to brace. These deal incredible damage but force you to stand still, unless you're using the tank legs. Which brings me to the various movement types; you can have regular legs, reverse legs which give better jumping power, quad legs which give you amazing stability when deployed, and tank legs which are slow but let you use heavy weapons on the move. The environments are all heavy urban areas with lots of cover, so learning how to maneuver properly is important.

One feature that you can no longer experience is the fact that the game lets you do every mission co-op, and can engage in team battles with one player acting as a mission control. This is part of why some of the equipment choices exist; a dedicated sniper platform wouldn't work solo but is useful in the team battles. The support was shut down when Verdict Day came out, as it's an iteration on the game and so they didn't want to spit the playerbase of a niche game.

Armored Core V is a decent enough mech game. It cuts down on the customization compared to 4, but probably in the right way. 4 had a lot of little fiddly bits in the customization. The story at least can be followed, but it's still an excuse plot, and there's a handful of enemies with instant kill moves that are just not fun to fight against. And it's clear that for full enjoyment you needed to engage in the online stuff, which is no longer an option.
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Previous Years: 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022

1. Void Destroyer - PC
2. Ender Lilies: Quietus of the Knights - Switch
3. Raging Blasters - Switch
4. Citizen Sleeper - Switch
5. GetsuFumaDen: Undying Moon
6. Hands of Necromancy - PC
7. Project Downfall - PC
8. Chasm: The Rift - PC
9. Cultic - PC
10. Kirby Super Star - SNES
11. Kirby's Dream Land 2 - GB
12. Kirby's Dream Land 3 - SNES
13. Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards - N64
14. Fire Emblem Engage - Switch
15. Mechwarrior 5: Rise of Rasalhague - PC
16. Kirby's Epic Yarn - Wii
17. Kirby's Return to Dreamland - Wii
18. Mega Man 7 - SNES
19. Mega Man 8 - PS1
20. Conquest: Frontier Wars - PC
21. Theatrhythm Final Bar Line - Switch
22. Octopath Traveler II - Switch
23. Last Call BBS - PC
24. The Legend of Heroes: Trails to Azure - Switch
25. Dread Templar - PC
26. The Great War: Western Front - PC
27. GrimGrimoire OnceMore - PS5
28. Haegemonia: Legions of Iron - PC
29. Everspace 2 - PC
30. Star Wars Jedi: Survivor - PC
31. The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom - Switch
32. Warhammer 40000: Boltgun - PC
33. Diablo 4 - PC
34. System Shock (2023) - PC
35. Huntdown - Switch
36. HROT - PC
37. Armored Core V - PS3
38. Armored Core: Verdict Day - PS3

Armored Core: Verdict Day is the stand alone expansion to Armored Core V (which is why it, unlike the rest of the series, uses roman numerals, to carry on the 4/For Answer thing). It iterates on the systems of the original game and still has its multiplayer servers running (though there are zero people still playing a 10 year old niche PS3 game online). It's pretty mixed on the iteration front; better in some ways, worse in others.

The game is set centuries after its predecessor; humanity is no longer confined to one city and has spread across the world again. It has divided itself into three factions at constant war, and mercenaries piloting ACs help turn the tide. You're one of them, though as the missions proceed you get to experience an evil plot by a corporation that has been selling to all three sides. The game also drops some hints that V and Verdict Day are actually the far future of the 4 games.

The major addition to the gameplay is you can equip shields. The mook enemies in V had them and now you can too. Shields are geared against a particular attack type and can be put away if you're facing something else (which is important to not get it destroyed on you). You also now have access to bots to join you on missions if you don't have a friend. These bots are built using the same parts as your own AC, and then you assign them behaviors (how far away to engage enemies, when to use their missiles, etc). For the most part, they exist to serve as meat shields, and they are effective at that task.

The mission structure is a modification of V's. While there are still 10 story missions, now the side missions are tied in better. After doing a story mission you unlock several side missions you can tackle in any order. You need to either accomplish a certain number (or certain ones, never figured it out exactly) to unlock the next story mission . This allows the side missions to be tied in better with the ongoing story. Additionally, your player level that unlocks gear in the store is now based on a fixed total set of points a given mission can give. So you can no longer grind player rank; you have to do well in every mission in order to unlock everything.

Once you finish the campaign you are apparently ready for the multiplayer, if you time travel back to 2013 when people played it. Unlike V, this game gives it more context. There's a world map with seven regions, and you do missions that slowly take territory for your side. Once one faction wins or a week passes it restarts and you do it over again.

The biggest thing I found with Verdict Day was the maps weren't as good as V's when you accounted for the mobility of ACs in this game. Instead of a bunch of urban areas with tons of cover, here you have a lot of open areas that are a sniper's paradise (and enemies are frequently set up with lots of them with overlapping fields of fire). Also, the final boss is a total pain in the ass; it basically requires a very specific build in order to handle the fact that he has infinite boost and spams it like no tomorrow.
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Markies' Games Beat List Of 2023!
***Denotes Replay For Completion***

***1. Dragon Valor (PS1)***
2. Breath Of Fire (GBA)
3. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge (NS)
4. World Of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse And Donald Duck (GEN)
5. XIII (GCN)
6. NES Remix Pack (WiiU)
7. Dr. Mario (GBC)
***8. Bully (PS2)***
9. Dragon's Crown (PS3)
10. Bangai-O (SDC)
11. Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii)
12. Destruction Derby (PS1)
13. X-Men Legends II: Rise Of Apocalypse (XBOX)
14. Vice: Project Doom (NES)
***15. Atelier Iris 3: Grand Phantasm (PS2)***
16. Terranigma (SNES)
***17. Super Street Fighter II (GEN)***
18. Guitar Hero II (PS2)
19. Kirby's Dream Land (GBC)
***20. Gunbird 2 (SDC)***
***21. Stella Deus: The Gate Of Eternity (PS2)***
22. I Am Setsuna (NS)
23. DuckTales: Remastered (WiiU)

***24. The Legend Of Zelda: A Link To The Past (SNES)***

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I completed The Legend Of Zelda: A Link To The Past on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System this evening!

I have had a strange journey with the Zelda series and I think Link to the Past is a great example of it. I did not get a SNES until I was deep in college and one of the first games I played was Link to the Past and I did not like it at all. I still have the file that has 80 Deaths on it. It was a miserable experience and became one of my gaming hot takes. Well, it has been 20+ Years since those days and I have heard nothing but praise for the game. So, with replaying my old games to Completion being a permanent fixture, I decided to retry one of my largest gaming hurdles.

A Link To The Past is a perfect link between the original Zelda game and Ocarina of Time. I didn't realize how much the game is a blueprint for Ocarina of Time. From heart pieces to mini-games to new items to the Zora's to the different Fairies, the game gave the developers such a great base for Ocarina that they could focus on turning the game 3D. And I think the extra stuff is what I really enjoyed about the game. I loved meeting the new characters and playing the mini-games. There is so much to discover outside the dungeons that you can easily stray from the main quest.

For the other Zelda stuff, I didn't find too memorable. The dungeons weren't all that different except for maybe the Ice and the Water one. Also, going back and forth between the Light and Dark World was more of a pain to me. I will never get over how Link swings his sword in this swooping motion instead of straight ahead. The combat in Illusion of Gaia is so much better. It only makes the problem worse when Ganon and some of the bosses could be a real pain. Finally, the upgrades were way too far apart. I didn't find more defense until eight dungeons into the game. And besides the Master Sword, the upgraded Swords aren't until the end of the game as well.

Overall, I will say my opinion of Link to the Past has improved. I would rank it above Zelda II and probably Breath of the Wild as well. Granted, I've only played seven games in the franchise, so my opinion is a bit different. But, I can see why people adore Link to the Past so much. It improves on the first Zelda game so much and is a beautiful blueprint for the later games as well. I understand why so many people call it a Classic and I'm glad that I see it in a better light.
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The combat in Illusion of Gaia is so much better.

Talk about gaming hot takes :P
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I used to have a much more negative opinion about Link to the Past.

So, I guess I swapped one gaming hot take for another. :lol:
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Markies wrote:So, I guess I swapped one gaming hot take for another. :lol:


That's OK. My three favorite Zelda games are currently Tears of the Kingdom, Breath of the Wild, and Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link. I'm pretty sure nobody on this forum would include Zelda 2 in a top 3 for the series.
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marurun wrote:
Markies wrote:So, I guess I swapped one gaming hot take for another. :lol:


That's OK. My three favorite Zelda games are currently Tears of the Kingdom, Breath of the Wild, and Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link. I'm pretty sure nobody on this forum would include Zelda 2 in a top 3 for the series.


I would!
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