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Games Beaten in 2021 - 105
* denotes a replay

January (12 Games Beaten)
1. God of War - PlayStation 3 - January 1
2. God of War II - PlayStation 3 - January 2
3. God of War: Chains of Olympus - PlayStation 3 - January 3
4. God of War: Ghost of Sparta - PlayStation 3 - January 4
5. God of War III - PlayStation 4 - January 6
6. God of War: Ascension - PlayStation 3 - January 9
7. God of War [2018] - PlayStation 4 - January 16
8. Epic Dumpster Bear 2: He Who Bears Wins - PlayStation 4 - January 16
9. God of War: Betrayal - Mobile - January 17
10. Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit - Switch - January 18
11. Muv-Luv photonflowers* - Steam - January 22
12. Muv-Luv photonmelodies♮ - Steam - January 27


February (5 Games Beaten)
13. Gun Gun Pixies - Switch - February 1
14. Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel - PS4 - February 8*
15. Pantsu Hunter: Back to the 90s - Vita - February 13
16. Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II - PS4 - February 17*
17. Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky - Steam - February 23


March (3 Games Beaten)
18. Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky SC - Steam - March 4
19. Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky 3rd - Steam - March 7
20. Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III - PS4 - March 21


April (7 Games Beaten)
21. Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV - PS4 - April 5
22. Muv-Luv Unlimited: The Day After 00 - Steam - April 7
23. Muv-Luv Unlimited: The Day After 01 - Steam - April 10
24. Muv-Luv Unlimited: The Day After 02 - Steam - April 11
25. Muv-Luv Unlimited: The Day After 03 - Steam - April 13
26. Neptunia Virtual Stars - PS4 - April 18
27. Before Your Eyes - Steam - April 18


May (9 Games Beaten)
28. New Pokemon Snap - Switch - May 2
29. Resident Evil 8: Village - PS5 - May 8
30. Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Switch - May 15
31. Torment: Tides of Numenera - Xbox One - May 18
32. Pepsiman - PS1 - May 20
33. Super Blackjack Battle II Turbo: The Card Fighters - Switch - May 20
34. Reel Fishing: Road Trip Adventure - Switch - May 23
35. Planetscape: Torment - Steam - May 26
36. Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne - Switch - May 31


June (17 Games Beaten)
37. Hentai vs Evil - Switch - June 1
38. Troll and I - Switch - June 2
39. Zombie Army 4: Dead War - PlayStation 4 - June 5
40. Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 - Switch - June 6
41. Military Madness - TurboGrafx-16 - June 7
42. Puyo Puyo 2 - Game Gear - June 17
43. Yakuza 0 - Playstation 4 - June 19
44. Neptunia Shooter - Playstation 5 - June 20
45. Little Samson - NES - June 22
46. Tiger-Heli - NES - June 23
47. Blaster Master - NES - June 23
48. Gun-Nac - NES - June 24
49. Rollerblade Racer - NES - June 25
50. Marble Madness - NES - June 25
51. Metroid - NES - June 25
52. Mario Golf: Super Rush - Switch - June 26
53. Metroid: Zero Mission - GBA - June 28
54. Metroid II: Return of Samus - Game Boy - June 29


July (31 Games Beaten)
55. Super Metroid - SNES - July 1
56. Where's Waldo? - NES - July 1
57. Metroid Fusion - GBA - July 2
58. Neptunia ReVerse - PlayStation 5 - July 3
59. Tetris Effect: Connected - Series X - July 3
60. Battletoads - Xbox One - July 4
61. Chicken Police: Paint it Red! - Switch - July 5
62. The Falconeer - Series X - July 7
63. Astral Chain - Switch - July 10
64. Dynowarz: Destruction of Spondylus - NES - July 12
65. Skull and Crossbones - NES - July 12
66. Sky Kid - NES - July 12
67. Top Gun - NES - July 12
68. Top Gun: The Second Mission - NES - July 13
69. Mega Man 7 - SNES - July 13
70. Mega Man X - SNES - July 14
71. Mega Man X2 - SNES - July 15
72. Second Extinction - Series X - July 15
73. Mega Man X3 - SNES - July 16
74. Mega Man: Dr. Wily's Revenge - Game Boy - July 19
75. Mega Man II - Game Boy - July 19
76. Mega Man III - Game Boy - July 19
77. Mega Man IV - Game Boy - July 20
78. Mega Man V - Game Boy - July 20
79. Mega Man Xtreme - GBC - July 21
80. Mega Man Xtreme 2 - GBC - July 21
81. Portal Runner - GBC - July 22
82. Bubsy in Claws Encounters of the Furred Kind - SNES - July 22
83. Mega Man and Bass - SNES - July 23
84. Cotton Reboot! - Switch - July 27
85. Yakuza Kiwami 2 - PlayStation 4 - July 29


August (2 Games Beaten)
86. Doom Eternal: The Ancient Gods Part 1 - Series X - August 7
87. Doom Eternal: The Ancient Gods Part 2 - Series X - August 7


September (6 Games Beaten)
88. Maneater: Truth Quest - PS5 - September 5
89. Empire of Angels IV - Switch - September 5
90. 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim - PS4 - September 19
91. Star Trek: Voyager - Elite Force - GOG - September 21
92. Star Trek: Elite Force II - GOG - September 25
93. Earth Defense Force: World Brothers - Switch - September 29


October (7 Games Beaten)
94. Blair Witch - Switch - October 1
95. The Medium - Xbox Series X - October 3
96. Maid of Sker - Xbox Series X - October 3
97. Metroid Dread - Switch - October 14
98. Parasite Eve - PS1 - October 20
99. Visage - Xbox One - October 23
100. Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan - Xbox One - October 24


November (4 Games Beaten)
101. Call of Duty: Vanguard - PS5 - November 9
102. The Division 2 - Xbox One - November 11
103. The Division 2: Warlords of New York - Xbox One - November 11
104. Pokemon Shining Pearl - Switch - November 28


December (1 Games Beaten)
105. Forza Horizon 5 - Xbox Series X - December 7


105. Forza Horizon 5 - Xbox Series X - December 7

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Anyone who knows me will tell you that I’m not a car guy. I want cars that are small and get as many miles per gallon as possible (or, ideally, an all-electric car). Despite that, I’ve tried Forza Motorsport; I have 4 on Xbox 360 and 5 on Xbox One. I could never get into them, though, so I never paid much mind to the series after that, and I never paid much attention to the Horizon sub-series. All of my Forza-playing friends kept telling me that I needed to try Horizon. “It’s not as focused on realistic simulation as Motorsport it,” they’d say. “You can just drive in an open world,” they’d say. Okay, I thought, that’s cool, but I’m not paying $60 for a game that I’m still not convinced I won’t hate; after all, obnoxiously realistic car stuff is still going to be as obnoxious in an open world.as it is on a closed circuit. Thanks to the incredible value of Xbox Game Pass, though, I have access to over 100 high quality games all for one low monthly price, many of which are available on day one, and one of those high quality games available on release day was Forza Horizon 5. So I pulled up Game Pass, downloaded the game, and decided to see for myself if Horizon justified the hype. In short, it does.

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Having only placed Horizon 5, I can’t say how this compares to other Forza Horizon games, but it definitely shows off the power of the Series X pretty nicely. The game looks absolutely stunning - especially the reflections and water effects - and it runs totally smoothly. I have yet to encounter a single instance of lag or stutter, and that’s with online connectivity enabled. It also loads extremely fast thanks to the Series X’s internal SSD. The game takes place in Mexico, and you’re a superstar driver - apparently the same driver who starred in at least Horizon 4 - who’s travelled to Mexico to participate in the Horizon events. As you progress through the game and earn accolade points, you unlock different Horizon events to progress through the main game as well as side stories and loads of races, challenges, and events. There are also a TON of cars in the game; I have nearly 80 cars unlocked so far, and I feel like I’ve barely scratched the surface.

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My favorite part of the game is the massive amount of customization that it allows. My driver has blue hair, two blue prosthetic legs, two blue prosthetic arms, and everyone in the game calls me by my actual name; there’s a huge list of names and nicknames that you can choose from, and one of them is “Stephen” both spelled and pronounced correctly. That seems super minor, but it’s a VERY nice touch in my opinion. You also have an ENORMOUS - seemingly endless, really - amount of ways to customize your cars’ appearances thanks to the liveries. I have a Ferrari with Sunset Shimmer, my My Little Pony waifu, on it; a Porsche with Rikka from Love, Chunibyo, and Other Delusions; several cars with Hatsune Miku; several cars with various Pokemon; and, until I ran afoul of the game’s moderation and won myself a week in Forza jail, a boxy white Ford van that said “Cheap Candy” on the side (I knew “Free _____” was a ban, but I thought I was being cheeky and clever by saying “cheap” candy; I was just advertising discount confectionary! Allegedly).

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The actual races can get monotonous after a while, but there’s such a variety that it’s not hard to switch up what you’re doing enough to keep things from feeling too stale. Some races are circuits that have you race in several laps whereas others are sprints that have you race from Point A to Point B. There are dirt races, outright off-road races, standard road races, street races (which are different from road races in that there’s other traffic to avoid), and a number of challenges that don’t involve racing against other people or AIs. Best of all for me, you can fully customize how realistic the game is. I turned off all of the simulation aspects and basically turned it into what almost felt like an arcade racer. You can also adjust the difficulty of the AI opponents to fit your preference. You get more credits from racing against harder opponents, but if you just want to relax and enjoy the driving like me, you can bump down the difficulty with no penalty aside from foregoing the credit bonus.

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I’m pretty confident in my recommendation of Forza Horizon 5. I’m FAR from being a car guy, but it’s customizable enough that even I had a blast and easily sank probably 20 or 25 hours into the game. Even if all you ever do is just drive around and explore the game’s version of Mexico, it’s a blast to play, collect cars, and see how fast you can drive. You can switch between a first person driver’s seat view, a first person hood view, and a couple of different third person views; and there are loads of ramps both natural and man-made that you can jump your car off of. You can also invite Xbox Live friends to race against you which, admittedly, should be obvious for a racing game on Xbox, but I figured I’d mention it anyway. Given that it’s on Game Pass (which every Xbox gamer and, in my opinion, PC gamer needs), it’s definitely worth giving a try. With enough tweaking of the settings and difficulty, there’s something here for pretty much everyone.
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January Thru November:
January
Thirteen Sentinels: Aegis Rim (PS4)
Dark Stalkers Chronicle: The Chaos Tower (PSTV)

February

Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo HD Remix (PS3)
Metroid Prime (Wii)
King of Fighters 14 (PS4)
King of Fighters 2002: Ultimate Match (PS4)
Splatoon 2 (Switch)
Super Mario 3D World (Switch)

March

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Switch)
Bowser's Fury (Switch)
Triggerheart Exelica (Xbox Series S)
Guardian Heroes (Xbox Series S)
Megaman 4 (Xbox Series S)

April

Megaman 2 (Xbox Series S)
Megaman 3 (Xbox Series S)
Megaman (Xbox Series S)
Megaman 5 (Xbox Series S)
Megaman 6 (Xbox Series S)
Disgaea 1: Complete (Switch)
NiGHTS into Dreams HD (Xbox Series S)
Megaman Zero (Switch)
Megaman Zero 2 (Switch)

June

Mass Effect (Xbox Series S)
Mass Effect 2 (Xbox Series S)
Castlevania (PS4)
Super Castlevania IV (Switch)

August

Yakuza Kiwami (Xbox Series S)
Megaman X (Xbox Series S)
Shovel Knight: Shovel of Hope (Xbox Series S)
Tetris: Connected (Xbox Series S)
Metroid (Switch)
Metal Slug (Neo Geo MVSx)
Doki Doki Literature Club Plus (Switch)

September

Batman: The Telltale Series (Xbox Series S)
Metal Slug 2 (Neo Geo MVSx)
Ultra Street Figher II (Switch)
X-Men vs Street Fighter (Arcade)
Injustice 2 (Xbox Series S)
Injustice: Gods Among Us (Xbox Series S)

October

Batman: The Enemy Within (Xbox Series S)
Metroid: Other M (Wii)
Metroid Dread (Switch)
Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo (Arcade)]

November

Fire Emblem: Three Houses - Ashen Wolves (Switch)
Megaman 7 (Xbox Series S)
Castlevania 3: Dracula's Curse (Xbox Series S)


December

Bloodstained: Circle of the Moon (Xbox Series S)

This time of year I tend to just play shorter games to bolster my list and avoid carrying titles over into the new year. Inspired by our favorite bird PartridgeSenpai's own recent play through, I decided to give it a 2021 run to see how well it handles on the Xbox controller.

There's some things about this game that I much preferred on the Switch. The Switch pro-controller with it's proper d-pad made the more nuanced enemy dodging and attacking much easier. I was also surprised by the Xbox Series S not supporting Quick Resume for Bloodstained COTM. I know it's not a global feature but I pretty much expect any game published for the Xbox One to have it. Some Xbox 360 titles use it.

Other than that, it's still a fun game. It's certainly not as brutal as Castlevania 3 was and I wish the different characters were given more tools. Often times, it felt like there was no reason to use anyone other than Miriam. She has the best mobility, the best secondary weapons, and the best reach. There might be instances where I would use the rest of the team but they were niche. I still need to play the sequel so maybe that gets fixed.
Maybe now Nintendo will acknowledge Metroid has a fanbase?
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Zangetsu in Ultimate mode definitely gives Miriam a run for her money, and in the sequel he starts off with some of the stuff from Ultimate so he's a more rounded character. Alfred is definitely the "use him in these specific locations" character, as with the right spell in the right spot he trivializes the screen. Personally, I tended to use Gebel more than Miriam for random traversal as he gave more safety.
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Games Beaten in 2021 - 106
* denotes a replay

January (12 Games Beaten)
1. God of War - PlayStation 3 - January 1
2. God of War II - PlayStation 3 - January 2
3. God of War: Chains of Olympus - PlayStation 3 - January 3
4. God of War: Ghost of Sparta - PlayStation 3 - January 4
5. God of War III - PlayStation 4 - January 6
6. God of War: Ascension - PlayStation 3 - January 9
7. God of War [2018] - PlayStation 4 - January 16
8. Epic Dumpster Bear 2: He Who Bears Wins - PlayStation 4 - January 16
9. God of War: Betrayal - Mobile - January 17
10. Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit - Switch - January 18
11. Muv-Luv photonflowers* - Steam - January 22
12. Muv-Luv photonmelodies♮ - Steam - January 27


February (5 Games Beaten)
13. Gun Gun Pixies - Switch - February 1
14. Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel - PS4 - February 8*
15. Pantsu Hunter: Back to the 90s - Vita - February 13
16. Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II - PS4 - February 17*
17. Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky - Steam - February 23


March (3 Games Beaten)
18. Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky SC - Steam - March 4
19. Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky 3rd - Steam - March 7
20. Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III - PS4 - March 21


April (7 Games Beaten)
21. Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV - PS4 - April 5
22. Muv-Luv Unlimited: The Day After 00 - Steam - April 7
23. Muv-Luv Unlimited: The Day After 01 - Steam - April 10
24. Muv-Luv Unlimited: The Day After 02 - Steam - April 11
25. Muv-Luv Unlimited: The Day After 03 - Steam - April 13
26. Neptunia Virtual Stars - PS4 - April 18
27. Before Your Eyes - Steam - April 18


May (9 Games Beaten)
28. New Pokemon Snap - Switch - May 2
29. Resident Evil 8: Village - PS5 - May 8
30. Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Switch - May 15
31. Torment: Tides of Numenera - Xbox One - May 18
32. Pepsiman - PS1 - May 20
33. Super Blackjack Battle II Turbo: The Card Fighters - Switch - May 20
34. Reel Fishing: Road Trip Adventure - Switch - May 23
35. Planetscape: Torment - Steam - May 26
36. Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne - Switch - May 31


June (17 Games Beaten)
37. Hentai vs Evil - Switch - June 1
38. Troll and I - Switch - June 2
39. Zombie Army 4: Dead War - PlayStation 4 - June 5
40. Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 - Switch - June 6
41. Military Madness - TurboGrafx-16 - June 7
42. Puyo Puyo 2 - Game Gear - June 17
43. Yakuza 0 - Playstation 4 - June 19
44. Neptunia Shooter - Playstation 5 - June 20
45. Little Samson - NES - June 22
46. Tiger-Heli - NES - June 23
47. Blaster Master - NES - June 23
48. Gun-Nac - NES - June 24
49. Rollerblade Racer - NES - June 25
50. Marble Madness - NES - June 25
51. Metroid - NES - June 25
52. Mario Golf: Super Rush - Switch - June 26
53. Metroid: Zero Mission - GBA - June 28
54. Metroid II: Return of Samus - Game Boy - June 29


July (31 Games Beaten)
55. Super Metroid - SNES - July 1
56. Where's Waldo? - NES - July 1
57. Metroid Fusion - GBA - July 2
58. Neptunia ReVerse - PlayStation 5 - July 3
59. Tetris Effect: Connected - Series X - July 3
60. Battletoads - Xbox One - July 4
61. Chicken Police: Paint it Red! - Switch - July 5
62. The Falconeer - Series X - July 7
63. Astral Chain - Switch - July 10
64. Dynowarz: Destruction of Spondylus - NES - July 12
65. Skull and Crossbones - NES - July 12
66. Sky Kid - NES - July 12
67. Top Gun - NES - July 12
68. Top Gun: The Second Mission - NES - July 13
69. Mega Man 7 - SNES - July 13
70. Mega Man X - SNES - July 14
71. Mega Man X2 - SNES - July 15
72. Second Extinction - Series X - July 15
73. Mega Man X3 - SNES - July 16
74. Mega Man: Dr. Wily's Revenge - Game Boy - July 19
75. Mega Man II - Game Boy - July 19
76. Mega Man III - Game Boy - July 19
77. Mega Man IV - Game Boy - July 20
78. Mega Man V - Game Boy - July 20
79. Mega Man Xtreme - GBC - July 21
80. Mega Man Xtreme 2 - GBC - July 21
81. Portal Runner - GBC - July 22
82. Bubsy in Claws Encounters of the Furred Kind - SNES - July 22
83. Mega Man and Bass - SNES - July 23
84. Cotton Reboot! - Switch - July 27
85. Yakuza Kiwami 2 - PlayStation 4 - July 29


August (2 Games Beaten)
86. Doom Eternal: The Ancient Gods Part 1 - Series X - August 7
87. Doom Eternal: The Ancient Gods Part 2 - Series X - August 7


September (6 Games Beaten)
88. Maneater: Truth Quest - PS5 - September 5
89. Empire of Angels IV - Switch - September 5
90. 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim - PS4 - September 19
91. Star Trek: Voyager - Elite Force - GOG - September 21
92. Star Trek: Elite Force II - GOG - September 25
93. Earth Defense Force: World Brothers - Switch - September 29


October (7 Games Beaten)
94. Blair Witch - Switch - October 1
95. The Medium - Xbox Series X - October 3
96. Maid of Sker - Xbox Series X - October 3
97. Metroid Dread - Switch - October 14
98. Parasite Eve - PS1 - October 20
99. Visage - Xbox One - October 23
100. Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan - Xbox One - October 24


November (4 Games Beaten)
101. Call of Duty: Vanguard - PS5 - November 9
102. The Division 2 - Xbox One - November 11
103. The Division 2: Warlords of New York - Xbox One - November 11
104. Pokemon Shining Pearl - Switch - November 28


December (2 Games Beaten)
105. Guardian Heroes - Saturn - December 5
106. Forza Horizon 5 - Xbox Series X - December 7


106. Guardian Heroes - Saturn - December 5

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I’ve had Guardian Heroes downloaded on my Xbox 360 for a while. I’d played a little bit of the original Saturn release in the past, and I just finished one playthrough on Xbox 360 with Flake, so I’m going to be doing a bit of a comparison between the original release and the remaster here. It’s a rather unique game that often feels like it doesn’t know exactly what it wants to be, but somehow that plays into making an extremely enjoyable co-op experience.

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So the game starts out with a group of mercenaries who have just found some ancient magic sword after being hired by a group rebelling against an evil kingdom. The kingdom immediately attacks, and as the mercenaries are trying to escape, the magic sword summons a giant golden skeleton warriors who, despite looking like a super hard boss, ends up being a commendable ally who saves the group. From there, there are a ton of branching paths that you can take that affect some of the details of the story and character interactions that you see. There are several different endings which gives the otherwise roughly one-hour game a ton of replayability. The fact that you can play this co-op (and online if you have it on Xbox) makes this a fantastic feature.

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The gameplay is like a bizarre amalgamation of beat ‘em up, RPG, and arcade games. The core gameplay is that of an arcade beat ‘em up like Turtles in Time or The Simpsons Arcade complete with a credit system at the top (despite having never been released in arcades), but as you defeat enemies, your chosen character gains levels, and after each segment, you get skill points that you can distribute to various stats to power up your character. Most games that don’t feel like they know what they want to be end up doing nothing well and just being mediocre at best, but for some reason, it works extremely well for Guardian Heroes, and the end product is extremely enjoyable.

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The game plays and looks great, but it’s not perfect. The dialogue is painfully 90s, for example, and has aged extremely poorly. It might have seemed funny in a juvenile 1990s way, but in the 2020s, it’s just bad. The visuals, however, are top notch, and the pseudo-3D movement style of the game with distinct horizontal planes between which you can hop has an extremely fluid feel once you get a feel for the controls.

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As Flake said during our playthrough, this is the kind of game that’s only obscure because it was on the Saturn; if this had been a Playstation game, it would be remembered extremely fondly. It’s fun solo, but it’s a truly great experience co-op. With its availability on Xbox 360 and, via Xbox backwards compatibility emulation, Xbox One and Series X, everyone with any fondness whatsoever for 90s beat ‘em ups should give this game a shot.
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Wish it'd get a rerelease on modern consoles, especially the Switch. Didn't this game support 6 or 8 players? Would that be possible on Switch with each player using a single Joycon?
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Recently beat Katamari Damacy Rerolled for Switch. Yes I know I beat it on PS4 and yes, I did rebuy it for Switch. You wanna bitch, bitch about how KDR doesn't have enough post-endgame gameplay outside of just replaying levels.

Personally I think when we get another Katamari game, they should have a freeplay mode, where you choose a level and then choose a starting size for the Katamari ball, goal size and difficulty level that combined with the start and goal sizes determine the time limit. Or a mode similar to the North Star level where you don't know how big the ball is and have to get it a certain size before it gets too busy.

Also multiplayer modes.
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Partridge Senpai's 2021 Beaten Games:
Previously: 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
* indicates a repeat

Games 1~51
1. Atelier Rorona: The Alchemist of Arland (PS3)
2. Portal 2 (PC) *
3. Atelier Judie: The Alchemist of Gramnad (PS2)
4. Pipo Saru 2001 (PS2)
5. Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon (N64)
6. Atelier Viorate: The Alchemist of Gramnad 2 (PS2)
7. Kirby's Dream Land 3 (SFC)
8. The Legend of Mystical Ninja (SFC)
9. Atelier Marie: The Alchemist of Salburg (PS1)
10. Ganbare Goemon 2 (SFC)
11. Paper Mario: Origami King (Switch)
12. Star Fox 64 (N64) *
13. Super Paper Mario (Wii) *
14. Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door (GC) *
15. Demon's Crest (SNES)
16. Cathedral (Switch)
17. Super Mario 3D World (Switch) *
18. Bowser's Fury (Switch)
19. Rogue Heroes: Ruins of Tasos (Switch)
20. moon (Switch)
21. Casltevania 64 (N64)
22. Captain Rainbow (Wii)
23. Doraemon: Nobita To Mittsu No Seireiseki (N64)
24. Blast Corps (N64)
25. Doraemon 2: Nobita To Hikari No Shinden (N64)
26. Custom Robo (N64)
27. Doraemon 3: Nobita No Machi SOS! (N64)
28. 64 Trump Collection: Alice No Wakuwaku Trump World (N64)
29. The Sunken City (PS4)
30. Lair of the Clockwork God (Switch)
31. Star Fox Adventures (GC)
32. Atelier Elie: The Alchemist of Salburg 2 (PS1)
33. Billy Hatcher & The Giant Egg (GC)
34. Mole Mania (GB)
35. Gargoyle's Quest (GB)
36. Rock Man 4 (Famicom) *
37. Wai Wai World (Famicom)
38. Mega Man: Dr. Wily's Revenge (GB)
39. Mega Man (Switch) *
40. Mega Man 2 (Switch) *
41. Mega Man 3 (Switch) *
42. Rock Man 5 (Famicom) *
43. Mega Man 6 (Switch)
44. Mega Man 7 (Switch) *
45. Mega Man 8 (Switch) *
46. Mega Man 9 (Switch) *
47. Mega Man 10 (Switch)
48. Rock Man World 2 (GB) *
49. Rock Man World 3 (GB)
50. Rock Man World 4 (GB)
51. Rock Man World 5 (GB)

Games 52~100
52. Wai Wai World 2 (Famicom)
53. Tiny Toon Adventures (Famicom)
54. King Kong 2: Ikari No Megaton Punch (Famicom)
55. Yume Pengin Monogatari (Famicom)
56. Rock Man & Forte (SFC)
57. Rock Man X2 (Switch)
58. Rock Man X3 (Switch)
59. Rock Man X4 (Switch)
60. Rock Man X5 (Switch)
61. Rock Man X6 (Switch)
62. Rock Man X7 (Switch)
63. Rock Man X8 (Switch)
64. Mega Man: Powered Up (PSP)
65. Magical Taruruuto Kun: FANTASTIC WORLD!! (Famicom)
66. Maken Shao (PS2)
67. Getsu Fuuma Den (Famicom)
68. Rock Man D.A.S.H (PSP)
69. Brave Fencer Musashi (PS1)
70. Joe & Mac (SFC) *
71. Atelier Lilie: The Alchemist of Salburg 3 (PS2)
72. Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link (Famicom)
73. The Bouncer (PS2)
74. Rapid Angel (PS1)
75. Atelier Totori: The Alchemist of Arland 2 (PS3)
76. Drakengard 3 (PS3)
77. Alwa's Awakening (Switch)
78. Hermina & Culus (PS2)
79. Atelier Meruru: The Alchemist of Arland 3 (PS3)
80. Splatterhouse: Wanpaku Graffiti (Switch)
81. Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana (PS2)
82. Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana 2 (PS2)
83. Mario Kart 64 (N64)
84. Super Mario Kart (SFC)
85. Mario Kart Super Circuit (3DS)
86. Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time (N64) *
87. Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (N64) *
88. Legend of Zelda: Minish Cap (3DS) *
89. Rock Man X: Command Mission (GC)
90. Pikmin (GC) *
91. Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures (GC) *
92. Far East of Eden 2: Manjimaru (GC)
93. Pikmin 2 (GC) *
94. Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker (GC) *
95. Shin Megami Tensei (SFC)
96. Metroid Prime (GC)
97. Bomberman Jetters (GC)
98. Maximo (PS2)
99. Operation Logic Bomb (SNES)
100. Bombuzal (SFC)

101. Splatterhouse (PCE)
102. Shin Megami Tensei 2 (SFC)
103. Shin Megami Tensei if... (SFC)
104. Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner (Saturn)
105. Alundra (PS1)
106. Lunar: Silver Star Story (Saturn)
107. Tales of Xillia (PS3)
108. Digimon Rumble Arena (PS1)
109. Blue Stinger (DC)
110. Clockwork Knight (Saturn)
111. Tales of Xillia 2 (PS3)
112. Nightmare Creatures (PS1)
113. Tales of Rebirth (PSP)
114. Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Children: Red Book (GBC)
115. Heart of the Woods (PC)
116. Analogue: A Hate Story (PC)
117. Ibunroku Persona (PS1)
118. Megami Tensei: Last Bible (GB)
119. Mechstermination Force (Switch)
120. Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon (Switch)
121. Shining Force (Genesis)

122. Shining Wisdom (Saturn)

Forgetting that I had ways to play other Genesis Shining games via my PS3 Genesis collection, I went out and found a couple Shining games on Saturn to play for this month's TR. Shining Wisdom was one of those games I found, and I was pretty excited to see that there was a Zelda-like action/adventure game in the series, as I'm a big fan of that style of game. AJ warned me it wasn't very good, but I've never been one to be terribly deterred by how bad a game might be. Hoo boy, was I in for a surprise XD. It took me about 10.5 hours to beat the Japanese version of the game on real hardware.

The story follows you, the son of the dead dragon-slaying hero Jiles, as you're about to be inducted into the royal knights of the realm of Odegan. However, events unfold on your first day on the job that get you embroiled in the center of a plot by the evil Dark Elf to unseal the evil djinn and revive the great slumbering giant who rests beneath the kingdom and will destroy everything if he's woken up! The game was originally supposed to be a Genesis game, but it was bumped up late in development to be a Saturn game, so there really isn't all that much story. It does a fine job setting the stakes, but there just isn't really enough there to really get engaged with, and what is there I had a hard time getting all that interested in (they really like to flap their gums a lot about not much at all Xp). As a last note on the writing, it's also pretty rough at signposting, with many characters only telling you where to go next a single time, and then not repeating it upon speaking to them again.

The gameplay though, that's where this game goes from mediocre to the worst game I have played all year. The list of things wrong with this game are long, but I'll start with the most important of them all to get right to the good stuff. This is a pretty typical top-down Zelda-like action/adventure game in that you have a life bar, sub-weapons, an overworld to explore, NPCs to talk to, dungeons to conquer, and bosses to fight. Most of the basic trappings will be very familiar to anyone who has even glimpsed at things like A Link to the Past (which itself predates this game by about four years).

What is very not typical about it is how below your health bar you have a gauge with a series of numbers, and that is your running gauge. You need to mash the B button (or the X, Y, or Z buttons) to get up to running speed, and then you can hold the B button to keep that speed, but you'll slow down if you get hit (and the hit detection sucks, your sword's range is awful, and you just know that almost every enemy is far more mobile than you right from the start of the game). That running gauge is also your magic charge gauge, and casting a magic attack also means that your running goes to zero along with your magical charge. This all means that you are constantly, and I mean CONSTANTLY, mashing the B button for well over half the playtime of this game. It makes the game physically uncomfortable and even painful to play with how much you have to mash it. I honestly have no idea why they thought this was a good idea compared to just holding the button down to charge it or just having it auto charge and running just being automatic (walking is SO slow you'd never want to do it). It makes just playing the game a constant, painful chore, and the playing of the game (as we're about to get to) is not even a great time in the first place.

I already mentioned that your sword's range is awful and hit detection is pretty spotty, but you have tons of sub weapons you can use as well (with many such as the "magic hand" clearly in some way being the inspiration for how games like Golden Sun would design environmental puzzles many years down the road). The main issue with this is that ALL of these weapons are bound to the C button. A handles consumable items, B is the eternal mashing button, and that leaves only C as the button to which everything else (jumping shoes, kicking shoes, sliding shoes, your sword, your magic hand, and much much more) all need to be constantly juggled between the C button. This is really annoying and takes a ton of time to do, and it also means that you're often totally defenseless when puzzle solving because you don't have your sword equipped. Because this was originally a Genesis game and was pushed to Saturn very late in development, those three buttons are all you really get (X/Y/Z only mirror B, and R and L only work in one menu), and it's another thing that makes the game a consistently annoying chore to play.

The game's overall design is pretty rough as well. As mentioned before, signposting is pretty bad on the information level, but it's even worse on the map design level. Very often you'll be told to go to a location with only the barest (if any) indication of where that place is, leaving you to wander around the map until you happen to stumble into it. The game has no world map (such as A Link to the Past does), and the map in the manual is so vague that it's virtually useless, so you're on your own to bump and stumble into where the next area to go is. Dungeon design ranges from mediocre and threadbare to overly convoluted and filled with poorly signposted puzzles.

The game has tons of puzzles where you need to use a magically charged version of one of your many items to progress, but exactly how you do it and with which one is up to you to trial and error your way through, and that's if there's any indication a puzzle exists at all (the goddess statue that only appears when the sand is stone is the worst offender here). Upon looking up the solution to a lot of them (after a ton of fruitless trial and error), it was often a logical solution, but how you'd think to even do that feels like something out of an point'n'click adventure game. The game also has a lot of items that are very easy to miss or out of the way to find (on the way to where you're *actually* going next), so it's also very easy to get caught up in trying every which'a'way to solve a puzzle not realizing that you don't even have the tools to do it. And this is all while you're being constantly assaulted by infinitely (and quickly) respawning enemies that are very annoying to kill. The only small mercy here is that the penalty for dying is only being sent back to the start of the dungeon you're in. You don't even lose any money, which is a nice silver lining I suppose. The game overall is very forgiving, with the ability to carry TONS of healing items and the bosses being (for better or worse) universally very easy, which is again a nice consolation with how annoying all of the normal enemies are.

The presentation is a mixed bag. The environments are all 2D, but the character and enemy models are this sort of 3D-to-2D look that at times looks alright and at other times (such as on larger enemies and bosses) looks pretty rough. Character portraits when important characters are talking are well detailed and don't look bad, per se, but they often rarely look much at all like the character who they represent, even down to the skin color of the character being clearly different between the in-game model and the portrait. The music is all around pretty good. There are a few dungeons with fairly boring tracks, but overall the music is basically the only part of the game that gets a passing grade from me.

Verdict: Not Recommended. As I said before, this is the worst game I've played all year. At first I was in doubt whether this game was REALLY worse than Maken Shao, but by the end of it I was absolutely positive. This is a game that is simply never fun to play, and is constantly putting obstacles in the way of you enjoying your time with it even a little. The music may be alright, but decent music alone does not a tolerable game make. That just means that you're not having your ears assaulted during the otherwise awful experience. Whether you're a fan of Zelda-style games or the Shining series in general, this is a game to completely avoid unless you deliberately want to give yourself a bad time.
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Clockwork Aquario - PS 4

So apparently, this game was lost to time or whatever and people didn't think it would ever get released. Having now finished it I can say that would not have been a big loss. Very generic platforming arcade game, nothing special or interesting about it whatsoever and you can finish it in about 30 minutes even if you're a complete scrub as the game gives more than enough lives and continues. I'm sure there are far better games that were cancelled and never released that deserve to be exposed to the masses than this one

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REPO Man wrote:Wish it'd get a rerelease on modern consoles, especially the Switch. Didn't this game support 6 or 8 players? Would that be possible on Switch with each player using a single Joycon?


It's on Xbox Live Arcade. Fun game, but very overrated. Much better beat 'em up games in the genre. Most of the best beat 'em up I have played no one ever talks about. It's always Final Fight this, Streets or Rage that, Guardian Heroes this.
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Taste is always very subjective. Guardian Heroes is near the top of my beat ‘em up list.
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