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The Evil Within
Almost immediately after starting gameplay, the spooky stuff ramps up to a comedic degree.

Updated about 6 hours ago

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Borrowed/Rented
I exploted the final boss with vigor if not glee, with his multituide of weapons and four (!) total deathblows; I'll exploit AI all day.

Updated about 1 day ago

Metroid: Samus Returns Borrowed/Rented
There's a surprise at the end, but what is now the penultimate boss showed off this game's excellent boss design, using even the morph ball well.

Updated about 2 days ago

☆★★★★ Thie takes M2 to the modern era of games with a lot of quality-of-life changes and a couple new additions in the melee-counter and the Aeion abilities. There's also some neat boss design, particularly later encounters. That said, areas are a bit bloated, bosses repeat too much, there's some odd control decisions and the fact that this is running back a lot of well worn ideas for Metroid. Still, it's a good starting point for Mercurysteam in the series. B-
Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
I got through all the preamble of the opening of chapter 3, now it'll finally be time to fight a battle.

Updated about 3 days ago

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game – Complete Edition
Of course there would be a legally-distinct take on the Technodrome, since this game loves TMNT, Mega Man 2 and especially River City Ransom.

Updated about 5 days ago

☆☆★★★ This game has charm out the wazzoo, matching that of the movie and comic with some excellent sprite work and an amazing chiptune soundtrack. The gameplay, however, suffers from the required grind and the baffling decision to lock certain parts of the moveset behind levels. There's some neat options, but block-happy enemies and overly busy engagements hamper the experience. I frankly wish I liked it more. C+
Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power
While the ending sets up a second half of the game that never happens, all you need to know about the writing is "The cake is a lie" is said thrice.

Updated about 1 week ago

Earth Defense Force 4.1: The Shadow of New Despair
We're rolling out the greatest hits of encounters at the end here, and for this latest mission, not one, not two, but THREE hives to destroy!

Updated about 2 weeks ago

Path of Exile
I guess that was the end of the base game, but there's way more than that now!

Updated about 1 month ago

Ersatz's Status

(U) Unfinished ?No significant accomplishments.     (B) Beaten ?The main objective has been accomplished. Usually marked by the defeat of a final boss and/or viewing of credits.     (C) Completed ?For games which are 100% done. All extras and modes have been unlocked and finished. All significant items have been collected.
366 (U)
  65 Unplayed  
17.8% of Unfinished
4.1% of Total
1007 (B)
195 (C)
Wishlist  46 ?         Top-Rated  94 ?????         Master Runs  8 (M)
PlayStation 4 2 (U) 105 (B) 10 (C) 117 Total
PlayStation 5 BEAT 1 (B) 0 (C) 1 Total
PlayStation 3 1 (U) 247 (B) 3 (C) 251 Total
PlayStation 2 48 (U) 108 (B) 11 (C) 167 Total
PlayStation 26 (U) 31 (B) 17 (C) 75 Total
PlayStation Network 1 (U) 82 (B) 12 (C) 95 Total
PlayStation Portable 9 (U) 17 (B) 0 (C) 26 Total
Master System 4 (U) 1 (B) 1 (C) 6 Total
Genesis / Mega Drive 57 (U) 61 (B) 7 (C) 125 Total
32X 3 (U) 0 (B) 0 (C) 3 Total
Sega CD 9 (U) 2 (B) 1 (C) 14 Total
Saturn 11 (U) 1 (B) 0 (C) 12 Total
Dreamcast 14 (U) 10 (B) 1 (C) 25 Total
Game Gear 1 (U) 2 (B) 0 (C) 3 Total
NES 43 (U) 49 (B) 55 (C) 147 Total
SNES 52 (U) 68 (B) 15 (C) 136 Total
Nintendo 64 16 (U) 10 (B) 1 (C) 27 Total
GameCube 9 (U) 15 (B) 2 (C) 26 Total
Wii 4 (U) 12 (B) 0 (C) 16 Total
Wii U BEAT 13 (B) 0 (C) 13 Total
Nintendo Switch BEAT 9 (B) 0 (C) 9 Total
Virtual Boy BEAT 1 (B) 0 (C) 1 Total
Game Boy/Color 6 (U) 14 (B) 15 (C) 35 Total
Game Boy Advance 3 (U) 13 (B) 0 (C) 16 Total
Nintendo DS 3 (U) 11 (B) 2 (C) 16 Total
Nintendo 3DS 6 (U) 5 (B) 0 (C) 11 Total
PC 3 (U) 49 (B) 12 (C) 75 Total
PC Downloads BEAT 20 (B) 14 (C) 34 Total
Browser BEAT 2 (B) 0 (C) 2 Total
Xbox 33 (U) 19 (B) 3 (C) 55 Total
Xbox 360 BEAT 19 (B) 0 (C) 19 Total
Xbox Game Pass BEAT 4 (B) 0 (C) 4 Total
Xbox LIVE Arcade BEAT 5 (B) 0 (C) 5 Total
XNA Indie Games BEAT 1 (B) 0 (C) 1 Total
3DO 1 (U) 0 (B) 0 (C) 1 Total
TurboGrafx-16 1 (U) 0 (B) 0 (C) 1 Total
iPhone C O M P L E T E ! 13 Total
All Games 1583 Total
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about 12 months ago

Legendary Weapon: 5 or fewer unfinished games
Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Yeah, it's definitely been good so far, maybe even slightly overwhelming with all of the different mechanics and whatnot. I liked Shadow of Mordor a lot so it has a lofty bar to live up to.

Hope you're enjoying Arkham Knight! Definite 9/10 game IMO.
about 1 year ago

Right Hand of Bak'laag: 1000+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Cursed: 10+ new games in a row
I'm on a quest to beat all ps1 and all ps4 games, expect many weird beats lol
about 2 years ago

Herald of Bak'laag: 500+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Gratz on the on SteamWorld Dig! Hope you enjoyed it! I found it a rather charming and addictive little game where I just wanted to go for "one more" dig every time I needed to put it down.
about 2 years ago

Legendary Weapon: 5 or fewer unfinished games
Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Seems very appropriate then, considering Dishonored is basically the spiritual successor to Thief!

And yes, Okami is about 3 times longer than it actually needed to be.
about 2 years ago

Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Just pointin' out, the name of Japan is just "Japan" (Nihon) and it's actually a monarchy, not a republic you're right about being a US ally though
about 2 years ago (edited)

Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
That is exactly why I can never get into FTL. You must build to counter the flagship otherwise it will murder you. Of course, you need to get to it in the first place to find out what it can do so you know what would be good against it unless you dumb luck into good stuff. Be glad you are playing after the advanced patch. It made things less RNG in that regard. Never getting a weapon wasn't an uncommon occurrence.

The run that made me put it down for good was when I ran into a ship that killed me on the very first jump. The enemy ship had a missile and beam weapon. Missile took out my shields and their beam took out my weapons. Frantically trying to repair did no good as they constantly took down my weapons and when I decided to just run, my engines were also down. It was just absurd.

EDIT: That sounds about right. Depending on what the flagship hacks, you may have lost right away if you can't jump away or counter the hack. Every flagship victory I had was thanks to cloak avoiding its big attacks. There was one obnoxious time where I was killing everything with no problems because I had all the flak cannons. On the flagship the shots kept on missing the rooms so I died on the first stage.

The design of the game still lets me appreciate it, which is why I'll eventually get around to giving Into the Breach a chance.
about 3 years ago (edited)

Legendary Weapon: 5 or fewer unfinished games
Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Happy belated 10th Backloggiversary!!

EDIT: Glad you liked Doom 2016 as much as I did. The original was a mind-blowing relevation to my younger self, and the new one not only keeps its spirit alive, but enhances it in such a way that feels perfectly natural. I hope Doom Eternal ends up being just as good!
about 3 years ago

Legendary Weapon: 5 or fewer unfinished games
Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Thanks for the Persona 5 write-up. Congratulations on finishing! I can't remember exactly what I wrote to you before but I was pretty shocked at the localization and how lousy it seemed. It's not the late '90s anymore where they didn't have the care/budget to do so - this is been Atlus's niche for a while and so it was very off-putting. (As a current comparison, Danganronpa's localization seems really good and really gets across Monokuma's nihilistic/DGAF attitude instead of making him the usual mustache-twirling one-dimensional villain.) The overarching goal also seemed very contrived and nebulous compared to the small-town murder mystery of P4. I couldn't get behind either the premise or characters.

Also, when it comes to the gameplay, I ended up probably psyching myself out by setting it to Easy to avoid the whole "main character death = last save point" holdover from ancient times. But that's a one-way decision and it makes everything too easy, so I didn't have that to prop the game up either. In the end, I don't miss it and I'm glad you at least sorta got your (now my ) money's worth out of it.

LTTP: Yes, I use the same name (just with a 78 at the end, hmm what could that mean). I'm curious, who was asking about me? Despite being part of that community for a year now, I still consider myself a relatively anonymous (though fairly competent) weekend warrior. Certainly not a household name that people would recognize. I do have a couple tournament matches on the SpeedGaming Youtube channel though.
about 4 years ago (edited)

Legendary Weapon: 5 or fewer unfinished games
Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Well I stayed up late last night to finish MGS5. I've had some time to collect my thoughts. I found Chapter 2 kind of annoying having to extract all those kids and do random side ops to trigger new yellow options, UNTIL I got to missions 43, 45, and 46. Those were definitely worth. My reaction to mission 43 was "BibleThump 7" which is Twitch emote/shorthand for "crying face, salute".

So a lot of people think this game is incomplete, but if you look and listen carefully, it tells you everything you need. Common complaints include:

1) What happened to Eli? The "timeline credits" confirm he became Liquid Snake. So what was he doing in the interim 20 years? Well, these world domination plans take time, ya know! What happened to Sahel...Sael...Sela....the Metal Gear thing he had? He probably scrapped it/tweaked it to eventually become the one we see in MGS1. I can fill in the blanks.

2) Similarly, what happened to Venom Snake? There's one line in that timeline that Solid Snake would go on to defeat Big Boss' phantom in Metal Gear 1. So there you go, he eventually went and made an Outer Heaven in the jungle in 1995. Why did they abandon their ocean platform? I dunno, a lot can happen in a decade, maybe they wanted to/were forced to. It doesn't matter that much.

3) Unfortunately I knew about the twist that Venom is not Big Boss but just the medic as a body double (an unfortunate side effect of reading too much TVTropes, sometimes you accidentally click a spoiler you didn't mean to :P ). I think a lot of people are pissed at Kojima for not giving them the story "the fans" wanted. But this is the same guy who presented MGS2 in trailers and ITS OWN DEMO as you get to play as Solid Snake again. As we all know, you play as Raiden most of the game. So was I mad? No, I think it's just par for the course for Kojima! I thought the hospital replay was interesting, especially because I didn't actually realize a) the assassin was Quiet and b) Ishmael was the real Big Boss.

So it's not a perfect game, but I still give it 5 stars. I am hard pressed to think of a better, more intense stealth game. I am not interested in doing all the missions/side ops, but I'm glad you enjoyed it enough to do so.

EDIT: I loved this about the Nuclear disarmament video:

Cutscene: "Boss, it looks like someone's developing nukes again."
YT comment: "Such a lust for power! WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO?????"
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