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God of War Ragnarök
Oh Atreus, you're causing chaos even when you don't mean to.

Updated about 2 hours ago

The Amazing Spider-Man
These are all variants of existing characters, but that's probably the oddest Felicia Hardy I've ever encountered.

Updated about 2 hours ago

☆☆★★★ A direct sequel to the events of the movie, this is a perfectly decent open-world super hero game. The combat and stealth take pointers from the Batman: Arkham series, though it is equal to it. Web slinging is also automatic, and there's a dash-to button making Spidey agile but almost automated. It's a totally fine mid-tier game, but the lack of polish and originality compared to superior entries is very evident. C
Bugs Bunny is, perhaps appropriate, really annoying to fight.

Updated about 2 hours ago

Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
It's going to take forever to set up my final squad.

Updated about 1 day ago

Escape Academy Borrowed/Rented
We saved the school! Now it's time for endless runs of DLC. (Co-op)

Updated about 1 week ago

☆★★★★ A first-person puzzle game solving various timed puzzles which are a combination of item, math, logic and language puzzles on a quirky campus built around escaping. There's also a quirky atmosphere that's a bit hit or miss and gets maybe a bit TOO much like the primary inspiration, Portal. The co-op integration is great, because it lets players work together or by themselves well, but the puzzle originality does run out by the end. Still, a fun start to this franchise. B-
Super Bomberman 5 JPN Borrowed/Rented
Since most of the areas are optional, this is by far the shortest of the Super Bomberman game. I'll take 26 percent completion!

Updated about 2 weeks ago

☆☆★★★ The final Super Bomberman on SNES, the gameplay is a competant use of the Bomberman formula, with new tools like seeking bombs. The biggest variation is that/ the levels are non-linear, so it's possible to skip over most before the boss. This makes the game very short and fairly easy by Bomberman standards. It's totally competent and even fun in parts, but the formula is well worn enough by this point that it doesn't stand out. C
The Great Battle V JPN Borrowed/Rented
Defeating that horrible stereotype, we've made the Wild West safe for the Comapti Heroes or whatever.

Updated about 2 weeks ago

☆☆☆★★ The final SNES Great Battle game continues the series bar of low quality. There's some parts which are Wild Guns pastiche levels which are halfway decent. Unfortunately, that's like 10% of the game, with the rest being wonky, imprecise side-scrolling sections. As if that's not enough, many of the levels repeat. At least it's easy to just get around most of the obstacles and not engage with it and there's G-Gundam mobile suits. D
Perfect Dark
Apporprately, it wasn't obvious at all to aim at the crystal icon, just like many of the other odd and obscure goals in the game.

Updated about 2 weeks ago

☆☆☆★★ The atmosphere of PD is so weird, combining X-Files, government conspiracies, cyberpunk and James Bond into an odd cocktail that could only have come out of the late '90s. That aside, the the shooting is an auto-aim affair because of the controls and frequently there are failable and vague mission directives that force the entire mission to be replayed since there are no checkpoints. There's some creativity in what you do and the variety of weapons, but nothing about this has aged well. D-

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355 (U)
  64 Unplayed  
18% of Unfinished
3.8% of Total
1116 (B)
212 (C)
Wishlist  39 ?         Top-Rated  98 ?????         Master Runs  8 (M)
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about 4 months ago

Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Yeah, I hated Majora when it launched. It lacked two essential qualities that interested me in OOT as a young man: the open world and the lighter, almost heaven-like, themes. When the dark side hits in OOT it feels like a crushing, foreign power that inspires the player to take action precisely because that pristine, peaceful world inspires protection.

Majora hits like a bad trip in the first seconds of the game and it feels like the author (probably Takano) was struggling with depression at that time. The fairy change is symbolic, as Navi was a true companion and Tael begins the game as an accomplice in a literal assault agains't you.

Still, it tries something different and I feel I owe it a serious play as an adult. That game actually scared me when I was younger (lol) so perhaps this play will be different.
about 2 years ago

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 3 years ago

Right Hand of Bak'laag: 1000+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Poisoned: 3+ new games in a row
I'm on a quest to beat all ps1 and all ps4 games, expect many weird beats lol
about 4 years ago

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 4 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 4 years ago (edited)

Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
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 4 years ago (edited)

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 4 years ago

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 5 years ago (edited)

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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