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Final Fantasy Origins: Final Fantasy II
I uncovered a Mythril vein for the resistance to use! My reward: purchasing arms and armor made of Mythril at no discount.

Updated about 9 hours ago

Marvel's Spider-Man
I wasn't expecting a whole appartment filled with exposition for the story, but I guess it needed to happen.

Updated about 9 hours ago

Chivalry 2 Subscription
It's possible to still be alive with two arms chopped off, leaving the player unable to do anything but headbutt!

Updated about 3 days ago

☆☆☆★★ This game is built around medieval combat, which is mostly melee but also has some ranged elements. While there's some interesting ideas built around deathmatch and objective based maps, ultimately the combat feels too loose in its hitboxes and the bots are too stupid to make objective modes possible in solo play. I can appreciate that this is doing something a bit different, but fundamental flaws with a setup that's unfriendly to beginners sinks this. D+
Ultimate NES Remix
The penultimate bonus stage was a neat little Mario challenge with unlimited lives, but timed. Nice little tribute.

Updated about 4 days ago

Sky: Children of the Light
The pain of life leads to the transcendance of rebirth. That strikes me as an ending most people do only once, since you basically lose it all!

Updated about 6 days ago

Far Cry 4
The ending ran up on me faster than I expected, but I suppose there's post-game content. Game crashed trying to do co-op, so I'm done!

Updated about 1 week ago

A nice gameplay refinement on the formula established in FC3, this includes fun things like elephants and gyrocopters. There's all the skill tree elements and upgrading arsenal to compliment the open-world action. Pagan Min is a highlight, but the story never really has the interest of FC3. There's some odd glitciness and side-missions are far too similar, but it's a solid example of the Ubisoft formula at its peak. B-
Marvel's Spider-Man: The City That Never Sleeps: Silver Lining
Silver Sable doesn't get enough love in games, but she's here in this one!

Updated about 3 weeks ago

Marvel's Spider-Man: The City That Never Sleeps: Turf Wars
Anybody excited to see Hammerhead in this?

Updated about 3 weeks ago

Marvel's Spider-Man: The City That Never Sleeps: The Heist
Of course Black Cat comes back again. Will this Peter have a clue?

Updated about 3 weeks 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.
353 (U)
  64 Unplayed  
18.1% of Unfinished
3.8% of Total
1136 (B)
213 (C)
Wishlist  39 ?         Top-Rated  98 ?????         Master Runs  8 (M)
PlayStation 4 4 (U) 136 (B) 11 (C) 151 Total
PlayStation 5 BEAT 17 (B) 2 (C) 19 Total
PlayStation 3 BEAT 254 (B) 3 (C) 257 Total
PlayStation 2 47 (U) 110 (B) 11 (C) 168 Total
PlayStation 25 (U) 32 (B) 17 (C) 75 Total
PlayStation Network BEAT 110 (B) 18 (C) 128 Total
PlayStation Portable 7 (U) 19 (B) 0 (C) 26 Total
Master System 4 (U) 1 (B) 1 (C) 6 Total
Genesis / Mega Drive 56 (U) 62 (B) 7 (C) 125 Total
32X 3 (U) 1 (B) 0 (C) 4 Total
Sega CD 9 (U) 2 (B) 1 (C) 14 Total
Saturn 10 (U) 2 (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 42 (U) 47 (B) 59 (C) 148 Total
SNES 49 (U) 79 (B) 18 (C) 147 Total
Nintendo 64 14 (U) 12 (B) 1 (C) 27 Total
GameCube 9 (U) 15 (B) 2 (C) 26 Total
Wii 5 (U) 13 (B) 0 (C) 18 Total
Wii U BEAT 13 (B) 0 (C) 13 Total
Nintendo Switch BEAT 12 (B) 0 (C) 12 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 5 (U) 7 (B) 0 (C) 12 Total
PC 3 (U) 51 (B) 12 (C) 77 Total
PC Downloads BEAT 23 (B) 16 (C) 39 Total
Browser BEAT 2 (B) 0 (C) 2 Total
Xbox 32 (U) 21 (B) 3 (C) 56 Total
Xbox 360 BEAT 20 (B) 0 (C) 20 Total
Xbox Game Pass BEAT 17 (B) 0 (C) 17 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) 1 (B) 0 (C) 2 Total
iPhone C O M P L E T E ! 13 Total
All Games 1717 Total
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about 8 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 3 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)

Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
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 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 5 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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