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(U)
WiiU
Xenoblade Chronicles X [Special Edition]
[Post Chapter 4] Doing a bunch of affinity quests before continuing the story. Got my flow disrupted by a trip in November, but I'm playing again now.

Updated about 3 months ago

(B)
PS4
inFAMOUS: Second Son
Beat expert difficulty, True Hero karma. Intending to speed through on the evil side soon. Achievements: 80 / 100 (80%)

Updated about 3 months ago

I don't want to give a full review until I do the evil side, but from my first playthrough the game has a light amount of content stretched even thinner over its course. All story missions aside from two or so revolve around chasing a character or going from point to point, fighting normal enemies and then possibly a boss-ish character. Side content is awful, most of it existing solely for the sake of trophies. Hoping evil without sidequests is more fun.
(U)
NSDL
Not a Hero: Super Snazzy Edition
$2.59

Updated about 3 months ago

(U)
Switch
Ring Fit Adventure
[10/22/19, Day 3] Surprised myself today with how far I could go in adventure mode, thought I could only do one stage today but finished the 2nd area!

Updated about 5 months ago

(U)
PSN
CounterSpy
Finished advanced difficulty and got the trophy for ghosting a level by going back into normal. Hardest difficulty left, but I've got it down now.

Updated about 6 months ago

(U)
PS4
The Final Station: The Only Traitor
Keep encountering a bug with my passenger being replaced after finishing a level. Think I figured out the trick to it though.

Updated about 6 months ago

(U)
Switch
Contra: Rogue Corps
Made it to rank 4

Updated about 6 months ago

(U)
PS4
Monster Hunter World: Iceborne [Master Edition Deluxe]

Updated about 7 months ago

(B)
XBLA
Elements of Destruction
Normal mode completed with all gold medals, need to play through Survival mode and hopefully get the multiplayer achievements. Achievements: 145 / 200 (73%)

Updated about 10 months ago

(U)
PSVita
Dragon Quest Builders PAL
English Asian version

Updated about 11 months ago

(B)
PSP
Tokobot
Main game finished, but I want to try the time attacks that unlocked. Don't know if I'll actually get through them though.

Updated about 12 months ago

(U)
XBLA
Trials HD
Only meant to try this out at first, ended up playing it for 4 hours in one sitting. Achievements: 60 / 200 (30%)

Updated about 1 year ago

(U)
NSDL
Miles & Kilo
$3.99

Updated about 1 year ago

(U)
NSDL
kuso
$0.99

Updated about 1 year ago

(U)
NSDL
SEGA AGES Lightening Force: Quest for the Darkstar
First time playing Thunder Force IV and it's way cooler than I thought it was, and I already thought it was, like, the coolest.

Updated about 1 year ago

(U)
3DS
Centipede: Infestation

Updated about 1 year ago

(U)
NSDL
Lode Runner Legacy
$5.99

Updated about 1 year ago

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PCDL
Meditations
All games will be listed under this main entry.

Updated about 1 year ago

A project by Rami Ismail and 350+ contributors to provide a small game available each day, for only that day, for the entire year. I'll be playing as many as I can throughout the year and providing my thoughts for as long as I'm able.
(U)
360
Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition
Spent all night skulking through metro tunnels and getting stealth crits.

Updated about 1 year ago

(U)
Switch
Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy: Crash Bandicoot

Updated about 1 year ago

(B)
Switch
Mega Man 11 [amiibo Edition]
Beat on normal. Want to come back and play superhero mode, but I want to play something else first. I'll give extended thoughts after.

Updated about 1 year ago

(B)
3DS
Star Fox 64 3D
Sorry to jet, but I'm in a hurry!

Updated about 2 years ago

(B)
3DS
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Finished Dededetour, just need to clear True Arena and beat Kirby Fighters with all the powers on Very Hard, even though I hate it.

Updated about 2 years ago

(U)
XbxGoD
Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions
Act 2 finished, but I'm getting real sick of this game's shit. Sloppy controls, huge buffer for inputs leading to wrong attacks, and bugs out the ass. Achievements: 360 / 1000 (36%)

Updated about 2 years ago

(B)
WinP7
Crimson Dragon: Side Story
About to get a new phone, so I figure I should actually play some of these mobile games. Story mode beaten. Achievements: 90 / 200 (45%)

Updated about 2 years ago

(B)
PSN
Lichtspeer
Beat final boss on normal mode, plan to keep going through the rest of the modes and getting all the trophies. Achievements: 25 / 100 (25%)

Updated about 2 years ago

I'm writing this after only beating the basic difficulty, but I doubt my opinions will change much as I continue: Lichtspeer is a treat. A deceptively simple game on the surface, and mechanically simple through and through, what Lichtspeer excels at is pushing all the right buttons to keep me hooked. Testing my sense of timing in conjunction with my aim, reacting to new threats, target prioritization, all the parts of my brain that make me want to keep going and utterly dominate are stimulated.
(B)
360
Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City [Special Edition]
Changed my mind about completion, will mark as such once I get S+ ranks on all USS levels. I'm amazed there are people playing the multiplayer. Achievements: 460 / 1000 (46%)

Updated about 2 years ago

(U)
3DSDL
Pocket Card Jockey
$4.89

Updated about 2 years ago

(U)
3DS
Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack: Azure Striker Gunvolt
Picked back up for my lunch breaks, got S+ on two more stages. It feels like my time away from the game actually made me better?

Updated about 2 years ago

(U)
3DS
Metroid Prime: Federation Force
Friend and I working our way through little by little. The first 10 or so missions were on the short and easy side, but now it's ramping up.

Updated about 2 years ago

(U)
WiiUDL
Elliot Quest
Got past where I was stuck, which it turned out required bombing something that looked nothing like what I've been bombing up to that point. Hm.

Updated about 2 years ago

(U)
Switch
DOOM
[Ultra-Violence] Got the BFG. As if this game couldn't get any better.

Updated about 2 years ago

(U)
PSVita
One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3
$9.99

Updated about 2 years ago

(U)
WiiU
Super Mario 3D World
World 5 complete.

Updated about 2 years ago

(U)
WinP7
CarneyVale: Showtime
$1.49 Achievements: 0 / 200 (0%)

Updated about 2 years ago

(U)
XBLA
Sacred Citadel
Co-oping through the campaign, but grinding out all the challenges as we go. Achievements: 75 / 400 (19%)

Updated about 3 years ago

(U)
360
NieR
Really starting to sink my teeth into that creamy despair nougat at the core of the game, but I have a few more sidequests to do for 100%.

Updated about 3 years ago

(U)
3DS
Bravely Default: Where the Fairy Flies [Collector's Edition]
[Hard] [92:27] Went and got almost all the genomes currently available to me. Feeling more optimistic about playing with my New3DS.

Updated about 4 years ago

Gantann'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.
3458 (U)
  3281 Unplayed  
94.9% of Unfinished
87.2% of Total
91.9%
135 (B)
3.6%
170 (C)
4.5%
Wishlist  0 ?         Top-Rated  0 ?????         Master Runs  0 (M)
NES 27 (U) 0 (B) 0 (C) 28 Total
Genesis / Mega Drive 14 (U) 2 (B) 2 (C) 21 Total
Sega CD 1 (U) 0 (B) 0 (C) 4 Total
SNES 7 (U) 0 (B) 0 (C) 9 Total
TurboGrafx-16 1 (U) 0 (B) 0 (C) 1 Total
3DO 0 (U) 0 (B) 0 (C) 1 Total
Saturn 20 (U) 3 (B) 0 (C) 33 Total
PlayStation 59 (U) 4 (B) 9 (C) 87 Total
Nintendo 64 19 (U) 2 (B) 3 (C) 28 Total
Dreamcast 16 (U) 3 (B) 1 (C) 20 Total
PlayStation 2 80 (U) 29 (B) 12 (C) 163 Total
GameCube 12 (U) 11 (B) 2 (C) 26 Total
Xbox 36 (U) 15 (B) 1 (C) 54 Total
Xbox 360 105 (U) 13 (B) 7 (C) 249 Total
XbxGoD 179 (U) 0 (B) 6 (C) 409 Total
Xbox LIVE Arcade 247 (U) 10 (B) 38 (C) 430 Total
XNA Indie Games 156 (U) 0 (B) 3 (C) 241 Total
Wii 48 (U) 11 (B) 2 (C) 69 Total
Virtual Console (Wii) 1 (U) 1 (B) 0 (C) 2 Total
PlayStation Network 84 (U) 1 (B) 3 (C) 242 Total
PlayStation 3 102 (U) 0 (B) 0 (C) 182 Total
PSOne Classics 52 (U) 0 (B) 0 (C) 54 Total
PS2 Classics 10 (U) 0 (B) 0 (C) 10 Total
Wii U 15 (U) 0 (B) 2 (C) 25 Total
Wii U Downloads 43 (U) 0 (B) 1 (C) 46 Total
Virtual Console (WiiU) 34 (U) 1 (B) 0 (C) 37 Total
PlayStation 4 271 (U) 1 (B) 4 (C) 416 Total
PlayStation VR 18 (U) 0 (B) 0 (C) 21 Total
Xbox One 94 (U) 0 (B) 0 (C) 129 Total
Xbox One Downloads 36 (U) 0 (B) 0 (C) 59 Total
Nintendo Switch 140 (U) 1 (B) 1 (C) 169 Total
Switch Downloads 67 (U) 1 (B) 3 (C) 86 Total
Game Boy 3 (U) 2 (B) 2 (C) 7 Total
Game Boy/Color 1 (U) 0 (B) 0 (C) 2 Total
Game Boy Advance 26 (U) 9 (B) 16 (C) 52 Total
Nintendo DS 75 (U) 3 (B) 10 (C) 100 Total
DSiWare 5 (U) 0 (B) 0 (C) 10 Total
PlayStation Portable 120 (U) 1 (B) 0 (C) 190 Total
PlayStation minis 2 (U) 0 (B) 0 (C) 4 Total
Nintendo 3DS 64 (U) 4 (B) 2 (C) 81 Total
3DS Downloads 84 (U) 2 (B) 20 (C) 117 Total
Virtual Console (3DS) 34 (U) 0 (B) 6 (C) 43 Total
PlayStation Vita 205 (U) 0 (B) 5 (C) 303 Total
Windows Phone 7 29 (U) 1 (B) 2 (C) 35 Total
Android 2 (U) 0 (B) 0 (C) 4 Total
PC 22 (U) 0 (B) 0 (C) 164 Total
PC Downloads 27 (U) 0 (B) 2 (C) 83 Total
GOG.com 198 (U) 0 (B) 2 (C) 245 Total
Miscellaneous 2 (U) 0 (B) 0 (C) 16 Total
Steam 510 (U) 2 (B) 0 (C) 800 Total
Epic Games Launcher 3 (U) 0 (B) 0 (C) 7 Total
Twitch 9 (U) 0 (B) 0 (C) 15 Total
DOS 1 (U) 0 (B) 0 (C) 1 Total
Browser 2 (U) 2 (B) 3 (C) 7 Total
Battle.Net 1 (U) 0 (B) 0 (C) 2 Total
Uplay 1 (U) 0 (B) 0 (C) 4 Total
Plug-and-Play 38 (U) 0 (B) 0 (C) 56 Total
All Games 5699 Total
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about 2 months ago

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Herald of Bak'laag: 500+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Poisoned: 3+ new games in a row
Well they went and put Breath of Fire 2 on the Switch's SNES app and I've been playing it over the past few weeks.

I think the reputation of the translation for this version is well earned. There are lots of mistakes and oddities in dialogue that make it hard to follow what characters are saying. It can be hard to say what specifically the mistakes are without any original script, but some mishaps are obvious like the "circlet" item being called "Socklet" or fishing rods being called "lod". That's how you'd pronounce the words in japanese, but the translator clearly didn't know what was being referred to. There's also the fusion menu where "Cancel" is confirm, and the game asks "do you want to know how fusion works" when it should be asking "do you want to fuse" since answering No exits the menu.

Other than that, the game's pretty alright. I've been playing along with a very informative Let's Play so I wouldn't get stuck and know about all the cool secrets. But with all the help, random battles have wiped me out constantly before I could run away. It's a very challenging game. I really like the town you get to build throughout the game. I didn't expect to encounter anything like that.
about 4 months ago

Badges
Right Hand of Bak'laag: 1000+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Poisoned: 3+ new games in a row
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
I saw that right before you posted it! It made me so happy to see something new from it, even if it was just an animation demo. It's great to see people make an effort to preserve lost games like this.
about 4 months ago

Badges
Right Hand of Bak'laag: 1000+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Poisoned: 3+ new games in a row
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
Thanks, bud. This year was pretty slow for the backlog, but I hope to bring it up a notch next year! So many great games coming out.
about 4 months ago

Badges
Herald of Bak'laag: 500+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Poisoned: 3+ new games in a row
The sequel ditches Woolsey for its translation, eh? That's surprising. And so is hearing the GBA version doubles exp and money. Honestly I never felt a need to grind outside of the first thirty minutes which are pretty brutal. On the walk to the first dungeon you can get mauled by literal fleas and die which is comical but makes the game seem much harder than it actually is. That's why I liked all the quality of life spells and items that cut down on backtracking and random encounters. A lot of them start to feel pointless after a time.

The only other Breath of Fire game I have is IV downloaded to my PS3. I remember trying it out for an hour but didn't take a shine to it. Maybe I'll try again some day.
about 5 months ago

Badges
Herald of Bak'laag: 500+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Poisoned: 3+ new games in a row
Breath of Fire's pretty alright. I really liked the early access to the warp spell and the marbl3 item that lets you avoid enemy encounters, it makes the game a lot more playable. I do wish there was more to the game's plot and characters. The game is very serious and depressing despite having whimsical ideas. Whenever the game feels like it's making a thematic point - like when the big robot with an eye laser of mass destruction walks into a volcano so he can never threaten anybody again, are moments that feel like they should matter but pass with no comment. There's repeated mentions of prejudice against "non humans" among NPCs, but it never amounts to anything. Not even acknowledging that our party is 100% non-humans and shapeshifters.

about 5 months ago (edited)

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Backlog Beaten: March 25, 2019
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Yeah, the OEM cables do have at least one advantage over this one that I've found so far. GCvideo doesn't like oddball resolutions that you might want to use. One example is that GBI can output something like 1440x240p@119.4552Hz for better quality in certain circumstances (I'm not exactly sure when), OEM cables can handle this, but mine don't really know what to do with it. So yeah, definitely hold onto yours.

And yes, I was very pleased to learn about GBI, not the least of which because it meant I didn't need to shell out any money for a Game Boy Player Start Up disc. And also because it lets you disable the Game Boy Player enhancements, which is required in order to get the GBPlayer to run GBA Video cartridges; I can't wait to see Shrek 2 and Shark Tale running on the big screen with sharp pixels.
about 5 months ago

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Backlog Beaten: March 25, 2019
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Well, I'm not sure if I'd call it a "deal" per se, because anyone can buy them at this price now that this product exists, but check this out: [Link] $90 USD is still quite steep, but it's definitely an order of magnitude better than what OEM component / d-terminal GCN cables were going for. I really *just* got the cable to play GBA games, as I'm more than happy with the video quality for 'Cube games on the Wii.

$30 is a steal, so good job on getting that deal. Was this recently, or back when the prices were a bit more tame? Interesting to know that "untested" does mean untested sometimes, I just assumed that it was always code for this-doesn't-work-but-we-want-to-make-it-more-enticing-to-buy.
about 8 months ago (edited)

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Backlog Beaten: March 25, 2019
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
With you on the bestiary for sure. I was very pleased to see a few returning faces from Koudelka, such as the man who walks on the ceiling. I never actually went through all of the monster descriptions, I'll have to do that at some point.

I looked it up and apparently you get +5 to all of your elements if you defeat Fox Face. It's not clear to me whether it would actually be viable to grind for elemental EXP that way, though. I think he scales with your stats, and he always seemed pretty dang tough when I did fight him.

I agree with you about the soundtrack in SH1 generally being more consistent than SH2, not that either game is a slouch in BGM, though. This song really caught my ear in particular, the orphanage BGM, if I'm not mistaken: [Link] I find the prerendered backgrounds quite endearing too, I'm guessing that Shadow Hearts started life as a PS1 title?

EDIT: Bonus song which you may not have heard or thought about recently: [Link]

I loved Star Successor. It frankly changed my perspective on the wiimote, as the aiming works incredibly well, definitely better than a thumbstick. I definitely intend to play it through as Isa as well. I do already know about the 2-character mode, and that sounds like it definitely should be the most interesting way to play, and possibly most enjoyable too. The game seems like it's full of moments that could be much easier or harder depending on which character you're playing as.

I found Star Successor's form of difficulty to be pretty interesting design-wise. I'd say it's not too technically demanding in terms of what it expects for you to dodge any individual attack. However, what does make it challenging is the fact that it tends to really layer attacks: like as you're dodging one attack, you have to be already watching out for the telegraph of the next attack so that you can know what to expect. In this sense you could almost call it a multi-tasking game.
about 8 months ago (edited)

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Backlog Beaten: March 25, 2019
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
The thing that I found by far the most intriguing (at first at least) was the fact that you encounter Fox Face during random encounters. I love anything in games that tells a story or makes you feel something through existing gameplay mechanics, rather than cutscenes or other forms of explicit narrative. The first time he came up in the pool, it was really intimidating and really put me in Yuri's shoes. What better way to make you connect with the feeling of being haunted by a spectre than to have that spectre show up unexpectedly to ruin your day as a player? It's genius, really.

A couple of things made it not as effective as it could have been though:

(1) The Malice system is too transparent once the player figures it out. It's really loses the intimidation factor once you figure out how you can totally control whether or not Fox Face will appear. For players who read the manual or in-game help wiki, this could have happened before the first encounter even appears. I think it would have been more effective your "Malice" was hidden, and if it was reset by encountering Fox Face himself, not going into the Graveyard.

(2) Once you figure out that you can run away from Fox Face on the first turn before he even acts, all tension dissolves. Part of what made my first encounter with Fox Face so memorable is that he was clearly quite a bit stronger than the other enemies I was fighting... But that becomes irrelevant when you realize that you don't even have to contend with that power for a single turn if you don't want to.
about 8 months ago (edited)

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Backlog Beaten: March 25, 2019
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
I liked Shadow Hearts quite a lot, I think it was probably at it's best when the areas had their own little self-contained stories. The Cannibal Village, the Li Li ghost story in Dalian, and the whole Orphanage / Mental Hospital arc were all major highlights, and were generally a lot more interesting to me than the overarching narrative with world ending stakes, especially in the first act with Dehuai's MacGuffins.

I'd say probably the biggest difference in tone in Shadow Hearts 1 vs. Covenant is that Covenant Breaks into comic relief a lot more often, and has zanier party members with more questionable motives for joining Yuri. I think at their most serious moments, both games are pretty similar in their tone. The characterization difference between Yuri in SH1 vs. SH2 didn't really stand out to me, it makes sense that he'd be moodier in SH2 since he loses his lover, I suppose. Kato on the other hand wouldn't have even registered to me as being the same character, if I didn't know already that it was the case. Joachim too for that matter, although he's only a super minor part of SH1.
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