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NDS
Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey

Updated about 7 years ago

☆★★★★
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NDS
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor

Updated about 7 years ago

☆★★★★
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360
Marvel vs. Capcom 3

Updated about 8 years ago

(B)
XBLA
Breath of Death VII: The Beginning
Done on Normal. So, I now have the knowledge required for Hard. Let's do this.

Updated about 9 years ago

★★★★★
(B)
PS2
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 FES
Done. SO MUCH DONE.

Updated about 9 years ago

★★★★★
(U)
PS2
Mega Man Anniversary Collection: Mega Man 4 Ownership: Other
6/8 Robot Masters done

Updated about 9 years ago

(U)
PS2
Mega Man Anniversary Collection: Mega Man Ownership: Other
Got to Yellow Devil

Updated about 9 years ago

(U)
PC
Might and Magic 6: The Mandate of Heaven Ownership: Other
Memory Crystal quest complete! Onto VARN. Oh god. | Stream game!

Updated about 9 years ago

☆☆★★★
(B)
PSP
Castlevania: Dracula X Chronicles: Castlevania: Rondo of Blood Borrowed/Rented
Fuck you, 5'. Fuck you. | This is either easier on PSP or I'm better at Castlevania.

Updated about 9 years ago

☆☆★★★
(U)
XBLA
Vandal Hearts: Flames of Judgement
Start of Act 4. Pretty fun.

Updated about 9 years ago

(U)
WW
Bit.Trip Beat
Stage 3. Got to near the end, too.

Updated about 9 years ago

(U)
WW
Bit.Trip Core
Oh god this game is more insane than Beat. | Second Stage

Updated about 9 years ago

rekenner'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.
143 (U)
36.9%
171 (B)
44.1%
74 (C)
19.1%
Wishlist  4 ?         Top-Rated  42 ?????         Master Runs  3 (M)
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WiiWare 2 (U) 7 (B) 3 (C) 13 Total
Virtual Console (Wii) BEAT 2 (B) 0 (C) 2 Total
Xbox 360 1 (U) 5 (B) 3 (C) 10 Total
PlayStation Portable 5 (U) 3 (B) 3 (C) 11 Total
Xbox LIVE Arcade 2 (U) 3 (B) 1 (C) 8 Total
Nintendo DS 19 (U) 14 (B) 9 (C) 43 Total
PC Downloads 15 (U) 11 (B) 4 (C) 34 Total
PC 19 (U) 16 (B) 5 (C) 41 Total
GameCube 1 (U) 7 (B) 0 (C) 8 Total
Game Boy Advance 7 (U) 19 (B) 2 (C) 28 Total
PlayStation 2 18 (U) 35 (B) 5 (C) 58 Total
PlayStation 15 (U) 19 (B) 7 (C) 43 Total
Saturn 1 (U) 0 (B) 0 (C) 1 Total
Game Gear BEAT 1 (B) 0 (C) 1 Total
Sega CD 1 (U) 1 (B) 0 (C) 2 Total
TurboGrafx-16 BEAT 1 (B) 0 (C) 1 Total
SNES 10 (U) 14 (B) 13 (C) 38 Total
Genesis / Mega Drive 7 (U) 2 (B) 2 (C) 12 Total
Game Boy/Color 6 (U) 4 (B) 7 (C) 19 Total
Master System C O M P L E T E ! 1 Total
NES 2 (U) 6 (B) 8 (C) 16 Total
Arcade 0 (U) 0 (B) 0 (C) 4 Total
All Games 408 Total
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Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne, or 9 years of h...

After getting Persona 3: FES as a secret santa gift many years ago, I've been a huge fan of the SMT series. However, I had always heard about Nocturne. Legendary for being incredibly difficult game, but great game. I've talked to a number of people a...

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about 7 years ago

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Right Hand of Bak'laag: 1000+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Poisoned: 3+ new games in a row
Focus: Only playing one game
where in the world did you go
about 8 years ago (edited)

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Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
That was horrible and now I'm going to wipe it from my memory.
about 8 years ago

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Backlog Beaten: October 2, 2006
Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Nope.
about 8 years ago

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Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
I have heard of Agricola before - in fact, I knew people in college who used to play it. While I would normally be intrigued by the Harvest Moon-like aspects, I also don't have much of an attention span when it comes to board/card games anymore, so they have to be fairly short for me to play them.
about 8 years ago

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Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Awesome theme!
about 8 years ago

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Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
I am not a dog person. Especially if they're small, yappy dogs. Cats all the way!
about 8 years ago

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Backlog Beaten: October 2, 2006
Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
You appear to have been foiled by our inability to keep an up-to-date schedule on the stream page.
about 8 years ago

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Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Confused: Playing 10+ games at once
So, MAGFest 9. I went to it. I hung out with Backloggers. Ash, Kasumi, and Lyn. It was awesome. If you want to read about it, check it out here: [Link]
about 8 years ago

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Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
I see that you have TWEWY. What better place to leave your DS on Mingle Mode for a long time than at a con, right?
about 9 years ago

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Backlog Beaten: October 2, 2006
Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Yeah, I found the same thing with the thrusting. Though it's damn hard to aim with the pointer while jerking the controller backwards.
about 9 years ago

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Backlog Beaten: September 22, 2008
Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Poisoned: 3+ new games in a row
The funny thing about OoE is, when PoR was released, I thought to myself, "They could do this same crap over and over again and I'd never get tired of it." Then comes OoE, one of the most popular in years, and I found myself tired of it. I really did like the equipment system in the game (quite a lot, actually), and the challenge was good, but the world structure bothered me, making me see how comparatively uninterested I was in the combat action in Castleroids, sans the more serious platforming in the earlier games of the series. The second half of the game didn't quite make up for that.

Of course, I realize how hypocritical it sounds to praise PoR (which had its own individual levels) while complaining about OoE. The difference with PoR, to me, at least, was that the castle was there throughout the game, and I saw the portraits and brief changes in scenery, a nice deviation from the overall quest.

At any rate, I do worry that I may have reached some degree of burnout with the post-Symphony Castlevanias. Even though I originally played Curse of Darkness before that happened, your defense of the game certainly makes a lot of sense when thinking strictly in terms of, "This is the same thing, but in 3D." I guess what I ultimately need in Castlevania is either A.) A unified world to map out and explore in Castleroids, or B.) Good platforming in more linear Castlevanias. It seems that, lacking A or B, my interest in the games may not be as unwavering as I had thought, back before I played CoD and OoE.
about 9 years ago

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Backlog Beaten: September 22, 2008
Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Poisoned: 3+ new games in a row
I don't think I complained specifically about backtracking... in many games, I love it in fact. It's a common game design complaint, but when it's used in unifying a single large game world (Metroid, Resident Evil, Metal Gear Solid, etc.), I love it. However, games like Curse of Darkness (and Order of Ecclesia for that matter) have their own separate levels, thus taking away the one part I like about backtracking

Also, it's worth noting that OoE was something of a Castlevania eye-opener to me. Honestly, I'm a bit worried about going back and replaying the other Castleroids, because I did see how everything is just... it's just straightforward areas where you encounter enemies and fight them. By dividing the world into its individual areas (aside from the latter part of the game), OoE took the exploration and game world unification and threw it out the window. This made it significantly lesser of a CV to me than most of the other Castleroids, and I worry that this realization will make me enjoy the other Castleroids less (despite their exploration factor). Or maybe it's just Castleroid burnout?

Point is, I guess you're right in saying that Curse of Darkness is fundamentally similar in many ways to 2D Castleroids (most comparable to OoE at any rate, due to its separated level structure). Those games aren't about platforming, they're about fighting and exploration (except not so much OoE). Ultimately, there may be somewhat less I like about the "new" Castlevania formula than I had at point one thought. And Curse of Darkness, as you pointed out, seems to adhere to most of the IGA CVs' defining features. Doesn't change the fact that it fails to compel me.

As I said on stream, there's nothing particularly offensive about the game. i can see how many people would enjoy it. I just don't see things that I like in Curse of Darkness. I'm not saying the forging system is weak, I just don't care for those sorts of things. You can say that its combat system is similar to God of War, but I'm just not a huge fan of that anyway. God of War has other elements that keep me coming back. Curse of Darkness seems to have avoided basically everything that I would like to see in a Castlevania (aside from Michiru Yamane).

So, summary: not bad, and it manages to pull off the aspects of Castlevania that are least interesting to me.
about 9 years ago

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Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
*remembers his main character getting charmed and promptly casting a full heal on the boss*

Yes, yes that would be a good idea.
about 9 years ago

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Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Persona 3's boss puts up a fight, make no mistake. But your level is sufficient.
06/01/10 at 8:30 AM EDT

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Backlog Beaten: October 2, 2006
Minion of Bak'laag: 100+ unfinished games
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Haha, glad you enjoyed it.

Sure, gimme the info on the machine gun and other endings. I'm pretty much done with avoiding spoilers after I a game. (Might want to put it in spoiler tags for other people though.) I assume the bad ending is leaving the island with Kazuma. Other than that, I have no idea what else could have been different.
The Vile 4 will steal the Power, and divide the World behind 4 doors. At that time the Backloggery will appear.