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Post by bomaye on Wed Nov 20, 2019 9:09 am

"Completed" of course is subjective to your own personal goals and tastes. "I'm finished playing it" is perfectly acceptable.

This is the 26th game I've beaten this year BUT the first that gets added to this list Surprised

1. Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon (DS Remake of an NES Game, played on Wii U's Virtual Console)

First Fire Emblem game I've played the full way through. I did make a few save states (there was a mission I probably spent at least an hour on and I had set it up to be beaten but I was paranoid about the power randomly going out) but the only time I ever used one was on the last level, moments before fighting the boss, just so I didn't have to waste a few extra turns positioning my army (I'd already saved just before him legit anyways).

I enjoyed how the DS version of this game kind of set it up like a puzzle, each map you have to figure out the optimum way to win . Or at least early on I did. In later levels, I'd turtle using my two promoted generals (Draug and Roger) with Lena healing, Hardin/Paladin, Jeorge/Sniper and Beck/Ballista back-up while waiting for the enemy reinforcements to peter out. Except in Chapter 24, where I took Tiki from level 1 to about level 20 something by OHKO'ing Dragonkin.

Got kind of annoyed by the last mission.

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You're split up into four groups but I only had enough useful units to form one strong group and two so-so groups that can hang because of one strong characters in them. I had to sacrifice a group of characters (whose lives were lost to history in the ending ;_Wink

I don't think I'd like playing any more of these games without the ability to train units at least. Permadeath wasn't as bad as I thought it would be (with in-chapter save points at least), but later chapters were super repetitive with endless waves of enemies and really only a few units being useful, I'm not sure if I'd play this or casual mode in future games.
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Post by bomaye on Tue Nov 26, 2019 12:14 pm

2. Pokemon Sword for Nintendo Switch

32ish hours, 201 Pokemon. I did technically beat it (including the post-game final quest). I'm not finished with it yet because I do want to collect'em all and do other things in it, but it's being relegated to the game to play while listening to podcasts and not the game I'm principally focusing on.


Besides the obvious complaints that long-time fans have (THEY LEFT OUT KROOKODILE REEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE), it was otherwise a solid-ass Pokemon game. Catching and collecting is always fun, I fucking loved the gyms (GYMS ARE BACK) and the focus on Pokemon Battles as a competitive spectator sport. The UK-ish backgrounds were pretty as fuck. The quality-of-life additions were welcome. I think the main villain/storyline could've been more fleshed out, but it accomplished what it meant to. Team Yell was weak as fu as far as Pokemon teams are but I guess they served their purpose. Pretty good generation as far as designs go, but super-weak when it comes to the starters.
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Post by Werel on Tue Nov 26, 2019 3:48 pm

I have strong feelings about Sword/Shield, and they were a lot less positive than yours. What the hell, dude? You're being more posi about something on this earth than me? This timeline is getting WEIRD Uh-oh
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Post by bomaye on Tue Nov 26, 2019 4:52 pm

I'm annoyed that my carefully arranged boxes with one of each Pokemon except for about 20ish event legendaries, including having every Pokemon from the first three generations, can no longer move forward (but to be fair, they started charging for it with Pokemon Bank on the 3DS, which I still don't like) and my 7 or 8 Shiny Pokemon can no longer move forward with it, and that the National Dex is no more (though to be fair, Sun/Moon got rid of the National Dex), and with that about 60% of all Pokemon are just not in play. Also after Sun/Moon had so many Ultra Beasts, new legendaries feel pretty bare.

But it's also still a Pokemon game and catching and battling is still addictive as fuck and Weezing and Farfetch'd and others have cool new looks (Meowth is nightmare fuel) and they effing brought legitimate gyms back and I actually find Raid Battles and the Wild Area kind of fun and I never played on the TV so whatever graphical problems there are I mostly didn't notice Lurking/sketchy

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Post by bomaye on Tue Dec 03, 2019 11:55 pm

3. Poochy and Yoshi's Woolly World for 3DS

Was chill, I really liked some of the level gimmicks but they didn't really revisit too many of them so it also felt like each level had something interesting going for it. Liked it better than mainline Yoshi games because no Baby Mario and no percentages so I didn't have to bother with beating every level without getting hit or get got-mad because of my OCD. Except for the Boss Rush and the final secret level, which I didn't bother with, I otherwise got all the sunflowers, stamps and wool Yoshis.
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Post by bomaye on Fri Dec 13, 2019 5:41 am

4. Luigi's Mansion - Dark Moon for 3DS

Loved the small refinements, especially the addition of a mission structure. Hated that they added gyroscope controls and God of War-esque balance-beams. Sound and music is still the game's best feature. Controls on 3DS still weren't the greatest.
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Post by bomaye on Sun Dec 22, 2019 1:16 pm

5. Yoshi's Crafted World for Switch

Got to the end credits, did every collectable, that part of the game was really fun, didn't have most of the aggravations that eventually get to me in other Yoshi games. Maybe the downside was that there was probably too much having to replay levels over and over again to collect everything.

After the end-credits, things unlocked and those things brought the regular Yoshi game stuff that always grinds me down or turns me off. Not gonna bother with it.
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Post by KMR on Wed Jan 01, 2020 1:53 pm

Mistover (PC)

This game initially caught my eye because it's essentially Darkest Dungeon meets Etrian Odyssey. I always liked the idea of Darkest Dungeon, but could never really get into the gameplay enough to stick with it for very long. Mistover ended up being a better fit for me because of the added JRPG-like elements, more emphasis on exploration, and more engaging combat.

The game was challenging in a way that occasionally borders on frustrating, but rewarding if you can stick with it. It was definitely tedious at times, though. Probably the biggest weakness of the game was that there are very few monster types/combinations per dungeon level, so you end up going through the same combats over and over, and since each fight takes a while, it gets really repetitive in the larger levels. I was getting tired of the game at one point and took a break for a while, but recently pushed myself to get back to it for completion's sake.

I beat the game on normal difficulty, and technically, you don't get the "true" ending unless you go through it again on the New Game+ mode, but from what I can tell there's virtually nothing in the way of added content, so I'd just be playing the same game again if I did that. If I ever decide to revisit the game (unlikely unless there's an interesting update/patch/expansion that gets released down the road), I might give it a go, but otherwise, I'm calling this one done.
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Post by Enail on Wed Jan 29, 2020 8:03 pm

Fire Emblem Three Houses - did both Black Eagle routes and Blue Lion, I might someday even go back for Golden Deer, since Blue Lion had a lot of new content and I'd like to see where it goes. But damn, that was a big game!

The combo of strategy rpg and teaching sim was really fun, combat was pretty satisfying, plus I'm a sucker for getting in-fight benefits from building relationships between character. And the breadth of character development you get from the gazillions of combinations of support conversations between unexpected characters really made you fond of the characters, even the ones you hate at first.
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Post by bomaye on Wed Feb 12, 2020 9:19 am

6. One Piece - Pirate Warriors 3 (PS3)

Platinum Trophy'd. Japanese anime games are pretty good for fans and the Dynasty Warriors system works perfectly with One Piece (as it did with Berserk). I mostly enjoyed it, grinding for the last trophy (which probably accounted for half of my total game time) to pop the Platinum got repetitive but that's what podcasts are for. Also like Berserk, I love when interests collide like this and I can show as a One Piece fan that I've platium'ed a One Piece game.
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Post by bomaye on Fri Feb 21, 2020 12:55 pm

6a. Journey (PS3)

Not really a full entry, I just popped the last two trophies (encountering 10 players, which is harder than it sounds because there's not that many playing it these days) and beating the majority of the game with another player, also harder than it sounds, because players will wander off and do their own thing :nono: )
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Post by bomaye on Thu Feb 27, 2020 6:47 pm

7) Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty HD (PS3)

Platinum'ed. Involved beating all 300ish VR Missions, beating the game three times on Very Easy, Easy and Normal while getting collectibles, then beating the second scenario on Hard and Extreme while getting those collectibles (easier than you'd think because you unlock an invisibility suit after getting everything in the other modes). Probably took me 80 hours overall.

I think I hate this game now. But it's also a Platinum Trophy I'm proud of because some of this shit felt like it was going to be too hard.
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Post by bomaye on Sat Feb 29, 2020 1:18 am

8] Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater HD (PS3)

That was nice and easy.

I think without the EZ Gun, I wouldn't like playing this game at all. There's so many extra steps and menus to perform the most basic things compared to the previous games, it ends up feeling like a slog.
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Post by bomaye on Mon Mar 09, 2020 7:25 pm

9) Metal Gear Solid IV: Guns of the Patriots (PS3)

Technically I beat it 8 times to get the Platinum Trophy. Even with some of the frustrations of the one playthrough that was hard, I didn't get ground down or worn down into probably hating it like I did MGS2. The one MGS4 playthrough was harder to play the regular missions, but the bosses weren't too difficult, and the rest was grinding. I think it also fixed the problems I had with MGS3 and made the gameplay fun.
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Post by bomaye on Fri Mar 20, 2020 1:23 pm

10) Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker HD (PS3)

Still the game I find the most fun of the MGS games I've played, I fucking love base building and mini-missions. There's way too many Vehicle Combat missions, though (I think 40ish, not counting the AI Bosses and Monter Hunter battles). Also I think I had an easier time than I probably should've because I found a guy to grind out the online trophies with and he helped me S-Rank the Monster Hunter and AI Boss levels way before I should've, and he also helped me beat the level to acquire the Fulton Launcher, which is the gadget that makes S-Ranking the vehicle combat levels actually possible.

Have some weird gamer pride going having the MGS2/3/4/PW Trophies. I will play Revengeance and GZ/TPP, but those games are very different to what an MGS game is (Revengeance is a sword-swinging action game, GZ/TPP seems more like Far Cry than MGS), so I probably won't hold myself to trying to Platinum those ones.
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Post by Enail on Fri Mar 20, 2020 7:55 pm

Ni no Kuni - Finished I think everything other than 100% familiars and alchemy, b/c those were wayyyy too much of a grind.

As expected, had a lot of Ghibli charm and prettiness, and a feeling of sincerity that managed to make a lot of pretty standard story elements feel more meaningful and moving. Gameplay was fun, but the sidequests were really lazy, and a lot of elements took a ton of grind for very little reward.
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Post by bomaye on Sat Mar 21, 2020 7:43 pm

11) Zone of the Enders HD for PS3 (Platinum)

This was an okay little game, but it felt like they could've done a lot more with it than they did. I like the aesthetics and how fast the gameplay is, usually mecha games a bit lumbering. The bad voice acting and character looks sorta reminded me of older 3D Sanic games.
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Post by bomaye on Thu Mar 26, 2020 9:08 am

12) Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen for DS

Yep, it's a Dragon Quest game and I beat it.

One of the ugliest designed last bosses I've ever seen
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Post by bomaye on Sat Mar 28, 2020 9:46 pm

13) Zone of the Enders: The Second Runner HD for PS3 (Platinum)

Regular game was finicky as fuck, I liked the flow and setting of ZOE 1 more. However I did like the boss fights in ZOE 2 and New Game Plus with Version 2 Jehuty is the funnest any of these games get.
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Post by bomaye on Sun Mar 29, 2020 4:19 pm

14) Mortal Kombat Arcade Collection (100%)

I was planning on beating all three games with every character just for a fun look back at games that I played a shit-ton of on SNES, but I didn't realize the console versions were toned-down difficulty from the quarter-munching arcade versions, so I just focused on beating all three games in any way possible (acks managed to Double Flawless Kintaro).
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Post by bomaye Today at 12:44 pm

15a) Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes on PS4 (100%)

That was pretty fun once I got over all the non-MGS stuff and the "these characters weren't like this in Peace Walker" shit about it that I hated.

Was acks kind of surprised that there was even a PSNProfiles ultra rare trophy among these, it wasn't that difficult and it's only an enhanced demo
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