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Topic   Beat a Game 2024

SupremeSarna
Silver Good Trader
* 1-Jan(#1)
Here's the spreadsheet for '24

Link to 2023's Thread for reference

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Total Games Beaten: 218
Top Users
1. SupremeSarna (28)
2. DemonAlcohol, legendrko25 (22)
3. Slickriven, TalonJedi87 (18)
4. Renaissance2K (15)
5. Bleed_DukeBlue, ErickRPG, incubus421, PizzaTheHutt (14)
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Total Systems Covered: 85/334 (25.45%)
Top Users
1. SupremeSarna (13)
2. ErickRPG, Renaissance2K (10)
3. Slickriven (9)
4. Bleed_DukeBlue (7)
5. incubus421 (6)
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Total Badges Earned: 23
Top Users
1. SupremeSarna (5)
2. legendrko25, Slickriven (4)
3. Bleed_DukeBlue, Renaissance2K (3)
4. Scott (2)
5. incubus421, PizzaTheHutt (1)
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Best1989


Super Nintendo -
Nintendo Switch -
Game Boy Color -
Nintendo 3DS -
Sega Genesis -
PlayStation -
Sony PlayStation 4 Pro - Assassin's Creed Origins, The Outer Worlds, Strider
PlayStation Vita -
Steam -
Android -
Bandai WonderSwan -
Neo Geo Pocket Color
Unique Systems Covered: 1/12
Total Games Beaten: 3




Bleed_DukeBlue Gold Star image image image


Nintendo Entertainment System -
Super Nintendo -
Nintendo Switch -
Game Boy - Centipede
Game Boy Advance -
Sega Genesis -
Sega Dreamcast -
PlayStation -
PlayStation 2 -
PlayStation 3 -
PlayStation 4 - Adam's Venture: Origins, Skylanders: SuperChargers, Skylanders: SuperChargers DLC, FoxyLand, FoxyLand 2
PlayStation 5 - Assassin's Creed: Mirage, RoboCop: Rogue City, Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, Ziggurat 2
Sony PlayStation VR -
Sony PlayStation VR 2 - Resident Evil: Village
image - Mystical Mixing
Microsoft Xbox -
Microsoft Xbox 360 -
Microsoft Xbox One -
Microsoft Xbox Series X|S -
PC / Windows -
Steam -
image -
image - Young Souls
coin - Bust-a-Move
Unique Systems Covered: 7/24
Total Games Beaten: 14




BloodPuppetX Silver Star


Nintendo Switch - Mighty Goose, Dredge, VirtuaVerse, Werewolf: The Apocalypse, Persona 5 Tactica, Sonic Superstars, Mario vs. Donkey Kong, Mr. Gimmick!, Another Code: Recollection
Game Boy Advance -
Nintendo DS -
Nintendo 3DS -
Sega Genesis -
Sega CD -
Neo Geo -
NEC TurboGrafx-16 -
*evercade* -
image -
Unique Systems Covered: 1/10
Total Games Beaten: 9




BucketofJustice


Game Boy Advance -
PlayStation 5 - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge, Progear, Tekken 8
*xsx* -
Unique Systems Covered: 1/3
Total Games Beaten: 3




DemonAlcohol Double Gold Star


Nintendo Switch -
PlayStation 5 -
Microsoft Xbox 360 -
PC / Windows - Assassin's Creed Valhalla DLC, Assassin's Creed Valhalla, Aperture Desk Job, Alan Wake Remastered, Alan Wake Remastered DLC, Alan Wake's American Nightmare, Control, Control DLC, Alan Wake 2, Not for Broadcast, Ravenous Devils, Thronefall, Yakuza 0, Kingdom Rush, Yakuza Kiwami, Not for Broadcast DLC, Donut County, Yakuza Kiwami 2, Last Epoch, Trover Saves the Universe, Marvel's Midnight Suns DLC, Yakuza 3
Oculus Rift -
Unique Systems Covered: 1/5
Total Games Beaten: 22




ErickRPG globe Gold Star


Nintendo Entertainment System - Bad News Baseball
Nintendo 64 - Mario Party 2
Nintendo Wii -
Nintendo Switch - Pikmin 4, Trials of Mana
Game Boy Advance - Super Dodgeball Advance
Nintendo DS -
new Nintendo 3DS -
Sega Dreamcast - Dynamite Cop
PlayStation -
PlayStation 2 -
PlayStation 3 -
PlayStation 4 - Mortal Kombat XL, Shadow of the Colossus
PlayStation 5 - DiRT 5
PlayStation Portable -
PlayStation Vita - Hyperdimension Neptunia ReBirth 2, Hyperdimension Neptunia U: Action Unleashed
Microsoft Xbox 360 -
3DO - Twisted!
PC / Windows - King's Quest IV: The Perils of Rosella, King's Quest V: Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder!
Unique Systems Covered: 10/18
Total Games Beaten: 14




Finn globe


Nintendo Switch -
PlayStation 4 - New Tales of Borderlands
PlayStation 5 - Star Wars Jedi: Survivor
PC / Windows -
Unique Systems Covered: 2/4
Total Games Beaten: 2




Frank


Atari 2600 -
Atari 5200 -
Nintendo Entertainment System -
Super Nintendo -
Nintendo 64 -
Nintendo GameCube -
Nintendo Wii -
Nintendo Wii U -
Nintendo Switch - Portal, Mario vs. Donkey Kong
Game Boy -
Virtual Boy -
Game Boy Color -
Game Boy Advance -
Nintendo DS -
Nintendo 3DS -
Sega Genesis -
Sega Dreamcast -
PlayStation 2 -
PlayStation 3 -
PlayStation 5 - Hoa
PlayStation Portable -
PlayStation Vita -
Microsoft Xbox -
Microsoft Xbox 360 -
Microsoft Xbox Series X|S -
NEC TurboGrafx-16 -
Neo Geo -
PC / Windows -
Steam -
Android -
Oculus Rift -
coin - Final Fantasy VII (PlayStation)
Unique Systems Covered: 3/32
Total Games Beaten: 4




Gypsy


Nintendo Entertainment System -
Super Nintendo -
Nintendo 64 - Operation Winback
Nintendo GameCube -
Nintendo Wii -
Nintendo Wii U -
Nintendo Switch -
Game Boy Advance -
Nintendo DS -
Nintendo 3DS -
Sega Genesis -
Sega CD -
Sega Saturn -
Sega Dreamcast -
PlayStation -
PlayStation 2 -
PlayStation 3 -
PlayStation 4 - Octopath Traveler II
PlayStation Portable -
PlayStation Vita -
*xb* -
Microsoft Xbox 360 - Lost Odyssey
NEC PC Engine -
NEC PC Engine NEC CD-ROM 2 -
PC / Windows -
Unique Systems Covered: 3/25
Total Games Beaten: 3




incubus421 globe Gold Star image image image


Nintendo Entertainment System - Mega Man 2, Mega Man 3, Mega Man 4, Mega Man 5, Mega Man 6
Super Nintendo - Donkey Kong Country, Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
Nintendo Switch - Octopath Traveler
PlayStation -
PlayStation 2 -
PlayStation 3 -
PlayStation 4 - Dishonored 2
PlayStation 5 - Silent Hill: The Short Message, FINAL FANTASY VII REBIRTH
PC / Windows - Close to the Sun, Roller Coaster Tycoon
Steam - Braveland Wizard
image -
Unique Systems Covered: 6/11
Total Games Beaten: 14




Johnny


Nintendo Switch -
PlayStation 5 -
Microsoft Xbox Series X|S - Hogwarts Legacy
PC / Windows -
image -
coin -
Unique Systems Covered: 1/6
Total Games Beaten: 1




legendrko25 globe Double Gold Star image image image image


Nintendo GameCube -
Nintendo Wii - Mario Kart Wii
PlayStation 2 -
Microsoft Xbox -
Microsoft Xbox 360 - LEGO Batman: The Videogame, Fallout 3, Fallout 3 DLC, Gin Rummy, Crazy Taxi, Viva Piñata: Party Animals, Assassin's Creed Rogue, Dead Rising 2: Case Zero
Microsoft Xbox One - PAC-MAN, Dig Dug, Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo, Jetpac (image), Lunar Jetman (image), Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel, PAC-MANIA, PAC-LAND, Monopoly Plus, Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl, Bluey: the Videogame, Golf With Your Friends, Dead Island 2
Unique Systems Covered: 3/6
Total Games Beaten: 22




PizzaTheHutt globe Gold Star image


Nintendo Wii U -
Nintendo Switch - Songs For A Hero - Definitive Edition, Max: The Curse Of Brotherhood, Shakedown: Hawaii, Nirvana Pilot Yume
PlayStation 5 - LEGO 2K Drive, Aliens: Fireteam Elite, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
Sony PlayStation VR - Star Wars: Squadrons, Farpoint
Sony PlayStation VR 2 - The Dark Pictures: Switchback VR, Ven VR Adventure, Travel The Words, Pixel Ripped 1995, Resident Evil 4
PC / Windows -
Unique Systems Covered: 4/6
Total Games Beaten: 14




image Razeak


Atari 2600 -
Atari 5200 -
Nintendo Entertainment System -
Super Nintendo -
Nintendo 64 -
Nintendo GameCube -
Nintendo Wii -
Nintendo Wii U -
Nintendo Switch -
Game Boy -
Game Boy Advance -
Sega Master System -
Sega Genesis -
Sega CD -
Sega 32X -
Sega Nomad -
Sega Saturn -
Sega Dreamcast -
PlayStation -
PlayStation 2 -
PlayStation 3 -
PlayStation 4 -
Sony PlayStation VR -
PlayStation Portable -
PlayStation Vita -
Microsoft Xbox -
Microsoft Xbox 360 - Aliens: Colonial Marines
Microsoft Xbox One - Unraveled Two
PC / Windows - Aliens: Dark Descent
image -
Oculus Rift -
Unique Systems Covered: 3/31
Total Games Beaten: 3




Renaissance2K Gold Star image image


Atari Jaguar -
Nintendo Entertainment System -
Super Nintendo - Shaq Fu
Nintendo 64 -
Nintendo GameCube - Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut
Nintendo Wii -
Nintendo Wii U -
Nintendo Switch - Mario vs. Donkey Kong
Game Boy - Shaq Fu, Donkey Kong
Virtual Boy -
Game Boy Advance - Mario vs. Donkey Kong
Nintendo DSi -
Nintendo New 3DS Nintendo 3DS -
Sega Genesis - Shaq Fu
Sega 32X -
Sega Saturn -
Sega Dreamcast -
Game Gear - Shaq Fu
PlayStation -
PlayStation 2 - Tekken 5
PlayStation 3 -
PlayStation 5 -
Sony PlayStation VR -
PlayStation Portable -
PlayStation Vita -
Microsoft Xbox -
Microsoft Xbox 360 -
Microsoft Xbox Series X|S -
Neo Geo -
Neo Geo NEC CD-ROM 2 -
3DO -
NEC PC Engine -
Amiga - Shaq Fu
PC / Windows - Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut, Tekken 7, Tekken 8, Quake, Quake II
Android -
Google Stadia -
coin -
Unique Systems Covered: 10/37
Total Games Beaten: 15




sailorneorune


Nintendo Entertainment System -
Super Nintendo -
Nintendo 64 -
Nintendo GameCube -
Nintendo Wii -
Nintendo Wii U -
Nintendo Switch - Silent Hope, Splatoon 3 DLC
Game Boy -
Game Boy Color -
Game Boy Advance -
Nintendo DS -
Nintendo 3DS -
Sega Genesis -
PlayStation -
PlayStation 2 -
PlayStation 3 -
PlayStation 4 -
PlayStation 5 -
*evercade* -
Unique Systems Covered: 1/19
Total Games Beaten: 2




Scott image image


Nintendo Entertainment System - Super Mario Bros.
Super Nintendo -
Nintendo 64 -
Nintendo GameCube -
Nintendo Wii -
Nintendo Wii U -
Nintendo Switch - Super Mario Bros. Wonder, Slay the Spire
Game Boy -
Game Boy Color -
Game Boy Advance -
Nintendo DS -
Nintendo 3DS -
Sega Genesis -
PlayStation -
PlayStation 2 -
PlayStation 5 -
Microsoft Xbox 360 -
Microsoft Xbox One -
Unique Systems Covered: 2/19
Total Games Beaten: 3




image Slickriven Gold Star image image image image


Nintendo Entertainment System -
Super Nintendo -
Nintendo 64 -
Nintendo GameCube -
Nintendo Wii -
Nintendo Wii U -
Game Boy - Zen: Intergalactic Ninja
Game Boy Advance - Mario vs. Donkey Kong
Sega Genesis - Shaq Fu
Sega Saturn -
Sega Dreamcast -
Game Gear -
PlayStation -
PlayStation 2 -
PlayStation 3 -
Sony PlayStation 4 Pro -
Microsoft Xbox -
Microsoft Xbox 360 - Asura's Wrath DLC
Microsoft Xbox One - Return to Grace
Microsoft Xbox Series X|S - The Last Case of Benedict Fox, Solar Ash, Lies of P
Neo Geo -
PC / Windows - Yono and the Celestial Elephants, Horizon Chase Turbo DLC, Quake 2, A Little to the Left
Steam - Ittle Dew, Binaries, Valdis Story: Abyssal City, Astalon: Tears of the Earth, Sheepy: A Short Adventure
Android -
image -
image - Inertial Drift Twilight Rivals Edition
Unique Systems Covered: 9/26
Total Games Beaten: 18




SupremeSarna globe Double Gold Star image image image image image


Atari Lynx - Warbirds
Nintendo Entertainment System - Super Mario Bros.
Super Nintendo - Shaq Fu
Nintendo 64 -
Nintendo GameCube - Wario World, Donkey Kong Jungle Beat
Nintendo Wii -
Nintendo Wii U - Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
Nintendo Switch - Shantae (Game Boy Color), Mega Man 8 (PlayStation), Fire Emblem Engage, Pikmin 3 Deluxe, Pikmin 3 DLC, Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (Game Boy), Splatoon 3 DLC, Donkey Kong Country (Super Nintendo)
Game & Watch - Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (Nintendo Entertainment System)
Virtual Boy -
Game Boy Advance - Kirby's Block Ball (Game Boy), Donkey Kong Land (Game Boy), Donkey Kong Land 2 (Game Boy), Kirby's Dream Land (Game Boy), Donkey Kong GB: Dinky Kong & Dixie Kong (Game Boy Color)
Nintendo DS -
Nintendo New 3DS Nintendo 3DS - Gunman Clive 2, Spotto! (Nintendo DSi), 6×1≠UNLIMITED?
Sega Genesis -
Game Gear -
PlayStation -
PlayStation 2 - Mega Man X8
PlayStation 4 -
PlayStation Portable -
Microsoft Xbox 360 - SoulCalibur II (Microsoft Xbox)
Microsoft Xbox One -
PC / Windows - Grimace's Birthday (Game Boy Color)
image - Scribblenauts Remix, Scribblenauts Remix DLC
Unique Systems Covered: 13/23
Total Games Beaten: 28




TalonJedi87 Gold Star


Nintendo Switch - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Nintendo Entertainment System), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Manhattan Project (Nintendo Entertainment System), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fall of The Foot Clan (Game Boy), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Radical Rescue (Game Boy), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (arcade), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time (arcade), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time (Super Nintendo), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters (Super Nintendo), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Hyperstone Heist (Sega Genesis), Shantae and the Seven Sirens, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo Entertainment System), Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels (Nintendo Entertainment System), Super Mario Bros. 2 (Nintendo Entertainment System)
Nintendo 3DS -
PlayStation 3 -
PlayStation 5 - Dead Island 2, Horizon Forbidden West, Hogwarts Legacy, Assassin’s Creed Mirage
Microsoft Xbox Series X|S -
PC / Windows -
Unique Systems Covered: 2/6
Total Games Beaten: 18




Yoshi Silver Star


Super Nintendo -
Nintendo Wii U -
Nintendo Switch - Kyuukyoku Tiger, Blaster Master (Nintendo Entertainment System)
Nintendo New 3DS Nintendo 3DS -
Sega Genesis -
Sega Saturn -
NEC PC Engine - Alien Crush
PC / Windows -
Steam - Sniper Elite 4 & DLC, Double Dragon Advance (Game Boy Advance), Terminator: Resistance - Annihilation Line
*evercade* -
coin -
Unique Systems Covered: 2/11
Total Games Beaten: 6



freebie "RULES" freebie

1. Respect each other and the gamekeeper(s) - this activity is a gift to the community, and jerks kill the fun.
2. Beat games. Proof is NOT required via an image, but lying is lame and you won't win anything for beating the most games.
3. It doesn't matter when you started the game - as long as you finish it this year, it counts. However, you cannot load up a finished save file and refight the final boss to get a clear.
4. DLC campaigns can count as a single clear for their respective game, so beating The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and The Champion's Ballad counts as two clears: BOTW and BOTW DLC. Any further DLC completed for that game will be lumped into the first campaign.
5. If you are interested in badges, when you beat a game for one, include something like 'Counts towards badge X' OR 'Earns me badge X, first game was Y.' One particular badge requires proof to obtain, however.
6. All participating past gamekeepers are thanked with a medal: image


freebie ICONS & BADGES freebie

Key

globe - 50% of systems covered, golden globe - 100% of systems covered, ghost - 0 games beaten, Silver Star - 5 games beaten, Gold Star - 10 games beaten (additional gold stars for 20, 30, 40, 60, etc), bacon - 50 games beaten, donut - 100 games beaten, hotdog - 150 games beaten, Magical Icon Fairy - 200 games beaten, Birthday Cake - top user in systems completed, coin - top user in games beaten, pink circle - badge leader

Badges, note 2 games required for each



2nd Amendment: Beat 2 FPS or 3rd Person (ex: DOOM).
All Aces: Beat 2 virtual card games (ex: Hearthstone) - win at least two matches in both.
Bear & Bird: Beat 2 3D platformers and/or collect-a-thons (ex: Banjo-Kazooie).
BFFL: Beat 2 primarily cooperative games with another person (ex: It Takes Two) - online or couch. Alternatively, you can beat two single-player games in a group setting, where all involved people are participating (ex: racing to beat a platformer or challenging each other's arcade high scores).
Bo Knows: Beat 2 sports games (ex: Madden 08) - complete a single season.
Brain Teaser: Beat 2 puzzle games (ex: Tetris).
Chance Time!: Beat 2 party games or virtual board games (ex: Mario Party) - short games (under an hour) must be beaten twice while long games (an hour or longer) can be beaten once.
Cross the Streams: Beat 2 cross-over games (ex: Mario & Sonic at The Olympic Games). The 2+ franchises meeting MUST be the game's theme, not just a small cameo by one in another's universe.
Days Gone By: Beat 2 games that require 50+ hours to finish (ex: The Elder Scrolls), any genre. Requires in-game timer for proof.
Delisted: Beat two games that can no longer be officially purchased first- or second-hand (ex: Pushmo).
Destroy the Core: Beat 2 SHMUPs or on-rails shooters (ex: Gradius).
Facelift: Beat a game as well as its remake, remaster, or demake - remake must have substantial differences.
Gamer's Day: Beat the exact same game five times in one year.
Girl Power: Beat 2 games with female leads, or are targeted towards a feminine audience (ex: Kirby?).
Grown-Ass Man: Beat 2 challenging games (ex: Castlevania).
Guybrush Threepwood: Beat 2 games from the point-&-click, text adventure, or walking simulator genres (ex: King's Quest).
Hackin' and Slashin': Beat 2 3D hack-and-slash or musou titles (ex: Ninja Gaiden).
Heavy Machine Gun: Beat 2 run 'n' gun games (ex: Mega Man).
Hop 'n' Bop: Beat 2 platforming games (ex: Super Mario Bros.).
Hyrulian Hero: Beat 2 action/adventure titles (ex: The Legend of Zelda).
Level Up!: Beat 2 JRPGs (ex: Final Fantasy).
Localize Mother 3: Beat 2 Japanese games that haven't been officially localized outside of Japan, or took at least a full year to be localized outside of Japan (ex: Mother 3, Final Fantasy V).
Makin' Money with Minigames!: Beat 2 games that are entirely made of minigames (ex: WarioWare Inc.).
Mass Destruction: Beat 2 games centered on destruction (ex: Rampage).
Metroidvania: Beat 2 open-ended 2D platformers that focus on backtracking (ex: Metroid).
Moustache-Twirlin': Beat 2 games starring a villain or morally-dubious character
Now You're Playing with Plastic: Beat 2 games using non-standard controllers (light gun, musical instrument, steering wheel, dance pad, etc.)
Pile Drivin': Beat 2 belt-scrolling brawler/beat 'em ups (ex: Final Fight).
Quarter Muncher: Beat 2 games from the classic arcade, pinball, or breakout genres (ex: PAC-MAN).
Quest for Peace: Beat 2 predominately superhero focused titles (ex: Batman: Arkham City).
Raccoon City: Beat 2 survival horror games (ex: Resident Evil).
Race Drivin': Beat 2 racing games (ex: Mario Kart 64).
Rhythmic: Beat 2 rhythm games (ex: PaRappa the Rapper).
Street Fightin': Beat 2 1-on-1 fighters (ex: Street Fighter 2) - beat standard arcade mode with 2+ characters OR beat 10+ match story mode.
The Best Offense: Beat 2 strategy titles, tactical RPGs, or RTS (ex: Fire Emblem Awakening).
Vault Boy: Beat 2 open world and/or Western RPGs (ex: Fallout).
You're Winner: Beat 2 games with <55 review OR user score on Metacritic (ex: Sonic '06), or justify how poor your game was.



image 2nd Amendment
image All Aces
image Bear & Bird
image BFFL
image Bo Knows
image Brain Teaser
image Chance Time!
image Cross the Streams
image Days Gone By
image Delisted
image Destroy the Core
image Facelift
image Gamer's Day
image Girl Power
image Grown-Ass Man
image Guybrush Threepwood
image Hackin' and Slashin'
image Heavy Machine Gun

image Hop 'n' Bop
image Hyrulian Hero
image Level Up!
image Localize Mother 3
image Makin' Money with Minigames!
image Mass Destruction
image Metroidvania
image Moustache-Twirlin'
image Now You're Playing with Plastic
image Pile Drivin'
image Quarter Muncher
image Quest for Peace
image Raccoon City
image Race Drivin'
image Rhythmic
image Street Fightin'
image The Best Offense
image Vault Boy
image You're Winner



SupremeSarna
Silver Good Trader
17-Feb(#241)
incubus421 wrote:
> SupremeSarna wrote:
>> incubus421 wrote:
> |>> 2/15
> |>> #5) Donkey Kong Country 2 Diddy's Kong Quest Super Nintendo
> |>>
> |>> By the time I "beat" the game I was about 9 Coins short of unlocking the last
>> bonus
> |>> level, and had collected all of the DK coins. I remember finding some of these
>> to
> |>> be a whole lot harder as a kid! So I finished every level with all secrets and
>> DK
> |>> coins, and got the special ending in around 6 hours.
> |>>
> |>> Oh, also, I think every song in this game is an absolute banger. A top tier
> retro
> |>> soundtrack for sure.
> |>>
> |>> [imgt w=2048 h=1536]https://i.imgur.com/fgTSZuI.jpg[/imgt]
>>
>> Which stages gave you the toughest time? There are no wrong answers here, aside
> from
>> some early stages.
>
> Haunted Hall and the Squawks portion of Animal Antics.

Animal Antics is a doozy, alright. I always struggled on Windy Well, Toxic Tower, and Klobber Karnage. Zingers can be a real nuisance, especially when you have to line up a jump or barrel shot just right.
SupremeSarna
Silver Good Trader
17-Feb(#242)
I beat Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins Nintendo Switch (originally GB). I had a car trip to distract myself from, and this is great game to pass time with. I wonder what order I HAVEN'T play the worlds in?
DemonAlcohol
GameTZ Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Has Written 2 Reviews
17-Feb(#243)
My #14 is PC / Windows Kingdom Rush.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/2Lk5wU5F8gCicGBo7

Fun tower defense from mobile, but plays well for PC. Easily recommended to anyone interested in tower defense games. 8/10

SupremeSarna
Silver Good Trader
18-Feb(#244)
OP updated! How have I not earned a badge yet?
Slickriven
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Has Written 1 Review
18-Feb(#245)
SupremeSarna wrote:
> OP updated! How have I not earned a badge yet?

Thanks man, I've got 8 unique systems though, not 7.

SupremeSarna
Silver Good Trader
18-Feb(#246)
Slickriven wrote:
> SupremeSarna wrote:
>> OP updated! How have I not earned a badge yet?
>
> Thanks man, I've got 8 unique systems though, not 7.

Got it done.
incubus421
450 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
* 18-Feb(#247)
SupremeSarna wrote:
> incubus421 wrote:
>> SupremeSarna wrote:
> |>> incubus421 wrote:
>> |>> 2/15
>> |>> #5) Donkey Kong Country 2 Diddy's Kong Quest Super Nintendo
>> |>>
>> |>> By the time I "beat" the game I was about 9 Coins short of unlocking the last
> |>> bonus
>> |>> level, and had collected all of the DK coins. I remember finding some of
> these
> |>> to
>> |>> be a whole lot harder as a kid! So I finished every level with all secrets
> and
> |>> DK
>> |>> coins, and got the special ending in around 6 hours.
>> |>>
>> |>> Oh, also, I think every song in this game is an absolute banger. A top tier
>> retro
>> |>> soundtrack for sure.
>> |>>
>> |>> [imgt w=2048 h=1536]https://i.imgur.com/fgTSZuI.jpg[/imgt]
> |>>
> |>> Which stages gave you the toughest time? There are no wrong answers here, aside
>> from
> |>> some early stages.
>>
>> Haunted Hall and the Squawks portion of Animal Antics.
>
> Animal Antics is a doozy, alright. I always struggled on Windy Well, Toxic Tower,
> and Klobber Karnage. Zingers can be a real nuisance, especially when you have to
> line up a jump or barrel shot just right.

I always remembered Toxic Tower being rage inducing in my youth. I was dreading my return there. Surprisingly, I jumped right through it and even remembered where the secrets were....repetition as they say.


#6 on 2/18
Silent Hill The Short Message PlayStation 5

Nothing special here. A little scary/anxiety inducing before you know what to expect. After the first half hour or so, those feelings quickly fade. I found the last 20 minutes or so to be frustrating and it really took away from the unsettling/scary setting. A P.T. game this is not. Two and a half hours to clear this.
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Frank
GameTZ Subscriber 800 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Has Written 11 Reviews Secret Santa
* 18-Feb(#248)
Just rolled credits on Final Fantasy VII. PlayStation (looks like you need to add PSX onto my list)

I can't say I liked how frequent the random encounters were, but overall I really really liked the story!

I'm not the biggest RPG guy, but I'm happy with the long hours spent finally beating a FF game. grin
legendrko25
Gold Good Trader
19-Feb(#249)
I beat Gin Rummy on the xbox 360 Microsoft Xbox 360 (beating this and yugioh master duel gets me the all aces badge)
PizzaTheHutt
GameTZ Subscriber Gold Good Trader Has Written 3 Reviews
* 19-Feb(#250)
Game #10 of 2024

Aliens: Fireteam Elite on PlayStation 5
This will go towards BFFL badge since I beat it in co-op with a friend online.
incubus421
450 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
* 19-Feb(#251)
#7 on 2/19
Mega Man 2 Nintendo Entertainment System

Favorite boss, Quick Man because using his weakness on him is fun
Favorite music, Wily's Castle stage 1 & 2
Biggest annoyance, Quick Man's stage - Falling through multiple screens while laser's shoot from right-to-left and left-to-right. They're one shot kills, and your falling off a ledge timing needs to be quick and impeccable.
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#8 on 2/19
Mega Man 3 Nintendo Entertainment System

Favorite boss, Shadow Man because he's a cool ass ninja. Pretty difficult fight without his weakness that absolutely rocks him
Favorite music, Shadow Man's stage
Biggest annoyance, Magnet Man's stage - jumping on timed blocks that disappear/reappear.
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Looks like I'm now eligible for two badges
Heavy Machine Gun: Beat 2 run 'n' gun games (ex: Mega Man).
1 - Mega Man 2
2 - Mega Man 3

Hop 'n' Bop: Beat 2 platforming games (ex: Super Mario Bros.).
1 - Donkey Kong Country
2 - Donkey Kong Country 2 Diddy's Kong Quest

Scott
GameTZ Subscriber Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 2 Reviews
20-Feb(#252)
I need to beat some Mega Man games one of these days...
legendrko25
Gold Good Trader
20-Feb(#253)
I beat my high score on Crazy Taxi on the xbox360 Microsoft Xbox 360
PizzaTheHutt
GameTZ Subscriber Gold Good Trader Has Written 3 Reviews
* 20-Feb(#254)
Game #11 of 2024

Nirvana Pilot Yume on Nintendo Switch
SupremeSarna
Silver Good Trader
21-Feb(#255)
GBASP down! I beat Kirby's Block Ball Game Boy Advance (originally GB).
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It's been a few years since I played this. I like it overall, but it's certainly a weak Kirby spin-off. Reaching the final boss requires you to clear a border line on every stage, but most of them are reliant on you getting major bonuses under a time limit. The physics are also stiff, so hitting a tiny block in the corner of the screen can take minutes if Kirby wasn't already lined up to hit it. Not the worst game in the series, but a far cry from his previous Game Boy spin-off masterpiece: Kirby's Pinball Land.
incubus421
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#9 on 2/20
Mega Man 4 Nintendo Entertainment System

Favorite boss - undecided, probably a toss up between Pharaoh Man and Skull Man. Both are cool characters and each can be beaten without their weakness in a fair yet challenging way.
Favorite Music - Dive Man's stage, with runner up being Pharaoh Man's stage
Biggest annoyance - Holy crap Ring Man's stage is long and grueling with moving/disappearing platforms, lots of falling, tough mini-boss enemies (purple hippo on tall platform, red eyes surrounded by shielding green rings), and Ring Man himself is arguably the toughest boss. Also, the final Wily boss in the dark is terrible! Just shoot aimlessly and hope to hit him...until you look up his weakness.

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#10 on 2/21
Roller Coaster Tycoon PC / Windows

Beat all original scenarios in around 65 hours. There are just too many scenarios for it's own good and not enough varied of an experience between scenarios. You can unlock most rides by about the 6th or 7th scenario. After that each scenario plays about the same as the last. They try to present different challenges throughout, but if you just delete what is present in each map, you can basically start everything from scratch each time. The second to last level was probably the most difficult because the scenario does not allow you to remove trees or edit the elevation and the map is littered with trees.

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For anyone interested in some of my theme park work:


Pacific Pyramids - an open and very level map. Initially built a coaster that runs in between two pyramids and then built out from there. I don't like to leave any empty space between rides. grey/white/orange/yellow theme.
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Thunder Rock - the final scenario of the game. It became a little difficult to find room for rides towards the end. I used the underground area to it's fullest. Hard to see, but there is a log flume, two coasters, and a water slide under there. No theme, lots of building
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Trinity Islands - Probably my favorite scenario to build upon. The park is narrow as can be seen from the underwater fence lining. Just about every single square on the grid was used to build this park. Overlapping rides, not too crowded, themed in green/white/black. Probably the peak of enjoying my RTC experience. Sadly this is scenario 7 of 21...
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legendrko25
Gold Good Trader
21-Feb(#257)
I beat Mario Kart Wii on the wii Nintendo Wii
TalonJedi87
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader Has Written 4 Reviews Happy Birthday to Me
21-Feb(#258)
#14

Assassin’s Creed Mirage PlayStation 5

It was quite refreshing to play a recently released Assassin’s Creed title that wasn’t overwhelming in scope as the past several games in the series has been. The map is much smaller. The story is concise and focused. The combat is crisp and precise. The tactical stealth is in super abundance. I enjoyed my 15 hours with this entry and would happily return a second time around if it wasn’t for the performance issues I experienced throughout. The game suffers from a lot of screen tearing from what I noticed in crowded areas where it gives the GPU a workout. The framerate stutters as well during heavy trafficking areas. And the graphics are just not that well polished. I get it though. It’s a smaller game on presumably a tighter budget so it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles as a larger scale game. What it lacks in performance and graphical fidelity it sure as heck makes up for in gameplay though. The tools you get within your arsenal to carry out your stealthy like objectives are simple, yet effective and range from noisemakers to blow darts to the game breaking daggers. Yes daggers have an upgrade that allows you not only to recollect your dagger and essentially never run out of ammo but also allows you to completely dissolve your enemy it lands on by means of a corrosive like acidic application. Quite gnarly yet quite game breaking as once I unlocked those upgrades it was all I was using until the end of the game but man was it useful! You can also upgrade your attire and weapons too by finding upgrade materials and upgrade diagrams by completing missions. And lastly the story is quite interesting and even has a twist ending I didn’t really see coming. Overall it’s a return to form for the AC franchise and I only hope it can keep up the momentum of having that familiar yet fresh reinvigorating spirit with future installments.
Renaissance2K
GameTZ Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Has Written 4 Reviews
21-Feb(#259)
In anticipation of the remaster that just dropped over the long weekend, Frank's Game of the Month was Mario vs. Donkey Kong. I got a head start on the festivities by picking up the Game Boy Advance original and working my way through the campaign mode.

Number: 11
Full Title: Mario vs. Donkey Kong
Platform Played: Game Boy Advance
Collection: N/A
Native Platform: Game Boy Advance
Original Platforms: Game Boy Advance

I started the Mario vs. Donkey Kong franchise right in the middle, picking up Minis March Again at the launch of DSiWare and playing through it - twice! I never touched the original, despite the number of times Nintendo offered it up to loyalists. I liked the Game Boy reimagining of Donkey Kong that inspired this game and was happy to see it'd gotten a new coat of paint and a lot of expanded content.

While the game got off to a breezy start, the game's difficulty quickly spiked, and Mario's quirky acrobatics started to become more frustrating than charming. Mario vs. Donkey Kong presents an alternative to the hop-and-bop parkour that made up Mario's moveset from New Super Mario Bros. onward, and while I'm impressed they could fit such a huge repetoire into just two buttons, the number of backflips I've done suggest it could have been less overloaded. Aside from a few really nightmarish puzzles, the game still managed to be a fun "snack" of sorts, even though it's not as memorable as some of Mario's other portable titles.

Number: 12
Full Title: Mario vs. Donkey Kong
Platform Played: Switch
Collection: N/A
Native Platform: Switch
Original Platforms: Game Boy Advance
Badges: Facelift (1/2)

While I love experiencing the same game on multiple platforms, there aren't too many occasions where I immediately followed up a playthrough of a game with its remaster, especially so soon after the latter's release. Figuring "Why not?" I picked up the Switch remaster of Mario vs. Donkey Kong shortly before it dropped. The game adds two new worlds - each with a new mechanic to master - and brings all the graphics and level designs up to speed with the rest of the Switch library.

I couldn't put it down. The updated graphics adding a whole lot of clarity to the original's fuzzy pre-rendered sprites. The new levels and mechanics weren't particularly memorable, but they fit in perfectly with the rest of the game's original content. Most of the annoyances with Mario's moves were taken care of, and I didn't have nearly as many unfortunate accidents caused by poor timing or bad button presses. Purists may still prefer the original game and its difficulty, but I gobbled up the remaster, finishing it in less than four days.

While we're talking about Games of the Month, let's pivot back to the Retro Talkshop Thread for the other Game of the Month we picked.

Number: 13
Full Title: Quake
Platform Played: PC
Collection: N/A
Native Platform: PC
Original Platforms: PC
Badges: 2nd Amendment (1/2)

My family bought their first "real" computer - a Gateway 2000 desktop with a Pentium Pro 200 inside - right at the peak of Quake's influence on PC gaming. After putting the machine through its paces with a few PlayStation ports and classic DOS games, Quake was the first game that really blew me out of my socks. The dark atmosphere, fully 3D environment, and blazing fast gameplay were completely unlike the other shooters I'd seen up to that point, which seemed almost cartoony by comparison. I played through the Quake shareware countless times - trying out different graphics settings, console configurations, Redbook Audio soundtracks - but never actually played through the game until many years later where I used it (and its two official expansions) to break an 18-month-long gaming fast.

After loading Quake onto my retro PC, I'm surprised at how much I remember from that first episode: the six secrets in the first level, the low gravity secret level Ziggurat Vertigo, the giant lightning-shooting Shamblers that always seem to appear as an ambush, and the mad dash around Cthlon's lair once you realize all your weapons are ineffective. The remaining four episodes don't give the same nostalgic rush, especially as the difficulty spikes, but I still hugely appreciate Quake's aesthetic and its simple, fast-paced, explosive gameplay. It'll be worth checking out the recent remaster at some point, especially its new episodes.


PC / Windows - Quake, Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut, Tekken 7, Tekken 8
Nintendo Entertainment System -
Super Nintendo - Shaq Fu
Nintendo 64 -
Nintendo GameCube - Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut
Nintendo Wii -
Nintendo Wii U -
Nintendo Switch - Mario vs. Donkey Kong
Game Boy - Shaq Fu
Game Boy Advance - Mario vs. Donkey Kong
Nintendo DSi -
Nintendo New 3DS -
Virtual Boy -
PlayStation -
PlayStation 2 - Tekken 5
PlayStation 3 -
PlayStation 5 -
PlayStation Portable -
PlayStation Vita -
Sony PlayStation VR -
Sony PlayStation VR 2 -
Sega Genesis - Shaq Fu
Sega 32X -
Sega Saturn -
Sega Dreamcast -
Game Gear - Shaq Fu
Microsoft Xbox -
Microsoft Xbox 360 -
Microsoft Xbox Series X|S -
Neo Geo -
NEC TurboGrafx-16 -
NEC TurboDuo -
3DO -
Atari Jaguar -
Android -
image -
coin -
Misc - Shaq Fu (Amiga)

2nd Amendment - Quake
Bear & Bird - Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut
Facelift - Mario vs. Donkey Kong
Street Fightin' - Shaq Fu, Tekken 7, Tekken 8
You're Winner - Shaq Fu

Unique Systems Covered: 9/38
Total Games Beaten: 13


With Quake in the record books, I started Quake II this afternoon, wondering if I'll be able to finish it before Final Fantasy VII Rebirth releases next week. On the portable front, after having so much fun with the Mario vs. Donkey Kong remaster, I decided it was worth picking up the Game Boy port of Donkey Kong that I started so many years ago.

DemonAlcohol
GameTZ Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Has Written 2 Reviews
22-Feb(#260)
My #15 is PC / Windows Yakuza Kiwami

https://photos.app.goo.gl/N5uj36tLDkd5rYYF7

Nice story, same button mashing gameplay. It's so easy to lose track of time doing side quests in this game. I think I did 40 of them. Mostly entertaining as well. Glad to play through this series. 8/10

SupremeSarna
Silver Good Trader
22-Feb(#261)
@Renaissance2K You earned Facelift by playing both versions of MvDK.
legendrko25
Gold Good Trader
23-Feb(#262)
I beat Bluey: the Videogame on the xbox 1 Microsoft Xbox One
DemonAlcohol
GameTZ Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Has Written 2 Reviews
23-Feb(#263)
My #16 is PC / Windows Not for Broadcast: All DLC.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/3zjBQ11a68URZAPb9

The first episode was pretty bad, and the second is average. Waiting for the third to be released.

DemonAlcohol
GameTZ Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Has Written 2 Reviews
23-Feb(#264)
My #17 is PC / Windows Donut County.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/A1yfTNsH6qCUHBhe9

Charming game about being a hole. 8/10

PizzaTheHutt
GameTZ Subscriber Gold Good Trader Has Written 3 Reviews
23-Feb(#265)
Game #12 of 2024

Resident Evil 4 on PSVR2
That goes towards the Raccoon City badge.
BloodPuppetX
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24-Feb(#266)
I finished Mario vs Donkey Kong on Switch.
legendrko25
Gold Good Trader
24-Feb(#267)
I beat Viva Pinata Party Animals on the xbox 360 Microsoft Xbox 360 (beating this with monopoly plus gets me the chance time! Badge)
PizzaTheHutt
GameTZ Subscriber Gold Good Trader Has Written 3 Reviews
25-Feb(#268)
Game #13 of 2024

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart on PlayStation 5
legendrko25
Gold Good Trader
* 25-Feb(#269)
I beat Assassin's Creed Rogue on the xbox 360 Microsoft Xbox 360
I also beat Dead Rising 2: Case Zero on the xbox 360 Microsoft Xbox 360
Finn
GameTZ Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Canada
27-Feb(#270)
New Tales of Borderlands (PS4) don't think I can stomach any more in going for multiple endings for the plat. I know I don't have to play the whole game over.. let's just say once is enough.
incubus421
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* 27-Feb(#271)
Date: 2/24
Number: 11
Title: Mega Man 5 Nintendo Entertainment System

Favorite boss - Napalm Man. I recall his fight being brutal in my youth. One of the Mans I always saved for last. I picked his stage first just to check and beat him after losing the first time to get full health for his fight. Way easier to dodge than I remember. Fun fight, don't need his weakness. In fact I think MMV sees a major decline in difficulty.
Favorite Music - Honestly, probably the title screen track. I think the catchiness of the tunes took a hit on V. Wave Man and the Dr. Wily stages are good too, though.
Biggest annoyance - There isn't much difficulty to be had in MMV, but I'd have to say the section of Crystal Man's stage where the rocks fall from the ceiling vents. There didn't seem to be much rhyme or reason to how many fall before you can jump across to the next platform. Sometimes 1, sometimes 2, sometimes 3 rocks. Each mis-jump is an insta-death.

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Date: 2/26
Number: 12
Title: Octopath Traveler Nintendo Switch

Ugh, where to start. I spent 60 hours on this game hoping that some major event would occur to bring all of these stories together. Something to connect the characters, a common cause. I figured after completing each character's story a quest path would unlock that ties it all up. It never happens. I finished the last chapter of the character that I picked to start, Primrose, and credits rolled. Yes, there is a true-ending that contains one more dungeon and one more boss, but I'm not up to it. The combat system is great, and several of the stories are decent enough on their own, but there is just a huge lack of substance here. No character interaction aside from OPTIONAL "travel banter" skits in town. I was loving this game the first 30-40 hours, if on the combat system alone, and frustrated and ready for it to be over the last 15 or so.
Here's the formula for the game's entirety:
Character A goes to a town, finds out there is a boss enemy in dungeon 34, enter dungeon 34 which is either a cave, a forest, or a ruin, run though, grab mostly meaningless treasure because everything worthwhile is stolen, beat the boss, on to the next.
I'm being overly critical here because of the way it all ended, it was a good game, and I did enjoy it to some extent, but I'm in no hurry to start up the sequel. Triangle Strategy is a much better game.
Although I hear the sequel to Octopath is much better.

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Date: 2/26
Number: 13
Title: Mega Man 6 Nintendo Entertainment System

Favorite boss - So many cool ones to choose from in this one, though they're all pretty easy. Despite maybe being the easiest in the game, I think Knight Man is just a great character.
Favorite Music - The music really picks back up in 6. Some really good tunes here that I had forgotten about, Yamato, Flame, Tomahawk, Mr.X stages, but my favorite is Blizzard Man's stage.
Biggest annoyance - probably the Squidon enemy in general. Every time I saw one I knew I was going to take several hits. They have a lot of health, shoot ice cubes across the floor, and homing missiles up high simultaneously. Tough enemy to dodge.

and thus ends my Mega Man nostalgia run.
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...and that is probably my last clear for the foreseeable future. I'll be swapping between FFVII Rebirth (demo cleared) and Unicorn Overlord (demo started, but I hear you can play for many hours and your progress carries over) for the next month or two.
Gypsy
GameTZ Subscriber 250 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
27-Feb(#272)
incubus421 wrote:
>
>
>
> Date: 2/26
> Number: 12
> Title: Octopath Traveler Nintendo Switch
>
> Ugh, where to start. I spent 60 hours on this game hoping that some major event
> would occur to bring all of these stories together. Something to connect the characters,
> a common cause. I figured after completing each character's story a quest path would
> unlock that ties it all up. It never happens. I finished the last chapter of the
> character that I picked to start, Primrose, and credits rolled. Yes, there is a
> true-ending that contains one more dungeon and one more boss, but I'm not up to it.
> The combat system is great, and several of the stories are decent enough on their
> own, but there is just a huge lack of substance here. No character interaction aside
> from OPTIONAL "travel banter" skits in town. I was loving this game the first 30-40
> hours, if on the combat system alone, and frustrated and ready for it to be over
> the last 15 or so.
> Here's the formula for the game's entirety:
> Character A goes to a town, finds out there is a boss enemy in dungeon 34, enter
> dungeon 34 which is either a cave, a forest, or a ruin, run though, grab mostly meaningless
> treasure because everything worthwhile is stolen, beat the boss, on to the next.
> I'm being overly critical here because of the way it all ended, it was a good game,
> and I did enjoy it to some extent, but I'm in no hurry to start up the sequel. Triangle
> Strategy is a much better game.
> Although I hear the sequel to Octopath is much better.
>

They tried a bit more story wise in Octopath 2 and while I felt the game was better all around it's still largely more of the same. It's hard for me to say how much better the story is because I generally don't care. They at least tried to tie things together more and had some storylines with two characters. I personally loved both but 2 was a clear step up. It has tons of interesting boss fights and more optional content. The super boss was handled a lot better as well not

forcing you to fight a ton of bosses again without being able to save before reaching it

. It's actually insane to me that they have a nearly identical metacritic score on Switch. That makes zero sense to me.
incubus421
450 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
27-Feb(#273)
Gypsy wrote:
> incubus421 wrote:
>>
>>
>>
>> Date: 2/26
>> Number: 12
>> Title: Octopath Traveler Nintendo Switch
>>
>> Ugh, where to start. I spent 60 hours on this game hoping that some major event
>> would occur to bring all of these stories together. Something to connect the
> characters,
>> a common cause. I figured after completing each character's story a quest path
> would
>> unlock that ties it all up. It never happens. I finished the last chapter of
> the
>> character that I picked to start, Primrose, and credits rolled. Yes, there is
> a
>> true-ending that contains one more dungeon and one more boss, but I'm not up to
> it.
>> The combat system is great, and several of the stories are decent enough on their
>> own, but there is just a huge lack of substance here. No character interaction
> aside
>> from OPTIONAL "travel banter" skits in town. I was loving this game the first
> 30-40
>> hours, if on the combat system alone, and frustrated and ready for it to be over
>> the last 15 or so.
>> Here's the formula for the game's entirety:
>> Character A goes to a town, finds out there is a boss enemy in dungeon 34, enter
>> dungeon 34 which is either a cave, a forest, or a ruin, run though, grab mostly
> meaningless
>> treasure because everything worthwhile is stolen, beat the boss, on to the next.
>> I'm being overly critical here because of the way it all ended, it was a good
> game,
>> and I did enjoy it to some extent, but I'm in no hurry to start up the sequel.
> Triangle
>> Strategy is a much better game.
>> Although I hear the sequel to Octopath is much better.
>>
>
> They tried a bit more story wise in Octopath 2 and while I felt the game was better
> all around it's still largely more of the same. It's hard for me to say how much
> better the story is because I generally don't care. They at least tried to tie things
> together more and had some storylines with two characters. I personally loved both
> but 2 was a clear step up. It has tons of interesting boss fights and more optional
> content. The super boss was handled a lot better as well not .... It's actually insane
> to me that they have a nearly identical metacritic score on Switch. That makes zero
> sense to me.

Thanks for greater insights on the sequel. Did you by chance play the iOS/Android Octopath game, Champions of the Continent? That had a solid story that really came together after completing all of the three lesser stories. Honestly the three lesser stories in that were probably better than any of the character stories in the first game. Maybe playing and beating Champions of the Continent is what ruined the first game for me. I was expecting something more akin to it.
Gypsy
GameTZ Subscriber 250 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
27-Feb(#274)
Ah no, I haven't played that at all.
incubus421
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* 27-Feb(#275)
Gypsy wrote:
> Ah no, I haven't played that at all.

I should add that Champions of the Continent is a prequel to the first game and you will visit many of the same locations. If you need more of that sweet combat and want a better story, I'd recommend it. The combat is even cooler because you can run 8 characters at a time, and swap them to the active row during combat:
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Like most phone games it has that 'pay for random character rolls' twist to it, but I played through it with some powerful characters without dropping a dime into it.
SupremeSarna
Silver Good Trader
* 29-Feb(#276)
I beat Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Nintendo Wii U
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The game turned 10 on Feb 13, so I replayed it to celebrate. I was going to play through it five times for the Gamer's Day badge, but after one regular playthrough and one Hard Mode playthrough, I decided I'd had my fill. It's still one of my all-time favorite games (either 9 or 10, can never decide), and it deserves your time.

I also beat the Splatoon 3 Side Order Nintendo Switch
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Now for the REAL reason I gave up on those five Tropical Freeze playthroughs: The Side Order is a roguelike that wants you to beat it a minimum of ten times. So that certainly gets me the Gamer's Day badge.

You climb a 30-floor tower while completing bitesized challenge floors. Each one gets you money and upgrade chips, encouraging countless playthroughs. They even turned one of my favorite characters, Pearl, into a drone who randomly attacks enemies. All in all, Side Order is surprisingly addictive!

The downside to the mode is that it gets fairly repetitive--there's only a handful of enemies, four possible bosses (the fifth boss is only fought in the tutorial), and no superboss at the end of the last run. Splatoon 2's Octo Expansion had a crazy endgame and one of Nintendo's hardest final bosses. This one is content to just throw the same Overlorder at you at the end of every run.

Side Order is like the rest of Splatoon 3: A good game that has its strengths and is definitely worth playing, but not as strong as the predecessor that no one's playing anymore. frown
TalonJedi87
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader Has Written 4 Reviews Happy Birthday to Me
29-Feb(#277)
SupremeSarna wrote:
> I beat Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Nintendo Wii U
> The game turned 10 on Feb 13, so I replayed it to celebrate. I was going to play
> through it five times for the Gamer's Day badge, but after one regular playthrough
> and one Hard Mode playthrough, I decided I'd had my fill. It's still one of my all-time
> favorite games (either 9 or 10, can never decide), and it deserves your time.
>


I too am replaying DK Tropical Freeze now on my Switch. I haven’t played it since the Wii U days and forgot how incredible it was. I hope we get another DK game like it on the next Nintendo system.
Renaissance2K
GameTZ Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Has Written 4 Reviews
29-Feb(#278)
To close out February and its Retro Games of the Month, I played through Quake II on my retro PC.

Number: 14
Full Title: Quake II
Platform Played: PC
Collection: N/A
Native Platform: PC
Original Platforms: PC
Badges: 2nd Amendment (2/2)

Unlike the original Quake, I played through Quake II a few years after it was released and its price had dropped to teenager-accessible levels. Like Quake, however, I remember the demo vividly. Quake II tried hard to distinguish itself from other shooters at the time. Enemies moved differently and would duck and dodge your attacks. Weapons themselves all had quirks that separated themselves from each other, like the accelerating fire rate of the Chaingun or the cooldown of the Hyperblaster. More than anything else, I remember firing the starting blaster into a dark crawl space and watching as the game's dynamic lighting highlighted the tiny bullet as it went from one end of the corridor to the other. Pretty stunning stuff, even without a high end video card.

Coming straight from a playthrough of Quake, though, all these little quirks - which are now standard in all but the most retro-inspired shooters - just serve to slow the game down. Once I got a feel for the game's level design and stopped ignoring the in-game tactical computer, I started to move through objectives a little more quickly, but the actual act of shooting never became as satisfying as it was in its predecessor. In the longstanding Quake vs. Unreal war, I've always planted myself firmly on the Unreal side of things, which dropped five months later. Playing through Quake II a second time, it was a fun trip down memory lane and an interesting contrast to its predecessor, but I don't think my opinion on it has changed much.


PC / Windows - Quake, Quake II,Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut, Tekken 7, Tekken 8
Nintendo Entertainment System -
Super Nintendo - Shaq Fu
Nintendo 64 -
Nintendo GameCube - Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut
Nintendo Wii -
Nintendo Wii U -
Nintendo Switch - Mario vs. Donkey Kong
Game Boy - Shaq Fu
Game Boy Advance - Mario vs. Donkey Kong
Nintendo DSi -
Nintendo New 3DS -
Virtual Boy -
PlayStation -
PlayStation 2 - Tekken 5
PlayStation 3 -
PlayStation 5 -
PlayStation Portable -
PlayStation Vita -
Sony PlayStation VR -
Sony PlayStation VR 2 -
Sega Genesis - Shaq Fu
Sega 32X -
Sega Saturn -
Sega Dreamcast -
Game Gear - Shaq Fu
Microsoft Xbox -
Microsoft Xbox 360 -
Microsoft Xbox Series X|S -
Neo Geo -
NEC TurboGrafx-16 -
NEC TurboDuo -
3DO -
Atari Jaguar -
Android -
image -
coin -
Misc - Shaq Fu (Amiga)

2nd Amendment - Quake, Quake II
Bear & Bird - Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut
Facelift - Mario vs. Donkey Kong, Mario vs. Donkey Kong
Street Fightin' - Shaq Fu, Tekken 7, Tekken 8
You're Winner - Shaq Fu

Unique Systems Covered: 9/38
Total Games Beaten: 14


Final Fantasy VII Rebirth finally dropped last night, and I dove right in. That will likely be my focus for a while, unless next months Games of the Month are portable-friendly.

Scott
GameTZ Subscriber Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 2 Reviews
29-Feb(#279)
I didn't think to add Slay the Spire to my list, I'm regularly playing through that game. I've beaten it well over 5 times already this year, so that can be my Gamer's Day badge.

NES - Super Mario Bros.
SNES -
N64 -
GC -
Wii -
Wii U -
Switch - Super Mario Wonder, Slay the Spire
GB -
GBC -
GBA -
DS -
3DS -
360 -
XB1 -
PS1 -
PS2 -
PS5 -
PSP -
GEN -

2/19 - Unique systems

3 - Total games

Badges
Hop 'n' Bop (Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Wonder)
Gamer's Day (Slay the Spire)
DemonAlcohol
GameTZ Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Has Written 2 Reviews
29-Feb(#280)
My #18 is PC / Windows Yakuza Kiwami 2.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/hnS3gpULV2p2zX4t7

A lot of improvements in this from the previous games. I didn't care for the whole middle section of the story though. 8/10

SupremeSarna
Silver Good Trader
1-Mar(#281)
February, the slightly longer than usual month of love and Lent, has drawn to a close. But the gaming is as strong as ever, so that's what I'm concerned about right now. Here are our stats from the month:
-We beat 85 games/DLC this month. That's a little less than January's 96, but still respectable. @legendrko25 topped the charts with 11.
-We earned 10 badges this month, which is more than double the badges we earned last month (4). @incubus421 , @Scott , and legendrko25 all tied for top badge-earners, with two each. I finally earned a badge, too!
-I would write another thing here, but most of the other details are at the top of the OP.

As always, comment if I missed something in the update. And keep playing good games!

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