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Title: 2019 games back-log
Post by: vladgd on January 15, 2019, 04:43:04 PM
1. Front Mission 4

(https://www.videogamex.com/image/cache/catalog/PS2/frontmission4-1000x665w.jpg)

I'm back at it, I honestly don't know if I'm going to go nuts like last year, but I think being off my pc in general kinda focuses playing games in my free time over...fucking around on an internet browser on my pc. Both unproductive, but at least with one I can beat games over...doing absolutely nothing. These posts are probably more for me than anything, because I don't have a blog (which I should probably do that, so I'm not spamming) I like looking back at the year to see what I got done.

Game itself, I purchased shortly after release in 2004, I know I got it before world of warcraft came out, and it's been one of those off and on games I'd get 1/3 through, quit, start over a few years later, 1/3 through, ect. I have a few of these games, last year earthbound was one of those games, and the year before that mario rpg was another. It feels REALLY good to get those types of games off the backlog. There's a finite amount of them, and it's only a matter of thinking back to remember which games I have left.

It's ok, really slow pace is primary reason I never finished it, as is the difficulty of the game if you don't have a grasp of the mechanics. Not super hard if you do have a grasp of the systems, but pretty hard if you don't. Armored core, with a turn based rpg battle system, it's neat. Think disgaea with customizable mechs, less ally units on the field, BIGGER LONGER MAPS, no magic, slower gameplay, and leveling doesn't really do anything other than make ep grinding (think skill points to improve your characters) harder.  Ohh and it's the only game I know of with a split story line, probably the most unique feature of this game. You play two casts of characters, one in Europe, one in Venezuela, seperate mech equipment, seperate characters, seperate storylines (which connect late), seperate money, and the game alternates between the two. You'll do a few missions in europe, then go to south america for a few, then back to europe, and it alternates throughout the entire game, and absolutely no gear/levels/money carry over between the two at all. Venezuela will give you more side units to play with on certain missions, and europe has access to radio air strikes and supply drops, so each side will play a little different. It's different, not bad, not good, but unique.

ACTUALLY FINISHED IT THIS TIME, OFF THE LIST, NEXT GAME.
Title: Re: 2019 games back-log
Post by: Spectere on January 16, 2019, 07:16:52 AM
Eh, don't worry about spamming. It's not like this forum is exactly bustling, haha.
Title: Re: 2019 games back-log
Post by: vladgd on January 22, 2019, 06:58:27 PM
2. Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door


(https://art.gametdb.com/wii/coverfullHQ/US/G8ME01.png?1317736929)

Started this game in 2008, finished in 2019. 'nother one bites the dust.
Title: Re: 2019 games back-log
Post by: vladgd on February 05, 2019, 12:15:41 PM
3. Luigis Mansion

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51sm9T0oDQL._SY445_.jpg)

I got this with my launch gamecube...only to finish it last week...

Going back to this, it does feel like a launch game. Could be the interface, or UI, or something, it just feels like a transitional game from the 64 to the new hardware. Which it is...but yknow, actually seeing it first hand is another thing.























I'm not done yet...



















4. Wind Waker

(https://videogame-wizards.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/legend_of_zelda_wind_waker_gamecube_stock.jpg)

I remember why I stopped playing this game, but soldiered through anyway. Good game, not great game. Extremely linear in the beginning, then they just kinda say "hey fuck you, you gotta find 8 triforce maps, then use them to go to 8 locations in the entire ocean to get them just to get to the final dungeon, HAVE FUN!"

I know wii u version fixed it to an extent, but I aint buying a wii u to play a middling zelda game that I already own on gamecube. I'm not sure why the game is praised so much, I mean graphically it still holds up today (the original gamecube version, not even talking HD), but...the ocean sailing is long...and the triforce collection...it's horrible, honestly, horrible.

The amount of games I have to beat, that I got more than 50% of the way through, some 15+ years ago, has to be getting smaller by now. All 4 of these games have been haunting me since I was in high school, so it's good to put them to rest.
Title: Re: 2019 games back-log
Post by: Spectere on February 06, 2019, 08:02:04 PM
One thing that bothers me about Wind Waker HD (I've never played the original) is that it has horrific framerate problems due to Nintendo's stubborn insistence on targeting 1080p60. That's all well and good, but the second you go into that fiery cave place the framerate tanks to 10-15fps at parts, which is insanely jarring. I would have much rather seen them target 720p/900p rather than do that. Dunno if the original had issues with that.

And yeah, I can say that even with the improvements to the Wii U version (sailing is twice as fast, apparently?) it's STILL hella tedious to get through it. They claim that the sailing mechanic is a way of disguising load screens, but I don't know a single GameCube (or Wii U, for that matter) game that takes that long to load. I mean, holy shit.

As for the game being praised...well, it's a Zelda game. You saw how much shit people gave GameSpot for daring to give Twilight Princee an 8.8, not to mention the shit Jim Sterling got for giving BotW a 7/10. Those types of Zelda fanboys should be locked up in the interests of public safety, I swear.
Title: Re: 2019 games back-log
Post by: vladgd on February 12, 2019, 10:35:47 AM
Ohh the classic 8.8. Embarrassing really, looking back at it. Rating games with a number is kinda only for marketing anyway. What makes an 8.8 better than an 8.9? I could give the game a 7, and you a 9, but maybe I like the game more than you do. Scoring a game means nothing. Either way, wind waker is a good, but flawed game.

While I'm here...

5. Rebel Galaxy

Pretty good space trading game I played most the way through in 2016, polished it off the other day.
Title: Re: 2019 games back-log
Post by: Spectere on February 13, 2019, 09:47:18 AM
Precisely.

It reminds me of the GameFAQs "BEST GAEM EVAR" poll a couple years ago. Historically, Ocarina of Time won every single year until Undertale finally came along and beat it. Suffice to say, fans were legitimately infuriated that their 20 year old game didn't win a popularity contest. If you ended up missing that whole event: trust me, it was hilarious.

Besides, everyone knows that A Link to the Past is really the best Zelda game.

5. Rebel Galaxy

Pretty good space trading game I played most the way through in 2016, polished it off the other day.

I think I'm going to add that to my list. I played that a bit a couple years ago (around 2017, I'm guessing), had a fucking blast, then never touched it again. :|
Title: Re: 2019 games back-log
Post by: Bobbias on February 14, 2019, 08:58:32 AM
Besides, everyone knows that A Link to the Past is really the best Zelda game.
Title: Re: 2019 games back-log
Post by: vladgd on March 26, 2019, 03:28:19 AM
6. Persona Q

Bout goddamn time, good game, but dungeon 4 was so tedious and annoying it literally dragged down THE ENTIRE GAME.

still, with as little free time I have, here's another game for the pile.
Title: Re: 2019 games back-log
Post by: vladgd on April 12, 2019, 11:20:07 PM
7. Eternal Darkness

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/8/8d/Eternal_Darkness_box.jpg/220px-Eternal_Darkness_box.jpg)

Started, didn't finish ~17 years ago. Played from start to finish in a few evenings (playtime ~11 hours).

Fun game, very under appreciated in my opinion.

Chock another decade+ long backlogged game completed. Gonna paint my 20 assembled warhammer minis before selecting another game, might pick another short one, we'll see. Getting a lot of mileage out of my gamecube this year.
Title: Re: 2019 games back-log
Post by: Spectere on April 13, 2019, 03:59:01 PM
Gonna have to check that one out at some point. I didn't really know much about the game until somewhat recently and now I'm kicking myself for missing out on it.
Title: Re: 2019 games back-log
Post by: Bobbias on April 13, 2019, 10:34:50 PM
Under appreciated? Ask anyone who's played that game and they will sing it's praise. That game is a cult classic. Easily one of the best games on the GC imo.
Title: Re: 2019 games back-log
Post by: vladgd on April 21, 2019, 01:18:14 AM
konichiwa bitches

8. Dragon Quest

While back I got the gba player which lead me to beat advance wars 2 and whatnot. Picked up dragon quest 1+2 for gbc, and tackled the first one.

DQ11 left a good impression, and DQ1 is a good beginning. Pretty interesting, one character, only single enemy encounters, pretty unique for jrpgs to have 1v1 as its only form of combat. Either way, it's simple, short, may require a FAQ to know what to do, but worth playing.


(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/611KnEHZuxL.jpg)

two games left...
Title: Re: 2019 games back-log
Post by: Spectere on April 22, 2019, 01:54:58 AM
Two games left, and so much time left in 2019...

Any idea what you're going to be playing after you get through those?
Title: Re: 2019 games back-log
Post by: vladgd on May 28, 2019, 09:59:31 PM
Two games left, and so much time left in 2019...

Any idea what you're going to be playing after you get through those?

A month and some change later, yes...

9. Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux

(https://s.pacn.ws/1500/t4/shin-megami-tensei-strange-journey-redux-524367.4.jpg?p2sn5h)

Probably keep this one breif as well.

Fantastic ost, great setting, ok gameplay, frustrating dungeons (albeit not as bad as persona Q...though sometimes worse...), demon fusion is a bit lacking compared to every other smt/persona game I've played.

Worth playing if you like dungeon crawlers, but dungeon design may put people off. Persona Q 2 is out soon, and I might pass on it after this title. I like first person dungeon crawlers, but maybe I've had too much this year.

Game was ok/10.

One left! Depending on how fast it takes me to get my pc built(currently have mobo, cpu, case, psu, ssd, need a gpu, secondary HDD, and OS), maybe the last one will be a pc release, but who knows.
Title: Re: 2019 games back-log
Post by: vladgd on June 10, 2019, 07:20:02 PM
10. Shining Force Sword of Hajya

(https://imgix.ranker.com/node_img/102/2020114/original/shining-force-the-sword-of-hajya-video-games-photo-1?w=280&h=280&fit=fill&bg=fff&q=50&fm=pjpg)

Kind of a random entry. I am a big fan of Shining Force II for the genesis, probably my alltime favorite srpg. Not too hot on the first game, but this game comfortably fits in the middle.

No exploration, just 24 battles with some town menu stuff inbetween, but a solid game, and under $5.00 on the 3ds e shop. Recommended.

1. Front Mission 4
2. Paper Mario TTYD
3. Luigis Mansion
4. Zelda Wind Waker
5. Rebel Galaxy
6. Persona Q
7. Eternal Darkness
8. Dragon Quest
9. Strange Journey Redux
10. Shining Force Sword of Hajya

I'll most likely beat more and if/when I do, I'll update, but I set out to do 10 last year and I did it, and I set out to do 10 again this year, and I did it again. That's ~23 games nixed off from my backlog, and a lot of em have been around for a long time.

Out of the lot, Persona Q may be my least favorite of those games,  Eternal Darkness is by far the most fun I've had out of the list, and Front Mission 4 is the game I feel best about completing since I've started and stopped the game many times over the past 15+ years.
Title: Re: 2019 games back-log
Post by: Bobbias on June 11, 2019, 03:15:53 AM
Congrats on beating so many games. I almost never manage to beat anything :/

That said, most of the games I spend any real time on are things you can't really beat. Path of Exile, rhythm games, minecraft, terraria (ok, you can "beat" those, but they're more timesinks than beatable games in my view).
Title: Re: 2019 games back-log
Post by: vladgd on June 13, 2019, 11:12:59 PM
That's typically what I started avoiding when I started doing this. Can't beat it? Don't play it. I also tried not starting anything I had no intention of finishing. If something was too long and I wasn't feeling a long game (of which probably a majority of the games I want to finish are well over 20 hours long), I'd look for something shorter.

All in all this year, all 10 of those games hours combined was probably less than I played monster hunter world alone last year. I ain't exactly beaming with free time anymore, but somehow can still manage.

Fully intend to add to the list, but maybe I'll touch up on one of those "can't beat this" games, maybe an mmo, or play tekken again or something.
Title: Re: 2019 games back-log
Post by: Bobbias on June 16, 2019, 12:22:09 AM
Well some of the problem likely also stems from the ADHD. I finished the first playthrough of Nier Automata and absolutely loved it, started my second playthrough then... just stalled out and haven't felt like playing again, despite how fucking good that game is. I've picked up Atelier Lulua, Tyranny, and Y's 1 and 2 recently, but I've stalled out somewhere in the course of each one of them, and just never find myself feeling like actually playing any of them again (it might change with Lulua because that's the most recent one out of that list). But the problem is that if I'm not feeling a game, I can't just hop in and hope that experiencing the game again will spark my passion to continue it again. My brain just don't work that way. Either I'm feeling it, or I'm not, and nothing will change things. And if I ain't feeling it, I'm not going to be able to concentrate, no matter how much I intellectually want to play and enjoy the game. I just literally can't concentrate on it, and lose all enjoyment when I try to force things.

I definitely think you're going about things the right way in terms of essentially forcing yourself to beat stuff in the limited time you have though. It's a good way to ensure that you actually beat the games you set out to beat.
Title: Re: 2019 games back-log
Post by: Spectere on June 17, 2019, 09:13:34 AM
Well some of the problem likely also stems from the ADHD. I finished the first playthrough of Nier Automata and absolutely loved it, started my second playthrough then... just stalled out and haven't felt like playing again, despite how fucking good that game is.

Ending B was the hardest one for me to get through just because the playthrough with Nines was so similar to 2B's. The only silver lining is that the hacking mechanic makes boss fights hilariously trivial, so that sped things up by quite a bit.

It really is worth pushing past it, though. I promise, the game gets a lot different after you get ending B.
Title: Re: 2019 games back-log
Post by: vladgd on June 23, 2019, 12:54:44 AM
Ever since I changed my mentality, I've had an easier time beating things. Most of it is just not even playing stuff I know I ain't got the time or motivation to finish, and the other part is knowing I've been missing out on a lot of good goddamn games, and as a videogame player I deserve to enjoy more games than I did before I started...so...ahem...

11. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

(https://505games.com/wp-content/uploads/bs_720X420.png)

I like castlevania, I like metroid, I like "metroidvanias" like...shadow complex...

So, if shadow complex is more on the metroid end of the spectrum, this is more of the castlevania end of the spectrum. Makes since since Koji Igarashi the castlevania guy was the head of this project shows that this is a castlevania ass game. You could call it symphony of the night 2, since it's essentially just that, a sequel to that fantastic game...mechanically speaking, not lore/story. Music, enemies, level design, gameplay, all sotn, even the save menu select music screams castlevania. lets take this bloodstained track (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCyTfl5uIZE) compared to "cough" this sotn track (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ElDf2kfKaRA), these ninjas know what we wanted, these ninjas don't hide it.

Not sure if im going to platinum trophy this bitch, but I 100% the map, and afiak beat all bosses, including optional bosses.

tl;dr this game is fantastic pay koji his $40.00 usd and experience a videogame ass videogame done well.

now maybe I can paint some damn warhammer minis instead of being addicted to a videogame, NEXT!
Title: Re: 2019 games back-log
Post by: Spectere on June 23, 2019, 06:08:41 PM
I backed the shit out of Bloodstained when it was on Kickstarter and I'm SO FUCKING GLAD it turned out to be awesome.

I'm only about two hours in, unfortunately, since this past week (and weekend) was pretty busy. I plan to play the shit out of it this coming week, however. I did get to smack the crap out of David Hayter, though, so life is good.
Title: Re: 2019 games back-log
Post by: vladgd on July 13, 2019, 10:37:46 PM
12. DOOM (2016)

(https://static.gamespot.com/uploads/scale_landscape/1574/15746725/3512625-gameplay_doom2016_stadia_20190319_site.jpg)

I feel privileged to have recently came off a kickass castlevania game, to literally...one of my favorite single player fps games...ever?

Not even joking. Half-Life takes the cake, and I'm not counting deus ex games (they're more of a hybrid genre), but after half-life...what other single player fps do I like more than this game?  Even with that, the shooting in doom runs circles around half-life, half-life is just king in level design which I tend to prefer, so apples to oranges.

I am extremely glad I waited until I had a new pc to play this. Now in 1440p on a large monitor.  I pretty much quit the fps genre thinking I didn't even like it anymore, and it's more I just don't like the fps games companies are making anymore. Give me fast movement, no reloading, all the weapons at once, no ducking behind cover to wipe off the raspberry jam, and fast challenging gameplay over those boring stop and pop shooters any day.

DOOM Eternal is a day one buy assuming life things don't get in the way. Fantastic. 11/10 game.
Title: Re: 2019 games back-log
Post by: Spectere on July 15, 2019, 10:10:17 AM
I feel your frustration with the FPS genre. CoD getting ridiculously popular for years was probably the single worst thing to happen to the genre overall, as all the industry did was copy its corridor-inspired level design. Doom 2016 proved that not only can you modernize old-school FPS design, but you can do so in a way where it works with consoles.

It's not to say that it's the only one in recent history to do so, but I'd say that it manages to successfully take what Serious Sam and the Machine Games Wolfenstein titles did, crank everything up to 12, polish the bits that were too jagged, and make something that's even more busy and chaotic than the originals. Woooooo boy, what a game. So psyched for Eternal!
Title: Re: 2019 games back-log
Post by: vladgd on July 30, 2019, 04:12:01 PM
13. Metroid Prime

(https://images.lukiegames.com/t_300e2/assets/images/GC/gc_metroid_prime_p_9g44vv.jpg)

LOOOOOOOOOOOONG time coming, played this when it was new, got to the windwaker part of the game where you have to collect the mcguffins to see the end, quit. Played again in 2008, got to the impact crater, seen the infiniately respawning metroids which are randomly immune to 3/4 of your weapons, said fuckkkkkk that, quit again.

FINISHED, DONE

Either way, great game, one of the best soundtracks in videogame history in my honest opinion, and iunno, who doesn't know metroid prime? It's gud.
Title: Re: 2019 games back-log
Post by: Spectere on August 01, 2019, 08:04:24 AM
I need to play through Prime again. I actually started practicing speed strats in it (on the original 0-00 version, that is) several years back and was consistently able to do the early space jump, hive mecha skip, and a few boost ball bypasses. I should really get back into it at some point.

I also need to get through Prime 2 and Prime 3 (I still have a sealed copy of the latter for after I beat the former).
Title: Re: 2019 games back-log
Post by: vladgd on October 22, 2019, 03:31:17 PM
14. Plants vs Zombies

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/5/5b/PlantsVsZombiesCover400ppx.png/220px-PlantsVsZombiesCover400ppx.png)

Slowing down on world of warcraft now that im 60 and don't really want to do dungeons, so polished up another game I started a decade ago. Now if only they'd make a sequel worth playing.

Can I hit 15? WE'LL SEE!
Title: Re: 2019 games back-log
Post by: vladgd on October 29, 2019, 10:17:55 PM
15. Disgaea 1 Complete

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81CtA7xtMAL._AC_SL1500_.jpg)

Uhh, that didn't take long. I think i beat this game in like 3 days from start to finish...

Surprisingly playable after having beaten d5 last december. More used to the cutesy silly anime saturday morning cartoon vibe this time around, so it was pretty tolerable.

Not bothering with postgame stuff, just wanted to polish this game off since I bought it I think before I got disgaea 5...but I took it out of the shrinkwrap...3-4 days ago...

Still, kinda wanted to play that game for over a decade, chewed through it, enjoyed it probably more than disgaea 5 to be honest. However, I might actually dip back into 5 to try some postgame stuff if I feel like it, getting billions of statpoints sounds cool.

15 games before november, I swear I don't play games 24/7, but I'm kind of impressed with what I've managed to finish this year. Anything more will just be a bonus.