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Legolas_Katarn

Games Beaten By the AJSA (2018)

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New thread for 2018.

 

Let other AJSA members know what games you have finished this year. Post a few words about what you thought of the game, a longer review, a video review or footage, screenshots, etc. Feel free to discuss the games we've beaten or to talk to others about them. For a game to be considered beaten either finish the single player portion of the game or, for games without campaigns (MMOs, sports games, multiplayer only games, etc), play to a point where you have seen what the game has to offer. Not going to be counting DLCs as individual games (as that could get confusing) but feel free to post your thoughts on them as that is also the point of the thread. If it is an expansion that was sold separately or stand alone content like Shogun 2's Fall of the Samurai I will count that. Episodic games will count as one game, not a game per episode, but feel free to mention each one if you want to discuss each episode individually.

 

If you want to see what people thought of a certain game or see how many people have played it you can use the search function near the top right of the page and type in the game's title, just switch the search option to be for this topic.

 

I'll keep track of how many games we each have finished to see who has been playing the most and what our combined total is for the year.

 

Total Games Completed: 18

 

Games Completed By Member

Kaz32: 13

Legolas_Katarn: 3

Madfinnishgamer38: 2

 

Old Threads

Late 2015 (Completed 225)

2016 (Completed 626)

2017 (Completed 371)

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Let's start 2018 right!

1) NEKOPARA Vol. 0

Platform: PC

With this. I got this alongside 1 2 3 in a bundle. So expect the other 3 to come later.

 

Looks like Vol 0 is a prequel story before the rest of the Vol takes place. A cutesy VN about cat girls! Very. Very. Impulsive cat girls. One of the more "fanservicey" VN where nothing heartbreaking or depressing happen. It's all hunky dory here! Love the artstyle for the game. Very highly detailed 3D sprites, kind of like the 3DS Ace Attorney games.

 

2) hocus

Platform: iPhone

One of those optical illusion puzzles, but in this one you control a red box, and you have to do trial and errors to get the box to the red hole. Pretty relaxing game, and it gets complicated later on, as all these kinds of games do.

 

3) Submerged

Platform: PC

A game that takes place after a great flood of some kind destroyed the world. You play as a girl who's accompanied by her sick and heavily injured little brother, and the whole game is just you exploring a city and getting 11 care packages that has the stuff needed to treat her weakass little brother + collectibles that explains what's going on in the world this game takes place in. 

 

It's...... quite boring actually. This game is what happens if an open world game like the Tomb Raider Reboot has no combat or conflict, and all you do is climb buildings to get an item. All you do in this game is use your boat and get the 11 buldings that has those care packages, climb a lot of walls to get to the care packages, repeat 10 more times, and then the game ends. The things you get from these care packages makes no sense. Like care package 1: bandage for tending your brother's wound. Then later on care package 7: the tool to sew the wound..... why can't these 2 be the same thing? 

 

On the plus side, the graphics looks nice, showing the destroyed world in pretty detail. The music is also soothing and relaxing. And thankfully the game ends happily, which I'm happy with.

 

Funny thing is this game is from the same developer as Epoch 1 + 2, a damn good Time Crisis esque shooters for the iPhone. And thanks to this game, I now know that they made this funky looking game

Hope the full version will be great.

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Completed: Super Robot Wars V
Platform: PS4

Good battle animations with more detail than past games, makes use of more motion, backgrounds, pilot scenes. Character profiles and an archive of referenced events during conversations. Pilot ace unlock and unit bonuses when it has been upgraded enough help make pilots feel more unique, which is good for certain series where there are characters with very similar units. Bonta Kun stage is great. Some good music, but it gets repetitive for the length. First print had DLC promo code gives you a new scenario and two characters earlier and has them involved in the plot which would have expired if I had gotten it a few weeks later, so that sucks for people that buy the game now or later. Too easy, and I didn't even make use of the new system that lets you teach pilots any skills or rank up any abilities if you spend a new type of currency. Some translation errors, dialogue obviously given to the wrong person on screen, referring to skills by different names in unlock windows, referring to women as men a few times, a missing word every now and then, etc (not bad for the amount of text in these game though and for a more limited South Asian release). Game also really hates screenshots and videos, having a huge logo on the side of pictures and disabling the PS4 share feature entirely a few levels in.

 

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4) Pixel Shinobi: Nine Demons of Mamoru

Platform: PC

An early access game with a really good gameplay that I'm looking forward to seeing reach new heights when it goes to full version. It's like a 2D Tenchu, but more action heavy and have a lot of platforming segments + death traps to avoid. 

Currently there's 3 chapters to beat, each having 5 missions. You'll be facing evil samurais + bandits, as well as zombies and demons. The boss fights are all really good. Each battle are intense and challenging. Especially the 2nd boss where you're fighting a samurai and he blocks all your attacks unless you find an opening. Afterward the 3rd chapter, the game ends on a "work in progress" stage. I'm excited to see how this game will grow.

 

5) Deceit

Platform: PC

Now this.... this is a fun multiplayer time. The premise is that there's 6 people trapped in a place. 4 are normal people, while 2 are infected. The goal of the infected is to kill all the normal people, while the goal of the normal people is to escape, and hopefully vote out the infected with a process of elimination. The Infected needs to drink from bloodbanks all over the map so they can transform into their beast form, but they must be careful not to be seen by the normal people. Distrust + mayhem + mindgames ensues!

 

I have so much fun playing as both infected and normal. You really need a microphone with you to communicate properly in this game, or else you won't be able to win your selected role. Well unless you're infected in which case, don't talk on the microphone to not blow your cover. Unless you're a really good liar. While I'm an infected, I don't talk & make sure to be as much of an innocent as I can, that is before the area goes dark and I can hunt the normals down! And while I'm an innocent, I communicate openly with every other members. 90% of the time they trusted me because I'm honest all the time, while 10% of the time they think I'm an infected, and it takes one of the infected players attacking me to finally convince them "sorry we're wrong this whole time!"

 

There were a couple of times though where I play as a normal, and then I stick with someone to not get picked off.... only to find out that person is an infected all along while I trusted him with all the items + weapons. That revelation broke my heart man......

Play the game if you can. It's free!

 

6) Subsurface Circular

Platform: PC

From the creator of Thomas Was Alone comes...... a game where you play as a detective robot talking to other robots in a subway train, gathering info regarding a mystery surrounding a missing robot. Although the game takes only bellow 2 hours and all the game is just you sitting in a subway train talking to people coming and going, there's a lot of cool stuff that happened. Most of the time you're talking to other robots asking them "hey, do you know about this or that?" in order to find out the truth. And let's say that there's a lot of plot twists that happens in this game. Can't spoil what happened though, find it out yourself!

 

7) Battle Chef Brigade

Platform: PC

It's Iron Chef with Dungeons and Dragons settings. And it's awesome.

 

You play as a girl named Mina Han, and later on an orc named Thrash as you guide them in winning cooking tournament matches to become new members of the "IRON CHEFS!", I mean the Battle Chef Brigade. There's supposed to be 2 more main characters to play as named Ziggy and Kirin, but they're both npcs in this game. Maybe through future dlcs.

 

During the game, you can travel in a small town and do 3 side quests to get more money to buy better tools for your cooking battle later, or just go straight to cooking battles by challenging different chefs you see. Just like Iron Chef, you're given a main ingredient and then you have to cook a meal which contains that main ingredient, while also taking into account what the judges want out of the dish. Even though the host of the tournament is a straight up Chairman Kaga type complete with capsicum and fancy outfits,

http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/bsb_kamin.png

his catch phrase is sadly just "Vive La Brigade!". Well that's.... alright, but I prefer if he say:

BTW that Wii game FUCKING SUCKS ASS. 

The way you cook is by playing Bejeweled. There's earth, water and fire orbs you have to match. Match 3 orbs of the same color to turn it into a higher level gem which will increase your food tastiness in the end, though you can only max an orb until level 3. You'll get extra points if you use more of the orbs that the judges want. So you give a food which contains a lot of fire orbs to the judge that wants fire orbs in their food. Later on in the game there's foods that have poison in them, so you'll have to get rid of the poisons before serving it to the judges. Luckily none of the judges will die if you present them with poisonous food, they'll just deduct your score.

 

How do you get ingredients though? By killing the shit out of monsters of course! And no, you don't kill them before a cooking match. You kill monsters DURING the cooking match. So not only are you a chef, but you're a monster hunter too. Man the chefs in this game are hardcore!

 

The foods in this game..... they look so damn yummy that I got hungry after playing this game. Just look at these tasty as hell foods made out of monster parts!

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Oh..... so....... tasty....... now I want to cook something!

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Alright, new year, new games to beat. Let's do this!

 

Game: Shatter

Platform: PC

Play Time: 3.8 hrs

 

An arcade-style game in the vein of Breakout - bounce a ball into bricks to break them. I really appreciated the visuals with their emphasis on clarity over "shine", which made it easy to see what was going on. Sound design was pretty good. But the definite highlight of the game is the soundtrack. The gameplay was essentially Breakout in its essence, but in Shatter, the player has more control than just moving the bat around - it can also control the ball's direction by means of sucking and blowing air, as well as unleash a volley of projectiles known as a Shard Storm that destroys anything in its path. Also featured in Shatter are powerups and boss battles, the latter of which were insanely creative and fun, if with the exception of a couple.

Rating: 4 / 5

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Completed: PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS
Platform: PC

I guess now that this released I'll count it as something I've played enough to consider beaten. Won multiple solos, doubles, squads in first or third person servers. One of the most amusing games to play with a friend or three. No matter what you are doing, hunkering down in a "safe" area chatting with your friends as the kill zone closes around you or riding on the back of a flaming motorcycle as your friend accidentally takes a hill just a little too fast but still manages to steer the bike through a second story window to land on the guy that was just shooting at you, you are likely to create some good times and memories with this game.

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8) Hollowed

Platform: PC

A free steam game where you use a controller to control 2 players in the game. Kind of like Brothers the Tale of Two Sons, only with a woman and a circle ghost thing that can transform to 4 forms that will help out during puzzle solving. Basically as this woman you're on a journey to revive her dead boyfriend, and you're accompanied by this ghost thing. Pretty neat game, and the endings are surprisingly depressing.

 

9) Dropchord

Platform: iPhone

A game from Double Fine. AKA the one that made Broken Age. This is a "put your 2 fingers to create a laser & avoid obstacles" kind of game, which is accompanied by great music.

 

 

10) Strike Force Heroes: Extraction

Platform: iPhone

You know those endless runner parkour games where you jump through rooftops after rooftops?

Imagine that game, but you can shoot & do a Time Crisis esque shooting here and there. And unlike those endless runner games, this game actually have 30 missions to complete. It's a pretty fun game....... until the halfway point where the bullshit starts happening & destroyed any kind of fun this game have. How is it fun that you have to go through missions where the obstacles are completely random, enemies are right in front of you shooting your face & there's no regular pattern, so you either get killed in an instant, or go through the game like normal when the game decides to be nice and not drop as many enemies at you? By the end of the game, I actually got a headache + motion sickness from how fast the game becomes. That...... is not a good sign.

 

There's weapons you can buy + stat buffs which makes the shooting easier, and multiple characters which makes the game harder. I'm not joking. Your main character is the best character in the game, because the other characters have debuffs that do stuff like "reduce your health", "running speed goes faster which will make the game harder", "you lose health slowly", "you get double damage if you fall off the roof" and "you can only see enemies clearly while obstacles are not that clear".......... WHAT KIND OF SADISTIC CHARACTER CHOICE IS THIS??

 

And you know what's disappointing about this game? It's made by Armor Games. AKA those guys that made those great flash games back when the internet was still slow as a sloth. Which is unfortunate because all they have to do to make the game better is drop the random bullshit and just have preset levels!

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Completed: Yakuza 0
Platform: PS4

Good story that makes the antagonist of the first Yakuza more meaningful and gives backstory for the creation of a major landmark in future titles. Two of the best characters in gaming as main characters badass, entertaining, funny, and often two of the best depictions of positive masculinity in media. Good depiction of the time with entertaining references. Two of the best scenes I've seen in a game. Both characters have four different combat styles to switch between. Good variety of side activities. Good side missions with some introducing future characters. Time wasting elements that cause you to walk back and forth between areas, cause you to wait around for money, and some actives like Majima's cabaret can take up too much time.

 

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10 hours ago, Legolas_Katarn said:

Completed: Yakuza 0
Platform: PS4

Good story that makes the antagonist of the first Yakuza more meaningful and gives backstory for the creation of a major landmark in future titles. Two of the best characters in gaming as main characters badass, entertaining, funny, and often two of the best depictions of positive masculinity in media. Good depiction of the time with entertaining references. Two of the best scenes I've seen in a game. Both characters have four different combat styles to switch between. Good variety of side activities. Good side missions with some introducing future characters. Time wasting elements that cause you to walk back and forth between areas, cause you to wait around for money, and some actives like Majima's cabaret can take up too much time.

 

 

Finally got yourself a PS4 eh? Congrats! Now you can finally enjoy the fucking masterpieces of the Yakuza series & Persona 5 at last!

 

Tis indeed a great game. My favorite part is when I unlocked the secret Kiryu + Majima styles that they will use in other games.

And of course when Majima goes apeshit with one of the best music in the game accompanying the carnage.

And when Kiryu gets a chicken.

Yeah, this series is fucking awesome.

 

 

Just a heads up about Kiwami & Yakuza 6 that's coming this year. Kiwami's pretty much a remake of Yakuza 1, but with Yakuza 0's combat mechanic. Still a good game though, and personally it brings me great PS2 nostalgia of when I played the hilariously swear heavy english dubbed version. And you may not like Yakuza 6 as much as 0. It has less content & you can't equip weapons to use. Not to say there's not that much stuff to do, there's still plenty of minigames and stuff to enjoy, just not to the extent of 0. Story's pretty good though.

 

Yakuza Kiwami 2 on the other hand, is the game that improves upon Yakuza 6 in every single way possible. Which unfortunately will not be released in English until 2019 or whenever SEGA decided to localize that game. Look forward to that.

 

 

Oh yes, back to the games.

 

 

11) Killer Queen

Platform: PC

 

Not to be confused with Queen's song. Or Yoshikage Kira's Stand ability. :D

 

The game that started the "trapped in a place with other people & you have to find a way to get the hell out" VN trend, which 999 and Dangan Ronpa follows suit. A "kinetic novel" game where you don't actually have a choice to make, you just see the story unfolds. There's 2 routes to this game. Route 1 is pretty much an idealistic story about trying to get out of this horrible situation together with others. Route 2 on the other hand is MESSED RIGHT THE FUCK UP. But it has a surprisingly happy ending, which I'm not used to seeing.

 

12) PPKP

Platform: iPhone

A turn based beat em up game that's kind of like Valkyrie Profile in that you have a limited amount of attacks you can do to your opponent before your turn is over and your opponent will then attack you. Though you can upgrade yourself to increase the amount of attacks you can dish out before your turn is over. The game is played using 2 buttons, P and K. And you can buy moves that gives you better attacks using different P and K combinations. It's pretty fun, though I wish it's not a free to play game that makes you wait hours to play it again. I prefer this game to just let me beat the shit out of stuff up without restrictions!

 

13) Satellina

Platform: iPhone

A puzzle game where you have to guide a circle & eat up other circles in the correct order. 

It gets tougher later on.

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Game: Ys Origin

Platform: PC

Play Time: ~18 hrs

 

(Played as Hugo.)

Ys Origin, for me, was a journey I entered with positive feelings, had mixed ones about in the middle and ended with positive feelings again. The story, while not especially unique, was enjoyable to follow, and the few emotional moments it threw at me were positively surprising. Visuals were good, as well as the sound design and especially the soundtrack, as can be expected of an Ys game. Gameplay was enjoyable for the most part, although trying to kill the red enemies as Hugo became extremely tedious with them taking minimal damage - at least until I realized to upgrade my weapon with the Cleria Ore I had, after which it became a walk in the park. Boss battles were genuinely challenging and satisfying to defeat.

Rating: 4 / 5

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