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Game Progress 12/11/17
Posted December 11, 2017 by JoeTheDestroyer

Caster (PC)
I played pretty much nonstop, but not because it was that good. It's actually a really easy, bad title. I got to a point where the game says "To Be Continued," with the promise of new developments and missions. However, there haven't been any new missions added to the game since 2010, so I'm pretty sure it's been abandoned. Expect another less than enthused review.


Pokemon Go (Android)
A fair portion of Gen 3 dropped recently. I managed to get Wurmple, Zigzagoon and Makuhita.


Hazen: The Dark Whispers (PC)

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I'm not dead!
Posted December 07, 2017 by hastypixels

So I started working at an "Amazon Fullfilment Center", or... you know... warehouse, long hours during peak season. The money is good, but 60 hours a week has but a serious damper on any reviews I'd hoped to do. Sorry Jason, I'll get to that re-write when things settle down enough. By the way, my new bed is absolutely splendid.

On the games front, I have picked up some new titles, but obviously haven't put much time into anything apart from my 2DS. Etrian Odyssey IV is really good, but I'm having a darned time with quests I can't complete. I doubt I'll be reviewing this one. The remastered soundtrack is quite the treat, especially considering I was already a fan of it's original incarnation.

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Game Progress: New Beginnings (and Endings)
Posted November 28, 2017 by JoeTheDestroyer

I'm kind of weird about how I handle gaming projects. I typically take on a bunch of small ones and one large one at the same time. Then I'll rush to finish all of those before moving on to some major playthrough so I can focus solely on that. The last major playthrough was Mass Effect 2, and the one I have coming up is Horizon: Zero Dawn. But before I hit that, I've got some other titles I've been wanting to scratch off my backlog.

Arx Fatalis (PC)
Once again restarted because why the hell not? I'm outside of the prison and in the pit, where the marsh is located. I've got to find some cogs to make a machine work before advancing. During my exploration, I noticed a huge spider and thought maybe I should just put myself back in prison.


Caster (PC)

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Game Progress 11/25/17
Posted November 25, 2017 by JoeTheDestroyer

3D Dot Game Heroes (PS3)
I sat up late one night and decided to have a go at the final dungeon, Dark Tower. Holy crap, did it take forever! The dungeon consists of seven floors, with each floor decked out with features and enemies from the previous temples. For instance, the first floor houses foes and traps from the Grass Temple. Plus, each floor holds a tougher version of each of the bosses you've fought. I had the hardest time killing the kraken this time around, but managed to off the dragon on only my second attempt.

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Ten Games I Hope to Finish Next update
Posted November 15, 2017 by JoeTheDestroyer

A few months ago, I posted a Game Progress entry that ended with ten games I hoped to finish. Whittling down my backlog has become more of a priority over the last year or so, especially since it's become dishearteningly large. However, I have dropped a lot of titles from it (bear in mind that my backlog also includes books and movies to complete, of which I've ended numerous recently), a few of them were games I hoped to complete.

10: Horizon: Zero Dawn (PS4)
Status: I need to restart. I'll probably play through this once I'm done with Mass Effect 2, which is my current focus.

9. 3D Dot Game Heroes (PS3)

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Game Progress: The Return
Posted November 12, 2017 by JoeTheDestroyer

Pokemon Go (Android)
A Halloween event rolled in last month, along with five Gen 3 Pokemon: Duskull, Dusclops, Shuppet, Banette and Sableye. I managed to catch all of them, including Pikachu donning a witch's hat.


Legendary: A Game of Heroes (Android)
This one also had a Halloween event that allowed me to nab Wicked Witch. I also managed to amass enough candies to boost her to five star, making her my current most powerful hero.

Mostly, I've taken part in special events rather than furthering the campaign. I am in the fourth segment there, but progress in the campaign doesn't matter much. As I've said before, every challenge there is the same.


3D Dot Game Heroes (PS3)

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I'd hoped to have a review ready...
Posted October 25, 2017 by hastypixels

At least if I'm going to ramble, I might as well give you something nice to look at. That's one of the screencaps I didn't have a chance to use for my Hob review because I uploaded them too late for my patience and appointed bed time.

No one to blame, that's all on me. I knew I had a review to post. I'm getting better at this, gradually, but that's not what this post is about. For once I'm going to talk games. All that redacted stuff was an entirely too cerebral and overused joke, but it's obvious now I've started to do Freelance reviews.

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Game Progress 10/19/17
Posted October 19, 2017 by JoeTheDestroyer

I bought a refurbished Wii U off Amazon not too long ago, and got three games for it since: Super Mario 3D World, Hyrule Warriors and Xenoblade Chronicles X. I also intend to get Bayonetta 2 and Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE soon.

Pokemon Go (Android)
I hatched a Mareep recently, giving me enough candies to get Ampharos. Still no legendaries.


Legendary: A Game of Heroes (Android)

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The 2DS is nicer than I thought it would be...
Posted October 11, 2017 by hastypixels

Having just plowed through [redacted] I'm eager to get on with other [redacted] titles. I must admit it's different playing in that sort of mindset. Somehow you have to decide if you're enjoying it as much as [redacted]. It's not as easy as I thought, though I did play Virginia with that approach mind, and felt comfortable reviewing it. So... nothin' to worry about there.

So yeah, I bought a 2DS, and though it's flat the shoulder buttons feel like they might survive longer than the ones on my ol' 3DS. I guess I need to start looking for a wide boy or something, because screenshots? Um, yeah, I don't even. I might, but... hrm. I haven't even lined up what I'm reviewing next, yet.

Though I did [redacted], so that's something.

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So I decided on a Switch...
Posted September 30, 2017 by hastypixels

Mind you that doesn't mean I won't be picking up a 2DS, either. Breath of the Wild was interesting to look at, but an unreasonable proposition for me. It's really an odd match for a minimalist system, but I'm glad it did turn out to be a hit for Zelda fans. It may be one of those that suffers in retrospect, but for now everyone loves it. And that's a good thing, for Nintendo.

The point I'm languishing about is how much time I have to play. Looking at future reviews (and no spoilers about those for now), the Switch is a good match. I won't be carrying it around outside of the house, to be sure, but its library is beginning to be appealing to me. When the big publishers do not placate, Indies are given wing to flourish. That's good news for The Rest of Us.

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Goodby, AMD.
Posted September 27, 2017 by hastypixels

Enough is enough. At some point you've got to face facts and AMD messed things up. I've stood by them for a long time, but the FX line was such a bungled product that Intel has managed such a performance gap they might not be able to overcome it.

Ryzen will be competitive, I'm not denying that. Unfortunately, Intel has the manufacturing capability to casually eclipse AMD whenever they catch up. I am still rooting for AMD, and there may be occasions that building a system entirely built on their hardware may make sense. This is true because Intel still charges a freakin' premium for the low end chips, which is arrogant and typical of the company. AMD has a loyal base for a reason.

They're cheap as chips.

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Seven years ago...
Posted September 26, 2017 by JoeTheDestroyer

My first review went live seven years ago. Breath of Fire III.

The story is I used to submit reviews at GameFAQs in the early 2000s, under the name Bored Gamer. Around 2004, I got tired of writing reviews all of the time, and went on hiatus. I submitted a few now and then, whenever I had time. Fast forward to 2009, I decided I had a lot of time on my hands and I wanted to rediscover some of the games I played in my late teens and early twenties, as well as submit new reviews for them.

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Game Progress 9/19/17
Posted September 19, 2017 by JoeTheDestroyer

Simon's Cat: Crunch Time (Android)
Ugh. How do I always manage to hook myself on these mobile licensed puzzlers? I think the daily quests are what sucked me in. Anyway, I made it to level 77. I've only run afoul of a handful of overly hard levels, but I'm sure they'll become more common after I complete level 100.


Victor Vran (PC)
I defeated the trio of demons and made my way through the ruined town, past the monstrous circus and into an ice cave. From there, I'm supposed to find a creature called Apocalypse. From what I've gathered, the campaign is winding down.


Distrust (PC)

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So, a Switch or a 2DS?
Posted September 16, 2017 by hastypixels

I've been tossing between getting a Nintendo Switch or 2DS. Why the later, not the 3DS? Because I actually don't want an XL, thank you very much. Both are tempting and viable options, but it doesn't make sense to get both. I'm glad Ninty's producing quality games for its consoles, and making enough of them to keep us ravenous players sated.

The 2DS is a mature platform now, and has a vast library of games to choose from, whereas the Switch's online functionality has yet to manifest in any appreciable form. My bouts with the Wii's online entertainments lasted all of a week before they died out, whereas my 3DS was still getting hits from other local 3DS systems thanks to Streetpass.

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Game Progress 9/15/19
Posted September 15, 2017 by JoeTheDestroyer

Aphelion Episode Two: Wings of Omega (360)
Completed it and wrote a review. tl;dr- It's not worth playing, and somehow less satisfying than its predecessor.


Simon's Cat: Crunch Time (Android)
I needed a match-3 game to pass the time, and this fit the bill. Its visuals are nice and crisp, and it's a charming license title. However, the game often puts you in scenarios you practically can't win, in an attempt to get you to make use of its freemium elements (I haven't paid a red cent yet). Right now, I'm somewhere in the 50s.


Victor Vran (PC)
I defeated my friend, found the missing queen and spoke to a spirit about the Well of Worlds. Right now, I have to take out some demons who are potential threats to the town.


Grow Home (PS4)

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Do you have a PC backup?
Posted September 08, 2017 by hastypixels

Fact is I wasn't ready for my main desktop to hand me a shovel, but it did anyway. Instead of burying it, I yanked out its damaged part and sent an RMA request to its manufacturer. Fortunately, some recent scavenging enabled me to build a reasonably serviceable replacement PC. It's not got the high end grunt my ol' six core did, but it's actually a fair sight more responsive.

Darn you, Intel. I've been an AMD boy for decades. I don't think this is enough to change me, but it's a stunning look at how comfortable the "other side" has had it for the last oh... decade. Ryzen's just a little out of my reach, and with supply levels dropping across the board, it's harder to build a cheap PC than ever.

Dag-freakin-nabbit, Wilson, what's a geek to do?

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Game Progress and 10 Games I Hope to Finish Next
Posted September 03, 2017 by JoeTheDestroyer

Aphelion Episode Two: Wings of Omega (360)
Started, and I'm more than halfway through it. In the course of my progress, I ran into episode one's final boss, Selus. He's a pushover now, as are almost all of the bosses in ep. 2. In fact, this whole game is pretty dumbed down from its predecessor.

They did make a few improvements, though. For instance, there's more than three territories to explore this time around, plus a teleporter that appears next to some save points that allows you to fast travel. The devs also retooled the ability chart so that it's leaner. However, the game is still boring, and it's somehow less interesting than the first episode.


Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening (PS3)
Finished it, wrote a review. Thank goodness this is out of the way.

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Game Progress 8/18/17
Posted August 18, 2017 by JoeTheDestroyer

Dragon Age: Origins (PS3)

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How many cores float your boat?
Posted August 11, 2017 by hastypixels

The above image has nothing to do with the topic, but give me thirty seconds with Google and Paint.net and well, I'll make some graphical silliness happen. In a nutshell, though I'm out of work right now, my time is very much in demand, so I'm basically dealing with that one step at a time.

I've submitted my manuscript to one of the dozens of writing agencies we have in Canada. There just aren't that many. Only three in British Columbia, so I'm having to look out of province, which isn't exactly inconvenient thanks to email.

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Dragon Age: Origins Progress 8/11
Posted August 11, 2017 by JoeTheDestroyer

Victor Vran (PC)
I forgot to mention that I started this game recently. I'm not far, though. I reached the inside of some dungeon and turned the game off. I'll resume it later.


Dragon Age: Origins (PS3)
I reached the temple that held the urn of sacred ashes and fought my way through dozens of gangs of cultists. The going wasn't always easy because a lot of them had mages in their parties. Dealing with the mages was easy at the start of this mission, but it grew more worrisome before long because some of them could freeze and nuke any characters threatening them.

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