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JoeTheDestroyer JoeElDestroyer

Obviously, if I have a profile on this site, it means that I play video games. I also happen to write, and the two have made a harmonious combination for a hobby. I mainly write FAQs and reviews, and *try* to stick to one of these categories:

-RPG and non-linear adventure games
-Anything with horror or b-movie elements
-Anything unique, obscure, or just plain weird

Sounds broad, but it also means you probably won't see a Super Mario Bros. 3 review from me any time soon.

Title: October Reviews: The Proposed List
Posted: October 01, 2012 (03:15 PM)
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Title: Tentative Halloween review schedule
Posted: September 11, 2012 (01:07 AM)
Once again, I'm planning on hitting up some horror games this Halloween. I've rounded up some titles that I -might- cover both here and at Realm of Gaming this year. I hope this year will not turn out like the last one where I was ill for most of October and unable to do many reviews, except a whole crap ton in the last week.

For HG, I'm mostly doing retro reviews. For RoG, I'll be doing a mix of retro and anything semi-curren the side could use. Anyway, I hope to hit:

BloodRayne (GCN)
Clock Tower (PSX)
Dr. Chaos (NES)
Frankenstein: The Monster Returns (NES)
Frankenstein's Monster (Atari 2600)
Ghost Manor (Atari 2600)
Haunted House (Atari 2600)
Soul (Xbox 360)
Sweet Home (NES)
Zombie Nation (NES)
Zombie Shooter 2 (PC)
Zombies Ate My Neighbors (SNES)

Alan Wake (PC)
Cthulhu Saves the World (Xbox 360)
Darkness, The (PS3)
Doom (PC)
Escape from Bug Island (Wii)
Ghouls 'N Ghosts (GEN)
Home (PC)
Hydrophobia (PC)
Larva Mortus (PC)
Shadowgate (NES)
Slender (PC)
Super Castlevania IV (SNES)

I'll probably start writing these reviews tomorrow, and playing/replaying some of the games that need to be played. Because of this, my reviews this month might slow to a trickle. I still plan to hit Mega Man 2 on this site and Planet Crashers on RoG at the very least, though I would like to have Batman Returns done as well.

Scrapped projects:
Werewolf: The Last Warrior (NES)- I really don't feel like playing through this game right now.
Nation Red (PC)- I had no idea it was chiefly a multiplayer game. It's not really what I'm looking for for this project.
Ghost Slayer (Wii)- Another game I don't feel like playing right now. Maybe next year.
DecapAttack (Genesis)- Trying to trim the retro fat for my RoG submissions. I also feel this review would be more at home here at HG, with something newer (possibly indie) for RoG.
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Title: Three more reviews...
Posted: May 14, 2012 (10:51 PM)
...and I'm done doing Atari 2600 for a while. I have two rough drafts for Tutakham and Atlantis set. I just want to type up a No Escape! review before moving on.
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Title: Baby born!
Posted: April 29, 2012 (11:10 PM)
My son, Grayson, was born today about quarter to 2 PM. 8lbs, 10 oz, healthy, and a very irritable sleeper like his dad [seriously, you lightly nudge this kid and he's like, "I'm trying to SLEEEEEEP WAAAAAAAAAH!"]. As such, you probably won't see much of me over the next few weeks. I hope to continue retro reviews, writing them if I get any downtime. I hope to complete some more Atari 2600 reviews (rewriting my reviews for Shark Attack and Tax Avoiders, and covering some games I haven't reviewed yet) before moving on to something like NES, arcade or Game Boy rewrites.
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Title: Yes, I bought Don't Die Dateless, Dummy. Yes, I intend to review it eventually.
Posted: April 24, 2012 (11:08 AM)
No, I don't think I'm going to enjoy it. Not one bit.
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Title: Picked up a 3DS...
Posted: April 13, 2012 (04:36 AM)
Didn't get any physical games, though I wanted the new Mario. I did download 4 digital games, though, and...

Pushmo is addictive.

Mutant Mudds is pretty fun.

Gargoyle's Quest is old school goodness.

Dragon Crystal sucks.
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Title: Converting the rest of my Atari 2600 reviews
Posted: April 07, 2012 (02:17 PM)
With the exception of my system review (which I don't feel like rewriting, and may even have removed from GF in the future), I'm rewriting the rest of my Atari 2600 reviews and posting them here. I know, it's probably more 2600 than one person should cover, but that was part of my original plan in coming here to HG--converting most of my old GameFAQs work to new reviews. So, in the future, expect:

King Kong
Missile Command
Ms. Pac-Man
Pitfall II: Lost Caverns
Shark Attack
Tax Avoiders

I'm also planning on hitting three or more 2600 games that don't currently have reviews here: Atlantis, Forest, Dragonfire, No Escape!, and Tutankham.
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Title: Is Kingdoms of Amalur truly 'better than Skyrim'?
Posted: February 10, 2012 (04:48 AM)
I haven't read any professional reviews of KoA just yet, but what I've heard via word of mouth is that it's decent yet repetitive. Just curious...
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Title: Update--1/15/12
Posted: January 15, 2012 (02:56 AM)
I had a nice list of games I wanted to cover within the weeks, mainly including Demon's Souls, Jett Rocket, and Mario Bros. (arcade). With recent developments, I've put those on the side for now. Yes I will get to them, just not right now.

In the coming weeks, I'd like to hit a few key games I've played and others from my collection that I probably won't touch again. I'll sell them on eBay afterwords, but I'd like to have them here for the time being for reference. I'll also be covering a few titles for Realm of Gaming, so check there now and then.

What I'm hitting:

Secret games- [classified; there are two is one of them]

Tales of Phantasia (GBA)- Yes, I just added this one as well. It has earned my prime hatred recently, and shall also be receiving a meh rating.

Godzilla 2: War of the Monsters- Did I really just add this game after publishing this blog? Yeah, I did. Yet another dreadful game that I forgot to mention I was going to cover soon.

White Knight Chronicles- I just ranted about it. I still feel so stung by its ending that I have to review it, possibly next.

Eternal Eyes- The meh-ness continues in this generic tactics game, released as a budget title for PSX. My, how budget titles have come along since this one.

Tobal No. 1- Yet another semi-retro title I'd like out of my collection. I've had my fun with it, but its age shows remarkably.

Darkstone- I'm almost going to miss this game. It's a shame I have to rip into it.

Most of these are going to be middle scores (4-6). I'd like to hit some positive titles afterwords to purge the overbearing meh-ness I'm likely to feel after covering these. Thankfully, Valkyria Chronicles is keeping me quite entertained, which is more than I can say for about the last four or five games I've gone through.
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Title: Wow, White Knight Chronicles was a huge letdown...
Posted: January 14, 2012 (05:09 AM)
Two hours into playing this game, I looked at Game Rankings and wondered why there were so many low scores. Now I know why. It has what I call a 'money-saver ending'. Now I know not to waste my cash on the sequel (especially if fleinn's review of it is any indication).
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Title: Pet peeve
Posted: January 06, 2012 (02:13 AM)
The last few games I've played--Folklore, Lost Planet, and White Knight Chronicles--all have one annoying thing in common: falling down.

I'm not sure why developers choose to do this, but I've played many action titles where enemies constantly knock your characters off his feet. You'd think he'd leap back up or rise quickly so the pace doesn't drop, but nooooooo... He has to lay there for eons pondering the meaning of life, then slowly collect himelf, and finally make an agonizing ascent to his feet. Two seconds later, you're back on the ground and the process begins anew. Some games are even so cheap as to repeat this process until you expire.

What does this add to a game? Why do developers insist upon using it? Sure, this doesn't damn a game's overall rating, but it can make a less-than-impressive title quite painful. It doesn't add to the challenge factor, it doesn't add realism. It doesn't add anything. So I'm left wondering: why?
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Title: Merry Christmas.....MWAHAHAHAH!
Posted: December 25, 2011 (09:18 AM)
Merry Christmas, ladies and gentlemen!

Now that I've met my quota of one act of well-wishing per year, I'm going to torture you with awful music.

(Don't) Enjoy!
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Title: Polishing off my PS3 backlog
Posted: December 11, 2011 (06:32 AM)
It's been a good month for that, and not just with finishing Demon's Souls.

Scratch Assassin's Creed off that list. I've finished it, and will probably review it in the future. Oh, what a disappointment. Everything that involved assassination was sweet. Everything else was uninteresting. Not inherently, mind, but mainly that Ubi threw out a bunch of ideas and didn't take them much further than their preliminary examples.

I returned to Lair, got maybe five or so missions in, and decided it wasn't for me. I won't review it, so I'll just say here what bothered me: controls. Almost everything about the controls is irksome. Button layout is confusing, and each button serves several roles depending on the context. There are also far too many instances that require multiple buttons. Usage of motion control is clumsy, and often the controls don't respond properly. Also, the controls are far too sensitive, hampering precision. The game itself was a creative venture, but it isn't for everyone. It's not hard to see why so many have blasted it.

Having given up on Lair, I decided to tackle Lost Planet. Last time I had attempted a playthrough on it, I only advanced about four missions before losing interest. It was mostly the stiff challenge combined with a lack of abilities. Your character can do little more than run slowly and fire his weapon. There's no dodge ability, which would have been handy, and the only special feature is that you can ride mechs called VSs. Apart from that, LS is vanilla topped with sprinkles of frustration. I don't know that I'll finish the game, but I'll do my damnedest.

With LS out of the way, I think I'll have the titles I found the least interesting on my PS3 put to rest. That means I can put true efforts into games I've been much more interested in like Valkyria Chronicles, Resident Evil 5, Folklore, and Dragon Age: Origins.
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Title: ...So the world might be mended.
Posted: December 03, 2011 (06:58 AM)
I haven't been on the intarwebs as much over the last week or two, mainly because two games were vying for my attention: Saints Row: The Third and Demon's Souls. Now that I've put both games to rest, I'll likely write some more reviews. I'd like to once again focus on more recent titles rather than retro for a little bit, only going as far back as PS2.

I still want to do some more retro titles as well, maybe not as frequently. I want to go through the Archon games, hitting Archon II: Adept (Apple II), Archon Ultra, and Archon Classic. I wouldn't mind finding a working file for Archon III: Exciter and reviewing it as well, though I've heard it's total crap.
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Title: The future of Joe...
Posted: November 04, 2011 (11:16 PM)
Well, finances are officially in the crapper. Bills are getting paid and the only debts we have are quite small (credit card bill for me, and less than $200 from my wife's hospital visit). Thankfully my insurance covers maternity stays 100%, so we don't have to worry about that. Still, it's apparent now more than ever that I need a second job.

As such, my reviewing time will decrease, maybe even disappear. I really hope not, because I'd like to continue both as an HG contributor and as a freelancer. I'm hoping for something that pays decently.

At the same time, I'm weighing career options for the future. I am still thinking about going to school despite the financial woes and the baby on the way. I've nixed X-ray technology as a possibility, since my wife doesn't want to leave Spokane. The only other possibility is the one I originally didn't want to do, but I'm leaning more and more towards as I continue to work at the hospital: nursing. It's still just an idea I'm toying with, but it might be my best bet. Nursing takes very little schooling compared to other programs and pays very well, and I really do want to do something in healthcare; I feel very strongly for the industry.

We'll see how things pan out. In spite of everything, I'd like to keep my hobbies--especially writing--even if only in a minimal form.
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