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Joseph Shaffer
Retro gamer, horror/b-movie fan, games critic, father. In other words, I don't sleep much.

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Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyer12:28 PM
Oh. My. God. I think this is the first time in ages that we've had five different authors in the reader review section. Quick, someone take a picture!
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyer07:45 AM
I've been tempted to replay Solar Jetman, but I'm reluctant. That game was a punisher that even I couldn't tolerate enough to finish.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyer07:23 AM
@zippdementia @pickhut @joseph I still haven't played Nights into Dreams, and I doubt I will. It looked neat for its time, but it also doesn't sound like it aged well.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyer04:12 AM
Geneforge 2 is over. The ending I got was bittersweet, but worthwhile. Time to move on. I think I'll be picking up in Road Not Taken and then moving on to some backlog projects that I've been aching to get to, like Sleeping Dogs.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyer04:11 AM
@EmP It warms my heart to see this. It truly does.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyer02:59 AM
but to dance my way through the quest line and leave a trail of bodies.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyer02:59 AM
Geneforge 2- Destroyed the Geneforge, but still no end credits. As it turns out, I have not been picking up quests from my faction's leader. Oops. I've basically done all there is to do but complete the main line, so I guess there's nothing left...
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyer02:03 AM
Geneforge 2- Currently at the Geneforge itself. I wouldn't mind beating the game tonight, assuming I'm strong enough to survive the enemies inside. If not, no sweat. I should be close to powerful enough if not already there.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerDec 20, 2014
I killed a demon and swiped its claws. Now I just need to find one more unique item and I obtain a one-of-a-kind armor breastplate.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerDec 20, 2014
Geneforge 2- As luck would have it, I was right: I was on the verge of becoming powered up. Thanks to that, I've plowed through several troublesome areas, mostly thanks to a special weapon and some great pieces of armor Iv'e found. Most recently...
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerDec 19, 2014
been bumped up considerably, which has led to several impasses and has pretty much stifled progress. Either I'm really close to becoming overpowered or I'm going to struggle throughout the rest of the game.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerDec 19, 2014
Geneforge 2- ...is now growing tiresome. A lot of the levels seem to be nothing more than padding without much reward. The first one was a bit like this, too, but you received fair rewards more often than not. Also, the difficulty rating has...
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerDec 19, 2014
Road Not Taken- I think I made it to Year 4 before dying (permadeath here too). I'm not sure how I feel about the game so far. It's an interesting mix of roguelike and puzzler, but bad luck can often ruin a session.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerDec 19, 2014
Dungeonmans- Having put a fair amount of time into this one, I think it's time to review it.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerDec 15, 2014
Dungeonmans- I usually hate perma-death in almost any game. Dungeonmans handles it excellently.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerDec 14, 2014
I decided to start a "quick" game of Dungeonmans, maybe around fifteen minutes. I ended up playing nearly two hours. So much for getting more reviews done. At least I have a rough for Metrocide.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerDec 13, 2014
@honestgamer And leave the listing up for Road Not Taken. I may just purchase that and review it anyway (not before taking on Dungeonmans, of course).
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerDec 13, 2014
@honestgamer That works, thanks!
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerDec 13, 2014
@zippdementia @joseph_valencia @overdrive Yeah, the static sprites were pretty cool, too, especially when fighting bosses. I kinda thought it was neat that there's basically a finite number of battles in the game, too.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerDec 13, 2014
@honestgamer I can take it after I review Metrocide, which shouldn't take much longer.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerDec 13, 2014
Phew. I passed the first of three levels in Metrocide. Unlocking the silenced shotgun helps a lot. Sadly, the game still repeatedly crashes, which has prevented me from success on several occasions.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerDec 12, 2014
I've come to the conclusion that Metrocide mostly boils down to luck. You could be owning that game hard, then get killed because a police drone happened to spawn at the wrong time. It's happened to me more times than I'd care to count.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerDec 12, 2014
@zippdementia @joseph_valencia @overdrive I do like FFMQ's music quite a bit. Otherwise, it's a pretty dull RPG. I think it was intended to be for beginners.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerDec 12, 2014
@joseph_valencia @overdrive Or because you were unfortunate enough to rent it.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerDec 12, 2014
Worse: One-hit kill, perma-death, almost can't avoid enemy projectiles. The only way to prevent yourself from being shot by, say, a vigilante is to shoot the vig first and hope there were no witnesses. If there were, then shoot them too.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerDec 12, 2014
I've been getting into the game Metrocide for the last couple of days. I finally learned how to get somewhere on the first level, and then the game crashed. Bear in mind that you can't save mid-session, so I lost all of my progress.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerDec 11, 2014
@EmP @zippdementia @overdrive @Suskie Then I nominate Fester's Quest.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerDec 11, 2014
@zippdementia @overdrive @EmP @Suskie Yeah, Krusty's Fun House is pretty blah, too. I would have to second that one.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerDec 10, 2014
@EmP @Suskie Zunou Senkan Galg. Suffer with us!
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerDec 08, 2014
That game makes me wish I had the money for a next gen console, at least from little I've seen of it.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerDec 07, 2014
nifty new items, not to mention that I now have access to one of the main towns, Rising.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerDec 07, 2014
.......which happened to be the armor I was already flipping wearing. I couldn't even sell it for a decent amount, nor did I gain XP for giving the quest giver the ingredients. On the plus side, I gained two levels in the process and nabbed some...
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerDec 07, 2014
I had a rough evening session with Geneforge 2, which was mostly my fault. I fought a bunch of tough battles and pushed through high-level-enemy-riddled territories to get some ingredients for a special piece of armor.....
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerDec 07, 2014
@joseph_valencia @overdrive Glory of Heracles on DS maybe? I don't know, I only played a tiny bit of that one, but it didn't seem too bad.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerDec 06, 2014
going to end up gaining two or three levels just to have any sort of evolution beyond a jump in HP and MP. Thankfully, each level also gives me more creation points to work with, so I can either craft beefier servants or have a larger group of them.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerDec 06, 2014
running afoul of powerful creatures. Bit by bit, I'm improving, mostly because I've been consistently leveling up, but I'm quickly approaching a point where I will require more skill points to boost stats than I receive per level. So basically, I'm...
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerDec 06, 2014
Geneforge 2 is back-asswards. Where most PC and W-RPGs have a rough start that leads in to an awesome middle, GF2 has a really simple start that leads into a rough middle. I'm currently at a point where I can't explore almost anywhere because I keep...
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerDec 06, 2014
@pickhut @EmP It's good to know I'm not the only one who suffers from that.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerDec 04, 2014
@joseph_valencia @espiga I'm suddenly having visions of Tomas de Torquemada handing someone a Butterfinger Blizzard while he's in a rack, then thanking him for eating at DQ.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerDec 03, 2014
@espiga @honestgamer @Suskie I know. I keep getting thrown off when someone says DQI.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerDec 03, 2014
terms with the faction. I found armor there that was more than double what my current set was offering, not to mention new boots, a cloak, and close to a grand in coins. If only it had a better sword than the one I have...
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerDec 03, 2014
Geneforge 2- I decided to take a risk and unlock a door next to a critical character, just to see if they would react. It led to some chambers loaded with improved equipment, goodies, and money. Even after ransacking the place, I'm still on good...
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerDec 03, 2014
Chrome- Completed the first mission with effort, and saved near the beginning of the second. I'm really not enjoying this game. Not at all. Again I echo my previous thought: what was I thinking when I bought this?
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerDec 03, 2014
Assassin's Creed II- I can now renovate the hub town, and have done so. I also took the time to collect all of the feathers in Tuscany, as well as nab a fair number of treasures around the hub.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerDec 01, 2014
Just beat the Gamera game on Game Boy. I didn't expect much from it, and it still managed to disappoint. It's neat seeing lesser known kaiju rendered GB sprites, but everything from the combat system to the campaign is pretty yawn-worthy.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerNov 30, 2014
but it damn well should. Heck, I think more RPGs should, if only as an alternative to the stale acting many localized J-RPGs tend to feature.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerNov 30, 2014
Started and played a bit of Arc Rise Fantasia. The visuals are great for Wii, and I love the familiarity with the combat system. My only gripe is the voice acting, which is horrible. I'm not sure if the game offers the option for Japanese voices...
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerNov 30, 2014
I received a Hastings gift card for my birthday, which I used to pick up Bravely Default. I intend to start it soon-ish.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerNov 29, 2014
Geneforge 2- Advanced the story and made some pretty neat discoveries. I'm currently on my way to the second town and should be there shortly.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerNov 29, 2014
I thought about resubmitting it, but I don't think it's an important enough game to warrant such an action.


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