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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 @JoeTheDestroyerJan 06, 2015
@Suskie game over screen. It's like this game loves saying, "To hell with your strategy."
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerJan 06, 2015
@Suskie Indeed. I had a character I was holding off to the back because he was almost dead. The game decided to move him to the frontline after a cutscene, and I was out of healing capabilities. Regardless of what I did, he died and I got the dreaded...
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerJan 06, 2015
I already don't like this game. #NaturalDoctrine.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerJan 05, 2015
@honestgamer Doh! Autocooooorrrrrrreeeeeect!
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerJan 05, 2015
@JoeTheDestroyer *Were, stupid autocorrect.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerJan 05, 2015
I picked up Injustice Ultimate Edition for PS4 for $20. We're I not tied up playing Natural Doctrine for an Ron review, I'd probably be all over it.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerJan 05, 2015
I just finished Shadow of Mordor. I like it a lot, but I think the closing missions could have been handled better.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerJan 04, 2015
I noticed there's a spiritual successor to Clock Tower coming out called NightCry. All I can say is: please don't suck.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerJan 04, 2015
amount of time into a mission, only to be stopped by a glitchy door that refused to open. I don't have time for garbage like this.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerJan 04, 2015
I officially gave up on Chrome just now. It didn't help that the first level was more irritating than entertaining, but the game is terribly buggy. Not being able to throw grenades because of an unresolved glitch was bad enough, but I put a fair...
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerJan 04, 2015
I'm very, very close to finishing Shadow of Mordor. I have all of the side missions and challenges completed, and three main missions left. Right now, I have to brand four warchiefs before accessing the next main quest.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerJan 01, 2015
Shadow of Mordor- 52% completion. I'm about to access the second map, having defeated Sauron's Hammer.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerDec 31, 2014
@overdrive @EmP Bahahahahahaha! Suffer!
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerDec 29, 2014
Natural Doctrine- Completed the agonizing tutorial. I still don't know what the hell I'm doing.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerDec 29, 2014
Shadow of Mordor- Just over 20% complete, with a good number of rescue missions put away. I've still got a long way to go.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerDec 28, 2014
Guacamelee!- Started and received the Rooster Uppercut. I made my way through the second village, too, but decided to call it a day soon afterward.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerDec 28, 2014
Chrome- Well into the second stage, which has actually picked up a bit. I think the game is less bad when you're fighting outdoors.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerDec 28, 2014
Shadow of Mordor- 14% complete. I've only done the first mission so far, but I've wiped out a lot of side quests. I'm totally loving the game so far. Chopping up Uruk and traversing Mordor is pretty awesome!
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerDec 26, 2014
No review touch-ups tonight. I spent all day cleaning my house, from 9 AM until about thirty minutes ago. I must sleep now. Now. Now.......
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerDec 26, 2014
I'm finally all caught up with the rough drafts, which puts me at seven to copyedit. It's going to be a long day, assuming I ever have time to do them.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerDec 25, 2014
Beat Saira this morning. I have no plans to review it, so I'll leave it at 8/10.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerDec 24, 2014
Well, got my PS4 hooked up and configured. I picked up Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor and The Wolf Among Us. I would've gotten Knack, but Wolf was cheaper.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerDec 24, 2014
@honestgamer From what I've read, it sounds like it would be up my alley.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerDec 24, 2014
I made a lot of progress on Saira tonight. I have the minimum items to get the worst ending, which I did. I'll probably try to finish it up over the next couple of nights. Heck, maybe even tomorrow if I'm not too occupied with the PS4.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerDec 23, 2014
@honestgamer I'm thinking either Shadow of Mordor or The Evil Within, but more likely the former. I may grab Knack if I can find it cheap, too.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerDec 23, 2014
I decided to order myself a Christmas gift: PlayStation 4. I shall be picking it up tomorrow.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerDec 23, 2014
depletes your health), so not only did I save three off the bat, but I didn't even use energy to rescue one. I then went on to finish that stage. Basically, it all boils down to luck.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerDec 23, 2014
game is about, btw) and a few of them were located in areas that steadily deplete your health. When I respawned, I only had to save six kids, and half of them were in one room. One of the kids didn't need to be carried (carrying anything also...
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerDec 23, 2014
access checkpoints. That way when you inevitably fail a level because it randomly generated a crappy setup, you can just respawn until you receive a really good stage layout. I lost on one level because it had eight kids to rescue (this is what the...
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerDec 23, 2014
Road Not Taken- Year 7. I've discovered one thing I really don't like about this game. It's a procedurally generated puzzle title, basically. Unlike some roguelikes, permadeath only occurs if you allow it. For the cost of a single golden coin, you can...
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerDec 22, 2014
I made up for lost time over the weekend, since my sleep schedule was way off. I've plowed through several reviews and still have two more to write (Dungeonmans and Amidar on 2600), which I will probably get to tonight.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerDec 21, 2014
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 @JoeTheDestroyerDec 21, 2014
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 @JoeTheDestroyerDec 21, 2014
@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 @JoeTheDestroyerDec 21, 2014
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 @JoeTheDestroyerDec 21, 2014
@EmP It warms my heart to see this. It truly does.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerDec 21, 2014
but to dance my way through the quest line and leave a trail of bodies.
Joseph Shaffer @JoeTheDestroyerDec 21, 2014
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 @JoeTheDestroyerDec 21, 2014
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.


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