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EmPUser: EmP
Title: Review #300!
Posted: August 02, 2012 (10:58 AM)


Represent!

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EmPUser: EmP
Title: Silent Hill: The Room -- In Pictures!
Posted: June 26, 2012 (10:52 AM)
Horror games -- good horror games -- go out of their way to make yu feel like you're a/ always being watched and b/ there is always something just behind you. It's supposed to make you feel uneasy at all times. Silent Hill: The Room knows that, but does not know how to employ a subtle touch. So:



..... yeah.
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EmPUser: EmP
Title: Burst Angels -- An Anime Review--in Pictures!
Posted: June 10, 2012 (05:09 PM)




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EmPUser: EmP
Title: Re: Baby born!
Posted: May 05, 2012 (07:03 AM)
Good luck, man. Every now and then, something comes along that takes priority over reviewing video games online, and I suppose this just about registers as such.
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wolfqueen001User: wolfqueen001
Title: Re: Baby born!
Posted: May 04, 2012 (08:42 PM)
Hey, congrats! The kid sounds really cute. :)

It's a shame you put this in your blog. I don't think people read these anymore, so that's probably why you didn't get any responses. I'm glad I checked, though! I was wondering when this day would come.

Good luck with raising the little guy. If we happen to see any activity from you in the next few weeks / months, then great. But if not, that's fine, too. You have a whole new chapter in your life now, and I hope you enjoy it.
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wolfqueen001User: wolfqueen001
Title: Re: Metal Gear Solid
Posted: March 02, 2012 (07:00 PM)
Yeah. It's one of those that got quite a lot of mixed reviews but remained popular enough for Hideo Koshima to continue the franchise. Unlike Legend of Dragoon.

In any case, I gave the game an 8 after playing it for the first time ten years or so after it first came out, and I still thought it was pretty good. Not so confident about the other games in the series, but since I haven't played all of them yet (only played MGS2 so far), either.
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EmPUser: EmP
Title: Re: Unholy Jam
Posted: February 05, 2012 (07:19 AM)
I always (as in, both times thus far) enjoy reading about your expliots at Gamejam. Long may it continue!
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wolfqueen001User: wolfqueen001
Title: Re: It Starts
Posted: January 18, 2012 (05:30 PM)
Cool. You should post maps of every day for this week, then slow it to once every few days / every week as the game progresses. (Since I imagine after a while, a map a day will become too much).
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EmPUser: EmP
Title: It Starts
Posted: January 16, 2012 (11:01 AM)
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EmPUser: EmP
Title: Re: Gaming Progress - Week 2
Posted: January 14, 2012 (10:57 AM)
I'm playing through Longest Journey myself right now.
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wolfqueen001User: wolfqueen001
Title: Re: I forgot to write a review last year
Posted: January 10, 2012 (04:13 PM)
Wow, you're alive!

Also, this post is largely confusing in its vagueness.... So I'll just say, you should do whatever makes you happy. As long as you feel satisfied doing what you're doing, then nothing else matters.
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wolfqueen001User: wolfqueen001
Title: Re: Year in Review 2011
Posted: January 09, 2012 (04:42 PM)
Boo. No mention of me in here. =P

Haha. That's okay. I'm not doing one of these this year so won't even have a chance of mentioning you. So it's fair. :-P
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EmPUser: EmP
Title: Year in Review 2011
Posted: January 08, 2012 (06:05 PM)
Astonishia Story (January 1st) [PSP]
Hits: 962

So, it was Xmas again and my sister was heavily pregnant with her first child. This meant she could not travel very far and, in our immediate family, she lived the furthest away. Being the selfish child, she demanded we all go and spend Xmas with her, condemning me to three nights on the world's most uncomfortable couch. I didn't sleep much, so instead, I played the PSP a lot, which had been left sadly ignored throughout the majority of the previous year. Despite having access to Ys, I spent my time playing Astonishia Story instead, for reasons I still do not fully grasp.

So, there you have it. I had a cold, energy-draining holiday, and you got a review for a game you've never heard of from it.

Red Dead Redemption (January 8th) [360]
Hits:1994

I got R in the Alphas. Remember when we used to have tourneys? Good times, those. So, yeah, we had one and I won. With this review. That, according to Will that week in the RotW, didn't even make the top 3. Take that, you kooky Canadian!

It really was a ramble review. I'll never be a refined writer; my reviews are basically rambling on a word document then trying to make sense of the mess of worlds that stick at the end, but this really came out so much better than I expected. I never wanted Redemption to end, yet I knew it had to at some point, so I procrastinated as much as I could and still didn't complete every side quest or challenge. It gives me an excuse to revisit Marston's world now and then. And shoot people who probably don't really deserve it.

101-in-1 Sports Party Games (January 11th) [Wii]
Hits: 2006

Because, sometimes, you can have to much of a mediocre thing.

The start of this year was just about the end of getting review codes through the post for me, and this would have been a depressing end. Around the end of last year, I got a few 101 game collections, the majority of which were by no means awful, but hardly stand out. What they did do right was make a lot of the games insane enough for you play through just to see what they might come up with next. This collection just had a lot of broken sports stuff thrown in, most of which barely worked.

Medal of Honor (January 14th) [PS3]
Hits: 1175

So, at the end of 2010, I was approached by a gaming site of sorts who wanted to commission me to write a few things for them. I told them I would listen, and sold out a little. I hear it's the in thing to do. Anyway, I was asked to write something on Medal of Honor, which I'd previously done, so figured it wouldn't be that hard. I had a draft done by the end of the day, but they asked me to hold off because they had other things they wanted on the front page that day. I didn't care, so held off. No response a week later, so I gave them a nudge and was told that, that close to Xmas, they weren't bothered about getting new stuff on the page as traffic was culled. I shrugged and waited for them to response. New Year rolled by, and I nudged them again, were I was sent a message telling me I had taken too long to get the review to them, and that further commissions would need to be completed in a much more timely fashion. I didn't bother replying, and HG got a free review. Everyone's a winner.

Xenon 2 (January 23rd) [GEN]
Hits: 1162

Not even going to pretend to be humble about this; I love this review, and it'll probably end up being the best review I've written that no one will ever really read. I wrote it primarily at the end of 2010 for that alpha-marathon I remember caring about once, then deciding to save in for the next year when it was clear I had won. Joe destroyed me in the 2011 race, but I wasn't to know that then!

I'm glad -- happy, even -- that after this I never need to go anywhere near Xenon 2 again. Some things are best left to nostalgia.

ZPK2X (January 24th) [XBLI]
Hits: 1135

EmP: Remember at the start of the year, I said you should buy that live game with the kitten AK47 and zombie hoards?
DoI: Uh
EmP: Then mocked you for liking Unreal more than Quake III?
DoI: That's been going on for years
EmP: Never gets old.
EmP: I made a review intro from the corresponding nagging, anyway.
EmP: I'd forgotten about it until now.
EmP: Ever get around to picking it up?
DoI: I never did.
EmP: Almost exactly a year later, and I still might get the chance to mow you down with a kitten-shooting automatic rifle.
EmP: Isn't that, really, what a Christmas miracle is?
DoI: Now that I think about it, it does sound pretty magical

Cthulhu Saves the World (January 28th) [XBLI]
Hits: 1564

Much like Zeboyd's last Indie game, the dev shot me a message through HG mail to offer me a review copy. Unlike last time, I'd not already purchased the game and wasn't already most of the way through the title. But! Much like Breath of Death, the game rocked.

Stuff like this is what kept me glued to the indie service through the end of 2010 and the start of 2011.

The Ball (February 6th) [PC]
Hits: 875

The Ball turned up on my doorstep one day, much like a lost child nobody wanted and were looking to pass on. I am a charitable soul, so I took it in, played it through my PC (which struggled, alarmingly) and decided the kindest thing to do would be to then review it. I did. And that's how I saved February.

Still don't know why I bolded I remember twice.

Mass Effect 2 (February 28th) [360]
Hits: 734

Here's an odd statement. I put off and put off playing Mass Effect 2 because I know that as soon as I started, I'd play nothing but, and I didn't want to run out of game time so quickly. Hell, even now I have DLC missions I've not played because the thought of having no new Mass Effect to be able to play right now distresses me.

ME2 lived up to this ruinous self hype by being almost effortlessly better than the first game, which I still openly adore. I went into the review know I'd made a bit of a hash out of the review of ME1 by bouncing all over the world in an attempt to prove its vastness, so reined this review right back in. I'd learnt a few things when I took some risks with Red Dead that paid off, so reemployed them here. I'm more than happy with the result.

Thunder Force II (March 15th) [GEN]
Hits: 895

Man, I wish we could have carried stuff like this on. THE PLAN was to release a new Thunder Force review each day, and it's something we more or less managed to pull off. Flanked by site titans like OVERDRIVE (est 1845), MASTERS (obligatory Canadian) LEROUX (Missing, presumed drunk) and DarkEternal (Second best writer with dark in his name) we went back to the obscure beginnings, ran riot through the 16bit era and came out the other side with JP-only imports. It was awesome; even if Jason's messing around with the coding then changed the colour scheme of the page and endured me to hours of further HTML coding, and his efforts now have sunk them into oblivion along with anything else I put in score box summery. But there is a bitter rant for another time.

Along the way to our great success there was betrayal, desertion and hissy fits aplenty, but we all looked forward to doing it all again a month later. Sadly, the disastrous 'Arnie' week, featuring games made off the back of California's former head of state, never came into fruition, and my grand plan of a theme week each month ended with this one glorious shot. I don't care; it rocked.

(Also, just in case it was in doubt, this won the RotW, and is, as such, THE BEST Thunder Force review on the site.)

Epic Dungeon (March 31st) [XBLI]
Hits: 927

I like to think of myself of a bit of a pioneer. It's one of those things that helps me feed my mammoth ego, but covering the Indie scene really did give me a lot of satisfaction; especially so when I knew people were buying games they would have otherwise never hard of based at least somewhat on what I'd reported. In this case, Joe beat me to the review of this game, but only because I'd gotten him into XBLI in the first place! You have a lot to thank me for, Joseph, and I've yet to see a gift basket.

Hydrophobia (April 14th) [360]
Hits: 934

Sometimes brilliant, sometimes dodgy, it's still such a crazy improvement on the game that first hit XBLA a year or so before, they might as well rename it. The recent update dropped the price of the game by half, fixed more or less every major complaint leveled against it, and left a decent survival horror-like game where your biggest fear is the environment.

Nevertheless, this review was a huge headache for me. I'd been writing pretty well up to this point and it was this review where it all started falling apart. I had horrendous writer's block and, as I always have done in the past, decided the best thing was to power through it. This led to several finished drafts but they were, to be blunt, absolute shit. Hell, this one isn't great; Bloomer rightly pointed out that it has a confusing voice where it jumps back and forth between the old and the new, but, by that point, I simply had to wash my hands of the thing and try to move on.


Beyond Good & Evil HD (April 23rd) [360]
Hits: 928

Despite the fact that this a cheaty rewrite of an older review and I still use large chunks of that review in this one, I really struggled to get this one out. It was probably the beginning of the end of my regular output because I got all kinds of frustrated that I couldn't finish the bloody thing so locked myself away in a corner until all three (I think three?) of the drafts were done. It was about then I decided I wasn't enjoying it anymore. I wrote out of obligation.

There's a little slice of drama out the way. I then won a RotW. Yay!

Alan Wake (April 26th) [360]
Hits: 910

I'm a bit of a survival horror junkie -- have you noticed? As such, I was psyched throughout the entirety of Alan Wakees production. Then I purchased the game later than everyone else, because that's just how I roll.

Suskie and Marc (and most of the interested world) played this before me and gave very different accounts of their experiences. Through Suskie's excellent review, he made the game sound fantastic, and through Marc's constant bitching over AIM (which I've missed the most in my time offline) he made it sound like a one-trick pony. I guess I thought they were both right as I took the middle ground.

The second game is reportedly underway. I'm hoping they can build upon Wake strengths and perhaps dial down the trees.

Ravan Squad (May 2nd) [PC]
Hits: 614

This was a bit of a cheat. When I wrote for the original Raven Squad game for this very site, I also worte for another one which has since closed its doors. I reclaimed my earlier works, lest they fall into the pist of Oblivion, and posted them back up here. Or, at least, I did for this one. I had the others on a USB key along with a handful of drafts and recently found out it had died. It also had most of the Year in review on it, so I've had to write this entire list again from scratch with a much fuzzier memory. On the bright side, it means you, one of the three people to read in this far, have to put up with 33% less pretentious bullshit.

Shining Force II (May 10th) [GEN]
Hits: 841

It's taken me years to actually review this game, despite the fact I must have beaten it a good half dozen times while I've been writing reviews, and countless times before that. Shining Force II is my go to game. I have it on a USB key on my keyring so if I'm ever stuck somewhere, and therefs a PC nearby, I always have something to do. This review came off the back of such a game; work was dead, so I spent more time playing Gen roms then doing what I was being paid for.

I actually have a very small list of games I want to review before I throw this crazy reviewing gig in, and, now this one's down, it's now almost exhausted.

B-Team (May 30th) [DS]
Hits: 1030

Not everything has some story behind it. Sometimes I just play a game on a whim then review it. This was one. Rubbish, rubbish game thought it was.

Akane the Kunoichi (July 17th) [XBLI]
Hits: 944

We got a message asking us to review this Indie game because one of us used to be pretty hot on reviewing the Indie scene (it was me before I got lazy!) and so I did. I had heard of Akane's dev team before as I had downloaded the trial of their previous XBLI game, Ace Gals Tennis, and it was rubbish. I expected the worst on this account, but found an extremely worthwhile title included instead.

I should delve back into the Indie scene again should I discover the free time ever again.

Neptunefs Pride (July 26th) [PC]
Hits: 835

Spared the label of the longest review I've ever written by the absolute monster that is Oblivion, Pride is still a huge rambling wall of words that doesn't ever really delve into the obligatory trappings like how the game works or what the controls do. It's a condensed gaming diary, I suppose, that talks about my favourite subject. Me.

But, still, I love this review. It's easily the one I spent the most time on during last year, not just because it's huge but because I spent a lot of time editing it. It used to be a lot bigger, believe it or not, but I scaled it down to what it is now over several rewrites, and I wasn't going to publish the damn thing until I was ready. Hell, it was sitting in storage while I wrote B-Team and Akane.

Pride still weighs on my mind and you can expect something else to come from the game sometime in 2012. Itfs a fascinating concept, and I'm simply not done playing around with it and bragging about my results.

(P.S: Second RotW in a row. Watch the record break)

Dead Space (July 28th) [360]
Hits: 910

AKA: The review were Gary forgot who directed his favourite film.

Yeah, that was a gaffe, made better by a quick edit but forever immortalised by a bit of forum banter now stuck to the bottom of the review for eternity. No one to blame but me.

But, yeah, the review. Came out okay, didn't it? I'll assume you said yes, voiceless reader. Thanks, dude.


Trapped Dead (July 31st) [PC]
Hits: 713

I'd like to say it seemed like someone out there in Dev land still loved me when a copy of Trapped Dead showed up on my doorstep, giving me a perfect chance to be momentarily excited. A strategy game set in and around an undead apocalypse? X-Com with zombies?

Except, no. Trapped Dead is an ambitious RTS that plods on like the stereotypical foes that dot the game. One laden with bugs and errors that the games more likely to crash that have you get your brains munched on. Patches were released, but only in German, which made keeping to a review deadline pretty hard going. My German is a little rusty. Or non existent. One of the two.

On reflected, 4/10 seems a little high. Oh well.

L.A. Noire (August 13th) [PS3]
Hits: 1378

Good old L.A. Noire. Like the slightly retarded friend you keep around out of pity, Noire could have (and kinda has) got by on just how obvious it was that an impossible amount of hours were ploughed into the game. The fantastic graphics, the highly professional voice acting and the stellar period-perfect soundtracks all failed the mask the fact that all they had been stapled to was a very pretty game constantly telling you to press X to win.

L.A. Noire is several steps too close to being an interactive movie and too far removed for comfort from being a video game. It doesn't so much as hold your hand, but lifts you up in a fireman's carry and dumps you face first into the solutions it wants you to find. Then, if you manage to mess that up anyway, it doesn't care. You win regardless. What a steaming pile of wasted potential.

The only noteworthy thing it did was allow me to write a review that won me a forth straight RotW victory thus granting me the highest streak record. Congrats, Team Bondi. Rockstar might now think you're a bunch of dicks, but you're alright by me. So long as you stop making shit games.

Fire Mustang (August 20th) [GEN]
Hits: 664

In my attempts to win RotW #5, Fire Mustang threw me for a bit of a loop. Out of games to review, I needed something I could beat quick and decided to jump into the crazy world of 16bit scrollers, pick out a dud, and there tear the sucker to shreds. People seem to love that kind of thing around here -- a sad commentary in and of itself. I was then quite annoyed to find the game was actually pretty good, and that I enjoyed it enough to sink all the time I had to find a new game into playing it. I was stuck, then. A praise review it was. I'd not planned on that.

Someone else won RotW that time around. Suskie even came out of the shadows briefly to try and end my run early, and I salute him for it.

Tropico 4 (November 6th) [360]
Hits: 481

Back in the hazy month of August, Jason and myself sat down to compile a large list of games we should try and get review copies from. It was a list of some size, and many e-mails were sent. One game arrived. This one. I was a little annoyed at first; I'd asked for the likes of Rage and Deus Ex, and I got bloody Tropico 4. Then the game very slowly took over my life. It's still the title I sink the most time into now. Hell. Ifve not even beaten Deus Ex yet because I spent more time building a civilisation on tropical islands instead, then watching the bastard people turn on me because I feed them nothing but rotten bananas, or sold their homes to criminal immigrants.

I'm currently in the midst of ruining a former partner. I've bought his company from underneath him, and am trying to have one of my pretty islands host the Olympic games, just to bankrupt him a little bit more.

Get to tha choppa 2 (November 29th) [XBLI]
Hits: 514

Man, Ifm clever. Have you read this review? Go do so, it's not very long, and I think you'll agree Ifm clever. Yes. Me.

Smart.
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EmPUser: EmP
Title: Re: My updated
Posted: January 05, 2012 (12:19 PM)
I don't like it.

Boo.
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wolfqueen001User: wolfqueen001
Title: Re: My updated
Posted: January 04, 2012 (04:26 PM)
I think my copy of Wizardry 8 vanished when my dad was moved into a nursing home. D= I'll have to see if I can find it on Steam one of these days. That game easily made my top ten favorite games of all time list.
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wolfqueen001User: wolfqueen001
Title: Re: My updated
Posted: January 02, 2012 (07:18 PM)
My copy of Wizardry 8 vanished when my dad was moved to a nursing home. D= Maybe I can find it on Steam or somewhere, though. That game easily makes my top ten favorite games ever.
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wolfqueen001User: wolfqueen001
Title:
Posted: January 02, 2012 (07:17 PM)
Test
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wolfqueen001User: wolfqueen001
Title:
Posted: January 02, 2012 (06:16 PM)
I don't have my copy of Wizardry 8 anymore. D= It vanished when my dad was moved to a nursing home. Maybe I can find it on Steam, though... Wizardry 8 was fantastic, and is old enough now that it'd probably run on my laptop just fine. Easily one of my top ten favorite games ever.
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wolfqueen001User: wolfqueen001
Title: Re: My Updated Games I Want to Review before I Die List
Posted: January 02, 2012 (11:48 AM)
I originally posted this several years ago when I first became active here, and after EmP started the Alpha Marathon thing. There are so many games here I don't really have a hope of reviewing them all, but I like to update the list as I go on (and often add new items...), just to see my progress. I'm primarily re-posting it again because I don't feel like having to go back to my old post and doing it there, plus I want to use this to sort of motivate myself to write more.

These are all games I want to review / have reviewed either for kicks or because someone recommended it. Recommendations are always welcome.

3DS

Kid Icarus
Resident Evil: Revelation

DS:

Contra 4
Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation
Fossil Fighters
Pokemon Pearl

Game Boy:

Pokemon Red/Blue (Whichever I feel like)
Pokemon Yellow

Game Boy Color:

Animorphs
Pokemon Gold/Silver (whichever one I feel like)
X-Men: Mutant Academy

Game Boy Advance:

Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire (whichever I feel like)
Pokemon Fire Red/Leaf Green (whichever I feel like)

Genesis

Cutie Suzuki no Ringside Angel
Earthworm Jim
Jim Power: the Arcade Game
Shining in the Darkness
Shining Force
Shining Force II
Twinkle Tale
Ys III
Zombies Ate My Neighbors

NES:

3D Battles of World Runner
Ai Sensei no Oshiete: Watashi no Hoshi
Bad Dudes
Crystalis
Dragon Warrior
Dragon Warrior III
Fire 'N Ice
Gauntlet
Incredible Crash Test Dummies
Just Breed
Kouryuu Densetsu Villgust Gaiden
Metroid
Mother
Musashi no Bouken
Q*bert
Rainbow Islands
TaleSpin
Ys
Ys II

PC:

Age of Empires II: The Conquerors
Age of Empires III
Age of Mythology
Blades of Time
Confrontation
Dungeon Siege
Dragonester
Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
Eschalon: Book II
Fantasy Wars
Half-Life
Half-Life 2
Heroes of Might and Magic II
Heroes of Might and Magic III
Heroes of Might and Magic IV
Heroes of Might and Magic V
Lylian: Episode One
Magicka
Nancy Drew: Mystery at Waverly Academy
Oil Rush
Plants vs. Zombies
Puzzle Bots
Quake II
Sam & Max: Abe Lincoln Must Die
Sam & Max 201: Ice Station Santa
Speedball 2
Spore
Tales of Monkey Island Episode 1: Launch of the Screeching Narwhal
Wizardry 8
Worms Armageddon

Playstation/PSN:

Castlevania: Symphony of Night
Darkstone
Digimon World
Final Fantasy Origins
Final Fantasy VII
Legend of Dragoon
Lost World: Jurassic Park
Medievil I
Medievil II
Metal Gear Solid
Spyro the Dragon
Spyro: Year of the Dragon
Tekken 2
Xena: Warrior Princess
Yu-Gi-Oh: Forbidden Memories

Playstation 2:

007: Nightfire
Beyond Good and Evil
Casltevania: Curse of Darkness
Final Fantasy X
The Getaway
God of War
God of War II
.hack//Infection
.hack//Mutation
.hack//Outbreak
.hack//Quarantine
.hack//G.U Rebirth
.hack//G.U. Reminisce
.hack//G.U. Redemption
Kingdom Hearts
Kingdom Hearts II
Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
Medal of Honor: Frontline
Medal of Honor: Rising Sun
Medal of Honor: European Assault
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
Metal Gear Solid 3
Primal
Prince of Persia: Sands of Time
Psychonauts
Ratchet and Clank
Resident Evil: Code Veronica X
Resident Evil 4
Shadow of the Colossus
Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly
Star Wars Battlefront II
Twisted Metal: Black
Yu-Gi-Oh: Duelists of the Roses

PSP:

Dissidia: Final Fantasy
Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep
Shadow of Destiny

Sega CD

Vay

Saturn:

Virtua Fighter CG Portrait Series Vol. 9: Kage Maru

Alpha Marathon 2012

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C: Confrontation
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O: Oil Rush
P:
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Y: Ys II
Z:
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wolfqueen001User: wolfqueen001
Title: Re: Darkness
Posted: December 15, 2011 (07:53 PM)
I just downloaded it, True. I don't know when I'll have time to read it, but thanks for posting it here.

Good thing I decided to check blogs, though.
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