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Interesting article about Telltale Games
Posted March 21, 2018 by jerec

The Verge: Telltale Games Developer Layoffs Toxic Video Game Industry

I've been a fan of TellTale since the Sam & Max days, and I was initially quite happy that The Walking Dead was such a huge success for them, but became quite bored with that template over time (liked The Wolf Among Us, but never finished Game of Thrones, and I'm a huge GoT fan). It's hard to tell how many of these claims are true, since the article bounces between sources (and the CEO), so it does seem to be telling both sides of the story, or maybe the claims made by one side seem to ring a bit hollow.

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Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII - Impressions
Posted March 20, 2018 by JoeTheDestroyer

I've owned Crisis Core for a long time, and I put off playing it. I'm not sure why, but something told me to check out other games first. Having pumped about three hours into it, I think I know why...

I haven't played far enough into it to say for sure, but so far it feels half-assed and unnecessary. The areas you enter are plain and underwhelming, even linear. There are a couple of branches now and then, but for the most part dungeons are straight shots to the end.

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Gothic 3 - First impressions
Posted March 18, 2018 by JoeTheDestroyer

My computer is dying. Well, it's more like it's being left in the dust. More and more, indie devs are releasing titles that this bag of bones my friend and I built circa 2012 can't run properly. You know it's bad when you can't even run non-AAA titles. I now plan to save up a whopping $1200 to either build a new PC or hire someone to do so, mostly so I can play modern titles.

Before that happens, I have four RPGs I'd like to scrub off my list. I hope to have these finished so I don't get halfway through them, then have to transfer my save files to the new computer (it's mostly a laziness thing). Those titles are Gothic 3, Arcania: Gothic IV, Planescape: Torment Enhanced Edition and Avencast.

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Here's why you shouldn't buy Megaman Legacy Collection 1/2 on Nintendo Switch
Posted February 19, 2018 by honestgamer

I can tell I'm not going to be able to move on with my day until I compose a blog post on this topic, because I'm simply too angry to let the rage fester inside my head, so here goes: Capcom has announced a physical release for Megaman Legacy Collection + Megaman Legacy Collection 2 on the Nintendo Switch. The compilation will retail for $39.99 MSRP, and will be shipped on a single cartridge. It will release this May in North America. Included on the cartridge is Megaman Legacy Collection, plus buyers will receive a key they can use to tie Megaman Legacy Collection 2 to their Nintendo account and download it onto their system memory or an XD card. There are notifications to that effect on the front of the box.

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Updated review: Blake Stone: Aliens of Gold
Posted February 08, 2018 by JoeTheDestroyer

I think this is either the third or fourth incarnation of this particular review.

2017 - a great year in gaming
Posted December 31, 2017 by zigfried

Another World
I had never played Out of this World (same game - different name) back in the 16-bit days, so it was nice to finally see what all the fuss was about. It was an interesting game for sure, and with the smooth animation and atmospheric world, I can understand why it made an impact in the 90s. It has enough puzzles to make you think a bit, but unfortunately it also has frustrating stilted action sequences.

Earth Defense Force 4.1: The Shadow of New Despair

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Games I Played in 2017
Posted December 31, 2017 by JoeTheDestroyer

Another year in the books, and what a great year for gaming it was! No, sadly I didn't get to play as many modern games as I would have liked, and I didn't get a Switch. However, I still had the opportunity to experience some great content and cross a whole ton of games off my backlog. In fact, since my backlog also includes books and movies, I sliced nearly 100 entries off this year.

I figured I'd take this time to yammer about my noteworthy playthroughs this year. I mean, I only played a handful of new games this year, including a well known sandbox title and a J-RPG that reinforced my adoration of Nihon Falcom.

As for my own year in review...

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Game Progress 12/21/17: Pre-Christmas Edition
Posted December 21, 2017 by JoeTheDestroyer

Arx Fatalis (PC)
I made my way through Akbaa's temple, noticing some items called Akbaa Stones or something like that along the way. I left one on a dead body to make space for merchant fodder and took the other with me. I couldn't find a use for it during my time in the temple, and so decided to sell it later. Bad move.

Anyway, after tinkering with some golems and slicing up cultists, I reached the boss chamber. One of the good guys outed himself as a turn coat, and summoned a demon for me to fight. It was a pretty rough battle, and mostly consisted of me running backwards, slashing and casting the heal spell repeatedly. I did eventually topple the beast and attempted to touch the meteor. Of course, it didn't go as planned, so I began the next phase of the campaign.

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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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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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The Myth of the Perfect 10
Posted November 20, 2017 by honestgamer

Objectively, no game is perfect. You know it and I know it.

When a critic reviews a game, sometimes you'll see an accompanying score of 10/10 (or 5/5 in this site's case; there are all sorts of scale). Some readers will call this the "perfect 10," but that's a misnomer. No game is perfect, remember?

Why do some critics award 10/10 when clearly there's no such thing as a perfect game? Why do some critics balk at the notion. I worked briefly at an outlet where critics weren't allowed to award 10/10 scores, because games can't be perfect.

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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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Review Views Have Reset
Posted October 24, 2017 by honestgamer

One of you today pointed out to me that review views are really messed up, to put things mildly. I looked into the situation, and unfortunately it appears that when the site was having some issues with page loads a while back, a review page partially loaded and successfully ran a partial query, which resulted in every review record being updated to show 1689 views. That's my best guess at the problem, anyway.

The resulting data was even less useful than if that column in the database had simply been wiped completely, so I went ahead and reset every value to 1 (which is the default instead of 0, for boring reasons I won't outline here). They'll start going up from there, as reviews are viewed.

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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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Goldeneye review (from the year 2000)
Posted October 15, 2017 by jerec

Review by Jerec

Pages and Pages of Text
When starting a mission, if you dont read the 6 pages of text, you might aswell give up. I really didn't like reading so much. But even when I did read, the missions went from being ''too hard'', down to just plain ''hard''.

Graphics (7.3/10)

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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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Return to Andromeda
Posted September 16, 2017 by jerec

Wow. This game took a beating, critically. The initial release was pretty buggy. My own progress was stopped when a mission wouldn't generate the next objective, leaving me with no way to progress, and the last manual save too long ago.

Coming back to it now, I decided to start over with Sara Ryder instead of Scott. I pushed through parts of the early game that were familiar to me, and eventually reached the unknown. The game's been patched a fair bit, and it looks and plays a lot better than I remember.

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