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Author: EmP (Mod)
Posted: January 07, 2019 (11:01 AM)
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Last year had two winners; the mighty and obligatory EmP, and, as a result of the never-ending comeback tour, Alpha newbie Masters. Welcome, Marc, to the honour roll. Eleven years and counting, but still only six names so far:

EmP, Suskie, ASchultz, Joe, Overdrive, Masters


So, what's the Alpha Marathon? It's a rolling event that challenges you to write a review for a game with a starting letter for every letter of the alphabet. 27 reviews in a year sounds easy, doesn't it? Then you have to try and hunt down a Q. And the pesky # pokes its head out. And you think you have time... you always think you have time. You can find yourself a U or an I later. Until you can't.

Here are some rules:

  • Reviews must be written and submitted in 2019


  • No re-posting of old reviews unless they are significantly refurbished.


  • No linking to off site reviews. Only sites accepted on site count towards the score


  • Only reviews you link to on this here topic will count towards your total tally. You are responsible for keeping your Alpha tally up to date.


  • And so we go again:


    For us. For them. For you.

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    Author: EmP (Mod)
    Posted: January 07, 2019 (11:07 AM)
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    Author: Masters (Mod)
    Posted: January 07, 2019 (01:08 PM)
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    With Venter's volume, he should be doing this every year -- I suppose if he cared to, he would. I'm glad to have gotten it done once.


    I don't have to prove I'm refined - that's what makes me refined!

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    Author: honestgamer (Mod)
    Posted: January 07, 2019 (02:18 PM)
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    It's not that I don't care to. It's just that I tend to be swarmed with games I "have" to review, and so I don't have a lot of time to pick and choose projects due to those obligations... which very rarely line up with any effort to cover games starting with particular letters of the alphabet. But still, I'll let this post serve as my placeholder in the topic and will modify it as needed as the year progresses, if it looks like I'll be coming within spitting distance of the finish line based on my output. I actually came closer in 2018 than I ever have before (that I recall), but then the obligations struck again and I didn't have time to play the last few games that would have let me cross the finish line.

    # -
    A - Awesome Pea (Switch)
    B -
    C - Clock Simulator (Switch)
    D - Dandy Dungeon: Legend of Brave Yamada (Switch)
    E - Evil Defenders (Switch)
    F - Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force (Switch)
    G -
    H - History 2048 (Switch)
    I - i wanna fly (Switch)
    J -
    K -
    L - Leisure Suit Larry: Wet Dreams Don't Dry (Switch)
    M - Mentori Puzzle (Switch)
    N - NAIRI: Tower of Shirin (Switch)
    O - Omega Labyrinth Life (Switch)
    P - Pure Mahjong (Switch)
    Q -
    R -
    S - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Switch)
    T - Trybit Logic (Switch)
    U -
    V -
    W - WorldNeverland: Elnea Kingdom (Switch)
    X -
    Y -
    Z -


    "Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought." - John F. Kennedy on reality

    "What if everything you see is more than what you see--the person next to you is a warrior and the space that appears empty is a secret door to another world? What if something appears that shouldn't? You either dismiss it, or you accept that there is much more to the world than you think. Perhaps it really is a doorway, and if you choose to go inside, you'll find many unexpected things." - Shigeru Miyamoto on secret doors to another world

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    Author: JoeTheDestroyer (Mod)
    Posted: January 08, 2019 (05:12 AM)
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    Score: 16

    *indicates previous GameFAQs/RoG review that has been greatly revamped.

    Arcania: Gothic 4 (PC)
    Beetlejuice (NES)
    Cosmic Star Heroine (PC)
    Dust: An Elysian Tail (PC)
    Euclidean (PC)
    Gothic 3 (PC)
    Iconoclasts (PC)
    The Lost Souls (PC)
    Mechanic Escape (PC)
    Ninja Gaiden* (NES)
    Phantasy Star* (SMS)
    Roarr! The Adventures of Rampage Rex
    Saint* (Wii)
    Unforgiving: A Northern Hymn (PC)
    VERGE:Lost chapter (PC)
    WWF Wrestlemania Challenge (NES)


    REVIEW HELL - for reviews that aren't making the list.


    The Amazing Spider-Man
    The Last Tinker: City of Colors
    Botanicula
    The Adventures of Bayou Billy


    The only thing my milkshake brings to the yard is a subpoena.

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    Author: Masters (Mod)
    Posted: January 08, 2019 (07:14 AM)
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    I stand corrected, Jason. You may as well put up the four or five you've already done, though!


    I don't have to prove I'm refined - that's what makes me refined!

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    Author: EmP (Mod)
    Posted: January 08, 2019 (10:00 AM)
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    Jason always starts strong. I start smart.


    For us. For them. For you.

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    Author: hastypixels
    Posted: January 16, 2019 (12:46 AM)
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    I don't know how far I'll get, but I'll throw my widdle hat in to da wing, so to speak:

    B: Bomberman
    F: Final Fantasy X/X-II Remaster (PC)
    P: Portal 2
    R: RPG Maker MV
    S: Star Fox
    T: Transformers: War for Cybertron
    Q: Quarantine Circular

    Lookin' pretty good so far.


    I was always a grizzled old soul.

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    Author: EmP (Mod)
    Posted: January 01, 2020 (02:29 PM)
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    I'll give people until the end of the week to tally up their score before shutting this down and moving on to 2020's edition.


    For us. For them. For you.

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    Author: Nightfire
    Posted: January 01, 2020 (03:34 PM)
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    My whole impressive two:

    H: Hexen: Beyond Heretic
    W: Warsaw


    placid like acid

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    Author: Masters (Mod)
    Posted: January 06, 2020 (07:28 AM)
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    I'm sure Joe finished this challenge but has failed to indicate as much. Just as I'm sure my 14 reviews ensured that I came up woefully short. Next time.


    I don't have to prove I'm refined - that's what makes me refined!

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    Author: JoeTheDestroyer (Mod)
    Posted: January 06, 2020 (07:35 AM)
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    I humbly accept my position as king. Thank you!

    That having been said, I'll probably have a much less productive year in 2020. As long as I can crank out some stuff in October, though, I'll be happy.


    The only thing my milkshake brings to the yard is a subpoena.

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    Author: JoeTheDestroyer (Mod)
    Posted: January 06, 2020 (11:37 AM)
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    Doh, I meant to post that on the Site King topic. Oh well, not moving it.


    The only thing my milkshake brings to the yard is a subpoena.

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