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AlphaMurderthon update #3
Posted November 09, 2020 by JoeTheDestroyer

Confirmed Games
A is for Alan Wake (rough draft complete)
C is for Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth (rough draft complete)
J is for Joe's Diner (ready to submit)
K is for Kindergarten (rough draft complete)
X is for Xenophobe (rough draft complete


Now Playing
I put Xenophobe and Kindergarten to rest. I'm playing the indie horror/sci-fi/shooter Insincere right now, and it's a good thing I didn't save it for a future OctJOEber because it's kind of a drag. It has personality, at least. I will probably start The Last of Us very soon, especially now that my family is on quarantine because two of us tested positive (fret not; the symptoms have passed in all of us and we're very much either on the mended or fully mended).


AlphaMurderthon update #2
Posted October 31, 2020 by JoeTheDestroyer

Confirmed Games
A is for Alan Wake (rough draft complete)
C is for Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth (rough draft complete)
J is for Joe's Diner (ready to submit)


Now Playing
I'm undecided what I'll play next, but Bloodstained and The Last of Us are likely choices. I'm also tempted to get Xenophobe out of the way, since it's one I'm not looking forward to playing again.


Changes
-Quake II has been replaced with Quiet Valley for the planned list
-If by some chance I can't make it through Resident Evil--because I've given up on this game a few times already--them its replacement might be Remothered: Tormented Fathers. You know, another game I gave up on...
-Bendy and the Ink Machine will not be part of the list, as it will be posted this year on Halloween.

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AlphaMurderthon: the proposed list
Posted October 26, 2020 by JoeTheDestroyer

Not really an update. This is just the list of games I hope to review next year, assuming I can pull this thing off.

2Dark
Alan Wake
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth
Dead Space 2
The Evil Within
Fran Bow
Galerians (assuming the copy I bought arrives in playable condition)
Hello Neighbor
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing
Joe's Diner
Kindergarten
The Last of Us Remastered
Manhunt
Neverending Nightmares
Outlast
Pathologic HD
Quake II
Resident Evil remake
Stories Untold
Through the Woods
Until Dawn
Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines
We Happy Few
Xenophobe
Yearning
Zelle

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AlphaMurderthon update #1
Posted October 09, 2020 by JoeTheDestroyer

Per EmP, I'm giving semi-regular updates on the games being showcased during my upcoming event.

You see, I planned on doing an entire AlphaMarathon during this October, with a different horror game for each letter, plus a number. However, recent events and mental health pushed it back a year or two. I've thus decided to redouble my efforts and review better quality/more well-known/cult hit type games instead of the obscure, cheapo stuff I was originally going to cover.

Confirmed:

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The stuff I'm playing right now
Posted September 16, 2020 by overdrive

Bloodborne: I started this a little while back and have made it fairly far, I guess. Right now, I'm in the Nightmare Frontier and stopped while in an outdoor area where you fight giants that throw big rocks. The last boss I beat was Shadows of Yharnam, which was a tough one. Particularly because the NPC you can summon gives help in a luck-based way. One fight, he was dead in about five seconds because he charged the candle-n-sword one right when he was doing that fire-breathing deal and that was that. And this was a fight where I wanted the NPC help due to it being 3-on-1 with enemies who complement each other well. Did Cainhurst Castle, but still have to beat the boss. Logarius is fairly easy with hit-and-run strategies until he gets pissed and turns into in-your-face death personi

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Gary's Graveyard vol. II
Posted September 13, 2020 by EmP

Some time ago now, I abandoned traditional writing apps like Word and now do most of my work directly into Google Drive, which has most of the same tools, lets me access it from anywhere and hard saves my work because I have an annoying habit of losing it to rebellious PCs and my inability to save stuff correctly. It's worked out pretty well for me, but it does have a darkside; every now and then, I'll find something that I started working on many moons ago that I had abandoned or forgotten. Sometimes, I have zero reason for this. The best example I have is for a review I wrote for a game called Residue. It was made by a little indie dev who made an interesting little horror game previously, so I picked this up more or less on day 1, promptly wrote a review and then forgot it existed f

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Project Referb: August 2020
Posted September 01, 2020 by EmP

The Idea: Every week or so, to take a review that’s unexplainably racked up a lot of rapid fire hits for reasons no one will ever understand and update it. Not rewrite it completely, but tidy away sections that have maybe not aged well, add screenshots where applicable and update the tagline in order to promote that punlife I have chosen. The site’s undergone a lot of changes over the years, and the formatting once used has aged. For example! I remember the first time I played around with putting screenshots in the body of my review then tourney and/or RotW judge, Jerec, wondered out loud if it was a form of cheating. It’s not my intention to rewrite handfuls of old reviews, just bring them a little up to date. If I can retrofit a pun tagline in there, all the better.

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Gary's Graveyard - Vol I
Posted June 12, 2020 by EmP

Some time ago now, I abandoned traditional writing apps like Word and now do most of my work directly into Google Drive, which has most of the same tools, lets me access it from anywhere and hard saves my work because I have an annoying habit of losing it to rebellious PCs and my inability to save stuff correctly. It's worked out pretty well for me, but it does have a darkside; every now and then, I'll find something that I started working on many moons ago that I had abandoned or forgotten. Sometimes, I have zero reason for this. The best example I have is for a review I wrote for a game called Residue. It was made by a little indie dev who made an interesting little horror game previously, so I picked this up more or less on day 1, promptly wrote a review and then forgot it existed f

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I'll be gone for the next week or so
Posted June 12, 2020 by JoeTheDestroyer

Jason just moved, and now it's my turn. We close on our new house tomorrow, and move next week (assuming things go smoothly with selling my current house). I'm putting games on a back burner for now, as I'll only have access to my Switch (everything else will be packed). Once that's all complete, I'll probably resume Grandia HD and Mega Man IV (GB), but also jump into Dread X Collection at last.


I think we all knew this time would come...
Posted May 29, 2020 by overdrive

So, a few months ago, I sprung for PlayStation Now because there's no better way to whittle down an overly large backlog of games than by adding a library of hundreds of them and give me unlimited access to it. But for those few months, I had been really good at keeping things cool.

I initially downloaded two games in Hollow Knight and Horizon Zero Dawn. I played Hollow Knight through PS Now and started HZD that way, but then bought it due to how it was a limited time game via that service and I wouldn't have it finished before it was removed. After I finished Hollow Knight, I started Wolfenstein: The New Order.

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My next update on stuff I'm playing
Posted April 09, 2020 by overdrive

Since the last update, I've beaten a few games. I'm done with all things Kingdom Hearts III related and got two reviews out of it! A good series that, with the exception of the HD remaster of II, just couldn't quite reach greatness. In part due to overly convoluted story-telling that failed to resonate at the times it needed to the most. But the guy who was in charge of the writing is the guy working on the multiple episodes of the Final Fantasy VII remake, so nothing can go wrong there, right?!?!?

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Switch game impressions
Posted February 09, 2020 by JoeTheDestroyer

I've had time to pick up and play a lot of Switch games over the last month, some of which I've finished and either have reviewed or will review. What do I think so far?


Akane
A exhilarating top-down action game similar to Devil Daggers (kill as many enemies as possible, then try to break your record). You play a femme fatale armed with a katana and gun, mowing down legions of gangsters. It's a pretty minimalist game, but fast-paced and addictive enough to provide plenty of bloody entertainment.

Aldred Knight
A fairly plain, yet difficult, hack 'n slash platformer. It's a bit of a snoozefest because it plods along so slowly, though it can be decent in small bursts because of its stiff difficulty rating at certain points.

Dead Cells

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More updating, this time in a new year
Posted January 30, 2020 by overdrive

Stuff I'm playing and things I'm thinking.

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Games I Played Through in 2019 That Kicked Ass
Posted January 02, 2020 by JoeTheDestroyer

[Pre-blog note: I will proofread this later. For now, suffer through my unedited words.]

I'm not going to do a top ten or a recap of everything I played, because honestly I played a lot of crap last year. Instead, I'd like to focus on the stuff I liked and get some positive vibes out there.

I mean, I already wrote some scatching stuff about Huntsman: The Orphanage in my previous blog post, so I've got my negative bases covered for a bit.


Anyway...



The Adventures of Elena Temple

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Game Progress 1/2/20
Posted January 02, 2020 by JoeTheDestroyer

GunValkryie (Xbox)
I've had all I can stand of this bland, tedious shooter. I killed the first boss, tried my hand at the next stage and died--both in the game and of boredom.


MURI (PC)
A platformer on Steam that mimics old DOS games. Unfortunately, it apes them a little too closely, because it feels way dated. I got all the way to the final boss before experiencing a game over, and didn't feel like trying again. I've had my fill.


Huntsman: The Orphanage (PC)
An extremely boring, tedious first-person horror game where you explore a ruined orphanage, searching for items related to the restless souls of twelve different orphans. You then have to slowly march out to the the backyard and put the objects on their graves.

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I finally got a Switch
Posted December 30, 2019 by JoeTheDestroyer

I decided it was finally time to get a Nintendo Switch, so I set aside some money here and there, and finally got one after Christmas. Obviously, it's kind of hard to play a new system without games, so I managed to pick up:

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (only physical game so far)
Final Fantasy VII
MagiCat
Untitled Goose Game
Legend of Kay Anniversary

In the coming weeks, I'd also like to get Pokemon: Let's Go, Eevee!, Super Mario Odyssey, Xenoblade Chronicles 2, The Banner Saga Trilogy, Dead Cells, RAD, and Ape Out. I just hope the games I recently bought for Steam don't get neglected.

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A December gaming update
Posted December 06, 2019 by overdrive

The one that might be of the four I'm playing is Bonk III: Bonk's Big Adventure. Where I'm happy that I at least devised a theme for the review, as without that, I'd be in trouble. I remember how, in my review of the second Bonk game, EmP noted that it's main failing was that I simply didn't exhibit much enthusiasm and kinda just went through the writing motions. And, so, having another game in the series where the only notable difference is that you get two new power-ups that make you really big or really small. I suppose that's a big part of the reason why Bonk faded into obscurity. Mario games constantly evolved with time. Sonic titles really didn't and lost prominence after the 16-bit era, but the Genesis' speed made those games super-neat with how fast Sonic moved. But with Bon

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Game Progress 12/2
Posted December 02, 2019 by JoeTheDestroyer

Random thought: I'd really like to scratch another RPG franchise off my backlog. Suikoden, Wild Arms and Geneforge are all great candidates, especially since I don't need to replay the first two Geneforge games and I can just jump into the third one. We'll see, though...

Dark Devotion (PS4)
Finished it. Man, the final boss was some old bullshit. You basically had to get lucky to beat this guy, because he occasionally uses an lunge attack that he can spam. "Can," meaning he doesn't always spam it, and sometimes you can get a lucky break where you slap him around before he tries anything cheap (see also: the run where I defeated him). Funny thing the last few bosses leading up to him arepushovers, especially the one before him.


GunValkyrie (Xbox)

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Game Progress 11/5/19
Posted November 05, 2019 by JoeTheDestroyer

Let me tell you something: going from Cat Quest II to Dark Devotion is a pretty jarring transition. I went from puppies and kitties to grimdark side-scroller.


Castle in the Darkness (PC)
Beaten. Final verdict: I don't like it. It's weird because I love Metroidvanias and dig Meat Boy-ish obstacle course platformers, but putting the two together was not very welcoming.


The Interview (PC)
Five minute experimental horror game where you answer questions, and then the game explicitly tells you the ending. Weak!


Larva Mortus (PC)

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OctJOEber Over the Years: A Quick Look Back
Posted October 31, 2019 by JoeTheDestroyer

Looking back at the horror and Halloween-relevant games I've reviewed for October, I get kind of nostalgic. Sadly, these days I have to rely on a lot of games I've missed (like Cold Fear this year) and cheapo Steam products (The Lost Souls, Antihorror, etc.). I wish I could cover the good old stuff again, but I'll settle for at least looking back at it.


Previous years' offerings:


2010
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (NES)


2011
Castlevania II: Simon's Quest (NES)
Cursed Mountain (Wii)
Silent Hill (PS)
Friiday the 13th (NES)
Castlevania III: Drcaula's Curse (NES)
Ghoul School (NES)
A Nightmmare on Elm Street (NES)
Akumajou Dracula X: Chi no Rondo (TCD)
Koudelka (PS)


2012
Soul (X360)
Clock Tower (PS)
Zombie Shooter 2 (PC)
BloodRayne (GC)
Ghost Manor (A2600)

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