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Oh, Gothic 3...
Posted December 12, 2018 by JoeTheDestroyer

At the beginning of Gothic 3's campaign, my first order of business was to locate a super secret hidden rebel base that no one could find, not even the orcs that conquered all of the cities in the land.

I found the base in a huge, conspicuous hole in the ground, surrounded by laborers noisily pounding hammers and sawing wood.

But none of the orcish patrols could ever find the place. Such a brilliant hidey-hole...

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What I'm playing right now
Posted December 07, 2018 by JoeTheDestroyer

I'm back at it. It's been a while since I've been able to ramble about what I'm playing, or what I've played, mainly because I've tightened my focus to a single game at a time. Granted, I do occasionally stray from my key title, but I mostly try to stick to one huge project before moving on.

There are plenty of titles I won't be talking about right now, but a lot that I'd like to discuss. Obviously, Cattails, Fallout: New Vegas and Dragon Age: Inquisition were some of my most recent playthroughs, as evidenced by my latest reviews. However, I also played:


Chantelise: A Tale of Two Sisters

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All-Gen Short List *RESET*
Posted November 22, 2018 by TomatoMan

My wife and I continue to explore various video games on various systems. All too often we either come across old games that appeal to us that we were unaware of, or a new game that appeals to us sneaks out and we have trouble tracking down. This happens generally after we return from the Portland Retro Gaming Expo each year. With all this in mind, I realized my previous "short list" was a mess! So I present you with a better organized, longer "short" list:

PS1
Einhander
Hoshigami
Spyro Year of the Dragon(litho cover)

PS2
Armored Core: Ninebreaker
Silent Hill Origins
Silent Hill Shattered Memories
Urban Reign

PS3
Folklore
ModNation Racers
Puppeteer

PS4
Metal Max Xeno
Ni No Kuni 2
Zone of the Enders 2 VR
Summer Lesson: Allison Snow & Chisato Shinjo (English)

NES Warrior 2

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Coming back (with a heavy heart)
Posted November 20, 2018 by JoeTheDestroyer

First off, thank you to Marc, Jason and Rob for your kind words. I wanted to comment on my previous blog, but I figured I'd do it here.

I successfully got my cat, Mona, to keep down sixteen feedings. That was more than she had taken prior. I thought she was due to bounce back. But there was always a lingering doubt. She exhibited signs of another illness that perhaps sparked her loss of appetite, and led to her hepatic lipidosis.

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Another Life Update
Posted November 19, 2018 by honestgamer

For the last month or so, I have been without regular work. This is a condition that was unexpected, but necessary, and I hope it will persist. That is, I hope it will persist on my terms.

For a year almost to the day, I was working as a cashier at Walmart. That job may have helped pay the rent, but it was detrimental to my health in ways I didn't even realize until finally the stress became too much and I had to quit one morning instead of starting my shift. Within days, several physical symptoms that I had been fighting cleared up or severely diminished, so that now I am feeling much healthier in general (though not without facing some lingering effects related to the stress).

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Short break
Posted November 14, 2018 by JoeTheDestroyer

I'm going to be taking a short break from reviewing. By short, I don't mean any more than a month or so. You see, about two months ago, one of my cats ran away from home. My older son left his window open. She used to leap up there to look outside, but must not have realized there was no pane there to stop her. My guess is she fell out and panicked, then became a resident of my neighbor's crowded property. As far as I could tell, she was living under things in his backyard for a while, and she wouldn't come back to us. He kept her well fed for a while, anyway. She was a strictly indoor cat, so her ability to survive outside was probably not terribly up to scratch (no pun intended), and eventually she stopped finding food...

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Who has two thumbs and is already preparing for next year's October reviews?
Posted November 03, 2018 by JoeTheDestroyer

I can't believe I'm actually doing this again. I probably won't be able to get all the way through it, because my free time loves to fluctuate. One year, I managed to write two reviews per day, between here and Realm of Gaming (totaling 62 reviews, three quarters of which were game revs, and the other quarter consisting of movie reviews). Maybe next year I can pull of a review for each day, plus Underbelly blog posts. So far, I've completed:

Game reviews:
Slender: The Eight Pages (PC)
Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia (DS)
The Lost Souls (PC)
Euclidean (PC)


Underbelly posts:
Humongous (1982)
Anthropophagus: The Grim Reaper (1980)

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The Underbelly: Rawhead Rex
Posted October 03, 2018 by JoeTheDestroyer

The Underbelly #2
Rawhead Rex
1986
Director: George Pavlau
Premise: A big, man-eating monster that looks nothing like his source material runs amok in a small Irish community. Bad visual effects ensue...


If you see a mysterious stone monument on your property, likely left there by druids, DON'T TOUCH IT.

If you want to adapt a short horror story by a prominent author, and decide to make changes to key elements of said story, DON'T BOTHER SHOOTING IT.

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The Underbelly: Legend of Dinosaurs and Monster Birds
Posted October 01, 2018 by JoeTheDestroyer

The Underbelly #1
Legend of Dinosaurs & Monster Birds
1977
Director: Junji Kurata
Premise: Bizarre climate conditions resurrect a petrified Plesiosaurus and a Rhamphorhynchus, who then munch Lake Sai's and Mt. Fuji's visitors. Meanwhile, a boring hero seeks to... What? Clear his disgraced father? Strike it rich with a monumental scientific breakthrough? See a prehistoric creature with his own eyes? Pick a motivation, dude.


SPOILERS ABOUND: I know this is an old flick, but at there's always that one reader who gripes about giveaways for obsolete flicks.


From appteizer to dessert, one town becomes a monster meal.

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Goodbye, Legend of Legacy...
Posted August 28, 2018 by sashanan

50 hours and change is what it took me to beat Legend of Legacy. The average on Howlongtobeat suggests 30, maybe 35 hours, 48 hours for a "main + extra", no total suggested for a completion. This is entirely user input and whoever adds their total chooses what category it fits in, so there's no clear cut definition. Nonetheless, I don't *feel* like I've done a lot I did not *have* to do, so I was surprised to need as long as I did. But not as surprised as I was when after all that time, I got to the final boss, and I could not beat him.

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Family Emergency Redux
Posted August 23, 2018 by honestgamer

My dad was out of rehab, following his surgery two weeks ago, and was enjoying the leisurely life back home. But something--possibly doing dishes as recommended for therapy, though that is uncertain at this point--has caused his fusion to slip, which requires another serious surgery which may happen tonight or tomorrow depending on surgeon availability. I am traveling once more to be with my mom and dad at this time, and will again be mostly unresponsive and unproductive on the site for another little while (actual length of time to be determined). Thank you for your understanding!

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Family emergency
Posted August 06, 2018 by honestgamer

I am typing this post on my phone, in a hospital waiting room halfway across the state from my apartment. So I will keep it brief...

While fighting Oregon wildfires on farmland where he works (or adjacent to it), my dad was driving a Caterpillar vehicle. It got caught on an embankment of some sort and rolled over. My dad was in the cab and avoided being crushed but was still seriously injured. He is scheduled for surgery tonight on his spinal column, but that may be pushed back some and maybe even until tomorrow.

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Yakuza 0 Blues
Posted August 05, 2018 by EmP

I want so hard to love Yakuza 0 now it's got a very fairly priced PC release, but it actively fights me every step of the way. For one, it's buggy as hell. You have to actively trick it just to get the bloody thing running.

I installed it, and it crashed seconds later. Uninstalled, ran it, same thing. Tried numerous fixes and eventually got it to boot up by unplugging my gamepad. Second loading screen say "Real Yakuza uses gamepads"

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Pre-review, short opinion of Lust for Darkness
Posted July 22, 2018 by JoeTheDestroyer

What is Lust for Darkness?
An erotic horror walking simulator where you rescue your wife from a deranged cult who engage in orgies.

Opinion 1: It doesn't wimp out or skimp on the sexual content. If you're here to answer "that question," the answer is yes.

Opinion 2: Its story is incredibly dull.

Opinion 3: It isn't scary in the least.

Opinion 4: You're better off playing a different horror walking simulator, because the erotic elements don't bolster the game beyond basic level horror adventure fare.

Review coming soon.

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There was another example I could have given.
Posted June 29, 2018 by sashanan

Submitted a review for Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves for NES earlier this week, a piece of around 1200 words which made the points I wanted to make, and gave the game the star it deserved (and withheld the other 4 stars it did not deserve). At one point I cite several examples of things somewhat implemented and then eventually not used much, or at all, implying rushing in the product.

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I hate starting over.
Posted June 25, 2018 by JoeTheDestroyer

I once put over a dozen hours into Assassin's Creed II. I loved what I played, dug the missions especially and even enjoyed completing all of the side nonsense. I don't remember how far into the game I got, but a message popped up on my TV screen as the game autosaved. Something about corrupt data. I thought nothing of it because I figured there would be other autosaves. None of them took, though.

When I booted up the game later on, it didn't load my data. In fact, all of my data was gone. All of those hours were gone. Everything I worked for was gone.

I haven't restarted AC2 since that incident, and I probably never will.

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One Sentence Reviews v3 - 32X Edition
Posted June 17, 2018 by EmP

::After Burner::

The best version of this game until the next one was made.

::BD Racers::

A bad clone of a Mario Kart clove populated by mascots you probably never knew existed.

::Blackthorne::

A thinking man's action platformer made by Blizzard before they took over the world via MMO.

::Corpse Killer::

Why the hell did Digital Pictures release this awful game three bloody times?

::Cosmic Carnage::

Updated a generic female sprite from the original Japanese release so that she was, instead, constantly on fire for exactly no reason.

::Darxide::

The most expensive bad time you can have this side of buying a Nottingham Forest season ticket.

::Doom::

Better than the 3DO port and maybe the awful SNES one.

::Fahrenheit::

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What Joe Has Been Playing #3
Posted June 14, 2018 by JoeTheDestroyer

RECENT PURCHASES
Whew, where do I begin? Wild Arms 5, Suikoden V and Wild Arms XF are now in my grasp, with the first two being physical copies and the last being a PSN acquisition. I also picked up almost the entire Tomb Raider series on Steam for a buck apiece. Since I already had the original, the reboot and Rise of..., I only spent about $8. Sadly, the Lara Croft top-down games weren't on sale. I know some people have been critical of those games, but I'm willing to check them out.

The only game I'm looking at picking up soon is Xenosaga Episode III, but it might be a few weeks before I work up the needed dough. It's a pretty pricey game, as even disc-only copies are listed at close to $80.

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What Joe Has Been Playing #2
Posted May 22, 2018 by JoeTheDestroyer

RECENT PURCHASES
Aside from some random Steam indie games, I've been picking up the last few entries of the Tales series I missed. I recently nabbed Tales of Berseria on a Steam sale, plus secured Tales of Xillia (and its sequel) and Tales of Hearts R. The only US released Tales game I'm not bothering with is Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology, as I've heard it's pretty underwhelming. The GBA release of Tales of Phantasia is all the underwhelming I can stand from that franchise ("Kangaroo" my ass).

JoeTheDestroyer's image

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What Joe Has Been Playing #1
Posted May 14, 2018 by JoeTheDestroyer

Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves (PS2)
Having revisited the first two titles, I decided it was finally time to unwrap the over-decade-old copy of Sly 3 I own and put it to use. And so far I'm on the fence...

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