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What I'm up to these days...
Posted October 04, 2019 by honestgamer

I have been pretty busy lately, and I haven't posted to my blog to keep you all updated on what I'm doing to fill my time. Part of that silence comes from a desire to surprise you with improvements I know you'll like. I enjoy working my tail off on something, then revealing it so it has the most exciting result. But I can see where the silence might also be interpreted as a sign I don't care, or that I am busy doing stuff elsewhere and don't have time of the site. Neither of those things is even remotely true, and so here is an update.

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Some Rambo: Last Blood Thoughts
Posted September 29, 2019 by pickhut

After hearing and reading a bunch of mixed reactions about the movie, I just decided to set some time aside last night to see it in theaters myself.

It's not good.

*spoilers, I guess*

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Game Progress 9/19
Posted September 19, 2019 by JoeTheDestroyer

Phantasy Star IV (GEN)
Done. Man, this was a great game. Its combat system popped, it featured a really cool story, and its difficulty rating was very well balanced. I did kind of feel that the last few challenges, especially the final boss, weren't really that tough, though. Like, I walked all over the Profound Darkness.


Alicemare (PC)
I played through this one pretty much in a single sitting. It's a pretty decent adventure game that uses (if I'm not mistaken) RPG Maker. I have a review for this one, but you won't see it until October... Mwahahaha...


Doorways: Prelude (PC)

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Tried the Contra Rogue Corps Demo
Posted September 15, 2019 by pickhut

Contra Rogue Corps turned off a lot of people with its wacky visual presentation and top-down viewpoint from its trailer. Not surprising, considering Contra games usually have a SIDE-scrolling perspective and, more times than not, a more "serious" tone. But as the game crept closer and closer to its release date, I tried keeping an open mind; the game is being directed by the same guy who did past Contra titles, such as Contra 3 and Hard Corps. On top of that, my favorite "recent" Contra game is Neo Contra, which also has an oddball presentation and top-down perspective.

Then, a few days ago, I caught wind that a demo dropped for the game, so I downloaded it on my PS4 and gave it a go...

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Steam Games I've Played: Section A Conclusion
Posted September 08, 2019 by JoeTheDestroyer

A Section Concluded:

Anodyne
A Zelda clone that's actually quite fun. There really isn't much more to it than that, and some added comedy. It's also a little more linear than your average Zelda game.
Will keep playing.


Another World: 20th Anniversary Edition
An enhanced edition of the PC classic, now with improved visuals. You can also toggle between the new presentation and the old in-game, so that's awesome.
Completed.


Antihorror
A walking simulator that parodies cheap European horror games. I think. I don't know. It's such a confusing, surreal mishmash of ideas that it feels like a fever dream. I... guess I don't hate it?
Completed.


Apotheon

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Game Progress 8/21 + Thoughts on Jet Force Gemini
Posted August 21, 2019 by JoeTheDestroyer

What have I been doing since completing 12 is Better than 6? Well...


Jet Force Gemini (N64)
I was playing this game legit--as in, on the actual console, non-emulated and not via Rare Replay. I kind of regret that... As with previous "thoughts" posts, I'd like to use a bullet point structure:

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Game Progress 8/6
Posted August 06, 2019 by JoeTheDestroyer

Before I jump into this, I figured I should describe my Steam project flow.

I have up to eight games downloaded at a time, with their icons sitting in a "pool" on my desktop. I go for the next game alphabetically, playing at least one session. I settle then and there upon one of a few choices:

1. Uninstall and play later. Longer projects like RPGs tend to fall into this category. I'm mainly looking for short stuff to pick off.

2. Play the game through in one or two sittings. Walking simulators and short horror games are perfect for this.

3. Put the icon off to the side and play it now and then.

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Unveiling some of the horror games I'm reviewing in October
Posted August 04, 2019 by JoeTheDestroyer

Yeah, Halloween isn't for about two months, but I'm excited to reveal what I've been working on. Of course, you won't be getting 31 reviews like in the old days. Who has time for that anymore? I'm not guaranteeing these reviews will be out, but I at very least have rough drafts ready for them (final drafts for others).

What will you be getting, then?

Castlevania: Circle of the Moon (GBA)
The long-awaited follow-up to Symphony of the Night that doesn't quite measure up.

Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia (3DS)
The last good Metroid-style CV game, with new systems and mechanics that we'll sadly never see again.

Cold Fear (Xbox)

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On the agenda
Posted July 30, 2019 by JoeTheDestroyer

Hello! I haven't been posting the last week, though I've wanted to, because I've had some health scares. Thankfully, nothing appears to be serious, though I do need to take some pills for a rather embarrassing illness (that and I've concluded that I need to consume much less caffeine do less overtime, as those are both likely contributing to my blood pressure and anxiety).

That's enough TMI, though. Here are some things I'm aiming to do over the next week:

-I'm approaching my 500th review with HG. I think it'd be great if I covered the very first game I ever reviewed anywhere: Die by the Sword. I'm halfway through it right now, and I should have it done with a crit very soon.

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Steam Games I've Played: A Section part 2
Posted July 21, 2019 by JoeTheDestroyer

A Section cont'd:
Alien Rage Unlimited
A Halo clone that's actually pretty cool. It doesn't accomplish anything new or move the genre forward at all; it's very much just an FPS where you shoot aliens. Sometimes that's all you need.
I'll keep playing this one.

Alien Shooter
Speaking of games where you all you do is shoot aliens... This one reinforces what I said before. Sometimes all you need is dumb shooting. This one is somewhat isometric shooter, where you blast literally hundreds of enemies at a time. You also earn money and spend it on new equipment, so that way you can weather whatever veritable shitstorm of extraterrestrials comes your way. It. Is. Batshit. And oh my god, is this franchise fun, too. Never change, Alien Shooter. Never change.
Completed.

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Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom - Ayn's campaign
Posted July 15, 2019 by JoeTheDestroyer

Ayn's portion of the game promised more sci-fi. All of the enemies I faced were robots, and reports of mechanical foes attacking my country and my allies were flooding in. "Go find out where these machines are coming from!" King Rhys told me. *DUN-DUN DUN DUN-DUN*

So I set off, happy to do something other than rescuing princesses.

I traveled to a previously visited town, where I met a guy who told me my hometown was under attack. I backtracked to my home to find only a single man left there. He said everyone else went to the desert. So I backtracked yet again to the village where I heard the news, and from there back to the desert and into a cave dungeon I had already explored. Reaching the end of the dungeon, our nation's ally Lyle asked a simple request of me.

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Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom - Rhys' campaign
Posted July 14, 2019 by JoeTheDestroyer

Phantasy Star III doesn't come close to the awesomeness of its predecessor. Instead of a glorious mesh of sci-fi and fantasy, it downplay the sci-fi and go more balls out with the fantasy. That's fine, except now the game is a run of the mill RPG with bad music and a gimmicky progression system.

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Other things I like to do...
Posted July 13, 2019 by hastypixels

After bashing my head against Bubsy: Paws of Fury on Fire for about a week, I plunked out my review draft, which I have submitted has a staff review... and promptly dove head first into Michelle Obama's Becoming.

Truthfully I did require some prompting, not that I wasn't interested, but my usual genre haunts have been in the spectulative fiction/fantasy section, not history and biographies. I have a tendency of not trusting third party authors, but in a nutshell, Becoming is an uplifting tale of the American Dream manifest as the founders intended. It is truly beautiful, and a solid expression of the American patriotic ideal.

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Steam Games I've Played: A Section part 1 (as in yeah, there's a lot of A)
Posted July 08, 2019 by JoeTheDestroyer

A Section:

ARES: Extinction Agenda
An action title similar to Mega Man X. It's decent, but a little too short.
Completed.


Abasralsa
A horror/shooter similar to 24 HOURS. All you do is grab a couple of keys and unlock a couple of gates and you're done. The overall play time is something like twenty minutes, though you can probably completely it more quickly if you know where to go.
Completed.


Abyss Odyssey
A procedurally generated platformer where you descend into an abyss. It's kind of frustrating, but mildly amusing. I dislike that your victory/survival hinges so much on luck.
I might try to finish it.


Action Henk

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Steam Games I've Played: The Number Section (plus impressions)
Posted July 07, 2019 by JoeTheDestroyer

I have a ton of Steam games. Like, more than I'll finish in my life time. At least I can give them all a one-time whirl, though, right? Well, I'm going to try. Moving alphabetically, here's what I've gotten through so far (with impressions and links to my old reviews.

10 Second Ninja
Arcade-style platformer with graded performances and gating. Not my cup of tea, as I can't stand gating. This time around, though, it's not as bad as in Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams or Action Henk.
May play again.


10000000
Review live

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Game Progress 6/16/19
Posted June 16, 2019 by JoeTheDestroyer

It's been a while since I've done one of these. Every time I say I'm going to spend more time on this site and try to be more social online, I end up getting too involved with some lousy game and stubbornly refusing to stop until it's done.

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The Underbelly: Kampout
Posted June 14, 2019 by JoeTheDestroyer

The Underbelly #3
Kampout
(aka: American Bigfoot)
2017
Director: Glenn Martin
Premise: A sasquatch goes on a rampage after its young is killed. Unimportant characters tremble in fear.


Kampout left me kind of confused.

Was it a straight up horror movie? A horror-comedy? A campy, self-aware flick? A muddled mess of conflicting tones and halfhearted storylines? A decent, low budget script in bad need of an overhaul or a copy edit?

Somehow all of the above?

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Just an update on stuff.
Posted June 07, 2019 by hastypixels

I know I've been quiet for a while - well, overtime will do that to a fella. At the upholstery shop where I work we've been swamped because there just aren't that many shops around that do what we do. That's a good thing for us, but not so awesome when we've got several installs to pull off in just a couple of weeks.

My body doesn't like that very much, even if my bank account does. Meanwhile, I was able to complete - and submit - a review for Starlink: Battle for Atlas. (Spoiler warning: It was really good.) I picked up the Deluxe Edition of that and Mario+Rabbids Kingdom Battles for the sort of discounts I've been wanting to see on the eShop for a long time. I have to admit, though, it's kinda disillusioning finally getting what I want in that respect.

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The State of the Site: June, 2019 Edition
Posted June 06, 2019 by honestgamer

It feels like a reasonable amount of time has passed since my last update on the State of the Site, so I figured I would go ahead and post another one tonight. I'll try to keep it brief, but as you know if you've been around the site for a long while that I tend to fail at that particular objective once I undertake it. Like... almost every time.

This post will discuss the site's current traffic levels, revenue, what that means at present and what I plan to do about it in the future. Some of this information isn't the sort of thing a site would share in public, but then, we're not a typical site.

Site Traffic

First up, let's talk traffic. I looked up results on Google Analytics, and here is how we did in April of this year:

* 12,743 unique users
* 17,833 sessions

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Much Ado About Forgotlings
Posted May 22, 2019 by hastypixels

Before we begin, be advised that this post entirely concerns the story content of Forgotton Anne. If you wish to preserve your gameplay innocence, here's your chance to duck out. You have been warned.




So here we are, with a beautiful game that no one seems interested in playing. "Beautiful" may be something of a stretch, since the art design is just above the level of a school project. For some reason the art lacks the polish one would expect from a game sheparded by industry leader, Square-Enix. Unfortunately for us, this reflects almost every aspect of the game.

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