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AlphaMurderthon update #5
Posted January 02, 2021 by JoeTheDestroyer

2Dark
I haven't even started this one, and probably won't for a bit. I'm kind of dragging my feet on it, despite Raynal's involvement with this one.

Alan Wake
Since I already had a review from my RoG days ready to for this one, I have an updated rough draft done. It wasn't difficult to rewrite.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
Game complete, rough draft written. Man, what a game...

Castlevania Adventure ReBirth
Same situation as with Alan Wake, except with a fairly revamped review.

Dead Space 2
I started this game at one point and lost interest. I'll probably restart it soon. It's... okay, I guess...

The Evil Within
I've looked at the case (I have a physical copy). That's about it.

Fran Bow

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Project Referb: December 2020
Posted January 02, 2021 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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Jerec's Games of 2020
Posted January 01, 2021 by jerec

My gaming time in the last six years was drastically cut down. Being an adult with a full time job, living on my own, didn't always leave a lot of time for games. I might get a couple of hours in on a weekend. It took a special game to actually get me playing in the evening after work (I generally just watched TV shows until it was time to sleep).

Disco Elysium (PC)

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Games I Played This Year That Kicked Ass: 2020 Edition
Posted December 31, 2020 by JoeTheDestroyer

It's that time again. Everyone is doing their "year in review" type of topics and videos all over the place, and I don't have an original bone in my body. Obvi, I'm just going to copy off their tests because it sounds like a lot of fun and it gives me a chance to relive the cool things I played this year.

I don't have much of a criteria for listed titles here. Any title must score a 3.5/5 or a 7/10 at the very least, it must be something I played this year, and I had to have made enough progress on it to feel it kicked an ass or something similar. There are some games that technically meet the criteria, but didn't get posted because I'm kind of sick of them (Gateways, for instance).

Anyway...


DIDN'T PLAY ENOUGH, BUT LIKED WHAT I PLAYED

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AlphaMurderthon update #4
Posted December 13, 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)
L is for The Last of Us Remastered (rough draft complete)
X is for Xenophobe (ready to submit)


Now Playing
I started Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. I also logged some time into Distraint. I don't plan to use that one, but it is one of my alternatives if my playthrough of Dead Space 2 doesn't go so well.


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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