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AlphaMurderthon update #6
Posted February 01, 2021 by JoeTheDestroyer

Confirmed Games
A is for Alan Wake (rough draft complete)
B is for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night (rough draft complete)
C is for Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth (ready to submit)
H is for Hello Neighbor (rough draft complete)
I is for The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing (rough draft complete)
J is for Joe's Diner (ready to submit)
K is for Kindergarten (ready to submit)
L is for The Last of Us Remastered (rough draft complete)
S is for Stories Untold (rough draft complete)
X is for Xenophobe (ready to submit)

Next playthroughs (subject to change):
Dead Space 2
We Happy Few


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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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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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.


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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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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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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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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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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