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What did you finish in 2022?
« on: January 10, 2022, 06:44:55 PM »
2021
2020
2019
2018

Now, on to 2022 - I wanna see a lot of backlog clearing this year!

So far for me:

SaGa Frontier: Remastered (Switch/PS1) - all stories, including all of Fuse's cases, cleared
Bobl (NES) - a homebrew physics-platformer-metroidvania where you play as a bubble: https://morphcatgames.itch.io/bobl?download
Rambo (NES)
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Re: What did you finish in 2022?
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2022, 07:23:14 PM »
Shin Megami Tensei 5. I think the game is good, but I don't think it's 100% a home run.

I mean the combat is great. At this point Atlus has this press turn the battle system down to a science. Just from the fact that the order of how your party is set up flows into how you do debuffs and buffs(for example, I always have the dude that can do armor price, so the next dude can do his super physical attack) just shows how everything in the combat is in synch. You just start thinking about turn order naturally. The demon fusing and party making feel easier and more accessible than before. Mostly thanks to the whole Demon essence thing, which makes kitting out demons you like pretty easy going. Mechanically there's nothing really to complain about other than I guess the meter system. It's pretty easy to ignore and even when bosses use their meter attack, it really just means use one of those dampeners before their turn.

I guess most of my problems with the game have more to do with the structure of the game. There's what two dungeons? And those dungeons feel more like filler than anything. The first one with the air vents is cool at first but gets annoying with the third part. The 2nd one is just kind of boring and straightforward. Both are basically just box room textures over and over.

It's the open-world field where most of the game takes place. And they are cool. Some of them(the first one really) feel neat in how they capture the abstract post-apocalypse. Tokyo Tower in a shinny desolate desert is neat imagery. The game is full of neat imagery, but the areas lose their luster. I mean at first, the scale is quite well done and I'm big on this trend of making the walking part of JRPGS not boring. It isn't boring here. You're running around a desert and jumping on rooftops. Cool.

But, by the 3rd time, it becomes a little boring and the 4th area just tedious. I mean it's really just the color that changes, the environments begin to blur together in bland city ruins. Not only that, you really feel like yeah you are just doing the same thing. It starts to feel like filler. Not curated filler like in the jrpgs of old. Yeah, a PS1 RPG can have you go through a dungeon and have it go on forever. But when you're done with it, you get a story beat and you move unto an area that hopefully looks different, has a new story thrust to it, and maybe its own gimmick.

Here since the story takes a back seat, you get done with one field, have that story beat drop, and then you are basically asked to do the whole process again. Go fight the filler mid-tier bosses at the boss points we just threw together, find the little treasure people, find the treasure caches. Basic copy and paste open world stuff. Thinley veiled with SMT wrapping, very thinly. Its not game-breaking, but anyone with a critical eye will probably see the vapidness.

The visuals....well honestly the game looks great at times. Image quality is rough and animation can feel a bit budget at times. But its also just a personal opinion that these character models look like 90s demon anime toys power by unreal engine. It just doesn't have that mature, cold, and abstract look of three. I think dropping cel-shading was a bad idea. Instead of going for a FFesque real-anime look that I don't think it pulls off.

Speaking of anime, I guess one of the fears about this game would be that the story would be too anime. I don't think it is, even though my Japanese teen joining the Japanese secret demon society squad is kind of lame. As is a certain obvious sad boy's turn. Lame and silly-looking. But upon thinking more the story is strong in themes if it isn't in actual events, characterization, and/or plot. Instead, I think it does achieve its goal of reflecting the challenges of the modern-day. We are kind of in a godless society. What does that mean and how should people lead their lives? I just think the story is full of these themes, but it can feel like it meanders, characters show up say something and then disappear while you feel little agency or rush. Maybe that was the point, the vibe. At many times during the game, I would just look at the screen confused, major things would seemingly happen, but they would drop on you like they were nothing. Maybe the melancholy feel fits into the unheroic angle the story is going for. Nothing feels "epic". It can instead feel pointless, but maybe that's the point.

I enjoyed the game. Atlus makes another jrpg that excels in gameplay, but is unrelenting in being it's own thing. I just think its a little lame when the seams show and you see the parts that wanted to be trendy.

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Re: What did you finish in 2022?
« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2022, 07:32:08 PM »
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Re: What did you finish in 2022?
« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2022, 04:39:21 PM »
Completed Mortal Shell: Enhanced Edition for Xbox.  If you’re looking for baby’s first souls game this is it for sure.  No shields but you have a 360° block mechanic in harden that can even be triggered mid attack allowing your attack to finish and connect after you’ve been hit.  You also get knocked out of your shell the first time you lose your HP and get full healed if you can get back into your shell before you die.  You don’t have enough health in that form to get hit even once but still.  Only even remotely challenging achievements were the no Shell/Obsidian Dark runs but even that was pretty simple.  Ice boss was total bullshit on that run but the rest was very doable even if you aren’t that good at souls like games.  Enjoyed the game thoroughly and would play again.

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Re: What did you finish in 2022?
« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2022, 05:54:46 PM »
Finished Mundaun.
My 2021 GOTY i'd say, really fantastic indie horror, if you can stomach that gameplay-lite style of experiences like Paratopic, Lost in Vivo, etc.
Visually it's rare to find something that feels really different in this space, and the soundtrack was great, too.

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Re: What did you finish in 2022?
« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2022, 05:11:04 AM »
Just binged through Wasteland 3.

Pretty solid RPG having not played the previous instalments, mid to late-game content felt a bit lean and I honestly think you get funnelled a bit too much. The overworld driving was incredibly tedious.

Hope they go on to make a Wasteland 4 and hire a new UI designer while they're at it.

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Re: What did you finish in 2022?
« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2022, 09:33:36 AM »
Gorogoa

Great Gamepass game, short and sweet. It has nice art and intuitive (albeit simple) puzzles.
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Re: What did you finish in 2022?
« Reply #7 on: February 05, 2022, 05:23:58 PM »
Xbox One:

AI: The Somnium Files
Lost Judgment
Rainbow Six Extraction

Switch:

Shin Megami Tensei 5
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Re: What did you finish in 2022?
« Reply #8 on: February 05, 2022, 05:50:08 PM »
AI worth it?

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Re: What did you finish in 2022?
« Reply #9 on: February 05, 2022, 06:29:16 PM »
Ehhh it was ok. It doesn't really get good until the end bits and even then it's over before you know it.
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Re: What did you finish in 2022?
« Reply #10 on: February 05, 2022, 11:03:48 PM »
Kingdoms of Amalur.....super meh, probably not going to plat
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Re: What did you finish in 2022?
« Reply #11 on: February 06, 2022, 06:46:23 PM »
Kingdoms of Amalur.....super meh, probably not going to plat
This is in my backlog too. How long did it take you to beat?

Finished a Nomad story arc in CP2077.

Finished DQV.  My first DQ game completed!

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Re: What did you finish in 2022?
« Reply #12 on: February 06, 2022, 07:54:56 PM »
Maybe 10 hours main, 30 hours to finish other guild quests
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Re: What did you finish in 2022?
« Reply #13 on: February 06, 2022, 09:51:01 PM »
Wordle

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Re: What did you finish in 2022?
« Reply #14 on: February 07, 2022, 06:14:47 PM »
horizon: zero dawn
pokemon legends
halo infinite
metro exodus: sam's story

horizon and metro are the best of the bunch so far. also finally got through arthurs story in RDR2. i've been playing red dead for nearly a year lmao now i just got dis epilogue to go. i like it but they could've cut arthurs line of quests down significantly, or switched up the angle earlier. dutch has been a fucking piece of shit for so long. his loyalty should've waned a long time ago. rockstar dragging an engaging story and characters through the mud by padding it so hard.
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Re: What did you finish in 2022?
« Reply #15 on: February 07, 2022, 10:33:51 PM »
SaGa Frontier: Remastered (Switch/PS1) - all stories, including all of Fuse's cases, cleared
Bobl (NES) - a homebrew physics-platformer-metroidvania where you play as a bubble: https://morphcatgames.itch.io/bobl?download
Rambo (NES)

Mega Man X2
Treasure Hunter G (replay)
Donkey Kong Country 3 (103%)
Titanfall 2 (all collectibles, normal mode)
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Re: What did you finish in 2022?
« Reply #16 on: February 07, 2022, 10:39:13 PM »
How's X2? Only played 1 and 3.

tiesto

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Re: What did you finish in 2022?
« Reply #17 on: February 07, 2022, 11:06:07 PM »
How's X2? Only played 1 and 3.

It's not bad, definitely a bit more of the same, though I don't think the music is as memorable as 1 aside from the final boss fight.
Some level designs are pretty neat, like the weather changing one or the level with the sliding crystals.
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Re: What did you finish in 2022?
« Reply #18 on: February 08, 2022, 02:59:32 AM »
I never played Treasure Hunter G. How does it compare against other SNES RPGs? Is it worth playing if you don't have nostalgia for it?

tiesto

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Re: What did you finish in 2022?
« Reply #19 on: February 08, 2022, 09:16:12 AM »
I never played Treasure Hunter G. How does it compare against other SNES RPGs? Is it worth playing if you don't have nostalgia for it?

Well, story-wise its pretty lighthearted (with a few twists toward the end), characters are lighthearted, but the battle system is where the game shines. It's small-scale tactical battles where you can throw items at characters/enemies, attack multiple times in a turn, etc. Battles are one-off and don't respawn but there are still towns and fields and dungeons like your standard RPG. There's also some nice music and decent 90s CG graphics.

It's not a long game either, probably just a little under 20 hours to beat. I'd say it's definitely worth playing but it's not on the level of something like CT or Lufia 2.
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Re: What did you finish in 2022?
« Reply #20 on: February 09, 2022, 08:19:04 PM »
Wordle
I think I'm done with it as well.
Hope the creator enjoys the millions.

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Re: What did you finish in 2022?
« Reply #21 on: February 18, 2022, 02:12:39 AM »
The Last Campfire

Not half as clever as the developers thought it was. Simple little puzzler with some 9/10 pretentious indie game dev vibes.

Didn't outstay it's welcome though which is why I managed to finish it where 95% of games I play I don't even come close.
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Re: What did you finish in 2022?
« Reply #22 on: February 18, 2022, 04:41:09 AM »
Oh, I finally finish-finished Red Dead Red Redder-demption 2 singleplayer. Great game, but as usual, when I finish the single-player, I feel no compulsion to play the multiplayer.
Anyway, that's done.

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Re: What did you finish in 2022?
« Reply #23 on: March 07, 2022, 11:23:37 PM »
Illegal post: I "finished" Watchdogs Legion, in that I rage-quit during the last boss.

The game is built around letting you select different characters with different abilities, and change your weapon and tech loadout for a different approach. The last battle gives a point-of-no-return, but it's unclear what kind of mission it will be. I'm stuck with the starter pistol and spider-drone, can't back out, can't restart. After 120 minutes of struggling with the boss and feeling like I'm going to have a stroke, I've deleted it from my console.

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Re: What did you finish in 2022?
« Reply #24 on: March 20, 2022, 11:57:14 PM »
Started and finished all Good Karma path goals in inFamous: Second Son. Great game that has compelling core loop, doesn't overstay its welcome, and looks great at 60FPS on PS5 and feels snappy as fuck. 5/5 will play again (also bought inFamous First Light).

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Re: What did you finish in 2022?
« Reply #25 on: April 05, 2022, 07:02:35 PM »
Yakuza Kiwami
FFX (PS4)
Beyond Two Souls
Great Ace Attorney 1

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Re: What did you finish in 2022?
« Reply #26 on: May 11, 2022, 02:07:03 PM »
- Elden Ring (XSX) 🏆
- Tiny Tina's Wonderland (XSX) 🏆
- Life is Strange: True Colors (XSX) 🏆
- Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion (XSX) 🏆 (two broken achievements, tho)
- A Memoir Blue (XSX) 🏆
- Demon's Souls (PS5)
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Re: What did you finish in 2022?
« Reply #27 on: May 15, 2022, 05:25:58 PM »
Duke Nukem Forever


 

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Re: What did you finish in 2022?
« Reply #28 on: May 24, 2022, 12:02:04 PM »
Xbox One:

Dark Souls 3
Record of Lodoss War Deedlit sdkfljdk shit name
Telling Lies
Narita Boy
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origins
Code Vein
Outlast 2
Devil May Cry HD Collection (DMC1+DMC2+DMC3)
The Wild At Heart
Scarlet Nexus
Tiny Tina's Wonderlands
Tales of Arise
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Re: What did you finish in 2022?
« Reply #29 on: May 25, 2022, 03:05:08 PM »
Ys I

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Re: What did you finish in 2022?
« Reply #30 on: May 29, 2022, 08:31:31 AM »
Ys II

Rahxephon91

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Re: What did you finish in 2022?
« Reply #31 on: May 29, 2022, 12:40:01 PM »
Final Fantasy Origin-Didn't really care for it. The memey story got old and the level design is god awful. Was a struggle to playthrough.

Triangle Stategy- I've talked a lot about this on the discord. My favorite game of the year so far. Just a really well made SRPG.

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Re: What did you finish in 2022?
« Reply #32 on: May 30, 2022, 03:04:53 AM »
How far are you into Triangle Strategy? I reached chapter 15 yesterday and I feel like it hasn't really taken off yet story-wise. The combat and overall quality of it is great though.

Rahxephon91

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Re: What did you finish in 2022?
« Reply #33 on: May 30, 2022, 02:05:55 PM »
I've finished one playthrough.

Well, I won't say it's the most exciting story.

Which is actually why I liked it. I went in expecting at some point the plot would reveal some "ancient evil god or whatever is manipulating things". Even Tactics get's a little crazy towards the end. This never happens, instead, it stays pretty grounded(except for one little small thing right at the end). It plays it straight with its salt and iron as basic dumb down stand-ins for all resources and in my playthrough felt like it subverted jrpg troupes. What I mean is that at many times my Serona would side with the morally upstanding choice like a good jrpg lead and often the story would highlight that those choices maybe aren't the best. You'd have characters take surprising perspectives on what was happening. I actually thought the story was rather serious and dark, not so much in feeling grim, but not shying away from the pros and cons of trying to make a good choice. Which I found refreshing for a modern jrpg. I'm not saying it's high art, but I think the game was smarter then I expected. I went in expecting a Tactics homage/rip-off from the people who brought as Bravley Default, a series where I just finished the 2nd game not too long ago and found the story kind of offensively generic and boring. In Triangle, I found a bit more thoughtful story.

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Re: What did you finish in 2022?
« Reply #34 on: June 11, 2022, 05:07:19 PM »
Ys III for Famicom

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Re: What did you finish in 2022?
« Reply #35 on: June 13, 2022, 12:12:34 PM »
- Dark Souls: Remastered (Xbox)
- Bloodborne
- The Dark Pictures Anthology (Xbox)
= Man of Medan
= Little Hope
= House of Ash
- The Quarry (Xbox)
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tiesto

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Re: What did you finish in 2022?
« Reply #36 on: June 21, 2022, 09:59:38 PM »
SaGa Frontier: Remastered (Switch/PS1) - all stories, including all of Fuse's cases, cleared
Bobl (NES) - a homebrew physics-platformer-metroidvania where you play as a bubble: https://morphcatgames.itch.io/bobl?download
Rambo (NES)

Mega Man X2
Treasure Hunter G (replay)
Donkey Kong Country 3 (103%)
Titanfall 2 (all collectibles, normal mode)

Mickey Mousecapade (NES)
Mega Man: The Wily Wars (Genesis) - including the bonus Wily Tower
Mega Man 5 (NES)
Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters (Game Boy)
Tail Gator (Game Boy)
Koudelka (all endings)
Granstream Saga (both endings)
Tomba 2 (100% quest completion)
Dragon Valor (all 3 routes)
Mega Man X4 (X and Zero playthroughs)
Mega Man X5 (X and Zero playthroughs)
Legend of Mana (100% quest completion)
Tail Concerto
Crash Bandicoot 1 (all secret levels unlocked and beaten)
Crash Bandicoot 2 (all secret levels unlocked and beaten)
Crash Bandicoot 3 (all secret levels unlocked and beaten)
Paper Mario
Pokemon Snap (all Pokemon 'snapped')
Smash Bros (beat single player with all characters and unlocked everything)
Yoshi's Story (all levels unlocked and beaten)
Mario 64 (120 stars)
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Rahxephon91

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Re: What did you finish in 2022?
« Reply #37 on: June 22, 2022, 09:21:36 PM »
Babylon's Fall-Well at least the initial campaign.

Look I enjoyed this game. It's not as bad as people claim. I mean I mostly ignored the Destiny GAAS stuff. Never caring about the terrible-looking armor, just equipping what had a higher number. While the combat does feel like a sleepy Platnium game its still a Plat game and thus still fun. Its not even that ugly, there are some cool visuals, bosses, and environment design......sometimes.

And honestly when played in multiplayer...it strangely reminded me of a FFXIV dungeon.