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Sat, 11 Aug 2018 23:39:17
edgecrusher said:
robio said:

Using the

Wiimote?

Dildo?

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Sun, 12 Aug 2018 01:42:38
Yeah, yeah... I left in a sentence from the original draft of it and forgot to delete it. Oops.
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Sun, 12 Aug 2018 03:33:27
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travo said:
edgecrusher said:
robio said:

Using the

Wiimote?

Dildo?

Trance Vibrator?

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The best lack all conviction, while the worst  
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Sun, 12 Aug 2018 12:49:50
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#93. Bit.Trip Beat

Bit.Trip Beat can either be described as the ultimate evolution of Pong or simply Pong on acid with some really good music in the background. Tough to argue against either description. Basically it starts out as something very similar to Pong. A ball approches from the right side of the screen, and you line up your paddle to bounce it back. However it turns into something else quickly. The balls start to change and they approach with their own rhythm patterns, and when you bounce them back at the correct moment the noise it makes synches up with the game's soundtrack to create as it was intended to be heard. So basically it's a crazy music based rhythm game. And all the while the background starts flashing, with different shapes ranging from basic cubes to DNA double helixes floating in the background. Even with it's basic look and sound, it's a hell of an audio/visual experience. Despite the simple basic idea the game is tough as nails and probably could have been a touch easier. Oh and if you can, try and track down a Wii version of the game. It was since ported to the 3DS, iOS and PC, but none of them match using the Wiimote's motion control and tilt feature to move the game's paddle.

I bought this on Wii when it first released and loved it.  It was also pretty fun in multiplayer, as your unknowing friends would start off joking about pong, before getting all worked up over how psychadelic and hard it suddenly became.

I also bought Bit Trip Void, which had a great concept as well.  It's quite the pitty that the only Bit Trip games we get nowadays are nothing more than brainless endless runners.  It all started out so promisingly.

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Sun, 12 Aug 2018 18:02:42
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I also bought Bit Trip Void, which had a great concept as well.  It's quite the pitty that the only Bit Trip games we get nowadays are nothing more than brainless endless runners.  It all started out so promisingly.

Totally agreed. On the whole I liked just about all of the games in the Bit.Trip series (never quite figured out how Core was supposed to play), until they got to the newer Runner games. The first Runner was pretty cool, but ever since they "leapt into the 3rd dimension" the games have not been fun at all. The devs can still make a fun simple game like Whoa Dave! but I guess the Runner games are still making money so they stick with them?

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Sun, 12 Aug 2018 18:24:27

#92. We Ski & Snowboard

Screw Wii Fit. If someone needs an arguement about why we need the Balance Board back in our lives, We Ski & Snowboard is it. Gliding down a mountain peak at sunset, or just screwing around on some lower hills at night while fireworks are being shot off, there was no open-world game like this. It might have been hurt for the lack of any kind of story or major goals, but just exploring the mountains and discovering photography spots while pulling off tricks on my board was more than enough fun for me. And for an SD game, it really did a great job of capturing the motion and feel of skiing thanks to the balance board. If you were leaning just right your character would hit high speeds and you really did feel like you were there. On more than one occasion while I was a little too focused on the TV I would even get slightly motion sick (in a good way if it's possible to mean it in a good way) from playing. Sadly, until VR takes off (if it ever does), we're probably never going to have a game like this again and that's a damn shame.

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Sun, 12 Aug 2018 18:36:54

#91. River City Ransom

Crappy box art is probably the only thing that could have held River City Ransom back from being one of the most popular NES games back in the day, and guess what? It kind of did. As a matter of fact, while I was aware of the game when it was first released, I wouldn't actually play it for another 10 or 15 years after it came out mainly because a lot of scenes were used in early internet memes and were constantly used for early videogame snark writer Seanbaby. It's a shame too because it's far better than its beat'em up contemporaries thanks to its system of leveling up your character's stats and being able to purchase new moves and fighting techniques. You could actually kind of argue that it's one of the first action RPGs because of that. It's even held up pretty well too and it's one of only a couple dozen NES games that I'd still quickly recommend. And if for some reason you haven't played it... well here's my recommendation. Go play it. It's great.

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Sun, 12 Aug 2018 19:24:30

I really loved that game back in the day.

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Sun, 12 Aug 2018 22:04:48

Two games I never played right there. Thought about nabbing Ski a few times but never did.

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Sun, 12 Aug 2018 22:07:11
If you don't have a balance board don't bother. Then again, I think you can get them for like 10 bucks these days.
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Sun, 12 Aug 2018 23:25:43
To be fair, the skiing at least works very well even without the balance board. And once again a game that is dear to me as well. I owned the original during the day's of the Wii and recently bought this sequel as well.
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Mon, 13 Aug 2018 00:15:55
True, you can replicate the skiing with the Wiimote and nunchuck, but once you use the balance board it's tough to go backwards.
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Mon, 13 Aug 2018 01:34:04

#90. Dragon Warrior Monsters

In 2000 Dragon Warrior fans in the West were feeling highly neglected. The 16 bit era had come and gone without a single new entry in the series despite a brief tease that DQ6 was going to be localized. And the PS1/N64 era was coming to a close without an entry as well, though there were rumors that DQ7 which was still being developed might make it over. All we had gotten since Dragon Warrior 4 on the NES were some gameboy color remakes of the first three games. As nice as those were, it wasn't much. And then, finally, the rains came and we got our hands on a DQ branded Pokemon clone... yay.

Turns out it actually was something to celebrate. Dragon Warrior Monsters was packed full of Dragon Warrior nostalgia. Lots of monsters from previous games, familiar music and graphics, and even old bosses from the series. What was even better though was this was an amazingly good game. It wasn't just a Pokemon clone. It was better. You weren't just catching monsters in the wild. Now you were breeding them and even stealing them away from other trainers. You also were fighting with three at a time which changed up how you went into battle and required completely different strategies. It even had a nice little story thrown in there, that kept things moving while still keeping the focus on the monster training. Even after its more refined sequels, there's something about how tightly focused the original is that still makes it my favorite in the series.

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Mon, 13 Aug 2018 04:02:52

I was always interested We Skii, but didn't have a balance board...and I'm not sure the game was even released here.

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Wed, 15 Aug 2018 02:00:40

So many games I never played. But I agree on the ones I have, rage 2 I see the best beat em up, crazy taxi is a blast. bloodborne is so good.

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Wed, 15 Aug 2018 03:18:51

#89. Jones in the Fastlane

I originally dismissed the idea of Jones in the Fastlane. At the time I didn't care much for video game board games, and at the time that wasn't hard to defend. They were usually less interesting than their real-world counterparts and much more predictable. Go look at early versions of Monopoly on the PC to see what I'm talking about. The only reason I even got it was because some kids I babysat for got me a gift certificate to a local computer store and this was all I could afford with it. It turned out to be one of the best discounted games I ever played, and became a multi-player staple amongst my friends.

Jones almost plays like an RPG like Harvest Moon, but it just happens to be set on a game board. It's all about time management. Your player has so many hours in a week to work on achieving their set goals of happiness, money, education, and career before their turn ends. This entails going to work, buying luxury items, going to college, paying your rent, and even eating. Manage your time poorly and you'll fall behind the other players. Random events even occur to shake things up. If things are going too good, you might get mugged while leaving your job. You could also win the lottery and finally be able to afford more college fees. And because you can change which goals are a priority, you can actually play the game by focusing on different things each time. Best of all, the game was funny. It's filled with groan inducing puns, but just by sheer quantity of them, the game will eventually win you over. It might not be the best video game board game ever, but it's definitely up there.

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Wed, 15 Aug 2018 11:01:34

Gagan needs to play this.

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Wed, 15 Aug 2018 18:59:14

I didn't know Robio was one of those weird PC guys back in the day. Huh.

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Wed, 15 Aug 2018 23:37:01
edgecrusher said:

I didn't know Robio was one of those weird PC guys back in the day. Huh.


I've always been a console gamer first, but PC gaming was a big thing for me since I was a kid right through my early 20's. At least 10% of the games on this list are PC titles.
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Sat, 18 Aug 2018 14:02:43

#88. Dark Cloud 2  (I thought I posted this a few days ago, but it seems to have disappeard. My original copy of it is gone so this will be on the short side)

This could be the Playstation 2's Legend of Zelda. The first time I read a review for Dark Cloud 2, the reviewer made a statement to this affect, comparing the the Dark Cloud series to the Legend of Zelda series. Upon playing it, it has absolutely nothing in common with any Zelda game, so the comparison still strikes me as an odd on. And really there's no need to compare the two, because Dark Cloud 2 stands high on its own merits. Its a solid action adventure game, with beautiful cell-shaded graphics, but what really makes it special is how it is packed with no shortage of things to do.

You might find battling through randomly generated dungeons, each with specific goals if you want to get bonus loot as you explore. If you're not interested in fighting, maybe you're taking pictures of and using ideas in those photos to create new inventions. Maybe you're developing a town or inviting people to live in it. Or maybe you're just killing time fishing or playing golf next to a volcano. Not every idea in the game will work or be fun for everyone, but Level-5 added so many activities in this game that you can very easily move onto something else if you get bored of one thing.  It's definitely worth checking it all out though as everything you do just goes into enhancing your characters and that's important as this is one tough game. Despite it's charming presentation, it still has that old-school toughness in it, but it's a game that will test even skilled players.

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