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@arbitrarywater: I believe we still have that simultaneous Tales of Graces F playthrough to consider eventually. Not sure it's dubious enough to qualify for your wheel, but I might have space in the near future for it. Gonna have to work it around my Yakuza 6 playthrough though; I've been looking forward to that.

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I'm another that played Sacred 3 on Xbox 360 for about three hours. Fortunately in my case it was a rental. When it came to the Xbox 360 and RPGs, it was really a "take what you can get" situation in the gaps between all the Bioware and Bethesda releases. I think I ended up playing every poor-to-middling RPG for that thing.

I might object to Anachronox being considered "dubious," except I always lose focus towards the end. Feels like a game that gets progressively weaker as it goes.

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...Yeah, so this definitely mirrors a couple of my attempts, though I'm not sure which guides told you to go to Dernholm and Blackroot before clearing out some of the easier quests in Tarant.

Most did, including the "Before I Play" rundown, which was initially the only thing I was going to check.

Granted, in retrospect, the city was probably going to be less dangerous given the first step of the main quest was there and that centers of civilization usually have fewer high-level monster encounters, but I got spooked by various sources saying "don't go to the city straight away" like I was going to get jumped by half the antagonistic cult as soon as I arrived. Some of that comes from residual Baldur's Gate memories too: heading to the titular city right after starting is generally inadvisable (and probably impossible, though I don't recall the finer details).

None of Arcanum felt that great to play and the time investment was starting to look enormous, so I don't think Tarant would've saved it. Being first level in any RPG is rough, but hitting 7th and still feeling unable to do anything reliably was rougher.

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Here's my ongoing list of explormers still to look into (* = I own this and may play it soon):

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Hey, great work with this. Seems like a pretty definitive ranking. I mean, I couldn't find Ys 8 on either the finished list or the 40 runners-up list, but pobody's nerfect.

I appreciate that a good 25-30% of the final list are indie games too. I've been putting my top 100 Indies of 2010s list together, but keep running into weird technicalities (e.g. Does Life is Strange count? Does Child of Light? Does Journey?).

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Since there's no Hottest Mess category this year, I'll nominate a game for it: Outer Wilds.

Outer Wilds's PS4 port has a save corruption bug in it, and one that happens fairly frequently if the user response on Twitter and the developer's site is any indication. It happened to Fanbyte's (formerly Waypoint's) Danielle Riendeau. Suffice it to say this is the most deleterious issue a game can have - even a glitch that prevents you from completing the game means, at worst, you just have to sit twiddling your thumbs next the finish line until they fix it - and absolutely not one that should be in a finished product of any repute. Games are hard to make and bugs happen, granted, but there are issues of a certain severity that should never be allowed to see the light of day and that it's still there (figuratively) kicking people in the junk several months after release is pretty shocking.

Control chugs harder than The Little Engine That Could on a core PS4 and the decisions made for its checkpointing may be the Oldest House's biggest mystery of all, but at least it didn't consign hundreds of save games to the great beyond.

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I swear, we're the only people on this whole site repping Horace. There's a lot of really good, inventive stuff in there that's worth weathering the awkwardly tough platforming and backtracking. I even would've been happy to explain all the British references to Dan if he'd stuck with it (and asked me to do so (and knew who I was)).

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Fine work as always.

I'm just getting started with my Best Music homework myself. Sadly, even though a new Ys came out in Japan, there's no localization yet so it's not eligible. Kinda hard for much else this year to compete with this or this. Trails of Cold Steel 3 was an acceptable consolation prize at least.

Bloodstained's OST was really good fun though, I'll have to give that another listen.

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Kinda want the whole GBE crew (give or take a bonus Mahardy) to play the Viscera Cleanup Detail level specifically based on the Event Horizon ship. They did complain about all the mess dripping from the walls, after all.

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Love to spend 30-45 minutes sprucing up a GB wiki page for an obscure game only for GB to play it and a host to say "so I looked this up on Wikipedia..."