Rio Starwind’s Community Endurance Run Plans

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Hello again! I’m once again going to do my small part for the GBCERIX. Raising money for Pencils Of Promise is always worth the effort. PoP uses 100% of your generous donations toward getting kids a better education. For example with enough money they could build a new school or even just getting school supplies to them that they wouldn’t have without your help. Click the link below if you want to support my effort this year.

https://fundraise.pencilsofpromise.org/fundraiser/1939363

Like I try to do every year I’ll be streaming each day of the event. Each day will have a different theme that shows off a different legacy console. Starting off with the Super Nintendo.

April 12th Friday Night SNES, 10:00 PM EDT - 2:00 AM EDT

All those hot tracks could be yours.
All those hot tracks could be yours.

I’ll be playing through The Firemen, BS Kaizou Choujin Shubibinman, and Kirby Super Star. Although these are in 4 hour blocks it’s certainly possible I won’t finish all of these within the time limit. In that case I’ll either keep going or do a bonus stream later to compete what ends of being left over after all of this. During this time block if you donate $20 you can win Killer Instinct for the SNES & it also includes the Killer Cuts music CD.

April 13th Sega Saturday, 10:00AM EDT - 2:00 PM EDT

Darius is a fun top down shooter.
Darius is a fun top down shooter.

During this segment the Saturn gets to shine. A trio of games await in this block starting with Die Hard Arcade, Three Dirty Dwarves, and Mobile Suit Gundam. If you decide to donate $20 during this block you could win a copy of Darius Gaiden for the Sega Saturn.

If you like crazy things then this is the one for you.
If you like crazy things then this is the one for you.

April 14th Good Morning PlayStation, 8:00AM EDT - 12:00PM EDT

Ending with a morning romp on the Playstation. Like before I have 3 games lined up. Starting off with The Firemen 2 Pete & Danny, Klonoa: Door To Phantomville and Castlevania: Symphony Of The Night. If a $20 donation should arrive during this block you could win a copy of Rising Zan The Samurai Gunman.

Include either your Twitch name or Giant Bomb username in the donation comment. So I can get back in touch with you if you win. Additionally if you name what you want to win it'll still count even if your not around during my live streams. Otherwise I can’t give anything away. $5 donations can also win some Steam games. I’ll be noting what they are at a later date.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and I hope my little live stream will be a enjoyable experience if you tune in. Donate if you can!

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Giant Bomb Community Extra Life Archive 2018

Here we are again my friends. The time of year when the Giant Bomb community live streams video games to raise money for a good cause. While the main thread is a good place to start I always feel like a handy chart is a quicker way to see what everyone is doing. This chart will be updated constantly whenever I notice new users joining in on the fun. Like always if you want to be added to this list just PM me. Plus if you find a mistake let me know.

http://www.explosiveruns.com/ should still be your one stop shop for Giant Bomb community streams.

Let's beat our goal from last year! Going over 250k should be a piece of cake for this generous community.

*Update* $293,983 raised for Extra Life

We Blew past our goal once again. Our combined effort has now brought help to so many kids all over North America. It was thanks to all of the sweet donations and all of our great streamers. Yet Extra Life day may be behind us but streaming for EL does not stop. Some more live streams will be going on later this month. I'll put another mini chart above the old one so anyone checking this out will be able to find them easily.

User IDLive Stream LinkExtra Life LinkGoalSupportingInformationStart Time
@prismapunk
@prismapunk
TwitchAoife Brooks$100

Phoenix Children's Hosptial

Phoenix, Arizona

Two 12 hour streams of all kinds of video games.Nov 13/14
@urban_ryoga
@urban_ryoga
TwitchJohnathan Johnson$300

UC Davis Children's Hosptial

Sacramento, California

A mix of "bad" games and some that just needed that extra push to finish.

Aka Mega Max X7, Binary Domain, Sonic 4, Life is Strange: Beyond The Storm.

Nov 17
@audiobusting
@audiobusting
TwitchUnofficial GB Discord$360

Carilion Children's Hosptial

Roanoke, Virgina

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User IDLive Stream LinkExtra Life LinkGoalSupportingInfomationStart TIme
@thatbendorf
@thatbendorf
Twitch Derrick Bendorf$500

Riley Hospital,

Indiana

First time streaming for the kids!

Expect many video games of some sort.

Nov 3rd
@ramblesnonsense
@ramblesnonsense
TwitchWedge Streams$600

Cohen Medical Center,

New York

Fall into the grim world of Nier Automata

or the happy world of Donut County.

Plus some unnamed mutiplayer game too.

Nov 3rd
@riostarwind
@riostarwind
TwitchMichael Holbrook$150

WVU Children's Hospital,

West Virginia

48 Gamecube games in 2 12 hour streams!

A list of all the games I plan on playing.

Nov 3rd

3:00PM EDT

Nov 4th

10:00AM EST

@zolloz89
@zolloz89
TwitchJason Sckrabulis$1400

Beaumont Children's,

Michigan

Expect many video games of some sort.Nov 3rd
@dirtybirdy
@dirtybirdy
MixerMatthew Gorby$1500

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia,

Pennsylvania

Whether he is raiding in Destiny 2 or

brawling in the streets within Yakuza 0

you'll find some cool stuff to watch.

(Dead Cells and Jackbox party pack.)

Oct 20

10AM EDT

(18 Hours)

@big_denim
@big_denim
TwitchChris Barnes$400

Boston Children's Hospital,

Massachusetts

So many games to choose from so they

are willing to take requests.

But expect to see some Titanfall 2 matches

at some point.

Nov 3rd

10AM EDT

@jmkobus
@jmkobus
TwitchJason Kobus$500

Children's Hospital of St Louis,

Missouri

First time joining in on the fun.

Video games!

Oct 19th
@soulmanim3
@soulmanim3

Twitch

Mixer

Youtube

Mark Ogden$100

Riley Hospital,

Indiana

So many games could be played and you

could assist via donations. Each donation will

spin the randonizer and whatever it lands on

will be played. Here is the list of games.

Oct 30th

7PM EDT

@fattony12000
@fattony12000
TwitchMax Boy$1000

UCSF Benioff Children's

Hospitals,

California

Each donation will get you a game from this

list.

Who knows what might go on in this stream.

Maybe even more Dark Souls.

Nov 3rd
@panicswitch
@panicswitch

Twitch

Mixer

Chris Shomo$2100

PennState Health

Children's Hospital,

Pennsylvania

Chris & friends are back for another 25 hours!

Some incentives for certain donations tiers.

$25 will get you a serenade from Paul.

$50 will up the difficulty like blindfolding whoever is playing.

Rocket League, Overcooked 2, Yakuza Kiwami 2 & more.

Nov 3rd
@teeknuts
@teeknuts

TwitchTony Knutson$250

Gillette Children's St Paul,

Minnesota

Sixth year participating in Extra Life.

V I D E O G A M E S

Nov 3rd
@datarez
@datarez

TwitchRyan Ligon$250

Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Of Greater St, Lois

Tune in if you want to watch some FFXIV!Nov 3rd
@ben91891
@ben91891

TwitchBenjamin Varga$100

Carlion Children's

Roanoke, Virgina

Videogames?Nov 3rd
@bpriller
@bpriller

Twitch

Mixer

Brad P.$3500

Children's Hospital Of Chicago

Time does not matter anymore but they always have time for some D&D.

Like always they will start out with some Shadow Complex.

Afterwards you might see some RDR2, Destiny 2, Forza & more.

Nov 3rd
@jericho15
@jericho15

YoutubePajodcast Media$200

IWK Foundation

Halifax, Nova Scotia

This group of friends is gaming for the kids a few days after Extra Life day.

Tune in if you can.

Nov 5th
@locclo
@locclo

TwitchShawn Hendrickson$250

Gillette Children's Hospital

St Paul, Minnesota

24 hours of music with Clone Hero a PC

based Guitar Hero clone.

Tune in for some rocking tunes.

Nov 3rd

10AM

@kekon
@kekon

TwitchMichael Pena$100

Driscoll Children's Hospital

Corpus Christi, Texas

Some friends are getting together to speed run their favorite games.

Kingdom Hearts, Resident Evil Remake, Castlevania SoTN, Metal Gear Solid 2 & more.

Nov 2nd
@jasonmasters
@jasonmasters

TwitchJason Masters$250

Children's Hospital Of Wisconsin

Nov 3rd : Unleash the Warhammer universe for 12 hours.

Nov 4th: A bit more freeform, aka Destiny 2, WoW, etc.

Nov 3 & 4

2 12 hour streams

@coolarman
@coolarman

TwitchTranquiloarman$100

Carilion Children's Hosptial

Roanoke, Virgina

First time participating in Extra Life.

Prepare to fight with a assortment of fighting games.

Street Fighter V, Dragon Ball Fighterz, Soul Calibur 6.

Plus some Monster Hunter World & more.

Nov 3rd
@casselld
@casselld

TwitchDonovan Cassell$100

OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hosptial

Portland, Oregon

A husband wife duo will be playing through a bunch of Guitar Hero in a 12 hour marathon.Nov 3rd 6:00AM PDT
@madpierrot
@madpierrot

TwitchJoe L$200

Children's Specialized Hospital

Mountainside, New Jersey

A cavalcade of games await.

Including Dark Souls Remastered, Darkest Dungeon, DOTA 2, PUBG, X-Com 2, and They are billions

Nov 3rd

6:00PM EST

@lemonadepack
@lemonadepack

TwitchLogan Packard$1000

Sickkids

Toronto, Ontario

Unsure on when this might happen but he will update it soon.

Maybe some D&D and some other mysterious games.

???
@p4r4digm
@p4r4digm

TwitchBrandon Townsend$500

Tucson Medical Center

Tucson, Arizona

Unlike the one game stream last year this'll be a variety show.

Mostly a assortment of PS1 games and N64 games.

Nov 3rd
@bedouin
@bedouin

TwitchRichard & Stepth$500

Children's Of Alabama

Brimington, Alabama

First time this husband wife duo decided to stream for Extra Life.

Video games are to be determined but also expect some excellent baking as well.

Check back later for more info.

Nov 10th

10:00AM CST

@deltadreamer
@deltadreamer

TwitchDelta The Dreamer$500

BC Children's Hospital Foundation

Vancouver, British Columbia

Searching out the vastness of space once again Delta flies through the cosmos.

Star Trek Online is the main even along with some other games too.

Nov 3rd
@silver-streak
@silver-streak

TwitchSilver Stratton$250

Via Christi Hospitals In Wichita

Witchita, Kansas

Halloween is near so why not check out some Parasite Eve.

Then some Obduction and some Alpha Protocol.

Tetris Effect in VR shall also be apart of this stream.

Nov 2nd?

12:00PM

@lastbornwhale
@lastbornwhale

TwitchJoe$200

Carilion, Children's

Roanoke, Virginia

Donation Incentive: Donate $5 to get to chance to win a NES Classic.

Tune in to see the vastness of Breath Of The Wild and other games.

Nov 3rd
@bonbolapti
@bonbolapti

TwitchMichael Lylyk$100

BC Children's Hospital

Vancouver, British Columbia

Most of the game time will be going toward playing through Fallout New Vegas.

You might also see some Overwatch and a first to 10 Tetris challenge match as well.

Nov 2nd 8:00 AM PST
@afashionablehat
@afashionablehat

TwitchEd & Friends @ CIC$5000

Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center

Bangor, Maine

The goal this year is to go even BIGGER!

They've partnered with the Boston Fig this year. Which means you'll see some indie devs stop by.

They've also partnered with Balance Patch to set up some fighting games and also teach you some tips to get better.

Who knows what they'll be playing. It could be anything.

Nov 3rd
@soulmanim3
@soulmanim3

Twitch

Mixer

Mark Ogden$250

Riley Hospital For Children

Indianapolis, Indiana

It is impossible to guess what game might come next since this stream will be doing a Random Game Challenge.

Every donation will spin the random number generator. Impossible to guess what will come up next.

Oct 30

7:00 PM

@sgtsphynx
@sgtsphynx

Board 8 Supergroup$3000

UCSF Benioff Children's

Hospitals,

California

This group of friends is once again going all out. 49 hours for the kids!

More info on what games will be played soon.

Nov 3rd 7:00 AM PST
@majormitch
@majormitch

TwitchJustin Fowler $300

Duke Children's

Durham, North Carolina

MGSV for the kids!Nov 3rd
@oronalex
@oronalex

TwitchAlexander Orona$300

Carilion, Children's

Roanoke, Virginia

First time doing a stream for Extra Life and has some games to give away.

Here is a list of all the games he might play.

Jet Set Radio,No Time to Explain, Pony Island, Resonance of Fate, Cook Server Delicious 2 , Spelunky, Overcooked, Cuphead, Heavy Doughnut, Stick Fight Game, Dream Daddy, Dragon Ball FighterZ story mode, Horizon Zero Dawn, Cuphead

Nov 3rd
@thegeekyhusband
@thegeekyhusband

TwitchSteve Haberman$500

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia,

Pennsylvania

If you want to see some real life pinball then this is the game for you.Nov 3rd 12:00 PM
@section09
@section09

Twitch

Set off on a grand adventure in One Piece Pirate Warriors.

Plus some other stuff!?

Nov 2nd 10:00 AM
@prewaroregon
@prewaroregon

TwitchThomas, Steven, Ryan, Ian, and Colin$200

OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hosptial

Portland, Oregon

This group of friends is back to play a lot of Black Ops 4 Blackout Mode.Nov 3rd 11:00 AM PDT
@doughnut_slayer
@doughnut_slayer

TwitchNiki Elich$100

Carlion Children's

Roanoke, Virgina

Starting off with a real challenge by taking on Dark Souls: Remastered on Soul level 1 without any pyrotechnics.Nov 4th 8:00 AM PDT
@haychew21
@haychew21

TwitchRobert Minshew$250Texas Children's HospitalYakuza 0, Dead Cells, Skyrim Dragonborn dlc, Xcom 2 and much more.Nov 3rd
@deathbyrobots
@deathbyrobots

TwitchAndy Rauterkus$200Gillette Children's Hospitalvideogames!nov 3rd
@lordrenrew
@lordrenrew

MixerLordrenew$100John Hopkins Children's CenterCrash Bandicoot remasteredLIVE
@prismapunk
@prismapunk

TwitchAoife Brooks$100

Phoenix Children's Hosptial

Phoenix, Arizona

Two 12 hour streams of all kinds of video games.Nov 13/14
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Rio’s Giant Bomb Community Endurance Run VIII Recap

Hi, welcome to my little recap of my effort to raise money for Pencils Of Promise. Four years worth of effort into raising money for different charities via video game live streams and not much has really changed on my end. But the one thing that has always improved is the amount of donations everyone manages to raise each year. With over $8000 raised we managed to support 108 kids that now get a chance to learn in a environment that’ll let them stay healthy and obtain materials to aid them in their studies. Thanks to everyone that streamed, donated and watched. Via a combined effort we managed to make this another successful community endurance run.

What I personally raised was $80 which is only one piece of a much grander effort.The main reason I keep coming back to support this event each year is that I know what it takes to truly get someone else to learn. I may not have done it myself but living with my mom who was a teacher her entire life it was pretty clear why it is important to support causes like Pencils Of Promise. But enough of me gushing about why I do this and go into what I actually did this year.

Day 1 Morning

The first two hours kicked off with some high speed rhythm action. If upbeat japanese pop is up your alley you might want to check out my minor look into a few of the 200+ songs in Project Diva Future Tone. After that I tested my fake translation skills in the first few sections of the Japan only Fist Of The North Star PS1 game.

Day 1 Night

The speed at which the developers expected players to play through Strider (2014) was a lot faster than I remembered. This was certainly not a speed run but boy I never quite stopped moving throughout the 4 hours it took to finish it.

Day 2 Morning

It wasn’t in my original schedule but I beat Strider so fast that I now had 2 hours to fill with something else. Which ended up going into overtime since I just had to finish off Fist Of The North Star. I enjoyed seeing scenes from the show play out in the graphical style of a PS1 game. I also played a bit of Panzer Bandits that plays and looks a lot like Guardian Heroes.

Day 2 Night

Renegade Ops is one of those arcade shooters that I enjoyed but never took any time to play through it till now. Turns out it’s alright and I don’t quite understand why Gordon Freeman is a character but I wasn’t not going to play him. A few more levels of Panzer Bandits at the end since it didn’t quite last the full 4 hours.

Final Morning

Tail Concerto is just one of the many unique ideas that managed to get made during the PS1 era. A game about a dog named Waffle catching a bunch of pirate cats with a bubble gun mech is quite the unique idea for a one off game. If anime whimsy doesn’t catch your eye then the “amazing” FMV in Gamera 2000 might just peak your interest. TC comes back at the end since G2000 is pretty short.

Final Night

I ended up playing through two different DLC’s for Half Genie Hero. Even though the levels remain similar they change enough via how they play differently that it was fun to play though both. Once again that didn’t last the 4 hours I scheduled so I played a bit of Project Horned Owl. A light gun shooter that was released on the PS1.

Overall a fun time for me that also succeeded in aiding a good cause in a unique way. Being able to raise money for places that I’ve never seen before feels good. But now I’ll have to look a bit closer to home later this year with Extra Life. Who knows what games I’ll pull out for that effort since I never quite know where my mind will be when November rolls around.

Bonus!

This was a team effort and some other fellow community members put up blogs as well. Maybe you missed them the first time so here is some minor details and links to each one that I know of.

@fattony12000 took his Cuphead skills to the next level and brought out the huge controller for Steel Batalon out to show everyone how crazy that game is to control. https://www.giantbomb.com/profile/fattony12000/blog/nothing-should-could-or-will-stop-the-community-en/117207/

@zombiepie found himself trapped in another lineup of Final Fantasy games. XIII and Mobius was his poison this time. https://www.giantbomb.com/forums/general-discussion-30/26-hours-of-final-fantasy-the-giant-bomb-community-1833494/#16

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Enduring The Giant Bomb Community Endurance Run VIII

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Donate! https://fundraise.pencilsofpromise.org/fundraiser/1355168

After the first year I joined in on this event I promised myself that I would turn it into a 3 day event each time. Cause if I’m going in I might as well go all out in a respectable manner. Although that means my ability to beat all of these games in the time allowed is quite suspect but I’ll try my best. So let's go over each day and show off what I have in store for you the viewer.

April 20, 2018

10AM-12PM EDT Hatsune Miku Future Tone Let's get this party started with some up beat Japanese J-Pop sung by the ever popular set of vocaloids.

Donation Incentive: Maybe you want to hear something specific during this segment. If you donate a $1 you can pick out a song from this list. Future Tone Specifically from the first blue highlighted section.

12PM-2PM Hokuto no Ken How many times will I hear ATATATATA? Tune in to find out in this PS1 take on the Fist Of The North Star.

8PM-12AM Strider (2014) I thought this was a cool little remake of the original Strider. Seems to be a good time to revisit it.

April 21, 2018

10AM-12PM EDT Strider (2014) I’m not super confident in my ability to finish this in less than 4 hours without practice. So I’m playing a bit more of it at this point too.

12PM-2PM Bandit Kings We go from a 3D beat up up to a 2D one similar to Guardian Heroes. Other than the fact they are talking in Japanese so I have no clue what they are saying.

8PM-12AM Renegade Ops From the makers of Just Cause comes a top down arcade shooter. Even though I’ve meant to play through this it just never happened. Until now!

Donation Incentive: Choose who I get to use to beat this. Armand, Diz, Roxy, Gunnar, Gordon Freeman?, Blazemo or Crystal. Whoever gets the most donations wins.

April 22, 2018

10AM-12PM Renegade Ops In this case I might actually finish it in the first block but just in case.

12PM-2PM Gamera 2000 Another game that might not last the entire block but it sure it something. If you like bad FMV tune in for this one.

Bonus Game: Tail Concerto If the previous two games don’t last this entire block I’ll play a bit of this nice cute game about capturing cat pirates via a mech.

8PM-10PM Half Genie Hero: Pirate Queens Quest Other than watching me play through this you could also win it.

Donation Prize: Half Genie Hero + Both DLC packs Steam Code A $10 donation will get you a chance to win this game along with the dlc. Mention your Giant Bomb/Twitch user name in the donation comment so I can get in contact with you if you end up winning.

10PM-12AM Hatsune Miku Colorful Tone She’s back for the finale.

Donation Incentive: Like before you can donate a 1$ to pick a song from this link. Colorful Tone This time you can pick from the orange list.

Extra Prize: PS1 Grab Bag

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If you like PS1 games like I do then this is a prize work donating for. A set of 5 Playstation games. (Armored Core Master Of The Arena, Metal Slug X, Tekken 3, Final Fantasy VII, Rising Zan The Samurai Gunman) $40 donation will get you a pretty good chance of winning this set of games. Also mention your Giant Bomb/Twitch username in your donation comment so I can get in contact with you if you win.

So yeah I’ve got plenty of stuff lined up that I hope will urge a few of you to donate. In the end this is all about helping those in need. We just happen to use video games as a in between. Thanks in advance to anyone that donates or just spreads the word of this event.

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Tune in to Extra Life 2017: Your one stop shop for GB community live streams

That glorious time of year has once again graced our presence once again. When the entire Giant Bomb community gatherers together to raise a lot of money for a bunch of different children's hospitals. Since I just can't resist creating a table that lists all the different streams this'll be a quick way for you to find a stream to watch. All of these are from the main Extra Life forum post since most of the participants haven't quite got a schedule up on their Extra Life page yet. I'll keep adding to this as the month goes along. Going by the last few years this list is going to expand to an absurd length. If your not listed here just send me a PM. Let me know if I made any mistakes.

As always the best place to watch multiple streams at once will be on www.explosiveruns.com

We managed to raise over 200k last year so lets see if that number can be beaten this year. I know we can do it since the Giant Bomb community is awesome.

If you missed Rories post on the main page go here to see what Giant Bomb East/West is planning on streaming for Extra Life.

Update! $218,185 raised by team Giant Bomb.

Half of that was thanks to all our fabulous community members below. Along with you the donator that decided to donate thanks to one of the many silly video game streams that were put on the past few days. Without you our efforts would be in vain. Thanks again to everyone that donated.

Yet Extra Life is never quite over till the new year starts. A few of our community members will be streaming later than the offical date. They are in the chart below but I will be adding a few links below this paragraph for easy access. So you don't have to look through this entire chart to find some basic info you might need. I tried making another chart but it doesn't work very well at all.

@mystupidmouth will be streaming on Dec 15 at 11:30 PM Twitch, Extra Life 24 hours of creating Giant Bomb fan art. Some video games too.

User IDLive Stream LinkExtra Life LinkGoalSupportingInformationStart time
@deliciousbees
@deliciousbees
TwitchNoGoblin$20420Seattle Children's Hosptial

24 Hours of weird, dumb and strange video games await in this live stream.

$15 will get you a chance to win a one of a kind Tony Hawk Ride skateboard. It's been modified you can do do all kinds of flip tricks on it at the local skate park.

Nov 4 9:00 AM PDT
@endoworks
@endoworks
TwitchJosh O'Conner & Friends$1800Riley Hospital, Indianapolis, IndianaVideo Games (Details will be added later?)Nov 4
@zolloz89
@zolloz89
TwitchJason Sckrabulis$1000Beaumont Children's Royal Oak, Michigan

The Coop Nightmare (tm) Resident Evil 6 and Aliens colonial Marines shall be played because playing bad games coop is fun.

If you wish to inflict more pain on these friends if they reach $300 they will be playing through Star Trek (2013) together.

More details soon

Nov 4
@jasonmasters
@jasonmasters
TwitchJason Masters $200Children's Hosptial Of Wisconsin

Saturday : Everyone's favorite game Destiny 2 along with World of Warcraft and Diablo 1. More on deck!

Sunday: TBD

Nov 4/5

9:00AM - 9:00PM

@matt
@matt
TwitchMatt Pascual$3000Sick Kids Toronto, OntarioVidgamesNov 4
@riostarwind
@riostarwind
TwitchMichael Holbrook$200WVU Healthcare Children's Hosptial

24 PS Now games in 24 hours. This time a week before the official start date since I like to break the rules.

Saturday: Revisit the rage in Asura's Wrath and the whimsy of Puppeteer. Along with a bunch of other random games. Possible casual fight night with SMT Dante and other users too if you want to join in at 8PM EST.

Sunday: Can I withstand the size of Nobunaga's Ambition and the rage of Double Dragon Neon? Find out by tuning in and plenty of other games shall be played as well.

Donation Incentive: Import copy of Gundam Extreme Vs Full Boost, a $10 donation will get you a chance to win this crazy game.

Oct 28/29

10:00 AM EDT - 10:00 PM EDT

@afashionablehat
@afashionablehat
TwitchEd and freinds @ CIC$6000EMHS Foundation Bangor, Maine

This years stream will be at the Cambridge Innovation center. After last year they decided to showcase how awesome Boston games were. So a whole bunch of developers, community organizer, competitive players, speedrunners will be coming together to hang out and raise money for a good cause

Plenty of games will be played and Gang Beasts will once again return.

Nov 4
@p4r4digm
@p4r4digm
TwitchBrandon Townsend$500Seattle Children's

Dark Souls 24-Hour

Blind Run For The Kids

They will have giveaways and every death shall be a donation.

Nov 4 8AM PDT
@panicswitch
@panicswitch
TwitchChris Shomo$2000PennState Health Children's Hosptial

Chris, Mike and Paul will be streaming 25 hours.

Some games include Rocket League, Nidhogg II, Uncharted II and Thumper.

$5 donation to win a stream key $10 during their live stream will get a 10 second song performed by Paul.

Nov 4 10:00 AM EDT
@bpriller
@bpriller
TwitchBrad$3500Ann & Robert H. Lurle Children's Hosptial Of Chicago

Up for some Dungeon's and Dragons? Then you should tune into this stream since they'll most likely be doing that for 12 hours.

Some Dark Souls III and hopefully some newer games shall also be on this live stream too.

Nov 4
@anovosi
@anovosi
TwitchAlixnovosi$150Cottage Children's Medical Center Santa Barbara, CaliforniaEnter the world of RPG speedrunning by tuning into this stream. Since it only takes about 15 hours to beat Tales of Verperia you might catch some PUBG action later on that day.Nov 4 8:00 AM PDT
@giga
@giga
TwitchGiga (Jared)$350Sick Kids Toronto, Ontario

First time doing a Extra Life stream. Speedruns await including the ever important 50 turn Mario Party run.

Dota, PUBG and Super Mario Odyssey will show up at some point. Donation Goal coming soon!

Nov 4
@fattony12000
@fattony12000
TwitchFat Tony$100UCSF Benioff Children's Hosptials Oakland, CaliforniaVidjagames (Details coming soon?)Nov 4
@bryson_shaw
@bryson_shaw
YoutubeBryson Shaw$1000Harrington Cancer and Health Foundation Amarillo, Texas

So far this is the list- Destiny 2, Overcooked,Hitman,Splatoon. Mario's New Donk City, and NBA 2k18

If anyone has any suggestions or if they want to join in on his stream send him a PM.

Nov 4
@mythdark
@mythdark
YoutubeMIAMIAMIAFirst time joining in on the fun. He is planning on playing and maybe create levels in Super Mario Maker. Some Jack Box games could also make a appearanceNov 4
@launch
@launch
TwitchTino (Launch)$400Children's Hospital of Los Angeles

Another first time caller. Trying to get a chicken dinner in PUBG shall be on the schedule.

Along with other stuff like a random table top rpg, XCOM 2: WOTC, random NES games, Jackbox 1 to 3 and Hitman.

Plenty more await and if your interested in joining in on the fun send him a PM.

Nov 4
@awalkawesome
@awalkawesome

TwitchAaron Walker$100Arkansas Children's HospitalExpect a grab bag full of random games during this stream. Who knows what mysterious game will show up next.Nov 4
@ninnyjams
@ninnyjams

TwitchBoard 8 Supergroup $2550UCSF Benihoff Children's Hosptial Oakland, California

A group of friends come together each year to do this Extra Life stream.

They couldn't just stop at 24 so instead they'll be going for 49 hours.

Way to many games to list this here but Rock Band and Cuphead sounds like a fun time to me.

A 25 dollar donation will get you a chance to win a Miyazaki/Hasui print given away by Sgt Sphynx.

Also someone is getting married too!

Nov 4 7:00 AM PDT
@ramblesnonsense
@ramblesnonsense

TwitchWedge Streams $600Cohen Children's Medical Center New Hyde Park, New York

It's only his second favorite moba be he plans on playing 24 hours of it anyway.

Stop by to check out League Of Legends.

Donate $75 or more to earn LoL Super Galaxy Skins. No clue what the means but hey they sound snazzy.

Nov 4 10:00 AM EDT
@heyitsdale
@heyitsdale

Twitch Dale Mark$250The Children's Hospital Of Manitoba

First time attempting to stream for Extra Life and hopes to hit his goal.

He has prepared for this by buying some new equipment so hopefully he doesn't bow out accidentally at 3AM in the morning.

No real game reveals yet but fighting games will be apart of this live stream.

Nov 4
@teeknuts
@teeknuts

TwitchTony Knutson$250Gillette Children's St Paul, Minnesota

5th year supporting Extra Life

The only real constant has been DJ Hero.

Other than that expect a lot of story-based stuff and a ton of fun.

Nov 4
@leovf44
@leovf44

TwitchLeo Kccloskey$200Alberta Children's Hosptial

Return to the wordl of Sario Smash Ball.

Since it's a three preson event a lot local games will be played like Spelunky, Overcooked and Nidhoog.

If you have any Extra Life tips then send him a PM.

Nov 3 5:00 PM MDT
@calaggie
@calaggie

TwitchTom Langston$200UC Davis Children's Hosptial Sacramento, California

So many classic Playstation games need to be played.

Along with the ever relevant SNES Classic.

Nov 4
@flashflood_29
@flashflood_29

Mixer

Twitch

Flash Flood_29$100OHSU - Doernbecher Children's Hosptial Portland, Oregon

Two 12 Hour streams with more details soon.

Has two themes in mind for this event.

The first one has fellow community members jump in a certain times to either talk as flashflood_29 plays their favorite game as he interviews them or its a coop game they can play together.

If that doesn't work out the extra theme will be a bunch of classic games with a donation incentive toward the allotment of save slates. (SNES Classic)

Also includes a giveaway and if you want to join in send him a PM.

Nov 5-7
@jakethesnakeyea
@jakethesnakeyea

TwitchJacob Kindschy$200 Raised Yay!Phoenix Children's Hosptial, Arazona

Everyone's true dream 24 hours of video games.

Each donation shall get a surprise along with a shout out.

FOR THE KIDS

Oct 19 12:00 PM EDT
@oddparticle
@oddparticle

YoutubeDaniel Fu $500Dell Children's Medical Center Of Central Texas

On Nov 4 he shall have 10 Hitbrad comic strips started.

Each strip will feature a GB staff member that must be rescued.

Hitbrad will have to use two weapons that will be chosen by Extra Life donators.

Tune in live to his youtube channel to see the strips being drawn.

Nov 4
@snickersnee
@snickersnee

TwitchKevin Gavin$300Ann & Robert H Lurle Children's Hospital of Chicago

"Get ripped or support the kids stream!"

Following in the great Lang's footsteps you either get ripped when snickernee is exercising or you donate some money for the kids.

Lots of new games like Cuphead, Wolfenstein 2, Destiny 2 etc.

Nov 4 8:00 AM CDT
@kirillorlov
@kirillorlov

TwitchKrill Orlov$200Ann & Robert H Lurle Children's Hospital of ChicagoV.I.D.E.O.G.A.M.E.S. (More details soon)Nov 4
@lemonadepack
@lemonadepack

TwitchLogan Packard$400SickKids Toronto, Ontario

25 hours of games. Mix of new indie games, old PC games, and console games from the 90s. Possibly some board games as well.

Donors can pick the games we play. Raffle for a SNES Classic if I reach my goal ($20/raffle entry). Additional prizes for milestones to be announced (like board games, steam credit, and more).

Nov 4 11:00 AM EDT
@adamfedoruk
@adamfedoruk

TwitchTrash Squad$300Monroe Carell Jr Children's Hosptial Nashville, Tennessee

Trash squad assemble!

Somehow they are going to make SOCOM 2 work online.

Lots of other games too. Tune in to find out what they might play next.

Nov 4 11:00 AM EDT
@j3ffro919
@j3ffro919

MIAJeff Beck$500Phoenix Children's Hospital, Arizona

Find out the Origins of the Assassin's Creed along with space in Destiny 2 and why cars are cool in Grand Turismo Sport.

$50 donation will get a sign copy of his latest published book.

Nov 4 10:00 AM MDT
@madpierrot
@madpierrot

TwitchJoe L$100Children's Specialized Hosptial Mountainside, New Jersey

Has been wanting to do this for 4 years now and finally got the PC to do it.

Confirmed games: Darkest Dungeon, Dark Souls, Mass Effect, PlayerUnknown Battlegrounds and Dota 2

Ehhhh maybe games: Civilization 6, Fallout, Age of Mythology, X-Com 2, Invisible Inc

Really excited to do this so tune in if your around. Oh since he is in Japan this stream will start around 6PM EST on Friday.

Nov 4 7:00 AM JST
@duecenage
@duecenage

YoutubeDustin Mckenzie$240BC Children's Health Foundation Vancouver, British Columbia

On November 25th(I'm unable to do the 4th) I'll be streaming PS4 games.

Anyone who donates $10 or more will get to pick a game I play for one hour. Links to the list of games available, and the current schedule of what has been picked can be found on my Extra Life Page.

Oh, and I do have some PSVR options!!

Nov 25 9:00 AM PST
@majormitch
@majormitch

TwitchJustin Fowler$300Duke Children's Durham, North Carolina

At least 18 hours (maybe 24) of random gaming fun await in this stream.

Confirmed sightings of the following games: Heat Signature, Event[0], Super Rude Bear Resurrection, Cuphead, Environmental Station Alpha, Dead Cells, Flinthook, Hatsune Miku Project DIVA Future Tone

Nov 4 8:00 AM EDT
@brent
@brent

YoutubeTabletop Zone$100Carilion Children's Roanoke, Virginia

The unofficial GB discord group is going to put together stream full of unique tabletop games.

They are still looking to fill in a spot from 12PM-11AM. Let them know if you want to join in on the fun.

Nov 3 4:00 PDT
@gullumf
@gullumf

TwitchPaul Falcon$100Children's Medical Center Dallas, TexasVideogames (tm)Nov 4
@taaly
@taaly

MIATaaly$200The Children's Hosptial at Providence Anchorage, AlaskaAlways bet on videogames.Nov 4
@thatpinguino
@thatpinguino

TwitchGino Grieco$1000Maria Fareri Children's Hospital Valhalla, New York

Gino and his buddies will be playing some unique stuff this year.

  • The Definitive Way to Play" A friend and I will trade off spinning a wheel which is labeled with bad games and good games with bad control options. We will then demonstrate for a panel of judges why our assigned control scheme or game is the definitive way to play.
  • Brave Fencer Musashi
  • NBA Ballers
  • Midnight Club
  • Other Nonsense
Nov 4 "afternoon"
@whitegreyblack
@whitegreyblack

TwitchCharles Agopsowicz$500Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation

Like a few other duders on this list thanks to the time change he'll be going for 25 hours.

In the AM: puzzle/strategy/rogue-like games

In the PM: FMV/random stuff in the afternoon

In the evening: I let people join in when I host public games of Quiplash XL & Drawful 2 from 8:00 - 11:30pm MDT

In the night shift: spooky cinematic stuff

Nov 4 8:00 AM MDT
@atrain
@atrain

TwitchAnthony Thomas$250Duke's Children's Durham, North Carolina

Here is a short list of games you might end up seeing on this stream.

  • Wolfenstein
  • Mario Odyssey and other Switch stuff
  • Maybe some Guitar Hero
  • PUBG/FNBR
  • Destiny 2
Nov 4 1:00 PM
@mrviral
@mrviral

TwitchDownback$100Gillette Children's Specialty Hospital St. Paul, Minnesota

Spin the wheel of games and who knows what might show up next.

If your interested in a mess of a stream that should be fun then tune in for 24(+?) hours of gaming goodness.

Dumb promo video too!

Nov 4 10:00 AM CDT
@kingringtail85
@kingringtail85

TwitchJeff Duis$500University Of Iowa Children's Hospital

5th year doing this stream.

Expect to see some video games.

Nov 11 & 12
@combustion_man
@combustion_man

TwitchMax Spears$500UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland, California

Building some Gunpla with a bit of Divinity Original Sin 2 in between putting together models.

If you know what a Kshatriya and Jagd Doga is then tune in to see those mobile suits get put together piece by piece. Along with some painting too.

Nov 4
@ltsquigs
@ltsquigs

TwitchIan Kelly $200Helen DeVos Children's Hospital Grand Rapids, Michigan

25 hours of Kirby games. Its so cute it hurts.

100% planning on playing through Kirby's Dreamland and Kirby's Super Star.

Plus a assortment of other Kirby games like Tilt N Tumble and Kirby 64.

Nov 3 11:00 AM EDT
@regals
@regals

TwitchKo Regals$100Sick Kids Toronto, Ontario

Bringing out the almost endless list of steam games to fill out the 24 hours of gaming for the kids.

Overwatch, PUBG and the ever popular DOTA shall likely be played at some point.

Nov 4
@pauper
@pauper

Twitch Emotive Pixels$500Seattle Children's Hospital

The emotive Pixels podcast is helping team GB this year.

Video games will be played

Nov 4
@deltadreamer
@deltadreamer

TwitchDelta Dreamer$500BC Children's Hospital Foundation Vancouver, British Columbia

Can you handle 24 hours of Star Trek Online?

Then stop by this stream since DD will be starting a new character and setting up a stream for the first time.

Any tips or help would be appreciated.

Nov 4 9:00 AM SLT
@datarez
@datarez

TwitchRyan$250Carilon Children's Hospital Roanoke, Virginia

RPG heaven in this stream with games like Torchlight and Path of Exile.

Action RPG's are the best for long streams like this one.

Two 12 hour streams instead of one 24 hour one and possibly something on Friday too.

Nov 4/5
@propgoat
@propgoat

Twitch William Getty $700Greenville Children's Hospital, South Carolina

A variety of games will be played.

New, old, wacky hard to tell what might show up next.

Up for some viewer suggestions as well during the stream.

Thanks to the time change this'll be 25 hours too.

Nov 4 10:00 AM EDT
@dwight
@dwight

Twitch Team Bosman$5000Sick Kids Hospital Toronto, Canada

Once again returning to the scene for the 5th time with his friends in tow.

Together they will be playing a bunch of party and coop games.

For example1 2 Switch, Cuphead, Ultimate Chicken horse and much much more.

Join in on the fun with Jack Box Party Pack 4 between 7-10pm.

Nov 4 12:00PM EDT
@cadwr
@cadwr

TwitchJames Danzl III$1000Baystate Children's Hospital Springfield, Massachusetts

Will be playing a bunch of classic games like Super Mario Bros 3 and Dracula X Rondo of Blood.

The ever popular PUBG will show up as well.

Also is willing to take requests from the chat if you want to see something different.

Bad games as well since cadwr hasn't played through all the Mary Kate and Ashley games from last year.

Raffle prizes: 100/25 amazon card. $5 gets you one ticket.

Nov 4 11:00 AM EDT
@gpink
@gpink

TwitchTeam SSM for sick kids$500Sick Kids Toronto, Ontario

This group of friends is back for year 3.

Bringing the dumb back into EL with some hot pepper action.

At least if your willing to donate $100 you can pick who gets to eat a hot pepper. A $50 donation will let you dictate a game you want them to play.

Who knows what type of games they'll be playing here. You'll just have to tune in to find out.

9:00 AM EDT
@empirepaintball
@empirepaintball

TwitchCaleb Sylvester$200Children's Hospital of Illinois

He'll be playing a lot of things.

Games he is good at Rocket League and games he is bad at Eve Online.

Two different days with the first round on Friday for about 6 hours.

Nov 3 8:00 PM CDT Nov 4 10:00 AM CDT
@CastroCasper
@CastroCasper

TwitchGarett Mullen$300Children's Hospital Colorado

Planning on playing a bunch of games.

Both single player and mutiplayer.

Anyone who stops by to say hi in the chat can suggest a game to play.

Nov 4 9:00 PM GMT
@mystupidmouth
@mystupidmouth

TwitchXavier Heard$100Manroe Carell Jr Children's Hosptial at Vanderbilt

Planning on finishing up a cool Giant Bomb fan template that he has been working on.

If that piece of art gets done beforehand then expect video games.

Dec 15 11:30 PM
@numbawhan
@numbawhan

TwitchChristopher Whan$200Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario

Another first timer for the crazy EL marathon.

Fun times will be had with video games I assume.

Nov 4 9:00AM EDT
@rasgueado
@rasgueado

Twitch

Mixer

Benjamin Newson$500BC Children's Hospital Foundation Vancouver, British Columbia

This year will be a mix of classic adventure games/RPG's, cooperative play with Divinity Original Sin 2, Slaying an Eidolon in Warframe, and many more!

This year for the first time I'll be spending a lot of the stream in Virtual Reality with a Mixed Reality camera setup!

Check back on my channel pages at Twitch/Mixer for a schedule of games!

Nov 4 10:00 AM PDT
@prewaroregon
@prewaroregon

TwitchThomas, Colin, Steven, Ian, and Ryan$200OHSU - Doernbecher Children's Hosptial Portland, Oregon

It's that game where you shoot guys. PUBG!

Plus whatever else they decide to play throughout their marathon.

Nov 4 10:00 AM
@kekon
@kekon

TwitchMichael Pena$100Driscoll Children's Hospital Corpus Christi, Texas

A quick list of games he is planning on playing.

  • Blinx 2
  • Okami
  • Binary Domain
  • Shenmue 2
  • Dark Void 0
  • Cry of Fear
  • SMT Nocturne
  • Echo Night Beyond
  • (And maybe) Hello Neighbor

After the last one who knows what might show up.

Nov 3
@mreyes3420
@mreyes3420

TwitchMichael Reyes$200Texas Children's HosptialVideo games!Nov 4 7:00 AM CDT
@ind1gnation
@ind1gnation

TwitchKim Puolakka $100Children's Miracle Network HospitalsYou'll most likely catch some Wolfenstein: The New Order and some other games if you decide to tune into this stream.Nov 4
@theoriginalhush
@theoriginalhush

TwitchHarutyun Galadzhyan$500Rady Children's Hosptial San-Diego

Crypt of the Necrodancer, Thumper, & DDR!

It's going to be a rhythm game block for 25 hours straight!

Nov 4 6:00 AM PDT
@yocomodragon
@yocomodragon

TwitchChris David$250Shands Hospital Gainesville Flordia

Very new to streaming and wanted to attempt a EL stream for the first time.

Will be starting off with XCOM Enemy Within.

Nov 4 11:00 AM EDT
@spotshadow
@spotshadow

TwitchEric Ceradsky$1000KU Medical Center Kansas City, Kansas

5th year cancer survivor raising some money for the kids.

VIDEOGAMES!

Nov 4
@pacman110011
@pacman110011

TwitchDevin Mitchel $500Children's Hospital Foundation Oklahoma, Oklahoma City24 hours of Dark Souls for the kids.Nov 10 9:00 AM CST
@meteora3255
@meteora3255

TwitchTim Dunn$200Riley Indianapolis, Indiana

24 hours of Mario starting with Super Mario Bros.

Will be trying to clear almost every (No sunshine) mainline Mario game.

Nov 11 9:00 AM EST
@jarrett4
@jarrett4
TwitchGary White$250John Hopkins Children Center Baltimore, Maryland

24 hours of gaming and pizza. Which is following in the footsteps of GB EL tradition.

Will be a duo effort since another GB community member will be joining in on this stream.

Nov 18 12:00 PM EST
@dirtybirdy
@dirtybirdy

MixerMathew Gorby$1000OHSU - Doernbecher Children's Hosptial Portland, Oregon

Stop by if you want to join in on some fun with a bunch of party games.

Jackbox Party Pack, Mario Party, Overcooked, etc.

18 hour Extra Life stream

Nov 24 10:00 AM PST
@offthemark
@offthemark

TwitchThe Main Damie$500The Children's Hospital Of Philadelphia

Multiplayer madness! PUBG, Rocket League!

Some Super Mario Maker and P.T. on the side too.

Nov 18 9:00 AM EST
@jjpalmer26
@jjpalmer26

TwitchJohn Palmer$500Children's Hospital of PittsburghFollowing in the footsteps of Drew and Alexis he shall be trying to play through every Halo game.Dec 3 8:30 AM EST
32 Comments

Tune into Extra Life 2016: a collection of GB community live streams

Another year goes by and it is already time for Extra Life again. Like last year I'm gathering all the info together and putting it into one easy to read table. Making it look just like what @extintor did a few years ago. After comparing the two I think this format looks the best. I'll try to keep this up to date with the main EL forum post. If you wish to be added to this list send me a pm with all the info. Also, let me know if I have any mistakes.

www.explosiveruns.com is still the one-stop shop for all your streaming needs if you want to watch a bunch of them at once.

Let's see if we can meet all of our goals this year. Go Go Giant Bomb Community!

$206,940 Raised for the kids!

Yet it isn't over yet. Updated the top of this list with everyone that is streaming sometime this week or next.

User IdLive Stream LinksExtra Life PageGoalSupportingInformationStart Time
@havochq
@havochq
TwitchAlex Zandra$400Operation Enfant Soleii
  • Drawing lesson (let's learn together!)
  • Improv game making (let's make a game in a couple hours!)
  • Mousegirl cosplay (featuring games where you're tiny)
  • Rebel cosplay (featuring lots of Nuclear Throne)
  • Frequent hairstyle and hair color changes (it's like magic!)
  • $5 donation to get a chance to win custom artwork.
  • Also get a chance to earn the power of lang.zone by donating $10 and including "bop" somewhere in the donation message.

Nov 19

10:00AM EST

@quaglartheiv
@quaglartheiv

TwitchQuaglar The IV$750Children's Hosptials At Providence

With the power of Alaska and Hot sauce (Every 100$ he raises he will be eating a chicken wing coated with really hot sauce.)

Games that you might see include, Mass Effect 3, Hitman, Sleeping Dogs, Doom, Titianfall, Overcooked, WWF No Mercy.

Plus much more which can been seen on his Extra Life page.

Nov 19

8AM AKST

No Caption Provided

Youtube??Children's Miricle Network

Mako Titan will be streaming some Jackbox tonight for a few hours.

Nov 18

10:00 PM EST

@j_unit2008
@j_unit2008

TwitchJordan Kamal$400Lansing Sparrow Children's HosptialLots of Coop games

Nov 12

9:00 AM

@haychew21
@haychew21

TwitchChewy Minshew$150Texas Children's Hosptial

Games!

Rocket League (most likely some co-op)

Awesomenauts (maybe co-op?)

Civ V (I don't have 6, and 5 was requested)

Skyrim: Special Edition

Paragon

Overwatch

Nov 12
@audiobusting
@audiobusting

TwitchBudi Sugianto$200Children's Miracle Network Hospitals

He is leaving it up to donators to decide his fate.

A $5 donation will let you list off a game to play.

$10 will get you a chance to win some steam games.

For more details check out his blog.

Nov 12

2:00AM UTC

@dalai
@dalai

TwitchGil Antal$100Geisinger Children's Hosptial

Doing it for the kids!

Who knows what might be streamed. You might even just see 24 hours of clicker games.

Nov 10
@zolloz89
@zolloz89
TwitchJason Sckrabulis$18000Beaumont Children's

Lots of local multiplayer games.

(Mount your Friends, Crawl, Nidhogg, Overcooked, Human Fall Flat etc)

Mixed with some SNES games (Super Metroid run?), N64 (Dr. Mario 64 for sure)

Nov 5

8:00 AM - 6:00 AM

@trace
@trace
TwitchTrace Evans $1000Beaumont Children's

24 Hours of Scary Games

At least 3 Prizes

More Donations = extra hours

Expect racing games during the bonus hours.

$508 raised! Woo!

Oct 21

10:00PM EST

7:00PMPST

@dirtybirdy
@dirtybirdy
TwitchMatthew Gorby$1000Dorernbecher Children's HospitalAll about those video games.

Nov 5

10:00AM

@endoworks
@endoworks
TwitchJoshua O'Connor$500Riley

They plan on playing Diablo and Civ 5.

Even the old N64 is getting pulled out to play some F-Zero.

Nov 5

8:00 AM

@riostarwind
@riostarwind

TwitchMichael Hobrook$200WVU Healthcare Children's Hospital

$85 raises YAY.

Nov 5

10:00 AM -10:00 PM EST

Nov 6

10:00 AM -10:00 PM EDT

@haz
@haz
??? Toronto's Sick Kids HosptialNot seeing any links so it's all a mystery.Nov 5
@ramblesnonsense
@ramblesnonsense
Twitch Wedge Streams$500Cohen Children's Medical Center

Hitman Suit Only Achievements,Fallout 4, Limbo

Max Payne 3, Plants Vs Zombies, Portal 2

Spec Ops The Line, Trine 2

More Details later

Nov 5
@kirillorlov
@kirillorlov
TwitchKirill Orlov$200Children's Hosptial Of Chicago

Two 12 Hour streams.

Who knows what the theme will be?

Find out soon.

Nov 5
@auwiz
@auwiz
TwitchThomas Hunt$300Children's Miricle Network Hospitals366$ raised YAYOct 29 8:00AM AEST
@jasonmasters
@jasonmasters

TwitchJason Masters$500Children's Hosptial Of Wisconsin

Day 1 Conclusions, Staples, and Happy Memories

Finish Julia Among the Stars: A slow paced adventure game first thing in the morning!

World of Warcraft: Need to do my dailies! Karazhan! Old Raids!

Diablo 1: Still my favorite Diablo!

More on deck and I will even be taking requests!

Day 2 New Worlds, Old Worlds, Dead Worlds

Dark Souls 2: I have owned it for a few months and have never played it, so this should go well!

Skyrim: The music! The sky box! The snow!

Nov 5 9:00AM-9:00PM

Nov 6 9:00AM-9:00PM

@feeltheillinois
@feeltheillinois
TwitchJacob Johnson$300Asante Rogue Region Medical Center

Do you hear the Call of Duty calling? Infinite and Modern Warfare will be played on this stream.

Agent 47 will also stop by to show off his expertise with Hitman (2016)

Other games include: AVGN 2: Adventures, Destiny Trials Of Osiris, Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy Kong's Quest, Game Dev Tycoon, Star Trek (2013)

Nov 5

12:00 PM - 11:00 AM

@nedyahwerd
@nedyahwerd
TwitchBilly Rosedale$500Children's Hospital Of Pittsburgh

2 12 hour streams.

Gaming with his kids.

Primary a for all ages stream.

Nov 5
@gnomeonfire
@gnomeonfire
TwitchThelucaslite$100Seattle Children's

24 hours of Dark Souls III

or maybe Divinity?

Nov 5
@buser
@buser
TwitchJan Alexander $2000Children's Hosptial Of Chicago

A big steam with 15 participants.

Many different platforms.

N64,Wii,Wiiu,Ps3,Ps4,Xbox1.

Prizes as they get closer to the end of the live stream.

Nov 5
@outbr3ak
@outbr3ak
TwitchWhiskey Fueled Games$250University Of Vermont Children's HosptialHow about those video games huh?Nov 5
@propgoat
@propgoat
Twitch Propgoat$500Children's Hosptial Greenville Health SystemBrah you should expect something related to electronic video games.Nov 5
@sojak
@sojak

TwitchPhillip Wallace $600Nationwide Children's

Something video game related.

Along with some board games.

Nov 5
@bpriller
@bpriller

Twitch

Youtube

Brad Priller $3500Children's Hospital Of Chicago

DnD group play?

Starting off with Shadow Complex.

Ending with Until Dawn.

Nov 5
@dig_douglas_iii
@dig_douglas_iii

TwitchDoug T $3000UCSF Benioff Children's HosptialsVIDEO GAMES!Nov 5
@bsstephan
@bsstephan

TwitchBSS $100Children's Hospital Of Wisconsin

Here are a few ideas for games that might be streamed. For even more details check this link bop.moe

  • Mega Man Legacy Collection (can I fit all the games into one night?)
  • Palate cleansing with Project Diva X
  • Random forays into Caladrius Blaze, Dariusburst Chronicle Saviours, Gradius, and more (part of the ongoing series of me enjoying games I'm bad at)
  • Maybe I'll finally get around to starting Tokyo Mirage Sessions
  • Putzing around in BlazBlue: Central Fiction
  • Hitman follies?
  • Jackbox games if people are physically/virtually around?

Nov 5

11:00 AM CDT

@fattony12000
@fattony12000

Twitch

Hitbox

Youtube

Fat Tony $100WVU Healthcare Children's Hosptial

Expect something stupid.

AKA Steel Battalion

Every donation gets you a game.

Google Doc Link

Nov 5
@kalimando
@kalimando

YoutubeKalimando$100Phoenix Children's HospitalFinal Fantasy 13 Trilogy

Nov 5

12:00AM (UTC-7:00)

@warhopper
@warhopper

TwitchColton Austin $100Texas Children's Hosptial

A bunch of xbox era games will be played.

Along with some coop games with his girlfriend.

Nov 5
@afashionablehat
@afashionablehat

Twitch Ed Ropple $1000The Barbara Bush Children's HosptialDumb video games will be played here.Nov 5
@matt
@matt

TwitchMatt Pascual $1000Children's Hospital Of Chicago#ForTheKidsNov 5
@danteveli
@danteveli

Twitch Tomek Piotrowski$100Children's Miracle Network HosptialsMysterous video gamesNov 5
@dobedobedo
@dobedobedo

Twitch Harold Rodrigez$200Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Live streaming up to Nov 5.

Fallout 4, Transformers:Devastation, Divinity: Original Sin

On game day he will be playing through the entirety of the Master Chief Collection if possible.

Nov 5
@core647
@core647

Twitch Glenn and James $100Children's Miricle Network Hospitals

Behold the power of the ZX Spectrum!

VR is also in effect with the Vive.

Other than that unknown wonders await all who tune in. (AKA random other games of some kind.)

Nov 5
@shifty13
@shifty13

TwitchEric Schiffmann$200Children's Hospital of Manitoba Foundation

12 hours of his favorite PC games

Game List

Roller Coaster Tycoon

Stronghold Crusader

Age of Empire 2

Call of Duty 1

Medieval Total War

Nov 5
@shindig
@shindig

TwitchMichael Kitchin$100Children's Miricle Network Hosptials

Two 12 hour streams.

Layers of Fear

DmC, Pro Evo, Metro 2033

Nov 5

9:00AM GMT

Nov 6

9:00AM GMT

@speedhuntr
@speedhuntr

YoutubeTravis Jones$310St. Rose Dominican Hospital

Playing some video games with his fiancee and friends.

Nov 5
@teeknuts
@teeknuts

Twitch Tony Knutson$250Gilette Children's Specialty HealthcareGolarious Russian video games await, comrad. (Actually no I'm just putting this here so it isn't blank. But hey expect some type of video games on this stream.)Nov 5?
@rasgueado
@rasgueado
TwitchBenjamin Newson$500BC Children's Hosptial

Prepared to be surprised by video games!

More info coming soon.

Nov 5 8:00AM
@urban_ryoga
@urban_ryoga

Twitch Jonathan Jonson $450

Doom (original)

Raw Danger (ps2)

Marlow Briggs and the Mask of Death (PC)

Possible extra:

EDF! EDF! EDF! (PC)

Nov 5 10:00AM PST
@meteora3255
@meteora3255

Twitch Tim Dunn$200Riley

The Russian roulette of video game streams.

Completely random although he is planning to start the stream with a Disney block of games.

Nov 5

Start time: 9:00-10:00 EST

@juster25
@juster25

Twitch Tim Robertson$200Rady Children's Hosptial San Diego
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Nov 5
@ninnyjams
@ninnyjams

Twitch Board 8's Digi, Tera, Han, & Tabi$836UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital

Lots of games lined up.

From Ninhog, Rock Band 4, Overwatch, Super Mario Kart 8 and even windjammers

Check the EL link for the full schedule

Nov 5

7:00AM EST

@deliciousbees
@deliciousbees
TwitchNoGoblin$6667Seatle Children's

48 terrible games in 24 hours

See the power of the kinect live!

Giveaways including a PSVR if you donate $25

Nov 5

9:00AM PST

@klhall1987
@klhall1987

Hardly Casual$300Children's Miracle Network Hospitals

Expect a variety of games.

More info soon

Nov 5
@ltsquigs
@ltsquigs

Twitch Ian Kelly$1000Helly DeVos Children's Hosptial Foundation$235 raised! Woo!

Oct 29

10:00AM PST

@awalkawesome
@awalkawesome

TwitchAaron Walker$100Arkansas Children's Hosptials

Some PS2 and GCN games.

He is starting off the stream with a real gem known as Disaster Report.

Nov 5

7:00 AM

CST

@jazzyc
@jazzyc

TwitchJason Chadwick$100Children's Miracle Network Hospitals

Every donation will let you suggest a game for Jason to play.

If he can easily obtain it by Nov 5.

At least one game have been confirmed. Croc!

Curious to see if he will save all the Gobbos.

Nov 5

11:00AM GMT

7:00AM EST

@revolve
@revolve

TwitchGreg Playing Poorly $100Children's Hospitals St Louis

Check out some SNES "classics" in this live stream.

Along with some other 16 bit bangers.

Nov 5
@kingringtail85
@kingringtail85

TwitchJeff Duis $500Universary Of Iowa Children's Hospital

Whatever that might be contained on his PC will most likely be played during his day one stream.

Day 2 will consist of some console games.

Nov 5

10:00AM CST - 10:00PM CST

Nov 6

9:00AM CST - 10:00PM CST

@audiobusting
@audiobusting

Twitch Budi Sugianto$200Children's Miracle Network Hosptials

He is leaving it up to donators to decide his fate.

A $5 donation will let you list off a game to play.

$10 will get you a chance to win some steam games.

For more details check out his blog.

Nov 12

2:00AM UTC

@jubjub677
@jubjub677

Twitch Justin James$100Children's Hospital of St LouisYo video games!Nov 5
@wrighteous86 & @duskvamp
@wrighteous86 & @duskvamp

YoutubeJohn Wright & Dawn Joy $200Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of ChicagoThe year of endurance runs continues with a back to back run of Beyond Two Souls and Tomb Raider Definitive Edition

Nov 5

11:00 AM CST

@gpink
@gpink

TwitchGarett Pinkney $500Sickkids

Year 2: Continue to do dumb stuff for the kids.

Hot Peppers? Check Alchohol Shots? Check Video games check? Just hit the donation goal and all of those things will most likely happen.

Nov 5

9:00 AM EST

@evvan337
@evvan337

Twitch Evan Leiban$100The Children's Hospital Of PhiladephiaV.I.D.E.O.G.A.M.E.S.Nov 5
@big_denim
@big_denim

Twitch

Chiris Barnes

$250Boston Children's HospitalFirst year for extra life. I would expect to see some video games.Nov 5
@twolines
@twolines

TwitchTwo Lines$100Children's Hosptial Los AngelesRead between the lines and catch this video game live stream on Extra Life day.Nov 5
@kiruvi
@kiruvi

Twitch Aaron Tank$257KU PediactricsLike the rest of my generic lines about EL streams this will indeed have some kind of video games streamed live.

Nov 5

9:00AM CST

@pontoon_yacht
@pontoon_yacht

Twitch Eagles For Extra Life$500John Hopkins All Children's Hosptial

A group of students have put together an EL event at Florida Gulf Coast University.

They have put a lot of effort into this event.

Check out their twitter account about it or this post on the campus website for more details.

Nov 5

10:30 AM-6:30 PM EST

@ae_pollux
@ae_pollux

TwitchAndrew Sisson$400Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

November 5th 8 a.m. EST (possibly a bit before streaming cooking breakfast)

November 6th 8 a.m. EST

@duecenage
@duecenage

Youtube Dustin Mckenize$500BC Children's HospitalA full playthrough of Final Fantasy VIINov 5
@syce300
@syce300

TwitchSam Wendt $100Children's Hosptial of Wisconsin

The power of the backlog.

Could be games like Dishonored and Deus Ex Human Revolution

Nov 5

6:00 CST

@wickhaam
@wickhaam

Twitch Wykhm & Mopgarden$750Sick Kids

A double dose of multiplayer games with some single player games mixed in.

  • Muliplayer (Smash, Nidhogg, Towerfall, Ultimate Chicken Horse, Rocket League)
  • Single Player (ABZU, Hyper Light Drifter, Another World)

Nov 5

9:00 AM - 9:00 PM EST

@empirepaintball
@empirepaintball

Twitch Caleb Sylvester$100Children's Hospital of Illinos

No scoping fools all day long with Counterstrike Go.

Along with some other games.

Nov 4
@dalai
@dalai

Twitch Gil Antal$100Geisinger Children's Hosptial

Doing it for the kids!

Who knows what might be streamed. You might even just see 24 hours of clicker games.

Nov 10
@scb360
@scb360

TwitchScott Brooks $100Children's Miracle Network Hospitals

A playthrough of Dark Souls for the first time.

Can he beat DS in 24 hours and save Solaire?

Tune in to find out.

Nov 5

9:00 AM GMT

@bigmike
@bigmike

Twitch Mike Gardner$200McMaster Children's Hosptial Foundatiion

12 hour steam because he is being realistic.

Expect to see World Of Warcraft and Dragon Quest Builders

Nov 5

9:00 PM - 9:00 AM

@datarez
@datarez

Twitch

TMGTP

$375

Children's Hosptial Of St Lois

24 hours Of Final Fantasy XIV

Nov 5

9:00 AM CST

@offthemark
@offthemark

Twitch The Main Damie$500The Children's Hosptial Of Phlidelphia

A group of coworkers have come together to raise some money for Extra Life.

By playing some games on a variety of consoles. (PS3, PS4, Wii, Wii U and Xbox One)

Nov 5

9:00 AM EST

@combustion_man
@combustion_man

TwitchMax Spears$500UCSF Benioff Children's Hosptial

Double jumps for days with some Titanfall 2. Along with the fan translation of Valkyria Chronicles 3.

If your lucky you might just tune in to also see some masterful taiko drumming via Taiko no Tatsujin.

Nov 5

10:00 AM PST

@khopps17
@khopps17

TwitchKevin Hopper $300MVHS Faxon St. Luke's Heathcare Foundation

Helping the kids by playing Titanfall 2.

Other games to I assume.

Nov 5
@voodootatum
@voodootatum

Twitch Karl Frentz$100Riley Hospital For Children

Secret of Mana will for sure be played along with some other SNES games.

May do some Stardew Valley, Axiom Verge, and Owlboy

Nov 7

2:00 PM EST

@verytallman
@verytallman

TwitchBucky Barnett$100Children's Hospital Of Illinos

Splitting his segments into 4 hour blocks since he has a daughter to take care of.

Here are the games he plans on playing

Sleepy Dogs, Euro Truck 2, Snatcher (COMPLETE PLAY THROUGH IS THE PLAN), Papers, Please, Read Only Memories, Oxenfree, TrackMania 2 Stadium

Nov 5
@salisbeary
@salisbeary

Twitch Jessica Salisbury$250Children's Hosptial Of PhiladelphiaVideogamesNov 5
@cadwr
@cadwr

TwitchJames Danzl III$500Baystate Children's Hosptial

Prepare for the worst.

A volley of Mary-Kate and Ashley video games mixed with some Barbie games too.

Along with whatever horrible games people donate for him to play too.

You can also donate to force him to eat bannanas too if thats your thing.

Nov 5
@optix12 The RomsOver Bagdad Crew
@optix12 The RomsOver Bagdad Crew

Alby: Twitch

Mary: Twitch

Jake: Twitch

<-DJ: Twitch

Alby

Mary

Jake

DJ

$400

Geisinger/Dell/Doernbecher Children's Hosptial

Stop by to see some video games!

Alby: Live now

Nov 5

Jake: 11:00 AM GMT

Mary:

8:50 PM CST

DJ: 1:30 GMT

@bassman2112
@bassman2112

TwitchAlex Gelinas$200Stollery Children's Hosptial Foundation

Random FPS!

All Hail DOTA!

Hitman!
Counter Strike Source mods and much much more.

Nov 5
@j_unit2008
@j_unit2008

Twitch Jordan Kamal$400Lansing Sparrow Children's HosptialLots of coop games.

Nov 12

9:00 AM

@spotshadow
@spotshadow

TwitchEric Ceradsky$1000KU PediatricsvideogamesNov 5
@crow13
@crow13

Daniel Locke$200KU Pediatricsmore video gamesNov 5
@gamedreamer
@gamedreamer

TwitchTom Foolery$200Universary Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hosptialthe video games just don't stop

Nov 5

7:00PM EST

@erkablegamer
@erkablegamer

TwitchEric G$100KU Pediatricsunlimted video games

Nov 5

3:00 PM CST

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Twitch Brandon Townsend$100TMC For Children24 hours of skyrim

Nov 5

8:00 AM PST

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TwitchDB Creations$1000Seattle Children's Hosptial

Lots of VR games.

Normal games too

Nov 5

12:00 AM

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TwitchHuy Pham$100UFHealth Stands Children's Hospital

Titanfall 2 playthrough

Battlefield 1

Stardew Valley

Civilization 6

Ending with Overwatch

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A Personal Video Game Retrospective (1986- 2015) 2015-2016

Welcome to the end of the line. The final curtain is going to fall onto my retrospective series. We’ve seen all the highs and lows of over 20 years of gaming. If you’ve somehow kept up with all of these you now have a pretty good picture of what kind of games I enjoy. Over time some things have changed like less of a focus on racing games while a general love of generic action games has never disappeared. Yet looking at the big picture nothing has really changed since I still love playing video games and every year continues to keep me entertained. Onward to the final years of this retrospective!

2015-2016

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More than anything else the artstyle is the part that stands out the most. It really does look like it came off of greek pottery. The gameplay feels a bit stiff with the combat having a stamina system you’ll need to worry about. Yet the style pushed me to finish this so I felt like mentioning it here.

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I think this is one of the better dual stick shooters I’ve played in a while. It does a lot to keep giving the player reasons to keep coming back. The every useful daily challenge that lets you stack up against other players. Up to 4 player coop lets the levels get even more chaotic and fun. Getting good at shooting all the robots quickly without losing the combo is the main goal of each level. Getting a full combo is quite hard but each level isn’t super long so it isn’t hard to repeat them. Which is great since the short nature of the game makes the fact it is easy to replay a good thing.

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Metroidvania is a term that shows up a lot these days. Must be because it is a lot easier to make them 2D as noted by Axiom Verge. The game itself was entirely created by one man. Which is shown off by how finely crafted everything is. Plus the best thing about this game is that it subverts what you expect by what tools you’ll have. Unique ways to explore the environment makes it stand out from the rest from my point of view. Access to quite a few different weapons also gives you plenty of ways to deal with any monster that stands in your way. Overall a good game that I enjoyed when it was released.

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This is a pretty silly game that gets by thanks to the online coop. Not sure if I would have liked it as much if I wasn’t blasting through these 2D levels with a friend. Seeing who the next Bro would be also kept me hooked for long enough to finish it. The randomness of having to adapt to whoever the game decides to give you is a unique aspect of this game. Although getting lucky sometimes was the key to victory like having the Terminator for the final boss. Not much of a story in this one other than being a force of good that must kill all evil. Overall the mix of run and gun shooter reminded me of Metal Slug.

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Bully was one of those games I rented in the past and had a blast playing through the story. Only recently did I finally own a digital copy of it. It still holds up fairly well with the premise being what holds up best. Even if it is about a bunch of generic stereotypes hah. The game starts with Jimmy Hopkins getting dumped off at boarding school while his parents go off on a vacation. To make the most of this new life at the school he ends up earning the respect of every social cliche to eventually find out what is really going on. Between a bunch of mini games and quite a few unique holiday themed scenarios this has quite a few things to keep you busy. The small nature of the open world keeps the game focused on telling a story too. I wonder if Rockstar will ever revisit this franchise.

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Hm looking though this list I've played quite a few platformers this year. Chibi Robo may not be known for 2D platforming but he is pretty good at it. The Zip Lash is what makes this slightly unique by letting him swing around levels. The fact they end up making every boss require the player to use it in a different way was cool. Plus like the upcoming Kirby game the finale of this one is just as crazy.

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The last Corpse Party game that ties up the Heavenly Host story arc. Like before it follows the survivors of the first incident as they realize that the horror isn’t quite over. Ayumi’s need to try to revive their fallen friends leads to a situation that might cause the world to infected by the otherworld. A new 3D art style gives the game a more modern look. Along with the very well done audio work that has always been a strength of this series. Yet one of the failings of this game is that it shows you to much. The descriptions and sounds are so much more effective at setting a scary tone that when they just show me stuff it doesn’t work as well. Still even with its flaws this is a fitting conclusion to this story arc.

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Everyone in Disgaea 5 has a beef with the Demon Emperor which makes this a game all about revenge. Krillia and his crew of misfits all have a reason to take down Void Dark. Most of the game is just about gathering that crew by traveling around beating people down to convince them to join this unholy alliance. As for the game it is about the same as every other Disgaea game. Create unites that you then power up on the turn based battlefield till they are overpowered. It has a few new things like the revenge mechanic that boosts a unit when another one is lost. Chara World is the most unique part of this game which plays a lot like a board game. Also known as another way to boost stats. Making an all powerful force has always been the end goal of this series.

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Amiibos got their hook into me so it wasn’t to surprising that I ended up picking up Disney Infinity at some point. To bad I waited till Disney decided to shut the game down.The game itself seems like a well produced action game that feels like a B tier game that could be enjoyed by anyone. I would put this in the same area as the Lego games that are just dumb fun to be played for a while.

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It has been quite a few years since a Dragonball Z game has caught my eye. Xenoverse does what every other game does by retelling the main story but with a twist. Now the main character which the player creates at the start is actually a time cop. Someone is messing it up and only you can put things back the way they should happen. While also trying to figure out who is messing up the timeline. The customization options is where this game shines thanks to all the different attacks and power ups. Whoever you might want to create it is possible with a bit of grinding. Having to repeat certain levels to hopefully get a drop is the only downside that can be softened if you end up playing through them again with some friends. In the end this just proved that I can like a DBZ still so I’m curious to see what Namco does next.

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Dragon Quest Heroes continues of the trend of Koei adding a little something extra to these spin offs to make them more fun to play. In this one all the monsters that are vanquished can be spawned to guard important areas of each map. Turns out I can like a tower defence game if someone gives me to tools to wreck shop while still setting up defences. I even have some nostalgia for Dragon Quest too which helps even if I only ever bought the first two games. Music can go a long way it seems. Anyway the action is top notch too with the pace of the combat never slowing down no matter which character you play as. Overall a great game that manages to mesh a bunch of things together.

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As noted before I never played any of the big FPS of the 90’s so these releases were my first time seeing them. Duke Nukem 3D added in the crazy idea of letting the player look up and down. Not quite sure if that was on the box but from my point of view that seems to be the biggest addition over Doom. All the attitude contained in this game most likely worked pretty well when this game was released. These days it isn’t quite as fun but whatever the shooting still holds up. Never really put any time into the expansion packs but the main game was well paced with plenty of unique guns to shoot at all those alien bastards. I do think a revamped version of Duke could work today as proved by Doom but I don’t know if anyone will get a chance to do that.

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All who enter the Gungeon wish to change their past cause this massive enclave holds the gun that can change the past. The only thing standing in any adventurers way is thousands of evil monsters with guns.Making it to the end is no easy task and requires either a bit of luck and some skill. I’m sure it’s possible to get through this on skill alone but the few victories I had relied on me having health and good gear instead of my subpar skills. The character you choose has some impact on a few things like the hunters dog digging up extra items or the marines great marksmanship skills. Overall a fun replayable game that has plenty of secrets to figure out.

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In some ways Galak-Z failed at creating an easily repeatable space action game. The amount of time it takes to get good at the fairly complex controls is a bit much for most players. It was quite satisfying once I figured them out enough to finish off all the episodes. Yet unlike other rogue lites I had no urge to go back and replay it again after seeing the credits. Looks like they might be improving on that with the Void but it isn’t on PS4 yet. Either way I’m keeping my eye on whatever 17-Bit decides to make next.

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This was one of my big regrets when it was originally released on PC and I never got to play it. Back in a time where I could only buy games in a store it was impossible to find this game a year or so after its release. At some point I gave up on playing it till this remaster came out. So I finally got to see the story of Manny the salesman who tries to get his clients the best possible trip to the afterlife if they were good in life. Yet it seems his things don’t seem to be working right with the holy Mercedez getting the slowest ticket even though she deserves the quickest transportation. Manny decides to go after her thus continuing the adventure. The game is the standard 3D adventure game with a bunch of puzzles to solve to continue the story. Sometimes it isn’t obvious what you need to do but it doesn’t seem to obscure most of the time. Holds up a lot better than I expected.

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I never thought of this as a superhero origin story for Kat when playing this on the Vita. Yet looking at it again that is exactly what this story is about. The game begins with Kat getting the power to control gravity and soon she uses her powers to save the city from monsters that have started to appear. The gravity mechanic gives this game a unique feel. Takes a while for the player to master the mechanics since it is tough to handle the ability to fly all over the place. Flying around drill kicking any monster that gets in the way becomes quite satisfying once you master the controls. Pretty fun to fly around the city in the speed run like fashion too for some of the side missions. I’m glad they were able to follow this game up with a sequel since it seems like they could refine the controls to make them better.

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Revelator is a lot like the previous game and it some ways it kinda feels like a expansion pack. Yet it does a lot of cool things. Like having a very good tutorial that plays like a mini game while you're learning the basics of how to play this game. For someone that didn’t really know how to use roman cancels yet this taught me better than the first game. It’s better to just show the player what to do instead of leaving it to a bunch of text. New characters are also apart of this release with Raven being my favorite new one. He just has so many tools that he is fun to use. A new story mode was also included but it is just one like anime instead of something you can play. Overall a really fun fighting game to play unless you can’t keep up with the breakneck pace of each match.

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For some reason I though this came out in 2015. It was actually 2014 but I'll put it here since it didn't really work that well till this year anyway. Online wise it was quite broken for longer than it should have been. The single player of all these games was fine. That part of the port was well done and the combat puzzles of the Halo games is just as fun today. This series for me was always something I rented this this collection came out. Being able to play just about every Halo game again was a compelling package.

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Miku is back in her SD form. Can you handle all this cuteness? Other than the cute chibi vocaloids this is a rhythm game. Hitting buttons in time with the beat is what you’ll be doing if you play this game. The standard physical button layout is fine but I quite like the touch screen controls. Even if it is a bit easier something about a touch screen and a rhythm game works really well together. This game also has quite a library of songs to go through with a bunch of different musical genres. The variety of music is the strength of the Miku games unless you only like one style of music.

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So this is just another Kirby game. With one very big new addition of the giant mech that Kirby can now use to wipe out a invading force of aliens. Copying enemy skills while making his way through a colorful level is still the game play loop of this game. With a bunch of additional mini games to play too. The mech does make it stand out a bit even if it is the tried old Kirby formula. I will say this is easily the most epic Kirby has even been which isn't something I thought I would ever say about a pink puffball.

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I never got to experience this the first time because of all the hubbub around the launch of this game. For a well scoring game it just seemed like the tone was super negative so I didn’t end up picking my pre order up. Anyway back to the present where I finally got to play through it. For a Wii game it holds up quite well graphicly. The environments still look quite pretty whenever the shadow world isn’t in play which does make everything look gloomy. Control wise the move over to regular controls makes the game better than the half assed motion controls the Wii version had. Like the rest of the Zelda series this has a bunch of dungeons to explore that are all expertly designed around using a item to solve a bunch of puzzles. Then you take on a vicious looking boss to continue the plot. Link can also turn into a wolf this time which adds a bit of extra elements like only being able to defeat certain enemies in that form. Kinda disappointed in myself that I didn’t play this till now since it is still a great video game.

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Most of the time I already have thoughts on a game before watching a quick look but in this case I didn’t know anything about this game till seeing it on Giant Bomb. The fast pace of the combat seemed to be fun and the silly variety of characters seemed right up my alley. After all who couldn’t like Sonico who apparently has a bunch of cats that attack for her along with a entire backup band. Turning visual novel characters into a fighting game is the norm for Examu cause you’ve seen another game of theirs on this list with a similar premise. This time a bunch of ladies get pulled into another dimension and must take out the necronomicon who is now a girl for some reason. Whatever it doesn’t quite matter if the fighting is fun.

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Possibly the last great triple A game from Konami other than FIFA. Like any finale for a series MGSV goes places. Most of it focuses on the open world that you can interact with in any way you want. Although that mostly means you’ll either be super sneaky or just shoot everyone with different explosive weaponry. The only real failing is the lack of plot other than a few cutscenes. (Most of it is in the tapes.) Yet the gameplay being so enjoyable really makes up for the lack of lore. Plus the dumb stuff that happens in metal gear has now been left to the player. Fultoning random stuff like goats is pretty silly. Should be interesting to see what Konami does with the Metal Gear name now. Other than make pachinko machines.

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Working within the binds of a standard Dynasty Warriors clone this does that style of game very well. The over the top nature of One Piece already leads itself well to this type of game. Even if they don’t constantly blow away hundreds of foes in the anime/manga. The well paced combat is what makes this game enjoyable. Being able to dodge attacks at any time is key to making me like a action game apparently. Each character is also unique with Zolo slicing up a bunch of foes while Luffy bashes everyone in with his rubber arms. With this being the third game they do reuse assets a bit but overall it is a brand new game that follows the story arc all the way to the present. They even create a unique ending for the game. The extra Dream log adds a bunch of replay value too. Overall a good One Piece game that uses the license well.

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Everybody’s shuffling and they got Pokemon on their minds? Hah well this may just be a match 3 game but I quite enjoyed it for weeks. Not an easy task for this style of game. I will say victory was sometimes random but not that often. The free to play aspects don’t take away from it either. It kinda just kept me interested in longer since I ended up playing it for a few minutes each day. Being able to capture a bunch of different Pokemon that can lead a helping hand while playing was useful. Hope they consider this to be the best way to make phone games when Nintendo gets serious about that later on this year.

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Next Level games did a excellent job of bringing Punch Out back by sticking to the simplicity of the gameplay. Making it more of a game about learning patterns and the best time to counterattack your opponent. Little Mac's rise to stardom isn’t easy and the constant struggle is worth the effort when he finally does succeed in the end. It even has a fitting ending to the saga if this ends up being the final Punch Out game.

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Kinda crazy to think one of the reasons I bought a Xbox One was just to have access to a collection of old games. Between the oldest stuff that doesn’t quite hold up to the newer games I didn’t get to access to till now it is a well produced package. Other than a few games on NES/N64/360 I never quite knew about Rares full library of games till this release. It was cool to see them all even if I don’t quite enjoy playing some of them.

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Boy I really just like adventure stories that take place in foreign countries that have a adventurer scouring the land for some type of treasure. Laura returns for round two as she steps up to a new level of skill. In both how she deals with situations and the world she has to explore. This time Lara plans on finishing her father's works by finding Kitezh. Surprising no one it will not be a easy task to roam around russian mountains and facilities to find out the secret of immortality. Not much has changed since the last game other than giving the player access to many types of arrows that can unlock new areas to explore. The places you can explore aren’t huge but are still quite fun to explore since the audio logs of this game are quite well done. Plus this has tombs to explore that have their own unique puzzles that must be figured out to gain a new skill. In general this game was a step above what Crystal Dynamics did with the original reboot.

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How is this possible? Someone made a new arcade game sports game in 2015. They even made me care about soccer and all they had to do was make a game about cars hitting a ball into a net. It really shows how fun it can be to race down a field and try to outmaneuver an opponent. As time goes one they just keep adding variations to keep it fresh too like adding in hockey or basketball. Curious to see what they decide add next. Overall seems like a game I’ll keep coming back to over time.

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Beautiful 2D artwork in fighting games is something I like to see. Lab Zero Games was the first to show the gaming community as a whole how much it really takes to make a fighting game character. Which also made me more aware of this game too. Which is about a bunch of girls fighting each other for the right to claim the skullheart which would give them one wish even if it is fatal for the one who wishes. The story is told via well made artwork and vo work. As for the fighting it is very fast paced with a focus on comboing your opponent till they have no life left. I’m not that skilled but it is still rather easy to get the basics down thanks to one of the first well done tutorials in a fighting game. In the end this is a well made fighting game that anyone can like unless they don’t like the art style.

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Time to talk about a game that made me like online shooters again. All someone had to do was lower the stakes a bit. Instead of worrying about splating all my foes the gist of a splat war was to cover the map with paint. If your team had more of the map colored with your color then you win. The fact Nintendo kept updating the game also gave me a reason to keep coming back. None of the newer modes really seemed that appealing and eventually I started to care about winning. Somehow that was the beginning of the end since the lowest started to get to me and I stopped playing it. Yet now I kinda want to play it again but rebuying the game with the NX on the horizon seems like a bad idea. After all a sequel or HD remix is guaranteed.

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EA decided to bring back Battlefront again and being a fan of the first two games I had to check out this one. I went in knowing this wasn’t an exact replica and was pleasantly surprised at how fun it was. Sure it didn’t have much staying power but multiplayer games have never been something I spent a lot of time on anyway. Occasionally doing something crazy with one of the heroes or wiping out a few incoming foes with some well placed laser blasts felt great. The only disappointing part was actually the single player that didn’t even let me do a standard conquest bot match. That was the way I played most PC multiplayer shooters in the past. Still I’m curious to see what they do to follow this one this game.

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I always meant to put more time into the Pushmo games.With this being the final game so far it added in a new mechanic. The player can now stretch out pieces. Nothing that mind blowing but it just adds a new layer to these rather complex puzzles. At least they get rather complex later on with no room for error. Yet it does feel great when you managed to solve them even if it takes a while. Maybe one day I’ll finish them all.

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Here we have a good fighting game that was released a bit too early. Going completely by how all the characters fight it does what it aims to do. It is a semi slow pace that is focused on learning how to outpace your opponent. Either by rushing them down with someone like Ken or keeping them away with Dalishim. I rather like this style of gameplay and it works quite well on a arcade stick. At this point in time it finally got a story mode which I thought was good. For someone that doesn’t playing fighting games online it feels like I should hate this game but I seem to like it. I think a constant influx of new fighters might be the way to make a fighting game these days. It gives a reason for players to come back which is the only way I can see SFV keeping up with some of the cooler looking fighting games that are on the horizon.

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This game felt like a expansion pack instead of a sequel. Have a bunch of new levels based on the Super Mario Galaxy engine. As an added bonus you can use Yoshi now. Depending on the player that could be a good or bad thing. I’m not going to say a Mario game has a great story but the added context of Rosalina's backstory worked well in between collecting stars in the first game. Without that it is now just a star collecting game. Which is still quite fun since the mechanics in Galaxy keep things interesting. Just doesn’t have as much impact the 2nd time around.

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GOTY 2015 at least going by my list. Mario Maker does a lot of things to make it appealing. Using the gamepad to create levels is easy and it doesn’t take that long to create a reasonably well made level. Even if you don’t want to create levels you still have access to a continuing expanding roster of user made levels that just keep getting better. Even when I’m not playing the game it is still fun watching other people play levels too like at the recent Summer Games Done Quick event. Overall this game feels like it’ll last a long time.

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I ended up going through the first and second game to prepare myself for this third game. In most cases that could end up getting me burned out on the sequel but that didn’t happen here. While the first Witcher games are alright it just ended up showing me how much CD Project has improved over time. The fighting is a lot easier to understand in 3 even if it is still quite tough. Requiring the player to plan ahead is what makes the combat scenarios unique. Which has always been in every Witcher game. The added push of a more relatable story filled with quite a few interesting characters made this game's story stand above the rest. Geralt fits the role of worried dad quite well and being the father of Ciri is no easy task with the Wild Hunt after her. In the end this was a very good open world adventure that had plenty to keep me entertained till the credits rolled.

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Naughty Dog is back for one last adventure with Nathan Drake. Turns out he missing piece in these Indiana Jones like stories was a bit more plot. Seeing what he gets up to when not adventuring is interesting because games don’t portray that part often. Once the adventure starts it becomes apparent that the shooting has been improved along with adding the ever useful grappling hook. Surprised it took this long to include something to let your swing over dangerous rocks. Other than that it also look amazing which isn’t a small feat these days. Over time it has become tougher to make a game look great yet Naughty Dog continues to push the limits of any hardware they get their hands on. Can’t wait to see what they do next.

Conclusion

Now that we have made it to the present it is apparent which kind of games I like the most. Let me list them out here.

Beat em Up/Character Action: You would think I would have gotten tired of this style of game by now yet it continues to stick with me. Either because they are so over the top that it is fun to see what happens next or they added in some RPG elements to make me want to stick with it for a while.

Adventure/Visual Novel: For someone that didn’t really play very many PC adventure games I have grown to like them even more today. The gameplay is always secondary in my mind for these games although I don’t mind to figure out a puzzle or two. As for visual novels the reason they work is that they usually tell a compelling enough story to make me want to see the conclusion and the artwork is just a nice addition to the storytelling.

Classic Video Games/Arcade: Duh I wouldn’t be doing these blog posts if I didn’t like older games. They may not all hold up but it never hurts to go back to the games I played while growing up. Or even the ones I missed might be good too. The games that I have no nostalgia for yet are still fun are the true gems.After all it is rare to find a game that truly holds up from a previous era without the aid of nostalgia.

Fighting Games: Beating up another character one on one has always been satisfying. Never enough to get me deep into learning how to play them competitively. Yet I quite enjoy them casually and like playing against friends. Arcade modes have always been the bulk of my time spend with this style of game though.

Turn/Action RPG: I didn’t start out this way but by now the RPG genre has been mixed with every game type possible it’s not easy to find a game without this style of mechanics. Whether I’m shooting guys in a FPS or bashing them over the head with a mace the numbers keep popping up to remind me that the developers were inspired to add RPG like mechanics to the game. The traditional style of RPG is still fun too.

I could keep going but this seems like a solid recap of the style of games I tend to enjoy the most. With more games on the horizon this tally will only keep getting bigger. By now you know this is the hobby I spent most of time on. It lets me experience worlds in ways that no other medium can convey. VR looks to be the next big step for our hobby if it manages to catch on. Either way whatever the next step will be I’ll certainly be around to see the next big thing. All of us want to see a similar thing. More video games that are inspiring, exciting, riveting, heartfelt, exploration, scary, long, dumb and many more ways a game can affect us. Onward to the future because it is always the best time to play video games.

(These blogs have had a general focus on consoles. Since I don’t want to leave out the PC I'll be following this up with one more blog post. A brief history of pc gaming shall possibly be out within a week.)

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A Personal Video Game Retrospective (1986-2015) 2014

This train never stops since I still have things to say about all the good and bad games I’ve played over the many years video games have been apart of my life. Since I haven’t really mentioned it in a while the reason I even started this blog series was just to see all the games I haven’t played in a while again. Writing about them afterward shows me what they meant to my personality while trying to explain the gameplay/story in text form. How easy it is for me to come up with these paragraphs per game shows me either that the narrative left a big impact on me or the gameplay was fun. Anyway let us go to the next week of games with possibly one of the weirdest games followed up with one of the most bland games in my collection.

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Yup a game about striping vampires to defeat them. It just so happens to take place in Akihabra which in the mecca for all types of otaku. For that kind of setup it’s too bad they don’t really go all the way with it. Other than some silly jokes they don’t seem to do much with the combat which feels really stiff. A lot of times I feel like I should have blocked an attack yet the enemy still hits me. At least it is fun to beat people down with a keyboard or a guitar. Actually I think this game would be alright if I didn’t do all the side missions which are really generic and boring. Some of the characters like the protagonist little sister Nana are quite amusing and it doesn’t hurt that she also is the blacksmith of this game so she upgrades all the knitpicks you pick up. Overall the less this game makes sense the better it is. To bad the gameplay is kinda iffy.

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I’ve fallen down the dark timeline where only Assassin’s Creed Unity remains in my collection. Only because I got it with my Xbox One and it wouldn’t be worth selling for a 1$. I’ve played almost every AC game but they were all rentals except for Black Flag and this one. So it seems to be a franchise I wanted to keep up with even though buying them never really came up that often. The first game sold on the potential of a story stuck between modern day and the past. Yet never really did anything with it. At this point Ubisoft gave up on telling any kind of future story and instead focused on the past. To bad this is so generic that it makes the most boring Assassin’s story yet. I don’t even remember the name of the main character. He will forever be that guy that stabs dudes like most of the AC cast. Overall this series has its good and bad days. I do hope Ubisoft manages to reinvent this series to make it stand out again.

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I never really played Defender a bunch when it was in arcades yet I seem to have an affinity for any game that uses those mechanics. In a lot of ways Aqua Kitty DX is just a reskin. Instead of a space ship you’ll be piloting a submarine piloted by a cat. Who must keep his comrades safe from the robot fish mencince that is preventing them from milking milk from the bottom of the sea. Blowing up a bunch of enemies while not getting blown up in a variety of 20 levels is the entirety of the game. Other than a endless mode that can be played till the player loses. A short and simple game but it was fun while it lasted.

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The roller coaster ride that a player can go on in this game is still in full effect here. At the start of Rebirth I was thinking it wasn’t a great idea for me to jump into this rogue lite since it gets harder the more times I play through it. So the extra bosses and enemies that weren't as active before can be ready to destroy Isaac. Yet I started to get some good power ups and I started to feel invincible. Then I suddenly die thanks to a bad room. The randomness is this game's strength and weakness. Skill still factors in if you can deal with each room but sometimes the game just says F you. Which is okay simply because it is possible to repeat those levels really quickly.

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I do think Chariot is a good idea for a game. I’m sure it's just my need to explore every part of a level yet that makes them way too long. Plus this is a much more enjoyable game when I have someone else around to play it. Going solo just makes it feel like I’m slowly figuring out puzzles when I could have someone else around that can make up for any mistakes I make. Overall if the pacing of the levels were a bit snappier I would have played more of this game. But like I said that was partially my fault for wanting to explore everything.

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I think it takes one of two things to make a visual novel stand out. Either it has to have a unique setting/characters or some kind of mystery to keep you hooked till the end. Luckly Danganronpa has both of those things and some unique gameplay moments too. The start of this game begins with a bunch of students getting trapped in Hope’s Peak Academy. A psychotic bear named Monokuma has trapped them all there and the only way to get out is for someone to kill without being caught. Madeki is the only one there that doesn’t have a skill he is good at other than being really lucky. Turns out he is pretty good at cracking puzzles too since once a murder goes down he is the key to solving it. Busting holes in logic with evidence feels a lot like the Ace Attorney games. Although in this case it is shooting truth bullets at the issue. Eventually the truth comes out and the story continues. A lot more goes into this game than a paragraph will allow me to point out so I’ll just end on the fact that this ended up being a very good story.

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Yo it’s like that last game but on a island. NIS somehow got this game out in the same year. Thanks to the setup in the first game this actually has a much better narrative and twist. By the time you see the ending you won’t believe what is goin on.

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Here we have the elephant in the room. Possibly one of the best 3 star games ever. Destiny had so much potential and I quite liked playing it a lot when it was released. The slow trickle of new content didn’t keep me interested in coming back even when they released something new. I do think I’m still up for more FPS space adventures one day. For the one thing this does great is the shooting. Taking down the fallen and any who stand in the way of the guardians was cool. Especially if you found a group to do a raid since that is kinda the best part. Whenever Bungie decides to put a 2 on Destiny I’ll be there.

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Diablo 3 cares about one thing only and that is loot. Do like like cool looking armor that happens to have a color grade of purple/yellow? Then you’ll be seeing it a lot in D3. Giving the player a bunch of cool armor/weapons constantly is why this game works so well. If the player character keeps getting better then why wouldn’t you keep playing? I assume that was the angle blizzard was aiming for with these release. Plus a top down loot based action game works really well on a gamepad. Clicking a bunch is but I just prefer analog stick in most situations. Oh this has a story too about uh great evil coming from the stars. Ehh not really this game's strong point other than it having nice looking CGI cutscenes.

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Trying to do what this game wants the player to do is no easy task. This is likely the first survival game I put any real time into. The loop is simple enough that I kept wanting to keep trying to survive for longer each time. This also has a ending too. I prefer games that have a ending so it's easy to see why I’ve never played too many games like this.

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I bought this mainly just to access X2 since I never played it and it seems like one of the sillier entries into the FF brand. After all it is about Yuna, Rikku and Paine running around the world hunting spheres. To help them out they need to use the dress grid which lets them change costumes and what skills they could use. Like turning Yuna into a dancer which that can buff and debuff enemies/allies. Kinda a variation on the job system in the older FF now that I think about it. Getting a nicer looking release of X is okay too. Still even though I own this I never really found time to play through it yet.

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I’ve beginning to notice that I just prefer certain fighting games on a gamepad. This is one of those with the main reason that I just don’t think air dashing on a arcade stick feels that good. Other than making me understand that Xrd impressed a lot of players with how good it looks. Whenever I think of the Unreal engine this isn’t the kind of game that comes to mind. Other than perfectly recreating 2D animation into 3D this is just a good game to play. With each of the matches being about constantly going in it is hard to not like it. I’m an aggressive player to a fault and whenever I try being defensive that usually ends in failure. Better to get some hits in than none at all.

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At least for me this does exactly what I would have wanted from a Zelda Warriors game. The combat moves at a quick pace and every character can dash through attacks to avoid damage. A insane amount of fanservice is just the cherry on the top of this mishmash of Zelda games. They even put more effort into the story than I thought they would even if it is just yo Ganon is trying to take over Hyrule again. The extra adventure mode add some replay ability in the form of a bunch of unique challenges centered around different situations. Like beat these bosses or take down the enemy leader. So the usual Dynasty Warriors mission structure. Overall a solid action game that is enjoyable if you even slightly like Zelda.

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This game feels like a return to a style that I really enjoy. It really plays like a sequel to Kirby Super Star. Which means all weapons have more than one attack. Having a dash/up/down attack let's Kirby deal with any situation he is in. I also like that Nintendo keeps adding in new powers like beetle or even a Bell? The game itself doesn’t have anything special other than it being a new Kirby game. He does have a new ability that allows him to suck in the cosmos if he wanted too. Over the top silliness seems to be the way to end these 3DS games. Never knew that dramatic final battles was something I wanted in a Kirby game.

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Something clicked for me in this generation of Nintendo games. MK8 is easily the finest looking and playing kart game they’ve made so far. Up to this point the drifting system had evaded my purview. Yet it finally clicked for this one. I was boosting around corners like a pro. While occasionally falling into a pit cause I’m not perfect. Each of the courses are unique and fun to replay to try to get a better trophy. Plus it has the perfect game to play when a friend comes over. It isn’t a hard game to control so it has becomed one of the games that constantly get played locally for me.

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Looking at this now this was released just so Konami could make some extra money on something that would be their last big budget game release. Might as well put out a paid demo that most fans like me would buy just to see where Meta Gear was going this time. It made it cear that it was going in a serious direction while still keeping the dumb charm. More than anything this showed that MGS was caught up with the times. It plays like a standard action game which may not sound like much but it was a big improvement. Would have been nice if this had a bit more content but I feel like it was worth my time.

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Well this is the last game I’ve imported so far. Around the time the Full Burst version of the Gundam Vs series came it seemed like it came up enough times that I needed to check it out. For one it is a Gundam game that crosses over with itself. With over a 100 playable characters it isn’t hard to find a new mech to pilot. Just about every anime series is represented well with each one getting a nice intro that shows off all the mechs and the title theme of each one. The fighting is fast pace and is more about timing dodges to avoid all incoming damage. Learning the timing on when to dash is vital since every attack will always aim directly at you. It is fun to learn the timing and come out on top. I do miss knowing what is going on though. With it being entirely in Japanese I can’t understand the mission objective or what is going on in the story. Not that it has much of one but still being able to read anything made me appreciate it less.

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I’m not sure if it comes through with these blog posts but I tend to occasionally buy a entire series at once if I want to get into it. After it’s been out a while and is pretty cheap too pick up. I did that with Silent Hill and with these Naruto games. My will to play through them all tends to peter out as I go through them. Especially when nothing tends to change other than the story. Which is the case for the Ultimate Ninja games. The combat is still exactly the same as the first game. It has been refined over time like adding in limited dodges but it is still the same game. Since I somewhat like Naruto’s constant fight against evil it does get a bit boring after a while.

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I’m amazed that we ever got a idol game brought over here. Only really thanks to the fact it was a Neptunia game though. Maybe it’s a good thing we don’t get many since this seemed rather subpar. So very few options to improve any of the girls stats and it doesn’t really go anywhere narratively either. The fact that the concerts don’t even have the player hitting buttons along with the beat is just a travesty. Seems like I just had to point out how bad this game is. None of the spin off Neptunia games have been that great.

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A lot like Tony Hawk 2 the addition of the manuals made me like OlliOlli 2 more than the first game. It just makes it that much easier to do a combo all the way to the end of the course. Which is the ultimate goal of this game. Get good enough to do crazy tricks without ever breaking a combo. At best I only do normal tricks so I can’t quite hang on the leaderboards anymore. Really this game is just one here because someone decided to make a fun skateboarding game again which is something I would like to see more of.

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Ultimax improved upon what Arc System Works did with the first Persona fighting game. They added in more characters and finished the story arc they left with a to be continued last time. The shadow versions of all the characters are now playable too even if they are kinda just mirrors with a few gameplay quirks that change up how they use their supers. The battles are fast paced and focus on doing a bunch of damage quickly. The auto combos the game has is useful for me since it lets me perform some cool looking attacks even if I don’t have the time to do it manually. Any game that makes it easier for me to do something cool in a fighting game is okay in my book.

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Out of the Persona spin offs this is my least favorite one. I know that I can enjoy dungeon crawlers since I do like Legend Of Grimrock but it just didn’t seem that fun this one. Even though it has the entire cast of Persona 3 and 4. Seeing how they interact was fun and the skits between floors were worth seeing. Helping out two new characters named Rei and Zen escape from the crazy school dungeon is compelling. Finding out the truth was worth the effort since the twist is pretty good. If only running through the same looking areas while solving puzzles was also fun. At least for me it felt convoluted and boring. The same shadows keep showing up so after a while it isn’t that fun to defeat the same enemies constantly. Still I could say that about any RPG. Oh well at least the F.O.E. keep me on my toes. Overall not a bad game yet it just wasn’t that fun for me.

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The VS part of the title is the only thing that doesn’t quite fit in with the narrative. Which has Phoenix meeting Layton in a mystery involving a town that hates witches and puts everyone on trial if they even think your one. Solving a bunch of puzzles using matchsticks and other things is what Layton does. While Phoenix puts his best face on to prove that his client isn’t a witch in the courtroom with his usual bag of tricks. By proving that the witnesses are either lying or wrong about what they saw with any evidence he has in his bag. Both of these games meld together really well since they are both about solving a mystery it’s just this time puzzles are the downtime between court battles instead of running around a area gathering clues. I wouldn’t mind if they do this again since it was a fun game.

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More has changed than you might assume from the last Senran Kagura game. Instead of this being a side scrolling beat em up it is more like Dynasty Warriors with the game being from behind the back of the playable character. Thus the action is still about getting enemies into the sky constantly by mixing the basic combos into a big chain attack. Still really fun to play even if the levels are quite linear. Each of the playable ninjas all have a different moveset so that is where the game gets a bit of variety. Still this series isn’t for everyone but that isn’t a bad thing if I still enjoy it.

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When this was first released I overlooked it as being just another 2D action platformer that was very well made. The fact that Yacht Club games was spun off of Wayforward is why it even caught my eye. Over time I’ve been impressed by how many updates this game has gotten. A alternate story mode starting plague knight was released along with some new challenges to test your shoveling skills. The main champion was alright too and any game that lets me pogo on enemies is always going to at least a smile out of me. Hope they get around to making something new soon.

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Sleeping Dogs may have been a sequel to the True Crime games at one point yet what it morphed into was something something better. The fact it is based in china made it stand out from the rest of the open world pack. Mixed with a good driving system that lets the player do silly stuff and solid fist fighting combat based on the style from the Batman games keeps all aspects of the game interesting. The fact that this is a “upgraded” port doesn’t mean much other than having access to the dlc. Mostly just bought this version to support the developers. I want them to make another one of these that isn’t a multiplayer shooter.

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I think Drinkbox did a much better job with this sequel than the first game. Which went on for far to long and didn’t have any new gimmicks to keep me interested. While this one flew by and I actually wanted more when I finished this the first time. Not that the Blob has anything left to do after he ends up causing the apocalypse. With the PSTV not letting me play this I’m just going by what I remember. It was quite fun eating a entire city so if you need a quick platformer that is fun to play check this one out.

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The first Xillia game worked quite well but the revisit to this world fails on some important points. Mostly the fact it reuses so many assets from the first game it barely feels like a sequel. The main new gimmick is that the protagonist Ludger has the ability to travel into alternate dimensions that he ends up destroying. As the game goes along he teams up with the cast of the first game. Another little addition was letting the player choose from a dialogue wheel even it doesn’t change much most of the time. Overall still a solid action RPG that doesn’t do much to differentiate itself from the previous game.

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For me Towerfall became my local indie coop/vs game of choice. Running around dodging arrows by either catching them or avoiding them was fun. I don’t play very many games of this style so it is easy to see why I might have enjoyed this. Plus it even has a coop campaign which is always a plus. It isn’t more than killing a bunch of enemies in a arena but it still works. The fact that it is really hard kept me coming back till we prompted. The hardcore mode is a bit to much though. Overall a solid local vs game that kept me entertained for hours.

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Half the fun of this game comes from seeing the Mii’s you put on your island do silly skits. Like watching them put on a musical or watching as someone tries to matchmake two of them by watching their date. Whenever the player isn’t watching them do something silly the game is about making sure they are happy. By either buying them what they want or playing a minigame with them. In general this is just the Sims without having to worry about keeping the Mii’s healthy. Virtual SD characters don’t need food after all. The only real downfall of this game is that it doesn’t have much staying power. It does have quite a few unlocks but once every environment is available you will start to see repeat skits fairly quickly. Even during this visit I saw one that I remember from last time.

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Nippon Icchi Software decided to make a new series with a new kind of gameplay. They’ve never shyed away from creating a new universe to see but changing the gameplay was what caught my eye. Turning it into a loot based action rpg wasn’t something I expected from them. Even that has a twist since all the weapons add to a 7-hit combo. So the way the Hundred Knight mixes up attacks is by using different weapons. For example a staff will send out a electric ball while a spear will send him charging a few feet forward. Every stage is also timed by how much energy the Knight has which gives a bit of incentive to keep going. As for the story it is about a swamp witch called Metalia who wishes to spread her wonderful swap all over the world. Pretty evil on the outside but as you might infer that isn’t quite how it ends. In a weird twist of fate the bad ending is actually the one that requires a ton of time to unlock instead of the good one.

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Wild Guns was one of those SNES games that I never even saw in a store. On a spur of moments notice I decided to pick it up off the eshop when it went on sale. I was not disappointed by the focus on shooting a bunch of evil cowpokes and giant robots. Not a easy game which is best enjoyed with a friend since the extra lifes make it possible to win. Even then it required some creative use of a save slate to finally succeed. It isn’t a very long game with it only taking a hour to beat it so I can see why it was made really tough even on easy. Pretty crazy to think Natsume randomly decided to bring this back on modern consoles. Kinda wonder if selling well on the eshop lead them to that decision.

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This is a run of the mill visual novel. Somehow this is connected to the Blazblue games. If it actually did something cool with the narrative I might have been more interested in it. Really the best thing about it is that it has multiple endings. The fact that the dialogue can change depending on which news stories you read is a neat idea. Plus the artwork is also really nice. Yet the story of Touya and how he turns out being some kind of magic god thing is ehh. Plus most of the focus is about picking the girl of your choice to get her ending. I wonder if they improved on this a bit in the sequel.

Conclusion

I didn’t quite set up this blog series correctly. Year wise at least with the first half of 2016 being over I can cover a few more games than I originally planned on. So I’ll be including part of 2016 in the next post which will be the finally be the end of this 7 month project. Yet I will be making good on my PC focused blog post that’ll be a more compact look at the games that weren't apart of this console/portable retrospective. Tune in next time to see me buy a bunch of fighting games and way too much anime.

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A Personal Video Game Retrospective (1986- 2015) 2013

Welcome back to another week of gaming goodness. With a smidge of bad too since I can’t like every game. At this point can I really call this a retrospective? I’m kinda just recapping the games that caught my eye this year more than waxing on about how it has a neat gimmick or still holds up so many years later etc. No reason to change the title at this point through. Time to see the start of the present timeline with the other two consoles that make up the trifecta.

PS4

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After the PS3 being my main device to play video games it isn’t surprising that the PS4 continued that tradition. I’m sure the story that was being told helped lead me in that direction plus that is where my friends play too. It may have not had the big graphical leap we are used to but it still has the majority of games I like to play. The gamepad is actually the biggest leap with it being my favorite one to use. If only PSN could match the speed of XBL this console would be even better.

Xbox One

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I didn’t see a reason to get a Xbox One year one but I just couldn’t stay away. Collecting all the consoles is eventitible for me. Every console has its exclusives and I just have to be able to play them all. It isn’t a huge list but it does add up over time. Another thing I like about consoles is that they will continue to play every game in its catalog till it becomes outdated. Looking like we are getting to an iffy area where that might not be true soon.

2013

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A new leaf has turned over and a new mayor has been elected in the world of Animal Crossing. Not much has changed in the daily routine. As new resident of a town you’ll need to fish/dig and buy your way to a bigger house. Nook will continue to build onto the house till it turns into a mansion. As ever his overall goal is to continually rob the player of all their hard earned bells. Not even the honorary mayor is above his influence after all. Yet as the mayor it is possible to build things to make your town look unique along with a few policy changes like making shops stay up late. I may have a soft spot for the first animal crossing but this might just be the best game in the series so far.

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Games made by Examu tend to have a same artype with how they are made. At least going by the two games I bought that were both fighting games based on visual novels. Both games have a story more and then a alternate story mode. The story is loose at best with the only plot being that a bunch of characters get put into a situation because someone decides to do something stupid. Each of the different fighters are unique and the simple nature of the special moves makes it easy to jump in at any time. Which is great for me since I like to jump in a play through with one character and then come back at a later time to check out another fighter. The additional mechanic of giving the attacker/defender a buff for doing well is nice. Keeps each fighting going at a breakneck pace.

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I may have a lot of Game Boy games but I did miss a few that I ended picking up on the 3DS/Wii eshop. Avenging Spirit is a run of the mill action platformer with a twist. The player character is a ghost that can possess other people. At the start he was killed but decides to use his newfound powers to rescue his girlfriend from the rival gang. Each of the different playable characters has different jumping arcs and a different attack. For example a ninja has a high jump and can throw shurikens. While the gangster has slow but powerful bullets with a small jump. Surprisingly this even has a good and bad ending too. Overall a short game that doesn’t overstay its welcome.

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Yup I never played Balloon Fight till they released it on 3DS as part of the ambassador program. That seems like a travesty because I like Joust so much. This game is pretty much just a variations on that style of game. Pop evil ballooners by bonking them on the head to obtain a bunch of points. A alternate mode of play called balloon trip is pretty much a endless runner where the goal is to survive. I kinda think this works a lot better on a mobile device than if I owned the NES version.

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The one thing Bioshock always does well is set up a alternate history that is believable if someone went all out on a project. While the first two games set up a city that was already in decay Infinite shows off Columbia in its prime. Both the good and bad side of a city in the clouds is made apparent before Booker even gets a gun. Once the player does get a gun and some virgors the main gameplay mechanics have improved over Bioshock. Running around dodging attacks and grinding on rails becomes a fun time. Between moments of wonder and mystery as the deeper Booker goes the more things become unclear. By the end the ending will surprise you too. The gameplay may be more compelling but the story of Columbia and all of its residents is still the highlight.

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This is one those hallmark examples of a good premise that ends up being really effective. All you needed to know is that two brothers must travel across the land to find a root to help their father. As the player you will be controlling both of them at once. Each one has different skills and weaknesses making the puzzles diverse and unique as the game goes along. It did take a bit getting used to controlling them both at the same time but after a while it becomes second nature. By the end of the game it becomes a rewarding experience that was certainly worth playing.

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It is absolutely amazing that in 2013 I could actually care about a Call Of Juarez game. Which was thanks to making the gunplay quick and about getting combos. Especially in the arcade mode it comes down to quickly moving through the level accurately shooting everyone who stands in the gunslingers way. Figuring out where all the enemies will come from is part of the challenge. If you manage to get a full clear it is very satisfying. Even the story has a unique twist with a old man recalling his previous adventures to some bar partratos. Making a few points in the story change in real time depending on what he said happened. If you never played this it is worth checking out.

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Honestly I kinda wish this game spent more time with Naomi dealing with the fact that she can’t remember her best friend Seiko after the Heavenly Host incident. The intro video really sells that plot so freaking well. Kinda sucks that the game is spent just telling mini stories instead. Although getting some backstory to the characters is good too. The game itself is now mainly a visual novel with a few adventure game elements. In some ways I made the first episode in this more compelling by thinking it was Naomi revisiting Heavenly Host over and over again in her mind. If only that was true instead of it just being a what if story.

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This is one of the very few times that a bad game can be enjoyed because of the story instead of the gameplay. Seeing the next plot point or wacky resident of Greenvale is worth trudging through the sub par shooter elements. I don’t find anything wrong with shooting shadows but it does become boring after a while. With this being the director's cut they added a few new scenes that don’t do much other than set up that someone is telling a story to someone else. Oh well FBI agent Francis York Morgan being a strong protagonist keeps the mood light. Not quite knowing what is truly going on keeps the player intrigued too and I’m sure the fact that this was an obvious reference to Twin Peaks helped make it more memorable.. More than anything else this made me a fan of SWERY and whenever his name comes up I have to check out whatever he is working on.

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I kinda feel like I’m a easy player to please. All I really need is some nice 2D artwork and some basic moves. Vanilliaware made a beat em up and that was pretty cool in my opinion. I do like that the game has AI partners to replace other players since they are pretty useful at this point. I highly doubt that many people are playing this right now. As for the game each playable character has a different style of fighting. In my case the Elf is about quick attacks up close and far away it is all about shooting a ton of arrows at the enemy. I ended up leaving off after competing all the levels it expects the player to go back through each level to collect keys to the final boss. Not sure how much I like that aspect but it did give me a reason to replay levels multiple times. Plenty of hidden rooms in each level too if you want to find the real loot. Oh yeah this is a loot game and better gear makes the numbers that pop off enemies keep going up.

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I just liked this game because it was obviously referencing Dragon Warrior in the first chapter. Plus a bunch of other RPG’s too. The humor filled story was quite amusing at the time. By now this kind of thing is commonplace so it most likely doesn’t work as well. Yet it is so short by the time it gets annoying the game is over.

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The Dungeon & Dragons arcade games were high priced beat em ups that only came to the Sega Saturn. So when it was announced that they were being ported I was hyped to be able to play them again. Like a lot of other beat em ups these were part of my arcade experience. They hold up the best too thanks to the leveling system and the alternate stage setup depending on which way the player decides to go. The cavalcade of collectible items/magic that you could use was a nice addition too. Making this one of the best beat em ups of all time.

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The dumb B movie plot and visuals is why EDF works so well. Taking down hundreds of ants as they ragdoll everywhere works better than it should. With overacting of the VO during the missions adds to the atmosphere so well. None of the missions overstay their welcome plus this game has a metric ton of unlockable weapons. It is also made to be replayed over and over again. Continually ramping up the difficulty till it is almost impossible. Kinda sad that this looks just as good on vita as it did on the 360. In the end this was a budget priced fun time that held up over time.

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A turn based strategy game is rather rare in these yearly recaps other than Disgaea. I was curious about Fire Emblem for a while since I played some of the previous games yet never bought any. With Awakening it seemed like they were trying something new while still sticking to what made it unique. The fear of losing a unit forever is a big aspect of this game. Even if all it did was make me want to perfect every map. Even though I had it on the new mode where you can’t lose anyone I can’t seem to break that habit. As for the game it is a turn based strategy game where using the strength of all your units is key to victory. Knowing who to pair up or the weakness of each unit is important. Running into a battle without a strategy is a great way to lose this game. To bad like the rest of the series I stopped playing it mid way through the story.

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A game starring a luchador isn’t something you see often. The fact that it is also a metroidvania just makes it better. Between the fitting music and the combo system this was one of the few games I ended up playing through 4 times. It was just that good. The combat may be rather basic but it does let me do crazy combos without much skill other than knowing when to dodge. Comboing a room full of enemies without getting hit is always a fun time no matter what kind of game it is. The bright visual style is also a notable aspect of the game too. Which is something Drinkbox has always been good at in every one of the games they developed. I’m always excited to see what they put out next.

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Welcome to the psychedelic murder simulator that makes you feel good. That’s a horrible thing to say but Hotline Miami is a very good puzzle game. The action may be constant but it really is up to the player to figure out the best way to complete each level. More than most games the music really sells what is going on in front of your face. Piecing the narrative together with what hints are given out is neat. The vague nature of everything is why that part is so compelling. Even now I want to keeping playing this after starting a new playthrough. It just goes to show how effective this game is at making the player just want to see one more mission.

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This might be one of my favorite fighting games to play. Getting big combos doesn’t take much and it looks real cool. Linking normals into specials usually takes very specify timing and for someone that tends to play all the characters with very little time spent on just one I never tend to learn much. So the fact it is possible to mash my way into some neat combos without a lot of practices is neat. I know I’m not good at any fighting game but I do like it when the game gives me the tools to look cool. This was pretty barebones when it released but now it is very much a fully featured fighting game. Plenty of single player content to keep me busy for a while.

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Like the PS4 my choices for the kind of launch game and I ended up buying a FPS. A easy choice since the rest of the library wasn’t that great. Even this is just a adequate shooter. It does what it aims to do well with the biggest noteworthy fact that it looks much better than before. The start of the story is just set up to make the main character want to get back at the Helghast because they’re evil. Then by the end end it isn’t quite so simple etc. The setup is just a reason to shoot through a bunch of places. In the end this was just a inbetween game as I waited for more interesting games to start showing up.

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Some of the best HD remakes were thanks to how good the games looked on PS2. Kingdom Hearts already looked nice before but upping the resolution just makes everything look crispier. Although this was a combo pack of Kingdom Hearts games the original one is the one I liked the most. Adding in the card system to Chain Of Memories just made me want to stop playing after a while. 356 days is just a movie that gives some backstory to the nobodies. At this point it kinda looks like I’m putting random words together that have no meaning unless you’ve played these games before. Yet on the base level I like this series just because it mixes Disney with Final Fantasy. Nostalgia for Disney may be a curse but I don’t mind.

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Why doesn’t more games use dynamic music? Kicking in some lyrics to pump up the already awesome moments in this game and make them even more memorable. It really is a reminder that good music can make moments have more of an impact. Whenever Raiden isn’t cutting a metal gear in two the fights with the normal enemies are stylishing looking too. It is a standard action game with some cool mechanics like being able to counter attack by also attacking at the same moment. Makes those action scenes look even cooler if you master the combat. This really is one of the games that explains why Platinum games is loved by a lot of people.

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Not much has changed from the last Mighty Switch Force game. The main difference is that setting has been changed. Instead of being a cop this a firefighter themed. Mostly just means you’ll be putting out fires and monsters while rescuing the 5 trapped people in each stage. I consider this to just be a expansion pack since they didn’t add anything other than the gun being a water hose. Which is used to put out fires in each level otherwise the swapping puzzles are exactly the same. I was disappointed they didn’t think up new kinds of puzzles. Still a well made puzzle game even if it didn’t add anything new.

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Not having access to a gamepad anymore apparently won’t let me start this game up. This first game really impressed me but a lot like the previous game in this list the sequel didn’t seem that great. It’s weird but the fact this had more games that I never played made it more interesting.The gist of these game is challenging the player to a small section of each video game. Like getting a mushroom in Super Mario or dodging a bunch of barrels in Donkey Kong. The best part of the game doesn’t get used that often. Mixing in one game to another one like putting Link into Super Mario Bros is cool.

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In every way but the name this is A Link To The Past 2. The world of Hyrule is set up exactly like the SNES game. At first that might sound like a rehash but the new ways to tackle dungeons makes this game even better. A new evil has decided to invade hyrule a evil painter is turning the descendants of the seven sages into paintings. Link must pick up a sword and set off on a adventure to banish evil. The biggest new aspect of this game is the fact you can tackle any dungeon in any order. Because a salesman named Ravio lets Link rent out any of the items that are normally scattered around a dungeon. He can also swap into painting form on any wall which adds some new kinds of puzzles to figure out too. Overall this was one of the best Zelda games that I’ve played in a while.

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The HD version of Wind Waker looks really good. They didn’t need to do much to make this look great since the original was impressive when it was released. Although I say that about most cel shaded games that have come up on this list. The big hook for this release was the sailing. Traveling the ocean to rescue his sister is Link’s goal at first. Afterwards it becomes about defeating a great evil that has been trying to take over what is left of the world. So it's really just another Zelda game whenever Link is on land. With a lot of exploration possible while on the high seas. A good combo that made this another landmark hit for series.

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2013 was the year of Luigi according to Nintendo. Which allowed Luigi to go back to his ghost busting ways. Instead of just one mansion he now must go through 5 different mansions. Each new room may have new ghost to suck into the poltergust 3000 or some type of puzzle to figure out like using fire to burn web. The only thing I miss from the original game is that the unique ghosts have been replaced entirely by a generic list of normal ghosts that’ll keep coming up till the end. It might might have everything I would have wanted from the original game but it did still hit all the rights notes to make a spooky adventure.

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My thoughts on this game are the same as the review I wrote. I’m fine playing a 30-50 hour RPG if the story keeps changing or the gameplay makes it worth the time. Mario & Luigi: Dream Team does neither of those things. Rehashing what they did before in Bowser's Inside Story seems to be the goal of this game. Oh look Luigi can grow humongous or hey a whole other world is explorable in a dream land. They did both of those things before and the humor is not on point this time. Sure the game is adequately made. I just wish it had some of the flair to back up the battle system that can still be fun in a better game.

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After having almost no representation of the top down shooter for a while I figure it might be worth bringing this one up. Not that this one does anything of value other than being a over the top anime shooter. At some point it became common to have a character shooting a bunch of lasers at enemies. Not sure why but the action is solid. Bullets are constantly being fired and with the help of some magic it is possible to dodge them all. If you do everything right it feels pretty awesome.

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I think the art style is the thing everyone remembers about Ni No Kuni. A game that looks like a studio ghibli film doesn’t come around often. Hard to not remember the likable Mr Drippy with his very distinct Welsh accent. The game is basically a 3 way Pokemon match but the fights are in real time. Options are still chosen on a menu that then get acted out. Which works for a while but after a while I got bored by the combat. The story about saving a world was rather generic and it didn’t keep me hooked enough to finish it.

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In some ways the original Pilotwings works better than the sequel. The muddy 3D graphics in 64 have been replaced with nice looking 2D artwork. Somehow the hang glider controls better in this game since I managed to land the target in the first try. At the same time it is harder to judge how close the vehicles are to the ground in this game. Overall I’m glad I got to play this even if it was 12 years since it was first released on the SNES.

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Capcom decided to change up this visuals this time. Instead of 2D artwork every character now has a polygonal models. The style has been kept so all the animations look like they came from the older Ace Attorney games. Not much has changed from the last game the main goal is still to prove that someone who has been blamed for a murder is innocent. To do that Wright and company will need to explore crime scenes and uncover the truth by cross examining witnesses. A new character named Athena has a gadget that lets her see emotions. Using that to find new clues is a nice little addition. Still mainly the same game as before with new cases to solve. That is really all I need.

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It took over 10 years for Nintendo to finally create a 3D polygonal Pokemon game. The new graphics gave the aging series a fresh look that brought back some fans. Yet it is still classic Pokemon game. Now it just looks a lot better if you don’t prefer 2D pixel art. This ended up being the game that I put a lot of time into but didn’t finish it off. I had 7 badges but I guess some other game got my attention. More than anything else I feel like this was also the first game in the series to promote online components at all times. Before they were relegated to pokemon centers but now it is possible to jump into a game with a friend at any moment. Trading with others is a lot easier too making it possible to get Pokemon that are hard to find easier. Overall a good game that did a lot to get me interested in this series again.

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I didn’t know that I wanted a way to play a bunch of recreated pinball games till this game was released. For the kind of game this is the fact I own a physical copy seems kinda silly. As the name implies this a bunch of pinball tables. They are based on the real thing like the Star Trek The Next Generation table. Compared to Zen pinball I prefer the physics of the pinball in this game. Not sure if I’ll ever buy any more tables since the first season covers just about everything I would want to play.

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Although I covered the sequel first I got interested in this game when I watched a let’s play of it. Wayforward really pushed the limits of the Game Boy color with this game and it is noticeable even in the intro stage. Changing the color pallet from daytime to on fire and then night must have been pretty impressive for 8bits of processing power. The type of game they made wasn’t showing up that much around this time either. Since it is a metroidvania and is about exploring all of sequin land to stop the vile Risky Boots from using the steam engine she stole for devious purposes.

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SMT IV made me realize that I like it when Japanese developers have more of a budget. Going back to a game that has a bunch of text and a focus on battles for most of the game didn’t feel that great. The weakness system that forces the player to learn weaknesses to get extra turns is a great gameplay system. If only the battles weren't so bland looking with all the monsters being 2D cutouts. In some ways I would prefer this to be more pixelated since I don’t actually like the artwork. With none of the characters being more than what they appeared to be it was hard to care about what was going on in the narrative. Glad they included a ending that fit my viewpoint on this game.

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Someone decided it was worth making another Sly Cooper game in 2013. Sanzaro games took what Sucker Punch did and directly made another one of those. Sneak around with Sly to steal some stuff. Do some platforming and hacking with Bentley. Beat up everyone with Murray. Having a bunch of different playable characters are neat and the time travel aspect adds in some of Sly’s ancestors into the mix. Running around levels collecting stuff and competing missions is what you’ll be doing for most of the game. A very solid game that is fun if you enjoyed the previous games in this series.

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Spelunky is all about quick restarts. The player will die a bunch till they eventually compete it. Even after they end up beating it it has a bunch of replay value thanks to the daily challenge mode and the many secrets that await all who seek them out. Half of this game is about skill while the other half is a bit of luck. Finding something like the jet pack can make things a lot easier. Yet if you don’t watch out so many things will kill the spelunker in only one hit. Luckily it is real easy to get back to where you left off. Which is why this game works since it is fun to keep playing this over and over again.

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Out of the games Housemark has made Resogun ended up being my favorite one. Easily the best launch title on PS4. All they really did was create a better version of defender. Going back and forth shooting enemies while rescuing all the humans is the goal. The dash is what makes this game work. Being able to dash through enemies to avoid getting destroyed is awesome. All the voxels flying everywhere after said collision just makes it look cool too. Each level also ends on a boss battle and if the player wins everything it blows up. This was one of the very few games that got me caring about getting a high score. I never got that good but it was fun to keep up with my friends for a bit.

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Xillia is like every other Tales games with some slight differences in the combat. It is the standard action system with shortcuts to 4 specials skills that can be mixed into normal attacks. Simple yet still very tough since the game doesn’t pull any punches difficulty wise. I can’t point out the differences but the combat is only half the reason I liked this game. The characters were more likeable than I expected. The trademarked skit system is how Namco manages to put some extra humor and narrative into the spots between important story points. Which makes it easier to make Millia and the rest of the crew more in depth. Overall this was my favorite Tales game since Symphonia.

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A lot of what Falcom did for Ys Seven continues into this game. Once again Adol finds himself in a new land full of problems he has to solve. New teammates are obtained as his journey continues and up to three can be used at once. Swapping from one to the other is possible. Each of the characters has a different type of weapon making swords effective against one type of monster while shooting an arrow into another one might damage them more. Thus it forces the player to swap constantly to continue to do damage to all the standard enemies. Once the boss monster shows up it starts getting serious. Dodging attacks is key to winning every boss fight. Overall another solid Ys game.

Conclusion

Mixing the new with the old seems like something I tend to do a lot. More so than most years this one has quite a few retro re releases of games that I never played till now. No matter how old a game is it is possible to enjoy it today. Not sure how much that means from someone that tends to check out older games constantly. It is kinda just something I like to do. Tune in next week for the penultimate retrospective post. See what happens when Koei gets their hands on The Legend Of Zelda and we find out what really happens if you pick up the purse.

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A Personal Video Game Retrospective (1986-2015) 2012

Welcome back to another look at way too many video games that came out just 4 years ago. The timeline is almost complete. Although we wouldn’t know it this was the year of the devices that didn’t quite live up to their potential. At least from the point of view of how much they sold. Which is disappointing since I like to see everything succeed but that isn’t a realistic notion in this world. Let us start by talking about the console and handheld that came out this year.

Wii U

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The Wii U once again had a gimmick to try to drum up sales. They even kept the name which turned out to be a bad decision. After all the masses apparently can’t tell the difference. At first I resisted picking this up after being down on Nintendo since the Wii but they won me over in the end. I just love video games too much not to have access to them all. Having a tablet for a controler worked even if it never really had very many games that used it well. Other than a map although in a few cases developers did try a few things different like using it for 2 player co op on different screens. Thinking about this console now is kinda depressing since someone decided to steal my tablet and all the games recently. At least I can mostly use it without the tablet but buying one from Ebay and then obtaining the games seems pointless. Especially if the rumors about the NX getting ports of certain Nintendo games were true. I’m still going to cover the games did own even if I can’t play them anymore.

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Like the PSP before it the Vita tried to win gamer hearts by showing them how good a game could look on a portable. Turns out just like the PSP that may get the hardcore to buy it yet the masses don’t really care. Console style gameplay doesn’t seem to work that well on go. Building a specialty game for this kind of device is where it shines. It is also the best way to play a lot of indie games on the go. Japanese developers tend to love making games for this device which I’m also a fan of. Easy to see why it turned into something I tend to use a lot. Unfortunately it was the other thing those thief's stole. Much easier to replace though with the Playstation TV only costing me 25$ It’s a good thing most games don’t use the touch screen features. Now watch my masterful segue into the games I thought were worth buying this year.

2012

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Hype machine the video game. Asura’s got a lot of problems after his wife gets killed and he gets blamed for killing the emperor. Even his daughter Mithra gets kidnapped too and he gets sent to hell. After digging his way out he immediately uses his anger to mash his way through any of oppose him. Bursting just makes everything work out. Whenever the game isn’t showing something crazy with a QTE prompt it is either a lock on shooter or a character action game. Both of those are acceptable parts of the game but it really is just about the spectacle. Even if it has a few slow moments most of the game is just one crazy thing after another.

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I kinda said what I wanted to say about Borderlands last time. Gearbox just made a new villain and new vault hunters to oppose his reign over Pandora. They tweaked the shooting a bit to make it more responsive. Plus they added way to many new guns to collect. Like before watching the numbers go over 100k by the time your vault hunter is level 60 feels really good. The bosses are now a bit more unique and pose more of a challenge which is good compared to the really easy ones in the first game. The only downfall are the jokes that may not work for everyone. At least the fun time I had playing with a friend cooperatively made up for that flaw.

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This was a game that sold me by the fact it played a lot like Guardian Heroes. To bad it has quite a bit of slowdown on the 3DS. Going into it cold took a bit for me to figure out everything even though this is just a beat em up. Other than the standard light and heavy attacks this looks like it has 4 special moves to mix up the action a bit. From the start it was quite a disappointment with the action being a bit slow. I never put much time into this one.

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Tower Defence has to do something insanely good for me to care about it at all. Unfortunately that isn’t true for this one but it does have a unique premise. Dillon happens to be a armadillo who goes around protecting different towns that get raided by rock monsters. His main offensive attack is using his armored scales to smash into his foes. This entire game uses the touch screen and is about sliding down and holding it to charge up attacks. Whenever Dillion isn’t attacking rocks he is building up a bunch of towers to defend points on the map. All this is fine if only it didn’t take so much time to build up stuff before anything starts to happen. Then once everything starts popping off it is hard to keep up.

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I was hoping to see some of the Rasberyl mode that was added in this updated version on vita but it takes some time and a bit of grinding to see it. Not that it changes much it just has her as the protagonist. As she tries to become the greatest delinquent the land has ever known. While inadvertently becoming a honor student one step at a time. If you’ve forgotten honor means you're pretty evil according to the lore in this game. The gameplay is the same as always with each stage being set up for the player to summon up to 8 minions to wipe out the opposing force. Between the turn based chaos of each battle it is possible to buy gear and do other things to make each encounter easier. This was finally the Disgaea game that I put over 100 hours into. At the time the launch of the vita I had a lot of time to play this game.

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So this might not have been the direct remake of Double Dragon that some fans wanted. Instead it is a humorous take on DD with the excellent silly villain Skullomageggon stealing the spotlight. The main addition of the beat em up formula they decided to add was the ability to duck under punches. If timed right the Lee brothers will heat up and do more damage. Making a lot of the drawn out fights much easier if even if your happen to be underleveled. Yup this has a leveling system but it is left up to enemies dropping mixtapes that could be a new special move or style of fighting that can then be leveled up to 50 times. The cherry on the top would be the soundtrack which has plenty of groovy tunes to go along with all the beat downs you’ll be doing by the time this game concludes.

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Well they certainly made a super flashy intro where Lighting gets to battle a dark god. The augmented active time battle is system is still in effect in this one. Like the first game it seems rather limited at first with the only options for the first few battles being either attack or heal. Once Lighting sends the mysterious stranger Noel into the time portal before armageddon happens in Valhalla things just keep getting weirder. The main goal in the game seems to be correcting all the wrongs that happened in the past because suddenly time travel is a thing that can happen. Maybe that was in the first game too but I never finished it so I’m not sure. Overall this seems well produced fantasy adventure that I seemed to have bought cause I can’t stop buying Final Fantasy games.

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For someone that really likes games that are beat em ups it’s surprising that I never really got into God Of War at all. I ended up picking up this as a way to check out every game for cheap. Because I have some need to play through in chronological order I played the psp games then the first on PS2. Never did get to 2 or 3 so this is the first time seeing the intro level in God Of War 3. Its sense of scale of the titans that Kratos just happens to be riding up to the top of mount olympus is impressive. The combat is about on par with the rest of the games. It just looks a lot better here. Overall a solid action game that is very bloody if you happen to enjoy that.

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These later Harvest Moon games never really impacted me like the older games. Only so many times can I water crops in so many environments till it just isn’t as captivating. The start really slows the game down a bunch with a step by step tutorial that shows off the entirety starting town and how to plant crops. The main narrative hook this time is that fact you're trying to bring two towns that have separate ideas to come together and realize that they can work better together than apart. That is done mainly by competing town quests that end up rebuilding their long lost friendship. They also added a assortment of new vegetables to grow along with the ability to raise a Alpaca. This does have new things to see but it starts so slowly I ended up giving up quickly back when this was new.

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It has been a real long time since I played a Golf game. With the launch of the vita it seemed like a good time to play a new one. Hot Shots Golf always seemed fairly well liked even if I never played any of them. Not that I’ve been missing much since this is just golf. I never did get very good at putting which still causes me to get bogey on almost every hole. This has a detailed grid showing me where the ball will go yet judging that shot has never been my strong point. As a cartoony golf game this was an acceptable launch title.

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Neptunia is back but not really turns out her little sister that was never mentioned before must restore game industry back to its former glory before the software pirates appeared. Nepgear has issues thinking that she will be powerful enough to do this. After all she has been in her sister's shadow for so long. That is gist of the story early on while the combat has been remixed. Instead of a standard classic turn based system this one has the player move around the battle area before attacking enemies with the 3 hit combo system. Not that different from the first game but it does make it less stale. Really I just want to know why this game begins with a small FMV cutscene of Master Higgins telling me I shouldn’t play games without taking a break for a bit every hour.

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To say that Kid Icarus: Uprising came out of left field would be a understatement. No clue why Nintendo decided to bring Pit back but I’m glad they did. I didn’t put too much time into it today so the control scheme didn’t seem that bad. I was able to lock on and shoot down any enemy in the sky or on ground. The humorous take on the narrative was neat too with it being very anime. Which isn’t for everyone but I enjoyed it.

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Square Enix has no problem exploiting the fandom they gained when they first released Kingdom Hearts. Going into the dreams of Sora and Riku is the latest side game in this series. They must prove that they are worthy of the title of keyblade master and only defeating/befriending the dream eaters is the way to pass the test. So this has a little bit of Pokemon in it with a bunch of cute monsters that can be created by defeating their dark other self's. The action RPG portion of the game plays like the rest although it now has much more of a focus on traversing around the environment faster. Like being able to grind on rails or swinging around a lamp post to launch off in another direction. These abilities can be used in battle too. Switching between Sora and Riku to advance the plot could be interesting. I don’t remember much about the story in this one other than what I’ve mentioned in this post.

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I meant to play through more of this when it was first released. I love a good crime drama thanks to all the cop shows I've watched over the years. L.A. Noire goes back to the 1940’s as a rookie detective named Cole Phelps gets promoted up the ranks as he keeps solving cases. Most of the game is spent just talking to people and figuring out if they are lying. Everyone has a tell and noticing that something is up is vital to getting to the correct conclusion to the case. Depending on how bad the player messes up it is possible to arrest the wrong person while still closing the case. This has some driving and occasional shooting but they are there to pad out the game a bit. I doubt we’ll ever see another big budget adventure game like this in a very long time.

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If a developer has a silly premise to go along with their video game I do think I’m more likely to buy it. Liberation Maiden set up is that the president of Japan must fly around in her mech and liberate all of Japan from an invading force. Flying around in the mech is controlled by the circle pad while locking onto enemies requires use of the touch pad. Dodging attacks while using the touch screen to shoot down incoming missiles controls perfectly. Blowing up all the normal enemies is satisfying and taking down bosses is awesome.

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Having every Mass Effect game in one collection was a good reason to replay the first two and finally play the third one. For this blog I only played the first game which was my favorite. Even though the combat was subpar it has a good narrative that has Shepard chasing the rogue specter Saren around the galaxy as he tries to stop his evil plans from coming to fruition. The universe Bioware created here was pretty amazing.Somehow it still holds up going by the two 20 plus hours I put into the first game again. Overall a good set of adventures that tell the story of Commander Shepard.

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This was a updated version of Mighty Switch Force in which Wayforward redrew the art to make it look better on Wii U. Other than it looking better it also included a hyperdrive remix of all the levels to make them harder than before. As for the game itself makes use of a swapping mechanic that swaps platforms in and out of reality. Each platform has different qualities like being able to keep them in sync by standing on them or launching capabilities that can send Patica across the level. Her main goal is to arrest the 5 women who escaped from jail in each level while shooting any monster that gets in her way. The fact they continually add something new in each level keeps it from getting old. Overall a great little puzzle game that may be short yet very satisfying to compete especially if you beat the par time on each level.

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For someone that skipped every other New Super Mario Bros game this one seemed well made. It may just be a updated version of Super Mario Bros but I don’t think Nintendo lost their level making touch over the years. As the game goes on it got tougher to survive even if it wasn’t as hard as the NES games. At least in my case 2 player coop was fun too and less chaotic than if I tried to get 4 people to play the game at once. Pure chaos is only fun for a while after all.

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So this may not have shown off the tablet in the best way but it still had a good variety of mini games that kept me entertained as I waited for the next big Nintendo game. When I think of these early Wii U games replayability doesn’t come to mind. Seeing a Zelda themed shooting gallery was fun while it lasted but it isn’t like I wanted to play it again after I finished it once. The competitive attractions were fun whenever I had someone around to play them. As for the solo games the one I remember most was the ninja star throwing one. Because I got pretty good at throwing shurikens at ninjas. Overall this game had some potential at showing other ways developers could use the gamepad but over time it seems like it is just a big controler.

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Ragnarok Online got big enough that they started to make spin off titles. This is one of the latest ones where they mixed in a little Monster Hunter. To bad I didn’t really see any boss battles this time and if I remember correctly it takes a while before they hand out a quest about taking down a huge monster. Making most of the quests about going to a area and just killing a bunch of monsters. I thought they might have got away from that type of quest by now but no that is the bulk of the game. Collect a bunch of crafting items to upgrade gear. Because this was intended for multiple players the solo content never seemed that great and doing the same missions in coop don’t seem like a fun time. In the end this was a adequate action RPG that just didn’t have enough substance for me to enjoy it.

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Out of all the games I've covered so far this is the first one that just had too much content. It may be the best value ever time wise while the gameplay barely holds up for one campaign. At least that was what I was feeling after beating Leon’s campaign back when I tried to play through every one. Looking at it now I’m pretty much just letting it wash over me. The action works even if shooting enemies doesn’t feel that great thanks to the fact they don’t stutter or react to bullets. Meanwhile the interconnected narrative could have been interesting if I felt like playing the other campaigns. So in the end this was an utterly average game that I have very little interest in seeing again.

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This was one of the weakest Paper Mario games Nintendo has made. The charm of the humor that is prevalent in each of these games is still top notch. The main issue here is the change to the fighting system. Although it may still be about timing jumps and using special attacks it is now been limited by how many stickers Mario has. So instead of being able to jump whenever he wants he can now only jump if he has a jump sticker that is one time use only. Really this doesn’t change things that much and the standard hero’s journey for Mario is still in effect. I guess I just wanted a Paper Mario game without a gimmick.

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I’ve liked fighting games for a while but I really do play a lot more of them today compared to SNES/PS1 era. Doesn’t hurt that developers either keep making fun games to play or base it on something I love like Persona. This would be the first time that the cast of P3 would meet the P4 team in a post game story arc about a anti-shadow robot named Labrys who has fallen into the tv world. Together they manage to make her confront her true self but not before leaving the story hanging with the true villain getting away. The fighting part is well made with each character having unique special moves at their disposal. Always appreciated the fact this has a basic multi square combo to do something flashy even if I don’t put in the time to learn some of the bigger combos. Yet the sequel pretty much makes this one obsolete other than if I wanted to go through the story mode again.

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Persona 4 has been extensively promoted on this site already with the P4ER. Golden adds some new scenes like going to the beach for a vacation and a scooter than can be driven around to unlock new areas to explore. As for the story it is about a transfer student named “Charlie Tunoku” who moves to a small Japanese town to move in with his uncle Dojima. Soon after he learns that he has the power to go into TV’s. This leads to a mystery he and his group of friends can’t ignore. To stop the killings around Inaba they travel through many dungeons to rescue all who get thrown into the TV. I’m sure if you're reading this you most likely know this already. Overall a great game to watch someone else play and to play yourself if you have access to it.

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Layton is back for another adventure full of puzzles. For the 3DS Level 5 decided to update the gr