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Games I've Beaten At Least Once

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Games Beaten in 2018

Number of Games Beaten in 2018: TBD
People who added this item 6 Average listal rating (3 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 0
Legend - PlayStation

Beat March 5, 2018

Legend is a 3D brawler released only in Europe...that alone made me think that this game would be trash. Most 3D brawlers wind up being pretty bad, and no offense to the folks in Europe, but there aren't many good Europe-exclusive releases on consoles from this timeframe (that I've played, anyway). Surprisingly, however, it's an okay game....though, very much on the easy side. Legend feels very much like what a 3D Golden Axe would have felt like...just with controls that aren't quite as smooth as one would hope for. Legend also has an " auto lock-on" option which usually helps in the brawling...but sometimes, it doesn't work properly, leaving you open as you begin attacking the wall behind you or a chest instead of an enemy. But complaints aside, this could have been a whole lot worse. Fans of brawlers will certainly find at least a few things to like here.
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Love Love Truck - PlayStation

Beat March 4, 2018

I bought Love Love Truck about 4 years ago...and I finally sat down and played it tonight. When I bought this game, I knew absolutely nothing about it...as ridiculous as it sounds, I just liked the box art. That box art mixed with the title of the game - I knew it had to be something weird. I like weird games. Love Love Truck is everything I hoped it would be - and it's the kind of Japanese game that I like...so weird that it would have never been released in North America. Basically, in Love Love Truck you pick two folks, one male and one female, and they get placed in a minecart. The minecart goes through five courses and during those five courses, it's up to you to grab items to make the pair fall in love. The pair I picked both liked food - the female, fruit (melons in particular) and the male, hamburgers. The fruit just needed to be picked up, but the burgers needed to be assembled, but in a correct order...so it's more than simply grabbing everything you can. Aside from picking up stuff, you also need to make fast choices to go left or right as well as avoid obstacles. Overall, it's actually a pretty well-made, but short game. I'm glad I have it in my library, but unless you like bizarre games as much as I do, you may not be as entralled with it as I am. It took me roughly 45 minutes to beat the game, so after that, most folks will be done. But, if you're interested in playing a weird, obscure Playstation One title, Love Love Truck fits that description.
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People who added this item 7 Average listal rating (4 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 0
Nekketsu Oyako - PlayStation

Beat March 4, 2018

Nekketsu Oyako is a side-scrolling brawler, similar to Final Fight or Streets of Rage...but not as good as either series. Basically, you fight your way through the levels with a lot of repetitive enemies and eventually fight a boss at the end of the stage. In terms of brawlers, I feel like this one is WAY easier than average. I made my way through each level with relative ease...even beating some bosses without taking more than one or two hits. One boss was even juggled to death by me on accident thanks to the boomerang weapon, which I happened to throw at just the right time to make the boss juggle on it repeatedly, removing the remainder of his energy (over half of it) in the process. Anyway, if you like brawlers, you'll probably enjoy your time here...it's not a horrible game, but repetition of the enemies (the levels themselves are quite varied, in fairness) and iffy controls will turn some away.
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People who added this item 4 Average listal rating (1 ratings) 3 IMDB Rating 0
K-1 The Arena Fighters - PlayStation

Beat February 25, 2018

K-1 The Arena Fighters is not a good game...the controls feel delayed, the characters feel robotic, the computer can go from ridiculously easy to frustratingly cheap within a single fight, and there's not much here to keep you coming back for more if you manage to adapt to the previous complaints. That said, I still moderately enjoyed my time here...even with the game being as bad as it is, there's just something about knocking your opponent out after they whiffed with a punch or a kick. If the mechanics of the game had been tweaked to make everything play smoothly, this would have been a blast...instead it feels more like trying to get a marionette to box another marionette - absolutely terrible, but once you get used to controlling it, there may be at least a little fun to be had here.
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People who added this item 16 Average listal rating (11 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 0
Owlboy - PC Games

Beat February 24, 2018

I played a lot of Owlboy...about a year ago. I got to the "final boss" and found out that there was more to the game...explored a bit, then got caught up in other stuff and never came back. Well, now I've gone back and finished it up. Owlboy is pretty fantastic. It looks like it'll be releasing (or maybe has already released...I have no clue, too lazy to check) on pretty much everything else now - PS4, Switch, etc. There's a reason it's being ported everywhere - it's very good. If you're interested in a platformer with more flying than platforming and a little bit of Metroidvania thrown in for good measure, then you'll probably enjoy this game. If that stuff doesn't interest you, then maybe get this when it goes on sale - you might be pleasantly surprised.
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People who added this item 4 Average listal rating (2 ratings) 5 IMDB Rating 0
Running Wild - PlayStation

Beat February 23, 2018

I always liked the concept of Running Wild - a racing game sans vehicles. Unfortunately, this racing game isn't that great. The controls are iffy, the tracks are mostly boring, and once you've played through the game, there isn't much reason to go back and do it again. There are much better racing games on the original Playstation to play, but if you've played through the Gran Turismos, Need for Speeds, Test Drives, etc, and want a different racing game to hold you over for an hour or so, then I guess it couldn't hurt to give Running Wild a chance.
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People who added this item 71 Average listal rating (31 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 0
Phantasy Star II - Sega Genesis and Mega Drive

Beat February 21, 2018

Phantasy Star II has always been a favorite of mine...but like many games, I'd only get so far then get sidetracked with something else. Well, no longer. Phantasy Star II, if it had more of an emphasis on the story, would probably be more commonly considered one of the best RPGs of the 16-bit generation of games...and while the story that's here is good (the ending is fantastic) it's not as fleshed out as most great RPGs are. I'm about to spoil some stuff, so stop reading now if you intend to play and want to be surprised......The main example is Nei. I liked Nei, but with a lack of character background, when she dies halfway through the game, there isn't that feeling of shock or sadness like with Aeris dies in Final Fantasy VII...but there could have been with enough emphasis on story. That aside, Phantasy Star II is a really good old-school RPG that can be tough as nails sometimes, and it can be easy to feel lost (Musik spell...grumble, grumble), but ultimately, it's quite good and it's nice to see a continuation of the original Phantasy Star story, 1,000 years in the future.
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People who added this item 5 Average listal rating (3 ratings) 4.3 IMDB Rating 0

Beat February 18, 2018

Dynowarz isn't necessarily a difficult game...as long as you hit and run, you'll be fine. Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee, so to speak. Anyway, when you play through Dynowarz, the game will seemingly end abruptly. The final level is just like every other level, beating a mechanical dinosaur, then destroying the Mother Brain-like boss at the end of each level. No big boss fight to end in a bang...just the same formula to end the game in a wimper. I loved this game as a kid, rented it a bunch from the local video store, and I like to use it as an example of how childhood games can seem awesome as a kid, but when you get older and understand what makes a good game, it's not quite what you remember. But anyway, after all of these years, Dynowarz has been beaten. Yay.
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People who added this item 247 Average listal rating (161 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 0
Star Fox - Super famicom and SNES

Beat February 17, 2018

After beating Super C, I decided to beat a game that I should have put the time into beating long ago, but never put the effort forth - Star Fox. While nowhere as good as Star Fox 64 or other rail shooters like Panzer Dragoon, Star Fox is still worth playing for the fact that this 3D gameplay, as crude as it is, is playing on the 16-bit Super NES. For its time, this was incredible. Unfortunately, the gameplay wasn't as amazing as the 3D effects. While still a solid game, most people these days, especially youngsters used to fancy, life-like graphics, probably won't find much here to appeal to them.
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People who added this item 105 Average listal rating (66 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 0
Super C (Super Contra) - Famicom and NES

Beat February 17, 2018

I got back from a week-long business trip to South Dakota and durng the drive home from the airport, all I thought was, "I think I'm just going to relax and play video games all weekend long." It's been a while since I've done that, so I thought I should at least beat a few games while I'm at it. Super C is the first of the weekend. In my opinion, Super C is a bit easier than Contra...which isn't to say that it's an easy game - it's not...it's just easier than the original. I thought most of the bosses, while cool to look at, were a joke to battle. I came into the battle with the boss in the screenshot above with no lives left and had absolutely no problem beating it without taking a hit. That seemed to be the way with every level - the level itself was more difficult than the boss fight at the end. Anyway, Super C is a decent shooter if you're a fan of run-and-gun games. The original is better, in my opinion, but Super C still holds its own as a solid title to add to your NES library.
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People who added this item 47 Average listal rating (21 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 0
Phantasy Star - Sega Master System

Beat February 4, 2018

Since I finished Final Fantasy II (IV) rather quickly, I thought I'd be able to do the same for the original Phantasy Star...While I have no doubt that a speed run of Phantasy Star will go very fast...like maybe 3-4 hours at most...I have never played this game through to the end, and I forgot that most early RPGs lack much direction. As a result, I spent quite a bit of time wandering around, sometimes knowing where I was going, and other times, just winding up in the right spot thanks to dumb luck. Other times, still, I'd be in the right place, but lacking a key item to advance. While this will no doubt be frustrating for some, I actually enjoyed it. I like to explore in games, and without direction, you have no choice but to explore. But anyway, Phantasy Star, I believe, is the first RPG of its kind in North America, beating Dragon Quest to the market by a year (though it was the opposite in Japan, with Dragon Quest beating Phantasy Star by a year) and while I love Dragon Quest, Phantasy Star is definitely a more polished game. If you like older RPGs, Phantasy Star is well worth checking out.
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People who added this item 3 Average listal rating (3 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 0
Wrestle War - Arcade

Beat February 1, 2018

Soul Calibur was easy to beat - I've played it a ton over the years and I only needed to adjust to the arcade controls since I'm used to having a controller in my hands...Wrestle War, on the other hand, this game consumed me for about 90 minutes at the local arcade (The Garcade in Menomonee Falls, WI) but I beat it, dang it. Wrestle War can be a little disorienting at times since the game tends to flip the viewpoint 180ยฐ during the middle of the match, but once you get the hang of things (and you will after 90 minutes straight of playing) you've got a good, but basic wrestling game with plenty of challenge. Just as a tip to anyone that plans on trying to beat this game down the road - use the time limit to your advantage. If you hit the time limit and you have no energy while your opponent is at half energy, once you continue, your energy restores and theirs never restores past half-way - so when in trouble, do your best to stall for time. But anyway, the arcade version of Wrestle War has been beaten...Now to grapple with the Genesis/Mega Drive version of the game down the road to be the champion there as well.
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SoulCalibur - Arcade

Beat February 1, 2018

Sorry for the poor screenshot - I beat this at an actual arcade. In all honesty, I might have beaten this back around 2001-2002 - we had this cabinet in the laundry room in the school-sponsored housing I lived in during college. Can't remember if I beat it back then...But I beat it now thanks to the local arcade ( www.facebook.com/TheGarcade/ ) getting the machine up and running in their facility. The Dreamcast version is superior, in all honesty, but the arcade original is still excellent for what it is.
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People who added this item 243 Average listal rating (133 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 0
Final Fantasy II (IV) - Super famicom and SNES

Beat January 29, 2018

Almost a speedrun-type playthrough, I decided this weekend that I was going to finally play my way all the way through Final Fantasy II. The last time I played it, I didn't realize that I was basically right there at the end when I stopped...But anyway, it took me slightly longer than the weekend to finish it, but it is done. Final Fantasy II, known as Final Fantasy IV in Japan (and here in North America, for its re-releases) is one of the better 2D Final Fantasy games. The story is well-liked by most that play it, so much that a sequel was released years later on the Wii's WiiWare store. While I like the game quite a bit, I personally feel that it's the weakest of the SNES Final Fantasy trilogy (which isn't a bad thing, by any means)...But that's a personal preference, I've talked to a few folks that consider this to be their favorite in the series overall. I suppose if you like RPGs, it'd be worth checking out to decide for yourself, you spoony bard.
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People who added this item 5 Average listal rating (3 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 0
Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow - Game Boy Advance

Beat January 14, 2018

Aria of Sorrow is probably the most well-polished of the Castlevania GBA trilogy. The graphics are pretty amazing for a 16-bit game, and the gameplay is equally amazing. Yes, it's another Symphony of the Night-style Castlevania and no, there's not much new here...but the Symphony of the Night-style gameplay seems to hold up, regardless of how many times it gets redone. I probably prefer Circle of the Moon the most out of the GBA triology, but Aria of Sorrow is still a very solid entry in a very solid franchise.
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People who added this item 24 Average listal rating (16 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 0

Beat January 4, 2018

Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse is why I like to go out of my way to NOT learn about upcoming games - I thought Apocalypse was simply a re-release of SMT4, with extra features...After putting the game in my 3DS, I received a wonderful surprise to find that this was actually a sequel. Anyway, if you liked Shin Megami Tensei IV, there's plenty to like here as well, with nods to the previous game...If you've never played Shin Megami Tensei IV, that's okay, the game's story stands enough on its own where the knowledge of events in SMT4 isn't necessarily required (though it does enhance the story a bit). Anyway, if you'd looking for a solid, portable RPG for your 3DS, Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse, in my opinion, is near the top of that list.
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Number of Games Beaten in 2017: 26
People who added this item 4 Average listal rating (3 ratings) 8.7 IMDB Rating 0
Street Fighter II': Champion Edition - TurboGrafx-16 and PC Engine

Beat December 31, 2017

Waiting for some friends to come over for New Year's Eve, I figured I could get at least one more game beaten for the year...this was a pretty slow year for me beating games, afterall. So, I thought it'd be nice to play some TurboGrafx-16, or PC Engine, or whatever you'd like to call it. Street Fighter II: Champion Edition is a solid entry in the Street Fighter franchise...but aside from the fact that it's the only version of the game on NEC's console, it's also not really anything special. The only notable difference that I see (aside from this being Japanese, so the names of M. Bison, Balrog, and Vega are switched around from what North Americans are used to) is that the ending credits are a bit nicer to watch, with a roll-call of all the fighters. Unless you want to see the different credits roll, there's not really a reason to go out of your way to play this if you've already got a version on another console.
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Beat December 1, 2017

Like many games I love, I plowed through Dragon Quest VIII on the 3DS when it was first released...but then stopped playing it because I didn't want the game to end. Dumb logic, right? I know, there's something wrong with me. But anyway, I consider the PS2 original to be one of the greatest RPGs ever made...and the 3DS version improves on the original in pretty much every way. From adding new party members to add, to new sidequests, this is the definitive version of the game...and the fact that it's portable is fantastic. If you like RPGs and you've never played Dragon Quest VIII, then you owe it to yourself to play this game. If you played Dragon Quest VIII to death, then this is still worth picking up for all of the extras. It very well could be my favorite game on the system...and I'm so glad that I could fall in love with Dragon Quest VIII all over again.
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People who added this item 142 Average listal rating (100 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 0
Super Mario Odyssey - Nintendo Switch

Beat November 20, 2017

I'll be honest - I have never beaten a 3D Mario game...I liked a few of them, but they never really held my interest enough to keep me playing until the end. While some Mario games in the last decade were good, none of them managed to hook me like the SNES and NES classics. Super Mario Odyssey has changed that. Easily my favorite 3D Mario game, Odyssey is probably best described as a mix of Mario and Kirby...or maybe more accurately, Mario and Brave Fencer Musashi. Basically, you toss your hat at certain enemies or objects to "possess" them and use their abilities. Each level is interesting and fun to explore...it's easy enough for children to enjoy, but it's also challenging enough so adults won't get bored. Super Mario Odyssey isn't quite good enough to knock Breath of the Wild off as the best game on the Switch, but it's right there. It's been a while since I handed out any perfect scores for games, and in less than a year Nintendo got two of them out of me with their Zelda and Mario franchises. If Breath of the Wild made you think that you might get a Switch, Super Mario Odyssey should turn that "might" into a "will."
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People who added this item 150 Average listal rating (84 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 0
Medievil - PlayStation

Beat October 26, 2017

After beating a game as a guy wearing boxer shorts, like the last game I beat, I figured my next Halloween-ish game should also have some humor, so I decided to play one of the MANY games that I started, but never completed over the years, MediEvil. It's a surprisingly long game - I think it took me between 5 and 5 1/2 hours to make my way through every level. I wasn't expecting it to be more than 2-3 hours, tops. But anyway, MediEvil still has its charm, and while not refined by any means, the combat is fine for what it is. The camera (like many 3D games from this time) is kind of a pain, and some of the platforming is a bit of a pain (usually due to the camera), but for the most part this is an enjoyable experience that many folks look back on fondly, and is worth checking out if you've never attempted to save Gallowmere before.
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People who added this item 112 Average listal rating (73 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 0
Ghosts 'N Goblins - Famicom and NES

Beat October 24, 2017

After WWE 2K18 took me off track of playing Halloween-ish games, I decided to tackle Ghosts 'N Goblins. Afterall, I beat Super Ghouls 'N Ghosts back in college, I knew I could do this...I just knew it wasn't going to be easy. In fairness, it wasn't quite as hard as I thought it would be...after a few hours in, I changed my strategy from "kill everything" to "avoid everything" and that made playing through so much easier. This is not a very long game...without dying, my guess is that it would tke someone...maybe 30 minutes to beat? With dying, continuing, and starting over, I spent about 2 days on this game. If you're up for a good, challenging platformer, Ghosts 'N Goblins is a pretty good choice.
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People who added this item 5 Average listal rating (4 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 0
WWE 2K18 - PlayStation 4

Beat October 21, 2017

It's been a while since I worked my way through the entire story mode of a WWE game...And this one was a total mess. Why am I given choices when the story is linear? I can tell someone that I'm going to do something, then the game has me cut a promo saying that I changed my mind...I didn't want to change my mind, that's why I chose the option I chose. Walking around backstage is neat and all, but the story itself is just terrible...luckily the gameplay makes up for it. Universe mode is better than last year, and they added enough improvements to the gameplay as a whole to make this a worthwhile purchase for WWE fans.
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People who added this item 9 Average listal rating (4 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 0
Layers of Fear - PlayStation 4

Beat October 7, 2017

I've had Layers of Fear for a few months now, and have been wanting to play it, but I held off until we were closer to Halloween. Now that it's October, I figured I was close enough. Layers of Fear is basically a haunted house simulator. There's some puzzles to be solved, sure, but most of the game just involves the player following a path while the game attempts to scare you during your travel. While I find it fun to take my time and search through every nook and cranny, I can easily see why some people may not enjoy their time here. My only real complaint is that the size of an area to trigger the icon to pick up or interact with items is sometimes ridiculously small...Other than that, Layers of Fear was enjoyable enough where I regret not picking up the DLC when I bought the game (both were on sale) because it would give me reason to walk through the house one more time.
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People who added this item 469 Average listal rating (351 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 0
Resident Evil 3: Nemesis - PlayStation

Beat October 6, 2017

Well, now Resident Evil 3 has been beaten to go along with the first two. I have mixed feelings about this game. Overall, I think it might be my favorite of the original 3...But while it's probably my favorite, I think Resident Evil 2 is slightly better. Nemesis stalking you through the story adds some tension to the game...but it doesn't take too long to get used to dodging enemies...and once you're used to dodging enemies, if you've got the bullets, it's not too hard to take him down each time you meet (and you get rewards for doing so) which makes him feel like a pest more than a threat. I do like the fact that you're exploring Raccoon City instead of just one, large building...and returning to the police station of Resident Evil 2 for a brief spell is a nice nod to the previous game. Overall, Resident Evil 3: Nemesis is a very solid addition to the Resident Evil franchise and well worth checking out if you enjoyed the first two games.
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People who added this item 535 Average listal rating (444 ratings) 8.4 IMDB Rating 0
Resident Evil 2 - PlayStation

Beat October 2, 2017

With the first Resident Evil beaten, I felt it was time to beat number 2 as well. The second game in the series does a much better job of making players feel uneasy...twitching corpses make you frequently second-guess if you actually managed to kill that zombie or not. In comparison to the first game, I also feel that this one is much easier. I found myself wandering around aimlessly sometimes in the first game, not sure what to do next...in comparison, I managed to get through Resident Evil 2 with very few hiccups. Anyway, I suppose I might as well continue going through the series...beating games that I haven't, and re-visiting the games that I have. We are in the month where Halloween resides, afterall.
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People who added this item 25 Average listal rating (14 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 0
Resident Evil - PlayStation

Beat October 1, 2017

Much like Earthbound, which I beat last month, Resident Evil is one of those games where I've played it many times, but just never stuck with it long enough to see the end. Well, I can finally scratch it off the list now...just in time for October. I've considered going through the Director's Cut next while the game is still fresh in my mind...But I'll probably move on to something else and return to the Director's Cut when my poor memory forgot most of the game - it's more fun the first time around, and if I can't remember stuff, that's the next best thing. Anyway, Resident Evil put survival horror on the map, and it still holds up fairly well today. Of course, if you want a prettier version, get the HD versions. I like enjoying games in their original form when I can, so if you're like me, nothing beats the poor voice acting and outdated graphics of the original.
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People who added this item 3 Average listal rating (2 ratings) 5.5 IMDB Rating 0
Dead In The Water - PlayStation

Beat September 30, 2017

Dead in the Water has been a game that I've always liked...but I've also always been frustrated by it. The game is basically split into two modes - racing and car combat. The car combat part is pretty fun and handles like Twisted Metal or Vigilante 8, but with water physics tossed in...The racing can be fun...but unfortunately, it also handles like Twisted Metal or Vigilante 8, which takes a while to get used to...and even when you are used to it, expect to find yourself getting stuck in corners at least once every other race. Anyway, I finally stuck with Dead in the Water long enough to see it to the end...and while I think that the game is just merely pasable, it does have enough personality that I wish a sequel had come along to (hopefully) improve upon what we have here to make something really good.
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People who added this item 3 Average listal rating (1 ratings) 3 IMDB Rating 0
Easter Bunny's Big Day - PlayStation

Beat September 29, 2017

Yeah, I know...We're nowhere near Easter, but I felt like torturing myself this morning so I popped in Easter Bunny's Big Day...And with minimal effort (almost none, honestly) the game is beaten...And I've learned that the Easter Bunny has a friend that helps him called Robo Bunny. Even at my age, this game is teaching me things. But anyway, I think VERY young children might enjoy this game (all I saw was 2 kinds of mini-games and a TON of jigsaw puzzles) but even younger kids might get bored here pretty quickly. I'd recommend just going out and buying a physical jigsaw puzzle for your child instead - your kid will have more of a challenge to help their brain grow and you won't have to ever look at that egg-shaped Robo Bunny...a win-win situation.
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People who added this item 10 Average listal rating (5 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 0
Amagon - Famicom and NES

Beat September 23, 2017

Amagon was the first video game that I ever borrowed from a friend...And I think I must have gotten only to the third level back then, because everything after that point was new to me when I played through. Amagon is a passable scrolling shooter. You don't have infinite bullets, so you have to continue collecting them as you go. After a while, you'll come across a power-up that will allow you (when you press Select) to transform into a muscle-bound giant for a limited time. Wielding a gun, one hit and you're dead. Wielding your bicep guns, you can take as many hits as you want before transforming back...So deciding the right time to transform is key to surviving the game. I tried to beat this a few years ago and deemed it "too tough" and gave up. I was wrong...I just lacked patience. While Amagon isn't easy, with a bit of patience, strategy, and practice you'll find yourself at the "The End" screen like I did.
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People who added this item 52 Average listal rating (27 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 0
Destruction Derby - PlayStation

Beat September 23, 2017

You know...I've played Destruction Derby a ton, but I never sat down and played my way through every single league to completely beat the game. I have now. I do enjoy Destruction Derby a lot...unfortunately, the iffy scoring system can lead to frustration. You get points for wrecking cars - for max points, you want to either total an opponent's car or make them spin out 360ยฐ...The problem is that there's always a chance that points aren't rewarded, which can hurt you big-time in the standings on some levels. But anyway, I made my way through and I conquered this game...Like my score suggests, it's passable...The racing isn't great, but it is fun to just ram into other vehicles instead of trying to have a fair, sportsman-like race.
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People who added this item 8 Average listal rating (4 ratings) 9 IMDB Rating 0
Parasite Eve - PlayStation Network

Beat September 17, 2017

Much like Metroid Fusion earlier in the month, my poor memory works to my advantage as I've played through Parasite Eve for the first time since...maybe 2000? I forgot much of the game, but a few key spots were quickly remembered as I entered the respective areas. One thing that I did not remember was how short this game was. I beat it in roughly five and a half hours. I thought it was at least a 20 hour game. But anyway, it's still a good game worth checking out if you haven't already. With a mix of survival horror and RPG elements that blends together pretty well, it's a game that fans of either genre will probably enjoy.
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Knuckle Bash - Arcade

Beat September 15, 2017

Being a huge professional wrestling fan, as well as a Final Fight fan, this was a very pleasant surprise to find. Knuckle Bash is basically a mix between a fighting game and a side-scrolling beat-em-up, but all of the characters are professional wrestlers. The controls aren't smooth, and the action isn't always exciting, but I enjoyed myself enough to see the game through to the end. The ability to "recruit" some of your opponents as you go, increasing your selection of playable characters is a pretty neat idea, too. Knuckle Bash will probably never make someone's "best games of all-time" list, but I really enjoyed it for what it is.
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People who added this item 390 Average listal rating (258 ratings) 8.4 IMDB Rating 0
EarthBound - Super famicom and SNES

Beat September 9, 2017

You know, as much as I've always liked Earthbound, I've never beaten it...until now. I finally just said, "Now's the time." I spent a weekend just plowing through the game. On the plus side, that weekend let me see this game through from beginning to end...on the negative side, it only took me a weekend, and I was left wanting more....but better to understay its welcome than overstay it, I suppose. Anyway, if a fun, quirky RPG sounds like something that would be up your alley, then give Earthbound a try. Where else would you be able to battle an enemy named "A Big Pile of Puke?"
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People who added this item 20 Average listal rating (8 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 0
Metroid Fusion - 3DS Virtual Console

Beat September 8, 2017

It's been quite a while since I played through Metroid Fusion, so I figured it was time to play through again now that my poor memory had nearly no recollection of anything that happened in the game. It's still just as fun as it's always been...but it's more linear and directive-based than I'd like. Call me crazy, but the reason I love Super Metroid is the fact that there is no direction...you just wander around until you find somewhere you can advance. Anyway, minor gripe aside, this is still fantastic and well worth checking out if you have the means.
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Dead Rising 2 - PlayStation 4

Beat August 16, 2017

I love the Dead Rising series, but when I play, I tend to overdo it and get tired of it. That was the case with Dead Rising 2, which I started last year immediately after beating the original Dead Rising, but quickly moved on to other games shortly after starting. Well, the Dead Rising bug came back and I plowed through the second game in the franchise. After re-playing the games that were re-released for PS4, my stance on the first two Dead Rising games has actually reversed. I used to prefer Dead Rising 2, but now I think I prefer the original...But anyway, I'm just rambling. If you've never played a Dead Rising game, I do think that this game is more forgiving and a little easier than the others that I've played, so it may be a nice place to get your feet wet.
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Puyo Puyo Tetris - Nintendo Switch

Beat June 4, 2017

I absolutely LOVE the Puyo Puyo franchise...and I like Tetris, too. I've always been a bit of a puzzle game nerd....However, I didn't realize how lop-sided my skills were between these two games until I played Puyo Puyo Tetris and dominated any levels with Puyo Puyo and struggled to pass levels with head-to-head Tetris. My Tetris skills aren't bad by any means - I won a Tetris tournament a few years ago at a gaming convention in the area...But for whatever reason, I really struggled to pick up wins when forced to play with Tetris blocks...Then the next level would be Puyo Puyo (or a mix) and I would absolutely dominate. Anyway, this is an extremely well done game and I highly recommend it for any puzzle game junkie. The story mode will last you a while, then the multiplayer will keep you coming back for more.
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Beat May 27, 2017

I was really excited for Ultra Street Fighter II...and while I'm not necessarily disappointed with what this game delivered, it shows how far we've come in terms of what we expect out of game content. If Ultra Street Fighter II was released back in '96 or '97, this would have been absolutely amazing. Unfortunately, a fighting game without a lot of modes beyond an "Arcade mode" these days is kind of a disappointment. Also the two new characters to the Street Fighter II games, Evil Ryu and Violent Ken, aren't new characters in terms of other games...and since they're just alternate versions of characters already in the game, I felt that they were a letdown. Including a few characters from the first Street Fighter, Street Fighter III or IV, the Alpha and EX series...anything else would have been more exciting for this player. But anyway, lack of modes aside, the actual combat is just as enjoyable as it always was, so if nothing else, Ultra Street Fighter II provides a nice trip down memory lane.
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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - Nintendo Switch

Beat April 29, 2017

Mario Kart 8 on the Wii U was one of my favorite entries in the Mario Kart franchise. So, to see it re-released on the Switch, with all DLC included on the game card and to be able to play it on the go (or on the can) made me quite happy. It was a joy to play through this again, and it'll be fun playing it on my next plane trip...It might even make anti-social me invite the passender next to me to a two-player game. Look at that! Mario Kart has the potential to make me a social butterfly! Who knew?
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People who added this item 11 Average listal rating (6 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 0

Beat March 27, 2017

Well...I put in Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ and beat the game on my first play. I guess I've played the Binding of Isaac games a lot. So, I'm happy that one of them is the 700th game that I've beaten. Anyway, Afterbirth+ is that nice kind of new release that has a lot of familiar aspects to it, but there's enough new here to make it feel like its well worth playing through again, even if you've played the previous games to death. In these early days of the Switch release, this is one of the must-play titles that are available, in my opinion.
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Beat March 24, 2017

Me beating Breath of the Wild kind of came as a surprise - afterall my first two weeks of playing the game, I barely advanced the story. All I did was explore. So, when I did begin to advance the story, it all went pretty quick - especially since most of the exploring wound up making Link more powerful. Anyway, I think that Breath of the Wild is my favorite Zelda game to date, knocking Twilight Princess off of its pedistal. I purchased the Wii U version as well (I have a hunch that it may be worth something down the road - or at the very least, hard to come by - kind of like Gamecube's version of Twilight Princess) and there's a good chance that I start this game all over again on that console in a few months just so I have an excuse to play through this game again. It's well worth the purchse of a Switch by itself...especially since it allows you to save Hyrule on the go.
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Girl Fight - PlayStation Network

Beat February 13, 2017

Girl Fight had some potential to be a really good fighting game...but unfortunately, it's very bland. It has a unique concept of only being able to play through arcade mode with one character...Then each time you play through, you unlock another character and another until you're done. The problem is, none of them are surprises. The loading screen shows you every character and you can play as every character right away in versus mode. Anyway, Girl Fight is basically just a sub-par fighter that uses sexuality in an attempt to hide all of its weaknesses...a poor attempt, because you're likely get bored shortly after playing.
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The Pringles Game (Homebrew Game) - Sega Genesis and Mega Drive

Beat January 1, 2017

I did not expect to start off the new year by beating a Genesis homebrew game about the decapitated Pringles head eating Pringles chips...but that's how the year has started, so I guess I'll go with it. Anyway, The Pringles Game is actually pretty good...but it's also very short...like 5 minutes short. With the short game length and pretty low replay value, I can't really recommend this game for the sake of being entertained. Buuuut, if you're looking to see a unique game with very good graphics and a good concept, the Pringles Game is worth checking out...and if there was more content, I probably would be singing its praises even more.
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Games Beaten in 2016

Number of Games Beaten in 2016: 49
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Beat December 25, 2016

I think this will be my last Dance Dance Revolution game....at least for a while. Best Hits is a nice place for newbies to start since its soundtrack is basically a collection of favorites from all the DDR games up to this game's release. While there's not a ton in terms of innovation, the fact that it's the equivalent of a "Greatest Hits" album will likely be enough for DDR fans to feel the need to play this game. Heck, it worked with me.
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Dancing Stage: Euromix - PlayStation

Beat December 25, 2016

No, I didn't sway from my current DDR fad, Dancing Stage is the European name for Dance Dance Revolution...so, I just hopped to a different continent. Or maybe I danced? Anyway, Euromix was decent for its time...But in the grand scheme of all DDR games released on the Playstation, it gets lost in the shuffle pretty easily. Basically, some licensed songs from Universal records is one of the only things separating this from the others...but still...I'm a fan of the DDR franchise, so I played it. If you are, too...You'll probably want to play it as well.
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Beat December 25, 2016

'Twas the day of Christmas, and all--.....I did this already, didn't I? Anyway, DDR: Disney Mix has a neat mode added in that basically allows you to go up to a friend and tell them that "It's on." Followed by a dance-off. If you're the party pooper that says that it's not on and that nothing is on, then you won't care for this...the rest of us will likely enjoy it. Also worth noting is that several Disney songs are included...as the title suggests. So..if Disney songs from your childhood can entice you to try a dancing game for the first time, I suppose this would be a good one to try out.
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Beat December 24, 2016

'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through my house, not a creature was stirring...until I started playing DDR games again. Konamix is the latest dancing game that I've beaten, and while I've heard that this is what the original North American release should have been, I don't necessarily feel like it's THAT big of a leap in quality. It's still fantastic and well worth checking out if you're a fan of the franchise.
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Psychic Force 2 - PlayStation

Beat December 21, 2016

Psychic Force 2 is more like what I was expecting the original Psychic Force to be...and it's better in every way, in my opinion. While it still feels kind of awkward at times to be fighting in mid-air for the duration of the fight, this make it feel a bit more smooth than the previous game. While I'll still pick a good ol' two-feet-on-the-ground fighter over this game, it's still good while it lasts.
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Psychic Force - PlayStation

Beat December 21, 2016

Psychic Force has a bad history with me - it's a very rare game and when I finally found a copy at the Midwest Gaming Classic, I purchased it, got home, and realized that the disc was never put into the case. I later was lucky enough to find the disc by itself at a store, so I could complete the package, but still...frustrations have happened. Unfortunately, after playing it, it wasn't worth the hassle. Sure, Psychic Force is passable - but for all that effort, I was hoping for more. This is a fighting game worth checking out if you want something a little different, but otherwise I'd avoid it...which should be easy due to its rarity.
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure - PlayStation

Beat December 19, 2016

After taking a brief vacation from video games, I returned with Jojo's Bizarre Adventure - a fighting game that I've always enjoyed, but one that just lacks something to make it truly great. As it is, it's still good. The graphics look beautiful for its time. The characters are varied and all odd in their own unique way, making it a treat to play through. But anyway, it has been beaten now...and it's a bizarre adventure that I may repeat again down the road.
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Beat December 12, 2016

I like 5th Mix, but it continues the downward trend of DDR releases - it's still fun, but without a whole lot new to bring to the table, it also feels like an unnecessary release. But, if you're like me, you won't care and you'll still enjoy every moment of your time with this game anyway. What can I say? I love DDR. But really, unless you can't get enough of the series, like me, this is a completely skipable edition to the series.
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I'm not tooting my own horn with this list. It's more of just a little project to see how little of a life I have. Obviously, the more games I've realized I've beaten, the less of a life it will reveal that I have. I'm basically just making the list out of curiosity of my own geekiness. Indeed.

In 2010, I started to add comments as I beat games...Kind of like mini-reviews for the game. In 2011, I started logging the date I beat the game as well. In 2014 (geez, has it been that long already?), I began to add screenshots...99% of which are ones that I personally took. Perhaps the list will evolve even further if I can come up with any other ideas.

Generally, I consider a game 'beaten' if I see an ending. For fighting games, I consider the game beaten when I've seen the ending for all characters in the game. For older games that don't have an ending, just levels repeated on harder difficulty, I feel that if I've gone through all levels three or more times in a row, the game has pretty much been beaten. Of course, there are exceptions, but those are my general rules.

As time goes on, I'll add more to the list.

We'll see if I keep this updated, but here's the number of games beat for each system as of December 31, 2016...

Nintendo Entertainment System - 81
Playstation - 72
PC - 65
Playstation 3 - 62
Playstation 2 - 44
Super NES - 38
iPhone/iPod Touch - 37
Arcade - 27
Sega Dreamcast - 22
Game Boy Advance - 19
Playstation Network (PS3) - 18
Nintendo Gamecube - 18
Playstation 4 - 17
Sega Genesis - 16
Xbox 360 - 16
Playstation Vita - 15
Nintendo 3DS - 12
Playstation Portable - 11
Game Boy - 10
Nintendo 64 - 10
Playstation Network (PS4) - 9
Neo-Geo - 7
Nintendo Wii - 7
Nintendo DS - 7
Playstation Network (Vita) - 7
Xbox - 6
Game Boy Color - 6
3DO - 5
Ouya - 4
Wii U - 4
Xbox Live Arcade (360) - 3
Famicom Disk System - 3
Android - 2
Sega Saturn - 2
Atari 2600 - 1
Colecovision - 1
WiiWare - 1
Sega CD - 1
TurboGrafx-16 - 1
Neo-Geo Pocket Color - 1
Commodore 64 - 1
Apple II - 1
Wii U Virtual Console - 1
3DS Virtual Console - 1

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