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(B)
PS4
Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
Crash 1 - 88% / Crash 2 - 100% / Crash Warped - 100%, Going to do the two secret levels in Warped before back to Crash 1.

Updated about 2 days ago

(B)
PS4
Gravity Rush 2
Platinum. Pretty solid, working on the free Raven DLC now.

Updated about 4 weeks ago

(U)
GBC
Quarth
Strangely mesmerizing.

Updated about 1 month ago

(U)
GBC
Boomer's Adventure in ASMIK World
Cute! Muddled around in the first few stages so far.

Updated about 1 month ago

(B)
PSN
Loco Roco Remastered
Lots of fun. Might try to 100% it, if it doesn't get too too tedious pfff >_>

Updated about 1 month ago

(U)
SNES
Jaki Crush JPN
The lost Crush pinball. Dunno if I'll beat it but I'll be playing it for a while.

Updated about 2 months ago

(B)
PS4
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Complete Edition
My first Witcher experience. Cleared core game and HoS on Death March. Blood and Wine is next, eventually.

Updated about 4 months ago

Salmon's Status

(U) Unfinished ?No significant accomplishments.     (B) Beaten ?The main objective has been accomplished. Usually marked by the defeat of a final boss and/or viewing of credits.     (C) Completed ?For games which are 100% done. All extras and modes have been unlocked and finished. All significant items have been collected.
359 (U)
  37 Unplayed  
10.3% of Unfinished
4.2% of Total
40.8%
155 (B)
17.6%
366 (C)
41.6%
Wishlist  0 ?         Top-Rated  83 ?????         Master Runs  7 (M)
Steam 1 (U) 9 (B) 3 (C) 13 Total
Family Computer 19 (U) 0 (B) 15 (C) 36 Total
PlayStation minis 1 (U) 0 (B) 0 (C) 1 Total
PlayStation Network 16 (U) 28 (B) 17 (C) 61 Total
PlayStation 3 4 (U) 10 (B) 14 (C) 28 Total
Game Gear 10 (U) 0 (B) 0 (C) 10 Total
PlayStation 4 BEAT 5 (B) 5 (C) 10 Total
Wii BEAT 1 (B) 0 (C) 1 Total
Nintendo DS 10 (U) 19 (B) 29 (C) 59 Total
PC 3 (U) 4 (B) 7 (C) 14 Total
Game Boy Advance 3 (U) 10 (B) 17 (C) 30 Total
GameCube 6 (U) 8 (B) 12 (C) 28 Total
PlayStation 2 7 (U) 7 (B) 7 (C) 21 Total
Nintendo 64 6 (U) 7 (B) 20 (C) 33 Total
PlayStation 7 (U) 6 (B) 3 (C) 16 Total
Sega CD 5 (U) 1 (B) 0 (C) 6 Total
Genesis / Mega Drive 54 (U) 12 (B) 16 (C) 85 Total
Master System 25 (U) 3 (B) 11 (C) 42 Total
Game Boy/Color 12 (U) 4 (B) 38 (C) 55 Total
SNES 39 (U) 8 (B) 47 (C) 100 Total
NES 114 (U) 11 (B) 97 (C) 244 Total
Famicom Disk System 3 (U) 1 (B) 4 (C) 8 Total
Intellivision 7 (U) 0 (B) 0 (C) 9 Total
Atari 2600 7 (U) 1 (B) 4 (C) 40 Total
All Games 950 Total
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about 2 weeks ago

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Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
about 5 months ago

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Backlog Beaten: August 21, 2014
Backlog Completed: September 27, 2014
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
Focus: Only playing one game
It is, and I'd forgotten it entirely until I played Shovel Knight and entered the Trouple King Pond (or whatever it's called), which caused that memory to become flooding back, and become the center of my obsession for months.

The Game Gear screen was awful, too; it didn't have the sharp contrasts that the monochrome Game Boy did, so you couldn't always tell what was going on, and the magnifier KINDA helped. My first portable Game Boy was the Game Boy Color, which was great to play all of the old Game Boy games, but in terms of Game Boy Color exclusives, it has about 10 worthwhile games, and that's because I like the rainbow colors in Centipede; Centipede is nothing special. Zelda is just a colorization. Daikatana never came Stateside, and Ganbare Goemon: Hoshizorashi Dynamites Arawaru isn't even in English. Realistically, I could have had 6 or 7 brand new experiences that were worthwhile.

I think I agree with that assessment; having not owned a Game Boy until the Super Game Boy came out, my impression of the system was that it was largely just made up of inferior ports of NES games, which was simply not the case, though they did exist. And some people most certainly did lose them; you hear stories all the time about people who just found a game lying on the bus or the sidewalk somewhere, and gave it a try. There is a lot about the system that is largely undiscovered - partially because the NES takes most of the glory - and like you, I didn't really know what was out there until I started actively looking. There were some games that would have been truly revolutionary, had they ever caught on. You're not really going to find another game like Kingdom Crusade, even if it's no one's masterpiece. There are diamonds in the rough, and then you have fluorite in the depths of a cave; the latter isn't valuable, but it is strange and beautiful in its own way, and those are the sorts of things that I like to discover more than anything; I enjoyed Cybernoid on the NES far beyond its actual level of quality.

If you, like me, have a thing for oddities, then I'd definitely recommend the first Rolan's Curse. Knight Quest is on the weird side, too, but it's extremely middling.
about 5 months ago

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Backlog Beaten: August 21, 2014
Backlog Completed: September 27, 2014
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
Focus: Only playing one game
That's pretty solid, because the Game Boy has a lot of hidden gems, and many unusual specimens. Game Boy Color, not so much. Despite being monochrome, there are plenty of fascinating worlds to explore, and not always where you'd expect them, either; I was pretty shocked to find such intrigue in Cosmo Tank. It could be that Game Boy feels like uncharted territory for me, because everyone I knew had one, but I decided to be smart and get a Game Gear, instead. I mean, how can you go wrong with a backlit display in bright, beautiful color? An anemic system library, that's how; aside from being able to play it at night, and being able to play Master System games on the go, I almost always regretted that decision. My first Game Boy was a Super Game Boy, and by then, most of the games that I wanted to play were hard to find, because Amazon wasn't a thing, and neither was retro game collecting; in the '90s, everything was about what was new. I remember catching the odd glimpse of a Mega Man or Super Mario Land 2 here and there, and reading about them in Nintendo Power. Most vividly, I remember spending an evening with a young man at his family's cabin by a lake in the woods somewhere; we went on a long walk, and at some point, I was watching him play Kid Icarus on his Game Boy. I'd always thought it was just a standard Platformer, like your Marios or your Mega Mans, but this had all sorts of secrets to find and doorways to explore; I wanted to dive into that world. Anyway, I'm rambling.

The first game is absolutely worth playing, even if you've played the sequel. It's definitely stripped-down by comparison, but it's a wholly different experience. You don't really have party members, the areas are broken up as different stages (rather than one big map), and you find power-ups; it's really more overhead Action than Action-Adventure. This is going to sound weird, but despite the lack of dice or a spinner, it almost plays out like a board game. It's no masterpiece that's going to blow your mind, but it's definitely a unique experience.

I honestly don't remember the music; I may have to give that another listen.
about 5 months ago

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Backlog Beaten: August 21, 2014
Backlog Completed: September 27, 2014
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
Focus: Only playing one game
Hidden, indeed; I think you might be the only person I've ever heard talk about Rolan's Curse 2! It's fairly different from the first one, but better in most regards, as I remember it.
about 6 months ago

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Herald of Bak'laag: 500+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
Wall-jumping was a bit of a chore and, another thing I seem to recall, enemies sometimes spawn way too close to you and you take an unavoidable hit. Stages were pretty short, Egypt had to have been my favorite though.

It's a good example of a port that always need all of the flash, as you put it, that other versions may have. They simplified the game, made it challenging still on its own merit and it looked quite good. I also like that they went with bigger, detailed sprites than what most NES games had. You're right, it definitely has segments that are reminiscent of Bionic Commando!

I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed it for the most part. It's certainly something different from the rest of the games, but a refreshing change nonetheless.
about 6 months ago

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Herald of Bak'laag: 500+ unfinished games
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
NES Strider was my introduction to the series, so it holds a special place in my heart. That being said, I like how different it actually is from the arcade version and the ports that came directly from it. The music was pretty darn good, too, and I like how the newest game remixes some of the NES tunes. What were your thoughts?
about 10 months ago

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Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten
Focus: Only playing one game
Dino Riki has an interesting concept, but its brutal difficulty makes it lose points. Perhaps making an auto scroll SHMUP with platforming elements didn't quite pan out and that's why they made those powerups where you can hover in the air until you let go of the button. Still, you gotta admire that classic Hudson Soft presentation.

If you want an overall better SHMUP where you play as a human, try Elemental Master. There's no platforming in it, however.
about 1 year ago

Badges
Consider Yourself a Hero: Majority of games are beaten


about 1 year ago

Badges
Backlog Beaten: August 21, 2014
Backlog Completed: September 27, 2014
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
Focus: Only playing one game
Chalvo 55! You really do find some of the best obscure gems!
about 1 year ago

Badges
Backlog Beaten: August 21, 2014
Backlog Completed: September 27, 2014
Master of Unlocking: Majority of games are completed
Treasure Hunter: 1000+ games
On Fire: 3 beat or complete in a row
Focus: Only playing one game
I think the thing about an open world is that it has to be worth exploring; if it isn't, then what's the point of doing so? Ooooo, another gray cave; another brown village. Not every single thing has to have an open world, mind you, but I've played so damn many Action-Adventures and RPGs that leave no surprises for you that I'm screaming for a solid Elder Scrolls or SOMETHING with a hint of mystery. I'm actually thinking about getting into Dark Souls, but there are a few things I need to figure out first.

Yeah, and I'm sure that most of those people's first Zelda game was Ocarina of Time; damn kids. If Shigeru Miyamoto, series creator, was quoted as saying that the essence of Zelda is the wonder of exploration, then that's what the hell it is; formula be damned. Another thing that pisses me off about the exploration is that it's the same fucking place over and over again. Death Mountain stops you at the north; Lake Hylia stops you at the south. Yeah, I get that that's Hyrule, but dammit, play Adventure of Link; the game has 6 times the area to explore, so why haven't we had any games about Eastern Hyrule, or the other 2 thirds of Western Hyrule? Oh, but we got province names... fantastic. The only thing they've done since the second game in the series to make Hyrule interesting was drown the fucking place; sad that it had to come to that, if you ask me.

I've noticed that for a while now, as soon as a Zelda game comes out, it's the best game in the series, even if it's just a rerelease, like Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask, or Wind Waker, the latter two of which weren't warmly received when they came out the first time. I agree! I was soooooo excited to explore the sky, because that's one of those things that I find to be very romantic, like riding a train or traveling underwater, but there was just NOTHING up there. There's a little game you might have heard of called Skies of Arcadia? Yeah, that's how you make a vast, beautiful sky to explore. Come on, guys, you made fucking Wind Waker; I know you can make a big, open overworld to explore that's both vast and littered with interesting discoveries!

Headline: Nintendo pusses out and makes the same Zelda game they've been making since Ocarina of Time; fans love it, anyway, touting it to be the best Zelda yet.
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