I've updated the gameDB section a bit. Now you can filter based on console (SNES, NES, GEN, etc.) and type (Game, Peripheral, etc.), rather than relying on the fuzzy search, which would often find things that didn't match your actual intent ("nes" catching all NES games, plus also anything with "nes" in its title). Only I may find this interesting, but it's one step to that thing feeling less like a nightmare.
Probably one thing I ought to do is add a flag for if the game listed is physical or digital, as I'd like to start doing more capsule reviews of games, but the gameDB is really only envisioned for physical games (since half of the data is stuff like if I dumped the game and checked its board, and at some point I'm going to start organizing them by bins). I'm writing this down here because I just thought of it, but I should really make an issue at...
https://git.incorporeal.org, which has been moved from GitLab to Gitea, because GitLab was getting way too beefy for my occasional usage. So that happened recently too.
Yeah, it's been a while. Almost a year, by the look of it. I should probably get better about updating the site, and in order to do so I've done a small update/rewrite of my site and moved it to this domain. Some time soon I should point all the old domains here until I know what I'm doing with them (if anything... I have a lot of domains).
Anyway, that's some stuff that's happened. What's coming up on the site? I dunno, really. I should do a Game of the Year list again. And more capsule reviews? Put some photos of things up? Maybe I'll write about the wedding. Who knows!
After we were chatting about the Analogue Super Nt (which I've purchased), some folks asked to see what my physical collection of Super Nintendo and Super Famicom cartridge looks like, so I took some pictures. While I was at it, I decided to also catalog my collection again, just in case anything slipped under the radar of my records or if I'd lost everything. Thankfully, everything was in order.
At the bottom of the article is the full list, for curious readers, but first, the images.
(Each * is one cart.)
* 2020 Super Baseball * 46 Okunen Monogatari - Harukanaru Eden e * The 7th Saga * ActRaiser 2 * Actraiser * Advanced Dungeons & Dragons - Eye of the Beholder * Aerobiz Supersonic * Akumajou Dracula XX * Alien 3 * Angelique * Arcana * Axelay * Bahamut Lagoon * Bastard!! Ankoku no Hakaishin * Batman Forever * Battle Clash * Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon * Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon - Another Story * Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon S - Jousai Rantou! Shuyaku Shudatsusen * Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon S: Kondo wa Puzzle de Oshioki yo!! * Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Super S - Fuwa Fuwa Panic * Bomberman B-Daman * Brawl Brothers * Breath of Fire * Bulls vs Blazers and the NBA Playoffs * Bust-A-Move * Choujikuu Yousai Macross: Scrambled Valkyrie ** Chrono Trigger (J) * Chrono Trigger * Clock Tower * Contra III - The Alien Wars * Crystal Beans From Dungeon Explorer ** Cybernator * Darius Force * Darius Twin * Demon's Crest * Derby Stallion III * Donkey Kong Country * Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest * Donkey Kong Country 3 - Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! * Doraemon 3 - Nobita to Toki no Hougyoku * Dossun! Ganseki Battle * Down the World - Mervil's Ambition * Dragon Ball Z: Super Saiya Densetsu * Dragon Knight 4 * Dragon Quest I & II * Dragon Quest III: Soshite Densetsu e... * Dragon Quest V: Tenkuu no Hanayome * Dragon Quest VI - Maboroshi no Daichi * Dungeon Master * E.V.O.: Search for Eden * EarthBound * Estpolis Denki II * F-Zero * Final Fantasy II * Final Fantasy III * Final Fantasy IV * Final Fantasy IV - Easy Type ** Final Fantasy V * Final Fantasy VI ** Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest * Final Fight * Final Fight 2 * Final Fight 3 * Final Fight Guy * Firepower 2000 * Flashback - The Quest for Identity * Front Mission Series - Gun Hazard * Fushigi no Dungeon 2: Fuurai no Shiren * GS Mikami - Joreishi wa Nice Body * Ganbare Goemon 2 - Kiteretsu Shougun Magginesu * Garou Densetsu Special * Gokujou Parodius ** Gradius III * HAL's Hole in One Golf * Illusion of Gaia * Imperium * The Itchy & Scratchy Game * JWP Joshi Pro Wres - Pure Wrestle Queens * Jikkyou Oshaberi Parodius * JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken * The Jungle Book * Jurassic Park * Jurassic Park Part 2: The Chaos Continues * Kawasaki Caribbean Challenge * Ken Griffey Jr. Presents Major League Baseball * Ken Griffey Jr.'s Winning Run * Killer Instinct * Kinnikuman: Dirty Challenger * Kirby Super Star * Kirby's Avalanche * Kishin Douji Zenki - Battle Raiden * Knights of the Round * Konpeki no Kantai ** Kunio no Oden * Kyuuyaku Megami Tensei * Lagoon * Lawnmower Man, The * The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past * The Legend of the Mystical Ninja * Live A Live * Lodoss-tou Senki ** Lufia & the Fortress of Doom * Lufia II - Rise of the Sinistrals * Maerchen Adventure Cotton 100% * Majin Tensei * Makeruna! Makendou * Makeruna! Makendou 2: Kimero! Youkai Souridaijin * Mario Paint * Mario is Missing! * Mario no Super Picross * Mega Man 7 * Mega Man Soccer * Mega Man X * Mega Man X2 * Mega Man X3 * Metal Max 2 * Mini-yonku Shining Scorpion: Let's & Go!! * Mortal Kombat 3 * Mortal Kombat II * Mother 2 Gyiyg no Gyakushuu * Ms. Pac-Man * NBA Live 97 * NFL Quarterback Club '96 * NHL '94 * NHL Stanley Cup * NHLPA Hockey '93 * The Ninjawarriors Again * Oda Nobunaga: Haou no Gundan * Ogre Battle - The March of the Black Queen ** Out of This World * PGA Tour Golf * Parodius Da! - Shinwa kara Owarai e * Phalanx * Phantom 2040 * Pilotwings * Pop'n TwinBee * Populous * Power Moves * Psycho Dream * Raiden Trad * Rockman & Forte * Rockman 7 * Rockman X2 * Rockman's Soccer * Romancing Sa-Ga * Rudra no Hihou * Rushing Beat * Rushing Beat Ran - Fukusei Toshi * Rushing Beat Shura * Samurai Shodown * Sanrio World Smash Ball! * Saturday Night Slammasters * Secret of Evermore * Secret of Mana * Seiken Densetsu 3 * Shin Kidou Senki Gundam Wing - Endless Duel * Shin Megami Tensei * Shin Megami Tensei II * Shin Megami Tensei if... * Shin Momotarou Densetsu * Sid Meier's Civilization * Silva Saga II: The Legend of Light and Darkness * Sim City * SimAnt - The Electronic Ant Colony * SimEarth - The Living Planet * The Simpsons Bart's Nightmare * Song Master * Soukou Kihei Votoms - The Battling Road * Star Ocean * StarFox * Street Fighter Alpha 2 * Street Fighter II * Street Fighter II Turbo * Strike Gunner S.T.G * Stunt Race FX * Super Aleste * Super Bases Loaded * Super Bomberman 2 * Super Bomberman 5 * Super Bomberman: Panic Bomber W * Super Castlevania IV * Super Drakkhen * Super Fire Pro Wrestling * Super Fire Pro Wrestling X Premium * Super Game Boy * Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts * Super Gussun Oyoyo * Super Gussun Oyoyo 2 * Super Hanafuda 2 * Super Mario All-Stars * Super Mario Kart * Super Mario RPG (J) * Super Mario RPG - Legend of the Seven Stars * Super Mario World * Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island * Super Metroid * Super Momotarou Dentetsu DX * Super Nazo Puyo Tsuu: Rulue no Tetsuwan Hanjyouki * Super Nazo Puyo: Rulue no Roux * Super Play Action Football * Super Puyo Puyo 2 * Super Puyo Puyo 2 Remix * Super R-Type * Super Scope 6 (J) * Super Scope 6 * Super Smash T.V. * Super Star Wars * Super Star Wars: Return of the Jedi * Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back * Super Street Fighter II * Super Tekkyuu Fight! * Super Tetris 2 + Bombliss * Super Tetris 3 * Super V.G. - Variable Geo * Sutte Hakkun * Tactics Ogre - Let Us Cling Together * Tales of Phantasia * Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time * Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters * Tetris & Dr. Mario * Tetris 2 ** Tetris Attack * Tetris Battle Gaiden * Thunder Spirits * Timecop * Top Gear * Total Carnage * Treasure Hunter G * Troy Aikman NFL Football * Tsuyoshi Shikkari Shinasai - Taisen Puzzle Dama * Tuff E Nuff * TwinBee - Rainbow Bell Adventure * U.N. Squadron * Uchuu no Kishi: Tekkaman Blade * Ultima: The False Prophet * Ultraman * Vegas Stakes * WWF Raw * WWF Super Wrestlemania * Wario's Woods * Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego * Wild Guns * WildSnake * Wing Commander * Wing Commander: The Secret Missions * Wizardry V - Saika no Chuushin * World Heroes 2 * Yokoyama Mitsuteru Sangokushi * Yoshi's Safari * Ys III: Wanderers From Ys (J) * Ys III: Wanderers from Ys * Ys IV: Mask of the Sun * Yuuyu no Quiz de Go! Go! * Zen-Nihon Pro Wres 2 - 3-4 Budoukan
At some point I should probably put a games of 2017 list together, but I think it'd be, like, 5 games and a bunch of Guilty Gear Xrd REV2 and PUBG. Which isn't a bad thing, of course.
But god am I behind on JRPGs and stuff. Maybe in 2018 I'll get my schedule together.
Some miscellaneous thoughts on Final Fantasy, as I play through it.
- Power-leveled a bit to start, while filling in the bestiary, and now I'm thinking a low-level challenge might be fun at some point.
- It's not news to consider the game's progression as threadbare, compared to a lot of the modern games, and even the SNES games to some degree, but the directness of "here's a vague hint of where to go next, now kill a guy, now go to the next vague hint" surprises me every time. How did I beat this game as a kid?
- Oh, I know, I used the Nintendo Power guide, which leads you by the nose and also teaches some bad habits, like...
- I only now learned that you don't need to kill Marilith (I still know her as KARY) to get to the class change, you can start that quest once you kill Lich and can get the Canoe. Hax.
Figured I should write something before I get lost in a Persona 5 hole.
I've decided to start going down a long road: I'm going to replay a version of every mainline Final Fantasy game (excluding XI and XIV), in order. Why? Because I can, and the old games are pretty great, I guess!? There is no why, other than why not.
This is going to end up being a very drawn-out process, I think, because I'm playing tons of other games and I am bad at prioritizing. I'm hoping, however, that I update here periodically with thoughts as I go.
First up is Final Fantasy (PSP). This is probably the Final Fantasy I've beaten the most times, aside from Final Fantasy IV, so, fittingly for this lark of a time sink, I'm starting out on one of the least necessary games. The original game on NES was great for its time and still does a decent job holding up even now, but the PSP release for the 20th anniversary of the series is generally improved, and has some bonus dungeons (bonus dungeons of varying quality, honestly). I'll be playing it on my Japanese Vita (since, puzzlingly, they haven't released it on the NA PSN).
The PSP version also makes the game far easier than the original NES version or the PS1 rerelease due in part to its removal of D&D-style spellcasting, choosing instead to use the mana point system present in the rest of the Final Fantasy series. Accordingly, it is much easier to make effective use of spellcasters, and you don't have to manage an extremely limited resource to do anything magical. That said, I may play the PS1 version at some point down the road, if I get really addicted to this project.
Anyway, I'm rolling with the very traditional party of Warrior/Monk/White Mage/Black Mage (Fighter/Black Belt/White Mage/Black Mage by the NES naming scheme, which is how I actually think about the classes). This should be a cakewalk: the two best melee classes, and the two main spellcasters. As long as I don't take forever to do this, I'm already looking ahead to FF2. But for now, time to revisit the granddaddy of them all.
aka "Friends don't let friends get into anime"
For the last year or so I've been building a collection of anime and game figures. This last month I've filled in the collection a bit, moved my display case upstairs (where there's more room), and worked on the lighting and presentation a bit. I figured it was a good time to take pictures of some of this stuff.
Top 12 Games Of 2016
Inclusion on this list doesn't mean I've beaten them, just that I've played enough to look at them and go "yeah, this is a game I really liked". Consoles listed are merely the ones I played the games on. A worthwhile note: my ordering is somewhat arbitrary.
12. Dragon Quest Builders (Vita)
I expected to immediately lose interest in this game, and to be honest I'm still on the first chapter, but it's a fun thing to pick at, making silly rooms and structures in your silly village. My bedroom has the only nice chair in the village! The writing in DQB is surprisingly charming, making it more than a Minecraft clone.
11. Root Letter (Vita)
This visual novel makes me happy, even if the writing is a bit strange in spots, the text has some typos, and the main character is kind of a jerk-ass. The Mino Taro artwork is beautiful, though, and the story definitely hits its romantic notes as you go, if you're invested.
10. Firewatch (PS4)
I was enthralled by the narrative in this, and despite being let down by the ending, I still feel that the first 90% of this game has some great writing and a couple stand-out performances in what is essentially a visual novel that needed greatness to succeed at all.
9. Street Fighter V (PS4)
Hoo boy, this game. The fighting is really good! Everything else about it is kind of rough and bungled, marring what would be a really great fighting game experience. So many other fighting games are putting complete packages together, though — Street Fighter V just looks like a budget game or weird beta. Writing this actually knocked SFV down several positions from where I first put it in my list. But the fighting is so good!
8. Nitroplus Blasterz: Heroines Infinite Duel (PS4)
In a previous year, I put Persona 4 Arena on my list because of how much it rekindled my love for fighting games, enough for me to go to Evo. I still love fighting games, as much as ever, but I've been in a bit of a fighting game lull due to time and effort. However, Nitro+ is tons of fun to play non-seriously, and I entered an Evo side tourney and won a match in this game so I'll always cherish it.
7. Stranger of Sword City (Vita)
On-again, off-again for me, but this is definitely a very well put together Wizardry-style dungeon crawler. The best art we've seen in a traditional gridder in a while. A harder game than Etrian Odyssey and many other contemporaries is both a selling point and a hindrance, depending on your mood.
6. Axiom Verge (Vita)
It'd be easy to just simply call this "the best Metroidvania in a long time" or something, so instead: the 8-bit scifi aesthetic in this game where you go back and forth between maps, exploring an alien world as your character becomes increasingly capable is worth the price of admission alone, but it's also a very good one of those games. Axiom Verge nails the genre in every way.
5. Guilty Gear Xrd: Revelator (PS4)
Speaking of complete packages, Xrd:R is everything I want in an anime fighting game, except I don't have the necessary amount of time to dive into it. Beautiful game, tons of extras, rock solid gameplay, and a story mode I still need to get to. Xrd:R would be higher still on this list if I had the time to devote to it that I want (maybe I carve out time in early 2017!), but then it'd contend against ArcSys's other line and my true favorite, BlazBlue.
4. Hatsune Miku: Project Diva X (Vita, PS4)
These games always melt my heart, and I will always be fond of them for that reason. Another really good Vocaloid rhythm game, just wish it had even more tracks to play. The series is looking good on PS4, which bodes well for the future even if I'll miss out on the Vita side.
3. World of Final Fantasy (Vita, PS4)
It's a really solid turn-based JRPG filled to the brim with Final Fantasy nostalgia! I will love it forever. The sheer volume of really good voice acting makes this stand out against so many partially-voiced JRPGs, but all of WoFF drips in its own style. It's a fully-loaded experience, with tons of main quest line and sidequests to dive into, and has some of the sharpest writing and voice acting delivery in the main characters. A delight in gameplay and characterization.
2. Hitman (PS4)
I've been intentionally playing this game in short chunks because I love it so much, it's a hilarious time every time I have a target and an axe in hand. Would have totally skipped this had I not seen how ridiculous it can be; it turns out that it nails a lot, but its selling point is many of the levels are fun, specifically crafted playgrounds that allow for tons of mission variants and even more hijinks. The team definitely knew what they were creating, and without that knowing wink to the camera, this would have just been another bland action game.
1. Zero Time Dilemma (Vita)
A great cap to the Zero Escape trilogy. Quite possibly the game I anticipated the most this year, and it did not disappoint. Some questionable animation and camera work isn't nearly enough to take away from Uchikoshi's interwoven story of interesting characters and room escape games. The cerebral story and unflinching violence and despair are certainly worth the price of admission. Just, as is always warned, play Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors and Virtue's Last Reward first.
It's a minor miracle that ZTD exists at all, and it seems fair to argue that it also brought us a re-release of 999, which is a glorious future to look forward to.
1 Game I'm Counting As 2016 Because That's When I Played It and It Came Out Super Late In 2015...
...and maybe it belongs at the top of the list anyway. This is my list and I'll break the rules if I want to! I just couldn't not call this out.
1+. The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel (Vita)
I played a ton of RPGs this year, but honestly, this is the only one I needed for 2016. Trails of Cold Steel is precisely what I want out of a JRPG: wonderfully varied characters, great writing, traditional turn-based combat, a good, coherent look, rad soundtrack, and hours. So many hours. I don't have my save on hand to check just how much time I put into this game, but I'm pretty sure it was over 100 hours for my first playthrough. The Vita version has some occasional performance issues, but otherwise, it's an absolute pleasure to play.
The last couple years have really made me appreciate Nihon Falcom, and so far, Trails of Cold Steel in the apex of that sentiment. Certainly my favorite JRPG since Persona 4 Golden, its traditional combat and storytelling are a welcome comfort. I cannot wait for Cold Steel II.
1 More Game While I'm Breaking The Rules
This was also just too good for me to ignore.
~3. Dungeon Travelers 2: The Royal Library & the Monster Seal (Vita)
There are a couple other 2016 gridders made lists, but this was really my favorite to play this year. Great anime-style look (a bit ecchi, but no complaints here), nice and difficult, and a lot of flexibility in the customization options with Etrian Odyssey-style skill trees and class change options. Dungeon Travelers 2 feels like it's for gridder fans that want a break every now and then, it's difficult but you can save and retry anywhere, and (generally) warns the player before bosses and tough fights. Maybe the most accessible dungeon crawler you'll find right now, if you don't mind (or even like) the art.
13 Games From 2016 I Still Need To Play and Have Genuine Hope For
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II (Vita) — I only first beat Cold Steel I later in the year, and I want to play through it again before starting Cold Steel II. I found the first game amazing, though.
Megadimension Neptunia VII (PS4) — I like these games.
Superdimension Neptune vs. SEGA Hard Girls (Vita) — I like these games even more on Vita, but I need to beat VII first.
Steins;Gate 0 (Vita) — I am so in love with Steins;Gate it makes me cry. Seriously. Genuine deep love for the first game. 0 is waiting on me to do a replay of Steins;Gate first. Would absolutely have been my #1 if it's as good as my hope for it.
Shantae: Half-Genie Hero (Vita) — This only just came out, but I really enjoy it. If I had more time to get deeper into it, it might have made it into the list above, and that is surprising to me, as I don't have much interest in platformers.
BlazBlue: Central Fiction (PS4) — BlazBlue is maybe my favorite fighting game series. I love the series' insanity. Haven't had much chance to play lately, though.
I Am Setsuna (PS4) — Sounds like it's pretty good, if you don't compare it to Chrono Trigger.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (PS4) — See: no time. I really enjoyed Human Revolution though.
King of Fighters XIV (PS4) — I appreciate this game for what it is, and have a soft spot for SNK continuing to put in work. Waiting for the graphics patch and some free time.
Exist Archive: The Other Side of the Sky (Vita) — Looks real good on Vita, and the couple hours I played were fun. It just lost out in the battle for time.
Shiren the Wanderer: The Tower of Fortune and the Dice of Fate (Vita) — Comfortable roguelike dungeon crawler in the Mystery Dungeon family. Feels good to play. Ran out of time, again, need to put it back into the rotation.
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD (Wii U) — I really need more exposure to the 3D Zeldas. This is on the list for 2017, to help retire the Wii U, along with...
Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE (Wii U) — Given how much I love Atlus, it's a sin that I haven't gotten to this yet.
Other Games This Year That Didn't Make the 2016 List But I Liked Anyway
Caladrius Blaze (PS4) — I'm bad at shmups but I really like this one. That's it, really. It looks pretty good, and sounds like an arcade when there's just a cacophony of rings and explosions and shots and anime girls yelling.
Ray Gigant (Vita) — interesting take on gridder mechanics, the main character at the start of the game is annoying as hell, though. Actually, maybe a lot of the characters are. Gameplay's good, though.
Odin Sphere Leifthrasir (Vita) — beautiful, as everyone expected, but the action just doesn't grab me. Surely a good game, just not one for me.
Pokémon Moon (3DS) — this would fall into the above list, arguably, given how little time I've spent playing it, but I never get super into the Pokémon series. Regardless, I want to play more of this in 2017.
The Bunker (PS4) — a neat suspenseful point and click adventure. Pretty good.
What Else I Was Playing Instead of Games From 2016
Persona 4 Arena Ultimax (PS3) — maybe still my favorite fighting game.
Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls (Vita) — a worthwhile entry in the Danganronpa series, even if I prefer the VN/adventure games more. Yay, despair!
Puyo Puyo Tetris (PS4) — is there a more hype Tetris and/or Puyo Puyo game? The answer is no.
Corpse Party: Blood Drive (Vita) — fairly rough, technically, but still a pretty decent cap to the Corpse Party games, even if it is more frustrating to play than actually terrifying.
Day of the Tentacle Remastered (Vita) — still an awesome point-and-click adventure game.
I'm streaming for Extra Life again this year! If you're reading this the day of, hopefully I'm still conscious, as I'm coming back from a business trip. Regardless, some quick linkage, and then on to the game stream details.
November 5th, 11:00 CDT!
First, obviously, is Extra Life itself. It's a charity helping children's hospitals, and this is the big event of the year for them. You should probably donate, that's what cool people do. You can go to my donor page to get all the info and donate. I already put down $50, as is my custom, and I'll match another $100 of others' donations!
You can watch my stream on Twitch! More on why I did that in a moment, but this year I didn't put together my own stream page. Hang out below or at Twitch, I'll be chewing the fat and taking requests in Twitch chat!
This year I'm streaming as part of the Giant Bomb community team. They're a bunch of decent folks, and you can see all of their streams here.
Alright, now that that's taken care of, if you're here and already watching the stream, you probably want to know what I have in store. Well, I don't know! But there's a lot that could be. Some ideas on my mind:
- 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?
- More retro madness:
- Akumajou Special - Boku Dracula-kun
- Castlevania I–IV
- Holy Diver
- Makeruna! Makendou
- Maniac Mansion
- Monster Party
- The Ninjawarriors Again
- Rushing Beat Ran
- Splatterhouse: Wanpaku Graffiti
- Sweet Home
- ...and tons more
I'll be taking requests for when I don't have any better idea or start getting burned out, so hang out in Twitch chat and help keep me company. Donate to subject me to your gaming whims!
Join me on November 5th at 11:00 CDT!
Still doing Soylent. Still pretty pleased with it. Eating better and I've lost a fair amount of weight. All I have to say, really.