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    ROSS'S GAME DUNGEON: DEATH'S HANGOVER

    I remember seeing this one a long time ago in a Jimpressions episode from Jim Sterling, and a big "NOPE" passed through my head when I saw it. And this Game Dungeon ended up reinforcing that feeling. Not just the mean traps like those holes in the side-walls, but the "humor" of this game also made me cringe a bit. I can take crude humor, but this game writing makes Duke Nukem 3D look like Monty Pyton in comparison. I laughed not from the attempts of humor from the game itself, but from Ross's delivery of the lines and his own jokes and references, that were spot on unlike the game. This game also reminds me of Wizorb, which is another indie Breakout clone. And since I've discovered that Death's Hangover came YEARS after Wizorb, I would not be surprised if the latter served as a inspiration for it, especially since it also tosses other elements over the "Breakout" formula like abilities and bosses. I think Ross should cover Wizorb in a future Game Dungeon, it's not perfect, but I think it's a really solid game.
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    ROSS'S GAME DUNGEON: HALLOWEEN SAMPLER #2

    That's odd... Cause I clicked on it and it worked just fine, as you can see it right now. Maybe it's a glitch.
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    ROSS'S GAME DUNGEON: HALLOWEEN SAMPLER #2

    I can't think of anything meaningful to say about the first 3 games, but I can comment something on the last one. Death Road to Canada is a game that I've heard a lot about, especially since I'm subscribed to Projared and PBG on Youtube. And in all honesty, from all the footage I saw, it's not a game that I fell I would like, and I think that's because I've played Organ Trail first, and that game spoiled it a bit for me. This makes it sound that the reason why is that I've played OT and hated it, and I don't want to play another similar game again, but it's quite the opposite: I think Organ Trail is a really good game, but I think it's WAY better than Death Road to Canada for various reasons. The main reason being that DR2C for me falls into a trap that grabbed many "rogue-lites": Too much dice-rolls. OT also has a lot of random occurences that can screw you over, but also some that can help you. And some of the nasty ones, like a bandit making a member of your party hostage, can be averted by simply aiming your gun at the right place (but one chance only or your friend dies, OR you end up shotting him/her by accident), while in DR2C that would be just a choice that has a high chance to fail. The point where I'm coming at is that DR2C is a game of mostly luck, and that's bad for a survival game in my opinion, while OT has a balance between luck, skill, and managment of resources. Can't blame Ross for cheating if luck is the only factor you have to scale "difficulty". And the soundtrack, ohh boy... It's like comparing day & night. DR2C has nice tracks, but I don't think they fit the game theme much, to me it sounds like "hey! I have this ost because I'm a indie game", it could be on any game except this one. OT soundtrack on the other hand... You guys better hear it for themselves: https://bencrossbones.bandcamp.com/album/organ-trail-directors-cut-original-soundtrack Death Road to Canada is not without ideas though, I really like the concept behind special survivors and party customization, while Organ Trail is bare-bones on that, and OT is not without it's nuances, like the leader/player character only being able to recover health with medkits (but still he/she's immune to diseases so I can't complain much I guess), and aiming is awkward at first. But overall, I think OT is a better experience for me to recommend to anyone, but then again, I didn't played DR2C so it can be just bias.
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    Welcome to AF 2.0

    Liking the new site so far. Only problem is that I can't edit my older posts. And I want to do that because I noticed some of them are extremely broken, thanks to how the new layout changed how it handles Youtube videos.
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    ROSS'S GAME DUNGEON: HALLOWEEN SAMPLER #1

    Eh? I don't find the Xbox controller to be that awful, it's just the D-pad that sucks balls and it's on an awkward position. The N64 controller on the other hand... Yeah, I will not argue that.
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    ROSS'S GAME DUNGEON: HALLOWEEN SAMPLER #1

    Good to see you're back Ross. By the way, I think you should do more episodes like this, where you quickly review more than one game. Because I feel that there's a lot of games that deserve to be in the show, but at the same time don't present much material for a full Game Dungeon episode. Anyway, here's my thoughts on the games you covered: Camp Sunshine - Somewhat reminds me of Ao Oni, maybe due to the fact that you can hide to avoid the monster/killer, big difference is that in Ao Oni that CAN backfire if the monster is right behind you. Anyway, this doesn't look like a bad game overall, but not one I'm interested at the moment. Lakeview Cabin - I think the main problem with the Xbox controller is that I think they designed it more with analog sticks in mind, especially because not only the D-pad is in a awkward position, it's not as good as far as D-pads go. I've tried to run Fusion (a Genesis/Mega Drive emulator) using one, and I find it awful to imput directional commands. As for the game itself... Well, looking on the bright side, it doesn't look cryptic like a Sierra adventure game. (or the Pumpkinhead game) Halloween Harry (a.k.a. Alien Carnage) - Good to see a game that I suggested, even if it is for a short time. Despite me not considering it a bad game, I have to agree that it didn't aged well. One problem is the "fake" secrets that Ross mentioned, but I also would add that this game suffers from "Duke Nukem Syndrome", just like MANY PC platformers, in which the levels are maze-like but the game gives you very little to help you navigate and don't get lost. Still Not Dead - Since you liked this game, I think you should try Ziggurat. It's a Rogue-like/FPS hybrid, and everytime you level up you choose skills randomly. It has a different approach, since it's more about exploring randomly-generated level to find the Boss and proceed to the next one (like a regular Rogue-like), but that's the game that came to my mind when I saw this video. My only complaint about it is that EXP is dropped as a item that CAN disappear, instead of being instantly earned. On the plus side, this game has evil carrots.
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    ROSS'S GAME DUNGEON: REQUITAL

    Ugh... Bad news about the PC version of Pax Corpus. I had to download this game from 2 different sites (that apparently are the ONLY ONES that have the cd image of this game), and BOTH come with their set of problems. The first I downloaded from a russian site, and when I mounted it in a virtual drive it opened the instalation menu just fine, BUT the game refused to install saying that there wasn't enough space on the hard drive despite having (obviously) more than enough. Then I downloaded from another site (I think it's german, but I'm not sure), and this one installed. BUUUUUUUT the game had NO music (and worse, the tracks are on the image, but I'll get to that), and it crashed after the battle with Dr. Ellys (that one you can see in video I posted) and didn't played the cutscene that supposed to play after that. Then, I decided to check the game files and I think I noticed why that happened: THERE ARE CUTSCENES MISSING IN THE FILES! And before you guys ask, the first image that I downloaded also has the same problem. The cutscenes are simple .avi files that can even play outside the game, and I noticed that only some .avis are present: The Cryo logo when you launch the game, the intro cutscene (3 times because this game is in 3 different languages), and the 2 endings. But nothing that happens in between. Addimitely, I wasn't running the game in the ideal operational system (I was running on Windows 7, this game was released for Windows 95-98), so I could've faced other problems in the long run, but that would be a matter of me learning how to emulate a older system. But when the cutscenes are missing it means that the game crashed because it couldn't play them, meaning that this game is unplayable due to missing files. I'm afraid to say that we have another Bip Bop I & III here, and I have a theory of why this happened. This game came at 1997, a time where many people didn't had a at least decent internet connection. So, to facilitate downloads, pirates would chop files to reduce the size of the game. I'm sure of that because I've played Day of the Tentacle and The Dig through pirate copies back in the day, and some things I still remember from them: DotT had only voice acting at the begining of the game, but after they split into the different time periods, the rest of the audio after that was only sound effects and music. And The Dig had ZERO voice acting and ZERO animated cutscenes, but everything else worked fine. What I think happened here with Pax Corpus is that the pirates removed the cutscene files, but did a sloopy job on that (The Dig worked even without it's cutscenes), but because this game was received poorly back them (and because it faded in obscurity), nobody cared, and as a result the only digital "copies" we have now where those botched ones. If someone here knows a digital pirate from that time (or WAS one, who knows?), please confirm if my theory is true. Either way, this is a true tragedy to gaming preservation. There are some good news however. The first one is that I salvaged the soundtrack. Yeah, for some odd reason the game have no music but I managed to extract the soundtrack files with the help of PowerISO, which shows that this game has music but it can't play because... My head hurts... Anyway, it's not special, but I think it has some neat tracks in it. If Ross is interested, I can send to him via e-mail. I wanted to actually put the tracks on Youtube, and then post on the soundtrack session of the forum, but I don't know any decent free video editor for that. I downloaded the free trial of Filmora, and while it's good, it leaves a ugly watermark. I know that I just want to share the OST, but I will not pay an video editor just for that. The other good news is that there still are some physical copies of the PC version around: (it's illegal to post amazon/ebay links? Just asking because I didn't saw anything regarding that in the forum rules, but if that's the case you guys can delete these) https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cryo-Pax-Corpus/dp/B00006YYBN https://www.ebay.com/itm/PAX-CORPUS-HOPKINS-FBI-DOUBLE-PACK-BIG-BOX-VERSION-for-PC-RARE-COMPLETE-/271027230460?_ul=US Dunno if these are legit regarding the good condition of the games, but unfortunately, I'm not buying these. Don't get me wrong, but I'm not a retro game collector, even if I had the money for that I would even do it. But maybe Ross can tell Clint from Lazy Games Reviews about these, especially since the second link is also packed with another obscure game (and a game that I expected THE LEAST to be sold along Pax Corpus, and a on top of that). Sorry everyone.
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    ROSS'S GAME DUNGEON: REQUITAL

    I've tried to search for a iso, but I couldn't find it. I found plenty of sites with info but no links. However, I did found a site with a download of the PC version. Can't post the link here because I think that would go against the forum regulations.
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    ROSS'S GAME DUNGEON: REQUITAL

    I wasn't aware of that. It really depends on the writing I think. If a videogame is only focused on the spy / combat element, I wouldn't be too interested. There's this whole weird world in Aeon Flux and the ideas they're meddling with that's the fascinating part. Well... I can't promise you anything, maybe only a headache. As I said, I only knew about of it's existence thanks to Guru Larry's Fact Hunt, and I've never played it. I brought up this fact because I felt it could be an interesting topic to bring up in a follow-up episode. But, even if I didn't told you that, I think you would assume Aeon Flux had a hand on it just by looking at the cover: And yes, this game has a PC version. I thought it was a PS1 exclusive before I found this image to show to you. But again, don't expect this to be a good game. From what I know, this game bombed when it came out. The little footage that I saw from it made me a bit unconfortable because the UI is ugly, the camera is awful, and I got the impression the game has horrible controls. And I think that the fact that this game was advertised as "Tomb Raider in space" didn't help either. As for writing... I'm not sure. Footage of this game on Youtube is extremely rare (just to show how obscure it is), and it doesn't seen that anyone had beaten it (don't blame them), so I don't know the whole story. But I know that is set in a matriarcal cyberpunk city where a scientist invented a mind-controling device called Pax Corpus, with the intention of using it as a remedy to help people that suffer from depression, however the main villain (the woman in dominatrix suit at the cover) wants to weaponise it. Not sure how much "out there" the plot is, but the fact that I've played Megarace 1 and 2, and I know about the existence of Commander Blood, I can say that Cryo Interactive Entertainment are experienced in being weird. Well, it's better you see a footage of the game to judge for yourself: DlXZ-sz3CIU
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    ROSS'S GAME DUNGEON: REQUITAL

    Once again, Ross didn't disappoint me. I've expected him to dig up a licensed game that I didn't had any idea it even existed, and he delivered. And the voice acting... Damn! It makes The Chosen: Well of Souls look competent in comparison. Funny you mentioning that you kind of wanted to see a Aeon Flux game, because I know about a game that was supposed to be like this at one point. It's a Playstation game called Pax Corpus, and it was made by Cryo Interactive Entertainment, the same guys responsible for the Megarace series. Never played the game ( ), but I know it was going to be a Aeon Flux game at some point but the license was canned, so they had to change a lot of stuff to sell as a original IP.
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    Game Dungeon Wish List

    GameFAQs has a entry, and it's waiting for submissions: https://gamefaqs.gamespot.com/pc/221372-the-adventures-of-down-under-dan
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    Game Dungeon Wish List

    Baron Baldric: A Grave Adventure I still think we need more detoxing from the Armed and Delirious episode, and what's a better way to do it than a game also protagonised by an old person that's not screwed up in the head? (or at least, not like granny) And for the most observant here, yes, this is the Baron Baldric from the game Mystic Towers published by Apogee. In fact, this game is the first game, Mystic Towers is a sequel. But this game was not published by Apogee and was only distributed in Australia, it's native territory. This alone makes this game perfect material for the show. (I think) But a warning, this game is frustrating, I've only played a few seconds of it and ragequitted, that's how frustrating it is. I had no clue of what to do, the controls were horrible... To be honest, I think the sequel... Mystic Towers ...Is a vast improvement, and despite not being as obscure as it's predecesor, it's a very unique game. In fact, I think this is the most unique game Apogee/3D Realms has under it's wing. This game is hard and have tight controls, but it's not on the same level of frustation as the first one, I find this game a enjoyable challenge instead. Your objective is navigate the towers and kill all the monsters in every floor and destroy the Monster Generator that respawns them, and grab the key to exit the tower that only spawns when all the monters are dead. Sounds easy? Well, it gets tricky. You can only destroy the Generator with a bomb that you can find in the tower (and there's more than one, but you only need to use one), you regenerate Health slowly but you need to keep an eye on a Thirst and Hunger meters (food is found scattered on the tower's floors and dropped by killed monsters, water is available infinitely on fountains in certain rooms and bottles found on the ground, but the latter has a random chance of getting you drunk), there's lethal traps in some rooms (and you can use some of them to damage/kill the monsters), monsters from the higher floors are tougher/stronger, and other things... Other unique factors I can say about this is that (obviously enough), Baron Baldric isn't the kind of protagonist you would find in a mainstream game, and this game may have some of the weirdest mosters I've seen. Also, just like Hinterland, this game is anemic on the soundtrack department, but the (VERY) few tunes it has are great. Just listen to this one as a example: URo9Nx7gg-A (Oh, and in some rooms in some towers there's the same level of nudity from Nyet III, just a warning)
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    ROSS'S GAME DUNGEON: THE CREW

    Well... I don't have much to comment on the graphics and filters like everyone else here did, but I can make a commentary on the "story" portion of this game. I didn't played The Crew, so all I know about it's plot is what Ross said in the video. But I've played Tom Clancy's The Division, also published by Ubisoft, and that game's plot invoked on me the same mixed feelings Ross had. On the plus side, The Division's protagonist is the kind of "cardboard" I can get behind: It's a customised character with zero backstory and zero dialogue. As much as some people love to mock the "silent protagonist" trope, I think some games benefit by sticking with it. If the objective of the game is to immerse the player and want him/her to explore this world they have created and meet it's people, it's better to have a blank sheet where it's up to your imagination than a guy that's trying to fake a personality and a motivation. But just like in The Crew, everything and everyone else feels like cardboard. There are no memorable characters, no memorable antagonists, the last mission is just a excuse to enter the Dead Zone, the PvP-centric portion of the game, and it ends with a cliffhanger. I see both games as two sides of a coin. The Crew is the game that didn't need a complex plot, but they decided to shoehorn one because they are "artsy" like that, while The Division story could be interesting, but it's undercooked thanks to it's open-world nature and Ubisoft's wanting to play "safe". And I bring up "open-world" here because that's the trend Ubisoft wants to follow: Games with massive "worlds" to explore, and not much ambition on everything else. Oh, and also adopting the "games as a service" model and shoving up that horrible Uplay DRM. (EDIT: Did I forgot something else? Oh, right! Also "realism")
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    ROSS'S GAME DUNGEON: A NEW BEGINNING

    Since I watched this review there was something about Fay that was bothering me. Then I decided to watch the review again and I noticed two things: 1 - Apparently Fay has a bad case of Lordosis; 2 - Fay looks like Miss Frizzle from Magic School Bus. Interesting bit of trivia here, and it sums up my feelings towards this game message. It smells a lot like anti-nuclear propaganda, which is not surprising considering this game is German, and according to some comments I saw on Youtube about this review, this negativity towards nuclear power seems to be common in Europe. Oh yeah, here's another problem that I have with this game, they offer a FICTIONAL solution to a "REAL" problem. If this was some kind of fantasy/sci-fi alternate universe where BOTH elements were ficticional to create a metaphor, I could get that behind. There's still general execution, but that's another story... I could go on about many things wrong in enviromentalistic plots of any kind, but this video put it in sarcastically better words: _rRTHhGVUHg
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    ROSS'S GAME DUNGEON: A NEW BEGINNING

    "Captain Planet Midlife Crisis" may be my new favourite award you gave in a Game Dungeon so far. Enviromentalism is a theme that's very easy to screw up the execution, and to makes matters worse this game is also about time travel, which is ANOTHER theme that can be screwed up easily by inexperienced writers. A movie-based game is next? Hmmmm... Don't know any other obscure PC game that's based on a movie besides Pumpkinhead, but knowing Ross it will obviously surprise me... ...unless he's going to do a episode on The Dig. It tecnically counts since it WAS supposed to be a movie at one point, but they decided to make it a game instead because the budget wasn't favorable. But The Dig isn't that obscure, so I have no clue.
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