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  1. On 6/23/2022 at 3:54 AM, ScumCoder said:

    That I understood, it's just... spam of what? Usually there is a link to somewhere, or a mention of somebody who paid the spammers to get promoted.

    I'm not familiar with spam which is just pure insanity


    I saw a link somewhere in the post, didn't clicked because I was paranoid about malware or something else of the nature.


    I saw plenty of those bots before, they are not trying to be upfront about what they promote, so they "try" to be on topic so they can sneak a link somewhere. Of course, the biggest giveaway is that, well... they have a "exotic" choices of words to say at least. But I could say that's quite enough to someone to click on the link out of curiosity.

  2. Once again Gordon Freeman Ross graces us with another Game Dungeon.


    About your sensation of they making up the story as they go, I would say it's more like they're dumping lore because they are fully expecting the player to already know about it. The reason why is because this is a licensed game based on a tabletop franchise, also named Mage Knight. Here's a link to the Wikipedia page if you are curious: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mage_Knight


    But then again, I could say it's also a bad way to introduce any potential new fans to the franchise. It can also explain why the story is lackluster because being a licensed game means that the developers either didn't had the freedom they wanted due to mandates, or they didn't really cared much since it was just "another day at the office" for them (and considering the overall quality of this game, I'm leaning towards the latter). And I don't know if this game is accurate to the lore or not because it's a franchise that I think I've heard once before in my life, and nothing beyond that.


    I also found out that this wasn't the only video game based on the Mage Knight franchise, there was a Nintendo DS turn based strategy game called Mage Knight: Destiny's Soldiers, and it was also published in the same year. (did heard it sucks also)



    On 6/17/2022 at 6:32 PM, ScumCoder said:

    Man, you know you're in for a treat with a title screen like this.






    Once I saw that, I knew exactly what kind of frustration was in store for Ross.


    Although, I could say that The Chosen had more "soul" than Mage Knight, if you excuse the pun.

  3. The Neverhood



    One of my favorite point-and-click adventure games, despite some frustrating puzzles.


    It's one of the many (like Grim Fandango) that despite being well received, it bombed commercially. And I think this one might be right on Ross's alley since it's about you dicovering who you are and the strange world around you.


    Also, it has a room full of lore, and I mean FULL of it.


    This game also got a sequel called Skullmonkeys, that's exclusive to the PS1, and it's a more traditional platformer.



    Fallout series



    After watching Ross's videos on the first 3 Deus Ex games, I can't think of a franchise that also deserves that treatment that is not Fallout.


    Well, I could say Hbomberguy already done the Deus Ex treatment, but it could be interesting to hear Ross take on it.

  4. On 12/31/2021 at 5:28 AM, BTGBullseye said:

    Black Tusk is the real endgame SP content. They retake basically the entire city in both 1 and 2 after you complete all the "main story" missions. It's significantly harder in general, but you have what you think are top-end gear, until you start getting set items. The "main story" is really just the training mode, Black Tusk is the full long-term game, since they can go and recapture locations you liberate.


    Even in the first game? Because I finished that game's story (actually, the first game is the only one I've played) and nothing of that nature happened. I decided to quickly check the wiki and it says there that they only appear in the second one.

  5. On 12/27/2021 at 7:48 PM, HeartenedKorbo said:



    And when it comes to the whole rioter/looter situation, I think it's just a restriction of the setting that they didn't do enough to set up for. Which you can absolutely see them trying to get you to believe these are bad guys, as every interaction with them is them either beating up people, threatening people, and just straight up killing people, but at the end of the day they are still just, people in hoodies that aren't organized and are doing bad stuff to survive in a shitty situation. But the devs needed a low-level grunt type faction that they could give you to fight. Although, an easy way to work around this would've been to establish a faction that is a gang, which is essentially what Div2 does with the Hyenas, which is basically all of the local DC gangs coming together to form a gang conglomerate that combines all the gangs into one group. When it comes to the Cleaners (the flamethrower guys) I actually really enjoy the faction as an enemy. A faction hell-bent on just burning everything to me is a really neat idea for this kind of SHTF situation, where people who have lost friends and family to this virus are hell-bent on cleansing it. Which, while it is pretty unrealistic, it definitely gives me cult vibes that make them an enjoyable enemy to fight and from a narrative standpoint gives me a very "these people will not listen to reason oh shit what are they gonna do" feeling to it. The Rikers are probably a faction Ross hasn't encountered yet, but they definitely bring a good bit more of a "we are evil prisoners" and take up more of the gang role that the rioters should've taken, and is probably why the rioters didn't just become a gang, as it might've seemed to weird to have a gang of looters and a gang of former inmates both roaming the city. But they make for a bit less interesting villain, just being "teehee we are convicts and are evil >:)" After that you have the Black Tusk, which is a PMC that has ties to something that



    The Rioter/Looter situation reminds me somewhat of the White Fang from RWBY: They could've been a more nuanced antagonist considering the fact that the Faunus were "supposedly" being opressed, but not only the writers messed up badly on showing the actual oppresion, they also made then into generic cartoon villains, and one of them can have his personality literally be summed up as "angry ex-boyfriend".


    Black Tusk? I don't remember a group with that name in the game. If I recall correctly, the PMC was called Last Man Battalion. (LMB)

  6. Ok, I have a lot to unpack on this one, since I've played it from beginning to end (except the DLC missions), but first: Merry Christimas.


    First off, the flamethrower boss. You need to shoot him enough times on one of his fuel tanks so they will explode, it will not kill him but will deal a lot of damage and destroy his armor. I could say you messed up, but I also have to agree that this is poorly explained by the game itself. (although it shows a yellow marker when you hit it)


    As for story, well... First, some details are better explained in logs you find spread out in the city in typical Ubisoft open-world fashion, but it's still poorly explained in typical Ubisoft open-world fashion, so I don't blame you for trying to understand the game's story just by playing the main missions.


    But of course, the premise is executed in a very bland way. There's socio-political themes floating around, but nothing is explored properly, and all characters are forgettable. But there's a good reason for that, you gave it the award "Secret Genius?" and I could say there's one, but it's not what you think.


    The "secret genius" is that the themes and overall idea of the premise are not there because it has a meaningful message to say, they are there to fool you into thinking there's a meaningful message. In other words, they are there to make the plot sound "deep". Believe me, I can tell from experience that this hack writing tactic can work sometimes, especially if you are younger and/or don't have much clue about this stuff, just like bikini armor does to the mind of a horny teenager.


    Still pressing "X" to doubt? Why don't take a look back at The Crew? Sure, it was a complete different beast compared to The Division, but it was trying to be a more "mature" drama story in a video game. Because, according to some people at least, video game plots usually suck. And that's a trend that I'm noticing a LOT with AAA games over the decades: They are trying way to hard to make the games feel more "cinematic", and not just with brown filters, but also with writing.


    Don't get me wrong, I do think video games CAN have good writing if given the chance, but that will not happen if we still are trying to write them like movies. Which makes me think it could be a good idea for you to cover a David Cage game. Because for a guy that ranted a lot about the industry needing to "mature", his plots are juvenile. (especially Indigo Prophecy)

  7. On 12/21/2021 at 7:32 PM, Shaddy said:

    Also, I dunno how you chose the battle themes from Sonic Chronicles, those are easily the most tolerable and cogent in the game. We should be looking at how it butchers good music, like the S3K final boss.


    Because of the high pitch at the beginning, and you listen to that track a lot. Also, I totally forgot about the abomination you mentioned, that's the result of placing a mental block of how bad that entire soundtrack was.

  8. A lot of tracks from Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood qualify, this one being one of the worst offenders IMO:



    And there's also the theme for Haud Village in Suikoden V, but I don't think this one could count since it's intentionally bad (it's a theme for a village full of excentric wannabe artists, so it fits):



    On 12/21/2021 at 3:13 PM, FoolOfWorms said:


    Fun fact: One reason of why this one is so bad is because it was composed by Mamoru Samuragochi, a famous composer at the time. However, it was revealed that all his previous works were ghostwritten by another composer (Takashi Niigaki), and he lied about being deaf. (which his something that came up to give more "mystique" to his carrer)

  9. Stargunner



    One of my favorite games, and it's another shooter where you don't die in one hit. Although this one is tougher than Tyrian, so you can die a lot if you are not careful.


    The only oddity that this game have is that despite having a story displayed in game (from a very slow ascending wall of text Star Wars style), the manual has a similar but totally different storyline. Part of me wonders what kind of communication failure happened among the devs for that to happen.


    Also, fun fact: This was the last game Apogee published under that name before they changed it to 3D Realms.


    YIIK: A Postmodern RPG



    This one is more of a dare than a suggestion, because since Ross said he believes videogames are art, then I feel he's obligated to review this one.


    Don't get me wrong, I don't think this game is a misunderstood masterpiece or anything, but it's creator thought it was. I know that this game already garnered the ire of the internet (and for good reasons), but hearing Ross's insight on a video game story is one of the reason I enjoy Game Dungeon, especially one that we could say it's a tryhard.

  10. Paganitzu



    A puzzle game published by Apogee, but that's not the reason why I'm suggesting it. If there's one thing that I love about Game Dungeon other than Ross covering weird games, is Ross giving his commentary over cheesy storylines, and Paganitzu has that covered.


    I can see that it doesn't try to take itself seriously, but it's full of random jokes and jokes that probably were funny back in the time this game was published. But hey, if Ross could make Death's Hangover kind of entertaining (which is a cringefest of a game IMO), then I think this would be good for a funny episode.

  11. The real horror of this game is of how buggy and broken everything is, I bet that if Civvie were the one doing this video he would have used a Gordon Ramsay clip at least four times.


    Oddly enough, this game reminds me of another Resident Evil clone called Deep Fear, maybe because it's also set in a isolated facility, a research lab deep into the ocean in Deep Fear's case. Thing is, Martian Gothic is even more baffling in the voice acting and general writing department than that game, which is saying something since many consider DF's writing and dialogue to be even more cheesy than the first RE.

  12. This game is basically the "we have X at home" meme for Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines.


    But I must say that I'm impressed with one thing: This is the only game that we know were you can save scum the twist ending. And I think I have a theory of why...


    I think they were going for something similar to Ripper (and before anyone asks, it is that FMV game with Christopher Walken), where the true identity of the killer is not the same every time you play it. There's 4 possibilities (one even being the character played by Christopher Walken), but the big difference is that (to my knowledge since I didn't played the game) this is already set by the game once you begin, and the clues you find vary accordingly.


    But of course, because of the obvious low quality + overambition this is the end result.


    On 10/28/2021 at 7:25 PM, ScumCoder said:

    Oh God the cringe is real.


    This game is nothing compared to the cringe of the game that Mandalore reviewed this Halloween:



  13. Necroing this thread because I think the subject is good, and I have some games from the top of my head:


    * Hopkins FBI - A "so bad, it's good" example. It tries to be a more gritty cop story, but not only it's understanding of "mature" is "loads of blood and dead women with exposed breasts", it also takes a nosedive into total insanity with plenty of plotholes and bizarre plot points, and a main character that despite being labeled as the "hero" he seems to do a lot more harm than good (only losing to Halligan from Mystery of the Druids IMO). It's a entertaining story, FOR THE WRONG REASONS. (still has some horrible puzzles even by old adventure game standards)


    However, the original soundtrack this game got (excluding the 60s songs they used for some weird reason) is genuinely competent. Some are serviceable ambient soundtracks, and others are memorable hits IMO. This one is my favorite example:


    * Duke Nukem 2 - You know, I feel it was a good move for 3D Realms to change the series to be a FPS instead of a platformer. The first one was ok despite it's flaws, but the second game was all the flaws from the previous game doubled plus some new ones. Bad scrolling, frustrating level design, bullet spongy bosses, frustrating enemies and placements, and these are the ones I can think from the top of my head. Although, if there's anything that they had over Duke 3D is it's sense of humor. (3D basically became "edgy" and stole a lot of catchphrases and simply called it "satire")


    Soundtrack however, kicks ass. But then again, that's not saying much considering that the previous game only had PC speaker sounds, so any kind of soundtrack is a massive improvement over "The Rotating Blue Pillars of Auditory Violation".

  14. Mega Lo Mania (a.k.a. Tyrants: Fight Through Time in the Genesis/Mega Drive)



    Since Ross's main strategy in Baldies was to breed and destroy, I guess this game could be right in his alley.


    You battle through many islands and eras, and you choose the amout of starting men and your initial territory and then you breed and reseach weapons to crush your enemies. In islands with more than one opponent, you can make temporary aliances to crush a particular foe or to not be overwhelmed (but it not always works), and the AI can also do the same.


    Weapons are the weirdest part though. Because each square has different types of resources (called elements), but the cost of the weapon is according to the square instead of being universal, meaning that a spear can cost a resource that can be harvested naturally in square A but can cost a different resource that needs to be mined in square B for example.


    Just like Baldies, managing your men is essential. You need to assign them to tasks like research, building new structures, mining resources, and build weapons in the factory (earlier eras like the stone age don't need a factory and assigned men to create their respective weapons). And of course, the more men that are idle, the faster their numbers will increase.


    One tip is to use few men in the earlier islands. Because you have a limited number to deploy, and the later sets of isles are really tough, especially considering it reaches to a poink where nukes are available.


    Also, in the last islands, you may want to develop more than one square because you gain the option to freeze one, making every men there to be carried later to Mega Lo Mania, which is the true final island of the game. And it's a simple big island with no resources to collect, no extra buildings to build, and no weapons to manufacture. But your men are powerful there (they shoot lasers from their eyes), so your main strategy is to breed and destroy.

  15. UFO trilogy (UFO: Aftermath; UFO: Aftershock; UFO: Afterlight)




    A series that was inspired by X-COM, but instead of being turn-based it's in real-time (but you can still pause to issue orders if you want), so this could be right on Ross's alley since he's not a big fan of turn-based games. 😉


    Also, another difference from X-COM is that the aliens already won. Society is gone, and you need to grab any survivor and resources you can to expand your territory and fight against mutant creatures and eventually the aliens.





    A clone of the C64 game Space Taxi, but with a cartoon caveman theme. It has a simple premise too: A caveman wants to buy a diamont to his future wife, and he them starts a taxi service using a flinstones-style helicopter.

  16. When you were shocked that London was a AI because he speak like a normal human being, I was expecting a I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream reference, because that's kind of the case with AM too (and his "brothers"). Except that AM's voice is too iconic (and voiced by the author of the original novel, no less) that I can't imagine him with any other voice, even a robotic one.



    And also on the subject of AIs with human voices, there's also Angel from the Borderlands series. But Angel actually made sense because...



    ...She was lying about being a AI, she's actually human. She was a Siren whose mystical powers allowed her to manipulate technology, including hacking systems.


    Also, some people on Youtube already said this, but the Palace reminds me of the Orokin Towers in the Void from Warframe. It has the same feel, a pristine heavenly place that's also full of danger. Biggest difference is that in that game stealth is optional.



    Anyway, back to Echo. I feel like it's one of those games that tries to experiment on a gimmick that's sound good on paper (in this case, the clones and their learning behavior), but either it's not really a good idea, or it is a good idea but it was executed poorly. I would say that it leans more towards the latter.


    As for the story... I don't mind a story in a game if it is at least enjoyable in some way. In fact, I think it can enrich the experience and also make "game A" distinct from "game B" depending how it's executed. So yeah, even though I can respect John Carmack for being envolved in the creation of one of the most iconic game franchises, I still think he is full of shit for saying that "story in a game is like a story in a porn movie".


    But if the game has a bad story, it may not be the end of the world if the gameplay is good, but it will sure leave a bad taste in the mouth, so I kind of disagree with Ross when he said that even though he wasn't a fan of the story he would prefer it over none at all, because at least with no story you are free to take your own interpretations and "create" your own story and not suffer through pointless and/or annoying characters and plot threads, "less is more" as they say. "Kind of disagree" however because... Well... Balan Wonderworld is a game that exists now, and if any of you are aware of this game (and if not, what rock are you guys living under?), I can safely say it's an exception of what I said.


    And judging by what Ross showed, Echo seems to be that kind of story that was created by artists and animators that wanted to create something gorgeous, but they also have zero to very little experience or understanding of writing (because they are primaly artists and animators) and yet they decided to write a more dramatic and complex plot because it's far more "artistic" this way, and they probably thought "it can't be that hard, it's just putting some words in a sheet of paper to be read at loud, what can possibly go wrong?". (you can imagine that last sentence with Bubsy's voice if you want)

  17. Kohan series



    There's 2 games, well, 3 if you count the fact that the first game expansion, Ahriman's Gift, is a standalone one. But they are RTS games that I don't see any other RTS copy much of it.


    I'm saying that because of how the game works. Instead of recruiting units, you create a company that's basically a collection of units, having at minimum a frontline of 4 basic units of the same type (could be infantry, archers...), but you can create bigger companies with additional 2 support units that range from healers, mages, tougher warriors like paladins, summoners that conjure temporary units, or even other basic units (but only in the first game), and a rearline of 2 basic units. (but this only in the second game)


    Company structure can be very important. It's creation is instantaneous, but you only have it's captain, that's usually a generic unit without any noteworthy skills, ready to go. It may need to wait near one of your cities/forts to fill/refill/heal it's ranks, so the shorter the company, the faster it will be at full capacity. Also, certain basic/support units can give a bonus to the whole company (like more defense or vision range) as long as you have at least one alive, and while you can have cavalry and infantry in the same company, it's regular speed will always be equal to the slowest unit. Some things to keep in mind when creating companies, aside from upkeep and formation.


    Speaking of upkeep, economy and resources works differently in this game. You have five: Gold, Stone, Wood, Iron, and Khaldunite (which are magic crystals). Gold is the only resource that stockpiles, and you spend it a lot in buildings and companies. The other resources act as a sort of cap/limit of upkeep for certain individual units (for example: archers require wood, and the more mystical units require khaldunite), and you can recruit units even when you don't have these resources, BUT doing so will affect negatively your gold income depending of the resource, and trust me, having a negative gold income is a slow death to your army. (literally, your units will start to slowly lose health if you have zero gold and a negative income)


    Building is a little different for a RTS because it's closer to a 4X game. You just have a city that has a passive gold income with many slots for buildings to generate more gold and/or other resources and allow certains units/companies to be created, and it can also spawn militia to defend itself. You can also create pioneers to build new cities.


    Also we have the Kohans, which are the hero units of this game. They can replace the generic captain and they range from warriors to spell casters, and they can grow stronger. They can be revived if they are killed, but they will lose all the XP they gained.


    The story is meh though. It's your typical good vs evil fantasy story where you face evil Kohan (the Ceyah, as they are called) that commands armies of undead and demons (and also some mercenaries). The second game I can say they try to spice things up a little, they even have one of the evil Kohans from the previous game going to the heroes side (although he behaves for the most part like a huge edgelord, but I've seen worse), but even so I felt the plot was a missed opportunity. But I want Ross to judge that part for himself.

  18. "I can't say who, but there are enough signs that somebody on the development team really cared about The Chosen, and this was their baby. Someone here had a vision... and we're paying the price for it." - Ross about The Chosen: Well of Souls


    "I still don't know how to place this game. It did so many things right, then just sorta got drunk watching Captain Planet episodes. (...) I can tell a lot of heart went into this game and that took us into odd places. That's about the best I can ask from most games." - Ross about A New Beginning


    I couldn't think of a better way to start this topic without taking these quotes from Ross himself, since I think the title is self-explanatory.


    This is partially inspired by the topic "What is the Coolest Game YOU'VE Played?" by Rarefoil. But here it's for games that we can see the devs put some weight, but there's still clearly something wrong with it. So I ask: What games you've played, or know about, that you could see "somebody cared"?


    The Chosen: Well of Souls and A New Beginning are two different "flavours" of this. One is just a bad game all around with serious balancing issues and a very dull story, but just like Ross pointed out, if they made the game as a quick cash-in it wouldn't be that long and the story wouldn't have as much dialogue it actually has. The other is more competently made, but it shoots itself on the foot due to the cartoony and preachy nature of the writing on a plot that wants you to take it seriously.


    With that in mind, I could say that to fall into this category a game needs to be either really bad, but made by developers that (just like Ed Wood) are really passionate about it, or a potentially good game that might be misguided in one way or another. Or even something in between.


    One game that would give this award is Limbo of the Lost.




    To be honest, I never played this game, I'm familiar with it thanks to Mandalore's review. But it has reasons to deserve it in my opinion.


    For those unaware, this is a point-and-click adventure game that came out in 2008, and it's mostly remembered due to it's controversy of using stolen assets from many places. So many in fact that there's an wiki dedicated to it.


    I can see this game has a lot of heart despite shamelessly stealing from a lot of places. One reason is that this game was "sort of" being developed since 1990.



    Limbo of the Lost was first conceptualised by two guys, but they were extremely unlucky on finding a competent team to help them materialise their project properly, and a publisher interested in backing their game. They only got one extra guy later to help on the project. And the amount of plagiarized stuff only shows two things: One thing is that they weren't very competent by themselves to create, well, most of it (some few elements are original, still). And another thing is that they really wanted their baby project to see the light of day, no matter the cost.


    I mean, a LOT of the stolen material was so blatant that a lawsuit was guaranteed. Why even take this risk just to release a game that should ideally been released roughly seventeen years ago compared to the time it was actually released? And a game that I don't think had any hype surrounding it? They could've just gave up on the whole thing. But they persisted.


    If the creators of The Chosen: Well of Souls carry the spirit of Ed Wood, I could say that the creators of Limbo of the Lost also carry the spirit of Dr. Frankenstein. Just like the doctor they created a abomination, but Victor Frankenstein didn't created the monster "for the evulz", he created it to show the world he could do it.


    At least that's my take on it. I wanted to post other games that I think may deserve this award, but I'm tired for now. In the meantime you guys can share games that you've played that you may think deserve this award.

  19. As someone that was inspired by Ross and wants to make it's own channel one day (well, the are other inspiration over the years, but Ross is one of the main ones), I'm extremely worried about his mental health.


    Ross, I don't know how bad is your financial situation, but that's still not a excuse to take a break once in a while. Unlike OP suggested, a beach may be out of question considering the pandemic, but you can still watch a movie, series, or even play a game of your interest, which the latter could be also good to discover a new candidate to Game Dungeon, but aim more to have yourself entertained.




    Ok, I was quickly browing Youtube and this video came out:



    I decided to share here because I think it's relevant to the topic.

  20. Steel Empire



    This game might be of interest to Ross, if not for a episode, at least it could end up in Ross's Game List.


    This is a side-scroller shooter with a steampunk aesthetic, and the reason that I said that this game might interest Ross is because, just like Tyrian 2000, you don't die in ONE hit. Not only that, but the powerup to your main weapons is persistent even if you die (you power it up by collecting 3 "P" letters). You have a choice of two airships: One is faster and drop bombs while shooting (good against ground targets), and the other is a Zeppelin that has more hitpoints (and a slightly bigger hitbox).


    Also, this game is Japanese. Just to show that not every developer from the land of the rising sun creates a shooter based on a paper plane against a kaleidoscope of bullets. And also, this game is a remake, it was originally for the Sega Genesis/Megadrive. (and this version I've played a lot)



  21. On 11/13/2020 at 12:09 PM, ultrayoba said:

    3.DosBox Game Launcher - good GUI for DosBox. Instead of having multiple dosbox installations, editing dosbox text configuration files you may have this. Have multiple Dosbox versions inside, create profiles for game and all configurations for every game you want in user-friendly way. Well, you may build an actual DOS PC in PCem, but if you are using the DosBox, this is good way to go. Sometimes for specific configurations for games that may requre some specific tweaks it is good to visit DosBox compability pages for game you searching


    The link for their website is not working. Expired connection problem, and it's been like this for days.


    Luckily, this program can be found in other websites to download, you just need to google it.

  22. The Horde



    I consider this one an ancestor of the "hero defense" and "tower defenses" genre, and a interesting choice for the show. This game is about Chauncey, a young servant with no family (he was raised by wild cows) that's rewared with a plot of land after saving his king from choking himself to death at the banquet. However, his land is constantly under siege by the Horde, which his a mob of red monsters that wants to eat anything in it's path.


    The objective of the game is to earn money to pay the taxes, while also defending your lands from the hordlings. The combat phase is in real time, and you need to rely on traps and other means to help you since they can come from all directions, and they can be too numerous for you to fight alone. (not until they deal a lot of destruction first at least)


    Also, this game came originally for the 3DO. And the intro cutscene has better quality on that system:



    Unlike the PC version, where they botched it:



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