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The_Liquid_Laser said:
Jpcc86 said:

39 - Super Punch Out??

Correct!

Going to give another hint to 40.

40.  a) Part of the gameplay of this game involves obtaining 3 keys to open up 3 different gates.  Kinda like the plot to Ready Player One.
b) This is the first game to ever give credit to the game's maker(s).  Although in this case the credits were hidden.

I don't know anything about the game, but I heard about the credits. That was Atari don't credit their devs, so Robinett made an secret room with the credits in Adventure.

EDIT: I see @Bofferbrauer2 was faster.

Last edited by Mnementh - on 21 November 2020

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Bofferbrauer2 said:

#48: One of the latest games for the Neo-Geo, but also one of the best - and certainly the best of it's series

Hint: In this remake of an early title of this series, you first fight through an army of soldiers, but end up fighting off an alien invasion halfway through the game.

#46: Summon Volcanoes or dig craters in this very innovative shooter/genre mix

Hint #1: Has an Arabian Nights setting.

Hint #2: You need to built a castle to collect the Mana of the world

#41: Greetings, Warlord! Let the war begin! 

Wait, is #46 Magic Carpet?



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#41Descent
guessed byThe_Liquid_Laser again (4th year in a row)
platformDOS
release year1995
developer/publisherParallax Software/Interplay
genrefirst person shooter, space flight simulation
linksWikipedia
play in browser (archive.org)
past years2019: #39, 2018: #49, 2017: #46

After Doom revolutionized the 3D games many games tried to push the envelope. Descent took a direction only few others took: a fully 3D-experience by setting it into space and allowing to move and turn in each direction. This was called six degrees of freedom.

This makes controlling a bit difficult, not because the controls are complicated, but because you have to get in a mindset of full movement freedom and the ability to keep track of your position. So the challenges aren't the enemy robots alone, finding the right path without getting lost is a challenge in itself. And extremely satisfying if you're able to pull it off.

This is demonstrated each level, as you have to find the exit after destroying the reactor which explodes after that. You have to reach the exit in time before the mine explodes and destroys you too. As navigating is a challenge, this meant I died quite a few times trying to find my way to the exit.

As you can go not only left and right, but also up and down, the level design can quite intricate. To support you, the game gives you a freely movable automap realized with wireframe models.

Other than the level-design and navigation challenge the game features more or less all that Doom had set as a precedent: destroy the enemies (in this case mining robot drones that were infected with a virus that made them rebel), finding keycards to open color-coded doors, collecting weapons, ammunition and items that float around. As an additional feature you can rescue the human staff, that is taken hostage by the robots, for extra points.

The story is simple. In the future (the year 2169) companies have started mining on different celestial objects in the solar system. For this many mining robots are used. A virus overtakes these robots, so that they rebel against their human owners. You are sent to end this danger.

To play it today, you can use Dosbox as usual to emulate DOS. That works well. If you don't own the game, you can as so often rely on GOG, where it already packaged into a Dosbox-emulation. Also you can play for free in the browser on archive.org, emulated in Javascript. As usual with this browser emulation, your performance may have issues, depending on your system and your browser. As I just saw, there is also a project called DXX-Rebirth, which provides a modern engine for the Descent game files. I haven't tried it yet, but seemingly it improves resolution and uses modern graphic card features.

As DXX Rebirth offers clearer visuals, I use a video from that project. The original game is the same, but with lower resolution.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJ8IqaxBR6I



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Time for the next game to guess. And #37 is unguessed so far, so I add a hint.

#40: Resident Evil as guessed by UnderwaterFunktown

#39: Baldur's Gate III guessed by UnderwaterFunktown
After 20 years finally we get the third mainline entry, for the moment in early access.

#38: Pikmin guessed by cosmic_drift
Your spaceship crashed on this strange planet and you need to find it's missing parts.

#37
Your first task: dig out a skull.
Said skull gives you pointers what to do next.

#36: Assassins Creed Odyssey guessed by Jpcc86
Climb enormous statues of gods to enjoy the view.

Last edited by Mnementh - on 22 November 2020

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10 years greatest game event!

bets: [1], [2], [3], [4]

Mnementh said:
Bofferbrauer2 said:

#48: One of the latest games for the Neo-Geo, but also one of the best - and certainly the best of it's series

Hint: In this remake of an early title of this series, you first fight through an army of soldiers, but end up fighting off an alien invasion halfway through the game.

#46: Summon Volcanoes or dig craters in this very innovative shooter/genre mix

Hint #1: Has an Arabian Nights setting.

Hint #2: You need to built a castle to collect the Mana of the world

#41: Greetings, Warlord! Let the war begin! 

Wait, is #46 Magic Carpet?

Actually the second one, but considering the differences are pretty slim outside of gameplay with the upgradeable spells, I let it pass.

I was fearing this one would be one of the most difficult to find out and that I'd need a long list of hints, so kudos managing it with just 2 of them.



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Bofferbrauer2 said:
The_Liquid_Laser said:

Correct!

Going to give another hint to 40.

40.  a) Part of the gameplay of this game involves obtaining 3 keys to open up 3 different gates.  Kinda like the plot to Ready Player One.
b) This is the first game to ever give credit to the game's maker(s).  Although in this case the credits were hidden.

Adventure

Also, the idea for the 3 keys and 3 gates (shortened to just the 3 keys in the movie) is certainly coming from this game. It even shows up in the last challenge in the movie.

Correct!

I agree that the whole "3 keys" thing is a nod to Adventure.  Really the whole movie is about references and easter eggs, but I think the video game that they give the biggest nod to is Adventure.

Mnementh said:
The_Liquid_Laser said:

Correct!

Going to give another hint to 40.

40.  a) Part of the gameplay of this game involves obtaining 3 keys to open up 3 different gates.  Kinda like the plot to Ready Player One.
b) This is the first game to ever give credit to the game's maker(s).  Although in this case the credits were hidden.

I don't know anything about the game, but I heard about the credits. That was Atari don't credit their devs, so Robinett made an secret room with the credits in Adventure.

EDIT: I see @Bofferbrauer2 was faster.

These are the types of clues I have to give for Advenure.  I am not sure anyone else has played it other than myself.  However, it is one of the most historically important games ever made.  I think the first year I hinted that it was like The Legend of Zelda, and no one could guess it, because they hadn't played it.

Mnementh said:
#41Descent
guessed byThe_Liquid_Laser again (4th year in a row)

This is probably the only FPS game that I've ever liked.  The fact that I could travel in three dimensions and turn myself upside down really messed with my head, but I liked it.  I also liked Bioshock, but I liked it IN SPITE OF the fact it was a FPS.  With Descent I had fun both just shooting and exploring.  It's a great game.



Mnementh said:

#36
Climb enormous statues of gods to enjoy the view.

A-Creed Odyssey perhaps?



#44

Batman: Arkham City (PS3)

Change YOY: -5

Rocksteady's Arkham games have been some of the best open world titles of the last two console generations, and of the three games Arkham City is the best in my opinion. Arkham Asylum suffered due to lackluster and unimaginative boss fights, and Arkham Knight relied too heavily on the Batmobile throughout the game. Arkham City is where the developer found the best balance, where every aspect worked perfectly in sync.

The freeflow combat was just as fun as before, the detective vision was improved from the original, the gadgets had even more variety, moving around the city was just a delight, and the story and characters were exceptionally well written, managing to make them feel fresh and new while still staying true to their origins. Of course, I must mention the absolutely stellar voice acting which brings the characters to life wonderfully.



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Jpcc86 said:
Mnementh said:

#36
Climb enormous statues of gods to enjoy the view.

A-Creed Odyssey perhaps?

Indeed!



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Mnementh said:

Time for the next game to guess. And #37 is unguessed so far, so I add a hint.

#40: Resident Evil as guessed by UnderwaterFunktown

#39: Baldur's Gate III guessed by UnderwaterFunktown
After 20 years finally we get the third mainline entry, for the moment in early access.

#38: Pikmin guessed by cosmic_drift
Your spaceship crashed on this strange planet and you need to find it's missing parts.

#37
Your first task: dig out a skull.
Said skull gives you pointers what to do next.

#36
Climb enormous statues of gods to enjoy the view.

fossil fighters?