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4:00 PM on 12.31.2013

100% Series Retrospective: Metroid

[Read on for a description of every Metroid game ever released in the US, and my completion of them all in 2013.] As 2012 came to a close, I really enjoyed my opportunity to tackle every Resident Evil, Tony Hawk, Kingdom Hear...

Chris Carter




100% Series Retrospective: The Legend of Zelda photo
100% Series Retrospective: The Legend of Zelda
by Chris Carter

[Want to see what I thought of Wind Waker HD and A Link Between Worlds 3DS? Read past my 2011 quest to beat every core Zelda game ever made.]

Halfway through beating Ocarina of Time 3D, I had a pretty neat thought: I decided that in honor of Zelda's 25th anniversary, it would be fun to play through every mainstead Zelda game, including the upcoming Skyward Sword, and beat all of them before the year's end.

Here we are a mere day before the release of Skyward Sword, and my journey nears its final leg. Now is the perfect time to look back on the whole thing, warts and all.

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4:00 PM on 03.25.2013

100% Series Retrospective: Mega Man X

[Read on for a description of every main series Mega Man X game ever released in the US, and my completion of them all in 2013. Header image credit - Cepillo16.] 2013 is going to be an exciting year. Now that I know you guys...

Chris Carter



100% Series Retrospective: God of War photo
100% Series Retrospective: God of War
by Chris Carter

[Read on for a description of every God of War game ever released in the US, and my completion of them all in 2013.]

2013 is an exciting year. Now that I know you guys enjoy reading my Quests, I'm going to make an effort to do even more of them from here on out.

I hope that you have learned a bit about the franchises I've covered so far, as my plan is to inspire others to share their thoughts and feelings with the series of their choice as well (which many of you have done!).

In addition to Metroid, Mega Man Classic, the Mega Man spinoffs, Mega Man X, Splinter Cell, The Elder Scrolls, and Devil May Cry, I also have another one ready to go for 2013: God of War.

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100% Series Retrospective: Devil May Cry photo
100% Series Retrospective: Devil May Cry
by Chris Carter

[Read on for a description of every Devil May Cry game ever released in the US, and my completion of them all in 2013.]

2013 is going to be an exciting year. Now that I know you guys enjoy reading my Quests, I'm going to make an effort to do even more of them from here on out.

I hope that you have learned a bit about the franchises I've covered so far, as my plan is to inspire others to share their thoughts and feelings with the series of their choice as well (which many of you have done!).

In addition to Metroid, Mega Man Classic, the Mega Man spinoffs, Mega Man X, and Splinter Cell, I also have another one ready to go for 2013: Devil May Cry.

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100% Series Retrospective: Mega Man Classic photo
100% Series Retrospective: Mega Man Classic
by Chris Carter

[Read on for a description of every Mega Man classic game ever released in the US, and my completion of them all in 2013.] 

2013 is going to be an exciting year. Now that I know you guys enjoy reading my Quests, I'm going to make an effort to do even more of them from here on out. 

I hope that you have learned a bit about the franchises I've covered so far, as my plan is to inspire others to share their thoughts and feelings with the series of their choice as well (which many of you have done!). 

In addition to Metroid, I also have another one ready to go for 2013: Mega Man Classic. 

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100% Series Retrospective: Wario photo
100% Series Retrospective: Wario
by Chris Carter

[Read on for a description of every Wario game ever released in the US, and my completion of them all in 2012.]

Why Wario? 

Ok, this is the last one for 2012, I promise. After squeezing in Kingdom Hearts to top off my Tony Hawk and Resident Evil Quests, I said I was done until I tackled Metroid, Kirby, and who knows what else in 2013. 

But the other day, I had a dream: it involved Wario, Waluigi, and the transformation of New Super Mario Bros. 2 into Super Wario Brothers. Despite the fact that Waluigi is my favorite Nintendo character ever, I knew that I had to pay homage to the next best thing: Wario!

Wario is one of my favorite characters of all time. From the get-go, he symbolizes the quirky, unconventional side of Nintendo, and I love him for it. 

I know what you're thinking -- Wario didn't have that many games. But you know what? If you count all the spinoffs, he actually had quite a few -- enough to rival many other Nintendo franchise characters and then some. For the purposes of this Quest, I'm including all WarioWare games and spinoffs (such as Wario's Woods) released in the US. Sadly, I'll miss out on Mario & Wario because of this US requirement. 

Also, this is officially Wario's 20th anniversary, as his first appearance ever was in 1992. He deserves something.

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100% Series Retrospective: Resident Evil photo
100% Series Retrospective: Resident Evil
by Chris Carter

[Read on for a description of every Resident Evil game ever released in the US, and my completion of them all in 2012.]

Why Resident Evil?

This year, Capcom is pushing out three entirely new Resident Evil games -- it's also the 15th Anniversary of Resident Evil: Director's Cut, which is the first RE game I fully completed. So why am I playing the series in the first place?

Honestly, Resident Evil 1 was one of the first times, outside of Metal Gear Solid and Tenchu, where I was completely immersed in the game and its world. I remember plotting out where I'd gone in the mansion in a custom map at 10 years old (no guides), and wanting nothing else than seeing "what's next."

I couldn't get enough of the unique scenarios the game offered, like dogs crashing through a window, or a terrifying snake appearing out of nowhere. It wasn't necessarily the claustrophobia and the slow-moving zombies that made me love the series -- it was the sheer amount of variety the game offered up.

If you haven't joined me on my Quests before, the way they work is pretty simple. It's kind of like a retrospective, but rather than just give you an overview of a franchise, I'll generally let you know what I thought of the game when it was released, and what I think of it now. If I didn't provide a complete vision of what the game is like before I replay it, I'll provide an "extended thoughts" section below each applicable entry. I'll update my progress in real time through my blog, and after I finish the entire Quest, I'll share it with you guys on the front page. 

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4:00 PM on 09.26.2012

100% Series Retrospective: Kingdom Hearts

[Read on for a description of every Kingdom Hearts game ever released in the US, and my completion of all of them in 2012.] So I kind of realized that I was powering through both the Resident Evil and Tony Hawk...

Chris Carter

4:00 PM on 08.20.2012

100% Series Retrospective: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater

[Read on for a description of every main series Tony Hawk game ever released in the US, and my completion of them all in 2012.] So far, I've had two "Carter's Quests," so I figured I would explain myself a bit in regards to m...

Chris Carter