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Chris (Magnalon) has been enjoying Destructoid avidly since 2008. He finally decided to take the next step, make an account, and start blogging in January of 2009. Now, he's staff!

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Twitter - @DtoidChris

I'm in my 20s, I'm married, and I've been playing games since I was 4. I still remember buying my own NES system at Sears and going home and playing Mario/Duck Hunt. Fast forward to the present, my wife and I now own a PS3, 360, Wii, and Wii U.

As far as contemporary systems go, I also own an iPhone 4 (which I game on very heavily - check out HookChamp), a 3DS XL, the Kinect, the PS Move, a PSP-2000, and a Playstation Vita. If I had to choose a system I had the "best times" with, it would be a two way tie between the Sega Dreamcast and Sony Playstation 2. My favorite game series is Mega Man Classic, but I own every Metal Gear, Devil May Cry, Zelda, Kingdom Hearts, Wario, Tony Hawk, main series Final Fantasy, and Resident Evil game ever released in the US (and a lot more), so it's a close call!

There are too many good games out to count now, but I'm always itching to play my backlog of old PS2 action titles. I'll play anything and everything action-adventure, so if you have a game in mind, drop me a line! I have strong opinions regarding the financial decisions of many publishers, but at the end of the day, I'm willing to give anything a chance; especially if it comes recommended by a community member.

Oh; and in 2012 I started contributing to Destructoid.

Currently backed Kickstarters:

Mighty No. 9

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Are you not satisfied?

Here is my story, from my humble beginnings as a c-blogger.

Here's an in-depth 10 things about me post that will enlighten you further.

Here's another in-depth 10 things about me post, when the community brought it back.

I was also interviewed.

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Carter's Quests (previously Magnalon's Quest):

2011 - Zelda
2012 - Resident Evil
2012 - Tony Hawk
2012 - Kingdom Hearts
2012 - Wario
2013 - Mega Man Classic
2013 - Devil May Cry
2013 - Mega Man X
2013 - God of War
2013 - Metroid

Future - Pokémon
Future - Splinter Cell
Future - Mega Man Spinoffs
Future - Elder Scrolls
Future - Mario
Future - Platinum Games
Future - Kirby
Future - Clover
Future - Castlevania
Future - Metal Gear
Future - Tenchu
Future - Ninja Gaiden
Future - Onimusha
Future - Ape Escape
Future - Disgaea
Future - Twisted Metal
Future - Deception
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Street Fighter x Tekken

Babel Rising

Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor

Tekken Tag Tournament 2

Guild Wars 2

Realms of Ancient War

New Super Mario Bros. 2 DLC

Dance Central 3

New Little King's Story

Skylanders Giants

Dokuro

Punch Quest

Orgarhythm

New Super Mario Bros. 2 DLC #2

Razer Kraken Pro Headset

Need for Speed: Most Wanted mobile

Assassin's Creed III: Liberation

WWE '13

Super Monkey Ball: Banana Splitz

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale

Mighty Switch Force! Hyper Drive Edition

Tekken Tag Tournament 2: Wii U Edition

New Super Mario Bros. 2 DLC #3

Uncharted: Fight for Fortune

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD DLC

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: Dragonborn

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (iOS)

Skylanders: Battlegrounds

Black Knight Sword

Crimson Shroud

New Super Mario Bros. 2 DLC #4

Anarchy Reigns

Joe Danger Touch

Might & Magic Clash of Heroes (iOS)

Fire Emblem: Awakening

Skulls of the Shogun

The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia

Puddle (Wii U)

Call of Duty: Black Ops II: Revolution

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed (PC)

Omerta: City of Gangsters

Dungeonland

Razer Orbweaver Gaming Keypad

PlayStation All-Stars DLC

Bentley's Hack Pack

Urban Trial Freestyle

Assassin's Creed III: King Washington DLC: The Infamy

Halo 4: Majestic Map Pack

Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus

Dollar Dash

DmC: Devil May Cry: Vergil's Downfall

Kersploosh!

ATV Wild Ride 3D

Darkstalkers Resurrection

Assassin's Creed III: King Washington DLC: The Infamy

Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon

Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity

Ms. Splosion Man (iOS)

BattleBlock Theater

Toki Tori 2

Slayin' (iOS)

Halo 4: Castle Map Pack

Metal Gear Rising Revengeance: Jetstream

Tekken Card Tournament

Sonic Dash

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers

Call of Duty: Black Ops II: Uprising DLC

Injustice: Gods Among Us (iOS)

Fish Out of Water

Logitech G700s Rechargeable Gaming Mouse

LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins

Assassin's Creed III: King Washington DLC: The Redemption

Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus R

Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen

Witch and Hero

Haunted Hollow

Way of the Dogg

Jack Lumber

Star Command

Color Commando

Metal Gear Rising Revengeance: Blade Wolf DLC

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D

Dust 514

Plants vs. Zombies Adventures

Best Park In the Universe - Regular Show

Men's Room Mayhem

Rising Storm

Mighty Switch Force! 2

New Super Luigi U

Jak and Daxter Collection (Vita)

BUGS vs. Tanks!

Borderlands 2: Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep

Hotline Miami (PS3/Vita)

Muramasa Rebirth

Call of Duty: Black Ops II: Vengeance

Doodle Jump Kinect

Gun Monkeys

Deus Ex: The Fall

Anno Online

Dusty Revenge

Tiny Thief

Halo: Spartan Assault

Dragon's Crown

Rise of the Triad

Bloodmasque

The Drowning

Kid Tripp

Sky Tourist

Dropchord

Mikey Hooks

Charlie Murder

DuckTales Remastered

Ultima Forever

Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time

Halo 4: Champions Pack

Disney Infinity

Killer is Dead

Call of Duty: Black Ops II: Apocalypse Pack

KickBeat

Diablo III (PS3/360)

Pokemon Rumble U

Lost Planet 3

Disney Infinity: Cars Play Set

Disney Infinity: Lone Ranger Play Set

Card Hunter

Elgato Game Capture HD

Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix

Angry Birds Star Wars II

Wikipad

Real Boxing

Skydive: Proximity Flight

Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness

Grand Theft Auto Online

Skylanders: Swap Force

SteelSeries Siberia Elite Gaming Headset

Deus Ex Human Revolution: Director's Cut (Wii U)

Wii Party U

Disney Infinity: Toy Story in Space Play Set

Regular Show 3DS

Rayman Fiesta Run

Bioshock Infinite: Burial at Sea Episode One

XCOM: Enemy Within

Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

Contrast

Crimson Dragon

Dead Rising 3

LocoCycle

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Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon 3DS

Assassin's Creed IV (Xbox One and PS4)

Fighter Within

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Skylanders: Swap Force (Xbox One and PS4)

Tiny Brains

Mad Katz Killer Instinct Arcade FightStick

Assassin's Creed: Pirates

Peggle 2

Doki Doki Universe

Samurai Gunn

SteelSeries H Wireless Headset

Roxio Game Capture HD Pro

The Art of Assassin's Creed IV

MOGA Ace Power

Logitech Powershell

The Walking Dead Season 2: Episode One

Assassin's Creed IV: Freedom Cry

Republique

Fightback

NES Remix

World of Warplanes

Ridge Racer Slipstream

Batman: Arkham Origins: Initiation

Dr. Luigi

Valdis Story: Abyssal City

SteelSeries Stratus iOS controller

Joe Danger Infinity

Castle Doombad

Dark Souls: Design Works

Muramasa Rebirth DLC #1

Assassin's Creed Liberation HD

Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition

Fable Anniversary

The Wolf Among Us: Smoke and Mirrors

Dead Rising 3: Operation Broken Eagle

Jazzpunk

One Piece: Romance Dawn

Dead Rising 3: Fallen Angel

AeternoBlade

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Strider

Tales of Symphonia Chronicles

Thief

Steel Diver: Sub Wars

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare

Rambo: The Video Game

Dead Rising 3: Chaos Rising

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2

Basement Crawl

Pac-Man Museum

South Park: The Stick of Truth

The Walking Dead: A House Divided

Fractured Soul

Dark Souls II

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Yoshi's New Island

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes

Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z

Dead Rising 3: The Last Agent

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The Witch and the Hundred Knight

Deception IV: Blood Ties

BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea: Episode Two

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Ranked

Fire Emblem

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Castlevania

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Dragon's Dogma

Star Command

A guide to playing more games

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OlliOlli

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Deception IV

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Select Originals:

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3DS recommendations

Ouya's Free the Games Fund

Vita recommendations

Speedrunning

Bravely Default talk

[url=http://www.destructoid.com/opinion-titanfall-s-campaign-failed-to-draw-me-into-its-universe-271869.phtml]Titanfall campaign talk
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Promoted (before I was staff):

Playing with Others: Phantasy Star Offline

Magnalon's quest to beat every Zelda in 2011

Tips for Securing Your Xbox Live Account

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My top 20 games (in no particular order):

Resident Evil 5
Fallout: New Vegas
Dragon Age: Origins
Dark Souls
Demon's Souls
Skies of Arcadia
Lunar 1 and 2
World of Warcraft: All Expansions
Super Mario Galaxy 2
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3
Tenchu 2
Devil May Cry 3
Phantasy Star Online
Ape Escape 1
Rockman and Forte (Megaman and Bass)
God Hand
Jet Set Radio Future
Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
Donkey Kong Country
Final Fantasy Tactics

Bonus:

Dark Souls II
Deception IV: Blood Ties
Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes
South Park: The Stick of Truth
Strider (2014)
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy
The Wolf Among Us
Bravely Default
NES Remix
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
Super Mario 3D World
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon
Dead Rising 3
The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD
Guacamelee
Pokemon X & Y
Super Mario 3D World
Grand Theft Auto V
Dragon's Crown
Gravity Rush
Dragon's Dogma
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon
Pandora's Tower
Persona 4 Golden
Pokémon Silver
Tomb Raider (2013)
Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon
Brave Fencer Musashi
Shenmue II
Dark Cloud
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
Ikaruga
Asura's Wrath
Halo 4
Mutant Mudds
Far Cry 3
Assassin's Creed III
Retro City Rampage
Guild Wars 2
Bayonetta
Binding of Isaac
Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning
Fez
Zone of the Enders 2
Xenoblade Chronicles
Kid Icarus: Uprising
Batman: Arkham City
Skylanders Giants
Kingdom Hearts II
Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance
Diablo
Diablo II
Diablo III
Amplitude
Dust: An Elysian Tail
Tomb Raider II
Metal Gear Solid 4
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
Bastion
Zombies At My Neighbors
Super Bomberman 2
Mass Effect
Mass Effect 2
Mass Effect 3
Spelunky
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2
Tony Hawk's Underground 2
Assassin's Creed II
Onimusha 3
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Ninja Gaiden Black (Xbox)
Power Stone 2
No More Heroes 2
Ultima Online
Aladdin SNES
Super Punch-Out!!
Demon's Crest
Disgaea
Secret of Mana
Sparkster
Borderlands 2
Final Fantasy IV
Final Fantasy X
Super Mario RPG
Super Mario 64
Super Mario World
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
Super Mario Galaxy
Super Mario 3D Land
Mega Man 8
Okami
The Lost Vikings
Actraiser
Bujingai: The Forsaken City
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Odin Sphere
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy Kong's Quest
Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence
Call of Duty: World at War
Chrono Trigger
Call of Duty: Black Ops
Jeanne d'Arc
Half Minute Hero
Kirby Super Star
Super Meat Boy
Jamestown: Legend of the Lost Colony
L.A. Noire
VVVVVV
Outland (XBLA/PSN)
Shantae: Risky's Revenge
Mighty Flip Champs
Child of Eden
Kirby's Dream Course
Shadows of the Damned
Knights of the Old Republic (KOTOR)
Rayman: Origins

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The following are a few of my favorite fictional characters, compliments of SuitcoatAvenger

-My favorite video game character of all time: Magic Emperor Ghaleon.

-Legato Bluesummers from Trigun: classic villain.

-Although obscure, Zero Beat is among my favorites.

-My original avatar.
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With Gametrailers doing a full-on retrospective for Resident Evil, it would be hard to top that. Instead, I'm presenting to you one of the finest extra modes in gaming: Mercenaries. The objective is simple enough: make it through a gauntlet of zombies and creatures with a time limit. Think you can handle it?

It all started with Resident Evil 1....



It was simply called the "Battle Game". You could unlock it by either by beating the main game, or by using a cheat code with a second controller (hold X, Y, and Z and press Start at the title screen). Considering Resident Evil 1 was the first huge survival horror game, this mode was a blast! Unlike the main story, where you could spend as much as 10-15 minutes not blowing away zombies, this mode was all about undead Armageddon. Resident Evil's battle game was considerably different than it's successors. There is less emphasis on action, and a more limited amount of pickups throughout the game.

In what could be considered one of the first "3D time trials", you were given a ranking depending on how much health you had, and items you had left after completion. Unlike future iterations of the game, this mode was purely for fun; you didn't unlock anything by beating it. Hilariously enough, if you ever played this mini-game you'll remember "Zombie Wesker", an infamous enemy that took almost all your ammo to defeat.

Playable Characters:

* Chris Redfield
* Jill Valentine



Then Resident Evil 2 gave it a face



The Fourth Survivor- HUNK is one of the biggest, and enigmatic names in Resident Evil. He's actually an Umbrella Operative, that was attacked by the Mutated William Birkin (One of Umbrella's Top Scientists). We never even see his face until the offshoot "Umbrella Chronicles"; he's kind of like Resident Evil's "silent Knight". In Fourth Survivor, HUNK has to make it from the sewer entrance to the Racoon City PD's helipad. The main difference between this game and Battle Mode is that you have extremely limited ammo. As a result, most of this game is spent doing what I used to call "barry sanders-ing". Translation: juke those zombie suckas! Everyone to this day recognizes Hunk due to his iconic mask, and if you haven't seen him until now; the more you know!



The Tofu Survivor - The names "HUNK & Tofu" go hand in hand for Resident Evil fans. In Tofu survivor, you play the "blue beret" Tofu, and must reach the rescue chopper on time. It plays out exactly like HUNK's mission, except you're a giant piece of Tofu.

SPOILERS
Hunk eats Tofu!


Extreme Battle - Found in the Dual Shock version of Resident Evil 2, this particular game came after the above two mini-games that were featured in the shipped version. It played out just like Fourth Survivor, except you got to play as different characters, and it had a quasi-story. In this mode, you have to plant anti-virus bombs around the Police Department. There are also three difficulty settings that are unlocked; for the first time, a Resident Evil mini-game had incentive to "keep" unlocking. For added replay value, each character had a different weapon and item set.

Playable Characters:

* Leon
* Claire
* Ada
* Chris

Resident Evil 3 Improved it



The Mercenaries - Operation: Mad Jackal- While previous mini-games were played for fun, Operation Mad Jackal actually impacted the main game. Every time you beat Mad Jackal you would accrue cash to spend on new items for the regular game. Additionally, the main character for the first time wasn't playable. Instead, you had to choose from three UCBS soldiers that were part of the main game's story. Like "Extreme Battle", Mad Jackal had different item sets for each character, but this time they greatly varied between each other, creating clear cut "begginer, medium, and veteran" choices. You'll also find survivors to rescue in this mode that drop items. You add time to your clock when you defeat enemies. Strategy was key in Mad Jackal: some enemies were better to run past, and some were neccesary to kill for time. Like all previous versions of Mercenaries, the map was a one way street.

In a huge way, Mercenaries mode was begging to shape up into a full-fledged main menu game, and not just a secondary "option".

Playable Characters:

* Carlos - Standard weapons, with 3 herbs (Moderate difficulty).
* Mikhail- Every major weapon in the game, with one herb (Beginner difficulty).
* Nicholai - Has little in the weapon department, but has 3 first-aid sprays (Expert difficulty).

Resident Evil Code Veronica revived it



Battle Game: Resident Evil Code Veronica saught to resurrect the magic of the original battle game, and added a few features. An unlockable first-person viewpoint was added, in addition to increasing the total character count to five. Code Veronica's version also adds a unique boss for every character to fight at the end of each session. For all intents and purposes, every character plays the same, which is kind of a disappointment considering how Capcom had every opportunity to improve. The only particular feature I really felt stood out is the ability to play as Albert Wesker, but that was mostly fan-service.

Playable Characters:

* Claire Redfield
* Alternate Claire
* Chris Redfield
* Steve Burnside
* Albert Wesker

Resident Evil 4 near perfected it



The Mercenaries: Resident Evil finalized the way we look at mercenaries mode today. It took the magic of Mad Jackal, and greatly improved upon it. Unlike previous versions, you add time to your clock by picking up special "clock items", and this time, instead of merely running through the same "one way street", you were dropped into a large map and told simply: "survive!" Now instead of carefully planning your escape route, enemies could come at you from all sides! In this definitive version, 4 levels and 5 playable characters are unlocked. You were also more inclined to play it again because secret items were hidden all across the different maps. There is no "finish line" Resident Evil 4's mercenaries mode but there is sort of an "end" that has unique bosses when the stage is winding down.

Playable Characters:

* Leon Kennedy
* Ada Wong
* Jack Krauser
* HUNK
* Albert Wesker

The best part of Resident Evil 4's iteration is that the extra characters all have special abilities. Krauser can use his infected arm to charge enemies occasionally, HUNK has a neck breaker one-hit kill attack, and Wesker has a special thrust punch that destroys almost every enemy in front of him. It plays completely different depending on the character you choose, allowing it to have near endless replay value. Here's hoping to Resident Evil 5 following the same path....

What to expect in Resident Evil 5?



I do know a few details regarding Resident Evil 5's mercenaries mode but I don't want to spoil them. There are 10 different "characters", but most of them are different skins. RE5's Mercenaries is also confirmed only to have split-screen play.

It looks like Resident Evil 4's derivative has made a return, with a few surprises. Thankfully, this mode, unlike the main game, can be played solo, and J.J the mini-gun totin' boss from RE4 also makes a return! I hope that this version makes some improvements over RE4's system, although we can't really tell yet. I hope you enjoyed this retrospective: now go out and replay these games! Resident Evil 5 is only a week away.
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