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Posted on Dec 10th 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (singlebanana)
Posted under news, thank you, Playthrough, Shmup Club, submissions, December

We interrupt your regularly scheduled program to bring you December 2018's edition of RF Generation's Site News! In this issue, we discuss our December 2018 community playthrough contest, unveil the next game for our site shoot 'em up club, and of course, thank those members who sent in submissions to our site and registered approvals last month. Thanks for keeping it on Channel 3!     

REMEMBER: If you have any news about upcoming events or topics that you think the site needs to hear about, please PM singlebanana and put "RFG Site News" in the subject line.  Who knows, maybe your news will make our front page!



It's almost time to kick off another new year with the Playcast crew.  Last year, we began with the indie gem, Oxenfree. This year, we being with another title that has somehow flown under the radar with Lunar Knights for the Nintendo DS.

Lunar Knights is an action role-playing game developed by Kojima Productions and was released in North America in 2007. In this game, the player controls two characters: Lucian, the vampire hunter, and Aaron, the solar gun wielding sharpshooter. In Lunar Knights, the goal is to traverse a variety of dungeons and defeat a myriad of vampire bosses by exploiting their elemental weaknesses. As these bosses are defeated, the player gains access to elements called terrennials, which manipulate the weather.  The ability to affect the weather not only helps you defeat foes, but can unlock areas to secret items or increase certain drop rates. With such fresh and clever gameplay devices, Lunar Knights has the potential to be that fun and quirky handheld experience that we continue to search for.

We hope that you are as excited about this pick as we are, so be sure to grab yourself a copy of the game before the month begins! Also, please join in our discussion of the game by signing up on our Lunar Knights thread HERE.



Get ready for January, because we're kicking Shmup Club into high gear, with one of the most highly regarded shoot-em-ups of the 16-bit era! Techno Soft had already established themselves as a player on Sega's 16-bit console at launch, with Thunder Force II, and followed that up just a year later with the much improved Thunder Force III. Fans would have to wait two more years, however, for the sequel, but it was worth the wait! When Thunder Force IV dropped in Japan, it was well received, and set a new standard for technical excellence on the Mega Drive. When it hit North American shores, it was renamed Lightening Force: Quest For the Darkstar, possibly due to licensing reasons. Regardless of the name, it's among the elite shmups on the system, alongside M.U.S.H.A., and a handful of other top-tier games.

Join the RF Generation Shmup Club, as we dig into this classic! Thunder Force IV is available for the Sega Mega Drive in both NTSC-J and PAL flavors, and the North American release of Lightening Force is an option as well. The game made an appearance on the Japan-only Thunder Force Gold Pack 2, in a slightly modified form, that both eliminated some slowdown from the game, and also added in the option to play through the entire game using Thunder Force III's ship, the Fire LEO-03 "Styx" vessel. This adds additional playability to the game, and changes up the mechanics somewhat. Fast forward to 2018, and now the Sega Ages line is beginning to appear on the Nintendo Switch, and both the Japanese and international versions of Thunder Force IV are included, along with the added Saturn functionality. There are plenty of ways to enjoy this amazing game, and all that it has to offer, so sign up on the forum thread today!



In November, site members contributed a total of 1,704 submissions to our database! Of these additions, 1,639 were game submissions and 65 were related to hardware items. Of this total, 337 contributions were new images and 308 of these images were game submissions. A big thanks to all who submitted items to our database and to those who reviewed them all for the month of November! We appreciate your efforts in making our database and community a great tool for our users.

Our top submitters (those with a minimum of 50) for November 2018 were:

Schlibby                               481
Fleabitten                            239
Raidou                                 173
Bear78                                 139
ApolloBoy                              90
GamerNick                            78
Confiusion                             69
Black Lotus                            64

Thanks for another great month! 

Top approvers for the month included:

Raidou                                264
Fleabitten                           192
Schlibby                              170

Great work everyone! 

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