Now Playing: September 2011

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This past month I’ve been mostly playing a few fighting games as I previously mentioned in my blog post “Fun With Fighting Games.” The only thing I have to add to what I said about MKII is that I’ve since moved Sub-Zero from backup into my main character list and added Scorpion as a backup.

When playing the arcade version of Mortal Kombat 1, it’s clear that Johnny Cage and Sonya are the best. Both characters can punish a variety of whiffed or blocked moves with the Shadow Kick and Leg Grab, respectively.

Along with Usagi704, we played some of the conversions of MK1, namely SNES and Genesis. Cage was still very effective in both, but Sonya much less so. For my mains it was Cage and Kano on SNES and Cage and Liu Kang on Genesis. I also noticed, when playing the arcade game around the same time, that the SNES version is faster.

On the age old debate of which 16-bit version is the best, I honestly have to go with the SNES version. Sure it doesn’t have the blood, but everything else from graphics, sound, music, and controls are accurate making it much better. The Genesis version has different music and sounds making it grating to listen to.

A small note on one last fighting game, I played and finished game #28, Art of Fighting 2 on the Super Famicom. Since it was Usagi’s system we did spar a little bit and it was okay, but once he chose Lee it got quite annoying.

The last few games I’ve played more recently are Quake II on PS1 and Golden Axe via the Sega Genesis Collection on PSP.

The former was a manly choice as NeonNinja has agreed with. I’m up to the Grid Control area which I don’t think is very far in and I think I also have low health too. Regardless, I wasn’t feeling up to playing any more of this game (a decision that’s not very manly), but I’m sure I’ll get back into it soon enough.

The latter game I played while over at a friend’s place and I was doing pretty well until I met Death Adder in battle. I remember having a very easy time with this game a few years ago, but I’ve since lost any skill I may have had. It also doesn’t help that along with fighting Death Adder you need to worry about two skeleton warriors who have infinite health. It’s fun I think.

And finally I’m in the middle of Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 on Chapter 3 with a playtime of 2 hours and 23 minutes and 15/51 trophies. I expected this game to be difficult and it is, but my biggest problem is with this notice giving at the title screen.

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This means that even if you’re signed out of PSN because of an error which you didn’t cause this will still happen. Haven’t saved your progress recently? Too bad. You lose that too. This did happen to me shortly before typing up this blog post. I was none too happy as you can imagine. Thankfully, you can get around this by being signed out and declining to sign in when prompted to. At least it’s not as bad as not being able to play at all unless signed in like with Final Fight: Double Impact and Bionic Commando Rearmed 2.

End of NGS2 rant and thanks as always for stopping by.

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