New Releases 2010: Aug. 22-Sept. 4

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Unlike the previous two weeks, this one and the next are stacked with just about something for everybody.

Of course the big elephants in the room are Mafia II and Metroid: Other M. I’m interested in both and will be eager to see how they end up.

I’m glad that my favorite genre, the beat-’em-up, has been making a comeback this year. It’s mainly thanks to the digital download services available making for a great platform for classic arcade style games. With that said one thing that’s usually missing from these new beat-’em-up games is online play.

Past examples of this are Revenge of the Wounded Dragons and Watchmen: The End Is Nigh. This is also the case with new games like Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and Shank. They’re both games I’d like to get and probably still will eventually, but it’s definitely a bummer. Sure Castle Crashers, which is going to PSN next week, is online, but it’s unfortunately the exception and not the rule.

The one game I will be getting regardless of reviews, unless it ends up being a very sloppy port, will be the light gun dual game package Gunblade NY and LA Machineguns Arcade Hits Pack.

NEW RELEASES FOR THE WEEK OF 8/22
Gunblade NY and LA Machineguns Arcade Hits Pack (WII)
Harvest Moon: Grand Bazaar (DS)
Mafia II (PS3, PC, X360)
NHL 2K11 (WII)
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (X360)
Shank (PS3, X360)
Worms Reloaded (PC)

NEW RELEASES FOR THE WEEK OF 8/29
Ace Combat: Joint Assault (PSP)
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Ultimate Edition (PS3, X360)
Castle Crashers (PS3)
Dead Rising 2: Case Zero (X360)
Divinity II: Flames of Vengeance (PC, X360)
Metroid: Other M (WII)
Sam & Max: The Devil’s Playhouse Episode 5 (PS3, PC, MAC)
Valkyria Chronicles II (PSP)

21

Alright, back again and this time I show off a total of 21 games and 2 systems that I’ve added to my collection.

In the past some of you have wondered how I get all of this stuff. It’s all thanks to a wizard or if you’d rather a different reason, then we’ll go with Joe Pesci. Thanks Joe! (lol) In the end it’s about what I got not how I get it. So let’s get to the goodies.

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First up is two Game Boy Pockets, one blue (eBay) and one green (eStarland.com). I invite you to check out this video I made that shows me testing the unopened green Game Boy Pocket for the first time.

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Now for the games. The picture above is to give a perspective of the many games I bought. Below are more detailed shots via links of smaller groups. Group #2 are actually replacement games as the ones I already owned were working fine, but the label color didn’t match the disc color.

GROUP #1
Fighting Force
Crash Team Racing
Need For Speed: Porsche Unleashed
Final Fight 3
The Scorpion King: Sword of Osiris

GROUP #2
Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit 2
Nightfire
Spy Hunter

GROUP #3
Metal Slug 7
Overlord: Raising Hell
Bleach: Dark Souls

GROUP #4
Metal Slug Advance
After Burner: Black Falcon
Tetris DX
Phalanx

GROUP #5
Neo Contra
Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War
Alone in the Dark: Inferno
CT Special Forces

GROUP #6
Tetris
Pokemon Blue

I was thinking of plans for future blogs/videos and I thought of showing off sections of my collection that were requested by you all. I’m not going to do a multi-part of all my PS2 games or anything really long like that. However, I’m willing to show games that I have from a certain series or something similar like that. Maybe even with some gameplay footage at the end to spice things up a little. So if you’d like to suggest something, please do. Just remember to check out my game collection list to see what I have first.

Like always, I’ll put up another blog here soon. So thanks for reading.