Halloween Gaming 2013

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Welcome to the first official blog post for HartKnight’s 4th Annual Halloween Gaming Event!

In 2010 I started doing a horror themed gaming month for October. That year I played Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest and finished it for the first time. It was a better game than most give it credit for. I also played the TG-16 version of Splatterhouse. It’s a favorite of mine.

For 2011 I selected to play Demon’s Souls and Shadowgate Classic. I finished the former From Software title twice as a Sorcerer and completed the Game Boy Color port of a NES classic adventure game.

Last year I allowed you fine readers to vote on what two games I’d play. The pair of titles you chose were Castlevania: The Adventure Rebirth and The House of the Dead 2 & 3 Return. I had fun with both, but I found I wasn’t able to finish either. I did also play Alien Storm on the Genesis.

This year I play Dark Souls! I shall prepare to die as I traverse the land of Lordran. I’ve put about 28 hours into the game already. 18 of those hours were as a Knight, but I started to pine for my days as a Sorcerer in Demon’s Souls. Therefore I restarted with a new character to do just that. Unfortunately, unlike the Demon’s Souls wiki, the Dark Souls wiki isn’t nearly as good. I’ve had to rely on YouTube user FurryMurry7 for his expertise on dominating as a Sorcerer.

I’ve played this new character for 8.5 hours and loving it. The very dangerous trek into Blighttown was frightening, but it was totally worth it for the Crimson Set and Tin Banishment Catalyst as soon as I could. The last boss I fought was the Hydra in Darkroot Basin and it was annoying since I could only melee with the Tin Banishment Catalyst.

Well that’ll do it for me. Are you doing any Halloween gaming? If so, let me know in the comments section below. Until my next Halloween Gaming Event update. Cheers!

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Games Finished In 2012

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The list below shows every game that I finished in 2012. The total number comes to 51. That’s up 11 from 2011.

1. Metal Slug Advance (GBA) – 1/11
2. Batman Forever (SNES) – 1/14
3. Riot Zone (VC) – 1/15
4. Mortal Kombat via Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection (PSN) – 1/30
5. Darksiders (PS3) – 2/14
6. Daxter (PSP) – 2/19
7. Super Street Fighter II (SNES) – 2/24
8. Max Payne (PS2) – 2/27
9. Contra (NES) – 3/6
10. Fighting Force (PS) – 3/7
11. Deus Ex: The Conspiracy (PS2) – 3/22
12. Medal of Honor: European Assault (PS2) – 3/26
13. X-Men (PSN) – 4/4
14. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (GBA) – 4/10
15. Super Street Fighter II: Turbo Revival (GBA) – 4/12
16. Assassin’s Creed II (PS3) – 4/17
17. Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne (PS2) – 4/30
18. Yakuza 2 (PS2) – 6/1
19. Super Hang-On (PSN) – 6/14
20. Lost Planet: Extreme Condition (PS3) – 6/23
21. Prince of Persia: Warrior Within via Prince of Persia Trilogy (PS3) – 7/1
22. Prince of Persia: Revelations (PSP) – 7/21
23. Beyond Oasis via Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection (PS3) – 7/24
24. Neo Contra (PS2) – 7/25
25. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater (PS) – 7/30
26. Tetris DS (DS) – 8/6
27. Tetris DX (GBC) – 8/8
28. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 (PS) – 8/17
29. Rise to Honor (PS2) – 8/19
30. Klonoa: Door to Phantomile (PSN) – 8/22
31. Half-Life 2: Episode Two via The Orange Box (PS3) – 8/29
32. Mortal Kombat II via Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection (PSN) – 9/4
33. Mortal Kombat II (SNES) – 9/5
34. Devil May Cry via Devil May Cry HD Collection (PS3) – 9/7
35. Crash Commando (PSN) – 9/14
36. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game (NES) – 9/23
37. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (FC) – 9/24
38. Castlevania: The Adventure Rebirth (VC) – 10/5
39. Marvel Super Heroes via Marvel vs. Capcom Origins (PSN) – 10/10
40. Alien Storm via Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection (PS3) – 10/17
41. Streets of Rage 2 (PSN) – 10/27
42. Growl via Taito Legends 2 (PS2) – 10/30
43. Contra (FC) – 11/1
44. Prototype (PS3) – 11/16
45. Need for Speed: Most Wanted (PS3) – 11/22
46. Burnout 3: Takedown (PS2) – 12/2
47. Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow via Castlevania Double Pack (GBA) – 12/7
48. Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition (PS3) – 12/8
49. Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers (SNES) – 12/10
50. Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest (NES) – 12/13
51. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (PS3) – 12/18

August, September, and December proved to be the best months for beating games with 6 in total for each with a monthly average of 4.25.

When it comes to earning those fancy trophies, I was able to earn 207 last year. One of them was a platinum from Assassin’s Creed II in April.

Halloween Gaming 2012 Update 2

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I surprised myself with more progress I thought wouldn’t come in The House of the Dead 2. I’d previously never gotten very far once reaching Stage 3. This time, however, I was able to not only get to and clear that stage, but I was also successful in blasting my way through Stage 4. I’d like to attribute my progress to two things: 1) Practicing against the bosses of those stages in Boss Mode and 2) being on Skype with SonicHomeboy at the time I was playing. He might have been good luck for me. :D

I was pretty interested in playing Alien Storm. It’s the Genesis beat-’em-up which isn’t very exciting at all even at the time with the first Streets of Rage out that same year (’91).

As you can see in this video, the brawling action isn’t about punching/kicking enemies as it is stunning/shooting. In other parts of the game it goes all shooter and the only difference is whether it’s side-scrolling or first-person.

I had to use a code to get more credits because even on Easy the aliens stack up on you quickly in later missions. There’s even a maze-like final level and while the enemies don’t return to rooms already visited, it was still annoying to try and guess the correct path. Finishing this game gave me 40 games done for this year.

Thanks for reading. I smile upon all who do.

Halloween Gaming 2012 Update

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A week ago I provided the results of the voting for the games I’d play during the Halloween season with the winner being Group A and they consisted of Castlevania: The Adventure Rebirth and The House of the Dead 2 & 3 Return. Here’s my progress since then.

For Castlevania I was able to finish the game on Easy and get as far as the boss of Stage 5 on Normal. Both times I didn’t have much trouble clearing the first three stages on my first try. It was Stage 4 where the problems started. Falling chandeliers, enemies with spears, and those damn Medusa heads were annoying. On Normal there’s additional enemies added in spots whether they be recurring or new like the flea men.

The puzzle section of Stage 4 also was annoying until you know how. Going through a door one way doesn’t necessarily take you back to the last room you were in when walking through again.

On Normal there’s also a third form of Dracula to defeat and I wish I could get there because it has a fantastic rendition of Riddle that plays during it. Seriously check out the soundtrack for this game. It retains the high quality of the Castlevania series.

Onto The House of the Dead. I mainly played 2 initially, but did get into III after awhile. Right away I got as far as I’ve been able to in either game. Stage 3 in 2 and Chapter 4 in III.

Since they’re light guns games, I don’t have much to say about them. They do show their arcade, quarter-munching roots, but also have extra modes to keep entertaining. HoD2 has a Boss Mode and that was a welcome feature since I couldn’t get to the bosses from Stage 3 onward. Another interesting addition to HoD2 is when starting up that specific game. You get an HoDIII quick mini-game and it gives you items to use in Original Mode for 2. Things like costumes, larger clips, or more powerful bullets.

In HoDIII pretty much everything is better whether it be graphics, voice acting, story, or ease of difficulty (only slightly on that one). Plus it has a shotgun for the weapon and I appreciate that.

Since I’m getting stuck on the games above I’m going to be bringing in one-half of Group D, the Genesis beat-’em-up Alien Storm.

Stay spooked.

Choose My Halloween Games

For the last two years I’ve made it a personal gaming event to play games with the spirit of Halloween in mind and blog about them. In 2010 I played Splatterhouse and Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest and last year it was Demon’s Souls and Shadowgate Classic.

This year I leave it up to you from the choice selections I have listed below. The eight titles shown are in groups of two and all you have to vote for is the group letter. You can let me know by commenting on this blog post on GameSpot or by reaching me on Twitter @HartKnight.

Vote on!

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GROUP A.
Castlevania: The Adventure Rebirth (VC)
The House of the Dead 2 & 3 Return (WII)

GROUP B.
Alone in the Dark: Inferno (PS3)
Zombie Apocalypse: Never Die Alone (PSN)

GROUP C.
Evil Dead: Regeneration (PS2)
Decap Attack (PSP via Sega Genesis Collection)

GROUP D.
Resident Evil: Director’s Cut (PS)
Alien Storm (PS3 via Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection)

Leave your vote at GameSpot or Twitter!