Pick 5: Favorite Game Boy Advance Games

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In a follow up of sorts to my list of favorite PlayStation 2 games I give you my favorite Game Boy Advance games. These aren’t necessarily my top five as much as some of my favorite GBA titles. And as such THIS DOESN’T INCLUDE GAMES I HAVEN’T PLAYED and ISN’T LISTED IN ANY SPECIFIC ORDER other than the order in which I thought of them.

ASTRO BOY: OMEGA FACTOR
It’s safe to say that most games based on the Astro Boy license are terrible. However this GBA cartridge breaks the mold. Anybody who’s a fan of 2D beat-’em-ups or shoot-’em-ups will really enjoy this game even if you don’t care or know about the story or characters from the anime. Astro Boy himself controls and animates very well making for the use of his moves (normal, special, or super) extremely satisfying.

BALDUR’S GATE: DARK ALLIANCE
I don’t know what prompted me to buy this game a number of years ago. It may have received good reviews or it was on sale at a cheap price. Either way I don’t usually play many hack-‘n-slash titles. I enjoy them, but I’m not normally drawn to them often. With that said, it was quite an enjoyable experience even if I did get stuck a few times. The graphics are suitable and I felt the difficulty was overall more manageable than the console version.

CASTLEVANIA: ARIA OF SORROW
The GBA library is fairly short on lengthier action platformers and this is where the Castlevania series had been extremely helpful. It’s a joy to play this particular entry in the series. Soma’s unique soul stealing ability may make it a bit bothersome at times to get the subweapon you want from a specific enemy, but fun all the same. With a bunch of unlockables it’s easy to see why this is a top notch Castlevania game…from the future.

METROID FUSION
As one of the first Metroid games I finished, Fusion had many great moments that I liked. What was most memorable about it to me was the different enemies called “X” and the more story driven game which was the introduction of Adam Malkovich, but in name only. Even with these differences to the typical Metroid game it still very much feels and plays like the series is known for.

SUPER STREET FIGHTER II: TURBO REVIVAL
The Game Boy Advance isn’t exactly known for having a lot of fighting games to choose from, but from what it does have most are well made. This entry in the Street Fighter series is one of the best and has several additional modes to have fun with like survival and time attack. If you’ve ever had fun with an SF game, then you’d do yourself well by picking up this fantastic port of the timeless arcade game.

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Choose Your Path

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When last I mentioned that I had finished Borderlands, I said that my soldier was at level 44. Well, since then I got him to the max level of 50. You’d think that I’d feel unstoppable with this character, but I don’t. In fact, I have yet to finish the second playthough because of this.

I can’t be sure, but I think it’s because I didn’t specialize my character in one of the three branches as you can see in the screenshot below.

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I was just all over the place being a jack-of-all-trades, but a master of none. I created a second soldier with a current level of 21 and I’m remedying this problem now.

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I’m still offering the remaining 11 RPG games to those that are interested. If you’d like to purchase one or more of the following games from me please PM me with the titles of the ones you’re interested in. At that time I’ll provide you with photos of the product. They’ve all been tested and are in working order. Any major wear and tear on them were from previous owners. All prices include shipping.

Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance (PS2; complete; $12)
Chrono Trigger (SNES; game only; $30)
Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King (PS2; complete; $12)
Dragon Warrior III (GBC; game only; $13)
Final Fantasy (NES; game & box; $10)
Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest (SNES; game only; $6)
Final Fantasy IX (PS; complete; $10)
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (GBA; complete; $15)
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES; game only; $9)
The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (GB; game only; $4)
The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages (GBC; game only $10)

Thanks for reading and have a fantastic remainder of your weekend!

Third Platinum!

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BORDERLANDS
I just obtained my third ever platinum trophy thanks to the fun I had with Borderlands. Compared to the other two platinums from Burnout Paradise and God of War, this one was the least troublesome to get.

Trophies: 51 / 51 (100%)

Current total: 525 trophies; 73% of Level 9

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ROLE-PLAYING GAMES
I was talking with a friend yesterday about RPGs and how lengthy those games tend to be compared to most other genres. Also, as most of you know, I’m not really much of an RPG fan. As such I’ve only played a scant few and finished even less of them. I’d play many more of them if they averaged 20 hours instead of 60-100 hours.

I realized that as much as I’d like to start playing Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 FES or Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King, I noticed that I don’t because of the fact that these games are at least 60-80 hours and that doesn’t include any side missions. This is the main reason I’ve decided to part ways with 14 of these titles.

If anybody would like to purchase one or more of the following games from me please PM me with the titles of the ones you’re interested in. At that time I’ll provide you with photos of the product and the price. They’ve all been tested and are in working order. Any major wear and tear on them were from previous owners.

Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance (PS2)
Beggar Prince (GEN)
Chrono Cross (PS)
Chrono Trigger (SNES)
Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King (PS2)
Dragon Warrior III (GBC)
Final Fantasy (NES)
Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest (SNES)
Final Fantasy IX (PS)
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (GBA)
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES)
The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (GB)
The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages (GBC)
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 FES (PS2)

Thanks for reading and have a fantastic day!

What Game Do You Have The Most Copies Of?

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The following is my reply to the topic “What game do you have the most copies of?” started by cosmostein77 in The Candid Collectors’ Union.

I only have two of the exact same game on the same system. That game is Twisted Metal. I have one long box version and one jewel case version.

Games that I have different versions of are:

Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance – PS2, GBA
Disney’s Aladdin – SNES, GEN
Doom II – PC, GBA
Fatal Fury – GEN (coming soon), SNES
Final Fantasy VI – SNES, GBA
Killer Instinct – SNES, GB
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past – SNES, GBA
Max Payne – PC, PS2
Mortal Kombat – SNES, GEN, GB, GG
Mortal Kombat II – SNES, GEN, GB, GG
Mortal Kombat 3 – SNES, PS
NBA Jam – SNES, SCD
Quake II – PC, PS
Samurai Shodown – GEN, SNES
Sonic the Hedgehog – GEN, GG
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 – GEN, GG
Street Fighter Alpha 3 – PS, GBA, PSP
Street Fighter II – SNES, GB
Stuntman Ignition – PS2, PS3
Sunset Riders – SNES, GEN
Super Mario World – SNES, GBA
Super Street Fighter II – SNES, GEN
Tecmo Super Bowl – NES, SNES
Tetris – NES, GB
Tomb Raider: Legend – PS2, GBA (Euro verison), DS (Euro verison)
Twisted Metal: Head On – PS2, PSP
Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 – SNES, DS

Pick 5: Hateful Games

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In this Pick 5, I’ll be calling out five games that hate me. For whatever reason the following games don’t want me to play them despite that I really want to like them. My reasons will be quick and to the point.

Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance (PS2)
Dying is much easier than in the GBA game and that’s with the addition of co-op play.

Batman Returns (SNES)
If battling Catwoman and the Penguin twice isn’t bad enough, you also have to deal with the extreme range of Catwoman’s whip.

Battlefield 2: Modern Combat (PS2)
Your AI allies don’t do much to help out whether it’s fighting the enemy or completing the objectives.

Sonic Riders (PS2)
This game is just too easy and too difficult at times. Plus, the player is expected to be perfect on later tracks.

Sonic Advance 3 & Sonic Rush (GBA/DS)
My problem with these two games are the same. I can’t pass the second set of stages. If I remember correctly both problematic areas consist of mainly under water levels. The first time I realized that I have trouble with these types of levels in Sonic games was, I think, Sonic 2.

Now Playing: February ’07

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A continuation of my 2+ year quest to finish Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance on the GBA finally came to a close. The game wasn’t difficult. I just ended up not understanding where to go next in the beginning of Act II. After lots of time of ignoring the game, I got back into it determined to make it to the end. The craziest thing about this game was that the boss of Act I was a lot more challenging than either of the other two were later in the game.

Keeping with the BGDA theme, I was able to acquire the PS2 version of the game. I played some co-op with a friend for about an hour only to get frustrated with the fact that one of us would keep dying. Eventually, I input the invincibility code, but that didn’t have the long lasting fun factor that we were hoping for. It’s been waiting for us to continue the adventure ever since.

After a lengthy delay I finally received Tomb Raider: Legend for the GBA in the mail. Just like last month with the DS version, I blew right through it in three days. The two motorcycle stages aren’t very interesting to play regardless of the platform. But the GBA game makes it impossible to avoid running into obstacles while moving at top speed. It’s down right awful.

Early into the month I asked you to vote for which game I’d play next out of a list of five games. The winning game was Psychonauts out of a three-way tie. I played through the game up until a certain point where I just got tired of it. How come, you ask? I fill you in on that in a mini-review soon to come.

The whole month wasn’t a total wash as Super Castlevania IV and Crackdown have been consistently entertaining. I’m about halfway though Crackdown. Yesterday I offed one of the Generals of The Volk (Natalyza Gryzunova). I grenaded the she-devil to the ground. The SNES Castlevania game was a cool time at a friends house. I provided the system and game and he provided the TV. Trading back and forth after losing a life was a good time. On the dreaded GS forbidden emulation side, I’m up to Dracula and he’s definitely a bitch.

Nowhere To Run for Lara Croft

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It’s been almost a whole month and I’m still waiting for the other half of my Play-Asia order. As I’ve already pointed out in my recent Now Playing post, I have the DS version of Tomb Raider: Legend. I’m now hoping to receive the GBA version soon in the mail.

At a local store, It’s About Games, I picked up a used copy of Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance (PS2). I’ve been wanting a hack-n’-slash game for two players for a few years. I wanted to get Champions: Return To Arms, but it was always $30 or more and now I never see it. At least there’s enough differences in the console version from the GBA Dark Alliance to make it fun.

It’s now time of the comedy part of this post.

There are two final games that I bought today. They’re a part of two series of games that were featured in GamesRadar’s “The Top 7… series run into the ground.”

At number 4 it’s Dynasty Warriors 3 (PS2) and at number 2 it’s the famed game based on the not-released-or-even-filmed-movie Spy Hunter: Nowhere To Run (PS2). I actually have a game that’s rated worse than even these two “gems.”

Speaking of bad games, I plan to do another “Pick 5” entry with the worst games that I own. That’s coming soon.