Now Playing: February 2017

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Since I checked in last month with you guys it’s only gotten hotter. It’s February and it’s 71°F as I type this. Unbearable! Despite the fact we’re all going to melt and drown in the rising ocean waters, I’ll try to fill you in on what I was playing recently.

Since last time I had continued to play and subsequently finished Bujingai: The Forsaken City. My thoughts are the same in that it’s a fun action title with a few “huh?” moments. Bujingai comes recommended by me despite it’s faults.

Right after I started to play Die Hard Trilogy 2: Viva Las Vegas on the original PlayStation. It was unlike the first Die Hard Trilogy in that it’s not fun. The gameplay is more in the style of Tomb Raider and Duke Nukem: Time To Kill. It doesn’t work here. It’s too easy to die and there weren’t any mid-level checkpoints. Unfinished forever is fine by me. Moving on…

Back on the PlayStation 2, I played around ten levels of Manhunt 2. It was satisfying to sneak around and take out all of these “bad dudes.” What was less exciting was to have to use melee or firearms against enemies that noticed you. Manhunt 2 does have mid-level checkpoints and save points which helped me get as far as I did. However, some levels just required a bit too much on engagement with guns leaving me wondering where all the stealth went. The controls don’t lend themselves to being a shooter and these sections proved that. The game does have some merit so I don’t regret my time with it. It’s just doesn’t deserve any more.

I then dusted off and charged up my PSP for the next game, Syphon Filter: Logan’s Shadow. I didn’t get far into Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror years ago, but Logan’s Shadow looks to be easier to handle. I’m certainly impressed with the quality of the graphics on display here. Other than that there’s not much to say since I’m still only on the first episode. Wish me luck in seeing this one through.

Game on!

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Now Playing: January 2017

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Shortly after I posted about what I played in the latter half of 2016 at the beginning of this month (a week later to be precise), I finished my first game of the new year. It was Watch Dogs.

I enjoyed my time with Watch Dogs more so than it’s reputation would lead you to believe is possible. The story is passé as you’ve probably heard, but since I don’t get caught up in worrying about that I had fun.

Oh and I uploaded ten clips of things I found amusing while I played Watch Dogs. Take a peek at them if you so wish.

With my current game I’m three stages from being finished. It’s Bujingai: The Forsaken City on PlayStation 2. It’s has an enjoyable combat system where you play as a character that was motion captured by singer Gackt.

The problem with the game is figuring out where to go or what exactly to do on some of the stages. Stages range from dead simple straight forward affairs to mind-melting mazes of confusion. Clearly a well-planned out and cohesive game Bujingai is not. To avoid wanting to chuck a controller at the wall, I suggest having a FAQ on hand. I’m playing on Easy to help this out as well.

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Finally I have more purchases to tell you about.

Shadow Complex Remastered on PSN was for about $6 on sale so I went for it. Also, I have picked up locally two movies: Big and Enemy at the Gates.

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A Few Hard-To-Find Games Found II

I was only planning to buy Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection and Retro Game Challenge this last week, but an unexpected stop changed things.

I accompanied Usagi704 to Gamestop. The plan was only for him to pre-order Street Fighter IV. While there I noticed a rather large number of used Game Boy Advance SP systems. After a trade-in mishap a year or two ago, I’ve been wanting to get back the brighter screen version of it. Being hard to find I settled on an original version. Once I saw these beauties, I couldn’t pass them up. The difference in the displays are pretty major when you compare them side-by-side.

Game Boy Advance SP – Pearl Blue
Tomb Raider: The Prophecy (GBA)
Wolfenstein 3D (GBA)
Strider 2 (PS)
Hydro Thunder (PS)
Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection (PS3)
Retro Game Challenge (DS)

As you can see from the above list, I also got some games that were more troubling to find.

The GBA games were both found with the GBA SP system. The Tomb Raider game came highly rated on GameSpot and Wolfenstein 3D was a very faithful port of the PC game. It even has the “Get Psyched” loading screen despite obviously not needing it.

Strider 2 and Hydro Thunder were fairly pricey on eStarland.com, but both were well worth it. Check out episode 7 of Substance TV as it explains Strider 2 really well.

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I haven’t tried the Genesis Collection as of yet, however I have played Retro Game Challenge and I can say for sure that it’s a blast. It has a bunch of references to real people. So far I’ve come across the following references:

* In-game magazine is titled GameFan.
* The first editor in chief is named “Dan Sock.” An obvious reference to Dan Hsu, complete with photo.
* Second editor in chief named “Dave” is Dave Halverson, founder of the real GameFan.
* Right after finishing the challenges for Rally King, the Nintendo film The Wizard is referenced.
* Once Star Prince is unlocked, there are serveral mentions of “The Game Master” and his impressive button-mashing skills. This is referring to Takahashi Meijin of Hudson Soft.

I’m sure there’s a lot more that I didn’t notice and even more to come. RGC is guaranteed to please any long time gamer.

Gifts of X-mas 2008

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Here’s the gifts that I received for Christmas this year!

I got a total of eight games, one downloadable game and seven retail games.

Lightening Force: Quest For the Darkstar (GEN)
Die Hard Trilogy 2: Viva Las Vegas (PS)
Syphon Filter: Logan’s Shadow (PSP)
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (PS3)
Bujingai: The Forsaken City (PS2)
The King of Fighters Collection – The Orochi Saga (PS2)
Manhunt 2 (PS2)
Castlevania Chronicles (PSN)

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Every year my family puts up two trees. Take a look at the pictures of those trees below.

Christmas Tree (Family Room)
Christmas Tree (Living Room)

Have a happy holiday season!