Games Finished In 2009


The list below shows every game that I finished in 2009. The total number comes to 47 across 11 systems. That’s up 17 from 2008.

Burnout Paradise
Crash Commando
God of War
Grand Theft Auto IV
Half-Life 2
Mercenaries 2: World in Flames
Prince of Persia
Saints Row 2
Street Fighter IV
Streets of Rage 2
Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune
Viking: Battle for Asgard
Watchmen: The End Is Nigh
Watchmen: The End Is Nigh Part 2

Fatal Fury
Final Fight 3
Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers
The Ninja Warriors
Street Fighter II

Captain Commando
Chili Con Carnage
Metal Slug
Metal Slug 3
Tekken: Dark Resurrection

Super Street Fighter II: Turbo Revival


Double Dragon II: The Revenge

Batman Begins
Burnout Revenge
The King of Fighters ’98 Ultimate Match
The Punisher
Unreal Tournament

Biker Mice From Mars
Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords
Retro Game Challenge

Crash Bandicoot: Warped

Street Fighter Alpha: Warriors’ Dreams


I also got my first two platinum trophies within the previous 12 months. The first one came along back in March with Burnout Paradise and the second one was captured more recently in November with God of War.

In some interesting trivia about my game collection (idea from DuncanR2N), the oldest game I own is Dodge ‘Em for the Atari 2600. This is an estimate since it’s extremely hard to find more than just the year of 1980 for a release date. GameSpot has it listed for 1978 so it’s obviously not known for sure.

The newest game I own is a lot easier to look up. It would be Pandemic’s final game The Saboteur which was released a month ago.

On my wish list the oldest game that I’m looking to get is the NES version of Konami’s Gradius which was released on December 1, 1986.

The newest game that I’d like to have (mainly because I’m a big fan of beat-’em-up games) is Revenge of the Wounded Dragons on the PSN. It was released 23 years and 9 days after Gradius on December 10, 2009.

Coming up soon I’ll have my Game of the Year announced. Game on!

Finishing The Unfinished


Fairly recently I decided to make up a list of games that have left unfinished and mostly focus on getting to the finish line. I would list them here, but I keep taking some games off of the list because I either find out that they’re too frustrating to continue (ie: Urban Chaos: Riot Response) or barely started to even count as being played in the first place (ie: Sonic Rush).

Four games that I’ve now completed are as follows: Retro Game Challenge, Biker Mice From Mars, Metal Slug, and TMNT.

I purchased this game when it was released back in the early part of this year. I kept at it until I got to the last challenge which was to beat all of the eight games included. I had only half left, but for whatever reason I didn’t get back to it.

Once I did get back into it, I quickly beat Robot Ninja Haggleman 2 , Rally King, and Rally King SP. Guadia Quest was the lone RPG left and I’m sure that most people leave this one until last since it does take up a majority of the time to get through.

It was very satisfying to beat and I can’t recommend this DS game enough to those that are willing to relive the older days of gaming’s history; the good, the bad, and the difficulty.

This game may seem strange to some, but those that grew up during the time that I did will probably remember a cartoon by the same name in the early ’90s. This DS game in particular is from the 2006 series revival that came to North America last year.

Instead of just racing, like on the SNES, this game is also the typical licensed fare of action-platforming. A single level sometimes feels like it goes on forever and the enemy groupings can be pretty cheap causing frustration to set in. Despite that the final boss was very easy to beat.

I don’t really have much to say about this game. All I had left was the final mission and it was really short especially when compared to the one in Metal Slug 3. That one was way too long.

My main complaint was that the cheapness of it originally being an arcade game made for many deaths. Otherwise it was fun.

Oh my. Where do I begin?

The combat in this game is completely and utterly boring. No matter what’s happening or what moves are at your disposal, it’s the same from beginning to end.

The platforming is fun when you can get on a roll, but usually this is interrupted by a bad camera angle or zoom position. My biggest problem is that because of the bad camera you’ll have times where you’ll jump too close to a wall and because of this you’ll do a wall run to your death. It’s also bad when you have to deal with moving platforms as you will likely fall off a lot when making a jump to the next one.

As far as where I was in the game. It showed 51% complete, but that was referring to unlocking everything, which I don’t care about. I think I played about three levels and then quickly finished off the few bosses at the end.

I feel the same about this game as I do for the movie of the same name. It looks pretty good, but has little substance to keep you coming back for more.

Thanks for reading what I guess can be considered mini-reviews. Later!

Now Playing: September ’08


During this latest month I started a number of games, but didn’t play many of them for very long. It has nothing to do with the games that I playing being terrible or anything like that. I just for whatever reason would play a game for a few days and then not pick it up again. Anyway, here’s the list of games that I played this month.

Contra (NES)
Burnout Paradise (PS3)
Mercenaries 2 (PS3)
Transformers (PS2)
WWF Smackdown! Just Bring It (PS2)
Rise to Honor (PS2)
Biker Mice from Mars (DS)

Despite what I may have said here and there about not going back to get the trophies in Burnout Paradise, I have since created a new save file and earned most of them already. I think outside of maybe 6-8 trophies I have the rest.

Out of all of the games that I would like to spend more time playing it would have to be Transformers. The game overall plays really well and I enjoyed what I have played so far even if it wasn’t real recent.

I thought that I’d be really excited about Mercenaries 2, but it just doesn’t feel the same as the original even though it is the same game with storyline now. Maybe I’m just over that type of game at the moment. I’m sure I’ll enjoy it more at a later date.

Rise to Honor is an interesting game to say the least. For the most part it works really well as long as you’re in fight mode. It doesn’t work so well when the game requires you to use guns or do your best impression of Sam Fisher/Solid Snake.

I also played Contra again and while the game is awesome in every way, it’s easy to forget that while the 2 player mode is fun it’s just much better to play solo.

That about does it for me. Until next time, you guys take it easy. :)

Now Playing: August ’08 – First Video Edition


It’s time for Now Playing. For those of you that aren’t excited for the format that I’ve been doing it in then you’re in luck. This edition is in video form.

Here’s the quick list of what I was playing. The top of the list is the most recently added game.

Biker Mice From Mars
Justice League Heroes: The Flash
Power Blade
The Orange Box
Tekken 3
Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal
Tekken 2
Kill Switch

It’s time to visit the green cube to see what I was playing for the past month.


Playing Licensed Games


For my next few games that I play I’m going to tackle the licensed games in my collection. If that includes crap, then so be it. Here’s the laundry list of games that I plan on playing that fall into this category.

Batman Begins (PS2)
Biker Mice from Mars (DS)
Conan (PS3)
Crue Ball (GEN)
Disney’s Aladdin in Nasira’s Revenge (PS)
Gungrave: Overdose (PS2)
James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing (PS2)
Justice League Heroes: The Flash (GBA)
Mickey Mania (SNES)
The Punisher (PS2)
The Red Star (PS2)
Rise to Honor (PS2)
RoboCop Versus The Terminator (SNES)
Spider-Man 2 (PS2)
Spy Hunter: Nowhere to Run (PS2)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (PS2)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Back from the Sewers (GB)
Transformers (PS2)
VR Troopers (GEN)
WCW vs. The World (PS)
The World Is Not Enough (PS)

Of course this list isn’t comprised of every licensed game that I have. Some I have already played (ie: Astro Boy: Omega Factor) or there are too many similar titles (ie: the rest of the WCW/WWE games) to be considered.

Now onto purchases that I made today at Gamestop. I took advantage of a coupon that was printable off of It’s for 25% off of any three used PS2, PS3, or PSP games. Here’s what I got.

Flatout 2 (PS2)
Yakuza (PS2)


Also from I bought two used Super Famicom controllers and a PS1 memory card.


On the PS1 memory card were some old saves. Take a look.


A Few Hard-To-Find Games Found

You’ll probably not be surprised to here that I…wait for it…bought more games. What may surprise you is that I didn’t get them all at once. Most of them aren’t easily found. At least not for me.

First up were the two easy ones. When browsing Target and expecting the usual crap prices on video games that they have, I found both Assassin’s Creed for the PS3 and DS at $10 less than the PS3 version was originally.

Yesterday I went to Stickman’s because I knew they had Klonoa 2 and I wanted it after seeing it in action. While I was there Usagi tipped me off to The Punisher for the PS2. He said that it was pretty decent. So on that note I picked that up too along with a first-party PS1 card.

Lastly my order came today which included the rarely seen PS2 game Fire Pro Wrestling Returns and the never seen DS game Biker Mice From Mars, which happens to have made a comeback in cartoon form as well (just like TMNT in 2003).

Assassin’s Creed (PS3)
Assassin’s Creed: Altair’s Chronicles (DS)
Klonoa 2: Lunatea’s Veil (PS2)
The Punisher (PS2)
PS1 memory card
Fire Pro Wrestling Returns (PS2)
Biker Mice From Mars (DS)


Super NES Wish List


For my third and final list (for now). I give you my wish list of Super Nintendo games. You’ll notice, if you compare this list with the NES one, that there’s much less rented games an opposed to the ones in the owned column. During the days of the SNES there was much less renting of games on my part to the point where I don’t care to do so at all today. As with the previous lists, an asterisk indicates that I enjoyed playing the corresponding game.

Owned (8)
Disney’s Aladdin*
Final Fight
Final Fight 2*
Final Fight 3
Killer Instinct*
Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers*
Star Fox
Super Mario Kart*

Rented/Played (6)
Captain America and the Avengers
Final Fight Guy
Ninja Gaiden Trilogy
Super Double Dragon
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time*
WWF Royal Rumble*

Never Played (10)
Battletoads in Battlemaniacs
Biker Mice From Mars
Castlevania: Dracula X
Earth Defense Force
The Ninja Warriors
Super Metroid
Super Punch-Out!!
Super Turrican
Super Turrican 2

Ever since the announcement of the Akumajou Dracula X: Chi no Rondo remake for the PSP, I’ve been aware that Castlevania: Dracula X on the SNES was based on that game, but is also not considered very good. What I didn’t know until I came across this screenshot was that the European version was titled Castlevania: Vampire’s Kiss. What a bad, bad name.

On a price fetching note. Castlevania: Dracula X is listed at eStarland for $55.96 (game only) all the way up to $79.95 (complete). In the end, unless I find that I have cash to burn, this one will probably be removed from my want list eventually.