Now Playing: July 2010

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Here’s a summary of what I’ve been playing for about the last month.

I put the breaks on continuing with Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 because it required more perfection than I think I have. When power went out for around 12 hours two weeks ago I started up Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars on DS. Point-and-click adventure games aren’t usually my thing, but this is definitely a good one. A risk that was well worth taking to try it out.

I bought, played, and finished Red Faction: Guerrilla. It comes recommended if you find it at a discount. In the same vain I also got Double Dragon II and beat it on one life on the Hard difficulty the very next day after receiving it in the mail.

When it comes to the nostalgic pinball game Alien Crush from the Virtual Console, I’ve still yet to better my top score of almost 8.7 million points.

Mirror’s Edge was the third and final game finished this time around. I’m currently still playing it, but doing so in the Time Trial mode. It’s exactly what I like about the game (the platforming) without the awful combat. I’m far from a genius in knowing the best route to take for the best times. I just enjoy trying to best DuncanR2N’s times. Sometimes I succeed and sometimes I don’t. It’s about 50/50. I normally get pretty close even if my run doesn’t work out. Five more trophies were obtained via this awesome mode!

I’m thinking of going back to one of two games I left unfinished back in the first quarter of this year. It’s either X-Men Origins: Wolverine or God of War III. I’m still not decided on which it’ll be. Maybe some of you fine folks can persuade me one way or the other.

And finally a game I went to eBay for was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: Radical Rescue. I had this game around the time it came out, but I never played it all that much. The game’s level layout seems to be Metroid/Castlevania like (or as the cool kids like to call it today, “Metroidvania”).

eStarland has it going for around $15 cart only, but I was able to get it off of a first time seller for just $6. With this purchase done I only have five games left to get to for the Game Boy before I have all I want for the platform.

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This Is The Badlands

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I figured I’d start off this blog entry by clearing up my “Games Finished In 2010” list. On June 30, I retroactively added Prince of Persia: The Fallen King to the list as the 20th game beat on June 11. I did this because of that stopping point I experienced at 70% into the game. In doing so I also removed Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2. While terribly difficult, I suspect the game is still doable. I just won’t be trying now to defeat it. I’ve gotten my fill of that game for the moment.

As I mentioned in my previous blog post of a week ago, I’ve started playing Red Faction: Guerrilla. It’s one of those typical open world games where you spend a lot of time playing in one session, but accomplish very little. It also felt that way to me when I played Grand Theft Auto IV, Mercenaries 2, Saints Row 2, and to a lesser extent Infamous. I think it has a lot to do with all of the running around from place to place with so much you can do that it makes it easy to get side tracked.

Of course the highlight of the game is how destructible everything is and it’s definitely a blast. Just taking your axe to everything and anyone is great. Doing so gets me killed more often than I’d like and this is because I’m simply not paying attention to my health bar at the top of the screen.

I’m currently roaming around the Badlands and Oasis areas with 8 hours and 48 minutes of playtime logged so far.

Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars has been a lot more entertaining than I expected it to be. Not because it isn’t considered a good game, but because I’m not usually into the point-and-click adventure games. I’m glad I got it for the DS as this type of game works perfectly on the platform.

With 3 hours and 30 minutes of the game played my progress is about a third of the way through.

Lastly, I bought a black PS2 memory card a couple of days ago in case I ever need it. I assume that with as many PS2 games as I have it’ll come in handy.

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

Post E3 Game Thoughts – Final Trio

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I have a trio of games left over from E3 to share my thoughts on.

Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit – Many reasons point to why I’d be excited for this new Need For Speed game. The first I played and still really like was the third game on the original PlayStation. The fact that Criterion Games is developing this entry also doesn’t hurt either since I loved the Burnout series overall.

Tron Evolution – I never cared for the past games or film and I’m not currently interested in the new movie. However once Spoony noted that the game gave him a Prince of Persia vibe with the wall running moves, I checked out the E3 stage demo. I must say that I’m a bit interested in the game now. Definitely more my style.

The Sly Collection – After finishing Sly 2: Band of Thieves more recently I haven’t exactly been wanting to check out either of the other games in the series. It maybe worth picking up this collection disc, but even then I’m not all that sure that the art style of the series lends itself to looking a whole lot better in HD.

I picked up Red Faction: Guerrilla yesterday and plan to play it next.

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I consider Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 finished. Reason being that it requires more than perfection to win last few events. Because of that it’s done.

Because of the storm that knocked out the power for 12 hours last weekend, I started playing Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars – The Director’s Cut on the DS. It sure knows how to make you feel smart and stupid all at once with its puzzles. I’m 15% done.

Thanks for reading and have a fantastic day!

Now Playing: June 2010

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Surprisingly enough I don’t have a whole lot to say about my past month of gaming. Most of what I would say for Prince of Persia: The Fallen King and Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight can be read in these two previous posts (both link to my online archive). One addition I do have for the latter game is a video of five matches that I recorded not too long ago. Check that out here.

I also got in some pinball action in the form of the Genesis version of Devil’s Crush called Dragon’s Fury. The game tends to play faster than the original TG-16 version and it’s very easy to lose a ball. Despite all of that working against me I somehow managed to get an impressive score of 50,791,000! Best my top score if you can. Muhahaha! :P

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Because of my E3 excitement for the Criterion Games developed Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit being released this mid-Novemeber, I started playing the 2002 release of Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit 2. Well, I didn’t start playing it as much as I’m continuing on.

The game still looks great especially the car models. The music which makes up the soundtrack is quite dated, though.

My progress on this fairly difficult game is Event 25 in Championship and Event 19 in Ultimate Racer. I’ve noticed while playing that you can’t just be a good driver. You also have to watch for those gaining on you in the mirror and cut them off. It’s a skill all on it’s own and is the sole reason I keep the lead many times.

I’ll leave you with this trivia question and see if you can answer it. Which of these games on my wish list for PS3 did I order yesterday from Gamefly? This time I haven’t mentioned it anywhere so good luck on your guess.

2002 Game of the Year

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Note: You may very well disagree with some of my choices, but that’s why it’s a good list.

NOMINEES
Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance
Medal of Honor: Frontline
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2
Ratchet & Clank
WWE SmackDown! Shut Your Mouth

2002 Game of the Year: Medal of Honor: Frontline
Runner-up: Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance

As far as the Medal of Honor series on consoles goes, Frontline was the best at the time and still holds up really well today. The control layout is a little different than in today’s FPS games, but it still works well. It also has a slower pace, but that doesn’t mean it feels sluggish. Shooting is fairly deliberate yet feels right for this game. I would recommend Frontline to anybody looking for a top-notch MoH game!

I consider Harmony of Dissonance a combination of the older Castlevania style (whip attacks/sub-weapons) with the newer Symphony of the Night style (castle exploration). It’s a very solid game in the series that I think only suffers from a bunch of locked doors making for not always knowing where to go. Still worth your time, though.

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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.