Games Finished In 2015

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The list below shows every game that I finished in 2015. The total number comes to 22. That’s down 24 from 2014.

September proved to be the best month for beating games with 5 in total. The monthly average throughout the year was 1.8.

1. Tomb Raider (PS3) – 1/22
2. Castlevania II: Belmont’s Revenge (GB) – 2/19
3. Far Cry 3 (PS3) – 4/16
4. Power Rangers Time Force (GBA) – 4/19
5. CT Special Forces (GBA) – 4/29
6. The Scorpion King: Sword of Osiris (GBA) – 5/12
7. Wario Land 4 (GBA) – 5/17
8. Solatorobo: Red the Hunter (DS) – 6/20
9. Enslaved: Odyssey to the West (PS3) – 7/10
10. Call of Juarez: Gunslinger (PSN) – 7/24
11. Rush’n Attack: Ex-Patriot (PSN) – 9/7
12. Fighter’s History (SFC) – 9/7
13. Fighter’s History (ARC) – 9/13
14. Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon (PSN) – 9/22
15. NBA Give ‘N Go (SNES) – 9/27
16. Demon’s Souls (PS3) – 10/12
17. Evil Dead: Regeneration (PS2) – 11/3
18. Advance Guardian Heroes (GBA) – 11/11
19. Twisted Metal (PS) – 11/17
20. Quantum of Solace (PS2) – 12/8
21. Haze (PS3) – 12/17
22. TRON: Evolution (PS3) – 12/30

Now Playing: July 2015

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The main game I just finished playing yesterday for the month of July was Call of Juarez: Gunslinger. It has a lot to like about it. The shooting feels good. The selection of weapons, while small, are all fun to use and it doesn’t make you think you’re missing any additional firearms.

I’m personally not a fan of the old west setting, but when a game like this one is as well crafted as Call of Juarez: Gunslinger is, even I can come around to enjoy it. I did feel the story interrupted the action a bit too often, but it was an interesting way to narrate so I let that slide. On a new game plus playthrough, however, I can’t be as forgiving.

The one aspect of Gunslinger I can’t be in a forgiving mood for is the one-on-one gun duels. These are pass or fail scenarios and while I’ll admit they fit the setting perfectly, they don’t translate into a fun experience for a video game.

It’s all about the majority of the game as a first-person shooter in Gunslinger and if you can fight your way past the duels, you’ll find a fun and satisfying romp through the tales of the old west.

Onto some multiplayer Street Fighter action against Usagi704. At first we played a number of rounds of Alpha 2, but the controls were a lot stricter than I remember or liked. I convinced him to change the game to Hyper Fighting. I had a much better time with the classic turbo update of The World Warrior. We had played about 80+ matches on that game and it was quite fun. We had also put in around 30 matches on Champion Edition too. I think my Guile skills have slightly improved from complete scrub.

I had also played Enslaved: Odyssey to the West. I’ll spare you any repeating of my thoughts here. My review can be heard in a discussion with ebbderelict on Hart & Usagi Podcast episode 66 at 2:07:50.

Holiday Odds and Ends

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Here’s some odds and ends that I don’t have much to dedicate to a blog post for each item.

Recently, to my surprise, the last two games I wanted off of the PlayStation Network were available as a bundle. It was Ubisoft’s Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon and Call of Juarez: Gunslinger. I love me some ’80s themed things and Blood Dragon certain fits the bill. The latter game was fun and amusing to watch TheWesker’s series of playthrough videos. I also enjoyed the demo too.

Usagi704 was out locally looking for a PlayStation 4 retail copy of The Pinball Arcade. While he didn’t find it, I found a sealed new copy of Yakuza 3 by chance at Toys R Us. I remember not being thrilled about the condition of a used copy I received at Christmas 2011 and decided to pick this new one up.

Lastly, I highly suggest checking out Usagi704’s 2013 Awards for his words and my images!

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New Releases 2011: Sept. 4-24

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Over the next three weeks there’s quite a number of new big releases along with several reissues of past titles.

Of the former I’m mostly looking forward to Driver: San Francisco, but my excitement has decreased since trying the demo. However, I haven’t ruled it out yet.

It’s not surprising, to those who know me, that of the latter category I’m quite interested in God of War Origins Collection. When looking through the release list I wasn’t expecting to come across Mega Man Dual Pack for the PSP which includes Mega Man Maverick Hunter X and Mega Man Powered Up.

Anything you find interesting below?

WEEK of 9/4
BloodRayne: Betrayal (PS3)
Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten (PS3)
Driver: San Francisco (PC, WII, X360, PS3)
Resistance 3 (PS3)
Rugby World Cup 2011 (PS3, X360)
Star Fox 64 3D (3DS)
Uncharted Dual Pack (PS3)
Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine (PS3, X360, PC)

WEEK of 9/11
Call of Juarez: The Cartel (PC)
Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012 Expansion (PS3, X360, PC)
God of War Origins Collection (PS3)
Mega Man Dual Pack (PSP)
NHL 12 (PS3, X360)
Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad (PC)
Thor: God of Thunder (3DS)
White Knight Chronicles II (PS3)

WEEK of 9/18
Burnout Crash! (PS3, X360)
Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 (DS)
F1 2011 (X360, PS3)
Fallout: New Vegas – Lonesome Road (PC, PS3, X360)
Frogger 3D (3DS)
Gears of War 3 (X360)
Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns (DS)
Kirby Mass Attack (DS)
Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection (3DS)
Resident Evil 4 HD (X360, PS3)
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 2 – Innocent Sin (PSP)

New Releases 2011: July 10-30

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Unlike the previous three weeks, this time there’s three games I’m looking forward to, but only two I can get at the moment. Bastion is the one I’m interested in, but I hope it gets an eventual release on PSN.

It’s been awhile since a movie-based game has looked like it could be pretty good and Captain America: Super Soldier is that game.

El Shaddai is the final title and probably the one which has me the most curious. It’s Ignition Entertainment’s first and last self-developed game. It currently has a demo available. I liked what I played, but I can easily see it not being for most people.

WEEK of 7/10
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 (PS3, X360, PC, WII, DS)
L.A. Noire: Reefer Madness (PS3, X360)
Ms. ‘Splosion Man (X360)
NCAA Football 12 (PS3, X360)

WEEK of 7/17
Bastion (X360)
Call of Juarez: The Cartel (PS3, X360)
Captain America: Super Soldier (PS3, X360, WII, DS)
Fallout: New Vegas – Old World Blues (PS3, X360, PC)
Just Dance Summer Party (WII)

WEEK of 7/24
Catherine (PS3, X360)
El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron (PS3, X360)
From Dust (X360, PC)
Pac-Man & Galaga Dimensions (3DS)
The Sims 3: Town Life Stuff (PC, MAC)
Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team (PS3, X360)

New Releases 2009: June 28-July 11

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NEW GAMES FOR THE WEEK OF 6/28
BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger (PS3, X360)
Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood (PS3, X360, PC)
Grand Theft Auto PC Trilogy (PC)
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (MAC, PC, PSP, PS2, PS3, X360, DS, WII)
Harvest Moon: Frantic Farming (DS)
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (PC, PS2, PS3, X360, DS, WII)
Marvel vs. Capcom 2 (PSN, XBL)
Mega Man Star Force 3: Black Ace (DS)
Mega Man Star Force 3: Red Joker (DS)
Steambot Chronicles: Battle Tournament (PSP)
The King of Fighters ’98 Ultimate Match (X360)
The Punisher: No Mercy (PS3)
Wallace & Gromit Episode 3: Muzzled! (XBL)
Zombie Apocalypse (PSN, XBL)

NEW GAMES FOR THE WEEK OF 7/5
BioShock & The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Bundle (PC, X360)
CID The Dummy (PS2, PSP, WII)
Street Fighter IV (PC)
Tales of Monkey Island Chapter 1: Launch of the Screaming Narwhal (PC, WII)
The Bigs 2 (PS2, PS3, PSP, X360, WII)