Now Playing: July ’08

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I’m going to start off with my Game of the Month this time. It was the short, but oh-so-sweet God of War: Chains of Olympus. It only took me about 2-3 days to complete, but it’s still worth buying if you’re a fan of the series (as I am). As much as I like this game, I can’t recommend it even at $30 because of how short it is. However, at $20 or less it’s a better value.

Another great PSP game that should be played if you’ve ever liked shoot-’em-ups is Space Invaders Extreme. It’s fairly difficult, but, at the same time, “extremely” fun to play. Taito did an excellent job at reimaging this classic game with boss fights, bonus rounds, power ups, and different types of invaders to fight. $20 is the perfect price for this brand new game. :)

On July 10th, Burnout Paradise received the Cagney update which added more online challenges, new game modes, custom soundtracks, and more. I’d play this game anyway so it’s not surprising that I was excited about this update.

I also played a number of other games which included: Taito Memories 2 Vol. 2, Pinball Hall of Fame – The Williams Collection, Avatar: The Last Airbender, and Capcom Classics Collection Remixed.

Kill Switch was a game that I’ve been hearing about from Usagi704 for some time and he was all about saying how good it was. I remember the PC demo from years ago and I didn’t really care for it. However, once I started playing the game on the PS2, it actually was pretty good. I won’t be writing home about the experience, but it still a solid shooter with a really good cover system. The story, though, doesn’t make any sense to me. I guess that’s well enough that I’m not continuing to play this game for that.

See you next time on Now Playing!

Now Playing: January ’07

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The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction was, by far and away, the game I played the most of during this last month. This game is without a doubt, and for a lack of a better term, incredible. Sure the graphics aren’t the best, but it doesn’t need to be. Why, you ask? Because as Alex Navarro put it in his review of the game, “everything in the game smashes and explodes real, real good.” I highly recommend this game to anyone.

Other games that I played some of were: Sonic Rush, Pinball Hall of Fame, Tekken Advance, and DOA2: Hardcore. The second zone while using Sonic in Sonic Rush has been a consistant pain to complete for me. Tekken on the GBA was only a little more exciting than Vitura Fighter 2 was on the Genesis. The addition of the 3-on-3 tag mode was fun. I loves me some old fashion style pinball and I got my fix with Usagi in two player mode. Afterwards, I was mostly getting my butt kicked in DOA2.

I recently bought the European version of Tomb Raider: Legend for the DS. I quickly ran through it in about three days. Having played the console version of the game made it easier to know what to do.

I’ve had Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance (GBA) for a couple of years, but I stopped playing it because I couldn’t ever find my way out of the Dark Forest in Act II. Now that I tried to find a way out and succeeded, I’m going to head on until the end of the game.

Another thing I wanted to mention was that I tried the Crackdown demo and it was fantastic. I’ll definitely be getting my hands on the full version of that game and it won’t have anything to do with what Bungie has added.