Game of the Year 2015 Nominees

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My thoughts on a personal 2015 Game of the Year for myself will be brief. I will be foregoing the usual series of gaming award blog posts that I’ve done in recent years. I’m going to present a single Game of the Year award to my top pick like I did the last time for 2010.

Until I figure out what the winner will be I’ll give you my list of nominees.

Tomb Raider (PS3, 2013)
Far Cry 3 (PS3, 2012)
Enslaved: Odyssey to the West (PS3, 2010)
Fighter’s History (SNES, 1994)
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon (PSN, 2013)
TRON: Evolution (PS3, 2010)

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Don’t Think Just Rush’n!

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Since the start of September I’ve been playing the first of only two games ever developed by Vatra Games out of the Czech Republic. It was Rush’n Attack: Ex-Patriot. The other game was Silent Hill: Downpour.

Rush’n Attack was a 1985 arcade game by Konami that was eventually ported to the NES two years later. It wasn’t until 2011 that a second game was ever produced. That’s this game, subtitled Ex-Patriot.

The original game’s style was all about the player keeping on the move and stabbing/shooting any enemy running your way. In Ex-Patriot, if you wish for a good ranking at the end of each lengthy level you should play in the same manner. The reason I say this is that the presentation, despite not being very good graphically, seems to suggest through story that you should take it slow and stealthy. It’s fun to play the game in this way, but it isn’t necessary.

Overall, Rush’n Attack: Ex-Patriot isn’t a stellar game by any means, but if you’re looking for some simple game mechanics in a short (less than) five hour game, then it’s not the worst thing you can be playing.

I’ve been playing against Usagi704 in some of his stash of lesser known fighting games as of late. One of those games, which I also have, is Fighter’s History on the SNES. My main character is Ray who is the most Ryu/Ken like fighter, but he still doesn’t play exactly like either of those Street Fighter counterparts.

I also took the liberty of finishing Fighter’s History on the Hardest CPU difficulty level with Ray. I could cheese several opponents with Dynamite Tackle (→ → Punch) again and again. Even the first of two bosses, Clown, was a joke with this tactic (pun intended).

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Game of the Year 2014 – Favorite Revisit

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A number of games I have I’ll sometimes go back to them. This is especially the case if it’s short and going to be a quick session to play through. Arcade games fit this bill perfectly. Whether it be Mortal Kombat Trilogy, Contra, Ninja Warriors on Super Nintendo, or the fun horror game Splatterhouse on TG-16 (played during my Halloween Gaming Event). It’s always great to go back to these titles.

The one which caught my attention in 2014 was the arcade version of Robocop by Data East. It’s a bit tricky when it asks the player to level traversal that’s more than walk to the right, but otherwise it’s fun. It reminds me of a roller skating rink I used to go to and this blog post I mentioned it before in. All of this was spurred on by my purchase of the remastered in 4K Blu-ray edition of the original movie I picked up back in February.

Last year my favorite revisit was Tomb Raider: Legend and this year’s was Robocop!

Data East Arcade Classics

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Just like in August of last year, I ordered Data East Arcade Classics on Glyde and it was cancelled for me. I can only assume this was done because the seller didn’t have the game anymore, but decided not to take their listing down. Unlike last time, though, I purchased it on eBay with no trouble whatsoever.

The following list below are the 15 arcade games included in Data East Arcade Classics for the Wii. Six of the games are, for some reason, using either the Japanese or European titles. Those are marked with an asterisk.

Bad Dudes vs. Dragon Ninja
Burger Time
Burnin’ Rubber*
Caveman Ninja*
Crude Buster*
Express Raider*
Heavy Barrel
Lock ‘n’ Chase
Magical Drop III
Peter Pepper’s Ice Cream Factory
Secret Agent*
Side Pocket
Street Hoop*
Super Real Darwin
Wizard Fire

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Falling Blocks and Robocop

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As I promised I now give you those three arcade games I finished in the last two months I’d mentioned at the end of my last blog post.

Around the time I had purchased the excellent new Blu-ray edition of the 1987 Robocop, I had thought about my memories of playing the Data East arcade game from 1988. Those few times playing said game was in the very early ’90s at a local rollerskating rink as I recalled before. I also watched a video on Retroware TV’s site covering this game and the arcade sequel, which wasn’t nearly as good.

Anyways, off I went to play this Robocop game via MAME, of course. It’s biggest treat is probably the sound effects. This includes a number of voice samples and the sound for when the gun is brought out. Even if getting to the end and exposing Dick Jones to high altitude oxygen isn’t possible, Robocop is still a fun romp of arcade action.

I had said I played Fortified Zone on the Game Boy recently. It was made by Bases Loaded developer Jaleco. This is the same company that made a pair of Tetris arcade games for Japan called Tetris Plus. I tried both and prefer Tetris Plus 2. It’s main game mode has the player clear a set number of lines in each round. It’s the same as Game B in many of the older Nintendo published home versions. There are fewer lines overall in each round to clear in this 1997 title, but it’s still good ol’ challenging Tetris without infinite rotation. You know, the way it was meant to be played!

Metamorphic Force is a Konami beat-’em-up released in 1993. It uses the same engine as the previous year’s X-Men game and has similar fun and frantic gameplay. The four characters available are also mutants, but not in the Marvel comics way. A power up item allows for them to transform into a specific beast, bull, wolf, panther, or bear. It’s a bit more of a button-masher than X-Men was, but still lots of fun. The music, as you might have heard, is some kick ass metal! A few downsides is in human form the characters can’t throw enemies, the wolf is particularly weaker than the other three (sorry, SonicHomeboy :P), and quarter munching was a big problem with this title. In that I mean even if you don’t take damage your character’s health still drains slowly. Otherwise, the game, as I keep saying, it quite fun!

Thanks for reading. Now go play some arcade games! :D

Favorite Game Music: Volume VII

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From the popular to the strange to the unknown, he’s another list of my favorite video game music!

* Stage 4 part 2 from Konami’s Metamorphic Force (ARC)
* Lab 1 from from WayForward’s Double Dragon Neon
* Mango Tango from WayForward’s Double Dragon Neon
* Amaterasu theme from Capcom’s Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds
* Zero theme from Capcom’s Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds
* Stage 2 & 5 from Data East’s Bad Dudes (NES)
* Stage 2 from Natsume’s Shadow of the Ninja (NES)
* Germany course from SNK’s Neo Turf Masters (ARC)
* USA course from SNK’s Neo Turf Masters (ARC)
* Splash Wave from Sega’s Outrun 2006: Coast 2 Coast (PS2, XBOX)

New Releases 2010: Feb. 7-20

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NEW GAMES FOR THE WEEK OF 2/7
BioShock 2 (PC, PS3, X360)
Dante’s Inferno (X360, PS3)
Darwinia+ (XBL)
Star Ocean The Last Hope: International (PS3)
Stargate Resistance (PC)
Super Monkey Ball: Step & Roll (WII)

NEW GAMES FOR THE WEEK OF 2/14
Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth (DS)
Aliens vs. Predator (PS3, PC, X360)
Data East Arcade Classics (WII)
Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce (X360, PS3)
Everquest II: Sentinel’s Fate (PC)
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Justice for All (WII)
Ragnarok DS (DS)
Resident Evil 5 Alternative Edition (PS3, X360)
SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo 3 (PSP)