Game of the Year 2013 – Biggest Surprise

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For whatever reason we all have expectations of how much we might enjoy a game before we ever play it. This guides our decision making when deciding which games to buy out of the many sold to us each year. Sometimes we’re surprised that a game most people didn’t like very much we found to be entertaining. Here’s some of those games now.

As I covered in my Favorite Guilty Pleasure award, Bionic Commando 2009 was quite the surprise after enough shit was thrown in its general direction. Most gamers were shocked at how the same developer could also have a hand in the remake of the original NES classic.

In a similar fashion, the praise given to the original F.E.A.R. (particularly on the PC) was glowing. With the horror aspects downplayed quite a bit F.E.A.R. 3 wasn’t as well received. Not being a fan of the horror genre I was fine with this. As it so happened I was not expecting much, but what I got was a bit better. The single player game is fun, but the co-op and online modes were all keeping me playing longer than it had a right to.

Check out my blog posts U.N.F.E.A.R. 3 and Now Playing: June 2013 for more of my thoughts on F.E.A.R. 3.

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Now Playing: June 2013

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Five games total played for the previous 30 days. Initially I played Wonder Boy in Monster World via PSN, but it was too old school for me despite being of that gaming era myself. Check out my detailed thoughts on the game in the previous update.

In a second update a little over a week ago, I talked about playing with the GPY clan in Burnout Paradise and going through the single player story missions in F.E.A.R. 3 along with RivalShadeX.

In F.E.A.R. 3 we had completed up through Interval 5 at the time. Since then RivalShadeX and I finished the game twice. Both of us played as each character and it was fun times indeed. We also played some multiplayer modes as well. These are co-op too. There’s the typical wave survival mode, a possession mode (Soul King) to get more points than other players, and a mode called “F***ING RUN!” where a “wall of death” is always closing in. Players need to keep moving while taking out enemies along the way. I was surprised as anybody would be that there were a couple others playing this. I had to create the games, of course.

The other two games played was Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 on the Super Nintendo and Double Dragon on the Game Boy. I just played around on UMK3 a little bit with some cheat codes. Shao Khan didn’t allow me to have an easy finished game to add to my list for this year.

Double Dragon also didn’t work out in this fashion either. This edition on the Game Boy isn’t nearly as easy as the sequel was. The first two missions are simple enough. It’s midway through Mission 3 where the pits of death and Abobos come out to play. It wouldn’t be so bad if losing a life started you at least somewhat close to where you died. Not the case here. A life loss means you return to the very start of the mission. I wasn’t able to get any further than the first set of moving platforms in Mission 4. Everyone knows the platforming in the Double Dragon series never worked out well. It’s what sadly does me in and you can watch my downfall in my 18+ minute video.

Thanks for reading and viewing.

Peace!

U.N.F.E.A.R. 3

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It has been fun this last seven days. On Friday I got back into Burnout Paradise thanks to a GPY game event. I was joined by fellow members RivalShadeX, madtyger, and SonicHomeboy. Sadly usagi704 couldn’t play as planned because his PS3 wasn’t reading discs. He’s in the process of getting it fixed.

The rest of us played on and it was the usual high speed fun that I’ve now racked up 430 hours playing since 2008. That’s about 86 hours a year or around 7.1 hours a month. If you ask me, I won the event based on those hours played alone. :P

The other GPY-ish game I played was F.E.A.R. 3. I started it on Sunday the 9th in co-op with RivalShadeX. Since then we’ve played three different times completing five stages (or as the game calls them, Intervals).

I’ve hosting all the games therefore I play as Point Man and Rival plays as Paxton Fettel. Both play very different and this reminded me of the multiplayer Half-Life modification called Vampire Slayer. I loved this mod as it also played very differently depending on if you chose to play as a slayer or a vampire.

Two things are a certainly about F.E.A.R. 3. It’s quite fun to play this game co-op and it’s not scary in the least. I’ve heard that madtyger finds this game scary to the point that when I asked if she’d like to co-op with me if Rival wasn’t able to I was told “hehehehe…no” and “My nerves are made from cooked spaghetti noodles.” I’m not a fan of the horror genre because I don’t enjoy being scared, but F.E.A.R. 3 just isn’t frightening to me. Regardless, I am having a great time talking and co-oping with Rival.

One last thing.

I bought Batman: Arkham City on Saturday. It only cost $15 at my favorite local game store, It’s About Games.

Here’s the tweet I put out before I bought it.

Below is the game as it is now with replacement case. Beautiful, isn’t it?

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Thanks for reading. Peace!

Now Playing: August ’09

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Here’s the quick list of what I’ve been playing.

Jackal (NES)
Ninja Gaiden (NES)
Retro Game Challenge (DS)
Fracture (PS3)
Sega Genesis Collection (PSP)
The King of Fighters ’98 Ultimate Match (PS2)
The Punisher (PS2)

For the usual details check out this video.

I want to thank everybody who voted in my last blog post for the game that I’ll look for to purchase some time in the next month.

The winner is Castlevania II: Belmont’s Revenge!

9 – Castlevania II (GB)
7 – Einhander (PS)
6 – Double Dragon II (GB)
4 – Wild Guns (SNES)
3 – Resident Evil Gaiden (GBC)

Not to worry for those that may still want to cast their votes. You can do that in the comments section for this post.

Again thanks for voting and watching the video. Later!

Now Playing: July ’09

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The Game of the Month award makes its return for this month’s Now Playing.

The game that’s worthy of the award is the fantastic Crash Commando for the PlayStation Network. I really enjoyed the demo and I was about to pay the full $10 for the game until it went on sale for a week at $5. I snatched that up real quick and the online play has been a blast. It’s back up to $10, but still worth it.

Over the past month I somehow was able to keep with Mercenaries 2: World in Flames until I finished the game. Now that it’s out of the way I can play a game that’s at least a little better in that there’s not a ton of glitches.

I’ve also started Fracture, but not recently. I’m sure that I probably would’ve been done with it already, but I made Mercenaries 2 and The Punisher more of a priority. Fracture’s a fairly decent game, but don’t go paying much for it since the online portion of the game is dead at this point.

Speaking of The Punisher, I added another three videos to this ongoing Let’s Play of the game that I’m doing. Part 13 has a really easy battle with a tank since you can lob grenades with a grenade launcher over the cover that’s provided as you’ll see me do in the video.

Finally, the high score challenge that’s been done in the past over on retrowaretv.com’s forums has started up again. The most recent one was Balloon Fight where I scored 50,250. Granted that was just my first and only try. The top score was 428,000. Crazy!

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

Gaming Update incl. Saints Row 2

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I’m not usually into doing the whole gaming updates as others are, but I decided to make an exception this time since I have a few things that I do want to cover.

About a week ago I had everybody choose two out of the 12 games that I listed that I’d play next. If you didn’t see my comment in that post with the results, then I’ll list them here.

8 – Saints Row 2
4 – Metal Slug 3 via Metal Slug Anthology
4 – Gungrave
4 – Gunstar Super Heroes
3 – Strider 2
3 – Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror
2 – Lost Planet: Extreme Condition
2 – Final Fantasy via Final Fantasy Origins
1 – The Legend of Kage 2
1 – Spy Hunter: Nowhere to Run
1 – Retro Game Challenge
0 – Tomb Raider: The Prophecy

I honestly hoped that Lost Planet and Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror would’ve been the two top choices, but I’ve since played Metal Slug 3 and Saints Row 2 and I’ve been having a blast! I was kind of surprised that these two games, which were of the randomly selected group, would be as fun as they are.

I finished Metal Slug 3 fairly quickly, but little did I know how difficult it was. Before I found the global options for difficulty, auto fire, and control config, I was playing it on Normal. Despite the game kicking my ass, I still managed to make it to the beginning of the final mission before running out of continues. I’d say that’s pretty good for a first time run through of the game.

After finishing Viking: Battle For Asgard, I moved onto Saints Row 2.

I find some of the characters to be hilarious such as Johnny Gat and the drug dealing mom, who was funny when she got all excited about my character breaking her out of jail.

Speaking of my character, I didn’t really do much with the details since I did just want to get playing the actual game. However, I do like how he came out. I gave him a British accent with a Steven Seagal style ponytail that’s colored pink to brown and, no matter what clothes he wears, they’re always colored black, red, and light gray.

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Below are a few things that I picked up recently at Best Buy. Aside from The Dark Knight, which I got back in January, the rest were all for a total of less than $60. Fracture was $20, Face/Off was also $20, and the fifth season of ER was surprisingly $17. I think that the first four seasons that I bought were about $40 each when I originally got them years ago.

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I have two SNES games from eBay coming real soon. They’re some hard-to-find ones that, when compared to eStarland.com’s prices, were really good deals.

Until then! :)