New Releases 2011: Week of Sept. 25

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This looks like the week of rereleases, but at least they’re all good. You could easily spend a bundle of money on just these reissues of Phantasy Star on PSP, Code Veronica X, ICO, Shadow of the Colossus, and Splinter Cell.

My pick is one of the final DS games worth getting: Solatorobo. It has a connection to a 1999 PS1 game called Tail Concerto by the same developer.

Atelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland (PS3)
Castlevania: Harmony of Despair (PS3)
Civilization V – Game of the Year Edition (PC)
Driver: San Francisco (PC)
Phantasy Star Defender’s Pack (PSP)
Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 (PS3, X360)
Resident Evil Code: Veronica X HD (PS3, X360)
Solatorobo: Red the Hunter (DS)
The ICO & Shadow of the Colossus Collection (PS3)
Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Classic Trilogy HD (PS3)
X-Men: Destiny (PS3, X360, WII, DS)

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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)

E3 2010 As I Saw It: The Ubisoft Press Conference

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I was on twitter during the whole conference throwing out my thoughts. Here’s a straight copy and paste of what I had said.

CHILD OF EDEN
* Ubisoft conference opens with weird hand motions for on screen effects.

* Opening was Tetsuya Mizuguchi playing Child of Eden on Kinect.

* Joel McHale back to present again this year. Hopefully he’s better this time.

* Again with the dissing of controllers. It’s like a cuss word now.

ASSASSIN’S CREED: BROTHERHOOD
* New Assassin’s Creed announced with trailer. Placed in Rome this time.

* Ezio is back and this time everybody knows about him.

* Nov. 16th release date with the subtitle Brotherhood.

* PS3 gameplay shows a lot of building destruction. Impressive visuals.

* I don’t know how I exactly feel about Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, but the crowd definitely liked it.

SHAUN WHITE SKATEBOARDING
* Next up we are shown a trailer for a skateboarding game with Shaun White. He also appears on stage with unfunny McHale.

* They’re talking about White’s career. Not interesting.

* Is it just me or does all of McHale’s jokes fail outright?

* The camera in the PS3 gameplay footage looks to be too far down near the ground.

* I don’t understand the point of being able to create phantom rails to get higher than normal.

BATTLE TAG
* Why are there people playing laser tag in the audience?

* I’ve been waiting for this? How do they know such things?

* Does that say Battle Tag?

* They did a terrible job of selling that game. I still don’t think they ever said the name of it.

* Don’t bother with anymore jokes, McHale. You are BOMBING is conference out!

INNERGY
* I’ll just pretend I didn’t see Innergy or whatever it’s called.

MOTION SPORTS
* Kinect titles being shown for skiing, soccer, and football. *sigh*

* We already saw a Your Shape demo at Microsoft’s conf. and I didn’t care then.

* For me to get excited you REALLY need to not be showing this right now!

* Please have her go over and punch the two guys on stage. That’s the only way I’ll enjoy this.

RAVING RABBIDS: TRAVEL IN TIME
* The Rabbids return in a trailer that has Back to the Future style text.

GHOST RECON: FUTURE SOLDIER
* New Ghost Recon trailer shown.

* Xbox gameplay of Ghost Recon: Future Solider up now.

* The invisibility camo looks pretty neat.

* The general gameplay looks fun. It’s also jumping on the 3D craze as well.

DRIVER: SAN FRANCISCO
* Looks and sounds like a ’70s racing game.

* Ah. I see it’s Driver: San Fransisco. I’ve never cared much for the series and I’ve only played the first one.

* Characters of Tanner and Jericho are back and the dev. claims it’ll feel like the original game. Also has licensed cars.

* The player has the ability to jump from car to car similar to how Battlefield 2: Modern Combat did from soldier to soldier.

* Ubisoft CEO Yves out to show three new projects in awesome broken English. :D

PROJECT DUST
* Project #1 is “Project DUST” Yves calls it a game, but that trailer didn’t make it look like one.

RAYMAN: ORIGINS
* New 2D Rayman game shown in a trailer.

* Subtitled Origins, it looks to be a downloadable title.

MANIAPLANET
* New game called ManiaPlanet. Comprises of Trackmania (racing), ShootMania (FPS), QuestMania (RPG).

* Ubisoft ends with a Michael Jackson game!

* Can they get on with it? I don’t need to see their poor man’s version of the Beat It music video.

* Nevermind. That last segment was completely random and entirely pointless.

Overall it started off good, but started to go downhill with the puzzling start to the Battle Tag segment. It picked up slightly with the new Ghost Recon game, but then ended with no reasons given to why they played and danced to an MJ song.

Now Playing: January ’08

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It’s been a pretty fun month with the nine games that I’ve played. Let’s get to it.

First up is the fighting games which were, of course, played with some exciting vs. mode action. Mortal Kombat 4 and Ultimate Mortal Kombat were the two games this month where Usagi704 and myself went at it. MK4 was in 2-on-2 vs. mode and the newly bought UMK on the DS was fun online and off.

The games that I played the least of were Driver and Dynasty Warriors 3. In Driver, I simply played for a few minutes setting some high scores in the cross-town checkpoint driving game. Over on DW3, I played a quick mission in free mode, but I doubt that 35 minutes is all that quick. :lol:

After playing Twisted Metal: Black for only a few minutes the verdict was in…this game is HARD and then you get out the cheats and actually have some fun. :P I played through the story mode with each and every character. I found Sweet Tooth and the Preacher’s stories to be the best of the bunch.

I achieved two things with Contra and Super C. For Contra I beat the game without the 30 lives code and only died once. In Super C, I finished the domestic version with the 10 lives code and continuing only once. A few days later a beat it again with the code, but this time without using a continue.

Now we come to the game of the month. I did play quite a bit of Burnout Paradise (PS3), even completing a number of three-player challenges online with VixDiesel and s0njas0n.

That’s not the game of the month, however. That honor would have to go to the NES classic Ninja Gaiden. I played the game throughout the month on both the NES and Famicom. For years the farthest stage I was able to reach was 5-3. Now I’m always able to get to stage 6-2! You know that stage 6-2 is really difficult if there exists an FAQ that’s solely for helping gamers with that stage.

That’s it for now. Check back for my next two blog entries. The first one will show my four newly acquired games and the second one will ask about Sonic the Hedgehog 3.

Bases Empty

As I noted in my last collection blog post, I had bought three NES games that didn’t work so well. All I had left to return and replace was Bases Loaded. I replaced it with another NES game that I remember renting all of those years ago. That game was Demon Sword.

Here’s the full list of games that I bought this time.

Castlevania: Bloodlines (GEN) – game only; good
Demon Sword (NES) – game & manual; excellent
Driver (PS) – complete; good

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Condition scale: Excellent, Great, Good, Fair, Bad, Poor

Bad Games by Good Developers: Reflections

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I guess that this time I really should have titled the post “Good Games by Bad Developers.” The reason being is because unlike the previous one, with Naughty Dog, Reflections made a good game for their first time on a home console and after that there’s been little good since. The first game was Destruction Derby on the original PlayStation. It gave me my crazy car crashing fix before Criterion Games showed up with the Burnout series.

After loving the first Destruction Derby game. I was sure that I’d like its sequel. I did to an extent, but it wasn’t nearly as fun to play. From then on I didn’t sign up for the excitement anymore. In fact, that series was so off my radar that I didn’t realize, until more recently, that three other Destruction Derby games where made.

In mid-1999, Reflections started a new driving game series called Driver. I remember the TV ads being everywhere and I received it as a gift, even through I wasn’t looking to get it. The cheat codes for no damage and no police was the only way I remember being able to enjoy the game. Even then I was bored with it pretty quickly.

As you can see, I was happy with Reflections’ first console offer in Destruction Derby. But, soon after they went downhill and have yet to return.

GamePro magazine scans:
* Destruction Derby (888×1242, 536 KB)
* Destruction Derby 2 (920×1246, 529 KB)
* Driver (913×1250, 388 KB)

Destruction Derby 2 gameplay videos:
* Black Sail Valley
* Red Pike Arena