Now Playing: December 2015

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Most gamers are probably familiar with Quantum of Solace on the PS3 and Xbox 360 where the game is a first-person shooter, as is the case with most 007 games. However Quantum of Solace on the PlayStation 2 is a third-person game developed by Eurocom instead of Call of Duty mainstays at Treyarch. Since this version of the game was released for an older generation of system at the time in 2008, it gets a smaller budget and looks worse than PS2 games from 2004. It gets the job done, but is overall of obvious poorer quality.

The game itself is nothing to write home about. It tries to act like stealth matters at different points, but unless it’s forced upon you, I never felt the need to do so. The best sections of the game was where you’d be chasing an enemy and needed to keep up. The worst aspect was hacking doors/cameras and the QTEs. Skip this game unless you like mental pain.

Free Radical Design’s PS3 exclusive game, Haze, was the next one played. This is an FPS and an mediocre one at best. The story of the game has a good message, but it’s bluntly ham-fisted that it feels forced. Both sides of the conflict are extreme opposites of being angelic and the devil. Most of the game you’ll play as the rebels and I felt it was much more fun for it. Regardless, you can skip this game too unless you like wishing Haze was “the shit” instead of mostly shit.

I’m currently playing TRON: Evolution because I felt the need for some Prince of Persia wall running and platforming in my life. It is as good as ever, but with the cool TRON visuals. Combat can be frustrating at first, but once you get the bomb and stasis discs the fighting is much more fun. You can be creative and slow your enemies down and then pummel them. Of the three games I played this month, TRON: Evolution comes recommended to fans of the Prince of Persia games.

Now Playing: November 2015

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The original Twisted Metal from 1995 was the game I asked for votes on and it won. I played it and it definitely has the core of what made this car combat game a success, it doesn’t always do it well. The sequel certainly did it better and what I’m talking about is the arenas you find yourself in for battle. Most are large open areas, but the first level is inside a large circus tent which is much too small for what you need to do. World Tour did this much better with more varied and smart design choices. It’s not to say you can’t have fun with this initial outing, but it certainly doesn’t compare well against the much improved Twisted Metal 2.

Quantum of Solace is the current game I’m focusing on. This is the PlayStation 2 edition which differs from the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions. It’s a third-person shooter with some stealth sequences. Those stealth portions aren’t very good in practice during the 30 minutes I’ve played so far. I don’t think I can melee an enemy once they see me. Also, aiming a precise shot is more difficult than it needs to be. I’ll see how this game continues before I call it a done deal.

Advance Twisted Solace

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A few days after I gave my thoughts on Evil Dead: Regeneration in my Now Playing: October 2015, I ended up finishing the game. My thoughts haven’t changed so you can read them at the link provided.

Onto another game I wanted to play and it was Advance Guardian Heroes on the Game Boy Advance. It’s a Treasure developed beat-’em-up in the same series as the Saturn classic Guardian Heroes. Unlike that game, Advance Guardian Heroes gets a bad rap and I never knew exactly why.

Once I played and finished it I figured it might be due to the different times throughout the game where the framerate takes a big hit. Trust me when I say that this isn’t as big of a deal as it may seem. I’m sure it’ll bug some gamers to no end, but those people are going to be few and far between.

I played on Easy and built my characters stats in a style of a “glass cannon.” It was all about the damage for me. If you want a considerably higher challenge, then I suggest you play on Normal or higher. I played purely for enjoyment and you may want more than the simple, easy-going satisfying experience I had.

Moving on I tested out the new poll feature on Twitter and I asked what other game I should play. The original PS1 Twisted Metal was the winner. I doubt I’ll get very far in it, but I’ll give it a shot. I also have Quantum of Solace on tap and ready to go after seeing Spectre earlier this week. It’s the version on PlayStation 2 which is a 3rd person shooter and not in 1st person like its counterpart on PS3/X360 is.

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HART & USAGI PODCAST #70 – October 7th 2015 (@HartandUsagi)
Matt and Mike chat Edge’s top 100 video games list, Nintendo and Fair Use, the original PlayStation, etc.
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SPACE SUPLEX #24 – November 3rd 2015 (@SpaceSuplex)
Anthony and Matt chat Hell in a Cell 2015.
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Fun Times In Movie & Game World

My final original PlayStation game is here. It’s NBA Showtime: NBA on NBC and it feels like NBA Jam, but with the added feels of the 1990s NBC presentation. The theme they used at the time is is freaking awesome.

I got this game off of eBay. The seller refused to give positive feedback despite getting it from me. They didn’t like that I said the smell of smoke was on it in my feedback. It’s the truth and I don’t care if they don’t like that. The fucker can keep my positive feedback. I hope they choke on it.

Also below is listed a stack of movies and TV shows I recently bought from Best Buy. I had to return The Bourne Identity because the case was crap. I was treated as if I was trying to do something illegal. I’m guessing if they’d keep the case as it was then I should to. I’m very sorry my idea of quality is just too high for Best fucking Buy.

The Bourne Identity
The Italian Job
The Matrix
Knight Rider (Season One)
Xena: Warrior Princess (Season Four)

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The Stories of Vice City

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Back in Decemeber of 2010 I thought I had bought my last PlayStation 2 games in Castlevania: Lament of Innocence and Power Rangers: Super Legends. All that I really wanted I had. However this was not to be the case. I ended up purchasing Burnout 2: Point of Impact the next February and God Hand (plus two others) in May.

I guess it was as Usagi704 say to me: “You are not ever really finished getting PS2 games.” He must know what he is talking about Because I had been thinking of getting Grand Theft Auto: Vice City mainly for the fantastic ’80s soundtrack. When I found the PS2 port of the PSP title Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, I figured that will do just as good.

Seeing a good cheap price on these other two titles made for an easy decision to buy. I do own the Gamecube version of Power Rangers Dino Thunder, but who wants to actually use that system’s controller for third party games? (Joking, but serious, but still joking.)

Spyro: A Hero’s Tail was one I picked up to see if this entry in that series can be more entertaining than I felt Year of the Dragon was on the original PlayStation.

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My Latest Round of New Additions to the Collective

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Over the last week I’ve added new game and TV titles to my ever growing collection.

I tried to purchase Ys: The Oath in Felghana off of Glyde, but the seller I guess decided to not sell the game in the end. This sent me to eStarland to find it. While they didn’t have this Ys III remake, they did have Ys I & II Chronicles. I didn’t care which of the two PSP titles I got. I just wanted one of them. So I decided to go with that and added Goldeneye 007: Reloaded on for good measure.

Another game store I’ve mentioned before, Gameplay Unlimited, is about an hour out of town, but it’s probably the best I been to that isn’t local. I couldn’t find anything from my wish list, but I did remember the Dragon Ball Z Game Retropective done late last year by ProJared once I saw a bunch of DBZ GBA carts. After some research on my phone I picked up Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors (covered in part 3 of the retrospective).

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Finally the newly released game that a big beat-’em-up fan like me can’t do without at $10 less than the usual retail price…Dragon’s Crown. I doubt this game needs to be explained other than to say it’s a ++10/10!

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I happened to stumble upon these Star Trek: Fan Collective DVD sets and because I didn’t know about them I thought they were new. As it turns out they’re six years old. I found this out when I was inserting them into my spreadsheet/collection database. Regardless, I have been on a Star Trek: The Next Generation kick as of the last two weeks and felt these themed sets were perfect. I bought two sets; one on the Borg and the other focusing on all five television show’s captains entitled “Captain’s Log.” There is one other of these sets themed for Q which I’d also like to get at some point.

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Legend To Loser

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I was excited for 007 Legends when it was initially announced back in mid-April. The idea of taking several of the films and bringing them into one video game isn’t a bad idea by any stretch of the imagination. Unfortunately, Eurocom didn’t have any idea how to do it.

The game was advertised as having six missions based on the five chosen films of yesterday (Moonraker, On Her Majesty‚Äôs Secret Service, Licence To Kill, Die Another Day, and Goldfinger) and the 2012 movie, Skyfall. To an extent this is false because the Skyfall mission was kept back as DLC. Granted it’s going to be released at no extra cost, but it’s still ridiculous. One would argue it’s to avoid spoiling the film itself. Well, you all should know how I feel about this. It’s a lame ass excuse. Exercise some self-control and don’t buy the game until you see the movie. Case closed. If I don’t mind playing said mission before hand then that should be my decision to make not the developers. This is all well and good if the game is at least decent. Sadly it’s not.

After reading the reviews listed at the bottom of this blog post and viewing Giant Bomb’s Quick Look for the game, I can safely say 007 Legends deserves the bashing it’s getting. It’s very disappointing how this game ended up. I’ll be talking about the first mission based on Goldfinger since that’s what the quick look showed.

A criticism of the previous Goldeneye remake was that Pierce Brosnan was replaced by the current actor playing Bond, Daniel Craig. The same happens here in all the missions. The reasons for this decision be damned since I never saw it as a problem. However, lines aren’t always delivered correctly. In fact the most iconic line in the franchise’s history (Bond, James Bond) is delivered half-heartedly as just “James Bond.”

Another odd choice, which is a glaring one, is the technology featured in past decades where the movies took place. Goldfinger is of the 1960s and the fashion, characters, and architect is correct, but the technology is of present day. This clashes greatly as Bond uses a slim smartphone and a 2012 automobile in 1964. A time travel story this isn’t.

Goldfinger himself is portrayed incorrectly. He talks about the same things as in the film about how he’s all about making his stash of gold worth more. But for whatever reason he has a fighter jet assembly plant and it consists of tech you’d see today. Wrong, Eurocom, just wrong. Goldfinger’s rumpus room is also much smaller here and doesn’t actually resemble the original in anyway. There’s many more differences which I won’t get into and are likely multiplied by five considering how many more there are with the other missions.

When I was watching the quick look, I was actually getting bored. It’s clearly a sign that even the gameplay itself isn’t all that fun. I guess this game isn’t for shooter fans and, as I already covered it, obviously isn’t for Bond fans. So who is this game for? I assume it’s for the non-Bond fans that somehow enjoy a poorly done Call of Duty style experience.

REVIEWS:
IGN
Game Informer
GamesRadar
Giant Bomb
Joystiq