Games Finished In 2015

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The list below shows every game that I finished in 2015. The total number comes to 22. That’s down 24 from 2014.

September proved to be the best month for beating games with 5 in total. The monthly average throughout the year was 1.8.

1. Tomb Raider (PS3) – 1/22
2. Castlevania II: Belmont’s Revenge (GB) – 2/19
3. Far Cry 3 (PS3) – 4/16
4. Power Rangers Time Force (GBA) – 4/19
5. CT Special Forces (GBA) – 4/29
6. The Scorpion King: Sword of Osiris (GBA) – 5/12
7. Wario Land 4 (GBA) – 5/17
8. Solatorobo: Red the Hunter (DS) – 6/20
9. Enslaved: Odyssey to the West (PS3) – 7/10
10. Call of Juarez: Gunslinger (PSN) – 7/24
11. Rush’n Attack: Ex-Patriot (PSN) – 9/7
12. Fighter’s History (SFC) – 9/7
13. Fighter’s History (ARC) – 9/13
14. Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon (PSN) – 9/22
15. NBA Give ‘N Go (SNES) – 9/27
16. Demon’s Souls (PS3) – 10/12
17. Evil Dead: Regeneration (PS2) – 11/3
18. Advance Guardian Heroes (GBA) – 11/11
19. Twisted Metal (PS) – 11/17
20. Quantum of Solace (PS2) – 12/8
21. Haze (PS3) – 12/17
22. TRON: Evolution (PS3) – 12/30

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)

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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Bottom 10 Owned Games

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The following list is the ten games in my collection that have the lowest amount of total GameSpot members owning as well.

Raging Fighter (GB) – 16
NBA Action starring David Robinson (GG) – 31
Dragon’s Revenge (GEN) & Pong/Asteroids/Yar’s Revenge (GBA) – 33
Natural Selection (PC) – 36
VR Troopers (GEN) – 38
Raiden Trad (GEN) & Tomb Raider: Legend (GBA) – 39
The Combatribes (SNES) – 41
Fighter’s History (SNES) & Nanostray 2 (DS) – 47
Dragon’s Fury (GEN) – 49
Crue Ball (GEN) – 54

SOME INTERESTING GAME INFO
I’m sure that most of you have never heard of Raging Fighter. It’s a Konami fighting game and I think it was the first of that genre to be released for the Game Boy at the time. I was huge into fighting games at the time so it was great to have something on the go.

Natural Selection is actually a modification for the original Half-Life that was very unique in that one team played very different from the other. Another HL mod that was like that was Vampire Slayer.

Hard rock/heavy metal fans will probably be wondering about the Genesis title, Crue Ball. If it sounds like a pinball game with the Motley Crue license, then you’d be correct.

How’s the bottom of your collection list looking right now?

Calypso Grants My Wish

Watch out! Here comes a massive collection update. Behold 19 game additions and one system.

Last Thursday I went out to local store #1, It’s About Games. I did so for the GBA SP system. I was going to try and find the Pearl Blue system with the brighter screen, but that was proving to be extremely difficult to find. At least now I’ll have a color that will match the God of War edition PSP this June. I also added a single NES game to the order.

Game Boy Advance SP (red) – system & AC adapter (complete); excellent
Double Dragon III: The Sacred Stones (NES) – game only; great

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The next day I stopped by Gamestop after a haircut. I wasn’t planning to get Spy Hunter, but at $2.99 I couldn’t pass that up. I made sure that I was really at Gamestop when I saw that price on a decently reviewed game. :D

Spy Hunter (PS2) – complete; fair

After that I decided to make the trip to Shelby to see what Stickman’s had in stock. As usual they didn’t disappoint, especially with the selection of Super NES games. I bought nine SNES games along with the original Twisted Metal game in the early PlayStation longbox.

Ranma 1/2: Hard Battle (SNES) – game only; great
Fighter’s History (SNES) – game only; fair
NBA Jam (SNES) – game only; excellent
Fatal Fury 2 (SNES) – game only; fair
The Lion King (SNES) – game only; great
Robocop Versus The Terminator (SNES) – game only; great
WWF Raw (SNES) – game only; excellent
Aero Fighters (SNES) – game only; good
Mickey Mania: The Timeless Adventures of Mickey Mouse (SNES) – game only; great
Twisted Metal (PS) – complete; good

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Those two days were great and then I received my eStarland.com order on Saturday. I ordered all of the Twisted Metal games that they had. The reason I got TMIII and TM4 is because I wanted to see first hand what’s wrong with them. I also had my eye on Mercs for the Genesis for some time once I found out that it had been released on a home console. I always liked that game in the arcade and since I didn’t have a Genesis during that time, I was totally unaware that it was ever on that system. It was a nice surprise when I read that on Wikipedia.

Destruction Derby (PS) – complete; good
Twisted Metal: Small Brawl (PS) – new
Twisted Metal III (PS) – complete; excellent
Twisted Metal 4 (PS) – complete; great
Mercs (GEN) – complete; excellent
Max Payne (PS2) – complete; good
Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne (PS2) – complete; excellent

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To paraphrase Calypso: “I am Hart704, and I thank you for visiting my blog.”

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Now Playing: June ’07

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For the first part of June I played a number of games (4) with Usagi704. First we co-oped in The Red Star to about stage ten. The other three games were of the one-on-one fighting variety and consisted of Super Street Fighter II on the Genesis with the sweet 6-button controllers (10W-12L) and on the Saturn with Street Fighter: The Movie and Fighter’s History Dynamite.

On my own I played some more of WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain in season mode with Matt Hardy, beat Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers three times in two days, and after viewing this speed run of Excitebike, I was trying some of it myself.

In NBA ShootOut ’98 I usually play with 2 minute quarters, but this time I wanted to see just how crazy the final score would be with 12 minute quarters. It was crazy alright. Like 456 points crazy with 130 of those points going to just one player! Even the overall team stats at the end of the game showed a triple-triple in points, assists, and blocks.

The main game that I’m playing through right now is God of War II. I’m almost finished with my first time through. As of this post I’m up to the point right before the Phoenix Chamber. The puzzles in this game have given me the most problems. More so than in the previous game. My favorite of these puzzles has to be the one entitled “Bodies In The Water” by the GameSpot Game Guide.

In a few days I should have a certain classic Sega Genesis game arriving and it will be a complete copy. Can you guess what it is?

The Days of the Arcades

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Recently I’d read a blog post by Wil Wheaton on suicidegirls.com. In it he talks about how important arcades were for those of us that grew up during the 1980s. Being one of those people, I found a lot of what he said to hit home with me. The following post will be quotes from the article with a commentary of sorts talking about how it relates to me.

Donkey Kong will forever be associated with Verdugo Bowling Alley in La Crescenta…

Park Lanes is the name of the bowling alley where I live. I remember such arcade games as Mortal Kombat II, Fighter’s History, and the terrible Time Killers being there. They even had Capcom Bowling. I guess that made sense. It was the only place that I’d ever seen it.

Another Nintendo staple, Punch Out!!, takes me back to Malibu Grand Prix, a Southern California staple in the pre-lawsuit-as-lottery ’80s where adults could race cars around a twisty track while their kids played mini golf outside or tons of video games inside.

I remember going a few times to a location of Malibu Grand Prix. I couldn’t tell you where it was. Maybe somewhere outside of Columbus, OH. That’s my best guess. The game that comes to mind was a hacked version of Street Fighter II: The World Warrior. During the demo the word “ACCELERATOR” would appear on screen. When I played it as Ryu I soon was against a CPU controlled Ryu. With both fighters having the same color outfits, it was certainly difficult to tell who was who. The tokens that they had were of the oddly shaped variety. One side was what you’d expect, but the opposite side of the token had about three slots cut into it. It was the same with where you’d insert the token. I haven’t seen anything like it since.

Crystal Castles, Demolition Derby (did anyone ever get to see more of that girl between levels?), and Journey conjure up images of a Bally’s Aladdin’s Castle…

Aladdin’s Castle. Now that’s where a majority of my time in arcades took place. At the local Richland Mall in Ontario, OH. I remember bugging my mother to take me out to the mall so that I could go to that arcade. The early 1990s was the best time I had there because that’s when the fighting games genre was huge. It’s why I like fighting games and what started the whole craze for me. They had all of the major fighting games. Street Fighter, King of Fighters, Fatal Fury, Mortal Kombat, Samurai Shodown, Virtua Fighter, Tekken, etc. My biggest memories of that place was watching others play MKII and SFII: Hyper Fighting. I did partake in other types of games, but the fighters were definitely what drew me in at that time. Sadly, Aladdin’s Castle was closed up a number of years ago. It was replaced by the emo-shop, Hot Topic.

I really miss those days when Chuck E. Cheese’s had more than an assortment of ticket-dispensing coin suckers…

I do remember going to a Chuck E. Cheese only about two times when I was growing up. I also remember how it was. Just as Wil Wheaton said, lots of arcade games to play. At the time there wasn’t a local location, which explains the few times we went. Now the Richland Mall has one and I can atest to the fact that all they have now are ticket-dispensing machines. I guess fun is only a passing thing at Chuck E. Cheese now.

Another place I remember a number of fun arcade games being at was the rollerskating rink in my hometown of Mansfield, OH. I was introduced to that place as part of a grade school outing. After that I went many more times. The games that I remember being there were: Shinobi, Robocop, P.O.W., Gun Smoke, and Black Tiger. Eventually SFII: The World Warrior was added to make a total of about 15 games in all. That was also the place where I watched Usagi704 beat an arcade version of SFII. It was pretty cool!

Extra reading: A farewell to arcades at The HUB.