Now Playing: November 2011

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Eleven days into the month I was able to finish Demon’s Souls with a final time of 83 hours. I immediately started New Game+ and was able to finish the game again only this time it took much less time. This makes sense once you know what to do and how to handle the bosses. How much less time? Try four times less at 21 hours! I didn’t get a single new trophy, but I was okay with that since it’s such a wonderful game.

Over the month I helped out SonicHomeboy from time to time in Borderlands. This is a game which I was able to get the Platinum trophy back in February 2010. We also faced off in the PSN version of Tetris. A great version of the game. I was impressed with our ability to last for 5 minutes and 21 seconds playing the Shared variant. This is where two matrix playfields overlap a couple of columns. Communication and cooperation are crucial and I think we did well.

Over the Thanksgiving weekend I went back to the Gradius Collection on PSP. This time I played some of Gradius Gaiden. This was originally a PS1 Japanese only release and didn’t get out to any other region until this collection was released 9 years later in 2006. The best I was able to do was Stage 3 with a score of 113,720.

The final two games were on the Game Boy Advance. Game 1 is the remake of the NES title Kirby’s Adventure going under the name of Kirby: Nightmare In Dream Land. Game 2 is a port of a Super Nintendo port of an arcade game, Final Fight One. These two games are quite different, but the similarity between them is that I finished both bringing my yearly total to 33.

Thanks for reading. That’ll be all.

THIS MONTH’S GAMING STATS:
Demon’s Souls – 104h2m; Soul Level 151; Trophies: 12 / 38 (32%)
Gradius Gaiden – Stage 3; Score: 113,720
Kirby: Nightmare In Dream Land – 86%; Great Ace
Final Fight One – 1 credit clear on Very Hard; Score: 2,350,610

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Ain’t No Stoppin’ Me Now

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This last Summer during my free month of PS+ I was able to play Streets of Rage 2 for free. Once that was up the game was no longer available to me. Since then I’ve been waiting for a discount and this week was that time. It’s now $2.99.

In other beat-’em-up news, I played Final Fight One on Very Hard difficulty and was able to clear it on one credit with the Street Fighter Alpha version of Guy. I also played some of Kirby: Nightmare In Dream Land. I’m at level 2-4 at 11% of the game completed.

On the PS3, I was able to see my official final game stats in Demon’s Souls. My total time played was 82 hours and 58 minutes with a death count of 102. On New Game+ I’ve beaten 9 out of 16 levels in just a short 12 hours.

I can’t be stopped. Peace out!

Games Finished In 2010

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The list below shows every game that I finished in 2010. The total number comes to 44 across 12 systems. That’s down three from 2009.

1. The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (GBA) – 1/22
2. Borderlands (PS3) – 2/10
3. Space Invaders Extreme (PSP) – 2/28
4. Gekirindan (PS2) via Taito Legends 2 – 3/6
5. God of War II (PS3) via God of War Collection – 3/11
6. Donkey Kong (NES) via Virtual Console – 4/4
7. Klonoa 2: Lunatea’s Veil (PS2) – 4/11
8. Final Fight One (GBA) – 4/12
9. Final Fight (PS3) via Final Fight: Double Impact – 4/17
10. Magic Sword (PS3) via Final Fight: Double Impact – 4/17
11. Gungrave (PS2) – 4/18
12. Twisted Metal III (PS) – 4/22
13. Final Fight (PSP) via Capcom Classic Collection Remixed – 4/26
14. Hammerin’ Hero (PSP) – 5/6
15. Burnout Legends (PSP) – 5/11
16. VR Troopers (GEN) – 5/13
17. Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers (SNES) – 5/14
18. Sly 2: Band of Thieves (PS2) – 5/30
19. Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight (WII) – 6/10
20. Prince of Persia: The Fallen King (DS) – 6/11
21. Red Faction: Guerrilla (PS3) – 7/10
22. Double Dragon II (GB) – 7/12
23. Mirror’s Edge (PS3) – 7/20
24. Alien Crush (TG-16) via Virtual Console – 7/25
25. Riot Zone (TG-16) via Virtual Console – 8/10
26. Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars – The Director’s Cut (DS) – 8/15
27. God of War III (PS3) – 8/16
28. Mortal Kombat (SNES) – 8/20
29. Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands (PS3) – 9/13
30. Mortal Kombat (GEN) – 9/18
31. Sonic Adventure DX (GC) – 10/1
32. Power Blade (NES) – 10/11
33. Splatterhouse (TG-16) via Virtual Console – 10/18
34. Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest (NES) – 10/27
35. WWF Smackdown 2: Know Your Role (PS) – 11/6
36. God of War: Ghost of Sparta (PSP) – 11/11
37. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (PS2) – 11/18
38. Metroid: Other M (WII) – 11/23
39. Geometry Wars: Galaxies (DS) – 12/3
40. Bruce Lee: Return of the Legend (GBA) – 12/5
41. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (DS) – 12/12
42. X-Men (PS3) – 12/17
43. Final Fight 3 (SNES) – 12/26
44. X-Men Origins: Wolverine (PS3) – 12/31

The PlayStation 3 saw the most finished games appear on its platform with a total of 10. The runner-up with 6 was the Wii.

April proved to be the best month for beating games with 8 in total with a monthly average of 3.6.

When it comes to earning those fancy trophies, I was able to earn 268 last year. Three of them were platinums from Borderlands (February), God of War II (March), and Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands (September).

Now Playing: December 2010

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As promised in my holiday update here’s my final Now Playing entry for 2010.

Right off the top I wanted to give a mention to Geometry Wars: Galaxies. I played this game on the DS and even though I included it in my finished games list for this year, I forgot to talk about it. I found the best way to control where I was shooting was to use the four face buttons over using the stylus on the touchscreen. I guess I’m too used to Smash TV on the SNES. I played until I maxed out the levels on the drones and got at least the bronze medal on all levels. My best score was 524,479,400.

I also forgot to quickly mention my final stats on Metroid: Other M. After finishing the main story you are allowed to go back and collect the rest of the items which were unreachable or simply not found before. For my game it added on roughly two hours and during that time you fight another game ending boss and race to get off the ship in traditional Metroid fashion. Check out last month’s Now Playing for more of my thoughts on this game.

Metroid: Other M final gaming stats – 10h27m; 100%; 80 missiles; 9 Energy Tanks

I played a few beat-’em-ups. With the help of Usagi704 we managed to get to the final stage of The Combatribes before all of the credits were used up. I’m sure most of you haven’t heard of this game. It was ported to the SNES from it’s initial showing in the arcade and as such was subjected to being censored at the time by Nintendo.

We also played Final Fight 3 together on the Expert difficulty setting. It didn’t seem as hard as one would expect from such a name. Usagi704 played as the newcomer Lucia and I stuck with series mainstay Haggar. He’s my favorite of the four characters because of his long range and powerful moveset. You could say I cleared it on one credit even though Usagi had to use one on the final boss, Black.

For single player action I went back to X-Men Origins: Wolverine. I hadn’t played it since back in January and finally wanted to get to the end. I’m still not there yet, but it’s as fun as I remember it being. It’s a fairly lengthly game and rewards you with a lot of experience points for finding hidden collectibles. It also has brief nods to World of Warcraft and Portal.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine trophies – 32 / 51 (63%)

You can check out my thoughts on other beat-’em-ups I played in previous blog posts including Bruce Lee: Return of the Legend (from Dec. 6th) and X-Men (from Dec. 21st).

I’ll leave you now with a quote from my complaints with the DS version of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare from December 9th.

The AI, as one review put it, was like it was in the original Doom just without them moving forward. Yes, they literally move into their scripted position and do not move once there.

Happy holidays!

Now Playing: April 2010

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Hey guys! Welcome back to another edition of my Now Playing feature. It returns from its January vacation to fill you in on what I’ve been up to as of more recently.

As you know, I’ve already finished Donkey Kong (WVC – NES), Klonoa 2 (PS2), Final Fight One (GBA), both games making up Final Fight: Double Impact (PSN), and Gungrave (PS2). That’s one more than the whole first quarter of 2010 combined. Well, now I can add two more to the list making it 13 total finished for this year.

Twisted Metal III was one of those two games. It’s as advertised in that it’s not as good as the previous game with lackluster arenas to battle in. However, overall I wasn’t that disappointed with it. It still had the fun I’d expect from a Twisted Metal game though I could do without the speed missiles. They’re weak and the only positive about them is that they move faster.

The last game beat was simply another version of Final Fight. This time it was on the PSP via Capcom Classic Collection Remixed which I happened to go through just yesterday. I also played a bit of the block breaking game Block Block and the shoot-’em-up Varth. The latter which had Ryu from Street Fighter II show up doing a Dragon Punch. That was pretty amusing.

The two unfinished games that I mentioned last week, Rage Racer and Ratchet: Deadlocked, will, at least for now, stay unfinished. I wasn’t getting into those games as I was hoping to. At least I was glad that the fortune cookie of Backloggery.com selected Sly 2: Band of Thieves. Now that’s a great game. I really like the structure of each mission divided into several smaller activities. The only problem is that the left and right panning of the camera is reversed from how I’d prefer it. Otherwise, the game is good so far with a great art style.

I’ll now end this blog post with my four recent purchases. You already know about Final Fight: Double Impact. I’m just making it a formal announcement. I also picked up a Classic Controller Pro (black) and locally found Super Mario Kart. SMK was a long time coming. I’m glad to have that one out of the way. It was one of those games I traded away many years ago.

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The final one I made this morning. I was going to get it at the same time as FFDI, but decided against it. I’m glad I did because Revenge of the Wounded Dragons was on sale at half price. I didn’t know about the $5 sale price until I watched DeVeAn’s current video blog. I snatched it up right away. :)

That’ll do it for me. I hope you guys got a kick out of it. Until next time!

Capcom Disappoints

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As we all know by now, Capcom is probably the best third-party developer for having enough variety that almost anybody can enjoy at least one of their games. In my case I enjoy quite a few of their franchises.

With that being said, it upsets me that they’ve been prohibiting the copy of save files during this whole current generation of systems. All I want to do is backup those files onto a USB drive in case a problem arises with the hard drive.

I loved every single second I played Burnout Paradise. This fact obviously isn’t lost on anybody that knows me from reading this blog. Well imagine, if you will, for a second if I couldn’t backup any of my progress for safe keeping. If the file was lost or ever became corrupted for any reason, I’d probably not want to play that game ever again because to do so would mean I’d have to earn everything back. Thankfully that won’t be a problem with that game.

I wish that’s all I had to talk about, but I found out yesterday from this Joystiq post that Final Fight: Double Impact has a form of DRM attached to it. It requires that you be signed into PSN to play it even if you aren’t going to go online with co-op play. While it’s not exactly the same as Ubisoft’s treatment of the PC version of Assassin’s Creed II, it’s still similar enough to not sit well with me.

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I really hate it when game companies take this approach to stopping piracy. It doesn’t really do anything to help solve that problem. The only thing it seems to do really well is make legitimate customers feel like they’re being treated like criminals.

Capcom Captivates

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I played with a Backloggery peep, Kilometers, in Final Fight: Double Impact and it was a flawless experience. Playing Final Fight with another person really felt like it did all those years ago when I was at the arcade. I’m not just saying that for hype reasons either. I love playing arcade games and the added online experience really makes it worth the price alone. At least for me anyway.

There’s a pause in the action when a player initially joins, but right after that it’s as smooth a play experience as I’ve ever seen. There isn’t any lag whatsoever and it also has voice support.

I look forward to joining you or inviting you to play FFDI. It’s that good! 4/5

Note: I was informed by Kilometers via Twitter on just how to get the co-op Final Fight trophy. We didn’t get it when playing a few days ago. This thread on GameFAQs cleared the confusion up.

NEW CAPCOM TITLES
If I haven’t gushed enough about Capcom, allow me to continue.

Three new titles announced at their Captivate event that I’m interested in are Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Bionic Commando Rearmed 2, and Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes.

Of course, MVC3 doesn’t need any introduction or hype from me. One thing to be said is that it will be a retail product similar to Street Fighter IV.

So far Bionic Commando Rearmed 2 looks to be a brand new game and not a remake. Also the player character will now be able to jump. I couldn’t tell to be totally sure, but the character looks to be modeled on the look of the PS3/X360 game that was released last year.

Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes was announced and the most significant thing about this game is that it’s coming out of Japan with the original series name intact. Only the first game, renamed Devil Kings, for PS2 was released previously outside of Japan.

PLAYING GAMES
I used the fortune cookie feature on Backloggery.com to randomly select the next four games I’m going to play. Two are for PS1 and two are for PS2 each system having one unfinished and one never played game.

For the PS1 it’s Rage Racer (last played mid-2008) and Twisted Metal III. For the PS2 it’s Ratchet: Deadlocked (recently played last December) and Sly 2: Band of Thieves.

I’m going to start with Rage Racer, which is part of the Ridge Racer series, first. The cool thing is that I can earn trophies in this game too!

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That’s about all for me for right now. Like always I’ll put up another blog here soon so thanks for reading!