Now Playing: December 2019

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The previous three months has been a trying time to find a game I can get into. I succeeded, but the percentage was low. The racing games of Hydro Thunder (PS), Burnout 2: Point of Impact (PS2), and Flatout 2 (PS2) were more of the usual rubber-banding AI opponents that can make for a frustrating experience.

Flatout 2 had the worst of this issue, but the most annoying problem was the destructible track elements that got in the way on later laps once they were destroyed the debris was laying about. Burnout 2’s deal was solely the issue of the AI being perfect. I was having fun even when not winning, but once a certain mountain area track was what I was currently racing there seemed to be no way to progress regardless of the car I selected. Arcade racer Hydro Thunder was fun, but the bare bones presentation and odd decision to lock tracks behind a currency earning progression system was where I fell off of this one.

I then went to portable side of gaming with my DS Lite and PSP. I was hankering for some Puzzle Quest, but Puzzle Quest: Galactrix was too much of a departure of what made the first game so enjoyable. On top of that they added timed puzzle to complete. This is not what I call a fun Puzzle Quest experience. It was an immediate turn this game off moment.

I had the sequel on hand so I inserted the cartridge for Puzzle Quest 2. It was much more of the traditional fun game with additions that are much more welcome. There isn’t any timed puzzled, thankfully. I didn’t complete the game, but at least I had gotten my fill of Puzzle Quest in a more satisfying way.

Medal of Honor Heroes 2 was a first person shooter, as one would expect, but it’s on the PSP. Because of this everything hinges on how good the controls are. They’re…decent. It’s not a quick reflexes style of the recent Call of Duty titles on home consoles. It’s quite plodding to be very honest. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it does mainly suffer from AI that can aim accurately. This is bad when you’re under a time limit to get out of a base that’s going to explode! This is precisely the scenario I was in when I hung this game’s boots up and moved on.

The game I moved onto was a 2019 released game, if you can believe it. It was The Ninja Saviors: Return of the Warriors. Not a new game in practice since the original version was from 1994 on the Super Nintendo. I love the original and this is definitely a worthy improvement. I’m not fond of the two new characters or that you can’t grab and throw the level 1 boss, but otherwise it’s excellent. The game didn’t need a two-player mode, but it’s done well enough with both players sharing the life and blaster (battery in the new version) meters.

Finally, I not only bought The Ninja Saviors: Return of the Warriors in the last month or so, but I was also given Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night by Usagi704 for Xmas. My total new games for the year of 2019 is a big ol’ seven.

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Powered By GameSpy: The Follow-up

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Since a couple of you asked and probably a few more are still interested, I can answer the question you had. “Were there people online to play with and against?”

For the most part the answer was “yes” even though it was sparse. A few games didn’t have anyone on, but I was able to connect and check out the rankings on the leaderboard.

The only one I couldn’t get on that was up and running was Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal. It kept denying me because the username I entered was the same, though I thought that was the point, you know, to be consistent.

Below are the games linked to images I took when I originally went through the games.

Battlefield 2: Modern Combat
Burnout 3: Takedown
Call of Duty 2: Big Red One
Call of Duty 3
Champions: Return To Arms
Flatout 2
Midnight Club II
Mortal Kombat: Armageddon
Ratchet: Deadlocked
Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
Urban Chaos: Riot Response

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ONLINE PS2 GAMES
Recently I was wondering if any of my online enabled PS2 games would still have that service up and running. To my surprise quite a number of them still do. Sure it’s less than half, but it still amazed me that 12 of 20 games worked online.

There was one thing that was consistent with my findings. If GameSpy operated the online servers, you could guarantee that those games would still be playable.

Battlefield 2: Modern Combat
Burnout 3: Takedown
Call of Duty 2: Big Red One
Call of Duty 3
Champions: Return To Arms
Flatout 2
Midnight Club II
Mortal Kombat: Armageddon
Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal
Ratchet: Deadlocked
Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
Urban Chaos: Riot Response

EA games seemed to be the ones that were the least likely to work. However it was odd that of the Burnout games tested Takedown worked while Revenge didn’t as you can see below in the list of games shut down.

Burnout Revenge
Everything or Nothing
Goldeneye: Rogue Agent
NFL Street 2
OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast
Project: Snowblind
TimeSplitters: Future Perfect
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

SYSTEM LINK PS1 GAMES
In similar news, I was looking for a list of games that were system link compatible for the original PlayStation system since Usagi704 did buy the cable and I had got one of the original models.

Unfortunately there’s only apparently 30 games that have this option, as listed on Wikipedia, with quite a few being racing games of some type.

Of that list, I have Destruction Derby, Doom, Final Doom, and R4: Ridge Racer Type 4. I’m looking into a few of the others like The Need For Speed, Rogue Trip: Vacation 2012, and Armored Core among a couple more.

BORDERLANDS
Since my last blog post I’ve found some more fun to be had with Borderlands. I’m much quicker when comparing weapons and items and I don’t feel as much like a weakling anymore, though it still happens from time to time. Level 13 must be where the magic is. My current level is 20.

Trophies: 19 / 51 (37%)

Playing Licensed Games

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For my next few games that I play I’m going to tackle the licensed games in my collection. If that includes crap, then so be it. Here’s the laundry list of games that I plan on playing that fall into this category.

Batman Begins (PS2)
Biker Mice from Mars (DS)
Conan (PS3)
Crue Ball (GEN)
Disney’s Aladdin in Nasira’s Revenge (PS)
Gungrave: Overdose (PS2)
James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing (PS2)
Justice League Heroes: The Flash (GBA)
Mickey Mania (SNES)
The Punisher (PS2)
The Red Star (PS2)
Rise to Honor (PS2)
RoboCop Versus The Terminator (SNES)
Spider-Man 2 (PS2)
Spy Hunter: Nowhere to Run (PS2)
TMNT (PS2)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (PS2)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Back from the Sewers (GB)
Transformers (PS2)
VR Troopers (GEN)
WCW vs. The World (PS)
WWF Raw (SNES)
The World Is Not Enough (PS)

Of course this list isn’t comprised of every licensed game that I have. Some I have already played (ie: Astro Boy: Omega Factor) or there are too many similar titles (ie: the rest of the WCW/WWE games) to be considered.

Now onto purchases that I made today at Gamestop. I took advantage of a coupon that was printable off of ps3fanboy.com. It’s for 25% off of any three used PS2, PS3, or PSP games. Here’s what I got.

Flatout 2 (PS2)
TMNT (PS2)
Yakuza (PS2)

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Also from JapanGameStock.com I bought two used Super Famicom controllers and a PS1 memory card.

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On the PS1 memory card were some old saves. Take a look.

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New Releases 2008: March 2-15

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It’s nice to see that a number of highly anticipated games are being released outside of the holiday season. This week and the next are hopefully proof that publishers don’t need to wait until the end of the year to release their big games. Gamers do take notice all year around.

THIS WEEK’S 3 BIG GAMES
God of War: Chains of Olympus
Army of Two
Bully: Scholarship Edition

THIS WEEK’S HONORABLE MENTIONS
Silent Hill: Origins
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War: Soulstorm

NEXT WEEK’S 3 BIG GAMES
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Condemned 2: Bloodshot
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates

NEXT WEEK’S HONORABLE MENTIONS
House of the Dead 2 & 3 Return
Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters
FlatOut: Head On

In The Anticipation Zone III

I’ve decided to do a third top ten most anticipated games article after looking at the previous two. The thing that caught my eye about the first post in January 2007 is that four of the ten games listed are still not out. The second post was written soon after E3 back in late July. This list will be revision number three and will consist of games that I’m excited for the next ten months.

Dark Sector by Digital Extremes
PS3, X360 – March 25, 2008

The whole premise of basing combat around a crazy looking circular blade was sweet to begin with. But then the developers went and added a visceral experience that includes elemental extras like fire, ice, and electricity. To say that I’m interested in this title is somewhat of an understatement.

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God of War: Chains of Olympus by Ready at Dawn
PSP – March 4, 2008

I’ve totally been a fan of this series since the beginning so it goes without saying that I’ve signed up for this adventure quite awhile ago. I haven’t played the demo and I don’t feel the need to since I know what to expect and I can’t wait to swing those dual blades once again!

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Dragon’s Lair by United Coders
PSP, DS – Q1 2008 (DS) | Q4 2008 (PSP)

The visually exciting 1983 arcade game finally comes home in all of its original glory.

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Mercenaries 2: World in Flames by Pandemic Studios
PS2, PS3, PC, X360 – TBA 2008

Here’s a game that’s slipped by on several release dates, but I’m still going to be there whatever the release day actually is. I haven’t played a game with the kind of misc. mayhem that’s offered in this upcoming game since I last played The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction over a year ago. Because of that I’m still really looking forward to World in Flames.

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Sonic Chronicles: Dark Brotherhood by BioWare
DS – TBA 2008

Sonic the Hedgehog in a role-playing game? That’s all you’d have to say to get me interested in this DS exclusive. And that’s coming from someone that’s nowhere near a big fan of Sonic games. Add on top of that the involvement of BioWare as the developer of the game and you know you’ve got quality.

Other anticipated games of 2008:
Lego Batman by Traveller’s Tales
PC, PS2, PS3, X360, DS, WII – Q2 2008

Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword by Team Ninja
DS – March 20, 2008

Metal Slug 7 by SNK Playmore
DS – TBA 2008

Haze by Free Radical
PS3 – May 20, 2008

FlatOut: Head On by Empire Interactive
PSP – March 11, 2008