Now Playing: August 2015

nowplaying0815

I was crusin’ down Phendrana Drifts in my 6-4. Getting those upgrades and knockin’ around foes when I picked up my last missile expansion for 100%. This good feeling was soon trashed as I eventually found myself fighting Ridley.

The first half of the battle was fine, but once he landed and no longer could take flight Metroid Prime’s controls let me down once again. I know I was dodging at the right time when Ridley rushed in with a charging attack, but the controls didn’t cooperate leaving me to get smacked just about every time. I barely had any health left after the fight.

If that boss battle wasn’t annoying enough, the Impact Crater area had more in store. Fission Metroids appear here. They split into two and then are only damaged by the beam weapon of the same color. As you know, the color palate in Metroid Prime is more muted than in some other series titles. Because of this I had a terrible time telling which color they were. It was too much to bear and I decided to end the game there.

I did see a video featuring the boss fight of the game’s namesake. It was the usual consistent switching of weapons to match boss color. It also doesn’t help that bosses overstay their welcome too. Battling them takes way too long to be enjoyable and then to top it off this thing has two forms. Uggh!

I was at least happy with my 100% item collection in the game. Thankfully, Metroid Prime was fun the majority of the 12 hours and 11 minutes I spent with it.

*****

HART & USAGI PODCAST #69 – August 24th 2015 (@HartandUsagi)
Matt and Mike chat top SNES games, cancelled Jak 4, Mafia 3, and more.
https://hartarchive.wordpress.com/2015/08/24/hart-usagi-69-the-super-snes/

SUBSCRIBE: RSS or iTunes

SPACE SUPLEX #22 – August 27th 2015 (@SpaceSuplex)
Anthony and Matt chat SummerSlam 2015 and more.
https://hartarchive.wordpress.com/2015/08/27/space-suplex-22-summer-takeover/

Advertisements

Saving Gaming History

Recently I wanted to tackle some outlier games that have been eluding my collection. I didn’t get ones such as Captain America: Super Soldier or Painkiller: Hell and Damnation, but I did get a few others.

The first two games, you can see in the photo directly below, are actually not apart of those games I was trying to find. Medal of Honor: Vanguard and ICO were unplanned pickups. The former was released around the same time on the PS2 that Medal of Honor: Airborne was on PS3 and X360. The latter, ICO, I already have via The ICO & Shadow of the Colossus Collection on PS3. I only got it because I felt the need to save it from the unwashed masses. It’s not everyday you come across a complete copy of ICO on PS2 in good condition.

mohv-ico

It’s also not everyday you come across a good conditioned complete copy of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess either. Okay, actually you do. But not the Gamecube version! I’m not much of a fan of The Legend of Zelda as you guys already know, but I still felt a need to save this game as well. It’s another one I didn’t need because I did already have the ubiquitous Wii version.

Here’s the first game which I did go to specifically to find. It’s Sega Arcade Gallery on the Game Boy Advance. It’s a four game compilation of AfterBurner, Space Harrier, Super Hang-On, and (best of all) OutRun! In case you didn’t know these games are all of Sega’s super sweet superscaler arcade lineup. You can never have enough of those!

loztp-segaag

I finally found Ray Tracers, but I did have to go to eBay for it. The game is easily summed up as a polygonal version of Chase H.Q. and that’s okay by me. Both games were developed by Taito.

Iron Man / X-O Manowar in Heavy Metal was another game that wasn’t really on my wish list. I can see it as a very mediocre game, but in some ways it reminded me of Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project from 2002 in how it plays even though the game I bought was from 1996.

raytracers-imxom.jpg

Finally, I picked up a new copy of the 2008 Special Edition of Rambo 4. Yes, I do already own the Extended Cut. However, I was disappointed that the commentary track was cut out of that version. This one has exactly what I was missing.

rambo4

Clunky Metroid

clunky-metroid

Lately I’ve been playing a suggested game by @NiceGuyNeon and it has been Metroid Prime. He considers it one of the greatest games of all-time. Obviously he isn’t alone. Metroid Prime is consistently ranked in the top games lists just about everywhere you look.

Of the over four hours I’ve played my opinion of the game being less great than its earned reputation has mainly to do with the Gamecube’s controller. I’ve never been a fan of said controller. It’s average, but not great. Sure Nintendo has always used their own odd controllers to greater effect than most third parties have. However, the controls for the game’s camera are just horrible. The plunger-like L button serves as a lock-on for enemies giving you the ability to strafe, but it also allows strafing when held outside of combat too. It sounds great, but feels clunky. The manual aiming on the R button isn’t any better. You’re always fighting against the camera wanting to center itself which makes for a lot of shaky shots that I can’t rely on.

Otherwise, I’m still having fun. Yes, I have been using a walkthrough to minimize my frustrations with knowing where to go and what to do, but I’ve been doing this for every Metroid game I’ve ever played. It doesn’t lessen the experience for me and I liked the Game Boy Advanced titles, Fusion and Zero Mission, quite a bit.

Spinning In Place

spinning-in-place

I played a bit of the other characters in Sonic Adventure. The most tedious being with Knuckles finding emerald pieces and at the same level, but boring as fuck is fishing for “froggy” with Big. Amy’s levels are okay, but running from a damn robot all the time and only being able to stun it for literally a second is retarded. Tails’ levels are too much the same as the ones played as Sonic. Playing as E-102 is decent only because you can blow shit up, but way too easy.

There’s no reason whatsoever to think this game’s still good. I’d have a real hard time thinking it was in 1999. I can see what people would tell themselves it was good back then. It’s because, at that point, they hadn’t had a new Sonic game in five years since Sonic & Knuckles was released on the Genesis. With nothing on the Saturn it was kind of understandable. Still saying it’s good, however, is nothing but a bunch of nostalgia talking.

Now Playing: September 2010

nowplaying0910

This past month of gaming has been slim on the amount of games played, but not in the time spent overall with each.

The first up is Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands which I’ve already reported as being finished with my fifth platinum trophy and a speed run of 2 hours and 32 minutes. Out of the five main games in the PoP series released within the last decade this one clocks in at number three. The Forgotten Sands will make a good first impression if you’re looking to play one of these games for the first time.

Ever since Mortal Kombat first arrived on home consoles back on the infamous Mortal Monday in this very month back in 1993 I’d never played the Genesis port of the game. I have experience with the other three versions. Mainly the SNES with memories of the slow Game Boy and somewhat choppy playing Game Gear titles.

Considered the best of the two console versions at the time, I look back after playing it a good bit this month and also finishing it on Very Hard difficulty to realize the blood code was really the only redeeming thing about this version. The SNES version may have been censored, but other than that it’s way closer to the arcade version with accurate music/sound effects, most of the announcer’s lines, more colorful graphics, and better animation.

As I did last month with the SNES game, I also played against Usagi704 on the Genesis port. We didn’t play nearly as long. The number of matches where probably around half of the 50+ from before.

The two games I decided to start playing more recently because of the love it/hate it mentality gamers have toward them are Metroid: Other M and Sonic Adventure. I’m not very far into either game, but so far neither are as bad (former) or as good (latter) as so many claim.

I’ve lightened up a bit on Sonic Adventure (playing the DX Gamecube port). However that doesn’t mean I think it’s good. The camera is overall horrible and glitches abound in this game. In the very first “action stage,” as the game likes to called them, I raced around a corner only to get caught up in said corner and fall though the solid ground to my death. Unlike Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, this was not a good first impression.

I can see how the game tries to wow players especially when they’re playing the avalanche stage. It was pretty exciting. But then there’s times where some of the cutscenes dragged on with too many moments where nothing was happening and the camera was just a static shot of one of the characters not saying anything.

When it comes to the complaints with the story in Metroid: Other M it seems like not many played the 2002 Game Boy Advance game Metroid Fusion. Quite a bit of the backstory of Samus Aran and Adam Malkovich are mentioned here. So while Team Ninja may not have presented the story is the best of ways, it was already established in Fusion eight years ago. Check out this episode of The Game OverThinker as it overall features how I feel about the complaints.

I haven’t experienced much complex combat in Other M yet to fully know where I stand on that issue. I’ll be sure to get back with you fine folks once I do.

That’s been another Now Playing. Thanks for reading.

Rider Kick!

8games-052210

I haven’t amassed this many games into my collection at one time since the beginning of last August. I guess the good that comes from that shows that I’ve been successful in bringing down the amount of games I get at one time. Let’s get to the eight games listed before you.

dtr-gba-tn

DEAD TO RIGHTS
First up is Dead to Rights for the GBA. It’s a terribly rated game and rightfully so. However, I couldn’t pass it up when I saw it recently at the local Toys-R-Us. No they don’t sell used games. This is, in fact, a new copy. The damage to the box likely comes from being thrown around in bargain bins since probably the game’s release back in 2001. It was worth it, though, at only $3.

eee-swe3-tn

STAR WARS EPISODE III: REVENGE OF THE SITH
I’m in no way a fan of Star Wars just so you know. I pretty much despise the films for the fanfare they receive. This is because the series is only mediocre at best. Regardless of that Episode III: Revenge of the Sith on the GBA looked interesting thanks to this episode of Video Game Take-Out.

Other games that VGTO has introduced me to that I didn’t regret getting were Hammerin’ Hero and Justice League Heroes: The Flash. I also plan on getting Kid Dracula and Ninja Five-O as well thanks to that show.

EVERY EXTEND EXTRA
The main reason I bought this game was because it looked somewhat interesting and that I noticed it on the shelf a lot when visiting Usagi704. It’s very easy to spot with such large letters on the spine.

krdk-prdt-tn

POWER RANGERS: DINO THUNDER
With all of my talk in the past of owning, playing, beating, and mastering the SNES version of Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, some of you maybe thinking that I’ve been a fan of the series all along. I’m sure that this new purchase for the Gamecube doesn’t serve to help much. In reality I was only a very slight fan of a similar series called VR Troopers and never watched any of the Power Ranger shows though I was familar with it when I’d see an image or clip of it.

The main reason I bought this game, despite not knowing anything about it, was the very informative series of videos by Linkara analyzing the Power Rangers series (intro). I’ve since looked into the PR series (shows & games) along with the original Super Sentai series of which they’re based on.

KAMEN RIDER: DRAGON KNIGHT
The Power Rangers videos would then lead me to finding this YouTube channel where I’d learn about the long running series called Kamen Rider (1971). It lead me to info about the 2002 show, Kamen Rider: Ryuki, that was adapted into the 2009 show that this game was based on.

Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight was simply another game that interested me solely because of the odd excitement I currently have for such uniquely Japanese entertainment.

mlf2-gradius5-matrixpon-tn

GRADIUS V
Another game I bought through glyde.com was Gradius V. I was way cheaper than the usual price it goes for ($40) complete, I was able to only pay $18 and it also included the bonus pre-order DVD.

THE MATRIX: PATH OF NEO
It sounded like fun after reading ebbderelict’s review.

MOBILE LIGHT FORCE 2
This is the game with the infamous box art that doesn’t fit with the shoot-’em-up genre that this game is from. It also has an interesting mechanic where your shots do more damage when passing close to enemy bullets.

Good day.

The Lost ’80s Tester of the Chaos Tribe

lost-80s-tester

I’ve had a number of topics on my mind over the last few days and I figured that I’d share them. These may or may not be gaming related. You’ve been warned.

’80S Q&A
I participated in an impromptu ’80s Q&A with Usagi704 and a friend of ours recently. I’m more in the background when I talk and I don’t do much of that in the video. The questions revolved around favorites of the 1980s whether it be a TV show, movie, video game, etc. I thought it came off pretty entertaining and I think you’ll find it that way too. :)

LOST
From what I understand the television show Lost had its first show of its last season this last Tuesday. I kind of got the hint from all of the updates on Twitter about it.

I’ve never understood the appeal of the show. A smoke monster doesn’t exactly do anything for me. That sounds more like a crappy wrestling angle involving the Ultimate Warrior vomiting or something similar. :lol:

I remember watching one episode a couple of years ago and being, well, for a lack of a better term (or because I really want to make this pun), lost on Lost. I can’t say I’ll miss hearing about the show after this season.

THE TESTER
Sony’s PSN exclusive reality show called The Tester had a trailer released earlier this week. After seeing it I can honestly say that I don’t have any interest in watching it.

The people on that show look and act ridiculous trying to compete to get the worst job in the gaming industry. Just watch the trailer and you’ll see a lot of crying! Yes, these idiots actually cry over a crappy job that they obviously don’t understand what it involves. What’s worse is that this job is made to look like it’s hard to get when it’s clearly not after hearing talk about it on the HotSpot.

Even David Jaffe as a judge won’t entice me to watch.

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 4: EPISODE 1
The teaser trailer was released by Sega yesterday and I’m sure it was the biggest news of the week.

I noticed some people mentioning that the animation didn’t look quite right. I’d like to know what those people were watching because I didn’t see any gameplay footage of the game to determine that, though it was said to be in there on Sega’s website.

In fact, I thought that’s what they were going to show, gameplay footage. Because of that I was underwhelmed by the 48 seconds that were shown. I can’t imagine any big fans of the series were any more excited than they previously were.

MORTAL KOMBAT: ARMAGEDDON
I don’t mean to disappoint, but I don’t have any new fight footage for you to view.

It’s been pretty frustrating taking on Usagi704, but that doesn’t have to do with any skill he may have over me (which he does). It’s with myself.

I feel like I should be able to take him out with my Kabal or Jarek, but nothing comes of it. It feels like the game’s very limiting in what I can do to retaliate against his attacks. It also doesn’t help that button input can be sluggish from time to time. That’s not lag as I’ve been extremely surprised and happy with the game’s online performance.

I do keep going back to MKA a lot recently so that says something for it. I’m sure I’ll get more fun fights uploaded soon.

NEW GAMES
I got a few new games and that required a broken promise from me to get nothing new until God of War III. I suck in that regard. At least the games only cost $20 total.

I couldn’t pass up a decent shoot-’em-up that I didn’t know about called Chaos Field. It also serves as another Gamecube game for the very small amount that I have.

A popular PC game that became free a number of years ago was Tribes. I was unaware that there were any console ports of the series. As it turns out Tribes 2 became Tribes: Aerial Assault on the PS2. It has online play and, yes, I did check it out and it still runs too! Nobody was on at the time, though.

Finally I found a cheap copy of Street Fighter EX3. I was never that fond of it, but the game was one that I had years ago so I wanted it back for that reason.

cf-sfex3-taa

That’s all of the topics I have for this time. Thanks for reading!