Now Playing: July 2014

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This month’s game playing time was filled up with Assassin’s Creed III, Gradius Galaxies, and Klonoa: Empire of Dreams. The Klonoa game I talk about my thoughts on finishing it here. I also mention the differences in the controls of Assassin’s Creed III vs. the previous games in the series here.

As far as more ACIII thoughts? I don’t particularly want to bother with the hunting or the shipping goods from the homestead for expanded cash flow. The latter activity feels needlessly complex. I mean, is it really necessary for completing the game?

Another thing I’m not as high on, as I said in the previous blog post, is the naval missions. I’m heard many, many times about how it was the best part of the game. It can be fun, but it also can be frustrating to deal with some of the scenarios.

Overall ACIII is sadly a downturn in quality of the series. That’s why it’s great to hear that Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is excellent.

The other game played was the Game Boy Advance shoot-’em-up Gradius Galaxies. It’s your typical classic style Gradius game. The missiles and shots fired can be assigned to the same button and has an auto fire option. These are great for play-ability. It did progress well enough with the help of the game’s continue option, but this option doesn’t extend to the final two missions. I didn’t finish it, but Gradius Galaxies is fun for those looking for a great GBA shooter.

THIS MONTH’S GAMING STATS:
* Assassin’s Creed III – 17h19m; 40%; 17 trophies
* Gradius Galaxies – Stage 8-3; Score: 65,500

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Games Finished In 2011

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The list below shows every game that I finished in 2011. The total number comes to 40 across 11 systems. That’s down four from 2010.

1. Super Street Fighter II (GEN) – 1/8
2. Revenge of the Wounded Dragons (PSN) – 1/9
3. Streets of Rage 2 (GEN) – 1/11
4. Gunstar Heroes (GEN) – 1/18
5. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time via Prince of Persia Trilogy (PS3) – 1/22
6. Duke Nukem: Time to Kill (PS) – 2/2
7. Rush’n Attack (NES) – 2/4
8. Yakuza (PS2) – 3/17
9. Kamen Rider Dragon Knight (DS) – 4/3
10. Tetris (PSN) – 4/11
11. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (PS3) – 4/24
12. Kamen Rider Climax Heroes OOO (PSP) – 4/29
13. Gradius via Gradius Collection (PSP) – 5/2
14. Sonic Spinball via Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection (PS3) – 5/21
15. Shinobi via Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection (PS3) – 5/23
16. Power Rangers Dino Thunder (GBA) – 6/4
17. Streets of Rage 2 (PSN) – 6/19
18. Assassin’s Creed (PS3) – 6/20
19. Alien Crush (PSN) – 6/27
20. NBA Jam (PS3) – 7/1
21. Peggle (PSN) – 7/6
22. Half-Life 2: Episode One (PS3) – 7/12
23. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas (PS3) – 7/21
24. Army of Two (PS3) – 7/26
25. Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers (SNES) – 8/4
26. Run Saber (SNES) – 8/12
27. Knights of the Round (SNES) – 8/19
28. Art of Fighting 2 (SNES) – 9/7
29. Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 (PS3) – 10/9
30. X-Men (PSN) – 10/20
31. Shadowgate Classic (GBC) – 10/26
32. Final Fight One (GBA) – 11/10
33. Demon’s Souls (PS3) – 11/11
34. Kirby: Nightmare In Dream Land (GBA) – 11/20
35. Borderlands (PS3) – 12/5
36. Contra (NES) – 12/18
37. Mortal Kombat via Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection (PS3) – 12/28
38. Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 via Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection (PS3) – 12/28
39. Mortal Kombat II via Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection (PS3) – 12/30
40. Super Stardust HD (PS3) – 12/31

The PlayStation 3 saw the most finished games appear on its platform with a total of 13 (includes PSN). The runner-up with 4 was the Super Nintendo.

December proved to be the best month for beating games with 6 in total with a monthly average of 3.33.

When it comes to earning those fancy trophies, I was able to earn 159 last year. Two of them were platinums from X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (both in January).

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

Now Playing: May 2011

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I played a hella lot of games in the past month. This has much to do with most being from the compilations SNK Arcade Classics Vol. 1, Gradius Collection, and Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection.

As I talked about previously, I had finished Kamen Rider Climax Heroes OOO and Gradius on PSP giving me 13 games beaten in 2011. I’d also mentioned Baseball Stars 2 plus Gradius II and III.

Around this same time I was trying to go for all of the treasures in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, but I probably didn’t talk about it because I was still in the middle of it. Well, I guess you could say I’m still in the middle of it. I had a difficult time finding some and I found out I missed a few. I was getting a little tired of it so I stopped trying to find them all. Maybe some other time I’ll try again.

There’s two games, however, that I won’t be trying again. The first being GoldenEye: Rogue Agent. To quote my full review, “EA LA clearly didn’t have any original or even remotely good ideas for this game. They simply wanted the GoldenEye name to sell it on the nostalgia people have for the N64 title alone. For shame.”

The other of the two games was the original Streets of Rage. I let my rage be known in this rant I typed up soon after getting my ass cheaply handed to me by a Master System looking game posing as 16-bit.

I moved onto more exciting games like Sonic Spinball. I loaded a 2+ year old save file which gave me the trophy for earning 10 million points on the first level way back then. I added another 6 million before saving it again. I figured after that amount of points I could consider it as finished game #14.

I played the arcade version of Shinobi and remember it fondly from my arcade days. Thanks to the emulation save state-like saves on this compilation, I was able to finish this game. I don’t know how you’d do it otherwise. It has the typical arcade game cheapness to it and also has a limit to the number of times you can continue just like the arcade version of Contra. Nevertheless, I was proud to have seen it to the end giving me finished game #15.

Finally on the multiplayer side of gaming, I had fun popping back in Grand Theft Auto IV to mess around in. I showed @thatmikem what I called the Playground of Death when you can get cars to launch high into the air. I hope it’s a glitch that’s never removed.

Ultimate Mortal Kombat on DS was the other game I played against Usagi704 and SonicHomeboy. I’ve not much to really say about it. It’s MK.

That’ll do it for me this time. Thanks for checking out my blogging space. Peace!

THIS MONTH’S GAMING STATS:
* Uncharted 2: Among Thieves – 16h57m; 74/100 Treasures; Trophies: 30/48 (63%)
* Streets of Rage – Score: 373,400
* Sonic Spinball – Score: 16,605,000
* Shinobi – Score: 318,230
* Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection – Trophies: 30/35 (85%)
* Ultimate Mortal Kombat – 392 SP Wins; 126 SP Losses; 121 MP Wins; 86 MP Losses

PSP XTREME!!! (shhh… GameSpot likes it quiet)

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Since my Now Playing blog post I finished the final few stages of Ragnarok mode in Kamen Rider Climax Heroes OOO and unlocking the rest of the characters. This included running through the arcade mode once to unlock Kamen Rider W in Cyclone Accel Xtreme form. I felt this character to be unnecessary since this form of W never happened in the show. It was only an idea of Shroud in a thought bubble.

While over at a friends place earlier in the week I played some of Baseball Stars 2 on SNK Arcade Classics Vol. 1 via my PSP. I’ve always had trouble with pitching to the correct base on games of this era. I hit the throw button while my character is running in the direction of the base, but ball instead goes to the base as corresponds to the d-pad (1st = Right, 2nd = Up, 3rd = Left, Home = Down). It makes sense, but I hardly seem to do it correctly when under pressure to make it before the runner. I lost in extra innings as you probably guessed.

I’ve mainly been playing on the PSP since the visit. I’ve mostly played Gradius Collection and it’s reminded me why I like the series so much. Shoot-’em-ups don’t attract me all that much, but I like these games. I started with Gradius III and can get quite far. I just haven’t been able to finish it yet.

In my first session with the original Gradius, I finished it. It’s overall a much easier game with bosses that are very repetitive and easy. Gradius II, on the other hand, is the most difficult out of the three. I can’t pass stage 2 yet. The collection also has Gradius IV and Gaiden (a PS1 game), but I didn’t want to start them for now.

I plan to start playing GoldenEye: Rogue Agent next. Usagi704 just recently played through it fairly quickly on Xbox. I’ll be breaking out the PS2 version.

GAMNG STATS:
Kamen Rider Climax Heroes OOO – All characters unlocked (#12 finished for 2011)
Gradius – Score: 450,000 (#13 finished for 2011)
Gradius II – Score: 114,600
Gradius III – Score: 244,210

Little To No Purchases

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It’s something of a surprise since it doesn’t happen very often, but I’ve gone one month without a single game purchase. I’ve certainly added games to my wish list in the meantime like God Hand and more recent releases like Moon Diver. Along with the games below I also added a third Game Boy Advance SP to the collection in early February. I have a feeling these 16 games are still more than most have bought this year or maybe I’m just being a bit cocky. :P

January:
Prince of Persia Trilogy HD (PS3 import)

February:
Soldner-X 2: Final Prototype (PSN)
Shatter (PSN)
Peggle (PSN)
Burnout 2: Point of Impact (PS2)
Run Saber (SNES)
X2: Wolverine’s Revenge (GBA)
Crash Bandicoot 2: N-Tranced (GBA)
RayCrisis: Series Termination (PS)
Elebits: The Adventures of Kai and Zero (DS)

March:
The House of the Dead 2 & 3 Return (WII)
Gradius Collection (PSP)
Yakuza 4 (PS3)
Tetris (PSN)
Super Hang-On (GEN)
Kamen Rider Climax Heroes OOO (PSP import)