Yakuza – DONE! Kamen Rider Dragon Knight – STARTED!


As predictable as the sun rises and sets each day, the last two fights against Jingu and Nishiki in Yakuza was a pain in the ass. Jingu’s annoyance was his gun and two soldiers who kept respawning. Nishiki would usually get a knockdown as I was getting up or he’d activate some button mashing of X and/or Square a few times in a row. If it wasn’t for health pickups in the immediate area I would’ve been done for. Finishing those two fights was sadly a feeling of relief and not the feeling of accomplishment it should’ve been. Thankfully the story wrapped up nicely with a little bow on top. My score for Yakuza on PS2 is 4/5 (no half-points).

The score doesn’t really get affected by anything other than the annoying boss fights. Everything else becomes second nature once you get used to them and that doesn’t take very long at all. My total time with the game was 20 hours.

With Yakuza finished (#8 for 2011), I’ve moved onto Kamen Rider Dragon Knight for the DS. Unlike the Wii version of the same game, this one isn’t a port of an earlier Japanese PS2 game. The main part of the game is Ventara Mode where you play as one of the 13 Kamen Riders through 50 missions each (650 total) unlocking various content along the way.

So far I’ve completed all missions for Dragon Knight, Wing Knight, Incisor, Torque, and Sting. Thrust is next.

Something I forgot to mention in my previous blog post. Yakuza 4 officially brought my collection to 800 games! On GameSpot it says 799, but this is because I have the original NBA Jam on SNES twice. Early copies have Charles Barkley, but he was later taken out when Barkley: Shut Up and Jam hit the Genesis. The version with him was the one I had at the time in 1994.

You might have heard articles claiming the overall review scores for THQ’s Homefront as a reason their stock quickly dropping about 25% a few days ago. This doesn’t make any sense.

THQ’s stock didn’t drop 25% because of review scores for Homefront. Here’s how I know. Dante’s Inferno was marketed by EA in a similar manner and received the same scores, which weren’t bad at all, and their stock didn’t fall around this time last year. Not only that, but many, many high profile games get released each year to less than stellar scores and no headlines are made about those stock prices. It has to do with something else and we simply don’t have the answers yet.

Rant on Homefront & Good Price


On Homefront here’s what I said about my interest in the game after last year’s E3.

I’ve played/seen these shooters before. They’re those what if scenarios of the United States being invaded with the point of view being from a common everyday person and how they deal with it. Freedom Fighters had it be the Russains, Turning Point had it be the Germans, and this game has it being the North Koreans. Hopefully this will be the one I actually like.

The reviews are in and sadly it’s another FPS game that’s Call of Duty-like. The single player story might be the best part of it, but even it suffers from the CoD length of five hours.

It makes me wonder why I bother with this genre anymore. They’re always a big disappointment and I end up not buying them anyway. I can’t remember the last time I bought one. I’ve cleared my wish list of all of these games save for Singularity. It’s the one game which stands out as having something unique about it. I may change my mind on one of them, but for now eight are dismissed. It may surprise some of you, but Bulletstorm is one of them. However, I will admit it does offer something unique.

Speaking of unique there’s nothing more so than Yakuza 4. I ended up purchasing it because Best Buy had it marked at $40. It’s even on their website at the same price. Because it’ll likely have a small print run I suggest getting it now if you can.


New Releases 2011: March 13-26


NEW RELEASES for the WEEK of 3/13
Ar tonelico Qoga: Knell of Ar Ciel (PS3)
Gods Eater Burst (PSP)
Halo: Reach – Defiant Map Pack (X360)
Hard Corps: Uprising (PS3)
Homefront (PS3, X360, PC)
MotoGP 10/11 (PS3, X360)
Sega Genesis Classic Collection Gold Edition (PC)
Shogun 2: Total War (PC)
Top Spin 4 (PS3, X360, WII)
Yakuza 4 (PS3)

NEW RELEASES for the WEEK of 3/20
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood (PC)
Crysis 2 (PS3, X360, PC)
Dissidia 012: Duodecim Final Fantasy (PSP)
Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime (PS3, X360, PC)
LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars (PS3, X360, PC, WII, PSP, DS)
Naruto Shippuden: Kizuna Drive (PSP)
Natsume Championship Wrestling (WII)
PlayStation Move Heroes (PS3)
The Sims Medieval (PC, MAC)
The Tomb Raider Trilogy (PS3)
Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Classic Trilogy HD (PS3)

Post E3 Game Thoughts


Over the week of E3 I saw a number of things that got me more interested in some games that I previously wasn’t sure how I thought about them. Here are those games.

Metroid: Other M – My first thoughts when this game was originally announced was that it’d be the typical wagglefest that I’d come to expect from a Nintendo IP. To my surprise the controls were as basic as they could get. Holding the remote sideways using the d-pad and 1 and 2 buttons. There’s some occasional moments where the player will aim light gun style for scanning and shooting some enemies, but that sounds like it’s the majority of how the game controls. Sounds great!

Mortal Kombat – The pre-E3 trailer was just a tease and didn’t do all that much for me. However, once I saw that GameSpot stage demo, I was sold. This new MK looks to have a solid fighting engine. Combine that with a ton of nostalgia and it’s a sure fire win!

Medal of Honor – I didn’t care for this reboot of a somewhat on again/off again great FPS franchise. After seeing its showing at E3, I still don’t really care. It looks way too much like Call of Duty to where that’s what first comes to mind when I see footage of it. The only thing that got my attention was the PS3 exclusive bonus of a remake of Medal of Honor: Frontline. It’s my favorite of the series and is the only reason I’ll probably pick the main game up.

Twisted Metal – I’m not as big as a Twisted Metal fan as I may let on, but I have still enjoyed most every game of the series with Twisted Metal 2 being the one that sticks out the most. The online modes look to be the most interesting of this newest game as it will mark the first time I’ll be playing others not sitting next to me.

God of War: Ghost of Sparta – At this point I’m somewhat overcome with a bit too much of Kratos’ adventures which is why I took a break from finishing up God of War III from back in March. With that said, I was loving the graphical look of the upcoming PSP entry from the GS stage demo. The water effects were especially impressive. Of course I’ll be getting this game.

Homefront – I’ve played/seen these shooters before. They’re those what if scenarios of the United States being invaded with the point of view being from a common everyday person and how they deal with it. Freedom Fighters had it be the Russains, Turning Point had it be the Germans, and this game has it being the North Koreans. Hopefully this will be the one I actually like.

Red Faction: Armageddon – Here’s another stage demo that changed my mind on the game in question. It was a safe bet to think that this would be very similar to last year’s game. To my surprise it’s not as open of a world. But it does seem to have fun weapons to use. One in particular can reform destroyed structures so you can ruin them again.

I’ve got a lot more to say, but I’ll reveal those thoughts at another time.

The responses for what game I bought from Gamefly was quite amusing, but all incorrect. You guessed the following games.

Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands (x2)
Wolfenstein (x2)
Batman: Arkham Asylum

It was, in fact, Rogue Warrior. Check out this hilarious Giant Bomb quick look of the game.


Thanks for playing and good day, folks!