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Over the last month these six items are the new additions.

I had $5 of credit to use on eStarland.com and decided to purchase a used copy of Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus. It also was what gave me the idea to do my month of Ratchet & Clank games, #RatchetNov, which I am currently in the middle of.

Tempest is one of those classic 1980s arcade games which I find quite fun to play. An upgraded version of the game on the Atari Jaguar called Tempest 2000 is considered one of the best titles for an otherwise horrible gaming system. Well did you know a further updated version of the game was made available on the original PlayStation? It’s called Tempest X3. As soon as I heard about it I had to have it. It was a cheap pick up on eBay.

Finally there’s Sniper Elite V2 and Payday: The Heist. On Steam a few weeks back there was separate 24-hour periods where these games were made available for free. I was somewhat interested in checking the game out and free certainly helped in my decision making.

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I also was able to find a couple movies on Blu-ray for a good price with extras included. Top Gun came in one of those sweet Steelbook cases. This is something I don’t have many of. The only other one I can think of that I have is the game Mortal Kombat: Armageddon for PS2.

Mrs. Doubtfire was the other film I got. It has a lot of neat footage of early makeup tests and a good featurette of the idea of what message the filmmakers wanted to say within the story. Recommended for sure.

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Now Playing: August 2011

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Last Tuesday was the 20th anniversary of the Super Nintendo as released in North America. Knowing this date was coming up I decided to make it mainly a SNES month.

I played Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers once again and also did a speed run of it in 42 minutes and 12 seconds.

Soon after I asked on Twitter which of eight random chosen games I should play next. The two top picks were Robocop Versus The Terminator and Run Saber. The former game was pretty bad with unforgiving AI and overall uninteresting gameplay. At least there was a funny glitch where you can hold the A and X buttons while on a ladder and Robocop will keep climbing even after passing the top of it. Stage 6 was as far as I was able to go.

Run Saber was much more fun. This take on Strider from Atlus has a bunch of moves to perform in a fast-paced platformer. It has an arrow at the top of the screen always showing the direction to head in. I recommend this game if you’ve ever enjoyed Capcom’s Strider. Finished on Easy was a score of 266,800.

There’s not much to say about Street Racer. It’s basically a Super Mario Kart clone with less charm. At least the racing is decent.

Two other games I finished off this month giving me a total of 27 for this year was Knights of the Round and Alien Crush. In the Capcom beat-’em-up I selected Percival. I prefer him since he’s the only one who can dash. Granted it doesn’t last long at all, but this mobility and being the more powerful of the three characters make him a great choice. My final score was 430,820 at level 15.

I think I’m Alien Crush’d out at this point. I’m played a lot of the game in the recent past, as most of you know, but nothing can prepare you for this. On the PSN version via my PSP I improved my score so much that there’s no way I could possibly top it and that’s even if I’d want to (and I definitely don’t want to). My previous best score, regardless of the version of the game, was 78,533,200 and now it was improved by over four times the amount. Behold my new best high score of 348,932,500!

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You’ll probably need some time to recover from that revealed score so I’ll end this here. As always thanks for reading!

Beyond the Grave

The title of this post is referring to just one game out of the 15 that were added to my collection over this past week. The first stack of games are as follows.

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SNK Arcade Classics Vol. 1 (PSP)
I bought this over the PS2 version for framerate reasons, if I remember some reviews that I read correctly.

Capcom Classics Collection Reloaded (PSP)
The original three Street Fighter II games along with Eco Fighters, Knights of the Round, and Mercs (aka Commando 2) was worth it for me. However, if you want only one of the two Capcom collections on the PSP (this or Remixed), then I’d have to recommend Remixed for its better game selection.

Sega Genesis Collection (PSP)
Yes, I have had the PlayStation 2 version for a few years now, but the idea of Genesis games on the go was too good to pass up. Sure the Nomad was a cool concept, but obviously it wasn’t reliable enough. I consider this what Sega was trying to do with the Nomad. Mmmm. Shinobi III. :P

Saints Row 2 (PS3)
For a game that only just came out about a month ago, I picked it up pretty quick. I did so by getting a used copy for $30. That was after a few duplicate games that I traded in (TMNT: Hyperstone Heist, Tetris (GB), Mega Man 2, and Mega Man 3). That I’m not going to compare this game to Grand Theft Auto IV for two reasons. The first being that you’re more than likely sick of hearing it and, second, this game has enough differences this time around to warrant a look at both games.

TimeShift (PS3)
It’s been just over a year since the last time I posted anything about this game. Back then I was talking about the demo and how I had some problems remembering to use the time powers. Whenever I get to playing it I’ll see if it was worth the wait for the $20 price tag.

Puzzle Quest: Challange of the Warlords (PS2)
Here’s a game that I’m currently playing on the DS. I wanted this version for something on the bigger screen. It will be interesting to see if it has any game stopping bugs like the PSP version and if I find it a problem with the lack of a stylus.

Goldeneye: Rogue Agent (PS2)
For the longest time I stayed away from this game and I think it was because I once briefly demoed it on the Gamecube, a controller with shoulder buttons that I can’t stand. Speaking of things that I can’t stand. I’m really tired of hearing people compare every Bond game to their beloved N64 game. I heard it once again with the recent release of Quantum of Solace. I could go on, but I already did over two years ago. For those eager to read what I did say, I’ll post it again soon.

Gungrave (PS2)
Here’s another game that I already had…as in the sequel Gungrave: Overdose. Both games are based on the anime of the same name. You control the resurrected character formerly known as Brandon Heat and now known as Beyond the Grave. Pretty cool and so is the crazy third-person action.

Rygar: The Legendary Adventure (PS2)
I figured that since the updated Wii version is due out soon that I should just go for this game. The prequel was an NES game known only as Rygar.

Loaded (PS)
Don’t know what this game is? I have an easy way to explain it to you. It’s a bloody version of Gauntlet.

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Klonoa: Empire of Dreams (GBA)
I wasn’t expected to find nor did I really want to look for another Klonoa game, but credit goes to Usagi704 for noticing that Gamestop didn’t know what they had on their hands.

Castlevania: Circle of the Moon (GBA)
Ditto for this game as it usually goes for much more than what they were selling it for. Psst. $6.

Tekken Advance (GBA)
The third GBA game spotted by Usagi704. I played his copy of this game and I must say that Namco did some great work making this game feel and look as much like Tekken as they did.

Mortal Kombat 3 (GB)
Definitely the worst game that bought by a long shot. Why did I knowingly purchase a bad game? Because I simply had it previously. Back in 1995, I was expecting a lot from this game since they did a great job on MKII. Unfortunately, it ended up as an, as the kids like to say these days, epic fail.

Road Rash (GBC)
Not as bad of a port of the Genesis game as you might expect.

Well, that’ll do it for me this time.

Calypso Grants My Wish

Watch out! Here comes a massive collection update. Behold 19 game additions and one system.

Last Thursday I went out to local store #1, It’s About Games. I did so for the GBA SP system. I was going to try and find the Pearl Blue system with the brighter screen, but that was proving to be extremely difficult to find. At least now I’ll have a color that will match the God of War edition PSP this June. I also added a single NES game to the order.

Game Boy Advance SP (red) – system & AC adapter (complete); excellent
Double Dragon III: The Sacred Stones (NES) – game only; great

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The next day I stopped by Gamestop after a haircut. I wasn’t planning to get Spy Hunter, but at $2.99 I couldn’t pass that up. I made sure that I was really at Gamestop when I saw that price on a decently reviewed game. :D

Spy Hunter (PS2) – complete; fair

After that I decided to make the trip to Shelby to see what Stickman’s had in stock. As usual they didn’t disappoint, especially with the selection of Super NES games. I bought nine SNES games along with the original Twisted Metal game in the early PlayStation longbox.

Ranma 1/2: Hard Battle (SNES) – game only; great
Fighter’s History (SNES) – game only; fair
NBA Jam (SNES) – game only; excellent
Fatal Fury 2 (SNES) – game only; fair
The Lion King (SNES) – game only; great
Robocop Versus The Terminator (SNES) – game only; great
WWF Raw (SNES) – game only; excellent
Aero Fighters (SNES) – game only; good
Mickey Mania: The Timeless Adventures of Mickey Mouse (SNES) – game only; great
Twisted Metal (PS) – complete; good

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Those two days were great and then I received my eStarland.com order on Saturday. I ordered all of the Twisted Metal games that they had. The reason I got TMIII and TM4 is because I wanted to see first hand what’s wrong with them. I also had my eye on Mercs for the Genesis for some time once I found out that it had been released on a home console. I always liked that game in the arcade and since I didn’t have a Genesis during that time, I was totally unaware that it was ever on that system. It was a nice surprise when I read that on Wikipedia.

Destruction Derby (PS) – complete; good
Twisted Metal: Small Brawl (PS) – new
Twisted Metal III (PS) – complete; excellent
Twisted Metal 4 (PS) – complete; great
Mercs (GEN) – complete; excellent
Max Payne (PS2) – complete; good
Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne (PS2) – complete; excellent

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To paraphrase Calypso: “I am Hart704, and I thank you for visiting my blog.”

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Your Mind Is The Ultimate Weapon

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Two games that I came across while I was looking through my collection had the same sentence on the back of the case, “Your Mind Is The Ultimate Weapon.” Just in case you can’t tell those games are Psi-Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy and Disruptor. Being made eight years apart by two different companies, I found it amusing.

Toughest Games to Beat

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During this past week IGN revealed what they felt were the top ten most difficult games to beat. After viewing the list, I can say that I definitely agree with all of the games that were placed there. While I’ve only played a handful of the games on the list, I can atest to the legendary toughness of the other five from what I’ve seen and/or read over the years. Now onto the list.

10. Ninja Gaiden Black
9. Devil May Cry 3
8. Battletoads
7. R-Type
6. MDK2
5. Super Ghouls ‘N Ghosts
4. F-Zero GX
3. Shinobi
2. Mega Man
1. Contra

IGN article: Top 10 Tuesday: Toughest Games to Beat

11 Games and 75 Cents

Last Friday I went around to the local video game stores in my area to see how much I would get for trading in Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow. Along the way I picked up several games that I’ve had on my wish list.

Before I went out I checked the trade-in value of the game at eStarland.com. They reward gamers for having the box and manual, which no other place does. For nothing but the game it was $6.88. However, since I have the complete package I can get $12.50.

The first place was called It’s About Games. Their response to my question was $7. After that I looked at their used game selection I acquired Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal ($14.99) and TimeSplitters 2 ($10.99). The one great thing about IAGs used games is that, just like eStarland, I don’t have to worry about the condition of the disc.

Next was onto Babbage’s in the Richland Mall. Aria of Sorrow’s value there was $5. The game I purchased was the original Splinter Cell for $7.99. I also tried to get Twisted Metal Black, but apparently they misplaced the disc.

Finally I went to EB Games. This place is the worst when it comes to the condition of used games that I’ve ever dealt with. Even so there are times that I’ll find a gem among all of the garbage. The two games that I found were in good to new condition wise. Midnight Club II ($9.99) was the one that was used, but in good working order. To my surprise a gem did show up in the form of Gungrave: Overdose. It was $14.99 and I didn’t expect to ever find it new, but obviously was glad I did. In fact it was Usagi704 that spotted it on the shelf. I also looked at the original Midnight Club, but it was too dirty, and Fireblade, to which I wasn’t shown the disc since the clerk said that it was horribly scratched. After my purchase I asked about the GBA game and was told it was worth 75 cents.

As soon as I heard that I was reminded of my previous experience trading with EB Games and the post I made about it entitled “EB Ripoff.” At least now I’m smarter about how I go about buying games.

The very next day I received my eStarland order. The package included: Apocalypse, Disruptor, Medal of Honor, and Medal of Honor: Underground. I first looked at these four games when Usagi and myself were having lunch at Subway. Next door was It’s About Games and Usagi asked me to buy Wipeout 3 for him and he would get me the money ASAP. I thought about it for a little bit and then figured what the hell he’s good for it.

So, after lunch we went into the store and I bought Wipeout 3 ($5.99) along with Arcade’s Greatest Hits: The Atari Collection 1 ($10.99).

All in all it was fun and I ended up with 11 games for $113.86. Not bad at all.