Now Playing: September ’09


This last month was great as I was knocking out a bunch of my unfinished games. Another four have fallen: Burnout Revenge, Unreal Tournament, Crash Bandicoot: Warped, and Puzzle Quest!

I also managed to complete Tekken Dark Resurrection, The Punisher, Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, and Street Fighter Alpha.

Tekken on the PSP ended up being my Game of the Month for being really fun in single player and against Usagi704. I focused on getting better with Dragunov and started getting a hang of Kazuya and Paul Pheonix. I’m not exactly hot stuff, but I have managed to get the basics down.

Street Fighter Alpha was recently purchased by Usagi704 and it was the first time that I was able to play this interesting Game Boy Color port. I beat it during my first play-through and scored just over one million point with Sagat.

I wasn’t as successful with my newly aquired copy of Castlevania II: Belmont’s Revenge, though I was able to get up to the second part of Dracula’s castle. The game’s pretty easy overall until that point where the game seems to hit a difficulty spike.

I’m glad that I was able to finally, after about two months, to finish The Punisher. Playing it was getting kind of monotonous so I glad that I can move on from it. All 37 parts of my Let’s Play of the game are now available for viewing.

Finally I quickly wanted to mention that I had spotted Metal Gear Solid VR Missions for $3 locally. I picked it up with the knowledge that it normally goes for six times that amount.



1998 Game of the Year


Make way for the return of my retro Game of the Year series with 1998.

Note: You may very well disagree with some of my choices, but that’s why it’s a good list.

Crash Bandicoot: Warped
Metal Gear Solid
Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit
WWF War Zone

1998 Game of the Year: Half-Life
Runner-up: Metal Gear Solid

I must be honest here. I don’t so much think Half-Life is great for just itself. The modification potential was what won me over at the time. Most people remember mods such as Counter-Strike, Team Fortress Classic, and Day of Defeat. The latter two which I enjoyed more so than CS. However, there’s countless other mods that were well done and fun to play. I remember have lots of fun playing Front Line Force, Vampire Slayer, and Natural Selection among others.

Metal Gear Solid being my runner-up is still a solid place to be (pun possibly intended). I only played through it once so far and only didn’t get into the second game because I followed it up too close to finishing this one. I recommend picking up the Essential Collection. It’s the best way to experience this ground breaking game at the best price.

Here’s a list of other Half-Life modifications that entertained me.
The Specialists
Science and Industry
Sven Co-op
International Online Soccer

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Pick 5: Games Never Finished (version 2)


Back in early 2007 I had put together this list and it consisted of Call of Duty 3, Metroid Fusion, Need For Speed Most Wanted, Ratchet & Clank, and Super Castlevania IV. Of those five games only two have since been completed — Call of Duty 3 and Ratchet & Clank. Tomb Raider: Anniversary would’ve been on this list, but I just completed it a few days ago after being away from it for about a year and a half. Here’s a new short list of games that were started yet still not completed out of the 55 games that I counted. These aren’t listed in any specific order other than the order in which I thought of them.

I. Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (PS2)
I remember really enjoying the original game. Soon after completing that one I started MGS2. For what ever reason I did the usual and blamed the debut character Raiden for losing interest at the time. Since then I know better than to think that one character really kills the game. When I think back it was more likely because I was on Metal Gear overload and needed a break.

II. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (GBA)
One night when thinking of what portable game out of two to take with me over to a friend’s place I thought of this Zelda title. I knew that if I waited to get in the mood that I never really would since I’m definitely not much of a fan of the series. For about a month after that night I tried playing it on and off (mostly off) and got discouraged when trying to find my way around the overworld map. I realize that this may sound silly to big fans of the series, but it just confuses me to no end.

III. Odin Sphere (PS2)
When playing this game earlier this year I really did love it. I still do too, but as I even stated at the time, fighting the Skuldi wizard boss battle with Oswald was annoying. It’s even annoying just thinking about continuing that game at that point now. It also doesn’t help that the regular enemy wizards are also a pain in the ass to fight. Still I do hope to best Skuldi and move on in this beautiful game.

IV. Prince of Persia Revelations (PSP)
For a game that’s basically Prince of Persia: Warrior Within with a few new areas to explore, you’d think that I’d be finished with this one seeing as Warrior Within is my favorite game of the previous trilogy. I was cruising through the game, remembering where to go and what to do when I came across the first of the new areas. I figured out the first part of this new area, but the second part was less platforming and more puzzle solving which. of course, got me stuck. One of these days, Revelations!

V. Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master (GEN)
Ah, yes, Shinobi III. How I adore your awesome “Ninjaness” so I’ll count the number of ninja ways.

1. Awesome ninja controls. Best with the original three button Genesis controller.
2. Great ninja challenge. Easy to play, but difficult to master. However still a lot of fun.
3. Lots of ninja variety. The levels are always different and interesting throughout the game.
4. Killer ninja moves. The Joe Musashi moves of old these are not. Everything needed to kick ass is in this ninja.

All of that and I’ve yet to finish the game. I guess whether it’s on the Genesis or on the Genesis Collection, I’ll find a way to overcome it.

New Findings While On The Quest For Grand Theft Auto IV

Yesterday I specifically went out to buy Grand Theft Auto IV. I first checked It’s About Games. They didn’t have it, but I did notice several hard-to-find games that I needed to get because it will probably be awhile before I see them again.

The first stack of games included:
Knight Rider (NES)
Battletoads (NES)
Tecmo Super Bowl (NES) – game only; great
Renegade (NES) – game only; good
Shadow of the Ninja (NES) – game only; fair

After getting home I tested the games out as I always do and I ended up having problems with Knight Rider and Battletoads. So later in the day I returned to the same store to return those two games and picked up four others in their place.

Street Fighter 2010 (NES)
Rad Racer II (NES)
Tecmo Super Bowl (SNES) – game only; poor
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (PS2) – complete; great

Once again the NES games gave me problems. Today I took those back and bought a PSP launch game instead.

Twisted Metal: Head On (PSP) – complete; great

Now I own every single Twisted Metal game that’s currently available.


While I was out the second time the previous day, I stopped by Circuit City to get GTAIV. I found that game along with three more PSP games. An extra DS game that I bought at Best Buy about two weeks ago was Nanostray 2. I wasn’t going to get it, but then I saw that it was $20.

Nanostray 2 (DS) – new
Avatar: The Last Airbender (PSP) – new
Guilty Gear Judgment (PSP) – new
Chili Con Carnage (PSP) – new
Grand Theft Auto IV (PS3) – new


Total this time around: 11

Condition scale: Excellent, Great, Good, Fair, Bad, Poor