Now Playing: July 2019

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This time out the group of games I played are from April through mid-July. There’s 12 in total with only three finished. Here we go!

The first game on tap is also one of the three I beat: Ghost Squad. This home port of Sega’s arcade light gun shooter works well on the Wii. I don’t have the plastic zapper shell for the controller, but you obviously don’t need it since there isn’t any additional hardware built in. It was a very fun and repeatable three mission structure with some alternate paths to take. I particularly liked earning and using the additional weapons and outfits available. The latter can get somewhat comical at times since the player character is the only one who changes outfits with the rest of the squad remaining in normal gear.

I was looking forward to getting into a new beat-’em-up with Batman: The Brave and the Bold (also on Wii). It didn’t pan out well, however. The training before the game actually begins makes the mistake of throwing every ability at you at once. Of course, you’ll eventually forget some of them long before you’ll need them. My biggest issue was with the overall feeling of the brawling. It wasn’t as mindless fun as I was hoping for. There’s more puzzle aspects to this game’s fighting that’s often enough that it feels like the momentum of a level keeps getting interrupted. I had to check out of this game fairly early on.

Two shoot-’em-ups I played for a little bit was the TG-16’s Final Soldier (via VC) and Raiden IV: Overkill on PS3 (via PSN). The former was a fantastic time until I got slaughtered on stage 5. At least it was nice getting to that point. I can’t say as much for the latter game. I didn’t quite understand the new Overkill Mode, but the normal Arcade Mode was the typical Raiden shooting experience. In that to say it isn’t great. I enjoy the original game and the sequel, but after those (like I am with the Contra series) they don’t appeal to me as much.

Next up on the list is Ninja Spirit. The game is pretty tough until you realize that all you need is the explosive weapon 3 and it’s fairly smooth sailing from then on. I got to what I call the “ninja pit” and was stopped fully in my tracks. I don’t know exactly how to reach the bottom without being touched since it only takes one hit to kill you. It’s the last major obstacle before the final boss if I ever clear it.

Speaking of Contra, I also played, but was unsuccessful in beating Contra Rebirth. While I was able to get to level 4, I’m not exactly the best at managing the switching of the weapons. This was a gameplay mechanic that debuted in Contra III in 1992.

I’m not sure exactly what to say about Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris other than it’s available for download on PlayStation 4 and, well, it’s a Tomb Raider game. I liked it for what it was, but I definitely still prefer the traditional presentation of the series in Tomb Raider: Legend or the 2013 reboot.

More recently I’ve been playing some PlayStation 2 suggested games from readers like you. Of course, I have to already own the games because I’m not in a position to be purchasing whatever anybody suggests. First was Lifeline, the USB audio voice directed game from Konami. I knew going in I wouldn’t be playing it very long because it doesn’t always understand was you are saying. Well, I didn’t even successfully get to the title screen as my current USB headset wasn’t compatible. Oh well. It’s not much of a loss.

ICO was another suggestion and it goes without saying that this was a much better idea. I’m not into these more artistic style of games usually so I’m not going to be as impressed with it like so many others have been. I’m happy for those people, but I’m simply not one of them. I’m at the Crane section, but I needed a more action packed distraction.

That distraction was Power Rangers Dino Thunder on PS2. In this game you don’t play as the Rangers themselves, but instead as their Zoids. I think there’s 5-6 total in the game. Zeltrax is the main boss in the game that you fight twice in very similar battles each time. Unfortunately, you never seen the TV show’s main villain, Mesogog. He’s only spoken about. This was the third game I beat.

Another suggestion I’m playing a little of is the arcade version of Bubble Bobble via Taito Legends. The best I’ve done this time around is round 7. I’ve previously hit as high as round 16.

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Buy Any Bad Games?

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Listed below are games which I knew weren’t good, but wanted to try them out anyway. I do own more terrible games, like Shaq Fu, but the reason I don’t count them is because I didn’t purposely get them. They might have been acquired via an eBay lot or as a gift. I also didn’t count games I thought would be good and then ended up being a disappointment (Mortal Kombat 3 for Game Boy).

Everybody has knowingly bought a game which was terrible. Whether it was because of many negative reviews or the reputation the title garnered over time. You know, because sometimes you just want to experience for yourself how bad they really are (for as little money as possible, of course).

I haven’t played a majority of the games listed below as of yet. Those that I have tried out are marked with an asterisk.

Dead To Rights (GBA, PS2)
Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed (PS)
WCW Backstage Assault (PS)
Call of Duty: Finest Hour (PS2)
Castlevania: Curse of Darkness (PS2)*
GoldenEye: Rogue Agent (PS2)*
Lifeline (PS2)
Sega Classics Collection (PS2)
Spy Hunter: Nowhere to Run (PS2)
Duke Nukem Forever (PS3)
Rogue Warrior (PS3)
Double Switch (SCD)
Night Trap (SCD)*
Rival Turf (SNES)*
Brawl Brothers (SNES)*

The final two games are together part of a beat-’em-up trilogy called Rushing Beat in Japan. Outside the country Jaleco considered them separate games. I’m sure most of you remember the first title, Rival Turf. Brawl Brothers is the sequel and while less common, it can still be found. The Peace Keepers, on the other hand, is rare and I’ve never seen it anywhere.

Lost Watchmen: Ultimate Condition

Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers (NES)
Double Dribble (NES)
Lost Planet: Extreme Condition (PS3)
The King of Fighters ’98 Ultimate Match (PS2)
Lifeline (PS2)
Ecco the Dolphin (SCD)
Watchmen: The End Is Nigh (PSN)

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Welcome! Above is a total of seven new games that I purchased recently over the last week or so.

I really wanted to get the just released The King of Fighters ’98 Ultimate Match and I found it at the best price on eStarland.com. That’s normally unusual when compared to Amazon.com. While I was at it I also bought the above two NES games and Lifeline. The latter was pretty cheap and I’ve also had a wired USB headset for about a month, so I figured I’d go for it.

Ecco the Dolphin isn’t actually a recent purchase. It came with the lot of Sega CD games that I bought late last year off of eBay. I only just started getting it to work reliably, which (as I found out) has more to do with the spinner in the disc drive not lining up correctly. It’s only a problem since the Sega CD has it placed on the underside of the lid.

Getting back to the topic of Amazon.com, while I didn’t get KOF ’98 UM there, I did purchase the Austrian Death Machine album that’s talked about in this video that I linked to in my last blog entry. I wanted free shipping so I added Lost Planet to the mix.

Two days after the release of Watchmen: The End Is Nigh I purchased it. This comes from someone that’s never heard of Watchmen before the movie and I’ve also yet to see it. So, with that said, all I had was a viscerally satisfying beat-’em-up to draw me in. Well, it worked. The graphics are superb, combos are fun to master, and the finishing moves are great to watch. My only complaint is that it cost $5 too much for what it is. Online co-op would’ve helped out really well, but I’ve still managed to enjoy myself.

I hope to talk soon about some demos that I’m going to try here soon. Until then, game on!