Sengoku 3

I went out for some printer cartridges last week and came away with those plus Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on Wii. The Xbox 360 controller pictured below is for some PC games on Steam since I don’t own or ever plan to own an Xbox 360 system itself. Finally I was able to get encouragement from my fellow podcast hosts, Usagi704 and 24bitAJE, to get the outstanding Neo-Geo beat-’em-up Sengoku 3!

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Pick 5: Favorite Game Boy Advance Games

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In a follow up of sorts to my list of favorite PlayStation 2 games I give you my favorite Game Boy Advance games. These aren’t necessarily my top five as much as some of my favorite GBA titles. And as such THIS DOESN’T INCLUDE GAMES I HAVEN’T PLAYED and ISN’T LISTED IN ANY SPECIFIC ORDER other than the order in which I thought of them.

ASTRO BOY: OMEGA FACTOR
It’s safe to say that most games based on the Astro Boy license are terrible. However this GBA cartridge breaks the mold. Anybody who’s a fan of 2D beat-’em-ups or shoot-’em-ups will really enjoy this game even if you don’t care or know about the story or characters from the anime. Astro Boy himself controls and animates very well making for the use of his moves (normal, special, or super) extremely satisfying.

BALDUR’S GATE: DARK ALLIANCE
I don’t know what prompted me to buy this game a number of years ago. It may have received good reviews or it was on sale at a cheap price. Either way I don’t usually play many hack-‘n-slash titles. I enjoy them, but I’m not normally drawn to them often. With that said, it was quite an enjoyable experience even if I did get stuck a few times. The graphics are suitable and I felt the difficulty was overall more manageable than the console version.

CASTLEVANIA: ARIA OF SORROW
The GBA library is fairly short on lengthier action platformers and this is where the Castlevania series had been extremely helpful. It’s a joy to play this particular entry in the series. Soma’s unique soul stealing ability may make it a bit bothersome at times to get the subweapon you want from a specific enemy, but fun all the same. With a bunch of unlockables it’s easy to see why this is a top notch Castlevania game…from the future.

METROID FUSION
As one of the first Metroid games I finished, Fusion had many great moments that I liked. What was most memorable about it to me was the different enemies called “X” and the more story driven game which was the introduction of Adam Malkovich, but in name only. Even with these differences to the typical Metroid game it still very much feels and plays like the series is known for.

SUPER STREET FIGHTER II: TURBO REVIVAL
The Game Boy Advance isn’t exactly known for having a lot of fighting games to choose from, but from what it does have most are well made. This entry in the Street Fighter series is one of the best and has several additional modes to have fun with like survival and time attack. If you’ve ever had fun with an SF game, then you’d do yourself well by picking up this fantastic port of the timeless arcade game.

Fourth Platinum!

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GOD OF WAR II
Just a few hours after I posted my previous blog update about only one Challenge of the Titans mission away from getting my fourth platinum trophy, I ended up giving it a couple more tries and raising my hands in victory.

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WISH LIST
I was taking a look at videos of GBA games on my wish list to see if I should still get them. A majority of them were good to great and I kept them on. Both of the Ecks vs. Sever games were removed along with another one that I can’t remember at this moment. I also added four to the list.

Gradius Galaxies was the best looking of the bunch and since I really like the series I couldn’t say no.

Medal of Honor: Infiltrator played more like Ikari Warriors than the FPS games it’s known for.

Ghost Rider was based on that not-so-great Nicolas Cage film from 2007. The difference being that this portable version was overall way better and looks it too.

Splinter Cell wasn’t easy for me on the PS2, but the GBA game seems like I could get a handle on its more simplistic style.

Hyperzone was the lone SNES game that I added and it’s a shoot-’em-up game in the style of Space Harrier. It looked and sounded very familiar to me despite the name of the game not jogging any memories.

As always thanks for reading!

What Game Do You Have The Most Copies Of?

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The following is my reply to the topic “What game do you have the most copies of?” started by cosmostein77 in The Candid Collectors’ Union.

I only have two of the exact same game on the same system. That game is Twisted Metal. I have one long box version and one jewel case version.

Games that I have different versions of are:

Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance – PS2, GBA
Disney’s Aladdin – SNES, GEN
Doom II – PC, GBA
Fatal Fury – GEN (coming soon), SNES
Final Fantasy VI – SNES, GBA
Killer Instinct – SNES, GB
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past – SNES, GBA
Max Payne – PC, PS2
Mortal Kombat – SNES, GEN, GB, GG
Mortal Kombat II – SNES, GEN, GB, GG
Mortal Kombat 3 – SNES, PS
NBA Jam – SNES, SCD
Quake II – PC, PS
Samurai Shodown – GEN, SNES
Sonic the Hedgehog – GEN, GG
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 – GEN, GG
Street Fighter Alpha 3 – PS, GBA, PSP
Street Fighter II – SNES, GB
Stuntman Ignition – PS2, PS3
Sunset Riders – SNES, GEN
Super Mario World – SNES, GBA
Super Street Fighter II – SNES, GEN
Tecmo Super Bowl – NES, SNES
Tetris – NES, GB
Tomb Raider: Legend – PS2, GBA (Euro verison), DS (Euro verison)
Twisted Metal: Head On – PS2, PSP
Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 – SNES, DS

Now Playing: February ’07

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A continuation of my 2+ year quest to finish Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance on the GBA finally came to a close. The game wasn’t difficult. I just ended up not understanding where to go next in the beginning of Act II. After lots of time of ignoring the game, I got back into it determined to make it to the end. The craziest thing about this game was that the boss of Act I was a lot more challenging than either of the other two were later in the game.

Keeping with the BGDA theme, I was able to acquire the PS2 version of the game. I played some co-op with a friend for about an hour only to get frustrated with the fact that one of us would keep dying. Eventually, I input the invincibility code, but that didn’t have the long lasting fun factor that we were hoping for. It’s been waiting for us to continue the adventure ever since.

After a lengthy delay I finally received Tomb Raider: Legend for the GBA in the mail. Just like last month with the DS version, I blew right through it in three days. The two motorcycle stages aren’t very interesting to play regardless of the platform. But the GBA game makes it impossible to avoid running into obstacles while moving at top speed. It’s down right awful.

Early into the month I asked you to vote for which game I’d play next out of a list of five games. The winning game was Psychonauts out of a three-way tie. I played through the game up until a certain point where I just got tired of it. How come, you ask? I fill you in on that in a mini-review soon to come.

The whole month wasn’t a total wash as Super Castlevania IV and Crackdown have been consistently entertaining. I’m about halfway though Crackdown. Yesterday I offed one of the Generals of The Volk (Natalyza Gryzunova). I grenaded the she-devil to the ground. The SNES Castlevania game was a cool time at a friends house. I provided the system and game and he provided the TV. Trading back and forth after losing a life was a good time. On the dreaded GS forbidden emulation side, I’m up to Dracula and he’s definitely a bitch.

Now Playing: January ’07

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The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction was, by far and away, the game I played the most of during this last month. This game is without a doubt, and for a lack of a better term, incredible. Sure the graphics aren’t the best, but it doesn’t need to be. Why, you ask? Because as Alex Navarro put it in his review of the game, “everything in the game smashes and explodes real, real good.” I highly recommend this game to anyone.

Other games that I played some of were: Sonic Rush, Pinball Hall of Fame, Tekken Advance, and DOA2: Hardcore. The second zone while using Sonic in Sonic Rush has been a consistant pain to complete for me. Tekken on the GBA was only a little more exciting than Vitura Fighter 2 was on the Genesis. The addition of the 3-on-3 tag mode was fun. I loves me some old fashion style pinball and I got my fix with Usagi in two player mode. Afterwards, I was mostly getting my butt kicked in DOA2.

I recently bought the European version of Tomb Raider: Legend for the DS. I quickly ran through it in about three days. Having played the console version of the game made it easier to know what to do.

I’ve had Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance (GBA) for a couple of years, but I stopped playing it because I couldn’t ever find my way out of the Dark Forest in Act II. Now that I tried to find a way out and succeeded, I’m going to head on until the end of the game.

Another thing I wanted to mention was that I tried the Crackdown demo and it was fantastic. I’ll definitely be getting my hands on the full version of that game and it won’t have anything to do with what Bungie has added.