Help Wanted

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I have some questions and I hope you could help with some answers.

PSN PURCHASES
I’ve been thinking about two games to buy off of the PlayStation Network lately, but I’ve been torn on some things about them.

First up is Peggle and its add-on Peggle Nights. I’ve heard about this game for awhile and never knew anything about it until I tried the DS version, Duel Shot, that my nephew had. It reminded me of The Price Is Right’s Plinko to an extent.

I liked what I played of it, but the DS version is $20. Both the game and the add-on is $15 in comparison on PSN which is a much better deal.

My question: Is the multiplayer mode(s), if any, worth the time?

I didn’t think much of the PSN port of Mortal Kombat II at the time of its release. That’s mainly because I have the game many times over already. I paid so little attention that I didn’t know that the price was always $5.

My question: Has the game ever been patched or does it still play as it did when it was released? Does it play good enough that any problems it may have aren’t that much of a bother?

GIFT GIVING
I’ve been thinking about games as gifts, but I’ve also been having a difficult time figuring out what to get. The two people in question are my niece and nephew.

I was thinking about Brain Age and Super Dodgeball Brawlers, both on the DS, mainly because I already own them, but now I’m thinking something else might be better.

What ideas might you have? My niece is six and my nephew is nine. They both have a DS Lite so I’m going to keep it to just DS and GBA games. Any game, new or old, on those two system are available for ideas. The only exception is Pokemon. I know that they have enough of that.

Thanks for your help on these questions.

EDIT: For the gifts I also like to stay away from newer games because they may be bought by my brother. Plus, I’d like to keep these games as cheap as possible. Also, if you could make sure nobody else has suggesting the same thing already. Most of Nintendo’s main franchise games are still going for a lot even the older ones so Mario, Link, and the like are also not the best either.

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2003 Game of the Year

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

NOMINEES
Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow
Double Dragon Advance
Kill Switch
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando

2003 Game of the Year: Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
Runner-up: Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow

This was the first one in awhile where I had some trouble choosing not only the nominees, but also the winners.

After thinking about it Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time had to be the winner. It’s the only game that I’ve ever known nothing about yet liked it so much that I did three speed runs of the game back-to-back with my best time being just under three hours. The combat is the weakest part of the game which is why it’s good that there’s a ton of awesome platforming action to play. I was pretty disappointed with the newest game in the series to say the least, but I can’t recommend Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time enough.

Out of all of the Symphony of the Night style of Castlevania games, Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow is my favorite. It was the first of that style that I played on a recommendation from usagi704. I played through it several times. First I had the original release and then soon I bought the Castlevania Double Pack and played it again on that cartridge.

I recommend any of the nominated games as they are all excellent. Want to play the first game to have a cover system? Get yourself some Kill Switch. Maybe you want to show all those NES lovers what a better Double Dragon looks like? Show them the remake of Double Dragon Advance.

Thanks for reading!

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Motorstorm & 4 eBay Auctions Won

In this video I talk about my time playing Motorstorm on the PS3 and recent purchases that include four eBay auctions that I won. Also I take the time to mention about the poorly packaged winnings.

Game Genie (NES)
2nd copy of TMNT: Hyperstone Heist (GEN)
Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out (NES)
Super Dodgeball Brawlers (DS)
Taito Legends 2 (PS2)
Bruce Lee: Return of the Legend (GBA)
The Legend of Kage 2 (DS)
Night Trap (SCD)
SOCOM Confrontation (w/headset) (PS3)
3-disc Halloween DVD
Android Assault (SCD)
Mortal Kombat (SCD)
Ground Zero Texas (SCD)
Stellar Fire (SCD)
Jurassic Park (SCD)
The Amazing Spider-Man vs. The Kingpin (SCD)
Mega Man 5 (NES)
Mega Man 6 (NES)

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Beggar Prince

As Gigastormz guessed correctly two blogs ago, I indeed bought a copy of Super Fighter Team’s Genesis RPG Beggar Prince. I ordered it just 5 days ago and it was shipped that same day. :) Here’s some extra photos showing off the well made case, manual, and cartridge.

Cartridge | Manual | Inside Case | Outside Case

I also bought three other games at Gamestop and surprisingly the prices were decent.

Beggar Prince (GEN) – new for $46 from superfighter.com
Conan (PS3) – new for $19.99 from Gamestop
Metal Slug Anthology (PSP) – used/complete for $17.99 from Gamestop
River City Ransom EX (GBA) – used/game only for $4.99 at Gamestop

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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.

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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

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Total this time around: 11

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A Number of Quality Titles

Yesterday I went to the trusty local store, It’s About Games, and picked up the following four games.

Rush’n Attack (NES) – game only; fair
Super Mario Bros. 2 (NES) – game only; good
River City Ransom (NES) – game & sleeve; fair
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (GEN) – game & case; great

At the same time I also decided to get Bad Dudes and the 3-in-1 cart of Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt/World Class Track Meet. Unfortunately, neither game worked even after cleaning them. So instead I swapped them today for a very fine replacement in Super Punch-Out (SNES – game only; excellent).

After talking for awhile somehow we got onto the topic of pinball games. I mentioned that I liked the great TG-16 games Alien Crush and Devil’s Crush. The store owner immediately walked over and picked up a complete copy of Dragon’s Fury (GEN – excellent). I was like “OMFG!!” and added that to the buy list right then and there.

I ended up getting many high quality games and all of them were on my wish list, which is normally a rarity.

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Now Playing: March ’07

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This month’s stack of games played reached 11. A bulk of the time was reserved for the three most recently released Burnout games on the PlayStation 2, Takedown, Revenge, and Dominator. I’m going through Takedown for the second time, while Revenge and Dominator are getting the first time treatment. I’ve had Revenge pretty much since its release date, but I was too distracted by the terrible music to notice the great game underneath. Now that I’m ignoring the music, I’m having lots of fun with the game. Some of the jumps in that game are really incredible!

The games that I managed to beat were Crackdown, Batman Returns (SNES), and Double Dragon Advance. Batman Returns is fairly easy until you fight the bosses. Catwoman is a total pain in the ass. She moves fast and makes it very difficult to get close enough to do much damage. Oh and she also has that super long range whip and you have to face her a second time. Provided that you can even beat her the first time.

The multiplayer games of the month were Double Dragon Advance via GBA to GBA link and versus matches in the PS3 downloadable game Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection.

Other games that were played: Super Castlevania IV, Axelay, and Batman (NES), with an honorable mention to The Adventures of Batman & Robin (SNES). The game is hard, but fair. If you die it’s because you haven’t exactly figured it out yet.

The next game I’m going to get into is Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. It isn’t the XBLA version, but instead the original PlayStation game.