Game of the Year 2014 – Favorite Revisit

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A number of games I have I’ll sometimes go back to them. This is especially the case if it’s short and going to be a quick session to play through. Arcade games fit this bill perfectly. Whether it be Mortal Kombat Trilogy, Contra, Ninja Warriors on Super Nintendo, or the fun horror game Splatterhouse on TG-16 (played during my Halloween Gaming Event). It’s always great to go back to these titles.

The one which caught my attention in 2014 was the arcade version of Robocop by Data East. It’s a bit tricky when it asks the player to level traversal that’s more than walk to the right, but otherwise it’s fun. It reminds me of a roller skating rink I used to go to and this blog post I mentioned it before in. All of this was spurred on by my purchase of the remastered in 4K Blu-ray edition of the original movie I picked up back in February.

Last year my favorite revisit was Tomb Raider: Legend and this year’s was Robocop!

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Now Playing: October 2014

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Well, folks, it has been a fun and enjoyable October. This’ll conclude my 5th Annual Halloween Gaming Event where you voted on what games I’d play. This year it was all about the Castlevania series (and I do like my Castlevania games). I played two of three of the top vote getters and they were Order of Ecclesia (update 1 and update 2/finish) and the vastly underrated Dracula X on the Super Nintendo.

Even prior to the event starting I’d played through another Castlevania game, namely the classic Symphony of the Night. It was also talked about at the beginning of episode 51 of the Hart & Usagi Podcast along with more discussion of it within the series as a whole on episode 52.

In addition I also performed a speed run through Hotline Miami. The total time, including all of the bonus levels, was 1 hour and 49 minutes. As I’ve very likely said before, it’s definitely one of my new top favorite games in recent memory.

Finally it wouldn’t have been Halloween without at least one run through of the TG-16 classic Splatterhouse! I did play it last year too, but this time around my skills were very rusty. I even lost a life on the very first stage and this is coming from a guy who previously had one credit cleared it on the secret Hard difficulty. I was able to finish the game before all of the credits ran out, but it was close.

Last year for November, besides voting, I played a bunch of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles games dubbed #TMNTNov. Because I already have interest shown for something similar, I’ll be doing #RatchetNov. I’ll be playing as many unplayed Ratchet & Clank games I currently own. I’ll be starting off with ebbderelict’s choice of Ratchet: Deadlocked on PS2 and then move onto Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction on PS3 as picked out by SonicHomeboy.

Thanks for reading!

Now Playing: October 2013

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For this glorious month of video game playing I played some of Splatterhouse. It wasn’t anything serious, but I did manage to finish it. Stage VI is still a boring to looking at, but tough to get through. The serious game played, of course, goes to Dark Souls.

At the last time I updated you I was in Anor Londo right before the fight against Ornstein and Smough. I stocked up on mostly pyromancies like Combustion and fireballs. I also summoned Solaire of Astora to run as a distraction. At the start I ran to the left pillar and casted Iron Flesh. With this I can’t run or roll and walk very slowly, but Ornstein likes to rush in and I used that moment to flame him to a crisp. Smough was a little tougher with his huge lightning slam, but thanks to Solaire (my new BFF) I was able to hurl fireballs from afar and win.

Your winners and NEW Tag Team Champions: Solaire of Astora and SorcererMatt!

After that match I went on to tackle some minor things, but what I usually accomplished was getting killed. I did better in the next major task at hand which was exploring the Catacombs. Once I arrived at the boss encounter with Pinwheel all it took was two casts of Great Combustion to defeat him. Once entering the Tomb of the Giants I couldn’t see anything so I paid a visit to Dusk of Oolacile to purchase Cast Light. Upon returning to the Tomb I still wasn’t able to see much better which led me to attacking anything I saw and this included Patches. This is where I’m currently at. I hope I’m brave enough to finish this game soon.

DARK SOULS STATS:
47h53m; Level 83 – Sorcerer

Odds and Ends and Max Payne

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Here’s a few odds and ends to wrap up which I didn’t have much to say about to dedicate a blog post to each item.

Last week I celebrated my birthday and I was given Max Payne 3 by Usagi704. The game didn’t feel like a must have like the first one did on PC back in 2001, but I still did want to play it. Speaking of the first game, I remember trying the demo and then buying it that very weekend to take back up to college with me.

I also decided to throw down $15 for Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara. This is the usual digital release of older Capcom arcade games by Iron Galaxy Studios and is a compilations of Shadow Over Mystara and Tower of Doom. The presentation format is similar to that of Marvel vs. Capcom Origins and Darkstalkers Resurrection. I’m all about the classic arcade beat-’em-up genre and I hope to see some of you playing these two games soon!

Lastly, I have a gameplay video some of you might be familiar with, but I seemingly forgot to link to it at the time of upload in August 2011. It’s my gameplay of Alien Crush on the PSP and my score started at 219,270,300 and the video ends at 230,339,600.

Thanks for reading and watching!

Peace!

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Welcome Back and Zeroing Out

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About a week ago the PlayStation Store started their 30 day free games offer to existing members. For the PSP I chose the only two games out of the four choices that I didn’t own already and they are Pursuit Force and ModNation Racers. For the PS3 I chose Super Stardust HD and Wipeout HD with the included Fury add-on content.

I downloaded an additional four games, but this time on the Wii. I had 1100 “points” left and I wanted to get the total as close to zero as possible. I knew I wanted Contra Rebirth (1000) and the TurboGrafx-16 version of Street Fighter II: Champion Edition (700). I bought the latter because I’ve always been interested to see how this port turned out.

To zero out my points total I did the math and figured I needed an extra 2000 to make it work. Now I just needed to figure out which 600 and 800 point games I was also getting. I decided on Ninja Spirit for TG-16 and Wild Guns for SNES, respectively. For quite some time I was holding out hope to find an actual cartridge for Wild Guns that was cheaper than the usual asking price of about $55 for the game only. It’s the only SNES game left on my wish list, but I decided to get it on the Virtual Console just in case I don’t ever find it. I’ll still be looking, though.

While it’s difficult to get a deal on Wild Guns, I stumbled into two great deals while at Best Buy getting the previously needed 2000 points card. The first deal was Tekken 6 on PSP for $12! I enjoy Tekken better on a portable system for some reason I can’t explain and this was a great find. The other game I found a copy of was Bayonetta. It was grouped in with a bunch of games for $20. I wasn’t really keen on spending that much, but unlike the rest it didn’t have a price tag on it. When I took it to the checkout I asked how much it was and the reply came back as $9. Consider me shocked. Once I recovered about an hour later I bought it.

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X-Men & The Devil Inside

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Since my last blog post of almost a week ago I partook in playing quite the number of quick pick up and play games.

First up was the pinball game Devil’s Crush via the Virtual Console. It’s a bit more difficult to score high when you don’t know the exact rules of the game, but I’m slowly understanding them. My current best score is 11,436,200.

After a quick game of NBA Jam Tournament Edition on the SNES against Usagi704, who easily won, we played a number of matches over the last few days in Street Fighter II Turbo and Super SFII on the same system. I used an old ASCII controller which still works great except for the Start button. I get around that by flicking the slow switch on and off quickly. I thought our best matches were Usagi using Sagat vs. my Guile. He also gave me some excellent tips for using Vega which I was able to put to use right away.

However my favorite game of the week has to be when I bought the newly released X-Men arcade game from the PlayStation Store. This 6-player 1992 Konami beat-’em-up classic is a bit shallow when compared to other games at the time within the same genre, but it’s a bunch of fun when playing it with friends!

The X-Men game also comes with trophy support of which I was able to get all 12 in the matter of the first 24 hours. It’s easily finished (making for my 42nd game this year – full list) in around 25 minutes, but the whole playing with friends thing really makes the $10 price tag money well spent. If Konami plans to release more of their arcade games this way, I’m hopeful they’ll eventually make their 4-player G.I. Joe arcade game available.

Lastly I bought two games meant as gifts for my niece and nephew. The former will get Spyro: Season of Ice for GBA since I don’t know what games you get for girls. A collect-a-thon seems good enough.

The latter chose nothing over Sonic Rush last year, which was fine by me, but he didn’t need to whine about it like he did. Hopefully the GBA game Justice League Heroes: The Flash will go over better this time. However I will have my revenge. I’m planning on making him think he’s getting Sonic Rush again and inside will be this game instead. A hearty laugh it shall be indeed. I’m evil, I know.

Happy holidays!

To Import or Not To Import

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I have two new games to report on. One is newly purchased and the other one is newly finished.

First up is Devil’s Crush. As you know by now, I’m a big fan of Alien Crush and scored big with over 36.5 million points in early October. I now have downloaded Devil’s Crush off of the Virtual Console. It’s the bigger, better sequel, but it’ll take some time before I start setting a high score worthy of talking about. I did score 50.7 million points on the Genesis port called Dragon’s Fury, but it plays just so slightly different than the TG-16 original.

The game I newly finished for the first time since I did a speed run of it in 2006 is Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (#37). As I said before, I only started up this game again to unlock the Macintosh version of the first PoP game. However, once I got that far (40% into the game) I decided to go the rest of the way. I wasn’t as quick as my best time from four years ago, but it still was a fun and respectable five hours.

This brings me to the topic of buying the Prince of Persia Trilogy. It was released as a retail product yesterday (11/19) only in Europe. All three games (The Sands of Time, Warrior Within, and The Two Thrones) are included with HD graphics, 3D TV support, and trophies. I’d have to import this and it wouldn’t be a problem with the PS3 being region free.

A sudden turn of events happened this last Tuesday. The Sands of Time HD was released on the PlayStation Network for North America. The two sequels are slated for sometime in December.

At first I thought about ignoring this news and still eventually importing the EU disc version. Then I looked up the prices and noticed the disc version is about $45 and since the three individual games on PSN are $15 a piece, both versions being the same price in the end.

I would normally go with the physical product, but I also thought about how I wasn’t the biggest fan of The Two Thrones and could do without it in HD. So my final decision is to simply download the HD versions of The Sands of Time and Warrior Within off of PSN. I’m sure they’d provide me with another set of platinum trophies!

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