This is edition of Now Playing is a few days early, but I figured I’d go ahead with it since I had a bunch of fun I had to tell you about.
In a blog post from two weeks ago, I talked about my time playing several versions of Tetris and how I ended up doing in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater. Once I was up and running with the sequel, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2, it was much more entertaining. The manual really makes a difference, but so did the cheat codes of Moon Physics (Hold L1 ✕□←↑↓↑□△) and Perfect Balance (Hold L1 →↑←□→↑□△). ;) I wasn’t much of a fan of the New York or Philly levels, but the rest were quite fun and I certainly didn’t miss the lack of downhill levels. Both THPS1 and (more so) THPS2 are a better use of your money than the recent HD release. Why play a weak tribute to those fantastic titles when you can just play those games themselves!
This last Sunday I joined up with four others from GPY to play some of Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection. Each of us squared off in one-on-one matches until everybody faced all others in two matches in each of the three games included. I was able to obtain a win-loss record of 6-0, 6-0, 5-1, 1-5. I won with a total of 18 wins and 6 losses.
Lately if you’ve seen my GameSpot or Backloggery profile banners, you noticed what I was going to play next.
I started off with Rise to Honor. A game I played back in 2008, but didn’t finish. I did so after SonicHomeboy played and beat it. There were some frustrating points and the first one was on chapter 43 fighting Billy Soon. I was amazed that I was right before the final boss fight of the game, chapter 59 (atrium ambush), all those years ago and didn’t know it. Another thing I didn’t know about was the adrenaline dive during the gun fights. It was probably why I couldn’t get past where I was stuck.
The game has mostly fun beat-’em-up mechanics (which I approve of), but when the guns come out it feels more like “just get this section over with.” It’s not the worst thing you’ll ever play by any means, but not as well done. “Your lungs on fire?” Shut up Kwan!
The second game on tap was Klonoa: Door to Phantomile. I downloaded this PS1 title off of PSN earlier in the year. Just like with its sequel on the PS2, it’s an expertly crafted platformer with memorable events such as one of out right murder. Not something you’d expect in such a game, but damn it if they didn’t want that pendent! Totally recommended however you can get it (cheap PSN download, Wii remake, or big bucks for the original disc).
The final game I’m going to start soon is Half-Life 2: Episode Two (just as I said I would to NeonNinja). After that I’m thinking about doing a month of Nintendo. I’m not sure exactly what form it will be in. It might be first-party titles regardless of system or one specific system without regard for IP holder. Let me know which way I should go if you wish.
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THIS MONTH’S GAMING STATS:
* Tetris DX – Score: 291,230
* Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 – Average money out of 13 skaters: $126934
* Klonoa: Door to Phantomile – 55/72 Rescued