Now Playing: February 2014

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There’s a lot to be said about the amazing artwork in Vanillaware’s games. One of those things, for me, would be that it tries to cover up what seems to usually be a shallow game experience. I’m always enjoyed my time playing their games like Odin Sphere and Dragon’s Crown, but with the current game, Muramasa: The Demon Blade, I felt it was pretty boring. This was especially the case at first. Since then it has gotten better the more I played, thankfully. The action still is a one button-mashing affair, though. I maxed out my character at level 99 and with 12 hours played I finished my eighth game of the year. There’s two characters stories to play through, but I won’t be doing that since nothing changes on the gameplay side and I didn’t care about the story as it was.

Other games I played that I talked about during the month was The Saboteur and Batman: Arkham Asylum. My complete thoughts on the former can be read here along with a small follow up about the ending. The latter I briefly mention here which includes quick finishes of Mortal Kombat Trilogy on PS1 and Street Fighter II: Champion Edition on PC Engine via the Virtual Console.

The next title I plan to play will likely be Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams. Join me, won’t you?

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Top o’ the World

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I finished up with The Saboteur a few days ago. It was actually quite the fitting ending to not have a drawn out final battle against the main antagonist. It was a simple climb to the top of the Eiffel Tower and one bullet later it was all over.

After the credits rolled I completed the rest of the targets and didn’t need a FAQ to do so. This is a first for me. Despite 100% on missions and targets I didn’t get every trophy. I missed six along the way, but I did get 87% of the total.

This makes The Saboteur the third game finished for 2014. The previous two being Bayonetta and Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons.

The next set of games I plan on playing are the following:
* Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
* Batman: Arkham Asylum
* Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars
* Muramasa: The Demon Blade
* Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams

Finally I recently purchased my first game of the new year. It’s the glitchfest known as Assassin’s Creed III.

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The Saboteur: Blow It Up with Dynamite

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Since we last checked in with how I was doing with The Saboteur, I’ve gone from 13 hours of game time to a whopping 42 hours played. It had been quite the ride. I did expect it to be a good game, but I didn’t think I’d enjoy it as much as I am. I only thought this way after the buggy mess that was Pandemic Studios’ follow up to Mercenaries.

I played Mercenaries 2: World in Flames back in 2009 and I uploaded a video you might remember about the crazy car damage values. It’s still a playable game, but it can be frustrating because of the glitches.

The Saboteur, on the other hand, is quite good. It’s nothing to write home about, mind you, but it’s always fun to blow away Nazis. I mean, who doesn’t like doing that?

The side missions, if you can even really call them that, take the form of “targets.” You can purchase maps that mark their locations on you map and once you do you really see how many there are. A lot let me tell you. There’s so many that sometimes I’ll put on a good 2-hour podcast and go to work doing just the targets. Last time I reported 16% of them completed. I can now reveal that in two weeks I’ve raised it to 91%.

Another thing I’ve been doing that you might have seen on Twitter is my screenshots of the game with some comments accompanying them under #PS3share (because the PS4 can’t have all of the sharing fun). Sadly, though, I couldn’t get pictures of everything. One of those funny things happened was when a guard was defensively patrolling an area and walked right into a well and fell down it.

An amusing conversation also happened when the main character, Sean, is asked by a priest to kill a specific Nazi.

Sean: “Father Denis, excuse me for sayin’, but isn’t that sacrilegious?”
Father Denis: “A bullet in the bastard’s head? Maybe. But God does work in mysterious ways, my son.”

With that I take my leave as you browse the screenshots below.

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“Ah, that’s going to bloody hurt in the mornin’!”

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I guess I’m not getting credit for that race. Thankfully the game auto-saved before it froze.

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“Whoa! Fuckin’ deadly!”

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Clearing out targets and froze.

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Pigeons mid-air sitting.

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The Gütmann! I love the Gütmann!

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A soldier patrolling the “air-land.”

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Don’t you just hate it when boxes defy gravity?

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I’m maxed out on frustration when freezes keep happening.

Sean: “In that case, fuck you arseways!”

Now Playing: January 2014

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It’s time to take a small break from the gaming award ceremony to catch up on what I’ve been playing over this first month of 2014.

It started with the continuation of our PS1 Link Cable gaming. We (Usagi704 and I) played some deathmatch in Duke Nukem: Total Metaldown (a port of Duke Nukem 3D) and more of Mortal Kombat Trilogy. Usagi even recorded video of this session of fighting game madness. I suspect you’ll see it soon. Keep tabs on his Twitter account and personal blog for updates.

Bayonetta became my first game finished for 2014. It’s definitely as great as you’ve probably heard. I did pussy out a small amount by choosing to play on Easy difficulty, but I did disable the item used for automatic combos. And oh Luka. How can I forget about Luka. He’s the lovable goof who goes from wanting revenge on Bayonetta to appreciating her for no apparent reason, but he’s forgiven all the same.

I’m currently playing Pandemic Studios’ final game, The Saboteur from very late 2009. It’s an open world game based in occupied Paris, France during World War II. It’s big graphical gimmick is similar to Prince of Persia 2008. In that game once you conquered an area the colors brightened up in said location. In The Saboteur areas are in black and white until freed and then color is restored. It’s quite a interesting game in which I recommend looking into.

Thanks for reading!

THIS MONTH’S GAMING STATS:
* Bayonetta – 6h22m; 16/51 trophies
* The Saboteur – 13h3m; 47% missions; 16% targets; 14/46 trophies

2005 Game of the Year

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NOMINEES
God of War
Mercenaries
Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks
Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones
The Warriors

2005 Game of the Year: God of War
Runner-up: Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks

In a year with God of War overload it’s difficult to look back and remember exactly what made the PS2 original so great. However, rest assured it is great. Despite my dislike for the clearly untested Hades section and the game ending boss fight with Ares which goes on too long, I really took to this game. I’m surprised I never did a speed run at the time, but I eventually did get around to doing so on the PS3 port with a time of 2 hours and 56 minutes.

After trying to play through the first off-shoot game Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero and thankfully completely skipping by Mortal Kombat Special Forces. A game it should be ashamed to call itself as such. We got Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks. It was way better than it had a right to be, but I was glad it was good. Along with a great nostalgic MKII look, it also played well with fun co-op and lots of hidden goodies as you’d expect.

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Best Co-op Around

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It’s time for another misc./general happenings/goings on around here. So let’s get to it!

RESISTANCE 2
It’s been a good year since I’ve played this game and since Usagi704 got it recently, I decided to hop online in the co-op mode for some more fun.

I really feel that of all of the games that I own and have played so far that Resistance 2 has the best co-op around. Sure Borderlands (new game) may change that, but until then this is it for me.

I like how the mode basically says “Work as a team or die.” That does setup for some frustrating sessions when other players don’t focus on doing what their chosen class is suppose to do. However when everyone knows their role and executes it well, it can be an excellent gaming experience.

NEW GAMES
Since I mentioned Borderlands, I might as well also mention the other game I got as a part of the recent buy one, get one half off sale at Toys-R-Us. I was going to get Demon’s Souls, but that wasn’t available so I went with The Saboteur. Those were the last purchases of 2009 which gives me a total of 705 unique games.

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WINDOWS PC
About 3-4 months ago I decided that I’d reinstall Windows XP. Not because anything was going wrong, but just because, as I’m sure some of you know, Windows can benefit from a clean install every so often. So I went to do that, but for some reason the disk for the SATA drivers wasn’t being accepted at the time of the reinstallation even though I’d just made the disk before doing so.

Because of this problem the only other thing I was willing to do at the time was to simply disconnect the SATA hard drive from the motherboard and continue as usual with the two IDE HDs. I never did end up doing that so that PC has never been used ever since.

I’ve been continuing normally on a second PC with the Ubuntu version of Linux. I’ve learned a bunch about it and feel at home on it. The only problems that I have is that I still haven’t found a great way to do videos and I can’t do the podcast at all among a few other minor things.

This has lead me to thinking about getting Windows 7. After much thinking I came to the conclusion that I’d go with the Pro version and if it didn’t work out at least I still have Ubuntu to work off of.

Prices of the OS are as ridiculous as I expected coming from Microsoft. The MSRP is $300. The lowest I could find it at a store was $250. I went to eBay and found a genuine new copy for $130. The final price with free shipping was $110 after using the “best offer” function.

It should be here sometime this week. Wish me luck.

PEGGLE
I’m still not sure if I want this game or not. I played a bit of the demo and, even with the little video abilities I have at the moment, I uploaded two videos to YouTube showing some luck involved in two crazy shots.

That will do it for this time. I expect to start X-Men Origins: Wolverine as my first game of 2010. Happy New Year and Game on!

Now Playing: July ’09

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The Game of the Month award makes its return for this month’s Now Playing.

The game that’s worthy of the award is the fantastic Crash Commando for the PlayStation Network. I really enjoyed the demo and I was about to pay the full $10 for the game until it went on sale for a week at $5. I snatched that up real quick and the online play has been a blast. It’s back up to $10, but still worth it.

Over the past month I somehow was able to keep with Mercenaries 2: World in Flames until I finished the game. Now that it’s out of the way I can play a game that’s at least a little better in that there’s not a ton of glitches.

I’ve also started Fracture, but not recently. I’m sure that I probably would’ve been done with it already, but I made Mercenaries 2 and The Punisher more of a priority. Fracture’s a fairly decent game, but don’t go paying much for it since the online portion of the game is dead at this point.

Speaking of The Punisher, I added another three videos to this ongoing Let’s Play of the game that I’m doing. Part 13 has a really easy battle with a tank since you can lob grenades with a grenade launcher over the cover that’s provided as you’ll see me do in the video.

Finally, the high score challenge that’s been done in the past over on retrowaretv.com’s forums has started up again. The most recent one was Balloon Fight where I scored 50,250. Granted that was just my first and only try. The top score was 428,000. Crazy!

That about does it for me. Until next time, you guys take it easy. :)