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Alright, back again and this time I show off a total of 21 games and 2 systems that I’ve added to my collection.

In the past some of you have wondered how I get all of this stuff. It’s all thanks to a wizard or if you’d rather a different reason, then we’ll go with Joe Pesci. Thanks Joe! (lol) In the end it’s about what I got not how I get it. So let’s get to the goodies.

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First up is two Game Boy Pockets, one blue (eBay) and one green (eStarland.com). I invite you to check out this video I made that shows me testing the unopened green Game Boy Pocket for the first time.

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Now for the games. The picture above is to give a perspective of the many games I bought. Below are more detailed shots via links of smaller groups. Group #2 are actually replacement games as the ones I already owned were working fine, but the label color didn’t match the disc color.

GROUP #1
Fighting Force
Crash Team Racing
Need For Speed: Porsche Unleashed
Final Fight 3
The Scorpion King: Sword of Osiris

GROUP #2
Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit 2
Nightfire
Spy Hunter

GROUP #3
Metal Slug 7
Overlord: Raising Hell
Bleach: Dark Souls

GROUP #4
Metal Slug Advance
After Burner: Black Falcon
Tetris DX
Phalanx

GROUP #5
Neo Contra
Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War
Alone in the Dark: Inferno
CT Special Forces

GROUP #6
Tetris
Pokemon Blue

I was thinking of plans for future blogs/videos and I thought of showing off sections of my collection that were requested by you all. I’m not going to do a multi-part of all my PS2 games or anything really long like that. However, I’m willing to show games that I have from a certain series or something similar like that. Maybe even with some gameplay footage at the end to spice things up a little. So if you’d like to suggest something, please do. Just remember to check out my game collection list to see what I have first.

Like always, I’ll put up another blog here soon. So thanks for reading.

Games Finished In 2008

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Here’s the list of games that I finished within the boundaries of 2008. Out of those that list of 30, here’s some comments on a few of those games.

Fatal Fury
I ended up beating the arcade version on easy, normal, hard, and insane difficulty levels via SNK Arcade Classics Vol. 1 on the PSP. That sounds impressive until to know how to best each CPU opponent. I didn’t even get a challenge on the insane setting. It still felt like easy or normal. Raiden is really easy once you realize that throwing a punch at a distance will make him do his flame breath that doesn’t hit, then hitting him with a move like Terry’s Burning Knuckle.

Neo Turf Masters
Thanks to SNK Arcade Classics Vol. 1, I was able to play this interesting golf game. It’s actually a pretty competent game of golf. More so than you’d first expect.

Kirby’s Dream Land
I remember really well playing this game at the time of its release in 1992. However, it wasn’t until I bought my own copy last year that I quickly beat it. There’s also a code to make the game more difficult, which is displayed at the end of the game. It ends up being the insane difficulty that Fatal Fury was looking for. :lol:

Stuntman Ignition
There are some games that I really enjoy and I play the crap out of them before moving on. Examples of this are Tomb Raider: Legend, The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction, and this game. I played the PS2 version a lot until it was completed and then played it some more to five star some scenes that I didn’t the first time. While I haven’t played it yet, I have bought the PS3 version as well.

Power Blade
I didn’t expect to like Power Blade all that much since I didn’t know anything about it when I picked it up last August. Its actually fairly easy when compared to other NES games of the time. Once I understood what to do it was pretty fun. I now have Power Blade 2 on my wish list.

Contra 4
I’ve only finished this game on easy since this game is the definition of hardcore gaming. I spent most of my time on the challenges which were a little frustrating, but ultimately fun.

Mega Man 4 & Mega Man II
Back when Mega Man 9 was released, I decided to get some play time in on older Mega Man games. I played some of Mega Man 8 and Mega Man X4, but I had more fun playing Mega Man 4 on the NES and Mega Man II on the Game Boy. I finished the former with the Game Genie since I’m not all that skilled in the series, but I did beat the latter game without cheats.

The games I recommend from my list of 30 completed games are:
The King of Fighters ’97
Tomb Raider: Anniversary
Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix
Twisted Metal: Head On – Extra Twisted Edition
Justice League Heroes: The Flash
Power Blade
Stuntman Ignition
Kill Switch

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

The Oracle of Kombat in Pursuit of Justice in the Dream Land

The last time I was at Gamestop, I actually saw a small selection of Game Boy and Game Boy Color games for sale. I went back earlier this week to get the very games that I was eyeing the time before. The stickers came off wonderfully and all work well. Check ’em out.

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The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages (GBC) – game only; great
Kirby’s Dream Land (GB) – game only; good
Mortal Kombat (GB) – game only; good

More goodies that I found today. First comes a visit to a major retailer located in the central north-eastern U.S., Meijer. A new PS3 game for $19.99? Hell yeah! That’s the first time I’ve seen that. :)

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Pursuit Force: Extreme Justice (PSP) – new
Stuntman Ignition (PS3) – new

Next up was picking up some retro greatness at the reliable It’s About Games.

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Sunset Riders (SNES) – game only; excellent
Final Fantasy VIII (PS) – complete; great

Condition scale: Excellent, Great, Good, Fair, Bad, Poor

Calypso Grants My Wish

Watch out! Here comes a massive collection update. Behold 19 game additions and one system.

Last Thursday I went out to local store #1, It’s About Games. I did so for the GBA SP system. I was going to try and find the Pearl Blue system with the brighter screen, but that was proving to be extremely difficult to find. At least now I’ll have a color that will match the God of War edition PSP this June. I also added a single NES game to the order.

Game Boy Advance SP (red) – system & AC adapter (complete); excellent
Double Dragon III: The Sacred Stones (NES) – game only; great

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The next day I stopped by Gamestop after a haircut. I wasn’t planning to get Spy Hunter, but at $2.99 I couldn’t pass that up. I made sure that I was really at Gamestop when I saw that price on a decently reviewed game. :D

Spy Hunter (PS2) – complete; fair

After that I decided to make the trip to Shelby to see what Stickman’s had in stock. As usual they didn’t disappoint, especially with the selection of Super NES games. I bought nine SNES games along with the original Twisted Metal game in the early PlayStation longbox.

Ranma 1/2: Hard Battle (SNES) – game only; great
Fighter’s History (SNES) – game only; fair
NBA Jam (SNES) – game only; excellent
Fatal Fury 2 (SNES) – game only; fair
The Lion King (SNES) – game only; great
Robocop Versus The Terminator (SNES) – game only; great
WWF Raw (SNES) – game only; excellent
Aero Fighters (SNES) – game only; good
Mickey Mania: The Timeless Adventures of Mickey Mouse (SNES) – game only; great
Twisted Metal (PS) – complete; good

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Those two days were great and then I received my eStarland.com order on Saturday. I ordered all of the Twisted Metal games that they had. The reason I got TMIII and TM4 is because I wanted to see first hand what’s wrong with them. I also had my eye on Mercs for the Genesis for some time once I found out that it had been released on a home console. I always liked that game in the arcade and since I didn’t have a Genesis during that time, I was totally unaware that it was ever on that system. It was a nice surprise when I read that on Wikipedia.

Destruction Derby (PS) – complete; good
Twisted Metal: Small Brawl (PS) – new
Twisted Metal III (PS) – complete; excellent
Twisted Metal 4 (PS) – complete; great
Mercs (GEN) – complete; excellent
Max Payne (PS2) – complete; good
Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne (PS2) – complete; excellent

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To paraphrase Calypso: “I am Hart704, and I thank you for visiting my blog.”

Condition scale: Excellent, Great, Good, Fair, Bad, Poor

Now Playing: February ’08

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Wow. This month was sure low on the amount of games I played, but the good news is that they were all of a high quality.

Instead of waiting I’ll go right away to my Game of the Month. That honor goes to Burnout Paradise. Both online and off this game just rules! I’m less than 15 wins away from my elite license, have less than 5 billboards and 5 smashes to find, and I’ve completed all of the road rules events.

I’m sure that those that have played Burnout Paradise have a favorite vehicle. My favorite is the Hawker Solo. I love it’s maneuverability and how quickly it starts moving forward again after an 180 degree e-brake turn. It’s durability is great too despite what the rating may actually say.

Near the beginning of the month both Usagi704 and I bought Stuntman Ignition. He bought the PS3 version and I got the PS2 version. I knew after playing the PS3 demo a few months back that I’d like the full game. Boy did I ever fail to realize at the time how much I really would like the game. You can read my review, if you haven’t yet, to get all of my thoughts on the game.

The solo handheld game I played was some more Ultimate Mortal Kombat. Any two-player matches were against Usagi704. We’re somewhat evenly matched and I think his favorite character is either Kitana, Kabal, or Human Smoke. I personally like Sub-Zero, Stryker, and Scorpion.

The game that I’m currently playing at the moment is the gorgeous Odin Sphere. At first I was a little bothered by how I felt I was getting to do very little in the game. It wasn’t until I was forced to start a new game that I realized I had to think of this game not as an RPG, but as more of a beat-’em-up with a heavy RPG-style story and game mechanics.

Now you’re probably wondering how I was forced to start a new game. Well, that was my fault and mine alone. I had saved my game at the start of a boss fight with very little health left. There wasn’t anything I could do to get around the predicament I was in. I couldn’t exit the stage until the boss was defeated, but I had next to no health for which to be victorious. So once I started over I played almost two hours straight, a rarity for me, to get back to that point.

I hope you had a month full of quality gaming as much as I did.

Solid Coolness

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“See what I’m saying about this guy? Awesome! We should build a sign that says ‘Awesome’ and he should jump it.”
– Robert Rodino, Director of Overdrive

Stuntman Ignition review by Hart704
Difficulty: Just Right
Time Spent: 40 to 100 Hours

8.5 great
“Surprisingly good”

The trial and error gameplay of Guitar Hero, but instead of a rock god, you’re a legendary stuntman.

Everybody’s heard about the extreme difficulty of the original Stuntman game. I did as well, and despite being interested in the concept, I stayed away. However, when I heard about Stuntman Ignition, I was determined to give it an actual chance this time. When the demo was released on the PlayStation 3, I found a way to play it and I liked it. Once I bought and played the full game on the PS2, I never thought I’d like the game as much as I did.

PRESENTATION
Even for the PlayStation 2 version of the game, the presentation is top notch. Sure it doesn’t have an online mode, but there’s still a lot to do. You have the main career mode which takes you through six stunt-filled scenes in an equal number of fictional films. My favorite being Aftershock and the most difficult one being Strike Force Omega.

Quick Fix mode is where you can “wing it” in freestyle stunts and extra directed stunts. Constructor mode is where you can create your own stunts in an empty arena (ala the create-a-park in the Tony Hawk games). Accomplishments is like the Xbox achievements just without the points. It includes things like getting 5 stars on all six stunts in a single film to scoring 400 wheelie points on a motorcycle on one movie scene.

GAMEPLAY
The gameplay is trial and error based, but it’s not as problematic as it may seem. Guitar Hero has the same style of gameplay and is less forgiving than this game. In Stuntman Ignition your basic goal is to get from the start of a scene to the end without getting all five strikes. The less strikes you get the better. However, there is one thing that can override any strikes that you may have accumulated over a stunt run. That’s the combo stringing. As long as you can keep your combo string alive during the whole run, you can have four strikes against you and you’ll still 5 star the scene. That’s pretty forgiving if you ask me and I like this game a bunch for that.

My only real gripe with the gameplay is Easy mode. It doesn’t really make the scenes easier if you’re having trouble with them. It only allows for two more strikes for a total of seven. The problem is that your score for the run is then cut in half so it’s not much of an option.

SOUND
The sound for this game is largely what you’d expect, and while not totally memorable, it does fit well within the context of the game. There’s also some great lines from the directors at the end of a scene that corresponds to how well you did.

OVERALL
If you’re someone that’s a big action movie fan that also enjoys arcade-style driving games, then don’t hesitate to pick this game up.

Please recommend this review.

“Dude, if you could turn your coolness into a solid, I’d totally eat five plates of that stuff!”
– Andy Baxter, Director of Whoopin’ and a Hollerin’ II