Games Finished In 2012

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The list below shows every game that I finished in 2012. The total number comes to 51. That’s up 11 from 2011.

1. Metal Slug Advance (GBA) – 1/11
2. Batman Forever (SNES) – 1/14
3. Riot Zone (VC) – 1/15
4. Mortal Kombat via Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection (PSN) – 1/30
5. Darksiders (PS3) – 2/14
6. Daxter (PSP) – 2/19
7. Super Street Fighter II (SNES) – 2/24
8. Max Payne (PS2) – 2/27
9. Contra (NES) – 3/6
10. Fighting Force (PS) – 3/7
11. Deus Ex: The Conspiracy (PS2) – 3/22
12. Medal of Honor: European Assault (PS2) – 3/26
13. X-Men (PSN) – 4/4
14. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (GBA) – 4/10
15. Super Street Fighter II: Turbo Revival (GBA) – 4/12
16. Assassin’s Creed II (PS3) – 4/17
17. Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne (PS2) – 4/30
18. Yakuza 2 (PS2) – 6/1
19. Super Hang-On (PSN) – 6/14
20. Lost Planet: Extreme Condition (PS3) – 6/23
21. Prince of Persia: Warrior Within via Prince of Persia Trilogy (PS3) – 7/1
22. Prince of Persia: Revelations (PSP) – 7/21
23. Beyond Oasis via Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection (PS3) – 7/24
24. Neo Contra (PS2) – 7/25
25. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater (PS) – 7/30
26. Tetris DS (DS) – 8/6
27. Tetris DX (GBC) – 8/8
28. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 (PS) – 8/17
29. Rise to Honor (PS2) – 8/19
30. Klonoa: Door to Phantomile (PSN) – 8/22
31. Half-Life 2: Episode Two via The Orange Box (PS3) – 8/29
32. Mortal Kombat II via Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection (PSN) – 9/4
33. Mortal Kombat II (SNES) – 9/5
34. Devil May Cry via Devil May Cry HD Collection (PS3) – 9/7
35. Crash Commando (PSN) – 9/14
36. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game (NES) – 9/23
37. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (FC) – 9/24
38. Castlevania: The Adventure Rebirth (VC) – 10/5
39. Marvel Super Heroes via Marvel vs. Capcom Origins (PSN) – 10/10
40. Alien Storm via Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection (PS3) – 10/17
41. Streets of Rage 2 (PSN) – 10/27
42. Growl via Taito Legends 2 (PS2) – 10/30
43. Contra (FC) – 11/1
44. Prototype (PS3) – 11/16
45. Need for Speed: Most Wanted (PS3) – 11/22
46. Burnout 3: Takedown (PS2) – 12/2
47. Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow via Castlevania Double Pack (GBA) – 12/7
48. Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition (PS3) – 12/8
49. Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers (SNES) – 12/10
50. Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest (NES) – 12/13
51. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (PS3) – 12/18

August, September, and December proved to be the best months for beating games with 6 in total for each with a monthly average of 4.25.

When it comes to earning those fancy trophies, I was able to earn 207 last year. One of them was a platinum from Assassin’s Creed II in April.

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Now Playing: November 2012

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Only four games played this past month, but all where finished giving me 45 total beaten in this calendar year.

The first two were quite quick. Contra on the Famicom you know I can breeze through. Growl, however, is a Taito developed arcade beat-’em-up which is not much remembered today.

I played it thanks to the PlayStation 2 version of Taito Legends 2. The whip is king of all ways to attack as I saw during a speed run. Usagi704 and I completed the game together on Easy and then I later tackled it on Normal. The final boss has an alien bust out of him during the fight and it makes for a much different tone than the whole rest of the game up to that point. It felt like one of Vince Russo’s WCW wrestling storyline swerves for the sake of it.

Those of you that don’t follow me on Twitter didn’t get to read my thoughts on Prototype. If you’ve played any of The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction or the game based on the Hulk movie starring Edward Norton, then you know what to expect. It’s roughly the same sans Hulk.

I started on Normal difficulty, but once I got to the mission titled “The Altered World” I just couldn’t escape the military and had to restart on Easy. You know it’s a no fun, pain in the ass, rage quit moment if I easily remembered the name of the mission and no others. It was either I got away quickly within seconds or it was simply never going to happen.

When Prototype was fun, it was lots of fun. When it wanted to be an ass, it was really Hulk smash rage quit inducing. So much so at certain points that I took Prototype 2 off of my wish list. Whether the sequel is nearly as bad with difficulty spikes I won’t know because I’m not likely to get it.

Overall combat and movement was a blast once powered up. However, I don’t recommend this game because of the difficulty problem along with a few technical issues. I had to restart the last phase of the final boss battle because the game sort of froze on me. Get last generation’s Ultimate Destruction instead.

Finally, I purchased, played, and beat the new Need For Speed: Most Wanted developed by Criterion. I already posted a review focusing on the single player portion so I won’t be talking about that here.

I did play a few rounds online since then. I ended up finding out that anything unlocked offline doesn’t translate to the online portion. These are separate where you have to unlock everything once again. Even the colors have to be unlocked. I wasn’t a fan of this nor did I like the overwhelming amount of information that was on screen at any one time. I’m certain I won’t be playing this game for anywhere near the close to the 430 hours I’ve put into Burnout Paradise since 2008.

GAME STATS:
Prototype – 15h27m; Easy; 31/31 Missions; 15/41 trophies
Need For Speed: Most Wanted – 20h10m; 92%; All Most Wanted defeated; 35/47 trophies

Present: Conan. MIA: Rick.

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I was going to wait until the copy of Splatterhouse 2 that I bought last week showed up, but it’s been a frustrating wait to say the least. I’ve decided to go ahead with this blog post for now. Because of this it’ll probably show up tomorrow. With that said let’s get into it.

Two posts ago I mentioned quickly at the end that I was playing Conan and two versions of Tetris. Allow me to elaborate about those games now.

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Along with WWF Super WrestleMania for the Genesis (chosen by jollyroger78), Conan was also one chosen for me to play next by Gigastormz on twitter.

I’m currently near the end of the game. At least that’s what I’m thinking since Conan has retrieved all of this armor.

I can easily recommend this game to anybody that enjoyed the demo. The frustration is minimal and the game has a cool combo mastering system where you can get more experience, health, and magic replenished when killing enemies with mastered combos.

Tetris
I played some of the NES and Game Boy versions of Tetris for Retroware TV’s 7th High Score Challenge. My initial scores were 88,410 (GB) and 59,609 (NES). While the Game Boy score was my only one, I did better my score on the NES side three times with my final score of 134,793 for fourth place!

Because of the last few months of purchasing one game, I was able to take advantage of the 3-for-2 Toys-R-Us video games sale during this week.

I wasn’t able to find a copy of some of the more recent hits like Uncharted 2 and Demon’s Souls, but I did get a few that were released earlier this year.

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Bionic Commando
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Prototype

After I finish Conan and finally receive Splatterhouse 2 in the mail, the latter game along with Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune will be the next two games on tap to play.

I hope you’re enjoying the current games you’re playing and see you next time!

New Releases 2009: June 7-13

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As you can see below there’s a ton of stuff being released post E3. And, yes, that is all for this week.

My picks for the week are the highly anticipated Prototype and Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings. I’m not expecting much from the latter game. I didn’t even know it was for anything other than the Wii for weeks after I heard David Jaffe mention it. He admits to being an Indy nerd.

I don’t have to suggest any retro games for the week since one is being re-released on the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live. That game is none other than Gunstar Heroes. You know you want it. :P

NEW GAMES FOR THE WEEK OF 6/7
Bomberman Ultra (PSN)
Class of Heroes (PSP)
Grand Slam Tennis (WII)
Guitar Hero On Tour: Modern Hits (DS)
Gunstar Heroes (PSN, XBL)
Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings (PSP, PS2, DS, WII)
Lego Battles (DS)
Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again (DSIW)
MySims Racing (DS, WII)
Prototype (PS3, PC, X360)
Rock Band Unplugged (PSP)
Terminator Salvation (PC)
The Legendary Starfy (DS)
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 (X360, PS3, PS2, PSP, WII)
Virtua Tennis 2009 (PS3, X360, PC)

Anything look good to you?

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

In The Anticipation Zone: Post GDC

In just a week after posting my ten anticipated games for 2008, I’m updating again. The Game Developers Conference was way more exciting than I was expecting. I’m sure I’m not the only one that felt that this year’s event had some of that E3 feeling with all of the great announcements. GameSpot’s coverage was great as was the wealth of videos on other sites like Gametrailers.

This list isn’t in any specific order and probably doesn’t have games that you want. Don’t like it? Too bad. Deal with it.

Prototype by Radical Ent.
PS3, X360, PC – Q3 2008

Last time I noted that the Mercenaries series is great for the kind of misc. mayhem that’s offered in The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction. Well, here’s the game that’s being made by that same development team. I wasn’t all that excited for this even knowing what style of game it was until I heard that Radical Entertainment was behind it. This game has awesome written all over it!

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The King of Fighters Collection: The Orochi Saga by SNK Playmore
PSP, PS2, WII – Q4 2008

In my SNK column I listed the huge amount of games that SNK Playmore is releasing this year. I’m excited for all of them, but this one is probably my most anticipated game from them. Having the first five King of Fighters games in one package is great, but since I’ll have KoF ’98 on the PS2 with The King of Fighters ’98 Ultimate Match, then for this collection I’ll be taking it on the go with the PSP version. Sweetness!

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Sega Superstars Tennis by Sumo Digital
PS3, PS2, X360, DS, WII – March 18, 2008

I originally wasn’t all that interested in this game since Nintendo has pretty much covered all of the sports with their Mario franchise. I’ve also never played those games because of all of the extra hazards on the field/court. However, once I saw this game in action from GDC videos I must say that I was impressed with how the game has turned out so far.

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Lego Batman by Traveller’s Tales
PC, PS2, PS3, X360, DS, WII – Q2 2008

I find it funny how I’ve been tracking this game before the Lego Indiana Jones game was even announced and this is the first time that there’s been some more information on Lego Batman. I like how almost every major character will be making an appearance in the game in some way. It also reminds me of the great Batman: The Animated Series show from the mid-’90s.

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Other anticipated games of 2008:
God of War: Chains of Olympus by Ready at Dawn
PSP – March 4, 2008

Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood by BioWare
DS – TBA 2008

The King of Fighters ’98 Ultimate Match by SNK Playmore
PSP – Q4 2008

Dark Sector by Digital Extremes
PS3, X360 – March 25, 2008

Space Invaders Extreme by Taito Corporation
PSP, DS – June 10, 2008

Mercenaries 2: World in Flames by Pandemic Studios
PS2, PS3, PC, X360 – TBA 2008