Now Playing: September ’09

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This last month was great as I was knocking out a bunch of my unfinished games. Another four have fallen: Burnout Revenge, Unreal Tournament, Crash Bandicoot: Warped, and Puzzle Quest!

I also managed to complete Tekken Dark Resurrection, The Punisher, Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, and Street Fighter Alpha.

Tekken on the PSP ended up being my Game of the Month for being really fun in single player and against Usagi704. I focused on getting better with Dragunov and started getting a hang of Kazuya and Paul Pheonix. I’m not exactly hot stuff, but I have managed to get the basics down.

Street Fighter Alpha was recently purchased by Usagi704 and it was the first time that I was able to play this interesting Game Boy Color port. I beat it during my first play-through and scored just over one million point with Sagat.

I wasn’t as successful with my newly aquired copy of Castlevania II: Belmont’s Revenge, though I was able to get up to the second part of Dracula’s castle. The game’s pretty easy overall until that point where the game seems to hit a difficulty spike.

I’m glad that I was able to finally, after about two months, to finish The Punisher. Playing it was getting kind of monotonous so I glad that I can move on from it. All 37 parts of my Let’s Play of the game are now available for viewing.

Finally I quickly wanted to mention that I had spotted Metal Gear Solid VR Missions for $3 locally. I picked it up with the knowledge that it normally goes for six times that amount.

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New Releases 2009: February 15-28

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These final two weeks of February are smokin’ hot. Street Fighter IV and Killzone 2 are obviously going to be the kings of their respective week with a lot of other high quality titles hitting the shelves too.

For those of you that were hoping to find Legacy of Ys this past week I’m sure were disappointed. Soon after my last post of new releases, it was delayed for two weeks. Hopefully Atlus will make this date stick this time.

NEW GAMES FOR THE WEEK OF 2/15
Street Fighter IV (PS3, X360)
Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned (X360)
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II (PC)
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon (DS)
Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride (DS)
Prinny: Can I Really Be the Hero? (PSP)
Noby Noby Boy (PS3)

NEW GAMES FOR THE WEEK OF 2/22
Killzone 2 (PS3)
Star Ocean: The Last Hope (X360)
Dead Rising: Chop Til You Drop (WII)
Blue Dragon Plus (DS)
Legacy of Ys: Books I & II (DS)
Puzzle Quest: Galactrix (X360, PC)
Tom Clancy’s EndWar (PC)

As I previously mentioned, I won’t be getting Killzone 2, but I’m definitely going to throw down $60 to purchase SFIV. I’m also thinking about checking out one of the Mad Catz game pads.

Now Playing: November ’08

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Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix (PSN)
Tekken Advance (GBA)
Capcom Classics Reloaded (PSP)
Street Fighter Collection (PS)
Resistance 2 (PS3)
Mortal Kombat (SNES)
Puzzle Quest (DS)
Mercenaries 2 (PS3)
LittleBigPlanet (PS3)

As you can see from the list above, I enjoyed myself, gaming-wise, this last month.

Resistance 2 is definitely my Game of the Month. The single player portion was good, but the co-op multiplayer was the most satisfying. I even had a blast with others like s0njas0n and VixDiesel. As of now my Medic is at level 20, my Special Op is at level 16, and my Soldier is at level 5. I have yet to play any of the competitive part of the online experience and, to be honest, I don’t really plan to. Co-op is just too much fun.

The runner-up for the month is probably something unexpected. I was ready to name LittleBigPlanet or Puzzle Quest for this honor a few days ago. That was until Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix dropped onto the PlayStation Network. I wasn’t even going to bother getting this downloadable game, but now that I’ve played it I’m glad that I did. It’s so much more fun now than before this update that I now prefer it over my previous favorite Street Fighter game, Street Fighter II: Hyper Fighting.

LittleBigPlanet was an interesting game with fun platforming. A few user created levels are fun like one based on the eliminator course from American Gladiators and others based on Gradius and Mirror’s Edge.

That about does it for me. Until next time.

Beyond the Grave

The title of this post is referring to just one game out of the 15 that were added to my collection over this past week. The first stack of games are as follows.

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SNK Arcade Classics Vol. 1 (PSP)
I bought this over the PS2 version for framerate reasons, if I remember some reviews that I read correctly.

Capcom Classics Collection Reloaded (PSP)
The original three Street Fighter II games along with Eco Fighters, Knights of the Round, and Mercs (aka Commando 2) was worth it for me. However, if you want only one of the two Capcom collections on the PSP (this or Remixed), then I’d have to recommend Remixed for its better game selection.

Sega Genesis Collection (PSP)
Yes, I have had the PlayStation 2 version for a few years now, but the idea of Genesis games on the go was too good to pass up. Sure the Nomad was a cool concept, but obviously it wasn’t reliable enough. I consider this what Sega was trying to do with the Nomad. Mmmm. Shinobi III. :P

Saints Row 2 (PS3)
For a game that only just came out about a month ago, I picked it up pretty quick. I did so by getting a used copy for $30. That was after a few duplicate games that I traded in (TMNT: Hyperstone Heist, Tetris (GB), Mega Man 2, and Mega Man 3). That I’m not going to compare this game to Grand Theft Auto IV for two reasons. The first being that you’re more than likely sick of hearing it and, second, this game has enough differences this time around to warrant a look at both games.

TimeShift (PS3)
It’s been just over a year since the last time I posted anything about this game. Back then I was talking about the demo and how I had some problems remembering to use the time powers. Whenever I get to playing it I’ll see if it was worth the wait for the $20 price tag.

Puzzle Quest: Challange of the Warlords (PS2)
Here’s a game that I’m currently playing on the DS. I wanted this version for something on the bigger screen. It will be interesting to see if it has any game stopping bugs like the PSP version and if I find it a problem with the lack of a stylus.

Goldeneye: Rogue Agent (PS2)
For the longest time I stayed away from this game and I think it was because I once briefly demoed it on the Gamecube, a controller with shoulder buttons that I can’t stand. Speaking of things that I can’t stand. I’m really tired of hearing people compare every Bond game to their beloved N64 game. I heard it once again with the recent release of Quantum of Solace. I could go on, but I already did over two years ago. For those eager to read what I did say, I’ll post it again soon.

Gungrave (PS2)
Here’s another game that I already had…as in the sequel Gungrave: Overdose. Both games are based on the anime of the same name. You control the resurrected character formerly known as Brandon Heat and now known as Beyond the Grave. Pretty cool and so is the crazy third-person action.

Rygar: The Legendary Adventure (PS2)
I figured that since the updated Wii version is due out soon that I should just go for this game. The prequel was an NES game known only as Rygar.

Loaded (PS)
Don’t know what this game is? I have an easy way to explain it to you. It’s a bloody version of Gauntlet.

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Klonoa: Empire of Dreams (GBA)
I wasn’t expected to find nor did I really want to look for another Klonoa game, but credit goes to Usagi704 for noticing that Gamestop didn’t know what they had on their hands.

Castlevania: Circle of the Moon (GBA)
Ditto for this game as it usually goes for much more than what they were selling it for. Psst. $6.

Tekken Advance (GBA)
The third GBA game spotted by Usagi704. I played his copy of this game and I must say that Namco did some great work making this game feel and look as much like Tekken as they did.

Mortal Kombat 3 (GB)
Definitely the worst game that bought by a long shot. Why did I knowingly purchase a bad game? Because I simply had it previously. Back in 1995, I was expecting a lot from this game since they did a great job on MKII. Unfortunately, it ended up as an, as the kids like to say these days, epic fail.

Road Rash (GBC)
Not as bad of a port of the Genesis game as you might expect.

Well, that’ll do it for me this time.

Now Playing: October ’08 (Now with more Sackboy!)

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From Mega Man to Motorstorm, here’s my month of October in gaming.

Mega Man 4 (NES)
Chrono Trigger (SNES)
Mega Man: The Wily Wars (GEN)
Mega Man II (GB)
Batman (GB)
Burnout Paradise (PS3)
Super Street Fighter II (SNES)
Night Trap (SCD)
Motorstorm (PS3)
Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords (DS)

While it took the newly acquired Game Genie, I still did finish Mega Man 4. The same can be said for Mega Man II on the Game Boy sans cheats. Mega Man: The Wily Wars was also some fun as I played it’s 16-bit take on the NES’ Mega Man 2. That version of the first three games only have the more difficult versions.

Despite my need for an RPG early in the month and choosing Chrono Trigger with some of your help, I ended up not playing much of it. I think it was all of the Mega Man games that started taking up my time. (hehe) I know that since I have already started it that I will be going back to Chrono Trigger at some point.

Another game I finished this month was the infamous Sega CD game Night Trap. I managed to only miss about 6-7 Augers. It seems that no matter how many times I play it I always find the theme song scene in the living room to be amusing. (video)

Motorstorm and Puzzle Quest have been my recent addictions. Motorstorm is still pretty frustrating as I’ve previously stated. This is especially true with playing online. Somehow there’s a way (like an exploit) that the player can get way ahead of everybody else within 30 seconds or less at the start of a race and no matter how good you do you’ll never catch up. Not even a little bit. It’s some major bullshit, but I still play for some reason.

BONUS: I purchased LittleBigPlanet today. The funny thing is that it’s the “naughty” version from the same store that the owner said he wasn’t selling since he had to send them back. Gamestop was selling copies last Saturday (as I’m sure you heard about) which made him change his mind. Here it is! Yay!

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Portable Purchases

Somehow lately it has been pretty easy for me to find a lot of the portable games that I want at good prices.

Yesterday I finally unwrapped the trio of PSP games that I recently bought at Circuit City. I found that the case for Avatar: The Last Airbender was cracked on the inside right above the UMD area and a piece broke off on the outside which made it so the case couldn’t close. Upon noticing this I returned it for the same game with a perfect case. While I was there I also picked up Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords (DS).

Today I went out to get a haircut so I also stopped by Gamestop to pick up more Game Boy games. All are game only and in great condition along with being less than they were marked at. The games bought were Dragon Warrior III (GBC), Super Mario Land (GB), and Tetris Blast (GB).

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Bottom 10 Tracked Games

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The following list is the ten games that I’m tracking that have the lowest amount of total GameSpot members tracking as well. The tracking list serves as a coming soon list of sorts for myself. So that would make the arcade shoot-’em-up Raiden IV the least tracked game on GS that I’m also looking forward to.

Raiden IV (ARC) – 4
Samurai Shodown Anthology (PSP) – 19
The King of Fighters Collection: The Orochi Saga (PSP) – 29
Sonic Unleashed (PS2) – 30
SNK Arcade Classics Volume 1 (PSP) – 32
Space Invaders Extreme (PSP) – 37
Puzzle Quest: Galactrix (PSP) – 49
N+ (DS) – 63
Untitled John McTiernan Game (PS3) – 76
SNK Arcade Classics Volume 1 (PS2) – 84