Games Finished In 2015

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The list below shows every game that I finished in 2015. The total number comes to 22. That’s down 24 from 2014.

September proved to be the best month for beating games with 5 in total. The monthly average throughout the year was 1.8.

1. Tomb Raider (PS3) – 1/22
2. Castlevania II: Belmont’s Revenge (GB) – 2/19
3. Far Cry 3 (PS3) – 4/16
4. Power Rangers Time Force (GBA) – 4/19
5. CT Special Forces (GBA) – 4/29
6. The Scorpion King: Sword of Osiris (GBA) – 5/12
7. Wario Land 4 (GBA) – 5/17
8. Solatorobo: Red the Hunter (DS) – 6/20
9. Enslaved: Odyssey to the West (PS3) – 7/10
10. Call of Juarez: Gunslinger (PSN) – 7/24
11. Rush’n Attack: Ex-Patriot (PSN) – 9/7
12. Fighter’s History (SFC) – 9/7
13. Fighter’s History (ARC) – 9/13
14. Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon (PSN) – 9/22
15. NBA Give ‘N Go (SNES) – 9/27
16. Demon’s Souls (PS3) – 10/12
17. Evil Dead: Regeneration (PS2) – 11/3
18. Advance Guardian Heroes (GBA) – 11/11
19. Twisted Metal (PS) – 11/17
20. Quantum of Solace (PS2) – 12/8
21. Haze (PS3) – 12/17
22. TRON: Evolution (PS3) – 12/30

Now Playing: December 2015

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Most gamers are probably familiar with Quantum of Solace on the PS3 and Xbox 360 where the game is a first-person shooter, as is the case with most 007 games. However Quantum of Solace on the PlayStation 2 is a third-person game developed by Eurocom instead of Call of Duty mainstays at Treyarch. Since this version of the game was released for an older generation of system at the time in 2008, it gets a smaller budget and looks worse than PS2 games from 2004. It gets the job done, but is overall of obvious poorer quality.

The game itself is nothing to write home about. It tries to act like stealth matters at different points, but unless it’s forced upon you, I never felt the need to do so. The best sections of the game was where you’d be chasing an enemy and needed to keep up. The worst aspect was hacking doors/cameras and the QTEs. Skip this game unless you like mental pain.

Free Radical Design’s PS3 exclusive game, Haze, was the next one played. This is an FPS and an mediocre one at best. The story of the game has a good message, but it’s bluntly ham-fisted that it feels forced. Both sides of the conflict are extreme opposites of being angelic and the devil. Most of the game you’ll play as the rebels and I felt it was much more fun for it. Regardless, you can skip this game too unless you like wishing Haze was “the shit” instead of mostly shit.

I’m currently playing TRON: Evolution because I felt the need for some Prince of Persia wall running and platforming in my life. It is as good as ever, but with the cool TRON visuals. Combat can be frustrating at first, but once you get the bomb and stasis discs the fighting is much more fun. You can be creative and slow your enemies down and then pummel them. Of the three games I played this month, TRON: Evolution comes recommended to fans of the Prince of Persia games.

Now Playing: November 2015

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The original Twisted Metal from 1995 was the game I asked for votes on and it won. I played it and it definitely has the core of what made this car combat game a success, it doesn’t always do it well. The sequel certainly did it better and what I’m talking about is the arenas you find yourself in for battle. Most are large open areas, but the first level is inside a large circus tent which is much too small for what you need to do. World Tour did this much better with more varied and smart design choices. It’s not to say you can’t have fun with this initial outing, but it certainly doesn’t compare well against the much improved Twisted Metal 2.

Quantum of Solace is the current game I’m focusing on. This is the PlayStation 2 edition which differs from the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions. It’s a third-person shooter with some stealth sequences. Those stealth portions aren’t very good in practice during the 30 minutes I’ve played so far. I don’t think I can melee an enemy once they see me. Also, aiming a precise shot is more difficult than it needs to be. I’ll see how this game continues before I call it a done deal.

Advance Twisted Solace

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A few days after I gave my thoughts on Evil Dead: Regeneration in my Now Playing: October 2015, I ended up finishing the game. My thoughts haven’t changed so you can read them at the link provided.

Onto another game I wanted to play and it was Advance Guardian Heroes on the Game Boy Advance. It’s a Treasure developed beat-’em-up in the same series as the Saturn classic Guardian Heroes. Unlike that game, Advance Guardian Heroes gets a bad rap and I never knew exactly why.

Once I played and finished it I figured it might be due to the different times throughout the game where the framerate takes a big hit. Trust me when I say that this isn’t as big of a deal as it may seem. I’m sure it’ll bug some gamers to no end, but those people are going to be few and far between.

I played on Easy and built my characters stats in a style of a “glass cannon.” It was all about the damage for me. If you want a considerably higher challenge, then I suggest you play on Normal or higher. I played purely for enjoyment and you may want more than the simple, easy-going satisfying experience I had.

Moving on I tested out the new poll feature on Twitter and I asked what other game I should play. The original PS1 Twisted Metal was the winner. I doubt I’ll get very far in it, but I’ll give it a shot. I also have Quantum of Solace on tap and ready to go after seeing Spectre earlier this week. It’s the version on PlayStation 2 which is a 3rd person shooter and not in 1st person like its counterpart on PS3/X360 is.

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HART & USAGI PODCAST #70 – October 7th 2015 (@HartandUsagi)
Matt and Mike chat Edge’s top 100 video games list, Nintendo and Fair Use, the original PlayStation, etc.
https://hartarchive.wordpress.com/2015/10/07/hart-usagi-70-feel-the-electricity/

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SPACE SUPLEX #24 – November 3rd 2015 (@SpaceSuplex)
Anthony and Matt chat Hell in a Cell 2015.
https://hartarchive.wordpress.com/2015/11/03/space-suplex-24-to-hell-and-back/

PSP Wish List Cleared

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I decided not to let May be another gameless month. Let’s see if I still remember how this purchasing of video games goes.

Wii Classic Controller Pro (white)
Kenka Bancho: Badass Rumble (PSP)
X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse (PSP)
God Hand (PS2)
Sonic Unleashed (PS2)
Quantum of Solace (PS2)
Power Rangers Dino Thunder (GBA)

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As it turns out I remember quite well. Alright, thanks for stopping by.

GoldenEye Is Not The Best Bond Game

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When I was thinking of what to exactly say about my gripe with those that consider GoldenEye on the Nintendo 64 to be the end all and be all of Bond games, I didn’t want to just copy and paste what I had said over two years ago. I decided to go to the forums for all of the ammo I needed. Sure enough I found this thread. Enjoy the rant.

Ah yes, Quantum of Solace. It’s the newest game from the James Bond universe. It’s also another reason for fans of GoldenEye on the N64 to start doing their usual comparison only to come to the same jaded conclusion that no Bond game can live up to their beloved game.

I don’t have any problem for those that have played GoldenEye since 1997 and can still enjoy it, but I have a hard time believing that most of those that claim the game’s greatness have played it since then. It really is time to take off the rose-tinted glasses of nostalgia that you’ve been wearing for over the last decade are realize that most all of the Bond games since then have been better. And I’m doing a direct FPS comparison when I say that and not referring to the third-person shooters like Everything or Nothing or From Russia With Love.

It wasn’t until 2001 that another Bond FPS game was released. This game was Agent Under Fire. I liked playing the game, but it definitely wasn’t superb. However, it still was better than GoldenEye solely because of better control with dual analog sticks. A year later NightFire was released and it really felt like a major improvement.

GoldenEye: Rogue Agent was released in 2004. If any Bond game should be compared to the N64 game then it would have to be this one. In the first minute of this developer interview, Chris Plummer, the Senior Producer of Rogue Agent, says that they were trying to recreate the experience of the Rare’s game. Well, if that was the case then you fans of the original can have at him, but I feel that this game does hold its own to a degree.

Now it’s 2008. In four years the progression of first-person shooters has come a long way. To have Quantum of Solace basically play similar to GoldenEye at this point in time would have been a huge mistake. Sure the new game takes a bunch from the successful Call of Duty games and adds a Kill Switch cover system, but the game’s better off for it. You can be sure that it plays way better than GoldenEye ever did.

In closing I have to ask one thing of those wondering why the Quantum of Solace game is more based on the previous film, Casino Royale. Have you seen the latest movie? The story hardly makes any sense. It makes me consider watching A View To A Kill and that one was garbage too.

New Releases 2008: November 2-8

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This week we all get to join back up with Marcus Fenix and Nathan Hale in their respective sequels. Also James Bond makes his multiplatform return with Quantum of Solace. The DS also sees the appearance of Mr. Esc in its version of Exit.

For my pick this week it’s obviously between the two big exclusive shooters. I’m going to have to go with Resistance 2 since the beta made it look like so much fun.

THIS WEEK’S 3 BIG GAMES
Resistance 2 (PS3)
Gears of War 2 (X360)
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm (PS3)

THIS WEEK’S HONORABLE MENTIONS
Valkyria Chronicles (PS3)
Exit (DS)
NHL 09 (PS2)
Legendary (X360)
Quantum of Solace (DS, PS2, PS3, WII, PC, X360)
Tom Clancy’s EndWar (PS3, X360, DS, PSP)

Comment below on what your pick this week is, whether you get it now or not.