Saving Gaming History

Recently I wanted to tackle some outlier games that have been eluding my collection. I didn’t get ones such as Captain America: Super Soldier or Painkiller: Hell and Damnation, but I did get a few others.

The first two games, you can see in the photo directly below, are actually not apart of those games I was trying to find. Medal of Honor: Vanguard and ICO were unplanned pickups. The former was released around the same time on the PS2 that Medal of Honor: Airborne was on PS3 and X360. The latter, ICO, I already have via The ICO & Shadow of the Colossus Collection on PS3. I only got it because I felt the need to save it from the unwashed masses. It’s not everyday you come across a complete copy of ICO on PS2 in good condition.

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It’s also not everyday you come across a good conditioned complete copy of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess either. Okay, actually you do. But not the Gamecube version! I’m not much of a fan of The Legend of Zelda as you guys already know, but I still felt a need to save this game as well. It’s another one I didn’t need because I did already have the ubiquitous Wii version.

Here’s the first game which I did go to specifically to find. It’s Sega Arcade Gallery on the Game Boy Advance. It’s a four game compilation of AfterBurner, Space Harrier, Super Hang-On, and (best of all) OutRun! In case you didn’t know these games are all of Sega’s super sweet superscaler arcade lineup. You can never have enough of those!

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I finally found Ray Tracers, but I did have to go to eBay for it. The game is easily summed up as a polygonal version of Chase H.Q. and that’s okay by me. Both games were developed by Taito.

Iron Man / X-O Manowar in Heavy Metal was another game that wasn’t really on my wish list. I can see it as a very mediocre game, but in some ways it reminded me of Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project from 2002 in how it plays even though the game I bought was from 1996.

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Finally, I picked up a new copy of the 2008 Special Edition of Rambo 4. Yes, I do already own the Extended Cut. However, I was disappointed that the commentary track was cut out of that version. This one has exactly what I was missing.

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Mike at the Movies, reel 03

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Mike at the Movies is a podcast where I give my thoughts/reviews on movies I have seen. This will be a podcast where I review one to three films with or without a co-host. The movies reviewed do not have to be current and can be any movie from any year and the discussion can include spoilers. You have been warned.

This reel I welcome Matt to talk about The Patriot (2000), Man of Steel (2013), and Rambo (2008).

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Movie Action of ’91

This year has been much more of a movie buying one than that for games. 15 so far is a testament to that. In fact, let’s go ahead and add three more.

Outside of Bloodsport, Timecop, and Street Fighter, there’s few Jean-Claude Van Damme movies I find myself going back to. However, Double Impact is one of them. There might be another here or there, but I just maybe not remembering it at this moment. One thing is for sure, though. This movie should’ve had the following tagline.

Double the action.
Double the excitement.
Double Van Damme.
It’s Double Impact!

Dude, they really missed out. :D

Another 1991 joyride is Point Break, brah. After being named after a US state little Johnny Utah works undercover as an F.B.I. Agent! Ain’t it wild?

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I was also able to get Rambo, you know, the fourth film. This is the 2010 release called the Extended Cut. Sadly that extension is only an extra eight minutes. That’s not what I call great since it chucks out the commentary track to get those few extra minutes. It’s not worth it to me. I’ll probably be looking for the 2008 Blu-ray release as a replacement.

Finally, Blades of Time was the one game I picked up. This is the “sequel” to X-Blades. Better, but not great, this game was produced by Konami’s own Master of Extreme, Tak Fujii. It looked interesting at the time and thanks to ebbderelict’s review I decided to go for it.

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Rambo

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This blog post is my thoughts on the Rambo films. Here’s the order of the films for your reference.

First Blood – 1982
Rambo: First Blood Part II – 1985
Rambo III – 1988
Rambo – 2008

Once the release date of Rambo IV (that’s what I’ll be calling the current 2008 film to avoid confusion) was confirmed, I searched out the previous three films so that I could watch them again. It had been awhile since my last viewing of any of those films.

First Blood was, well, up first. :P This film is much more story driven and slower paced than any of the sequels since it’s based on the 1972 novel of the same name by David Morrell. Some fans of action movies, like myself, may cast off First Blood as not the best film in the series because of the more methodical pacing of the story. After viewing the movie I only scored it 3 out of 5. I have since seen it again after having been to the theater to see Rambo IV and I re-rated it to a 4 out of 5.

For Rambo: First Blood Part II and Rambo III, I find it easier to just group the two movies together. The plots of both are basically the same in that Rambo’s sent to rescue someone. It goes without saying that these sequels to First Blood are much more action oriented. It’s also what type of movie most people think of when they hear the name “Rambo.” I personally liked Rambo III better (3.5 out of 5) than Rambo: First Blood Part II (3 out of 5).

Last weekend was when I saw Rambo IV. I definitely enjoyed it for what it was. I found it interesting that you can tell who’s a fan of the previous three films by their reaction to some of the gruesome kills. They just laughed as did I. :D

Here’s an interesting piece of trivia. I read somewhere that Rambo III had the highest body count in any movie to date until it was overtaken by Rambo IV. I ended up scoring this fourth film a 3 out of 5.

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RRW5 – Day 7: Recap

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Day 7 of Retro Revival Week was a day of 0 games played. That’s right none. So instead I’ll recap the previous 6 fun filled days.

The following is the list of games that I played during this last week of retro goodness.

Final Fight CD (SCD)
NBA Jam (SCD)
Sonic CD (SCD)
Street Fighter II: Special Champion Edition (GEN)
WWF WrestleMania: The Arcade Game (PS)
Silpheed (SCD)
NHL ’94 (GEN)
Earth Defense Force (SNES)
Contra: Hard Corps (GEN)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters (SNES)
Rambo III (GEN)
Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master (GEN)
Tetris 2 (SNES)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles In Time (SNES)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Hyperstone Heist (GEN)
Donkey Kong Country (SNES)
Sonic 3D Blast (GEN)
Sol-Feace (SCD)
Crash Bandicoot: Warped (PS)

In total I played 19 games which is up from 15 from the last time. Also, I didn’t repeat any games from before either.

Here’s the two videos that I had uploaded to Gametrailers during the week. I now give them to you for viewing on GameSpot for those that either missed them before or would like to see them again. From Day 2 it’s the PlayStation version of WWF WrestleMania: The Arcade Game and from Day 6 it’s Sol-Feace on the Sega CD. Enjoy and as always retro rules!

Hart704’s RRW5 – Day 4: Ninjas!

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RAMBO III (GEN)
The first game of the day was more of the best game from the previous day, Rambo III! I didn’t get much further, but damn is it still fun!

SHINOBI III: RETURN OF THE MASTER NINJA (GEN)
Another game that was fairly hard, but still exciting. I made it to Round 4 titled Destruction without continuing and scoring a total of 97,520. Later in the day I tried this game again getting even further than before. This time I beat the boss of Round 4 and was cruising along quite well in Round 5, Electric Demon. That was until I came to a series of rooms with those timed bombs only this time certain parts of the floors would be destroyed too. My game ended there on Normal with a final score of 157,140.

Here’s the three-part boss that gave me trouble the first time around and stopped me cold.

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Now you see the floor and now you don’t because it went ka-boomy! :D

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I played some on each difficulty (easy, normal, and hard) expect for expert. I was surprised that I didn’t notice any real change. I guess I was just that good. :P Anyway, check out these four YouTube videos that display a players’ skills on Expert. Enjoy!

TETRIS 2 (SNES)
It’s not the best Tetris game by a long shot. It matches colors instead of full lines meaning it seems closer to Columns. I spent a few minutes playing puzzle mode which is very similar to the same mode in Tetris DS.

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Retro Rules!

Hart704’s RRW5 – Day 3: III-on-3

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Since EightBitWarrior has decided to screw over his own event by playing Halo 3, two things are now the result. 1) He can no longer reserve the right to “180” and 2) Retro Revival Week is now mine. ;) :P Now that I got that out of the way on with Day 3.

EARTH DEFENSE FORCE (SNES)
On this game’s title screen it says “Super” at the beginning of the title and on the cart it simply doesn’t. Regardless of whether or not this game thinks it’s super or not, one thing is for certain. It doesn’t feel the need to have anything to do with “2017.”

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After one play session and using up all of the continues, I proceeded to get as far as stage 3 and power up my fighter to level 4 with the homing weapon. My final score was 258,200.

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This game just throws tons of enemies at you with some stages having two lengthly boss fights. All of which are fun, by the way! Here’s a few screenshots of demo gameplay to give you an idea of the game. I also encourage you to check out this speed run of stage 3. For obvious reasons it looks quite a bit easier in the video.

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CONTRA: HARD CORPS (GEN)
This game is, well, hard, just as the title says. I was dying a lot on just the first stage alone. So it shouldn’t surprise anybody that I didn’t get very far into stage 2 before my continues ran out. In case you want to know I chose to go after Deadeye Joe for the second stage.

Oh, and what is with being able to find awesome codes that only work in the Japanese version of the game? Level select, all weapons, and 70 lives! I want to use those codes, damn it. :lol:

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TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: TOURNAMENT FIGHTERS (SNES)
In a quick two fights as Donatello against the CPU controlled War and Raphael on the default difficulty, I called it quits. Every time I got close to my opponent I would try to connect with a few hits only to get thrown instead. :(

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RAMBO III (GEN)
The final game for day 3 was Rambo III. It’s actually quite a bit of fun. I recommend it to those that like somewhat mindless shooters, though it isn’t totally mindless. I reached as far as Mission 6 using a lot of continues along the way. Outside of playing Earth Defense Force, this was my favorite game of the day. The highest score I got without continuing was 215,300. Make sure to check out ScrewAttack’s Video Game Vault on this game.

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Retro Rules!