Hello. Did You Miss Me?

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A few quick purchases to mention today. They’re few a far between for me these days.

Back at the usual local store of It’s About Games, I picked up a second copy of Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: The Fighting Edition. It was in really bad shape, worse than Moonwalker from a few weeks ago, but I was determined to clean it up and get it working. My effort was all for not, unfortunately. It did look much better, but it didn’t work even in the slightest.

I’d also bought two Genesis games: Bubsy and Road Rash III. Another bummer when neither of them worked.

The next day I took those back and in their place I got the PSP version of Tomb Raider: Legend. This gives me four versions of this game (PS2, GBA, DS).

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Yesterday I picked up the DVD Mortal Kombat Double Feature which, as you’ve already correctly guessed, has the 1995 MK movie and its horrid ’97 sequel. It was less than a copy of the first film by itself. It sadly lies about extra on the back cover with things that aren’t on the disc like trailers or anything else other than the two flicks.

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A Good Deal + Embarrassment

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The recent games I’ve acquired are as you can see from the above photo.

I didn’t have any plans on getting NeoGeo Battle Coliseum, but when I saw it at $5 when at Toys-R-Us more recently I figured I would get it. It was the only game I found that I wanted during their buy one, get one half off sale. Saving a mere $2.50 would’ve not been worth it for another game I didn’t want.

Return to Castle Wolfenstein: Operation Resurrection was the purchase I mentioned in my last blog post for $2.25 complete. It was from Glyde.com. They have some pretty good prices at times. In fact, I’ve ordered another PS2 title Urban Reign for $3.25 from them also complete.

I kind of made a mistake going back to Stickman’s for the next two games. The prices aren’t exactly great and the games aren’t cleaned. This can be easily seen on cartridge games without a box and on Genesis cases. They also have never given out receipts for any purchase I’ve made with them yet think they can complain about product that’s stolen. How can they even tell the difference when I don’t have proof of my own purchases is amazing.

Speaking of stolen items, I felt I was taken when I bought Road Rash 3 and Gaiares. The latter game was even missing the manual. Stickman’s Video Games = embarrassing.

The final game I got was Riot Zone off of the Virtual Console. It’s a TG-16 Super CD beat-’em-up. I’m a big fan of the genre and it was good enough for me. For those that aren’t much of a fan of the genre I actually don’t recommend it for you. The gameplay doesn’t seem to have anything special to make it stand out and the animation for the two playable characters is the worst I’m seen in quite some time. Also to top it off it doesn’t offer two player co-op.

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: April ’08

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Seven games make up this month of April’s game playing lot. If you count the games within the Sega Genesis Collection, then you’ll get a grand total of 11. Another number I’ll dole out is three. As in the number of games that I finished.

Now before I get into talk about said games, I’d like to readdress what I had said in my Odin Sphere Update. At the time I decided to retract the idea of being finished with Odin Sphere by this point when I originally stated that I would be finished with it. In a way it was good to take a break from that game and play something else. I’ll definitely be going to back to it soon. Now on with the games!

The game to take the place of Odin Sphere was Twisted Metal: Head On – Extra Twisted Edition. This game plays as good as the series ever has with a great soundtrack too. The Twisted Metal 2 Paris level was remade for this game and it, I feel, was improved on in a big way. Because of this game being a another fantastic entry into the series and with all of the extras, it is my Game of the Month.

I was happy when I was able to find a complete copy of Mercs for the Genesis early in the month. I was somewhat disappointed that the co-op mode wasn’t available in this port, but Capcom did make up for that with “Original Mode.” In that mode it has some RPG elements like collecting medals to use as currency to get better equipment and more members join the party every so often. It’s a fairly difficult mode, but it’s still fun.

In the Sega Genesis Collection (PS2), I decided to finally get back to trying to start (again) and finish both Sonic the Hedgehog 1 & 2. I did so and ended up rating the first game a 6.5 (gasp!) and the sequel an 8.0. The reason being that Sonic 1 (also noted by Usagi704) had too much platforming in its levels and that didn’t gel with the speed of the game. In Sonic 2, there was less platforming, which was much better, but I wasn’t digging the underwater parts of a few levels. I also enjoyed the boss fights more from the second game. Overall I had a fun time of it.

Other games that I played on that disc was Golden Axe II and Comix Zone.

I amused myself with a few other games as of more recently. Road Rash (GEN), Ranma 1/2: Hard Battle (SNES), based on the anime of the same name minus the subtitle, and finally Kirby’s Dream Land (GB), which I finished twice.

Burnout Paradise (PS3) remains from last month and I played it off and on. I have officially finished this game having gained the elite license. The only thing that I don’t get is how I still don’t have the silver finish for all of the cars and that the game completion is only at 99%. I’m unsure as to what I have yet to do if anything.

That’ll do it for this month. See you next time!

Gasp! More Fighting Games!

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Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec (PS2) – complete; fair
The Mark of Kri (PS2) – complete; good
Red Faction (PS2) – complete; great
Red Faction II (PS2) – complete; great
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (PS2) – complete; good
The King of Fighters XI (PS2) – complete; “new” as in opened display copy at no discount (business as usual for Gamestop).

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Critical Depth (PS) – complete; great
Road Rash (GEN) – complete; excellent
Streets of Rage (GEN) – complete; great
WWE Smackdown: Shut Your Mouth (PS2) – complete; good
Kinetica (PS2) – complete; great
Timesplitters (PS2) – complete; good

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

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With the cash that I received I went out and grabbed 19 new additions to my collection. The grand total is now 309! Two NES games that I had that didn’t work out were Bases Loaded and Gradius. I did have a third game, Bad Dudes, that I tried to get in the past and this was the third time and it was the charm.

Altered Beast (GEN) – game only; poor
Contra 4 (DS) – new
Tomorrow Never Dies (PS) – complete; bad
The World Is Not Enough (PS) – complete; fair
Darkstalkers Chronicle: The Chaos Tower (PSP) – complete; great
Mega Man X (SNES) – complete; excellent

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Details: Mega Man X | TND, TWINE, Darkstalkers, Contra 4, & Altered Beast

Virtua Racing (GEN) – game only; great
Samurai Shodown (SNES) – game only; excellent
Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest (SNES) – game only; great
Crue Ball (GEN) – game only; good
Road Rash II (GEN) – game only; excellent
Time Lord (NES) – game only; great
Bad Dudes (NES) – game only; excellent
Ninja Gaiden (NES) – game only; excellent
Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest (NES) – game only; great
Rygar (NES) – game only; great
Mega Man 3 (NES) – game only; excellent
Mega Man 8 (PS) – new
Raiden III (PS2) – new

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Details: Samurai Shodown, Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest, Crue Ball, Virtua Racing, & Road Rash II | Mega Man 8 & Raiden III | Time Lord, Bad Dudes, Ninja Gaiden, Castlevania II, Rygar, & Mega Man 3

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

Genesis Wish List

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After the sudden appearance of a Sega Genesis in my life last Tuesday, I figured that I should do another wish list column. For this one I won’t be splitting the games into seperate lists of “Owned,” “Played,” and “Never Played” because all of them would just end up under the last listing. Here’s my one big list of 29 games that I’d like to get for my Genesis.

After Burner II
Battletoads & Double Dragon
Burning Force
Castlevania: Bloodlines
Combat Cars
Contra: Hard Corps
Desert Strike
Fatal Fury
Fatal Fury 2
Gargoyles
Gunstar Heroes
Jungle Strike
Rambo III
Road Rash II
Samurai Shodown
Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master
Sol-Deace
Sonic the Hedgehog 3
Space Harrier II
Street Fighter II: Special Champion Edition
Streets of Rage
Streets of Rage 2
Streets of Rage 3
Super Hang-On
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Hyperstone Hiest
The Revenge of Shinobi
Thunder Force III
Urban Strike
X-Men

Now for those that have played a lot of and know more about Genesis games than I do. This is where you come in (especially you, SonicHomeboy). I’d like to get some suggestions on what good games that I might have missed. Also, you can warn me about a game that’s garbage.

Sega-16.com is an interesting resource for somebody, like myself, that didn’t grow up with any Sega systems. Full in-depth reviews along with fun features like Side by Side: Doom (32X vs. Saturn). I must say that, of the little bit that I’ve read of their content, I’m pretty impressed so far.

So, yeah, I’ll gladly take any game suggestions that you may have. Just remember that I don’t care for RPGs. So as great as the Phantasy Star series is, I won’t care for it. The same also goes for most of what’s included on the PS2 disc of Sega Genesis Collection. Sure I do have some of the Shinobi games listed even though they’re on the disc, but I still don’t want Sonic 1, at least not right now.

Have at it Genesis fans. :)