Concentrating On Some Revelations

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Over the last week the two games I’ve been most concentrating on are Beyond Oasis and Prince of Persia: Revelations.

Before I get to either of those games, however, I’d like to briefly speak about Golden Axe III. Originally only released in Japan with a quick visit to North American via the Sega Channel, it has been known for being quite poor in comparison to the two previous entries. I tried playing it seriously this time around with Level 4 being as far as I was able to get. Enemies don’t always react to getting hit and they have annoyingly hard to avoid jumping attacks in several situations. Not to mention the character selection is nothing to write home about. Blocking is a new thing which is not easy to do on purpose and with enemies also able to block make for frustratingly longer boss fights. Not recommended.

About three years ago I started playing Beyond Oasis via Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection (The Story of Thor: A Successor of The Light via Sega Mega Drive Ultimate Collection) because of Retro Revival Week. I got back to it this last week and it has been surprisingly fun. It’s usually considered an RPG, but overall I’d say it’s more of a non-linear beat-’em-up, but there are a few RPG elements to keep up interest. I just finished getting the fourth and final spirit to help out when needed. Now it’s onto the castle.

Finally on the PSP I’ve been going through Prince of Persia: Revelations. It’s a port of Warrior Within just with new areas to traverse. When going to the Throne Room the path changes part way through to the Courtyard/Guard Tower. On the way to the gears side of the tower the new area is The Puzzle Chamber. Getting to the Gardens section requires going through the Underground Spring, River, and Cave. These latter sections have really bad textures. I’m sure once I get the Wraith mask I’ll be greeted with additional new areas.

One bug which came up during Usagi704’s playthrough of Warrior Within on Xbox also appeared for me in Revelations. After defeating Kaileena for the first time and the Prince thinks he won and then getting chased several times by the Dahaka and raising the alter in the middle of the room. Climbing up to it to escape was impossible. At the top the game didn’t think you were so an invisible wall was in the way. Reloading the last save point (Beach – Present; The Long Way Home) after quitting to the main menu helped solve this problem.

Outside of that Xbox version bug the only other problem is the sound in cutscenes playing a little after they should. Otherwise the translation to the portable screen is pretty good.

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Now Playing: September 2011

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This past month I’ve been mostly playing a few fighting games as I previously mentioned in my blog post “Fun With Fighting Games.” The only thing I have to add to what I said about MKII is that I’ve since moved Sub-Zero from backup into my main character list and added Scorpion as a backup.

When playing the arcade version of Mortal Kombat 1, it’s clear that Johnny Cage and Sonya are the best. Both characters can punish a variety of whiffed or blocked moves with the Shadow Kick and Leg Grab, respectively.

Along with Usagi704, we played some of the conversions of MK1, namely SNES and Genesis. Cage was still very effective in both, but Sonya much less so. For my mains it was Cage and Kano on SNES and Cage and Liu Kang on Genesis. I also noticed, when playing the arcade game around the same time, that the SNES version is faster.

On the age old debate of which 16-bit version is the best, I honestly have to go with the SNES version. Sure it doesn’t have the blood, but everything else from graphics, sound, music, and controls are accurate making it much better. The Genesis version has different music and sounds making it grating to listen to.

A small note on one last fighting game, I played and finished game #28, Art of Fighting 2 on the Super Famicom. Since it was Usagi’s system we did spar a little bit and it was okay, but once he chose Lee it got quite annoying.

The last few games I’ve played more recently are Quake II on PS1 and Golden Axe via the Sega Genesis Collection on PSP.

The former was a manly choice as NeonNinja has agreed with. I’m up to the Grid Control area which I don’t think is very far in and I think I also have low health too. Regardless, I wasn’t feeling up to playing any more of this game (a decision that’s not very manly), but I’m sure I’ll get back into it soon enough.

The latter game I played while over at a friend’s place and I was doing pretty well until I met Death Adder in battle. I remember having a very easy time with this game a few years ago, but I’ve since lost any skill I may have had. It also doesn’t help that along with fighting Death Adder you need to worry about two skeleton warriors who have infinite health. It’s fun I think.

And finally I’m in the middle of Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 on Chapter 3 with a playtime of 2 hours and 23 minutes and 15/51 trophies. I expected this game to be difficult and it is, but my biggest problem is with this notice giving at the title screen.

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This means that even if you’re signed out of PSN because of an error which you didn’t cause this will still happen. Haven’t saved your progress recently? Too bad. You lose that too. This did happen to me shortly before typing up this blog post. I was none too happy as you can imagine. Thankfully, you can get around this by being signed out and declining to sign in when prompted to. At least it’s not as bad as not being able to play at all unless signed in like with Final Fight: Double Impact and Bionic Commando Rearmed 2.

End of NGS2 rant and thanks as always for stopping by.

New Releases 2011: March 13-26

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NEW RELEASES for the WEEK of 3/13
Ar tonelico Qoga: Knell of Ar Ciel (PS3)
Gods Eater Burst (PSP)
Halo: Reach – Defiant Map Pack (X360)
Hard Corps: Uprising (PS3)
Homefront (PS3, X360, PC)
MotoGP 10/11 (PS3, X360)
Sega Genesis Classic Collection Gold Edition (PC)
Shogun 2: Total War (PC)
Top Spin 4 (PS3, X360, WII)
Yakuza 4 (PS3)

NEW RELEASES for the WEEK of 3/20
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood (PC)
Crysis 2 (PS3, X360, PC)
Dissidia 012: Duodecim Final Fantasy (PSP)
Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime (PS3, X360, PC)
LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars (PS3, X360, PC, WII, PSP, DS)
Naruto Shippuden: Kizuna Drive (PSP)
Natsume Championship Wrestling (WII)
PlayStation Move Heroes (PS3)
The Sims Medieval (PC, MAC)
The Tomb Raider Trilogy (PS3)
Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Classic Trilogy HD (PS3)

Now Playing: August ’09

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Here’s the quick list of what I’ve been playing.

Jackal (NES)
Ninja Gaiden (NES)
Retro Game Challenge (DS)
Fracture (PS3)
Sega Genesis Collection (PSP)
The King of Fighters ’98 Ultimate Match (PS2)
The Punisher (PS2)

For the usual details check out this video.

I want to thank everybody who voted in my last blog post for the game that I’ll look for to purchase some time in the next month.

The winner is Castlevania II: Belmont’s Revenge!

9 – Castlevania II (GB)
7 – Einhander (PS)
6 – Double Dragon II (GB)
4 – Wild Guns (SNES)
3 – Resident Evil Gaiden (GBC)

Not to worry for those that may still want to cast their votes. You can do that in the comments section for this post.

Again thanks for voting and watching the video. Later!

Now Playing: Feburary ’09

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Street Fighter IV (PS3)
Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection (PS3)
Retro Game Challenge (DS)
Super Street Fighter II: Turbo Revival (GBA)
Burnout Paradise (PS3)
Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix (PS3)
Viking: Battle for Asgard (PS3)
Skyblazer (SNES)
Chili Con Carnage (PSP)

I finished three games this time around: Chili Con Carnage, Streets of Rage 2, and Street Fighter IV. The former is what I can only describe as a lighthearted take on Max Payne, though not literally. There’s a bunch of challenges that are in between the missions, but I just messed around with the first one and then ignored the rest. I beat the middle game via Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection and its save state feature that was carried over from the previous collection. The latter game was beaten to unlock the hidden characters.

Speaking of Street Fighter IV, I’m sure a number of you would like to know what I think of it so far. Obviously it’s great and does live up to the pre-release hype. The only thing that I miss is the rebalanced versions of the characters from Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix. From what I heard so too is David Sirlin.

I enjoyed my time with Viking: Battle for Asgard despite not playing it for about two weeks. If I remember correctly I think I’ve cleared about half of the second map. I also haven’t really touched Skyblazer that much either. I’ve beaten the third boss in the game.

I put more time in Burnout Paradise. I gave in and purchased the legendary cars pack. If you’re not in the know the pack consists of cars based on the iconic ones from Dukes of Hazard, Ghostbusters, Knight Rider, and Back to the Future. You can check out videos on these rides here.

Now it’s time to name the Game of the Month. I bet you’re thinking it’s going to be Street Fighter IV. You’d be right normally, but this one game is truly unique. I’m talking about Retro Game Challenge (yeah because the header graphic doesn’t give it away). I love this game’s references to the games I grew up playing. It’s also fantastic in how the games presented give you that nostalgic feeling without them being anything that was actually out at the time.

That’s it from 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: 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!