Nostalgic Ass Kicking

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The finished games are getting to be more frequent lately. Along with the two from last week, Klonoa 2 and Final Fight One, I’ve since finished both games in the sweet arcade package of Final Fight: Double Impact offline. I’m hoping to play some co-op online later today.

Final Fight: Double Impact has a great presentation even down to the default screen settings with the arcade cabinet and CRT which I really appreciate. Speaking of appreciation, I never really thought much of Magic Sword until now. I’m enjoying it more and more as I play and it’s not the mindless hammer on the attack button as I’d previously thought.

When it comes to the difficulty of each game, which is adjustable, Final Fight is harder than the home versions I’ve played. This includes the SNES, Sega CD, and GBA ports. On the other hand, Magic Sword is easier than I remembered or expected.

I should be able to solidify my thoughts on this nostalgic package soon after I play online co-op.

Just today Gungrave became my eleventh game finished for 2010. The style of the game is great and the action is fun and furious. Unfortunately it doesn’t last all that long. At least it’s pretty action packed along the way. Not that I needed the reminder, but I did like notice at the beginning of each stage and boss fight inviting the player to “Kick their ass.” A classy touch, indeed.

The story is the basic revenge plot and isn’t anything to get excited about. If you are looking for a quick and fun shooting game experience with style, and that’s all you want from it, then Gungrave just maybe the ticket you’ve been looking for.

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The Wii Conspiracy

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The votes are in and the final tally from GS and GT is as follows.

4 votes for Gungrave
3 votes for The Mark of Kri
3 votes for Red Faction

I expected the winner to be Red Faction though I can’t say I’m all that surprised that Gungrave won. What I am surprised at is that anybody knew about The Mark of Kri to even get it any votes.

This is probably as good of a time as any to mention that The Mark of Kri also had a sequel by the name of Rise of the Kasai. Just letting anyone know that maybe interested in looking up more information on those pair of games.

My progress is going pretty good with Klonoa 2: Lunatea’s Veil. It’s exactly what I needed after all of that slaying of gods. Collecting all of the stars in a level to obtain the Momett Dolls is quite enjoyable. I have all ten that are available at this point. The next level is Indecision Pass which is a little more than halfway through the game. If you have a PS2, then by all means find yourself a copy of Klonoa 2. It comes highly recommended.

Also if you have a Wii, then the remake of the PS1 game simply titled Klonoa is another way to play one of the games from a great series. It’s easier to find and goes for $20 new. I had no problem finding two copies over the last two days. Take a look for yourself. ;)

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Yes, I bought two copies of Klonoa along with The Bourne Conspiracy and Rise of the Argonauts. One copy of Klonoa is for me to take along when I visit friends or my brother. The other is a gift for my niece and nephew at Christmas time.

I always appreciate input from fellow readers of my blog. This time I’d like to ask you what Wii games would you recommend for someone with the following exceptions.

* No mini-game collections.
* No games that use Motion Plus.
* No WiiWare or Virtual Console titles.
* No multiplatform games.
* No games with extensive use of or tacked-on waggle.

Thanks for your time reading and responding. Later!

A Wii n00b No More

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GOD OF WAR III
I started God of War III over because when I got to the Olympus Gardens, I realized that I didn’t get every Godly Possession. Doing so is tied to a easy to get trophy and I didn’t want to miss out.

Another thing that I noticed was that I was actually tiring of God of War at the moment. It’s been much too much after finishing God of War II on the PS3 collection disc during the week leading up to the release of the current blockbuster.

I’m going to take a break from it and bust out a game I’ve been wanting to play for quite some time now. That title is Klonoa 2: Lunatea’s Veil.

I’m also thinking of playing one of the following three PS2 games. If you’d like to help choosing one of them by all means do so when typing up your comment. :)

Gungrave
The Mark of Kri
Red Faction

DONKEY KONG
I’m sure that everybody and their mother has heard of the arcade classic Donkey Kong thanks to the documentary The King Of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters. Well I gave the NES version a shot on the Wii while I was visiting my brother’s family over the weekend. After about three tries I finished the three stages to make it the sixth game beat this year.

SUPER MARIO GALAXY
Since the Wii was on after playing Donkey Kong, I decided to officially play my first retail Wii title. I made sure it wasn’t a bunch of mini-games or anything like that. At first I was going to try out The Spiderwick Chronicles, but it wasn’t the game I thought it was so I went with Super Mario Galaxy.

The controls took a bit of getting used to since I hadn’t even picked up the remote before. Of course, because it was a Nintendo developed game, the controls worked well. I still could’ve done a bit better if the spin attack was on a button instead of shaking the remote.

COLLECTION UPDATE
In one of those rare times where I remove games from my collection, I have a pending transaction with a fellow from Sweden who’s looking to purchase Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest from me this coming week.

It’s been over three years since I mentioned much of anything about the Game Gear items in my collection. I never did add anymore to it and didn’t plan to. The system itself and three of the games (Sonic 1, 2, and Spinball) belonged to my brother. The same one I mentioned earlier.

He didn’t officially give them to me. It was more of a forgot about kind of thing. During the passing years I bought Mortal Kombat 1, 2, and NBA Action Starring David Robinson. It was a fun system, but nothing that ever amazed me. For my first visit to his new place yesterday, I delivered it all back to him in well kept condition. I even let him keep the games that I had gotten as I wouldn’t have a use for them anymore. He was a happy camper to say the least. :)

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I hope you all had a great holiday weekend. Thanks for reading!

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.