Halloween Gaming 2013

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Welcome to the first official blog post for HartKnight’s 4th Annual Halloween Gaming Event!

In 2010 I started doing a horror themed gaming month for October. That year I played Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest and finished it for the first time. It was a better game than most give it credit for. I also played the TG-16 version of Splatterhouse. It’s a favorite of mine.

For 2011 I selected to play Demon’s Souls and Shadowgate Classic. I finished the former From Software title twice as a Sorcerer and completed the Game Boy Color port of a NES classic adventure game.

Last year I allowed you fine readers to vote on what two games I’d play. The pair of titles you chose were Castlevania: The Adventure Rebirth and The House of the Dead 2 & 3 Return. I had fun with both, but I found I wasn’t able to finish either. I did also play Alien Storm on the Genesis.

This year I play Dark Souls! I shall prepare to die as I traverse the land of Lordran. I’ve put about 28 hours into the game already. 18 of those hours were as a Knight, but I started to pine for my days as a Sorcerer in Demon’s Souls. Therefore I restarted with a new character to do just that. Unfortunately, unlike the Demon’s Souls wiki, the Dark Souls wiki isn’t nearly as good. I’ve had to rely on YouTube user FurryMurry7 for his expertise on dominating as a Sorcerer.

I’ve played this new character for 8.5 hours and loving it. The very dangerous trek into Blighttown was frightening, but it was totally worth it for the Crimson Set and Tin Banishment Catalyst as soon as I could. The last boss I fought was the Hydra in Darkroot Basin and it was annoying since I could only melee with the Tin Banishment Catalyst.

Well that’ll do it for me. Are you doing any Halloween gaming? If so, let me know in the comments section below. Until my next Halloween Gaming Event update. Cheers!

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2011 Award Nominees

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2011-award-nominees

This list of games below is every single game I played in 2011 regardless of finished or not. All are eligible for my 2011 awards. I’m not sure what the exact awards themselves will be at this time. All shall be revealed when the winners are.

I’m a bit late to the awards of 2011 party, but I hope you’ll be interested in them nonetheless.

GENESIS
Super Street Fighter II
Streets of Rage 2
Gunstar Heroes
Mortal Kombat

PSN
Revenge of the Wounded Dragons
Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix
Magic Sword via Final Fight: Double Impact
Tetris
Streets of Rage 2
Alien Crush
Peggle
Mortal Kombat via Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection
Mortal Kombat II via Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection
Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 via Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection
X-Men
Super Stardust HD

PS2
Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu
Yakuza
GoldenEye: Rogue Agent
Street Fighter III 3rd Strike via Street Fighter Anniversary Collection
Medal of Honor: European Assault

PS3
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time via Prince of Persia Trilogy
Street Fighter IV
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Streets of Rage via Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection
Sonic Spinball via Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection
Shinobi via Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection
Grand Theft Auto IV
BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger
Assassin’s Creed
NBA Jam
Half-Life 2: Episode One via The Orange Box
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas
Army of Two
Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2
Demon’s Souls
Borderlands

PS1
Duke Nukem: Time to Kill
Mortal Kombat 3
Quake II

NES
Rush’n Attack
Contra

PSP
Twisted Metal: Head On
Kamen Rider Climax Heroes OOO
Baseball Stars 2 via SNK Arcade Classics Vol. 1
Gradius via Gradius Collection
Gradius II via Gradius Collection
Gradius III via Gradius Collection
Tekken 6
Golden Axe via Sega Genesis Collection
Gradius Gaiden via Gradius Collection

DS
Kamen Rider Dragon Knight
Ultimate Mortal Kombat

WII
Kamen Rider Dragon Knight

GBA
Power Rangers Dino Thunder
Final Fight One
Kirby: Nightmare In Dream Land

SNES
Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers
Robocop Versus The Terminator
Run Saber
Street Racer
Knights of the Round
Mortal Kombat II
Mortal Kombat
Art of Fighting 2
Final Fight 2

GBC
Shadowgate Classic

Games Finished In 2011

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The list below shows every game that I finished in 2011. The total number comes to 40 across 11 systems. That’s down four from 2010.

1. Super Street Fighter II (GEN) – 1/8
2. Revenge of the Wounded Dragons (PSN) – 1/9
3. Streets of Rage 2 (GEN) – 1/11
4. Gunstar Heroes (GEN) – 1/18
5. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time via Prince of Persia Trilogy (PS3) – 1/22
6. Duke Nukem: Time to Kill (PS) – 2/2
7. Rush’n Attack (NES) – 2/4
8. Yakuza (PS2) – 3/17
9. Kamen Rider Dragon Knight (DS) – 4/3
10. Tetris (PSN) – 4/11
11. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (PS3) – 4/24
12. Kamen Rider Climax Heroes OOO (PSP) – 4/29
13. Gradius via Gradius Collection (PSP) – 5/2
14. Sonic Spinball via Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection (PS3) – 5/21
15. Shinobi via Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection (PS3) – 5/23
16. Power Rangers Dino Thunder (GBA) – 6/4
17. Streets of Rage 2 (PSN) – 6/19
18. Assassin’s Creed (PS3) – 6/20
19. Alien Crush (PSN) – 6/27
20. NBA Jam (PS3) – 7/1
21. Peggle (PSN) – 7/6
22. Half-Life 2: Episode One (PS3) – 7/12
23. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas (PS3) – 7/21
24. Army of Two (PS3) – 7/26
25. Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers (SNES) – 8/4
26. Run Saber (SNES) – 8/12
27. Knights of the Round (SNES) – 8/19
28. Art of Fighting 2 (SNES) – 9/7
29. Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 (PS3) – 10/9
30. X-Men (PSN) – 10/20
31. Shadowgate Classic (GBC) – 10/26
32. Final Fight One (GBA) – 11/10
33. Demon’s Souls (PS3) – 11/11
34. Kirby: Nightmare In Dream Land (GBA) – 11/20
35. Borderlands (PS3) – 12/5
36. Contra (NES) – 12/18
37. Mortal Kombat via Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection (PS3) – 12/28
38. Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 via Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection (PS3) – 12/28
39. Mortal Kombat II via Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection (PS3) – 12/30
40. Super Stardust HD (PS3) – 12/31

The PlayStation 3 saw the most finished games appear on its platform with a total of 13 (includes PSN). The runner-up with 4 was the Super Nintendo.

December proved to be the best month for beating games with 6 in total with a monthly average of 3.33.

When it comes to earning those fancy trophies, I was able to earn 159 last year. Two of them were platinums from X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (both in January).

Now Playing: October 2011

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One of two games I finished this month was Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2. I continued to play it from the previous month and took 11 hours in total to complete the single player portion. I also played a number of Team Missions along side Usagi704. This game’s frustrating moments didn’t happen as often as I expected, but when they did they felt a bit unfair. The difficulty was the usual upping the amount of damage taken and lowering the amount of damage dealt. It’s a cheap way to make a game harder.

My preferred weapons were Emma’s Fang and the True Dragon Sword (once obtained). I also used Dragon’s Claw & Tiger’s Fang in certain situations. The Inferno Hammer used by Rachel was a beast of a weapon too.

Of course nobody really cares about the fun melee combat of NGS2. Everybody wants to know about the Sixaxis boob physics. It’s quite tame and underwhelming to be perfectly honest. I was expecting it to be a bit on the ridiculous side to get a WTF laugh out of it. No dice, unfortunately.

As you may recall my older model PS3 died on me at the beginning of this month. I did get a replacement within a few days and during that time I played Medal of Honor: European Assault on my PS2. Five to six missions were completed with the next being Operation: V2 Silence in North Africa.

Once I got the new PS3, I played a round of the X-Men arcade game with Valiek. He was the one who sold the system to me.

The other game I finished was Shadowgate Classic on Game Boy Color. With its origins as a PC adventure game, the menu to select commands from is a bit sloppy, but it could’ve been much worse. The music, on the other hand, is fantastic. It helps to set the moody atmosphere perfectly. Of course I needed an FAQ for the number of places I was stuck at different times. Still I recommend this game.

The final game (and the main one) I’ve been playing for the month is Demon’s Souls, as you likely know. This has been surprisingly one of the least frustrating games I’ve ever played. I’ve heard a number of games in the past being labeled as tough, but fair and this wasn’t usually the case when I played them. Demon’s Souls, however, is such a game.

As for my progress, it’s been pretty good since the last update. At just over 66 hours with a Soul Level of 97, I made quick work of Penetrator in 1-3 thanks to Biorr’s help. I summoned Usagi704 to help me with 5-1 and somehow he died via falling twice. The second time was at the start of the boss fight against Leechmonger who was super easy with Soul Ray.

The boss of 3-2 had been a roadblock for awhile because of the ease of being able to fall off of the bridge. I finally killed him with the fog door exploit by using about 125 Light Arrows. I then used Warding to lessen any damage and doused his party crashing buddy with fire for the win.

After ascending some stairs I was able to face off against the Old Monk boss. I was offline purposefully so I didn’t have to face another player summoned as the boss. The AI version was easy and not any real threat at range or up close.

Later on I was invaded by a player while in 4-2. However, he just stood still down the starting hallway with his shield raised. I didn’t understand why he wasn’t advancing and I didn’t want to do this whole thing anyway. I decided to quit the game outright to the XMB since no other way was possible from within the game. Surprisingly my placement and everything earned had been saved up to that point. I thought for sure I was going to at least lose a number of souls earned.

That’ll do it for me this time. Thanks for checking out my blogging space. Peace!

THIS MONTH’S GAMING STATS:
Demon’s Souls – Trophies: 12 / 38 (32%)
Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 – Trophies: 23 / 51 (45%)

Halloween Gaming 2011: Pure Black

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Since my last Halloween gaming update I only defeated one boss in Demon’s Souls and that happened yesterday. I didn’t make any real progress for the five days before that. This was because I was dying to Black Phantoms I wasn’t expecting to encounter and they were showing up because of the Pure Black World Tendency event for the 2-year anniversary of this game’s release. The game was getting aggravating after dying many times in 1-3, 3-2, and 4-1.

I figured that defeating Black Phantom Lord Rydell in 3-1 wasn’t going to be easy since only the Dark Silver Shield can successfully block the magical damage from his weapon of choice, the Phosphorescent Pole. I didn’t have the shield so I opted to use a cheap backstab strategy using the Graverobber’s Ring.

I also finished off Executioner Miralda for a second time (the first was during the Pure White World Tendency event during the first two weeks of the month) only now she was a more difficult Black Phantom.

Things had officially turned for the better once I took out the boss of 4-1: Adjudicator. After this battle I returned to the Nexus to deal with the NPC Yurt, the Silent Chief, who, if left alone after being freed in 3-2, would start killing other important NPCs in the Nexus. I received his armor set for my troubles and currently have equipped his leg armor.

As dirty as it may sound, I plan on fighting the 1-3 boss next named Penetrator. I rescued Biorr, of the Twin Fangs and Yuria, the Witch. The latter has very powerful spells to offer and the former will appear to help out with Penetrator.

I haven’t started Shadowgate Classic just yet, but will be doing so this next week.

Stay spooked! :P

Halloween Gaming 2011 Update

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It’s been six days so I say it’s time for a Halloween gaming update.

Demon’s Souls is what I’ve been playing and it’s all I’ve been playing. I’ve racked up 37 hours and 12 minutes with this game. My Soul Level is 54 and I’ve earned six total trophies for offing the same amount of bosses. I’ve finished world 2 and use level 1-3 for grinding of souls and life-giving weed.

For the first half of this month the online servers set the World Tendency to Pure White which has likely made the game easier than normal. Starting today, though, the World Tendency is now Pure Black through Halloween. This was done to celebrate the 2-year anniversary of the release of Demon’s Souls.

I noticed a difference in 1-3 when I was in a narrow hallway two black phantoms of the fire throwing type spawned next to me (one on each side). Needless to say since I wasn’t expecting this I died. In the two hours I played with Pure Black World Tendency, my death ratio probably went through the roof. I also died facing the boss of 3-2 twice and another two times to a different black phantom on the stairs to said boss. Lots of souls were lost during these events.

In my previous Halloween Gaming 2011 post I listed nine games of which I’d choose one from to be my second game to play during this October. I think I’ll go with a game that’s much less demanding, but still has great atmosphere like From Software’s Demon’s Souls. I think Shadowgate Classic will fit these requirements.

Any Halloween related things, gaming or otherwise, that you’ve been up to? Let me know!

Games Finished In 2009

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The list below shows every game that I finished in 2009. The total number comes to 47 across 11 systems. That’s up 17 from 2008.

PS3
Burnout Paradise
Conan
Crash Commando
Fracture
God of War
Grand Theft Auto IV
Half-Life 2
Infamous
Mercenaries 2: World in Flames
Prince of Persia
Saints Row 2
Street Fighter IV
Streets of Rage 2
Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune
Uno
Viking: Battle for Asgard
Watchmen: The End Is Nigh
Watchmen: The End Is Nigh Part 2

SNES
Fatal Fury
Final Fight 3
Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers
The Ninja Warriors
Street Fighter II

PSP
Captain Commando
Chili Con Carnage
Metal Slug
Metal Slug 3
Sengoku
Tekken: Dark Resurrection

GBA
Super Street Fighter II: Turbo Revival

GEN
OutRun

NES
Contra
Double Dragon II: The Revenge
Shadowgate

PS2
Batman Begins
Burnout Revenge
The King of Fighters ’98 Ultimate Match
The Punisher
RayStorm
TMNT
Unreal Tournament

DS
Biker Mice From Mars
Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords
Retro Game Challenge

PS
Crash Bandicoot: Warped

GB
Street Fighter Alpha: Warriors’ Dreams

TG-16
Splatterhouse

I also got my first two platinum trophies within the previous 12 months. The first one came along back in March with Burnout Paradise and the second one was captured more recently in November with God of War.

In some interesting trivia about my game collection (idea from DuncanR2N), the oldest game I own is Dodge ‘Em for the Atari 2600. This is an estimate since it’s extremely hard to find more than just the year of 1980 for a release date. GameSpot has it listed for 1978 so it’s obviously not known for sure.

The newest game I own is a lot easier to look up. It would be Pandemic’s final game The Saboteur which was released a month ago.

On my wish list the oldest game that I’m looking to get is the NES version of Konami’s Gradius which was released on December 1, 1986.

The newest game that I’d like to have (mainly because I’m a big fan of beat-’em-up games) is Revenge of the Wounded Dragons on the PSN. It was released 23 years and 9 days after Gradius on December 10, 2009.

Coming up soon I’ll have my Game of the Year announced. Game on!