In the first half of the month I finished Shatter, Rocket Knight, and the PSP version of Tomb Raider: Legend (completed in 8 hours along with Croft Manor – Check the podcast for details). All of which were covered in the mid-month article. Check it out if you’d like more information.
Wonder Boy in Monster Land is the first game of this series I’ve tried. I was compelled to do so when this title and two from the Genesis, Wonder Boy in Monster World and Monster World IV, were sold together in a pack on the PlayStation Store.
My first outing wasn’t very successful. Wonder Boy in Monster Land is the original arcade version and because of that it makes for a tougher time. I managed to get to the boss of round 4 and no further after numerous tries. Well, it is an arcade game. Did I really expect to beat it? Not much.
Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest has been in my collection for awhile and because of past reviews from Happy Video Game Nerd and ProJared, I had to see it for myself. For a dumbed down RPG, at times I was confounded at where to go, but I’m sure this has way more to do with my lack of time with RPGs than anything else. The music is said to be great, but, while I don’t dislike it, I also a bit tiresome to listen to for long periods. My solution in this situation is to listen to a podcast during play. I’m currently at the Alive Forest with just over ten hours logged. Current level is 27. Usagi704 suggested the name my character got.
So far this year I’ve finished six games total and currently working on the seventh.
This seventh title is the PSP version of Tomb Raider: Legend. With the just released reboot, not wanting to put down $60 for one game, and having many games to get to, I decided I’d either play Legend or Underworld. Usagi704 was thinking about playing his copy of the former for the first time and I was waiting on him to choose. If not I’d play the latter. He ultimately chose to do so and therefore I happily played this title once again. I’m currently at the end of the King Arthur’s Tomb section with not much left. It’s a great revisit and as fun as ever!
The two games I started out this month with were Shatter and Rocket Knight.
Shatter is quite a unique take on the age-old block breaking game. You can push or pull the ball at will along with powerups, some circular levels, and boss battles. I didn’t care all that much for the bosses, but the rest was quite fun. I was even able to get a grand high score of 215,787,760.
Rocket Knight was a return of Konami’s Sparkster character in 2010 from the 16-bit era of which we last saw him. It’s very much in the same spirit as the other titles in that it’s not a very long game, but it does welcome repeated playthroughs to better your completion time. Certainly recommended to those who enjoy 16-bit platformers. Plus, in the words of the Happy Video Game Nerd, “He’s a knight with a jet pack. You can’t top that!”
It’s something of a surprise since it doesn’t happen very often, but I’ve gone one month without a single game purchase. I’ve certainly added games to my wish list in the meantime like God Hand and more recent releases like Moon Diver. Along with the games below I also added a third Game Boy Advance SP to the collection in early February. I have a feeling these 16 games are still more than most have bought this year or maybe I’m just being a bit cocky. :P
Prince of Persia Trilogy HD (PS3 import)
Soldner-X 2: Final Prototype (PSN)
Burnout 2: Point of Impact (PS2)
Run Saber (SNES)
X2: Wolverine’s Revenge (GBA)
Crash Bandicoot 2: N-Tranced (GBA)
RayCrisis: Series Termination (PS)
Elebits: The Adventures of Kai and Zero (DS)
The House of the Dead 2 & 3 Return (WII)
Gradius Collection (PSP)
Yakuza 4 (PS3)
Super Hang-On (GEN)
Kamen Rider Climax Heroes OOO (PSP import)
I want to start of by quickly mentioning that I’m a bit bummed by the recent announcement by Ubisoft. They decided, after previously saying it wouldn’t likely get a retail release in North America, to make the Prince of Persia Trilogy available on Blu-ray coming March 22nd. At $40 I could’ve saved some of the money I spent on importing it. Oh well not much I can do now. Time for new stuff!
First up is a few new games bought off of the PlayStation Store. They had a sale for 11 games last week and three of them, Soldner-X 2: Final Prototype, Shatter, and Peggle, were ones I’ve been interested in. It’s too bad they didn’t also offer a deal on Rocket Knight.
Also locally I picked up Burnout 2: Point of Impact for PS2 and a third Game Boy Advance SP. This time it’s blue and in great condition.
Finally I did a trade-in only order with eStarland. I have 35 Atari 2600 games and eight of them were about $1 or more. So those were the few I shipped off to them.
Hopefully all of these cartridges still work since I didn’t have any system to test them on beforehand. I do expect to lose out a little bit on Shuttle Orbiter because the cart was broken in two spots, but does look like it can still fit in fine.