Return To Champions

A few days ago I got my first games of 2010. For the PlayStation 2 it was Evergrace and Champions: Return To Arms. For the Gamecube it was Wave Race: Blue Storm.

The latter game was only one of two left that I still want for that system. The other, not surprisingly, is Ikaruga.

I remember saying the following three years ago (from my online archive).

I wanted to get Champions: Return To Arms, but…I never see it.

Well now I can say for sure that I own it.


What Game Do You Have The Most Copies Of?


The following is my reply to the topic “What game do you have the most copies of?” started by cosmostein77 in The Candid Collectors’ Union.

I only have two of the exact same game on the same system. That game is Twisted Metal. I have one long box version and one jewel case version.

Games that I have different versions of are:

Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance – PS2, GBA
Disney’s Aladdin – SNES, GEN
Doom II – PC, GBA
Fatal Fury – GEN (coming soon), SNES
Final Fantasy VI – SNES, GBA
Killer Instinct – SNES, GB
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past – SNES, GBA
Max Payne – PC, PS2
Mortal Kombat – SNES, GEN, GB, GG
Mortal Kombat II – SNES, GEN, GB, GG
Mortal Kombat 3 – SNES, PS
Quake II – PC, PS
Samurai Shodown – GEN, SNES
Sonic the Hedgehog – GEN, GG
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 – GEN, GG
Street Fighter Alpha 3 – PS, GBA, PSP
Street Fighter II – SNES, GB
Stuntman Ignition – PS2, PS3
Sunset Riders – SNES, GEN
Super Mario World – SNES, GBA
Super Street Fighter II – SNES, GEN
Tecmo Super Bowl – NES, SNES
Tetris – NES, GB
Tomb Raider: Legend – PS2, GBA (Euro verison), DS (Euro verison)
Twisted Metal: Head On – PS2, PSP
Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 – SNES, DS

Pick 5: Hateful Games


In this Pick 5, I’ll be calling out five games that hate me. For whatever reason the following games don’t want me to play them despite that I really want to like them. My reasons will be quick and to the point.

Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance (PS2)
Dying is much easier than in the GBA game and that’s with the addition of co-op play.

Batman Returns (SNES)
If battling Catwoman and the Penguin twice isn’t bad enough, you also have to deal with the extreme range of Catwoman’s whip.

Battlefield 2: Modern Combat (PS2)
Your AI allies don’t do much to help out whether it’s fighting the enemy or completing the objectives.

Sonic Riders (PS2)
This game is just too easy and too difficult at times. Plus, the player is expected to be perfect on later tracks.

Sonic Advance 3 & Sonic Rush (GBA/DS)
My problem with these two games are the same. I can’t pass the second set of stages. If I remember correctly both problematic areas consist of mainly under water levels. The first time I realized that I have trouble with these types of levels in Sonic games was, I think, Sonic 2.

Now Playing: February ’07


A continuation of my 2+ year quest to finish Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance on the GBA finally came to a close. The game wasn’t difficult. I just ended up not understanding where to go next in the beginning of Act II. After lots of time of ignoring the game, I got back into it determined to make it to the end. The craziest thing about this game was that the boss of Act I was a lot more challenging than either of the other two were later in the game.

Keeping with the BGDA theme, I was able to acquire the PS2 version of the game. I played some co-op with a friend for about an hour only to get frustrated with the fact that one of us would keep dying. Eventually, I input the invincibility code, but that didn’t have the long lasting fun factor that we were hoping for. It’s been waiting for us to continue the adventure ever since.

After a lengthy delay I finally received Tomb Raider: Legend for the GBA in the mail. Just like last month with the DS version, I blew right through it in three days. The two motorcycle stages aren’t very interesting to play regardless of the platform. But the GBA game makes it impossible to avoid running into obstacles while moving at top speed. It’s down right awful.

Early into the month I asked you to vote for which game I’d play next out of a list of five games. The winning game was Psychonauts out of a three-way tie. I played through the game up until a certain point where I just got tired of it. How come, you ask? I fill you in on that in a mini-review soon to come.

The whole month wasn’t a total wash as Super Castlevania IV and Crackdown have been consistently entertaining. I’m about halfway though Crackdown. Yesterday I offed one of the Generals of The Volk (Natalyza Gryzunova). I grenaded the she-devil to the ground. The SNES Castlevania game was a cool time at a friends house. I provided the system and game and he provided the TV. Trading back and forth after losing a life was a good time. On the dreaded GS forbidden emulation side, I’m up to Dracula and he’s definitely a bitch.

Nowhere To Run for Lara Croft


It’s been almost a whole month and I’m still waiting for the other half of my Play-Asia order. As I’ve already pointed out in my recent Now Playing post, I have the DS version of Tomb Raider: Legend. I’m now hoping to receive the GBA version soon in the mail.

At a local store, It’s About Games, I picked up a used copy of Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance (PS2). I’ve been wanting a hack-n’-slash game for two players for a few years. I wanted to get Champions: Return To Arms, but it was always $30 or more and now I never see it. At least there’s enough differences in the console version from the GBA Dark Alliance to make it fun.

It’s now time of the comedy part of this post.

There are two final games that I bought today. They’re a part of two series of games that were featured in GamesRadar’s “The Top 7… series run into the ground.”

At number 4 it’s Dynasty Warriors 3 (PS2) and at number 2 it’s the famed game based on the not-released-or-even-filmed-movie Spy Hunter: Nowhere To Run (PS2). I actually have a game that’s rated worse than even these two “gems.”

Speaking of bad games, I plan to do another “Pick 5” entry with the worst games that I own. That’s coming soon.