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.


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.


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.

An Adventure In Gaming

Over the weekend, namely last Friday, I went out to It’s About Games to get the 72-pin connector in my NES installed better than I originally had done it.

After that was finished I headed for Stickman’s. While there I played some Final Fight on an actual arcade cabinet that they had. I didn’t do too good, but it was fun while the game lasted.

Looking for more goodies I found 18 games. Many that I had not seen previously on any shelf, online or off. I still put a few back. One that comes to mind was Broken Helix for the PlayStation.

As usual though, some NES games didn’t work for me. Metal Storm, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game, and Bases Loaded (again) were the games that failed to “go.” One game in particular, the original TMNT NES game, only worked correctly when doing the unthinkable. I placed the game in a first-party NES without pushing the game down. That was the only way the game would play. Very odd at least to me.

In the end I bought games for the NES, SNES, PS1, and PS2. The SNES games make up the majority of the amount that I got. I’ll be focusing on those games at a later time. For now I’ll mention the rest.

For this list I will be rating how well the games work. A rating of a 3 will stand for works all of the time and a 1 meaning in only one specific way like the TMNT game that I mentioned above.

Metal Gear (NES) – game only; 2
Double Dragon II: The Revenge (NES) – game only; 2
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (NES) – game only; 1
Target: Renegade (NES) – game only; 3
Mega Man X4 (PS) – complete; 3
Chrono Cross (PS) – complete; 3
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 FES (PS2) – new

Details: Metal Gear, Double Dragon II, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Target: Renegade | Mega Man X4, Chrono Cross, and Persona 3 FES