Games Finished In 2014

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The list below shows every game that I finished in 2014. The total number comes to 46. That’s up 10 from 2013.

March proved to be the best month for beating games with 16 in total thanks to getting back to my gaming roots. The monthly average throughout the year was 3.8.

1. Bayonetta (PS3) – 1/14
2. Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons (PSN) – 1/27
3. The Saboteur (PS3) – 2/4
4. Batman: Arkham Asylum (PS3) – 2/12
5. Mortal Kombat Trilogy (PS) – 2/14
6. Street Fighter II: Champion Edition (VC) – 2/15
7. Robocop (ARC) – 2/21
8. Muramasa: The Demon Blade (WII) – 2/26
9. Soldner-X 2: Final Prototype (PSN) – 3/3
10. Streets of Rage 3 via Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection (PS3) – 3/10
11. Jackal (NES) – 3/11
12. Tetris Plus 2 (ARC) – 3/13
13. Metamorphic Force (ARC) – 3/13
14. Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers (NES) – 3/14
15. P.O.W.: Prisoners of War (NES) – 3/16
16. Vice: Project Doom (NES) – 3/18
17. Fortified Zone (GB) – 3/19
18. Sunset Riders (SNES) – 3/21
19. Castlevania: Bloodlines (GEN) – 3/23
20. Super Double Dragon (SNES) – 3/24
21. Contra (NES) – 3/25
22. Sparkster (SNES) – 3/25
23. Code Name: Viper (NES) – 3/29
24. Operation Logic Bomb (SNES) – 3/31
25. Wild Guns (SNES) – 4/5
26. Return of Double Dragon (SFC) – 4/8
27. Ninja Warriors (SNES) – 4/8
28. Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood (PS3) – 5/3
29. Assassin’s Creed: Revelations (PS3) – 6/30
30. Klonoa: Empire of Dreams (GBA) – 7/7
31. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (PS) – 8/20
32. Syndicate (PS3) – 9/3
33. Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II (PC) – 9/10
34. Hotline Miami (PC) – 9/14
35. Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia (DS) – 10/15
36. Castlevania: Dracula X (SNES) – 10/21
37. Splatterhouse (TG-16) – 10/27
38. Ratchet: Deadlocked (PS2) – 11/6
39. Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction (PS3) – 11/16
40. Batman (ARC) – 11/20
41. Crime Fighters (ARC) – 11/20
42. Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty (PSN) – 11/20
43. Yakuza 3 (PS3) – 12/21
44. RayCrisis: Series Termination (PS) – 12/28
45. Panzer Bandit (PS) – 12/29
46. Strider 2 (PS) – 12/31

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More Gaming Roots

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Now I will share with you my thoughts of playing the following seven games. Some of which I talked about recently on episode 44 of the Hart & Usagi Podcast. You can listen to it here if you haven’t yet. I also ran through an additional seven games from last month’s Now Playing.

The first game on this list is Castlevania: Bloodlines. I’ve never been one to have an easy time with the traditional style of Castlevania games such as Bloodlines is. With that said, I still did find it easier than those on the NES. The main thing that gave me trouble was Dracula’s final form. The battle looks simple enough once you master it, but I wasn’t apparently going to have anything to do with making it easy on myself. I did eventually see the ending.

I’m sure you have those games that you want to play, but you have a hard time getting yourself to do so because of a perceived difficulty. Super Double Dragon was one of those games for me. The difference being that I did play it years prior. As it turns out if you know how to handle the fights then you’ll likely do well. In my first playthrough I was able to reach the final boss before my continues ran out. Once I started understanding and using the Dragon Power meter I was eventually able to complete the game.

Not much needs to be said about Contra. I’ve finished it countless times and always love going back to this all-time great. You can have the arcade version. I’ll make mine the NES!

As the only SNES entry of the series, our lovable Rocket Knight, Sparkster, comes strong with colorful graphics, great sounding music, and well thought out controls. The only thing I didn’t care for was battling Axel Gear in the big robots. Otherwise, it was a fun and fast paced action game.

I can’t say as many glowing words about Total Carnage, however. This sequel to Smash TV plays the same, but instead of a one screen arena setting, it vertically scrolls. Probably the worst aspect of this game is the lack of the fun personality the original had.

If you don’t know Code Name: Viper, then simply think of it as Capcom’s version of Namco’s arcade game Rolling Thunder because that’s exactly what it is. I like this game a lot more than I thought I would. It was a challenge to be sure, but I welcomed it and the final battle with Commander Jones didn’t go too well for him.

The final game I played was Operation Logic Bomb. This is a SNES game in the same series as Fortified Zone and also developed by Jaleco. Instead of two characters with different abilities, it’s one dude who carries all of the firepower. The game is of a decent length for which there isn’t any level select code. Not that there’s really levels in the traditional sense. However, there is one distinct path through the game. You have a machine gun and 3-way spread gun to start and then eventually you’ll find a reflective laser, flamethrower, and missiles (these I never found). Also the player gets claymores and a decoy along the way. This was another end boss that gave me problems. The health drain from the lightning shots were too much to bear.

Of all of these titles I’d only not recommend Total Carnage. Six out of seven isn’t a bad batch of games at all.

Back To My Gaming Roots

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In my attempt to get to the bottom of why I lacked interest in gaming recently, I think it’s time to spend some quality time with my 8-bit and 16-bit systems. If I was madtyger I’d probably have names for them outside of the official ones. :D

As much as I’d like to think I give equal time to all of the game systems I own, past and present, I really know that this is simply not the case. One look at the complete list of games I actually finished last year proves that I rarely play much of the retro library I own.

To rectify this I’ve selected 14 games from an assortment of systems to play. I probably won’t bother with getting to them all, but these titles listed below are the ones which look to be good fun for the time being. If you’d like to suggest one of the games below, I’ll happily make it a priority to get to first (or next).

SNES
Sparkster
Super Double Dragon
Operation Logic Bomb
Sunset Riders
Total Carnage

NES
P.O.W.: Prisoners of War
Code Name: Viper
Vice: Project Doom
Duck Tales
Jackal

GAME BOY
Fortified Zone

GENESIS
Streets of Rage 3 (via Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection)
Rocket Knight Adventures
Castlevania: Bloodlines

Rocket Knight

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This is just a quick update of my gaming collection right before I’m sure to add more in the next few days.

I had that common first-world-problem of too much virtual cash on hand and wanted to get one of three PlayStation Network games that have been on my wish list for awhile. It was a choice between Rocket Knight, Moon Diver, or Rush’n Attack: Ex-Patriot.

I used the rating percentage on GameRankings.com and bought the one rated the highest. It didn’t really come as a surprise that Rocket Knight was the one I went with.

As a preview to my annual purchase stats blog, Rocket Knight gives me 17 total downloadable games this year.

Happy holidays!

Sparkster’s Tokyo Beat Down Leaves 1 SNES Game Left!

Yes, you read the title correctly. I’m down to only one Super Nintendo game left to get after recently acquiring Sparkster. The label is a bit sun faded, but otherwise the cartridge works great.

Tokyo Beat Down seems like a more old school style brawler than I expected. This is a good thing for a fan such as myself. It’s very much a line-them-up-vertically-and-knock-them-out style of game.

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With the PlayStation Store back up I was happy to see Alien Crush available. As you’ve heard a lot from me about this game in the past, I really like it. I bought it on Wii awhile back, but with PS3 and PSP support this will be perfect. It also uses actual save files which is another feature I’m happy about.

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More Favorite Game Music

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Back in 2009 I linked to eleven music tracks from video games which I enjoyed. I’ve since built up another list of eleven tracks for your listening pleasure.

* Neon Mines from Sidhe Interactive’s Shatter (PS3)
* Intro theme from RED Entertainment’s Gate of Thunder (TG-16)
* Downtown stage of Natsume’s Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers (SNES)
* New Messiah of Konami’s Castlevania II: Belmont’s Revenge/Dracula Densetsu II (GB)
* New Messiah of Konami’s Castlevania: The Adventure Rebirth/Dracula Densetsu Rebirth (WII)
* Opus 13 of Konami’s Castlevania: Dracula X/Akumajou Dracula XX/Castlevania: Vampire’s Kiss (SNES)
* Opus 13 of Konami’s Castlevania: Rondo of Blood/Akumajou Dracula X: Chi no Rondo (TG-16)
* Main theme of Konami’s The Adventures of Bayou Billy/Mad City (NES)
* Boss 2 of Natsume’s The Ninja Warriors/The Ninja Warriors Again/The Ninja Warriors: The New Generation (SNES)
* Boss 5 of Natsume’s The Ninja Warriors/The Ninja Warriors Again/The Ninja Warriors: The New Generation (SNES)
* Lakeside from Konami’s Sparkster (SNES)

Early Bird Can’t Have The Worm

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As I had figured when I sent in my Atari 2600 games as trade-in to eStarland, they didn’t accept Shuttle Orbiter because the cart was broken in two spots. I lost out on an extra $17.50, but with nobody else locally who even takes those games I thought it worth trying. I can get it back, but it’ll cost $4 for shipping and isn’t worth it.

On eBay I tried for Sparkster on SNES twice. Near the end of the first auction it got to $35 and I wasn’t willing to pay that. The second auction I simply forgot about which sucks because I could’ve bought it for $20 since nobody else tried for it. Oh well. Some other time.

The auctions weren’t a total loss as I was able to get Run Saber, also an SNES game, for quite a bit less. Think of it as a take off of Capcom’s Strider and at least just as good. It should arrive early next week.

During the middle of this last week I tried to get Marvel vs. Capcom 3 early at Sears. For some reason they had three copies of the PS3 version already setting out on the shelf. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get it because their system wouldn’t allow for the sale. I say ring it up as $60 under generic general merchandise and sell it to me. At least I got a consolation prize by taking a photo of shelf when I first arrived to show it as it was.

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