Now Playing: January 2012

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My battle to get through the suggested games by GS friends shall continue, but I’ll fill you in on my progress.

Indiana Jones’ Greatest Adventures didn’t go well at all for a whole hour. I had to shelve that mess next to the SOPA bill. The infamous second game of Batman Forever went better. I know I was shocked too. I still had to cheat at times to move on by using the level select code and clearing enemies from the screen (L and R when paused), but at least progress was possible in some fashion.

I’m currently in the middle of Darksiders as suggested by stripesonfire. It goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway. This game is quite the step up from the previous two games. I think they were selected to see just how close I’d get to sacrificing my love for the SNES. Close, but no cigar.

Anywho. Back to my thoughts on Darksiders.

I’ve played 7 hours and 34 minutes of the game in question. In a recent blog post, alpha99 mentioned his dislike for button mashy action games. It doesn’t bother me, though this game does rely more on the □ button than similar action titles.

My main beef with Darksiders is the challenge rooms. There’s about four to five to complete at certain points. I’ve passed two sets so far and while they’re something we’ve seen before in other games, they usually aren’t the greatest thing since sliced bread. The most frustrating one required killing five enemies with an attack immediately after parrying.

Puzzle style boss fights are also not my thing. I remember disliking them in The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap. I continue to be dissatisfied with them here.

These are overall minor gripes in what’s otherwise a quite enjoyable game.

Thanks for reading and check out my 2011 Award Winners if you haven’t already.

THIS MONTH’S GAMING STATS:
* Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection – Trophies: 8/12 (67%)
* Super Stardust HD – 16h49m; Best Score: 67,579,170; Total Score: 747,368,065; Trophies: 11/13 (85%)
* Metal Slug Advance – Mission 5/5; Card 9/100; Finished 1/11
* Batman Forever – Finished 1/14
* Riot Zone – 1CC on Easy; Finished 1/15
* Darksiders – 7h34m; 1103 Kills; 5 Deaths; 19844 Souls Collected; Highest Combo: 31; Trophies: 12/43 (28%)

2011 Award Nominees

MOST RECENT UPDATE ON SOPA/PIPA
The Protect IP Act (PIPA) scheduled vote on January 24, 2012 has been postponed. The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) has been sidelined until February. These bills are NOT dead. Also, an international version called ACTA is close to passage. Keep on fighting! Thank you.

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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

Indiana Jones’ Shittiest Adventures

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How’s the new year been treating you so far? I’m good. Thanks for asking.

I recently bought another two-pack of Chuck Norris movies. The disc includes Missing In Action (1984) and Delta Force 2 (1990). Neither are all that good. I recommend The Delta Force as it was a much better prequel.

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Since I played Klonoa 2, I’ve had the original game, Klonoa: Door to Phantomile, on my wish list. This all changed when this PS1 title hit the PlayStation Store last week. Instead of paying $65 for a complete copy, I went with $6. Also having it on my PSP is a big plus!

I scored my best on Super Stardust HD with the total of 67,579,170.

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Along with that I also started and yesterday completed Metal Slug Advance. Since it’s not an arcade port it has two different characters and just one life, but there are checkpoints to help out. You can collect cards, but they don’t do anything. This game became my first finished game for the new year.

For those on Twitter I asked them to choose a game from this list. I also got a suggestion from SonicHomeboy via PM. I preceded to put them in order of when I bought them from oldest to most recent. First up was Indiana Jones’ Greatest Adventures (suggested by SHB). As you could already easily tell from the title of this blog post, I didn’t like it very much.

The first part of the initial level is a lead up to a cutscene where Indy gets ahold of the golden idol. The next portion is, you guessed it, running away from a giant boulder. With obstacles in the way slowing you down and one touch of the boulder killing you, it sucks hard to say the least. I must’ve tried to pass this section for about an hour. No more, I say! I’m done trying to run away from this thing only to fail and see Sean Connery’s face again and again. He is a handsome devil, though.

The next game suggestion I’ll start on will be…oh no…say it isn’t so! Batman Forever? Thanks so much, 6h05tly!

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: December 2011

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As is a tradition to reveal the goodies received for Christmas, I’ll regale you will that tale next time. But, for now I give you Now Playing for December 2011.

This month was low on the amount of games I played, but the good news is that they were all of a high quality.

I stated last month that I helped SonicHomeboy in Borderlands. Because of this I not only leveled up my soldier and was awarded the level 51 trophy, but I also started a Siren from scratch and completed both playthroughs.

The amount of games I’ve finished this year has been the lowest since I’ve kept track. I needed another easy win so I played Contra.

I played a round of Usagi704’s Super Famicom version of Final Fight 2. I did better with Maki than I thought I would. I didn’t expect to beat it and not to my surprise I didn’t.

More recently I started playing Super Stardust HD. It’s a game I didn’t plan on ever getting, but then it was offered as one of the free games last Spring. It’s been an enjoyable score chaser.

Thanks for reading. Happy Holidays!

THIS MONTH’S GAMING STATS:
Borderlands – Lv. 58 Soldier; Lv. 48 Siren
Super Stardust HD – 3h35m; Score: 15,686,865; Trophies: 6/17 (35%)

Welcome Back and Zeroing Out

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About a week ago the PlayStation Store started their 30 day free games offer to existing members. For the PSP I chose the only two games out of the four choices that I didn’t own already and they are Pursuit Force and ModNation Racers. For the PS3 I chose Super Stardust HD and Wipeout HD with the included Fury add-on content.

I downloaded an additional four games, but this time on the Wii. I had 1100 “points” left and I wanted to get the total as close to zero as possible. I knew I wanted Contra Rebirth (1000) and the TurboGrafx-16 version of Street Fighter II: Champion Edition (700). I bought the latter because I’ve always been interested to see how this port turned out.

To zero out my points total I did the math and figured I needed an extra 2000 to make it work. Now I just needed to figure out which 600 and 800 point games I was also getting. I decided on Ninja Spirit for TG-16 and Wild Guns for SNES, respectively. For quite some time I was holding out hope to find an actual cartridge for Wild Guns that was cheaper than the usual asking price of about $55 for the game only. It’s the only SNES game left on my wish list, but I decided to get it on the Virtual Console just in case I don’t ever find it. I’ll still be looking, though.

While it’s difficult to get a deal on Wild Guns, I stumbled into two great deals while at Best Buy getting the previously needed 2000 points card. The first deal was Tekken 6 on PSP for $12! I enjoy Tekken better on a portable system for some reason I can’t explain and this was a great find. The other game I found a copy of was Bayonetta. It was grouped in with a bunch of games for $20. I wasn’t really keen on spending that much, but unlike the rest it didn’t have a price tag on it. When I took it to the checkout I asked how much it was and the reply came back as $9. Consider me shocked. Once I recovered about an hour later I bought it.

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Now Playing: August ’07

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The game of the month this time, and the only one that I finished, was also the one that was voted on. It was Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando. The final boss was much easier than Drek was at the end of the first game.

Once I was done with the above game I moved onto Sonic Riders (read my review here). It was supplemented with Super Stardust HD and Super Mario Advance, which is the updated Super Mario Bros. 2 for the GBA with added annoying voices and it made an easy game even easier.

Now comes the more difficult games for different reasons, though Sonic Riders wasn’t easy after the Sand Ruins track.

Tomb Raider: Anniversary was the next major game that I played. Because it’s a remake of the first game, it’s much more organic looking environments made it harder for me to know where to go or what to do at times. I enjoy it when I figure out a puzzle, but it does get bothersome how frequently I get stumped.

I played Gunpey DS to help to break up some of the problems with TRA only to jump into another in-depth adventure in the GBA port of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. My progress in these games comes very slowly as it is, but then this game shows me how little I’ve played the Zelda series by killing me off many times already. And I don’t even have the Master Sword yet. Oh well. I’m sure I’ll get through the game eventually. I just be taking a break from it first.

I’d end with asking what’s the one game you’re really into right now if I didn’t already know that it was Bioshock. :P