Games Finished In 2013

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The list below shows every game that I finished in 2013. The total number comes to 36. That’s down 15 from 2012.

November proved to be the best month for beating games with 8 in total thanks to TMNT Month with a monthly average of 3.

When it comes to earning those fancy trophies, I was able to earn 226 last year.

1. Double Dragon Neon (PSN) – 1/2
2. Street Fighter II: Champion Edition (VC) – 1/11
3. Batman (NES) – 1/30
4. Bionic Commando (PS3) – 2/24
5. Shatter (PSN) – 3/6
6. Rocket Knight (PSN) – 3/10
7. Tomb Raider: Legend (PSP) – 3/15
8. G.I. Joe (ARC) – 4/11
9. Resistance 2 (PS3) – 4/13
10. Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition (PS3) – 4/26
11. Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: The Movie (GEN) – 5/4
12. Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection (PSN) – 5/5
13. Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix (PSN) – 5/5
14. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure HD Ver. (PSN) – 5/22
15. The King of Fighters ’98 (PSN) – 5/22
16. BioShock Infinite (PS3) – 5/25
17. F.E.A.R. 3 (PS3) – 6/21
18. X-Men (PSN) – 7/10
19. Streets of Rage 2 (PSN) – 8/9
20. Tomb Raider: Underworld via The Tomb Raider Trilogy (PS3) – 8/11
21. Dragon Warrior via Dragon Warrior I & II (GBC) – 8/21
22. Marvel Ultimate Alliance (PS2) – 8/31
23. Dragon’s Crown (PS3) – 9/20
24. Splatterhouse (TG-16) – 10/22
25. Dark Souls (PS3) – 11/8
26. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fall of the Foot Clan (GB) – 11/9
27. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Back from the Sewers (GB) – 11/11
28. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (PS2) – 11/12
29. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Battle Nexus (PS2) – 11/20
30. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3: Mutant Nightmare (PS2) – 11/23
31. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles In Time via Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3: Mutant Nightmare (PS2) – 11/23
32. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters (SNES) – 11/25
33. The Mark of Kri (PS2) – 12/3
34. Kirby’s Dream Land 2 via Kirby’s Dream Collection (WII) – 12/7
35. Sleeping Dogs (PS3) – 12/13
36. Space Invaders Extreme 2 (DS) – 12/25

Now Playing: December 2013

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This month of video game greatness has had me log nine total games played with four of them finished.

The first up was Dungeons & Dragons: Tower of Doom. This 1993 beat-’em-up arcade game isn’t as exciting as I was hoping. It’s not to say that Capcom didn’t do well on the game. I guess there’s more to the game than I was expecting. I’m sure to pick it back up in the future to get a better feeling for it.

The next three titles, The Mark of Kri, Kirby’s Dream Land 2, and Sleeping Dogs have been talked about in their own blog posts. Check them out at the links provided above.

As gamers know, Super Mario Galaxy on the Wii has been praised much upon its release. One thing I realized while playing it is that I’m not one of those people. I also figured one other thing. I don’t think I’m as interested (or skilled) in platformers than I like to fancy myself as. This was evident while playing Kirby’s Dream Land 2, but much more so with Super Mario Galaxy.

There’s also several issues I think SMG actually suffers from. Here’s bullet-point list of them.

  • The camera isn’t ideal for judging distance of jumps very well.
  • Swimming in most every game is bad, but controlling Mario underwater was particularly craptastic.
  • Spring Mario is the worst in control since the only way to move is by continuous jumping. It doesn’t help the use was normally on narrow paths.
  • The pull stars aren’t all that bad, but when needing to move quickly under a time constraint, like say a race, isn’t exactly what I call fun.

I know I might be seen as a bit too picky about my complaints, but I did stick with the game for over 12 hours.

I played some of the DS exclusive title Space Invaders Extreme 2. Just like the previous game, the music is really great and the visual style gets me in the right mood to shoot some of those pesky classic space invaders. I suggest getting either game if you’re into classic arcade score chasers!

Finally, along with Usagi704, we hooked up our original model PlayStation systems to separate televisions and connected the consoles together with the PlayStation Link Cable. We had some fantastic fun playing co-op in Doom. We finished around ten levels.

Yesterday we played some of the classic launch game Destruction Derby. I still really like that game. Getting through intersections by “threading the needle” (aka close calls) is still as thilling as ever!

We also played some of Mortal Kombat Trilogy (a non-link cable game) and Usagi played his Team Shenanigans in 2-on-2 Kombat consisting of Human Smoke and Kitana. My team was a combination of Scorpion, Cyrax, and Nightwolf. Some characters were given new moves. Nightwolf was given a red Shoulder Charge (←←→HK) which helps a lot to get in and stay in close. Scorpion was given a forward Teleport Punch (↓→HP) to keep opponents guessing. As usual I still get beat more than not, but overall still a fun time!

Enjoy the New Year!

The Mark of Kri

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The Mark of Kri is a video game released in 2002 for the PlayStation 2. It’s Sony San Diego Studio’s very first title. They didn’t develop the sequel, Rise of the Kasai, and have mainly been working on sports games.

The most interesting factor of The Mark of Kri is its controls. For the main close quarters fighting you’ll be using the right analog stick to sweep a beam around to lock onto enemies. Doing this assigns one of three face buttons them. It’ll either be Circle, Square, or X. Pressing one of these buttons will attack in the direction of said enemy. You can also use one of these buttons not assigned to an enemy to combo moves as long as you first press the button assigned.

These unique combat controls work in small groups of foes, but don’t hold up as well within larger groups of enemies including archers firing arrows.

There’s also stealth sections where you’ll have to use a combination of the bow for quick distance kills and distractions to get in and get unarmed kills. Another big help with staying unseen is using Kuzo, a crow who serves as a scout and long distance vision.

All of these abilities and tactics work well together, but it feels like some situations are larger than the game allows for the player to deal with. Also the missions are quite lengthy. The second mission in a forest took around an hour and a half to complete. Granted you don’t have to do it all at once, but it would’ve been better if the missions were shorter.

I’m currently on what feels like the final mission, but it does away with the need for most of the abilities other than up-close combat. It’s quite monotonous and there doesn’t seem to be an end to it.

I ultimately like the original ideas The Mark of Kri presents, but they’re not as well fleshed out as one would hope for.

The Wii Conspiracy

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The votes are in and the final tally from GS and GT is as follows.

4 votes for Gungrave
3 votes for The Mark of Kri
3 votes for Red Faction

I expected the winner to be Red Faction though I can’t say I’m all that surprised that Gungrave won. What I am surprised at is that anybody knew about The Mark of Kri to even get it any votes.

This is probably as good of a time as any to mention that The Mark of Kri also had a sequel by the name of Rise of the Kasai. Just letting anyone know that maybe interested in looking up more information on those pair of games.

My progress is going pretty good with Klonoa 2: Lunatea’s Veil. It’s exactly what I needed after all of that slaying of gods. Collecting all of the stars in a level to obtain the Momett Dolls is quite enjoyable. I have all ten that are available at this point. The next level is Indecision Pass which is a little more than halfway through the game. If you have a PS2, then by all means find yourself a copy of Klonoa 2. It comes highly recommended.

Also if you have a Wii, then the remake of the PS1 game simply titled Klonoa is another way to play one of the games from a great series. It’s easier to find and goes for $20 new. I had no problem finding two copies over the last two days. Take a look for yourself. ;)

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Yes, I bought two copies of Klonoa along with The Bourne Conspiracy and Rise of the Argonauts. One copy of Klonoa is for me to take along when I visit friends or my brother. The other is a gift for my niece and nephew at Christmas time.

I always appreciate input from fellow readers of my blog. This time I’d like to ask you what Wii games would you recommend for someone with the following exceptions.

* No mini-game collections.
* No games that use Motion Plus.
* No WiiWare or Virtual Console titles.
* No multiplatform games.
* No games with extensive use of or tacked-on waggle.

Thanks for your time reading and responding. Later!

A Wii n00b No More

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GOD OF WAR III
I started God of War III over because when I got to the Olympus Gardens, I realized that I didn’t get every Godly Possession. Doing so is tied to a easy to get trophy and I didn’t want to miss out.

Another thing that I noticed was that I was actually tiring of God of War at the moment. It’s been much too much after finishing God of War II on the PS3 collection disc during the week leading up to the release of the current blockbuster.

I’m going to take a break from it and bust out a game I’ve been wanting to play for quite some time now. That title is Klonoa 2: Lunatea’s Veil.

I’m also thinking of playing one of the following three PS2 games. If you’d like to help choosing one of them by all means do so when typing up your comment. :)

Gungrave
The Mark of Kri
Red Faction

DONKEY KONG
I’m sure that everybody and their mother has heard of the arcade classic Donkey Kong thanks to the documentary The King Of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters. Well I gave the NES version a shot on the Wii while I was visiting my brother’s family over the weekend. After about three tries I finished the three stages to make it the sixth game beat this year.

SUPER MARIO GALAXY
Since the Wii was on after playing Donkey Kong, I decided to officially play my first retail Wii title. I made sure it wasn’t a bunch of mini-games or anything like that. At first I was going to try out The Spiderwick Chronicles, but it wasn’t the game I thought it was so I went with Super Mario Galaxy.

The controls took a bit of getting used to since I hadn’t even picked up the remote before. Of course, because it was a Nintendo developed game, the controls worked well. I still could’ve done a bit better if the spin attack was on a button instead of shaking the remote.

COLLECTION UPDATE
In one of those rare times where I remove games from my collection, I have a pending transaction with a fellow from Sweden who’s looking to purchase Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest from me this coming week.

It’s been over three years since I mentioned much of anything about the Game Gear items in my collection. I never did add anymore to it and didn’t plan to. The system itself and three of the games (Sonic 1, 2, and Spinball) belonged to my brother. The same one I mentioned earlier.

He didn’t officially give them to me. It was more of a forgot about kind of thing. During the passing years I bought Mortal Kombat 1, 2, and NBA Action Starring David Robinson. It was a fun system, but nothing that ever amazed me. For my first visit to his new place yesterday, I delivered it all back to him in well kept condition. I even let him keep the games that I had gotten as I wouldn’t have a use for them anymore. He was a happy camper to say the least. :)

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I hope you all had a great holiday weekend. Thanks for reading!

Gasp! More Fighting Games!

GAMESTOP
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Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec (PS2) – complete; fair
The Mark of Kri (PS2) – complete; good
Red Faction (PS2) – complete; great
Red Faction II (PS2) – complete; great
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (PS2) – complete; good
The King of Fighters XI (PS2) – complete; “new” as in opened display copy at no discount (business as usual for Gamestop).

STICKMAN’S
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Critical Depth (PS) – complete; great
Road Rash (GEN) – complete; excellent
Streets of Rage (GEN) – complete; great
WWE Smackdown: Shut Your Mouth (PS2) – complete; good
Kinetica (PS2) – complete; great
Timesplitters (PS2) – complete; good

Condition scale: Excellent, Great, Good, Fair, Bad, Poor