Purchase Stats 2016

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The following stats are for all of my video game purchases throughout 2016.

Total number of games: 30
Amount bought decreased by 10 from 2015.

18 PS4 (60%)
DMC
Hotline Miami
Wolfenstein: The Old Blood
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate
Batman: Arkham Knight
Bloodborne
Far Cry 4
Just Cause 3
Wolfenstein: The New Order
Broken Sword 5: The Serpent’s Cruse
Transformers: Devastation
Grand Theft Auto V
Ratchet & Clank
Dark Souls III
Doom
Mafia III
Rise of the Tomb Raider
Wild Guns Reloaded

1 PSP (4%)
Kamen Rider Chou Climax Heroes

4 PS3 (13%)
Painkiller: Hell & Damnation
Yakuza 5
Far Cry Compilation
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Danger of the Ooze

2 PC (7%)
The King of Fighters 2002: Unlimited Match
Strife

5 GBA (16%)
Island Xtreme Stunts
Stuntman
SSX Tricky
American Dragon: Jake Long – Rise of the Huntsclan
Tak 2: The Staff of Dreams

1 MISC.
SNES Capcom Soldier Pad

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I also bought myself one last game in the final week of 2016 which is included in the stats above. It’s Nastume’s Wild Guns Reloaded!

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The Movie Boys Best Their Buys

To take a line from Jim Sterling’s movie podcast, it’s time for the Movie Boys. I have here three new movie purchases.

First up is DOA: Dead or Alive. It’s over the top and ridiculous, but that’s to be expected if you know anything about the Dead or Alive gaming series (volleyballs and all). Kevin Nash as Bass Armstrong is the very best thing about this film. I watched it on a second viewing for him alone and it was totally worth it.

The Lost Boys was another movie I was reminded of by a review podcast. This one is called Say You Love Satan (and you know you do) and they talk about the horror genre. As you know, I’m not much into horror, but The Lost Boys is one movie that stuck with me that I saw growing up.

The third film is the 2003 remake of Freaky Friday starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan. I think Curtis steals the show here. Sadly I had to settle for the DVD release from the same year.

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Don’t think I forgot about the games because I got you covered. I was waiting for a good, cheap price for Grand Theft Auto V on the PS4, but it didn’t seem like it was ever going to happen. So I bought the used copy eStarland notified me about that they had in stock. I added Transformers: Devastation to complete the order.

Yesterday on Halloween I was at Best Buy and they had the 2016 Ratchet & Clank game for $20. I got it for $16 thanks to Usagi704 for letting me bum his membership off him for a quick moment.

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E3 2015: Times-a-Wastin’

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The following are my comments on the blog post “The Year Ahead in Gaming” as written by @ebbderelict.

I’m interested in the newest Batman Arkham game as well. I haven’t yet played City, but I’m sure to get to it since I do own it. The main reason I had not cared for Origins was mainly because of the buggy mess I heard it was.

Star Wars: Battlefront is, well, Star Wars. That alone makes it uninteresting to me. But then again I don’t completely lack Star Wars games in my current collection. I own Episode III on GBA. I want to say WayForward developed it, but all I can find is information that Ubisoft did it.

Deus Ex on PS2 was fun, but since I’m not the biggest fan of those types of games, I don’t hope it up highly even though it was an enjoyable time. With that said I’ve had my fill of the series.

I’m still trying to get up to speed on all the E3 news and I didn’t realize Platinum was doing a Transformers game. I’m interested because they have a good pedigree. I’m less excited because Activision may rush them like they did with The Legend of Korra game. It’s a wait and see for sure.

I quite liked Mirror’s Edge. I was happy when it became known awhile back that a sequel was in the works. I have high hopes for Catalyst improving on what didn’t work so well last time.

Doom 4, as I’ll be calling it unofficially to avoid confusion with the PC classic, has the Doom 3 aesthetics with what looks like faster gameplay similar to the original two games. It really looks like this could be what fans of Doom have been waiting for since 2004.

I own the majority of the Ratchet & Clank series and I always have fun with them, but since they all feel about the same to me (says the guy who loves God of War games), I don’t see the need to get to them when picking an unplayed game to tackle next. Regardless I know I’ll pick up the first R&C outing on the PS4 to see how it turns out.

We’re simply old men who feel “times-a-wastin'” so the bird-dog needs to pick up the slack and get moving. The Last Guardian will probably be another title, along with this studio’s previous efforts, that I’ll buy with little interest in actually playing. You know, as in “I’ll get to it when I get to it.”

I’m in the opposite camp. I’m excited about Uncharted 4. I also liked the first game, but I was stoked for the second game and enjoyed it too. The third game, however, not so much though I do plan to get to it whenever that will be.

I’m always amused by the fact that Square Enix themselves said years ago that a remake of Final Fantasy VII would not happen, but despite this fans of the game just wouldn’t shut up about it. They went so far as in to actually expect the remake announcement at PSX last year. No doubt the remake actually happening is a shocker, but I still do not care in the slightest other than finally they can all collectively be quiet on this since they finally got what they wanted.

Shenmue III: see Final Fantasy VII remake from above.

New Releases 2012: Aug. 19-31

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WEEK of AUGUST 19
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (PS3, X360, PC, MAC)
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure HD Ver. (PS3, X360)
New Super Mario Bros. 2 (3DS)
Transformers: Fall of Cybertron (PS3, X360, PC)
Way of the Samurai 4 (PS3)

WEEK of AUGUST 26
God of War Saga (PS3)
Guild Wars 2 (PC)
Infamous Collection (PS3)
Joe Danger: The Movie (X360)
Journey Collector’s Edition (PS3)
Madden NFL 13 (PS3, X360, WII, PSV)
Ratchet & Clank Collection (PS3)

Brutally Short

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THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: THE MINISH CAP
I can’t say that I’ve played this game all that much in the last two to three days, though I have made some progress. It’s not been all that difficult just wasn’t playing it much.

I did wake up the shoemaker and get the Pegasus Boots. I also made my way to the Wind Ruins and obtained the bow. My next task is to clear the Fortress of Winds. It looks like a doozie when checking out the map on page 13 of the GameSpot Game Guide.

TRANSFORMERS
Even less progress has been made in the 2004 PlayStation 2 release of Transformers. That’s to say that I haven’t touched it at all. Instead I played…

WATCHMEN: THE END IS NIGH PART 2
…Part 2 of the Watchmen beat-’em-up.

I was quite shocked to see just how short the game was. Part 1 contained six levels and Part 2 is only half that. On top of that Nite Owl and Rorschach don’t learn any new moves or combos. They’re definitely not recommendable based on those reasons and the crazy asking price.

However, I really like the beat-’em-up genre. You could say that I’m pretty loyal to them even though I won’t blindly buy them. I found the Watchmen games to be brutally satisfying, especially the finishers that Rorschach would pull off.

For great brutal beat-’em-up action that’s not insanely priced and is a good deal longer than Parts 1 and 2 of Watchmen together, check out the Rockstar Toronto 2005 release of The Warriors. It even has a better 2D arcade beat-’em-up unlockable game than the recent Xbox Live release called “Armies of the Night.”

Oh, and by the way, in case you haven’t guessed it yet, yes, I finished Watchmen: The End is Nigh Part 2 making it the 47th game beat this year.

Thanks for reading and have a great final week before Christmas!

A Surprise In The Minish Cap

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THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: THE MINISH CAP
Before I even get into the game I should point out that a Legend of Zelda of fan I’m not. This has to do with it being an RPG and that the series itself has overall changed very little in the 20+ years it has been around. I have a few of the games on the Game Boy systems and I couldn’t get into them.

The Minish Cap was the only one I had yet to try that I own. I decided to give it a go when someone on the Retronauts podcast had mentioned that it was the easiest game in the series.

By my estimation I’m about one-third of my way through the game so far. I’m looking for the Pegasus Boots at the moment. I don’t know if this game is easier just based on that I got frustrated at being stuck in the other games and didn’t stick with it to know for sure.

I can say that I’m enjoying myself more often than not this time around. However I do still get stuck from time to time. There was this one point where I had to throw a bomb in a fountain of water to make something happen. There wasn’t any indication that I had to do that. Instead I got the same effect from dumping the water out of the bottle I had. Neither make any sense to me and if I hadn’t done the latter trick by accident and had read about the former trick in the GameSpot game guide, I would’ve probably given up on this game too. It’s what I like to call “Zelda logic.” I’m sure to run into more of those moments before I’m finished.

TRANSFORMERS
Just as with Batman Begins, ebbderlict started up the 2004 PS2 release of Transformers. It’s another game that I’ve owned for awhile and I figured I’d start it up too.

The first level of the game takes time to get you acquainted with the controls and the abilities of the Autobots that you can use. It even feels like a simple and easy level to boot, but all of that changed once I got to the second level.

In this level, Antarctica, the way around isn’t so obvious and without a map of any kind, the frustration can certainly set in. It was also here where waves of enemies would show up quite often making it a slow process to get anywhere and that’s even if you knew where to go.

I’ll be giving this game a few more chances, but I can’t guarantee I’m going to like it all that much. I never thought that I’d actually be thinking that I’d rather play a Zelda game over anything else.

CONTRA
Whenever I play Contra, I play to beat the game every time. Yesterday I did just that back-to-back. The second time I asked Usagi704 to time me. My clear time was 15 minutes and 36 seconds with only one life lost. Damn I love this game! :D

That’s it for now. Until next time you guys take it easy.

Now Playing: September ’08

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During this latest month I started a number of games, but didn’t play many of them for very long. It has nothing to do with the games that I playing being terrible or anything like that. I just for whatever reason would play a game for a few days and then not pick it up again. Anyway, here’s the list of games that I played this month.

Contra (NES)
Burnout Paradise (PS3)
Mercenaries 2 (PS3)
TNA iMPACT! (PS3)
Transformers (PS2)
WWF Smackdown! Just Bring It (PS2)
Rise to Honor (PS2)
Biker Mice from Mars (DS)

Despite what I may have said here and there about not going back to get the trophies in Burnout Paradise, I have since created a new save file and earned most of them already. I think outside of maybe 6-8 trophies I have the rest.

Out of all of the games that I would like to spend more time playing it would have to be Transformers. The game overall plays really well and I enjoyed what I have played so far even if it wasn’t real recent.

I thought that I’d be really excited about Mercenaries 2, but it just doesn’t feel the same as the original even though it is the same game with storyline now. Maybe I’m just over that type of game at the moment. I’m sure I’ll enjoy it more at a later date.

Rise to Honor is an interesting game to say the least. For the most part it works really well as long as you’re in fight mode. It doesn’t work so well when the game requires you to use guns or do your best impression of Sam Fisher/Solid Snake.

I also played Contra again and while the game is awesome in every way, it’s easy to forget that while the 2 player mode is fun it’s just much better to play solo.

That about does it for me. Until next time, you guys take it easy. :)