Bad Games by Good Developers: Traveller’s Tales

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Unfortunately, not every developer came start out with a blockbuster title. So before Traveller’s Tales started making the Lego movie themed games, which have been a big enough hit to keep pumping them out, they helped out with some pretty awful games.

These such “winners” are comprised of Sonic 3D Blast, Sonic R, The Weakest Link, and, more recently, Transformers: The Game. These aren’t the only travesties.

* Sonic 3D Blast – intro
* Sonic R – Resort Island track
* The Weakest Link – gameplay

Calypso Grants My Wish

Watch out! Here comes a massive collection update. Behold 19 game additions and one system.

Last Thursday I went out to local store #1, It’s About Games. I did so for the GBA SP system. I was going to try and find the Pearl Blue system with the brighter screen, but that was proving to be extremely difficult to find. At least now I’ll have a color that will match the God of War edition PSP this June. I also added a single NES game to the order.

Game Boy Advance SP (red) – system & AC adapter (complete); excellent
Double Dragon III: The Sacred Stones (NES) – game only; great

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The next day I stopped by Gamestop after a haircut. I wasn’t planning to get Spy Hunter, but at $2.99 I couldn’t pass that up. I made sure that I was really at Gamestop when I saw that price on a decently reviewed game. :D

Spy Hunter (PS2) – complete; fair

After that I decided to make the trip to Shelby to see what Stickman’s had in stock. As usual they didn’t disappoint, especially with the selection of Super NES games. I bought nine SNES games along with the original Twisted Metal game in the early PlayStation longbox.

Ranma 1/2: Hard Battle (SNES) – game only; great
Fighter’s History (SNES) – game only; fair
NBA Jam (SNES) – game only; excellent
Fatal Fury 2 (SNES) – game only; fair
The Lion King (SNES) – game only; great
Robocop Versus The Terminator (SNES) – game only; great
WWF Raw (SNES) – game only; excellent
Aero Fighters (SNES) – game only; good
Mickey Mania: The Timeless Adventures of Mickey Mouse (SNES) – game only; great
Twisted Metal (PS) – complete; good

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Those two days were great and then I received my eStarland.com order on Saturday. I ordered all of the Twisted Metal games that they had. The reason I got TMIII and TM4 is because I wanted to see first hand what’s wrong with them. I also had my eye on Mercs for the Genesis for some time once I found out that it had been released on a home console. I always liked that game in the arcade and since I didn’t have a Genesis during that time, I was totally unaware that it was ever on that system. It was a nice surprise when I read that on Wikipedia.

Destruction Derby (PS) – complete; good
Twisted Metal: Small Brawl (PS) – new
Twisted Metal III (PS) – complete; excellent
Twisted Metal 4 (PS) – complete; great
Mercs (GEN) – complete; excellent
Max Payne (PS2) – complete; good
Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne (PS2) – complete; excellent

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To paraphrase Calypso: “I am Hart704, and I thank you for visiting my blog.”

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In The Anticipation Zone: Post GDC

In just a week after posting my ten anticipated games for 2008, I’m updating again. The Game Developers Conference was way more exciting than I was expecting. I’m sure I’m not the only one that felt that this year’s event had some of that E3 feeling with all of the great announcements. GameSpot’s coverage was great as was the wealth of videos on other sites like Gametrailers.

This list isn’t in any specific order and probably doesn’t have games that you want. Don’t like it? Too bad. Deal with it.

Prototype by Radical Ent.
PS3, X360, PC – Q3 2008

Last time I noted that the Mercenaries series is great for the kind of misc. mayhem that’s offered in The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction. Well, here’s the game that’s being made by that same development team. I wasn’t all that excited for this even knowing what style of game it was until I heard that Radical Entertainment was behind it. This game has awesome written all over it!

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The King of Fighters Collection: The Orochi Saga by SNK Playmore
PSP, PS2, WII – Q4 2008

In my SNK column I listed the huge amount of games that SNK Playmore is releasing this year. I’m excited for all of them, but this one is probably my most anticipated game from them. Having the first five King of Fighters games in one package is great, but since I’ll have KoF ’98 on the PS2 with The King of Fighters ’98 Ultimate Match, then for this collection I’ll be taking it on the go with the PSP version. Sweetness!

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Sega Superstars Tennis by Sumo Digital
PS3, PS2, X360, DS, WII – March 18, 2008

I originally wasn’t all that interested in this game since Nintendo has pretty much covered all of the sports with their Mario franchise. I’ve also never played those games because of all of the extra hazards on the field/court. However, once I saw this game in action from GDC videos I must say that I was impressed with how the game has turned out so far.

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Lego Batman by Traveller’s Tales
PC, PS2, PS3, X360, DS, WII – Q2 2008

I find it funny how I’ve been tracking this game before the Lego Indiana Jones game was even announced and this is the first time that there’s been some more information on Lego Batman. I like how almost every major character will be making an appearance in the game in some way. It also reminds me of the great Batman: The Animated Series show from the mid-’90s.

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Other anticipated games of 2008:
God of War: Chains of Olympus by Ready at Dawn
PSP – March 4, 2008

Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood by BioWare
DS – TBA 2008

The King of Fighters ’98 Ultimate Match by SNK Playmore
PSP – Q4 2008

Dark Sector by Digital Extremes
PS3, X360 – March 25, 2008

Space Invaders Extreme by Taito Corporation
PSP, DS – June 10, 2008

Mercenaries 2: World in Flames by Pandemic Studios
PS2, PS3, PC, X360 – TBA 2008

In The Anticipation Zone III

I’ve decided to do a third top ten most anticipated games article after looking at the previous two. The thing that caught my eye about the first post in January 2007 is that four of the ten games listed are still not out. The second post was written soon after E3 back in late July. This list will be revision number three and will consist of games that I’m excited for the next ten months.

Dark Sector by Digital Extremes
PS3, X360 – March 25, 2008

The whole premise of basing combat around a crazy looking circular blade was sweet to begin with. But then the developers went and added a visceral experience that includes elemental extras like fire, ice, and electricity. To say that I’m interested in this title is somewhat of an understatement.

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God of War: Chains of Olympus by Ready at Dawn
PSP – March 4, 2008

I’ve totally been a fan of this series since the beginning so it goes without saying that I’ve signed up for this adventure quite awhile ago. I haven’t played the demo and I don’t feel the need to since I know what to expect and I can’t wait to swing those dual blades once again!

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Dragon’s Lair by United Coders
PSP, DS – Q1 2008 (DS) | Q4 2008 (PSP)

The visually exciting 1983 arcade game finally comes home in all of its original glory.

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Mercenaries 2: World in Flames by Pandemic Studios
PS2, PS3, PC, X360 – TBA 2008

Here’s a game that’s slipped by on several release dates, but I’m still going to be there whatever the release day actually is. I haven’t played a game with the kind of misc. mayhem that’s offered in this upcoming game since I last played The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction over a year ago. Because of that I’m still really looking forward to World in Flames.

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Sonic Chronicles: Dark Brotherhood by BioWare
DS – TBA 2008

Sonic the Hedgehog in a role-playing game? That’s all you’d have to say to get me interested in this DS exclusive. And that’s coming from someone that’s nowhere near a big fan of Sonic games. Add on top of that the involvement of BioWare as the developer of the game and you know you’ve got quality.

Other anticipated games of 2008:
Lego Batman by Traveller’s Tales
PC, PS2, PS3, X360, DS, WII – Q2 2008

Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword by Team Ninja
DS – March 20, 2008

Metal Slug 7 by SNK Playmore
DS – TBA 2008

Haze by Free Radical
PS3 – May 20, 2008

FlatOut: Head On by Empire Interactive
PSP – March 11, 2008

RRW5 – Day 5: Ass Games

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SHINOBI III: RETURN OF THE MASTER NINJA (GEN)
Another play through of this exciting game from the day before. I was trying out some of the tips and tricks that I picked up while watching the YouTube videos that I linked to yesterday. After the next two games you’ll wonder why this day isn’t also subtitled “Ninjas!” :D

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES IV: TURTLES IN TIME (SNES)
Playing this game on normal was pretty frustrating just like its arcade counterpart. I only got as far as the beginning of the Technodrome level before seeing the game over screen. For the life of me I do not know how to throw the foot soldiers at the screen. I know it’s a necessity when battling The Shredder. Does anyone know how to do the move in question?

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: THE HYPERSTONE HEIST (GEN)
Now this game was more fun because it has a button for running instead of double tapping the direction you want to go. I don’t know why, but despite liking this game more I still was just done with the game before it was even over. Another move that I have trouble pulling off is that grab and slam move. Hmmm.

DONKEY KONG COUNTRY (SNES)
This was the first time in literally years that I have actually played this game even though it’s my original copy. I started a new game and the furthest I got was the bouncy stage right after the mine stage.

SONIC 3D BLAST (GEN)
I must say that I had way more fun with this game than is probably allowed by law. :lol: The intro was interesting because of how badly the 3D rendering looked. I took my time when playing and reached Stage 3; Act 2; Part 2. My final score was 125,200. And as the graphic notes below, I did take too long playing a game of such low quality.

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Retro Rules!

Blast Processing

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If you remember back in February I was excited for my order of five Super Nintendo games to arrive from eStarland. Well, in the comments, I noted something that I was interested in buying in the future.

Older games bring back childhood memories certainly is cool. I’m even thinking of getting a system that I never had growing up. Which one, you ask? None other than the Genesis!

eStarland currently has complete used model 1 and 2 systems in stock. Even better is that they also have new official six-button Sega controllers for it.

So cool!

It’s been about 2.5 months since then and I haven’t put much thought into getting a Sega Genesis. However, today that all changed when I walked into our local video game store, It’s About Games.

I didn’t go in planning to buy anything. As I looked around I noticed that one of the glass cases had a Genesis model 1 inside. I still wasn’t going to get anything, but then I saw the price. The system was in excellent condition and it came with a single controller and all of the hook-ups plus the manual. All for $27.99!

I also purchased a total of five games.

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 – complete (case); $5.99
Sonic & Knuckles – complete (box); $5.99
Sonic 3D Blast – complete (box); $5.99
Raiden Trad – game only; $3.00
Thunder Force II – complete (case); FREE
An extra 3-button controller – $1.00

Now for a look at the goodies.

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