Games Finished In 2009


The list below shows every game that I finished in 2009. The total number comes to 47 across 11 systems. That’s up 17 from 2008.

Burnout Paradise
Crash Commando
God of War
Grand Theft Auto IV
Half-Life 2
Mercenaries 2: World in Flames
Prince of Persia
Saints Row 2
Street Fighter IV
Streets of Rage 2
Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune
Viking: Battle for Asgard
Watchmen: The End Is Nigh
Watchmen: The End Is Nigh Part 2

Fatal Fury
Final Fight 3
Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers
The Ninja Warriors
Street Fighter II

Captain Commando
Chili Con Carnage
Metal Slug
Metal Slug 3
Tekken: Dark Resurrection

Super Street Fighter II: Turbo Revival


Double Dragon II: The Revenge

Batman Begins
Burnout Revenge
The King of Fighters ’98 Ultimate Match
The Punisher
Unreal Tournament

Biker Mice From Mars
Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords
Retro Game Challenge

Crash Bandicoot: Warped

Street Fighter Alpha: Warriors’ Dreams


I also got my first two platinum trophies within the previous 12 months. The first one came along back in March with Burnout Paradise and the second one was captured more recently in November with God of War.

In some interesting trivia about my game collection (idea from DuncanR2N), the oldest game I own is Dodge ‘Em for the Atari 2600. This is an estimate since it’s extremely hard to find more than just the year of 1980 for a release date. GameSpot has it listed for 1978 so it’s obviously not known for sure.

The newest game I own is a lot easier to look up. It would be Pandemic’s final game The Saboteur which was released a month ago.

On my wish list the oldest game that I’m looking to get is the NES version of Konami’s Gradius which was released on December 1, 1986.

The newest game that I’d like to have (mainly because I’m a big fan of beat-’em-up games) is Revenge of the Wounded Dragons on the PSN. It was released 23 years and 9 days after Gradius on December 10, 2009.

Coming up soon I’ll have my Game of the Year announced. Game on!

Rorschach Doesn’t Compromise


That’s what I keep hearing him tell me. Anyways, onto the blog post at hand.

My progress was slight over the last couple of days. I mainly just tackled the Fortress of Winds. In it I obtained the mole mitts and beat the stupidly easy boss Mazaal.

I’m currently in the middle of trying to find the three library books that are around Hyrule Town. The first one was pretty easy, but the second book is becoming a pain. I can’t get into the scholar’s home to start looking for it. I’m beginning to wonder if I either messed up or missed something along the way to this point that allows me to gain access to the house. Any ideas?

I was looking to go for completion by beating the game in co-op. Since that can only happen locally I asked Usagi to help out. He gladly did so and we were having a great time until the rooftop part of Chapter III, the final level.

The first problem was a glitch where Rorschach, who I was playing as, fell through part of the map. Usagi had to kill off his character, Nite Owl, to restart from the previous checkpoint.

The second problem came from battling Twilight Lady’s “special slaves,” as she put it. They brutally owned Nite Owl every time making it not so much fun. We even switched off controllers and I also got beat badly. Oh, geez, that didn’t sound right. :lol:

I think it had to do with not knowing exactly how the counter system works. Since then I’ve practiced with both characters noticing that it’s a bit different for each. Nite Owl prefers that you follow R1 with Square fairly quickly. Rorschach, on the other hand, is a bit more lenient in that you can tap Square a few times after R1 for the counter to work.

While I had the disc out for Part 2, I figured I’d do some of that aforementioned practicing on Part 1. I also took that time to record a good chunk of gameplay footage from Chapter II of Part 1. In it I play as Rorschach and kick some major ass if I do say so myself. :D

Earlier in the year I had forgot to mention some of the purchases that I’d made. I didn’t even notice this until I was gathering information for my buying stats blog post that will be upcoming.

Back in mid-May I downloaded a free copy of Rag Doll Kung Fu: Fists of Plastic. It was sponsored by, I think, Sprint which was why it was free. This PSN game isn’t all that good and definitely not worth the current price of $10 for such a shallow Smash Bros. type of game.

Near the end of that same month I bought Crash Commando. It was one of the few PSN games that got a discount for about two weeks. It’s like a third-person shooter, but on a 2D plane. It was fantastic at the sale price of $5 and it’s still totally worth it at $10 too.

On October 1st I bought Uno. This was mainly because VixDiesel and s0njas0n were playing it and this is actually one casual game that I don’t mind having. The online portion is kind of flaky at times, but I still played it a bunch with them. It’s was a bit expensive at $10, but if I remember correctly the physical cards cost more. It’s currently $8 on PSN.

Lastly, I bought a second DS Lite. This one is red and black. I like it better for the matte finish that was used on the bottom half of the unit. My original system is white and has the glossy finish everywhere on the outside.

That’ll be it for now. It’s the holiday season so you guys take it easy. :)

He’s On Fire!


I’ve decided to take this time to fill you all in on what I’ve been playing as of late. As you know, my normal schedule for such blogs is once a month, but since I’ve already played about seven games so far, I figured why not now.

Castlevania: Curse of Darkness
This was the next game in the line of unfinished games that I was trying to finish. My roadblock became a boss at the halfway point by the name of Saint Germain. His ability to poison with a special strike and speeding up time to make the poison more effective was pretty frustrating.

I’m taking a break from finishing the unfinished for now to play some games that I haven’t touched. In the time I was doing it I was able to get through eight games. Not to shabby if I do say so myself.

This was an unplanned purchased when it was released last week on the PlayStation Network. I never knew it was becoming multi-platform until I noticed VixDiesel and s0njas0n playing it. It’s pretty expensive at $10 for something as simple as Uno is. I was drawn to such a casual game for the sole reason to do something to pass the time while “shooting the shit” as they say. In that regard it has worked well.

As far as where I am in the game. I’ve beaten the game offline in the tournament mode and had a number of matches against the previously mentioned light-hearted gals.

I busted this game out for some fun on the SNES with usagi704. After some complains of “reversed controls” regarding the pass and shoot buttons, we were able to compete head-on without any perceived barriers.

In the final match-up I chose the L.A. Clippers and usagi picked the Chicago Bulls. To keep this in perspective, the game was released in 1993, which means that these are likely reflecting the 1992 NBA season where the Bulls were in the middle of their first “three-peat.” I ended up winning by 5 points. I guess I’m that good. :lol:


WWF Super Wrestlemania
I have played both versions of this one and the main draw to the Genesis version is the inclusion of finishing moves. It was the reason that I bought it, but upon playing with them I found the implementation not so great.

Unlike its sequel, Royal Rumble, you don’t need to have the opponent low on health to perform the move. Just do it whenever you want. That sounds great until you realize that some can be abused (ie: British Bulldog). Others are outright useless like Ultimate Warrior’s splash.

Another problem was that in the Survivor Series mode it doesn’t seem possible to switch characters on the apron of the three available. At least that was easy with the Select button in the SNES version. If the Genesis game can do it could someone let me know how? Thanks.

In closing I’d also like to quickly mention that I started up Conan and Tetris (NES & GB). Until next time, thanks for reading!