Top 18 Middle-of-the-Road Video Games

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Today’s video game industry doesn’t care much for the modest budgeted titles of just the last generation. The focus is always on the gimmicky no-budget or the all sizzle no steak of the million dollar titles.

What I’m going to focus on here is my favorite eighteen mid-tier games I’ve played. These will be listed without description, but they will have reviews linked for more information. These aren’t usually the best rated games, but if you go in being forgiving of some of the faults you’ll no doubt find, then you may just realize you’re enjoying yourself. But who am I kidding. It’s not like we’d want that to happen. Let’s get to it.

* Batman Begins
* Black
* Guitar Hero
* The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction
* Kill Switch
* Klonoa 2: Lunatea’s Veil
* Mercenaries
* Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks
* NightFire
* Stuntman Ignition
* The Warriors

* Bionic Commando
* Conan
* Demon’s Souls
* Lost Planet: Extreme Condition
* Mirror’s Edge
* Viking: Battle for Asgard
* X-Men Origins: Wolverine

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Games Finished In 2009

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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.

PS3
Burnout Paradise
Conan
Crash Commando
Fracture
God of War
Grand Theft Auto IV
Half-Life 2
Infamous
Mercenaries 2: World in Flames
Prince of Persia
Saints Row 2
Street Fighter IV
Streets of Rage 2
Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune
Uno
Viking: Battle for Asgard
Watchmen: The End Is Nigh
Watchmen: The End Is Nigh Part 2

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

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

GBA
Super Street Fighter II: Turbo Revival

GEN
OutRun

NES
Contra
Double Dragon II: The Revenge
Shadowgate

PS2
Batman Begins
Burnout Revenge
The King of Fighters ’98 Ultimate Match
The Punisher
RayStorm
TMNT
Unreal Tournament

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

PS
Crash Bandicoot: Warped

GB
Street Fighter Alpha: Warriors’ Dreams

TG-16
Splatterhouse

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!

Now Playing: April ’09

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Out of the 11 games I’ve played in the last 30 days, seven of them were finished. With those stats some people may think that I try to beat as many games as quickly as possible. I assure you that it’s definitely not my intention, though I do take advantage of it whenever possible. Here’s the list of those seven games.

* Street Fighter II (SNES) with Game Genie air moves as Zangief on level 8.
* OutRun (GEN) via emulation on Super Easy with score of 1,552,330.
* Metal Slug 3 via Metal Slug Anthology (PSP) on Normal with limited continues until final mission on Easy with unlimited continues.
* Viking: Battle for Asgard (PS3)
* Saints Row 2 (PS3)
* Captain Commando via Capcom Classics Collection Remix (PSP)
* Final Fight 3 (SNES)

Other games that I played briefly were Super Street Fighter II on the Genesis and Samurai Shodown II against Usagi, as you didn’t figure already.

I spent some time also playing The Ninja Warriors Again on the Super Famicom and the North American version via emulation. That’s one game that’s really fun and each of the three characters are unique in their movement, attacks, and special moves.

My main game currently is the one that was voted on more recently in Castlevania: Circle of the Moon. My character is at level 27 with 54.1% of the castle explored in 6 hours and 27 minutes of game time.

Before I forget, my Game of the Month was Saints Row 2. It’s just the right length with great things like online co-op and Steven Seagal style ponytails that make the game awesome on many levels.

My next game I plan to play as a supplement to Circle of the Moon will be the other big vote getter, Half-Life 2.

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

Gaming Update incl. Saints Row 2

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I’m not usually into doing the whole gaming updates as others are, but I decided to make an exception this time since I have a few things that I do want to cover.

About a week ago I had everybody choose two out of the 12 games that I listed that I’d play next. If you didn’t see my comment in that post with the results, then I’ll list them here.

8 – Saints Row 2
4 – Metal Slug 3 via Metal Slug Anthology
4 – Gungrave
4 – Gunstar Super Heroes
3 – Strider 2
3 – Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror
2 – Lost Planet: Extreme Condition
2 – Final Fantasy via Final Fantasy Origins
1 – The Legend of Kage 2
1 – Spy Hunter: Nowhere to Run
1 – Retro Game Challenge
0 – Tomb Raider: The Prophecy

I honestly hoped that Lost Planet and Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror would’ve been the two top choices, but I’ve since played Metal Slug 3 and Saints Row 2 and I’ve been having a blast! I was kind of surprised that these two games, which were of the randomly selected group, would be as fun as they are.

I finished Metal Slug 3 fairly quickly, but little did I know how difficult it was. Before I found the global options for difficulty, auto fire, and control config, I was playing it on Normal. Despite the game kicking my ass, I still managed to make it to the beginning of the final mission before running out of continues. I’d say that’s pretty good for a first time run through of the game.

After finishing Viking: Battle For Asgard, I moved onto Saints Row 2.

I find some of the characters to be hilarious such as Johnny Gat and the drug dealing mom, who was funny when she got all excited about my character breaking her out of jail.

Speaking of my character, I didn’t really do much with the details since I did just want to get playing the actual game. However, I do like how he came out. I gave him a British accent with a Steven Seagal style ponytail that’s colored pink to brown and, no matter what clothes he wears, they’re always colored black, red, and light gray.

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Below are a few things that I picked up recently at Best Buy. Aside from The Dark Knight, which I got back in January, the rest were all for a total of less than $60. Fracture was $20, Face/Off was also $20, and the fifth season of ER was surprisingly $17. I think that the first four seasons that I bought were about $40 each when I originally got them years ago.

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I have two SNES games from eBay coming real soon. They’re some hard-to-find ones that, when compared to eStarland.com’s prices, were really good deals.

Until then! :)

Now Playing: March ’09

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This last month I played a total of 12 games, but half of them were just the usual fun online play with nothing really of interest to note. However these six games below are the noteworthy ones for the month.

Viking: Battle for Asgard (PS3)
Castlevania (NES)
Rad Racer (NES)
Double Dragon II: The Revenge (NES)
Watchmen: The End Is Nigh (PS3)
Legendary Wings (NES)

The main game and the Game of the Month is Watchmen: The End Is Nigh. I actually had a spur of the moment co-op game going with a friend that stopped by and we ended up getting to Underboss. We rushed instead of taking our time so after a few deaths, we decided to call it quits at that moment. Not to worry, though, as Usagi was able to help me finish about a week or so later.

In staying with the co-op theme, I also played Double Dragon II: The Revenge and beating it for the first time ever. In a similar way I was able to get pretty far in the original Castlevania with Usagi’s direction and beat the fourth boss in the game. My ability to get any farther will likely resemble the killer stage of 6-2 in Ninja Gaiden. That’s to say that it will take quite some time.

A few days ago I started playing Viking: Battle for Asgard again. I did take a break from it for 2+ weeks and I’m glad I did, but I’m also glad that I’ve gone back as well. Speaking of going back to some games, I have to get back to Retro Game Challenge too.

Legendary Wings and Rad Racer were played as part of the Retroware TV High Score Challenge #1 and #2. My highest scores were 275,000 and 32,700, respectively. It was a fun thing to be apart of and I did better than I expected, but I didn’t do as well as some others.

That’s it from me. Until next time!

Now Playing: Feburary ’09

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Street Fighter IV (PS3)
Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection (PS3)
Retro Game Challenge (DS)
Super Street Fighter II: Turbo Revival (GBA)
Burnout Paradise (PS3)
Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix (PS3)
Viking: Battle for Asgard (PS3)
Skyblazer (SNES)
Chili Con Carnage (PSP)

I finished three games this time around: Chili Con Carnage, Streets of Rage 2, and Street Fighter IV. The former is what I can only describe as a lighthearted take on Max Payne, though not literally. There’s a bunch of challenges that are in between the missions, but I just messed around with the first one and then ignored the rest. I beat the middle game via Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection and its save state feature that was carried over from the previous collection. The latter game was beaten to unlock the hidden characters.

Speaking of Street Fighter IV, I’m sure a number of you would like to know what I think of it so far. Obviously it’s great and does live up to the pre-release hype. The only thing that I miss is the rebalanced versions of the characters from Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix. From what I heard so too is David Sirlin.

I enjoyed my time with Viking: Battle for Asgard despite not playing it for about two weeks. If I remember correctly I think I’ve cleared about half of the second map. I also haven’t really touched Skyblazer that much either. I’ve beaten the third boss in the game.

I put more time in Burnout Paradise. I gave in and purchased the legendary cars pack. If you’re not in the know the pack consists of cars based on the iconic ones from Dukes of Hazard, Ghostbusters, Knight Rider, and Back to the Future. You can check out videos on these rides here.

Now it’s time to name the Game of the Month. I bet you’re thinking it’s going to be Street Fighter IV. You’d be right normally, but this one game is truly unique. I’m talking about Retro Game Challenge (yeah because the header graphic doesn’t give it away). I love this game’s references to the games I grew up playing. It’s also fantastic in how the games presented give you that nostalgic feeling without them being anything that was actually out at the time.

That’s it from me. Until next time!

Yay for Purchases, Releases, and Me!

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How’s everybody doing? Good I hope. Welcome to my 3-in-1 blog post. On tap is my current purchases, the new releases for this week, and a yay for me moment. Let’s get to it.

First up are my purchases. I went out to Gamestop at the local mall with the intention of buying Resistance 2. I did so and also included some good (as in condition) used games: Viking: Battle for Asgard, Genji: Dawn of the Samurai, and another copy of Super Street Fighter II: Turbo Revival.

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Now for the new releases of this week (already in progress). There’s several good games to pick up if you’re looking for something new. I’m sure that many WoW players are looking forward to the new expansion pack to their favorite never ending game.

I’m personally looking forward to only one game out of the bunch and it’s also my pick of the week: Mirror’s Edge. Several games that I’m interested in seeing how they came out is Tecmo Bowl: Kickoff and the PS2 version of Call of Duty: World at War that just came to my attention.

I’m also surprised that the Wii VC gets Street Fighter II: Special Champion Edition (GEN) since all three Super Nintendo SFII games are on the service already. The game is the same as SFII Turbo. Let’s just hope that the extremely redundant Genesis version of Super SFII doesn’t show up.

THIS WEEK’S 3 BIG GAMES
World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King (PC, MAC)
Mirror’s Edge (X360, PC, PS3)
Call of Duty: World at War (DS, WII, X360, PC, PS3)

THIS WEEK’S HONORABLE MENTIONS
Call of Duty: World at War Final Fronts (PS2)
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 (X360)
Tecmo Bowl: Kickoff (DS)
Street Fighter II: Special Champion Edition (WII)
WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw 2009 (X360, PSP, PS3, PS2, DS, WII)

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The above screen capture is from the Giant Bomb main page. I submitted a number of game releases across platforms and regions to get that crazy number of points. Here’s the games that I helped with.

Genji: Dawn of the Samurai
Super Street Fighter II: Turbo Revival
Quantum of Solace
GoldenEye: Rogue Agent
Axelay
the WWF Smackdown series (1-5)
Crue Ball
Resistance: Fall of Man
TimeShift
the Mega Man series (1-8 )
the Mega Man X series (1-8 )
Super Castlevania IV
Castlevania: Dracula X
The World Ends With You
Tales of Phantasia
Bleach: Dark Souls
Bleach: The Blade of Fate
Bangai-O Spirits