Some quality gaming was had in this past 30 days and I’d like to tell you about it if you’ll let me.
First off my most recent purchase, if you can call it that, was the free standalone downloadable version of Streets of Rage 2 off of the PlayStation Network for PS Plus members. Thanks to the free trial I was able to get it and finally be able to experience one of the greatest beat-’em-up games of all time with online play. This is what Xbox Live has had for almost four years now. It’ll be available for $4.99 at the beginning of this coming week for everybody.
I finished SoR2, one of three this month, offline (very easy) and on online co-op (normal) getting all trophies save for the most difficult one. You have to get 800,000 points on Very Hard with just one life at the start. I doubt I’ll ever get it and it reminds me of another beat-’em-up with this same one trophy left problem. It’s the also downloadable Watchmen: The End Is Nigh.
I played a session a few days ago of BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger against Usagi704. It’s the first time I’ve played it in quite awhile and as you’d probably expect I only won a round rarely. Unlike the matches we played for the PS1 version of Mortal Kombat 3, don’t expect any of my horrid lack of BlazBlue skills to be uploaded anytime soon.
One of the other three games I finished this month is the GBA version of Power Rangers Dino Thunder. I’ve been currently watching the show itself, it being very good, and I figured I’d give the Natsume developed game a shot. It’s a repetitive beat-’em-up/platformer with ‘Zord battles and a path-finding grid mini-game to get extra ‘Zords added to your arsenal. The game’s missions of find and defeat all enemies or find and save all citizens is fairly tedious, but I’ve played worse. Maybe the home console version will be better.
Finally the main game I played more recently and the third game finished giving me a total of 18 for this year is Assassin’s Creed. Back when I bought it in July 2008, it was kind of sold as similar to Prince of Persia. After having played it I can say it’s really nothing like it. Assassin’s Creed is slower paced and in an open-world where as Prince of Persia is straight on through.
The start of Assassin’s Creed was much slower all right. I was getting frustrated because of this and the slow walking (while blending) past soldiers in the Kingdom overworld definitely wasn’t helping things. Once I arrived to the first city I started to get a hang of things and after completing all side objectives and the main assassination, while the game’s missions never changed, I still found myself having quite a bit of fun.
Of the missions, eavesdropping was the least exciting thing to do. All you did was sit on a bench nearby and listen to two characters talk. I much preferred to save a citizen by running in and jumping on the first soldier and taking him out with the hidden blade and then countering strikes/throwing them to the ground.
I was recommended the first sequel, Assassin’s Creed II, by Gigastormz via Twitter. He made it sound much more varied in the ways to take out enemies and in ways to escape or hide from them. I’ll definitely be looking to eventually pick it up.
That’ll do it for me this time. Thanks for checking out my blogging space. Peace!
THIS MONTH’S GAMING STATS:
Streets of Rage 2 – Trophies: 11 / 12 (92%)
BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger – Trophies: 5 / 51 (10%)
Alien Crush – Score: 9,263,600