Anyway, I FINALLY finished trying out all of the games I got for or around Christmas. It only took me nearly half the year. :P In the PS2, I popped in Guitar Hero, Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, Karaoke Revolution, and Gradius V. Although I couldn't be bothered to pull out the guitar controller and I don't even have a PS2 microphone, so I quite literally mean "testing" for those. I saw if they powered up, and that was about it. Gradius V I played a little bit and got my ass handed to me.
On Wii, I purchased and tried out Monster World IV for Virtual Console. Oh how I adore this game. It's so wonderful to have an official English localization available now. I won't be playing it right away, but I wanted to show my support to Sega for making this fantastic decision.
On Xbox 360, I played a bit of Deathsmiles and Record of Agarest War Zero. I guess you could say that I beat Deathsmiles on all of the default settings, but I blew through tons of credits on the last stage and the bonus stage. I guess it has unlimited continues in that mode at least. I was doing well up until that point, though, using only one or two continues. Just did the intro tutorial battle in Agarest War Zero. Man, the Flash-style animation used to make the anime-style portraits look alive is mega creepy and ugly.
Namco Museum Volume 3 (PS1)
I went solo yesterday and popped Namco Museum Volume 3 in my PS3 yesterday. I enjoyed Ms. Pac-Man, Dig Dug, Galaxian, and Pole Position II. It happened again where I passed through one of the ghosts (I think it was Inky this time instead of Pinky) and damn near died on another ghost because I was in shock! I switched to Dig Dug after a while and kept continuing until I finally made it to round 33 and decided to switch to something else. I played a couple races in Pole Position II and realized how bad I was at it! I am equally bad at Galaxian. I prefer Galaga to it, but it was fun to play some games I had not played in a while. I even explored the museum, listening to the sounds and watching the movies available.
On a side note....why is it that Namco Museum for the PS1 was the best? The Gameboy Advance version had four games, the Dreamcast had six, the Gamecube (50th Anniversary) had 14 (basically a best of from the PS1 discs), and the Wii version has a bunch of lesser known games. The Gamecube and Wii are at least a little interactive, with the Gamecube showing the machines themselves and playing 80's music to get you in the mood, while the Wii had different rooms to go to. No tips, no trivia, no quirky museum pieces, no Pookas jumping around....just bare bones for the most part!
I once got rid of Namco Museum Volume 1 and 3 (briefly) when Rhino Video Games existed in exchange for the Dreamcast Namco Museum. When I found out all the cool stuff was gone, I traded it back immediately!
I'm trying to get back into Zombies Ate My Neighbors on Super Nintendo since I need to get this monkey off my back, but it's such a pain. I think I may have to turn to emulation, even though I almost never touch the stuff. I've just lost all patience with having to hit restart, sit through all the logo/copyright screens, and reenter the password each and every time I lose a victim. It's all the worse for the fact that, when I lose a victim, it's usually because of completely unfair, cheap bullshit, rather than any fault of my own. It's so idiotic that there are victims that are literally impossible to save and others that come down to luck, which usually isn't in your favor. The whole game relies on luck way too much. And the stupid password system. It's so incredibly poorly implemented. I'm trying to use the password for level 33 and get to 37, but it's essentially a useless password. Unless you get very lucky with the random item drops and/or play like a master, it's basically impossible to beat the boss on 37 since the stages leading up to it give basically jack for ammo. With a decent assortment of ammo, it's not that hard at all. I've already beaten the boss starting with an earlier password, but I'm trying to beat the boss with all 10 victims. It's hard enough to clear those four stages without getting screwed on a victim somewhere (and you can't even very well rack up points in these stages to get another back), and if I start with an earlier password, I'm all the more likely to lose at least one. Ugh. I know this game is pretty highly regarded, but the more I play it, the more I have a distaste for it. It's all the more frustrating because, without all these irritating little flaws, it would be a pretty fun game.
I've been playing my Japanese copy of the Pokemon Red. I was surprised at how easy it was to get into. Of course, having played the english versions several times does help tremendously.
The only parts that have required trial and error, is figuring out the Pokemon's attacks, and what the Japanese terms are for the different items available. So far I've only managed to figure out the Japanese terms for "antidote" and "Monster Ball" (AKA Pokeball).
On my PS2:
Just beat the game. The ending was pretty meh, but I can't say that my hopes were too high there. I'll have to get the game's sequel - Re-Loaded - one of these days.
Here's my copy of the game:
I've been playing Borderlands (360) lately...but I'm about to delve into some classic RPG's I think. Maybe start Persona (PS1) or get back into Saga Frontier 2. I'd also like to revisit some games I didn't really give a chance to, like Chrono Cross.
Namco Museum Vol. 2 (PS1)
I popped Frogger in the Genesis to see if I wanted to keep it or not. I still have the itch to get rid of a few more games that I am not playing and I was on the fence on that one. After playing a few rounds I decided that I went through too much trouble to get an "arcade perfect" version of the game I loved so much growing up. I also couldn't bear the fact that I also went through the trouble to hunt down the box and instruction manual for the game to let it go. It didn't cost a lot to get them, but the principle is there.
I got Namco Museum Vol. 2 in the mail today and was excited to see what little tidbits and information I was going to be able to learn about the games on the disc. I mostly got it for Mappy (a game both myself and my girlfriend like), but the other games are fascinating enough to at least hold some of my interest. I played Super Pac-Man and Mappy to test out the disc and make sure everything worked fine. I love having access to the dip switches to change settings in the same way someone who owns the arcade machine can do. I can finally get rid of Namco Museum 50th Anniversary (GC) as the games on it that I *don't* have on the first three Namco Museum discs I don't particularly like anyway. I much prefer the extras Namco put in the PlayStation volumes over the subsequent releases.
I finally beat Crysis on my 360 but I need to do a follow up for a few achievements. I also beat Tekken 4 on my import PS2 but sadly I had to do it with some random character since my two favorites have to be unlocked before I can play as them.
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I played about half-way through Sonic Fury on the Action Max today before I couldn't take it any more. And people think the Sega CD FMV games are bad...
Be Attitude For Gains...
Played and beat a couple of days ago. - The Great Circus Mystery for SNES. - A really good game that I had never played, let alone seen, before last week.
Played yeaterday - Demon's Crest for SNES
I beat the game with all crests, but the time was too late for me to tackle the secret final boss, so I'm going to tackle him today.
Donkey Kong Classics (NES)
Kickle Cubicle (NES)
Donkey Kong Classics was on the chopping block. I know both Donkey Kong and Donkey Kong Jr are classics that have stood the test of time, but I was not always as big on them as other games. I obviously liked them enough to purchase them so I gave them one last chance. It turned out I was having a good time playing both games and it turns out I am about evenly skilled on both....which is to say I suck horribly! My top score was about 39,000 for Donkey Kong and about 35,000 on Donkey Kong Jr. The game stays!
Kickle Cubicle is a game that I loved since I first encountered when it came out in 1990. I never owned it and had to settle for renting it as often as possible. I finally was able to snag a copy a few months ago and worked my way through the worlds. I had not touched it in a few weeks, but I was determined to get through the final few stages of the last world and beat the game. I fought hard on some stages (the ones with the hammers especially) and thought I was going to lose my mind on the final boss. I lost again....and again....and again....and AGAIN....until I finally beat him! It was satisfying watching the end credits and story and I was glad that after over two decades since I first played it I mastered it!
mario kart and house of the dead 2
Akai Katana, Dodonpachi Resurrection and Skullgirls
New episode of Retrocade
Past Episodes right here
I just bought the Humble Indie Bundle V, so it's mostly been Limbo, Sword and Sworcery, and Bastion for me, although I've also been getting the hang of Battle for Wesnoth in among those.
The Legend of Zelda (NES)
I have not really been a big fan of the Legend of Zelda games. I keep them mostly for my girlfriend's sake as she enjoys them far more than I do. I figured I would attempt to at least beat the games, starting with Link's first adventure on the NES. I had left off at level 2 and proceeded to make it through to the level 5 dungeon before stopping. I can say one thing: you better LOVE the theme music to Legend of Zelda as it is all you hear going from one place to another until you get to the dungeons! (I know Super Mario Bros. for the NES is guilty of this, too, but I thought I spent more time in one sitting on the Zelda game than I did on Mario!)
The Legend of Zelda (NES)
With my NES Game Atlas beside me and the Wii web browser pointed to a walkthrough of the overworld (as some of the map's info is cryptic at best) I trudged forward in the game. I must not have saved correctly when I finished yesterday because I was back to level 3! I had to fight all the way back up to level 5 and was more successful in getting through this time around as I knew what I was looking for. I got my hands on the Master Sword and pushed on through level 7. The instructions in the NES Game Atlas were a bit cryptic, so I went to the walkthrough to figure out what it was talking about! Once I did that I was able to beat the level 7 boss! The scary thing to think of is that there is a second quest to go through after making it through levels 8 and 9!!! I do know that unless I had the actual Nintendo Power that walked you through the dungeons back in the day I would never have beaten it. Thank goodness for the internet!
more mario kart. Excite truck. Castelvania judgement (it sucks without a gamecube controller!) nights (wii) good day
I finally started Uncharted for PS3. Thats going to be my main focus on that system and Battlefield 3 will be my focus on my 360. I will beat both those games before this month is over or atleast thats the plan.
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The Legend of Zelda (NES)
With only one piece of the Triforce left to obtain before Ganon, I decided to pick up where I left off. I found the last two heart containers I needed (besides the one you get in level 8)....and the power went off. I gasped in horror as I wondered if it would kill my save game and all my hard work. Thankfully my fears were unfounded. I got my two heart containers (AGAIN) and immediately saved. I made it through level 8 (saved AGAIN) then pressed on to beat Ganon. So many secret passageways in that dungeon...good thing I've got the Power...Nintendo Power! It was very satisfying to beat Ganon and see the ending. Now I have to beat the second quest to say that I truly beat the game....another day....