The Wicked Console Stack

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This is a stack-up of the consoles that I currently have- though that Sega Mega Drive (which wasn’t faulty since I used the packed-in NES power adapter which thankfully didn’t fry it) will be given away as I’ll use a modded Japanese unit which can play games from all over the world. Having a Japanese Mega Drive is awesome too as it sports that reddish look- which coincidentally is the design I thought was here in Europe too but ultimately I was proven wrong. I will keep that awesome box and the controllers that came with it though, and I’ve bought new refurbished controllers for it too. I took this picture right before our move into the house.

As you can see there is a box with Wii U peripherals beneath the Wii U unit- as I couldn’t balance the consoles in a better way and since the two stacks would look off I opted to put that beneath those three consoles to make it look better.

Video Game Hunting: Stay Away, Angry Sun!

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Image from gamesradar.com

It’s Summer Time, and for most of us this means vacation, and a chance to get to play more video games, if it weren’t for travelling and all those other things one has to do. Ah, I can’t play the stationary consoles outdoors, and the weather is nice so I have to be outdoors. Let’s play on the handhelds then! No, I’m required to enjoy this new and exotic country I’m visiting… That means the new and exotic lands of this game will have to wait…

To sum it up I’d conclude that wintertime is a better time to play video games, but don’t forget the surge of flea markets and the likes, as well as last-minute garage sales to scour in search for more video games. If you don’t have enough already, that is (I do, but I can’t stop myself, it’s pathological). This month’s haul is largely from the last 40% sale on GAME (with 20% off on accessories and consoles) and later on, 50% on all goods, and last, but not least, a Liquidation Sale as they went out of business after filing bankruptcy when all games and accessories were on 70% sale!

This post has been delayed by life and things like that, not to mention by how huge it is! This months haul is a record thus far, and it clearly marks some of my issues as a gamer and a collector.

2015-06-01 12.35.32I had cropped this image and I can’t understand why it was imported this way. And I frankly don’t give a damn, as I’m too lazy to correct this digital mistake. Anyhow, this here video game is Carmageddon 64, a pretty decent port of the PC game called Carmageddon 2. Being a fan of the Carmageddon franchise as a whole I decided to get this copy, and it plays very well. Bar the very low framerate, when compared to it’s PC brother, and the lower resolution, it feels the same. What striked me as odd was the inclusion of both fat and thin green zombies and red blood. Yes, not green as in the censored PC version, but red. That’s not very “Nintendo of the 90’s” at all.

2015-06-01 12.35.55Lumines Plus is another game that I’ve ogled, and for a small price I got this into my collection. It’s actually a fun and odd platformer which tries to look very modern, and it has some kind of contemporary look to it even today. The oddest part of it, besides the gameplay, is the music tracks who range from anything from generic electronic music tracks to actual music tracks with singers. The genres vary greatly in my opinion, but so far I haven’t heard rock and hiphop and the likes. Would I recommend it? Yes, if you’re a puzzle fan. If not you’ll just end up getting annoyed at the innovative gameplay style and especially at the odd choice of music tracks. I guess they tried to much to be an “everybody’s puzzle game”.

2015-06-01 12.37.21What a big blank space there is around the cartidge, what a waste. Thank you, WordPress. Anyhow, Astro Boy is one of the hidden gems on the Game Boy Advance system and I’d heard that it’s a great platformin action game. And boy did it deliver! The graphics, sound effects and the gameplay are all great. The story itself is interesting and light enough to draw me in, and has given me the urge to check out the Astro Boy franchise myself. If you find this one decently priced I’d say pick it up- you won’t be sorry. And if you would dislike this game something would be wrong with you, I think. I wouldn’t be to blame, I’d say. While we’re still talking about Game Boy Advance games… stack the heck away from Shrek Swamp Kart Racing.
2015-06-01 12.35.45Official Nintendo 64 Expansion Packs are way too expensive, man and woman. Good thing they had that sale that made this one unit affordable. This device is inserted into the Nintendo 64 to give it more RAM (4mb if I recall correctly, please correct me if I’m wrong, or don’t, have it your way, gosh). This allows for a few select games to output in higher resolution, of which I only have one (Pokémon Stadium 2). I’ve stayed away from Donkey Kong 64 (which technically shouldn’t didn’t require the Expansion Pack, if it wasn’t for a certain part of the game freezing without it). since it needs one of these.

2015-06-01 12.36.08I got myself another new-in-box SEGA Dreamcast Controller. It’s mint and never used, complete with a plastic bag and the manual. There are many of these around on Ebay and the likes, so getting a mint original Dreamcast controller never is a problem. The prices are decent in Ebay too, but when you can get 20% off that price and save on shipping… why not go for it? Now that I’ve got 4 controllers I can play Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear in Deathmatch Mode with 3 buddies. Too bad no one will want to. I tried that mode with my brother and the maps are way too huge for that small amount of players in Local Play. I’ll have to get other games, like Power Stone or something, instead.

2015-06-09 17.41.26Resident Evil 4… what have I driven myself into. I’m notorious amongst my friends and family for being easily spooked by this genre, so I’m not really sure what made me grab this one. It might be the will to conquer my fears… or so I hope, since the other option would be true insanity. I hope this will bring me many hours of fun and not soiled pants instead…

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Next up is XII Stag, or Twelve Stag (or 12 Stag) if you will which is a vertical shooter. I really love those arcade-style games and they’re one of the reasons why I love the Playstation 2 too; there simply are a great lot of arcade ports for it. And they usually go for cheap too! They’re easy to pick up and play, and usually you get Free Credits too. That’s cheap arcadin’!

2015-06-09 17.43.52This is the definitive version of Monopoly with animations and gameplay that’s limited to 2 players only! I lied when I said that it’s the definitive version though… as you’ve figured out you can only play as 2 players in this game which limits the fun I’d reckon. But being a Monopoly fan I needed to pick this up for cheaps. Fo’ Cheapz! And it has both the classic and World Edition boards.

 

2015-06-09 18.11.05Zombie Revenge is one of those games that go for a higher price on the Dreamcast. This sale made me able to buy it without burning a hole through my wallet and, subsequently, my pocket. And it’s a really fun game! The Bare Knuckle mode is by far the best, and is a mode where you use your fists to defeat all those disgusting monsters and zombies. I still haven’t really understood what the revenge is about though…

2015-06-09 18.10.59This is yet another vertical shooter, Castle Shikigami II: War of the Worlds (not like H.G. Well’s piece, mind you) which Play It has released. I’ve yet to play this one, but when I come over these for the cheaps I have to get them. Chances are really good that they’ll be awesome. This one is also one of the finds during GAME’s Great Final Sale. I’m lucky few people even care to get these Old School-style arcade games; that means I get them instead!

N2015-06-11 17.40.49ext is Metal Gear Solid 3: Substinence, which contains a bonus disc that was pre-order or something like that in the US and Japan. It’s a fleshed out version of Snake Eater, and even though I thought I snagged it for kind of cheap in a thrift store it turned out not to contain the bonus disc.  I got it since you need Substinence to live… at least that’s my excuse. I mean, I’m no Snake Eater, right? The Europeans got the bonus disc either way since they had to wait for it for longer.

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Next in line to present to you is none other than Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. This is my favorite version of GTA thus far simply because it’s based on Miami Vice and since it takes part in the 80’s (which I love) this is the definitive version for me. I love the music selection too and I’ve always liked that the type of car you get predetermines which station it’ll be tuned into. While I’m not much for breaking the law, shooting and driving over innocents and the such, the free roaming world is a very fun thing gameplay-wise, and “borrowing” cars to crash never gets old.

2015-06-24 23.09.00Uncharted: Golden Abyss is a game my wife has wanted to get for a good while now, and during that sale we snagged it. Adventure games like this one always have a tendency to drag me in. I think it has to be the Indiana Jones in me that needs his fix. He’s shackled thight enough not to be able to escape and actually make me embark on real dangerous adventures, thank God, but I’m humane enough to grant him at least this much.

2015-06-24 23.09.49Some Nintendo Entertainment System dust sleeves! These were dirt cheap, and that’s a great thing considering they’re supposed to guard against dust. I took these two since they were the only ones left on the shelf. I asked the clerk if there were any more left. He then asked how many I wanted. I said “all there is.” He then answered that only these two remained. I left that GAME store baffled. I’m still not sure what the point was of asking me if I wanted any more of them if there were none else left than these two.

2015-06-24 23.13.19Microsoft Puzzle Entertainment Pack is something I envision in very much the same way as they’ve portrayed how your mind will become after having played the game on the cover of the box: as a mess. It’s weird that Microsoft ported some of their PC games to the Game Boy Color. It’s weird. It heinous. It’s a testament of madness! And that’s why I got this complete game. It’s too weird to pass on and I actually seem to have low standards when it comes to gaming (I enjoy the NES game Golf a bit too much) so I think I’ll like this one.

2015-06-24 23.10.39This is the only decent Sega Dreamcast game they had left and that I wanted to get: Milennium Soldier: Expendable. This is a top-ish view run and gun game where the tagline tells you what you need to know (something in the lines of “don’t ask, don’t stop, just shoot.”). This is a port of a port of an arcade game (portception) and plays very much like one, with credits, a second player being able to jump in anytime, and bosses and weapon upgrades and such. That sounds awesome!

2015-06-24 23.17.27  I love the Die Hard movies (for sure the first three ones, and even Live Free or Die Hard [but not so much Die Hard 4.0]) and when I saw Die Hard: Vendetta for the Gamecube I bought it. I’m hoping for a decent first person shooter and not something like Die Hard Trilogy for the Playstation. Even though that one is somewhat nostalgic it hasn’t aged well at all.

2015-06-27 16.28.01You’re not hallucinating, folks. I’ve bought a PC game, Command & Conquer: The First Decade. Before older console games became cheap enough my main gaming platform was the PC. Either I got cheap games that looked fun enough (Like good ones like MechCommander and Earth: 2140, or bad ones like Krazy Ivan) or I got them through friends (let’s just call that “lending through charred discs of information”). One of the top picks is the Command & Conquer franchise, with Red Alert being my favorite. This compilation contains everything released during the first decade, or so it claims. I got it at a flea market complete, and I’m eager to try it out.

2015-06-27 16.29.49It may be difficult to see, but this cart actually is Pocket Music for the Gameboy Advance. It’s your standard mixboard which is, to me, a bit difficult to learn due to the limited buttons of the system. Mixing is both easy and difficult; if you know which beats to use you can insert them easily. Knowing which tunes are which is the challenge though… I dig the inclusion of a GBA version if “My Name Is” by Slim Shady. That’s really nice!

2015-06-27 16.32.08Next up is Mercury Meltdown Revolution, a game I’ve heard is a hidden gem. You guide this mercuroid blob throughout stages that are sensitive to the motions of your Wiimote. I say, this blob sure looks like a Flubber! I bet you’d forgotten about that movie, no? This one is certainly darker than its Flubbi bethren and gives off a noble look. Amyhow, if you like motion controls and puzzles, look no further. Stop. No, stop looking further. Come ON!!

2015-06-27 16.33.00  Hunter: The Reckoning Wayward is an action game where you kill zombies and such. It looks great, through I don’t expect the gameplay to be stellar by any means, but it’s supposed to be decent. I’ve yet to play this one so I don’t have too much to say about it other than it looks fun. Playstation 2 games are dirt cheap, which means you can gamble when you get games on the system.

2015-06-30 15.53.57Is this one good? I’ve heard about the Fallout games a whole lot and I’ve yet to try any of them out. I definitely think I have a strong anough PC for this one, so I thought I’d see what the hype is all about in this the 3:rd game in the series. It also came very, very cheap at a thrift store, so yeah. That’s the story of how this one got into my possession. Let’s see how I fare in a post apocalyptic world (not so good. I’d guess)!

 

2015-06-30 15.54.09I got Sly 3: Honor Amongst Thieves! Platformers are my thing, and I won’t say no to good 3D platformer like this one. Also found at a thrift store for CHEAPS and when I got to the cash register they put it in at 50% off so it was even cheaper than I thought. You could even say it was a steal… heh. Man, that be nice, y’arr! Though me not be thinkin’ there be no honour amongst the thievery gentlemen, no, y’arr, they be dishonest like the worst of vermin, see.

2015-06-30 15.53.48I really used to play Diablo II a lot when it was new-ish back then. I never got very far, neither did I ever do that great, but raiding the maps and searching for stronger weapons and cooperating with my brother doing all that was a lot of fun. As with all PC games it’s not that certain a thing that the CD Key will work but I’ll give it a chance. I chose the Necromancer to be able to keep my distance and summon Skeleton Warriors and  Clay Golems to fight for me. Letting others fight my battles fits my game style much better and being a Summoner is more my cup of tea.

2015-06-30 15.55.01I also snagged these older Super Play issues, the first one is from January 1997 I presume and recaps the Game Year of 1996, which is insanely awesome. The other one leads you through the Console War of XBox, Playstation2 and the Nintendo Gamecube. As we all know they’re great on their own (with the Gamecube being the best system in my opinion) but as expected the Gamecube sold much, much less than the other systems.

I’d like to end this post with a few lines about blank spaces. Recognize the song? An E-cookie will be handed out to those giving the right answer:

“Cause we’re nerds and we’re reckless
We’ll collect things way too far 
Don’t buy things that are tasteless,
Games like Shrek riding in his swampy kart
Got a long list of games left
They’ll tell you I’m insane
But these images have too much blank space baby
WordPress is to blame.”

Two New Headers and Return from New York

I’ve been in New York for a week and have thus been incative, but I have some goodies for you if you keep your eyes out for a new post in the Reader (ir your E-mail inboxes, if you follow me that way).

There are two new headers that are mixed in randomly with the previous ones, one with Mario and Peach playing Famicom (inspired by Gamescanner.org) and one with none other than Wario. There’s one with Samus and one with Mega Man in the works as well. Other than that I have visited only one video game store (which I passed by just randomly) in New York and actually walked out with a decently priced PS Vita game!

mariopeach.png wario-header.pngI’ll be writing a few posts tomorrow as I’ve got material for 4-5 upcoming posts it seems.

Try to guess (or determine) which game format the media belong to in the background of the headers. Can you make them out?

I’m leaving for now to play some Rayman Legends. Game on!

Game Room Update: Photo Frame

I’ve wanted to emulate that video game store feeling for quite some time, for nostalgic reasons, and one way of doing that is using a screen to play gameplay footage of “retro” games in the background.

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Initially I thought of using a fat CRT TV or something like that, as that’s what they used to replay taped game footage in the stores I used to visit as a kid, but they’re bulky and there are no economical ways to replay the footage if you wouldn’t connect it to a VHS player.

The criteria I wanted fulfilled were the following:

  • A screen of small size
  • The ability to playback video and sound without additional hook-ups
  • A sleek look and not too big, but not too small either

I found this in this Hama 15” screen, which is really huge for being a digital photo frame! It came with a remote, which facilitates things even further, and looks sleek and has a good picture quality, and decent speakers.

I had some problems with it at first, as I used Cyberlink Powerdirector to edit the videos but that led to them being converted into huge files of easily 3-4 times their original sizes. The encoding that was used, even though this photo frame is supposed to handle AVI, MPEG-1 and MPEG- 4 well, made the system unable to play up the videos too. Usually  it’d play the sounds only, which was a bummer.

This time I downloaded some gameplay videos and directly converted them into AVI files in 480p, which gave a good result that was playable on this device, without editing them and whatnot. This also kept the file size down.

Here you have the final result:

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The screen playing gameplay footage of Sonic the Hedgehog 2IMG_4846

Super Mario Bros. 3 Overworld Map IMG_4849

Sonic The Hedgehog 2 title screen IMG_4853Even some Arcade delight as in the Japanese version of Donkey Kong! I honestly can’t see the difference between this and the original version…

The following games were included into the reel: Super Mario Bros. 3, Donkey Kong (Arcade), Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Streets of Rage 3, Rampage (Arcade), Super Mario World, Super Metroid, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Super Mario Land 3: Wario Land, The Legend of Zelda, Pacman, Pokémon Red. Super Mario Sunshine, Terminator 2: The Arcade game, TMNT IV: Turtles in Time.

More are yet to come, and these were the first ones I came to think of when I factored in games I like and games I have a nostalgic connection to. I tried to mix games from different consoles and platforms.

The files are in AVI format and range from 70 – 500 mb (the smallest file being Super Mario Bros. 3 and the largest SSMB 4 for the Wii U) and range from between 2 minutes to 20 or so minutes. The colors display perfectly and the picture has no lag, 480 p is a great quality for this photo frame and the sound is superb.

Gamecube Controller Button Swap Mod

megaman-anniveMega Man Collection for the Nintendo Gamecube has one serious problem, and that´s the fact that the A and B buttons are swapped for some reason, My theory is that they wanted to use the big and green A button as some intuitive way for kids to Fire and the smaller red B button as the means to Jump. There are two problems with this. The first one is that the ones more likely to buy the game would be older fans (kids don´t want older games with outdated graphics) and the second one is that there is nothing intuitive about swapping buttons like that at all.

Anyhow, I needed a solution for it and Googled for “Gamecube Controller Button Swap” and saw this post by someone who wanted to swap the buttons around to fit Virtual Console and GBA games better, and used it as a base to how to make it happen. It was at first a daunting task, since I was nervous I’d break the controller (even though I got a decent 3rd party one to mess around with!) but eventually I got it right. I’ll guide you through my process Step By Step (like the show, remember it?). In the end I considered it being worth it, since re-training decades worth of gaming experience, where you’ve been taught that A-button Jumps and B-button Shoots, is a no-no. I don’t want to cripple myself for a single game!

First step was to assemble everything I thought I’d need:

  • A Samurai screwdriver kit, to open up video game cartridges and systems. Click the name to get to the post where I use it to replace internal batteries in Gameboy Game Paks.
  • A Soldering iron. I’m really not good with this, but I did manage not to get burned.
  • Solder. You know, that poorly-controlled metal that easily transforms into fluid state just to harden when you don’t want it to.
  • Some wire, this one was insulated and therefore a wee bit too thick because of that.
  • Some electric tape. Not the shocking kind, remember.

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bild 2First you open the sucker up, removing the front of the shell, and noticing how this 3rd party controller doesn’t have a protective plastic film over the circuits, as the original controllers do. Neat, that saves me a lot of trouble having to scrape it off. The Rumble Pak-thingy of the controller is right behind the board and right where the cord enters the shell.

Then I removed the buttons, because, let’s face it, it’s the area beneath them that’s interesting. If you just wanted to change the buttons and the rubber beneath them, it’d be bild 4wise to stop reading here. Otherwise, continue reading!

One can see how the circuits move and how they connect quite clearly on this 3rd party controller, but in all honesty it’s not as clear on the original one, if I recall correctly. Check the original post if you’re curious. Anyhow, now the time had come to begin scraping.

bild 5You have to scrape off the copper leads that connect the A and B buttons to the board, and who subsequently lead the signal into the Gamecube. You have to cut them clean off, and since I had a hard time seeing how much copper was actually left, I kept going until I felt the typical resistance of the plywood board underneath. When you’ve reached that point (in other words the point of no return) you stand before one of the toughest handyman tasks I know- soldering. Just don’t get burned! And make sure to have a clean tip on the soldering iron as a dirty tip will make it harder to solder, and it will also take longer to melt the solder. At least, that’s what my limited experience soldering tells me. That, and the small snippets of information I remember from class. I also remember the intense pain you get when you burn yourself, luckily, when I grew up that kind of injury was considered acceptable and there were no laws preventing me from learning to respect injuries.

Think of the next step as if you are going to connect water pipes and, if you must, attach abild 6 moustache to feel like Mario if it’s important to you. You simply have to redirect the wires so that when you press the A-button, the wire will lead it into the copper lead for the B-button, and vice versa. If you get it wrong, or if the solder doesn’t connect properly, don’t fret. It’s perfectly possible to heat the solder up again and remove it so that you can try again.

Here’s both of them connected. Notice that insulation on the second, uppermost wire? I was able to close the shell properly, but if you imagine the rubber pads laying over these bild 7wires, then it’s easy to understand that it prevented the buttons to get good contact with the board, making them useless. But you can still insulate the wires, in another way, so remove that junk (which I managed to burn with the soldering iron, producing a nasty smell). Rip it off, with all your might!

 

And here’s the end product, both of the wires clumsily attached with an excess of solder, bild 8insulated with electric tape, and producing a great result. Now reattach the front shell and screw it shut if needed. I didn’t since it worked well anyway, just in case I had to make some troubleshooting or re-solder anything. Connect it to the Gamecube and hold your breath, ’cause it’s time to see the result of your hard work!

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After a few tries, it worked like a charm! The photos are from my favorite Mega Man gamebild 9 for the NES, Mega Man III. The intro music is awesome and the game well balanced, the only con is the absence of the Charge Shot, but it sounds horrible anyway on the NES, so…

Mega Man Collection didn’t get the best of me! I don’t shoot and fall into pits anymore, and the games actually are playable! And it wasn’t too hard to do either. I mean, the results were so great that the screen started to crack, check those photos!

First image from: http://retro4ever.com/

Game Hunting: Gun Down That Disguised Bionic Box

This time I’ve got a good few games from different platforms and from different places. They were all scored for a good deal and are games I’ve been looking at for a while. Let’s get started with the first game.

GUNI got this game as a last-minute bid at Tradera, our equivalent of Ebay (incidentally it is owned by none other than Ebay). Gun is a first person shooter set in a Western Setting, and that’s why I bought it. It has raked in decent reviews as well. I love gaming on the Gamecube, and seeing this game for a low price warranted a purchase from my part, I just couldn’t let this lovely game pass. Also. that cover is just magnificently cool!

BoxxleThen I got this game from Ebay UK. I tried to win it in a bid at Tradera, but some jerk bidded way higher than this game one is worth. Swedes have themselves to blame for inflating the prices on these games, even for those that aren’t even from this region (SCN, for Scandinavia). Boxxle is a Sokoban puzzle clone where you control some dude that solves some puzzles through pushing around boxes to cover some dots, or switches, if you will. While I played the PC version as a kid, where the dude had a bandanna and had huge eyes, and had a level shaped like the manji sign of the sun (but which I incorrectly translated as the slightly different Swastica sign which is mirrored and has no angle and deduced that the game was produced by Nazi’s). In this one you control some typical dude with a cap and there’s this shallow story where you meet a girl and want to give her a gift. What that has to do with using both mental and physical force to push around wooden crates is beyond me.

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This is yet another game I owned as a kid, and I remember it being hard as balls. I had to get Bionic Commando when I saw it listed for 10 £ at Ebay UK, as it’s usually listed for anything between 15-20 £ usually. I guess video game prices go up and down corresponding to popularity and such- since the other copies for offer were a bit cheaper over all. While I managed to clear three levels as a kid I’m considerably better nowadays, but that doesn’t mean that Bionic Commando is a cakewalk, no, it’s still as hard as a bionic penis at the International Robot Exhibition in Tokyo.

Wario DisguiseWhat’s a Game Hunting post without some “It’s Wario time! Wahahahaha!“. I’m starting to get closer to complete my Wario collection, and am missing only a few (but I won’t get that Virtual Boy Wario Land as I don’t want a Virtual Boy at all. But for the right price…). This game seemed really fun and only cost around 5£ which is why I got it. It controls differently than what’s convention thus far in the franchise, and you can use both the D-pad or the A,B,X and Y buttons to move Wario around. For actions such as tackling and such you have to use the stylus; while taking a few minutes to get used to it blends in well with the rest of the elements of the game, such as how you’re supposed to draw the disguises on Wario. While only neccessary to show off the quirks of the Nintendo DS system, it manages to be fun never the less.

Yet another game we owned as a kid, and a decent fighting game for the Nintendo 64, I DRhad to get Dark Rift for what I consider a symbolic sum, It’s quite difficult and I can’t fathom how we were able to best the opponents as kids. This is the first released fighting game for the Nintendo 64, and I wouldn’t really recommend it if you lack nostalgia for it, as it’d drive you nuts otherwise. I mean, we have games like Street Fighter 2 and 4 and the likes to thank for that- but if you’re curious to try it out I wouldn’t think it’d be a bad idea since it’s so cheap to get.

Game Hunting: Hidden Games

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First of all I got 3 games for the price of 2 at GAME for a very favorable price. The first is Super Dragon Ball Z which uses the Dragonball Z Budokai engine and is produced by the creatpr of the Street Fighter 2 franchise. I hope that it’ll be good, as I’m a big fan of Dragonball Z fighting games. It has gotten decent reviews if I recall correctly. The second and third games are of the Viewtiful Joe franchise. These Capcom- produced games are really good and lets you control a guy that has to tacle the role of a movie’s Super Hero and has a lot of visually appealing effects, such as slow motion and fast motion fighing. This is a beat-em up that let’s you acquire more skills and attacks as you keep on playing. The first game was supposed to be a Gamecube exclusive but was ported to the Playstation 2 after staggering sales of the system.

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Then I found Time Splitters 2 and Jak 3 at a thrift store similar to The Salvation Army for a symbolic price tag Time Splitters 2 is an acclaimed shooter who gained a lot of positive attention around the release of the Playstation 2, which is why I was curious what the buzz was all about back then. The Jak and Daxter series has also recieved a lot of positive critisism and was cheap enough to warrant a purchase. As a fan of 3D platformers I reckoned I couldn’t go wrong with this one.
Surprise game 2When I got home I noticed that the Time Splitters 2 box was heavier than the rest of the boxes. Opening up I was graced with this view, the box contained a bonus game. I didn’t see the case for this game so I decided to keep it as they wouldn’t be able to sell the game after all if it would’ve been returned. I’m going to print the cover and put the game in a case. That’s such a pleasant surprise indeed!

And that’s pretty much it for this week. As they’re trying to get rid of their Playstation 2 inventory and, since the system sold better than the others, this is the right time to pick up some good deals (before the games become collectibles, that is!).