There’s Gold In Those Hills


As you can see from the above photo, I picked up three of 2009’s highest rated games. Toys-R-Us is having a buy-2-get-1-free on all video games and that is how I got them. This sale makes me glad I didn’t rush out and buy inFamous or Batman when they came out. Now I have three excellent games to play for a good long while along with my continuation of Ninja Gaiden Σ 2 and the upcoming Tekken 6 at the end of the month! Needless to say, October has been awesome!


Two more older games were also picked up this week:

Power Instinct – This is an Atlus fighting game ported from the arcade to the Super Nintendo. Very obviously Street Fighter II inspired, but still pretty good nonetheless. The later games in the series, especially Matrimelee for Neo Geo, were a good deal better than this one.

WWF Smackdown! 2: Know Your Role – In what can really be considered more of an upgrade rather than a sequel, Smackdown! 2 is a very good follow-up to the original PlayStation Smackdown! wrestling game, a game that changed how wrestling games have been made since.

Thexder NEO – This is a downloadable game for PSP that is a new game in the Thexder series of games that were mainly on different PCs back in the 1980s. The only other one I have played before this one was the port of the original Thexder to the Famicom. It’s a pretty bad port, but the concept was interesting enough that I wanted to try out this new one once I saw some gameplay footage and I wasn’t disappointed. It is a good game that stays very true to the original games while still being fun today and it even has online multiplayer, but I haven’t been able to try that out yet because it seems that absolutely nobody is playing this online. Thexder NEO is $10 and for that price it isn’t really worth it, but if the price ever drops to $5, I would recommend it.

I finished Ninja Gaiden Σ 2 yesterday and unlike most games, I actually want to play though it again already which I would say is a testament to my enjoyment of it. The camera was definitely a pain at times, but overall still a great game that I recommend to anyone that is into the Ninja Gaiden series and even to people who have been intimidated by the difficulty in the past as this one is definitely far more accessible than previous games. Also, I’m looking for anyone who would like to play some co-op in Ninja Gaiden Σ 2. If you are interested, send me a message on PSN.

Another game I finished recently was one I purchased around the time of my last blog which is L-Dis for PC Engine. It’s a pretty good shoot-’em-up with quite a few stages and some satisfying shooting action once you get powered up enough. Late in the game is pretty difficult mainly because there is a lot of crazy obstacle dodging and the bosses take quite a few hits before they go down! L-Dis is a shoot-’em-up I would only recommend to fans of the genre because I don’t think most others would like it as much.

As always, thanks for reading and until next time! (Psst! Next time: Tekken 6! :D)



Kakatte Koi!

Hey peeps, Usagi back to talk some more games so here we go!


Yes, I already bought Ninja Gaiden Σ 2! I didn’t expect to do so until I was out and about one day and saw it on sale and thought, yeah, I wanna kick some ass! So far it is definitely much better than when Itagaki was with Team Ninja. Many differences are there that certainly wouldn’t be there if he was still in charge. For one, the easy difficulty is actually manageable for non-masochists while still being challenging and the harder difficulties are still there for people who want them. There are also many more checkpoints that completely refill your health and you get back a large chunk of health when you finish a battle instead of having to gain it all back yourself. In other words, it is a much less frustrating, but still plenty challenging experience than before. The dismemberment is still in the game and the enemies will still try to suicide bomb your ass, but it’s just much less bloody than before. I, for one, am glad Tecmo is free from Itagaki’s ego because now they can and are already releasing more than just DoA and NG with the likes of the action game for PSP called Undead Knights and also the upcoming third-person shooter Quantum Theory for PS3.


Four more PC Engine games this week too!

Dungeon Explorer & Dungeon Explorer II – Excellent action RPG games that are essentially Gauntlet with a fully realized story many different characters to choose to play as, RPG elements, and up to 5-players simultaneously! If that sounds good to you and you have a Wii, download the first DE now! DEII is only on the Virtual Console in Japan, unfortunately.

L-Dis – This is a shump of the cute-’em-up sub-genre that is pretty good with some funny things like the sound of ‘meow’ coming out of certain enemies when you destroy them, at least that’s what it sounds like to me.

Fire Pro Wrestling 3: Legend Bout – The Fire Pro series has always been known for being an excellent series of wrestling games where the gameplay is all about timing your button presses rather than mashing them to win grapples and it’s a great system that is still great today. If you like pro wrestling games I recommend Fire Pro Returns for PS2 since that is the only one to come over to North America outside of the two GBA games.

Tetris (PSP Minis) – I bought the new PSP Minis version of Tetris and I think it is an excellent game of Tetris. It offers 15 neat variants of the game in addition to the usual marathon mode. It even has it’s own achievements that are fun as well. The game is $10 which is definitely too much, but I would recommend it if there is a price drop in the future.

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