There’s Gold In Those Hills

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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!

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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)

豪血寺一族

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