Games of the Last Month

More recent acquisitions from the past month:

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Wild Arms – I’ve owned the second Wild Arms for at least a few years and I finally happened to come across the first one this past month so I snagged it!

Space Invaders Extreme 2 – I enjoyed the first one from 2008 quite a bit and since this is only $20 (like the last one), I couldn’t pass it up once I found one. Recommended for anyone who likes good updates to old arcade games like Pac-Man CE.

Shin Gouketsuji Ichizoku: Bonnou Kaihou – A fighting game that is a sequel to Matrimelee on the Neo-Geo. The series is known as Power Instinct in the west, but most of the games after the very first one haven’t made it out of Japan. I enjoy this series for it’s humorous tone and solid fighting engine. I’ll probably upload a gameplay vid of this game soon since it is very hard to find footage of it.

Crystalis – One of my favorite NES games and it’s an RPG by SNK of all companies! Too bad Nintendo owns it now and all they did with it was a terrible port to the GBC and fundamentally changed the story in the process along with the music too!

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Kaitei Daisensou – A pretty awesome shmup were you control a submarine instead of the usual plane or ship of some type. Originally developed by a team at Irem that soon after left to form Nazca Corporation and created the well known Metal Slug series. Known as In The Hunt in the west.

Einhander – A well known Square developed shmup which proves why they need to do more in the genre! The box art here is much better than the bland one we got in North America.

Klonoa Beach Volley: Saikyou Team Ketteisen – A decent sports spin-off of the Klonoa series that you’ll get more out of if you are already a Klonoa fan like myself.

Gunners Heaven – Heavily inspired by Gunstar Heroes, this run-and-gun game is really sweet! Made by Media.Vision, the same people who made Wild Arms.


That’s all for now! Thanks for reading and everyone have a happy New Year!

海底大戦争

usagi704’s Game of the Year Awards 2009

Welcome to my Game of the Year Awards for 2009! These awards follow three rules:

– THE GAME MUST HAVE BEEN FINISHED TO MY SATISFACTION
– THE GAME MUST HAVE BEEN PLAYED FOR THE FIRST TIME THIS YEAR
– THE GAME DOES NOT HAVE TO HAVE BEEN ORIGINALLY RELEASED THIS YEAR

Without further delay, let’s get to it!

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BEST MUSIC
• Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 (PS2)
• God of War: Chains of Olympus (PSP)
• Space Invaders Extreme 2 (DS)
• Gate of Thunder (PCE)
• Winds of Thunder (PCE)

Runner-Up: Winds of Thunder (PCE)

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BEST SOUND DESIGN
• Killzone 2 (PS3)
• Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (PS3)
• God of War: Chains of Olympus (PSP)
• Space Invaders Extreme 2 (DS)
• Batman: Arkham Asylum (PS3)

Runner-Up: Batman: Arkham Asylum (PS3)

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MOST SURPRISINGLY GOOD GAME
• Wolfenstein 3D (PS3)
• Street Fighter Alpha: Warriors’ Dreams (GB)
• The Rumble Fish (PS2)
• Thexder NEO (PSP)

Runner-Up: Wolfenstein 3D (PS3)

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BEST GRAPHICS, TECHNICAL
• Killzone 2 (PS3)
• BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger (PS3)
• Batman: Arkham Asylum (PS3)
• Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (PS3)
• Ninja Gaiden Σ 2 (PS3)

Runner-Up: Batman: Arkham Asylum (PS3)

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BEST GRAPHICS, ARTISTIC
• Street Fighter IV (PS3)
• Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus (PS2)
• BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger (PS3)
• King of Fighters XII (PS3)
• Wipeout Pulse (PSP)

Runner-Up: Street Fighter IV (PS3)

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BEST COMPILATION
• Soldier Collection (PSP)
• Salamander Portable (PSP)
• Raiden Project (PS1)
• Game Center CX: Arino no Chousenjou 2 (DS)
• Samurai Shodown Anthology (PS2)

Runner-Up: Game Center CX: Arino no Chousenjou 2 (DS)

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BEST MULTIPLAYER GAME
• Street Fighter IV (PS3)
• Killzone 2 (PS3)
• Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (PS3)
• BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger (PS3)
• Bomberman ’93 (PCE)

Runner-Up: Street Fighter IV (PS3)

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MOST IMPROVED SEQUEL
• Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 (PS2)
• Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (PS3)
• Game Center CX: Arino no Chousenjou 2 (DS)
• Killzone 2 (PS3)
• Thexder NEO (PSP)

Runner-Up: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (PS3)

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BEST DOWNLOADABLE GAME
• Crash Commando (PS3)
• Wolfenstein 3D (PS3)
• Thexder NEO (PSP)
• Tetris (PSP)
• Marvel vs. Capcom 2 (PS3)

Runner-Up: Marvel vs. Capcom 2 (PS3)

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MOST DISAPPOINTING GAME
• King of Fighters: The Orochi Saga (PSP)
• Blood Will Tell: Tezuka Osamu’s Dororo (PS2)
• Valis III (PCE)
• Tekken 6 (PS3)

Runner-Up: King of Fighters: The Orochi Saga (PSP)

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BEST ACTION/ADVENTURE GAME
• Zone of the Enders (PS2)
• God of War: Chains of Olympus (PSP)
• inFamous (PS3)
• Batman: Arkham Asylum (PS3)
• Ninja Gaiden Σ 2 (PS3)

Runner-Up: inFamous (PS3)

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BEST ACTION/PLATFORMER
• Hagane (SNES)
• Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus (PS2)
• Akumajou Densetsu (FC)
• Hoshi no Kirby (FC)
• Ape Escape 3 (PS2)

Runner-Up: Hoshi no Kirby (FC)

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BEST SHOOTER
• Killzone 2 (PS3)
• Wolfenstein 3D (PS3)
• Crash Commando (PS3)
• Point Blank (PS1)
• Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (PS3)

Runner-Up: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (PS3)

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BEST FIGHTING GAME
• BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger (PS3)
• Street Fighter IV (PS3)
• King of Fighters ’98: Ultimate Match (PS2)
• Samurai Shodown Anthology (PS2)
• Shin Kidou Senki Gundam W: Endless Duel (SNES)

Runner-Up: BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger (PS3)

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BEST PUZZLE/STRATEGY GAME
• Tetris DX (GB)
• You Don’t Know Jack (PS1)
• Bomberman ’93 (PCE)
• Tetris (PSP)
• Bomberman Blitz (Dsi)

Runner-Up: Bomberman ’93 (PCE)

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BEST RPG
• Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 (PS2)
• Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII (PSP)

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BEST SHMUP
• Soldier Collection (PSP)
• Winds of Thunder (PCE)
• Recca: Summer Carnival ’92 (FC)
• DoDonPachi (SAT)
• Gate of Thunder (PCE)

Runner-Up: DoDonPachi (SAT)

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BEST DRIVING/RACING GAME
• Wipeout 64 (N64)
• Sled Storm (PS1)
• Wipeout Pulse (PSP)

Runner-Up: Sled Storm (PS1)

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BEST GAME BOY GAME
• Tetris DX
• Street Fighter Alpha: Warriors’ Dreams
• Castlevania II: Belmont’s Revenge
• Operation C

Runner-Up: Operation C

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BEST DS GAME
• Game Center CX: Arino no Chousenjou 2
• Bangai-O Spirits
• Bomberman Blitz
• Space Invaders Extreme 2

Runner-Up: Space Invaders Extreme 2

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BEST PSP GAME
• Soldier Collection
• Salamander Portable
• God of War: Chains of Olympus
• Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII
• Wipeout Pulse

Runner-Up: Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII

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BEST FAMICOM GAME
• Akumajou Densetsu
• raf World
• Hoshi no Kirby
• Moon Crystal
• Recca: Summer Carnival ’92

Runner-Up: Recca: Summer Carnival ’92

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BEST PC ENGINE GAME
• Winds of Thunder
• L-Dis
• Gate of Thunder
• Bomberman ’93
• Bonk’s Revenge

Runner-Up: Bomberman ’93

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BEST SUPER NINTENDO GAME
• Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters
• Return of Double Dragon
• Shin Kidou Senki Gundam W: Endless Duel
• Ninjawarriors Again, The
• Hagane

Runner-Up: Hagane

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BEST NINTENDO 64 GAME
• Wipeout 64
• Blast Corps
• Tsumi to Batsu: Hoshi no Keishousha

Runner-Up: Wipeout 64

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BEST PLAYSTATION GAME
• Castlevania Chronicles
• Garou Densetsu: Wild Ambition
• Raiden Project
• You Don’t Know Jack
• Point Blank

Runner-Up: Raiden Project

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BEST PLAYSTATION 2 GAME
• Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4
• King of Fighters ’98: Ultimate Match
• Samurai Shodown Anthology
• Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus
• The Rumble Fish

Runner-Up: Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4

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BEST PLAYSTATION 3 GAME
• Street Fighter IV
• inFamous
• Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
• BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger
• Batman: Arkham Asylum

Runner-Up: Batman: Arkham Asylum

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HANDHELD GAME OF THE YEAR
• Castlevania II: Belmont’s Revenge (GB)
• Klonoa 2: Dream Champ Tournament (GBA)
• Game Center CX: Arino no Chousenjou 2 (DS)
• God of War: Chains of Olympus (PSP)

Runner-Up: God of War: Chains of Olympus (PSP)

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GAME OF THE YEAR
• Akumajou Densetsu (FC)
• Batman: Arkham Asylum (PS3)
• Winds of Thunder (PCE)
• Shin Kidou Senki Gundam W: Endless Duel (SNES)
• Tsumi to Batsu: Hoshi no Keishousha (N64)
• DoDonPachi (SAT)
• Garou Densetsu: Wild Ambition (PS1)
• Samurai Shodown Anthology (PS2)
• Street Fighter IV (PS3)

Runner-Up: Batman: Arkham Asylum (PS3)

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ベストオブ2009