Games of March

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Quake II – Since I don’t game on PC and haven’t for quite some time I like to pick up some of my favorite PC shooters for consoles instead, this is one of them.

Gradius V – This one was a very surprising find! Probably the best of the Gradius series thanks to the shooting geniuses at Treasure.

Conker: Live & Reloaded – Last year I tried to play the N64 version when I still had that system, but the poor controller got in the way of my enjoyment so I’m glad I can give it a second try with the Xbox remake.

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For Intergalactic Shmuppreciation Month I have played a few shmups:

Star Prince (from Game Center CX for DS) – I was able to 1CC (one credit clear) this one. I’ve always had an affinity for Hudson’s Star Soldier series and Star Prince is a good homage to that series with hidden point bonuses aplenty.

GunDuel (from Game Center CX 2 for DS) – I 1CC’d this too. Another fun 8-bit-esque shooter that is a spiritual sequel to Star Prince, but I feel it has a really fun and interesting weapons system where you can use 2 weapon powerups at once and depending on which one is being used as the primary and which one is secondary will determine what your firepower is like.

Einhander – I’m attempting to just be able to finish this one since I’m new to it, but it is a really great shmup! The different ships with their different number of gunpod slots for the many different weapons adds a lot of variety and experimentation. Being a Contra fan I have to say my favorite weapon overall is the Spreader, but the short range Riot cannon is awesome too since I can take down the first level boss in about 10 seconds with it! Any shmup fan that can play PS1 games should get this game!

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Kazuma Kiryu is Back!

I’m back with some more recent pickups and gaming derring-do!

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Crash Bandicoot 2 & Crash Bandicoot: Warped – I’ve already owned these from years ago, but they were the greatest hits versions and I just happened to bump into these original labeled versions that were even complete with their holographic covers.

College Slam – This is an NBA Jam wannabe by the same people who ported the console versions of NBA Jam. I had this back when it originally came out and it’s decent, but clearly slapped together just to make a few bucks.

WWF Wrestlemania: The Arcade Game – An excellent port of the great arcade original. Much more of a fighting game than it is a wrestling game and much better than its follow-up, WWF In Your House.

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BlazBlue Portable – I’ve been playing this the last few days and it is exactly what you would want out of a portable version of BlazBlue! It is the same super awesome fighting game from last year, but now you can take it anywhere! There’s even a new Legion mode and every character now has an unlimited version unlike the console versions where only a few did.

Yakuza 3 – After a bunch of crap like usual with a local game store whenever I try to preorder anything not popular from them, I just checked GameStop today and they had a copy so I bought it from them instead. To be fair, the problem with that local game store is the crappy distributor he gets his games from, Jack of All Games. I’ve heard so many stories from the owner about how inept they are, but I don’t get why he stays with them because he has now lost 4 game sales from me alone in the past 2 years because of his distributor’s ****. You’d think he’d have gotten the hint by now to go with someone else. And, say what you will about GameStop, but even with the crap they pull at least they get their games in when they are supposed to. Anyway, yeah, I’m really looking forward to starting Yakuza 3 tonight! Watch out you street punks because Kazuma is back to bust heads once again!

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Codename: Tenka (PS1) – I tried playing this to put another on my beaten list for 2010, but it just isn’t a competent shooter even for the PS1. The soundtrack is quite good though and I ripped it to mp3 instead of playing the game.

Karnov (FC) – I expected this to take me a little while to beat, but much to my surprise it only took me two dedicated evenings. It’s tough on the outside, but once you get used to how you need to play it Karnov isn’t too terribly difficult.

Rygar: The Legendary Adventure (PS2) – A short, but pretty good action game that had a good sense of scale like God of War and the game is a lot like that franchise, but came 3 years before and I wouldn’t be surprised if this game somehow inspired the creators of God of War at least a little bit.

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Intergalactic Shmuppreciation Month

March is Intergalactic Shmuppreciation Month and I encourage you all to enjoy playing at least one shmup during the month. I also recommend watching some episodes of this great shmup review show I found on YouTube called Bullet Heaven. It’s done by the user Serraxor and is done very well! There are 13 episodes so far and they are an enjoyable watch.

I will be playing a number of different shmups during the month when I’m not playing Yakuza 3 (out next week!). The main one I am going to play is Einhander. I see myself also breaking out some Star Soldier and the big, bad Radiant Silvergun too! There will no doubt be others I will play, but they have yet to be determined.

I.S.M. is all about playing and appreciating the genre of the shmup, so get out there and enjoy ’em!

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