Shmups, fighters, and a Reploid Named Zero

Hey everyone! A few weeks no blog thanks to E3 being the big thing on the streets. I enjoyed the show and there are many games I’m looking forward to coming out of it, but I feel like if you follow me on Twitter or have seen my comments around on other blogs then you probably already know my thoughts on what was shown. E3 was fun, but now it is time to get back to talking about games you can play now. Here’s a few I picked up recently:


ADK Tamashii (PS2) – This is a compilation of 5 games by Alpha Denshi that were originally released on the Neo-Geo. SNK released this title about 18 months ago and I finally picked it up. It’s a solid collection consisting of Ninja Combat, Ninja Commando, Aggressors of Dark Kombat, and the two standouts: Ninja Master’s and Twinkle Star Sprites.

Thunder Force V (PS1) – A classic shmup series mainly known for being on the Sega Genesis for 3 straight games, Thunder Force V was the first and only time it appeared in the 32-bit era, first on the Saturn in Japan and then ported to the PS1 which prompted Working Designs to publish it in North America.

Mega Man Zero Collection (DS) – I picked this up when it came out a few weeks ago because I wanted to have it in case Capcom released it in small numbers and because I haven’t played these games before, but always wanted to. I tried out each of the four games a little bit to get a feel for what they are like and these games seem like great action/platformers.

King of Fighters 2002: Unlimited Match – Tougeki Ver. (PS2) – This release is similar to King of Fighters ’98: Ultimate Match in where SNK took the original KOF ’98 and remade it and this one does the same for KOF ’02. This particular version, the Tougeki version, was just released this past week as an update to the original release of KOF ’02 UM in order to balance it further.

Gundemonium Collection (PS3) – This is a collection of 3 doujin shmups that are downloadable for the PS3. The games consist of Gundemonium Recollection, GundeadliGne, and Hitogata Happa. Because they are indie games they have the expected poor presentation, but the in-game graphics are all well drawn 2D sprites and look pretty good. I finished Gundemonium Recollection and GundeadliGne with the former being of a good challenge and the latter being too similar to the former except a good deal easier. Hitogata Happa on the other hand is pretty freakin’ difficult, but at least it is much more unique from the other two. I enjoyed these games and would recommend them to hardcore shmup fans only as I doubt they would appeal to players who only dabble in the genre once in awhile.

That’s all for now GS’ers. I’ll be back sooner next time because of the eminent arrival of a handful of more imports. Until then, take care!



Tactical Espionage Operations


As you can see in the image above, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker has arrived. This particular system bundle, the Big Boss Pack, was my excuse to get a new PSP-3000 system. It also came with a system pouch, MGS game, 4GB memory stick, DLC voucher, and crappy movie voucher (2012). The bandana shown wasn’t in the box, but rather it seemed like a preorder bonus though I don’t remember anything about it. I like the camo design a lot more than I thought I would and the system has a matte finish which I was surprised by, but glad because I much prefer that to a glossy one. A very nice system and I’m glad I picked it up!

After nearly two weeks to trying to clear Metal Torrent (DSi) on hard I finally did it yesterday! I even checked how my score for that attempt compared on the leaderboards and was shocked to find out that it was good enough to place me 6th under the board for Random Mode (Bateleur)! For a little $5 download title on a handheld, Metal Torrent has provided much more entertainment than it has any right to! I highly recommend this little shoot-’em-up!

Anyways, thanks for reading as always and now back to some more Peace Walker! Bye-bye!