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Aw yeah, more Platinum goodness! Looking forward to starting this tonight!


USAGI’S TOP 50 GAMES OF ALL-TIME

This list is not in any particular order.

Super Street Fighter II Turbo (ARC – 1994)
Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow (GBA – 2003)
Counter-Strike (PC – 1999)
Dragon Quest (aka: Dragon Warrior) (FC – 1986)
Tetris DX ( GB – 1998 )
Streets of Rage 2 (GEN – 1992)
Game Center CX: Arino no Chousenjou 2 (aka: Retro Game Challenge 2) (DS – 2009)
Moero! Nekketsu Rhythm Damashii: Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan 2 (DS – 2007)
Winds of Thunder (aka: Lords of Thunder) (PCE – 1993)
X-Men vs. Street Fighter (SAT – 1997)
Akumajou Densetsu (aka: Castlevania III) (FC – 1989)
DoDonPachi (SAT – 1997)
Warhawk (PS3 – 2007)
Contra ( FC – 1988 )
Double Dragon II: The Revenge (FC – 1989)
Max Payne (PC – 2001)
Half-Life 2 (PC – 2004)
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots ( PS3 – 2008 )
Ninja Ryukenden (aka: Ninja Gaiden) ( FC – 1988 )
Super Mario Bros. 3 ( FC – 1988 )
Gitaroo Man Lives! (PSP – 2006)
Burnout Paradise ( PS3 – 2008 )
Duke Nukem 3D (PC – 1996)
Doom (PC – 1993)
PaRappa the Rapper (PS – 1996)
Resident Evil (PS – 1996)
Soul Blade (aka: Soul Edge) (PS – 1997)
Tenchu: Stealth Assassins ( PS – 1998 )
Twisted Metal 2 (PS – 1996)
You Don’t Know Jack (PC – 1995)
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift (PS3 – 2010)
Final Fight (ARC – 1989)
Capcom vs. SNK 2: Mark of the Millennium 2001 (PS2 – 2001)
Espgaluda (PS2 – 2004)
Yakuza 2 ( PS2 – 2008 )
Garou: Mark of the Wolves (NEO – 1999)
God Hand (PS2 – 2006)
God of War II (PS2 – 2007)
Guitar Hero (PS2 – 2005)
Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction (PS2 – 2005)
King of Fighters 2002: Unlimited Match – Tougeki Ver. (PS2 – 2010)
Klonoa 2: Lunatea’s Veil (PS2 – 2001)
Rockman 3 (aka: Mega Man 3) (FC – 1990)
Samurai Shodown II (NEO – 1994)
SSX 3 (PS2 – 2003)
Street Fighter Alpha 2 (ARC – 1996)
Tekken Tag Tournament (PS2 – 2000)
Time Crisis 3 (PS2 – 2003)
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4 (PS2 – 2002)
Virtua Fighter 4: Evolution (PS2 – 2003)

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Pick 5… Favorite Podcasts

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I stole this idea from hart704. Go check his list out too.

BITMOB
It’s not the average run-of-the-mill current gaming news and what-have-you-been-playing podcast, but rather about the different gaming topics brought to each episode by the hosts.

ALL GEN GAMERS
I originally thought I’d hate this, but I found out I enjoy it quite a bit. The show is slanted in favor of video game collectors mostly because all of the hosts are collectors themselves which is nice for people like me who are.

WARNING! A HUGE PODCAST
The only podcast out there that actually covers the current Japanese video game scene for English speakers. I especially love it because all 3 main hosts used to work at the old GameFan magazine in the 1990s and since I loved their passion with that mag back in the day it comes as no surprise to me that I love this podcast.

SMART VIDEO GAME FAN
One of the guys from W!AHP also co-hosts this one and since I can’t get enough old GameFan personalities in my podcasts I listen to this one too.

RETRONAUTS
It’s very hard to find a good podcast about older generations of video games and this one is a good one. Unfortunately the next episode, #99, will be the last. NOTE: Retronauts episodes don’t seem to be accessible on 1UP anymore.

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Another barrier stands before you. Fear not, I shall bend it like the truth!

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Unreal Championship 2: The Liandri Conflict (XB) – This is an interesting and unique take on the well known Unreal franchise by taking the game into third-person and putting a lot of emphasis on melee combat in addition to the usual shooting.

Dissidia: Final Fantasy (PSP) – Here is another game that takes a well worn genre and puts a unique and interesting spin on it, but this time with the fighting game genre.

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Power Blade (NES) – An excellent, underrated, and overlooked action game for the NES that was based on a Famicom game, but was changed heavily for the western market and the changes made the game better in everyway.

Low G Man (NES) – An interesting game where the action is centered around your character’s ability to jump incredibly high, hence the name. I rented it at the time it was new and I always remember it being unique and pretty fun.

Sly 2: Band of Thieves (PS2)

I finally finished this one and it is a big improvement over the first Sly game. Being able to play as Bentley and Murray this time around in addition to Sly was great as they all had their own unique styIe of play that made them welcome additions. Most of the game was centered around the core gameplay of the three characters rather than completely differently playing minigames which is something that the first Sly didn’t do which I didn’t like in that game. My biggest complaint about Sly 2 is how long it takes to finish. It took 20-30 hours for one playthrough which is insane for a platforming game and it really overstayed its welcome! In stark contrast the first Sly game was only about 7 hours long. I already know Sly 3 is just as long if not a little bit longer than Sly 2 which doesn’t make me look forward to it. Having said this I still think if you want to play one Sly game, Sly 2 is certainly a great game that is worth playing.

RATING: 4 out of 5 / 8.5 out of 10

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