Ridge Racer V (PS2) – Where ever there’s a system launch, you can count on there being a Ridge Racer to accompany it and the PlayStation 2 launched with Ridge Racer V. I picked this up for only a few bucks and I’m sure it’ll offer an experience I expect out of the series.
Aladdin (SNES) – An excellent platformer by Capcom based on the license of the same name. It’s on the very easy side of the difficulty spectrum, but very good nonetheless.
Hard Corps: Uprising (PS3)
All of the problems I had with the game from my last blog still hold true. This game reeks of a developer that doesn’t understand what makes a game of this kind great. Most of my complaints are nuances that people who haven’t had extensive experience with the Contra series or other games like them, such as Metal Slug, won’t pick up on or understand which is why most of the reviews in the gaming media are scoring this game very high. I, however, find it to be very poorly designed. Stages are too long, having a life bar, but taking a hit and not dying still causes you to lose your currently selected weapon, bosses are usually long drawn out experiences that are boring even when you are kicking their asses, some stages have purposely hidden things that can hurt you in the scenery. I have also gotten tired of Daisuke Ishiwatari’s similar sounding compositions for most every game he scores for Arc System Works. I love ya, Daisuke-san, but you really need to step it up! I do like a few things: the addition of running and air dashing is pretty cool and works well and the art design/visuals look good, but that’s about it. The less of a hardcore Contra/run-and-gun fan you are the more you’ll probably like this game it seems.
RATING: 2 out of 5 / 5.0 out of 10
I downloaded this because it went on sale for $5 and for that price this is totally worth it! It is very similar to EA’s PSP version of Tetris from about 18 months prior, but with more visual flair and great online features such as leaderboards and online play. All of the play modes are identical to the PSP version including Marathon and 15 variants that are played until you clear 40 lines. Most of the variants are pretty awesome and a lot of fun with my personal standouts of Gravity and Scanner. Totally worth it if you still have some love for Tetris in your heart!
RATING: 5 out of 5 / 9.0 out of 10