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the beginning of an obsession.

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

as i mentioned in an earlier post, i finally started to play Ikaruga. I’ve been reluctant about playing the game since, until yesterday, the only version i was able to get a hold of was the Xbox Live Arcade version.

So why not play that one? for that sort of game, i dont like using the xbox 360 control, something about the d-pad, and its ‘not good’-ness. But then, i found out it came out for the gamecube. I waited for it to come from gamefly and gave it a run.

Perfect. the controls were spot on… now i can start getting into this game, and see about finding a copy of my own, since the one from gameFly was not available for purchase. Sounds easy enough, fired up an internet search. Wow, on amazon new copies were going for over $100, used as low as $40. Then i started a search of all the local stores, avoiding gameStop. Nothing, either they’ve never heard of the game, or knew about its rarity. About ready to give up, i called a local GameStop. The guy answered, i asked, he said “No.” shocker. then, he said “but the store in alhambra has copy.”

No Way. All this time, a city away. I swooped down, scooped it up. its mine.

its not easy, i’ve only been able to make it to chapter 2, and as you can see in the video below, it gets pretty nuts.

hey fatso whatcha playin?

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

Oh man, its a big list, so get ready. Most games get played for a good 15-30 min session, sometimes more.

so here we go…

Xbox 360
Shadow Complex
– damn good game, gives me hope for the next generation of MetroVanias (metroid/castlevania style games).
Some Gears/Halo/Left 4 dead with the friends.

Tatsunoko vs Capcom (japanese version)
– really fun to play. if you played any of the street fighter games, this is right up your alley. theres been a few other ‘VS’ games, like Marvel vs Capcom, X-Men vs Street Fighter.. so on so forth. But this one is a little different, It was designed for the Wii, now i don’t mean its full of waggle, instead, it was designed to work good with either the WiiMote turned on its side, or the classic controller (my favorite current generation controller). The caveat is you don’t have 6 buttons for attacks, 3 punch, 3 kick. Instead now you have 3 attack buttons, and a special button (not sure what it is for the WiiMote, 1 less button than the classic controller). Also, its a tad bit more accessible and forgiving for teh newbs, but still challenging as all hell for vets.

Okami – visually stunning, and not to too hard. You want to push forward just to see how the environments change after you go in and spiritually kick some ass.

Mario Sunshine
– it never seemed to get too much attention when it came out, but its is a truly solid 3D Mario game. This one is the missing link between Mario 64 and Galaxy. I was a lil sketch about the water pack concept, but it was implemented pretty well. as you play through a little, there are levels you do without the pack, which are some of my favorites.

Ikaruga – i’ve been trying to get better at shooters, and this one is the mother of all shooters. It kind of belongs to a sub genre called ‘bullet hells’ and if you watch the video below, you’ll understand why.

So, if you watched it you probably noticed that you are kind of allowed to get hit. This game uses a really cool ‘polarity’ concept in the game play. Your enemies come in and attack in two colors, black or white. You can change you ships polarity on the fly, if your white, you can absorb white shots and the same goes for black. When you absorb shots, they get banked away for a homing missile attack you have. Now for shooting, your shots are twice as powerful if its hitting an opposite colored enemy.
So, not only are you dodging bullets, but your also switching up your color so you can absorb the shots you cant dodge, all the while holding down the shot button.

PlayStation 2
Grand Theft Auto (San Andreas, Vice City)
– Man do i miss these games, just replaying them for fun, and for lols. Its all the side stuff i like to do. Buy up all the properties, store rad cars in all the garages, one sports car, one tough car, so no matter where i am, i have access to an acceptable means of transport. shit, in San Andreas i have a couple fully tricked out low riders to roll around in. Pro tip – install hydralics on a sports car… makes jumping and stunting sooooo much fun.

Shadow of the Colossus – An amazing game composed of just boss battles, but not just any bosses, these guys are gigantic! check it out…

thats one of my favorite colossi so far. Others are flying, but not sure if some swim too… we’ll see. You dont have much to get in the way of the gameplay, you have a horse, sword and bow, thats it, no armor, no health, no shields…. just the basics. you have to find the colossi (with the aid of your sword) and then figure out a way to climb up on it, and stab its weak points to take it out. This game really pushes the PS2 power, slowdowns do happen during boss battles.

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars (ds)
– all the fun of modern GTAs, in its oldschool, pre 3D top down style.

Cave Story (PSP port) – its free to download on PC/Mac, and a graphically updated version is coming out soon for the Wii. But, i’ve been playing this on the PSP, which is a pretty damn good platform for it. Its a metroVania style game with lots of style, and a good story.

River City Ransom (NES) – just a fun brawler with some RPG character building features, think old school castle crashers.
R-Type 3 (SNES) – one of the games i started to playing to help get my shooter/bullet dodging skills up.

Thats it. How about you?