MOAR GAMEZ!

January 23, 2015

Picked up a bunch more PS2 games today thanks to a local gaming store for £20. Mostly curiosity purchases although a PS2 collection without any SOCOM games in it is not really much of a collection as these games where huge back in the day, mostly for their online play which is no longer available but they are still worthy purchases for the single player stuff.

Mercs 2 and FIFA 13 I brought because these where “NEXT GEN” games at the time and these where the hand me downs that PS2 owners got. FIFA 13 being a fairly rare game although not the last FIFA game (that honor goes to FIFA 14!) but EA did a thing where they did not update the game so much towards the end of a console life cycle but just changed the rosters around a bit and this the case with FIFA 13 to FIFA 14. This is why they put “LEGACY EDITION” on the covers on some releases of their sports games now for “less viable platforms”.

Other sports games I am very curious about, for example NASCAR 06 and the PES Manager game look like really neat games and I can not wait to try them out. I did also have Indycar 2005 on order too from Ebay but the seller cancelled out almost a week after me ordering, not too happy about that but at least I got my money back I suppose.

The other games I have some interest in but not enough to go in to depth on to why I picked them up. At least I almost have all of the Prince of Persia trilogy now heh.


For my Birthday I went shopping…

January 19, 2015

So today was my birthday and I am now 32 years old and yes I am still collecting PS2 games weirdly enough. This is the haul I picked up today from Cash Converters and a small Indie Shop I know in Weymouth. Eagle Eyed reader might spot that I do in fact have a “replacement” in this list that’s because my original Smackdown: Here Comes The Pain was pretty beat up to the point where my poor PS2 was having trouble reading it. It was a second hand copy which I picked up from a bin somewhere years ago so I knew it was not going to be in the best of shape when I got it.

Anyway I shall start with the driving games as these are some of the more interesting games I managed to pick up. Le Mans 24hrs is well, Le Mans! You can race in it for 24 hours if you so wish and it looks like it’s a pretty decent game all things considering. Next up is the budget racer Road Trip published by “Play It”. This is a very interesting game as it is a very customisable racer with a ton of tracks and bonus games inside. It’s very arcadey and does not take itself too seriously I mean you can race around someone’s old Japanese castle and play car football in this game. I hope to do a video of this game at some point. Next we have the truly bizarre X-reme Express which appears to be a train racing game!? Yeah this looked so odd that I had to go and check it out and no I have no idea how this game plays I just saw it at the shop and thought to myself that I had to have it.

Ok now the final racing game I picked up today happens to be one of my favourite racing games of all time, ToCA Race Driver 3 by Codemasters. This game was great because unlike Gran Turismo which seems to get all the love when it comes to PS2 sim racers, TocA 3 actually had many racing disciplines and plenty of cars on the track, 21 at once to be exact. Obviously their experience making the Indy Racing games really helped them push the PS2 to it’s limit in terms of amount of cars on track. ToCA was great because one minute you could be racing a GT racing car then the next a Dune Buggy or even a Monster Truck. There was so much meaningful content in this game that it kept me hooked for a very long time back on the PC.

GunCom2 is a light gun shooting game which borrowed it’s name from NAMCO’s PS2 lightgun of the same name. Heroes of the Pacific is another Codemasters game which is a World War 2 flight sim game. Not entirely sure about how good the  game is because in all honesty I have never herd of it till I saw it in the shop so I knew I had to have it. Then there is Seek and Destroy which I think Takara made. I think they also made Road Trip and Penny Racers too but these budget publishers seem to try and do everything they can to hide the actual game devs on the box for some reason. Anyway it’s a similar sort of deal to Road Trip, heavily customisable tanks duking it out over several missions and the game does not take itself too seriously hence the reason why you can put ski’s on your tank during one point in the game. I tried this game over my freind’s house once and liked it a lot so I have been waiting for this game to show up for awhile now, I am glad I found it!

Now on too the fighting games on this post. Rumble Roses is Smackdown with Women and a lot of “Sex Appeal” thrown in. It’s very smutty was quite popular in Japan hence a lot of budget publishers like D3 publishers tried to rip it off in there games too. The game itself is fun too play but taking it too the counter is like taking a copy of “NUTS” to a counter, you are going to get a look from the till assistant at the shop heh. Finally we have Marc Ecko’s Getting Up, a Jet Set Radio inspired romp where you play as a tagger battling other taggers for the best spots in the city this might even include getting in to actual fights with makeshift weapons. Kinda stupid when you think about it but I did not have this game and it was a better choice than the parade of old sports games that where in Cash Converters at the time.

Anyway I hope you guys enjoyed this write up I will see you guys soon! 🙂


Maximum Impact!

January 10, 2015

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To start off 2015 I decided to buy two hard to find but ultimately forgettable fighting games made by SNK. Yeah so I brought both the KOF Maximum Impact games which for whatever reason seem to command a fairly decent price on places like Ebay and Amazon. The games themselves are not that bad but they are far from SNK’s best 2D efforts. The games feel more like if the makers of Bloody Roar decided to make a KOF fighting game. Anyway I will most likely be doing more video in the future mostly thanks to OBS, a free piece of software that makes recording old software while commenting on it with no lag a breeze.

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Five games, Ten Pounds

August 30, 2014

Yeah I just picked up these five games today from a local retro gaming store. I finally have the entire Silent Scope series and picked up Tekken 4 as well. Way of the Samurai 2 is a game I have always been interested in playing but never got around to. I own it now so I guess I am one step closer to completing that particular goal at least.


Enthusia Professional Racing by Konami

April 13, 2014

Enthusia_Professional_Racing_CoverartGAME DETAILS

Game Name: Enthusia Professional Racing

Game Developer: Konami

PAL Release: 06/05/06

Game Type: Racing Simulation Game

Game Description: Enthusia Professional Racing is exactly what you think it is and that’s a racing game but what you might not know is that this game takes itself very seriously. This game is a racing simulation game that has some licensed tracks and roughly 200 plus cars and realistic car handling where g-force and tire grip are accurately modelled and the game is even compatible with racing wheels.

 

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Let’s just get this out of the way right now, yes Enthusia is a racing simulation game much like it’s more famous rival Gran Turismo. Unlike Gran Turismo though, Enthusia actually requires the player to actually race properly. The problem with Gran Turismo is that while is does state on the box that it’s a proper racing simulation game you can (and most of the players did) essentially play the game like a demolition derby, ramming all comers off the track and not only not get disqualified but actually win races using such underhanded tactics.

Enthusia has a point system that is not only linked to your progression in the game but if you are involved with too many pile ups, bang in to barriers or slide around the course too much like a yob then you will not only be docked vital progression but you might even be banned from racing in the game for a whole (in game) racing week. This can be bothersome since the game runs on a event calendar so certain races only appear on certain weeks so if you are barred from racing for a week and your favourite big money race comes up then you can not compete. This might seem a little hard to some but assuming that you are trying to play the game properly then you will never really docked to many points anyway and it actually succeeds at motivating you to drive like an actual race driver and not like a terrorist which in my opinion for a racing sim is fantastic.

As you have mostly likely worked out by now, Enthusia does have a career mode which takes the player to all kinds of events, mostly circuit races but with some rallying thrown in for good measure. You also don’t buy new cars and upgrades. Upgrades are earned via winning up races and levelling up your car (which can be done quicker by clean racing and entering your car in to events mean for higher class cars) but you don’t get to choose what upgrade it is, it’s a linear progression I am afraid. New cars are won via a random lottery of the entire grid after beating them in a race which is a little problematic since there might be a car you really want but instead you might end up with a pryus or some other worthless hybrid powered car.

The handling of the cars also feels good. The cars seem to have a real weight behind them and are actually fun to drive. The whole g-force thing is shown while you are racing and you can really feel your car rolling this is especially noticeable in the people carriers since they tend to be so heavy and roll quite a bit. I know this because for giggles I decided I would pick one for my starting car. I should probably point out at this point that I have been playing with the humble PS2 controller and not a wheel so I can not say how it handles on a racing wheel. What I have noticed is that even with the assists on the cars can be very slidey unless proper breaking is used i.e no breaking while turning, pump the breaks etc.

The presentation is generally very nice. The cars do look good and there is a nice variety of them, the same goes for the race courses. There is a nice little motion blur effect on the edges of the screen in the in car camera mode that gives the player a real sense of speed. The sounds of the cars are pretty decent too but if I where to complain about one thing this game does wrong is that the music while racing is not very good. It sounds more like racing game menu music than actual racing music. That said if you where to spend any serious amount of time playing Enthusia I would strongly suggest listening to your own music.

If you are in to serious racing games Enthusia is worth picking up, it can generally be had pretty cheaply these days. (I picked up my copy second hand for £3) It has decent graphics for a 2005 vintage game and the cars handle like you would expect them too. There is plenty of content and it plays well with a controller and is a nice, overlooked alternative to the Gran Turismo’s of the world.

The best bit: The handling of the cars and actual penalties for hitting other racers.

The worst bit: Randomly winning a hybrid car during a race while desperately trying to win another car… thanks!

Best quote: It’s a racing game…


Operation Winback 2 by Cavia

July 30, 2010

GAME DETAILS

Game Name: Operation Winback 2: Project Poseidon

Game Developer: Cavia inc.

PAL Release: 09/06/06

Game Type: Third Person Shooter

Game Description: Winback 2 is a action game where you are in control of a team of two counter terrorist officers how must thwart the plains of an evil terrorist organisation by any means necessary but mainly by splitting up and taking two different routes and shooting any terrorist they come across.

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Operation Winback 2 is a sequal to a game which was originaly a big hit on the Nintendo 64. This title however was made for the PS2 and Xbox and was also made by a different development team from the original game. This game is interesting in a weird sort of way. It’s a third person action game but it plays more like a cross between Resedent Evil 4 and the Time Crisis 2.

The controls while serviceable are a little twitchy and control like you think they would being a third person shooter and all. There is a cover system but it’s quite clunky and there is no blind fire so you do have to expose yourself if you plan on shooting the enemy so timing is crucial. Speaking of shooting people, there are plenty of guns. gadgets and grenades to help you deal with the terrorist threat but to get a good score you have to subdue the enemy and not kill them by hitting them in the limbs as suppose to the head which is what I normally do in these types of games.

During the 30 or so missions that you play throughout the single player campaign you will always control two counter terrorist officers at any one time each having their own routes which overlap with each other which allows them to give each other support in various ways. In some of the later levels this can get a little annoying as the levels do get longer and harder and retreading the same level twice to some people might seem just a little bit repetitive and cheap on the developers part but overall I think this is an interesting little gimmick that sets it apart from most standard shooters on the PS2.

The whole point on Winback 2 is to beat the missions and try to get the best score possible, yeah it’s one of “those” games. The game does have a storyline but it’s to generic for anyone to really care about so getting the high score is the only thing that will keep the player coming back for more. The multiplayer however will not interest anyone in the slightest. Yeah you can play this game 4 players with a multi-tap but I would strongly advise against it as I played this with some friends and it was a horrid experience as the controls where clunky and the game essentially is not suited to this type of fast paced gameplay.

Winback 2 has some nice presentation put in to it. The graphics are very nice and clean and there is some passable voice acting even though the people in the game don’t say much. The sound is also good with the guns sounding like they should and ambient music being their just to liven things up but also being pretty forgettable.

Overall Operation Winback 2 will not win any awards for originality or for being the most well made action game on the PS2 but it certainly is enjoyable for anyone who like to better themselves by beating their high scores in old video games. While the controls are a little suspect

Best Bit: Going though a level and getting the best rank.

Worst Bit: Having to beat some of the later levels twice because you have to beat the level with two officers which can get tedious.

Most Memorable Line: Sorry but there isn’t one, this game is pretty dry on the whole dialogue front I am afraid.


Aqua Teen Hunger Force: Zombie Ninja Pro-Am by Creat Studios

July 4, 2010

GAME DETAILS

Game Name: Aqua Teen Hunger Force: Zombie Ninja Pro-Am (Yes really!)

Game Developer: Creat Studios

PAL Release: 16/11/07

Game Type: Golf/Racing/Beat-em-up

Game Description: This PS2 game is based of the Aqua Teen Hunger Force cartoon and is primary a golf game with some fighting and racing elements thrown in to keep things entertaining. It features all the voice acting and music you would expect from a official ATHF product and tries to mimic the cartoon as closely as possible.

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Aqua Teen Hunger Force: Zombie Ninja Pro-Am plays a lot like an old Atrai 7800 game called Ninja Golf where you have to play a round of golf but after hitting the ball you would have to try and get to where to ball landed while being attacked by various things. The only difference between this and Ninja golf is the subject matter, of that I mean that this game is based of the Aqua Teen Hunger Force cartoon and not ninjas unfortunately. I think a cross over between the two would be hilariously awesome.

I love the cartoon but even I can see that Aqua Teen Hunger Force: Zombie Ninja Pro-Am is not a good golf game but it does fit in to the “so bad it’s awesome” category especially for people who like the cartoons this game was based from. For a start the gameplay gets repetitive really quickly (especially the dull button mashing combat) and the fame rate is very inconsistent and the game can also be beaten within an afternoon’s play with everything unlock from experience.

But what this game lacks in technical quality as a video game it more than makes up for it in humour which made the cartoon such a cult hit. The game does try to mimic the cartoon very closely and has all the shows voice actors doing their characters lines which is nice and the game even uses cell shading to emulate the look of the cartoon. It’s not perfect but it’s functional.

The courses suffer from repetitive texture syndrome but that is to be expected from a game made by such a small development team. Another annoying thing is that it’s really hard to see where you are hitting the ball too. There is a mini map but it’s not accurate. There are 9 Golfing levels and 3 Golf Kart levels making a grand total of 12 levels in all. Each of the golfing levels are varied enough raging from playing in the streets to the moon and beyond and all have different enemies from the cartoon show trying to attack you while you trying to get to the ball.

One thing that this game does have going for it is that there is a ton of weapons for you to use. The bad thing is that the combat in this game is literally just hitting one button. Even Dynasty Warriors (a guilty pleasure of mine!) was not that bad while Shake for Frylock spam the same voice clips which where nice to listen to at first but get annoying pretty quick. Another annoying thing is finding the 12 peices of the broodwitch and cameo videos and as you can guess there is one of each in each level so you have to deliberately wade though a ton of enemies to get to them which can be very annoying.

The reward for collecting hidden collectables though is good. The game comes with 4 full episodes that you can watch without having to touch the game itself. There is also more cameo videos to unlock and extra stuff from the Broodwitch which I won’t spoil but it’s worth it. The sound track is also very good and worth listening too.

Overall this game was a nice little detraction but I only paid £2.50 for it. Would I suggest for anyone to try this game out for themselves? Well only if you are fan and only if you find it super cheap in one of your local bargain bins. For everyone else I would not bother with this game because as a game itself it’s not very good. It’s a light hearted but a little repetitive golfing title which has some nice ideas but ultimately falls short.

Best Bit: Mainly the extra’s within the game and the great voice acting from the actual cartoon voice over cast.

Worst Bit: Some of the holes are more based around luck than actual skill. The “Fargate” course springs to mind here.

Most Memorable Line: “LEEEEEERRROOOOYYYY JJJEEEEKKKKINNNNSSSS… Is an ASSHOLE!” ~ Shake while charging in to a horde of enemies.