Yeah I don’t really know what to say but I went in hard on a Crash Converters today. They do 4 PS2 games for £5 there. They are super unreliable though, I brought 12 games from them and 3 did not work and I had to go back in to the shop a second time because they “forgot” to put the disc in one of the games. (One that did not work ironicly!) Fun little collection here, I really like the fact I managed to pick up Dynasty Warriors 4 XL, Lumines Plus and Armoured Core 2 in that deal. Anyway I am off to play Mr. Moskeeto now because with a name like that how do you not? Laters!
It’s a GOOD FRIDAY! *Ugh* sorry for that awful pun. Anyway on with the games…
Got all of these for £10 today in my local retro shop. Super Monkey Ball Deluxe is really good although the PS2 version does suffer from slight slowdown when compared to the great Xbox version of the game. (Which I also own) Super Monkey Ball Adventure is widely considered to be the very worst in the series of games which is kind of odd since this game is essentially Marble Madness but with monkeys inside of plastic balls. I will probably do a video on Super Monkey Ball Deluxe at some point.
The other two games are also worth mentioning. Pinball Hall of Fame contains a bunch of retro Gottlieb Pinball machines, much like a video game retro collection. Who are Gottlieb? They where an early pioneer in Pinball machine manufacturing and design of course. That said they where surpassed by Willams and Stern eventually and the tables here are not as interesting as the more modern tables you would find in the Willams collection which unfortunately did not make over here in Europe for the PS2.
Hunter the Reckoning Watward is the second game in the series where you wonder around in a near top down view blasting the crap out of demonic beings. It reminds me a lot of the later Gauntlet games that Midway put out. Anyway there are RPG elements where you can level up your characters and improve their attributes. The game can also be played with friends too, up to three of them in fact which is always a nice thing to see. All in all not a bad haul today.
These are the games I picked up in Weymouth for £20. Mostly for Taito Legends 1 & 2 and Midway Vol.1 & Vol.2 as they have great ports of great arcade games of the 80’s and 90’s. The Outbreak games are not really playable any more as they are meant to be online multiplater games. While they can be played alone the AI is really bad at playing the game, Red Ninja and Grooverider are interesting games but are not considered to be wholey noteworthy so I am glad I managed to find them cheap.
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.
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…
For those who have been paying attention (which is nobody because seriously who vists this blog!?) I have been updating the data base a bit but not the front page which I am sorry for. This will change now as I intend to get back to playing PS2 stuff again. I can also record stuff using my capture device again after I found a way of getting the sound to record again which is good news for me because it means I don’t have to spend more money buying a new capture device.
Most of these I got from a place called Games Planet which seem to be able to get decent games in for fairly cheap. For example I can get both Final Fantasy X and X-2 for £5 each which is a steal compared to Ebay. Speaking of which I did order DDS2 from Ebay (was not expensive, like a tenner NEW!) as well as P.T.O.IV which I am looking forward to playing since it’s made by KOEI, you know the Dynasty Warriors and Romance of the Three Kingdoms guys.
The Ace Combat game and Crash ‘n’ Burn where brought in a three for ten pounds deal with D&D Demon Stone which I have always herd good things about but never gotten around to playing so I intend to fix that soon.
Functionality wise on this blog I added a text only version of the “my collection” page as loading 300+ pics on my phone was just not feasible. I can now check my collection without it taking an hour to load everything up which is great heh. Anyway stay tuned for more content coming your way soon.