Thursday, 3 April 2014

Game Diary: 28/03/2014-03/04/2014

If there is one thing I hate it is being sick, you can't get a damn thing done when you are sick. I've pretty much sat on my ass all week while waiting to get better. I just want to be able to go out and do the things I love, like running and weight lifting and shit. I also hate work deadlines because your workload always suddenly becomes bigger.

Cardfighters' Clash: SNK vs. Capcom (Neo Geo Pocket)
I'm currently at that point in the game where my only focus is on building up my card collection, the tournament finals that you get to enter once you have all six coins are tough because the opponents have access to really powerful cards. I've probably said this before but one thing I like about Cardfighters' is how it seems possible to break the game if you get the right cards. I'm currently trying to get 3 copies of Yashiro from King of Fighters, not just is he a strong card but he sends an opponents card back to their hand when he is played, considering that cards can only attack the turn after they are played that is a huge advantage to have and it can win games.

Beatmania, Beatmania 2nd Mix, Beatmania 5th Mix and Beatmania Best Hits (PS1)
I've had this on my list for a while, I have a thing for Konami's music games, if I didn't live on the top floor of an apartment building I'd probably still be playing the Dancing Stage games. I really like what Beatmania is more than I like Beatmania when I think about it. I've never been a big follower of music in general but when it comes to music games I am often all over them (unless they are Guitar Hero or Singstar of something), I think Beatmania appears to that part of me that loves the idea of mixing and being a DJ but at the same time has no knowledge or talent with music, also it appeals to the part of me that is attracted to high skill arcade games that I am rubbish at.
As you can see from the bold writing I have 4 versions of Beatmania, 3 of which happen to be Japan imports, it shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone to find that the PAL version I own happens to be the easiest.

Metal Gear Solid (PS1)
Got bored of playing Beatmania while at the video game league so I shoved this into my PS1 and decided to see how much of it I could burn through in 2 hours. It turns out MGS is much, much shorter than I remember as I am currently on my way to fight Sniper Wolf after getting the Sniper Rifle. To be fair to it Metal Gear Solid is one of those games I need to play every now and then to remind me how good it actually is, it's been over 16 years since this game came out and it still holds up (you could probably make an exception for the graphics). It's a master piece and to be honest I prefer it over the remake and its stupid as fuck missile hopping and back flip sequences.

Red Steel (Wii)
I paid £40 for this back in the day, £40! It's funny thinking about it now, I had a choice, this or Twilight Princess on Gamecube. Christmas 2006 was an odd time thinking about it, the wii had just came out and everyone was buying into what it could do, to put this into perspective, the day I got Red Steel I also got a brand new Xbox for £50 with Halo 2, Forza, PGR2 and Fable. I played Red Steel over Halo 2, that is how much I wanted to believe the Wii was the future. Maybe I'm being a bit harsh on Red Steel there but the game was one of the things that sold people on the console, then they played it. I remember my first time playing Red Steel, I couldn't not get on with the motion controls at all, I used to think the game was difficult but playing it again now I realise, I just wasn't use to it yet, no one was.
Just over sevens years have passed since then and playing it now I can play the game and see it for what it is, an adequate job. Some people will tell you Red Steel is shit, it isn't shit it is just adequate, it was a launch title made for a system featuring a control method that no one was used to, for what it was it was acceptable.
Playing it now I have these thoughts, 1) the game isn't particularly hard, not anymore anyway; 2) the voice acting is terrible, it's bad, it's terribad; 3) this game wishes it was a John Woo film.
I'll give Red Steel some credit, clearly the studio that made it did try, they tried different things and then went on to make Red Steel 2 which did, thankfully, address most of the flaws of the original (though considering how much was changed it might as well be a new series).

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