the-inbetween posts categorized as Gaming

nowak vs. Capcom vs. SNK vs. online

As mentioned in a past comment, I do indeed have Capcom vs SNK 2 EO for the XBox. First, a little bit of history: Excluding the Tekken series, I’m not the biggest fan of fighting games. Now, it hasn’t always been like this. I really enjoyed Street Fighter II Turbo back in the day, and I considered myself halfway decent. I used to play it late into the night with my then friends. It was the standard “loser passes the…

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Roar Collections

It will be a long, long time before I can have a collection comparable to any of the ones shown here. The top left picture is appropriately named “holy fuck .jpg.”

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Shmup Spawn

Much like Gamespot’s Ricardo Torres, the anticipation for Ikaruga and the joy of Panzer Dragoon Orta has inspired me to seek out more shooter action. Especially of the old school variety. Looking at the game selection at a couple of local stores, I came to the realization that this genre is so under-represented, it’s sad. And it’s not like there aren’t any such titles out there; there are a few. It’s just that they target such a niche market, there…

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Ain’t IT ANNOYING it IS! yeah!!!!

Ain’t It Cool Games has launched and, in the end, it feels somewhat uninspired. I should give it some time first, though — but right now it’s just another game related weblog with some average (at best) reviews and previews. LUCKILY it does seem LESS ENTHUSIASTIC and EXCLAMATION HAPPY than Ain’t It Cool News!!! I never did like AICNews. Interview with Louis Castle of the now dead Westwood. It’s a year old, but still interesting.

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Shooterpalooza

Maybe I’m just noticing it more, but it seems as though there is a (very) slight resurgence of the old-school shooter genre. There was Contra Shattered Soldier a couple months ago — a game firmly grounded in its roots, perhaps too much for its own good. Ikaruga, the highly praised Dreamcast import, is finally coming to this side of the Pacific for the GameCube. And now Gradius V has just been announced (the original was one of my favourite NES…

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The rumours of my demise…

With all that’s been going on, my three amigos haven’t been seeing much action lately. I’ve been slowly trudging through “Splinter Cell“, which isn’t leaving me remotely as impressed as all the raving reviewers led me to believe it would; I finished “Metroid Prime” a while ago at 98% completion. It was absolutely great. Good enough to get me to replay it in Hard mode. Today marks the release of my second most anticipated title of the last year (the…

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GBA MEGATON!!1!1

Only a couple of months after I pay premium for a modded backlit GBA, Nintendo goes and releases this new model. Those sneaky bastards! Waiting until just after the holidays to make this megaton! announcement. Looks pretty neat otherwise, albeit a bit crammed. I wonder how the L and R buttons hold on this new version. The rechargeable battery is a nice touch. Here’s a few more shots: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (or you can get similar images from…

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boycott this *gestures*

I recently told myself that I would not buy any more games this year. I have spent way too much money in the last couple of weeks, and am in need of a cut-back. I have enough to hold me over through December, and this abstinence will give me time to actually finish what I already have. Vice City sits unfinished; I haven’t unlocked level 5 in Contra: SS; I have two XBox games that I haven’t even touched yet;…

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big, black, and heavy

I’ve neglected to mention that I got an XBox, and XBox Live, over a week ago. I previously maintained that Panzer Dragoon Orta would win me over to this monstrously giant XBox machine, and while that is still partly true, I just couldn’t hold out much longer. The allure of online play was too strong. Sure, Sony has had the online adapter available for over a month now — but you’d be hard-pressed to find one. Sony fucked up big.…

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Synergy Squared

If you were to ask me to list my top twenty 8-bit/16-bit games of all time, Square and Enix would have a combined five games (including the one collaborative title between the two, Crono Trigger.) With that, I’m not sure what to think of the Enix Square merger. It looks like a good deal for me on the surface, but it feels like it has a bitter centre that carries with it a deeper meaning — not unlike one of…

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Prime Time Goodness

It’s finally here. I’ve been waiting for it since the E3 demo. Back then, I knew that Metroid Prime was going to be outstanding. Now that it’s finally out, I can safely and clearly say that it doesn’t disappoint in the slightest way. Prime doesn’t just live up to the storied Metroid legacy, it takes it to another level — and that’s saying a lot.

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Vice City Top Ten (point 5)

Now that I’ve logged a fair bit of time with it, here’s my GTA: Vice City “Top Ten (Point Five) Things I Like About Vice City Compared To GTA3” list. It’s long, so I more‘d it. Ten: Degenatron [link from Kent Paul.]

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Metroid

Oh shit yeah, if you link Metroid Fusion with Metroid Prime using the GBA link cable, you can play the original Metroid. The GC Zelda is also supposed to have link functionality with the GBA remake of Link to the Past, but what that functionality will be has been kept quiet so far. It wouldn’t be too crazy to assume that the original NES Zelda will be available. With all this, and the NES games in Animal Crossing, and with…

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