Retro Diary – 1/1/12 – "They don’t call me Cobradabest for nothing!"

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

Well, it’s now the year 2012, It seams like only yesterday since it was 2011, doesn’t it?

I’m so glad to see the back of 2011, as much I enjoyed some moments of it, the bad things really made me glad it’s past. Happy New Year everybody!

Dear Diary,

On new years day, out of boredom, I decided to play through Darkseed on the CD32, don’t get me wrong, it’s a great game, but due to it’s scary nature, it would’ve been my last choice to play.

Luckily, my copy of the game came with a hints & tips book, and was glad to find out it had a walkthrough inside, because the game is pretty confusing, some tasks have time limits, and sometimes, you have to be at the right place, at the right time, otherwise, you can’t beat the game, it’ll go into an unwinnable state.

I suppose to make up for it, the game’s short, it’s only an hour long if you know what you’re doing, but I didn’t want to properly delve into it until I had a guide of sorts, so I was chuffed that my game came with one!

So I actually completed the game before the new year, and let me tell you, I was pretty scared playing it, I always got the feeling that I needed to hurry up, or else the implanted alien will be born and it’s game over, or someone is after you, and I knew before hand all the bad endings, and I didn’t find them scary when I saw them then, but I was scared that I might see them again, I didn’t though, I successfully beaten the game, and man, was it a great feeling!

That was the last game I played that year, then of course, it struck midnight, it was 2012!

The first game I played this year, was Motorstorm: Arctic Edge on the PS2, and I won a few races and… yeah, what else can I say?

Today, at grans, I brought over the original Xbox, my brother brought his PS3, Steven couldn’t be there, unfortunetly, because he had yet another shift at his job, or so we thought!

So me and my other cousin, Giancarlo, had a few games of Mashed, I forgotten how fun it was as a multi-player game! We had a great time! Well, at least I did!

Then we had a co-op game of Timesplitters: Future Perfect, unfortunetly, my cousin had to leave before we completed the level we were on, that sucked!

Luckily, Steven’s shift finished early, and he arrived here, pretty much the same time Giancarlo left.

So we also had a couple of games of Mashed, actually more than a couple, we played for at least a couple of hours! We were totally addicted to it! I kept saying, for a joke “They don’t call me Cobradabest for nothing!” even at moments where I was getting annihilated!

We tried Mashed: Fully Loaded, to see what had changed, and it turned out, it was exactly the same game! Even the music, the menus and gameplay were exactly the same! The only difference is that they added new cars and tracks, other than that, it was exactly the same!

Imagine being a kid back then, well, we WERE kids back then, but that’s besides the point, who loved the original Mashed game, found out another game was coming out, so you saved up your hard-earned pocket money, and bought the game for about £30, expecting a much better game, but then find out it was exactly the same! I’d be p*ssed off myself!

Anyway, because the game has more tracks and cars than the original, by default, fully loaded is the better game.

Nevertheless, the game is fantastic, he had a brilliant time playing it, once again, we were addicted!

We kept playing until one of us won, which took a while, it was always one of the computers winning, when one of us did win, it was Steven, great! It didn’t matter, I had far too much fun to care!

We packed up afterwards, and left.

    In short, here’s what we played, in the order to play them:

  • Mashed
  • Timesplitters: Future Perfect
  • Mashed (The game’s so awesome, it deserves a second mention!)
  • Mashed: Fully Loaded

Next week, we’re starting the schedule again, next week is 3DO week!



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