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Retro Diary – 16/9/12 – "Great shot, CPU! Oh, CPU, you idiot!"

Sunday, September 16th, 2012

Monday 10th September 2012

I was a G-Force after college today (No surprises there.), and I bought 3 Sega Saturn games, Sega Worldwide Soccer 97 and 98, and Virtua Fighter (1).

I saw a model 1 Mega Drive with a Mega CD attachment, it had no price tag, so I asked at the counter how much it was, and she said if it works (they had yet to test it), they said it might be £60 for both, which sounds really good. I liked it up on ebay, and to buy model 1 Mega CDs on their own on eBay costs £240! I’m getting that Mega CD out of G-Force as soon as I can! I know the guys won’t be interested in getting it before me, I trust you guys, but you’re wanting it, I’m not overly fussed, the race will be on!

I came home to be greeted by 2 parcels! One that looked like one that a strategy guide book would go in, and the other was actually pretty big, but it had Japanese writing on it, so I knew exactly what that was!

The guide was the Sleeping Dogs strategy guide that I ordered alongside the game, I only do that to games I really want.

The game was Digimon Tamers Battle Spirit 1.5 for the Wonderswan Colour, the box was actually taller than a Black & White Wonderswan game, it was actually the size I initially expected them to be, the rest of the box was just paper and bubble wrap, it seems the Japanese aren’t big fans of the environment.

I’ve played Battle Spirit, and it’s brilliant, even better than I hoped! Visually, it looks amazing, just like a GBA game!


Tuesday 11th September 2012

It’s worth mention first, R.I.P. to those who died in 9/11, it’s been 12 long years.

Remember when I said I saw a Model 1 Mega Drive+CD there and said it might be £60 once they’re ready to sell it? Well, I went back there today, and they had it for sale for £100, but it came with 2 6-button controllers and 3 games, technically 4! I was a bit sceptical at first, but they mentioned that they do a 3-month guarantee, which isn’t too much, but with an old console, you’d be lucky to have a guarantee on it at all, it also means if it breaks within those 3 months, you can take it back and get a refund, which sounds alright. They also mentioned that chances are, it’ll go in a couple of days, they rarely come by, hard and expensive to find on eBay, and it’s on high demand.

Believe it or not, £100 is a good price for a Mega CD, To buy one on it’s own, without the Mega Drive itself, any games, or controllers, would cost you a whopping £240! and that’s not including delivery! £100 doesn’t sound so bad now, does it?

So I decided to get it, if it doesn’t work, I could just take it back, so I might as well give it a try.

As I bought it, they were explaining to me some things I would need to know about the Mega CD, like that it uses it’s own power, that the reset button opens the tray and start closes it. I knew all of this, but it was awesome that this shop hires people who know what they’re talking about. Unlike a certain other store…

The console works perfectly, although the display is a little off, but it turns out it was the Mega Drive itself with that problem, because I get the same display quality when playing a cartridge game, which of course doesn’t require or involve the Mega CD.

The games I have for it at the moment aren’t that great, except for one, I got Prince of Persia, Jaguar XJ220, Cobra Command (Which, sadly, sucks! ='(), and Sol-Feace, which is actually pretty fun.

Now that I own a Mega CD, that opens doors for me to try out those really bad FMV games, like Night-Trap! I can only get Sonic CD, with the proper music the EU/JP version had, as opposed to the US one Gems Collection had.

I downloaded and tried out the FIFA 13 demo for the PC, I downloaded it from Origin, because, where else? The game’s just as fun as FIFA 12, maybe slightly better.


Wednesday 12th September 2012

I got Space Invaders for the PC today out of CEX, expecting it to be just like the PS1 version, only supporting bigger resolutions, sharper graphics and a much higher framerate, well, only 1 of the 4 are right…

Transformers for the PS2 arrived today, and it’s just as good as it was when I first played it years ago!


Friday 14th September 2012


Black Mesa is finally out!


I’ve been looking forward to it for years, and I’m not disappointed, it’s a great game!


Sunday 16th September 2012

It was a Mystery Console this week, I didn’t reveal it until my cousins had finished their lunch and came in, it was the Sega Dreamcast, to make up for thee fact we didn’t really play it last week.

Steven brought back my copy of Stranglehold that I let him steal, after he completed it.

Me and Steven started things off by playing Chu Chu Rocket!

Then we had a few games of Metropolis Street Racer, Steven and Giancarlo had a game as well. I changed my name from “CobrbDB”, which I probably put it there for a joke, the misspelling came from Super Smash Bros. Brawl on the Wii, to “Cobra!”. Steven changed his nickname from “Steven” to “CobrbDB”, which is practically his new nickname, and we changed Giancarlo’s name to “Ya555555555”, which is mostly what he uses these days.

Then me and Giancarlo played Virtua Fighter 3TB.

Then me and Steven had a game of Virtua Tennis.

Then we played Virtua Tennis 2, Giancarlo joined in after us realising you can have 3 players, the game was just pure madness! I think we have found our new favourite multiplayer game, at least on the Dreamcast!

Then me and Steven had a game of Horse on Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2, we played on the Skatestreet level, the “horse” was “RJIBYAHHBZ”, Steven lost, with me having “RJIBY”, 15-5 to me!

Then we played Le Mans 24 Hours.

Then we played Sonic Adventure 2, our- well, my favourite! We had a race on the Go-Karting, which he won out of us 2. We had a couple of shooting battles, We both won 1, then we had a 2 races, again, we both had a win.

Then we played Ready 2 Rumble, our reality that live and Australia, and they were watching us play this, he loves to watch boxing, we had 2 game, I think we both won 1 game each.

At this point, we were aiming to have played all of the game we had, we almost done it before, but this time we had much more time, we it was possible.

Then we had a game of WWF Attitude.

Then we had a race of Sega Rally. Which I lost!

Then we played Sega GT.

Then we played Mortal Kombat Gold.

Then we played Re-Volt, we had a race, which he won, somehow…

Then we played NBA Showtime, we had no choice to play as a team, and we lost by 10 or so points…

Then we had a game of WWF Royal Rumble.

That was us played all of the games, so we celebrated by playing some more Virtua Tennis 2! We played doubles, both of us on separate teams, but most points were by either the CPU being good, or them making a stupid mistake!

It turned out that we missed a few games, we played some UFC, the graphics were fantastic for a Dreamcast game, it looked stunning, but the gameplay kind of sucked.

Then we played another horse game on Tony Hawk’s Skateboarding, this time, the “horse” was “GLQTEZWZY”, for some reason, we could change it this time, last time, we had to stick with “horse”.
Steven got GLQTEZWZY, but I ended up getting a G, was this the glimmer of hope Steven needed? Nope, He got a Y right afterwards, I win, 16-5!

Finally, we had a game of ECW Hardcore Revolution, which I won.

That was certainly an active week, next week is PS2 week, WWE All Stars time!

Article By: Cobra!
Help Provided by: Steven (CobrbDB)
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Retro Pick-ups: A whole bunch of stuff

Monday, September 10th, 2012

I was a G-Force after college today (No surprises there.), and I bought 3 Sega Saturn games, Sega Worldwide Soccer 97 and 98, and Virtua Fighter (1).

I saw a model 1 Mega Drive with a Mega CD attachment, it had no price tag, so I asked at the counter how much it was, and she said if it works (they had yet to test it), they said it might be £60 for both, which sounds really good. I liked it up on ebay, and to buy model 1 Mega CDs on their own on eBay costs £240! I’m getting that Mega CD out of G-Force as soon as I can! I know the guys won’t be interested in getting it before me, I trust you guys, but you’re wanting it, I’m not overly fussed, the race will be on!

I came home to be greeted by 2 parcels! One that looked like one that a strategy guide book would go in, and the other was actually pretty big, but it had Japanese writing on it, so I knew exactly what that was!

The guide was the Sleeping Dogs strategy guide that I ordered alongside the game, I only do that to games I really want.

The game was Digimon Tamers Battle Spirit 1.5 for the Wonderswan Colour, the box was actually taller than a Black & White Wonderswan game, it was actually the size I initially expected them to be, the rest of the box was just paper and bubble wrap, it seems the Japanese aren’t big fans of the environment.

I’ve played Battle Spirit, and it’s brilliant, even better than I hoped! Visually, it looks amazing, just like a GBA game!

I’ve yet to try out the Sega Saturn games, so if you’ll excuse me… I’m going to play Sleeping Dogs!

Retro Diary – 22/7/12 – "Slow."

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

Monday 16th July 2012

I faced my brother in another few games of FIFA 12 on the PS3, he was Classic XI, which is a team for 11 of the best football players who ever lived, and I was Celtic, I beat him in both matches we played, with the scores 9-3 and 11-5 respectively.

The latest issue of “Retro Gamer” arrived today, which means my subscription is back! In June, my subscription ran out, and I didn’t have the money to renew it, so I made a new one, because I’d have money for it in July, and I was right!


Wednesday 18th July 2012

I just ordered another bunch of stuff off Amazon, a couple of which actually being stuff… packs! For The Sims 3! I’m getting High End Loft and Fast Lane stuff for my Sims 3, because I love cars and technology, mostly gaming related! I’m also getting both Pets and Ambitions expansion packs. I ordered a whole bunch of other stuff, which I most likely reveal once they arrive in the coming days… In the mean time, time for some more Sims 3!


Thursday 19th July 2012

My Street Fighter X Tekken Strategy guide arrived today, great, now all I need is the game, take a wild guess what platform I’m getting that on…

Blood Stone 007, Left 4 Dead 2 & Plants vs. Zombies have arrived today, I got Blood Stone 007 because it was the last game by Bizzare creations before they went bust, and I loved them, so I thought I’d pay tribute and get their last game, and through ordering it I realised an advantage to being a PC gamer rather than a console gamer, is that even in retail, PC games are considerably cheaper, sometimes even with pre-orders! When I ordered the game, Blood Stone for the PS3 and Xbox 360 were about £15 each, the PC version was £5, booyah! So far, I love the game, I’m glad I got it!

I played the heck out of Left 4 Dead 1, so I decided to get the 2nd one, although I’ve been busy with Sims 3 and Blood Stone, I’ll get around to it eventually…

Before I kind of mentioned it, did you know that you could get Plants vs. Zombies on a CD? Unbelievable, right? I got the Game of the Year Edition, again, I’ve been busy with other games to play it, but like L4D, I’ll get around to it…

I got all of this, but no Sims 3 Ambitions? I ordered it with free one-day delivery, and it hasn’t arrived on it’s time limit!…

Oh wait, hold on, it’s here! For some reason it arrived later than my other stuff, weird, but I’m not complaining… I’ll go play more Sims 3!


Saturday 21st July 2012

Yesterday, all I played was Sims 3 and Blood Stone, so that sums up Friday, however, it seemed that I was so in trance into them yesterday, that I missed yesterday’s post, although at the time, I thought I didn’t receive anything, because I wasn’t expecting anything, according to Amazon, nothing I ordered was estimated to arrive yesterday or today, but it turns out, just about everything arrived!

I got my Sims 3 stuff, I got Street Fighter X Tekken, I got a switch box for all of my AV consoles, so swap jobs should be a thing of the past, and I got my Mirror’s Edge strategy guide! Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be playing some games…

I just encountered a game on MDickie’s Facebook Page called “Wrestling Revolution”, I downloaded it for the PC, it’s free by the way, but the game is absolutely awful! Every aspect about it is bad, I suggest you steer clear at all costs, there are much better free games out there, and even better Flash exe’s, including Mdickie’s own Flash Stuntz, and even his flash conversion of Sure Shot.


Saturday 21st July 2012

I just got my PS1 packed up, and my auntie is going to pick me up to grans, or so I’ve been told, so I decided while I waited, I’d play some games, I played a bit of Sims 3, then I went on to complete Mirrors Edge, it’s a great game in my opinion, I wouldn’t say it lived up the hype, but it’s still great.

It was PS1 week at grans today.

Steven had a game of Vib Ribbon, 2 actually, one on Normal, and one on Hard, he managed to pass both.

I then had a game on Normal, then Giancarlo had a game on Easy, the coward!

Then me and Steven had a few races of Firebugs.

Then we had a few games of “Cops and Robbers” on Driver 2.

Then we had a few races on Wipeout 3: Special Edition, most of which Steven either got destroyed, or ran out of time, what I love about Wipeout 3, is that it’s straight out, it doesn’t try to dumb it down or be nice, it just said Steven was slow, his part of the end stats didn’t display any time or “DNF”, it just said “Slow”, brilliant!

Then for the first time in ages, we had a “Horse of the Week” game on Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3, the “horse” was “UFNFXPWDTC”, my handicap was set to the lowest, and his to the highest, to assure a more fair match… I still beat him, I didn’t get one letter!

After that, we left, next week is N64 week, it’s been far too long since we had a game of Slappers!

Retro Diary – 1/7/12 – "It’s challenge, challenge, chalenge!"

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

Monday 25th June 2012

My Wolfenstein 3D PC collection (Wolfenstein 3D + Spear of Destiny) has arrived today… but they didn’t work… However, I got the games working on DOSBox, which odd as they’re supposed to be Windows ports, but at least I get to play them! As I mentioned last week, it came with Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2, which works just fine on my PC, so that’s good!

I also got my Brick Buster game, which is a lot of fun, considering it’s a budget game.

I got my PC back!!!! ASUS have actually fixed it! It feels so good to be sitting back at my desk!

Yeah, despite my attempt to upgrade the PC, which would’ve voided the warranty, they fixed my PC, it seems to them the warranty doesn’t matter, either that or they don’t mind people upgrading PCs, ad they make graphics cards and all, and on their help website solutions to problems sometimes involve “removing recently installed hardware”, they can’t be referring to USB devices, otherwise they’d of said “devices”…

Anyway, I’m not complaining, my PC works fine (touchwood), so now I can play games in stunning HD (No really, 1080p resolution) one again!

Just in case, I’m only going to upgrade my PC once the warranty has run out, that way, even if it breaks, ASUS won’t fix it, my mum apparently know someone who could fix it for me, sop it’s not a problem, hopefully…

I tried out Trackmania Nations Forever on the PC, and WOW is it a massive improvement, on my laptop, it ran at 30fps on low settings at best, but being how beat my PC is, I can run it highest settings at 60+fps, and it looks beautiful and runs beautifully!

I also tried out The Wrestling Channel 4: Fight! on it, same things, only it doesn’t look as good, it still runs fantastic!

However, I wanted to play FIFA 12, but as usual, Origin is being sub-par, it was saying I didn’t own EURO 2012, when I clearly bought it.

It turns out, and I wasn’t told until I closed it and opened it back up that I needed to update it, it wasn’t until I did, when it finally installed EURO 2012.

The problems didn’t end there, though, I wanted to get saved on EA servers (yeah, great start), to my PC, I had to restart Origin 5 times before it successfully synced, and even then, it took 2 hours to do so, this is what you get when the evil overlords of gaming go cheap with everything…

After all that, I finally played the game, and everything was in order, although it took longer to load my data, I blame an update, because every other game I tired played the same as before. So I played the Italy vs. England EURO 2012 challenge, and then quite because I wanted to play other games.

Then I played a Co-Op Session of Portal 2 with my cousin, Steven, at first it thought it was my first time playing, because it showed the beginning intro which you only see when you first play Co-Op, so I tried restarting it to see if that was a one time thing, thankfully, it was, it loaded my data the second time, unfortunately, at that time, there was something wrong with the Portal 2 servers, because both me and Steven were both lagging like crazy and kept disconnecting.

After that, I saved up money for the past week or two to get a much of PC games for my new PC, so I ordered a bunch of games, including the Sims 3, Trackmania United Forever, and Stranglehold.


Tuesday 26th June 2012

I played my brother in FIFA 12, and I kept scoring against him, and he was scoring against me as well, I wasn’t counting the score, but when I looked at it after I scored a goal, I realised I was beating him 10-4! Ooft! I’m a lot better at FIFA than I thought!


Wednesday 27th June 2012

3 game I’ve ordered have arrived today, Toy Story Mania, Toy Story 3 and Dreamcast Collection, all on PC. Also, my Stranglehold strategy guide arrived, although I’ve yet to receive the actual game…

Toy Story Mania came as a surprise when I found out about it, I thought the game was a Wii exclusive casual mini games game, and I was right, but I found out a year or so later, only in Europe, they made a PC version, I usually wouldn’t have bothered with it, but since I was getting Toy Story 3 for the PC and this was less than £5 brand new, I thought “What the hey!”, and ordered that alongside Toy Story 3 and a bunch of other PC games. I got it, and it sucks even more than the Wii version, half of the features don’t work in this version, and by that, I mean basic things you have to do, such as shake the Wiimote/mouse, that doesn’t work on the PC version, and it’s just overall boring to play, but I suppose for £5, I shouldn’t be complaining…

Toy Story 3, on the other hand, is brilliant! I’ve played the PS2 and Wii versions beforehand, and really enjoyed them, so I thought I’d get the PC version, because usually, PC versions of games are the best if you have the right hardware and a decent controller, and I had both (I use the Xbox 360 controller with wireless receiver!), and I was right, the PC version, is the best version at least from the versions I’ve played, it had a great Toy box mode much like the Wii version but has more and the game runs much faster, 60++ fps!

As for Dreamcast Collection, I wasn’t going to get this one either, since I hate collections of old games, I think they abuse the original systems and deplete any value they have… but since the PC version of Dreamcast collection was only £1 brand new, I thought I might as well.

However, just like Toy Story Mania, I was disappointed with this one, it took, literally over an hour to install for starters, then I tried out Crazy Taxi, the controls were confusing as heck, and you couldn’t change them, and most importantly, they ruined it by replacing the music, I understand Sega may no longer have the licence to use Bad Religion songs, but if that were the case, they shouldn’t have bothered at all, it’s just not Crazy Taxi without Bad Religion, they aren’t any improvements in the game anyway, it’s not even in widescreen like they claimed, it’s in letterbox mode, they aren’t any widescreen resolutions, so just stick with your Dreamcast original.


Thursday 28th June 2012

Ultimate Quake on PC and Twisted on the 3DO have arrived today!

Unfortunately, I’ve been having problems with both at first. With Twisted, my 3Do stopped outputting sound, although I soon realised it was playing sound, just very quietly, and found out when the system warms up, then it plays the sound at normal volume, strange, but at least I know what the problem is exactly, now to find out what causes it and how to fix it… oh yeah, and Twisted worked perfectly, so I can just throw my broken burnt CD away, I have a genuine properly, working copy now!

Quake Live was a slightly different story, Quake 1 installed and played perfectly fine, but Quake 2 and 3 didn’t install at all…

With Quake 2, it turns out all “install” did was move content of a certain folder into a folder in Program Files, so I just did that manually, and it worked… sort of, I could only play it windowed, however, I found out about a source port called “R1Q2”, which fixed this problem, so I installed it, and it worked perfectly!

Quake 3 Arena was a weird one, the install didn’t work at first, but I could run the game off the CD, but if I were to do that, I’d have to insert the CD key every time I start it, so I decided to try it again in compatibility mode, and it worked!

Remember when I got Wolfenstein 3D and it only worked in DOSBox? Well, it turns out there exists a source port called “New Wolf”, which not only makes the game work on Windows, but also supports higher resolutions, a bigger screen, and it runs much smoother! I’ve applied it to both Wolfenstein 3D and Spear of Destiny, which, by the way, I found out if you cope the folder from the CD to your hard drive, you can make the game work without the CD, so I did that.

I’ve also discovered GZ-Doom, which is an extension of Z-Doom, it improves it even further, supporting higher resolutions, and makes 3D models out of the doom levels, so you can look up and down without it looking awkward! There are also tonnes of little things that make GZ-Doom that much better! I’ve also found some Doom PWADS, one is called “Call of Dooty”, which makes fun of modern shooters! Another is “Doom Center”, which is a town, it has a bowling alley, and an arcade, in the arcade, there’s a duck hunt game which you can play using doom itself, it’s pretty awesome!

I’ve played a Co-Op session of Portal 2 with Steven again, this time, with the server up and running like normal!


Friday 29th June 2012

The Sims 3 arrived today! I’m just about to play it…

…I’ve had a go, and it’s absolutely brilliant, it’s very addicting!

I’ve had a game of FIFA 12 with my brother on the PS3, a few, actually, and I’ve beaten him in pretty much all of them, one of them was completely mad, full of shots that ended up hitting the post and bar, one, in particular, my brother explained in detail, I had to wait for 5-10 minutes for him to type it.

EA claimed that you can pre-order FIFA 13 Ultimate Edition for the PS3, Xbox 360 and the PC, so I thought “Great! A PC version, I’ll be getting that!”, but guess what? No store have the PC version for pre-order, not even EA’s very own Origin! EA: Trolls of the century!

I’ve been playing more Sims 3, and I was so into it, I didn’t realise the time, so when I finished, when I stopped playing it, it was 1:15am!


Saturday 30th June 2012

Trackmania United Forever had arrive today, and it’s awesome!

I’ve played another (partial) game with my brother at FIFA 12, we only play for about 10 in game minutes, until he left, neither of us scored…

We played a full game of FIFA 12 later on, we both did random teams, he ended up with Arsenal and I ended up with some Portuguese team… We played another game afterwards, I believe it was an El Classico

Also, I’m going to make a new feature of my blog. It’ll be similar to “Horse of the week”, but it’ll be with my and my brother, and we’ll be recording the scores of games we do, there’s a twist, which, chances are, like Horse of the Week, we’ll soon stop exclusively doing that, is that we’ll be using sliders for our games…

My friend from college, Jamie, got the Sims 3 as well, just a day after I did, which is pretty cool, we’ve added each other of the community website.


Sunday 1st June 2012

It was 3DO week at grans this week…

I played a bit of Starblade and Need for speed first of all to get the sound on (It’s quiet until it’s been on for 5 minutes.), then when my cousins came in, we had a game of Twisted! Giancarlo technically won it, I say technically, we didn’t finish it, but he got the furthest.

We had to leave after that, we brought our cousins up for the Euro 2012 finals (Spain vs. Italy), before the game, I played a bit of Sims 3, then my and Giancarlo played a match of Mortal Kombat Armageddon on the PS2, and then we played a race in the Motor Kombat mini-game.

After the Euro 2012 game, I showed Steven GZ-Doom, and a cool custom wad, which makes fun of modern FPSes, called “Call of Dooty”, then I showed him Trackmania United/Nations Forever, and he said me might download Nations, as it’s free, then he had to go.

I showed Giancarlo the Sims 3, and he said it looked like a lot of fun to play, and said he might get it, awesome, 2 people I know will (hopefully) have it!

After that, he left.

I’m going on holiday to Italy tomorrow, so there won’t be a Retro Diary next week, but the week after, I’ll be adding a lot to this site, like the Sliders feature with me and my brother being added.

Next time at our grans, it will be Saturn week.

Alright, see you in a couple of weeks!

Retro Diary – 13/5/12 – "SlllooooowwDoooowwwnnnnnn!!!!"

Sunday, May 13th, 2012

Dear Diary,

I’ve had a more exiting week than usual, although that’s not saying much.


Monday 7th May 2012

For some reason, we were going to grans again, so I thought I’d take this opportunity to take a console.

I decided to keep it a surprise until my cousins, Steven and Giancarlo, came into the sitting room, where we usually play the games.

The console turned out to be… The Sega Saturn!

Sadly, I can’t remember what games we played and in what order, so I’ll give you what I can remember, We Played:

    In no order:

  • Daytona USA: Championship Circuit Edition
  • Sega Rally Championship
  • Sega Touring Car Championship
  • Virtua Fighter 2(.1)

Our games of Sega Rally and Daytona USA were pretty much the same as they always are.

I remember while me and Steven were playing Sega Touring Car Championship, we kept saying “SlllooooowwDoooowwwnnnnnn!!!!” and “5 Frrrraaaammmmmmeeesss aaa ssssseeeeccconnnnnddd!!!”, because the game kept slowing down!

I remember Virtua Fighter 2.1 most fondly, me and Giancarlo were playing it, we discovered they had an option called “Slow Mode”, so we enabled that to see what it was like.

It turns out it was just an underwater stage, it slows down the game for realism, as actions done in in water are usually slower than in air, that much is kind of obvious, so I guess they didn’t lie…

We had a lot of fun with it, though, while we were playing it, were talking about imagining movies done underwater, like Back to the future underwater, with a submarine “Delorian”, and Die Hard done underwater!

Overall, it was a lot of fun!


Saturday 12th May 2012

At long last, I have Scooby Doo and the Cyber Chase on PS1 again!

I’ve been wanting that game for literally years now. Why? You may ask, well I used to have it back in the day, it was pretty much the last out of the nostalgic PS1 games I had, I have just about every other game I had from my childhood.
After playing it, I realised it had almost no resemblance to the movie, it seemed more like a quick buck game, after all, it was based off of a direct-to-video film for starters.

After getting used to the controls, however, I found it was actually a very enjoyable game, the controls are solid (although they f*ck you over from time to time), the game is actually challenging even playing it now, the levels are pretty cool, and the music and sound effects are great and memorable, for years I had some of it’s tracks stuck in my head without realising where it came from!

I almost feel I shouldn’t be enjoying it as much as I am, like I said, it seems as if they quickly put the game together to make a quick buck, as guess you could call it, a guilty pleasure? I seem to have a lot of games like that recently, maybe I should make a top 10 list…


Sunday 13th May 2012

It was Gamecube week this week, unfortunately, Steven couldn’t be there, due an accident he had with his lip.

Unfortunately also, Giancarlo didn’t know it was Gamecube week, so he didn’t bring his games, he asked what games I had, I mentioned Mario Kart Double Dash and Marvel Nemesis, and then he said “Say no more, we’re sorted!”.

For a while, I was playing Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4 with my brother, we also played Disney’s Extreme Skate Adventure for a short while, too.

The me and Giancarlo played a bit of Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects.

Then we played a bit of Mario Kart: Double Dash, I brought the strategy guide (yes, I actually have it.), to for a joke, say we have the full experience, the funny thing is, it actually came in handy! Sort of. Giancarlo wasn’t sure how you boosted in the game, so we looked it up in the strategy guide, and it had the info we needed! I never worked for me, but it worked for Giancarlo a few times, so I know the guide was right.

Then we played a little bit more of Marvel Nemesis…

Then we tried out Beyblade V-Force: Super Tournament Battle, it took a while before Giancarlo figured out how to launch the Beyblade, after that, eh, it was alright.

Then we played some more Marvel Nemesis… While we were playing it, we were talking about those companies like Capcom and EA, who are just in it for the money, I mentioned since it was recently released on PC I thought I might try out Street Fighter X Tekken, and he surprised when I mentioned it, it turns out he hadn’t heard about that, odd, I thought he’d be the first to know about it.

Then we tried out WWE Day of Reckoning, the controls were easy enough for him to learn, so we had a one on one hardcore match, which I won.

…and finally, we finished off with another game or two of Marvel Nemesis!

In short (tl;dr), here’s what we played:

    In the order we first played them:

  • Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4
  • Disney’s Extreme Skate Adventure
  • Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects
  • Mario Kart: Double Dash
  • Beyblade V-Force: Super Tournament Battle
  • WWE Day of Reckoning

My auntie had to drop me off since my mum left ages before, before I even had to chance to play the Gamecube with Gianni. It turns out he was in the same car, so me, him, and the other cousin who was in the car, were talking Michel Jackson and Weird Al Yankovic songs!

So yeah, despite the major drawbacks, we still had fun, or at least I had, next week is Xbox 360 week, I hope Steven will be better by then, because he’s the one that’s supposed to bring it, if he isn’t, which I reckon is unlikely, then we’ll either move the PS3 week then back to 360 week, or until Steven is well enough, I’ll select random consoles to bring until Steven is well enough.

He’ll probably be better by then, but just in case…

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