Wednesday, June 4, 2014

This Month in Collecting: May 2014

It's time again for: This Month in Collecting: May 2014 edition.  Not sure why but for some reason, I was able to use a little restraint.  Only two titles in total this month (though, I did pick up the 3 DLC missions for Gravity Rush) so this post will be short.

Click the pics for larger images.

Borderlands 2
Originally, I wasn't planning on getting this but I got a bit fired up with the reviews for this game and decided to show my support for the Vita and get this title.  Specifically, I read these comments over on NeoGAF and decided that Borderlands should be a game that any sane Vita owner should purchase so we can show that we do want quality games on our Vita

Friday, May 2, 2014

This Month in Collecting: April 2014

Another month has come and gone and so, I close this month with my This Month in Collecting: April 2014 edition.  Again, trying to get back into the swing of things so here goes.

Below is everything I picked up in the month of April.  Clicky the pics for larger images!

Ragnarok Odyssey ACE
I already have this on the Vita, so when they re-released it and ported to the PS3 with additional content I opted for that version.   The Vita re-release was a nice box set with a soundtrack but I already have that from the initial release so I decided to go for the big boy version.   Total impulse buy as well.   I dig the cover art and that the manual cover art isn't just the cover regurgitated.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Final Fantasy - The Quest for Completion

I recently started replaying both Final Fantasy I, Origins edition.   After I played it years ago, I told myself, that one day, I would replay it and complete it.

What does this mean for Final Fantasy I?  Well, I'm playing the Origins PS1 version which had two difficulty settings Easy and Normal.   Easy allowed you to collect a ton of spell points (up to 99 for the lower levels), less XP was required to level up and everything cost more.   That's the version I have beaten, so to go for the Completion I decided to a few things:
  1. Play the game on Normal which follows the NES 'rules' (without the annoying 'missed' when you target and enemy and it dies before you hit it).
  2. Fill the Items list to 100%
  3. Fill the Bestiary to 100%  This will likely prove the hardest to do as it requires me to run into Warmech which in my various playthroughs prior to this, I never have.
So only three requirements, not too bad.  Anyone out there fight Warmech before?   Is he hard?  Should I add Lv 99 as a completion requirement?  Any other requirement I missed?

Monday, April 21, 2014

Far too long...

Oh boy, it's been far too long since I posted here, so I'm doing a recap for Q1 of 2014.

I have not, as of yet, taken the plunge into the next gen (or I guess at this point I should say current gen) as I feel like the PS3/X360/Wii era is going strong.

There's a still quite a few titles that I need to pick up as well as several game still to come.

So what HAS happened for Q1?  So far I've beat the following:

Ratchet and Clank
Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Day
Dead Space 2
La Pucelle Tactics
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII
Batman: Arkham Origin

Yes, I started the year off with yet another replay of Ratchet & Clank, this time back on the original PS2 and ran through with no cheats, no glitches to get to the all the weapons (including the Gold Weapons), Skill Points, and Gold Bolts.

I finished off Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (I started way back in August).   I actually ended up doing a 180 on the game and I really liked it.  The gameplay was pretty solid, had a great story and the leveling and abilities method was unique and fun

Dead Space 2 was next and unfortunately I was not nearly impressed with the game as I was with the original Dead Space.   Never been a fan of the mob rush style of games and this one seemed to do that alot more than the first one which was used slow mobs with limited ammo to ratchet the tension which I felt worked better.

La Pucelle Tactics was next and I decided to give this a roll after playing Disgaea last year.   I liked Disgaea but I think I enjoyed La Pucelle better.   While the gameplay was similar, it was a bit more straightforward than it's successor (in the states La Pucelle released after Disgaea even thought it was developed first).

And then I went right into the final chapter of the much maligned Final Fantasy XIII series, Lightning Returns.   I actually enjoyed the first two games; they are far from perfect but I still enjoyed them.   Lightning Returns was a totally different take on the series going for a more open world\quest based approach than it's two predecessors, and letting you roll solo for the vast majority of the game. I really enjoyed it and it was a nice wrap up to the series.

And the last game for Q1 2014 was Batman: Arkham Origins, which, I believe is possibly one of the best of the Arkham games so far.   For the record, I never once ran into a problem with game despite the hoopla about game breaking bugs and such.   Anyway I really enjoyed the game and now I'm looking forward to Arkham Knight.

So in total for Q1 I beat 5 games and completed 1.

As for acquisitions, I've added 23 new physical games to my collection:

The Witch and the Hundred Knight  (PS3)
Batman: Arkham Origins  (PS3)
Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward  (PSVita)
Valhalla Knights 2  (PSP)
Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster  (PS3)
Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster  (PSVita)
Dark Souls II: Black Armor Edition  (PS3)
Ridge Racer  (PSP)
Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky  (PS3)
LEGO The Lord of the Rings  (PS3)
Tales of Symphonia Chronicles  (PS3)
Remember Me  (PS3)
Call of Duty: Black Ops: Declassified  (PSVita)
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII  (PS3)
Bravely Default Collector's Edition  (3DS)
Samurai Warriors 3  (Wii)
Army of Two: The 40th Day  (PS3)
Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo's Dungeon  (Wii)
Two World II  (PS3)
Battlefield 3  (PS3)
Borderlands 2: Game of the Year Edition  (PS3)
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2  (PS3)
LittleBigPlanet 2: Special Edition  (PS3)

And a couple of digital ones:

Torchlight  (Steam)
The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition  (DSiW)

That kinda wraps up my Q1 gameplay and collecting efforts.

I'll try to post more frequently.   We'll see how that goes...

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Collecting: Oct 1, 2013

Well I picked up just a few titles yesterday, two retail and one digital.   I am generally against digital copies of games and will strive to get the retail copy whenever possible but in this situation I couldn't really justify not getting the digital copy.   With the release of Valhalla Knights 3 on the PlayStation Vita coming up, XSEED has been kind enough to allow anyone to download the PSN copy of the first Valhalla Knights for the PSP for free.   Yup that's right, free.   I can't really argue with that price so I now have that.

In addition I picked up a couple of other titles:

Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl

The latest entry in this series and:

Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds

The only Hot Shots Golf title that I was missing.   Last week I found a complete copy of Hot Shots Golf 2 so it was really nice to find a complete copy (and in really good shape).   Now my Hot Shots Golf collection is complete, at least until they release another one.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Collecting: Sep 25, 2013

Me updating this blog is long overdue so now's a good a time as any.

I spend some time up in Franklin, TN this week and on my way back I stopped off at a Play 'n' Trade in Murfreesboro as I was heading back to GA.   It was a pretty solid store and I was able to find a few titles that I've been so far unable to find.   While I was there I picked up:

Hot Shots Golf 2 - PlayStation
Pursuit Force: Extreme Justice - PSP
Max Payne - Xbox
Medal of Honor: European Assault - PS2
Call of Duty: Finest Hour - PS2
Call of Duty 2: Big Red One - PS2

A decent set of acquisitions, especially since all of them were eligible for buy 2 get 1 free so I got 6 titles for the price of 4.  Everything was in great shape with original artwork and manuals except the jewel case for Hot Shots Golf 2 was really banged up (not a big deal as I've got several spares lying around) and while the Max Payne case was the original non-platinum hits version, they only had a platinum hits disc.  At some point I'll have to replace that.

Anyway, it was nice to pick these up, especially Pursuit Force: Extreme Justice and Hot Shots Golf 2 as they have been titles I've been looking to get but can never find.   MoH:EA was a nice pickup as well as it replaced the copy I currently had which had the MoH triple pack cover art, manual and disc which is slightly different than the original release.

Overall, I'd say a successful trip.  Hopefully I'll have need to get up in that direction in a couple of months so I can pop in there again.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

My issues with Xbox One

It's been far too long since I posted something up here in my blog so I figured I'd better get back to it.   I thought I'd write a bit about the Xbox One and why I won't be looking to get one in the near future.

Xbox One has taken a lot of heat in the last few weeks over their DRM/Always On (well not always on but frequently connected)/Lend the disc once/etc policy.   I'm not a real big fan of that but I want to be clear on the reason that I'm not going to get this console in the near future.   And they aren't handling the messaging very well:

As a collector, I tend to take a long term view of a game/console.   When investing, I want to know that I will have access to a particular game and the content long term.

For example, with games like Borderlands, Fallout 3, Batman Arkham City, Skyrim and many others, I always get the GOTY editions that have all the DLC on the disc.   In 5 or 10 or 20 years when I am on my 4 console for that generation, I will still be able to play those games with all the additional content.   When PSN/XBL have gone away (or if they just don't have the content online anymore) I will still be able to play those games.

And that is my biggest issue with Xbox One.   What happens in 20-30 years?  Will all the games I've purchased be available?   There's no way to guarantee that service will still be available for me to authenticate my game with.   I would have a $500 dollar paperweight with discs on the self that I can't play because there is no way to authenticate to a server because it no longer exists.

For that reason and that reason alone, the XBox One will need to be steeply discounted before I buy the console (or they need a policy change) and I would never pay full retail value for an Xbox One game.

As of right now, the only home consoles I will be looking to get are the PS4 and the WiiU.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2012: The totals

Wow, another year has gone.   It's time for my yearly wrap-up!

So this year was considerably different from 2011.   In 2011, I made a huge push to beat a massive amount of games.   And I did.  I beat a total 59 games in 2011 and this year wasn't even half of that.   However, the first half of the year was focused solely on RPGs (well not 100% but nearly) so it was considerably different make up in the type of games beat this year.

Anyway, I'm getting ahead of myself.  First off, the final tally from a collection standpoint.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

SMT: Persona 2: Innocent Sin impressions

After Daxter decided to freeze, puke and corrupt my save file, I was not exactly excited to fire it back up and replay the first half of the game again.   So I decided to start the second game in on a series that I've really wanted to get into but for one reason or another I had always put it off.

Close to the end of the end of the PS2 cycle, I read about a game call Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3.  The more I read about it, the more interested I became.   I began doing a bit more looking into the series and found that the Persona games were a sub-series of the Shin Megami Tensei series.   I found that there were a whole slew of games that I needed to experience so then the collector in me kicked in and I began looking for all the SMT games I could find.  Eventually I had them all, Persona 2: Eternal Punishment, Nocturne, Digital Devil Saga 1 & 2, and finally Persona 3 right when it released.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Vita library grows...

So I picked up a Vita in preparation for the release of Assassin's Creed: Liberation (game on hold due to save game bug), and in the short time I've had it, I have picked up 6 games for it. I gotta say, I really like this handheld. As much I loved my PSP (which until the release of the PSV, was my favorite handheld) I have to say that the Vita is looking to easily be the king. Compare that to the 3DS, which only has a handful of games that I want (Kingdom Hearts: DDD, the upcoming Etrian Odyssey, Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon and the obligatory Mario games) the system seems to be really solid.

I added Mortal Kombat today (and it looks to be a great title and seems to fit really nice on the Vita) which take me to a total of 6 Vita titles.

So far I've only beaten one game on it, Uncharted: Golden Abyss which was not only a great game but also a great entry in the series. Looked great, played great and felt right at home on the handheld.

Which brings me to my final point and why I like the Vita so much. As much as I loved the PSP, it seemed that quite frequently when playing a game, on it, I would think, "This would be so much better with dual analogs and on a big screen. As I played through Uncharted: Golden Abyss, my thought was always, "This game feels right at home!" I didn't want, or need it on the big screen. The games on the Vita, feel like they belong there. And that's why I love my Vita.