Monday, 7 December 2015

Playing, Completed, Binned - November '15 Edition

Just the one game started and given up on last month and that game was Sin & Punishment: Successor of the Skies for the Wii. I hadn't played the N64 original (which is kind-of legendary amongst shooter fans) but I did buy the sequel on the cheap many years ago. At last, I decided to excavate the game from my shelf and give it a go. To start with, I was really enjoying it. The game looks and sounds great and the arcade-style shooting is relentless with bullets and enemies filling the screen, frequent explosions and set pieces etc. - just what I like. However, by stage 5, I was getting my ass handed to me so much that I wasn't enjoying the game anymore (the 'Punishment' part of the title is certainly appropriate!). I've never been very good at shooters anyway so I wasn't wholly surprised to find that I didn't have what it takes to best S&P. It was a fun ride while I was enjoying it though so there is that.


November saw me complete two games. First up was Rule of Rose, an infamous PS2 horror game that was withdrawn from the shelves over controversy and as a result now garners much attention and high prices on places like ebay. Fortunately, an incredible online contact of mine from a gaming forum was kind enough to borrow me his personal copy of the game and I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed Rule of Rose. The game itself will win no awards on a technical level and the combat is pretty much rubbish but the storytelling, atmosphere and generally bizarre ideas are like nothing I've seen before in a horror game. I won't go into too much detail because I'm hoping to write up a short standalone review of the game but I will say that I'm extremely pleased I had the chance to play and complete the game, so much so that I'd like my own copy to go back to but at the current prices, I can't see it happening anytime soon.

The second game I beat last month was one that I've completed more times than I can remember: Spyro the Dragon for the PS1. I tend to have a run-through of all three games on a yearly basis as I have so many happy memories of playing them when they were new releases and I still enjoy them to the same degree today even if I am able to 100% them in a matter of 2-3 days now. This was actually the first time I used a PS1 disc in my PS3 with the texture smoothing enabled and I have to say that I was pretty impressed. I was less impressed about the cutscene audio glitching out in Spyro 2 when I tried to move onto the sequel next but looking about online, it seems to be a common emulation-related problem when using the disc in a PS3.

Last month also saw me get side-tracked by other games when I already had a few in progress. I ended up spending time with GTA V (now forcibly returned to the shelf), Street Fighter Alpha 2 Gold, SVC Chaos: SNK Vs Capcom and Street Fighter III: Third Strike. A good time was had with all (as expected) but I'm currently supposed to be playing:
  • Time and Eternity (PS3)
  • Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (DS)
Since I've only just gotten into Third Strike, I will also be playing that during December as my quick-fire game on the side when I don't have the time to get stuck into JRPG's, which will probably be the case throughout the month of Christmas when I will have various things going on.

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