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Sunday Roundup: 8/31/14

Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney CoverProfessor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
3DS
Release Date: August 29th, 2014
Purchased at: Amazon (Online – $30)

The unbelievable crossover game is finally available in the United States, and you bet I was there on day one to pick up the next adventure in Professor Hershel Layton’s story! Teaming up with Phoenix Wright is certainly strange to think about, but I feel like it could actually work. I’ve played a few hours or so of the game so far, and can say that it certainly feels like a Layton game, but I haven’t really had the chance to interact with Phoenix yet to see how he’s side will pan out. Either way, the story so far is good, the visuals are spot on, and I’m already getting hooked. Here’s to another grand adventure!

Laters,
Jsick

 
 

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Sunday Roundup: 8/24/14

House of the Dead 2 and 3 ReturnThe House of the Dead 2 & 3 Return
Wii
Release Date: March 11th, 2008
Purchased at: GameStop (Cupertino, CA – $14)

When I was growing up, there was an original House of the Dead arcade machine at my local bowling alley. I would play it just about every week either before or after my league, sometimes both! Since then, I’ve been a big fan of the House of the Dead series of shooters. Considering House of the Dead was only ported to the Sega Saturn and it’s ridiculously expensive these days, I mainly played House of the Dead 2 on Dreamcast at a much more reasonable price. I’ve been eying this sweet compilation for some time now, only to recently pick it up as part of a Buy 2 Get 1 Free deal. The third game is really just a bonus for me: I really only wanted to play the second game again.

Pokemon Ranger CoverPokemon Ranger
DS

Release Date: October 30th, 2006
Purchased at: GameStop (Cupertino, CA – FREE)

Recently GameStop has gone downhill for me in terms of deals. They literally haven’t had a Buy 2 Get 1 Free deal on used games all year, which is literally the ONLY REASON you need to shop occasionally at GameStop. A couple of my friends graced me with a gift card for the store on my birthday, so one day when I bought a couple of games I was given a small coupon on my receipt: Buy 2 Get 1 Free on used games under $20. Better than nothing, I thought. When I went to this particular GameStop (one I consider to be a better store in the area), I could only find the above mentioned Wii game and nothing else. I happened to look in the display case for DS games, which is usually completely full of totally incomplete, cartridge only games, and was very surprised to find complete versions of Pokemon Ranger and it’s sequel. AND they were under $20! Score!

Pokemon Ranger Shadows of Almia CoverPokemon Ranger: Shadows of Almia
DS
Release Date: November 10th, 2008
Purchased at: GameStop (Cupertino, CA – $14)

The Pokemon Ranger series of spinoffs has gone largely unnoticed by me. I know there are a few games in the series (these two here and one more sequel), and that they use the DS stylus and touch screen to capture and use Pokemon, but that’s the extent of my knowledge. After looking up the games online, I found out that you play as a Pokemon Ranger, who is wildly different than the standard Pokemon Trainer. Rangers protect Pokemon and befriend them to help get past obstacles in the wild to help and aid other Pokemon. No capturing and raising here, just mutual respect and help. I’m intrigued by this premise, and might have to dip into these games soon.

Laters,
Jsick

 
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Posted by on 08/24/2014 in Nintendo DS, Wii, Collecting

 

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Review: Guilty Party

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Point and click games are some of the oldest video games out there. Despite the tenure of the genre, we don’t see too many of them spring up nowadays, likely because we’ve moved past them in the medium. Technology lets us do a lot more with games, so the archaic ways of the past usually stay in the past. Once in a blue moon a fun point and click games does arise from the proverbial ashes to make me wonder why it ever went away in the first place. Enter Guilty Party (sometimes referred to as Disney’s Guilty Party), a point and click crime drama following a very socially inclusive family trying to get to the bottom of a heinous household mystery. If you are a Wii U gamer looking for sleeper hits or unknown greats for the Wii, I would easily consider this game a “Hidden Gem” that is well worth your time! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on 08/19/2014 in Wii

 

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Worth Playing vol. 8: The Crossover Collection

Wolvering vs Ryu Art

Crossovers are the best fan service gamers can get. The blending of popular IPs into one unique game usually gets fans in a fever, finally being able to play as Sonic the Hedgehog in a Mario-themed game. Or finally being able to see who would win between the X-Man Wolverine and the Street Fighter Ryu. The opportunities for creating these scenarios is endless, but despite this we don’t get too many crossover games. Maybe it has something to do with publishing rights, company egos, or (most likely) money, but whatever the culprit may be, there are still a handful of crossover video games that are a hell of a lot of fun to play, and totally worth your time!

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Sunday Roundup: 8/3/14

New Games (8-3-14)Get ready folks, this is a big one.
After a lovely trip back home to Indiana to visit my family and see some old friends, I’m back in California where it still hasn’t rained in months! Severe drought aside, I have to say this trip back home was a blast, and coming home to The Bay with two dozen new video games to add to the collection is quite an accomplishment as well. I don’t think I’ve picked up this many games in a single week since I grabbed a ton of games right before I actually moved out west. Coincidentally, I went to nearly every game store I went to then, and managed to pick up something from all of them! There are even a couple gems in this mix, so let’s get started!

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I’m on vacation, but here are some arcade pics!

I’m neck deep in a much-needed vacation back to Indiana to see my family, so I haven’t been too active here on Slick Gaming, which is kind of a downer coming off of my Three Year Anniversary post!

Street Fighter II Pinball 3

Regardless, I have been able to upload some pics to my Tumblr blog, A World of Games. Check it out here! There are lots of new pictures of rare and fun arcade games going up every day. Enjoy them, and I look forward to getting back into the regular blog-o-sphere soon!

Laters,
Jsick

 
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Posted by on 07/31/2014 in Randomness

 

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Three Years of Slick Gaming

Mario vs Donkey Kong ArtWhere does the time go?

I was thinking a lot about this year’s anniversary of Slick Gaming. Unlike last year I actually remembered it was coming up. Despite this, I still haven’t thought of any particularly unique ways to talk about myself. Laura recommended doing something which incorporates the number three, which is actually a grand idea. I think the threes theme will make it a fun retrospective!

Top 3 Success of Slick Gaming

Over the past three years here at Slick Gaming I’ve seen a huge amount of progress, as well as many ambitions yet to come to fruition. Around year two I started the video section of the blog, creating the Modern Classics, Free Play, and Video Reviews areas of this blog. While they have been on the downside as of late (late being last year!), I still yearn to get around to them. Honestly, I always have a lot of fun making these videos, I just find it challenging to get the time to get them done. Even so, I still have a very big desire to continue work on these specific series’. I’ve even debated working full time on this blog, in hopes that my videos would take off and I could sustain myself and Laura on YouTube/Google revenue. That would be the day…Sonic the Hedgehog Art

More recently than the video reviews series, I started the Game Hunter series. Focused solely on video game collecting, Game Hunter is meant to be a resource for aspiring and avid video game collectors. What started as a video series evolved into written articles as well, both of which offer tips and advice on how to start a collection, what to look for in games, and some clarification on terms game collectors use. The video series was met with a great response, and I am continuing to write/script more episodes to this day! I wanted to offer something new to the gaming world with these videos, and I feel like I have been achieving that with each entry, so definitely look forward for more!

When I first started writing this blog back in 2011, I had the intention of using it as a means to catalog all of my video game work. Videos, reviews, articles, game collecting stuff, all in one place. I never thought I would be sitting here three years later maintaining three separate blogs, a couple of social media accounts, and a registered domain name to advance in the future! Slick Anthology has been on the sidelines for sometime now, but I still put way too much work into it to let that go away. A World of Games got a complete redesign less than a month ago and looks better than ever (with new content arriving steadily, including videos!). The YouTube channel has been picking up steam with the more content I put on it, as well as this weird Google+ integration that has suddenly happened. I find myself using Twitter solely to talk about video games and promote awesome content from myself and others. While all of these blogs are currently all over the place, I’ve started taking steps to unite them all under one brand. I’ve already registered a domain name (DownStab.com) to become the new hub for Jason, Slick Gaming, and all my works. I’m looking forward to getting that up and running within the year!

Mega Man Powered UpTop 3 Upcoming Projects For Slick Gaming

It seems like every year I have projects I am working on, or at least want to start working on, to make Slick Gaming an even better place. This year is no exception. I want to start by reviving the Comics section of this blog. I’ve still been reading comics based on gaming characters (coincidentally the two series’ I’m reading recently had a crossover event!) and want to expand my thoughts on the medium and give you my own thoughts. There are other video game comics as well, so if nothing else this will give me an excuse to start reading those as well!

I have been debating if I should include a Board Games section on this blog, or at least include a few articles about the games I’ve played. Board games are pretty big amongst my friends and family here, so much so that this past June for my birthday I received an equal amount of video games and board games as gifts! I think the mainstream appeal of the more complicated (so non-party like) board games has picked up, so it might be the right time to step into that circle.

My biggest project this year is one that I have already begun and just need to dedicate more time to completing: YouTube. I really want to be more active on YouTube. I want more reviews/shows for series I have already created, as well as general gameplay videos and possibly Let’s Plays. I recently activated a Twitch account, and bought myself a sweet new video capture card, so the only excuse for not getting it done now is on me. Here’s to a year of solid video related content!

Super Mario Bros EndingThank you to everyone that has read and enjoyed my blogs over the years! It’s funny for me to think that three years ago I wrote my very first article here, and to think how much this site has evolved since then. I’m looking to the future, hoping that I can say that exact same phrase next year, and the year after, and the year after, and one day on some random anniversary I can say that Slick Gaming is everything I wanted it to be and more. Until then, thank you all, and game on!

Happy Anniversary!
Jsick

 
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Posted by on 07/23/2014 in Randomness

 

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