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Sunday Roundup: 7/28/13

28 Jul

New Games (7-28-13)A trip back to Indiana for a wedding yielded great benefits for my collection. A trip to the local game store in Michigan City, followed by a visit to the oh so lucrative Disc Replay in Merrillville meant plenty of games were found in this the end of July. Oh, and a game from GameStop thrown in for good measure!!

 

 


Alien Syndrom CoverAlien Syndrom
Wii
Release Date: July 24th, 2007
Purchased at: Disc Replay (Merrillville, IN – $3)

I didn’t actually know this was a remake (or is it just a reimagining?) of an old/classic Sega game until I ran into the original Alien Syndrom while playing a Sega classic compilation. Since then the game has been on my radar and I’m happy to have found it so quickly after finding out I even wanted it. The game is an alien themed shooter that uses the Wii’s motion controls to average results.

Battlion Wars II CoverBattalion Wars II
Wii
Release Date:
October 29th, 2007
Purchased at: Game Changers (Michigan City, IN – $4)

I’ve never played Battalion Wars II or the original Battalion Wars on the GameCube, but I have always thought of them both as spin-offs of the Advance Wars series on the GBA/DS. If that analogy holds true, then these should be some excellent strategy games. Seeing as I’ve never heard anything about these games beyond their initial release, I imagine it’s not quite as exquisite as the GBA masterpieces.

Blood Will Tell CoverBlood Will Tell
PS2
Release Date: September 21st, 2004
Purchased at: Disc Replay (Merrillville, IN – $4)

Sweet! I didn’t know about this game either until a recent video by a YouTuber guided me towards it. The game is an action game revolving around the player reclaiming their body parts after death. As you get new parts like, say, your eyes, then you can actually see the game in color. It’s a great concept that I really am hoping works well. Also, I found it for the wonderful price of $4: everywhere online is selling it upwards of $20!

Crash Action Pack CoverCrash Bandicoot Action Pack
PS2
Release Date: June 12th, 2007
Purchased at: Game Changers (Michigan City, IN – $12)

Usually I don’t buy games as part of a collection or re-release, seeing as their not the original versions and I don’t collect them. But the price was right, strangely I don’t have any of the included games, and I actually want to play the two racing games. So long story short, I caved. Maybe this will be the start of something new for me… hopefully not. My wallet probably can’t handle it.

Genji Days of the Blade CoverGenji: Days of the Blade
PS3
Release Date: November 17th, 2006
Purchased at: GameStop (Merrilville, IN – $3)

One of the original games on the PS3 and a sequel to a late PS2 game, Genji: Days of the Blade is an action that didn’t really do much of anything memorable. But that price!!
I’ve always looked at this game as a sub-par Onimusha series, which is likely what it is and will forever remain.

Medievil Resurrection CoverMedievil Resurrection
PSP
Release Date: September 13th, 2005
Purchased at: Disc Replay (Merrillville, IN – $5)

The two Medievil games on the PS1 have been hard for me to find at the right price. I’ve found both of them a small handful of times over the past years but I’ve never been able to secure them because the price just wasn’t right. So that’s likely why I went ahead and just picked up the PSP remake of the first game. Beyond that, I am actually quite interested in playing this one, and eventually the sequel.

Namco Museum vol 3 CoverNamco Museum vol. 3
PS1
Release Date: June 21st, 1996
Purchased at: Disc Replay (Merrillville, IN – $7)

Oh man, the collection is almost complete! Vol. 3 being added to the collection means I’m just looking for Vol. 2, which isn’t too hard to find (or expensive), and the ultra rare Vol. 5. Who knows, maybe one day I’ll run into someone selling the other two volumes for a low price. In which case I’ve successfully managed to complete the series in fantastic condition and at a wonderful price!

Sheep CoverSheep
PS1
Release Date: 2000
Purchased at: Disc Replay (Merrillville, IN – FREE)

Sheep has been on this particular Disc Replay’s shelf for years. I swear each time I go there the number of copies multiplies. So this time there were about five of them, each priced at just $3, so this was the game I received for free (as part of the Buy 5, Get the 6th, free deal). Also, the back of the case has a typo, which is downright unacceptable for a retail title! Or perhaps it’s an inside joke I just don’t get yet…

Shin Megami Tensei Digital Devil Saga CoverShin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga
PS2
Release Date: April 5th, 2005
Purchased at: Game Changers (Michigan City, IN – $8)

Man, what a steal for this one! Unlike Sheep up above, there were a few copies of this game available at Game Changers, and each one was less expensive than the other. This particular copy, which was still complete and in good condition, was just $10 while the most expensive was $30!! I snagged it during a 20% off sale, so for just eight bucks, this Atlus game was a no brainer!

Striker Pro 2000 CoverStriker Pro 2000
Dreamcast
Release Date: May 10th, 2000
Purchased at: Game Changers (Michigan City, IN – $2)

Blah, blah, blah, I bought this because I didn’t have it yet for the complete Dreamcast collection.

Syphon Filter 3 CoverSyphon Filter 3
PS1
Release Date: November 5th, 2001
Purchased at: Disc Replay (Merrilville, IN – $3)

With Syphon Filter 3, I finally completed the PS1 trilogy. I think I was also able to get the first game for just one dollar, the second for two, and then this one for three. Hmm… I wonder if that’s Square’s strategy with the Final Fantasy‘s…

Virtua Fighter 2 CoverVirtua Fighter 2
Saturn
Release Date: December 1995
Purchased at: Game Changers (Michigan City, IN – $8)

Another absolute classic for the Sega Saturn, Virtua Fighter 2 was released on several consoles but only the Saturn version retained the actual arcade experience. Interestingly, the box for this version of the game has the “Only on Sega Saturn” seal, yet there are clearly other versions released on other consoles. Perhaps they just meant only this version of the game was available on the Saturn. Whatever. The point is, the classic 3D fighter is now in the collection. Huzzah!

Laters,
Jsick

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3 responses to “Sunday Roundup: 7/28/13

  1. John

    07/28/2013 at 4:09 pm

    I just picked up Battalion Wars II this past week as well! From what I remember, it’s not as exquisite as the handheld titles, but decent. It’s also real-time and not turn-based if memory serves.

    I like some of your other snags too. Namely Digital Devil Saga and Blood Will Tell. I really like the first Genji too so I think that’s another good buy, especially at that price.

     
    • jsicktheslick

      07/29/2013 at 2:36 pm

      Oh really, Battalion Wars II is a real-time strategy as opposed to turn based? Hmm, I didn’t know that. Thanks for the heads up!

      And I purchased the first Genji for a couple dollars a few months back but haven’t gotten around to it. I’ve heard that the first is somewhat better than the second, so unfortunately my hopes aren’t high :p

       

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