Computer And Console Games

animated pongI’ve owned a VIC-20, Nintendo, and Super Nintendo. I currently own a Nintendo 64 and a Playstation 2, which I rarely play. Yet, I still read about new games and the industry. Here are the games I own:

For the PC:

  1. World Of Warcraft
    I bought this because everyone in the universe bought it. I haven’t played it yet. I’m easily influenced.
  2. Need For Speed: Most Wanted
    Greg got me interested in this after he wouldn’t shut up about the PS2 version he recently bought. Besides the excellent graphics and sense of speed (it doesn’t beat Burnout, though – see below), it has intelligent police chases, where you hear the police chatter on their radio. Lots of fun.
  3. Need For Speed: Underground
    I bought this while I was working a lot in the U.S, looking for something to do while in my hotel room. I like unrealistic racing car games.
  4. ChessMaster
    I’ve owned various versions of it since it came out in 1986. I have version 10, the latest at this time. I rarely play it now, but it’s easy to get into with its variety of challenges.
  5. Diablo
    A fantasy RPG-like game that has a top-down view of the characters. I think I used cheat codes a lot in this one. I do that a lot: I’m very impatient.
  6. Baldur’s Gate
    I started playing this, then my wife got hooked. Another RPG fantasy game. It’s long and extensive.

I had lots of other PC games; I just don’t remember them.

For the PlayStation 2:

    1. Half-Life
      This is a favorite. I first played it on the PC when it was released in 1998. I bought it for the PS/2 to see how it compared with the PC version, and it plays well. Half-life set a standard for first-person shooters for its atmosphere and story. It’s possible to finish the game in 48 minutes. I watched it all, too.
    2. God Of War
      This is a violent, gruesome, compelling adventure game, which I haven’t finished because of some tough section that pissed me off. Fun to play and get into, though. Great story and cinematics. I read that a sequel is being developed for the PS/2.
    3. Devil May Cry
      This is a cool looking game and fun to play, but like most other games, I got frustrated at some point while trying to solve a puzzle or kill a creature. Never finished it.
    4. Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons Of Liberty
      The Metal Gear Solid series is well known on the PS/2 for its innovations and excellent graphics. I haven’t been able to play 5 minutes of this. I keep it in the hope that I WILL have the patience to figure it out.
    5. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
      Another popular series, this one setting a standard for its extensive story and goals. It’s a long game that I haven’t had the time to devote to.
    6. Champions Of Norrath
      This is role-playing game (RPG) set in a fantasy world similar to Dungeons And Dragons, which I enjoy. I think I finished this one; that tells you it isn’t a hard game.
    7. Shadow Of The Colossus
      This received a lot of rave reviews and hype, but it didn’t work for me. Your goal is to kill a bunch of giant creatures. That’s it. I got impatient with trying to figure out how to kill the beasts.
    8. Dora The Explorer: Journey To The Purple Planet
      This is a kids’ game that’s too easy for adults to even try. Caitlyn enjoys it, though.
    9. Finding Nemo
      Based on the movie, this isn’t an easy game for kids. I even got frustrated with some of the stages. Caitlyn nor I ever finished it.
    10. Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Chaos Bleeds
      I got this for my wife, who was a fan of the show. She got stuck at some point in the game and never went back to it. I never tried it.
    11. Resident Evil 4
      This received rave reviews, and Ashley finished it and gave me good feedback about it; yet, I haven’t been able to finish it. It’s creepy. Don’t play it with the lights off.
    12. Primal
      I think I bought this because it was one of Sony’s first cinematic-type games. I haven’t played it yet.
    13. Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance
      An RPG that was popular in its time. I might’ve finished this.
    14. Burnout 3: Takedown
      A classic. This racing car game set a new standard for innovation and sense of speed. Lots of fun.
    15. Burnout: Revenge
      This is Burnout 4. They changed some of the features from Burnout 3, so if you were used to that you may not like it, but still a fun game.
    16. Need For Speed: Underground
      Most of the Need For Speed series games are fun. This one introduced drag racing and using drifting a lot. A fun game, although it pales beside Burnout 3.

  1. Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit 2
    One of the early games in the series, it was fun for its time.
  2. Medal of Honor: Frontline
    I haven’t played many war games because they’re too damn intense. This one starts on the beaches of Normandy and never lets up.
  3. Winnie The Pooh’s Rumbly Tumbly Adventure
    A cute game for the kids, but its load time is frustrating and the way its goals are divided across different sections is annoying. Not recommended even for kids.
  4. Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time
    A cool, innovative game. Nothing like the original 2-dimensional version 20 years ago, although you DO jump over pits and trips; that’s the only similarity. It got too hard for me simple mind.
  5. Rachet & Clank
    This is the first game in the series and the first I ever played. I got impatient with the weapon variations and controls. I read that the later games are a lot better.
  6. R-Type Final
    This is a 2-dimensional spaceship shooting game, where the ship travels from left to right through tunnels and parts of space. I remembered playing this in arcades decades ago, so I gave this a try. It’s too fucking hard.
  7. Max Payne 2: The Fall Of Max Payne
    This was one of the first games to implement the bullet time feature that the movie Matrix made popular: you could slow the action down to shoot accurately. I tried this for 5 minutes and got frustrated with the controls.
  8. Hot Shots Golf 3
    I don’t play golf, but this is a fun game if you like that sorta thing. I never finished it, though.
  9. Red Faction
    A first-person shooter similar to Half-life. Lots of story, but no big deal. I think I finished it using a walkthrough.

For the Nintendo 64:

  1. Conker’s Bad Fur Day
    I think this is the last N64 game I bought. It’s a silly adult game with adult humour. I almost finished it.
  2. Duke Nukem 64
    The first first-person shooter from the classic 2-dimensional Duke Nukem series. The PC version is better.
  3. Quake
    Another classic first-person shooter. I don’t know why I got it for this console.
  4. 007: GoldenEye
    Next to Beetle Adventure Racing (see below), probably the best game for the N64. I think I finished it, too.
  5. Star Wars: Rogue Squadron
    I try to play Star Wars game, but they never hold my interest. This one was too frustrating, I think.
  6. Donkey Kong 64
    I think my wife finished this game. Another game I didn’t have the patience for: memorizing routes, puzzles… but I’ll never learn.
  7. 007: The World Is Not Enough
    An unsuccessful attempt to recreate the magic of GoldenEye. I don’t know why I have this game.
  8. The Legend Of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
    I tried to play the Zelda games but, like most in that genre, too much silly puzzles and shit to figure out and memorize. My wife played these games, though.
  9. The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time
    Neat at first, tedious about half-way through.
  10. Indiana Jones and The Infernal Machine
    I remember trying to play this, but it was too hard manipulating the character.
  11. Perfect Dark
    An excellent game by Rare, a publisher that was eventually bought by Microsoft. Better than GoldenEye.
  12. Turok 3: Shadow of Oblivion
    I think I like playing these first-person shooters ONLY when I can initiate cheat mode.
  13. Star Wars: Battle For Naboo
    I had no idea I owned this.
  14. Beetle Adventure Racing!
    The best racing car game for the Nintendo 64. Lots of fun. I even finished this game. I probably played it all the way through twice.
  15. San Francisco Rush 2049
    The Rush racing car series were a lot of fun once. Lots of jumps and silliness.
  16. Excitebike 64
    I think I wanted to try a different racing style. This didn’t win me over.
  17. Rush 2: Extreme Racing USA
    I don’t remember this one, but it was probably good.
  18. Mario Tennis
    I didn’t get into this. I only got it for its favorable reviews, I think.
  19. Duke Nukem: Zero Hour
    I didn’t know I had TWO Duke Nukem games for the N64. I have no memory of this one.
  20. Ridge Racer 64
    I don’t remember this one, either. Beetle Adventure Racing! is the best, anyway.
  21. Paper Mario
    I finished this game. Or Dawn did.

I got rid of all of my Super Nintendo games except Chrono Trigger. I don’t know why I kept that one, except it’s one of the few games I’ve ever finished.

My favorite game genre is racing, as you might’ve guessed: turn it on and start playing – nothing complicated about it.

A Review Of “Dora the Explorer Journey to the Purple Planet”

Dora the Explorer Journey to the Purple Planet for PS2Dora the Explorer Journey to the Purple Planet for Playstation2 (PS2)
Rating: Rating: 7 out of 10 stars (7/10)

My 5 year old daughter received this for Christmas, finishing it within two days; it’s a short game, but she enjoyed it and is still playing it. The game has all the elements from the TV series: Boots tags along with Dora, Map provides the directions, Backpack provides the tools you need when the time comes, and all the familiar songs are there. The goal is to help some aliens find their way back home; that is, the Purple Planet. To get there you have to follow set paths on different planets, solving simple puzzles along the way, such as matching shapes or colours.

This was the first Playstation 2 game my four year old daughter has played and the controller was too big for her hands; she placed the controller on her lap, clutching the left joystick from the top, using her right forefinger to press the Action button. She asked for my help once, when a path wasn’t obvious; otherwise, she spent six to eight hours playing it, finishing it in that time.

I was disappointed that the game didn’t take long to complete, but my daughter doesn’t mind and that’s all that matters.

I Buy Computer Games, Sometimes

burnout 3I bought BurnOut 3: Takedown today, a Playstation 2 game, paying $8 in taxes for it. TAXES.

I don’t play games often; I have little time for them and there are few that I have patience for. I like games you can pick up and play for 10 minutes, then continue playing it six months later without relearning how to play it again, which is how I tend to play games.

I bought Burnout 3 because I like car racing games and it received an excellent review (warning: annoying ads at that site).

A review: It’s an excellent racing car game. The graphics and sense of speed are exciting, but the coolest feature is how the crashes are an integral part of the game: the more you cause damage to others, the more points you get; plus, they’re cinematic: when you cause a big pile-up, you can put everything into Impact Time (similar to Max Payne’s Bullet Time), where the crash is put into slow motion, allowing you to steer your wreck into other cars for more damage. There’s one option where you have to cause as much damage as possible in a crash, trying to destroy other cars. However, this isn’t like Carmageddon where you gets points for the carnage you cause; all the destruction is just done to vehicles, and you have to win races to get ahead. It’s similar to NFS: Underground, but better. Read IGN’s review for an excellent description of the game, where they state:

We do not hesitate to say, then, that this is one of the best games there is — not just of 2004 — but of this generation. It’s a bold statement, and there are a lot of factors that make it a truth; and if we had to pinpoint the most obvious one it would be this: Takedown is instantly enjoyable and maddeningly addictive.

Rating: 87/100

I own a Playstation2

I’m an impatient video game player. I don’t have the patience to figure out puzzles or work through mazes. If I’m playing an action game where you have to defeat a "boss" to continue further, I’ll quit if it becomes difficult or repetitive. I often resort to FAQs for games; I care for seeing the story and action played out than trying to figure it out. As a result, I tend to play games that are considered simple and easy like racing car games.

I bought the following this morning:

I bought them at Gamestop, a popular franchise down here that sells used games, too. They gave me a free copy of GameInformer magazine, too.