Monday, December 17, 2012

Winter Gaming Sessions and Reviews + Updates

       

      Hey fellow Gamers and Collectors, now that I closed up the business for the season, I have plenty of time to game. I been playing my Wii U a lot though, so haven't gotten around to playing my Genesis. No new pick ups except for a mint copy of Evolution 2 for the Dreamcast. Shout out to Melanie for hooking me up with that!

      Now that I have more free time and got my 6 foot Genesis controller extension cable in the mail...(I really hate having to be so close to the TV), I can relax in bed and play some games and write some reviews. Also I hope to have a semi-professional HD Camcorder and a nice microphone to do some live stuff which I will post to a youtube page. I know I promised some repair tips and notes, but I haven't had anything to repair...strangely enough (with the exception of the last lot of rusted genesis units) every thing I found recently has worked. I'm going to try to find some non functional units so I can snap pictures and pose some guides.

     Anyone else get a Wii U? If you did feel free to add me on the Miiverse, my Nintendo ID is Tricky


      I will be posting my next batch of reviews soon. Look for them in the coming days...I really want a better format to review with, something that flows nicely and pleases the eyes...Also every other friday I do a podcast with some friends called Wii Talk U Listen, its general gaming , but we tend to stray off topic often and also we do a lot of Nintendo stuff. Check us out.


Friday, October 12, 2012

Awesome Find of the Month


    Hey Gamers and fellow collectors!!! So finally been able to get out and do some game hunting...needless to say...had the best find I've had in quite some time....thank you Amvets....if only the Salvation Army and Goodwill could give me great finds like these...Anyways...I'll let the pictures do the talking...







All these lovely gems for...$21 bucks at Amvets :) worth ...well if I sold these in current condition on ebay I'd bring back at least $100 if I put them up without much other competition on the listings.

So I think I'm going to switch my blog over to a webshow now that I will have more time on my hands...thoughts on this?

I will have another update soon!




Sunday, September 23, 2012

Find Update

Hey guys. Not a whole lot on the find front for my Sega collection. Lately I've been coming across tons of Nintendo stuff though. My GF is a Nintendo person and has a lot of stuff, but I figured why not start adding to my game room if its the right price...right? Right!

So my recent finds have been a N64 with several controllers and games , an SNES model 1 with tons of games and controllers, aaaannddd....a model 2 or mini SNES which I'm pretty stoked that I found out in the wild...and for only $10 bucks!

There really hasn't been any major game finds lately or cool oddities, but I will take a picture of the Nintendo lot soon as I wake up a little more and add it. Really hoping to get a house soon so I have room for all my stuff. For those who don't know...I had an apartment loaded with stuff, but decided to move back home to save money for a house...well taking an apartment full of video game and other goodies back to a bedroom..not the best idea lol....we have wallpaper and random stuff we been collecting and shoving in the attic...so soon as we get a house..we can commence operation gameroom lol.

Thats all I really got for today!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Quick Update

Hey fellow collectors and curious cats! Not much to report - still don't have any space to really work with so I been limited to what I been picking up. However I had a great general find at a garage sale. Got a PS2 - 2 model 1 genesis - 2 model 2 genesis- 1 model 1 Sega CD - 1 Nintendo 64...all for...$20 bucks. Tested the PS2 and cleaned it up and it works all fine and dandy...it's obvious someone had these packed away in their musty basement for years. The 64 works and I haven't had a chance to check the Genesis' yet as I had to clean an area up around my TV lol. Unfortunately the Sega CD unit is missing the front cover, so the insides are showing and are quite dirty...not sure if it works..I'm going to test it anyways because finding model 1 Sega CD units...well...lets say they aren't often found. I figure if it at least powers on, I can clean it up and take the front cover off a dead unit.

Also found a Blue Boxed re-release version of Night Trap. The lady through it in along with a bunch of Star Wars toys..not like I was going to turn that down!

I wish more people would comment - just saying..it would keep me on here more often. I apologize for being so spotty with my posts...if you have questions or need repair tips feel free to post...

That reminds me...now that I have 4 new units..if any of them have issues and need fixing..I will make video's or take snap shots and make a repair post..I've only been talking about it since my first post lol. Anyways until next time!


Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Long Overdue Update & Clue Review

 
       Hey guys, sorry to my readers for not updating in near 2 months. There has been so much going on and I just haven't had the time. Also until I get a bigger area to store my games..I had to put a halt on picking new things up...my room is so packed with games and other crap I can barely move lol. Work has been hectic, BUT...we close down every August..so I will have some downtime until September. On another note...I'm launching a new business....some people know I run my parents Garden Center / Farmers Market stand...its great money, but we close during the Winter..and it gets boring....SO....how am I fixing that? ::drum roll::

      The Dragons Den : Anime, Comics, Gaming & More

       I will have a website up and running sometime this fall. I have a location and this winter will be fixing it up. It is going to be a brick and mortar store in the greater Buffalo, NY area. I will be carrying D20 gaming supplies such as D&D, Pathfinder, etc etc. Anime, Magic the Gathering, Comics, Figures & Collectibles, Movies (horror/sci-fi/fantasy) apparel, and more. We will be boasting a nice sized gaming area for D&D groups, magic tournaments and workshops.

       Getting the business moving has taken some time and now just need to work on fixing the place up - our plan is to also set up at different conventions in the North East. Wish me luck! Any thoughts, advice, ideas or comments would be welcome! I have a lot of viewers, but no one really comments. They are always welcome and a good chance for me to talk to fellow collectors and such!


Thursday, June 14, 2012

Sega Genesis Kiosk...Maybe...

Contacted a guy on craigslist not far from me about a Sega Genesis Kiosk - it's in mint condition....drooling over adding this to my collection...for the right price...I put in an offer since no one took it yet. I will keep you all updated!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Latest Finds

OK, so after finally picking up some new stuff for the first time in a while...I can finally update about it! So I've had a Sega CD model 2 for close to 10 years, but unfortunately the CD spindle broke and fell into the unit...don't ask how this happened...It just did, it was pretty wonky when I got it in the first place. I finally got my hands on a working model 2 unit in mint condition in the box...thank you craigslist people who sell crap loads of games for dirt cheap! Lately there has been a lot of game lots going up for ridiculously cheap and I finally capitalized. Also scored a Genesis Model 1 Box...both boxes are in rough shape, but they will do well in my collection until I find ones in mint condition. I already have 2 Boxes Genesis model 2's in great condition. One is the Sonic 2 box and the other is the Lion King box.

So..on top of those...I scored an official Sega Dreamcast Carrying Case...this made me very happy! A 3rd Party Joystick, what seems to be a turbo switch? and Some games...here are some pictures to make thee happy and maybe a bit jealous..depending on who you are! I love that I'm finding more accessories for the Genny, I have another different 3rd party Joystick and Controller set aside for me by Melanie Z who had another great find. I'm getting closer to doing an Accessory blow out post lol. Either way, here are pics!












So nothing really exciting on the game front, but I feel like I've hit a sand trap in my game collecting. Now that I surpassed the 100 game mark, a lot of the stuff I find in the wild is stuff I have...Even though there is still around 600 more games to collect lol. I just keep running into the same stuff. Even though I have sonic 2, I couldn't pass up the Mega Drive version :).

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Long Awaited Update

Holy cow...hey guys, sorry for my silence. Work has been hectic and I was at the Anime North convention this past weekend AND my car pretty much was on it's last leg...so I bought a new one...talk about cash poor...BUT...I have money back in my pocket and hopefully I will have a good find update for ya'll by Monday and I can get some more gaming in for reviews....now that the heavy part of the work season is over in another 2 weeks or so I can also get to modding my systems and doing some fun stuff. Check back soon for an update!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Dark Castle Review

So. Remember back in the day before most people read gaming magazines and heard if games were good before they bought them? I do. I remember picking out new NES games for my parents to buy me because they looked cool on the box...only to play them and have my child heart broken. I threw game controllers into the wall like it was nobodies business. To bad they don't make them like they used to, simple and indestructible from your anger lol.

Anyways, I never played Dark Castle when I was a kid, but I'm sure if you did...this story will touch home with you...this game is so lame I actually feel bad for wasting everyone's time by writing this review, because I know its just going to make people curious to see how bad it is.

I'm going to make this simple...

                                              


NA Cover Art


Title Screen

Gameplay Screenshot

Chose Level Screenshot


For some unknown reason you have to beat the Black Knight in the Dark Castle. Why? Who knows. The best part yet....wait for it....you are going to do it by throwing rocks at him! 
Did you ever play a game without a plot? This is one of those games. There is no story here, and if there is..its lost in between all the glitches and horrible controls. All you know is you are some dude, with a lot of rocks and that you must make your way to the Black Knight and slay him...with rocks..

Overall Plot Score: 0 out of 10

Want to know something worse than the plot? Gameplay. It's essentially a Donkey Kong style game. Except you can throw rocks and get hit by stuff other than barrels. You have to climb up and down stairs, ladders, ropes in order to finish a level. However...attempting to do this with the most God awful controls is near impossible. Where do I start? Lets start with throwing rocks...you don't just throw them straight, you actually have to use the up and down arrow on the d-pad to aim. God forbid if you have to aim at something coming right at you, because its obvious this guy has a serious form of arthritis in his throwing arm and it takes forever to raise and lower, and getting the proper angle is just as hard. 

I'm not done yet.

So not only does throwing rocks suck, but there are items placed on the ground...or so you think anyways until you try picking it up. How do you pick it up? have fun figuring this out. I want you to have fun working on this. Next is ducking and jumping. Ducking actually serves a purpose, you can duck from odd looking people throwing things at you. Jumping...ok..so not only do you jump like Peter Pan, but a lot of places the game makes you jump at..is retarded. For instance - in one of the first levels, there is a microscopic step down on the floor...like literally if you were 94 with a walker you would just roll over this step down and be on your way. Well..not our trusty "hero", if you walk over this millimeter step down you fall and become dazed in order for your enemies to throw stuff at you and kill you. You must Peter Pan your way over this step.

Also if you are on the ladder or a step and a rat or a bat or something goes by...even if your not on the same level, or really near it...you will still get hit by it. You can't throw rocks from ladders..or even stairs..your a sitting duck. Enjoy this one guys.

Overall Gameplay Score: 0 out of 10

Believe it or not...this is the only bright spot for the game. The graphics...aren't great...but they aren't as horrible as the rest of this game is. Graphically it reminds me of  an early Kings Quest game meets Hugo (the old dos games). Still though, these mediocre graphics don't make this any easier to play.

Overall Graphics Score: 5 out of 10

I don't care how good a song or certain game music is. When It's the only music in the game and just repeats itself over and over. You will want to kill yourself. Thank God for mute buttons. Toccata Fugue in D Minor is a great classical piece..just not here..on repeat..with this horrible game.

Overall Music Score: 1 out of 10 


1.5 out of 10


 Final Thoughts. This game is so bad..I kind of recommend you try it for yourself. I dare you to beat it. Anyone into S&M may enjoy the experience. If your not a Genesis collector though, and someone ever tells you this game is worth spending your hard earned money on. Slap them in the face. Until next time ladies and gents...take care and I hope this was informative.


Monday, May 14, 2012

Awesome Find of the Week!

So, sorry for the slowness at putting up posts. It's been very hectic at work, had a record mothers day weekend. Great since that puts more money into my pocket, but I've been pretty beat. Went to see the Avengers last night as a nice treat for being so busy...and I must say..it was Epic. Epic. Epic! Anywhos...so I already own 1 model 1 and 2 model 2's...so why not pick up a 3rd model 2!? I don't mind when its boxed and the box looks like it warped off of the shelf in 1991 lol.

I already have the model 2 box with sonic 2, now I have the Lion King boxed :P huzzah...


So I tried playing Dark Castle so I can write a review on it...and...well...I will be writing a review soon...but..It's going to be hard...since it is so horrible...lol

Monday, May 7, 2012

Collecting Milestone!

Hey guys, pretty stoked...today I officially hit the 100 game milestone in my Genesis collection!


Nothing spectacular - all pretty common games - but boy do I love complete games..especially when they look virtually untouched and with the top retail tabs on them! Yes Frogger is in the cardboard case..but..I will take it.


                                             Frogger, Columns, Fung and Games, Pac-Attack


Oh, oh, oh! whats better than complete games? Yeah, thats right. Complete games with posters!!!

I'm so happy I reached this milestone of 100, but I still have a long journey ahead to a completed collection. So thanks to everyone who has been following and to those who suppose my classic gaming habits !

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Streets of Rage 2 Review and Then Some!

Hey guys, sorry about the short disappearing act. Here is my review on another classic, Streets of Rage 2! Also known outside the U.S. as Bare Knuckle - which if you pay attention to the arcade machines in the game that you destroy in the first stage..says Bare Knuckle! Little tid-bit of info for ya's. Also I've been contemplating modding my genesis with an S-Video input and Overclocking the system. More of that though after the review.


Title: Streets of Rage 2
Platform: Sega Genesis
Release Date: December 20, 1992 (North America)
Developer: Sega (AM7)
Publisher: Sega





North American Box Art



Title Screen



Gameplay Screenshot 








      A year has passed since the events of Streets of Rage. To celebrate the defeat of the mysterious "Mr. X" and his syndicate the previous year, Adam Hunter, Axel Stone, and Blaze Fielding met at their favorite nightspot in the city and spent their time reminiscing about their vigilante crusade against "Mr. X" and his organization. Axel and Blaze had moved out of the city after the adventure from last year. Axel has begun working as a part-time bodyguard and Blaze teaches dance classes. Adam has since rejoined the police force and lives in a small house with his younger brother.

    The next morning, Axel received a phone call from Eddie 'Skate' Hunter, Adam's younger brother. Skate had arrived at home from school and was shocked to find his house in ruin and his older brother missing. Attached to the front door was a picture of Adam chained to a wall at the feet of Mr. X. The criminals began to retake the streets once more. Beatings and lootings took place regularly and in broad daylight. Chaos reigned in the city, far worse than before.
     Realizing that "Mr.X" and his syndicate has returned for revenge against him, Skate and Axel waste no time in telling Blaze about the unexpected situation and Blaze herself is determined to help Axel out in defeating "Mr. X" and rescuing Adam. Accompanied by Adam's young brother Skate and Axel's "friend," a professional wrestler named Max Thunder, Axel and Blaze set forth on a rescue mission, which will take them from the city all the way to "Mr. X"'s hideout on a desolate island.  -  As per Wikipedia.org

                                                   


So plot...whats to say about it? This isn't an RPG as I stated with my prior review of World of Illusion. Don't expect anything to intense...but overall it is a little deeper than your average beat 'em up from this time period. Sega actually gave the characters back stories and works them into the overall plot fairly well. Nothing original, but it gives you a reason to beat the crap out of the bad guys! I've played plenty of games in my time, and even some newer ones, where I have to stop and say to myself, "Why am I doing this again?" Streets of Rage 2 is not one of these games. Enjoy it for what it's worth, technically if this game didn't have a story and was just beating people senseless for no reason...it would still be mad fun!

Overall Plot Score: 8 out of 10



What is there to say about the gameplay that the game doesn't say for itself? It's awesome, beat 'em up action at it's finest my friends. Even with only simple punches, kicks, and the must have special attacks, it's fun and part of the charm of the game. Simple isn't always good, but, it fits SoR2 very nicely. I think complex combo's would of detracted from the fast paced punching and kicking. The gameplay is fast paced and has friendly fire, so be careful. It's easy to knock out whoever your playing with if not careful. The ability to pick up dropped weapons the enemies drop is great to and adds an extra oomph to combat. Another thing SoR2 does well is scale difficulty depending on how many players there are and on your choice of difficulty. Easy, medium, hard are your options. When playing on higher difficulties, enemies have more HP and are tougher to bring down as they can break your button smashing and knock you out or toss you across the screen. When playing with friends you will have more enemies on screen. You won't buy this game for the story, but you will keep coming back for the gameplay!

Overall Gameplay Score: 10 out of 10



The graphics are pretty standard 16-bit fanfare. Nothing groundbreaking for it's time, but still pretty good. A lot of games from this era have very hard to read text and and details can be badly pixelated.  You can read enemy names and see the details on their faces and clothing pretty well. A lot of the enemies are pretty well done and are fun to beat up. There isn't any hang up or lag time like in some of the Genesis games that are fast paced or have a lot of stuff going on screen at once. 

Overall Graphics Score: 8 out of 10


Okay, so Streets of Rage has in my opinion, one of the best sound tracks of all time. Not just 2, but through the entire series. The music is pretty fitting, I remember bobbing my head often as a kid playing this game...nothing has changed. It sports a 80's style techno, hip hop style soundtrack. One of the only games I liked with a better soundtrack is Jet Set Radio on Dreamcast. Another feature that will keep you coming back. Beating the tar out of baddies while jamming to sweet tunes...it doesn't get much better. 

Overall Music Score: 10 out of 10


9 out of 10

Overall the entire Streets of Rage series is a must play for any Genesis owner and Sega fan. Streets of Rage 2 is my favorite in the series. If you want a fast paced brawler that you can put down in an hour or so, then this game will entertain you the entire time



Okay, so now that we have the review out of the way. Just a quick note that I'm working on modding one of my many Genesis units. I plan on overclocking the unit and should be able to boost its speed by 20-30% which will take care of the lag felt in some games like Sonic when you get nailed and loose all your coins.

Also I will be attempting to mod it with an S-Video hookup which should give much more clarity to the graphics on screen. I will have an update on when I'm starting this project of mine hopefully soon. Until then, take care!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Genesis Controller Types + Reviews

Happy Friday Gamers! Today I want to take some time to cover different controller types. I happen to have 4 different types of controllers for the genesis, each unique in their own way. Are there more than 4? I'm pretty sure yes, but these are what I've been able to find and get pictures of.

So lets start with the original...



The original Genesis controller....while not quite the behemoth that is the original XBOX controller...it's still large and awkward. I never liked it. Don't get me wrong, it does the job, BUT, to someone with smaller hands it is not very comfortable. Also the D-Pad on these versions are more likely to go after time and become unresponsive. Some people don't mind the bulk to it...but, it's not for me.


This is a variant of the original controller called the Megafire. It's the exact same in every way except it has the Auto feature similar to the smaller 6 button controllers Turbo/Normal/Slow switches. Also the end connector to the Genesis is flat unlike the original which is a little bulkier. Either way, same poor bulky design with an added feature, red for the buttons, an added auto switch, and a moved over start button...do not make this any better.


This is the 6 button turbo controller. To this day..still one of the best controllers ever made. It's comfortable, the D-Pad lasts and isn't prone to sticking like the original. For those with really big hands, I apologize on what you may be missing out on. Also if your saying to yourself, " I've owned a turbo controller, but could never figure out what it does..." a lot of games it isn't usable, but if your hammering out some serious game time in say...Street Fighter, this button will turbo mimic button mashing. So you want to punch faster than the PC or opponent, then this is where the turbo comes in. Cheap? yes. Awesome? Duh. 


This is an off brand controller by InterAct called the SG PROPAD 6. I haven't spent much time with it as I've only recently came across it, but I can tell you it doesn't feel very good. Size wise its close to the small 6 button Sega controller, but because of the lack of arch like in the official Sega one..it feels a lot bigger and personally isn't very comfortable for me. Another Turbo controller, but a little fancier looking. This also suffers from the bad D-Pad design of the original controllers. The buttons aren't as loose and take a little more effort to push. Face it with any controller your going to generally hear the pressing of the buttons, but usually when your gaming you tune it out as your paying attention to the game. With this controller however I just couldn't escape the loud clicking each button made. 

I know wireless controllers exist, but I've never owned them and when I do find some..I shall review them :P 

Oh...and the Sega Action Chair..yeah..one day...for those who don't know...it's a chair with the controller and joystick built in. Epic? Yes, yes it is.

Overall the revised smaller 6 button official Sega controller is the best, hands down. If I had to rank controllers on comfort, design, and responsiveness...I'd put the Genesis 6 button at #1 followed by the Sega Saturn controller, and the Xbox S or 360 controller for my top 3.

So in the future I will do an accessory/add-on blowout ...I just need to hunt most of them down - according to Wikipedia...

PeripheralsEdit

Multi-TapEdit

Add OnsEdit



Don't worry, I will post as I find and hopefully review them all in the future! Thanks guys and have a great day!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Basic Issues With the Genesis + A New Review : World of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck

Hey everyone, just a short post today - I'm not planning on going to in depth as I've already repaired what I have, but when I fix a friends Model 1 Genesis I will make sure I do pictures to help. So, I just want to bring of 2 specific issues that are common place in an older system like the Sega Genesis...

Issue 1: Loose A/C connector in the back. Find yourself  having to wiggle your power cord around to get the power to stay on? Simple problem with a simple fix. All you need is a Soldering Iron and some Flux. You can buy a cheap kit from Sears for about $10. All this problem is, is the solder connecting the power input to the main board has corroded away over time. All you have to do is re-solder the connectors and voila! Problem solved.

Issue 2: Intermittent connection issues with the controllers. Recently in the middle of a battle in Shining Force my controller decided to sporadically work. Sometimes it wouldn't work at all, others I can only move left. Some games I can jump and move right, but not attack and move left. So just like the issue above...take the Genesis apart and take a look at the bottom of the board where the solder joints are for the controllers. This one you need a good eye for. The first time I looked at these joints I didn't see an issue...then I put my Genesis back together and tried the second controller port, and it worked. So I took it back apart and compared the 2. What I saw was that on controller port 2's joints, it still looked shiny and the solder covered them completely down to the board. On controller port 1 however, it looked very dull and at the base were tiny lines or cracks. So I re-soldered the joints so they touched to the board and bam..problem fixed!


So these are just 2 of the issues I wanted to quickly cover - as I'm fixing a friends Genesis soon I will have pictures to put in here just to make it easier. Also I have 2 Game Gears which need fixing - on one the volume is super low and the other the volume is fine, but the picture is wonky. Those I can't guarantee when I will get around to fixing, but be sure that I will post them on here with pics! And yes this is a Genesis collecting blog..but, I'm a Sega fanatic..so I will be posting all my fun finds and other stuff as well...but the main focus is on the Genesis! So check back often for my updates and especially for the repair pics!


Monday, April 23, 2012

First Review : Shining Force

Ok guys, here is my first ever review - Shining Force. This is a game I beat a long time ago, but just finished going back through it again. My review style may change over the course of the different reviews, but stick with me and I'm sure I will find an easy to follow style. So here it goes!

                                            Shining Force Review by Genesaturn



Box Art




Title Screen


Main Battle Map


Combat 


Synopsis:  The Continent of Rune has slumbered in peace for 50 generations. A horde of invaders swarm across the border, while a dragon that has slept for centuries stirs in its tomb. Only the king's youngest swordsman and his war party and defy the Dark Dragons evil power and crush the mighty army! - As stated on the back of the game box.

Plot: So the main plot of the game isn't something we haven't seen before, but when the game came out it was pretty unique. For the most part the story is simple and you generally know how it will play out from the first few minutes in the game. It's not bad, just pretty basic, but this isn't a game I would recommend just for its plot line anyways. The game never strays from the main story as being one of the first RPG's of its time, it had no need to and it is short compared to modern RPG's. 

Overall Plot Score: 7 out of 10

Game Play: Gameplay is really where the game shines. Its very fun and requires some amount of strategy, as it is a strategy RPG. There is no "world map" like in a lot of RPG's. You pretty much travel from town A to town B, but there are no random encounters or anything of that kind. While in town you can buy/sell items from merchants, save your game, and talk to town folk. Combat is pretty engaging. You can control up to 10 troops in battle at one time. So towards the end of the game when you have way more than 10, you really need to choose your party carefully. In combat you will be on a map and when you select one of your units, a highlighted are will come up to show where they can move. This is where you need to think out your strategy. Running in guns blazing is not a tactic that will work in this game. Overall the combat is fun and pretty time consuming. I've found myself in a single battle for over an hour. It's not overly difficult, but does offer up a challenge and there is a wealth of different types of characters to keep your party fresh if you decide to go back through more than once. 

Overall Gameplay Score: 9 out of 10

Graphics: Gauging graphics on a game from 1993 is hard to do when we have such beautiful games out today. So when looking at the graphics, I compare them to other games from the same time and system. While the Genesis may not exactly have the lively color palette the SNES does, it still has its share of very pretty games. Shining Force has great graphics for its time period. The colors darker and more rugged to fit in with story which is also dark and rugged. In combat especially the characters are done very well and with quite a bit of detail. The brightest spot though would have to be the magic spells and battle animations. All of them are done very well. There are some really ugly games on the Genesis, but this isn't one of them. Shining Force is by far one of the prettier games on the system. 

Overall Graphics Score: 9 out of 10

Music: The music in Shining Force is your standard JRPG music. It's nothing outstanding, but nothing that would make you want to mute the game while you play. I'd have to say though compared to how fun the game is, the music is one of its weaker points. It's fairly repetitive and doesn't change depending on where you are. All towns have the same music as does the battles or dungeon type areas. The sound effects however are top notch. There is quite an array of sound effects for magic spells especially. So again, the music doesn't deter from the game, I personally just wish there was more of it and less repetitiveness. 

Overall Music Score: 7 out of 10





Overall Score: 8 out of 10


Final Thoughts: If your a fan of RPG's then this is a must play. Shining Force was one of the first of its kind. At the same time Nintendo had Fire Emblem, but Shining Force is a much more engaging game. You actually get to explore and talk to people. It's more open. I loved the game back in 1993 and I still love it just as much now. It is a solid RPG with a fair amount of replay-ability. Great gameplay and beautiful 16-bit graphics make this a gem in any Genesis collectors collection. If you don't have it...a complete copy will probably set you back about $25 bucks. Well worth the money. It's not perfect, and will probably frustrate you a few times, but in the end..more than worth it! Go pick it up and play!!!




Sunday, April 22, 2012

Last Minute Grabs Thanks to Melanie Z!

So after a nice dinner out with 2 of the most awesome people in the world...aka Melanie and Jeff - we went back to their house and Mel decided to unload some of her loose Genesis games to the greater cause! Huzzah!



Spiderman/X-Men
Mrs Pac-man
Rambo 3
Power Rangers: The Movie
Toy Story
Jurassic Park
Batman & Robin
Chakan

This officially boosts me up to 94 games - 6 away from the 100 mark - but remember, my goal is a completed complete collection, boxed w/manuals. This helps though as you never know when empty boxes will appear. Funny story....

I used to work for Game Crazy (part of Hollywood Video) back about 8 years ago. One day we get an e-mail from corporate saying we are to dump boxes and manuals of duplicate old gen games in order to free up space for newer games. So when the day was over - after nearly coming to tears from dumping a crap load of Genesis/NES/SNES/N64/DC/Saturn cases out in the trash...I went on a little dumpster diving trip :)  - needless to say I saved the game cases! lol. Most were pretty common, but luckily I got Splatterhouse 3 with the instructions - this will help me out as Slatterhouse 3 is not a cheap common game to find for the Genny at all.

Ok thats it for today - look for my next update tomorrow or Tuesday! Thanks for reading guys!

Loose Games, Horrid Pictures, and Random Things

Ok guys, here is my second part of the intro blog...in this post I will post some horribad pictures of my mini collection thus far...also I will list my loose games and some random tidbits.

SO to start, here are the loose carts I have,

Aliens 3
Aquatic Games
Caesars Palace
Desert Demolition
Family Feud
Garfield Caught in the Act
Home Alone
Jurassic Park : The Lost World
McDonalds Treasure Land Adventure
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
Mortal Kombat II
NBA JAM : Tournament Edition
Pac-man 2: The New Adventures
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure
Ristar
Simpsons: Bart's Nightmare
Sonic 3D Blast
Streets of Rage 2
Terminator 2: Judgement Day
World of Illusion Staring Disney;s Mickey Mouse & Donald Duck



So 86 Games total..I was off by 3 - huzzah for basic counting skills.

Here are the horrible picture I took...





So some stuff that are obviously not noticeable due to my bad pics...I do have some Japanese Saturn games mixed in along with some Dreamcast games, Wii, Gamecube, 32x, Sega CD, Game Gear, PS1, and NeoGeo Pocket color. Since I've been focusing mostly on my Genesis collection, I only have small amounts of other systems games...usually stuff I pick up from thrift stores or get good deals on...or know I won't come across to many of them in the wild...Also a huge shout out to Melanie who seems to have an ungodly amount of luck when thrift store hunting...and needless to say I'm probably her number 1 customer lol!