Tuesday, 30 January 2007

My Last Saturn Purchase Till May...



Right! I've come to the point where I'm telling myself enough is enough. I have recently bought a shed load of games for the Saturn and have loads more that need playing and reviewing. I could carry on purchasing more games, but what's the point of buying games which remain unplayed or unnapreciated?

In fact, I've not even touched my Saturn for over a week. Instead I've been playing the most excellent Resident Evil 4 on the PS2 and loving every minute of it. This comes literally days after me slagging off the whole franchise on this very site, after buying and playing the original Resident Evil for the Saturn. I must have given it all of five minutes before I decided that was crap, and then went on to write off every version of Resident Evil ever made.



On a whim last week though, I decided to offload some old and unplayed PS2 games along with some Dreamcast titles that I had multiple copies of. I went of course, to the hallowed Gamestation where my trade in value came up to £34. I knew there was a copy of Virtua Fighter 4, which my blogging buddy, Ross had reccomended on his excellent Pro Gamer website.



It was part of a 'two for £20' deal, so to keep up with the 'retro-upgrade' feel, I coupled it with 'Outrun 2006'...Nice! Both games had excellent reviews so I knew I had two assured results...
Now... What to do with the surplus £14?



Hmmm... RE4? I'd seen it before and been impressed with the nice packaging (collectors edition tin)... Game 'sage' J had posted a nice video on the making of this game in his Corner Of Randomness (a nice site on Gaming, music and all manner of stuff). I'd seen review after review stating it's brilliance and giving it an average of 9-ish+... But it was Resident Evil... and I don't like Resident Evil do I?



However, I bought the damn thing as I couldn't think of anything else I wanted. I played VF4 and loved it. Having played the Saturn almost exclusively for a month, the graphics seemed sumptuous and rich. I loved the continuity of the gameplay from the other VF titles and liked the new characters. Score!



Outrun 2006 is a lovely update of the original, a lovely arcade blast that can be played in short spurts like VF4, so another result!




Somewhat grudgingly I tried out RE4... and it was love at first bite. Again the luscious graphics were a winner from the outset, but it was the gameplay and different scenario to the previous titles, that had me sucked in from the start.


Anyway, that was about a week ago and I've been playing as often as work, married life and fatherhood allow... it's been my most gratifying gaming experience since Shenmue (my favourite game of all time) and i should have it nailed shortly...


However, playing through a game properly to it's conclusion has made me stop and think about the HUGE backlog of unplayed, unfinished and unexplored games I have for a variety of systems. These need to be either played or traded, and as gaming is my only vice in 2007 (my year of sobriety) now is the ideal time to do it.

When I've cleared a significant portion of the literally hundreds of games I've already got, I might reward myself with a 360 or Wii. It's gonna be a while though...

Why is May the magical month when my self-imposed ban comes to an end? Well for one reason, it gives me a few months to play through and number two is I'm 40 in that particular month, so I guess I can have whatever I want...

However, to stock up on a few goodies before February rolls around and the ban kicks in, I've bid on a Saturn steering wheel and joy-stick on eBay and ordered new Dreamcast game "Last Hope" off Play Asia.


Plus I've got four new pieces of Dreamcast software to play on, which will be featured on the DCJY soon, a couple of Game Gear games, a Saturn game which I'll tell you about in due course and...


This!! the second most I've ever paid for a Saturn game... (about £24 off eBay) Yes that's right Segata Sanshiro...the game!!!!!!


Halle-fucking-lujah!!!!!! Officially titled "Segata Sanshiro Shinken Yugi" It's a collection of mini-games featuring the great man himself. Plus there's a selection of the great commercials that I've been 'treating' you to over the past few days...

Now, me Elderly and Gnome are currently embroiled in a Segata Sanshiro Cult seige in Waco, Texas. As such it's been rather difficult to get this post out. However, if you'd like to join, sign up below... Cult members will get a Judo suit, Elvis wig and semi-automatic.


You do have to give up your life for Segata Sanshiro (literally) but let's face it... We all want to do that anyway don't we? Anyway, got to go, an incendiary grenade has just popped through the window...

17 comments:

The Elderly said...

A most excellent state of the Saturn address, evoking empathetic emotions on my own gaming quagmire and the 40 watershed........

now about the elvis wig......

J said...
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J said...

Why didn't you buy Virtua Fighter 4: evolution? It's much, much better than the standard version. It also comes with Virtua Fighter 1 remix - though I think that's only the US and Japanese versions of the game. Cos my copy sure as hell doesn't have it.

Caleb said...

I never really got into the Virtua fighting games. (I only played vitura fighter on the Saturn like 2 times). I never really wanted to play any of the new ones.

Resident Evil on the other hand I have always been a big fan of. To be sucessful at that game you have to have nerves of steel and not waste ANYTHING, ammo, health, ANYTHING. Fun game once you get a hang of the survival aspect. The remake was AWESOME on the gamecube.

Resident Evil 4 was great! A different game but great. However my style of playing made the normal mode too easy with the exception of the twitchy button mashing sections and some of the bosses. But with me hardly ever using ammo and items I managed to sell ALOT of stuff to get all the best weapons upgraded like the Red 9! Top ten in my book of in game weapons! A whopping 5 damage with the most common ammo type. Enough kick to shatter those wooden shields and save shotgun ammo for the more powerfull enemies. Needless to say hard mode was MUCH more fun for me! That and the secret missions. I must get the PS2 version for the extra side missions...I hate to give up the cool looking gamecube graphics but extra missions...

I also have to get off my lazy arse amd blog about the new Saturn and dreamcast stuff i got for cheapz.

Huzzza!

gnome said...

Feck! Never knew we were besieged... father, what's going on? You said Segata would protect us or at least bring us something to drink. Can't stand no more detox...

Oh, and that was a lovely post even though RE4 was mentioned one time too many...

Cheers!

fatherkrishna said...

Ah! Caleb! The Red 9 information is invaluable!!! Thanks! Although I have progressed 2/3 of the way through the game, its been done by the skin of my teeth. I amire gamers who have to play on hard mode just for a challenge. For me it's a challenge to finish a game!!!!

Guess what? I ordered the Segata Sanshiro on eBay yesterday at work.

Wrote the post mentioning the bid and went to bed. When I got home from work it was there!!!!!!!!!
AWLRIGHT!!!!

Just about to pop it into the old Saturn now...

fatherkrishna said...

What RE4? I mentioned RE4 too much?
How much did I mention RE4? How much should one mention RE4? Can RE4 be mentioned too much? I didn't know that RE4 could be mentioned too much... I thought a game like RE4 could be mentioned lots. Are you sure I mentioned RE4 too much? If I mentioned RE4 too much I apologise. I thought that people would like RE4 mentioned lots of times in a post...
Do you not like RE4? If I knew RE4 was not too your taste I wouldn't have mentioned it so much. I guess RE4 doesn't really suit everyone. but maybe there are people who like RE4 mentioned over and over again. Something like "RE4, RE4, RE4, RE4, RE4, RE4, RE4, RE4, RE4, RE4, RE4, RE4, RE4, RE4, RE4, RE4, RE4, RE4..." But then again...
OK the letters/numeral R-E-4 will not appear in this reply anymore.

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Oh and yes Gnome we are under seige, so its a good job you are making yourself as small as possible... What? You're standing on your tip toes? Oh...sorry...forgot Gnomes were "vertically challenged" ...duck and cover!!!

Segata Sanshiro should be here to save us any minute now...

gnome said...

Who's the duck, who's the cover, where is Segat to save our arses, why haven't I played RE4 yet and how do you do dear FK?

The Elderly said...

R R4, i bg to diffr mr.gnom, i fl th word THE was ovrusd, and th lttr E appared far too many tims for my liking

Seamus the Leprechaun said...

(runs in grabs a spare RE4, runs out before anyone sees him....)

The Elderly said...

alright i give up, wheres FK hiding, thats why i always hated hide and seek, eventually someone goes missing.....

fatherkrishna said...

I'm here! I got trapped by some zombies for a number of days but I'm back now!

gnome said...

I'm sure you brutally murdered 'em poor undead automatons, didn't you? Thankfuly Elderly and Seamus weren't in the vincinity of your blasphemous activities...

fatherkrishna said...

RIGHT THATS IT!!!!! THANK FUCK FOR THAT!!!!

RESIDENT EVIL 4 WELL AND TRULY SPANKED!!!! NOW TO TEND TO MY YARD!!!!

HURRAAHHH!!!! :) :) :)

gnome said...

(quickly brings tea and valium)

Seamus the Leprechaun said...

...theres spanking in RE4?


(runs off to play game....)

fatherkrishna said...

No Seamus spanked means... Oh never mind....