Last Saturday I went into a thrift store nosing around for older video games.
I came up short. There was nothing there.
I talked briefly to a sales clerk there and he did say they had a bunch of Sega games.
He proceeded to reach into the glass display and take out an unassuming CD wallet. There was no sign or anything to show that anything was even it in.
It was full of Sega Saturn Games.
Not in the best shape but all of them are playable.
Here are some of the highlights included:
Virtua Fighter 1
Panzer Dragoon 1
Panzer Dragoon 2
Mortal Kombat 2
And the best
G. H. was the the best pick of this lot! Side scrolling at it's best! It's too bad this great game is going for like $100.00-$150.00 on ebay, it's a fun game.
And I FINALLY have a working copy of Panzer Dragoon 2!!!!
Sweet! There were alot more too! All these were mine for $20!!!!!!!
It pays to ask the store clerk in a thrift shop if they have any older video games.
Tuesday, 27 November 2007
Last Saturday I went into a thrift store nosing around for older video games.
Monday, 26 November 2007
I guess by now you all already noticed that I'm totally addicted to the Sega Ages 2500 games (BTW, notice how "ages" is "sega" spelled backwards...), specially when it comes to Saturn ports or better, remakes. This is the case with Dynamite Deka, known as Die Hard Arcade outside Japan due to the similarities between the game and the movie. Here's an awesome review I found on the internets:
"Wow. This is how you enhance an old game. Unlike the Panzer Dragoon port, which only looks marginally better, the PS2 version of Dynamite Deka looks almost completely different. Revamped character models, completely new textures, lighting effects - although it looks much darker than the original, it's almost as good as its sequel on the Dreamcast (known simply as Dynamite Cop in Western territories.) You can play the game with the Saturn graphics if you want too. Furthermore, there's a ton of additional modes, including an Easy Mode (double life bars for your characters and weakened enemies), One Hit Kill mode, Arrest mode, and Deadline mode (you have unlimited health but are under a strict time limit.) Altered Beast mode turns the main characters into two monsters - a Wolf Man and Bird Woman - from the classic Sega arcade game. You only have one credit in this mode, and while your life is constantly draining, enemies constantly drop little life power-ups. There's a ton of different variations in these modes, including slightly different weapons (the spray can becomes an air horn, for example.)
Easy mode allows the characters to dress up as Ax Battler and Tyris Flare from another classic Sega game, Golden Axe. The third stage boss, the huge football player dude, has been changed into Death Adder. This whole fight includes a ton of Golden Axe references - the giant fish in the aquarium has been changed into one of the monsters, and all of the furniture has been changed into statues of different Golden Axe characters. The music has even been changed into the classic first level theme. The other modes allow you to dress up in other different costumes, including characters from the young girl-oriented Sega arcade game Oshare Majou (One Shot Kill Mode) and the manga/anime Sukeban Deka (Deadline Mode). There are even small references to other Sega games like Wing War, Alien Storm and Alien Front Online. In addition to all of this, there's an art gallery and a quick Japanese commercial.
The Saturn version had included an emulation of Deep Scan, an incredibly ancient Sega game where you drop depth charges on submarines in order to earn more credits for the main game. This has been replaced with Periscope, a 3D recreation of an even older Sega coin operated game from 1968, predating most video games. You need to shoot missiles (denoted as blinking light bulbs) at battleships (which were little plastic models in the original version ) It's a fascinating look at Sega's history - I'd almost buy a whole Sega Ages package filled with recreations like this."
Here's some comparison screenshots for those that never played the Saturn version:
Looks good, doesn't it? =)
Thursday, 22 November 2007
I almost shot my load when I first found out there was a Segata Sanshiro game for the Saturn and within 24 hours of discovering there was one, I had it in my posession (thanks to the marvel of the Internet.)
Imagine my joy then at finding some video of said game on Youtube, when before I couldn't even find any screenshots! There are lots of minigames on the disc, (including a seasonal one where Segata flies through the air chucking presents down chimneys dressed as Santa), but the ones featured here show Segata at his martial arts best.
The first game is Segata kicking household objects and other debris into a skip with his ninja-like ...erm... legs. This has to be done with precision timing or the objects fly past damaging our hero. Clear the stage and our leader does us a little dance. Classic!
The second sees our Lord headbutting his way through a stack of tiles. Again timing is of the essence or Segata fails to break the entire stack. The player playing these games is quite an expert, clearing the stage each time... I was crap!
As you can see between games, we are treated to video clips of those hallowed Japanese advertisements that spawned our guru. I'm thinking of reposting all of these, the compilations and even the Segata documentary. I think they all deserve another outing! What do you think?
Like classic programmes re-played on a T.V. station! They need to be seen again and again...
But then if you think about it, apart from the novelty of having our messiah in a game, the games are actually a bit crap. You can find a gazillion more entertaining games on games sites like miniclip. Imagine if Sega had really honoured his holiness by placing in a game of the calibur of Virtua Fighter or Fighting Vipers, now that would have been a fitting tribute!
Still, anything that honours "the one" is worth owning and in that respect, I'm glad to own this title.
Gentlemen (and Hex) it is time for us to once more don our Judo suits and Elvis wigs and worship at the altar. Come on! After 3... 1,2,3 "Segata Sanshiro, Segata Sanshiro, etc..."
Finally! After some days of atrocious waiting I'm now the proud owner of this fine game and right now I think the Sega ages series of ports/remakes is the best thing Sega did in the last years (along with the new Sega Rally and VF5).
But why so much excitement over this when we already had a great port of Virtual On on our beloved Saturn? 'Cause this is a hell of a port, that's why! Not only is this the first arcade-perfect port, it also has tons of options and a hell of a lot of content!
Talking about options, there's the usual, like changing the difficulty setting, timer or volume, but then there's also the Extra options menu and even the Secret one, where you can enable new colours for the virtuaroids, a new camera type, new moves and even a playable boss!
This title isn't short in game modes, either. There's the usual Arcade, Vs, online Vs, and then there's Assault mode, the cute Chibi-chara mode where you play with deformed/squashed versions of the virtuaroids (think Virtua Fighter Kids) and the unlockable Z-Gradt mode, where you play with the final boss and have to beat the regular robots (it's so much fun to be the uber-powerful boss for once).
Then there's the extras, like a 3D gallery where you can freely admire all the game's models, and two galleries of artwork and scans of promotional flyers, covers and more.
Sounds good, eh? But how does it play? Well, great! Not as good as with the original twin sticks, but the Dualshock does a good job replacing them and it's more intuitive than the Saturn controller. Overall the game is fast, looks good and it plays great.
Unfortunately this is a Japan-only release, so if anyone's interested in this beauty the best option is to try Play-asia , which also has other interesting things like this.
Tuesday, 20 November 2007
My bet is that it's the next game on the Sega Ages 2500 series, which recently caught my attention with the release of Vol 31, a port of the arcade version of Virtual-On, one of my cult games for the Saturn. More on that later...
Anyway, looks like NiGHTS has never been so popular.
Friday, 16 November 2007
Apparently so, according to this Joystiq article. For now it's only a rumour, but it's a strong one. I certainly wouldn't mind, specially if they add some bonus stuff, but I have to admit this is a rather strange move. Why not port HofD 4 instead? I bet fans would love that, since so far it's the only arcade-exclusive game in the series.
Anyway, better than nothing, I guess...
I've just completed RE 3 with the help of my middlest, gingerest son. He's like a consultant of games. All the hard bits are concluded by him, while I do the donkey work between levels...
Enjoy this video... It's where the whole business kicked off!
Monday, 12 November 2007
You may have noticed in the cbox on the sidebar, a small and unassuming comment by the wonderful 'Mick' asking us to check out a new and rather wonderful site called segasaturn.co.uk. This rather brilliant site is slick, professional, packed with Saturn goodness and makes the old SJY look a bit of an amateur operation :(
Friday, 9 November 2007
Looks like those guys over at ScrewAttack really like the Saturn. Weird, for Nintendo fanboys...
Anyway, this time they picked up Skeleton Warriors (what's this obsession with skeletons? First Mr. Bones and now this...). I have to admit, I had absolutely no idea this game existed! Looks like I didn't miss much, though. The graphics and animation look superb, but apparently the gameplay sucks. Well, you can't have it all, can you?
Wednesday, 7 November 2007
After all this talk about VF4 I decided to play one more time with my NTSC copy of VF4: Evolution, not just to get me arse beaten by the unforgiving CPU opponents but to try once again the little extra called VF 10th Anniversary.
Basically this is a port of the arcade version of Virtua Fighter. All the blocky characters, arenas, music and gameplay of the original game are intact, something the fans surely appreciated, but with the benefits of the PS2's hardware, that being the high resolution, the smoother textures and the overall speed of the game.
There's also a bit of Virtua Fighter 4: Evolution as well when it comes to characters, so you can expect newcomers like Lei Fei or Goh, fully rendered in the beautiful, blocky, retro way of the 32 bits era.
Sounds good? You bet it is! But how can you own this beauty? Well, the easiest way is probably purchasing the US version of VF4: Evolution, since us Europeans where left out and the Japanese version should be harder to get.
Sunday, 4 November 2007
OK I'll be the first to admit the quality of this video is apalling... But it's the best of a bad bunch.
At least it demonstrates the lightning pace of gameplay in this PS2 classic . It also shows the great range of characters and some of their more impressive moves...
As stated below, I put some serious time into this sucker this weekend, eventually gaining access to the classic 'end of level' boss Dural... She kicked my ass! Oh well...
VF4 is a game I'll continue to play until I acheive completion... This could take month even years... Until then I suggest you check out the VF world as much as possible. For 360 and PS3 owners, I would suggest VF5 is a must... Until then why not grab the PS2 budget classic VF4 or VF4 Evolution and enjoy!
Thursday, 1 November 2007
Everything about Virtua Fighter works: Moves, music, speech samples, backgorund settings, victory cries and so on. However great the gameplay is though, even the most die-hard Saturn fan would have to admit that the graphics haven't stood the test of time. The characters look square and blocky, angular and pixellated.
Dedication and repeated gameplay is needed to make headway into the game but for the £7 your likely to pay for it you couldn't get a better fighter. But now I'm a little stuck, as VF5 is out for the XBox 360 & PS3, and I don't own one of those suckers. And to make matters worse, the prospect of online battles on the 360 is making me drool for one. That AND Sega Rally Revo.