Monday, 14 January 2008

Saturn Splurge!


I've got Sega Rally Revo sitting there under my TV. A graphically lucious, 360 compatable, current gen, rallytastic treat. So what did I just do for the last hour and a half? That's right, I sat and played the original on my Saturn, trying to shave seconds off my time so I can beat the World Championship. I then played about twenty minutes worth of Sega Rally 2 on the Dreamcast, to see how it compared to the original... Quite frankly it didn't.



Still a great driving game, the Dreamcast version feels too heavy, clunky if you will. Having held the Saturn controller for so long, the Dreamcast controller felt too weighty and strangely so did the car it was controlling. But I digress...

My evening started off trying out my recently accquired Saturn demo disc"Sega Flash Vol. 3" given away free with Issue 15 of Sega Saturn Magazine (January 1997). As well as video of Fighting Vipers, NiGHTS, Virtua Cop 2, Dark Saviour, Bug Too and Mr. Bones, this lovely disc also contains playable demos of Virtual On (can't say I was that impressed), Tomb Raider (Yay!) Sega Worldwide Soccer '97 (only one half of a match though!) and Daytona USA CCE (driving the Hornet around Dinosaur Canyon), which inevitably lead me to think... "Hmm! driving... Saturn... SEGA RALLY!" and that was that... With the familiar ignition sound, I was off... But I digress once more...



I've been a bit naughty friends... I've had a bit of a 'splurge' spending-wise on coveted Saturn items... let me share with you the recent Saturn goodies I've secured from eBay over the last week... I'm currently waiting for them to arrive...





The first thing was... Virtua Fighter Remix. Apart from Virtua Fighter 5, I now own every incarnation of the franchise. This re-release or 'update' of the original had higher-polygon models, and believe it or not, a copy was sent free to every registered Saturn owner in the US!



*Harumph!* another smack in the eye for European gamers... But a copy is now winging it's way towards Krishna Towers so I can't complain...

And talking of Virtua Fighter, one of the purchases I'm most excited about is... (wait for it...)


"Virtua Fighter THE COMIC!" Issue No.1, produced by Marvel. Now I love comics, particularly Marvel Comics and this one's about Virtua Fighter characters! I never even knew it existed till I stumbled across it... Happy days! And at only £3 including postage, it represents the biggest bargain of the splurge!


OK, next. Pandemonium... Sound familiar? This is a game I loved on the PSX, but I never knew had a Saturn release. A medieval jester-themed platformer, this psychedelic bounce-fest is a real blast, with gorgeously garish graphics, weird monsters, freeze and fire rays, slides and trampolenes and mushrooms... Lots of mushrooms! Great stuff!




A paradoxically 'hot property' on the SJY at the moment, I just couldn't resist buying Winter Heat, the Alpine themed brother of the wonderful Athlete Kings. With all of the lovely video recently posted, plus all of the reccomendations for my Saturn colleagues it was a must buy!


But perhaps the one I'm looking forward to getting the most is Burning Rangers! The wonderful review by J, plus his demands for it's Wii remake, have left me salivating for the game. But, not one to do things by half, I'm not just getting the game, but also a rare Japanese demo of this hallowed title! Now this little bundle set me back nearly £30! So I guess you know how much I want it!


I'll let you know how it all works out!

7 comments:

nick944 said...

:O " Now this little bundle set me back nearly £30!" for Burning Rangers? I've seen that go for $100+ (or 50GBP+) on ebay. Great post! I need to start getting some Saturn games. Hopefully I will get Sega Rally Netlink edtion soon, I'm bidding on a brand new Netlink right now... :)

FUNNYMAN said...

I actually prefer Project Gotham Racing over the Sega Rally games.

fatherkrishna said...

OOhhh! So yu think I got a good package Nick? Good! :)

I need to play Project Gotham Funnyman... Never played it! Still Sega Rally is my favourite ever driving game...

elend said...

Woo yay, nice shopping spree! Congratulations for Winter Heat. Make sure to invite some friends, too, because this way it makes the most fun.

As for Burning Rangers, I didn't think it's that perfect, when I played it, but it was still a lot of fun. Well it could have been so much more, if the graphics engine wouldn't be one single glitch. :Q

Other than that, nice to see everyone shopping for Saturn items. But don't shop on ebay.de. That's my stomping ground. >:)

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NebachadnezzaR said...

"Virtual On (can't say I was that impressed)"

WHAT??? Virtual On is da shit! Ok, that's probably just the nostalgia talking, but really, give it a chance, that game is awesome.

About Project Gotham Racing, it can't really be compared to the Sega Rally series. One is about rally, the other about high-powered cars in urban circuits, they have nothing in common.

But I'm a big fan of PGR, actually. My favourite racing game of the current gen.

Caleb said...

Muahahahaha!

I recently got Virtua Fighter Remix in excellent condition for $2!!!!!

I was closelining people down with Wolf last night.

That's probably one of my favorite videogames moves of all time!