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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Games Played 05/14/2009

Golden Axe: The Duel - SegaSaturn
King's Bounty: The Legend - PC
Neverwinter Nights 2 - PC*
ToeJam & Earl II: Mission to Earth - X-Box


*I'm all over the place with my role playing game cravings... I've started playing
Neverwinter Nights 2 on the PC again and I have even placed an order for
the Storm of Zehir expansion. I hate the random crashes though.


RANDOM GAME OF THE DAY:


Sega Classics Collection (2004)
Developer: Sega
Platform: PlayStation 2
Purchase Date: 03/26/2005


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Sega Classics Collection is a different kind of "classics collection" in which it is a collection of classic Sega games that received a graphical boost and some slight gameplay alterations. There are 10 games in all: Alien Syndrome, Bonanza Bros., Columns, Fantasy Zone, Golden Axe, Monaco GP, Outrun, Space Harrier, Tant R, and Virtua Racing. These games were released individually as parts of the Sega Ages 2500 series in Japan and were sold at budget prices. There were about 30+ games in the series and it's a bit of a shame that only a fraction made it into this collection. The graphical updates for the most part are PSOne quality, which is a bit disappointing. Most of the upgrades are subtle and look almost like the original like Fantasy Zone and Bonanza Brothers while others are a bit more dramatic like Golden Axe and Alien Syndrome. While most of the gameplay remains flawlessly intact and sometimes even enhanced, like the story mode addition in Columns, the version of Golden Axe found here contains a lot of bad design decisions: When magic is cast, the character is transported to another plane and the enemies on screen disappear thus eliminating the illusion that the magic are directly damaging the enemies. Though I appreciate Sega's efforts in making the game more fast-paced, they also throw in too many enemies at you constantly, making the game more boring and repetitive than the original.

LIBRARY STATUS: 3 out of 5

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