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Quick Blog: KOF XII Vs BlazBlue, N64 loving Wii haters, and Game Center CX 2

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There are so many idea I want to blog about every week, but I never get a chance to fully flesh out them into full fledged posts. I'm going to try and put a few of them into bulletpoint cblogs once a week, which I guess is better than nothing.



* Game Center CX 2 (Retro Game Challenge 2 if and when it leaves Japan) is totally amazing. I loved the original, but this game is better in every way. I actually suspect that the reason it wont come out in the States is because this sequel almost completely replaces the original. If RGC2 were ever to sit along side RGC1 in stores, no one would buy ever buy RGC1 ever again. I'm only a few hours in and I've already unlocked totally superior versions of Cosmic Gate and Haggleman (two of the first games you play in RGC1), which makes putting RGC1 into my DSi seem sort of useless now.

RGC2 not only replaces the original, it also outperforms it. The new games here are just amazing, better than most stand alone WiiWare/XBLA/PSN retro throwbacks. For the most part, the original RGC featured games that looked and played like authentic NES games. To assure that authenticity, it was important to not make any of the games too good, lest it become clear that you aren't playing "real" fake NES games. The exception to that was Haggleman 3, which in my opinion is just slightly better animated and features slightly better gameplay than than even the best games in the NES's library.

GC CX 2 picks up right where Haggleman 3 left off, as the games here are just slightly better than any I'd expect to find on the NES. Wiz Man, the Pac-Man/Ikagura hybrid, is just a little bit more clever than any maze-based title from the early days of the NES. The Kung-Fu inspired game you unlock next is just a little bit more awesome than any side scrolling beat 'em up that ever actually showed up on the NES. The game just animates to smoothly, and has a combo system that is just a little too good for the (fake) time that it was released (1985).

You also beat up semi-realistic bears in the game regularly. Maybe there was an NES game that awesome back in 1985, but I know I never played it.

The Demon Returns, the third game you unlock, probably could have been a real NES game, but way it combines the coolest aspects of Adventure Island, Super Mario Bros, and Ghosts N Goblins seems just a little too good to be true. It's not quite as amazing as the Kun-Fu game, but it's still fantastic. The need to ride your enemies in order to get a running start for jumping otherwise untraverseble pits is pretty much genius.

I just got to the next game, a text based RPG in the spirit of Snatcher/Policenaughts, and it may be a while before I get through it. Once I do, I'll polish of the rest of the game and do an import review. Don't be surprized if it's a 10/10.

OK, enough ranting, back to playing Another Code R for review. God Damn, this game is "gradual"!
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About Jonathan Holmesone of us since 4:12 PM on 12.04.2007

"Where do dreams end and reality begin? Videogames, I suppose."- Gainax, FLCL Vol. 1

"The beach, the trees, even the clouds in the sky... everything is build from little tiny pieces of stuff. Just like in a Gameboy game... a nice tight little world... and all its inhabitants... made out of little building blocks... Why can't these little pixels be the building blocks for love..? For loss... for understanding"- James Kochalka, Reinventing Everything part 1

"I wonder if James Kolchalka has played Mother 3 yet?" Jonathan Holmes



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