So as indicated last week the games are piling up again especially for the PS1. This weekend although tenuous, should have a bit of room to get into a few titles though.
This Weeks Buys:
As previously indicated I'm trying to figure what direction I want to go in next with collecting, so it's been a very light week.
Krazy Ivan (PS1) - This is another tall box title from back in the PS1’s early days. Basically it's another take on the giant mech thing. As a tall box it's a noted game, outside of that it's obscure.
This Week Plays:
GTA 2 (PS1) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½ - I'm slowly making my way through the GTA series although I will admit I jump around a lot. GTA 2 as compared to GTA is definitely a lot more fun and despite the isometric viewpoint you can see how the third person of GTA 3 springboards off of this. This is actually a better game then Driver on the PS1, which I thought was better game than GTA. Graphics wise it's about as much to look at as GTA or Driver, although is does have the slightly cartoony look of Dick Tracy on the NES. I think the more cartoony look might actually have been meant to give the game that tongue & cheek style the franchise is known for. Playwise it controls better than GTA, but played on the PS2 it only controlled via the D-pad, however I was able to pick up the game's mechanics quickly. As far as originality this game has it and spades despite seeming like a clone of its first rendition. Overall it's fun as hell to play.
Q*bert (PS1) ⭐️⭐️- Yes, another Hasbro Atari reboot! I'm just going to say both classic (arcade) and adventure mode play terribly. Did you ever so the music video for “Groove is in the Heart” by Dee-Lite? That's how this game looks graphically. I got the cartoony (my word of the day) look they were going for but… Anyway as mentioned the controls barely functioned on either modes. As far as originality it was there and the adventure mode was supposed to be like a puzzle game, which is a workable concept with Q*bert to bad the controls were terrible.
Loadstar: The Legend of Tully Bodine (Sega-CD) ⭐️⭐️1/2 - Taking another PS1 break for the Sega-CD. Loadstar is a game about a space trucker with a truck that runs on tracks, but it's a truck not a train, got it? So it's got lovely Sega-CD FMV goodness, and ridiculous plot, but Ned Beaty’s in it (guess Homicide wasn't paying enough back then). With all that said though once you get how to use this game it is somewhat entertaining. Graphically I never expect much from the Sega-CD, and but considering this one looked pretty good for that system. Control wise it's far from intuitive and even after playing it a while I still didn't have it completely figured out. With that said though this is another game that felt as if it was supposed to have been a light gun shooter. Originality wise a space/truck rail shooter is pretty unique as is the gameplay mostly. I'd recommend this one more for the collector though.
So nine games later, I think that's a pretty full weekend. I still have a few PS1 game out there including at some more reboots, and some actually good games plus titles on a few other systems. Anyway I have a big, and probably stressful week ahead of me but I can't wait to get to Friday again. Have a good one!!!