Saturday, July 17, 2010

My DS Collection

* Updated 01-25-11 *

In alphabetical order (more or less):

  1. 9 Hours 9 Persons 9 Doors
  2. Advance Wars: Dual Strike
  3. Animal Crossing: Wild World
  4. Assassin's Creed II: Discovery
  5. Batman The Brave and the Bold
  6. Beat City
  7. Blood Stone 007
  8. Boing! Docomodake DS
  9. Bomberman
  10. Brain Age
  11. Brothers in Arms DS
  12. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
  13. Call of Duty: Black Ops
  14. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare: Mobilized
  15. Call of Duty: World at War
  16. Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow
  17. Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin
  18. Chrono Trigger
  19. Contact
  20. Contra 4
  21. Cooking Mama
  22. Cop The Recruit
  23. C.O.R.E.
  24. Dawn of Discovery
  25. Dementium II
  26. Dementium: The Ward (US, Europe, and Japan)
  27. Diddy Kong Racing DS
  28. Dig Dug: Digging Strike
  29. Dirt 2
  30. DK Jungle Climber
  31. Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter
  32. Dropcast
  33. Elebits The Adventure of Kai and Zero
  34. Elite Beat Agents
  35. Exit
  36. Fast Food Panic
  37. Final Fantasy III
  38. Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time
  39. Final Fantasy Fables Chocobo Tales
  40. Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends - Imagination Invaders
  41. Ghost Trick Phantom Detective
  42. GoldenEye 007
  43. GoldenEye Rogue Agent
  44. Grand Theft Auto Chinatown Wars
  45. Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure
  46. Hotel Dusk: Room 215
  47. How to Train Your Dragon
  48. Impossible Mission
  49. Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings
  50. Insecticide
  51. Intellivision Lives!
  52. Ivy the Kiwi?
  53. James Pond Codename: Robocod
  54. Kirby Canvas Curse
  55. Kirby Squeak Squad
  56. Kirby Super Star Ultra
  57. KORG DS-10 Synthesizer
  58. Lego Batman: The Videogame
  59. Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventure
  60. Lego Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues
  61. Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga
  62. Lock's Quest
  63. Lunar Knights
  64. Mario Kart DS
  65. Mario & Luigi Bowser's Inside Story
  66. Mario & Luigi Partner's in Time
  67. Mario Party DS
  68. Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2 March of the Minis
  69. Megaman Battle Network 5  Double Team DS
  70. Megaman Zero Collection
  71. Megaman ZX
  72. Metal Slug 7
  73. Meteos
  74. Metroid Prime Hunters
  75. Monster House
  76. Moon (US and Europe)
  77. My Sims Racing
  78. MX vs. ATV Untamed
  79. N+
  80. Namco Museum DS
  81. Nanostray
  82. Nanostray 2
  83. New International Track & Field
  84. New Zealand Story Revolution (Europe)
  85. Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword
  86. Nintendogs Dachshund & Friends
  87. Orcs & Elves
  88. Petz Dogz Pack
  89. Phineas & Ferb
  90. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
  91. Pipe Mania
  92. Plants vs. Zombies
  93. Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky
  94. Pokemon: Pearl Version
  95. Pro Evolution Soccer 2007
  96. Professor Layton and the Curious Village
  97. Rayman DS
  98. Resident Evil: Deadly Silence
  99. Retro Game Challenge
  100. Ridge Racer DS
  101. Scooby-Doo! First Frights
  102. Scurge Hive
  103. Sim City DS
  104. Sonic Classic Collection
  105. Sonic Colors
  106. Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing
  107. Soul Bubbles
  108. Space Bust-A-Move
  109. Space Invaders Extreme 2
  110. Spider-man 2
  111. Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
  112. Star Fox Command
  113. (New) Super Mario Bros.
  114. Super Mario 64 DS
  115. Super Monkey Ball Touch & Roll
  116. Super Princess Peach
  117. Super Scribblenauts
  118. Tamagotchi Connection: Corner Shop
  119. Tetris DS
  120. The Legendary Starfy
  121. The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass
  122. The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks
  123. The World Ends With You
  124. Tomb Raider Underworld
  125. Tony Hawk's Proving Ground
  126. Trace Memory
  127. Ultimate Mortal Kombat
  128. Viewtiful Joe Double Trouble
  129. Viva Pinata Pocket Paradise
  130. Wario Master of Disguise
  131. Wario Ware D.I.Y.
  132. Wario Ware Touched
  133. Wire Way
  134. Yoshi's Island DS


Sunday, July 11, 2010

Alan Wake Impressions

Based on the positive reviews that Alan Wake received I blindly purchased Alan Wake for the 360. I purchased Red Dead Redemption the same way. I love RDR.

This is by no means a fully fledged review of the game; just the initial impressions of a spoiled gamer (spoiled by the goodness that exists out there).

I really liked the approach the team took with the narrative, and how it takes you through the game not only in cut-scenes but also in gameplay. But, I felt it was a little heavy handed in some places, taking some of the surprise out of me discovering things. The engine is fantastic. Some of the visuals are simply stunning. But, I experienced small game pauses when data was being loaded, which I assume must have been enemies or a new segment of the world being loaded/unloaded. C'mon guys, really? Our DS games don't even do that! I appreciate the amount of script and acting in the game, this is something I really like about RDR too (I use present tense because I am still playing RDR), but in Alan Wake the acting felt like acting for the most part and not natural. The concept of the enemies was pretty cool, the axe murderer angle is pretty freaky, but I found the repetition required to kill the first 20 enemies made the experience dull and ironically left me wanting to just sit back and watch the movie... oh wait, this is a game. Hehe.

Overall I was impressed by many of the things accomplished in Alan Wake, but I simply lost the desire to continue playing it. This rarely happens to me, I like to give games a chance. But, I guess I was expecting something different and expectations can be a products' enemy sometimes. The reason I mentioned RDR above is due to the hype that I had heard about the game before playing it myself, an it lived up to that hype. With all of the positive buzz around Alan Wake I was expecting something more than what I experienced.

For me, Silent Hill 2 is still the King of psychological thrill.