-Xenogears- 20th Anniversary

Let’s spend the day playing the game, listening to the soundtrack,
looking at the art, reading Perfect Works, looking forward to the newly
announced soundtrack remaster and Elly + Fei figures, and most of all:
remembering 20 years with the (second) best game ever made!

Happy birthday Xenogears!


Nier and Automata Vinyl box set

The title already spoiled it but I did get one of these, a Christmas gift from me
to me, always the best ones after all:

A set with not only one, not two but FOUR vinyls of Nier AND Automata tracks!
I dare say amazing. I love the drastic increase in the number of games that
get a vinyl soundtrack these days, quite limited and expensive runs sure
but still cool.

Beautiful “sleeves” to hold the four records and a booklet with song lyrics
for each game, really nice. All of them are of course double-sided with
about 4-5 tracks on each side, I would say that they have manage to choose
my favorite tracks from both games, what luck!

This is where the good news end sadly. Firstly, this is exactly how the
inside of the package looked when I opened it:

Most likely the last time I ever buy anything from the Square-Enix store,
a giant box with a small piece of paper in one corner is NOT how you send
something like this… or anything for that matter.
I can’t believe how bad this is, especially considering
the 25 Euro shipping cost!

I am mad but the damage on the box was miraculously small and not
something I need to get replaced.

Time for the good old setup and enjoy some Nier music:

Or so I thought, the next bad news was the horrible sound quality, I feared
that my old amplifier had finally decided to give up but after a while the
speed of the record player started to get very unstable and I decided to plug
in a CD player instead, the amplifier still sounded godly so “luckily” I only
need to replace the player, I could of course restore it with a new pick-up
and fix the motor problem but at this point I don’t feel like it’s worth it
even if it looks good and match the amplifier.

A picture can’t do it justice, it’s just so gorgeous, one of my absolute
favorite items. One of the first Surround/ 4 channel amplifiers ever made
and the control and balance you can get with it is just ridiculous.
Playing around with this, and some CD soundtracks also reminded me of what
a futile hobby the quest for the perfect sound is, you just end up fiddling
with the levels, placements of speakers and all kinds of variables,
different settings for different songs etc. it never ends and like so many
other things it’s very personal what you consider good sound.

I didn’t plan on going into detail today since I might come back to it but
the speakers I use are two relatively cheap smaller “surround” speakers and
the bigger ones built by me years ago, in fact they are not 100% finished
and both the smaller speakers and my home-built ones are quite mediocre on
their own but for some reason they really complete each other and with the
sound quality of the old amplifier combined with the level of balance it
provides it just blows me away (the quality), the volume could also blow me
and the games away but that would be a bad idea, hehe.

Oh well, I will get back to this when I have a new record player but so far,
an amazing set of amazing music!

Beaten games 2017

Why hello 2018, let’s do this again, I usually like to complain
about how fast the year has passed by but going trough the list,
some of these games feel like ages since I played.

I believe most people agree that 2017 has been a really strong gaming year
regardless of what genres you like to play, I would probably say
the best year since the year of Xenosaga III, 2006, wow!

I will follow the same format as before this year too, my goal was
to beat 72 games this year and I did (79 to be exact), woho!

The top three games of the year is at the bottom.



Yume Penguin Monogatari
Only one NES game this year and the 100th beaten on that console.
A simple cute game with at least one really good song!


I already wrote a longer text about this,
feel free to go back and read about it!

I already wrote a longer text about this,
feel free to go back and read about it!

Madou Monogatari
I already wrote a longer text about this,
feel free to go back and read about it!

The Twisted Tales of Spike McFang
I already wrote a longer text about this,
feel free to go back and read about it!

I already wrote a longer text about this,
feel free to go back and read about it!

Dragon Quest V
Did I write about this? Either way it had my favorite story
in the series even if that never was the big focus of the
games. Wish I had played part 4 and 6 on the SNES as well.

Operation Logic Bomb
A simple and vague game, you have no idea what is going on in the story
but you shoot at things, it is quite solid but it would really need
some more health items and variation.

Tengai Makyou
So glad to finally be able to play this in English!
As you might know it uses some special chip and a real-time clock
that affects events in the game long before Animal Crossing existed,
thanks to things like that it has taken some extra time to translate.
In the end I really enjoyed the game, some amazing environments,
some good music and maybe not fantastic battles but more than okay.
I only wish the story, and especially the bad guys
were a bit more serious.


Metroid Samus Returns
As you might remember the fan remake AM2R was the best released
game last year, the same can not be said about this remake, as expected.
It is not bad and I am glad that they made an official remake but it
is a waste of time compared to the fan-made.
My main problem is actually the fact that it is handheld, I can’t play
action games on handhelds without hurting my hands, not the games fault
but it adds up. A positive thing is the difficulty, by far the hardest
Metroid game (on normal settings). Oh well I don’t have too much
negative things to say in fact aside from the obvious
(the graphic and MELEE combat in a Metroid game, rabble rabble!).
Just play both remakes, it’s interesting to compare them.

Luigis Mansion 2
Finally played it, not bad but too long for its own good and again,
action on handhelds is not for me.


Paper Mario: Color Splash
Didn’t I write about this, hm, really like the humor and
references etc. in this, a big step up from Sticker Star but the
battles are still a bit dull and I avoid them as much as possible…
The localization team needs to get a raise after this game!

Zelda Breath of the Wild
I already wrote a longer text about this,
feel free to go back and read about it!


Cave Story+
This old thing once again! Playing it with the Joycons was
true suffering and only a miracle made me beat HELL and Balos.
Oh well, a few new changes to the game once again,
I can’t believe how many versions there is now.

Super Mario Odyssey
First time that I buy a Mario game on release even if I have played a
few of them on release. It is a good and well designed game
(for the most part) but the lack of any challenge drops it below
a lot of the other Mario games in the end. I beat every boss in the
game on my first try, that is just not fun, the sad part is that they
all have fun patterns and again, very well designed, I have no idea
how you would balance them to fix this but for me the lack of
challenge made the game quite boring. The best part was something I
usually don’t like in games, taking control of the enemies!
Being one of those long-legged guys or a wriggly is THE BEST.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2
I guess I will have to come back to this with spoilers, there is
much do discuss after all but for now, I enjoyed it, the first
game remains my favorite in this series and this
is a second place, all as expected.


Puzzle Quest
Only one PS2 game?! Now that I have them all I should get back
to a few more this year. It got repetitive fast but I still like
the idea of combining a RPG with “match three” puzzles.


Ar Nosurge
Finally beat it, The bad parts outweigh the good sadly,
I have no interest in hearing small conversations about 100
random items that you craft or the 100 side stories when you
want to learn new abilities. I just want to get to the good part
where it connects to Ar Tonelicooo…
Maybe I wasn’t in the mood to play it or maybe I would feel the same
about replaying Ar Tonelico as well. Oh well, I came for the music
and main story and those delivered.

Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix
First time replaying since the PS2 version got released and I must say
that I prefer the first game after all, a lot of reused worlds etc.
and this is only the second game!! Still a great game and it feels
good with a refresher of the story, not as complicated
as I remembered (or didn’t remember it).

Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep
My first time playing this, and wow, they were right,
it is on par with the first two games, a welcomed higher tempo in
both battles and story, new places to visit etc, it’s great,
only DDD left to beat before I am finally ready for part 3.


World of Final Fantasy
Never made it to the rumored extra boss that made me play the game
in the first place but still a nice journey. Not much to say,
as a FF fan you will probably like this!

Tales of Berseria
The story was really exciting and even redeemed Zestira somehow
since they are connected. Still has some of the problems of
modern Tales of games and I still miss the days and style of
Rebirth and Destiny 2 (PS2). I still can’t believe I beat a
Tales of with only 200 encounters either!

Nier Automata
I already wrote about this but 9 months later it is even
more clear that this is the game of the year and also this decade,
as I foretold last year this was the first game since Xenosaga III
to make it into my top ten of all times.

Mighty no9
I just don’t understand why developers forget the things they
already learned 30 years ago and make games like this.

Little Nightmares
I still believe Hunger was a better title but I see why they
had to change it, try searching for a game called just
“Hunger” or “Hunger game”, haha.
Oh well, more or less what I expected but a bit disappointing
since Inside put the bar for this genre so high last year.

Indie version of Ico? I don’t have too much to say, it’s nice,
looks good, have some good puzzles etc. but it’s a short game
that I won’t return to like so many other titles.

This is interesting, an open-world, Action-RPG, beat em up,
shooter, platformer… it’s all in there! I guess you could compare
it to Shadow Run, you just go into places, people shoot at you and
you have no idea what to do. I would really give it a chance,
the first two or so hours are quite hard and frustrating but once
you get into it, it really is a good game, glad I found it.

Final Fantasy 12
Thank the heavens for the 2x/4x speed option. Nice to replay the
story and visit the world again but my view of the game have not
changed at all over the years since it was released.

Intense, short and 100% action!

Not the YS game I wanted or expected but a really good RPG!
Just play it but expect a 40 hour RPG not a YS game.

.Hack GU Recode
Another Remaster of another game where my view of it hasn’t changed
at all, it almost felt pointless to play since I remembered every
detail including the meaningless side quests and tutorials…
it was still great to get an excuse to experience the entire
story again, it is a favorite after all and while the remake itself
feels lazy and has almost no improvement at all over the PS2 versions
it is amazing that we got a collection with all three,
in all regions and that they even included the super rare
“terminal disc” and a new chapter with all the old voice actors,
that is amazing. Also, this collection raises my hope for a
Xenosaga collection by 4%!

Rayman Legends
I prefer Origins but this was of course fun as well in co-op.

Life is Strange
Better than watching any movie or TV series but I can only handle
these “games” once in a while. The story was good and that is
what matters in this case I suppose!

Diablo 3
A bit late to the party, I guess it is four times as fun to play
with a friend and I suppose you should replay at higher
difficulties but compared to Diablo 2 this was a joke,
I literally beat Diablo by standing still holding one button…
I enjoyed it and it even reminded me of Shining Force Neo but I
rather just play that!

Rise of the Tomb Raider
The last game of the year, I actually liked this better than
the “first” in every way. The Uncharted, Tomb Raider, (God of War?)
concept feels so old by now but sometimes you just have to hold up
in these games look around and get impressed by the environments
and the 200+ years of work /man hours that is needed to create
these worlds, I feel a bit bad just rushing trough and not
explore every nook of it but like I said, you even get tired
of things like this.


Didn’t I write about this, maybe only mentioned.
It really feels like the beginning of modern games as we know
them today but it also feels very old and unpolished.
I have always thought the problem with the game was that they
wanted to do too much but playing it now it feels like the opposite,
a really empty game, I beat it in less than 10 hours and I didn’t
even miss much, I expected tons of side quests, a much bigger world
etc. even the few choices you had changed very little
and didn’t feel enough to raise the replay value…


Dark Souls
Revenge all these years later, I might write more about it one day
but for now a pale imitation of Demons Souls, I can’t believe this is
the game everyone mentions before that, Firelink Shrine is not enough
to make it a better game. But don’t worry I like them both now, hehe.


Moustache Mountain
A short and fun game about wall jumping, I was number 10 on the
leader boards last time I checked, wo!

A Bird Story
RPG maker! Not as touching as To the Moon but a nicely told story.

Out There Somewhere
Love this one, a short platform game with puzzle elements.

The Aquatic Adventure of the Last Human
I like the “atmosphere” and idea of the game but it is sadly
the ugliest game I have ever played.

It just works, I feared it would be too many “physics puzzles”
but there were only a few and as a whole a nice game.

Shadow Complex
After all these years I got to play it!
The story is one of the worst I have seen but the important
part is that it really feels like a Metroid game, finding the
hidden items feels just like in Metroid and the combat works
too even if it gets far to easy by the end.

Simple and unpolished but nice.

Titan Souls
A 2D Shadow of Colossus? The only goal is to kill a number
of bosses, some optional some not, you only have one weapon and
one hit before you die, so does many of the bosses.
I love the idea but sadly it feels like too much “luck” in
some cases, you can struggle for hours or get lucky and finish
a boss in seconds. I died 200 times before beating the final boss.

The vanishing of Ethan Carter
One of the most beautiful games,
I can’t believe my computer could run this on high settings.

Alwa’s Awakening
I already wrote a longer text about this,
feel free to go back and read about it!

Hollow Knight
I already wrote a longer text about this,
feel free to go back an read about it but since then I have beaten
it a few more times and they have fixed a few issues and added
more content. It just gets better and better and it has a serious
chance to challenge Super Metroid by now, I love this game!

The inner darkness
Nah. Just too short and too simple for me.

YS Origins
A real YS game! Not much more to say, if you like
YS play it!

Mushroom 11
Not a bad game but I swear, this is the last time I play
physic based platform games, I just don’t enjoy it.

Cosmic Star Heroine
Really reminds me of Phantasy Star, an amazing game that sadly had
a few too many bugs on release when I played it. Very few indie RPGs
out there and especially in this style, be sure to check it out!

Legend of Heroes Trails in the Sky the Second Chapter
Hope to finish Part 3 and Cold Steel 2 this year, The series as
a whole have a chance to make it into the top 10, we’ll see.

Frog Hop
A very polished game, sadly with very boring
and simple graphic.

Risk of Rain
Another game best enjoyed in co-op and also a bit too much
luck involved, I can’t believe how much this has sold!

Never thought I would beat it but I did,
a very unique game, a must if you like puzzles.

Ori and the Blind Forest
Quite a disappointment, especially since they already
showed the entire story in a trailer…

This is one odd game, got the “fight club” ending, haha.
The goal is to figure out who killed your family, like you can guess
from the title it has an old western theme and an open world with very
high replay value since the game is short and have different endings.

Ghost 1.0
I enjoyed it but have absolutely nothing to say at the moment…
the developer was nice enough to fix a bug within a day from
when I reported it!

It’s a Wind Waker clone, it’s apparent that they spent a lot of
time on this and it is good but I just don’t get why you want to
make a game this close to a Zelda game, why take both the good AND
bad parts, why copy things exactly and not mix it up, whyyy?

I have never felt so much pain from playing a game, my hands were
cramping up by the end. Not the hardest game ever but I did have
quite some trouble in the beginning, love the ending part when
that one song and credits roll!

Another “indie Ico”, just worse in every way.

Cally’s Cave 3
A game about upgrading weapons, you find a good one, think this is
the best weapon ever and then find another even better, constantly!

All other games could learn from the sound design here.
It really makes the game. The slow tempo sadly destroys the
otherwise high replay value.

The switching mechanic is good but it is not enough,
quite an overrated game.

Chronicles of Teddy
Backtracking from hell, it has been a while since a game made
me this frustrated. It feels quite unique with its own “language”
and I want to like it but it is hard to do that sometimes.

Valdis Story
This was not bad at all, in fact really good!

Amnesia A machine for pigs
A bit better balanced than the first game but not at all scary,
I died twice and never saw what killed me…
I assume a pig monster but it could have been whatever!

Shiness: The Lightning Kingdom
Another of the few indie RPGs, in full 3D and all!
It really reminds of the PS2 era and Rouge Galaxy, it has a unique
battle system and a lot of energy have been put into this but
sadly the story and characters didn’t interest me at all.

A meta-game were the developer speaks to you constantly,
it is the beat em up version of the Stanley Parable.
It was fun finding all the different ways to break the game
and all the hidden messages etc.

The End is Nigh
almost 2000 deaths, in 5 hours! A new record, despite that
it is a fun game and I actually prefer it over Meat boy.
Even though you only use one button + Dpad it is much more
varied than Meat Boy and the fact that the world is “open”
instead of split into stages adds another dimension to it.

So simple but still fun. Go down, shoot everything.

Tower 57
Another twinstick shooter, it feels like I play a lot of them
these days. It doesn’t feel like one though since you can explore
and talk to NPCs etc. Play with a friend, a bit unbalanced,
really hard in the first stages and far too easy later.

Nex machina
Twin stick Shooter, the amount of action is at least 400%!
I don’t know what is happening and I can’t believe that any
computer can handle the amount of particles and effects
used in this game.

Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture
I could only play a little at a time before feeling ill but
the environments are just gorgeous! A bit more consistent story
than in Dear Esther but more or less the same thing, walk, listen,
walk some more.

The same problem as the first game, too easy! You expect some
real challenge from an AVGN game but no.
Oh well, still fun to play.

Mystik Belle
This is what you get by combining a modern Castlevania with
point and click. You explore a classic Metroid map and fight
enemies but the focus of the game is to combine items to get new
items to combine with new ite… and so on. Not my favorite type of
game since you just end up trying to combine everything
without thinking.

Ikaruga the platform game, you switch between two colors and
damage opposite colored enemies and absorb same colored projectiles.
I didn’t have any expectations but it was quite good,
especially the bosses.
The biggest flaw was the rather dull environments.

The Fall
You take the role as an AI, blah blah. I thought it was a
“metroidvania” but in the end you just end up clicking on everything
and try using every item on everything. Not a bad game but not for me.

And now for the best games of the year:

1: Nier Automata
2: Hollow Knight
3: Xenoblade Chronicles 2

What a year, next one will be crazy as well but nothing will probably come
close to Nier or Hollow Knight.

Xeno merchandise 2017

As promised, finally time to add some new Xeno items to the site/ collection,
most of them are off-the-chart-rare and they have arrived to me over
quite a few months, there is no way I would find all of this at once.

First up is a SEALED copy of the japanese budget version of Xenogears
which also means that I now own every version of the game sealed:

Ï really wanted to share this picture, the top is my sealed copy,
the bottom my old opened, it is such an odd version that comes in two
slim cases and is then just held together with a paper and plastic bag,
let me know if you know about any other PS1 games like this!

More Xenogears:

Two sheets of memory card stickers! There is a lot of other games on there
as well and they weren’t really on my “to buy list” but oh well,
some really rare and nice items to have in this untouched condition.

On to some Saga:

This shouldn’t be to rare but for some reason I have had some trouble getting it, a Playstation.com mousepad.

Another item that was not on the list, I didn’t really know it existed
until I saw it, a Xenosaga Promo VHS! Used in stores to promote the game,
I have a lot of DVDs like that but never knew there was a VHS too.
I don’t own a japanese VHS player so I can’t confirm which trailer or
material it has or how the quality of the tape is holding up but I
suspect it to be one of the first trailers on there and at least
the cosmetic condition is fantastic, what a collector item!

Last and also least (in size) is this amazing pendant:

I forgot to take a picture of the back (will do later) but the back says “kokoro”
and anyone who have played Xenosaga should know what that means!
I’m still not sure what you had to do to get this pendant, if it was a
lottery, store exclusive or just for pre-ordering, in any case it was
given out along with the release of the Kokoro single CD to very few
lucky persons. This is the second copy I have ever seen, I lost a bid war
some years ago and never thought it would pop up again, so glad to have it!

LEGO relapse

I don’t know if anyone actually read it but one of my first posts was about
LEGO and with a few years between I usually get the urge to take out the
old pieces, build something and then move on.

This time however the relapse was worse than that and I even bought a few
larger lots which of course needed cleaning and once again I found myself
spending hours and hours cleaning stuff, my lot in life it seems…

One of the mixed lots I bought.

The same lot roughly sorted.

After cleaning and sorting all of this “new” LEGO and seeing how nice and
clean it all became I finally decided to go trough all of my own
childhood pieces as well… Some of it have never been cleaned and I
have been wanting a better storage system since… well since always,
and that led me to the next project, I didn’t expect to squeeze
another one into this year:

Step one, the cheapest TV-bench Ikea have.

Step two, put the shelves at customized height.

Step three, build four of them!

Step four, put wheels on one of them
(the more expensive ones in rubber, not plastic)

Step five, glue them all together with a glue gun or
some other really strong glue.

Step six, …repeat the above steps and put some test boxes in!

Step seven, keep on cleaning…

Step eight, question your mental sanity.
Then buy out every good storage box in your city…
and the neighbour city…

Step nine, finally sort everything into the boxes and
place them in the shelves!

In the end you have a mobile LEGO storage system with 100 sorted boxes.
Sadly not even this craziness was enough to store it all, I still had
to hide the odd parts that you don’t use often, base plates, wheels
and some other larger pieces in a wardrobe but at least everything
is clean, I have replaced all the old storage boxes and everything is
easy to access. I have built a few sets from the parts I found in the
mixed lots but even after all this work (not to mention money)
I still have no end goal to actually build something at the moment.

Oh well, now you know what I have been up to, don’t worry, this will
not turn into a LEGO blog, next time I will be back with a Xeno update
and I will have quite some games to play and write about now!

My new console setup

I planned on posting this ages ago, I’m falling behind!

In short this was my first summer project, I have been a bit unhappy with my
computer setup for a while and after contemplating a bit I realised that
the games I will play in the near to half distant future will be either
Steam games on PC, emulated fan translations on PC or PS4 games.
I have always had all my consoles hooked up but for the first time I
decided to take them and the CRT screen down, replace two of my old shelves
with a larger desk and rebuild one of the shelves to hold just a few modern
consoles, I am really happy with the new setup and it finally feels like I
have some space in here! Sadly everything is so dark that my camera can’t
pick it up correctly but enjoy the new look:

Here it is!

Woo, you can actually see the Xenoblade posters now (and also a small
glimpse of the PS4 games in the corner).

A lot of free space left on the desk if you want to place a console
or something else there temporarily or just move the keyboard and
work on the big screen.

Plenty of room to twirl around between the desk and sofa.
I planned to rebuild the shelf in the corner to hold the computer
but this turned out even better with a “suspended” solution.
I still haven’t decided what to do with the free space!

A nice overview.

Love the small side table with removable top! You can almost
see the PS3, PS4, Wii, WiiU and receiver in the darkness

But wait! It didn’t take long before I started to miss my old consoles and
used the spare parts from the old shelves for this:

That’s right, most of them just moved into the collection.

Well, at least half of them, I could remove the PS1 and get a region free
SNES but for now I like the setup.

I lowered the back shelf to make a “cool two layer effect” with the Tales of
items but I lowered it a bit much, now it only works if you are taller than me
or stand on something… this is how I wanted it to look at least.

For now this is a standard composite setup, all controlled from here.

Not much to see but adding a simple “hook” at the back of the new
construction was all it took to keep the cables at bay, in fact this
turned out to be one of the better setups I have seen or setup myself,
almost no cables at the floor, easy to switch between consoles etc.

And finally an overview sitting in the sofa.

Like always I wish I took more pictures during construction and
explain it better but everything is just so dark here, the camera
can’t handle it. Oh well, that’s how I wanted it after all,
the dark shelves keeps the focus on the games, notice the heartless,
that’s how dark it is, hehe.

The power to all consoles are controlled with remote control
to easily turn them all on/off when I don’t plan on using them for a while.
Overall very happy with this too, maybe I will raise that one shelf a
bit again and also try to find some nice lightning.

Even if it was a lot of work the best part was being able to recycle
the old shelves and build this, about $10 in new materials!

A big Xenogears step forward

I planned on writing this last week but I got sidetracked by Kingdom Hearts,
I finally played trough both II: Final Mix for the first time since the
PS2 release (12 years ago!) and also Birth by Sleep for the first time,
long overdue! More about them another time, today I will be happy to add
some of the most sought after Xenogears items:

The amazing Key chain set is finally complete!!
This has probably been my biggest hole in the collection and a bit
embarrassing not to have in a collection of this size. I was never worried
not to find them all but it is not easy (or cheap) these days.
It will remain a mystery why they choose Sigurd instead of one of the other
playable characters but I don’t mind, hehe.

I dance in joy to finally have a complete set of these!
MUCH harder to find than the key chains and well, most things.
I don’t know if very few were produced, if fans are hogging them or if
people don’t think they are worth selling. Either way here they are and
again a mystery how they choose among the characters.

With these items crossed off from the list, the missing Xenogears items
are very few although rumors says that we will actually get some new ones
next year thanks to the 20th anniversary! I still don’t dare to be to
excited since we know so little about the items but it seems to be
at least two action figures of Weltall and Vierge, interesting times.

Another item I am not as excited for as I “should” be is this:

The japanese Xenosaga I KOS-MOS Standee!!

I knew this would find its way here one day even though it probably is
one of the hardest items of all to find. The things holding back my joy
for this is the size and storage of this, now that I have all three
Standees they together cover half the collection and they are a pain to
move around for cleaning etc. Secondly it did get quite damaged on the
way here, it doesn’t look to bad in the picture and I have managed to
bend back some of the damage but still upsetting.
(The tape was not part of the damage, I knew about that from the start).

Just a comparison with the US Episode II standee. About the same height
for both but EPI KOS-MOS is a lot larger, almost 1:1 scale.

Summer time! (cleaning time…)

Woah, it has been a while since the last post, since then I continued with a few
more SNES games until the Steam summer sale gave me about 10 other
games to play… more about those another time.

After that the summer hit and as always that means a thousand projects
for some reason, I have taken care of two bigger ones but I will only write
about one today, expect the next one soon, I also have a Xeno update but that
will also get its own post.

I haven’t mentioned it yet but a while ago there was a fire in the basement
where I store all my broken consoles etc. and since they had to decontaminate
the entire basement I haven’t had access to those for a while.
In the end the fire only spread to a few electric cables and none of the actual
items were damaged, only a thin layer of soot on the boxes etc.
Either way it was quite scary to see your house getting surrounded by
firetrucks not knowing where the fire is, especially scary when a
smoke diver knocks on your door…
luckily I live on the 6th floor and none of the smoke actually
got in to the apartment.

Anyway, now that I finally have access to the items again me and my mother
filled up her car two times over and drove away with old items I don’t need
and thanks to that I could sort trough it all once and for all and get an
overview of what actually is hiding down there. For the last week I have
spent more or less the entire days cleaning, sorting and testing,
I managed to take a few picture, easy to forget when you are in the
middle of things:

First up some xboxes, that was my only real goal, to fix at least one xbox.

Once you know the construction it was easy to take apart and really easy
to put together, I thought it would be harder than PS2 but that remains the
worst console. Also it turned out that two of three consoles were modded,
really easy console to mod apparently, if I had known that back then…

A LOT of controllers drying after a good old clean up.

Assembly time! By far the worst part, thanks to xbox controllers, just like
with PS2 controllers there are SEVERAL different version of the controllers
and the parts don’t fit each other which makes it into a terrible puzzle
just to find the right shells.

Testing time! You might think testing is the best part but it really
is a hassle, having to bring out all different consoles to test controllers
and cables! Also, before testing you can at least pretend that everything
works, hehe. Oh well, this was one of my biggest cleaning sections ever
and luckily it paid of, about 80% of the cleaned items actually works:

In total 24 working controllers and two modded xboxes! I am especially
glad about the PS3 controllers, some are in better condition than my own!

Hard to tell but there is 100+ cables of all kinds in there,
the highlight must be four gamecube extension cables.

This has been a pain but the amount of working things was worth it,
besides all this I now also have a lot of cleaned spare parts for
future repairs, a full box of mixed AC adaptors and some mixed items
not worth taking photos of.

I need a vacation from this vacation activity… I was lucky to have the
ESA stream, European Speedster Assembly as my friend through this,
just like SGDQ it is a speedrun marathon that goes on 24/7 for a week
during the summer, a lot of good runs and since it is held in Sweden
my brother is there watching it all live, a long week for both of us.

Beaten games 25-29 Sfc x5

I’m on a roll!

It has been a while since I actually played something from the SFC shelf,
it was time to fix that with five short ones!

-25 Monstania-

This has been on my to play list for ages ever since I tested the fan translation,
it turned out to be really short and my old save was actually half way trough…
anyway, a nice little Action/strategy/RPG. Very easy thanks to the dumb AI and
the fact that you can revive yourself with items. Interesting game overall,
you only have two party members that you switch between,
while one is attacking, the other can build up AP to use special moves.
Not a fantastic game but nice, I especially like that a few of the stages
are puzzles instead of combat, a rare sight in these games.

-26 Neugier-

Wolfteam! I have tested this before but now with a fan translation
it was time to beat it. I was quite surprised to see this was one of
the VERY few 2D games to try to simulate height and objects you can both
be under and over! Alundra is probably the only one to succeed at this but I
should have known that Wolfteam at least made an attempt. A really short
Action/RPG probably best to compare with Lagoon, this is a bit less confusing
but the majority takes place in a labyrinth castle.

-27 Madou Monogatari-

Yay, finally got this and the translation working on emulator.
I suppose the best comparison would be to link to the past thanks to the
graphics and the fact that it has a semi open world. You get the map and
objective to find 8 stones immediately and can get some of them in which
order you like.

The tempo is very low and I did use the turbo button for this,
every time you get a random encounter you have to see a small conversation
with every enemy, it is fun the first time but not if you meet the same
enemy 30 times in a row… It is cute and you really learn to navigate
the world but the environments are far too empty and there is a lot of
minor issues, I would say that it is halfway to a great game and
I am thankful that translations for these old games keep popping up!


-28 The Twisted Tales of Spike McFang-

This actually got released in english, Another Action/RPG. It somehow
reminds me more of games like Goof Troop than a RPG but oh well.
You have a spin attack, you can throw your hat and use items,
that is more or less everything, luckily another short game otherwise it
would have gotten dull fast. It is of out most importance to keep up your
levels or a single enemy will take ages, we are talking 50-100 hits (!)
otherwise simple enough. For some reason the main character also reminds
me a bit of Laharl from Disgaea, haha.

-29 Hiouden-

Oh yes, another one from Wolfteam, this time with Motoi Sakuraba
and Yoshiharu Gotanda, I knew this would be good after seeing
their names in the intro.

Apparently a port from NEC’s PC98, and it shows, once again Wolfteam
shows their skills by managing to get this running on the SNES,
the only SNES game I have ever beaten with a mouse!
There is a lot of icons, sub menus and things in general to click on
and it is a pain with the SNES controller. A lot of jumping between
different views of the map and scrolling back and forth.
The mouse is a must!

This should probably be called an RTS since you can control all of
your troops in real-time etc. RTS is a genre that I have spent very
little time with but most of them seem to be relatives to RPGs anyway,
it will keep its place in the shelf!

I would probably not have made it to the end without save states
(almost didn’t with them either) and it is a hard game, it starts of easy
but as soon as you get a full party of 24 characters it’s hard to keep
them all alive and there is just not enough revive items…
half of the team were dead for the second half of the game.

Despite the troubles I really did enjoy the game, the story was quite
nice too even though I have lost count on how many times a prince need
to reclaim his kingdom etc.

Now with pictures!

I just couldn’t move on until I got this done, sooo this post will just
be new pictures of ALL PS2 games.
I also went ahead and made a category/ page with the same pictures,
a bit unnecessary maybe but I want them to be easy to find
in the future too. Seems like the total number is 153 games, hehe.