Friday, 2 June 2017

Tired of modern games

It's been a looooong time since my last post but I have been pretty busy lately (possibly to be expanded on in a future post) and in all honesty, I just haven't been bothered to update DS90Gamer. I've definitely experienced a slight falling-out with the hobby of gaming of late and simply haven't been gaming that much at all. This is partly down to personal/time-related factors (which - again - I may or may not go into in a future post) and partly because I just feel tired with the modern gaming industry. I actually do have a lot of topics that I want to talk about but I don't really know how to air my feelings on them in written words. I also fear that the resulting posts may just come off as a load of moaning.

Loads of new stuff added to games I've left to gather dust...
My first wall when it comes to picking up a a game are the system/software updates that inevitably ensue upon powering up the PS4, Wii-U or even my 3DS. Now, I may play my PS4 a couple of times a week (not for a lack of wanting mind but, as I alluded to earlier, there are life reasons) but if I'm playing something else instead for a week or two then the PS4 will be hit with a deluge of updates that need installing. Specifically the games! I genuinely can't be bothered to jump back into the likes of Street Fighter V, KOF XIV or Dead or Alive 5 because of all the updates, notifications and other crap that I will need to deal with before actually playing the game(s). You might suggest that I set the PS4 to download and install updates in 'rest' mode but I'm the kind of person that tends to power everything off at the wall if it isn't being used and leaves nothing in standby mode. Partly because I'm conscious of malfunctioning power supplies and partly because if I may not use something again for a week or more, it's just going to be sitting there sipping electricity (albeit, a minimal amount).

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Played: Splatterhouse (PS3)

Format: PS3     Also For: Xbox 360
Developer: Namco Bandai Games
Publisher: Namco Bandai Games
Release: 2010
Progress: Completed!

I've made a lot of posts about trading cards lately but thankfully - for those who aren't interested in bits of cardboard - I've got a few gaming-related topics to hand now, beginning with my play-through of the 2010 Splatterhouse remake on PS3. Now I must start off by admitting that I've never played any of the original Splatterhouse games but thanks to being involved in the retro scene for a long time now, I'm very much aware of what the games were about, what they look like etc. Ironically, I purchased this game because all three of the originals are unlockables which is really handy when you consider the ridiculous price that a complete Splatterhouse 3 on the Mega Drive/Genesis sells for today (a quick check on ebay sold items shows between £70-£100). But first you must play this remake to get at the golden oldies. I'd been after this for ages and ages until finally finding a copy in CEX (a pre-owned store here in the UK which usually smells bad and has prices all over the place) for a crisp fiver. Now you really can't go wrong with taking a risk for a five pound note so naturally I snapped Splatterhouse up and only recently got around to playing it, partly inspired by the recent news that the PS4 Friday the 13th game will be hitting stores this May.

Ya gotta give the kids what they want...

The first thing that immediately hit me was that this remake was "one of those games". You know the sort: the kind of modern re-imagining of something old that publishers believe needs injecting with all the things that appeal to teenagers. As such, Splatterhouse 2010 is leaking a frankly ludicrous amount of gore from its seams, features a sweary version of the Terror Mask and a backing soundtrack of heavy metal bands like Mastodon and Five Finger Death Punch. Oh and there's boobs too (more on those later) for good measure. None of these elements are necessarily bad in principle (especially not boobies because let's face it, all of us blokes love 'em) but when considering the game as an overall product, it feels like all of this stuff was just forced in there for the sake of it; like they've tried to make it as extreme and edgy as possible in order to gain attention. Surely not?

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Yu-Gi-Oh: Dark Crisis (DCR) Sealed Blister Pack Case Opening

I made mention during one of my previous unboxings of wanting to get hold of some sealed Dark Crisis packs as it is one of my favourite sets from the classic era of Yu-Gi-Oh. The boxes aren't cheap though on account of the set being short-printed and trying to separate the legitimate boxes from fake/re-sealed/scaled product is tricky when you only have ebay photographs to work with. Luckily I noticed this sealed shipping carton/case/whatever you want to call it of Dark Crisis blister packs. For those that don't know, Konami used to waste a shitload of cardboard and plastic by also selling single packs on a big piece of card, intended to hang up on store displays or at the point of sale.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Yu-Gi-Oh: Legendary Collection 4 Joey's World Box Opening

Hot on the heels of the two Yugi's World boxes I recently opened comes this, the Legendary Collection 4: Joey's World. I only bought one of these as they are a little harder to pick up cheaply than the Yugi's World boxes (despite being released afterwards), possibly because there are better cards in the set. As with the Yugi boxes, these also comes with a game board, promotional cards and 5 'Mega Packs' each containing a Rare, Super Rare, Ultra Rare, Secret Rare and five commons.

The 'grail' card in this set is a Secret Rare Raigeki but unfortunately, I didn't manage to pull it. I did get some decent stuff that I was happy with though.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Yu-Gi-Oh: Legendary Collection 3 Yugi's World Box Opening x2

I've been wanting to grab a few of these cool boxes for a while now after seeing the awesome cards that you can potentially pull inside. Each box comes with a hard game board (basically a play mat), a pack of promotional cards and 5x 'Mega Packs". The best thing about these packs is that each one is guaranteed to contain a Rare, Super Rare, Ultra Rare and Secret Rare card and with this being a MASSIVE set, there are so many reprints worth pulling in the higher rarities.

These boxes are getting harder to find now and so each one set me back just shy of £30. If you consider the potential resale value of any good stuff you pull then it's still a good price though. Certainly nowhere near as risky as buying a classic booster box. As you can see above, I had 10 packs in total to open and I think that I got some great pulls...

Monday, 17 April 2017

Nintendo Discontinuing the NES Mini + A Random Nintendo Rant

Well, I'm here again with another topic that has already been covered to death across the interwebs but I'm struggling with ideas for gaming-related posts at the moment so ripping into Nintendo for something they've done seems like a reasonable way to fill a void with some content...if you can call it "content" (which even I wouldn't to be fair).

ANYWAY, Nintendo recently announced their decision to discontinue production of the NES Classic Edition/NES Mini/That Thing That Was Never In Stock, a press release that was met with a universal "buh?" from the gaming community. The puzzled reaction was hardly a surprise either for this thing has been selling like crazy since its release and - to my knowledge - has never not been a hot product, always out of stock and being sold by shameless scalping re-sellers for way over the standard RRP. People still want one and yet, with the stock shortages still not resolved, Nintendo have pulled the plug.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Yu-Gi-Oh - Duelist Saga Case Opening

I don't generally like newer Yu-Gi-Oh sets, preferring to collect the classic stuff instead but sometimes a new product comes along that is difficult to resist. Such a thing happened very recently with the brand-new Duelist Saga set. Duelist Saga contains a load of reprints of some truly awesome cards but also, a lot of brand-new cards that had previously only existed within the anime. After seeing the full set list, I opted to order a whole case of the set. A single retail mini-box contains three packs, each of which contains five cards. The display case comes with five of these boxes for an overall total of 75 cards (North America's cases seem to be bigger, coming with eight mini-boxes) so I thought I'd get a number of cool pulls if I picked up a case. Furthermore, every card is Ultra Rare with a pretty new parallel kind of foil effect which I quite like. From the set list, there were seven cards in particular that I wanted to get:
  • Dark Magician
  • Blue-Eyes White Dragon
  • Raviel, Lord of Phantasms
  • Uria, Lord of Searing Flames
  • Hamon, Lord of Striking Thunder
  • Armityle the Chaos Phantom
  • Chaos Scepter Blast
Yes, none of those are from the pool of exciting new cards that will work really well in competitive play but I'm a collector anyway. Oddly enough, I've not once owned any of the 'Sacred Beasts' cards since my return to collecting despite buying loads of single cards and joblots in that time so I was pretty pleased to see them all reprinted in Duelist Saga along with their insane fusion form too. So how did I fare in the end?