Did some bargain binning
September 29, 2010

I love grabbing games for under $5, even if I know more than half of them will be crap. Spent about $30 and came home with:

Medal of Honor: Frontline (Xbox)
McFarlane's Evil Prophecy
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Virtua Fighter 4
Dragonball Z Sagas (PS2)

I've heard little good about any of the above. Maybe they'll inspire some reviews out of me.

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EmP EmP - September 29, 2010 (04:18 AM)
Ghost in the Shell: SAC is a fantastic game. I'd go so far as to say one of the best on the PS2.
JoeTheDestroyer JoeTheDestroyer - September 29, 2010 (02:28 PM)
Still haven't started Ghost in the Shell, but I did start Zapper. Still not sure what to think of it. I was expecting it to be your typical platformer, but it came out more like a modern day Frogger.
wolfqueen001 wolfqueen001 - September 29, 2010 (02:39 PM)
I liked Metal of Honor: Frontline. I'd give it about an 8. It's Rising Sun that was the awful one.
EmP EmP - September 29, 2010 (02:53 PM)
You fool! Rising Sun had a elephant with a machine gun attached to it! How can that not be anything but awesome!
wolfqueen001 wolfqueen001 - September 29, 2010 (03:06 PM)
I don't remember that. To be fair, though, I did like the sort of "storytelling" way of going about it. But I also felt that the levels were too few. Like even though they were long, it still didn't feel like a lot of variety.

I also didn't like some of the mechanics, either. Like, I very easily mistook my own people for the enemy.
zippdementia zippdementia - September 30, 2010 (10:35 PM)
Is Ghost really that good, EmP? It got fairly average reviews. I read your review and it's a good review as always, but I'm really on the fence here.
hmd hmd - September 30, 2010 (11:41 PM)
Yes! It's basically a precursor to just about every third person shooter you see nowadays sans a cover mechanic. Also has a kind of cool enemy possession gimmick.
EmP EmP - October 01, 2010 (05:23 AM)
HMD is right. Ghost was ahead of its time and this seemed to confuse the reviewing world at the time. They didn't see the usual, clumsy, linear fare and struck out like ham-fisted fools.
overdrive overdrive - October 01, 2010 (10:25 AM)
As I mentioned on another thread, the Medal of Honor series is one of those I used to love, but just feels clunky and obsolete now in comparison to other recent shooters.

The problem for me with Rising Sun was the utterly stupid grading system based on damage taken (instead of end-of-level health) and shooting percentage (instead of percent of enemies killed). But I found the levels themselves to be cool more often than not. Frontline (from what I've played...about half of it) is probably a bit better with many more levels, some of which have very challenging sections. Kind of like the second PS1 game, but with upgraded graphics.

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