Monthly Pick Ups – July 2018
Wow, another month has gone by already? 2018 is certainly going by fast for some reason, even if we are all melting in this heatwave. But of course, as it is the 21st, it means one thing; as well as being the hottest day of the year so far, it’s also time to look after what retro gaming stuff I’ve managed to get my hands on this month.
Overall, the number of things added to the collection isn’t particularly high, but that’s because I went for things that I like or have wanted for years. So, let’s take a look!
Okami – PS2
Video games are an art form. I would say that’s a fact, but as art is highly subjective, I will say that it is a fact for me. Art (to me), as discussed in a recent Twitter conversation with The Well-Red Mage, is the expression of one’s self through a visual, auditory or sensory method that can be enjoyed and shared by others. This also works as a definition of poetry, acting, novel writing, singing, music and, of course, video games. Now, some video games are definitely “low art”, as discussed in the aforementioned conversion, but which games they are, comes down entirely to your subjective opinions. For me, Okami is not one of them. It is a true work of art.
So, when I saw a near mint condition Okami sitting on a shelf for less than £5, I had to have it. Funnily enough, someone else seemed to have clocked it as well and were visibility upset and disappointed when I picked it up and went to the counter. To be fair, though… They were on the other side of the shop at the time.
Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria – PS2
I originally played Valkyrie Profile on the PSP. I found it to be a very different take on the J-RPG compared to what I was used to, due to the side-scrolling exploration and very different type of battle system. As someone fascinated by Norse mythology, the base plot also connected with me very well. However, I’d never played or owned the sequel.
So when we took a trip down to Derby, I popped into CeX in the shopping centre there and find Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria for just £6. This seemed like a reasonable price to me, since the case was in such good condition. I’m pleased to say that the disc doesn’t have a single scratch on it either. I just need to get around to playing it now! It might make for an interesting video on my YouTube channel…
Dynasty Warriors Gundam 2 – PS3
The fact that I got my hands on another Dynasty Warriors Gundam game should come as no surprise. I’ve made no secret about how much I love the Gundam anime series and the fact that I’m slowly working towards a long-term goal of collecting all of the PlayStation Gundam games. This was another step towards that goal, but also a purchase of joy as I adore the Dynasty Warriors games and having them mixed with Gundam is always awesome.
In fact, out of all of the games that I picked up, this was the one that I played as soon as I got home. And I loved it, just as I did the first one. These are challenging games but they are so enjoyable! There’s just something incredibly entertaining about jumping in Wing Zero, the RX-78 or Freedom and mowing down thousands of grunt Mobile Suits.
Kingdom Hearts 1.5 ReMIX Limited Edition with Artbook – PS3
A while back, before I started doing these Monthly Retro Gaming Pick Up posts, I bought Kingdom Hearts 2 again on the PlayStation 2. I mean, I had to. The series is incredible and actually managed to mix Disney and Final Fantasy in a mature and deep (if confusing) storyline that is still suitable and enjoyable for the family as well. I was planning to buy the first game on the PS2 as well. I still might do in the future. However, when I saw the Limited Edition version of the PS3 remaster, called Kingdom Hearts 1.5 ReMIX, I couldn’t resist.
The case is a little scuffed, but only very slightly. The built-in artbook is in great condition, seeming to be almost new, and it came Complete in Box as well! So I was very happy that I managed to find it.
Dragon Quest IV – Famicom
Alongside ordered Dragon Quest IV for the Famicom from eBay, I also attempted to order a Famicom-to-NES converter so that I could actually play the game. After all, the Dragon Quest games are wonderful examples of J-RPGs. Sadly, the adapter never came, so this delightful little game is just sitting on my shelf at the moment.
However, one day I’ll get my hands on an adapter and then I’ll be able to play through all of those strange Famicom. Honestly, I cannot wait! And what better was to start it with Dragon Quest IC.
Top Gun – NES
Funnily enough, I had never really been that interested in the Top Gun NES game. It never really looked that appealing to me in terms of gameplay. And yet, here I am with it being the first NES game I own… Why? Honestly, because it was dirt cheap!
I needed an NTSC-U region game to test out the Retro-Bit RES for my recent video review of it, and Top Gun was the cheapest that I could find. Not really much of a story about this entry, is there?
Dreamcast & Retro-Bit RES
I missed out on the Dreamcast as a child, as well as the NES. I started my gaming journey with a Sega MegaDrive and moved on to the PlayStation from there. In fact, my first ever Nintendo system was the GameBoy Colour… My first ever Nintendo home console, on the other hand, was the GameCube. So that’s how I missed the NES. As for the Dreamcast, I was saving up for it as a child, but by the time I had the money, the PS2 was on pre-order… So I went with that, with the plan to save up again and get the Dreamcast later. Naturally, that didn’t happen before the console got discontinued.
I had wanted both of these consoles for so long! That’s why I am so happy to be able to add a Sega Dreamcast to my collection. On top of that, the awesome guys over at Retro-Bit also provided me with the RES, or Retro Entertainment System – an NES clone console. So whilst I may not have an actual NES, I can still play all of those awesome games that I missed as a child.
And That’s All Folks
Well, there you have it. Those were the various things that I’ve added to my collection and gaming room. Soon enough, I’ll need to get clever with storage space within the office/games room.
What do you think to these games? Would you get them? Let’s me know!