Well, it’s that time again! Every month on the 21st, I take a look at the various games and gear that I’ve managed to get my hands on. So, it’s now time to look at the games I managed to pick up this June. Whilst the last few months have been relatively slow, I managed to get quite a few games this month.
I also had another great gift come in, which means that I can collect an even wider range of games, moving forward. So let’s take a look and see what I have added to my collection in this monthly retro gaming pick ups post!
Gran Turismo 2 – PSX
We will start with the single original PlayStation game that I got this month; Gran Turismo 2. I had planned to focus a bit more on my PlayStation 2 collection this month, as you’ll see in the rest of the post, but when I saw Gran Turismo 2, I couldn’t resist. After all, this way the first racing simulator I ever played, since I missed the first game due to playing other genres. It has a lot of nostalgic value for me due to that.
Plus, let’s be honest; it’s a really good game! The races are challenging yet enjoyable, meaning that you never feel like the game is a cake-walk, but you’re also unlikely to rage quit. The game came complete in box, and although it isn’t a rare game, I’m still really happy to have it once again.
Sega Game Gear
So you know how I said I got a gift this month? Well, Jamie (who makes his own retro console, as you can read here), a really great guy and big retro gamer that I met through work, had a spare Sega Game Gear lying around. So after I was given a handful of Game Gear games by a colleague last month (read about that here), Jamie was nice enough to post his spare Game Gear to me!
It didn’t have a power pack, but thankfully, I have a mains plug that works with it. So it isn’t particularly portable for now, but at least I have a Sega Game Gear! Time to start looking at games for that now as well.
The Getaway: Black Monday – PS2
As you might have guessed from my review of the original The Getaway for PS2 (here), I really enjoyed this duology of games. I’ve been a fan of the Grand Theft Auto games ever since I first played the original PlayStation game, so when a similar game came out that was set in London, I had to try it. It was such a great game, for the time, that I also had to play the sequel.
The Getaway: Black Monday built upon the London crime world we were introduced to in the first game, and just felt like a really good sequel. However, I haven’t played it for years… So you can expect a review of it in the near future as well!
Final Fantasy X-2 – PS2
The direct sequel to Final Fantasy X really wasn’t well received. However, despite the rather embarrassing opening, I found it to be a rather fun game. It may not have been as good as the phenomenal Final Fantasy X, but FFX-2 isn’t a bad game. Plus, I have FFX and FFXII, so I had to get my hands on FFX-2 as well, didn’t I?
Now I just need to get Final Fantasy XI and I’ll have the entirety of the PlayStation 2 mainline Final Fantasy games. I’ll try and get Dirge of Cerberus at some point as well, so that I can have all of the PS2 Final Fantasy games.
RLH: Run Like Hell – PS2
As you probably know, I’m a huge Survival Horror fan and am currently (slowly) working towards getting as many of the PS2 Survival Horror games as I can (see a list of them all here). So when I saw RLH: Run Like Hell sitting there on a shelf, I had to get it. I remember seeing it featured in The Official UK PlayStation 2 Magazine back in the day and really wanted it.
However, I never managed to find it when I was younger. None of the shops near where I used to live seemed to have it… So I never managed to play it before. Because of that, I’m really happy to finally have it in my collection and be able to play it.
Onimusha 3 – PS2
I already have the first Onimusha game, and I think we can all agree that it is an absolute classic. However, I couldn’t stop at just the first game, could I? Onimusha 3 was on the shelf in my local CeX for about £3.50, I think. So that seemed like a huge bargain to me. I played this one when I was younger and loved it.
Not only does it feature Samanosuke, but also introduces us to a new character played by (and using the likeness of) Jean Reno – he is an incredible actor and adds so much to the game. If you haven’t played Onimusha 3 before, I would definitely recommend it!
Warhammer 40,000: Fire Warrior – PS2
You probably don’t know this, since I’ve not mentioned it on here before, but I used to collect and play Warhammer 40,000 when I was younger. I started off using a Sisters of Battle army but eventually switched over to the Tau. So, when they released a First Person Shooter game based entirely on the Tau, I couldn’t say no. I bought it as soon as I could afford it.
It isn’t the best FPS game ever made by any stretch of the imagination, but there is just something so awesome about trying to gun down Space Marines as they tower over you. This is another game that is full of nostalgia for me.
Canis Canem Edit (AKA Bully) – PS2
So I saved the best one for last, in my opinion. I, literally, picked this up yesterday for £3! It is a complete in box copy of Bully, under the Canis Canem Edit title. The registration card and map poster are both in it and the disc has no scratches on it whatsoever. Bully is such a great game and a perfect example of Rockstar’s creativity.
I’ll be completely honest with you all, though… I played a copied version of the game when I was younger because I couldn’t get my hands on it. The PS2 I had at the time is long gone, so the one I have now is completely original and unmodded. So I am really happy to get Bully now, especially as it is complete in box.
And That’s All Folks
Those were my pick ups for June 2018. Some of them were entirely due to nostalgia, but I did manage to get my hands on some pretty cool games. On top of that, I’m so happy and thankful to Jamie for the Sega Game Gear as well.
What have you managed to find this month? Let me know in the comments below!