Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Handheld Legacy & Life

Haven't been Gunplaying lately, well except preparing the HG Seravee's clear parts yesterday, since I'm still in a gaming mood as well as doing my other hobbies. I have way too many hobbies compared to a normal human being I think (drawing, cooking, gaming, building stuff, taking photos of this and that, taking videos, etc). ^^;

Recently, Kingdom Hearts Re:coded came out for the NDS. Its the Japanese version of course and I've played it for about 2 hours plus and currently in Wonderland so far. Don't really like this place ever since the original release of the first game though so I'm doing it rather slowly.
The game is pretty interesting and quite fun. It actually brings some other game elements which I say makes the game quite diverse and surprising. Puzzles seem to be a high in this game as well as jumping fun. You'll solve many puzzles, which are fortunately not all that complex, find holes in the "data world" and have a grid-like leveling system which looks like a cross between FFX and KH358/2 Days leveling systems.
Venturing in the world of data where some enemies can appear suddenly can be very surprising as far as Kingdom Hearts goes. I'm quite enjoying this game even though I've played a number of KH titles already. Refreshing battle system but the worlds being visited feel a like a nostalgia trip which I already knew before playing. Nonetheless, KH on the go can take up some of my free time when I'm free at school. :)

Other than that, I'm playing DiRT 2 on the NDS as well. Pretty nice and somewhat easier than the PC counterpart. Those who were in the flash chatroom might remember the time when Tsuki and I were showing off some screens for the game on the PC.
Decent graphics and physics as far as handheld racing goes which is overall very good and can really use up a lot of your time once you get into the game and race here and there. Seriously, the Evo X is like the best car here and I love its red liveries. XD There isn't a story for this one, not like the original PC version had an actual story in the first place. It is basically race, kick some arse, get cash, buy your Evo X and enjoy the game.

After all that gaming, I sat down and thought back on my gaming life. It all started thanks to my cousin who showed me Super Mario Bros. on the NES. I played it later on when I got the really easy to get over here bootleg NES. I think it is still working, the console, though I'm lazy to take it out since I can just play it on an emulator and use a decent controller now. XP

Ah, my GBC and GBA, how long since I've actually played any games on them? Not when almost all the cartridges are unable to save anymore and some are unable to boot some more. Sad, so many saves gone and so many unfinished. I've played mostly RPGs at the time so it's kinda sad. Atleast my Pokemon Blue can still load the save properly with that MissingNo I've caught a while back. XP
The one I played with most between the GBA and GBC is probably the GBA since it can run the previous GB* games as well which made bringing around the GBC quite redundant. Now with the NDS, my GBA isn't needed anymore except for non-GBA GB* games since they don't work on the NDS. Ironically, all the handheld systems you see above were bought with Pokemon games in mind. Funny how a single franchise can make you buy three generations of consoles. Then, when I think about it, will I buy the 3DS? I'm sure I will but not anytime soon.
*Color choices for the GBC and GBA weren't in my favor... The GBC was a surprise gift and I wanted purple for the GBA but the shop ran out of that color at that time. D:

Those who are in my FB contact might have seen this already. A work in very slow progress, an entertainment center I would like to call it. Not all you see above are mine so some are shared to be used by the household but technically I have reign over it since my parents don't really use them. The desktop, however, is quite "mine".
One of my time and quite cash consuming hobbies, computer hardware.
If you're curious as to what is inside it, don't expect anything great as it was built to be a budget system which will be a budget gaming system soon enough once the HD6750/70 comes about. Depending on performance and prices, I might even get a HD5750/70 instead with what has been made known about the latest soon to be released offering from AMD. Honestly, I didn't expect them to rebadge the cards. Frankly, I'm disappointed with AMd with this move although it might end up profitable for them. Ah well, I hope the HD5000 series drops in price (greatly) if the HD6000 series is as seen so far. ^^;
So far, it took 2 years to reach this stage. Wished my mother didn't buy this LCD TV so soon at the time but I'm happy with what's already available in house although my suggestion for her to buy it a little later would result in something with a full HD capability instead... maybe.

A PS2 and Xbox 360? A last gen console and a next gen console on one table. So need to get some component cables for the PS2 and a HDMI cable for the Xbox 360 since it doesn't look so sharp right now with the basic video input cables. ^^;
PS2 was a present from my mother, a really big surprise when I thought I would never get something like a PS2 until even when the PS3 is released at the time. Very thankful that she did though. :)
Xbox 360, as stated in previous posts, took some time to save up before actually buying it. Will I be able to reach my goal of getting every current gen consoles? No, I'm not rich BTW, it took quite a lot of planned spending and budgeting as well as time to get the stuff I want. :P

Okay, if you read all that, thanks for reading but if you skip to the end, oh well. TL;DR. XP

That's all for now. Until the next posting.
As for a topic of discussion, what's your take on your gaming and/or computer life? (if you also harbor any interest in these more expensive hobbies, as they say)


Syful said...

GB color? hehehe, my mum still plays tetris or Dr. Mario on GB, i'm playing front mission on my NDS.. still loving that tactical game heheh

Marzz said...

Hey! This post reminds me of my speech topic during my last sem. I was talking about the evolution of handheld consoles... I scored an A on that speech. ^^
RE:Coded!!!!! If only I had a DS.... 3DS!!!!! But 3DS is expensive.... 25000 Yen...

Chris said...

Gameboy! Mine is of different colours:

GB Pocket (no colour): Green
GBA: Dark Blue
NDS: Black!

chubbybots said...

Whoa 3 gens of handheld consoles nice! I don't own consoles and I mainly play RTS type games on my PC. My previous console the Wii I have given it to my cousins instead :P

Alexkinamoto said...

I See lot's of Pikachu on your curtain XD

CD said...

@Sy: Wah, your mum plays and still keeps her GB. Front Mission, eh? Might take a look at that once I'm done with Re:coded.

@Marzz: A speech about handheld consoles and you got an A you say?! Must be one great speech then. Wished I could have heard it. XP
Yeah, the 3DS is expensive. I want to get it but the current price is quite a problem. I can get it, in the future, but does the current price justify that it is worth it?

@Chris: Retro, you have the GB Pocket! I only touched it once when a shop owner let me test a GBC game before buying although it was B&W. XD
Gonna get the 3DS or at least plan to?

@chubbs: I see, you're an RTS guy, didn't know that. No wonder you were so hooked on SCII!
Wah, you gave your Wii to your cousins, I envy them since I want it also. XP

@Alex: Actually, they are stripped cats. XD

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