Videogames

 

Recently I got this collection¬†https://amzn.to/3N2nJOI . A must have (especially) for those of us who originally watched the series in Japanese. At least for me who watched it each week back in 03/04. These would be aired in Japan each Sunday, if memory serves well, the raw was released on Monday and a two or three days later the fan subbed episode was released in all their 320×240 Real Player glory.

 

Video quality is as good as it gets, 480i SD (which looks good on a CRT TV, pictures don’t do it justice) with your choice of 2.0 or 5.1 Japanese audio with English subtitles. The idea of them releasing it in Blu-ray I guess is the convenience of only dealing with two discs. Personally I would have preferred the “inconvenience” of multiple DVDs, no biggie, just a matter of hooking up a really old Blu-ray player with composite output to my CRT TV.

A minor issue I found is related to the insert tracks (by OFF COURSE) on episodes 26 (Kotoba ni Dekinai) and 52 (Natsu no Hi and Midori no Hibi). Just today I watched episode 26, so instead of playing it from the disc I just played the original broadcast episode using my OG Xbox. When the time comes I’ll do the same, or for the sake of nostalgia will use my Win98 PC.

Other than that all is great, all 78 episodes are there plus a few extras on disc 2.

Regarding the Metarex saga, this would be the first time I watch it in Japanese in its entirety. As we know, it wasn’t originally aired in Japanese TV back in ’05. Back then, I watched it in French and I remember it being quite an exciting experience.

 

 

 

 

 

The game is too elaborated for its own good. It is a good “open world” game but for some (myself included) it just doesn’t fit Sonic. Graphics are very good but wouldn’t say great. Controls are fluid but at the same time things are over complicated, too many moves to learn. The music is excellent, a work of art if you want, unfortunately some tunes are more fitting of another franchise.

After playing for about an hour and 40 minutes I don’t feel I’m making much progress, after the initial cut scene I haven’t seen Amy and Tails for example and only one Eggman cutscene has been triggered.

The game does not feel fast. The amount of collecting, searching and unlocking, some times it feels like a chore. Unfortunately the reviews have been overwhelmingly positive (like the emperor’s new clothes), I’m afraid this open world mechanic could be the future of the series, if that is the case then I’m out.

30 years ago Sonic’s sidekick and best buddy Miles “Tails” Prower made his debut. The game was Sonic the Hedgehog 2 for the Sega Master in Europe and Brazil. He wasn’t playable on said game, his actual playable debut would come the following month on the Genesis. Anyways, thanks to Judy Totoya for coming up with such an awesome character, a character who has been inspiration for many. About 20+ years I made website (in spanish) in his honor here’s the link to the archived site.

Been a while since I posted anything. This one will be brief, more like an exercise. I’ll list ten PC Engine CD games, the first ten that come to mind.

  1. Akumajo Dracula X
  2. Cotton
  3. Gate of Thunder
  4. Sapphire
  5. Renny Blaster
  6. Shubibinman 3
  7. Panic Bomber
  8. Star Parodier
  9. Bonks Adventure 3
  10. Advanced VG

There you go, the first 10 that came to mind.

Good night.