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Classic Video Games / The mClassic -- Pulled the Trigger
« on: January 21, 2023, 06:14:18 pm »
Last year, I decided to finally get myself an HDMI adapter for my PS2 Slim so that I could play my PS1 and PS2 games again after buying a TV that no longer had anything but HDMI inputs (my bad, I know). Even when I could still use component though, the picture looked horrible with text being unreadable. I ended up getting the Hyperkin HDMI adapter for the PS2 and it made it so I could at least see the games and play them... but the picture quality wasn't there. The text was still grainy and the picture was even a bit stretched (forgivable but annoying). At least I could play them.

Fast forward to today, I'm still wanting to play my PS1 and 2 games but I want a crisp clear picture. I did a ton of research and was hoping there was a version of the PS1Digital for PS2... but there isn't. Next best thing... the mClassic... without the need to physically mod the hardware.

The Hyperkin adapter never stated it upscaled so I can't really be mad at them, but it does pass through the 480i signal just fine. The mClassic is supposed to take that 480i signal and upscale it to 1080p. Here's hoping that works.

I'm not going to be able to supply good enough comparison photos but will be able to go over what works and what doesn't. I should get it on Tuesday..

As an added bonus, the mClassic will supposedly upscale my Switch from 1080p to 4K. I'll let you guys know if it actually does that as well. It would be nice given the new Zelda coming out.

Stay tuned.

General / Forgotten Game -- Need Help
« on: January 14, 2023, 05:43:17 pm »
Ok guys... need your help. Trying to figure out which game I played based on a memory as that's all I have.

I played it back in the mid to late 80's on either an Atari system or some other joystick capable system.

The game has you find your way out of a forest maze and most the screen is blacked out with the exception of a circular area in the center.

One creature you can come across is a bear and it will kill you if you get close enough. At least, I remember it being a bear.

Any ideas?  :-\

General / Mortal Kombat Appreciation Thread
« on: January 02, 2023, 09:27:14 am »
I picked up MK11 Ultimate and started changing all the character costumes to their classic looks that I like and it dawned on me that I've been playing this series for 30 years now.  :o Figured it would be fun to go through the years.

We all know that Mortal Kombat started as an arcade game and was later ported to basically everything. I will post a little blurb about each from personal experience and what I have owned and still own. Please post any MK games you've owned and what your favorites have been over the years as well. Heck, post your favorite character(s) too. Might end up being a fun conversation.

My first experience with the series was when a bud of mine rented the Sega Genesis version. There was all this hype in the news about how ultra violent the game was but after an hour or so of playing rounds with my friend, we were underwhelmed. Punches and kicks didn't seem like anything new but we also didn't understand the Finish Him screen. As with many things back then, we were hoping that it was button combo oriented and we were right. Eventually, I managed to get Sub-Zero's fatality to work and our jaws dropped as he ripped Scorpion's head off with the spine still attached. Shortly after, large grins appeared on our faces and we were set on finding the fatalities for each character.

Mortal Kombat was immediately on my Christmas list but as I didn't have a Genesis and only a Game Gear at the time, that's what I had asked for it on. I almost had it too. My mom had apparently bought the Game Gear version for me but heard the politics on the news about the violence and returned it in favor of Ecco the Dolphin. Still a great game but I'd have preferred MK. I eventually went on to own the Sega CD version once I was an adult, which was the worst due to the last boss transformations having to load from the disc which would literally pause the game for a moment.

Mortal Kombat
Owned Versions -- Sega CD, Game Gear (Komplete), PS2, PSP
Still Own -- Game Gear (Komplete), PS2

With the second game, a different friend of mine managed to get it on Genesis and it... was... glorious. Everything that made the first game incredible but amplified to near perfection. Each character now had multiple fatalities and friendships and even the ridiculous babalities that would turn your opponent into a crying baby. It was hilarious. They added quite a few characters as well that would become fan favorites like Kitana and Mileena. Even the once hidden Reptile became a main character and a favorite of mine.

I recall getting a GamePro magazine specifically because it had all of the finisher moves listed in it. My friend and I would test each move to get the gory details. It was fantastic. I have owned many versions of MKII but it was the 32X version that I felt was the best home console port due to being most like the arcade version. I even had it on Game Gear (pictured below) which didn't look too bad at all.

Mortal Kombat II
Owned Versions -- Game Gear, Genesis, 32X, PSP, PS3
Still Own -- Game Gear, Genesis

Now, my experience with the next couple MK games were limited as I didn't find them enjoyable. I wasn't one for juggling combos as was prevalent in the third and the first attempt at 3D in MK IV was a bit wonky.

Mortal Kombat 3
Owned Versions -- PSP
Still Own -- N/A

Mortal Kombat IV
Owned Versions -- PS1
Still Own -- N/A

It wasn't until Deadly Alliance on PS2 that I got back into the series and even then it was still more casual. Still they added in a favorite character of mine, Frost. Very happy to see her return in MK11. Still, I was poor during the PS2 days being in the midst of college so when I picked this one up, I had little time to get good at it. I believe this is where they started the Krypt with unlockable items but it may have been the next game. Sadly they started to take Reptile literally and changed him from a ninja to a literal reptilian lizard man. *sigh

Mortal Kombat Deadly Alliance
Owned Versions -- PS2
Still Own -- N/A

The next installment, Deception, is where the series really shined for me in the 3D realm. Not only was it a solid fighting game, but they had added more characters. It was like MK2 back on Genesis, but for PS2. It had an enhanced storyline where you traveled the realms in a story mode that was fun. They even had a silly side game with MK Chess that was fun to play and a ton of unlockables i the Krypt. Deception gave MK2 a run for its money as my favorite in the series. Just a fantastic game all around.

More characters were added, with one becoming a favorite, Kira. I would eventually get her confused with Skarlett as they look similar depending on the outfit worn. Apparently in MK11 you can even make Skarlett look like Kira so that's a win. My only complaint with Deception is that Sub-Zero looked like Shredder from Ninja Turtles. What's up with that?

Mortal Kombat Deception
Owned Versions -- PS2 Collector's Edition
Still Own -- PS2 Collector's Edition

While I bought MK Armageddon on PS2, I never really got into it. The game didn't feel as fun but the roster was insane. I think it had every character imaginable with the exception of just a couple. Can't remember who they were. They also added in a Mario Kart type game that was stupid fun. Sadly, this one felt a bit stale to me.

Mortal Kombat Armageddon
Owned Versions -- PS2
Still Own -- N/A

That's when they decided to reboot with Mortal Kombat on PS3 and 360. They emphasized story more and went back to the stories of the original two games fleshing them out in an alternate timeline fashion. The best addition here were the x-ray moves that literally showed you bones shattering with specific hits. It was fantastic and a great new beginning for the series.

Mortal Kombat
Owned Versions -- PS3
Still Own -- N/A

I had taken a break from fighting games for a long time but ended up getting MK X on PS4. It was fun and had a lot of the same great moves as the previous game, but still felt a bit flat. I didn't like any of the newly added characters but still shelled out $5 for both Alien and Predator. I thought they were fun and good additions for nostalgia. I learned my lesson here though to just wait for a Komplete version of a Mortal Kombat game as they charged so much for DLC characters anymore.

Mortal Kombat X
Owned Versions -- PS4
Still Own -- PS4

I'm glad I did hold off on buying MK11 with everything they've thrown into MK11 Ultimate. I believe I read somewhere that the cost for buying the game and all DLCs when they first became available was something around $140 without buying any extra koins. I got MK11 Ultimate on PS5 for $30 with all of it so pretty happy. I'm hoping to have another great revival to the series as I've heard really good things about this one. Time will tell though. And with MK12 apparently just around the corner, this will give me time to wait for a similar amount of time for a Komplete version of that should one become available.

Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate
Owned Versions -- PS5
Still Own -- PS5

So what are some of your favorite characters from the series? What were your favorite games listed above? Did you like the spin off games like Shaolin Monks (I enjoyed this one personally), or are you just not that into Mortal Kombat? Please add to the discussion.

General / Witcher 3 New Gen Release and General Chat Thread
« on: December 17, 2022, 10:43:28 am »

Witcher 3's new gen version released this last week. I would imagine many on here already have a version of the game as came out in what... 2015? That said, the 3rd was my first ever into the series as I play primarily on Playstation and I thought it was one of the best releases of last gen. When it was announced they were giving it a graphical face-lift I was excited.

For those new to Witcher 3, it's on every platform, including Switch. It only made sense to eventually come to the new gen. The upgrade is free to those who already own the game. Save file transfers were a bit convoluted for PS4 to PS5 but not difficult.

They have decent compression for the PS5's SSD. Base game is about 40GB. With both expansions, it came to about 50GB. I think it was a bit more than 70GB for the PS4 version with both expansions so spaced saved I guess.

I spent a bit of time making new box art for it as the PS4 disc is still required to play the PS5 version... which I'm fine with. I linked the pics below.

Are you planning to upgrade to the new version or replay in general? What are your thoughts on the game?

General / Most Rare -- VGC Edition
« on: November 04, 2022, 04:35:25 pm »
For whatever reason, I was clicking around and noticed that a few games in my collection had very few people here on VG Collect that also had it in their collection. That brought me to wonder what everyone else had that are active here on the forums. So...

Question: What are your top 10 least owned games that you have from the VG Collect community?

Here's mine:   Game Name - Platform - Number of People that have it in their collection on this site.
A Plague Tale: Requiem – PS5 – 3
Deliver Us the Moon – PS5 – 4
TMNT Shredder’s Revenge LRG – PS4 – 7
TMNT Cowabunga Collection – PS4 – 9
Horizon Forbidden West – PS5 – 16
Hunt: Showdown – PS4 – 11
The Lost World: JP – Game Gear – 25
Star Fighter – PS1 – 25
Double Dragon – Game Gear – 26
Stargate – Game Gear – 29

As expected, the least are physical PS5 games. The system is newer, still hard to buy and digital has taken over as majority version bought these days. Then my Game Gear collection took up most of the rest of the top 10.

How did your collection fare?

Oh, and no... I don't expect you to go through hundreds or thousands of games and check. Just guestimate. You probably have a good idea already.

Modern Video Games / Playstation State of Play Sept. 13th, 2022.
« on: September 12, 2022, 07:41:40 pm »
Figured I would post the news that a 20-ish minute State of Play will be held tomorrow at 6pm ET.

The full story:

With Tokyo Game Show just around the corner, it’s almost time to celebrate the amazing creative contributions of the Japanese game development community. And it’s also a perfect time to kick off another State of Play.

State of Play returns tomorrow, Tuesday, September 13, with a new live broadcast at 3:00pm Pacific Time / 6:00pm Eastern Time / 11:00pm BST. You can watch it live on Twitch and YouTube.

For tomorrow’s show, we’ll have some great updates from our amazing Japanese partners, along with a few other surprises from developers all around the world. 

Expect about ~20 minutes of reveals, new updates and fresh gameplay footage for 10 games coming to PS5, PS4, and PS VR2.


Personally, I'm keeping my expectations low. The last three years of lackluster reveals have left me jaded to a fault. As per usual, I'll hope for a Dino Crisis reboot, Shenmue 4 or a continuation of Uncharted, but I high doubt that will happen.

Modern Video Games / Assassin's Creed Blowout
« on: September 11, 2022, 08:38:48 am »

Ubisoft had a belated E3 presentation they called UbiForward yesterday that was a celebration of 15 years of Assassin's Creed. They showed off not just the next Assassin's Creed game but a plethora of upcoming Assassin's Creed games. It was a bit nuts. I'm sure you can find the 90 minute presentation online somewhere if you want to watch but I figure I would break down all the new AC games that will be coming and I doubt I'm alone when I say I can sum it up in one word... Oversaturation.

Here's the breakdown:

AC Mirage (best in show IMO)
 - Play as Basim from AC Valhalla.
 - Takes place 10-15 years before AC Valhalla.
 - Takes place in Bagdad.
 - Sounds like it may play like the original AC games (a good thing)
 - Last Cross Gen AC (Playstation, Xbox, PC)
 - $50 -- Releases in 2023 sometime
 - Preorder snags you an extra DLC mission
 - I added the PS5 version of this to VG Collect's database for wish lists.

AC Codename Red (runner up)
 - Takes the series to Japan
 - PS5, XSeries, PC only (from what I understand)
 - Part of the AC Infinity platform (still unclear what Infinity is)
 -- Might have multiplayer via Infinity?  ???
 - Open world like Origins - Valhalla

AC Codename Hexe
 - Really unknown what this is. Maybe a cross of AC and Witcher?
 - Part of the AC Infinity platform
 -- Might have multiplayer via Infinity?
 - Assumed PS5, XSeries and PC

AC Codename Jade
 - Mobile game with focus on touch control (insert vomit emoji)
 - Takes place in ancient China.

AC Netflix Mobile Game
 - You read that right. Netflix... exclusive... mobile game.
 -- Insert vomit emoji
 - Nothing really known about this beyond vomit inducing info above.

AC Netflix live-action TV series announced. Nothing shown.

AC Valhalla Last DLC Revealed

I was honestly hoping for a remake of the first game, but there's a rumor that may happen via DLC to Mirage. Now... I've been a fan of the AC series from the first through Syndicate. From Origins on, it's been a bit of a slog where I've had to force myself to beat the games. I still haven't beat Valhalla's main story as I just can't get into it after having it since PS5's launch.

I'm interested in Mirage but won't buy it if it plays like the last couple. I'm interested in Codename Red's setting but will probably just stick with Ghost of Tsushima as it's confirmed to play like the last couple. Time will tell.

What are your thoughts?

General / Shadowbox Project Completed -- My Gaming Wall of Fame.
« on: June 12, 2022, 03:53:32 pm »
My Shadowbox Project is officially completed. I've shown it off occasionally, but thought it would be nice to have everything in one place.

Each of these boxes took anywhere from 25-60 hours to complete with each one getting a bit more complex. Each box represents a favorite game or series of mine for the specified generation.

NES - Ninja Turtles
Genesis - Jurassic Park
PS1 - Resident Evil
DC - Shenmue (I counted this as an in-between gen but know it's part of the PS2 gen)
PS2 - Tomb Raider
PS3 - Uncharted
PS4 - Mass Effect (for me) and Destiny (for my brother)

Every box has a complete copy of one of the games, a timeline of the series, a scene from at least one of the games, and a push button speaker that cycles through songs from the series.

I completed the Mass Effect box just yesterday and I have to say that it's one of my favorites with the layering. I even left a spot on the timeline for when the new Mass Effect releases sometime in the next decade. Like with the Tomb Raider box, I bent my rule a bit as I wasn't horribly impressed with many new IPs during the PS4 gen. At least, not with games that were new IPs and have multiple sequels. It takes forever to make games anymore.

Runner up for the PS2 gen was Prince of Persia but I felt that Tomb Raider deserved it more with my personal history. Runner up for the PS4 gen was either Ghost of Tsushima or Witcher 3 but there's only one game for Ghost and I never got to play the first two Witcher games.

Photos are below to enjoy, but before you scroll, I'm wondering if you had to pick a single game or series for each gen you've been a gamer, what would your wall of fame look like?

General / 3rd Party Amazon Oddity
« on: April 11, 2022, 09:59:31 am »
I had Deliver Us the Moon (PS4) that was supposed to arrive from a third party Amazon seller this week. Oddly, instead, I got a notification of a refund... after it was stated to have shipped almost two weeks ago. I had contacted Amazon and the only note they had was that it was out of stock from that seller. When I had ordered it though, it showed as having a handful in stock... and yes... had showed as shipped a couple days later.

After the PS5 announcement occurred shortly after my purchase, I was planning on returning it anyway in favor of the PS5 physical release... so no skin off my nose, but I thought this circumstance to be a bit odd.

Has this happened to anyone else?

Modern Video Games / What Would It Take? -- Disappointment in Modern Gaming
« on: February 26, 2022, 09:59:06 am »
As I'm sure with most here... I've been a gamer for decades. I've always enjoyed good single player games and co-op games. Then when narrative driven games cropped up more during the PS1 era... I was hooked. Now though... it's a different era. An era of Games as a Service (GaaS)... perpetually online with never ending micro-transactions.

Sure, there are some good story-driven games that are still releasing but they are more few and far between than they used to be and there's less excitement for a generation of gaming than I've ever had before. I've had my PS5 since launch and I really am not excited about anything exclusive on it... a first for a Playstation. I know what to expect from Horizon 2 and GoW2... they'll be continuations of good games and be good in their own right. I don't find them exciting though.

That brings me to "what is it going to take to get me excited"? There are three games announced that have my attention currently. Yes... three games for the foreseeable future that give me the slightest bit of excitement.
 - Ninja Turtles Shredder's Revenge
 - Instinction
 - Mass Effect 5

That's what the entire industry has to offer in modern gaming that gives me any excitement. That means that until more is announced that makes me raise an eyebrow... this new generation (over a year old now) of gaming is absolutely the worst regardless that we have the hardware to pull off amazing games.

So what would it take to get me excited again? What would it take for me to see this nosedive of the industry pull up back to levels I've seen in previous gens?

 - Warhawk reboot -- They need to bring back PS3's Warhawk in a big way. While it would undoubtedly be pushed as a GaaS given it's online only background, they should include a campaign that can be played solo or with a buddy. That would mean once the servers are shut down, you still have an adventure to play. Even better... you can disregard any micro transactions they would throw at this thing and just enjoy the campaign. Keep the WW2 aesthetic. Keep the option of motion controls while flying the Warhawks (only time you'll EVER see me say that about motion controls).

 - Ninja Turtles; Dark and Gritty -- Have a dark and gritty single player and co-op narrative driven Ninja Turtles game. Reduce the kid aspect significantly. Have gore and violence. Different perspectives on the story depending on which Turtle you play as.

 - Uncharted continuation -- There's so many avenues they could take on this and frankly, the globe trotting, treasure seeking games don't come around often.

 - Twisted Metal reboot -- This one is actually rumored at the moment. Could be interesting to see what they come up with but again, I see this one being perverted into a GaaS. We'll see what happens but if they keep to what the second and Black had to offer while expanding on those... this could be phenomenal.

The above would be a start. I honestly don't see most of those happening as the industry views GaaS as a way to squeeze every ounce of cash from gamers... and many gamers love it. I think that the best that gaming has to offer is behind us and that's actually pretty depressing.

We're finally getting a real taste of what the new Unreal Engine is capable of and you can preload it now on your PS5. Just go to your PSN app or on your console's store and do a search for "Matrix" to get started on the download.

The Matrix Awakens is apparently going to be available to interact(?) with this Friday after the Game Awards and it will demo exactly what the new engine is capable of. Of course, it's also a plug for the new movie coming out but regardless on if you enjoy the Matrix movies, the detail in this demo has me excited for the future of the PS5 and gaming in the coming years that use this engine.

Initially I was going to post a photo of just Neo's face from the trailer, but the image was such a high resolution and the only one I could find, that it was ... well... too large. So I've posted the link to the short teaser only. Still... amazing. Take a look.

Off Topic / Uncharted Movie Trailer
« on: October 21, 2021, 10:56:20 am »

Uncharted is my favorite game series. I was skeptical when it was announced they were doing a movie. I was even more skeptical when Holland was cast as Drake. Then even more when Wahlberg was cast as Sully. Then the heavy delays. It was one thing after the next compounding my skepticism that this movie would even be released. Well... now there's a trailer.


The trailer gives me a very small glimmer of hope. I expect it'll be the worst Uncharted released but will still be enjoyable as a B rated film. Time to reign in expectations on this one. It probably won't be the worst game to movie adaptation (looking at you MK Annihilation), but it won't be the best (oddly... Sonic of all things?). I expect a 2 hour action romp with Hollywood flare as they try their best to mimic the game's adventure and falling short... but it's also hard to emulate an 8-15 hour game into 2 hours.

I expect a good time. We'll see how it compares to something similar... the Indiana Jones, National Treasure and Tomb Raider movies. Time will tell how this does. Apparently it releases February 18th next year.

What are your thoughts?

General / Tomb Raider Ascension 2013 Project - Survival Horror
« on: October 21, 2021, 09:26:16 am »

As part of the 25th Anniversary of the series, some very early gameplay and concept art/music was released for fans to view.

Now... I recall seeing some of this art back around 2011 or so when it was still being developed. It raised an eyebrow of concern as the creatures in it looked like they were from the wrong genre as Tomb Raider. Now, for all I knew it was a boss of some sort. Tomb Raider has had supernatural monsters in the past that you had to go up against so it was nothing new. That's what I chalked it up as. Next I knew, the Tomb Raider game from 2013 that we got came out and there were no actual monsters pre-se... at least not those that were shown.

Fast forward and yesterday, some gameplay and more info was released on Youtube among other places. You can see the video below:

After watching the footage this morning and seeing how far into the survival horror genre that they were planning on taking the series, I can say with full certainty that had they gone this direction with the series, that I would have stopped buying the games.

There are too many survival horror games these days and frankly, it's a genre that I was falling out of around the time they were developing this version of the 2013 game. For most, Tomb Raider has been about the adventure and the mystery. Finding a T-Rex in the first two games was startling but not survival horror. Fighting a mutated spider guy at the end of the third game was a bit creepy but not survival horror. Even Angel of Darkness which had some darker elements was not survival horror. That's because Tomb Raider was never meant to be survival horror. It's an adventure.

I am very glad that they ended up going the direction they did with the series because I got to enjoy some great games these last 8 years... yeah... the reboot has been around that long. Feel old yet? I do.

Anyway, what are your thoughts on the Tomb Raider that might have been? Would you have preferred that over what we got? Are you a fan of survival horror in general?

General / Remasters and Ports - A Good Thing?
« on: October 02, 2021, 08:42:34 am »
** Preemptive Clarification ** - This topic is not about remakes like RE2 Remake or FF7 Remake.

Looking through my collection of PS4 games, it occurred to me that there was a significant number of ports and "remasters" from previous gens. Sure, the PS3/360 gen had it's share of "HD" ports. Then the PS4/X1 gen had a mass influx of remasters. Many on the various forums were complaining non-stop about it but we also got plenty of new content as well.

First off, I'm wondering what your thoughts are? Many on here are collectors and probably still have their older systems with their favorite games on those system. Hell, I still have some of my retro systems as well. That said, what are your thoughts on all the HD ports, remasters, and now Director's Cuts we're seeing releasing throughout the last decade or so? Is it a good thing?

For me, I sold off some of my older systems like my PS3, Gamecube and Dreamcast. There were quite a few games I absolutely loved on those systems and I regretted selling them at times. Then the ports and remasters started releasing on my PS4 and I was able to reclaim many of them.... maybe too many?

 - Burnout Paradise Remastered
 - Corpse Killer 25th Anniversary
 - Disney Afternoon Collection
 - Full Throttle Remastered
 - Heavy Rain / Beyond 2 Souls Collection
 - The Last of Us Remastered
 - Mass Effect Legendary Edition
 - NFS Hot Pursuit Remastered
 - Resident Evil 4, 5, 6, Origins Collection
 - Shenmue Collection
 - Tomb Raider Definitive Edition
 - Uncharted Collection

I guess I used ports and remasters as a way to consolidate my favorites into one collection. I still have some that I'd love to get in HD like the PS1 and PS2 era Tomb Raider games... though it seems Square has no intention of celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the series. I also still have PS2 versions of Dreamcast games on my wish list as I still have my PS2. Time will tell how many games continue to get ported... seems Uncharted 4 and Lost Legacy are next up for PS5 and PC... but at least there's a silver lining to them.

General / Months with Too Many Releases?
« on: August 24, 2021, 05:54:24 pm »
I was taking a look at next month and for the first time that I can remember, there is a game coming out every week of the month that I'm wanting. I've never seen that many games release in one month or even in a three month time span with that many games that I've wanted.

 - Week 1 - F.I.S.T.
 - Week 2 - Cruis'n Blast
 - Week 3 - Kena Bridge of Spirits
 - Week 4 - Hot Wheels Unleashed

That's a busy month, but then, every fall leading up to the holiday shopping rush has had many games dropped for the season. I can recall previous years where there were a couple games that I had to choose from and then let one go until it dropped in price. That kind of predicament has happened often actually. 

What was one of the busiest gaming months for releases for you? Was there a month where you felt there was simply too much coming out and you didn't have time for it?

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