My Top 10 PlayStation Games

I’m not going to lie. PlayStation is my least favorite console of all time. Probably because when I was a kid, all the games I had were terrible. We somehow lost all of those games when my family moved, so I guess it wasn’t a total loss. Since then, I have grown my collection with new games, and I’m still not overly impressed. I now have 30 games for the console, and have played 21 of them so far. So of those, here are my top 10.

#10

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Fear Effect 2: Retro Helix

Kronos Digital Entertainment/ Eidos Interactive

2001

 

 

I tried to play through this game at least 5 times, but always got sidetracked and never finished it. It’s hard as hell, both in combat and puzzle solving. Each time I played I got a bit further before stopping again…darn those commitment issues. I gave up last time because I somehow saved when I walked into a room while getting shot at so every time I load, I die immediately.

Annoying, but still a fun game, and you play as a few sexy protagonists, so that’s always a plus.

#9

ChronocrossboxChrono Cross

SquareSoft/ Square EA

2000

 

 

This a pretty good game with a unique combat system that I didn’t really understand, but the story was good and the characters were fun and different. A pretty solid JRPG in any case. The light nods to Chrono Trigger are cool too.

#8

ff7Final Fantasy VII

SquareSoft/ SCEA

1997

 

 

This has a great story, awesome characters and decent enough gameplay. I never beat it though. Commitment issues…

#7

mega-man-8-anniversary-edition-playstation-front-coverMega Man 8

Capcom

1997

 

 

This is actually probably the worst Mega Man game, but it is still quite a lot of fun. I just wish they did away with the annoying high pitched voice of our hero.

 

#6

ff9boxFinal Fantasy IX

SquareSoft/ Square EA

2000

 

 

This is probably my favorite Final Fantasy of all time. It has a great story, interesting characters and the overall game isn’t overly complicated at all.

#5

x5boxMega Man X5

Capcom

2001

 

 

It’s Mega Man X. They are great games. Though this one doesn’t really compare to other games in the series, it’s still highly enjoyable.

#4

x6boxMega Man X6

Capcom

2001

 

While this is a huge improvement over 5, it is still lacking compared to other titles in the series, but again, it’s still a MMX game, and they are hard to screw up.

#3

rayman-2-the-great-escape-playstation-front-coverRayman 2: The Great Escape

Ubisoft

2000

 

 

I don’t even know why this game is so good…it just is. Fun and varied gameplay, great level design and powerups make this a pretty great adventure.

#2

Castlevania_SOTN_PALCastlevania: Symphony of the Night

Konami

1997

 

 

This game blew away any expectations I had, easily destroying all previous games in the series up to that point. It felt like playing a Metroid game more than anything, and when you can say that, you know you are in good shape.

#1

mmx4Mega Man X4

Capcom

1997

 

 

Yep, my favorite PlayStation game also happens to be my favorite Mega Man X game of all time! This game still had the simplicity of the original 3, but improved upon them greatly. The armor expansions probably give you the coolest abilities up to this point and the gameplay is so refined by now. The series constantly tried to top this and that’s when things turned into over-complicated messes.

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Movies That Are Better Than The Books… Are There Any Out There?

I love reading, and I suppose I enjoy watching movies as well. Half the movies out there are visual renditions of books, if not even more. The trouble with these movies are, they generally don’t live up to the books remotely, due to all sorts of constraints, and many of them seem like rushed summaries of the source material.

But are there any movies out there that actually surpass their original writings?

I really don’t know…so from now on, I will be keeping a running list of any I happen to find.

Trouble is, I haven’t read the book to most of the movies I’ve seen, and the books I’ve read, I haven’t seen the movies, and kind of don’t want to, because they are probably terrible.

If you can think of any, please let me know!

I’m drawing a blank but here is what I’ve thought of so far.

Catch Me If You Can

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The book is sort of an auto-biography of Frank Abagnale Jr. as he tells of his time as a master check fraud con man. It’s a good book for sure and gives more insight into what was actually going on in his life than the movie.

The movie is much better however. But to be fair, it changes a lot and makes it more dramatic and eventful. The fact that two of the best actors ever, Tom Hanks and Leonardo DeCaprio, star in it helps it a whole lot too. The changes they make only improve it and make it one heck of a wild ride.

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

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These films are truly a marvel. The books are practically nothing but long, relentless descriptions of nature and an awkward closeness between Frodo and Sam. Each book gets better than the last, but they all are pretty rough reads.

The movies however…my god. Peter Jackson essentially took the characters and main plot goal and then did his own thing. He cuts about 90% of the books and replaces it with amazing action, suspense and drama and everything awesome.

What he was able to do with such poor source material is truly amazing. Not only are these movies infinitely better than the less than enjoyable books, but he managed to make them into three of the best movies ever made.

 

And… that’s all I’ve got. Wow…hopefully we’ll see some more added here.

Again let me know if you know of any movies that you like better than the books!

 

 

Insurance Is One of the Biggest Scams Out There

Seriously, I can’t take it anymore. We spend thousands and thousands of our hard earned money on insurance…which is essentially just throwing it in the trash. And most of the insurance we never even use each year!

It would be more effective to just put the money we spend on insurance in a separate bank account and when we actually need it, we would probably have plenty of money to pull from, except unless you need hardcore surgery, which would rarely happen I think, so we have nothing to worry about.

Insurance companies take advantage of everyone’s fear of the unknown. They make us think “I never know when I might need it” and these blasted companies profit hugely on us. I mean think about it. They get all this money and don’t spend a dime on us usually. How much does it cost to put us on a list once a year of our specified coverage. Not thousands of dollars I think.

And what’s even more ridiculous, if there is a good chance you are going to actually need some type of insurance, they won’t give it to you, or slay you with premiums!

If you live in a flood zone, do you think you can get flood insurance on your house? Nope! That would mean the insurance company would actually have to pay out from the millions of dollars they are profiting each year.

If you have a health condition or use tobacco products, it’s going to cost you a lot more to get health insurance because again, you are likely going to need it. And the only reason you get insurance at all is probably because of some law.

And even if you are in good health, and actually go to the doctors a few time, guess what? Chances are your plan has a deductible that you will never, ever use up. Meaning, before you use up that deductible you pay out of your own pocket, those insurance companies don’t have to pay a thing. It’s ridiculous what we have allowed.

Dental and vision are ridiculous too. They are much cheaper, but still, you only go there once or twice a year, so is it really worth the money? Of course not!

And car insurance, what a crock of crap! If you slip up just once, whether it be an accident or a ticket with points, your insurance will go drastically up for years. Even if you’ve been paying into them for 15 years without ever an issue, in other words, you’ve given them like $20,000, and get one speeding ticket, you are demanded to give them even more money for the next five years because you’ve shown yourself as a bad bet. Once a company has to spend money on you, they make sure to get it back threefold.

And what’s even more ridiculous is the fact that men under the age of 25 have a higher premium because “studies show them to be the most aggressive drivers.” What horse dookie! In the world we live in today, where everything is somehow sexist, racist, stereotypically offensive “we want equal rights blah blah blah,” how in the world do they get away with this? And if you are a male under 25, then you probably don’t realize just how much you are paying extra. It’s a lot. My insurance went way down when I turned 25. I can’t remember the exact figure, but it was enough to get me even more angry over the bull crap situation.

We need a change God dang it! Because these companies are screwing us…and I mean hard! Look at your paycheck. How much of it at the end of the year goes to your benefits? How much have you actually used those benefits? And that doesn’t even show you the vast amount of other insurances you are paying for. It’s got to stop. This greedy world is sucking us dry, leaving us with nothing but stress and shattered hopes while we struggle through life with barely a dollar to spend. There would probably be an insurance policy for that, but since you would absolutely need money, you wouldn’t be able to get coverage.

But then again, I guess that’s welfare. And the hardworking citizens pay for that. Great place, this world…

Resident Evil Series Ranked

With all the buzz going around for the awesome looking Resident Evil 2 remake, I thought it’d be appropriate to rank all the games in the series thus far (the ones I have played anyway). I was going to do this when RE7 came out, but never got around to it.

I’m pretty excited for this game, so it will definitely be fun to take a look back at the long, varied legacy of Resident Evil… so here we go!

 

#15

Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D

3DS, 2011

Times Beaten- N/A

This is a pretty fun game, with lots of cool characters and several costumes for each. It gets boring after a while though.

#14

Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles

Wii, 2007

Times Beaten- 1

This was an interesting game, making fun use of the Wii motion controls. In the sprit of House of the Dead, you replay through the games in an arcade on rails shooter, and even experience some new story elements that they skip over in the main games. It’s not all that great however and is a bit on the annoyingly difficult side at times.

#13

Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City

PlayStation 3, 2012

Times Beaten- 1

This spin off is more like Left 4 Dead. You choose a class and go on a killing rampage. It is intended for online play, but I just played the single player campaign. It’s decent.

#12

Resident Evil Revelations

3DS, 2012

Times Beaten- 1

I wasn’t crazy about this game. It combined the more modern feel of 4 and 5 with the old school way to play and was okay, but left me preferring the full old or modern gameplay. You fought pretty much the same enemy the whole game, and the title confused me. There were no revelations at all, everything just made you have more questions which I assume get answered in the second one. Decent game, but forgettable.

#11

Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles

Wii, 2009

Times Beaten- 1

A much better sequel to Umbrella Chronicles. This just refined everything and the result is that it’s a whole lot more fun. There is more new story elements added as well.

#10

Resident Evil 3: Nemesis

GameCube, 2003

Times Beaten- 2

A port of the original PS game, this follows Jill during concurrent events with RE2. I didn’t love this game at first, but the second time I played though it, I loved it. Guess it’s an acquired taste or something?

#9

Resident Evil

PC, 1997

Times Beaten- 0

For the time, this game was outstanding…still is I suppose. I loved it. I played the heck out of it. Trouble is, the save feature didn’t work for whatever reason on my computer so I really kept playing the same parts over and over in maybe an hour, getting a little further in that hour each time. Was awesome, but it got to annoying to even try to complete in one sitting.

#8

Resident Evil 2

Nintendo 64, 1999/ GameCube, 2003

Times Beaten- 2 on N64, 2 or 3 on GC

This took everything amazing about the first game and just improved on it. Nuff said.

#7

Resident Evil: Code Veronica X

GameCube, 2003

Times Beaten- 2

This game is just kooky and awesome. The characters and story are set apart from the main series, but it is highly interesting.

#6

Resident Evil 4

GameCube, 2005

Times Beaten- Around 4

I was nervous when they announced this game and said they were changing up the formula I had grown to love so much. But that worry immediately dissolved upon playing it. This was a breath of fresh air for the series. It’s intense action and fast pace coupled with a new and interesting storyline made this something truly great.

#5

Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition

Wii, 2007

Times Beaten- 1

This took an already amazing game and updated it to make it even better.

#4

Resident Evil 5

PlayStation 3, 2009

Times Beaten- 3

This took the gameplay of 4 and made it better. The added real time inventory management is a great addition and the story is one of the best in the whole series. Just don’t give any ammo to your partner.

#3

Resident Evil

GameCube, 2002

Times Beaten- At least 4

This is the game that truly made me fall in love with the series. It’s one of the best remakes ever and with all the updates to it, one can finally experience the game that started it all the way it was meant to be.

#2

Resident Evil 0

GameCube, 2002

Times Beaten- 3ish

This is Resident Evil at it’s finest. Tense gameplay, unique/bizarre story, awesome areas to explore, and the dual character addition I just really enjoyed. Not to mention Billy is one of my favorite characters in the whole series.

And my favorite game in the whole series…..

#1

Resident Evil 6

PlayStation 3, 2012

Times Beaten- 1

I enjoyed almost every second of this game. A bigger story told through a variety of characters was a great idea. As for gameplay, they did a great job combining the feel of the old and modern games, plus adding a fresh feel to it on top of it in a way far more successfully than Revelations did. This is one of the very, very few games I was sad when I beat it.

 

 

Well that’s that. I can’t wait to see where the new one winds up!

 

 

Do You Find Yourself Losing Patience With Video Games The Older You Get?

I’m just curious if people are experiencing this as well. I’m nearly 30 years old now and noticed that the past few years I have had no patience for games…like at all. Granted, I’m a very impatient person to begin with, but I just can’t be bothered with a lot of them now.

I still beat every game I buy, (unless it is absolutely terrible/unplayable) but it seems like I rarely find one that I actually enjoy.

I just played a couple Fatal Frame games and Silent Hill for the first time, and really did not like them. If I was younger, I would have loved them. I just found them so boring. But it confirmed something I have been thinking lately…

I am a huge Resident Evil fan, but lately I’ve been wondering if I would like them now if I just played them for the first time like Silent Hill. Probably not, and this is because any game that involves you walking around looking for hidden items to place into spots to unlock other secrets just annoys me anymore. I didn’t mind walking all over the mansion in the original Resident Evil trying to find obscure keys and then trying to remember what door they belonged to when I did finally find them.

But now, forget it, I walk around for maybe five minutes, throw my hands up and say “screw it, I’ve had enough,” and immediately use a walkthrough to beat the game. This is what I did for the Fatal Frame games and Silent Hill. I just can’t be bothered to sit there and waste time trying to figure stuff out.

Other games that drive me crazy are the hard games that force you to use trial and error to beat it. I used to like this when I was younger and it always felt satisfying to me when I did beat them, but now it drives me crazy. And this is because somewhere down the line, I developed an extreme hate for repeating myself, this includes words I say, actions I do, and games I play. Once I do something, I want to be done with it. I can’t stand when I die, and get sent 10-15 minutes back and have to work my way all the way to the part I died, just to get three seconds further and die again, learning the game as I go, until I struggle through to the next checkpoint, only to repeat the process all over again. I HATE IT!!!

I credit all this impatience to the fact that I have severely less free time now than I did as a child and the ever growing backlog of games I have (which is nearing 500 now). I don’t want to waste my time playing the same parts over and over, or waste my time looking around like a lost child for something I don’t even really know I’m supposed to be looking for.

I just want to get through the games and enjoy them while doing so. This rarely seems to happen for me nowadays. Though I guess if the game is truly good, then I don’t mind doing all of the stuff I have no patience for (sort of), so maybe the problem is I just don’t like the games I’m playing? But again, I don’t even really like video games anymore. And yet I still buy them and play them all the time. It’s like a cursed drug!!

Does anybody else find themselves in similar situations as they get older?