another gritty reboot nobody asked for. like streetwise, this is a very stupid game but also much more problematic because it’s about drugs and shitty cops. it’s an open world game where you run around (no vehicles) city areas doing missions, but i spent a lot of time just finding people to bust to steal their drugs, and then sell the drugs back to people. also you can use the drugs yourself and they give you superpowers. if you get caught selling drugs (or sell to an undercover cop) or arrest people with no drugs or beat on random people, you lose police cred and can get busted down to a civilian eventually, but you can still bust people and get your rank back up by depositing drugs at the cop shop. one of the missions has you launching grenades all over civilian filled areas. i actually liked the systems at first, but it’s all so unreactive. like when you’re wearing actual cop clothes, people will still deal drugs right in front of you as if you’re not there. not enough going on and gets boring pretty quick. also it’s very problematic. this game was banned in australia.
SONIC MEGA COLLECTION PLUS
why wasn’t this game slammed for it’s emulation when it came out? the sound is AWFUL and frankly makes it unplayable for me. play-wise it feels off a little, too. on the plus side, it has the lock on games which for some reason later collections don’t bother with. they also have a bunch of 8 bit games, but why the GG versions and not the MS ones?? sure the gg had more colours, but these versions are so zoomed in compared to the ms versions so they are much worse to actually play. more like sonic mega collection SUX.
MOTORCROSS MANIACS 3
possible the most mid-2000s game i’ve played so far with a terrible soundtrack, casual sexism, pop punk 'tude, and over-the-top physics. the combat is clunky, there is an annoying haze over everything, and the track design is mixed with some cool ones, and some annoying ones, but it controls pretty solidly which made this pretty fun to play. it’s nothing amazing and i don’t see myself coming back to it again anytime soon, but it’s not bad.
i have wanted to play this for like 15 years, and i finally did and i like it! it’s a weird arcade game about exploding fireworks. i would have done the main mechanic differently (feels a little dry) but overall i enjoy it EXCEPT… christ, this is so hard right off the bat. needed a better difficulty curve because they dont give you a chance to actually learn how to get decent at the game, and it is very overwhelming at first. i stuck with it and really got into it, but i can see why many people bounced off it back in the day
SOME OTHER SONIC COLLECTION
this is way better because it has sonic the fighters and sonic r and sonic cd (which uses cd audio so the sound isn’t all screwed up) plus the cool GG exclusives like the tails metroidvania. purists would be iffed by some things, but for me this is a pretty solid collection with a bunch of oddities. the other one had better extra content though, too bad the rest of it SUCKED. oh also it has streets of rage and vectorman but who cares because shitty genesis emulation
WRECKLESS THE YAKUZA MISSIONS
i remember playing the xbox demo of this in stores all the time and being blown away by the graphics and it was a lot of fun and always wanted to play the full game. well this ps2 version is much less visually impressive, but it’s still a lot of fun! basically it’s crazy taxi but instead of driving people around, you do a bunch of different missions as cops or spys with a tight time limit. feels very arcade-y. like fantavision, though, the difficulty is pretty rough. i havent felt frustrated yet, but i am predicting it’s going to start being a pain in the ass soon. the game is rng heavy which doesnt help, as all the traffic is random, and having a big truck in the wrong place can just wreck your chances. STILL, i’m having a blast with it for now and have only needed to retry a mission like… five times at the most so far. also i like how goofy the story is, really nice after all the gritty bullshit ive been playing
im tired and need to SLEEP