Sunday, January 4, 2015

Looking forward in the gaming world

2015. New year, new tricks. I wonder what announced games are coming that I'm interested in, let's see.

January


We have a bunch of updated versions of old games (again) Resident Evil, Grim Fandango and Heroes of Might and Magic 3 are the HD titles I'm waiting for. Might some day get GTA V for the PC to try out some mods that are definitely coming there. Most excited for Grim Fandango, as I've never played the original. My birthday is in 4 days (28 woo!), so I might as well get something for myself. *wink wink, nudge nudge* (Well, not really, as I got a controller for the SNES and SMW2 already, as a gift for myself)

February



Steampunkish glory in this month, as The Order 1886 is coming. Somewhat interested in that one, although not a real fan of 3rd person shooters. Not a day 1 purchase for me, but definitely on the radar. Another shooter, Evolve coming too. A little interested in that one, but again, shooters are not a personal favorite anymore, so might skip this one. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 is also coming out, but not really interested in that one, as I'm more a fan of the original trilogy. It might have the same atmosphere(?), but the general more "actiony" gameplay of the new RE:s are not interesting to me.

March



Probably a better, and more "steampunkish" title, Project S.T.E.A.M for the 3DS coming in this month. Really looking forward to it, even though I'm not a big fan of the artstyle, I'm a fan of the more strategic games. Sometimes maybe too much of a perfectionist, as I got a little stuck in Intelligent Systems' last strategy title (Fire Emblem: Awakening) because I didn't want anyone to die. Damn permadeath. Another title that probably will require some thinking, is Bloodborne. I was a big fan of Demon's Souls (not that much of Dark Souls), so I'm really interested to see where the new-gen title goes. Haven't been following any news or anything, so I'm not even sure if it's an open world again or more something like in Demon's Souls. We'll see. Project CARS is also coming, which interests the car loving side of myself (that's not that big, but still exists, thanks to Gran Turismo on the first Playstation).

April



Our son turns 5! Yay! Might get something for him....like maybe Dark Souls 2 for the PS4? No? Okay then, I'll play it myself. Played some of it on the PC when I had a working Steam family share thingy set up with a friend, but that's gone now, so I'll probably get this and try to continue the crappy video series I started doing a while ago. Nothing else interesting announced to this month yet.

May



Although The Witcher 3 is coming this month, I'm not that interested in it. Why? Well, haven't played the first 2, that's why. It looks really great, but I need to get through the first ones before getting this. Where can I get more time?

The rest of the year



Couldn't grab anything else from Wikipedia. Probably more interesting stuff will be announced during the E3's in June, but we'll see about that in the summer then.

Now the more interesting stuff that have been announced for this year, but no month yet, are as following:

  • Pillars of Eternity
  • Broken Age Part 2
  • Journey (PS4)
  • Metal Gear Solid 5
  • Might and Magic Heroes 7
  • Star Fox (Wii U)
  • Zelda (Wii U)
  • Battlefront
  • What the hell, I just found out that there's a Syberia 3 coming! Fuck yeah!
  • Majora's Mask 3D
  • Xenoblade Chronicles X
Looks like a good year I'd say. Not so hyped about X anymore, but still looking forward to it! It was silly to say that Nintendo would win anything because of one game (and to make such a prediction this early in the generation), especially now that Final Fantasy XV looks so much like XCX, but hey, Final Fantasy will probably still be a worse game, even if it comes out on platforms with more power. Power is not everything, mechas are! Om nom.

But damn! That Zelda map sure looks big.


And talking about Zelda, probably really the next game I'll be able to purchase after Grim Fandago, will be Majora's Mask 3D. Oh how much I want that limited edition....must....buy....I'm glad I bought Pillars of Eternity almost 2,5 years ago (What?!) so I'll be able to play it no matter what. Not too much money to spend around.

Too much stuff! Head exploding, more coffee, less writing. Sorry for the mess.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Modding a PAL SNES

Hello. I've been quite busy with the PS4 lately. Much Dragon Age, such pleasure. Om nom. But hey! I went some time ago to a place far far away, just a few kilometers, and there was a gathering of great things, it was called the RETROPELIMYYJÄISET VANTAALLA. And after checking it out, got out of there with a brand new old Super Nintendo. I've wanted one of these suckers for a long, long time. I was always jealous to my friend as a kid who had one, but never had the chance to get one myself. Finally the stars were in the right place and after the exchange of 30€, I was beyond happy. The money got me just the console, no controllers, games or wires. As I have a NES, N64 and Gamecube already, I had the necessary wires, but I bought a controller and the best game for the system from a neighbour (and the organizer of the retro gaming flea market). The game was Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (although german). I then thought, what could I do to maximize my enjoyment of the system? Mod the hell out of it! Well, just a little, so I can play all the Super Famicom games, and the NTSC SNES games. It required some work, but got it done (thanks to a friend, this couldn't have been possible without him).

Following the Mmmonkey guide. (Took over 5 hours, btw)


 Took the system apart. The heat shields too.





Took the RF unit out. (No need to, you can put the switches wherever you feel like)











 Fitted the switches.













Lifted the legs of the chips (as in guide).











Wires as in guide.
Carved the cartridge slot.












So that the NTSC game fits.












Put the thing back together and voilà! Region free PAL SNES. Thanks and praises to Jani!














Japanese Super Mario World (CIB) coming in the mail any day now...and maybe that controller too! C'mon Riku! Step on it! Must be a busy man..

I do enjoy the thought that I can give Leo the gaming pleasures of ages gone, with the original systems, and not with some crappy emulators. Really the only console that I'm missing now that I'd like, is the Dreamcast, but that's a story for another night.