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Mike's Monday Memories - 002 - Zone of the Enders

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Ah, Hideo Kojima, I’m honestly surprised that I didn’t talk about one of his games in the first post in this series. The video game industry is full of creative, cool designers, but Kojima stands all on his own. He’s become a force in the gaming world, creating characters and worlds that people still love to explore. His most famous, Metal Gear, is something I’m going to save for a later post, so instead, I’ll focus on one of his lesser known entries…Zone of the Enders. Released in 2001, Zone of Enders is a mech combat game where pilots control giant robots called Orbital Frames. The plot revolves around a little kid (natch) who gets embroiled in a struggle to save the colony he lives on when it’s attacked by evil forces. The kid, Leo (talk about an un-anime name) bonds with the AI of his mech, giving him something to talk to and also something to push him to become a hero. The big thing about Zone of Enders was, when it launched, it came packaged with a demo disk for the upcoming Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty. The first MGS game is, still, my favorite game of all time, so I was more than eager to run out and snag Zone of Enders. After I played the game to death, which tricks you into thinking Snake is the main character, but that’s for another day, I was surprised at how much I enjoyed ZOE. It’s combat is fun and fluid and the story is gripping enough to keep you invested. It’s not a perfect game, in fact it’s probably one of the low points of Kojima’s work, but when you’re average is an A+ and you produce a B, that’s still pretty dang good. Check it out for yourself at Start Over Games, where Zone of the Enders is in stock right now for $14.99

Xbox 360 System Sale!

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Start Over Games is running a sale on Xbox 360 consoles this week! Come in and get 10% off any Xbox 360 console. The systems have been freshly repriced as well, so you’re going to get the best value possible from us! The systems come with one controller and all of the cables to hook it up. We currently have one extra controller in stock so hurry up because those never last!

Bouncer Bros needs to be a Thing

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Oh man, guys, this game is something else. Released in 2000 on the PS2, The Bouncer had a lot of things going for it. It was produced by Squaresoft, who, at the time, were pretty bulletproof at the time in terms of content. It had a huge marketing push behind it AND it was supposed to usher in a new level of gameplay for the next-gen hardware, and then it just…didn’t. The Bouncer is set in the fictional city of Edge (hard to believe some town hasn’t snapped that name up). Our heroes, Sion, Kou and Volt are hanging out, just chilling like Bouncer Bros (trademark) when Sion’s friend is kidnapped and the three have to go on a merry chase to get her back. Along the way, the three end up kicking a lot of ass and the plot gets VERY Japanese and just…well…it’s a weird one, guys. Reception was mixed when this game was released and the sales numbers were way lower than everyone predicted. It just sort of landed with a thud, but really, was it justified? The game is fun, if simple, to play and the presentation was top notch for the time period. This game definitely doesn’t deserve the reception it got, but honestly, if it had done awesome, we’d still be getting bouncer games and I’m not sure if the world needs that. This is kinda enough, but it is worth playing! The Bouncer is currently at Start Over Games for $22.99. Please know that our copy is missing the manual and is priced accordingly.

In Space...No One Can Hear you Mash the A Button

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Space. The final video game genre. These are the continuing voyages of…(checks notes) the Ishimura? That doesn’t have nearly the same ring! Oh, well, guess we’re going to have to make due. So, for a while, in the late 00’s, Dead Space couldn’t be beat. It was the face of horror as Resident Evil floundered. The first game became something of phenomenon, spawning sequels, animated movies and spin-off games. There’s usually a reason a whole universe of gaming takes off, and man, this first game sets everything up really well… Players take control of Isaac Clarke, an enteneer on board a rescue vessel that’s tasked with finding out what happened to the Ishimura, a planet cracker that has strangely fallen silent. Scared of their PROFITS shrinking, the company (I’m not even going to look up the name, they’re the company from Aliens) decides to send three people to check out a ship the size of the empire state building. Probably keeps the cost down to have less people? Or it’s scarier. Actually, both are scary. Anyway, our heroes show up to find the ship has been overrun with monsters. Issac must also try to find his long lost love, who was crewing on the ship when it became infested. Long distance relationships are bad enough without adding flesh eating ghouls into the mix. Feel like that’s just asking for a breakup. The gameplay is incredibly tight and responsive. The hook for this game is the monsters have to be severed at the limbs to really kill them. So, not only do you have to shoot with a purpose, but you have to make SURE the monsters are dead, or they really wont be. I love how they justify the fact that, because Issac is an engineer, he can design and work with all the available weapons in the game. Too often, in games now, you get some rando who just happens to know how to craft, unlike Issac, who looks very at home with a worktable and an all Rush mixtape. Also, and this is a personal thing, Dead Space does something that I haven’t seen since in a video game and I desperately want to. If you click the right thumbstick in, Isaac shoots a beam on the floor to guide you to your next objective. It’s genius. No checking a map, no being glued to a second screen, just you and the game. It pulls you into the world of the Ishimura in a way no other game has done before or since. God, was it awesome the first time I hit that button. There’s a remake of Dead Space on the way for modern consoles, so before that hits, play the original and be impressed. Dead Space is currently at Start Over Games for $7.99

POSTERS!

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Did you know that Start Over Games sells posters!?!?! We do! All your favorite video game posters are now in stock and we're constantly getting more in! Is there a favorite game, movie or anime that you want to see us get a poster for? Let us know! Posters are $10.99 and come with a cardboard back.

My Favorite Turtle is Donatello and No One Can Convince Me He isn't the Best

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How could I possibly convey how much of an impact this game had on me? The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, like many kids of the 90’s were an integral part of our Saturday mornings, and beyond. This was a widely known fact, because the turtles were absolutely EVERYWHERE. Cereal boxes, toys, VHS tapes (look em’ up) and, of course, video games. The turtles have been slammin’ shells since the days of the NES, but it took the release of TMNT: Turtles in Time for them to really explode in the 16 bit circuit. The plot is straight out of an episode of the 90’s show. Krang steals the Statue of Liberty, because it’s Tuesday, and he just needs to steal something. Shortly after, Shredder hacks into the TV signal the turtles are watching and taunts them, the turtles chase shredder, but he manages to suck them into a time vortex. The turtles have to then battle shredder’s forces and get back to the “modern day” of 1991. The combat was simple, but also really fun to master. The best thing about it was how it used the space of the levels to maximum effect. You could throw foot ninjas onto the front of the screen, smashing them against the tv and putting you as the player right in the action with the turtles. The turtles play styles were very similar, but who cares, a completely detailed different system for each hero was out of the cards in the 16 bit era. I’m also a complete apologist for this game, if you couldn’t tell. Look, this game boils down to “are you a turtles fan?” If the answer is yes, then this is the game for you. TMNT: Turtles in Time is on sale at Start Over Games right now for $59.99

New Stuff in the Store!

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People always ask us "do you have anything new in the store?" Well, the answer is yes! This is just some of the cool new stuff we've got in the store. If you see anything you like, stop down and say hi!

ROAR!!!!!!

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What is the thing with Godzilla? For some reason the representation of Japans…struggle…with nuclear weapons has always carved a giant lizard hole in pop culture. What began as a cathartic way to deal with a tragedy has evolved into something…else. But who cares, right? Time to smash some stuff! Godzilla Save the Earth and Godzilla Unleashed were both released as part of a trilogy, with Godzilla Destroy All Monsters Melee serving as the first entry. They’re 3D fighting games where the big G and his assorted friends and enemies duke it out in destructible environments with all the grace of a wrecking ball trying to make its way through the glass section of a hardware store. Save the Earth and Unleashed continue the plot of the first game as well, which involves stealing Godzilla’s DNA (‘natch) and introducing characters like SPACE GODZILLA, like regular Godzilla but has no sound, into the mix. The combat is…fun? Look, you’re going to get what you get with games based on this property. The real question is, are they any fun. There’s a certain amount of charm that goes into things like this. Kaiju properties don’t get more OG than Gzilla, so if you want to grab two thirds of a bonkers trilogy, we have the games for you. Godzilla Save the Earth and Godzilla Unleashed are available at Start Over Games Right now for $34.99 and $39.99, respectively.

One of the GOATS!

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Alright, everyone, it’s time to finally talk about one of the GOATS of video games. Unapologetically, Castlevania - Symphony of the Night is one that is constantly referenced on best-of lists, with good reason. It’s gameplay and mechanics were so on-point that it spawned an entire subgenre of video games. Released in 1997 to critical acclaim but relatively muted sales, SotN slowly gathered momentum by word of mouth and insanely positive reviews. Critics cited the amazing gameplay and remarkable use of 2D graphics as some of the high points. Now, is this the game to jump into if you’ve never played Castlevania? The answer is, yes? SotN is wrapped up in the dense lore of previous Castlvania games, with characters returning to seek out the destruction of Dracula…because…well…he’s bad, okay! It’s also worth noting that subsequent releases of this game on other platforms have re-recorded dialogue, which absolutely KILLS part of the experience. If you put in this game from the original disk, you’re going to be treated to some of the best (worst) PS1 era dialogue you’ll ever hear coming out of a video game. A commentary on religion within the first ten minutes of the game? Strap in, baby, we’re in for the whole show now. The price tag on this game, black label especially, might scare some people off, but if you can swing it, SotN will easily become one of the best things in your collection. You can grab it right now at Start Over Games for $189.99.

Mike’s Monday Memories - 001 - Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers

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I like video games, I hope you realize that, what with working at a video game store and all, but I also like OTHER nerd things, like movies and comics and stuff like that. It’s rare when these nerdy things cross over, and even more rare when the crossover is actually good. Movie tie-in games used to be all the rage back in the golden age of developers pumping out whatever crap could net them a quick buck, unlike today when it comes in a shiny yearly-release of your favorite awful franchise. No, the movie tie-in game was its own thing, mostly devoid of soul and simply existing to give kids something to grab in the store. But, like a random find at a thrift store that you won’t stop going on about, there are a few bright spots in the pantheon of movie tie-in games. Case in point, Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers and, probably just as well, Return of the King. These games provided you with the LotR experience that you were craving when the movies were at their peak of popularity. In the games, you play as various characters as they fight through the major battles of the films. Defending castles, fighting trolls or, spoiler for an old film series and an even OLDER book series, clashing with Gollum in mount doom before you drop that damn piece of jewelry to save the entire realm. The games were fun, with snappy controls and good graphics, for the time, have to clarify that, and it even contained little bits of the films in the cutscenes for good measure, the second film hadn’t been released yet, so to see even seconds of the film after finishing a level felt like a treat. They represent a kind of game we don’t see anymore. Someone taking the care to translate a different property into the video game medium. Say what you will about the LEGO games, but as the movie tie-in game has sailed off to the land of the Elves, again, just watch the movies or read the books, there are a few gems like these two games. You can usually find both of these games for pretty cheap, but right now you can snag Two Towers for $6.99 on Xbox and $8.99 on PS2 at Start Over Games.

A Wild Jester Appears!

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People often forget about the Gauntlet series, which was directly responsible in creating the entire dungeon crawling genre. It’s a shame, because especially in the 90’s, no franchise destroyed quarters quite like it. Gauntlet: Dark Legacy remains one of the pinnacles of the dungeon crawling franchise, while at the same time being a signal of its death note. Released in 2001, Dark Legacy is an expansion of the 1999 arcade game Gauntlet Legends. Also ported to the Dreamcast, the game added four new character classes: Dwarf, Knight, Jester and Sorceress, and let me tell you, few things are better in this world than a dungeon crawler as a Jester. The game refined the mechanics of the original Legacy, adding additional attacks, items and levels and was received good to mediocre upon its release, with the consensus being that it didn’t add a ton new to the genre, but was still mindless fun to have with your friends. At the time of its release, people had largely forgotten about the series, focusing more on the new king, Diablo, but it’s worth remembering and playing this game to find out what came before and subsequently influenced the dungeon crawlers we see today. Gauntlet: Dark Legacy is on sale now at Start Over Games for $24.99.

*Intense Murder Music Plays* (SOLD)

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Lets be honest, most games based on movies are bad. There are a few outliers, I’m looking at you, X-Men: Origins - Wolverine, but on the whole most of them are straight trash. Also, continuing the honesty trend, I was completely unaware of the fact that they released a SAW video game for the PS3. We’re all learning something today. So, the real question is, does it stack with the awful tie in games, or with the few that are actually fun? The game follows detective David Tapp (that’s Danny Glover’s character from the first one to you and me), who, despite being shot in the first movie, is magically healed and placed in an abandoned insane asylum to work out all of his personal issues with the help of death traps and people stuck in the asylum by Jigsaw to help Tapp learn to appreciate life. The game received mixed reviews upon release, but overall it was praised for its story and multiple endings, so you know, there’s that. Players can expect a bunch of third person combat in the vein of early Silent Hill games with death traps sprinkled in that were, apparently, supervised by the creators of the SAW film franchise. Because it’d be silly to assume game developers could develop a death trap on their own without the director of Aquaman having a hand in it. Is this a good game or not? Only you can decide that. Live or die, make your choice. SAW is on sale now at Start Over Games for $34.99

FIGHT! (SOLD)

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Now, this one is near and dear to my heart, sports fans. Mortal Kombat is MY fighting series. I love everything about it, from the first game all the way to the most recent (I think it’s 11? They’re going to take away my decoder ring for not knowing offhand). The over the top violence, the CHEESY story (involving an invading realm, a big guy with four hands and a movie star) Mortal Kombat immediately set itself apart from Street Fighter and the like as being its own, unique take on the fighting genre. Mortal Kombat made its debut just as arcades were waning in terms of popularity, but with their downfall came the rise of the home console as a legit contender for people’s attention. With Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo being the only real players in the game, Mortal Kombat was released on each system, with one huge difference in the carts. The Genesis version of the game came with all the violence and gore the game was known for, but it was locked behind the famous BLOOD CODE (guitar riff). At the start of the game you could input the code and get access to the full arcade experience. The Super Nintendo version, well, it had no BLOOD CODE (harder guitar riff), so players, like little old me, begged their parents for Mortal Kombat only get get it home and discover that their game was way more tame than the people playing it on Segas machine. So, why pick this game up? Because it’s a piece of video game history, darn it! This is where it all started on home consoles and even if the blood is replaced with sweat (just like a real fight) it still gives you a fantastic sense of where this seminal franchise got started. Or you could just wait until a copy of Mortal Kombat 2 turns up, which had all the violence turned up to its original arcade roots, which made young me much happier. Mortal Kombat is on sale at Start Over Games for $14.99

Just Wait till You Hear What His Weapon is Called!!! - (SOLD)

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We’re back, to talk about, the Wii? Again? Yes! We’re here to talk about a game that flew right under the radar for most people, Pandora’s Tower, an action role-playing game that saw you take up the mantle of Aeron, who is on a quest to rid the love of this life of the curse that’s turning her into a monster, you know, typical Tuesday kinda stuff. The bulk of the gameplay takes place in thirteen towers, where the player has to ascend them, solve puzzles and fight monsters. Aeron uses the Oraclos Chain, a powerful weapon that can bind, attack and rip the armor off of enemies. Aeron can use sub-weapons as well, such as a sword, but who cares about a sword when you have something called the Oraclos Chain!?!?! The Wii saw a pitiful amount of role-playing games throughout its life cycle, so hopefully someone will come and enjoy this one soon! Pandora’s Tower is now on sale at Start Over Games for $124.99

Two Light Gun Wii Games, on the SAME DISK!?!?! (SOLD)

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Most of you youngin’s are probably too…well, young, to remember the glory days of the LIGHT GUN, but that type of game used to hold it down routinely at the local arcade. Without overexplaining the arcade genre…well…they were all games where you shot stuff that flew past the screen. Sometimes you were a cop, sometimes a one-person-army fighting off aliens. Sometimes you were fighting a facist regime with a gun that fired CD’s and you were backed by a horribly converted Aerosmith soundtrack. Actually, that’s a post for a different day. Gunblade Arcade Hits for the Wii gives you two awesome ports of light gun arcade hits. When you think about it, the Wii’s motion controls are perfect for light gun ports, allowing for faster reflexes and not having to rely on joysticks and their HORRIBLE lag. You’re free to work through both titles, Gunblade NY and LA Machineguns respectfully, at your leisure, free of those pesky quarters that drove the cabinets back then. It’s a rare title, and definitely has a price that reflects that, but you could do so much worse on the Wii and you can be one of the few people to get the reference when my new band LA Machineguns makes it big. Gunblade Arcade hits is currently at Start Over Games for $89.99.

One Day Sale on Saturday, April 16th!

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Make sure to stop by the store on Saturday, April 16th! We will be running a one-day sale where you can save 5% to 25% off everything in the store! The percentage off will be determined by drawing an egg out of a basket! There is even a couple buy 2 get 1 game free eggs in there too! In addition to the sale, we will have free candy and eggs spread around the store for the kiddos! Rules: You can pick your egg as soon as you get to the store. 1 egg per shopping group. No repicking your egg. If you have any questions feel free to reach out! Also, just a friendly reminder, we will be closed on Sunday, April 17th for Easter! Thanks! -Rob

Wait, this was a game!?!?! (SOLD)

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Like many video game nerds, I hold a special place in my heart for Scott Pilgrim. The comic book, but especially the movie, is packed to the limit with references, Easter eggs and anything else a fan of the genre could enjoy. I’m hopefully not the first one to admit, but some of those references flew right over my head. That’s why I was shocked when Clash at Demonhead found its way into Start Over Games. I thought it was just a cool band name! Clash at Demonhead revolves around the character Billy “Big Bang” Blitz, who probably could have used either name instead of the nickname, but if you can make “Big Bang” work, go for it. Big Bang is called on, while on vacation, to rescue a scientist who is working on a doomsday bomb for some pesky aliens, who want to, natch, destroy the Earth. It’s going to take a lot of moving from left to right, jumping and shooting to take care of this threat. Released in 1989, the game didn’t do amazing numbers, but has become something of a cult hit, which then was wrapped up in another cult hit, so when Scott Pilgrim gets referenced in something else, we can finally get our reference hat-trick. Is the game fun? Is it worth your time? Who’s to say!? That’s up to you, but, at the very least, you’ll be able to say you know where that band in Scott Pilgrim got their name. Clash at Demonhead is available now at Start Over Games for $24.99

Thank you for helping us!

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We received this in the mail today! Thank you to all who helped us raise money for Extra Life throughout 2021! Also a huge thanks goes out to Jack, Amanda, Chris, Gregg, the folks at Just Press Next, and last but not least Alex, the human garbage disposal who ate everything that was put in front of him during the charity stream!

PSP Go! (SOLD)

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Another uncommon handheld is hitting the case today! The PSP Go has 16 GB of internal memory, but DOES NOT have a UMD drive. This means you can only play the games you have purchased from the PlayStation store on it! The system is in great shape, includes a charger, and holds a charge well!

A Nokia N-Gage!? (SOLD)

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Pretty cool to finally see one of these in person! A huge thanks to Mr. Koon for getting it up and running for us!