Welcome back from Mexico? And well definitely awesome pickups :) Lego Racers & Midtown Madness were favourites of mine growing up ... some really great memories there :)
...the unrelenting guilt that resides in the back of my skull for not writing one for over half a year. Seriously. It's so bad, people still think I'm in Mexico. And that was like four months ago.
So, I've added a few more games to my small and humble PS2 collection since we last met.
1---- Metal Gear Solid: The Essential Collection
I received Metal Gear Solid: The Essential Collection as a belated (due to my absence from the U.S.) birthday gift from my good friend and cousin, podisdope. Receiving such a gift planted a big smile on my facial profile, right between my nose and chin.
It all started with MGS3. I'd played it whenever I visited my cousin. I'd played through it once... twice... thrice! Then, I moved on to MGS2, beat it a couple of times, and went right back MGS3. A few years later, I played the first PlayStation release (by questionable means) and ultimately decided it was one of my favorite series of all time.
Being up in my top 5 game series, if not my absolute favorite, I was glad to finally have the PS2 portion of the saga in my possession. Now, all I need is a PS3 for MGS4 and the upcoming MGSR. I'll be taking donations.
2---- Need For Speed: Most Wanted: Black Edition
A little more recently, say a month ago, I bought Need For Speed: Most Wanted: Black Edition. Ever since owning Need For Speed 3: Hot Pursuit for the PSone as my first console game ever (about a decade ago), I had taken a significant liking to racing games. Midtown Madness, Monster Truck Madness 2, and Lego Racers had all crossed my path in the great highway that is video gaming. As of 2004-ish, my interest started to decline mostly because of a lack of an Internet connection, or any computer literacy for that matter. Without news on new and upcoming games, I slowly, but surely, started to forget about the racing genre.
About a year ago, I saw my brother playing a game that a cousin brought over. This turned out to be NFS: Most Wanted. Weeks later, my cousin would bring over NFS: Carbon. I would just sit on the couch and watch them play as the street lights and colorful cars zipped across the screen. I felt the "need for speed" coming back.
What really made me get back into the genre was my visit to Mexico. Yet another cousin owned Most Wanted (by questionable means. I mean, come on, it is Mexico) and allowed me to start a new profile. I had a blast racing through the blacklist... or at least half of it, anyway.
The GameStop price tag of $10 was well worth paying for this hell of a game. I'd recommend it to anyone that still owns a PS2.
So, that about wraps up my blog entry. I hope I didn't bore you too much with my history with video games and my past gaming experiences that define my gaming preferences today.
P.S. And just for fun, leave a comment listing some of the first games you've played or games that have paved the way to what define your gaming today. 8)