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PS3 got the yellow light of death.

This happened two days ago. Now I can't play anything on there. I need to find a way to fix it to get it working long enough to transfer the data onto another PS3.

EDIT 3/17/13: Should have mentioned this a long time ago, but I got a newer PS3 back in November 2011 with the Uncharted 3 bundle.


I have always wanted to get one, but its price has never really been in my favor. Its a handheld gaming device, but it has all this unnecessary crap in it. I just want to play games on it! No music, no UMD movies, etc.This is pretty much the same with the Playstation 3, but I've gotten over that.

Even when I have considered getting one, there's usually always a game out that I want for what I currently have. This leads me to miss out on the PSP games I had wanted. The best examples would be the Metal Gear Acid games. I'm pretty sure I won't be able to find those (not for cheap at least).

The only games I have really wanted for the PSP have been:


Metal Gear Acid

Metal Gear Acid 2

Dissidia: Final Fantasy

Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep

And then MAYBE Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops and Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker. I also had my eyes on Power Stone Collection and Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions. Plus a few others.

Since I know I will no doubt get a 3DS sometime after that comes out (afterall it's a Nintendo handheld), I have hope that at least some of the PSP games I wanted get ported to the 3DS. Namely Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep.

EDIT 3/17/11: Since the new Dissidia game basically has the first one in it, there is no point in me buying the first game now.

It is just games, games, games...

I don't know how these things happen...

Yesteday I went to the mall because I heard from a friendabout this store that sold vintage items. I believe it was called Hot Toys or something and they had videogames in there dating back to the Atari 2600 and even one of those consoles itselffor sale. There were alsoNES, Super Nintendo, Genesis, and even a few Nintendo 64, PS1, and Dreamcast games in there. As well as one Gamecube game and a few for Xbox. Besdies that there were a bucnh of old toys being sold there and the store across from it called Hot Toys II sold a bunch of old comic books and figures.

I didn't make any purchases when I was there yesterday. I ended up going to Gamestop to buy Silent Hill 2 and Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando. I told my brother about Hot Toys and the games that were there. I mentioned I saw Toy Story and Mortal Kombat 3 (a game which he wanted)for Super Nintendo. I also mentioned that behind a case was a $75 black-labeled Playstation copy of Final Fantasy VII there.

We went down there today so he could buy the two Super Nintendo games. He also bought Ready 2 Rumble Boxing for Dreamcast when I found it and showed it to him. Oh yeah, he was also kind enough to buy that lone copy of Final Fantasy VII for me. Normally you'd only find that game being sold for up to $100-$200 online.

I looked over the case and each disc. The case was in clean and perfect condition, all three discs were in perfect condition, and even the instruction booklet was included. The clerk mentioned it took him three years to find a copy of Final Fantasy VII. He said to my brother and I "So you're finally taking this off my hands, huh?"

After adding the game to my My Games collection on GameFaqs, I noticed there were two version of Final Fantasy VII with its black label: the orignal and rerelease. The rerelease had different ESRB content mentioned under the Teen rating. The original releasewas rated Teen for "realistic violence." On the back of the case of the FF7I got it only mentions being rated Teen only for "realistic violence." So right now I am mind blowned for having an original copy of the game.

I'm also wondering how I am going to be able to play all these games...

Faulty Disc 4 with Final Fantasy VIII AND Final Fantasy IX from

A little bit ago I got to disc 4 on Final Fantasy VIII and the disc was unable to beread as a PS1 or PS2 disc. I got out the original Playstaion and it didn't read it either.

Having not played Final Fantasy IX yet after recieving both games a week ago, I tried out all four discs of FF9. Surprisingly, disc 4 of FF9 didn't work either!

Now I have to send these things back and see if I can get functional copies. But the problem is that on the message boards on people have mentioned having the same problems with disc 4 even after recieving a new copy of the game!

Both of these games were brand new as well. They wrapped in plastic nd each disc was in PERFECT condition appearance-wise. This has lead me to become very frustrated. My dad was the one who ordered them and he said he'd call Amazon on Mondayand see what he can do.

I guess in the mean time I can play through what I can of Final Fantasy IX before it is sent back with FF8 in order to get a (hopefully) fullly functional copy of both games.

EDIT 4/29/10: The replacement copies came in the mail yesterday and disc 4 of each were once again disfunctional and could not be read; just as I had predicted. They'll be sent back again for another copy of each game, in which, I believe might have the same problem as well.

EDIT 5/2/10: Turns out said they will remove the defective batch of copies of the games off their site and if I want to resolve the problem with my copies I need to get in contact with Square Enix's customer service and see what they can do about the 4th disc of each game.

EDIT 5/12/10: So the games have been sent back and it seems I shall eventually be getting a working fourth disc for both games eventually as well.

EDIT 5/28/10: So I got the games back yesterday and the 4th disc for Final Fantasy VIII was replaced and it works, but here's the problem though. In the letter sent back with the games from Square Enix they mention they found no problem with disc 4 of Final Fantasy IX! So they send it back without replacing it! The disc still has problems, but it only works sporadically, meaning sometimes it works and plays fine and sometimes the disc isn't read at all. I don't understand how they didn't find this problem and to add insult to injury the case of FF9 got cracked in two places because the games were sent back in an envelope. Now I got to get it sent back eventually and ask fora new copy of FF9's 4th disc...again. I'm still able to play it, but with the condition it is in,this is just unacceptable.

EDIT 6/6/10: The situation with these games is just not going well for me at all. It's a good thing I decided to play through Final Fantasy VIII again because the moment I popped in disc 3, it doesn't work. Before I sent the game to Square Enix the third disc was working fine. That was how I found out disc 4 had problems in the first place! I checked disc 3 to see what was wrong and there's this small scratch at the edge of the disc! I'm sure as hell that wasn't there before and that the people who checked out the game somehow did this. Once again I have to send it back with Final Fantasy IX, but that has to wait until I'm back from my vacation. I just hope I will be able to get replacements still and that things will go smoothly from there.

EDIT 6/27/10: Okay, things might be looking upunexpectedly. Today after buying used copies of Silent Hill 2 and Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando, I found out they weren't being read by my PS2. I popped in another PS2 game I had for a while and that wasn't working either. After popping a few others in, theyhad worked. After the PS2 was cleaned a bit, all the discs that didn't work started working. This includes disc 3 of Final Fantasy VIII. I tried disc 4 of Final Fantasy IX and that seemed to work also evidently. Soooo, I'm hoping this is the end of my troubles with those disc being read.

360 finally got RROD.

Now I can't play The Orange Box.

EDIT 4/14/10: Got a new one now. The 360 Elite that came with Splinter Cell Conviction was bought by my brother yesterday.

Top Games

I've decided to make a numbered list of the top games of my collection for each console/handheld I own and what I'm able to play (based off my list of games on my more accurate GameFaqs "My Games" collection from the lists of "Own It" and "Have Access").

I will most likely keep updating this until it is completed.


Top 10 (out of 41) Super Nintendo games:

Notice: Titles that did not keep data saved (Donkey Kong Country 2) and titles downloaded on Wii are not included.

10. Pilotwings

9. Street Fighter II

8. F-Zero

7. Super Mario Kart

6. Final Fight II

5. Super Mario World

4. Kirby Super Star

3. Star Fox

2. Super Punch-Out!!

1. Super Mario All-Stars


Top 10 (out of 21) Dreamcast games:

10. Crazy Taxi 2

9. Ready 2 Rumble Boxing

8. Dead or Alive 2

7. NFL 2K1

6. NBA 2K1

5. NBA 2K2

4. Shenmue

3. Crazy Taxi

2. Sonic Adventure

1. Jet Grind Radio


Top 10 (out of 21) Xbox games:

10. Spider-Man 2

9. JSRF: Jet Set Radio Future

8. Fable: The Lost Chapters

7. Halo 2

6. Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow

5. Conker: Live & Reloaded

4. Halo: Combat Evolved

3. Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne

2. Indigo Prophecy

1. Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory


Top 20 (out of 53) Nintendo 64 games:

Notice: Titles downloaded on Wii are not included.

20. Pokemon Stadium 2

19. Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire

18. Star Wars: Rogue Squadron

17. Donkey Kong 64

16. Mario Party

15. Mario Party 2

14. Pilotwings 64

13. Mario Tennis

12. Wave Race 64

11. Mario Kart 64

10. Banjo-Kazooie

9. Banjo-Tooie

8. GoldenEye 007

7. Super Mario 64

6. Conker's Bad Fur Day

5. Perfect Dark

4. Star Fox 64

3. The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask

2. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

1. Paper Mario


Top 20 (out of 57) Playstation games:

20. Wipeout 3

19. FIFA 2000

18. NFL Blitz 2001

17. Syphon Filter 3

16. Pac-Man World

15. Parappa the Rapper

14. Crash Bandicoot

13. Spyro the Dragon

12. Spider-Man

11. Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back

10. Syphon Filter

9. Syphon Filter 2

8. Final Fantasy VII

7. Crash Bandicoot: Warped

6. Final Fantasy VIII

5. Chrono Cross

4. The Legend of Dragoon

3. Metal Gear Solid

2. Resident Evil 2

1. Final Fantasy IX


Top 25 (out of 43) Gamecube games:

25. Mario Party 4

24. The Simpsons: Hit & Run

23. Viewtiful Joe

22. Pikmin

21. Star Wars Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike

20. Wave Race: Blue Storm

19. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3

18. Resident Evil 0

17. Viewtiful Joe 2

16. Resident Evil 3: Nemesis

15. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time/Master Quest

14. The Legend of Zelda Collector's Edition

13. Metroid Prime

12. Soul Calibur II

11. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

10. Super Mario Sunshine

9. Resident Evil

8. Luigi's Mansion

7. Super Smash Bros. Melee

6. Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem

5. Star Wars Rogue Leader: Rogue Squadron II

4. Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes

3. Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door

2. Skies of Arcadia Legends

1. Resident Evil 4


Top 15 (out of 34) Xbox 360 games:

15. Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit

14. The Simpsons Game

13. Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock

12. Devil May Cry 4

11. Gears of War

10. Dead Space

9. Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction

8. Plants vs. Zombies

7. Gears of War 2

6. Batman: Arkham Asylum

5. Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare Collection

4. Red Dead Redemption

3. The Orange Box

2. Mass Effect

1. Mass Effect 2


Top 40 (out of 72) Playstation 2 games:

40. MVP Baseball 2005

39. Star Wars: Battlefront

38. Guitar Hero

37. Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories

36. Final Fantasy X-2

35. Wild Arms 3

34. Devil May Cry

33. Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty

32. Guitar Hero II

31. Star Wars: Battlefront II

30. Grand Theft Auto III

29. Half-Life

28. Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell

27. Soul Calibur III

26. Resident Evil: Code Veronica X

25. Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus

24. Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves

23. Sly 2: Band of Thieves

22. Ratchet: Deadlocked

21. Ratchet & Clank

20. Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal

19. Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando

18. Jak X: Combat Racing

17. Silent Hill 2

16. Max Payne

15. Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening Special Edition

14. Bully

13. God of War

12. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

11. Final Fantasy X

10. God of War II

9. Jak & Daxter: The Precursor Legacy

8. Kingdom Hearts

7. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater

6. Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance

5. Jak 3

4. Jak II

3. Kingdom Hearts II

2. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

1. Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King


Top 20 (out of 19 Own It and 25 Have Access) Game Boy Advance games:

20. Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell

19. Mario Kart Super Circuit

18. Sonic Battle

17. Max Payne

16. Pokemon Leaf Green Version

15. Pokemon Sapphire Version

14. Mega Man Battle Network 3: White Version

13. Mega Man Battle Network 2

12. Metroid Fusion

11. Super Mario Advance

10. Game & Watch Gallery 4

9. Mega Man Battle Network

8. Donkey Kong Country

7. Final Fantasy Tactics Advance

6. Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories

5. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

4. Golden Sun: The Lost Age

3. Pac-Man Collection

2. Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3

1. Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga


Top 15 (out of33 Own It and 1 Played It) Playstation 3 games:

15. Uncharted: Drake's Fortune

14. Call of Duty: World at War

13. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

12. Grand Theft Auto IV

11. Marvel vs Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds

10. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game

9. Ghostbusters: The Video Game

8. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

7. Resident Evil 5

6. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

5. Assassin's Creed II

4. Rock Band 2

3. Heavy Rain

2. Red Dead Redemption

1. Batman: Arkham City


Top 15 (out of 21) Wii games:

Notice: Virtual Console titles are not counted, which would have been a total of 29 games.

15. Super Paper Mario

14. Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles

13. MadWorld

12. One Piece: Unlimited Adventure

11. New Super Mario Bros. Wii

10. Punch-Out!!

9. Mario Kart Wii

8. GoldenEye 007

7. Tatsunoko vs Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars

6. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

5. No More Heroes

4. Super Smash Bros. Brawl

3. Super Mario Galaxy

2. No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle

1. Super Mario Galaxy 2


Top 15 (out of 13 Own It and 8 Have Access) Nintendo DS games:

15. Guitar Hero: On Tour Decades

14. Resident Evil: Deadly Silence

13. Mario Party DS

12. Sonic Rush

11. New Super Mario Bros.

10. Super Mario 64 DS

9. Mario Kart DS

8. Pokemon: Diamond Version

7. Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days

6. Warioware: Touched!

5. Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time

4. The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks

3. Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story

2. Elite Beat Agents

1. Final Fantasy IV


(More lists will be eventually added. Current lists are also subject to change.)

I don't even know how these things happen...

I'm not sure what my luck is with the world of videogames because my brothers had purchased two 360 games on clearance from Target on Tuesday. Those games were Guitar Hero: World Tour ($12.99) and Fable II ($19.99).

Of course none of us can play World Tour because we have no properly functional guitar controller for the 360 and we have the Rock Band 2 controllers for PS3. On the other hand, I will be the only one playing Fable II and that is a game I had not planned on getting for a while. I haven't even beaten Fable: The Lost Chapters yet and I got that back at the end of 2006.

Having only played Fable II for two hours or so earlier, I can say that this sequel looks very promising in terms of exploration. However, I've seen games that are graphically superior to Fable II. The graphics do look very nice though. I still need to play more of it. I just hope my dog doesn't end up dying.

EDIT: I just looked at Fable II's release date. It was bought on Tuesday and I didn't play it until Wednesday, the 21st. Fable II was released Oct. 21, 2008. I played it exactly one year after its release date. I'm actually kind of surprised and amazed right now. :shock:

So my brother got Soul Calibur on PSP today...

...and he told me about where he went to buy it. Target didn't have it, so he went to the nearby Gamestop and asked the guy behind the counter if they had a new copy of Soul Calibur: Broken Destiny. The guy behind the counter said "Yeah." and he pulls out the UMD inside a little plastic bag.

So my brother is like, "That's new? No thanks." He then went over to Fry's Electronics to buy the game. After hearing this story I was laughing my head off.

Dear God, I will continue to never buy anything "new" from Gamestop.

I always like finding great deals on used games.

Two days ago, I bought three used games at Gamestop:

Sly 2: Band of Theives (PS2)

Viewtiful Joe 2 (GC)

Mario Party 4 (GC)

The thing about used games is that you have to make sure the disc isn't messed up. Of course, these were fine. The great thing is though that Viewtiful Joe 2 was $2.99! Sly 2 was $6.99 and Mario Party 4, unfortunely, costed me $19.99. The last time I got a game for $2.99 with the disc in good shape was Max Payne (PS2).

And since I mentioned Gamestop, some prices on some of those used games are a bit questionable. The 360 version of Splinter Cell: Double Agent was there for $12.99 while the Xbox version was $19.99! Also, Marvel vs Capcom 2 on PS2 was $79.99! That's about to be downloadable for crying out loud!

I also find it odd howa game has a higher price than the exact same game next to it. As I mentioned above, I got Mario Party 4 for $19.99, however there was a MP4 next to the oneI got priced at $24.99. Crazy, huh?

EDIT 5/30/09: Okay, I know why Mavel vs Capcom 2 was so much nowbecause there weren't that many copies of the game madefor PS2 and Xbox.

Ugh...Sonic the Hedgehog (2006)

Two days ago my brother decided to buy Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) for the Xbox 360. Needless to say, that meant I would end up playing it and finally seeing how terrible it really is. Holy crap. I haven't played as Shadow yet, but Sonic and Silver's levels (especially Silver's) are poorly designed. I mean, these levels are far worse than any of the levels in Sonic Unleashed.

Now I understand why people were complaining about Gamespot's Sonic Unleashed score. Sonic Unleashed is far superior than the piece of crap I have to suffer through now. Once I beat Sonic '06, I think I'll review it as well.

EDIT 3/27/09: That is if I EVER beat that poorly designed game. I haven't played it for a while.

EDIT 5/16/09: Dear god, I don't think I can go back to playing it! I think this isthe first game I own in which I seriously don't want to go back to and finish.

EDIT 10/17/09: Went back to playing it. The game is still a mess though.

EDIT 7/13/10: You know, since my old 360 got the RROD before, that means all the save data I had for this craptastic game is gone unless I can get a transfer cable to put all the data from my games onto the new 360. Otherwise, I will not play through this game again from the beginning; thus leaving me to just write a review based on how far I got, but it's not like it really matters if I didn't get through of all of Sonic '06 though. Plain and simple, the game is bad.

EDIT 9/10/10: I recently transferred all the old data of gamesonto the newer Xbox 360, but that doesn't mean I'm playing this game again so soon.

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