[Picks of the Month] November 2018


Hello guys,

Great news this month!

Out of the blue I’ve got a very appreciated and totally unexpected gift in the form of a shiny total white brand new Xbox One S. I really couldn’t hold my joy for this amazing piece of technology! The version I have is the one bundled with Forza Horizon 4 in digital copy but apparently this wasn’t enough. I also got a brand new copy of the game of the moment, Red Dead Redemption 2.

That’s too much for me…I mean, even some titles for the PS2 are too advanced for me and to be thrown in the world of modern games it’s like a shock, like giving a laptop to a caveman; I don’t even know hot to handle the controller! 😀 😀 😀 By the way I’ve seen it briefly and that’s the state of the art now, at least for graphics. I still haven’t played the first RDD I have for the Xbox One so probably it would be better for the moment to start from that one to get to grips with the controls and the story. So for the moment RDD2 is still sealed on the shelf 🙂

The other great news is that I finally completed the collection of what I consider the mandatory consoles, a short list of the most important machines released in the last 40 years that are also the ones that sold the most. In chrolological order they are Atari 2600, NES, Master System, Mega Drive, SNES, N64, PlayStation, Saturn, Dreamcast, Xbox and PlayStation 2. Everything that was released after for me is still NEW; I have some of the later consoles, I can say I almost have all of them, since I own a Wii, a PS2, a PS3, an undefined number of Xbox 360 and now also an Xbox One S; I only miss the GameCube and the WiiU but they’re not two consoles I really look forward to own…

The two pieces I was missing were the Saturn and the Dreamcast. I actually bought a Saturn two months ago but it died so I had to replace it and the same day I also found a cheap Dreamcast I couldn’t turn down. I can say that I can now place bids on virtually every game I see online 🙂

The Saturn works perfectly and since I already had all the cables and the controller for it I didn’t spend that much.

The Dreamcast instead came a bit as a surprise. I almost lost my faith since all of the consoles I was looking at online had very steep prices but the same day I got the Saturn I’ve seen a Dreamcast on sale at 90€ that I managed to lower to 70€ and since it has everything I need to pick it up and play I couldn’t really complain. It is almost perfect, except a slightly yellowing but nothing I can’t fix with a quick retrobright session (something I’ll have to do next summer, though, since it’s quite cloudy and foggy here now).

This has been also one of the first months in which I haven’t wasted too much pocket money since I’ve raised some money selling almost all of my double games and consoles and I’ve used it to buy two NES games I was really looking forward to get: one is Life Force (a.k.a. Salamander) that has been a great choice giving my love for side scrolling shoot ’em ups and the second is Super Turrican. I don’t think there’s more to say about it 🙂 Unfortunately the good games are not so cheap but I think that 50€ for the two is a good price, considering the prices they usually demand online.

Among the cheap games there are also Street Racer and The Rocketeer for SNES that I’ve bought because I remember playing them endlessly on my computer back in the 90s and I wanted to try them also on console. I can’t wait to throw again myself in the Rocketeer adventures…

I’ve also bought Andretti Racing for the Saturn…just to test the console 😉 and in the list of games of this month there are some other gifts, for example the three PS2 and the three PS3  games, along with GTA IV for PC.

I ‘m starting to own several Dragon Ball Games, since this two add to the one I already have, Dragon Ball Z Infinite World.

Regarding the PS3 games, the ones I got are completely new for me since I’ve never played any of them…not all of them actually since RE6 is last minute find. It was online and I’ve bought it for just 2€ so now I’m a proud owner of 28 different Resident Evil games and four different copies of RE6: the one for PS3, two for Xbox One (standard and Steelbox)…and nother one you’ll see below 🙂

Even though I’ve spent other 80€ on Xbox One S games I don’t think they’re wasted, first of all because they’re still 99% new (only played a few times) and second because they’re all Resident Evil games. How could I miss a lot of RE games??? I’ve passed from zero to 5 in like 10 minutes when I’ve read about a guy in my town that was selling the games and the same day I’ve got almost all of the RE games released for the Xbox One S: Origins Collection, 4, 5, 6 and 7. I think I can risk a stoke if I play RE7 so I have to slow down and play the others before. Then with calm, with the help of another person and during the day when the sun is shining I’ll probably put the RE7 disc in the console and start to play. The best thing it would be to play it with a VR but probably it would be too much for me. I could seriously risk an heart attack…

Here’s what I got this month; you can check the growth of my collection here.

CONSOLES/PCs

  • PC AMD Athlon 2200+
  • 1 region free Sega Dreamcast with all cables, and one controller
  • 1 Sega Saturn
  • 1 brand new Xbox One S

GAMES

NES (Games count: 142)

  • Life Force
  • Super Turrican

SNES (Games count: 22)

  • Street Racer
  • The Rocketeer

PC (Games count: 12)

  • Grand Theft Auto IV

PS2 (Games count: 50)

  • Dragon Ball Z Budokan Tenkaichi 2
  • Dragon Ball Z Budokan Tenkaichi 3
  • Formula One 2001

PS3 (Games count: 8)

  • Dragon Age: Origins (Platinum version)
  • Fallout New Vegas
  • Hunted
  • Resident Evil 6

Sega Saturn (Games count: 2)

  • Andretti Racing

Xbox One (Games count: 7)

  • Forza Horizon 4 (Digital copy)
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Resident Evil Origins Collection
  • Resident Evil 4
  • Resident Evil 5
  • Resident Evil 6
  • Resident Evil 7

MAGAZINES

  • Retro Gamer #183

Consoles bought this month: 1 PC + 2 consoles

Consoles count: 30+ 1 PC (42 including doubles)

Games bought this month: 20

Games count: 576

I hope you’ll enjoy what you see!

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10 Comments Add yours

  1. thedeviot says:

    Wow that’s a nice haul. Especially that Turrican!

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    1. benez256 says:

      Yes, that’s a great acquisition 🙂

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  2. redbavon says:

    Sega Saturn è nella mia lista di console da recuperare. Ne avevo adocchiata una in Giappone tutta bianca, ma ho qualche dubbio sullo stato del lettore, dopo tutti questi anni. Se me la ritrovassi su una bancarella non resisterei alla tentazione , comunque.
    PS: periodo di sfiga elettronica il mio…una XBox 360 e un clone Famicom cinese svampati, dopo averli usati davvero poco.

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    1. benez256 says:

      Se vuoi ho una tonnellata di Xbox One 😀

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      1. redbavon says:

        A me servirebbe una Xbox 360., la One non è ancora compatibile con tutto e la mia collezione di giochi Xbox 360 è piuttosto cospicua. A 50-60 euro le vende GiocoStop con pure 3 giochi , ci sto facendo un pensiero.

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      2. benez256 says:

        Si scusa, volevo dire Xbox 360…magari avessi una tonnellata di One…io mesi fa ho preso uno stock di 14 console da testare…qualcuna sono riuscito a farla funzionare e adesso sono alle prese con una che sto cercando di far resuscitare. Se riesco ti faccio sapere. Ovviamente è senza cavi, solo console, ma se hai ancora tutti gli accessori della vecchia non dovresti aver problemi…

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  3. Old Games is buying modern stuff? Traitor! LOL, just kidding. You won’t be bored with Dragon Age and Fallout NV. Both great games and they both are packed with content.

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    1. benez256 says:

      I swear the Xbox One S and the PS3 games are gift 🙂

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  4. Those are some sweet pick ups man!

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    1. benez256 says:

      Thanks man! 🙂

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