[Picks of the Month] January 2019

Hello guys,

The first month of the year has been very interesting with games for a lot of different platforms and a juicy new entry in the collection, but the most important thing is that I’ve it the 600 games mark! Who knows If I’ll be able to reach 1000 within the end of ther year…

The first days of the year I’ve managed to contact a guy who lives 20km away from me, in the same town where I’ve bough last month oll of the Resident Evil games for the Xbox One. He listed a working Olivetti M300, that’s almost the PC I was looking for. My idea was a PC old enough to support 5,25″ floppies and recent enought to have a decent amount of space on the hard disk and a VGA video output. The perfect storm would have been a PC with three drives, a 5,25″ floppy, a 3,5″ floppy and a CD-ROM. The piece I’ve bought lacks a 5,25″ floppy drive but the person who sold it told me that from time to time he finds some drives to install on the computers so I’m confident to find one in the near future. My idea would be to collect some of the old DOS games released on 5,25″ floppy (although they’re damn much expensive) to try once for all “the real thing”. For the moment I’ve consoled myself wandering randomly in the old loved Widows 3.1 installed on the PC. Tons and tons of nostalgia…

In the 18 games bought this month the PS2 has share of the lion with 9 games. I’ve found an italian seller who was getting rid of part of his collection and he had listed a lot of shmups and games usually not to easy to find all in one place for the platform. I’ve ended up buying some of them for a very cheap price and I’ve discovered some hidden games that are probably worth to revisit, like Shadow of Ganymede, I confess I’ve bought mainly for the marvellous title. Among the non-shmups I’ve very glad to have bought three Metal Slug games: since I don’t own (and probably will never own) a Neo Geo, this is the only way to experience a great classic.

As every month, even in January a Residen Evil game is mandatory: this time we have Revelations for DS and the Steelbook edition of Resident Evil 5 for PS3. I almost see the end of the tunnel for my RE collection and soon I’ll be probably forced to start to collect also the NTSC and J-NTSC version of the games…

Among the newest games I’ve bought other three Xbox 360 games, Castlevania – Lords of the Shadow, the Collector Edition of Forza Motorsport 4 and Metro 2033, a game I’ve read a lot of good reviews about and that I look forward to try soon.

Talking again of shmups, I tried to secure a physical copy of Sine Mora EX for Xbox One and I failed but the same day I’ve lost the auction I’ve noticed there was the digital copy discounted on the MS Store. 3€ were a price too good to be true and even though I don’t like digital copies, there was no alternative and I’m happy to have spent a little sum for a game I know I’ll enjoy. But during the month I’ve bought at least one physical game for the Xbox One, the compilation Rare Replay. I’ll be probably love to death this compilation befause it features some magnificente games, included the ones when Rare was still Ultimate Play the Game, so a lot of ZX Spectrum games.

The last two games of the buch are for the old NES and they’re Godzilla and the second installment of the Wizards and Warriors series. I alrerady have the first so now I surely need to buy the third!


  • 1 PC Olivetti M300


NES (Games count: 144)

  • Godzilla
  • Wizards and Warriors

Nintendo DS (Games count: 10)

  • Resident Evil Revelations

PS2 (Games count: 59)

  • Amplitude
  • Castle Shikigami II – War of the Worlds
  • Extermination
  • Frequency
  • Metal Slug 3
  • Metal Slug 4
  • Metal Slug 5
  • Psyvariar
  • Shadow of Ganymede

PS3 (Games count: 12)

  • Resident Evil 5 – Steelbox Edition

Xbox 360 (Games count: 74)

  • Castlevania 2 – Lords of Shadow
  • Forza Motorsport 4 – Limited Edition
  • Metro 2033

Xbox One (Games count: 11)

  • Rare Replay
  • Sine Mora EX (Digital Copy)


  • Retro Gamer #184

Consoles bought this month: 1 PC Olivetti M300

Consoles count: 31+ 2 PC (42 including doubles)

Games bought this month: 18

Games count: 603

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. drjohngalt says:

    Nice pickups! Had a blast with Wizards & Warriors (I think it was my first “all nighter”)! I picked up the Extermination guidebook (already had a US and JP version of the game, both have different cover art than the PAL. Which do I like more?). I’ve only played a bit of it but it seems to have a Resident Evil feel to the gameplay. Blog will be updated as soon as I get around to putting my logo on the pic. I got Sine Mora Ex before the holidays for a few bucks at Gamestop, I’ll see if I can find another to send your way. Rare Replay has some great classics (plus I’m a sucker for the Viva Pinata games). I’ve never seen Castle Shikigami II but I love the cover art! Will have to keep my eyes open for that one 🙂

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    1. benez256 says:

      I’ve bought Extermination exactly because it has that survival horror feel that I love and I fear…Castle Shikigami is a fun game but the two games I’m dying yo buy are Gradius III+IV and Gradius V…


  2. Red Metal says:

    I have to admit I haven’t played that many PS2 games, though the few I finished such as Metal Gear Solid 3 and Persona 4 are some of my all-time favorites.

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    1. benez256 says:

      Neither did I…the day I’ll be rich enough to stay home without working I’ll probably complete all of my catalog 🤣

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