So about that Slide Card for the PS2…

I eventually, after much careful research, decided on a site to get one from, along with the required SwapMagic DVDs. About £20 for the card and the DVDs, including postage, which I think was alright. Smile Was quite nervous, because I don’t trust a pirate as far as I can throw them. And it’s quite difficult to throw a website. Smile with tongue out

It went well, though – they sent it out pretty quickly, and I recieved it in less than their estimated delivery time. Open-mouthed smile It arrived undamaged and the discs work just fine. The site is http://www.discoazul.co.uk – trust me, it was a freakin’ nightmare to find someone who I was confident with. I tried almost every site I could find, but there was always a 50/50 split on it – some people said the site was great, while others said that they took payment, never delivered and never answered their e-mails or calls. And to be honest, I REALLY don’t need that now – I don’t intend on going too far into my overdraft because of some stupid scam site… or for any reason, actually. Smile with tongue out

Now, as for the SwapMagic DVDs themselves, well, they’re incredible. Open-mouthed smile I’ve used a CD loader before, but that was on a Dreamcast, something with fairly lame copy protection. Smile with tongue out Sony usually pay more attention to DRM than their consoles or games, so it’s quite an achievement that something can bypass this so easily. Open-mouthed smile

This isn’t just a "insert DVD, eject tray, insert copied/region locked game, close tray, load", no. You’ve got to take the front panel off your PS2’s DVD drive, which makes it look a bit ugly, but it’s no huge deal. After that, you insert one of the SwapMagic DVDs (there’re two, and I don’t think there’s a difference – maybe it’s just in case one doesn’t work?) and the PS2 reads that as normal, because the DVDs actually have the copy protection code burned onto them. Don’t ask me – I don’t understand how copy protection works. Smile with tongue out After the app loads, you have to stick the special "Slide Card" into the DVD drive, slide it to the right so the tray "unlocks", pull out the tray, load in the new disc, close the tray, and slide the card back so the tray locks back into place. A bit of a faff, and it could eventually end up wrecking your DVD drive, but it damn works. Open-mouthed smile

Finally been able to play Dynasty Warriors 5: Empires, which is REALLY good, but I don’t like its Japanese Difficulty Cliff (all of a sudden, when there was just me and the Wu Kingdom left, the enemy officers suddenly had DOUBLE health and much higher attack and defence than normal), and it can get kinda boring – but Dynasty Warriors is ALWAYS better when played with someone else. That’s probably the other thing that was missing. Smile with tongue out Also, the bad voice acting is still there. And you can spam commands to clog up the battlefield alert things that pop up on the screen. It’s quite funny. Open-mouthed smile

Guan Yu: "Forward!"
Guan Yu: "Forward!"
Guan Yu: "Forward!"
Guan Yu: "Forward!"
Guan Yu: "Forward!"
Guan Yu: "Forward!"
Guan Yu: "Forward!"
Guan Yu: "Forward!"
Guan Yu: "Forward!"
Guan Yu: "Forward!"
Guan Yu: "Forward!"
Guan Yu: "Forward!"
Guan Yu: "Forward!"
Officer: "Retreat is an acceptable strategy…"
Guan Yu: "Enemy defeated!"
Officer: "I should retreat for now…"
Guan Yu: "Enemy defeated!"
Zhuge Liang: "This retreat is a part of my strategy."
Guan Yu: "Enemy defeated!"
Guan Yu has defeated 50 enemies!
Guan Yu has defeated 100 enemies!
Officer: "Impressive!"
Guan Yu has defeated 150 enemies!

And so on. Open-mouthed smile

Also, the word "Base" means nothing to me anymore. because almost EVERY time one of your allies changes his objective to either "attack base" or "defend base", they say the word "base". And when you have six officers on the field and you ask them all to attack, well, there’s a major case of semantic satiation. Smile with tongue out "Let us attack that base!" "Hey! Let’s go take us a base!" "I’m going to attack that base!" "We have one mission, and one mission alone – the enemy base!" FFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUU…!

Other than making that word lose its meaning, it’s a really good game. Just wish I could play it two player. Smile with tongue out

I was also happy to play Parappa The Rapper 2 WITHOUT the gigantic audio/video lag you get on the emulator. Smile with tongue out I can make my freestyling sound SO much better on the PS2, because when I press a button, the sound plays straight away, without a third of a second gap. Smile with tongue out Still irritated at the seemingly random results it gives you, though. Once, I improvised a line and it nudged me towards Cool mode. The next time I tried the song, I improvised the same line in the same way, and it gave me half the points I got the first time. Confused smile Got a fairly solid way of getting into Cool on the third and fourth line of Stage 6, though. Double up the first note, match the rest, and double up the last note. Gets you a Cool nudge most of the time. Open-mouthed smile Stage 6’s Cool music is so damn good. Wink

Then there was Monster Rancher 4, which I recently found out was never released in Europe. None of the Monster Rancher games have been released over here, actually, which is kinda weird. I wanted to try this on the PS2 because the PCSX2 emulator doesn’t support disc switching, and hence nullifies half of the game, because you’re supposed to get new monsters from DVDs. Otherwise you’ll be playing most of the game with a Garu, which is alright, because the Garu is cool (he haz a FALCON KYICK AND a SHORYUKEN!! Open-mouthed smile), but it can get boring. Smile with tongue out UNFORTUNATELY, though… um… it doesn’t work on my PS2 either. It ejects the disc and asks for a different one as normal, then it gets some data off that disc and asks for the Monster Rancher 4 disc again. But when you put that back in, it says that it’s not the Monster Rancher 4 disc and asks you to insert it. Sad smile It checks the copy protection code on the disc AGAIN when you reinsert it, and as it’s not there on my disc… well… Confused smile

So, the only way Monster Rancher 4 will ever work properly on a PS2 is if you have the original disc and quite possibly an NTSC PS2 console. And that’s doubly gay, because buying an NTSC console for ONE GAME is ridiculous, and an original copy of Monster Rancher 4 is quite rare. Smile with tongue out If you’re lucky enough ingame, however, you CAN find Saucer Stones during adventures, which contain a monster you can store in the in-game book… but there are 328 types of monster. Well, okay, 34 – the other 294 are just colour swaps and slight model modifications. Smile with tongue out

Even if you don’t generate monsters from a disc, it’s still a pretty good game. You can’t play it for long periods of time though, because it can get extremely boring (it’s quite repetitive at points). There’s also an INFURIATING Japanese Difficulty Cliff when you’re allowed to play in S Rank tournaments. A Rank isn’t easy, but I managed to get through that without too much trouble. Then I poked my nose into an S Rank tourney… and your opponents’ stats DOUBLE. Seriously, there’s a stat web that displays your stats and the enemies’ stats on the same graph before a battle, and at A Rank, my web was slightly bigger. At S Rank, my web was COMPLETELY ENVELOPED by the enemies’ web. Tried to fight, but my hit percentages were about 10-20%, so I just pressed Start, quit the tourney, and stopped playing. Smile with tongue out The same thing will probably happen on the PS2, but this time, I have a BLUE DINEYSAH. Wink

There’s a cool, light-hearted comedy feel to most of the game, too, especially when you watch your monsters train. I told my dinosaur (I call him Raptah, cuz I’m original (KICK PUNCH STYLE IS UNFORGETTABLE!) like that. Smile with tongue out) to meditate to raise his Intelligence, and he ends up sitting on the ground waving his arms around his head as if he’s trying to conjure up some magic something or other. Open-mouthed smile Asking him to Balance (raises Life) is quite funny, too. I’ve personally never seen a dinosaur balance on one leg (I’M HALF CASTE) before. I’ve gotta put him on the trampoline at some point. Open-mouthed smile

I’m gonna get some more games to try out sooner or later, too. I’ll tell ya about them when I play them, but for now, here’s a pro tip. Don’t search for ExVeemon on Google Images. Smile with tongue out It just made me wanna stab some furfags for fucking around with one of the coolest Digimon of the lot. Why did I search for it? Well, I was watching Digimon Season 2 again, and ExVeemon is cool. Smile with tongue out Ah, those were the good old days… when TV wasn’t shite. Open-mouthed smile

Oh, and another tip: If you have a girlfriend, take Chop Chop Master Onion’s advice and hold hands and kick kick and hug hug hai. Wink

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