100 LEGO sets

Send for help, as my long time readers know I return to childhood and
buy some mixed old Lego once in a while, only this time it really
went overboard…

I have spent most of the year repeating the pattern:
-Buying
-Cleaning
-Sorting
-Building
-Sorting the left over pieces into my storage systems

My brother has helped with all the sorting and some of the building
and it has been really fun but I am finally ready to move on and
return to the RPGs. I’m starting to go mad from staring at small
plastic pieces all day, haha.


This is from ONE of the cleaning processes, my poor kitchen has looked
like this a few times over lately


And this is from ONE of the general sorting sections, not as specific
as my storage system but enough to build these:


Some mixed city sets, mostly older ones from the 70s and 80s


Here we have the really good stuff, old castles!
Most of these are sets I never owned myself and I never had
any interest in the yellow castle but after building it I
must say that it is a really fun build!


Somehow, I got another yellow castle from another mixed lot, haha.
I combined the figures from both to make one almost complete,
this one is only home to a few horses now.


This is a really mixed one, some nice sets that I owned as a kid
and some from long before my time


Another great one, next to castles, space is the best and this
include a lot of my childhood favorites like the Ice planet mothership,
the cool robot and half an M-Tron army, haha. Really nice!


I can’t believe I got all these! I never had any of them as a kid since
they are mostly from the late 70s and early 80s but seeing and building
them now I can see why they are such collector items today.


Lastly, a brand new set from this month! It’s hard to beat the Lego NES
from last year but this might very well be the best set ever made!
Look up some official better pictures of this blacksmith, it’s amazing to both
build and look at and there was no way I would miss the chance to get it.

Phew, after all this I’m left with this mess:


I have no idea what I will do with them all, it’s literally a hundred
sets including a few duplicates! Here I thought games took a lot of space…
I can’t imagine being a full time Lego collector and I will keep denying
myself as one, even after this and even though I plan on building
2-3 more big sets in the near future.

Thanks for sticking around even when I stray far from Xeno!

Beaten games 2020

Another year, another list, another time me saying how
crazy the list is, haha. But look at it, it really is crazy!

As usual, I only list games that I beat for the first time,
no replays or unfinished ones included.

Also the year I finally decided to beat ALL of my RPGs,
a waste of time or an amazing journey!?
So far it has been a mixed ride for me but it
does feel great to actually play the games that I
spent an eternity and a fortune to collect, hehe.

If you want some stats and best of the
year, check the bottom!

—NES—

Moon Crystal
The only NES game this year, it had
some potential but the slow turning speed
of the character and the bad double jump
ruins it a bit.

—SNES—

Ryuuki Heidan Danzarb
A pretty standard SNES RPG, of course,
that is a good thing!

Sailor Moon Another Story
Hm, I was a bit disappointed with this,
I have heard good things about it over the
years but nothing really stood out for me
in it. Still good but I expected more.

Hero Senki: Project Olympus
I’ve never been a Gundam fan so to me this was
yet another decent but not fantastic RPG.

Aretha II
Yet again, nothing spectacular but nice
to return to the world of Aretha again.

Super Ninja Boy
Hm, this was a bit of a pain.
Beat em up + RPG, it got a bit repetitive.

Super Valis
Just a quick run through, I saw someone else
play it and wanted to do it as well.

Inindo: Way of the Ninja
This was interesting, a lot of people seem to
have missed it even though it was released in
English. Based on Chinese lore and territories that
you can invade/ control. An odd mix of a normal RPG
and a strategy game.

Drakkhen
The world map in this always scared me but I
finally decided to overcome that and it turned
out to be a pretty short game.

Cyber Knight
The precursor of Mass effect!
You can fly around in space and
explore countless pointless planets, wo!
I prefer this over Mass Effect though, haha.

Arcana
Some reviews I checked said this was a good way
to get into first person dungeon crawlers and I
have to agree, pretty simple and easy to get into.

Wizardry I
This was a big step up from Arcana, I never thought that
I would one day beat or even play a Wizardry game but
after mapping everything out and beating the final boss
it feels good to have beaten such a classic and important
game for the genre! Far too much randomness for my taste
is the biggest complaint.

Equinox
Also known as Solstice II, not really an RPG, more
of a puzzle action adventure in isometric view.
Glad I played and added it to the collection
either way!

Jutei Senki
I have always been interested to play this
because of the nice box art and Enix being involved.
It was indeed a good strategy RPG!

Obitus
One of the few US-exclusive SNES RPGs, another dungeon
crawler with a rather interesting world structure. The
dungeon crawling was fine but it has some terrible
dungeons that remind me of Shadowgate.

Brandish
I always deemed this as unplayable because of the shifting “camera”
but once you learn how to navigate, it is a decent game!

Metal Max Returns
More or less the same as the rest of the series, drive around in your
tank in an open world and hunt bounties until you stumble onto the final boss.
Surprisingly good but it’s a bit too much work to constantly upgrade your tanks
and yourself.

Wizardry II: Legacy of Llylgamyn The Third Scenario
More or less identical to the first game, with the surprise
that there is no final boss!!

Shin Megami Tensei
Another big milestone for me, finally beating a game in this series!
It was a pain, it took a long time but I did it and enjoyed it
much more than I thought possible!

Dragon Ball Z: Chou Saiya Densetsu
Ugh, only for the fans, I got very little out of playing this.

Der Langrisser
A really nice strategy/tactic RPG, a bit overwhelmingly large
battles in the beginning but otherwise a joy to play! Quite
high replay value as well with completely different story scenarios.

Tenchi Muyo!: Game Hen
The shortest and easiest strategy/tactic RPG
I have played! Some nice sprites and animations
but not much else to say, very basic.

Jojo’s Bizzare Adventure
Another one for the fans…

Shin Megami Tensei II
More Shin Megami! After beating the first this was very easy
in comparison and I have almost become comfortable with the
first person view by now.

Front Mission
Long overdue to play this and as expected another
quality title from Square! Some really impressive
graphic in there and nice battles.

—GBC—

Star Ocean Blue Sphere
After all these years it was finally possible to play this in
English! I’m so happy! This must be the most ambitious GBC game
made, it more or less have everything from Star Ocean PLUS
a lot from Links Awakening combined on one tiny cartridge!
It’s crazy how much they fit into the game. Sadly I have to
say that it probably would have been better as it’s own game, not
a Star Ocean sequel, but still amazing.

—PS1—

Vandal Hearts
Quite a good strategy/tactic RPG,
both Xeno and Zohar are names of
characters in this, haha!

Parasite Eve 2
More Resident Evil than RPG but
it was good to finally beat this,
the tank controls really ruined it
for me back in the day.

Jade Cocoon
Odd describes this well, I’m not sure
what was going on but it was short
and I beat it with my “starter pokemons”, haha.

Dragon Valor
A simple stage based Action RPG but I
like how time went by and you got to play
a few generations of characters.

Megaman Legends
I don’t have any strong feelings
for this but it is PS1 3D done right
at least with some charming humor.

Megaman Legends 2
An upgrade from the first game in every way!

Beyond the Beyond
Not as bad as some say but the popular term
“generic” sure fits this, haha.

Vanguard Bandits
Another decent strategy/tactic RPG,
they almost always are!

Brigandine
This however is one of the worst, especially
since I spent a fortune to get it, hehe.
One of the most unbalanced games I have played,
the first battle of the game can be the same or
20 times harder than the final battle…
It’s more like playing a board game than
anything else.

Saga Frontier
Oh man, the much dreaded and extra long game!
I’m glad I decided to do one character at a time
between other games instead of all 7 at once.
A LOT of “grinding” for good attacks in this but it did
have some interesting plots and ideas as well as some
amazing environments, I regret nothing!

Guardians Crusade
Hm, I guess the generic term fits again, not bad
but there is so much better you can play out there!

Eternal Eyes
A simple strategy/tactic RPG where I reached max level just by
playing it, haha.

Blood Omen Legacy of Kain
This felt very dated to me and had a lot of
problems, including five buttons for five different
menus, what a mess and a shame because there is some
good in there for sure.

Diablo
Much more playable than I expected and what
a joke Diablo himself was to beat, haha.

Alundra 2
Revenge at last! I used my old save file
to beat this and have to say it was much better than I
remembered, probably because I didn’t compare it to the
first game this time.

King’s Field
The Dark Souls of dark Souls? Another title
I never expected to play or beat ever.
Playing this was truly re-living my first encounter
with Dark Souls but I did it!

Deception Tecmo’s Invitation to Darkness
Hm, this odd game grew on me, hated it at first
but now I almost look forward to the second game and
getting to drop some traps on people again, haha.

Digimon World
The only game were your main character can die
of old age and become a literal pile of crap…
It was an utter pain to play.

Ehrgeiz
I struggled with the first five floors of this dungeon
crawler but once I passed that the rest wasn’t too bad.
Kinda interesting that you have two playable characters
that can save each other if one dies.

—PS2—

Okage Shadow King
The first hour or two was amazing but the
rest is not much to write about…
lovely style, cozy towns, boring dungeons
and unbalanced battles sums it up.

Evergrace
I can’t believe how much Fromsoftware
evolved from this early PS2 game to
Demon’s Souls on early PS3, night and day
but you still see some similarities.

Forever Kingdom
A big upgrade from Evergrace but
what I said there is still true here.

Orphen: Scion of Sorcery
Hm, and odd game with a unique battle system,
fixed number of encounters and some time travel
on top.

Falling Stars
Probably THE worst RPG I have played,
it is only about 5 hours long but 2 of them
are loading screens! It is absolutely terrible.

Monster Hunter
I know a lot of people like this series
but as I suspected it was not for me.
In fact one of the worst time wastes of
my life, ugh.

Virtua Quest
An RPG based on a fighting series
mixed with the .Hack story? Not terrible
at least.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance
Simple and fun hack and slash RPG!

Monster Lab
This is better played on Wii,
it’s filled with mini games clearly
designed for the Wii-mote.

Inuyasha: The Secret of the Cursed Mask
This was a very pleasant surprise,
turn based combat and lovely drawn
environments that reminded me of the
good old Tales of games, ah.

Duel Masters
Hm, barely an RPG maybe but a really good
card game simulator, I’m not a big fan of card
games at all but this one was very good!

RPG Maker II Fu-ma
This dragged on far too long, a simple
demo game of what you can make in the engine.

Phantom Brave
Another revenge for me, I sold my old copy before I beat the
game and found it a bit hard back then. Not as easy to break
as Disgaea but I found a way to get crazy strong and enjoyed the story, haha.

Baldur’s Gate Dark Alliance
It was good. I never have much to say about these hack and slash games,
they just work even if it was a bit much menu juggling with equipment for my
taste.

Forgotten Realms: Demon Stone
Wow, this felt very “PS2” a simple Action RPG,
I always like when you can switch characters
instant with a button!

Eternal Quest
I went in expecting a terrible game but I
actually had some fun going to the bottom
of this dungeon crawler with blasting…
disco music? Haha, an odd soundtrack either way.

Genji Dawn of the Samurai
Another big surprise, this clearly had a
big budget with some impressive visuals
and camera work for the scenes. A shame they reuse
a lot of the environments in the second half of the game.

Legion: The Legend of Excalibur
The PS2 never runs out of Action RPGs!

Xenosaga Episode III demo
Not a game but I include it anyway since
it was so shocking that I never have beaten it
before. As expected, the first area of the game
but with a larger party!

Champions of Norrath
More action! More equipment!

Phantasy Star Universe
Hm, a decent game but I didn’t like ANY
of the characters… a shame. Hard not to think
about Xenosaga in those sci-fi PS2 towns!

Knights of the Temple II
A PAL exclusive RPG! The sidequests was actually pretty
fun to do but the main game is very short and
quite bad.

The Legend of Alon D’ar
This is hard to judge, I had to start it over
an hour in because the start is extremely
unbalanced but after that I kinda liked it! Kinda.

ChoroQ
Ugh, a racing RPG with far too much racing and
too little RPG in it.

—PS4—

Indivisible
It has been compared to Valkyrie Profile and
the expectations were high back when I played the demo
years ago. It is clear the final product could use more
work but it is a good game to me, more of a metroidvania than
expected, in fact, you get more platforming abilities than
in most of them!

Final Fantasy 7 Remake
I have never been so mixed about a game before,
so good and so bad at the same time…

A Plague Tale
I expected rats, I got rats! It feels
like playing any other AAA game and I guess
that is a good rating?

Trails of Mana
Wow, I assumed this would be another half-assed
remake but amazingly I was wrong, to me this is one
of the few remakes that surpasses the original.
I would say in every way but the graphics!

Code Vein
Anime Dark Souls? It is, haha.
Surprisingly good but I can’t believe
how much they steal from Dark Souls
without shame…

YS Memories of Celceta
Maybe a bit too long but as always a
bliss to play some YS!

The Last of Us II
I was never a big fan of the first game
but this is truly impressive! Especially
the environments, the very reason why I played it
at all. It does feel like some parts of the story is
provoking just to be provoking but I’m not easily
provoked and found it interesting.

Never Alone
This is barely a game, more of a documentary
with simple platforming. I played it in co-op
with my sister, otherwise not something I would
have bought or played myself.

Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV
Here it is! The game of the year! Also the longest game I have ever
played which just adds to the amazingness, managing to be interesting
all the way from start to finish. I won’t go into much detail
but the series as a whole keeps climbing the top list a little with
every new title and I never thought I would or could care so much about
a series again!

Mortal Shell
I hoped for a Dark Souls clone but got more of a Sekiro clone…
Some nice environments and a cool final boss, I don’t regret playing
at least!

13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim
The final game of the year! An odd mix of Visual novel, RPG and RTS.
It really balances between interesting and a confusing mess/silliness
but in the end it just managed to win me over to the interesting side.
Really worth to try yourself!

—SWITCH—

Xenoblade Chronicles DE
Finally the version and resolution the game deserves!
I’m very happy this finally exists even if it is 8 years late
or something. Future Connected was a nice addition too!

—PC—

Guacamelee 2
Better than the first one, pure, simple “metroidvania” fun!

Grandia HD
Ah, how nice to replay this! I made sure to do all the
sidequests too. As good as I remembered!

Kunai
It didn’t leave a strong impression but it was a
nice little platform game with double hookshots.

Mindseize
Broken at release and probably still filled of problems,
even if you love sci-fi and metroidvania this still gets a
“maybe” from me.

Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth Record of Lodoss War
This is still not a finished game, more of a demo but it does
look very promising!

Steel Sword Story
A simple one hour game, beat it twice, haha.

Rain World
Phew, this is a platform game for those who think Hollow Knight
was far to easy and far to linear! Extremely open and interesting
but not for everyone.

So, that’s it! Time for some stats and summary:

Best of 2020:

1: Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV
2: Xenoblade Chronicles DE
3: Trails of Mana?

Worst played 2020:

1: Falling Stars
2: Digimon World
3: Monster Hunter

Number of new beaten games: 85
Number of beaten demos: 2
Number of RPGs: 75

I believe that we have an interesting year ahead of us,
both when it comes to new releases and seeing how far
I can get with the 124 remaining SNES, PS1 and PS2 RPGs
on my list!

A Happy New Year to everyone!

Xenosaga flyers and more Xenogears?

I already added these to the collection page but thought I would
do a short post as well just to add something Xeno related, hehe.


First up this very tiny Promo stand for the Episode II Complete Guide,
thanks to shipping, import charges etc. I probably paid a silly price
for such a small item but oh well, I was just happy to get something new!


Next we have a set of Japanese promo flyers for Episode II, III, Freaks and the
DS game! I did have the Episode III one already and maybe freaks too but the
DS one is very nice to get! I don’t think there was one for Episode I so
the set should be complete. All of them in the same size as the normal
inserts but with text and pictures on the inside.
(I have duplicates to sell for all but the DS one)


This might look like old news but actually this is a reprint from 2020!
I was quite surprised to see it and the same price chaos as with Perfect Works
has ensued, original prints selling cheap and new prints selling high when
people don’t know the difference…

And speaking of new Xenogears items it seem like we will get some more
all the way into 2021! SquareEnix has put up a set of 4 model kit Gears for
preorder! I would rather have another built and painted figure myself but
this is still very cool!

The questionable PS2 RPGs

I said that I would try to save up some money after finishing the PS1
collection but instead my account shows a zero and here we have 15 more games, haha!

As the title says I decided to add a few more games that I either
missed completely or didn’t define as RPGs when I collected PS2 games
a few years ago.

Knights of the Temple II is the Italian version because it is quite hard
to find the UK version but at least the game itself is in English,
Drakan is the Nordic edition since it was just easier and cheaper to
get over here.

Not too much else to say, I have already added them all to my playlist
and even beaten Eternal Quest and Genji already!

It feels good to have these and call the PS2 collection complete… again!

The PS1 collection is complete!

Every RPG fans dream, a full set of every RPG released in English for PS1
is finally mine!

Well, the dream of SFC and PS2 was stronger for me but this is still
very amazing, I know I’m far from the first to complete this set but
I am very happy to have done it at last.

It has been almost three years of active collecting I believe and about
18 passive, hehe. The very first PS1 game I bought and the reason I got
the console at all was the greatest hits version of Chrono Cross, I still
have that but of course, no greatest hits or platinum allowed in
the collection!

The last game to enter the collection was… Saga Frontier 2, I used to
own it years ago but didn’t realize I had sold it until I was in the middle
of taking these photos, haha! Luckily a friend could get me a copy fast
and we can finally bask in the glory of them all.

As with the PS2 collection it is a mix of PAL and NTSC for the same reasons,
some only saw a release in PAL, some are cheaper for me to get that way,
some look better and some hold sentimental value so it’s going to be mixed
either way. I might switch some more to NTSC if I see a good deal but
for now I am very happy with the collection.

You can always spend time upgrading the condition of some titles but overall
they are all in very good shape, a few need new plastic cases
(less than 10 of them), Alundra is missing the manual (but not map) and
Tales of Destiny sadly needs new inlays.

I don’t want to mention what this collection costed in the end,
a terrible time to buy and import these at the moment, getting them all
on release would have costed me less… Oh well, I regret nothing!

As you might see I included a few questionable games like Harvest Moon and
a few that might be more Action than RPG games but feel free to tell me if
you think I should add something more, there are no complete or
absolute RPG lists or collections out there, there will always be a debate
what even defines the genre after all.

Lastly, thanks as usual to everyone who have helped me build the collection
by selling, trading or buying from me!

Out of these 90 games I still have 35 left to beat, the collecting might have
ended but I still have some quality time left with the PS1, hehe.

Overview:

(A few are not in this shelf)

PAL:

NTSC:

Special:

The other 150 RPGs

First of, you might or might not have noticed that I made the upgrade to
the site, it means more pictures, shorter URL to get here and if there ever
was any ads they should also be gone now!

Today will however just be another boring list, hehe.

As I have said before my master plan was to slow down on the playing side
once I beat 1000 games but anyone who have seen my Instagram knows the
opposite has happened, I’m playing more than ever!!

After returning to some of the favorites that I wanted to replay for years
I realized that my memory of them were nearly perfect and almost none of
them need to move up or down the top list. I also realized that I still
enjoy the feeling of exploring and beating new games just as much,
all I needed was a small break.

Some would just call this a backlog, I will call it the other 150 RPGs, haha.
These are all the translated SFC, PS1 and PS2 games I have left to play.
Most of them are games I never planned on playing and just bought to
complete the collections but I have decided to give them all a chance!
There are some I would call terrible in there and this is not a promise
to actually beat them all but that will be the goal for the next… years.

It’s just how I am I guess, needing a goal like this. I will keep giving
short updates from every game on Instagram like I have recently done and
maybe a longer post here every 10 games or so, we’ll see.

The list may need a few changes but these are more or less the ones I stand
before, I plan to mix it up by never playing the same console twice in a row.

Wish me luck, it will be needed with some of these titles!

SFC:

Last bible 3
Kyuuyaku Megami Tensei
Shin Megami Tensei
Shin Megami Tensei 2
Shin Megami Tensei if…
Wizardry II: Story of Llylgamyn
Wizardry III: Story of Llylgamyn
Wizardry Gaiden IV: Throb of the Demon’s Heart
Wizardry V: Heart of the Maelstrom
Wizardry: Bane of the Cosmic Forge
Dream Maze (yume meikyuu)
Brandish 2
Dungeon Master
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons: Eye of the Beholder
Might and Magic: Book II
Might and Magic III: Isles of Terra
Ultima: Runes of Virtue II
Cyber Knight 2
The Adventure of Hourai High School
Jojos bizzare adventure
Princess minerva
Metal max returns
Dragon Ball Z: Chou Saiya Densetsu
Dragon Ball Z Super Gokuden: Kakusei-Hen?
J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings: Volume 1
Shodai Nekketsu Kouha Kunio-Kun?
Torneko no Daibouken: Fushigi no Dungeon
Romancing SaGa 2
RPG Maker Super Dante ?
RPG Maker 2 ?
Uncharted Waters
New Horizons
Galaxy Robo
Front Mission
FEDA
der langrisser
Dai-4-Ji Super Robot Taisen
Dai-3-Ji Super Robot Taisen
Kidou Senshi Gundam: Cross Dimension 0079
Kidou Senshi Gundam F91: Formula Senki 0122
Majin Tensei
Majin Tensei 2
SD Gundam G Next
Tenchi Muyo!: Game Hen

PS1:

Arc the lad 2
Arc the lad 3
Persona
Persona 2
King’s Field
King’s Field 2
Digimon World
Digimon World 2
Digimon World 3
Tecmo’s Deception
Kagero Deception 2
Deception 3 Dark Delusion
Torneko the Last Hope
Monkey hero
Alundra 2
Darkstone
Shadow Madness
Azure dreams
Guardian’s Crusade
Crusaders of Might and Magic
Blaze and Blade
Shaolin
Technomage
Gauntlet legends
Legacy of Kain Blood Omen
Shadow Tower
Diablo
Ehrgeiz
Battle Hunter
Warriors of Might and Magic
Vandal Hearts 2
Legend of Kartia
Front Mission 3
Dragon Seeds
Saiyuki: Journey West
Ogre Battle
Monsterseed
Eternal eyes
Thousand Arms

PS2:

Persona 3 FES
Persona 4
SMT Digital Devil Saga 1
SMT Digital Devil Saga 2
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner 2: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King Abaddon
Future Tactics
Eternal Poison
Front Mission 4
Chaos Wars
Stella Deus
Phantom Brave
La Pucelle Tactics
Phantasy Star Universe: Ambition of the Illuminus
Phantasy Star Universe
Digimon World 4
Digimon World Data Squad
Champions of Norrath
Champions: Return to Arms
RPG Maker II
RPG Maker 3
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2
EverQuest Online Adventures: Frontiers?
EverQuest Online Adventures?
Summoner
Summoner 2
Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance
Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance II
Romancing SaGa
Unlimited Saga
Eternal Ring
Tsugunai: Atonement
Colosseum: Road to Freedom
King’s Field: The Ancient City
The Bard’s Tale
Legaia 2: Duel Saga
Monster Hunter
Gladius
Gauntlet: Seven Sorrows
Wizardry: Tale of the Forsaken Land
Magic pengel
Sega Megadrive Collection?
Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel
Jade Cocoon 2
Dark Angel: Vampire Apocalypse
Inuyasha: The Secret of the Cursed Mask
Justice League Heroes
Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories
Monster Lab
The Legend of Alon D’ar
Virtua Quest
X-Men Legends
The Nightmare of Druaga: Fushigino Dungeon
Dokapon Kingdom
Duel Masters
River King: A Wonderful Journey
Forgotten Realms: Demon Stone
Wild Arms 5

A True Xeno Treasure

It is long overdue to reveal this one or even add a post at all.

Anyone who have followed me on Instagram knows that the PS1 collection is
coming along nicely and that I’m playing as much as ever but I have not
spoiled this item.

Actually I have had it about a year already and have still not taken any
good pictures or told anyone about it.

Behold these massive stacks of… papers!

You won’t get any more detailed pictures than this today but as you might
make out these are the final scripts used when recording the
English voices of Xenosaga Episode I

There are two different sets, one belonged to Lia Sargent
(Shion’s voice actor) and the MASTER script belonging to the
voice director himself.

I won’t name any names but all of these were stored at the
voice directors house, sadly he passed away a few years ago but
a lucky thing in this sad tale is that a relative saw the value
in these items and sold them instead of throwing away.

Not only does this include the final scripts with every single line
in the game, it also includes a lot of personal notes, including salaries
and working hours for the actors, some alternate candidates who didn’t get
the roles, emails to and from namco clearing up things in the script etc.

It can only be described as a true Xeno treasure! I will check everything
again sometime and give you some more detailed pictures of none-sensitive
pages but I have not found anything TRULY mindboggling in there, the biggest
surprise to me was that realians still wasn’t called realians in the
final script, it is manually changed in last minute!

I am very very grateful to the one who saved these, it was unfortunate
timing with my move last year and I spent a large part of my budget
to get these but in the end I managed to sell of enough items before
the move to compensate, all well in the end!

The seller actually had a third set, clean without any notes,
I didn’t see a reason to hog that one and it later went to another collector
out there. I suspect that there might exist a few more either at namco
or in the hands of one of the other voice actors but the voice directors set
is of course the most interesting followed by Lia Sargents filled with
notes about pronunciation, mood of the scene etc.

Phew!

Lastly, it seems that I have reached my limit when it comes to this free blog,
I can’t add a single more picture! I should have compressed all those
moving pictures… Either way, I will have to make an upgrade before you get
to see any more pictures and it seems to cost 48Euro (per year), hmm.

T-elos and Instagram

Hello!

It has been two long weeks with a very stubborn cold for me but now
I’m finally feeling better and thought I would make a small update.

First of all I have finally set up my Instagram account, a lot of
collectors show their collections over there so I thought I should join too.
It is quite fast and easy to upload pictures and find others
with similar interests so I can see why it’s popular.

For now I plan to upload one picture from every game I play but expect
to also see some collectibles faster than I can upload them here.
Either way it will not replace this as the number one place to see
my collection considering the limited resolution etc.

https://www.instagram.com/xenocollector/

Next up we have the first Xeno item of the year:

Boom! This is where even I start to question what I’m doing with my money
and the collection. I could probably have waited even longer and gotten
a better price but I have already postponed buying this since
the release (2014) and since I sold a large set of Xeno items at once
the money went straight back into this so basically a trade
(that’s what I tell myself at least, haha).

It might look like dust or scratches in the picture but apparently the
box is very glittery, I did not know that until now, probably because
cameras have a hard time capturing it. Either way a really nice box
that I probably should display at least.

Still a bit torn about these “garage kits” but it is fully licensed and
one of the biggest and most luxurious after all so I guess it’s a must!

A strong start to the Xeno year but like I have promised over and over,
I have a lot of items from last year yet to be revealed!

2020 the year of… PS1 collecting?

Haha, maybe not ideal and not something I would have
guessed I would postpone this far into the future but
I really hope this will be the year when I finally complete
my english PS1 RPG collection.

This is atleast a VERY good start:

These were NOT cheap, but I’m just so happy to have found them both and
without having to import them, not to mention both in top condition!
I look forward to play Ogre Battle someday, not in the mood
at the moment though (I know how long it is)

Thanks to a friend I can also erase these two from the wanted list!
How fitting that I just beat Grandia HD (still just as good today).
King’s Field will need some more cleaning, that sticker residue was
quite stubborn, otherwise a nice and quite rare
Nordic edition of the game.

15 games to go!

Beaten games 2019

It’s that time again!

I’m as excited as ever to see everyone’s lists, this time including all
those decade lists even if they are starting to get a bit tiresome…
Oh well, I will probably do one as well, haha.

But let’s start with this year, what a year, it will always be remembered
as the big moving year but also the year that I finally beat my 1000th game!
Considering all the moving this is a more impressive list than expected.

—NES—

Faxanadu
Wo, some childhood revenge, I really like the world design in this when
you realize that the entire games is inside a giant tree!
One of the few NES RPGs I have beaten.

—SNES—

Lennus II
This game really deserves a proper review, I’m still surprised how much I
liked this odd world. I was kinda prepared from the first game and was
able to look past the strange graphic and setting but was still surprised
how many other unique elements the game have.

La Wares
This game has some serious balancing issues and you can easily get stuck
and probably make your save file useless…

Slayers
Another anime/manga based game, most of the game was standard SNES RPG
but a twist in the later parts actually surprised me and raised
the game a point or two!

Heracles no Eiko 4
Wow! Why have I not played this earlier! This turned out to be a
top tier game, securing a place in top 100 at least!

Villgust
This might very well be THE worst RPG that I have ever played
or at least beaten! Stay away!

Record of Lodoss War
A really nice game with HORRIBLE maze dungeons, a shame.

Ancient Magic: Bazoe! Mahou Sekai
A very straight forward RPG, it moves forward in a quite high tempo,
nothing spectacular but yet another good RPG

Front Mission Gunhazard
Once again a mystery why I haven’t played this earlier,
it’s Square and it’s an interesting mix of RPG/platform/shooter.

Magna Braban
Very short, very standard RPG, I love em all!

Silva Saga 2
Very short, very standard RPG, I love em all!

Shadowrun
Ugh, this was a long time coming revenge, I have tried to play this
so many times without any progress. A few peeks in a guide,
savestates and determination finally saw me trough.
I played the official Swedish version, one of very few we got!

Ranma 1/2
Like Slayers this was also based on manga/anime and also had some
surprising end game stuff. Clearly it’s made for longtime fans either way.

Daikaijyuu Monogatari
Oh man, another surprising top tier game, I see this as the lost cousin
of Lufia. In fact I enjoyed it so much I also beat the sequel!

Daikaijyuu Monogatari 2
This doesn’t even have a fan translation yet but I just had to play it
anyway since the first one was so good.(this was too) Will beat again
if the fan translation ever gets released.

Burning Heroes
Eh!? This is the predecessor to Octopath Traveller, it follows the same
structure, eight characters that barely interact with each other and follow
their own story through the world. It was quite interesting but also gets a
bit tedious since you visit some places eight times…

Heracles no Eiko 3
Not as amazing as part 4 but a good game to say the least!

Chaos Seed
I wrote a long post about this, the 1000th game!
Even if it wasn’t it would still be a game to remember,
such a massive unique game it is.

Super Pang!
I just needed a mindless game like this

—Playstation—

Castlevania Chronicles
I played on “original mode” and it might have been the
hardest game in the series, even medusa gave me problems!

—Switch—

Trials of Mana
To think we finally got an official version! Still filled
with problems but amazing in a lot of ways.
(how is there not a 3-player option)

Seiken Densetsu
This was also overdue to beat, even more and worse menu handling
than Links Awakening but otherwise not bad.

Zelda Link’s Awakening
It fixed the biggest problem of the original, added a few new problems
and also some new nice details, collectables, shortcuts etc.
It doesn’t replace the original but I will return to both of them
more than once again!

Luigis Mansion 3
This was the true sequel I wanted! I’m not a big fan of Nintendo’s
boss design in this or other games but otherwise a perfect game to
end the year on!

—Playstation 4—

Tales of Vesperia Definitive Edition
Yep, it’s Vesperia. It was a pleasure to return to all
these years later.

A Way Out
Nowhere near Brothers but if you have a friend to play with, do it.

Kingdom Hearts III
Hmm, the pressure was probably too much on this one, some of the worlds
are fantastic and the combat is by far the best in the series but the main
story is sadly lacking and wrapped up far too quickly in the end,
only to give us another cliffhanger and long wait…

Red Dead Redemption 2
I expected a MASSIVE game, beat it on a weekend, haha.
I just cannot grasp how beautiful the world and it’s graphics are,
it’s not the most expensive game ever made for naught.
Also the “big twist” in the story is something I really appreciated

Sekiro
This was by far the biggest disappointment of the year, I was skeptical from
the very first trailer but playing it was just a pain, I beat it,
got the best ending, sold it, I don’t want to hear about it ever again. Ugh.

Unravel 2
Simple, gorgeous, co-op, no reason not to play

Bloodstained Ritual of the Night
I did have fun playing this and trying out all the weapons but I would
rather just play Sotn once again, sadly.

Dark Souls Remastered
It was a bigger difference than expected between this and the original
xbox360 version I played a few years ago, a MUCH smoother experience.
Also provokingly easy, this time it took less than 20 hours to do
everything including the DLC that I never played before.

Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel 3
99 hours later, S rank etc. The ending has made me very upset!!
Seeing characters return from Trails in the Sky, spending hundreds of
hours with some of them and ending on cliffhangers, this might end up as
the second worst wait of my life… I’m already considering just importing
the japanese version of part 4, also the game of the year.
And by now the series as a whole has skyrocketed on the top 1000 list.

Darksiders 3
The worst technical mess I have seen in years! Below that is a quite nice
game with a Metroid/Dark Souls world that I enjoyed exploring.

—PC—

Wizard of Legend
Another random generated game… I had seen everything in the game after
1 hour, beat it after 19 more, NEVER MORE THIS GENRE!

Shrouded in Sanity
This must be the roughest of the rough diamonds, it’s very unlikely anyone will
enjoy this, but I somehow did.

Aggelos
Quite nice platformer, a bit slow maybe.

The Banner Saga
I knew this would be good, and it was but I don’t want to see where the story
goes in the sequels…

The Gardens Between
Pleasant to look at, nothing more, barely a game

Heroes of Hammerwatch
Finally played this, everything I expected, more of the same, just what I
wanted! It is randomly generated BUT in this one case it works well and it
has one of the best and most interesting shortcut systems I have seen to skip
earlier floors. The town is also a really nice and cozy addition.

Count Lucador
A cute little horror game!

Shadows of Adam
If you like the RPGs of old there is no reason not to play this!
It feels like a classic RPG with everything unnecessary cut out.

Blasphemous
Those pixels! A few bugs aside the only thing to complain about in this
“metroidvania” is the fact that exploring and returning to old areas
didn’t feel fun or rewarding enough even if there is much to find.

Venture Kid
A simple but fun Mega man clone, not much to say!

GRIS
More of a game than I expected but in the end the same story and tricks
that I have seen over and over.
Nice to look at of course, should have played on the big screen!

Armortale
Final game of the year, yet another platformer, the selling point being
a quick switch between armors, each with unique abilities.
A good game, I have just played so many of them.

That’s it! 46 beaten this year, 1000+ in total!
As usual I don’t include any “re-beaten” games but I want to mention
that I finally returned and got 112% and all achievements in Hollow Knight,
those who know what that includes know!
Also I beat new game +7 in Dark Souls 3
(the ultimate challenge that game has to offer)

I have no intention of ever going for 2000 or another goal with the
beaten games, I will just stick to new releases that I REALLY think will be
good and keep returning to some of my favorites, from SNES, PS1 and PS2.

Oh and lastly, top 3 2019:

1: Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel 3 (by far)
2: Kingdom Hearts III
3: Indivisble (I haven’t beaten it yet but close enough to rank it)