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Checkpoint: CAG Appreciation Edition

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First, I’d like to direct your attention to two reviews, my MGS4 and my Space Invaders Extreme one. I enjoyed writing the MGS4 review, but not because I enjoyed the series, but how I managed to not criticize the game to death. It’s very easy to attack a game for its faults, especially a AAA game with valid faults. Anyways, please critique, compliment or comment.

So what is CAG? CAG is CheapAssGamer. They’ve launched a new site this week and since I received both Lost Odyssey and Resistance: Fall of Man this week as well, I thought it would be nice to talk about how awesome CAG is.

So what do I appreciate most about CAG? Well for one, it’s a site dedicated to finding deals for gamers. Not just for the United States, but for the international community. It’s driven by gamers for gamers. Any time I need to check for a gaming deal, I usually hit this forum or RedFlagDeals.com.

Next? The trading. I’m not a fan of selling games. Value is always lost. I’m also not fan dealing with a middleman. At CAG’s Trading Forum, I’ve traded my unwanted gaming goods for something I actually want. “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Of course there’s a risk like with all things on the internet, but with a rating system and a strong community warning others of scammers and sour deals, I’m fairly confident in trading with the folks there. You can check people’s trade histories and the comments people left for them.

The only thing you have to pay for is the shipping.

So what did I trade away?

Lost Odyssey was acquired for a couple of SIXAXIS controllers which were of no use to me since I got Dual Shock 3’s. Resistance: FoM was acquired for BioShock since I had the intent of picking up the PS3 version in October. (Providing it has new content.)

Gaming wise? Working through Ninja Gaiden 2. The game isn’t what I’d hoped for, but I’ll get into that later. I’ve also began playing SoulCalibur for the Sega Dreamcast. Through the VGA adapter, it looks fantastic. Almost as a good as the XBLA release. Maybe? Close enough. At least it has Quest Mode!

There’s a reason for revisiting the stage of history, it’s in preparation for SoulCalibur IV. Think of it as a test of my SoulCalibur love. SoulCalibur II and III were played to a limited degree, but I played the original quite a bit. The fourth installment looks great and it’ll do well with the other fourth installments I’ve accumulated this generation. Damn, just count all them games with “4” at the end.

That’s all for now.

P.S – Happy Independence Day to you Americans.

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