I definitely drew inspiration for that part of the article from Sotenga, as I had Strider Returns: Journey From Darkness in my mind the entire time I was writing it.
Really? Awwww... I'm quite flattered that my unbridled rage could actually do some good. ;D
The masochist in me took it upon myself to give PP2 a try. Dear lord, does it suck effervescent donkey phallus. I couldn't get past the second opponent, but then I said to myself, "do you really want to waste any more time on this game than you already have?" Well... I kinda did. Seems that I have a penchant for playing bad games for no adequate reason. Why do I still have the rom of Bokosuka Wars? Nobody knows.