Quality reviews of computer and video games, from Pong and Pac-Man to present.

2 / 25 / 2015

Ah, finally ... Rolling Thunder (Arcade, 3/5). I remember playing this on MAME back around 2002-03 or so, then it stopped working with an update ... and never worked again. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate the work the MAME devs do for free and all that, but apparently they have some Borg attitude toward development where if a game works in one iteration, it's totally fine with them if it's broken in every future iteration as long as it worked that one time ten years ago, all that matters is Assimilating new games with every update. Anyway, finally found some "new version" floating around that works, so yep.

While we're on the subject of shooty games in the Badass Platformer mold, how about Vice Project Doom (NES, 3/5) as well. Shameless clone of Ninja Gaiden, but at least it has the decency to be fun.

2 / 20 / 2015

Got some strategy-RPGin' goin' on today with Suikoden IV (PS2, 2/5) and Fire Emblem Gaiden (NES, 3/5). Also finally got another article/editorial/whatever up, inspired by this recent fuss over Eurogamer dropping review scores - the site's position paper on the subject, if you will.

2 / 15 / 2015

Today we have JRPG-style games made by Westerners for the PC. Septerra Core (3/5) came out back in the late '90s and was an attempt to do Squaresoft's style of the time, while Space Funeral (NR) is just some guy from Moonside mucking around with RPG Maker.

2 / 10 / 2015

FPS'in it up today with Jedi Knight: Dark Forces 2 (PC, 3/5) and F.E.A.R. (PC, 3/5)

2 / 5 / 2015

I guess today's theme is "chesty women in impractical outfits firing off heavy weaponry." And in that line we have Tomb Raider: Legend (PC, 3/5), first of the series reboots along with Anniversary, and Soldier Girl Amazon (Arcade, 3/5), a pretty shameless clone of Commando but with an Amazonian warrioress toting a laser cannon.

1 / 31 / 2015

oooOOOOooo it's ... not even close to Helloween. Nevertheless, we got Spooks today. One game about micromanaging them, one game about saving girls from them. Don't ask Congress which is which though, they'll have no clue.

Anyway, Ghost Master (PC, 2/5) is kinda like the obscure spiritual sequel to obscure house-haunting game The Haunting Starring Polterguy. Except it somehow makes an RTS out of the Sims engine and has you managing a team of spooky special operatives. And I know that Fingered at Freddy's or whatever is the indie horror hotness right now but instead we're gonna play Night Trap (Sega CD, 2/5), to which it probably owes some debt.

1 / 27 / 2015

♫ You don't have to be lonely ... with hornyfarmers dot cooom! ♫ Singin' songs about the Southland today with Redneck Rampage, a weird experiment with the Duke Nukem 3D engine (PC, 2/5), and The Adventures of Bayou Billy, which I swear I'd reviewed before but apparently not (NES, 1/5). City folks just don't get it!

1 / 23 / 2015

Life is a Japanese time management game. You actually can't blame Japan for Campus (PC, 2/5), which takes the whole "student life visual novel" style but somehow crams it into an engine resembling Fallout 1 and 2. And I don't think Japan is directly responsible for Long Live The Queen either (PC, 3/5), though it rocks the whole moe animu visual novel style. Tempting to compare it to Princess Maker, but it's really a different type of game, and packed with adorable deaths.

1 / 15 / 2015

♫ Swords ... and tequila ... will carry us through the update! ♫ Today we have Brutal Legend (PC, 4/5), rockin' paean to an era that I was just a *little* too young for ... I did like Def Leppard when I was like 8 though. We also have the very obscure Gooka 2: Mystery of Janatris (PC, 3/5), an odd adventure-RPG hybrid based on a fantasy novel series that's big in Czechoslovakia. I can't say it ties in with the metal theme in any way, other than that you're swinging medieval weaponry around and some of the characters look like they could be heshers.

1 / 6 / 2015

Kicking off the new year with FULL SCREEN ANIMATION!!! The Last Express (3/5) and Jack Orlando (2/5) both went hard with the presentation but left something to be desired in the gameplay. Both are adventure games for PC.

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