Saturday, January 25, 2014
Saturday, January 18, 2014
This game is a shoot em up for the Genesis. Good shoot em ups on the Genesis are few and far between and this one is not very good. The graphics are crude for a 16 bit system and the game play is not very good. You start out on a hover bike thing that moves left and right and shoots. You collect different power ups along the way like wide shot, missiles, and laser beams. You can control the speed of the hover bike as well. After you beat 2 stages with the hover bike with a mini boss on each stage, you then switch to a ship that can go up and down as well as left and right. The 3rd stage is where you fight the main boss which is not super hard. The game does get harder as you progress through it. Overall I give this game a 4 out of 10. Crude game play was really the factor that knocked this one way down in rating. It plays like about at least 30 other Genesis games that must use the same engine as this game does.
Friday, January 17, 2014
PacMan and Ms PacMan had a baby. Enter Jr. PacMan wearing a beanie. This is an arcade port for the Atari 2600. This is probably the best arcade port on the system. The first PacMan on the 2600 was a huge failure. Probably the worst game on the system. They made up for it with this game. It plays real smooth and the sound is surprisingly good for the 2600. The screen scrolls up and down as you move. It holds the same basic concept of any PacMan game. You go around eating dots and avoiding the 4 ghosts. You get the power pellets and the ghosts turn blue for a short period where you can eat them for points. You then collect items that dance around the screen for points. Do I really have to explain PacMan? Anyway, there are good games on the 2600, you just have to dig deep for them. I give this game an 8 out of 10.
Beat em up game for the Gamecube. The system has plenty of them. This game is alright, nothing real special about it. You have a variety of moves and special attacks. You can pick things up and use them as weapons or throw them at enemies. You switch between Bruce Banner and the hulk. When you are in Bruce Banner mode, you sneak around and solve puzzles. When you are in Hulk mode, you destroy things and beat people up. The controls are very easy to master and the game play is ok. The game can get really repetitive fast though. It seems like you keep fighting the same enemies over and over again with no progress. I got bored of the game real quick. Overall, I give the game 6 out of 10 stars. No a horrible game but not a great one either.
Thursday, January 16, 2014
This game sucks. See the above title screen and game play screen? That's it, that's the whole game. While I am not a fan of simulation games, I try to be open minded about every game I play. This game is just horrible. It is kind of like a Star Trek wannabe. You fly around space looking for enemies to attack with lasers and torpedoes. It is super boring and there is really no point. One of the worst games I have ever played on anything. 0 out of 10 stars. Stay away from this game unless you just need it for your collection.
This was one of my favorite shoot em ups when I was a teenager playing my SNES. These days, I would not say it is one of my favorites. It is a great game though. It is a port of an arcade game called area 88. It plays identical to the arcade version. The beauty of the SNES at the time it came out was that it was up to par with most arcade games. There were a ton of awesome arcade ports for the SNES but that's a different story. The game is a side scroller. You start out picking between 3 characters which I guess have different attributes, but they seem the same to me. You can buy special weapons and better planes as the game progresses. You get more money by shooting down planes and blowing up ground targets. You also get score in addition to the money. After you get to the end of a stage you fight a boss and then you can select your next stage. You usually have the option to select between 3 or 4 stages. The game has smooth animation, great sound and music, and awesome game play. You can also pick between easy, normal, and hard modes. If you like shoot em ups, I highly recommend this one. Since it is a common game you can pick it up fairly cheap. I give it a 8 out of 10 overall.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
This is a pretty cool game. Lots of different options and game play. My favorite is the movie mode. You work your way through the 5 Rocky movies fighting different opponents. You train between rounds with 5 different training regiments. You can auto train for a guaranteed 5 skill points or try your luck with manual mode for a max of 10 skill points. The game gets progressively harder and always stays fun. The control is really easy to figure out and easy to use. The game has very high re-playability. Try your luck against the favorites from the movies. You can fight against Apollo Creed, Ivan Drago, Clubber Lang, and Tommy Gunn. Overall I give it a 7 out of 10. The graphics could have been a little better for the Gamecube in my opinion but the game play and story are great.
Another tank sim game... I am not a big fan of simulation games. This game is not bad, its just not for me. You go through different missions and it appears that all you do in the game is drive a tank and blow up other tanks. I lose interest in the game very fast. You can control your speed and switch weapons, and turn 360 degrees. There is not a whole lot goin on in the game. I give it a neutral 5 out of 10.
Sunday, January 12, 2014
This is a really fun racing game. I would say the best on the 2600. Very smooth graphics and game play. You start out having to pass 200 cars. It is timed, so you can't go slow. The cars appear at random places and it it your job to avoid them. The control in simple; left and right, and fire button for gas. You hold down the fire button to go faster and you let go to slow down. There is no brake. Scoring is simply your mileage which goes up quicker the faster you go. As time progresses, you go from morning, to afternoon, to driving on snow, then back to dry pavement. It then becomes dusk, night time, foggy night time, and then morning again. The game has great replay value and is a must have in my opinion for anyone's 2600 collection. Overall I give it a 8 out of 10. I think it would have been a perfect game if the added braking control by pulling back on the joystick.