Little Nemo: The Dream Master
Nintendo Entertainment System
Genre: Action Platformer
Growing up, there were a few movies that I found myself addicted to. Like most kids- whether my parents liked it or not- I insisted on watching certain cartoons until my VCR had them memorized.
One of those movies was ‘Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland’, a story of a young boy who lives out wild escapades in his dreams and inevitably saves the surreal world of Slumberland from the forces of evil that had been locked away (until he showed up, but that’s another story for another time).
I found out that there was a Little Nemo video game, and I was floored. Not only had this game been out already for a couple of years by that time, but I could play through the movie that I had watched almost daily. How amazing was that for my six-or-so-year-old brain to take in?
Well, it wouldn’t be until about a week ago that I actually played through and finished that game. Sit down and little me tell you a little story about Little Nemo: The Dream Master.
Resident Evil: Outbreak
Genre: Survival/Action Horror
There are a few horror series in the video game world that have stood the test of time, even though most have had fluctuation reviews and success. Among the most well known is the Resident Evil series, which even now is revving up to head into its seventh installment in the main series. Like most series, Resident Evil has had its own spin-offs. Among those stands Resident Evil: Outbreak. Personally, I have fond memories of playing this game in college, though plenty of newer fans to the series did not have the opportunity to play the game in its heyday.
Outbreak had a clear distinction from its predecessors. In an effort to bring a new level to the survival horror landscape, Capcom opened online servers to bring their latest installment to online play. Allowing a number of players to play together was meant to expand the series in a new direction and bring fans of the series together in a way that games like Left 4 Dead and Dead by Daylight do in the current industry. With the official servers having been shut down years ago, though, how does the game hold up today? In a series as established as Resident Evil, where does this oft overlooked entry land?
Recently, I decided to veer away from the myriad of RPGs and current games I’m engrossed in so that I could expend a little energy on a couple of BEUs. A couple of them have nostalgic meaning to me, as I mentioned way back with my review of The Peacekeepers. There’s one that I remembered distinctly, as I used to play it with my mother years ago (for the record, she was damn good).
That game was Final Fight 2.
Based on some fond memories, I decided to dig out the old Final Fight games and play through them a bit. The being said, anyone who has played these games knows that there isn’t a huge difference between the main entries of the series, though there are touches here and there. Hence, here is my look at the core series for Final Fight as a whole.
THE LITTLE MERMAID
Nintendo Entertainment System
Genre: Action Adventure
Disney has had its hand in numerous video game ventures in the past and in more recent days, including the Kingdom Hearts series, the Ducktales games, and plenty of other titles. There are very few Disney movies that have not had some kind of video game treatment, and The Little Mermaid is no different. Plenty of these ventures have been successful and some of them, not so much. Where does Ariel’s adventure fall, and how does it stack up today?
Genre: Horror Platformer
Admittedly, I haven’t had the most exposure to the Super Nintendo. It’s not that I find it a bad system by any means, but I have a lack of exposure outside of big name titles and two player games I’d enjoy with friends. When digging around to find out more about Ghouls n’ Ghosts, I found a spin-off series that I realized I had played back on my Game Boy – Gargoyle’s Quest. In particular, though I had played the original game, I was intrigued to try Demon’s Crest, the entry in the series on the SNES.