All’s Fair in Love and Covering Wars – XBox 360 – Dead Rising – 2006

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XBox 360
Capcom
Genre: Action Horror
2006

Zombie games are everywhere. Like the creeping undead they promote, they seem to have vastly grown in number and even when you don’t think they have made their way in, games suddenly have a new mode that has you facing off against the hellish creatures. As someone who swears by Zombie Ate My Neighbors being one of my favorite games of all time, even I have to admit that there’s a lot to look through and not much to be done to make the zombie pseudo-genre feel fresh.

Looking back a bit, though, it didn’t feel like the wave of zombie-centric gaming started to swell until popular games like Resident Evil 4 and Dead Rising hit the scene, bringing a more action-oriented approach to slaying the already slain than many of their predecessors of the era. Plenty of ground had been struck within the Resident Evil series and other one-off titles here and there to give credit where it’s due. At the time of its release, though, Dead Rising felt like a revival of a sort. It was shiny and new while calling back to similar works from film and gaming.

There’s also been about thirteen years of efforts to replicate those shiny and new feelings in a number of ways since. Some have been successful while others have paled in comparison. It only feels right to look back into Capcom’s Dead Rising series, one of the original members of the new wave, and see how it stands up now that so many other games have come around. Plenty of games make a splash and get lost in an ocean of titles and efforts to be the best.

After all of this time, does Dead Rising still hold its own in the arena?
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A Rough Mystical Midnight Ride – Nintendo Entertainment System – Little Nemo: The Dream Master – 1990

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Little Nemo: The Dream Master
Nintendo Entertainment System
Capcom
Genre: Action Platformer
1990

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.

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Not Quite Dead Yet – Playstation 2 – Resident Evil: Outbreak – 2003

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Resident Evil: Outbreak
Playstation 2
Capcom
2003
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?

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Final Fight – An Overview

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.

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One Awfully Fluffy Fish -Nintendo Entertainment System – The Little Mermaid – 1991

THE LITTLE MERMAID
Nintendo Entertainment System
Capcom
(c) 1991
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?

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