With Honey Comes the Sting – Sega Dreamcast – Blue Stinger – 1999

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Sega Dreamcast
Climax Graphics/Activision
Genre: Action Adventure
1999

During its launch in the US, Sega’s new Dreamcast console released with 18 games in tow. While that’s not a paltry number for the time, there were only a handful of recognizable titles in the mix like Sonic Adventure and Mortal Kombat Gold. Titles like Soulcalibur and House of the Dead 2 weren’t exactly household titles yet but were familiar to the arcade going crowd. Then, there was a host of games to file under the “unknown” label; intellectual properties that were getting the chance to grow and become new franchises on a sparkly new system.

Blue Stinger is the system’s sole attempt at a straight-up action adventure game from their launch. With the newly formed Climax Graphics at the helm and heavyweight publisher Activision helping the game, it looked to be a formidable attempt at starting a new series in the vein of Dino Crisis and other success stories from the time. I still remember seeing a hefty amount of advertising pushing the game in magazines, and my best friend at the time had grabbed a copy almost immediately because it looked so good.

Unfortunately, I didn’t remember much about playing it aside from the opening scenes when I dove into it recently. As a huge fan of the Dreamcast and its unique library, Blue Stinger is a game I’ve been meaning to take a trip through given its strange existence in the gaming community today- plenty of folks seem not to remember the game exists and those who do have polarizing views on it.

Having dug my heels in to finish it recently, I have my own thoughts on it to share on both how it holds up and regarding its place in gaming at the time. Continue reading

Twitter Topic – What is Your Favorite Game for Every Year You’ve Been Alive?

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Everyone loves talking about their favorite games.  That is, after all, part of what being a ‘favorite’ is all about.  Recently on Twitter, some folks came up with an idea: “what are your favorite games from each year you’ve been alive?”

Sure.  I can talk about 30+ games.  I love games.  I know what my favorite things are.  I thought to myself how simple this could be.

I was also terribly wrong.

Filtering through the lists of games that came out from each year, I was a little stumped in the early years, and by the time I got to the Super Nintendo days, I had to slough off a lot of games to narrow them down to my favorite for that year.

Special thanks to The Well-Red Mage (whose awesome site is here and well worth a visit once you’re done here) for doing his own list that inspired me on to do mine!

Now, without rambling on any further, my list of favorites games from each year I’ve been on this Earth-

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Faster Than The Speed of Sound Part 2 – Sega Dreamcast – Sonic Adventure 2 – 2001

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Sonic Adventure 2
Sega Dreamcast
Sega
© 2001
Genre: Action-Adventure Platformer

Last week, I spoke about the first of Sega’s last great games in the Sonic franchise.  If Sonic Adventure was just hitting the top of the mountain peak of a great franchise, then Sonic Adventure 2 is hitting a similar spot… on the other side of that mountain peak, going back down.  While it was action packed with good gameplay, this was the game that started trying to add a little too much edge to our spiny blue speedster, trying to push a story that fell a bit flat.

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Faster Than The Speed of Sound – Sega Dreamcast – Sonic Adventure – 1999

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Sonic The Hedgehog, King of the 90’s. Note the totally radical attitude and obnoxiously colored shoes!

Sonic Adventure
Sega Dreamcast
Sega
© 1999
Genre: Action-Adventure Platformer

In the world of Sonic, many purists will tell you that the series hit it’s peak while the series was still in it’s infancy. Sonic the Hedgehog 3 and Sonic & Knuckles (or both together, as they were often played) are generally considered the height of the series just before it jumped the shark (or in this case, the killer whale). While they were definitely the height of the series, I feel that the two games that were released on the Dreamcast, the last system that Sega put out, were the height and fall of the series: Sonic Adventure and Sonic Adventure 2. Today’s article will feature Sonic Adventure. Continue reading

A Billion Dollar Idea – Sega Dreamcast – Illbleed – 2000

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ILLBLEED
(c) 2000
Crazy Games
Genre: Action Horror

The legacy of the Sega Dreamcast is a sad tale, considering some of the quality games that came out of the system before its short life ended. While we’ve been seeing resurgences of Dreamcast games in various mediums lately, there are some titles that will most likely not see the same treatment- a
quirky horror title by the name of Illbleed being one of them. While there were a few horror related games that graced the Dreamcast, Illbleed holds a cult status and mostly with good reason. Continue reading