Western Technologies Inc
Genre: Action Platformer
It’s been said before, on this very blog: franchise games tend to be cringe-worthy. Once in a blue moon, clever developers realize that they shouldn’t make a game based on a franchise merely to sell games, but they ought to put some damn effort into it, and maybe check out the source material. Tapping into a long established franchise to produce a game that does both of these things is a rarity. Considering how old this particular comic franchise was, and that it had been dug into before (and after), it was unsurprising that the Genesis’ X-Men came to be. Continue reading
This wacky cast of lovable characters look like something out of a Saturday Morning Cartoon series.
Digging through my catalogue of games to write, I realized we have been heavily neglecting the noble genre of fighting games. I thought first, of course, about some of the long running series that are still alive and kicking to this day – in particular Street Fighter, Art of Fighting and Mortal Kombat. While they have their place, they would need to have significantly more written about them than I have time for at the moment, much to my chagrin. I considered writing about some of the later series of fighting games, 2D or 3D: Guilty Gear, Bloody Roar, Soul Calibur, Samurai Showdown and others I had torn through with friends over the years. Again, they all felt like a bit too much to write about in just one go. I decided to dig deep into the B-team of fighting games that were released, to find a title that most other people I have known are unfamiliar with. A heavy time travelers romp known as Eternal Champions.
Genre: Action Sidescroller
With the announcement that a barcade will be opening right up the street from me in a few months, I thought it was time to start brushing up on some of my favorite arcade games from that sweet spot in the late 80’s and early 90’s. An arcade that I had played a few times online, but had never seen a cabinet in person until I went on a vacation a year and a half ago has quickly turned into one that ranks in my top five arcade games, easily. Continue reading
Star Control & Star Control 2
Genre: Sci-fi Action Adventure & Shoot ’em Up
You may have noticed I’m doing an original and sequel once again. While I would normally spread these out across a couple of weeks, the second entry in this series is a direct continuation of the first in gameplay and story. Star Control is almost like a prequel to the real game, Star Control 2 in storyline. Really, the two games are an update and continuation on a much older franchise that can trace itself back to the origins of videogaming: a noble and successful take on Spacewar.
Revelations: The Demon Slayer
Game Boy Color
© 1992, 1999
I have come to love and appreciate the games made by Atlus. As I mentioned previously, I never used to pay much attention to who made games. I was introduced to Atlus’ games, and realized I had played through a few of them over the years, including an odd title I’d picked up in my local videogame shop known as Revelations: The Demon Slayer. Known originally in Japan as Megami Tensai Gaiden: Last Bible, this game may have had one or two biblical references in it to differentiate it from other Dragon Warrior-esque JRPG’s of the day.