Reviews


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Below is the ever-growing list of games that I’ve either completed or at least given a valiant effort in attempting to play.

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ECW Hardcore Revolution

For the longest time professional wrestling video games were much like games licensed for blockbuster movies: the premise was great, but the actual end product was seldom passable. The sport, er, sports entertainment, exploded around the same time as video games rebounded with the NES in the 1980s. A few …

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Mega Man X2

Someone must’ve taken a cue from the original Mega Man 2 on this one… Mega Man X2 is the sequel to the Super Nintendo’s “X” series of Mega Man games which spun off of the originals, which only saw one true dedicated 16-bit sequel with Mega Man 7. The reason …

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Metroid

Now here’s a classic for you 8-bit Nintendo gamers! I’ll never forget holding this game in my hands for the first time. The shrink-wrapped silver box with a spaceman-of-sorts ready to fire an arm cannon at aliens. Metroid captured the imagination of the era, which included Sigourney Weaver’s Alien movies. …

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Streets of Rage 2

As far as side-scrolling beat’em up games go, Streets of Rage 2 might be one of the best. I’ve always held a high regard for the genre, specifically Konami’s line which took a formula based on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and replicated it successfully to other brands such as the …

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Mario Kart: Super Circuit

Mario Kart: Super Circuit is a cult classic that’s sort of an oddity as well. That’s because it was released for the Game Boy Advance in 2001, five years following the Nintendo 64’s sequel to the Super Nintendo original. However, the GBA version here, despite being a 32-bit platform, more …

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Super Monkey Ball: Step & Roll

Growing up, parents were always worried about their kids becoming couch potatoes by watching too much TV or playing too many video games. Along comes the Nintendo Wii in 2006, introducing motion controls which saw you, the gamer, actually move a vehicle on-screen by tilting your controller – a motion …

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Jr. Pac-Man

I wonder how many people have never heard of this game? This game is somewhat lost to the annals of time as Bally Midway created this game without Namco’s permission and is cited as one of the projects which severed the two’s relationship. Jr. Pac-Man is yet another spin-off of …

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Yoshi’s Woolly World

The first impression anyone will get from Yoshi’s Woolly World is that it’s a child’s game: and you’d be correct. Nintendo has positioned the Yoshi games as platformers for younger children for several iterations now. It really began with this title for the Wii U, which also has a “Mellow …

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NFL GameDay

Sony’s PlayStation took the world by storm and in 1995, it’s best-selling game was one that got the jump on EA’s Madden franchise. NFL GameDay launched on the PSX heralding a new era of what could be done with CD-based games. While John Madden Football struck first on EA’s 3DO …

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John Madden Football

This very well could be my one and only 3DO review on this site! For those who are unaware of what the 3DO is, it was a next generation console launched in 1994 as a platform developed by Electronic Arts. The consoles would be manufactured by a number of consumer …

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Sonic Blast

Nearly all of the Sonic The Hedgehog games on Sega’s Game Gear were subpar efforts. However, aside from the first one (which plays like a through and through 8-bit platformer and not really “Sonic”) Sonic Blast is the only other game worth anyone’s time. At that, it wasn’t the bee’s …

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Madden NFL ’96

Firing up this game gave me goosebumps with memories of yesteryear. What a great game Madden NFL ’96 was. The last bastion of 16-bit Madden football titles came to us in 1995, as the era of 32-bit and beyond gaming was dawning. CD audio on the PlayStation would set everything …

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Play Action Football

I can’t believe I spent as much time with this title as I did as a kid. I suppose that’s the price you paid for limited technology on the go in the early 90’s… Play Action Football is the portable little brother of NES Play Action Football, but lacks, and …

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NFL Sports Talk Football ’93

Once upon a time sports games were mundane. When the 16-bit era arrived, that all changed. Sega led the charge against their rivals at Nintendo by investing heavily in sports games and famous celebrities and licenses. From Buster Douglas Boxing counteracting Mike Tyson’s Punchout to co-developing video games for Disney, …

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NFL Blitz

What a departure from discussing realism in football games is NFL Blitz! While partaking in reviewing other 8-bit and 16-bit football games for their lifelike shots at being a legit simulation, Blitz forgoes everything to bring an NBA Jam arcade style title to the gridiron. Originally released for arcades, Blitz …

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