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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Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors

When Darkstalkers first dropped in arcades around 1994, I was mesmerized. In 1996, it would get a proper port to Sony’s PlayStation. Originally, I was a huge fan of Street Fighter II, so imagine when I saw Capcom taking the same engine and beefing up the game ten-fold. Darkstalkers introduced …

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Primal Rage

A friend recently reminded me of another Atari fighting game after reviewing Pit Fighter and I wish I could say my rosy memories of this one held up. Primal Rage was Atari’s answer to the fighting game boom of the early-to-mid 90’s. The story revolved around prehistoric creatures doing battle …

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Virtua Fighter

You cannot mention groundbreaking video games without bringing up Sega’s Virtua Fighter. Arcade goers were wowed by the first video game to fully feature 3-D polygonal graphics back in 1993. The game was considered one of the top arcade cabinets of the year and generated high review scores from a …

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Tetris

Sometimes on this site I end up reviewing the same game on multiple consoles. However, as is the case with Tetris, the main concept is so widely unchanged that these extra reviews are unnecessary. Therefore, which Tetris is the proper introduction for most people? Would it be a computer version? …

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Sonic the Hedgehog 2

When Sega introduced Sonic The Hedgehog it knew they finally had their “Mario Killer” for the Genesis console. But how do you follow up a great game with an equally great sequel? It doesn’t always happen, but Team Sonic was able to capture lightning in a bottle and improve the …

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Batman: Arkham Asylum

Batman is a character many of us grew up on, for better or worse. For those old enough, we remember the cheesy Adam West TV show (either through first runs or re-runs). 80’s kids, such as myself, recall Michael Keaton as a darker, all-black clad Batman who ripped through the …

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New Super Mario Bros. U

Traditional 2-D side scrolling Mario games took a hiatus following the stellar entries of Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario World into the series. Those games launched, respectively, on the NES and Super Nintendo in the early 90’s. Entering the new millennium, 3-D graphics were all the rage. Super …

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WWF WrestleMania: The Arcade Game

What do you get when you take Midway’s trend of digitizing Mortal Kombat actors and NBA Jam players with the sports entertainment goliath then known as the WWF? You get Vince McMahon saying “boomshakalaka”! And no, that isn’t a joke! Back in the 90’s it was still a somewhat guarded …

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Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Remastered)

What do you get when Dan Akroyd and Harold Ramis write treatments for a third installment of the Ghostbusters movies but never get it produced? You get Ghostbusters: The Video Game. Before I get started, a disclaimer: I am reviewing the remastered edition on the Xbox One which came out …

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Streets of Rage

From the moment the menu screen starts, you realize Streets of Rage isn’t your typical beat-em-up. Modeled after games such as Double Dragon, Final Fight, and Komami’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (and its many arcade clones) Streets of Rage is Sega’s take on the genre which has a unique albeit …

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Yoshi’s New Island

Somewhere along the line the Yoshi’s Island series of game became lost. Originating with Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island, of which this game takes it’s namesake, Yoshi spun off into other games, but always retained a similar feel to its Super Nintendo roots. That is, you eat enemies, create …

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WWF Super WrestleMania

After dealing with the limitations of the 8-bit era pro wrestling games, WWF Super WrestleMania came along and blew everything out of the water during the 16-bit era. Interestingly enough the Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo had different versions of the same title: this one reviews the latter which had …

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Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games

At my household we decided to dust off an old relic of an accessory known as the Wii Balance Board. In doing so, we started looking up games which supported this century’s version of the NES Power Pad… and in doing so, we found a game that was a blast …

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Commando

No doubt you’ve experienced this quarter-sucker of a game in the arcades as a youth, or at least another game which was inspired by it. Button-smashing was prevalent in a lot of arcade games, but Commando may take the cake for non-stop action. Back when you had to “get gud” …

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Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins

Super Mario Land 2 returned to its roots following a bizarre entry on the Game Boy platform which had an Egyptian theme mixed with UFOs… this iteration also filled your screen and looked more like a “Mario” title as opposed to the very basic and tiny graphics found in the …

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