Reviews


The whole enchilada is right here!

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

To learn more about how I rate games, visit the following link.


The Little Mermaid

Okay, this wasn’t on my bucket list: but it was a special request by a special someone! (My daughter, in case you were wondering). The game actually isn’t terrible… that may seem like an odd thing to say about an obvious movie tie-in video game, but younger persons who didn’t …

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NBA Jam: Tournament Edition

One of my favorite all-time arcade games is NBA Jam. When it first released, it gave you the thrill of a rookie Shaquille O’Neal breaking glass backboards along with actual NBA players in a fantasy 2-on-2 setting. The series jumped to the forefront with an announcer who parodied the NBA’s …

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Pokémon LeafGreen

Pokemon FireRed and Pokémon LeafGreen were both enhanced remakes of the 1996 original Pokemon Red and Blue RPGs. As my first foray into the series, I decided to skip the crappy Game Boy graphics and jump right into the updated versions. Knowing that each game has little difference (other than …

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Mega Man 8

Sometimes my retro gaming adventures seem to feel mundane, as if my queue is filled with only one series or genre of game. Aside from Super Mario Bros., which spans so many different spinoffs, only one other series fits the bill of having a vast amount of titles to play: …

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Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

Welcome to the bastard child of all Zelda games! Zelda II: The Adventure of Link follows an odd NES pattern of changing up the sequels of Nintendo’s main franchises. Super Mario Bros. 2, for example, was a large departure from the original (at least the United States version was). Yet, …

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Perfect Dark Zero

Here’s a game I had much higher expectations for and wish I had a different rating system to give it a different score. A thumbs-in-the-middle still seems fair, but a lot of my criticisms with Perfect Dark Zero stem from the large shoes it had to fill from the Nintendo …

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Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon

I’ve never disliked a sequel so badly in my life. For everything the GameCube’s launch title Luigi’s Mansion was, the 3DS follow-up wasn’t. I’ll retract on that a bit, but not much. The game begins with all of the same setup, charms, and quirks you’ve come to expect from the …

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Super Mario Kart

The trendsetter for all “kart” racing games holds up very oddly when reminiscing for this review. Let’s start with the basics: no one thought a racing game based on Mario characters was ever going to work. Yet it did, and here’s why. First and foremost, Super Mario Bros. is a …

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Soul Blade

Way back when fighting games were all the rage. As consoles moved from the 2-D realm to the 3-D world with the introduction of a new generation of hardware, these fighting games evolved with them. Such is the story of Soul Edge, which was an arcade game that was ported …

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Gears of War

One of the driving reasons I started this website was to archive the games I played; in doing so, it keeps me driven toward playing titles which I sometimes missed (due to lack of time) or simply fell out of touch with. None could be truer of the Gears of …

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Super Princess Peach

Mario games have a tendency of creating spinoffs which send the series in a different direction. Several examples of those are Super Mario Kart, Super Mario World 2 (which spun-off into many Yoshi games with the same mechanics) and Luigi’s Mansion. Even Toad received a game all his own with …

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Paperboy

I’m going to crush some of your childhood memories of this pointless game… Seriously, even with Wayne’s World, I haven’t put down a game where I’ve said: “What did I just play?” Even with that weird ass game (Wayne’s World) I knew it was based on a movie and that …

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X-Men Legends

Hey! A video game based on a comic book and it doesn’t suck? This was a new concept way back in 2004, where the usual schlock of movie and comic tie-ins ended up as horribly constructed video games. Low and behold came X-Men Legends, a pseudo RPG and action game …

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Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels

I always knew about the true Super Mario Bros. sequel (i.e. “Lost Levels”) having owned it as a kid as part of the Mario All-Stars collection… but I’ll admit, there are a few more surprises that I wasn’t knowledgeable on. I was going to bypass the All-Stars remakes since the …

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Mega Man X

Continuing on my quest to conquer every Mega Man game, the offshoot series of Mega Man X is next. It’s basically Mega Man but not in the same timeline/storyline. Dr. Light and Dr. Wily have been replaced with similar characters Dr. Cain and Sigma. Mega Man has been swapped with …

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