Saturday, July 4, 2020

Virtua Fighter (Sega 32X, 1995)

Since I played the second game in the series, why not the first? Besides that I'll take any chance I can get to play something on the 32X.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Batman (Game Boy, 1989)

This is another of those "could have been the first game I ever owned", like Terminator 2 or Mega Man III on the Game Boy. It's a surprisingly good game and I would have probably loved it if I'd gotten it back then. I was a little obsessed with it for a time thanks to the Game Boy Player's Guide, which made every game it covered look great.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Seiken Densetsu 3, Finale - Vicious Spiral Dive

This is it, the culmination of Seiken Densetsu 3. Seen here in the alternate universe where it got a western release in 1995 or 1996.

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Seiken Densetsu 3, Part 7 - High Tension Wire

 Today on Seiken Densetsu 3: I slay God-Beasts. Lots of them, beginning with the Son of Sun in the land of fire.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Final Fantasy VII Remake, Part 4 - Neon Genesis

In this episode, we tool around in the slums. "AUGH" scream the flowers underfoot as Aerith clops over them with her work boots. I mean, she says she can understand the voices of all living things and the planet itself, so she should know this.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Doomsday Warrior (Super NES, 1992)

Today I'm looking at a particularly strange fighting game for the Super NES. It's going to be painful. This attempt at a hybrid of Street Fighter II and Mortal Kombat may not have been fun to play, but it's ripe for a look. It's a port of the aptly-named Taiketsu!! Brass Numbers for the Super Famicom.

Monday, May 18, 2020

Seiken Densetsu 3, Part 6 - Primeval

Arriving in Mintos, it's time for the next leg of the journey with our decidedly leg-less party. Will I defeat any God-Beasts in this episode? Maybe! 

Friday, May 15, 2020

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Doom Eternal - Boss Fights

This, like old-school Doom games, has very few boss fights. The few it has are definitely a case of quality over quantity, though.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure (Super NES/Sega CD, 1994) - UPDATED

 This is a game that I was a huge fan of as a kid. It's fantastic and very unique, with a certain Indiana Jones kind of mood that very few games successfully convey. While I played the SNES version then and am playing it now, it's worth noting that in 1995 it also got released on the Genesis, Sega CD, 32X, Atari Jaguar, and Windows 95. In fact, it was the first commercial game release for Win 95. The later versions of the game considerably improved upon the SNES version, with better graphics, better sound, and more levels. I didn't know about this until very recently, because back then I didn't have a Nintendo Power to tell me about games on other systems.

NOTE: While this is a re-post, I've added new images from the Sega CD version from areas that were cut from the cartridge-based versions of the game. Any new text, mainly pertaining to the Sega CD, will be in yellow.

Friday, May 8, 2020

Seiken Densetsu 3, Part 5 - Sail Away

Took a detour into remake-land but we're back with the original Seiken Densetsu 3 from 1995. ...where did I leave off? Who's she?

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Monday, May 4, 2020

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Trials of Mana, Part 3 - Now You Must Choose

Today on Trials of Mana: Fewer Girls. Even the moon is depressed.

Perhaps the moon knows the secret to the new sound.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

The Thing From Another World (1951)

The Thing From Another World is loosely related to John Carpenter's 1982 thriller, The Thing. I consider the 1982 movie to be one of the best sci-fi movies of all time, as well as the most chilling movie I have ever watched. It presents a bleak vision of extraterrestrial life and a terrifying existential threat to the human race. As a result, I had to check out the predecessor to that movie.

While the Carpenter version is effectively a remake of this, his version follows a distinctly different plotline that is much truer to the source material. The source material in question is a 1938 short story called "Who Goes There?" by John W. Campbell Jr. Still with me here? Good. So what did I think of this movie? Read on to find out.

Can it compare to the Carpenter version from three decades later? Is there too much talking? Were dames sassy in 1951? The answers to all three questions may surprise you.

Friday, April 24, 2020

Trials of Mana (Playstation 4, Switch, 2020)

THIS IS IT. Remake time. Loooong awaited, this one, and a notably higher-effort remake than the Secret of Mana remake. I'm running the PS4 version, but it's also on Nintendo Switch.

Friday, April 10, 2020

Final Fantasy VII Remake (Playstation 4, 2020)

First of all, it's the ten year anniversary of the site. First post was on 4/10/2010 and the first thing I covered on here was Super Mario RPG. It's absolutely nuts to realize it's been ten years since then, and the anniversary just crept up on me. What better way to celebrate it than with an FFVIIR post. I'll keep the spoilers light for this. There's a lot of bad stuff goin' on in the world and I'm putting more than usual out there in an effort to help in some small way. Stay safe, and I'll talk to you again soon.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Total Recall and Final Fantasy VII Similarities

I watched the original Total Recall on Netflix, and wow. It's totally Final Fantasy VII. I hadn't seen the movie in a loooong time, so I wasn't aware of this. Doing a quick google search doesn't turn up any comparisons that I can link, so I guess this is one of those things that is either all in my head or I'm the only one who noticed it somehow. More after the jump.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Touhou 13: Ten Desires (PC, 2011) - UPDATED


Time to check out a PC shooter from the Japan-only Touhou series. This is very much a "bullet hell" type shooter, where the emphasis is less about blasting the enemies and more about evading your way through swarms of projectiles with small movements.

UPDATE: I first played this in 2014 in Japanese, but recently I got ahold of an English translation and gave it another go. Updated shots are sprinkled throughout the original post here, with a bunch of new shots at the end. Did I beat the game this time? Tune in to find out.

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Wrestlemania: The Arcade Game (Sega 32X, 1995)

It's time to save this year's WrestleMania Day by covering a classic fighting game with outlandish arcade-style action. Shawn looks so hip here. When I was a kid, I saw this game and went "Who are all those guys? Where are Hogan and Macho?"

I saw the WWF New Generation as a bunch of midcarders, even when I wasn't even watching wrestling yet. Now I've got a much greater appreciation of this 1995 era of rasslin'.

Friday, April 3, 2020

Highlander: The Series 3x17 - Take Back the Night

This is a pretty good episode that feels like it should be a part of a larger storyline. Yet another episode that introduces some cool one-off characters and ideas that could have been a lot more, but so it goes. CAUTION: Contains no Methos. Not sure when he'll be back. 

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Seiken Densetsu 3, Part 4 - Chaos Of An Unseen Realm

Our next goal: Find all of the Mana Stones, which should open the way to the place formerly known as Pure Land (can't say Holy in early 90's Nintendo games).

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Monday, March 30, 2020

Goof Troop (Super NES, 1993)

What's this? I was asking the same thing. It's an old Capcom game with great music, and it's like an hour long. Probably not ideal in-era, but here we are in the age of being cooped up inside, so why not play the long-forgotten prequel to Kingdom Hearts?

Note: not actually prequel to Kingdom Hearts

Friday, March 27, 2020

Seiken Densetsu 3, Part 3 - Decision Bell

A lot of this game takes place at night, and it's glorious. Today, I decide on a main character.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Virtua Fighter II (Sega Saturn, Arcade, 1995)

It's about time I covered a game that was on Sega Saturn. Or played a Virtua Fighter at all. It's pretty sweet.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Dragon Quest III #9 - Castles of Sand

Our heroes arrive at Zoma's Castle, only to discover the shocking truth: Zoma is Russian. Dammit Nintendo! The Cold War ended a long time ago!

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Mega Man (Sega Game Gear, 1995)

Interesting portable Mega Man game here. As it came out after Mega Man IV for the Game Boy, it had the potential to tie up any loose ends that the Game Boy series didn't cover...and it kinda did. Problem is, only kinda. I can't tell if this was supposed to be a follow-up to MMIV or a remake, because it's about half and half.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Dragon Quest III #7 - Orpheus

Our heroes bring down the apocalypse by throwing a sword into a volcano, completely decimating an ecosystem. Dragon Quest III!

Monday, March 16, 2020

Seiken Densetsu 3 (Super Famicom, 1995)

The aptly-named Legend of Holy Sword 3 is the final part of our Mana journey, at least until the remake comes out. This is something I wanted to cover on here ten years ago. Now that it's got a Switch port, better late than never.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Dragon Quest III #5 - Angel Begins

The next goal is to collect a bunch of orbs. I believe there are six of them. The first is very simple to get... you talk to a prisoner in a jail. In this installment I hunt down the other five orbs and battle the dastardly Orochi, stopping only occasionally for four-ways.

Friday, March 13, 2020

Dragon Quest Master Post

Links to all of the Dragon Quest series posts on this site, in an organized list. There are so many of them that it became necessary!

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Terminator: Dark Fate (iOS/Android, 2019)

When I heard that Terminator: Dark Fate has a "crappy mobile game" it didn't take long for me to book it over to the nearest phone and give it a shot. Wait, crappy? What do you m-

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Dragon Quest III #4 - Vintage Kandar

Angel gets his signature coat as I go shopping. In other news, this game is exponentially better than any actual Buffy game that has ever existed. Licensed games just can't catch a break.

Monday, March 9, 2020

Dragon Quest III #3 - Cadenza

I love healing springs in games like this. I could do lots of level-grinding here with all the free healing.

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Dragon Warrior II (Game Boy Color, 2000) - Epilogue

I have unfinished business with Dragon Warrior II for the Game Boy Color. I asked around online to find out what the level cap was for this version, and couldn't get a straight answer anywhere. So I decided to find out for myself. Is it 50/50/50 like the Android remake or 50/45/35 like the NES original?

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Yakuza 4 Remastered - Boss Fights

Continuing the tradition of Yakuza boss fight videos with yet another one. These boss fights are becoming more and more fighting game esque as the series goes on.

Monday, March 2, 2020

Dragon Quest III (Super Famicom, 1996)

The third game of the series got a bunch of remakes over the years, re-releasing on multiple systems. The original 1991 NES version is a classic, and it also got a Game Boy Color version later on that I want to take a look at. One remake that never saw the light of day in the U.S. is the 1996 Super Famicom version, and that's the version I'm playing for this installment. The visuals of this version were more or less repurposed for later phone versions of the game, as well as the phone versions of the first two. So we owe a lot to this one particular remake.

Friday, February 28, 2020