New-old is the new… old?

[All credit for this idea goes to the powerful Ant of Gaming Hell, and I'd also like to thank him for proving that there are at least two of us on the planet who want to see legendary nineties gaming magazine Super Play in a more Sega-y form] To say that traditional gaming magazines are … Continue reading New-old is the new… old?

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Saur-iously good fun

Now not so very long ago I went to great foaming-at-the-mouth lengths to explain exactly how classic-flavour Resident Evil just doesn't work as an all-out action game - it's simply not built for that sort of thing. The movement system, the fixed camera angles, the... well, the everything - it's all wrong. So it may sound just a … Continue reading Saur-iously good fun

Hyper! Burning Rangers, wow!

Twenty one years ago Burning Rangers took the normally risky business of firefighting and disaster rescue into a visually stunning sentai-esque future, eschewing the standard-issue bulky safety equipment and enormous water-spewing hoses of their Earth-shackled counterparts for personalised skin-tight suits, don't-think-too-hard-about-it sci-fi water pistols, spaceships, and extremely catchy theme songs. These days it's mostly famous for … Continue reading Hyper! Burning Rangers, wow!

Cute animal friends! Adorable derring-do! The casual slaughter of helpless innocents!

Ragnacenty (AKA: "Crusader of Centy" (US), AKA: "Soleil" (EU)) is often referred to as a Zelda clone, a mislabelling that has stood the test of time largely due to a weird logic feedback loop that prevents anyone from actually playing Mega Drive RPGs to check if these oft-parroted assumptions hold any water because "everybody knows" … Continue reading Cute animal friends! Adorable derring-do! The casual slaughter of helpless innocents!

Oh freddled gruntbuggly, thy nacturations are to me!

If that title didn't make much sense to you then you're going to have to bail out right now or take a deep breath and brace yourself for more of the same, because it's all downhill from here. It is of course a piece of Vogon poetry from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: A wildly inventive classic … Continue reading Oh freddled gruntbuggly, thy nacturations are to me!

MMO NPCs are A-OK in FFXI

I loathe side quests with a fiery passion. They're the complimentary breadsticks of game design, the freewheeling exercise bike designed to keep you busy going nowhere, the weird no-budget local adverts they play in cinemas before the lights dim and trailers start. They're... they're... They're a waste of bloody time. MMO's - that's your World … Continue reading MMO NPCs are A-OK in FFXI