"It was all a dream!" is usually the time-wasting rug-pull found at the unsatisfying end of a poor story, a twist designed to lazily excuse a tale that's gone off the rails or allow a writer to scratch a "what if" itch without causing any permanent damage to an established setting. The Legend of Zelda: … Continue reading Someday, thou may recall this island…
This game is really special to me - which is a little odd, seeing as I've spent more time playing it in the past week than I have at any other point in the previous twenty-eight years. To me Star Wars Arcade sits at the very heart of my arcade gaming experience, stirring up fond … Continue reading When 900 years old you reach, look as good you will not.
If there's one thing that's always the same in every Resident Evil game, it's change. Capcom's survival horror series has proven time and time again it is prepared to try absolutely anything, from intensely terrifying single player horror to co-op combo-scoring action, and whether these attempts have ended up being resounding successes or well-intentioned cock-ups … Continue reading That is not groovy
Once upon a time Sega, in a moment of what can only be described as pure and perfect Seganess, decided to take their popular zombie-shooting arcade title The House of the Dead 2 and replace the lightguns with... keyboards. In arcades. And they did this on purpose. Against all odds, common sense, and frantic calls from investors … Continue reading Edutainment… OF THE DEAD!
Buying the home conversion of an arcade game back in the early nineties was a risky and unpredictable game affair: Entire stages may be skipped, less popular characters mysteriously absent, voice samples were more often than not thrown out at the earliest opportunity, and if a unique enemy or particularly large boss just wasn't going … Continue reading Better than the real thing
I was determined after the accidental skeleton-rattling therapy session that was my time with Tokimeki Memorial: Girls Side Premium Third Story this time around my Konami dating experience was just going to be fun - not a resounding success of perfectly picked perks and a queue of loved-up girls waiting outside my classroom door, nor … Continue reading Kimimi’s Social Rehabilitation: Part 2
Sega's arcade/Dreamcast whack 'em up Dynamite Deka 2, also known as Dynamite Cop, also known as the sequel to an earlier arcade/Saturn bop 'em up that cannot be referred to by its once-official international title for expired licensing reasons, is a game determined to be the most everything it can possibly be. To a certain extent … Continue reading Soufflé samurai
Knowing a game's a farmed-out low-budget spinoff of a wildly popular series should be all the information anyone needs to avoid the release in question forever, a game to be left unbought on a shop shelf next to all the movie themed cash-grabs and box-ticking trend followers hastily shoved out a greedy publisher's door... unless … Continue reading Meownster Hunter
The PlayStation was home to all the games you'd expect from the leading format of the time: Glossy racing sims, more movie tie-ins than anyone could hope to keep up with, and an astonishing array of multi-disc RPGs with more FMV in them than we used to find in FMV games just one generation back. … Continue reading A fun day out for the whole family
I've always been quietly fascinated by Zillion: Unmistakably eighties sci-fi anime anything is like catnip to me and a chance purchase the Zillion: Let it Rock! album - all massive synths and OVA credit roll vocals - decades late only confirmed that I'd wasted a lot of time missing out on something I was sure … Continue reading The most powerful laser gun… IN THE UNIVERSE!