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The trials and tribulations of a n00b PC Gamer

January 24, 2012 2 comments

So a few months ago I found myself standing in line at Gamestop. I was next but the kid in front of me was taking awhile, so another associate hopped on a register to help me. As I happily reserved my copies of Syndicate and Metro: Last Light, I looked over at my right at the little troublemaker and his mother.

The kid had to have been no more than ten years old. He was holding a new Xbox 360, Call of Duty MW3, and was begging his quickly-conceding mother for a headset. A few things went through my mind… for one thing, when I was his age I was lucky enough to own Mortal Kombat for the Genesis, but was strictly forbidden from EVER using the blood-code or using fatalities. Parents were legitimitely scared of games like that and Night Trap, but since then games have become much more realistic and parents much more lax, but I digress. Read more…

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Review: The Exterminators (Sega CD)

October 23, 2011 Leave a comment

Several months ago I promised I’d review The Exterminators for the Sega CD, but I didn’t get around to finishing it until now.

This is gonna hurt...

The reason? I simply did not want to play through this, and I LIKE cheesy FMV games but this…  Seriously, turn back now. This game is so terrible that, when it was made, it was kept from stores. Not until 2000 was this… game… released as a quirky obscure title for hardcore collectors. The truth is that it should not be purchased by ANYONE.

Not scared yet? Fine, take a look at the opening credit and FMV sequence. And remember, people (me!) paid for this shit:

I’d like to apologize here for the crappy video quality. If you thought Sewer Shark on the Sega CD was grainy and ugly, you have seen nothing yet. Read more…

Review: Vampire Hunter D (the Game)

September 30, 2011 Leave a comment

Hi everyone,

The Fall issue of Senpai Magazine will be out very shortly. Originally, I was going to review Vampire Hunter D, Vampire Hunter D Bloodlust, and Vampire Hunter D the game. However, due to the spatial limitations of the magazine, the game review was cut. However, you can still read my thoughts about the two classic anime titles in the coming issue, and read my game review right here!

I remember enjoying Vampire Hunter D a lot when I was younger, and I still pop it in every Halloween season for a nostalgic playthrough. However, I must admit that this mediocre 3rd person adventure game has too many flaws to firmly stand on its own. Read more…

Chakan: The Forever Man (Sega Genesis) – Review

September 5, 2011 5 comments

Several months ago I purchased Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection for the 360 and was pleasantly impressed with the included titles. Kid Chameleon, Comix Zone, and numerous other titles from my childhood, but one title seemed to be forgotten…

And I can happily say that this game (and comic, more on that in a future review) has withstood the test of time and is very much an unsung classic. I will warn you now, this review has plenty of spoilers, but to adequately explain why I love this game and character so much, I need to talk about the game in detail. By giving things away, I don’t think it will necessarily ruin the experience for a new player, but rather help clarify why this game was so original and fun to play.

Also the game has been out for nearly two decades, if you haven’t played it yet, do it. Read more…

In Defense of…. Vampire Rain – Review

August 4, 2011 2 comments

Heh I know I know, I mention this game and immediately people scream “WHY THE HELL WOULD YOU EVER GET THAT?!” Well, really there’s two reasons…

Last I read, the World of Darkness MMO is still slated to be released in 2012, and I couldn’t be more excited! I have been dying for some vampire-related gaming that’s NOT Castlevania. This anticipation, in part, caused me to grab Vampire Rain. a Vampire game in a modern-day setting that appeared somewhat similar to the style of WoD.

That was reason number one.

And yes, before purchasing it, I read the reviews… it has a score of 38 on Metacritic, with reviewers bashing the title for being “one of the worst videogames on the Xbox 360.” They criticized the game for its unforgiving gameplay – the enemies are too hard to kill, and the guns are ineffective. They claimed the game was “broken” because being spotted by a vampire pretty much means you’re as good as dead.

There’s reason number two!
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In Defense of Shadow the Hedgehog – Review

August 2, 2011 4 comments

As of right now the Fall issue of Senpai Magazine seems right on track, and I am done with writing my stuff. It will contain a lot of great articles including a 20th Anniversary look back (and forward!) at Sonic the Hedgehog. While I had a lot of fun writing it with my friend Ron, it was also very taxing.

There are so many Sonic games….

And while I have played most of them, there were plenty I hadn’t played or hadn’t played in awhile. The past month was dedicated to “research” (read: non-stop playing) the newer installments. When I say that, I know a lot of people are probably cringing in agony; many die-hards were upset with the new direction the Sonic story took after the Sonic Adventure series. I’ve even heard many point to this game, Shadow the Hedgehog, as where it all went wrong. Read more…

Trevor McFur in the Crescent Galaxy – Review

August 1, 2011 Leave a comment

Ok, before I review this Atari Jaguar game, there’s something I need to rant about. This game was highlighted a few months ago in an article on Heavy Comedy’s site http://www.heavy.com Now, I like this game quite a bit, and have always felt sorry for Trevor that he never got the attention he expected, Read more…