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BaD #17- Hidden Gems Hodge Podge: The Best of the Rest

On 02/23/2018 at 07:12 PM by NintendoFanJon

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So with the weekend upcoming and only a few more days of blogging left. I have to create this particular mess of a blog by pointing out other great hidden gems for other systems. The reviews will be a lot more condensed and shorter, but you may find some titles you have yet to play and want to give a shot

Metal Gear Solid Ghost Babel for the Game boy Color is a feat. It's got your classic top down Metal Gear gameplay all on a portable cartridge and there's quite a bit a meat to the game. There's a lenghty story with gimmick style boss fights, sneaking around bases with cardboard boxes and planting C4, Metal Gear is in it, and 180 VR missions. One really interesting thing is the fact that this particular Metal Gear Solid game is rated E despite some minor curse words, a man killing himself by burning himself alive, and the fact that they change Snake's patented cigarettes to "foggers". It's a solid game and one that if you haven't played owe it to yourself to do so.

Dynamite Headdy for the Sega Genesis is a wonderful platformer developed by Treasure making this their 2nd game on the hidden gems list. Such a great company Treasure is. They make such great games. You can use Dynamite Headdy's head for a wide variety of platforming goodness whetehr it's throwing it to hit enemies, reach high platforms, or even grab onto things. The platforming is solid and the graphics are eye popping 16 bit goodness. It has since been ported in some fashion or another whetehr it's the Wii's VC, Wii U eshop, The Ultimate Genesis Collection for PS3/360. A fantastic game!

I'll admit I'm biased here. I loved this game. I loved it's aggravating point n click puzzle mechanics. I loved it's humor. I loved the graphics. I loved dying over and over again because even though these type of games are maddeningly frustrating, the quirkiness of this game was too much to overcome. The music is just as equally as good and the controls work very well. Zack & Wiki Utilizes the wii remote in ways that some game couldn't bother with. Shake the wii remote to ring a bell, press a button and hold the wii remote up to open an umbrella, etc. As a proud owner of this game, give this adventure a go!

Upon getting a modded xbox, I was incredibly pumped to see this game on the system. If you've never played the Panzer Dragoon series (and who has it was after all on the ill fated Saturn) then you owe it to yourself to play this on rails shooter. There is so much going on with Orta despite it's short length. You can speed up, slow down, change forms, rapid fire, laser fire, barrel roll and it's all so much fun. It's a shame that this was the final game, because it deserves to be re-visited. Not only that, as an added bonus, you can unlock the original Panzer Dragoon in this game. It's like two games in one!

And that is it for me. I hope you enjoyed this conclusion of hidden gems. As we wrap up BaD next week I'll try to keep the last couple of blogs as interesting as I've been making them. As always thanks for reading!




02/23/2018 at 09:41 PM

Panzer Dragoon Orta has the first game in there? Cool. I think I still have a loose disc of Orta. 

You're making me really want to go play Zak & Wiki right now. 

Played Dynamite Heady on Sonic's ultimate Genesis Collection. I'll play it again sometime to see if I can handle the platforming. 

Cary Woodham

02/24/2018 at 12:48 AM

One neat fact about Zack & Wiki si that it came out pretty early in the Wii's life cycle, which is even more surprising that it turned out so good.

Matt Snee Staff Writer

02/25/2018 at 11:12 PM

I rented Oorta on my Xbox but didn't really get into it. Maybe I wasn't in the mood. It still seems amazing though. 

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