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Xevious Review

Posted on 04/02/2019 at 12:42 PM | Filed Under Review

Ah, okay! You're right...I do remember those sounds when I went into the arcade in Onett. Good ear man.

Xevious Review

Posted on 04/01/2019 at 10:19 AM | Filed Under Review

There's Xevious background music in EarthBound? Do you remember at what part? I'm currently playin through it alongside a podcast called Square Roots (check them out..they're like book club for RPGs). I'd be really interested to see where they put Xevious music into the game.

My thoughts on N64

Posted on 04/01/2019 at 10:15 AM | Filed Under Blogs

I enjoyed this brief look into the goings on in planet Nintendo back then. Personally, I was a Nintendo guy all the way (and Sega too) up until the N64 came out. I didn't dislike the system, but the PlayStation had captured my attention sooner since it came out first and all my friends had one or would soon have it. Games like Ridge Racer, Jumping Flash, and Crash Bandicoot really caught my eye. And Sony marketing strategy put the PlayStation to the forfront of my mind way more than Nintendo did with the N64.

That having been said, I always loved playing Mario 64 when I had the chance at kiosk somehwere. Back then, I could only have one gaming system at a time, and the PlayStation was what I went for, saving for it with my own allowance money from chores. The one thing I didn't like about the N64 was that the game were noticeably more expensive compared to PlayStation.

While the average new PlayStation game ranged from about $45 to $50, N64 were almost always priced around $60-$80. And if it was a first-party Nintendo game, that price would rarely drop until they started doing $30 "Player's Choice" games.

So yeah, PlayStation had more liked, plus a more economical price point.

Gone Insane - Darkest Dungeon

Posted on 04/01/2019 at 09:19 AM | Filed Under Blogs

This game was covered on the Axe of the Blood God podcast (great show that talks about RPGs of all types). They interviewed the team behind Darkest Dungeon and its upcoming sequel. It was pretty fascinating hearing the about the work they put into making the game. The santiy mechanic sounds interesting.

Xevious Review

Posted on 03/29/2019 at 09:08 AM | Filed Under Review

Hey Cary! Great story about making Xevious and Zaxxon maps with your dad's printer paper. I can see why that seemed like a great idea back then since dot matrix paper was connected together anyway. My dad probably would have said "Jamie, you're wasting my resources!"...he'd probably laugh about it now though.

I also read the same thing the other day about Xevious being the first game to use pre-rendered graphics. But my review was already written and I didn't have time to really verify it, I decided not to worry about including it in the aritcle.

Yup, I knew about Grobda's (how do you even pronounce that game title?) relation to Xevious because I have all 5 Namco Museum collections on the PlayStation and I believe Grobda is on volume 2. I also have Xevious 3D/G+ (probably since the early 2000s) and I love having several versions of Xevious available to play. It's always intrigued me since playing it on the Atari 7800 al thos years back. Finding hiddle "S" flags was so exciting and made it one of the most exciting SHMUPS aI played back then. I still get that sense of wonder now and then when I play the arcade version.

Xevious Review

Posted on 03/29/2019 at 07:50 AM | Filed Under Review

Hey, thanks for the correction!  I can't tell you how many times I proof-read the review and made additional corrections before posting. And yet, sometimes little errors like that still slip through.  LOL!

I'm glad you enjoyed the review. And yeah, Xevious is one my favorties as well.

The Belly of the Beast - Lifeforce

Posted on 03/27/2019 at 12:06 PM | Filed Under Blogs

Yeah man, Life Force is great Gradius companion piece. I rememebr for years thinking it was the official sequel until I saw the actual sequels on the Famicom and MSX.

BaD 2019 - Blog #10: BaD Shape

Posted on 02/21/2019 at 12:49 PM | Filed Under Blogs

I also played Yoshi's Crafted World and Tetris 99 after the Nintendo Direct. I never played Wooly World, so the demo to Crafted World was me seeing a Yoshi game with the grphical style for the first time. I think game gorgeous and the gameplay is quite fun.

I'm digging Tetris 99 as well. I don't recall any mention of this game prior to the Direct announcment. If that is so, good on Nintendo for keeping it under wraps and releasing as a surprise. I didn't think that was possible these days with a fairly high profile franchise. I had planned to write a review on the game, but I got sidetracked over the weekend. Still might get around to it soon anyway. 

Crackdown 3

Posted on 02/21/2019 at 12:42 PM | Filed Under Blogs

Nice! I saw him in a commercial for the game. I was hoping he'd be in it. Perfect guy for the job!

Crackdown 3

Posted on 02/21/2019 at 08:52 AM | Filed Under Blogs

Is Terry Crew really in this game, or was that just an advertising ploy to get folks to buy into it?

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