4 times the charm
Got a good deal on Amazon and pawn shops this December/January. The Simpsons Hit 'N' Run and Road Rage are very entertaining titles featuring voices from the original cast and the insanity from the ongoing animated series, with Road Rage emulating SEGA's Crazy Taxi and Hit 'N' Run doing the same but with the likes of Grand Theft Auto in the most hilarious of ways. I will be getting The Game when I can but will stay away from their skating title as I heard it plays poorly.
A recent Anime telling the story of a gaming rivalry between boy and girl in the 90s
Found out from a Discord server about this Anime featuring retro gaming arcade games played by a kid whose life is all about gaming and constantly challenged by another gamer girl enthusiast. It aired in Japan in 2018 and was released on Netflix this year. Seeing parts of it on the likes of youtube I can say this is sheer lovable nostalgia. The sypnosis reads as follows:
Curse you ghost monsters!
I own a Pac-Man compilation for GBA and one of said games included are Pac-Mania, basically a Tetris clone with a twist of its own: You must consume Ghist Monsters in order to align brown tetris-like blocks in order to progress the game, which is a feat more difficult than it sounds, having said ghosts piling up and not enough ways for Pac himself to devour them in order to make more space to continue. The version I am trying here is the SNES one which is also as addictive as the one ported to the GBA. I had to administer a strong sense of will in order to quit after each game over I got. Quite simply, it is a very addictive and fun to play.
EDIT: I called Pac-Mania instead of Pac-Attack and corrected the error.
Into the deepest realm of philosophical spiritualism
I am 2 hours of game time into Xenogears and it already filled my brain with all this symbolism that delves into the mysterious psyche of the human mind. Most of the game time has been spent in long cutscenes and animated portions, which Xenogears seems to be mostly made of a lot more than grinding through the world in achieving better stats for your characters and their Mecha named Gears. Its safe to say this game is more like an adventure than a game overall, one which traps you into its sharp claws of engaging storytelling and moral ambiguity.
This game is an absolute abomination in terms of gameplay and game mechanics. Obviously the Atari 2600's incredible limitations would mean you had to do everything with a combination of movements and the sole button its controller features, something that is a lot harder than you could realize while enemies beat the ever pixel snot from all directions as you try to land a single hit in turn. I've seen videos of those who exploit the elbow move done here, but to be honest, performing it to the point of executing such takes a whole lot of patience than you could ever bother with.
Hope you New Year has been keen. Expect more Reviews and Gaming Blogs from yours truly. Also, take a gander to my new 2019 Calendar.
Having finished the main Phantasy Star entries in gaming reviews feels like an accomplishment. I spent a lot of time playing through them and have many a good memory of the experience with the original games whose premise of a mostly Sci-Fi covered RPG setting captivated me since I was a kid hearing about it. I also went on adding Gaiden as a bonus as well. Finishing this year with Part IV as the final review on SEGA's phantastic series will be a good way to close this year I believe. I know there are more PS titles out there including Adventure and the Telegames based on separate stories from the cast of PSII and I will cover them sometime next year as well as some titles that came later on just as well.