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Diminished Impact and Changing Expectations
Posted July 07, 2020 by honestgamer

I'm sort of going somewhere with this, but before I get to that dubious destination, please humor me as I make one of the most obvious statements in the history of obvious statements: there are a lot more video games available in 2020 than there were in 1990.

Why make such an obvious statement? For starters, I made it because I think it's easy to forget. We look at all the great games coming out these days, and sometimes the temptation is to say something like "They sure don't make 'em like they used to," which is based on a few factors but largely--to my mind--is based on the difficulty developers now have making an impact. Not a lot of new games, even some very good new games, can keep us talking about them even as little as three months after their release.

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Vampire Savior
Posted July 04, 2020 by CptRetroBlue

While I've known AND played the original Dasrkstalkers back when Capcom released it in the Arcades in the 90s, Darkstalkers 3 was the game which I owned for PlayStation and one I got myself acquainted with the most. I would later learn that this game was a port of the series titled Vampire Savior: Lord of Vampire for Arcades and pretty much had more skills on playing it than past iterations of the monster-filled fighter series. Characters like Felicia had been the easiest for me to master here, as well as Jon Talbain and recently Bishamon.

Beat Lunar Legend
Posted June 30, 2020 by CptRetroBlue

In all due honesty it is ironic that I was able to finish this game before I ever bothered to complete the original on the SEGA CD. I started playing the GBA adaptation couple years back and completely forgot about it until recently, which am grateful the SAVE FILE was still intact so I could continue till I finished it not long ago this month. It is quite a nice little title, one that is based more off the PlayStation port without all the Anime cut scenes. There is also something about this title that gives out this serene, nostalgic feeling when you play it. Now that I managed to beat it, I will state that it was pretty short, or at least, it felt like it, but I enjoyed every single instance of it until I beat it.

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The PS5 reveal and game trailers
Posted June 12, 2020 by CptRetroBlue

The PS5 has finally been revealed and it looks quite futuristic in design, dropping the dark colors from the previous entries to a slick black on white version. This trailer shown on IGN's channel shows all that it comes with even when it doesn't exactly tell you more than that.

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Animal Crossing- The Movie
Posted June 01, 2020 by CptRetroBlue

Animal Crossing is a sincere Anime adaptation of the popular Nintendo game series, not going too far into wanting to be an exact copy of said game neither trying to be set apart too much from it either. Whether you had played any of the games released or not, the Anime is pretty much for any who wishes to view it. Chances are you will have a good time till it finishes without having to read any references from it regarding the game counterpart.

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The time when an NES rental store opened in my hood
Posted May 24, 2020 by CptRetroBlue

Once upon a time in the early 90s a new privately owned business arrived into my old neighborhood in Mexico. A man leased the diminutive one-bedroom office with a second floor that was placed exactly at a corner of a street. This was a very odd building to say the least, but that did not deter me from the fact that the new little shop was videogame related. The man himself would rent out NES cartridges and NES systems, along with allowing customers to play inside said store for a flat fee for every other time allotted. You could play any NES game he had for 10 minutes which was measured by a huge timer he had besides the CRT monitor and the NES, on which the game would just turn off automatically. If you wanted to keep playing you would pay him for another 10 minutes before the timer

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Mana Beast vanquished
Posted May 19, 2020 by CptRetroBlue

Before that update from that snes emulator took place on which it pretty much left any single game save file and snapshot useless, I was on the brink of finishing a couple RPGs from the SNES library, one of them being the classic Secret of Mana, adored by many even above installments before and after it.

I was pretty much lucky in the fact that after having to start a whole new game I then persevered till I was able to defeat it a few minutes before posting this blog.

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Views on Streets of Rage 4
Posted May 07, 2020 by CptRetroBlue

This is not a review, just an observation as I am yet to buy this game to fully give it a proper review on it.

I saw a long playthrough of SOR4 a few days ago and I pretty much nodded in every other thing it featured. The gameplay seems solid with some additions into it such as being able to juggle opponents once they're knocked down for a few extra hits and the ability to perform a super move which can deal massive damage to the likes of bosses at the end of stages. Although some moves were scrapped off such as the ability to dash and roll between planes within stages, the gameplay remains classic at its core, pretty much as seen in SOR2 which was the greatest in the series and seemingly this is where it was heavily inspired from disregarding anything that happened in part 3.

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Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge
Posted April 29, 2020 by CptRetroBlue

Despite its title, Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge partially focus on the demonic specter of vengeance seeking out Sub-Zero than the overall premise of the animated film, which is a retelling of the first tournament that started it all. The movie opens with a very gory, very bloody intro depicting the titular character's demise at the cold hands of Sub-Zero who exterminates his entire clan and family. Scorpion then makes a pact with the current ruler of the Netherworld, Quan Chi to fight for him at the upcoming Mortal Kombat tournament in exchange to get payback for what he endured in his previous life and a chance to be reunited with his fallen family.

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Life Update - The Big Move
Posted April 03, 2020 by honestgamer

HonestGamers headquarters is moving again. By that, I mean that I myself am moving again. And since the site kind of goes where I go, so too are the site's headquarters. I have lived on the Oregon Coast for most of these last 15 years, after moving here from Central Oregon. Now I am moving elsewhere in Oregon.

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Rurbo Grafx 16 Mini delayed due to Corona Virus scare
Posted March 06, 2020 by CptRetroBlue

I never evn heard about this being made and I would had the opportinuty to finally experience this console should it had been shipped. Now I guess I will have to wait a bit further it seems.

According to this Kotaku article:

"Regarding the TurboGrafx-16 mini console and its peripheral accessories, the manufacturing and shipping facilities in China have encountered an unavoidable suspension due to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. As a result, the delivery of all TurboGrafx-16 mini products, which was originally scheduled for March 19th, 2020, will be delayed until further notice.

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Megaman, a Retrospective
Posted March 03, 2020 by CptRetroBlue

Megaman began airing on Saturday mornings on my neck of the woods in 1994; a full year after Sonic the Hedgehog was introduced on TV for the first time and which would come up earlier than the super fighting robot's animated series. It was curious to see a cartoon featuring cute bipedal animals fighting robot dominance while a couple hours later you would see a robot fighting totalitarian robotic global control as well. Both cartoons based on famous gaming franchises that have tested the passing of time even to this day.

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Yuri Sakazaki
Posted February 28, 2020 by CptRetroBlue

Yuri Sakazaki made her debut in 1993's Art of Fighting as the damsel in distress, kidnapped by Mr. Big and rescued by her brother Ryo along with their best friend Robert Garcia. The end of the fighting game finishes in a cliffhanger as Ryo is about to finish off the mysterious Mr. Karate who was the last character between him and Yuri. Within the game's story it is revealed that Mr. Karate is indeed Takuma, their father who has been conned by a man named Geese Howard to work for him and had kidnapped Yuri in order to ensure his loyalty.


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Insert Coin: Inside Midway's 90s Revolution documentary trailer
Posted February 21, 2020 by CptRetroBlue

I am very happy about this upcoming documentary about one of videogames' giant in the gaming business throughout the decades. I personally will wait for it and seek it out when its about.

Insert Coin Trailer


Sonic booms through opening weekend earning over 70 Million.
Posted February 18, 2020 by CptRetroBlue

Its quite amazing this movie is doing this well despite skepticism by some even after the redesign of the titular character. I am not complaining, this is great actually. I am happy one of the gaming mascots from my childhood game series is succeeding.

Deadline article of Sonic the Movie breaking through weekend opening.


Sonic the Movie reached 3 Million on opening day
Posted February 14, 2020 by CptRetroBlue

"“Sonic the Hedgehog” is racing to a dominant $55 million opening at 3,150 North American locations during the four-day President’s Day weekend in a launch that’s above forecasts, early estimates showed Friday." says in an article by Variety as the blue blur races to compete with other released movies this month. So far, Rotten Tomatoes rate it at 64% while IMDb and IGN are tied on rating it a 7/10.

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IGN Reviews Sonic the Movie
Posted February 13, 2020 by CptRetroBlue

IGN sure made short work of reviewing this movie, which is still about to be shown here in the US in some states. Seems that the major thing they point out is Jim Carrey acting more of a cartoon character than the titluar CGI hedgehog, which I would agree by just seeing clips from trailers and such. Another thing they kept repeating over and over is that "IF YOU ARE A SONIC FAN" you would actually like it for what's shown there. In the end they just state the movie isn't half bad, giving it a 7 out of 10.

Sites like IMBd gives it a 7.1/10 while Rotten Tomatoes has it at 63% thus far.

Link of IGN review below:

Sonic IGN Review


That time Mother sold my NES system and anything on it for pocket change.
Posted February 12, 2020 by CptRetroBlue

Now I never got along with my parents. Actually, I never got along with my whole family then *and* now. Many things that I experienced and recent events on which makes me wish I was adopted. Saying this, it was a weird time back then when I decided to trade in my NES system and everything I got at a store called Funcoland now that I wanted to move on to the 16-bit era on which any other kid would mock you if you didn't "move forward."

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Seiken Densetsu 3
Posted February 08, 2020 by CptRetroBlue

While I may never experience the remake on the Switch, I can at least continue my quest on emulation. This is truly a beautiful game.

Ratchet and Clank rumored to be among PS5's launch game titles
Posted February 04, 2020 by CptRetroBlue

Earlier on the day I read and watch thoughts by gaming sites and youtube channels about a rumored new Ratchet and Clank game as a launch title for the upcoming PS5. This could be a great opportunity for Sony should it also decide on other games that were highly popular back on its PS2 days like Sly Cooper and such. Read the article by Dual Shockers below:

New Ratchet & Clank Could Be a PS5 Launch Title

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