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Arkanoid: Doh it Again (SNES)

Arkanoid: Doh it Again review (SNES)

Reviewed on March 07, 2005

Over the years, I have managed to play a lot of video games. I have also found there to be certain patterns when it comes to the video game industry. One of these patterns is disappointment. A lot of games have disappointed me over the years, with the ''highlights'' of this syndrome being Legend of Dragoon and Zelda: Link's Awakening. Both of those games severely disappointed me to the point of no avail, because I expected a lot better from them then what I ended up getting.
ActRaiser (SNES)

ActRaiser review (SNES)

Reviewed on March 07, 2005

Sometimes, a game comes along and totally surprises me. This game comes along every once in a while, but not as often as I would like. Some of the games that have fallen under this category include, but are not limited to, Blaster Master, Dragon Warrior 3, and, more recently, Tales of Destiny. One of the most memorable games I found that fell under this category was a game called Act Raiser. I remember it pretty fondly.
Brave Fencer Musashi (PlayStation)

Brave Fencer Musashi review (PSX)

Reviewed on March 07, 2005

My favorite video game company of all time is SquareSoft. Never in my life have I seen such a company that could focus on mainly one genre (RPG) for so long, then delve into other genres (Einhander as a shooter, Ehreigz as a fighting game) and succeed so wildly as a result. So when I heard of the cool Playstation game made by SquareSoft named Brave Fencer Mushashi, I made sure to pick up a copy of it as soon as possible. Hearing of the amazing gameplay elements, the game reminded me of Secret of...
Amazon Trail (PC)

Amazon Trail review (PC)

Reviewed on March 07, 2005

We all grew up playing Oregon Trail on our little computers at school. It was a terrific game about a group of people that you lead from one end of the trail to another. So, of course, the game was so good, that the company had to make a bunch of ripoffs. Amazon Trail was one of these ripoffs, and I think it's safe to say I just didn't enjoy this game as much as Oregon Trail. This game is merely decent and is not even that good as a stand-alone game, due to bad graphics and a gameplay system tha...
Barbie Game Girl (Game Boy)

Barbie Game Girl review (GB)

Reviewed on March 07, 2005

Have you ever wanted to be a game girl? I know I have. When I was 6, I dressed up all of my Transformer dolls and made them date each other. I even built a fancy car out of legos for them to drive around in. It was loads of fun. As you can tell, I had a deprived childhood. It has always been my dream and destiny to be a game girl. My ex was one too, but that's a whole other issue. From the age of six, it has been MY choice. What does that have to do with this game or review? Absolutely nothing. ...
Bugs Bunny Crazy Castle (NES)

Bugs Bunny Crazy Castle review (NES)

Reviewed on March 07, 2005

My mom does not like to play many video games, so when she does play one, it must be a very special game. So that would make Bugs Bunny's Crazy Castle a very special game. Because not only did my mom loved to play this game back in the days, but I still remember when she stayed up all night trying to get every password in the game. That will always mean a lot to me. Hell, even my sister plays this game sometimes, and she has played about 10 games in her entire lifetime!
Bugs Bunny Birthday Blowout (NES)

Bugs Bunny Birthday Blowout review (NES)

Reviewed on March 07, 2005

People have seem to developed some sort of hatred for an old NES game called Bugs Bunny Birthay Blowout. Unaware to the reasons why, I decided recently to pull out a copy of the game to see if it was really that horrible. After all, I distinctly remember enjoying the game a lot as a child. It certainly was never one of my favorites, but it made for some decent fun, especially when I was bored out of my mind.
Bubble Bobble (NES)

Bubble Bobble review (NES)

Reviewed on March 07, 2005

Bubble Bobble is a very fun and entertaining game released by Taito way back in 1989. It spawned several sequels, including Rainbow Islands. This was one of those games (along with TMNT 2 and Adventure Island) that took up most of my spare time back in the early 90's. Back then, I loved this game, and even thought the game has lost some of its appeal, I still find it enjoyable and play it every once in a while.
Bionic Commando (NES)

Bionic Commando review (NES)

Reviewed on March 07, 2005

Wow, what an innovative game. Bionic Commando, released as a sequel to Commando way back in the early '90's, is a lot different, and a lot better than its predeccesor. Commando was basically a vertically scrolling shooter like Ikari Warriors. Bionic Commando is a horizontally scrolling action/adventure game where non-linear game play reigns. And even the game play is a lot different, because Bionic Commando may be the only game in the genre for NES where you are unable to jump!! Heck, it may be ...
Baseball Stars II: Be A Champ! (NES)

Baseball Stars II: Be A Champ! review (NES)

Reviewed on March 07, 2005

have never understood the relative dislike of the sequel to the awesome Baseball Stars. Even EGM got in on the action, calling Baseball Stars one of the best 100 games of all time, then dissing on the sequel a little. I loved the original Baseball Stars, but this game is simply just as good. The only complaint I really have is that it's not too much different than the original. The integral gameplay has stayed the same, as the game basically looks the same. The game got some statistical and oth...
Baseball (NES)

Baseball review (NES)

Reviewed on March 07, 2005

When Nintendo first released the NES (the single most important event in the history of the universe), they decided to produce a bunch of sports games, with a quality that has never been seen before. If you're talking low quality, that is. While Soccer and Tennis were surprisingly good games, games like Golf and 10 Yard Fight represented the complete opposite end of the spectrum. But one game took the cake as being perhaps the worst sports game released on NES. Yes, it may just be worse than Maj...
Metroid: Zero Mission (Game Boy Advance)

Metroid: Zero Mission review (GBA)

Reviewed on March 12, 2004

The original Metroid, released in 1986, captivated its players by providing a challenging and epic quest. Featuring Samus Aran, a female bounty hunter with a mysterious past, players navigated unchartered terrain on an alien planet in an attempt to destroy the evil that reigned within its depths. Collecting items was a key part of the quest, as certain doors and locations were impossible to pass without a specific powerup. Many players spent countless hours in the deep caverns of Zebes fighting ...
Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom (NES)

Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom review (NES)

Reviewed on November 02, 2003

Ever why the Ninja Gaiden series died? There's probably a few reasons for it, mainly company related, but Ninja Gaiden 3 certainly did not help the cause. It's the worst of the 3 Ninja Gaidens by far, as Tecmo tried out these new ideas that just were not suitable for Ninja Gaiden games, as therefore the series bombed. It's still not a horrible game, however, and I enjoyed it for the most part. Just don't expect a high-quality Ninja Gaiden game.
Captain Skyhawk (NES)

Captain Skyhawk review (NES)

Reviewed on November 02, 2003

The NES had a wide variety of games released over the years. It is my opinion that no system out there could ever match the wide variety of games released for it. Captain Skyhawk is one example of this. It may seem like an ordinary vertical scrolling shooter, but once you sit down and actually play it and get deeper and deeper into the game, you will discover that looks can indeed be quite deceiving. This is totally unlike mostly any shooter released during the timeframe. Each mission is differe...
Battletoads (NES)

Battletoads review (NES)

Reviewed on November 02, 2003

I am sure there are a few readers out there reading this that glared over the other Battletoads reviews and found them to be informative but focused too much on one thing: challenge. So, I figure I'll just get it out of my system early and move on with what makes this game so good. Yes, Battletoads is hard. Really freaking hard. There you go, you now know what you are getting yourself into when you play this game.
College Football USA '97 (Genesis)

College Football USA '97 review (GEN)

Reviewed on November 02, 2003

Sports games really evolved when the Genesis was introduced. No longer were games with four teams and no modes acceptable. Now, sports games required a variety of game modes, teams, etc. College Football USA 96 was the first college football game ever released, to the best of my knowledge, and while it was a solid attempt, it didn't really feature a ton of game modes, plus it has problems delivering a solid and fun gameplay experience.
A Nightmare on Elm Street (NES)

A Nightmare on Elm Street review (NES)

Reviewed on November 01, 2003

Anyone who knows me knows I put two movie series above all others: Predator and Terminator. But everyone also knows that I love the Nightmare on Elm Street series, and still consider the original to be one of the finest movies ever made. It had everything needed to be an effective horror movie, along with the most effective villian and plot ever assembled for a video game. The idea of an evil child murderer getting revenge for the people that killed him by haunting their kids while they sleep is...
Major League Baseball (NES)

Major League Baseball review (NES)

Reviewed on November 01, 2003

Baseball games on the NES were a dime a dozen back in the day, but only one sported the official MLB license. Finally, there was a game out there that didn't make you play as the SNK Crushers or Team A. Now you can play as the San Diego Padres, or Atlanta Braves, or for the sadomasochists out there, the New York Yankees. This was really a high selling point of the game, and I'm sure it sold a ton of copies based on this valuable license alone.
Baseball Simulator 1.000 (NES)

Baseball Simulator 1.000 review (NES)

Reviewed on November 01, 2003

In my current quest to play and review every baseball game ever made on the NES, I stumbled upon a game called Baseball Simulator 1.000. Of course, I didn't think much of it at first. I just thought it would be another hapless attempt at making a baseball game. Most of the games I had played at the time were really not that good. Fortunately, Culture Brain actually managed to make a deep and satisfying gameplay experience that I rather enjoyed, as they actually went back to basics and made the g...
10-Yard Fight (NES)

10-Yard Fight review (NES)

Reviewed on November 01, 2003

There are some games out there that just make me wonder what the hell the developer was smoking when they decided to make it. 10 Yard Fight, an early attempt at a football game, is a perfect example of this. If you can look past the lack of game modes, bad graphics, and fact that it's really hard to do anything positive in the game, you will still end up looking at the worst football game ever made. I'd like to apologize to NCAA Gamebreaker 2004 right now, because at least that was somewhat of a...

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