Thursday, April 26, 2012

Retro Saga Part 32: The Simpsons Arcade Game review




Aw man, the X-Men Arcade game was so dang cool last week. I mean, I really like that game. I had never played it so when I finally did get to play it, I had a blast! Fun and simple combat, a cornball story, infamously bad dialogue, 6-player co-op, and just a steal for 10 dollars on the download market. I mean, this is when Konami made great arcade games alongside Capcom. They were great arcade games based on licensed property, no less! There were games like Punisher, Aliens, Bucky O’Hare, the TMNT arcade game, and you get the idea. Sadly, due to the popularity of arcades being very VERY small here due to home consoles, the arcade scene here in America is basically dead. Now, go to Japan and that is a different story. Again, I didn’t go to the arcades that much, but when I did, I played a lot of good games like Metal Slug, Hydro Thunder, Raiden Fighter Aces, Marvel vs. Capcom 2, and some game based on the Avengers, but I don’t remember what it was called. I remember one arcade game I only played once and it was at a movie theatre that was based on the Simpsons. Granted, I am not the biggest Simpsons fan, but I did watch it from time to time, and even though its popularity has run dry and might be coming to the end of its career, I find a lot of the jokes still pretty funny. I am much more of a Futurama and Southpark fan if I had to choose my favorite animated adult shows, but the Simpsons is still fun to watch from time to time. Sadly, the list of good Simpson’s games are extremely small, with about 5 or less games that are considered to be fun or at least decent. The others shall not be named or talked about due to their poor quality. If you had to ask people what is the best Simpsons game, people will most likely lead you to this week’s review, The Simpsons Arcade game. Though if you have read the title of this review, you already knew that.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Retro Saga Part 31: X-Men: The Arcade game for the Arcade, PSN, and Xboxlive review




If you don’t know by last week’s review of X-Men Destiny, Silicon Knights did not impress me. It is possibly the worst game I ever played, but that dubious honor may still go to Xaolin Shodown for the PS2.  I mean, in X-Men Destiny, there is not one single original bone in that game’s body. Once again, the only redeeming factor is Nightcrawler’s design and the two boss fights with Magneto and the Sentinel. However, the rest of the game sucks. It’s graphically ugly, the combat is boring and repetitive, the story is terrible, the characters are bland, and I’m beating this game like Ivan Drago beating Apollo Creed in Rocky 4 to death. I swear, I can’t believe the developers haven’t closed down since they seem to have not gotten the idea of the Canadian Government bailing them out for them to hire new people and new tech to make better games, but no! They are so stupidly stubborn and want X-Men Destiny to sell a million copies. Yeah, that is not going to happen when your game is this low in quality and is possibly the first time ever I gave a game a 1 out of 10. How about we move to a much better and more fun X-Men game? Let’s dive into the always awesome and fun to play X-Men: The Arcade Game! Oh, and to answer your question, I won’t make a joke with the game’s infamous phrase, “welcome to die!” Well, not yet anyway. 

Friday, April 13, 2012

X-Men: Destiny for the Xbox360 and PS3 review



This week’s review has a continuing theme from my review of Kameo: Elements of Power. It is a theme of great companies that have fallen. This week, we focus on a company that was popular back in the day, but is now a just a laughing stock amongst gamers, Silicon Knights! Once again, for those who don’t know, they were famous for their horror survival game, Eternal Darkness. It was one of the biggest cult classics back then, even though it doesn’t particularly age well today. After that, they stayed rather quiet, and in 2008 released a game that they have been trying to get out for 10 years, Too Human. The result of this was one of the most disappointing and worst games of 2008. The game was so bad that they had to fire 24 employees. I would like to say they actually got back on their feet and made something good, but NOPE! THEY DIDN’T! They released one of the worst games of 2011 simply called X-Men: Destiny. What is it with Marvel recently having terrible games? Their movie-tie-in games were garbage, Spiderman: Edge of Time was almost as bad as their movie-tie-in games, and now this critical flop? What could have gone wrong? It had a promising setting where you could make your own mutant, but this game is just incompetently made. Bland story, bland characters, bland powers, bland boss fights, bland enemy and level design, and whatever else is bland that I didn’t mention. I swear this is one of the worst games I have ever played and might even beat Alice: Madness Returns and Call of Juarez: The Cartel as the worst game of 2011 for me. I really don’t feel like getting started with this review, but here we go. Oh, and spoiler alert, I’m going to point out bad things throughout this review. 

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Asura's Wrath for the PS3 and 360 review




Let us talk about Capcom here for a moment before we get to the actual game. Yes, they are a great company that has come out with some amazing games over the past 25 or more years they have been around. They have or had amazing franchises like Bionic Commando, Ghost and Goblin, Street Fighter, the multiple of other fighting franchises, Resident Evil, and most importantly, Megaman.  They do know how to make awesome games and make new ones with some help, like Okami, Viewtiful Joe, and to some people, depending on who you ask, Godhand. However, Capcom does have its downside and it can be a turn-off to some gamers including me. Once they know they have a hit game, they milk it and squeeze the life out of it to make sequels or psuedo updates and sell them on the retail market. They are also not very good at keeping up with their franchises, resulting in some strange business moves, like Megaman Legends 3, a game that was shut down before its time, not making Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 downloadable, and other things that make you kind of scratch your head. It is nice we are going to see a new and rather cool-looking Devil May Cry and that Dragon’s Dogma looks great also. This review however, tackles a rather unique action game. For this game, you will need to curve your thought process around it and know that it doesn’t fully play like God of War or Bayonetta. Today’s review will be of Asura’s Wrath.