The 10 Greatest Games Ever

Presented in alphabetical order, don’t ask me to start ranking ’em! I had to whittle down from a list of ~13-15 by convincing myself that I had conceptual coverage when my various choices were considered together. tl;dr – unlike acidbearboy I overthought it. Fez (Xbox360) Doesn’t just look like a modern take on a retro…

The 10 Greatest Games Ever

Tried not to over think this task too much. Started with a shortlist of about 20 favourites and quickly whittled them down to 10. Ask me another day and the list could be quite different. Tetris Super Mario Kart Phantasy Star Online Ico Outrun 2 Streets of Rage 2 F-Zero Final Fantasy VII Metal Gear…

Overview: Spellbound (1985)

David Jones‘ excellent budget release Spellbound (1985) is the second Magic Knight game for the Spectrum after Finders Keepers and the first to use the series’ iconic larger graphics and “Windimation” menu system. Ignore the 128K flash on the cassette cover picture above as I’m only examining the 48K version here since that’s the one…

Games Roundup July 2017

Games I thought about playing: Resident Evil HD remaster Wipeout HD Fury Phantasy Star Online Zelda Breath of the Wild Games I actually played: Tetris – few quick games on the original gameboy. Super Mario 3D World – an hour or two collecting green stars on all the levels to unlock the last stages for…

Go For High-Score!

Just found this from a while back which I’d saved yet never posted here. For reference, Xavior is an Atic Atac-style game for the Speccy, not an unlicensed X-Men take nor a Xevious clone sadly. One of my earliest posts was about high score tables which on arcade-style/console games are usually populated with three letters,…

Games with gold co-op bliss

Now I owned Kane & Lynch first time of asking on the 360 and it didnt impress me much, this was a time when I lived in a different town from my friends and the weekly get together consisted of beer, music and insert football/fighting game. There was no opportunity for couch co-op so my…

Mortal Kombat OST (1995)

Dunno how you feel about 1995‘s chop-socky game tie-in Flim Mortal Kombat, dear reader? For me, it’s an equally-naff, less-compelling parallel to Our Man JCVD and Kylie in the Street Fighter film. Its music was a subject of conversation in VGR-adjacent circles a while back, which is what probably prompted acidbearboy to re-check out the…

Classic YouTube Comments #2

I’ve been half-clicking with this explore’em’up game off and on for a couple of months, yet still not done a 5MA on it. The unskippable intro/cutscene section features Dracula himself delivering the wonderful cod-Shakespearean rhetorical question and answer “What is a man? A miserable little pile of secrets.” Great stuff, if unskippable, grr! The above…

5MA – Great Britain Ltd (1982, Spectrum)

Please vote today, whoever you support and even if you think your vote won’t matter. In honour of today’s plebiscite, here’s a 5MA of an early Speccy sim/management game, where you play as the UK Prime Minister (and de facto Chancellor of the Exchequer) trying to steer the ship of state without sinking her. Politics…

5MA – Mailstrom (1986, Spectrum)

In Mailstrom you play as a postman driving a high-tech Knight Rider-inspired van. Gameplay consists of driving through a seamlessly-linked series of scrolling streets, stopping to break into post boxes, to deliver letters or to make drop-offs/collections from the depots. My main memories of playing the game back when it was given away on a…

5MA – Ikaruga (2002, Dreamcast/X360)

This 5MA is a touch over a month overdue, but still bears articulating. Here’s a gameplay video (not mine!) Playing Dreamcast Ikaruga for the first time on a 90-degree rotated telly, slightly drunk in a highly-competitive setting and BAM! BAM! BAM! getting it (mostly) right was a great experience. Vertical shooters are an arcade/oldschool staple…

5MA – 3×3 Eyes: Jūma Hōkan (1995, SNES)

If you exclude classic ’80s Japanese-animated/adapted stuff like Battle For The Planets, Ulysses 51, The Goddamn Mysterious Cities Of Flipping Gold and the like, then the first anime qua anime series I fell in love with was 3×3 EYES (apparently pronounced “Sazan Eyes” in Japanese or e.g. “three times three eyes” if like me you’re…