±5MA – Sonic Adventure 2

OK gamers, today it’s Plus Or Minus Five Minutes Alone! Brace {yourself}! Released direct to the frankly-wizard Humbledore Bumbledore site in 2017 Sonic Adventure II is an amusing fanmade Sonic The Hedgehog spoof that reimagines the franchise as though it were an early 00’s game made by a recently laid-off salaryfan with a late-’90s hangover….

The Holy 10 Video Games Of All Time

OK so here goes, the impossible task completed.  Naming ten of your most favourite games of all time isn’t an easy matter.  Its not a five minute thing for me to whittle down ten games that have had my eyes popping out, heart racing, control pad clenching euphoric emotion over the last 30 years.  Whatever the opinions you…

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…

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…

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…

Who Is Techno Cop?

Techno Cop is a 1988 game for 8/16-bit home computers published by erstwhile industry stalwarts Gremlin Graphics, which was also ported to MegaDrive in 1990. This isn’t a review, but here’s a quick bit of context. The game obviously seeks to riff on RoboCop (you’ve heard of him, right?). Gameplay is an interesting 50/50 combination…

REmember TomorROw

OK, bit of inside-baseball here, but what are blogs for, eh? For years now your humble hosts at VGR have made time with friends for an annual gathering of retro-gaming and catching-up. For the busier among us it’s a rare chance to sink teeth into some solid extended gaming time. Original hardware, pads and peripherals…

What Is Best In Life #11

Let freedoom ring with a shot gun blast! Thank you Machine Head, I couldn’t have put it better myself.  Despite the silly play on the word freedom, this post in my opinion is mostly definitely “What Is Best In Life” in regards to the first person shooter genre Now i would say i am a…

Double Sega dragons

Along time ago in a retro man cave in the south of England two brave warriors dared to be tough enough to take on the street gangs to rescue a hot babe. First off was double dragon on the megadrive, Accolade and Ballistic brought this conversion to the 16bit marvel. Complete with funny cartridge and…

Ecco ecco ecco

It may just be me but 20 or so years on I still have no clue what to do in ecco the dolphin. I remember being a kid thinking what’s the fuss all about. I enjoyed swimming around and flipping out of the water but I didn’t really get past that. There was little to…

Transbot Boxart

I never had a Master System as a kid, but I do remember the simplistic artwork that adorned most of the game boxes. Personally, I’m not a fan, but I can appreciate that to some people they’re probably very nostalgic. Transbot is definitely a game whose cover I remember seeing in shops. It’s a terrible illustration….

VIRTUA RACING – megadrive

My dear Bro Retrolechuck kindly gifted me this monstrosity for my birthday I owned it on Sega Saturn back in the day but always wondered what is the was like on the megadrive. Firstly the cartridge is a beast, looks very similar in design to the 32x ones but bigger. Opening it up the first…