Game Reviews

One of my most long-time pastimes is video games. I’ve been playing since about the mid-80s and will be playing for a long time to come. Here, I will be reviewing games on past and present systems. Whether good, average, or bad, they all have their place in gaming history.

Android and other downloadables

Title
Year of release
Genre
Developer
Description
2014
RPG
Square Enix
The luminaries have come
to your phone and tablet.

Mario’s World

2016
Platformer
Homemade

What if Super Mario Bros.
crashed all the time?

Arcade

Title
Year of release
Genre
Developer
Description
1992
Fighting
Midway
Not a classic, but its violent legacy is a legend.
1987
Fighting
Capcom
Proof that the original is not always the best.
1995
Fighting
Capcom
Crappy movie, crappy game.
1994
Fighting
Capcom
The X-Men do dashes and combos in a Capcom fighter!

Atari 2600

Title
Year of release
Genre
Developer
Description
1982
Activision
Activision

I’m no Atari fan, but I can’t deny
the quality of this classic.

Dreamcast

Title
Year of release
Genre
Developer
Description
1999
Platformer
Sega
Like post-Genesis Sonic or not, this is where
it began.

GBA

Title
Year of release
Genre
Developer
Description
2005
RPG
Square Enix
A remake of the SNES game.

NES

Title
Year of release
Genre
Developer
Description
1985
Sports
Irem
Weak early attempt at adapting football to video games.
1991
Varies
Rare
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ripoff surprisingly turns out to be one of the most difficult games ever.
1989
RPG
Enix
The first big eastern RPG, yet arguably mediocre.
1992
Platformer
Hudson Soft
The furball with an alligator bag takes his adventures to the world of gaming.
1989
Action RPG
Broderbund
Ever wanted to wander through a dungeon, never knowing where to go? Yes, I expected a negative answer
1987
Action RPG
Nintendo
The beginning of a legendary series.
1988
Mainly beat-’em-up
Konami
The Japanese version of the Adventures Of Bayou Billy.
1987
2D shooter
Capcom
The blue bomber’s first adventure.
1989
2D shooter
Capcom
The blue bomber returns.
1990
2D shooter
Capcom
Mega Man is being helped by the formerly evil Dr. Wily… yeah, right.
1992
2D shooter
Capcom
Mega Man faces a new threat.
1992
2D shooter
Capcom
Mega Man gives it a fifth go on the NES.
1994
2D shooter
Capcom
Sixth time’s not necessarily the charm.
1987
Sports
Nintendo
Can you beat Iron Mike? In his glory days, I should say?
1989
Platformer
Tecmo
Ninja action on the NES.
1990
Platformer
Tecmo
Ryu is back for more ninja action.
1991
Platformer
Tecmo
The NES trilogy goes out with a pratfall.
1991
2D shooter
Taito
Who knew boomerangs were great robot smashers?
1989
2D shooter
Activision
A game where you can walk through a wall and die!
1988
Platformer
Kemco
A Superman game that sucks, but isn’t that required by law?
1989
Platformer
Konami
Is it as bad as everyone says it is? Call me crazy, but no.
1991
Platformer
LJN
This game ain’t the best at what it does.
1988
Action RPG
Nintendo
My $0.02 on the most controversial Zelda of them all.

PC

Title
Year of release
Genre
Developer
Description
1998 RPG
Bioware
Bioware’s first RPG doesn’t get things started with a bang.
2000 RPG
Bioware
A true western RPG pioneer.
2003 Racing
Stellar Stone
More like big shit.
2004 Strategy
EA
The Tolkien classic with a RTS twist.
1981 RPG
Origin Systems
One of the pioneer RPGs proves to be a wild andcrazy one.

PS1

Title
Year of release
Genre
Developer
Description
1995 Platformer
Exact Co., Ltd./Ultra Co., Ltd.
One of the premiere 3D platformers has you as a hopping robo-rabbit.
1997 Platformer
Midway
An attempt at a Mortal Kombat platformer crashes and burns.

PS2

Title
Year of release
Genre
Developer
Description
2004 Fighting
Dimps
A well-remember DB game, but should it be?
2003 Platformer
Inevitable Entertainment
An adaptation of the Tolkien classic ends up being a so-so game.
2002 Action RPG
Surreal Software
Really badly constructed models of The Fellowship try to destroy the Ring.
2002 Beat-’em-up
Stormfront Studios
If you like killing orcs, this is the game for you!
2003 Beat-’em-up
EA Redwood Shores
EA’s take on the trilogy’s conclusion does not disappoint.

PS3

Title
Year of release
Genre
Developer
Description
2013 Beat-’em-up
Vanillaware
A bland throwback to the days of arcade beat-’em-ups.
2012 Platformer/ beat-’em-up
Warner Bros.
A glorified LEGO advertisement but arguably more fun than that.
2008 Action RPG
Bioware
A space adventure with the social commentary of Star Trek and sense of adventure of Star Wars.
2011 Sports
EA Sports
Can you take your favorite college to the National Championship?

PS4

Title
Year of release
Genre
Developer
Description
2015
Action-Adventure
Warner Bros., Rocksteady
The series falters some this time, courtesy of a horrible car.
2016
Point-And-Click
Telltale Games
Batman gaming takes a different route.
2016
Point-And-Click
Telltale Games
Yeah, I’m reviewing these episode by episode.
2016
Point-And-Click
Telltale Games
This series takes a turn for the fatalistic.
2013
3D shooter
Infinity Ward
A CoD in an almost post-apocalyptic setting.
2014
RPG
Bioware
Like snuffing out rifts with your hand? Then
you’ll love this one.
2014 Platformer/ beat-’em-up
Warner Bros.
The LEGO version of Batman hits next gen with a bust.
2014
Sports
EA Sports
The obligatory Madden is a
fantastic football experience.
2014
Action-adventure
Monolith Productions
A new ranger in a mediocre new LOTR story.
2015
Sports
Sony
I review a game based on a sport I don’t like, though I can find some enjoyment
in this title nonetheless.
2014
Sports
EA Sports
My actually positive take on the least popular game in the NHL series.
2016
Fighting
Capcom
The disappointing latest Street Fighter.
2014
Action-adventure
Crystal Dynamics
An improvement on the PS3/Xbox 360 classic.
2014
3D shooter
Bethesda
The new Wolf enters, but not with a bang.

PSP

Title
Year of release
Genre
Developer
Description
2007
RPG
Square Enix
The first FF is, you could say, new and improved.

Sega Genesis

Title
Year of release
Genre
Developer
Description
1995
Fighting
Atari Games
I don’t know if you remember this one,
but dinosaurs fighting each other was
the only selling point.
1991
Platformer
Sega
Icon or has-been, this was the debut of
everyone’s favorite hedgehog.

Sega Master System

Title
Year of release
Genre
Developer
Description
1986
Platformer
Sega
My rather controversial review of the first ride of the Master System’s mascot.

Sega Saturn

Title
Year of release
Genre
Developer
Description
1995
Fighting
Capcom
The beginning of the Alpha miniseries isn’t with a bang.

SNES

Title
Year of release
Genre
Developer
Description
1993
RPG
Enix
Not much to say except it’s a fantasy fiction RPG.
1993
Beat-’em-up
Konami
Pummeling the clowns, cats, and penguins of Gotham City.
1993
Beat-’em-up
     Tradewest
A longtime success and a fad cross over.
1992
RPG
Bandai
DBZ game that is not a fighter. Does it deliver?
1992
Puzzle
Sunsoft
Can you stop lemmings from getting themselves killed?
1993
Action RPG
Interplay
Actually, the only volume, the reason for which ain’t pretty.
1992
Platformer
Capcom
Mickey appears in a platformer with some cool outfits.
1992
Beat-’em-up
Taito
A corny Superman clone… and it gets lots worse from there.
1993
Platformer
Nintendo
Four Mario games in one!
1992
Racing
Nintendo
Mario and company get on the race track.
1996
Read the title again
Nintendo
Believe it or not, this is far from the most unconventional Mario spin-off.

Wii U

Title
Year of release
Genre
Developer
Description
2014
Platformer/
puzzle
Nintendo
Wait, he got his own game?
2013

Platformer

Nintendo
Not about rescuing a princess
this time.
2015

Platformer

Nintendo
Development duties
are handed over to the gamer.

Xbox 360

Title
Year of release
Genre
Developer
Description
2005
3D shooter
Activision
Kill Nazis as Russians, Brits, and Americans.
2007
3D shooter
Midway
An apparent effort to set the record for worst FPS ever.

Xbox One

Title
Year of release
Genre
Developer
Description
2014
Platformer/Beat-’em-up
Activision
Sloppy gameplay but it’s Spider-man so it’s still great, right? RIGHT?!
2015
3D shooter
Bethesda
If you love Fallout, you’ll love this one (disclaimer: I don’t).
2015
Sports
EA
Madden with a surprisingly evolved passing game.
2016
Sports
EA
The series takes a turn for the worse (but still quite playable).
2015
Fighting
Warner Bros.
The latest Mortal Kombat delivers plenty of gore, as usual.
2015
Sports
EA
Shooting digital hoops.
2016
Sports
EA
The latest attempt at ice action.
2015
Action-adventure
Square Enix, Crystal Dynamics
Lara Croft is back with a return to Tomb Raider tradition.

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