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One of the greatest 16-bit run-and-gun experiences ever conceived--an experience that's over too soon.
My friends, my older brother, even my own father who never plays video games--we all unanimously agree that Contra III: The Alien Wars is a fun, fun ride. It's also one of the most technically impressive visual marvels ... Read Full Review0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
A classic role-playing game in every sense of the term, and a must-play for fans and newcomers alike.
Phantasy Star II was actually my first exposure to the franchise when it was a traditional turn-based RPG--way before the advent of Online and Universe. What set it apart from most other games of its type was its unique... Read Full Review0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
The game has been taken as far as it can go, making it the seemingly definitive version to own if it suits you.
When the original Street Fighter 2 first crashed into arcades, it was still in a somewhat experimental phase---although the reception it received from arcade goers would make you believe otherwise. It made significant i... Read Full Review7 of 7 users found the following review helpful
With an abundance of recycled content and short length, the $10 asking price for this DLC is hardly justifiable.
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow was a game I pegged as my personal favorite of 2010 because of how it successfully blended a multitude of different genres into a satisfying, visceral gameplay experience unlike any other. I... Read Full Review4 of 4 users found the following review helpful
Legend of Mana is a beautifully made game -- marred by sluggish combat, disjointed pacing and absence of a solid plot.
Thousands of years ago, the benevolent Mana Tree, the infallible source of life in the world of Fa'Diel, burned to ashes. This horrific calamity prompted a violent war between the Faeries, Humans and all other species f... Read Full Review3 of 5 users found the following review helpful
Curse of Darkness is an improvement over Lament of Innocence in many aspects, and makes for a pretty fun experience.
Transitioning the Castlevania series into full 3D has long been a source of controversy amongst fans for a good number of years. It stems from the fact that the game was most appreciated as a 2D platformer. There's noth... Read Full Review0 of 1 users found the following review helpful
Ah, Mario Tennis! I remember the good old Nintendo 64 days when me and my friends played it for hours on end during those late, Pizza Hut and Pepsi nights. Mario Power Tennis is essentially a Wii port of the GameCube g... Read Full Review1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
The After Years follows in the tradition of Final Fantasy spinoffs, and does the job well in spite of some problems.
As many Final Fantasies as there are, their subsequent spinoffs open the door to a dearth of multiple story possibilities. FFIV: The After Years continues the story of Final Fantasy IV with a familiar cast of characters... Read Full Review2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
The Ocarina of Time holds the key to saving Hyrule from a diabolical desert menace bent on finding the Triforce, and it has fallen in the hands of a young Hylian boy named Link. With the mysterious artifice in hand, Lin... Read Full Review5 of 6 users found the following review helpful
An accessible, rewarding experience that encapsulates the true meaning of its renowned source---the idea of fun.
Super Mario Galaxy 2. What can I possibly say about the game that hasn't already been said? For someone like me to call it one of the finest platformer games of its generation would only add a low-key sound bite to the... Read Full Review3 of 4 users found the following review helpful
Quite possibly a contender for fighting game of the year, Mortal Kombat delivers on nearly every count.
Few games have ever received as much love and evoked so much disdain as Mortal Kombat. And now, nearly two whole decades and nine tournaments later, the latest entry in the controversial franchise is pushing the envelope... Read Full Review10 of 11 users found the following review helpful
When Splatterhouse was ported to the Turbo Grafx 16 two decades ago, it raised some eyebrows for its violent content. There was even a little warning on the box. Still, this was the only real exposure of a franchise no... Read Full Review2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
Valis II fails to honor the tradition of its namesake with this disappointing, lacking and derivative effort. <br />
The Mugen Tenshi Valis series may not stand out with most people, but for anybody that remembers playing the games in their various forms back during the glory days of Telenet (their original developer), it was one of th... Read Full Review0 of 1 users found the following review helpful
Although it's over before you realize it, Giga Wing 2 is a fun experience and an admirable successor to the first game.<
Giga Wing 2 is the dexterous follow-up to the original game released for both the Arcade and the Sega Dreamcast home console. While it is possible that not many of you have actually heard of a game such as this, it's w... Read Full Review1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
Me and my friends have played a lot of old Nintendo games over the years, but few have ever demanded the grist of our time as River City Ransom. Simply put, this is one of the greatest Nintendo games you probably never ... Read Full Review0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
It was a game I took notice of when I was looking at one of those pack-in posters that came packaged in the Axelay Super Nintendo game box. I convinced my friend to rent it, and we both agreed that it was one of the m... Read Full Review2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
It will both entertain and frustrate you, but through it all, Ninja Gaiden NES is a bonafide classic.
Long before the gallons of blood spilled and countless heads rolled, the solitary Ryu Hayabusa struck down his enemies in a puff of 8-Bit smoke. I played this game at my friend's house during the NES days, and we've onl... Read Full Review0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
Pokemon Platinum continues the trend of great monster-catching games--made even better with some cool new features.
Throughout my long years of life, I've learned that there are three sure things; death, taxes and new Pokemon games. At least, the latter of the three are something to actually look forward to. There's something about ... Read Full Review4 of 4 users found the following review helpful
ActRaiser is one of those games that you just have to play to appreciate. As a launch title, it faced some stiff competitors, but won various gamers over with its unorthodox pseudo-fusion of action game and simulator. ... Read Full Review2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
In spite of some drawbacks, Phantasy Star Portable is a wonderful PSU experience that can now be enjoyed anywhere.
Ever wondered what it'd be like to play Phantasy Star Universe in the palm of your hand? Probably not, but there's nothing wrong with putting that idea into practice anyway. With Phantasy Star Portable, however, the tr... Read Full Review1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
Spanning two decades of dominance, the Contra franchise has consistently thrived on one underlying principle---giving opportunistic gamers a chance to truly test their bragging rights against the backdrop of an endless s... Read Full Review2 of 4 users found the following review helpful
The most definitive, accessible version of Tactics Ogre to date, and a brilliant tactical RPG in its own right.
Almost a decade or so since its first release on the Super Famicom, Tactics Ogre is still a highly-regarded, sought-after game---seen by many as the progenitor of the tactical role-playing genre and a catalyst for inspir... Read Full Review12 of 13 users found the following review helpful
Lord of Arcana is a badly-wrought copycat of the far superior source material that it blatantly borrows from.
Lord of Arcana isn't so much a retread in Monster Hunter territory; rather, it is a full-blown, badly-orchestrated copycat. While most gamers will probably be drawn to its mature presentation and Square Enix charm, the ... Read Full Review9 of 11 users found the following review helpful
It may not have been a huge success when it was first released on the Nintendo so many years ago, but Bionic Commando garnered enough of a cult following to be fondly remembered in the annals of video game history. Capc... Read Full Review1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
Raystorm is a shooter you probably might not have heard of. The only glimpse of its existence came in the form of the 1996 North American PlayStation release. Developed by Taito, Raystorm was the second game in the Ray... Read Full Review4 of 4 users found the following review helpful
The core of LittleBigPlanet revolves around several important elements; the thrill of creation, a sense of player community, the fun of playing games, and the exposition of ideas and concepts. In the two or so years sin... Read Full Review8 of 10 users found the following review helpful
The world faces an unprecedented zombie infestation, and its only hope rests in the hands of two young women in bikinis and G-strings brandishing samurai swords. Sounds unbelievable? Well, believe it. Onechanbara is s... Read Full Review2 of 3 users found the following review helpful
Derivative, shallow gameplay and frustrating exercises in precision timing dull Ninja Blade's appeal and sharpness.
Amidst a sea of ninja-themed action games, Ninja Blade tries to stand out as a smoke bomb of a different density. And while it does offer some neat gameplay features that set it apart from the rest, it's still nothing mo... Read Full Review4 of 5 users found the following review helpful
I didn't quite know what to expect coming into this one. Seduced by the lure of fake Nintendo games, I thought it best to give it a shot. What an experience it turned out to be. Retro Game Challenge is a throwback to ... Read Full Review1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
It's been done before across multiple platforms, but I must say--this latest package blew me away. Never before has there been a collection of Genesis games this big and this impressive. That said, Sonic's Ultimate Gen... Read Full Review1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
Although it could have used more polish, Super Mario All Stars is a nice little tribute to an awesome video game icon.
It's hard to believe two and a half decades have passed since the original Super Mario Brothers was released. From my own personal accounts, the first Mario game I ever played was actually Mario Bros. in the arcade with... Read Full Review3 of 3 users found the following review helpful
Bomberman's a legend in the video game world. There's something to be said about the wonderfully simplistic, yet addictive gameplay where all you do is run around a field, drop bombs and blow stuff up (namely, your oppo... Read Full Review2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
If I told you I wasn't a fan of the Legend of Zelda series, you'd have thought I was lying. And you'd be right. My first game in the series was Ocarina of Time, but I have played nearly all of the subsequent entries i... Read Full Review0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
Having caught wind of this game two years ago, I knew it had become successful in its own right but never bothered to do the research as to why that was so. Like a charming song that you just can't get out of your head,... Read Full Review0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
R-Type Dimensions is an R-Type fan's dream come true---made even sweeter by HD visual upgrades and new features.
Considered by many to be one of the greatest shoot'em ups ever made, the R-Type games rode a collective wave of modest popularity in both the noisy, popcorn-scented arcades and the subtle comfort of North American living... Read Full Review1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
Galaga '90 is a cool little update to one of Namco's timeless arcade treasures, and a great addition to your VC library.
Galaga is one of Namco's greatest arcade shooters. It gave Space Invaders some good competition back in the day as a shameless copycat, yet it was an entirely different style all its own. Galaga '89 updated the formula... Read Full Review1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
Back in 1994, Nintendo's burly ape---a heavy-set, pea-brained, pixelated gorilla known as Donkey Kong---embarked on an exodus of self-discovery. In this case, a leap from one-dimensional villainry to an immersive platfo... Read Full Review6 of 7 users found the following review helpful
An excellent compilation of three classic PS2 platformers, it'd be a crime not to experience the Sly Collection.
The PlayStation had a lot of mascots; the first being Crash Bandicoot. Throughout the years, many more have entered the fold to promote Sony's gaming platform as a family-friendly affair of sorts. Among them was a snea... Read Full Review12 of 12 users found the following review helpful
Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe was a huge shocker at first whim, but in the end, it's a solid and fun fighting game.
Nobody saw this one coming. I was among the majority of folks who were shocked at the prospect of the idea. Although I was never really good at Mortal Kombat, I liked it because it had a solid fighting system--blood, g... Read Full Review0 of 0 users found the following review helpful