Archive for the ‘Games’ Category

Platform: NES

Remember when computer games were simple?  Remember when joypads only had two buttons?  Super Mario Bros was a great platformer, and helped turn Nintendo into the big gaming industry that it is today. 

Super Mario Bros was very simple to play, as you controlled Mario (a plumber, in case you didn’t know) across each level, dodging enemies, collecting coins and going down tunnels.  It revolutionised the platform genre, and it is still as successful today as it was back then in the good old 1980’s.  (more…)

Maniac Mansion

Posted: March 2, 2011 in Games
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Platform: NES, Commordore 64, Apple II, IBM PC, Amiga, Atari ST

A fun and eerie adventure.  This is how I would describe this classic game from LucasArts.  You choose a gang of kids to join the main character Dave in sneaking around the spooky mansion to try to find Dave’s missing girlfriend, Sandy.

It’s a point and click adventure, and was my favourite game for the NES.  You use an arrow to basically click different areas on the screen, with the commands being across the bottom.  The cursor did often feel slow, but it never used to take the enjoyment away.  The game consisted of lots of hidden objects and clues to find whilst you progressed through the mansion in search of Sandy. (more…)

Platform: PC

Remember some time ago I reviewed this game and gave it quite  a low score for its glitches?  Well, I have changed my mind.  This is allowed, because it is my blog!  (Sticky-out tongue).  The reason I have changed my mind, is because the game now works fine and is so bloody fantastic!  It seriously is one of the best RPG’s I have played in recent years, and I am happy to report that is also a PC exclusive.  The storyline is enthralling, with surprising twists and turns along the way that just leave you wanting more and leaves you not being able to stop playing for eight hours straight, sometimes longer. (more…)

Skool Daze

Posted: February 26, 2011 in Games
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Platform: ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64

I don’t remember the Spectrum we owned too well.  I don’t even recall what model it was, all I remember was that it made an awful noise whenever it came to loading a game.  None of the games themselves really stood out for me as much as this one.  You could say that it is the original Bully:Scholarship Edition.  It’s certainly where Rockstar must have taken some inspiration from. (more…)

Platform: PC, PS3

Being a DC comic fan, I was highly anticipating the release of this game.  When I first found out it was £10.00 a month to play, my anticipation went down a notch – but I still decided to shove the thing in my shopping trolley regardless.  This is a SONY Online exclusive and is available for PS3 and PC only, this review being based on the latter.

So first things first, you create yourself a superhero.  You can be a hero or a villain and choose the costume you wear. Erm…that’s about it really.  I thought there would be a bit more customization than there is, but they have allowed you to find/buy bits of extra clothing in the game which makes it interesting.  I suppose.  One really cool thing in this game that stands out for me, is that when you find a piece of armour that has better stats than the piece you have on, you don’t have to change the way your hero/villain looks when you equip it.  You click on the styles tab and you can dress your charcter the way you want them to look – whilst still keeping the same stats of the eqipment you just picked up.  Seeing as being a Superhero is all about how you look, I think this a wonderful idea to keep that image all through the game.  (more…)

Fable III – Clucking Brilliant

Posted: November 12, 2010 in Games
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Platform: Xbox 360

‘No you won’t fool the children of the revolution’.

This game couldn’t get more British if Lord British tried to throw a bottle of Britishness all over it.  British humour is very evident in this game (this review will contain the word British a lot) and to make it even more British, Mr Molyneux has brought in some great British stars to do the voice acting.  Included are the likes of John Cleese, Jonathon Ross, Simon Pegg and Stephen Fry.  Having John Cleese in the game just makes the game even better for me as a fan.  He plays your butler, and he is more or less in the game the whole way through.  He also likes to randomly repeat things and tell you that you have new clothes in your wardrobe when in fact you haven’t…but it’s John Cleese, how can you possibly get mad at this silly error?  Stephen Fry carries his character Reaver through to Fable III from the second game, and oh how wonderfully evil he is! So pompous and witty too!  The opening scene made me chuckle, as a poor chicken humourously escapes near death on several occasions.  Chickens pop up a lot in this game, possibly inspired by the chickens that were in the early Zelda games.  (more…)

Fallout New Vegas – VIVA!

Posted: November 10, 2010 in Games
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Platform: PC, XBOX 360, PS3

I have been a Fallout fan since the first game.  I remember it well, the tiny pixellated characters, the bird’s eye view, the turn-based character movement/fighting, and not forgetting the incredible story line and wonderfully thought out side quests.  The game had it all.  Fallout 2 was also great, and I loved the fact that the annoying time limit you had in Fallout 1 to do the main quest in had gone.  But that’s all in the past, and they will always be loved for nostalgic reasons.  And the prostitutes. (more…)

The Witcher – Cursed By Bugs

Posted: September 6, 2010 in Games
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Platform: PC

What a shame.  What a real shame.  This game is one of the best RPG’s out there, only to be infected with freezing issues galore.  The longest I can play this game before it freezes up on me is 10 minutes.  I bought this game knowing that it was buggy, but I know that some people got lucky – with it working fine for them.  Well more fool me.  I got it home, played around with the graphics settings for it was rather slow (with everything on high the graphics are very nice) and I started the game.  The game starts off with the background story and allows you to practice your combat skills before the real stuff starts in Chapter 1.  This had me gripped and I couldn’t wait for the hardcore stuff to begin!  Alas, for how things changed.  Chapter 1 wouldn’t even load for me, resulting in my laptop to completely freeze, with me having to turn it off via the power button.  I tried it again, and it was still the same.  I then made my legs walk me to the pub where I was greeted by friends.  I got home later, rather tired and drunk, but decided to give the game one more go.  I loaded up my previous save where it took me to the loading point of chapter 1 – where to my surprise it loaded!  It took me to a cut scene and then a random battle with some green fur coated dogs.  Then it froze, and I went to sleep.  (more…)

Premier Manager

Posted: August 23, 2010 in Games
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Platform: Sega Megadrive

I remember receiving this game as a kid one christmas, really excited about the prospect of playing it – to then have my delight for the game ruined by bugs and freezing problems.  Yes – games even suffered from faults back then.  It’s not just an Xbox thing. 

The game is quite difficult, depending on your chosen club.  It is your job as manager to hire and fire the right staff and players, develop the youth team and deal with squad injuries in the appropriate manner in order to help raise your team into the top flight of the beautiful game.  But a beautiful game it is not.  The game was released full of major bugs and most of my friends who had bought copies couldn’t even get theirs to work on their system at all.  I find it pathetic and ridiculously selfish when companies release games that are clearly unfinished and broken.  It still happens today, only nowadays we have the capabilities of being able to ‘patch’ the games ourselves. (more…)

RISEN – Or Just a Little Bit Flat?

Posted: August 20, 2010 in Games
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Platform: PC, Xbox 360

Risen is like Marmite – you either love it or hate it.  If you are a hardcore RPG fanatic like myself, then you will stick to this game like a stick insect on a sticky stick – in other words, it is quite addictive.

I am right in believing that this game scored reasonably high in the PC reviews during its release, but yet not so high for the Xbox 360 version, due mainly to its poor graphics in comparison to the ones on show for the PC.  I have been playing games since the year of the Spectrum, so to me graphics do not matter and I think it is very harsh to say that a game is ‘rubbish’ just because it has shoddy looks.  Isn’t a game all about the gameplay – hence the word ‘game’?  I wouldn’t know just how wonderful the game looks on the PC because I have not had the pleasure of playing it on that platform, but having seen the screenshots in comparison with the Xbox 360 ones, I would agree that the PC wins hands down.  If you’re one of those gamers who likes things to look all pretty and neat on your 22 inch HD monitor then go for the PC version.  However, if you don’t really care about every little graphical detail and see yourself as more of a console gamer, then get it for the Xbox 360 – there is no shame in this! (more…)