Episode #1037 - Full Mojo Rampage has a lot of fun with its voodoo gimmick, giving players a fast-paced roguelike adventure. While the dual-stick shooting isn't especially original and the difficulty spikes at the very end, fans of the genre will find a lot to like in this quirky action game. It's stumbles along the way, but Full Mojo Rampage has enough charm to warrant a look.
Episode #1036 - If you've ever wondered what Twin Peaks would be like if it took place in Florida, was loaded with pop culture references and was actually a stage play with a live audience, then Knee Deep is the game for you. It's an odd little point and click adventure game with a large cast of colorful characters and diverging paths. Unfortunately, it never quite comes together and some of the writing had me rolling my eyes.
Episode #1035 - Heart&Slash is one of those rare games where practically every element of the game is working its hardest to ruin the fun. From horrendous camera problems to terrible gameplay to enemies that are too aggressive too early, Heart&Slash is one misfire after another. I'm sure there's a good game deep down inside this frustrating action game, but it's hard to see the potential in its current state.
Episode #21 - Sonic. Tails. The scientist formerly known as Dr. Robotnik. They're all together and celebrating Sonic the Hedgehog's 25th birthday. To help celebrate what I'm sure will be a speedy anniversary; we're taking a look back at Sonic the Hedgehog's 16-bit adventures. Join us as we analyze what magazines like Electronic Gaming Monthly, GamePro, Next Generation, Die Hard Game Fan and CVG thought of the Sonic games released on the Sega Genesis. Which 16-bit game came out on top? I think the answer may surprise you.
Episode #1240 - Tom Lenting celebrates Sonic the Hedgehog's 25th anniversary by reviewing Sonic Jam, the curious compilation on Sega Saturn. Released at a time when Sega was shifting from the 2D classics to 3D train wrecks, this is a collection of most of Sonic's best games. Is it worth picking up to experience Sonic World? Find out when Tom reviews Sonic Jam on Sega Saturn!
Episode #117 - Defunct Games needs your help! We're looking to recreate The Adventures of GamePro comic strip as a long-form episodic internet play. I would like to use different voice actors, the music from the games, sound effects and dramatic timing to bring these comic strips to life. It's an ambitious project that will give modern gamers a chance to experience the cheesy fun of GamePro.
Episode #19 - This is Online Pass, the video game news quiz. My name is Cyril Lachel and I'm going to ask you a series of questions based on some of the biggest news stories to come out of E3 2016. From EA's bone-headed mistakes to Rare's return to action games, we're going to be covering a lot of ground. So grab a piece of paper and a number two pencil, because this is a test.
Episode #1034 - Part point and click adventure game and part side-scrolling action game, Between Me and The Night is a compelling journey that loses its way from time to time. The game has a deliberate pace that may appeal to some, but I was left yearning for more story beats and a little more writing. Too much of the adventure is spent wandering the halls looking for specific objects to interact with.
Episode #3 - Not even the industry's biggest trade show was going to keep Defunct Games from posting reviews. Because of a new game lull, we were forced to dig through the backlog and cover games we missed along the way. This started with Between Me and The Night, which hit Steam back in February. We also took a look at Neverending Nightmares, which found its way onto PS Vita and PlayStation 4 a few weeks back. And then there's 1917 - The Alien Invasion, a brand new retro-inspired shoot-em-up.
Episode #18 - This is Online Pass, the video game news quiz. My name is Cyril Lachel and I'm going to ask you a series of questions based on some of the biggest news stories to come out of Microsoft's E3 2016 press conference. From brand new hardware to the return of Frank West, we're going to be covering a lot of ground. So grab a piece of paper and number two pencil, because this is a test.
Episode #1033 - 1917 - The Alien Invasion is a fun but basic vertical shoot-em-up inspired by the hits of the early 1990s. While it's short and doesn't do enough with the time period, the price is right and the boss fights are well designed. 1917 - The Alien Invasion is a fun shooter that is over too soon.
Episode #17 - This is Online Pass, the video game news quiz. My name is Cyril Lachel and I'm going to ask you a series of questions based on some of the biggest news stories to come out of Sony's E3 2016 press conference. From God of War to a very naked Norman Reedus, we're going to be covering a lot of ground. So grab a piece of paper and a number two pencil, because this is a test.
Episode #1032 - While it never fully lives up to its potential, Neverending Nightmares does have a few great horror moments and several satisfying endings. It's also drenched in atmosphere, giving off the impression that something big is about to happen at any moment. It's a tense experience that could have used a few more story beats and a little more puzzle solving. It's not bad, but Neverending Nightmares wears out its welcome quickly.
Episode #1031 - With a name like Demetrios: The BIG Cynical Adventure, you might expect an epic quest brimming with cynicism. Unfortunately, this brand new point and click adventure game holds back. While it's occasionally funny, this crime thriller is ruined by a subtitle setting you up for unrealistic expectations.
Episode #2 - The entire industry may be gearing up for E3, but Defunct Games is focused on talking about brand new video games. This was a strong week for video game stories, as all three of the games we reviewed excelled at their storytelling. We first looked at The Way, a gorgeous new adventure in the spirit of Another World and Flashback. We also reviewed prog.1, which tries to mix 2D platforming with a science-fiction story. And then there's Demetrios: The BIG Cynical Adventure, which is neither as big nor as cynical as you would want.
Episode #1030 - Despite having a compelling story and cool cinemas, Prog.1 is a fairly standard 2D platformer that is over too soon. Some of the twists and turns are interesting, but I wish there was more to the gameplay. It's not bad, but a step or two down from N++ and Super Meat Boy.
Episode #1029 - Even though it suffers from a few frustrating puzzles, I was so wrapped up in the look and the story that I was able to overlook some of the imperfections. The Way offers an emotionally satisfying journey that's filled with unique alien worlds to explore, some clever set pieces and my favorite four-legged video game companion of the year. Sometimes that's all I'm looking for in a side-scrolling adventure game.
Episode #1028 - Despite good intentions, Zenodyne R fails to capture the shoot-em-up magic of the 1990s. The gameplay and level designs are fine (if not a bit basic), but the whole thing is sunk by an onerous unlock system that forces players to grind the same few levels for hours on end. It's a shame, because without this mechanic, Zenodyne R would have been an easy shooter to recommend.
Episode #1 - This was a huge week at Defunct Games! If you have complained that we don't cover enough epic console adventure games, then this was your week. We started it off with a look at Anima: Gate of Memories, a curious new third-person adventure game that many critics are comparing to Nier. We followed that up with a look at Odin Sphere Leifthrasir, an HD port of a cult-classic on PlayStation 2. We finished the week off with a look at Zenodyne R, a brand new shoot-em-up inspired by the 1990s.
Episode #20 - Leonardo. Donatello. Michelangelo. Raphael. That guy from Arrested Development. They're all back and ready to kick some Krang in the newest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. To help celebrate what I'm sure will be a noisy mess of a movie, we're taking a look back at the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles tetralogy. Join us as we analyze what magazines like Electronic Gaming Monthly, Die Hard Game Fan, CVG, GamePro and Super Play thought of Turtles in Time, The Manhattan Project and The Arcade Game. And just for fun, we'll also be taking a look at the 16-bit spin-offs, including The Hyperstone Heist and Tournament Fighters.
Episode #1027 - Gamers who don't connect with the story may find the experience too repetitive and overlong, but those who love 2D brawlers and these colorful characters will find a lot to love in Odin Sphere Leifthrasir. No matter if it's on the PlayStation 4, PS Vita or PS3, this is an exceptional re-release with stunning graphics, an involving story and a great cast of heroes.