Review Crew #13 - Although not as popular as Final Fantasy or Dragon's Quest, the Ys Book series has found a cult following that eagerly awaits each new installment. But is the love for the franchise justified? We decided to take a trip back in time to find the answer to that burning question. Join us as we explore what Electronic Gaming Monthly, Video Games & Computer Entertainment, GamePro and other classic magazines thought of Ys Book I & II on the TurboGrafx-CD!
Back from the dead, The Typing of the Dead: Overkill is an engrossing on-rails shooter that doubles as an educational tool. Forget Mavis Beacon, because this is easily the bloodiest typing tool of all time. Unfortunately, this PC game is marred by its simple theme and a number of technical problems. This is the perfect game for those of us who are better typists than sharpshooters!
Simply put, Basement Crawl is Bomberman with a horror theme. While that may be an intriguing concept, this knock-offs proves to be one of the worst games on any system. It's littered with bugs, is lacking content, has a limited amount of characters and, worst of all, doesn't even get Bomberman's fundamentals right. Basement Crawl is to be avoided.
Review Crew #12 - Two decades after its release, Night Trap remains one of the most controversial video games of all time. The full-motion video game starring Dana Plato (Diff'rent Strokes) sparked Congressional hearings and helped usher in an era of game ratings. These days Night Trap is little more than a punchline, but was that always the case? Could it be that Electronic Gaming Monthly, Sega Force, GamePro and other old school magazines actually enjoyed this reviled oddity? Find out now as we go back in time and see what old school critics thought of Night Trap!
Nintendo Power #35: After too many terrible covers to count, it's time for a Nintendo Power intervention. This week, Defunct Games sits down with Nintendo Power to express our gripes about this WWF Super Wrestlemania design. And that's just the start of today's rant. Is it too late to right the sinking ship? Find out in this brand new episode of Nintendo Power Uncovered!
Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z ditches the usual one-on-one fighting and goes team-based. Featuring different classes and a leveling-up mechanic, this newest installment will probably appeal to the loyal fan base. Unfortunately, I found the whole thing to be a shallow, simplistic, incoherent mess. Battle of Z may be boring, but at least it looks incredible.
Although a critic darling on the PC, this PlayStation 3 port of Dustforce left me cold. It's not without some good ideas, but marred by its frustrating gameplay mechanics. I rarely felt in control of my character, which is an important element of any 2D platformer. The great presentation is undone by a number of questionable gameplay decisions.
Review Crew #11 - Even though it's been a decade since Capcom released a new Breath of Fire game, you can still hear people crying out for a proper sequel. The game's fervent cult following would have you believe that the Capcom RPG is as good, if not better than Final Fantasy. Could it be true? We decided to employ time travel to find the answer to that question. We're looking through the pages of Die Hard Game Fan, Nintendo Power, Electronic Gaming Monthly and other classic magazines to find out what they thought of Breath of Fire on the Super NES!