Episode #3 - 29 Power-Ups of Christmas (Day 3) - In the long history of video game power-ups, few are as pointless as the Cloak of Darkness. In fact, it could be argued that this Wizards & Warriors' power-up actually makes the game harder. See for yourself in this brand new episode of the 29 Questionable Power-Ups of Christmas!
Episode #2 - 29 Power-Ups of Christmas (Day 2) - We're two days into the 29 Questionable Power-Ups of Christmas and already we're talking about something called a "Power-Up Orb." While not the most creatively titled power-up, this item from Altered Beast does have a cool side effect. But is the Power-Up Orb more trouble than its worth? Find out now in another exciting episode of 29 Questionable Power-Ups of Christmas!
Episode #1 - 29 Power-Ups of Christmas (Day 1) - Today we are proud to introduce the 29 Power-Ups of Christmas, our month-long celebration of curious items, weapons and other doo-dads. We begin our journey with a festive turkey dinner, courtesy of Final Fight. Enjoy this Thanksgiving with Haggar, Cody and Guy. This is day one of the 29 Power-Ups of Christmas!
Episode #28 - Nintendo Power Uncovered #28 - After months of waiting, we've finally made it to Nintendo Power's famous Super Mario World cover. I'm not sure what it is, but people seem to love this dolphin-enhanced artwork. Find out what the Cover Critic thinks when you read about the September 1991 issue of Nintendo Power!
Episode #49 - First the PlayStation 4 sells 1 million units. Then the Xbox One sells 1 million units. Everybody sells 1 million units, which means we're tied, right? That's exactly the message you'll get from today's games journalists. In this editorial, Cyril takes a look at how GameSpot misleads their readers with re-written press releases. Find out why this is bad for the industry in the newest episode of They Said WHAT?!?
Episode #759 - Deadfall Adventures takes its inspiration from Indiana Jones and H.R. Haggard. Those are big shoes to fill, and Nordic's newest first-person adventure doesn't even come close. The three large environments are impressive, but the story is nothing new and combat is boring. Gamers looking to solve puzzles will enjoy portions of Deadfall Adventures; however the action gets in the way of its true potential.
November 19, 2013
Episode #27 - Nintendo Power Uncovered #27 - Mega Man is back ... or is he? After starring in some of my favorite Nintendo Power covers, the Blue Bomber is nowhere to be seen in his first Game Boy game. See if Dr. Wily can fill Mega's shoes when we travel back to August 1991. Nintendo Power Uncovered is back and it wants revenge!
Episode #1176 - Is it a Castlevania clone or SimCity wannabe? ActRaiser turns out to be both, and Cyril thinks the game is better for it. Is this Super NES game as deep as Enix would have you believe? Find out when Cyril reviews this first-generation Super NES game!
Episode #9 - The next generation is here! But even though we know what the PlayStation 4 can (and can't) do, there are still a lot of unanswered questions. To help predict the future, we've interviewed three experts -- an online psychic, a bag of fortune cookies and Senator Rand Paul. Are we one generation away from the Holodeck? Find out now in this exciting new episode of Fight the Future!
Episode #1175 - Josh returns with another Super NES review. This week it's Super Star Wars, the hugely popular adaptation of George Lucas' 1977 film. Does this side-scrolling action game hold up? Find out when Josh reviews Super Star Wars for the Super NES!
Episode #1173 - Jed is back with another classic review. This time he's looking at The Adventures of Batman & Robin on the Super NES. While game critics in the 1990s loved this game, Jed isn't so sure. Find out what he thought of The Adventures of Batman & Robin for the Super NES in this full review!
Episode #1172 - Defunct Games welcomes our newest staff writer, Josh Despain. Join this Utah native as he takes a look at Electronic Arts' stab at a mascot game. It's B.O.B., the story of a teenage robot who is stranded on a weird planet. Is this one mascot game worth remembering? Find out when Josh reviews B.O.B. for the Super NES!
November 12, 2013
Episode #26 - Nintendo Power #26 - Now that we've gotten the taste of Battletoads out of our mouth, we can finally move on to issue number 26. This week we're taking a look at the July 1991 issue of Nintendo Power, featuring Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. Is this a return to greatness or another half-assed cover? Find out in another episode of Nintendo Power Uncovered!
Episode #758 - Papers, Please is an addictive puzzle game that also works as a strong social commentary. Although it has a few problems associated with the story, the gameplay is fast and it's unlike anything you've ever seen before. Definitely worth your time!
Episode #1174 - Samus returns in her first Game Boy outing. Join Chad as he wraps his head around all the changes made to Metroid II: Return of Samus. Is this sequel as good as the original? Find out now when Chad reviews Metroid II!
Episode #757 - I've never been good at taking tests, and Final Exam is no exception. While the concept is sound, this multiplayer brawler is hurt by a heavy dose of repetition. It also doesn't help that the levels are bland and too many of the missions boil down to boring repetition. In a year with so many great brawlers, Final Exam comes up a little short!
Episode #1170 - From the makers of Persona 4 comes ... a Strider rip-off? It's true; Run Saber is the Super NES answer to one of Capcom's best arcade games. Sadly, it falls short of the highs set by Strider Hiryu. If you can get past the deja vu, you'll discover that Run Saber is a rewarding experience with surprises around every turn. Find out what Cyril thinks of this Super NES gem when you read his full review of Run Saber!
Episode #756 - For as many systems as Nintendo has sold, the 3DS is hurting for quality racing games. QubicGames' newest title may not solve this lingering problem, but AiRace Speed is certainly a step in the right direction. The level designs are surprisingly fun and the 3D will blow you away. And for five bucks, AiRace Speed will make you forget about the racing game draught for at least a few hours!
Episode #1169 - A quality 2D shooter on the Super NES? Alexsander explains why we should care about this 1993 import. With three types of vehicles and incredible 16-bit graphics, Choujikuu Yousai Macross: Scrambled Valkyrie is a shoot-em-up worth paying attention to!
Episode #42 - WTF (Ep. 2) - With magical mushrooms, floating coins and a fire-breathing dragon that kidnaps royalty, you have to admit that Super Mario Bros. doesn't make much sense. Oh sure, it's one of the best games of all time, but it has more WTF moments than a Shane Carruth marathon. By the time you're done watching this video you will agree, WTF Super Mario Bros.!
Episode #755 - Star Wars Pinball: Balance of the Force offers three very different stages that take players to all corners of the original trilogy. And not only are these tables worth playing, but they also shine on the PS Vita. I had no idea how liberating playing pinball can be on a handheld system. Whether you're a Star Wars nut or not, Balance of the Force is a great starting point for anybody looking to get into Zen Studios' brand of pinball!
Episode #1166 - Will fans of Crystal Quest on the computer also love this Game Boy port? Tom has his doubts. He points to the slow movement and D-pad controls. Find out what Tom Lenting thinks of Crystal Quest when you read his full review!
Episode #61 - Fact: The original Street Fighter ending is terrible. It's one page of boring text and no payoff. Thankfully, Defunct Games exists! Watch us swoop in and fix this terrible ending. You won't believe your eyes when you discover How Street Fighter 1 Should Have Ended!
Episode #1171 - Here's something we can all agree on: Super Mario Kart is one of the most influential racing games of all time. But no matter how important it was, there are a few flaws that keep it from being an exceptional racing game. Find out what holds this 16-bit classic back when you read Cyril's review of Super Mario Kart for the Super NES!
Episode #25 - Nintendo Power Uncovered #25 - Critics loved Battletoads when it was released back in 1991, but you would never know based on this crummy cover. Not only does this cover lack an interesting bad guy or setting, but it can't even be bothered to include all three Toads. Talk about shoddy work. See for yourself when you read Nintendo Power Uncovered for June 1991!
Episode #1162 - No wonder Rocky loses to Apollo Creed! This Sega Master System game attempts to recreate the excitement from the Oscar-winning movie. Unfortunately, the whole thing failed to impress Matthew. Find out what he thinks when you read his full review of Rocky for the Sega Master System!
Episode #754 - With a good sense of speed and a well-rounded collection of licensed cars, Gas Guzzlers Extreme makes a great first impression. Too bad it's marred by a horrible sense of humor and rubber band A.I. drivers. If you can get over these minor setbacks, you'll discover that Gas Guzzlers Extreme is a fun little racer that is exclusive to the PC!
Episode #48 - Could it be that one of this year's most enjoyable titles is nothing more than game of luck? That's what one critic asserts about OMG HD Zombies, Laughing Jackal's newest PS Vita release. We put the game to the test and use science to either confirm or debunk. Is OMG HD Zombies nothing more than luck? Find out when Defunct Games gets to the bottom of this burning question!
Episode #44 - Fact: Defunct Games has been around for 12 years, 7 months and 3 days. And at no point in that time have we reviewed a Super NES game. On sure, we occasionally looked at Nintendo's 16-bitter on the Virtual Console, but never before have we had a proper Super NES review archive. That changes this week, thanks to reviews of three very different Super NES games. Take a moment to read over these clues and see if you can guess what games we'll be reviewing this week!
Episode #123 - Fact: Defunct Games has been around for 12 years, 7 months and 3 days. And at no point in that time have we reviewed a Super NES game. On sure, we occasionally looked at Nintendo's 16-bitter on the Virtual Console, but never before have we had a proper Super NES review archive. That changes this week, thanks to reviews of three very different Super NES games. Take a moment to read over these clues and see if you can guess what games we'll be reviewing this week!
Episode #1167 - After reviewing Battle Chess earlier in the week, Tom returns with another combative game for an 8-bit system. This time around it's Battle Ping Pong, the exciting Japanese sports game for the Game Boy. Does Tom agree that this is an exciting sports game for the Game Boy? Find out now when he reviews Battle Ping Pong!
Episode #753 - Beyond: Two Souls may be hard to wrap your mind around, but is ultimately worth sticking through. It's not a conventional game, making wild swings for the sake of style and storytelling. Some may enjoy the spectacle of it all, but others will be frustrated by the quick-time events and time jumping. No matter where you stand, Beyond: Two Souls is a worthwhile story that ultimately pays off in the end!