By focusing on story-based missions and a great supporting cast, Gangstas in Space proves that THQ can release compelling downloadable content for Saints Row: The Third. The three levels may be short, but it's packed full of amazing set pieces and great writing. The Third Street Saints are in fine form in this expansion pack!
February 26, 2012
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Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers never got the same amount of respect as Capcom's DuckTales. Even with its great presentation and killer multiplayer support, this action game still comes up short of Scrooge McDuck's first outing. Find out what Cyril thinks in his full review of Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers for the Nintendo Entertainment System!
After winning over gamers with Rescue Rangers and DuckTales, Capcom takes another stab at the Disney Afternoon with Darkwing Duck. This time around they don't even bother masking the Mega Man influence. Find out what Cyril thinks when you read his full review of Disney's Darkwing Duck for the Nintendo Entertainment System!
It's time for a theme weekend! Defunct Games has gone back in time to review four old school Disney Afternoon games for 8-bit systems. Up first we have Bonkers: Wax Up for the Sega Game Gear. After that we have three genuine hits for the NES, including DuckTales, Darkwing Duck and Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers. Are any of these games worth buying??
Disney's Bonkers: Wax Up doesn't feel as ambitious as DuckTales or even Chip and Dale's Rescue Rangers, but it does offer a fun twist on the tried and true maze game. Find out what Cyril thinks when you read his full review of Disney's Bonkers: Wax Up for the Sega Game Gear!
Where's going back to the cartoon that put the Disney Afternoon on the map. It's DuckTales for the Nintendo Entertainment System. This stylish platformer proved that you can turn a licensed kids show into a must-own cartridge. Find out what Cyril thinks when you read his full review of Disney's DuckTales for the NES!
Think the Game Boy won the war? Think again, because you can't go anywhere without seeing the influence of the TurboExpress. Don't believe me? These days the Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita are copying nearly every move from NEC's failed playbook. Don't believe me? Here are just a few of the similarities between this generation of handheld game systems and the TurboExpress.
Patrick is looking forward to the release of Dynasty Warriors Next on the PlayStation Vita. Don't believe me? Then you haven't read his preview of this hotly anticipated PS Vita action game from the makers of Dynasty Warriors 7, Warriors Orochi, Dynasty Warriors Online and Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage. Wait ... they made Fist of the North Star? Just go and read Patrick's look at Dynasty Warriors Next and get excited!
Comic Book Mods (Ep. 15) - It's time for another look into the increasingly deranged world of the game journalist. After meeting his girlfriend's mom and a brand new friend, it's time for our hero to tackle his biggest challenge yet: Fielding a game pitch. Can he do it? Find out now as you join us in the Adventures of Game Journalism!
Game Expectancy (Ep. 9) - Have you ever wondered how old your favorite video game character will be when they die? Defunct Games puts that question to the test. By studying the lives of gaming's biggest stars, we are able to accurately predict when they'll croak. Today we're taking a serious look at Nathan Drake, the hero of the brand new must-have PlayStation Vita launch game. Does the Uncharted champ have a long life ahead of him? Find out now when you read another exciting episode of Game Expectancy!
A year after it was released on the Xbox 360, Wii and PSP, TNT Racers is making an appearance on the PlayStation 3. Inspired by Micro Machines and other 8-bit driving games, this brand new PSN offers a colorful world and a bunch of exciting (albeit frustrating) races to complete. Too bad the developers didn't spend the year making improvements to an already strong concept!
What do you get when you cross the classic Snake game with Gauntlet? Gomola Speed, of course. This oft-ignored action game for the TurboGrafx-16 is still impressive 22 years later. Find out why Cyril fell in love with UPL's quirky import, Gomola Speed for the TurboGrafx-16/PC Engine!
Think Shadow Dancer is Shinobi Part 2? Think again! The Cyber Shinobi purports to be the true sequel, despite having very little to do with the rest of the series. What makes this game so futuristic? Find out when you read Cyril's full review of The Cyber Shinobi for the Sega Master System!
It's another exciting weekend at Defunct Games! This weekend we're taking a look at four very diverse games. Up first we have a pair of reviews from Adam Romano, including Tombs & Treasures (NES) and Dimo's Quest (CD-i). On Sunday we look at The Cyber Shinobi (Master System) and Gomola Speed (PC Engine). Are any of these games worth revisiting? Click this link and find out now!
In this first review in three years, Adam Romano returns with a look at Tombs & Treasures for the Nintendo Entertainment System. Think of this as Shadowgate with an extensive amount of research. Are you up for some adventuring? Then make it a point to read Adam's full review of Tombs & Treasures for the 8-bit NES!
In the original Dimo's Quest for the Amiga, a loveable frog hopped through dungeons collecting candy to appease a hungry king and win his daughter's hand in marriage. Unfortunately, this is not the Amiga original. Instead we're looking at the CD-i remake, which involves a hip kid and his Bart Simpson-like catchphrases. Was Adam able to get past the new protagonist and still have a good time? Find out when you read his full review of Dimo's Quest for the CD-i!
If it's Friday it's This Week in Defunct Games. This week I nearly had a heart attack. Not only did Nintendo take my advice and start selling the previously free NES games, but they updated the Wii Virtual Console for the first time in nearly six months. That's right; we have a brand new Virtual Console game to talk about. Read full reviews of Super Mario Bros. (NES) and Strider (Genesis) in another exciting episode of This Week in Defunct Games!
Long before he fought Wart, collected warp whistles, shot a water gun and traveled the galaxy looking for stars, Mario was just a regular dude. He and his brother were just regular old Italian Plumbers, nothing more than Mario Bros. It wasn't until the love of his life, the Mushroom Kingdom's princess, was kidnapped by an evil dinosaur that this working class hero leaped into action and became Super Mario.
Level 1 (Ep. 23) - This is the 30th anniversary of Choplifter, one of the greatest 2D hostage rescue simulators of all time. We've decided to go back and dig into Choplifter's first level. What's it like to be the guy who has to save the day? Why is he haunted by fears? Will he ever get the respect he deserves? These questions and more will be answered when you read about the first level of Choplifter!
The Cover Critic (Ep. 79) - The Cover Critic is back for another month of new releases. This week he takes a look at a great big PlayStation Vita title, the wrath of Asura, unlimited outdoorsy fun and something called Binary Domain. And if that's not enough, Sega has yet against screwed up a Crush box. All this can be yours when you tune into another exciting episode of The Cover Critic!
Have you ever wondered what it's like to be a games journalist? Thanks to our brand new comic book series, you can find out exactly what my life is like. These are the continuing Adventures of Game Journalism, where I review games, talk about games and meet new people. Today is the Game Journalist's biggest challenge: Meeting his girlfriend's mother! Will he survive this ordeal? Find out now when you read another exciting episode of Adventures in Game Journalism!
Strider was the first must-own game of the 16-bit generation. It was an arcade-perfect port of one of Capcom's best games; the type of game that turned heads in the early days of the Sega Genesis. Electronic Gaming Monthly gave this blockbuster title the coveted game of the year award in 1990, making this the console's first killer app. After six long years, Nintendo has finally uploaded this genuine masterpiece to the Virtual Console. It's about time.
Instant Expert (Ep. 1) - Welcome to Instant Expert, the show that teaches you everything you might possibly need to know about an old game series. Today we're taking a look at Telenet Japan's influential Valis series. Did you know that one of the games was borne out of a typo and another involves unspeakable adult content? Learn more when you read Five Fascinating Facts About Valis!
It's time for another weekend packed full of old school joy! This weekend we're celebrating Valentine's Day ... kind of. Up first we have Pocket Love: If for the Neo Geo Pocket Color. That's followed by Where's Waldo? (NES), from the people that made Skyrim. We also have two exciting racing games, RoadBlasters for the Lynx and Super Monaco GP for the Sega Master System. Go ahead and click the link and read more about these amazing (and no-so-amazing games)!
On the Genesis, Super Monaco GP was a true revelation. Although it looks kind of funky by today's standards, this Sega 16-bitter was the racing game to beat. Compared to the middling driving games we saw on 8-bit systems, this Genesis game really wowed. Electronic Gaming Monthly was so impressed that they gave the game not one, but TWO perfect 10s, unheard of in 1990. Unfortunately this is a review of the 8-bit Sega Master System port!
RoadBlasters is one of those games that should have had a sequel. The action is fast, there are tons of levels to master and it stars a car shooting its way to first place. It's like Rad Racer with guns. Find out if that's enough to keep Cyril interested when you read his full review of RoadBlasters for the Atari Lynx!
Where's Waldo? You won't care after spending a few minutes playing this horrible 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System game. Horrible graphics, unruly controls and the thinnest story of all time meet those brave enough to look for the literary hero. Save the fun and excitement for the library, because Cyril says Where's Waldo (NES) stinks!
This Valentine's Day millions of men around the world will buy chocolates, pay for an expensive dinner and hope to get lucky with their special somebody. Not me. This year my goal is to bring you the most romantic video game review of all time. I have dusted off a very special game, turned on the music and dimmed the lights just for this occasion. I'll let you slip into something comfortable as I try to understand Pocket Love: If for the Neo Geo Pocket Color.
If it's Friday it's This Week in Defunct Games! Maru's Mission is the first great Virtual Console game of 2012. Of course, that's not saying much when the only other option is Lock 'N Chase. With its good looks and diverse action, Maru's Mission has a lot going for it. Find out where we come down on this 21 year old ninja game when you read another exciting episode of This Week in Defunct Games!
Maru's Mission is the first great Virtual Console game of 2012. Of course, that's not saying much when the only other option is Lock 'N Chase. Either way, this is an attractive little action game with a lot of originality.
Admit it, system launches are a lot of fun. Who cares if the system cost too much and there's a limited library of games? Although less common, handheld system launches can also be an exhilarating experience. Just ask anybody eager to pick up Sony's PlayStation Vita. To help put the current portable releases in context, we have decided to take a look at the past. Join us as we take a tour of the classic handheld game systems and the launch line-ups that defined them. Which is the best?
The Simpsons Arcade Game has a story that makes no sense, shallow gameplay, very little comedy and nonsensical boss battles. For ten dollars you're getting a brief experience that you'll likely never want to revisit. On the other hand, it's nice to see this game get a proper home console release after more than two decades!
On Running Feuds (Ep. 183) - I have officially broken up with the Virtual Console. There, I said it. I've been flirting with the idea of ending our six year affair for some time, but today is the day I break it off for good. And just as I was about to shut the door on the Virtual Console once and for all, I noticed something strange. It turns out that Nintendo hasn't stopped supporting their classic game download service. That's right, the problem isn't the service ... the problem is my location! Believe it or not, the Virtual Console is still alive and kicking in other countries. What's going on?
Have you ever wondered what it's like to be a games journalist? Thanks to our brand new comic book series, you can find out exactly what my life is like. These are the continuing Adventures of Game Journalism, where I review games, talk about games and meet new people. A fresh face just entered my office, so let's find out what he has to say in the very first episode of Adventures in Game Journalism!
Game Expectancy (Ep. 8) - Have you ever wondered how old your favorite video game character will be when they die? Defunct Games puts that question to the test. By studying the lives of gaming's biggest stars, we are able to accurately predict when they'll croak. Today we're getting spooked by Rick Taylor, the ghoulish hero from Splatterhouse. He survived a trilogy, but that doesn't mean he can outlast this new episode of Game Expectancy!
Gangster Town may be a fun place to visit, but you don't want to spend too long there. This simple light gun game offers one of the most compelling settings imaginable, but is hamstrung by its lack of depth. Thankfully a few incredible moments make up for an otherwise pedestrian light gun shooter. Find out what Cyril thinks when you read his full review of Gangster Town for the Sega Master System!
Willy is a jazz cat on a mission! Despite having one of the worst names imaginable, Rockin' Kats ends up being a platforming gem on the Nintendo Entertainment System. This 8-bit Atlus game has a great sense of character, memorable level designs, fun bad guys and just enough diversity to keep you going from start to finish. Find out what Cyril thinks when you read his full review of Rockin' Kats for the Nintendo Entertainment System!
For years Defunct Games posted classic reviews on Saturdays and Sundays. Unfortunately, recently we've slacked off and ignored this section of the site. Fear not, retro gamers. Because Defunct Games is back to offering weekend updates. This weekend we look at these four old school games: Bart vs. the World (NES), Remote Control (NES), Gangster Town (Master System) and Rockin' Kats (NES). Click here to learn more about these classic reviews!
To help celebrate the release of The Simpsons: Arcade Game, Defunct Games has decided to take a look back as some of Bart's 8-bit outings. Here the lone Simpson son goes on a treasure hunt across the globe in Bart vs. the World. Watch him skateboard off the Great Wall of China and become a star in Hollywood in this mediocre action game. Find out what Cyril thinks in his full review of Bart vs. the World for the NES!
Remote Control is more than Jeopardy for morons; it's a surprisingly addictive trivia game with a fast pace and solid gameplay. It's also one of the best game show adaptations for the Nintendo Entertainment System. If you love 1980s trivia, then check out Cyril's full review of Hi-Tech's Remote Control!
Hayate got a raw deal. After saving the world from the evil Emperor Garuda, our hero's adventure was whitewashed in order to make a new Ninja Gaiden game for the Game Boy. How could this happen? Find out now when you read another exciting episode of A Brief History of Gaming!
Forget playing some teeny tiny space ship. In Bermuda Triangle you play a GIGANTIC fighting ship. The end result is an exciting vertical shooter that manages to have its own unique look and feel. And just like Prehistoric Isle in 1930, this is the kind of game SNK should be making more of.
As much as I love reviewing these old SNK games on my PlayStation 3 and PSP, I can't help but think that I'm losing something by not getting the arcade cabinet. The final straw comes when you realize you can't compete against other players. The game is set up for four players, yet you're limited to only one. Gold Medalist is a mean game.
Here comes another batch of SNK Minis! After playing through some of the company's biggest arcade hits, what could possibly be left to tackle? This week we take a look at P.O.W.: Prisoners of War and Prehistoric Isle in 1930. What's more, we've also included a helpful buyer's guide that will get you caught up on the best (and worst) the SNK Minis store has to offer!