February 26, 2012
Articles and Reviews posted on Defunct Games from February 20, 2012 through February 26, 2012 Articles and Reviews - Defunct Games
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??
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!
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!
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!
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!
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)!
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!
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?
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!
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!
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!
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!