February 28, 2014
Episode #10 - Review Crew #10: After going back in time with Super Castlevania IV, we were inundated with requests for more. So we're firing up the time machine once more for a new episode of Review Crew. This time around we're taking a look at Castlevania Bloodlines, one of Konami's earliest Genesis games. While it has gained a cult following, Bloodlines was always the black sheep of the Castlevania series. Let's find out what Electronic Gaming Monthly, Die Hard Game Fan, Game Pro and Game Players thought of this Konami classic.
Episode #57 - Commercial Break #57 - Welcome to a special episode of Commercial Break. To help celebrate the launch of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC, we're going to take a trip back and look at some of the worst Castlevania commercials of all time. Join us as we pick apart Castlevania II: Simon's Quest, Castlevania III: Dracula's Revenge, Castlevania II: Belmont's Revenge and Castlevania: Bloodlines.
February 24, 2014
Episode #9 - Review Crew #9: Dracula is back in Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2, the newest installment in Konami's long-running franchise. But who cares about the newest 3D Castlevania game, because this is a series at its best in 2D. So let's take a trip back in time to the early 1990s and find out what GamePro, Nintendo Power and Video Games & Computer Entertainment thought of Super Castlevania IV for the Super NES.
February 21, 2014
Episode #8 - Review Crew #8: With the release of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze for Wii U, we thought it would be fun to take a look back at what critics thought of the original Donkey Kong Country on the Super NES. Spoiler alert: Everybody pretty much fell in love with the graphics and overlooked any of the shortcomings. See what I mean when EGM, GamePro, Die Hard Game Fan, Nintendo Power and even Next Generation chime in about Donkey Kong Country.
Episode #782 - Want to enjoy an epic role-playing game but don't have 40 hours to burn? Then perhaps you should try TTY GFX ADVNTR, a straight-to-the-point RPG that can be finished in less than a half hour. The repetitive progression and lack of story hurt an otherwise interesting throwback to the BBS DOOR games of the mid-1990s.
Episode #785 - For those not keeping track, this is the third version of Warlords on Xbox Live Arcade. This updated version fixes all of the bugs found in the 2012 remake, and also adds online play, more real-time strategy elements and a faster gameplay. Sadly, that isn't enough of a reason to warrant a third version of Warlords.
Episode #781 - Gunslugs is an action-packed mix of Metal Slug and Spelunky, seeing the player fight through randomly generated stages with only one life to live. Although simplistic, this old school throwback has a lot of charm and enough hooks to keep you coming back long after you've mastered the few stages and earned a high score!
Episode #7 - Review Crew #7: We're looking at Strider on the Sega Genesis, one of my favorite games of all time. By 1990, Strider was already a big hit in the arcade and had spawned a completely unrelated spin-off for the NES. But this Genesis game was different, as it promised "8-Mega Memory" and all the levels found in the arcade classic. Was that enough to impress the critics back in 1991?
Episode #780 - Instead of simply recycling the Tempest 2000 formula, TxK evolves the 33 year old franchise in a number of substantial ways. The 100 stages spin, shake, move and morph, all in the most mesmerizing ways possible. It's a sight to behold and the most exciting portable game I have ever played. TxK is essential to every PS Vita library.
Episode #778 - Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is surprising, but not for the reasons you might expect. With only thirteen days to go before the end of the world, Lightning has her hands full. This final chapter tries a lot of new ideas, many of which work. Unfortunately, the game is a little messy and tonally all over the place. Fans of the series will be satisfied with the emotional finale.
Episode #779 - A port of the popular iOS puzzler, Cut the Rope finally hits the Nintendo 3DS eShop. Although more expensive, this five dollar download still offers an incredible variety of levels with a great sense of style. Even without multitouch support or a high resolution screen, Cut the Rope manages to deliver the fun on the Nintendo 3DS!
Episode #1189 - Having recently examined Chase the Chuck Wagon, Adam is back with his take on Kool-Aid Man. Does this Atari 2600 game make you want to pour up a refreshing glass of Kool-Aid, or is the whole experience too watered down? Find out now when you read Adam Wallace's full review of Kool-Aid Man for the Atari 2600!
Episode #777 - With tables that range from Marvel superheroes to the dark side of Star Wars, Zen Pinball 2 has something for just about everybody. And this PlayStation 4 version looks incredible, thanks in large part to the higher resolution and steady frame rate. Though the cross-buy is a little finicky, Zen Pinball 2 is yet another great game for the PlayStation 4.
Episode #776 - Pete and Danny are back in The Firemen 2, the 32-bit follow-up to the Super NES action game. Sadly, this PlayStation sequel doesn't do much to evolve the franchise. The action is fast paced and the location is interesting, but it's a little too similar to the 16-bit original. Thankfully the two-player co-op mode is here to make The Firemen 2: Pete & Danny a game worth recommending.
Episode #1188 - Tom Lenting braves the black and white flames in order to review FireFighter on the Nintendo Game Boy. Does this 8-bit action game hold up when compared to The Firemen and Ignition Factor? Find out now when you read Tom's full review of FireFighters on the Nintendo Game Boy!
February 05, 2014
Episode #29 - A Brief History of Gaming #29: What's so bad about the Official Sega Genesis Seal of Quality anyway? As it turns out, it was the kiss of death to most early Sega Genesis third-parties. Join Cyril as he chronicles how many early third-parties made it out of the 20th century. Spoiler alert: Everything is grim!
Episode #775 - Outlast is an incredibly effective horror game with a satisfying story, good looks and good pacing. Unfortunately, the whole thing is nearly derailed by linear level designs and painfully simple gameplay. But many horror fans will ignore all that when they discover just how scary Outlast really is!
February 04, 2014
Episode #34 - Nintendo Power Uncovered #34: Link is back to save us from terrible Nintendo Power covers! Magic, danger and daring deeds meet our hero as he stars in his first Nintendo Power cover in three years. Can he outclass The Adventure of Link? Find out now in this brand new episode of Nintendo Power Uncovered!
Episode #91 - Freeze Frame #91: Brace yourself, Google Glass is coming! And with it will be a whole host of privacy and safety concerns. But did you know that GamePro had the idea for Glass years before Google? Take a look at the prototype from 1990 and see what other inventions GamePro has predicted!