Episode #146 - If it's Tuesday it must be This Week in Defunct Games! This week we get a good (but not great) sports game starring Mario, Luigi and the rest of the Mushroom Kingdom. Is this the Nintendo 64 game you've been waiting for? Probably not, at least Nintendo decided to upload something, right? Sigh!
Episode #10 - Level 1 (Ep. 10) - It's time for another exciting episode of Level 1, the show that takes you deep inside the first level of countless old school games. This week we're checking out the original Castlevania for the 8-bit NES. What mysteries does this castle hold? Why are there so many zombies? And who put the piping hot dinner in the wall? These questions and more are answered when we dig into Castlevania (Level 1)!
Episode #98 - This was the E3 that brought us 3D glasses, a new Nintendo portable and yet another Halo. It's also the year that gave us fifteen exciting retro-related reboots and resurrections. We're talking about Kirby, Sonic the Hedgehog, Parasite Eve, X-COM and even Rayman. All of these games were on display, leading us to conclude that this was a great year for old school fan service. In this three-page special we preview all of the major reboots found on the show floor of E3 2010!
Episode #39 - They Said WHAT?!? (Ep. 39): It wouldn't be an E3 without overpaid executives using misleading sales figures and bogus claims to get the upper hand on the competition. To help keep these major companies honest, Defunct Games is here to fact check some of the more outrageous (and downright silly) claims made at the E3 2010 press conferences. Join us as we take Nintendo, Sony AND Microsoft to task over their half-truths and lies!
Episode #9 - Level 1 (Ep. 9) - Sit down, press start and get ready for Level 1. After being off the air for several months, Level 1 is back in action! We begin our new season with one of the greatest ninja games of all time -- Ninja Spirit! Find out what dangers await our unnamed hero as he ventures into a world of destroyed buildings and dark forests!
Episode #363 - Dead to Rights: Retribution doesn't try to reinvent the wheel; instead it's perfectly fine wallowing in the franchise's past successes. With disappointing visuals, a lame story and an endlessly dreary backdrop, there's very little to like about this fourth Dead to Rights game. If Namco doesn't reboot this franchise soon Jack and his dog Shadow may become completely irrelevant. Perhaps we're already too late!
Episode #362 - ModNation Racers isn't the most original game on the PlayStation 3, but what it lacks in creativity it more than makes up in customization. Make your own levels, avatars and vehicles, then share them with the world. Who knew a simple concept could be done this well? If you've ever enjoyed a kart racing game, then Sony's newest racing game is well worth your time!
Episode #145 - If it's Tuesday, then it's This Week in Defunct Games! This week we take a step back from our E3 coverage to talk about some old school classic games. Of course I'm talking about this week's Virtual Console games. But it's bigger than that. Much, much bigger. This week we take a look at Kirby Super Star, Wild Guns and Shadow of the Ninja. The good news is that these are all must-own games; unfortunately in order to figure out which is best you'll need to read every last word of this exciting episode of This Week in Defunct Games!
Episode #359 - Red Dead Redemption is more than a great western, it's the first time this type of game has been successfully recreated for a home game console. Others have tried, but nobody has been able to offer a world as compelling as Rockstar Games. With its lengthy story, exciting characters and fantastic online implementation, Red Dead Redemption is a must-buy for anybody who has always wanted to be a cowboy!
Episode #360 - Red Dead Redemption is more than a great western, it's the first time this type of game has been successfully recreated for a home game console. Others have tried, but nobody has been able to offer a world as compelling as Rockstar Games. With its lengthy story, exciting characters and fantastic online implementation, Red Dead Redemption is a must-buy for anybody who has always wanted to be a cowboy!
Episode #361 - Monster Hunter Tri has a lot of things going for it. It's the biggest adventure game on the Wii, has phenomenal graphics and offers gamers a robust online experience. Unfortunately it also has control issues, no story and a frustrating difficulty. Even with these flaws, Capcom should be proud of what they were able to do with the Wii hardware!
Episode #7 - Fight the Future (Ep. 7) - It's the week of E3 and all questions will be answered. But before Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft step up to the plate, let's ask the experts what they think of these burning questions when we Fight the Future! That's right; it's the show where we get to the answers first ... even if those answers are painfully wrong. Find out what our panel thinks when we start Fighting the Questions of E3!
Episode #358 - Give credit to SoftLab-Nsk for trying. Rig 'n' Roll is hardly the best racing game of the year, but it's certainly better than the competition. Simulator fans will get a kick out of the California countryside, but gamers who grew up with Burnout and Gran Turismo will likely be bored by the whole affair. It works as an idea, but an hour-long race from San Francisco to L.A. is a bit much!
Episode #357 - Skate 3 may not be the revolution we were all hoping for, but it adds enough to warrant a day one purchase. The game offers a brand new city to trick off of, compelling new modes, amazing online multiplayer modes and a fair amount of customization. If you're a fan of the first two games, then you're going to fall in love with Skate 3!
Episode #356 - Coming hot on the heels of The Beatles, Green Day: Rock Band feels like a big step down. But don't let that get you down, because Harmonix's newest installment of their popular Rock Band franchise is still worth playing through. Even if you only know a few Green Day hits, there's more than enough content to warrant the price. Now bring on a more established rock band!
Episode #353 - Even after spending countless hours with the game, I still can't figure out how to explain What Did I Do To Deserve This, My Lord? 2. Whether that's a good thing or not is up to how excited you get about convoluted rules, repetitive gameplay and video game ecosystems. The game has some seriously good ideas, but there's no question that it will only play to a limited audience.
Episode #354 - Sam & Max definitely know how to make an entrance. While I would have been happy with nothing more than a new batch of cases to solve, The Penal Zone offers a crazy new narrative, improved graphics, a gripping storyline, an improved control scheme and brand new psychic abilities. Plus you get to play with Silly Putty. And seriously, who can resist Silly Putty?
Episode #355 - While UFC may not be my thing, I had a lot of fun in UFC Undisputed 2010. The game sports great controls, a fantastic presentation and more fighters than I know what to do with. Best of all, the game delivers when it comes to deep game modes that will keep the action fresh for months to come. It may not make me a UFC fanatic, but I had a great time with Undisputed 2010!