Aaron looks back through his retro collection to pull a handful of games that whether created 15 years ago or 5 years ago still look great in today’s HD climate.
is driven to find out what makes games tick AND wants to play on his very own Vectrex one day. He will often be found delving through the gaming archives, dusting off forgotten gems and spilling his tears over lost atrocities. Is also partial to this fancy modern '3D' stuff from time to time.
With its last breath the Dreamcast spoke its final words to an audience too busy playing on their Playstation 2 to even notice. Over a decade later, people are still debating and playing the Dreamcast; here is Aaron’s top 5 favourite games for Sega’s glorious little white box.
This article will give 5 tips for the start-up retro/import games enthusiast to send them on the right road towards a haul of gaming treasure fit for the hall of fame.
Have you ever wanted to throw an old school, vertical scrolling shooter into a blender with a 90’s platform game? Have you ever imagined having an epic battle with a thunder cloud? If you answered yes to any of the above then Electro Bobble may well be the game of your dreams… and if not; you might just find yourself having a damn good time anyway.
Sonic Team are most famous for one franchise; no prizes for knowing that the franchise in question is the formidable Sonic the Hedgehog. You could even go as far as to say that some of their other efforts have sailed under the radar. Not this one; this one flew into the minds of gamers and made that clunky Sega Saturn something to be jealous of back in the hazy glory days of 1996. That game is the absolutely wonderful, Nights Into Dreams.
Can you remember creeping through the halls of Resident Evil’s mansion for the very first time? Can you remember seeing Silent Hill’s nightmare world unfold before your eyes as you gripped your controller in sweaty anticipation? I can; but the thing I am most afraid of does not lurk in the dark, it’s forgetting what we were so scared of in the first place.
If you look on any big games website and look up the reviews for Resident Evil 6 or Dead Space 3, you will see a raft of people screaming at the top of their voice that survival horror is dead. The tattered flag of previously revered franchises is left flapping at half mast amidst a sea of disdain.
Do you remember many years ago when a game meant something more than a 4 hour campaign and tacked on multi-player? Do you remember when seeing the game over screen was not just a chance to reload your last checkpoint? More importantly, do you remember the last time a game showed you its teeth and didn’t just hand you victory after victory wrapped in pretty packages? Baldur’s Gate does and it wants you to roll up your sleeves and dive in head first… are you up to the task?
After the first Devil May Cry had stunned me and knocked me for six, I could not believe how well it had aged. Like a fine wine it had matured with time and had a distinct, rich flavour. It bruised me with its difficulty and lavished my eyes with its epic charm, right from start to finish.
The second instalment did not have the same effect. If anything it only served to highlight why sometimes a great original, does not mean a great sequel. My thoughts drifted to the depths; my only hope was that the third instalment had turned this whole thing around. Devil May Cry 3 was the road that lay ahead.
Amidst the blizzard of hysteria and hate that has surrounded the release of the newly rebooted Devil May Cry you may have missed something. Something that I, myself, overlooked; back in 2001 DMC was nothing but a spot on the massive gaming radar. A newly born, scrambling for affection, crawling between the legs of titans.
In the same year that saw Silent Hill 2 turn people into a quivering wrecks and witnessed Rockstar change the gaming landscape with Grand Theft Auto 3, Devil May Cry was not just a face in the crowd. Its hero was a white haired, demon slayer called Dante… and he turned the rest of the crowd into ashes, without ever breaking a sweat.
The following words are going to chart my journey through all of Dante’s adventures. This first part will take a look at not only the sensational first instalment but also at the controversial Devil May Cry 2.
The year is 1992, you are sat playing Sonic the Hedgehog on your Sega Mega-Drive/Genesis. You are running at the speed of sound, through loop de loops, jumps and rickety bridges. Collecting rings and defeating bosses in one of the most fast paced, exciting games of its generation. Then you hear Sega announce that its next 2D side scrolling masterpiece is on the way. The gaming world thought they knew what they were in for…..what they got was something entirely different – what they got, was ‘Ecco The Dolphin’.