Video Games / Retro

Big Savings On The Division, Rise of The Tomb Raider and Uncharted – Weekend Deals

Big Savings On The Division, Rise of The Tomb Raider and Uncharted – Weekend Deals

It’s payday weekend, and here’s a few deals to help get the most out of your money   The Division PC Download – £22.79 via Facebook Like promotion Ubisoft’s next big thing is currently on everyone’s lips. The Beta seems to be going down well, with a number of people enjoying the core concepts. For those who don’t want to put down the full price, Cdkeys.com have you covered. Coming in at £22.79, using the code generated by liking their Facebook page, you can jump in for a cut price.   The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds – £10.95 One of the best modern Zelda titles is a...

Remembering Demo Discs

Remembering Demo Discs

Before the days of Xbox Live and PSN, demo discs were the hero of the masses. Those little round samplers, full of the biggest release. In fairness, smaller titles were chucked on for good measure. Popping in that disc, choosing from a host of games to try, what a feeling it was. It’s hard to convey the feelings to people accustomed to modern methods. Demos are no longer expected. Rarely does the customer get to try the product for free prior to release. Those days have long gone, in its place is the bastardised version of ‘Betas’. Demo discs were consumer friendly. Little to no investment required with the added...

Playstation Classics: Croc – Legend of the Gobbos

Playstation Classics: Croc – Legend of the Gobbos

When people talk about classic Playstation games, they always mention the same names. Final Fantasy 7, Resident Evil and Crash Bandicoot are just a few of the titles brought up. There’s one game that rarely gets a mention. Croc: Legend of the Gobbos was everything you could want from a 3D platformer. Released on the Sega Saturn, PC and bizarrely the Game Boy Colour a few years later. The PS One version was the one I played, in fact it was the first full retail game I bought. After years of borrowing and holding out for Xmas and birthdays, Croc was the first game I saved up for. Its appeal...

Playstation Memories: Abe’s Oddyseey & Little Big Adventure

Playstation Memories: Abe’s Oddyseey & Little Big Adventure

Sony’s Playstation remains as one of the most diverse consoles ever to be released. The sheer variety of games on the platform was staggering. While the likes of Final Fantasy 7, Crash Bandicoot and Metal Gear Solid are first to peoples mind when thinking of the system, I tend to think of the oddities. As a child, I didn’t have a whole lot of access to a number of games. You save your pocket money, you take your chance on a game, often in the bargain bin, and you make do. From time to time you’d manage to borrow one of the ‘big’ games, but for the most part I...

2014′s Best Games: Witches, Karts & Nazis

2014′s Best Games: Witches, Karts & Nazis

2014 has been a fair year for video games. It saw Nintendo hit a good vein of form, Sony contuine to progress and the Xbox One boast a great exclusive, only for it to go multiplatform. The year has seen some major games hit the market, with most of them offering something different. This year also saw the release of barely finished games, mostly from Ubisoft. The following is my picks for the best of 2014.     Wolfenstein: The New Order (PS4/Xbox One/ PC) Some shooters want to change the world, rewrite the book, a whole new experience. Wolfenstein just wanted to have fun, and it more than pulled...

The Double Edged Sword Of The Fighter Genre

The Double Edged Sword Of The Fighter Genre

With the recent reveal of Street Fighter V, I decided to look back on my experiences with the fighter genre. It’s a harsh genre, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. The fighting game genre has always been a harsh mistress to me. For every happy memory I have of the genre there’s about 3 bad memories that shortly follow. From a young age I became interested in the fighter genre. My first experience with the genre was (unsurprisingly) Capcoms Street Fighter 2 on the Super Nintendo. From the first minute of the game I was hooked. The characters looked visually interesting, the environments dazzling and the action thrilling....

Bring Back Golden Sun

Bring Back Golden Sun

When people talk about classic JRPGs, the usual suspects are mentioned: Final Fantasy, Chrono Trigger, Earth Bound etc. But there’s one brilliant JRPG that set the Game Boy Advance alight: Golden Sun. Traditional in nearly every sense, Golden Sun was an utter treat. The visuals, the music, the gameplay, the Djinn system–all of it is sheer quality. Sure, the story was a little weak, but this was more than forgivable. Despite the above, however, Golden Sun has oddly been forgotten by the masses, seen more as a cult hit. It’s a shame the game never truly got the love and attention it deserved, seemingly trapped in the shadow of more...

Forgotten Gems: Future Cop L.A.P.D

Forgotten Gems: Future Cop L.A.P.D

If there’s one thing the ’90s loved, it was visions of the future…and Robocop. The Playstation played host to many visions of the future, most notably Wipeout, but there’s one game that stands out in my mind. It’s somewhat obscure, and looking back it was clearly inspired by Robocop‘s Ed-209, and it was full of cheesy charm and brainless action. Future Cop L.A.P.D remains one of the most mind-numbingly enjoyable titles on the Playstation that everyone has seemingly forgotten. But what if I told you the hugely popular MOBA genre has Future Cop to thank for its core rule-set? Released in 1998, Future Cop L.A.P.D started life as an entry...

The Light Gun…I Miss You

The Light Gun…I Miss You

The light gun is something I miss quite dearly. Its time has come and gone and in its place we now have the likes of Playstation Move, Wii Motes and Kinect. But all of these lack a certain something. It’s hard to put my finger on it, but the modern day equivalents to the light gun seem to be missing the charm and feel of a true light gun. Of course, light guns showed their true worth in the days of the arcade with titles such as Time Crisis and House of the Dead. Both games offered a fantastic video game experience as well as the social aspect of a...

A Love/Hate Relationship With The Fighter Genre

A Love/Hate Relationship With The Fighter Genre

The fighting game genre has always been a harsh mistress for me. For every happy memory I have of the genre there’s about 3 bad memories that shortly follow. From a young age I became interested in fighters and my first experience with the genre was (unsurprisingly) Capcom’s Street Fighter 2 on the Super Nintendo. From the first minute of the game I was hooked. The characters looked visually interesting, the environments dazzling and the action thrilling. Playing solo was fun but lets face it, fighters are meant to be played against people and not AI. Playing Street Fighter 2 against friends (and some times family) is still one of...

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