Altered Beast

Altered Beast

Once upon a time new video game systems came with two controllers and a game.  That is a pretty foreign concept to the younger gamers out there who unfortunately missed out.  Usually the pack-in title was a game designed to...
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Isolated Warrior

Isolated Warrior

If the Isolated Warrior in the title refers to hero Max Maverick and his solo journey, than buddy get in line.  This shit has been going on for forty years.  Isometric action games were never that big in America but...
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Swords of Destiny

Swords of Destiny

Back in 2005 SCEA blocked Konami’s Oz from a US release.  This was a game I was heavily looking forward to which absolutely sucked.  There were many reasons bandied about, the most common being less competition for their own Genji. ...
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Actraiser 2

Actraiser 2

The original Actraiser was one of the best early SNES titles as it offered something new in terms of gameplay and while featuring great production values, mostly in terms of its music.  When Actraiser 2 was announced I along with...
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Ninja Gaiden II – the Dark Sword of Chaos

Ninja Gaiden II – the Dark Sword of Chaos

As much as it frustrated me Ninja Gaiden is still one of my favorite NES games ever.  I wouldn’t have dumped hundreds of hours mastering it just to reach its fantastic conclusion otherwise.  Back in the 80s video game release...
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Kendo Rage

Kendo Rage

Sometimes I wonder how or why certain games were ever localized.  For every Castlevania or Mega Man, the types of games a publisher would be fools to leave in Japan (yes I’m aware of Rondo of Blood, but let’s be...
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Golden Axe II

Golden Axe II

Among the early Sega Genesis launch lineup Golden Axe has probably held up the best.  Altered Beast was the flagship title but outside of its presentation the game was average.  I like Thunder Force 2 but half of that game...
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Castlevania: Curse of Darkness

Castlevania: Curse of Darkness

Castlevania: Lament of Innocence went a long way towards redeeming the series after two failed N64 outings.  It established a clear beginning for the rivalry between the Belmont clan and Dracula and laid the groundwork for the series going forward. ....
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Castlevania: Lament of Innocence

Castlevania: Lament of Innocence

Castlevania was headed down a dark path.  After the sublime Symphony of the Night fans were greeted with two flawed N64 adventures.  There were good ideas buried in those games but they were surrounded by sloppy execution.  One couldn’t help.....
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Castlevania Chronicles

Castlevania Chronicles

I remember the final years of the PlayStation One as being particularly dreadful.  Once Sony stopped giving a damn the flood gates opened with legions of budget titles flooding store shelves.  We were subjected to shovelware the likes of which...
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