Alien vs Predator

Developer: Jorudan Co.    Publisher: Activision     Released: 1993     Genre: Beat em up Alien vs Predator is one of those concepts that is literally a match made in heaven. The ultimate hunters’ vs the ultimate prey. When the alien skull was among the many trophies in the predator ship in Predator 2 everyone knew it was […]

Final Fight 3

Developer: Capcom     Publisher: Capcom     Released: 1996     Genre: Beat em up Final Fight 3 was a bit of an anomaly at release. 1995 was a sequel heavy year for Capcom, with Mega Man X3, Mega Man 7 and Breath of Fire 2 released earlier. It is not to say the game is bad; far from […]

X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse

Developer: Capcom     Publisher: Capcom     Released: 1994     Genre: Beat em up The X-Men license did not get off to a good start on the SNES. Spider-Man & the X-Men in Arcade’s Revenge was not a good game in spite of its fantastic soundtrack. Wolverine: Adamantium Rage was a middling game that could have been better. I […]

Sonic Blast Man

Developer: ITL Co, Ltd     Publisher: Taito     Released: 1992    Genre: Beat ’em up I’ve lamented the death of the arcade in the US on many an occasion in this blog.  While I miss the titles that really pushed technology forward I also miss the deluxe cabinets that created an experience that could not be replicated […]

The Lord of the Rings: the Two Towers

Developer: Electronic Arts     Publisher: Electronic Arts     Released: 2002     Genre: Action When the Lord of the Rings films hit it was only a matter of time before licensed titles would follow.  But I’m pretty sure most expected an epic adventure game along the lines of Zelda or Legacy of Kain.  No one thought Electronic […]

Die Hard Arcade

Developer: Sega AM1     Publisher: Sega     Released: March 1997     Genre: Action The advent of 3d brought many innovations to existing genres. Some like the 2d platformer even evolved, one could even say for the better. But in the march of progress some genres were left behind. I will always lament the loss of the side scrolling […]


Developer:SNK     Publisher: Data East     Released: September 22, 1993     Genre: Beat em up I consider myself fortunate to have grown up in an area with multiple Neo Geo MVS units.  If I saw a Neo Geo game in a magazine chances are it would show up somewhere in my neighborhood.  Yet somehow there were still games […]

China Warrior

Developer: Hudson     Publisher: NEC    Released: October 1989     Genre: Beat ’em up China Warrior is a piss poor game and one of the worst in the Turbo Grafx-16 library.  But you would not know that based on its marketing. When the system was first brought overseas NEC went hard in their marketing. China Warrior was compared […]

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Dragon Valor

Developer: Namco     Publisher: Namco     Released: October 16,2000      Genre: Action RPG When the PlayStation RPG explosion hit it hit big. Publishers big and small tried to tap in to this newfound market, with some finding success and others floundering. But the most important fact was that role-playing games were a viable market which made it a […]



Developer: Rare     Publisher: Tradewest     Released: 1991     Genre: Beat em up It is hard for younger gamers to imagine now but the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were worldwide phenomenon at one point, with merchandise in every category around the globe.  I freely admit to being caught up in the mania at the time and remember it […]