Aliens Vs. Predator – Activision (1994)

I actually never owned the Atari Jaguar but my brother did so I was able to play a bunch of its games. For being a 64-Bit system most of the stuff he bought or rented wasn’t the best quality. The one major exception to this was Aliens Vs. Predator. This was such a great game and totally blew away Doom, which I was currently playing on my PC. Aliens Vs. Predator was one of the first games that actually scared me.

When starting the game you have the choice to play as a Marine, an Alien or a Predator. And just so there is no confusion your choice really matters as they are not cookie cutters of each other. They all play and control differently and the interface is specific for each character. Choosing your character is a very serious decision...

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Paperboy – Mindscape (1988)

Who thought your childhood paper route could have been this fun? Paperboy was just the game to bring some fun to the monotony of delivering papers to all of the people on your street. In my case it gave me a much more exciting experience than real life did, since I lived in an area where there were no paper routes, too far out of the city you could say. In any event, this game helped me to pass many an hour during my childhood.

The premise of this game was pretty straightforward. You had to deliver your newspapers to everyone that had a subscription on your street. You start of on Monday and need to work your way to Sunday. Now this sounds pretty simple...

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Herzog Zwei – Technosoft (1989)

Gaming nirvana! Yes, that is what this game is. I bought this game just after getting my Genesis in ’89 not knowing anything about it except it was buy the makers of Thunderforce II. At first I was like “huh, what is this all about?” and “what am I supposed to do?” but then after about an hour I was picking it up really well. This was a realtime strategy game before there were realtime strategy games. And it was on the Genesis!

The game pits you against a friend or the computer in a battle to destroy the other’s main base. You control a transforming fighter plane/cargo plane/giant robot (to be referred to as just plane in the rest of the review) in your attempt for map dominance...

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Golden Axe Warrior – Sega (1991)

What happens when you combine the hack ‘n slash title Golden Axe with Nintendo’s break-thru RPG The Legend of Zelda? Well, you get a Zelda clone with Golden Axe characters. This game almost seems like it is running Zelda code as it is so similar. This isn’t a bad thing at all because it is actually a good game!

The game begins with a tale of a great war between the giants and the elders. A braze warrior came forward and helped to defeat the giants thanks to the Golden Axe, a gift from Thor’s Spirit of Thunder. Peace didn’t last long as a powerful giant, Death Adder, brought death and destruction back to the land and it is up to you to save the day.

The graphics are very nice for a Sega Master System game...

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Ghouls ‘N Ghosts – Capcom (1990)

This is a sequel to the awesome (but extremely hard) Nintendo Entertainment System game Ghosts ‘N Goblins.  This is one of those games that does show off how powerful the Sega Master System really was and it is sad that it never reached the level of popularity that the Nintendo Entertainment System did.

The story is your typical knight rescuing the princess but this game isn’t about a story, it is about action and besides some minor slow down you are definitely going to find lots of action.

The graphics are outstanding and blow away the original on the Nintendo Entertainment System..  They are crisp and clean and definitely draw you into the action.  You might even mistake it for the Genesis version at quick glance.  Yes, it is that good!

The music is pretty close to the Genesis versi...

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Metroid – Nintendo (1986)

You can’t think of the 8-Bit N.E.S. without remembering Metroid.  Nintendo has created some fantastic franchise series and this is probably my favorite.  The story, controls and even the graphics (for the time) were incredible and hold up really well today.  If all games were as good as Metroid then we wouldn’t have time for our jobs, school or families!

This probably could be classified as an action/RPG as it was one of the first games to introduce a system of backtracking to areas previously visited.  You would have to find and locate certain items that were necessary to gain access to areas later on in the game, and upgrading your character was essential for survival. Sure we have seen this in most current games but it was quite an achievement at the time.

You play as Samus Aran, a ...

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Metal Slug – Nazca (1996)

How do you go about writing a review for a game as famous as Metal Slug? Very carefully.  You see, so many people around the world love this game that if anyone were to write anything disparaging about it they could look forward to some major backlash.  With that said … on with the review!

The story is standard fare … a madman is bent on world domination and you must bring his reign of terror to an end. You can go it alone or bring a buddy along and whip some major ass.  Armed with a wide array of weapons, you’ll progress through six levels of side scrolling nirvana, blasting anything in your way.  You will even be able to jump into the title’s namesake for some major damage dealing!

Graphic wise this is the really shows off the power of the Neo Geo...

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Kid Icarus – Nintendo (1986)

Kid Icarus is one of the best games on Nintendo’s 8-bit machine period.  Everything about Kid Icarus is top notch from the awesome level design, interesting enemies and great music.  It is platform gaming nirvana! Besides Metroid this is probably my favorite (non Mario) platform game onthe N.E.S.

The game takes place in the Kingdom of Angel Land and we find that they are under attack by an army of underworld monsters, led by the evil Medusa. The monsters have captured Palutena, the Princess of Light, and are holding her in the Palace in the Sky. A young lad by the name of Pitt has taken up the call to rescue the Princess and defeat the evil army.

The object of the game is quite simple, just make your way to the top of each level while collecting hearts which can be used to buy better ...

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Baseball Stars Color – SNK (1995)

Portable systems are ideal for two genres of games, role playing and Sports.  Nothing passes the time faster on a long car trip than a great RPG.  But what if you have shorter trips?  When nothing beat a sports game.  Not all sports games excel on a little portable but golf and baseball do.

This game reminds me more of an 8-bit Nintendo baseball game then a modern portable one.  While at bat you have minimal movement and you just swing to hit the ball, no adjusting the bat to hit the ball like in Baseball Advance on the GBA.  Pitching gives you the standard “press down for a fast ball, up for a slow ball etc” options.   A really basic game but those can be fun of course.  Fielding is totally automatic, all you have to do is make sure you throw to the correct base.


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Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker – Sega (1991)

With Michael Jackson being in the news so much lately I thought to myself, “Why not take a look at a classic game starring the King of Pop?” If this review goes well I might even review Kobe Bryant’s Basketball next!

The premise of the game is now disturbing because of Michael Jackson’s legal problems.  Mr. Big (that is original) is out to take over the world so he kidnaps all the children. Your goal is to rescue each level’s hidden children before time runs out.  Sound simple?  Nope, you’ll have to face a variety of enemies as you progress through the levels.  The enemies and locals are varied, from mobsters in Club 30, zombies and ghouls in the woods, spiders in the Caverns, to armed troops in the Enemy Hideout (again original).

You might be thinking right now, “How does ...

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