Doom – id Software (1994)

With the release of Doom 3 for the PC I felt it was the perfect time to take a look at Doom on the consoles.  My first decision was what console would I review Doom for as it has appeared on the SNES, 3DO, 32X and the Atari Jaguar.  This wasn’t a hard decision as I just asked myself “well, what system had the best version of Doom?” and the only choice was the Jaguar.  So here we go.

Doom on the PC was fantastic and I am sure every true gamer has played it.  If for some reason you haven’t then let me set it up for you quick. Many people have been sent to mars but none have returned. You are a space marine and have been sent to mars to find out what happened to them. It isn’t pretty as Martians have turned all of the astronauts into zombies and for some reason are out to kill you...

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Bubble Bobble – Taito (1988)

I figured that since I listed Bubble Bobble as my favorite game of all time, it deserved a review on this site. This is the kind of game that everyone loves, and pretty much everyone has played. People have noted that the version of Bubble Bobble that is most like the arcade version is the Master System version. When I make mention of the game, people will usually jokingly start to whistle the song from the game. If you’ve played it, you know what I’m talking about. And if you’ve played Bubble Bobble, you’ve probably played it a great deal.

From the story in the manual: “In a strange and magical forest full of danger and delight, where everything is good to eat and jolly round dinosaurs bounce and play in peace, lived two such creatures named Bub and Bob...

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River City Ransom – Technos (1989)

The first time I ever read about River City Ransom was in an old issue of Nintendo Power. It looked terrific. It had great graphics, a neat story, and a fighting system that resembled a juiced-up Double Dragon. In fact, it was developed by Technos Japan, the team that produced the Double Dragon games. However, that wasn’t what really pulled me in… it had stores.

The story is simple, although a bit more complex than, say, Super Dodge Ball. Actually, it goes like this: Alex and Ryan are two cool young fighters who go to Cross Town High. “SLICK” kidnaps Ryan’s girlfriend Cyndi and is holding her hostage at River City High on the other side of town. SLICK leaves his henchmen all over town to stop you from getting her back...

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Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters – Nintendo (1991)

Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters tells the story of Pit who is off on mission of training. To keep the Three Sacred Treasues safe in case Angel Land was attacked while Pit was away, Palutena sealed them and sent one to each of the Fortress Guardians. She knew that once anyone got their hands on the Three Sacred Treasues, they would not give them up without a fight. After Pit’s mission of training was complete, and he had gained the ability to use the Three Sacred Treasures, the job to defend Angel Land from the Orcos would be his.

Even though this came at on the original black and white Gameboy the graphics are great, near N.E.S. quality. Except for the plain backgrounds the game is well drawn...

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League Bowling – SNK (1990)

Bowling is a pretty simple sport.  Basically you just roll a ball down a greased lane and attempt to knock over 10 pins.  There is no strategy, no teamwork.  You don’t have to memorize plays or try to understand lots of different rules.  All you have to do is knock over as many pins as possible in two shots.  Why then is it so hard to get a bowling video game right?  I have played lots of so-so bowling games that just weren’t much fun to play.  Thankfully SNK got it perfect!

The first thing you will notice are the graphics.  They are crisp, bright and colorful, exactly what you would expect from a Neo Geo game.  The bowlers are well drawn giving it a really cartoon look.  I don’t have any complaints about the graphics at all as I think they are perfectly represent bowling...

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Streets of Rage – Sega (1991)

Streets of Rage is your typical side scrolling action beat ’em up that was the Genesis’ answer to Double Dragon.  Just like Double Dragon the game has you moving left to right and kicking the crap out of anything that gets in your way.  Unlike Double Dragon you do have three different characters to choose from.  Also these three character are rating in three different categories; Strength, Speed and Jumping.  It doesn’t matter what character you choose as they are really play the same.

Streets of Rage is great fun going solo but add a friend and it is a whole different game. Not only can two players handle the numerous enemy attackers more effectively, but you can work together and do some really great combo moves using both players if your timing is correct...

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