Review by: Master Blud
So all of you know me as that retro gamer guy. Well I am here to tell you that, despite having loved my classic platformers, I still can’t get the knack of RPGs. Some games need to have been left for dead. Others, should stay and keep us company. As for the Sega Vintage Collection: Monster World, I can say a percentage of it is worth your while if you are looking to play those classic Monster World RPG Platformers. Monster World IV, which was never released in the US, finally makes a debut on this collection. Is it worth it? Does it play like the other Monster World Games? Well you will find out, later. (more…)
As gaming becomes a more popular and mainstream activity, there’s been a lot of things added to them to make them tailor to the greater market and to those who haven’t played many games before. Getting companies to create their games with every person in mind has certainly helped get a greater majority of people interested in gaming, but there’s a point where some things seem to just be hindering our ability to play the games at the best of our ability. Sometimes it’s just outright annoying and, while there may be some kind of way to change the setting of whatever may be bothering you, these are just some personal gripes that I wish weren’t so prevalent in modern games.
Many of these complaints will consist of things that I feel make gaming easier, which in itself isn’t a bad thing. Casual gaming is a huge market and there’s nothing wrong with someone wanting to be a casual gamer. I have a problem with making games that are really supposed to be tailored to more core gamers tailor to that same casual market. If you go back to a game like Mega Man, you’ll find it to be incredibly difficult and if you want to get good at it, you’ve got to invest the time and learn the skills. The same goes for most fighting games. Button mashing is fun for mindless entertainment, but if you want to get good at the game, you need to learn the combos. These are things that seem to be detrimental to the development of good gaming skills and learning abilities. (more…)
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Sega makes another attempt to bring classic Sonic back from the dead after many failed installments in the franchise (with an exceptional entry in Sonic Generations) but does this sequel episode make improvements from that last? We’ve been promised a new “Momentum based engine” that is supposed to make the game feel more like the Genesis titles. Does Sega deliver on their promise? Or does Sonic live through yet another nightmare of a title? (more…)
Ranting by: Master Blud
So, I have been an on again off again Fable player. I have accumulated so many hours playing the whole series. My mind has gone completely numb of the concept of being a hero. Although the games had you make tough decisions between good and evil, I just killed whoever the F*CK I wanted to. Reason being, it’s a game, and there is no real life consequences. I can just start a new game and make new decisions, kinda like how you wish your life was.
Any who, so, I bought Fable Heroes this morning in hopes that somehow I would be impressed. I was, slightly. The game seems bland, all you do is just mash buttons. I mean it’s your typical hacknslash/beatemup. Just beat the living SH*T out of enemies until they die. You run into bosses, which are ridiculosly too long for anyone to pay attention to. The bosses hardly move from their spots, making it an easy target. The game tries to present itself as a party game, kinda like Mario Party.
Review by: Tom Shirey
Wrecked Revenge Revisited is a battle racing game developed by Supersonic Software. The game was released March 28th , 2012 for XBLA and PSN. Supersonic Software did a pretty good job on this game. I noticed that there wasn’t much of a story to the game, but what they lacked in single player they added to multiplayer. The only thing single-player seems to offer is achievements but you can get most of them online or by playing local co-op. The game offers four player versus online and offline, so this could definitely be a great party game. Whether your playing with family or friends you will have fun. My brother and I probably racked at least twenty hours on this game and we still had fun. There is also a small ranking system to unlock new cars, decals, tires, and colors for your entertainment. One (more…)
Review by: Ady Carter
I’m not a big fan of Holidays, perhaps I’m just incapable of relaxing or perhaps it’s because I always worry that something terrible is likely to happen when I’m miles away from home in a strange location. As if to prove my fears Dead Island presents the scenario of a bunch of people enjoying a holiday on the fictional island of Banoi only to wake up after a “few” drinks and discover themselves in the middle of a Zombie filled nightmare. Perhaps best described as a melee-heavy first person survival horror game, Dead Island is a distant cousin of Resident Evil and really not as similar (more…)
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I am not much of the typical voxel fan. Bit digger certainly gives the Voxel based games a different look. From an isometric view, you play as Dougal McTaggart, who can create tall buildings, mountains of ice and flatlands. The game is simple, no survival here. The concept is just to create, which is what I like. I also enjoy blowing stuff up, so the TNT played a big roll in my enjoyment. There is also a neat option to take pictures of your structures, which I found really great for sharing in case you just want to destroy your structures and build a bunch of new ones. Besides the (more…)
Over on the K.C. Entertainment Studios website, we’ve uploaded the first of many new podcasts that will deal with different categories every week (From this week’s politics to entertainment and tech/science) You can check it out as myself, Tim Weaver (Host), Zackary Woodruff and Zack Fletcher talk politics right here
Headache Commence! So, you heard of Fez right? Of course you have. Fez has been in development by Polytron Corporation for about 5 years, and the time has finally come for us to sit down and……. Sorry I just had an episode there. I can tell you right now that these conditions I am having is because Fez is greatness. I think I might be brainwashed or something (more…)
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So it has been a while since this game released. Let me put to you this way. The game gets quite aggravating after reaching a certain level. You must be precise in hitting each edge correctly. The soundtrack, was, just right for the visuals. The melodic sounds versus me getting almost totally pissed off at how many times I was not able to make a loop, made up for the absolutely repulsive difficulty. The game presents itself (more…)
Alright, it is time to step out of our Indie element for a moment and take a look at a product that had peaked my interest. I had received a request from the company themselves, I was more than excited to give these babies a listen/try. Let’s look at the details shall we? The SB405 headset has many features, some of them you can definitely take advantage if you have a personal recording space for your music, or want to capture the essence of the outdoors. Below I give a little physical demo in a video of the actual headphones themselves and what the microphone is capable of doing.
List of what you can use the SB405 for:
- Speech Recognition (Especially Dragon Speak)
- Computer Gaming (I use OnLive and was pleased with the clarity)
- Listening to Music (I do this a lot)
- Plugs into most smart phones (I used it with the iPhone and iPod Touch, the other end could hear me very clear)
- USB HD Audio Adapter for a customized experience(This is something you should take advantage of when you get the product, there is software on the website to enhance the experience. You will need this when you use the USB Adapter. Available for PC as Audio Commander and Mac as Audio Enhancements)
- Dual Boomless Microphones (This is one feature that both amazed and confused me. Although the microphones are right near your ear, it seems to pick up just the right distance between my ear and my mouth.)
So now, I will tell you my experience in full with them. I used these quite a bit, seeing as it took this long to actually post the review. I wanted to see how much stress I could put on them within 1 month of usage. They are extremely durable, I did end up dropping them and almost stepping on them. I was more than cautious. Who wouldn’t be? Anyways, I dug the sound, the comfort of the cushions on my ears. But I felt like they were too tiny. The size didn’t really matter, it was the quality of sound. I felt like I was in a theater while watching a movie. My senses increased as I played multiplayer games, I live in a noisy house, so this was very pleasing to me. I ended up jamming out at the bus stop playing air guitar as Dragon Force was playing.
I was able to have clear phone conversations over Gtalk and over my Phone. I tried it out on a podcast, my voice sounded superior than the ones using a touch tone phone on Blog Talk Radio. Is my impression on this well on its way of being one of the best sounds I have heard in a long time? Yes! I stated before and in the video, the way they look is not pleasing. That seems to be the only downside to them. If I were to rate this product. I would give it a 4.5 out of 5. The sound is great, the image needs to change. But all I want is a great sound and not to concentrate on what the headphones look like. I do recommend purchasing this product, for mostly computer gaming, and jamming out to the latest albums you enjoy. You won’t be sorry. If you are in the studio and need a great pair of headphones that won’t disappoint, these are for you. If you are someone who is looking to swag out at school or college with stylish headphones, please reconsider it, they look sleak, the logo is the only thing that really needs to change. All in all, you’ll be comfortably sound!
Watch as Zack Fletcher makes his Community Replay debut!
Ok, so this game. I don’t know what to really say. I did not enjoy it. Surprisingly, it is missing a lot of points of being a platformer. For one, how can you not shoot when you are jumping? You are able to shoot at basically all angles, but your character slightly moves with your aim, this made it very frustrating. Another point, the enemies seemed rather difficult to demolish. This irritated me, as it took almost 7 hits to kill even the smallest of enemies. The enemies also get closer and closer with each hit. The aiming mechanic made it hard to actually aim at the enemy coming your way. The controls were just as worse, I found myself falling all the time, could be from the floaty controls. The artwork for scenery was really well done, but the character artwork seemed lackluster. I am sorry to say, I am extremely disappointed in this one. Did not feel like a platformer as it is clearly trying to be. Altogether, I give this game a 2 out of 5. Wow, that’s horrible (Sad Face). This game needs the feedback, and as a platformer fanatic, I hope these fixes will come into light.
This game is so corny, that I actually had a blast playing it. This platformer is one of the main reasons why I keep playing these types of game. I loved the presentation of where the game is based. You are basically a clown in a circus, and you must save the falling balloons and make it the end. I felt the level design was crafted very well. The challenge it gave in the later levels was absolutely acceptable. The soundtrack was, well. It plays the ever so popular circus song “Entry of the Gladiators”. It suited the game just fine, but was rather annoying that it was basically on repeat. The visuals were not the greatest, but complimented the gameplay. Everything just felt right in this title. I would like to point out that this game reminded me of Bubsy on the Sega Genesis. Mostly the visuals and music were able to pull those memories back in. Altogether, Balloon Guard gets a 4.5 out of 5. I recommend you pick up this platformer today, it is certainly worth your time. Upload a few speed runs and you are set to go.
Watch as Corey Rogers and I look at Virtua Fighter 4 for PS2
Derek Carlson hosts his first episode of Community Replay!
Major spoilers lie ahead (for the entire Mass Effect Series) if you have not beaten Mass Effect 3 yet! Please do not read until you’ve beaten the game!
Hey Guys, returning here with VVGtv Video Reviews. End of Days, Infected Vs Mercs. I apologize for the long wait in the video reviews. I needed a fresh start. I thought it be appropriate to come back this week. What better way than to display End of Days Infected VS Mercs.
You can go try or buy the game on the Xbox Market Here: End Of Days Infected Vs Mercs
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We take a look at this classic and hilarious title from the arcades.
Review by : Tom Shirey
Do you remember the old 2D side scrollers for the original Nintendo consoles and the PlayStation? If you do you’re going to be excited. Shank 2 reminds me of some of the old 2D games I used to play all the time, but on steroids. The graphics are good and the gameplay is pretty smooth. The campaign is intriguing and hilarious at moments. The game is very interactive allowing you to drink booze, climb walls, leap across gears that would crush you, and many other things. One thing that kept me interested was the different ways you could kill people from leaping onto enemies and slitting their throats, to throwing grenades and blowing their limbs off. If you like swearing and gore this is the perfect game for you. Also if you have a friend that likes Shank, you can team up with them in survival. Survival (more…)
Welcome to another episode of Community Replay: Season 2. This episode we take a look at the classic Dreamcast title Powerstone, except that this time it’s the Japanese port.
Welcome to the our Community Super Replay of Star Wars: Episode 1 on Playstation. We’ll be playing through what most people believe to be a solid Playstation 1 game (Or at least a decent one). We find out that this is indeed one of the greatest misconceptions ever conceived.
We take a look at this Playstation classic as Corey Rogers, Corey Rogers, Derek Carlson, Aaron Blanchard and I reminisce about old memories playing this series.
Welcome to another episode of Community Replay. Today, myself as well as Derek Carlson, take a look at the old X-Men arcade game since it recently released onto Xbox Live Arcade.
We’re continuing our releases of the Ultra Replay of Diablo II, but I thought that it’s possible that many have not even had a chance to see it. This article is purposed to have all the previous episodes and be updated whenever a new episode comes out (Which is every Monday). Enjoy the videos below.
Mini Episode 1