Friday, January 26, 2018

Review: Super Retro-Cade by Retro-Bit

Back in the day, if you wanted to play aracade game, you had to go to the local arcade and feed quarters into a machine until you ran out of money or got bored. Sometimes the controls were broken or something was jammed in the coin slot. Well, what if I told you that you could relive those days again but with the broken controls, jammed slots, or even leaving your house? Enter the Super Retro-Cade by Retro-Bit.



This is a plug an play arcade system that hooks up to your TV and plays in HD. You're probably thinking this device has a bunch of shovelware or garbage games but you might be surprisingly wrong. This device feature some amazing titles such as:



That is over 90 games with titles from Capcom, Data East, and other major publishers. Out of the box, this system comes with two controllers, an SD cart slot for save states, and the ability to hook it up to your HD or SD TV. So how much does something this awesome cost? $200, nope. $100, nope. Try $59.99. Yes, you read that right, it's the price of a brand new Playstation 4 or Xbox One game. That's a crazy value for the amount and quality of these games.

 
This probably sounds too good to be true. I know what you're thinking, "It's got great games, two controllers, ability to play in HD or SD and it's cheap. What's the catch?" Honestly, I couldn't find anything I didn't like about this except that it didn't have the two Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles games and The Simpsons Arcade Games, but that is expected because of licensing issues. For those tech savy readers, there are whispers in the wind that you can add those titles and many others to this system but I won't comment on that because that is piracy.

 
So would I recommend this product? Yes, I definitly would. In fact, I have already recommended it to numerous people. I have a blast using the one I bought recently. I love how clear the picture is, I love the game selections, I love the feel and shape of the controllers, and I definitly love the price of it. I highly recommend this for any retro gamers espically if they love arcade game. I give this product an A+.



Saturday, January 13, 2018

Preview: Intrepid Izzy


This game was created by Senile Team who have previously worked on Beats of Rage and Rush Rush Rally Racing. This game was successfully backed on Kickstarter in October 2017.

I stumbled across this game while looking up some indie games and was instantly drawn in by the animation style. After finding out that the team behind Beats of Rage was working on this, I decided I had to play it. Once I started playing this game, it reminded me of the Shantae series and Kid Chameleon which is great because I am a fan of both series. I had a lot of fun playing this demo, and look forward to playing through it a lot more before the full version is released in November 2018.

Dreamcast Demo Download

Official Site

                                 

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Review: Seaman


Seaman is a very "unique" game that was released for the Sega Dreamcast in 2000. This game is a virtual pet, similar to a Tamagotchi or Giga Pet, that you must take care of. You must feed it, keep the tank at the proper temperature, and talk to it using a special microphone that came with the game. Talking allows the Seaman to learn your language and it can have conversations with you, but beware he can be a smart ass. The game is narrated by the late Leonard Nemoy, which was very surprising the first time I booted the game up. Time in the game is tracked by the Dreamcast's internal clock and certain events in the Seaman's life happen after a specific amount of days. Seaman was so popular in Japan it even got not one, but two different Dreamcast bundles.

Christmas Seaman Edition
Seaman Edition
 
Seaman got a sequel in Japan for the Playstation 2, but it never came to North America. In March 2017, the creator of the game posted an update to his Twitter account hinting that a new Seaman game is being worked on.

Seemingly, a new project is being started. Guess what from the web-address on their back.

The history of the Seaman was included in the manual for the game. During the 1930s, Dr. Jean Paul Gassé was a member of a special team of French biologists sent to Egypt by the French government. During that time, Dr. Gassé was determined to research a creature that was an "omnipotent messenger of gods" among the ruins of the Third Dynasty. In March 1932, in the city of Alexandria, Dr. Gassé met up a local resident, who, while fishing, caught a seaman. Dr. Gassé obtained a sample of some of the seaman eggs, and went back to France with the egg samples in his possession.

 When Dr. Gassé returned to France, he attempted to raise the eggs, but in the process, the seaman died. Shortly after this, he published a thesis of his work. Leading academics, however, dismissed him and his work as a PR stunt and without proper evidence to support these theories. As the result, the work was ignored, and no one believed him. His hypothesis suggested that the Seaman was responsible for transferring knowledge that increased during the Third Dynasty across oceans and other lands. This theory became the basis for Anthro-Bio Archaeology, which is a highly valued field of study.



Shortly after publishing his thesis, Dr. Gassé was fired from his post. After his dismissal, news of Gassé’s whereabouts and activities were unknown, and details during those times were sketchy. Rumors began circulating that Dr. Gassé's trail traced to some remote islands in Southeast Asia. It is known, however, that he escaped the horrors of World War II and met up with his colleague, Kimo Masuda. It became clear that sometime during these years they were able to conduct further research on Seaman's evolution, quite possibly even up to the creature walking on all fours. Unfortunately, there was very little hard data or evidence that substantiated these findings.
 
In March 1996, the French Government established the Anthro-Bio Archeological Research Institute (ABARI), headquartered in Paris. The institute is based on the work of Dr. Gassé, and most of the modern day research of Seaman specimens has taken place there. In 1997, the ABARI announced there was a strong possibility that these Seaman species were closely related to the origins of ancient civilizations in Egypt. On October 6, 1998, one of Gassé’s formaldehyde specimens is discovered at the University of Paris.


On February 15, 1999, parts of Gassé's journal and note entries were found in the Masuda family storehouse in Matsuzaka City in Mie Prefecture, Japan. Professor Kendare Takahashi, who was directing the Japanese branch of the ABARI, successfully managed to breed Seaman eggs in captivity, in July the same year. Soon after, Seaman was presented in aquariums across Japan. In July 2000, an expedition team embarked for Egypt in a first major research of the Seaman in the wild.

Verdict: As an adult who grew up in the 90's during the Virtual Pet craze, I enjoyed playing this game. The only part that I did not like about it, was that after about 15 minutes or so, the only thing to do with your Seaman was to keep talking to him. It gets better once you unlock the cage because it gives you other tasks to perform. If you enjoy games that you take your time with and not have to worry about giving it your full attention while you play it, then this game is definetly worth checking out. I would rate this game as 4 out of 5 for it's uniqueness and novelity, if there were more things to do with the Seaman, this would be an even better game. Hopefully the newest entry comes to North America with tons of new features.








Monday, December 4, 2017

Secret of Greed

 
It was announced today that the Secret of Mana remake is going to have a limited physical release that is going to be exclusive to GameStop stores in the US and EB Games stores in Canada; physical copies will also be available at "all participating retailers" in Latin America. This is going to cause madness for fans of the series that would prefer a physical copy over a digital copy. The scalpers are going to scoop them up as fast as they can and resell them on Ebay for three times its MSRP.

It also doesn't help that it's GameStop who has the exclusive rights to the physical rights. GameStop is known for some shady practices. One of GameStop's most recent ideas was taking all of their new copies of Odin Sphere Leifthrasir and opening them up because their used copies are $40 while their new copies were priced at $30. They also had a surplus at their warehouses but were only sending 1 copy to each store to create a false sense of rarity to justify their price increase. Let's not also forget their "bundles" of items that no one wanted that came with the NES Classic last year. These bundles were priced at nearly $200, while the NES Classic's MSRP was $59.99.

I feel that between the scalpers, GameStop's greed, and real fans of the series that this game will increase in value rapidly due to the limited supply and the high demand.  If fans are frustrated by what happens with Limited Run Games, then just wait until 2/15/2018 to see this circus that will be coming to your nearby GameStop or EB Games. If you are a fan and don't want to pay over retail for this game then I highly recommend pre ordering this game, otherwise good luck trying to get it cheap in the future.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Gotta Cash Them All

I have about 20 hours into Pokemon Ultra Moon so far, but something has bothered me about it and I think I finally figured it out.I like it way more than the original Moon. I felt at the time (and still do) that the original Sun and Moon were rushed, unpolished, and felt like things were missing that should be there. I felt cheated by Game Freak/Pokémon Company about it.Ultra Sun/Moon is basically the “Crystal/Emerald/Platnium” version of this generation, but it felt like all the things that were missing from Sun and Moon were finally added. I feel cheated because if they delayed the original Sun and Moon by 6 months or so they could have released these as Sun and Moon.I feel like they rushed Sun and Moon because of the Anniversary and Pokémon Go Mania  last year, then released this one (their original vision that couldn’t be finished because of time constraints) this year, almost 1 year to the day later. I felt like it was a cash grab last year. It felt like Game Freak and the Pokémon Company did something that I would expect from Electronic Arts, but not them.I have always played the latest version of Pokémon up until the next version were released. Sun/Moon were the first ones that after I finished them I didn’t keep searching, battling, capturing, or even playing. I liked it at the time but something always felt off about it which caused me to stop playing it. This seems to be the reason why the game didn’t hold my interest as much as earlier versions had.I hope I’m wrong about this, but I don’t think I am.