Attacked by Gorillas

Zombies Ate My Neighbors

Posted on November 20th, 2009 in Flashback, GEN, Kenzan, SNES, Video Games, Wii VC by Sasha Kenzan

Sometimes I wish zombies actually would eat my neighbors, what with their loud radios and their rollicking hootenannies all hours of the night… what, you mean I have to save them?!

System: Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis, Wii Virtual Console
Year: 1993 (SNES/Genesis), 2009 (Wii VC)
Company: Konami (publisher) and LucasArts (developer)
Genre: Top-down shoot-’em-up/puzzle game

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Dragon Age: Origins

Posted on November 10th, 2009 in Axel Night, Video Games by Axel Night

I’d probably post more on the front page, if I didn’t typically associate doing so with a need for some kind of magazine-like article professionalism.  So, today’s experiment is something of a detour to rational thought with half-assed front page theatre.  It’s forum-quality content with a front page hype!  I don’t buy games at launch often, so I have to validate my $50 purchase somehow.

What can I say about Dragon Age: Origins that’s going to surprise you?  It’s everything I expected, nothing I didn’t.  It lived up to the hype and the review sites are juiced.  Good for them.

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Knackered Nostalgia: “Mohawk & Headphone Jack” and “Rocky Rodent”

Posted on September 18th, 2009 in Axel Night, Video Games by Axel Night

It’s been a while since I’ve contributed consistent content to the good and proud AbG.  Things are what they are.  I’ve been reconsidering doing the video thing, but I keep remembering the skeletons in my closet.  Drunken, poorly recorded skeletons made with Windows Movie Maker and a mic that picks up everything yet records what’s right next to it like a bucket.  A year and some ago, I made the "Knackered Nostalgia" series: two video retro-reviews on some of my more obscure SNES games.  I promptly sealed them off in a vault, never to be seen again.  Until now.

After 10,000 years they are free!  Time to conquer Earth!

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Champions Online

Posted on September 14th, 2009 in Axel Night, Video Games by Axel Night

Axel isn’t exactly a massive fan of the massively multi-player online role playing games.  The Mummorpaguh was not designed with me in mind.  I play Guild Wars, though less than any actual person who claims to play Guild Wars ought.  I’ve given World of Warcraft a few ounces of my time, but I haven’t sacrificed enough of my soul to reach 80 (or even 60).  So, the game frequently reminds me that I’m not actually playing it yet, instead rather working through some painful hazing ritual.  And the list goes on, and on, and I’ve made my many cookie cutters, and worked really hard to make my little avatars unique by trying to be like everyone else.  And then I actually meet other people online, and any charm there might have been is lost, and I go off to play Final Fantasy 6 again.

And with all of this in the back of my mind, I bought Champions Online.

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Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker

Posted on July 4th, 2009 in Arcade, Flashback, GEN, Kenzan, Video Games by Sasha Kenzan

A pop star fuses with a chimpanzee to become a giant robot to save the children.  Or gets hit with a shooting star.  Whichever makes you sleep better at night… although personally, I haven’t been able to since finishing this game.

System: Sega Genesis, Arcade
Year: 1989
Company: Sega
Genre: Pop-star isometric/sidescrolling beat-’em-up with a side of soul

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Real Ghostbusters, The (Arcade)

Posted on June 20th, 2009 in Arcade, Axel Night, C64, Flashback, Video Games by Axel Night

This city is headed for a disaster of Flashback proportions.

What do you mean, "Flashback"?

What he means is Old Testament, Mr. Mayor, real Bible Games type stuff. Fire and brimstone coming down from the sky! Sequals to Deadly Towers!

System: Arcade, Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum
Year: 1987
Company: Data East
Genre: Top-down Run & Gun

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Ghostbusters

Posted on June 19th, 2009 in Atari 2600, Axel Night, C64, Flashback, NES, Video Games by Axel Night

Ghostbusters TitleTry to imagine all life as you know it stopping instantaneously and every molecule in your body exploding at the speed of light.

Total protonic Flashback.

System: Nintendo, Sega Master System, Atari 2600, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum, and more!
Year: 1984
Company: Activision
Genre: Entrepreneurial Adventure

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Plants vs Zombies (PC)

Posted on May 6th, 2009 in Axel Night, Video Games by Axel Night

If you follow the site or podcast, you know that I am, in fact, dead.  It happens to the best of us.  Some dirty hobo bites you, but you write it off and wake up hungover with a strange itch and hankering for some bipedal fast food.  As a result, I haven’t had much in the way of free time, and when I do make it out to be social, I just end up eating their brains.  So, like any simple minded automaton without much free time, I found myself at Pop Cap Games.  There, I found Plants vs Zombies.

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Yo! Noid

Posted on April 11th, 2009 in Flashback, Kenzan, NES, Video Games by Sasha Kenzan

The pizza-crushing fiend becomes New York City’s hero, at the expense of many thrown controllers.

System: Nintendo Entertainment System
Year: 1990
Company: Capcom
Genre: Extremely difficult side-scroller
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Ogre Battle: March of the Black Queen

Posted on March 13th, 2009 in Axel Night, Flashback, PSX, SNES, Video Games, Wii VC by Axel Night

Flashbacks fb-ogrebattle-tdon’t pull people’s arms out of their sockets when they lose. Ogres are known to do that.

System: Super Nintendo, Sony PlayStation, Wii Virtual Console
Year: 1993
Company: Quest, Enix America
Genre: Strategy RPG

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Flashback

Posted on March 13th, 2009 in Apple, Axel Night, Flashback, GEN, PC, SNES, Video Games by Axel Night

fb-flashback-t Flashback does Flashback.  Redundancy in reminiscing?  You bet!

System: Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis, MS-DOS, Amiga, Apple Macintosh, Sega CD, 3DO… You know, just about anything else you could put a game on in the mid ’90s.
Year: 1992
Company: U.S. Gold/Delphine Software International
Genre: Adventure Platformer

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Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time

Posted on March 12th, 2009 in Axel Night, Video Games by Axel Night

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This month, we get Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time.  What can we expect from the latest in Square-Enix’s offshoot FF franchise?

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Gun.Smoke

Posted on December 20th, 2008 in Axel Night, Flashback, NES, Video Games by Axel Night

The "." means "don’t sue us!"

System: Nintendo Entertainment System
Year: 1988
Company: Capcom
Genre: Forced Scrolling Shooter

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3-D Battles of World Runner, The

Posted on December 19th, 2008 in Flashback, Kenzan, NES, Video Games by Sasha Kenzan

Square’s first entry into North America is not exactly what you’d expect.

System: Nintendo Entertainment System
Year: 1987
Company: Square Soft
Genre: 3-D(?!) Platformer
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Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo’s Dungeon (Wii)

Posted on December 15th, 2008 in Axel Night, Video Games by Axel Night

Da da da daaaaa!  Have no fear, Dungeon Hero X is here, kupo!

I never touched the original Chocobo’s Dungeon titles.  The general consensus seemed to be that they were overly simple, childish and repetitive.  I thusly ignored them like a good little sheep.  I’ve since taken on the task of challenging such notions, and so when the Wii sequel followed, I dove in with my ears covered from nay-sayers.

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Journey to Silius

Posted on December 12th, 2008 in Flashback, Kenzan, NES, Video Games by Sasha Kenzan

Kenzan’s bargain bin goldmine is Mega Man meets Metal Slug.

System: Nintendo Entertainment System
Year: 1990
Company: Sunsoft
Genre: Run and Gun
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Tiny Toons Adventures: Buster Busts Loose!

Posted on December 11th, 2008 in Axel Night, Flashback, SNES, Video Games by Axel Night

I’m Axel Night.  This is Flashback.  No relation.

System: Super Nintendo
Year: 1993
Company: Konami
Genre: Action Platform

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Audiosurf (PC/STEAM)

Posted on December 6th, 2008 in Axel Night, Video Games by Axel Night

I just gave the Audiosurf demo a try on STEAM.  It’s being called a puzzle/rhythm hybrid.  You pick song amidst your iTunes or other assorted MP3 collection, and it becomes a track of colored blocks along a three lane track. 

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Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers (SNES)

Posted on December 5th, 2008 in Flashback, Kenzan, SNES, Video Games by Sasha Kenzan

Go go Power Rangers Go go play something else!

System: Super Nintendo
Year: 1994
Company: Bandai Entertainment
Genre: Licensed beat-’em-up
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Chrono Trigger

Posted on November 26th, 2008 in Axel Night, Flashback, PSX, SNES, Video Games, Wii VC by Axel Night

"…" – Crono, Chrono Trigger

System: Super Nintendo, Sony PlayStation, Nintendo DS
Year: 1995
Company: Square Soft
Genre: Role Playing

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