At the weekend I had a little go on my Megadrive purchases from the Video Game Market. Here are my thoughts on them.
The controls can be a little clunky though, and often you’ll spend so long trying to line up with an enemy in order to make contact, that you’ll take a lot of damage in the process. And your weapon range seems very short – you almost have to be stood on top of an alien in order to hit it. My biggest problem was that your weapon relies on a finite energy source, and if you run out, your character resorts to fists. Unfortunately this isn’t street fighting on the level of Streets of Rage, and any time this happened, I died shortly after.
Overall though, it’s not a bad game. The repetitiveness of it is broken up by stages of first person shooting, and high speed running-and-gunning. And as with all games of this nature, they’re best enjoyed with a friend in 2 player mode. Unfortunately my wife is intimidated by my gaming skills and refuses to play with me. I assume that’s the reason anyway. To be honest, when I bought this game, I thought it was Alien Soldier, which I have played (and loved), so my disappointment probably stemmed from the moment I fired the game up and realised I’m an actual idiot. But the game’s not actually bad!
Super Thunder Blade
This got 96% in Mean Machines, according to the box. I give it 40% tops. Clunky controls, and a general feeling of flying around without a purpose are my thoughts on this one. It took me an age to find someone I was meant to blow up, but it’s so hard to line up your gunfire and rockets with them, that by the time you’ve manoeuvred into position, they’ve destroyed your chopper. Of the helicopter games here, steer clear of this turd. 96%... what were they thinking?!
So my Megadrive purchases were a little hit and miss, but for £10 I’m not complaining. The other game I played this weekend was a Zelda game I’d previously dabbled in briefly, but had never returned to, since I had a couple more Zelda games on the go at the time and didn’t want to confuse myself too much. I was playing Twilight Princess for a long time before I realised that I had somehow managed to get near the end of the game without getting the shield, and I couldn’t figure out how to return to get it. So I moved on, and now I’m into Skyward Sword!
Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
This is a Wii game that came out a few years ago and seemed to divide gamers, based solely on its controls. It uses Motion Plus, for a more accurate representation of swordplay. Basically, you can swing the sword up or across, depending on how you move the controller. Some people love it, others can’t get it to work properly. I find it a bit hit and miss. Not bad enough to make me want to stop playing though. Once you get past the inevitable intro and finally get to be the hero (something bad happens, then someone gives you a green outfit and a sword and sends you off to battle), it gets good. Flying that big bird around is fun, and the rest is standard Zelda fare really. Help people out to get items you need to continue your quest. I’ve been playing a few hours and have only scratched the surface, but I like it so far. The visuals are more along the lines of Twilight Princess than Wind Waker, and as usual the music is brilliant too. I’ll be revisiting this one regularly, and will probably finish it sometime in 2018.
My Games List
Speaking of which, my list of games I’m partway through is big, and I’m trying to stop it from growing. I finished The Last of Us the other week and was mega-proud of myself for ticking one off the list. Here’s how it looks now:
SNES: Yoshi’s Island
Gamecube: Zelda The Wind Waker
Wii: Zelda Skyward Sword, Silent Hill Shattered Memories, Epic Mickey, Super Mario Galaxy
PS3: ICO/Shadow of The Colossus, The Walking Dead, Castle of Illusion, Strider
Games I own but haven’t played yet:
Xbox: Indiana Jones & The Emperor’s Tomb
Gamecube: Eternal Darkness
Wii: Metroid Prime Trilogy, Metroid Other M, Super Mario Galaxy 2, Punch-Out!!, Goldeneye, Sonic Colours
PS3: Alien Isolation
Games I want:
PS3: Resident Evil REmaster
Wii: House of The Dead Overkill
There are probably more, but these are just off the top of my head.
As you can see, that’s a hell of a lot of games to get through. I refuse to upgrade to the current generation of consoles until I run out of decent games to play in the last generation. By the time I make it to PS4/XBONE/WiiU level, they will probably be considered retro, and hopefully be a little cheaper than they are now!
My name is Iain and my addiction is making pixel bead art. My main inspirations are comics, video games and movies.