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2:47 PM on 06.08.2010

The classics...REMADE!

What with Splatterhouse coming out in the fall. I thought it'd be fun to look at some other classic videogames that are in deserate need of a next gen overhaul.

10. Arch Rivals Basketball - Granted, the NBA is represent with the NBA 2K series and NBA Live series', but it'd be fun to take this series and give it a Blitz type feel...take it out of pro level and make an all new league. Up it to the "M" rating and add some hockey like fights to spice thing up a bit.

9. Q-Bert - Sure, we have sleek HD presentation of the original game on PS3, but how about a brand new version, with new game boards? Pyramids? Done that. How about a sphere? Oh, and give him a gun. Kids these days like guns.....right?

8. Capcom's NES Disney Games - You know what I'm talking about. Duck Tales, Tailspin, Darkwing Duck and, of course, Chip & Dale's Rescue Rangers. These were some of the best platformers of the late 80's/early 90's. I don't even need a full scale release...a nice XBL or WiiWare update would be fine. Come on Capcom and Disney, bury the hatchet and hook us up!

7. Cyber Stadium Series: Base Wars - Robots? Check. Popular sports? Check. Pitchers with arm cannons? Super check. This game was awesome. In order to win, you have to upgrade your team's robotic components. In order to upgrade, you have to win! Oh, the double edge sword. (Does anyone remember that you could blow up the batter? Sweetness.)

6. Earthworm Jim - Yeah, we got that DSi update a few weeks back....but how about a brand new side-scrolling platformer in the vein of New Super Mario Bros. Why mess with what works? Earthworm Jim 3D was LAME!

5. Donkey Kong Country - Rare had it right with the (then) amazing looking platformer. Imagine what they could do now with the technology available. It has to be a side-scroller again and include Diddy, Dixie, Kranky, and Funky....but not Kiddie Kong....

4. Mario Paint - Nintendo was onto something with their console paint program. So why haven't they brought this franchise back? The Wii and DS are tailor made for it. Sadly, I think Flipnote Studio is the closest we'll ever get.

3. 1942 - A great arcade and console WWII shooter. Update it. Now. Keep that sweet top down view of the game board though. But let me blow up Nazis all the same.

2. Bad Dudes - Dudes in tank tops beating up ninjas and crap. These guys were BAD. Imagine how bad they could be in a GTA-type open world. With weapons around every corner and the bad guys even more so. Maybe less tank tops this time around.

1. Combat - The classic Atari game. An immersive 3D world with maze like levels. 16 player online. Line up. New weapons and ground based battles with soldiers. Oh, and a soundtrack would be nice. Line up. Take your best shot.


What do you all think? What would you add to the list?   read

3:22 PM on 02.14.2010

A look back on a sad FPS history...

Have I always been playing the wrong games? Did I always come in at the tail end of a gaming fad? Were FPS' always this hard? Or did I just grow way to accustomed to auto-aiming?

I, like so many other people I'm sure, was introduced to the FPS genre through a little game called, DOOM. The game...not the crappy movie starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. (Let's just keep calling him "The Rock", by the way, you're not going to be the credible actor you always hoped to be Dwayne.) Doom was pretty amazing at the time, taking what worked best in Wolfenstein and amping it up by adding demons... Blasting a zombie/demon in the head at close range? UNHEARD of!

Sure, Doom was great. But it didn't have the all important multiplayer aspect. We would all have to wait a few years for that to finally happen. Playing FPS by yourself was alright, though. We'd all walk around a dimly lit hallway. Flying skull! Blast it! We open a pixelated door. Attack dog! Fragged. We enter a poorly designed lab. Nazis! No problem.

Many surefire hits(clones) followed. Quake, Duke Nukem, Half-Life...etc, etc... But for every Quake, there was a Heretic (which, to be fair, gave us all the option to look up and down in a FPS and control our inventory.) For every Half-Life, there was a Daikatana. Unfortunately, these were the games I was playing. Heretic took alot of my life... at least the AWFUL N64 sequel (Hexen) of it did.

I suffered for years, not having a computer of my own that would run such powerful games. Going to my friend's house to play Quake online (over dial-up!) was a common sight. In 1997, I finally got an N64. N64 was doing FPS! This was my ticket in! Doom 64? YES! Playing Doom 64.... not so great... The aforementioned Hexen? I can't even believe how much time I put into that game. It hurts my head when I think about it.

So here I am. In the prime years of the growing FPS genre. Playing Hexen. Playing Doom 64. By myself.

And then Goldeneye 007 on the N64 came out.

Talk about a revelation. This game took the FPS genre on home consoles and finally delivered something to talk about. Or to trash talk about as it were. Goldeneye parties in 1997 were standard. 10-12 people sitting a basement taking turns. Who has the Golden Gun this time? Time for a proximity mine game. (One step in the wrong direction with 20 proximities all around always made for a good time.) The single player mode was great, too. Adding stealth to a genre that usually depended on shooting first, asking questions later.

I don't think I played another FPS until 2000 when Perfect Dark was released. Taking Goldeneye and adding new weapons functions was all they needed. My love of FPS was reborn.

XIII was an underperforming, yet engrossing FPS that added a comic book feeling with cel-shading. Metroid Prime 1 & 2 took Metroid to a whole new level. Metroid Prime Hunters on Nintendo DS even had robust single player/multiplayer modes on a handheld. And, of course, Halo. Oh, Halo. Never owned you. But you sure added to my nerdiness.

I never played alot online. But recently, I acquired a 360. And I just had to have Perfect Dark Zero, even if it was almost 5 years old now (being a 360 launch title and all...) And I suddenly remembered why I don't BEAT FPS games usually.

I'm terrible at them. I was awesome on Goldeneye and Perfect Dark 64. But they had that all important AUTO-AIM. When I'm out in the field during an online Killcount level. I'm screwed. 5 Headshots in a row does no good to a man's ego.

But I can't stop. I know I'm bad, but with games like Modern Warfare 2, and Halo:Reach out or coming out, I just keep coming back. All I want is to not be last in a deathmatch. That's it. Is that too much to ask these days?

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8:11 PM on 01.01.2010


I have owned a Nintendo Wii since January of 2007. In that time I have played many many Mario related games. Super Mario Galaxy, Super Mario Strikers, Mario Kart Wii, Mario and Sonic (who is not a mustached plumber mind you) at the Olympic Games, Super Paper Mario, etc etc...

You see, Nintendo systems were the ONLY systems I owned up until I moved in with my wife 5 years ago. At that time she tainted me with a PS2. But I digress...

Mario games are basically the games I get excited for. Galaxy? Awesome. Mario Kart? Get ready to eat some red shells beetches. So color me ecstatic for New Super Mario Bros. Wii.

My other love is the character of Batman. And since 2007, only one Batman game (that I know of at least) has been released on the Wii. Lego Batman. The Lego licensed games are like crack. Not good for you, but you can't help it. However, the Lego Batman game...... ehhhhh.

So as I sit on Christmas morning unwrapping gifts, my world is turned upside down. For one, I get a 360. Natch. 2. I get New Super Mario Bros for me Wii. Double Natch. 3. I get Batman Arkham Asylum for said 360. Fantabulous.

Herein lies the problem. I get sidetracked very easily. So when I play a game, I want to beat it as quickly as possible, otherwise, I'll just let it sit unfinished. (See: Super Mario RPG for SNES, I still haven't finished it, and at this point, why even try?) What do I start with? Mario or Batman?

Well, being who I am, I decided to try BOTH. Give Mario some love one night, prey upon the villains of Gotham the other. How hard can it be, right?

Mustacheoed plumber? Or costumed vigilante?   read

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