25th anniversary book celebrates Sega's 16-bit glory
// Wesley Ruscher
SEGA Mega Drive/Genesis: Collected Works, an officially licensed 25th anniversary commemorative compilation of artwork, development sketches, hardware manufacturing plans, and interviews from Sega's golden years looks to be t... read
There was a time when I would load up my 3DS with re-releases of games I already owned because I needed an excuse to use the system. That time is long gone now that Pokemon X/Y is devouring my free time and Animal Crossing: N... read
Jimquisition happens every Monday!
Let's look for a playable woman protagonist in a videogame that doesn't rely on the same pool of restrictive stereotypes as every other playable woman protagonist.
To do this, let's look at a fighting game from 1994. That one about the dinosaurs. Yes, that one. Because I damn well sure can't find many better example. Folks, be prepared ... to RAGE. read feature
NES all up in this beast with LP of Devastation [Remastered]
// Tony Ponce
It's been almost a year since the comedy rock-rap duo of "8-Bit Duane " Zuwala and "The Amazing BrandO" Lackey made peace with each other following a very intense falling out. Back in the studio as The Adventures of Duane &a... read
Treasure knows how to make some f*ckin' games. That's an undisputed fact. And one of the best Treasure games is of course Gunstar Heroes on SEGA Genesis. Did you know it just celebrated its 20th anniversary this past Monday?... read
If you're a long-time shmup fan, you may remember a largely forgotten Genesis classic called Steel Empire that dropped in 1992. Well it appears as if said classic was fondly recalled by someone, as it's heading to the 3DS in ... read
Online co-op, you say? August 29, you say? Have some money!
// Jordan Devore
Abstract Games, the folks responsible for porting Hotline Miami to PlayStation 3 and Vita, has also been working to restore The Chaos Engine / Soldiers of Fortune. The classic top-down shooter will have some additions, like ... read
Plus get the original Genesis version if you pre-order
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse will be out on September 3 for the PlayStation Network, and September 4 for Xbox Live Arcade and PC. It'll run you $14.99 across all platforms.
Starting on August 20 and until Septembe... read
It's a pretty slow weekend. Why not kill an hour or two by playing this freeware Flash game just released yesterday?
Ripple Dot Zero by Pixeltruss is an homage to the super awesome Genesis years of my youth. Taking its cues ... read
My first reaction to this annoyingly teaserish trailer for The Chaos Engine was, "Holy eff! They're remaking The Chaos Engine!" That is not quite what's happening here -- this is a "restoration" of the classic top-down co-op... read
Sega's marine mammal simulator extraordinaire, Ecco the Dolphin, is coming to the Japanese 3D eShop next week alongside arcade classic Galaxy Force II.
Similar to Sega's other -- hopefully for the time being -- Japanese-... read
Two months of Sonic, Chrono Trigger, DuckTales, and more
// Tony Ponce
I've tried my very best to avoid sharing too much of Smooth McGroove's kickass a cappella arrangements. Not because I think he's lost his Midas touch, but because I didn't want to be held responsible for making heads explode... read
Well, I've got the Labyrinth Zone theme stuck in my head again
// Jordan Devore
As promised, Sonic the Hedgehog ($2.99/£1.99/€2.69) is out now for Android devices via Google Play. Widescreen support at 60 frames per second, a remastered soundtrack, leaderboards, achievements, Time Attack mode,... read
It's been a while since any region outside of Japan received a new 3D Classics touch-up on the 3DS eShop. You may think that the only difference between the originals and their 3D remakes is the added stereoscopic effect, but... read
The Super Retro Console and Adapter by Retro-bit doesn't have the best name, but I like what it could do for my old game collection. It accepts carts from the SNES, NES, Genesis, and through an adapter, GBA, covering mos... read
Modder Bacteria spent over three years and over $1,000 to merge 18 different consoles into one giant box. It contains circuitry from 15 different systems, works with one master controller, a single power supply, and a single... read
Ahead of release, Hyperkin's upcoming RetroN 4 console has become the RetroN 5. With the change comes increased support: the new system count is NES, Famicom, Super Nintendo, Super Famicom, Genesis, Mega Drive, and Game Boy A... read
Following the stir caused by Road Rash programmer/co-designer Dan Geisler's Reddit post about the possibility of a series reboot comes a promising reply to the fan response.
"I am amazed at the level of interest in the remake... read
A new entry in the long-absent motorcycle racing series Road Rash could be a possibility if there's enough demand for it, programmer/co-designer Dan Geisler said on Reddit.
When a post raised the question as to why ... read
Ahead of a full reveal later this month, Hyperkin has begun talking about its latest system, the RetroN 4. This bad boy has slots for NES, Super Nintendo, Genesis, and Game Boy Advance cartridges, as well as six controller po... read
Vurgon by Ario is FM synth music for the discerning aficionado
// Tony Ponce
Tuesday morning music madness gives props to the Sega Genesis! I will not rest until I convert all you SNES-loving heathens (I don't really think you are heathens) into soldiers of the Genesis nation. The war rages on (no it ... read
ECCOS is "furniture music" for the dolphin-loving soul
// Tony Ponce
Have you ever been playing Ecco the Dolphin and thought to yourself, "This music is great, but I really wish it sounded as trippy as how the end of 2001: A Space Odyssey looked"? Well then have I got a gift for you!
Last year... read
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Alien 3SEGA Genesis1993
I have fond memories of Alien 3. Not the most refined of games, this sidescrolling shooter nonetheless maintains its own unique charm. A nice little soundtrack, an atmospheric (for its time) visual style, and a genuine effort to be authentic as possible within the 16-bit limitations, Alien 3 is worth giving a spin. If you're into vent crawling, ladder climbing, prisoner rescuing and Alien blasting, you'll get your fix right here.
The fact I still remember that stage intro screen after all these years has got to say something!
Alien TrilogyPlayStation, SEGA Saturn, PC1996
Okay, Alien Trilogy isn't that good of a game, and it's here mostly for nostalgia. I played the everloving hell out of it when I was a kid, and I recall many a school sick day spent playing this little number. The music still induces a little shiver down my spine.
Trilogy is a fairly basic little DOOM clone. You run around various stages inspired by Alien, Aliens and Alien 3, blasting Alien warriors, Dog Aliens, and excruciatingly annoying Chestbursters. The game's stingy with its ammo and can be pretty damn cheap, which is why I rarely felt shame inputting the famous password: 1GOTP1NK8C1DBOOTSON. That's, "I got pink acid boots on" for those lacking an eye for subtlety. Great cheat name, and the unlimited firepower was certainly nothing to spit at!
You can pick PSOne discs up for peanuts on eBay, and it'll work on your PS3. Worth a spin, if only for reminiscence's sake.
Aliens vs. Predator 2PC, Mac2001
If I'm quite honest, I never really gelled with any of the Rebellion/Monolith AvP games, but AvP2 is so fondly regarded, I'd not be doing my job if it was omitted from the pile. This game is widely considered the last word in terms of Marine-on-Xenomorph-on-Predator action, with its three-way battles designed to make Preds feel badass, Xenos feel insidious, and Marines shit their pants. In many ways, playing as the terrified and powerless humans was the most fun part of the game. You are gonna die, but sometimes it's hilarious to be so utterly screwed.
I may not have quite appreciated it the way some people did, but I'd be a fool to contest the assertion that it pretty much codified the idea of what an Aliens vs. Predator game should be, and has not been topped by anything in the field. There just doesn't exist a worthy adversary to this particular installment.
Anybody who hangs out with me for any length of time will soon learn one thing -- if there's an Extermination arcade machine in the vicinity, I'm going to find and play it. A few places local to me always seem to boast one of these, and I consider it a failure of a trip if I visit one of these places and don't waste at least one coin.
Extermination is a typical lightgun shooter. You grab your plastic pulse rifle and face the incoming horde of screaming Xenomorphs. It's silly arcade fun that never tries to be anything else, and while it looks pretty dated now, it still offers a pretty good commitment to detail and some cool environments. Plus, who isn't a sucker for a solid plastic-gun-holdy-shooty game?
Aliens vs. PredatorArcade1994
Aliens vs. Predator for arcade is one of those games that really make me hate the dodgy world of licensing. Capcom made this, but SEGA owns the rights to Aliens games, so the chances of it ever getting a re-release are minimal at best. Still, if you can get a chance to play it, do so. It's bursting with character, is entertainingly ridiculous, and delivers some righteous brawler action the only way a Capcom arcade game can.
You get to be either a Marine or a Predator, and face off against an army of increasingly colorful and bizarre Xenomorphs. It's as garish and neon as any nineties brawler could be, and I love it for that fact. The Alien designs are outlandish and strictly nonsensical, but that doesn't stop them from being cooler than they had any right to be. I have a lot of time for this little beauty.
Aliens: InfestationNintendo DS2011
SEGA's run with the license may not be the most glorious chapter of interactive Aliens history, but it is at least responsible for bringing us Aliens: Infestation, a genuinely great scrolling shooter from the fine folks at WayForward. Atmospheric, original, and closer to the spirit of the property than Colonial Marines could ever hope to be, this unique little spin on the Aliens universe is challenging, engaging, and quite a lot of fun.
Players get to switch between four Marines at any one time, and there is a small army of 19 heroes to rescue and play. The twist is that once one of them dies, they're gone for good. If you start growing fond of one (which is possible, as they all have their own neat looks and personalities), you may very well find yourself in mourning.
For a retro-style shooter, Infestation is surprisingly scary. Aliens hit hard, and hit fast, while the dismal environments can be genuinely foreboding. While the difficulty can border on the wrong side of unfair, it at least makes Xenomorphs intimidating, credible threats, returning some of the edge they've lost in the transition from indestructible stalker to mindless bug.
Xenomorph action that won't ruin your day Aliens: Colonial Marines is finally out over more than half a decade of waiting, and the disappointment is real enough to lick. It's a terrible letdown, to the point that this particular Aliens fan -- who buys almost anything... read feature
Fan re-arrangements of every numbered Mega Man game
// Tony Ponce
I've professed my love for the Sega Genesis' music capabilities numerous times, but people still look at me like I'm taking crazy pills. I am dead serious! I love the grungy, metallic sound of FM synth! It was the dressing t... read
De-Pixelated by Blue Goggles Films is a web series that re-enacts videogames in real life. So far, nothing we haven't seen before, right?
In this latest episode, based on Streets of Rage for the Genesis, Adam Hunter shuffles... read
2010's homebrew Sega Genesis RPG Pier Solar was one of those projects that was fun to watch from the sidelines, but I never got to actually play it myself. That's what was great about development team WaterMelon turning to Ki... read
Only previously available in the US on the Sega Channel
// Tony Ponce
[Update: tav7623 mentions that the full game listing appears on the At Games website.]
Sega is a whore, plain and simple. How many different Genesis collections has the company pumped out in the past decade? There have been r... read
As highly-regarded as the soundtracks to Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic the Hedgehog 2 are, you'd think the music would have been released before 2011. It didn't happen, however, as composer Masato Nakamura of Dreams Come... read
Today's formerly-live Destructoid Show was a whopper! Of NEWS! Yes.
A bunch of stuff is coming to XBLA, PSN, and Steam (such as Serious Sam 3: BFE, Darkstalkers Resurrection, and Toejam & Earl) and Borderlands 2... read