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Retro Review: Blake Stone: Planet Strike (PC)

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Jam Productions had the worst of luck. Blake Stone: Aliens of Gold, a first-person shooter powered by the Wolfenstein-3D engine, was released just a week before the golaith of shooters was to hit the shelves...Doom! Well, poor Blake Stone was certainly doomed, but this did not stop the company from releasing a sequel to their game less than a year [ … ]

 

Retro Review: Rise of the Triad: The H.U.N.T Begins (MS-DOS)

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To promote the upcoming spiritual-successor to Wolfenstein 3D known as Rise of the Triad, Apogee Software developed a shareware version of the game entitled The H.U.N.T Begins. It offered a nice selection of levels that would not actually appear in the final game, alongside a few multiplayer maps. To its merit, these missions do make for a great ti [ … ]

Last Updated ( 12 July 2015 )
 

Retro Review: Shenmue (Sega Dreamcast)

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With Shenmue 3 recently being announced at E3, a cool 14 years after its predecessor, it felt like the perfect time to dust off the Sega Dreamcast and replay the first entry in a series that struck a chord with so many gamers back in the day. Just how big of a chord it struck has been left with no doubt whatsoever, as the Kickstarter is currently s [ … ]

Last Updated ( 05 July 2015 )
 

Retro Review: Blood - Cryptic Passage (PC)

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Many know of the brilliant first-person shooter Duke Nukem 3D, which was packed with raunchy content, oodles of aliens to gib and massacre with an array of deadly weapons, maze-like missions and plenty of cheesy one-liners. Blood, on the other hand, is a lesser-known gem from the late nineties. Instead of sci-fi themes and nudity, there were horror [ … ]

Last Updated ( 24 June 2015 )
 

Retro Review: Shadow Warrior: Twin Dragon (PC)

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“Who wants some Wang?”. Shadow Warrior was the spiritual successor to Duke Nukem 3D, and was full of sword-swinging, shuriken-tossing, politically-incorrect FUN...with ninjas. Poor sales meant the game did not sell so well after its release in 1998, which was why the expansion packs were cancelled and released for free online. On the whole, Twin Dr [ … ]

Last Updated ( 27 May 2015 )
 

Retro Review: Zombies Ate My Neighbours (Super Nintendo)

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In the early nineties there was a huge Zombie outbreak. The dead overran streets and dwellings and they were all seeking one thing: me. Well this is what it felt like as I sat for hours on end playing Zombies on my Super Nintendo. Known as Zombies Ate My Neighbours in NTSC regions LucasArts published the game in September of 1993 in North America a [ … ]

Last Updated ( 27 May 2015 )
 

Retro Review: Stunt Race FX (Super Nintendo)

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Back in 1994, Nintendo released their second Super FX enabled game on the Super Nintendo, Stunt Race FX. A racing game that, like Star Fox, was co-developed by Argonaut Software and featured full 3D polygon graphics not normally seen on 16bit systems. Unlike Star Fox though, Stunt Race FX seems to be barely mentioned within social media sites, and [ … ]

Last Updated ( 09 May 2015 )
 

Retro Review: Doom 64 (Nintendo 64)

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When Quake entered the gaming scene, PC gamers dropped their jaws in amazement. It combined brand new 3D-graphics with the simple shooting mechanics of Doom, albeit with better scripted events. Topping it off was a combination of science-fiction and medieval themes, as well as a skin-crawling soundtrack by Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails. Just unde [ … ]

Last Updated ( 09 May 2015 )
 

Retro Review: Gain Ground (Sega Mega Drive)

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What do you get when you mix together a top-down shooter with limited characters, plenty of baddies and thirty challenging levels? You get Gain Ground, an action-strategy game released for the Sega Mega Drive (or Genesis for all you Yanks out there), released in 1988. It's a console port of the arcade version of the same name, where players must ma [ … ]

Last Updated ( 24 April 2015 )
 

Retro Review: Shadow Warrior: Wanton Destruction (PC)

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Lo Wang is Duke Nukem's brother from another mother, a master ninja with a tendency to slice up foes with his katana whilst cracking cheesy, and often racist, one-liners. Shadow Warrior was a smashing game from the late '90s, despite lacklustre sales. Surprising, considering how well 3D Realms profited from its blockbuster game Duke Nukem 3D. Its a [ … ]

Last Updated ( 19 April 2015 )
 

Retro Review: Cyber Lip (Neo Geo AES)

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I recently got into the Neo Geo scene by acquiring a friend’s collection. I now have 30 Neo Geo AES games and an AES console with 2 joysticks. I invited a friend over to try some of the games out, since most of them are co-op, and the first game we played through was a game called Cyber-Lip.

Last Updated ( 05 April 2015 )
 
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