Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol.11 Hokuto no Ken

We may now be eleven volumes in but the Sega Ages 2500 Series is still eager to surprise those that have stuck with it through thick and thin, this disc release of Hokuto no Ken setting itself apart from previous entries by not only offering players the now expected 3D remake of the titular game, but also … Continue reading Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol.11 Hokuto no Ken

Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol.10: After Burner II

Between the fancy sit-down cabinet and the blisteringly quick sprite scaling, there was little doubt After Burner II would be anything other than huge hit when it launched in arcades back in 1987, even though the differences between this "sequel" and the already popular original are quite small. The game was so successful the numerous home ports … Continue reading Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol.10: After Burner II

Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 9 Gain Ground

There's really not much out there like Gain Ground, even though it debuted in all the way back in 1988 and gaming has collectively had plenty of chances to produce their own take on this oddball mash of almost-genres since. The arcade original's vertically-orientated screen and every version's masses of projectiles bring classic shmups to mind, although the … Continue reading Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 9 Gain Ground

Sometime in the 1990’s…

Surely nobody back in 1993, the same year Phantasy Star IV debuted in Japan and Starfox's Super FX powered polygons were busy wowing people everywhere, hoped the NES would receive it's own version of Capcom's Final Fight - a late '80s game that by then had already been ported to the SNES (twice), appeared on various home computers ranging from … Continue reading Sometime in the 1990’s…

Playing like the floor of a taxi cab

[You'll find plenty of spoilers for all aspects of the recently released Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed below, so please keep that in mind before scrolling any further] I am exactly the sort of person Illfonic were hoping to snag in their preorder net when they made Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed: I am a huge Ghostbusters fan, and I love … Continue reading Playing like the floor of a taxi cab

Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol.6: Ichini no Tant-R to Bonanza Bros.

From an outsider's point of view Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol.6: Ichini no Tant-R to Bonanza Bros has the distinct whiff of OK SO THAT DIDN'T WORK BUT DON'T PANIC I'VE GOT A NEW IDEA about it. There is a conspicuous lack of 3D in this 3D AGES game. There are no new gimmicks, no well-meant attempts to graft … Continue reading Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol.6: Ichini no Tant-R to Bonanza Bros.

Found at sea

Septentrion is so unashamedly eager to ape '70s disaster movie The Poseidon Adventure it doesn't just broadly copy the setting and flow of its memorable inspiration, the game even makes the effort to lead with a movie-like opening sequence and later end with a fake cast roll, complete with legally-distinct actors (such as "Jean Hickman") for every part. … Continue reading Found at sea

Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol.5: Golden Axe

Golden Axe's strength lies in its simplicity. Its trio of heroes essentially share one small moveset between them. They all wear one defining colour, and their clothes have no complicated flourishes or fine detail. There aren't many enemy types for them to fight, those enemies more or less all behave in the same way, and … Continue reading Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol.5: Golden Axe