Sega Ages 2500 Vol.3: Fantasy Zone

Unlike Monaco GP, which took a truly old game even by my retro-leaning standards and then made an honest attempt to update its fast-paced formula while still staying true to the spirit of the original, this remake of Sega's System 16 arcade hit Fantasy Zone - the one that first caught everyone's attention in 1986 with … Continue reading Sega Ages 2500 Vol.3: Fantasy Zone

It’s all about family

The dad of Bokura no Kazoku's made-up family is sitting cross-legged in a very ordinary living room, making animal-shaped shadows in the light of the TV. He's doing this for his baby's entertainment, woofing with enthusiasm as he moves his hands in a vaguely dog-like manner. His tiny son notices this display, crawls over to the spot … Continue reading It’s all about family

Sakura Wars Corner: Sakura Wars vs Atsuki Chishio Ni

You would expect this 2003 PlayStation 2 release of the first Sakura Wars to be a straight transfer of the PC version of the game (which is in itself a nigh-identical to the Dreamcast por- actually, we'd probably call that version a "remaster" these days): The game was already popular, the existing ports were already … Continue reading Sakura Wars Corner: Sakura Wars vs Atsuki Chishio Ni

That meeting could have been an email: The Game

As I've mentioned before Xenosaga Episode III: Also Sprach Zarathustra had a heck of a lot of work to do if it was going to win me back and I freely admit I came at this final entry with something of a hostile attitude, one fuelled by two games worth of annoying characters, poor writing, and various … Continue reading That meeting could have been an email: The Game

This battle is about to explode!

I'm sure this one will look very familiar even if you've never been anywhere near a Japanese PlayStation 2: 2005's Namco X Capcom is perhaps best described at this point in time as Project X Zone 0, as bar the obvious language barrier (a fan translation is available here) and complete lack of Sega just about everything in here - … Continue reading This battle is about to explode!