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

Typing of the Baroque

The straightforwardly titled Baroque Typing debuted in 2002, several years after both the Saturn and PlayStation releases of Baroque as well as the later Baroque Syndrome adventure. My strongest thought before playing this type 'em up for myself was mostly "What on Earth possessed them?". Of all the spinoffs that could naturally arise from the dark and decaying world of Baroque, … Continue reading Typing of the Baroque

WELCOME TO THE WIZARDRY WORLD

How do you play Wizardry, 1981's hottest RPG, in 2022? "With some difficulty" is the only honest answer, as official access to Sir-Tech's pioneering dungeon crawling adventure is virtually nonexistent. The Ultimate Wizardry Archives for DOS/Windows was as close as the series ever got to a convenient compilation, but that came out so long ago the pack's now … Continue reading WELCOME TO THE WIZARDRY WORLD

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…

Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 8: Virtua Racing -FlatOut-

3D had already been done many times before Virtua Racing came along - just look at Atari's arcade game I, Robot or The Sentinel's tense puzzle-action on various home computers, both displaying colourful worlds made of filled polygons as far back as the 1980s - but it was Sega's 1992 Model 1 racer that marked a true turning point in … Continue reading Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 8: Virtua Racing -FlatOut-