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Posted on Jul 24th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under Review, Contra, Metal Slug, JoyMasher, The Arcade Crew, Indie, Run n Gun, Shooter, Action


Blazing Chrome is a game that I became aware of and have been following on social media for quite some time. It immediately invokes shades of the 16-bit Contra titles, a similarity that it wears proudly on its sleeve, and it immediately captured my attention as a big fan of these classics. With its recent release and immediate availability via Xbox Game Pass, I was finally able to try the game for myself. Is it a worthy successor to the classic run 'n guns we all grew up with?


Continue reading Blazing Chrome



Posted on Jun 28th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under Review, Igarashi, Castlevania, Metroidvania, Action, Adventure, RPG


The wait is finally over! It has been four years since the runaway Kickstarter success Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night obliterated its funding goal and became the most successful video game Kickstarter project, at least until Shenmue III came along and surpassed it shortly after. Spearheaded by former Castlevania producer Koji Igarashi, hopes were high that an experience like Symphony of the Night would be delivered to longtime fans of the series, but after numerous delays and other highly anticipated Kickstarter games failing to live up to expectations, fans started to become skeptical. Does Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night live up to its lofty expectations, or is it just another Kickstarter disappointment?


Continue reading Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night



Posted on May 22nd 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under Review, Capcom, Nintendo, NES, Action, Platformer, Metroidvania, RPG


Thanks in no small part to the ongoing RFGeneration 2019 NES Challenge, I have been working through dozens of NES games that I have never played before. While I have logged most of these toward the site challenge, I have also been going back and playing some of the titles that were claimed and completed by others just to satisfy my own curiosity. One such title is Strider, which was a completely random pick and one that I was fairly unfamiliar with. Upon starting it, it didn't take long for me to become engrossed, and I now consider it to be one of my favorite titles for the system.


Continue reading Strider - NES



Posted on Apr 30th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under Review, Konami, ReBirth, Castlevania, Contra, Gradius, Wii, WiiWare


Back in the late 2000s, three games were released as digital exclusives for the Nintendo Wii. Developed by M2 and published by Konami, these three titles consisted of remakes and entirely new entries in Konami's long-running Gradius, Contra, and Castlevania series. While these games were met with fairly positive criticism, their limited availability has left them in relative obscurity, and the recent closure of the Wii online store has eliminated any legal means of obtaining them. This is a shame because these games are quite good and are among the last original entries in their respective series.


Continue reading ReBirth: The Lost Konami Games



Posted on Mar 30th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under Review, Resident Evil, Capcom, Remake, Survival horror, Action


Resident Evil fans have been clamoring for a remake of the series' second entry ever since the excellent remake of the initial title. What seemed like a pipe dream for years was finally announced back in 2015, but many fans were skeptical at this point due to the direction the series had been going around this time. Although the positive response to Resident Evil 7 help assuage fears, early footage of the Resident Evil 2 remake still resembled the 'action-horror' titles that are oft maligned. I am glad to say that any fears were unfounded, and Capcom delivered what I feel is the best remake of their survival horror classic that they could have possibly made.

** Note: In an attempt to discuss all relevant gameplay mechanics, some mild story spoilers may be included. **


Continue reading Resident Evil 2



Posted on Feb 26th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under Review, Dragon Quest, PS4, PC, Switch, Square Enix, RPG


While the JRPG has been my favorite genre of videogames ever since I was old enough to read, my experience with the Dragon Quest series is admittedly limited. After having played the DS remake of Dragon Quest V a couple of years ago and playing the 3DS remake of Dragon Quest VIII shortly after, I felt like I had already experienced the best this series has to offer (at least according to most people) and decided that I should move on to other things if it was all downhill from there. Once Dragon Quest XI was released and garnered rave reviews, many claiming it to be the best in the series, I was immediately intrigued and didn't wait long to start playing it.


Continue reading Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age



Posted on Jan 25th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under Review, Onimusha, Capcom, PS2, PS4, Switch, Xbox, Remaster, HD


The Onimusha series has strangely slipped under my radar throughout the years. I played the first three back when they were originally released on the PlayStation 2, but I don't recall having any particular fondness for them and have mostly forgotten about them over the years. Last Spring, while looking for a shorter game to play, I pulled the original title in the series off my shelf and decided to revisit it. I was absolutely blown away by how much I enjoyed it. Now, with the recent remaster of Onimusha: Warlords, the time is right to give my thoughts on this classic.


Continue reading Onimusha: Warlords



Posted on Dec 30th 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under Gaming, 2018, GOTY, action, adventure, RPG, shooter, story


While I really didn't intend on playing so many new titles this year and instead wanted to focus more on my backlog, I ended up falling into the trap of acquiring and playing as many new releases as I could just like I did in 2017. However, many of these games were great, so I certainly don't regret spending my time with them. Now that the year is over, I wanted to share my overall thoughts on the games I played. Instead of just focusing on a top 10, I decided to rank all the games I played that were released this year. If any noteworthy titles are missing from this list, the reason is simple: I didn't get around to playing them!


Continue reading Disposed Hero's Games of the Year 2018



Posted on Nov 30th 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under Gaming, Christmas, Holidays, Santa


During Halloween, it is very easy to find games to play to celebrate the season. Any title with a spooky theme is fair game, and there are certainly no shortage of those these days. But what about the Christmas season? There aren't many games that carry an explicit Christmas theme, so finding an enjoyable title to ring in the holidays isn't always an easy task. Now that the holiday season is upon us, I thought it would be fun to take a look at some games that many may not know are set during the Christmas season to put us in the holiday spirit. Bear in mind that most of these titles have very little to do with Christmas, but don't let that stop you from giving them a try!


Continue reading Games for the Holiday Season!



Posted on Oct 31st 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under Review, Silent Hill, Konami, Survival horror


While I have always been a huge fan of the survival horror genre, when it comes to the Silent Hill series, I have generally played it safe and stuck to the first three titles which are almost unanimously praised. Although many of the later Silent Hill games are almost universally disliked by fans, the fourth entry is probably the most divisive title in the series, with a seemingly equal number of people who either love or hate the game. After playing it for myself, it is easy to see why opinions are so mixed, as I too had a sort of love/hate relationship with it. Good or bad, it is definitely one of the most interesting games I have played in a long time.

** Note: Due to the nature of the game, it is impossible to discuss all pertinent gameplay mechanics without giving away some mid-game spoilers, although I will try to keep things as vague as possible. **


Continue reading Silent Hill 4: The Room



Posted on Sep 29th 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under Review, Yakuza, Sega, Ryu ga Gotoku, Japan


My first exposure to the Yakuza series was back in 2010 with Yakuza 3. I enjoyed the game so much that I have made it a point to play each new title as they release, and after several years and several new titles, I can confidently say that Yakuza is one of my favorite series in all of gaming. However, I missed out on the original two PS2 titles when they were released, and I have never gotten around to playing them over the years. Thanks to Sega's release of Yakuza Kiwami last year, a remake of the original Yakuza game for the PS2, I was finally able to experience the series' origin firsthand. With the recent release of Yakuza Kiwami 2, a remake of the second game in the series, I have now been able to experience an updated remake of what some consider the best game in the series.


Continue reading Yakuza Kiwami 2



Posted on Aug 30th 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under Review, SNES, Nintendo, Sony, Action, Platformer


As I mentioned in my article last month, we often like to search for hidden gems to add to our collections and eventually play if or when we finally get around to it. Sometimes, as was the case last month with Robotrek, we find a game that we feel is better left hidden and come away disappointed. Other times, as is the case this month with Skyblazer, we feel as if we have struck gold.


Continue reading Skyblazer



Posted on Jul 27th 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under Review, SNES, RPG, Quintet, Enix


We've all been there.  We scour forum posts and YouTube videos for 'hidden gems' to add to our collections like old men searching for rare coins with a metal detector.  Whether we actually play them or not is secondary; just owning them is satisfaction enough.  One game that invariably appears on every Super Nintendo RPG Hidden Gems list is Robotrek, an obscure game from the creators of such classics as ActRaiser and Illusion of Gaia, but is it deserving of being called a gem, or should it remain hidden?


Continue reading Robotrek



Posted on Jun 29th 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under Review, Bloodstained, Castlevania, Kickstarter, Igarashi


Like most fans of the Castlevania series, Symphony of the Night in particular, I am incredibly excited for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night and even contributed to the Kickstarter fund for the game a couple of years ago.  As a nice bonus to Kickstarter backers, Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon is the fulfillment of a stretch goal promising an 8-bit style game, and it is now available to download for Kickstarter backers and available to purchase for everyone else.  This was a nice surprise for me, as I was unaware (or had simply forgotten) that an 8-bit game was in the works.  When I received an update from the game's Kickstarter informing me that Curse of the Moon was available, I did not hesitate to try it out.


Continue reading Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon



Posted on May 28th 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under Review, Action, Rockstar, Film


Some ten or more years ago, a friend of mine and I spied a game on my shelf called The Warriors and decided to give it a shot.  It was a game that we thoroughly enjoyed, with its fun combat, intriguing story, and interesting characters hooking us in until we finally rolled the credits.  We enjoyed it so much that we drove to the local Circuit City (man, this was a long time ago) and picked up a copy of the movie of the same name that the game is based on, and we thoroughly enjoyed that as well.  So fast forward to the present day, my friend and I once again scouring the shelves for a cooperative game to play, and we decided to revisit our old favorite, The Warriors, curious to see if it holds up after all this time.


Continue reading The Warriors


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
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