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Posted on Oct 11th 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (Pam)
Posted under video, review, NES, Blaster Master


I love it when games combine multiple genres and styles of gameplay. The Guardian Legend is an NES game that I love for its seamless transitions between shoot`em up and overhead action. When I heard that Blaster Master did a similar thing - I knew I needed to play it. Blaster Master was developed by Sunsoft and released in 1988. It combines elements of platforming, run and gun and overhead action. Does it do them all well though? Check out the video to find out.



Posted on Sep 13th 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (Pam)
Posted under video, review, PC, Hero U


Sierra Entertainment made a lot of great adventure games in the 80s and 90s. They were particularly fond of Quests - Space Quest, King's Quest, Police Quest, Eco Quest. My favourite of these was the Quest for Glory series (the change of name format was due to an unfortunate failure to copyright the name Hero's Quest).

Six years ago creators Cori and Lori Ann Cole launched a Kickstarter to make a follow-up to the series. But it couldn't be a direct sequel - Sierra (and it's IPs) were sold a number of times over in the past 20 years before eventually ending up with Activision Blizzard. So the Cole's made Hero-U, a game with similar themes, where you play a rogue trying to make it through a semester at a mysterious university. Check out the video to see how it turned out.



Posted on Aug 12th 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (Pam)
Posted under video, NES, StarTropics


The original StarTropics is a game I have a long history with. I got it as a gift for my first communion when I was 8 or 9-years old and it quickly became a favorite. I'd spend full days playing it. It's a Zelda clone, but I never played Zelda as a kid, so I didn't find that out until much later. In 1994, a sequel came out - Zoda's Revenge. Releasing so late in the NES lifecycle, it's a game many missed, myself included. In July, I finally sat down to play through it. While it looks remarkably similar, some updates to the gameplay have been made. Here are my thoughts on the game and whether it lives up to the original.



Posted on Jul 11th 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (Pam)
Posted under review, video, PS1, JRPG


May's game of the month here at RF Generation was the quirky musical roleplaying game Rhapsody - A Musical Adventure. It was fun to play through and discuss with everyone else playing along and gave me a reason to review a JRPG for the first time ever. Rhapsody is short and sweet, turns some typical rpg tropes upside-down, and includes great musical numbers. But does the gameplay hold up? Here's my take on the game.



Posted on Jun 13th 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (Pam)
Posted under video, analysis



With the recent release of God of War, I got to thinking about how many recent mainstream games have had you playing a father figure... and how few games let you play a as a mother. I go over a few examples of playable mothers, then expand the scope out to non-playable mother characters and the categories they tend to fall into in games.

Warning: If you're fussy about character spoilers, I talk about the fates of mothers in about 40 different games in this video. I don't think I've given away anything too shocking or unexpected though.



Posted on May 12th 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (Pam)
Posted under review, video, PC, adventure, LucasArts



In 1995 LucasArts released an adventure game that was a little different from anything they had developed before.  It deals with motorcycles, mechanics and murder. It's Full Throttle! I teamed up with the Adventure Game Geek to give you two opinions for the price of one. We played the recent remastered version of the game, though do compare it to the original.



Posted on Apr 12th 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (Pam)
Posted under review, video, NES


Today my review is on an NES platformer that originally starred Mickey Mouse. Kid Klown in Night Mayor World was developed by Kemco and released in North Amercia in 1993. Itís got one unique gameplay mechanic, but is that enough to make it worth playing? Watch to find out!



Posted on Mar 12th 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (Pam)
Posted under video, review, Sega Dreamcast


The Dreamcast is a console I never really got into. I was more of a PlayStation girl. So this review is the first Dreamcast game I've ever finished. At only 25 minutes long, it wasn't too much of an effort.

Dynamite Cop is the follow-up to Die Hard Arcade. It's a very silly arcade beat'em up. Does it improve on the first game? Is it worth playing? Watch to find out.



Posted on Feb 14th 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (Pam)
Posted under video, review, SNES, Castlevania


Castlevania is a series I never really got into. I didn't play it any on the NES or SNES when I was a kid, and it wasn't until Symphony of the Night on PS1 that I finally gave it a try. In an attempt to fill this gap in my gaming experience, I played through Super Castlevania IV. My initial impressions weren't great, since Simon felt very heavy to control, but... did it grow on me?



Posted on Jan 11th 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (Pam)
Posted under video, top 10


2017 was a great year for gaming, with a number of huge, critically acclaimed releases like Breath of the Wild, Mario Odyssey, and Horizon Zero Dawn... most of which you won't find on my personal list. I played 30 new releases this year and these are the 10 that stood out the most. There's a wide variety of games here from smaller indie titles to AAA shooters, expansive RPGs, and even some hidden gems.



Posted on Dec 14th 2017 at 08:00:00 AM by (Pam)
Posted under video, review, xbox one


Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus is a first person shooter that was developed by Machine Games and released on October 27 2017. It was also my most anticipated game of the year.

In this review I go over the story and character focus, the gameplay, the environments, and whether it lives up to The New Order, which quickly became one of my all time favourite games.



Posted on Nov 18th 2017 at 08:00:00 AM by (Pam)
Posted under video, review, SNES, lemmings


Next to Tetris, Lemmings may have been one of the most ubiquitous puzzle games around in the 1990s. First released for the Amiga in 1991, it was ported almost everywhere - NES, DOS, Genesis, 3DO, Atari ST, and a dozen other systems. This review looks at the Super Nintendo version specifically.

Aside from a looking at the gameplay, I also go into a bit of the dark history about the myth of lemming mass suicide, on which the game mechanics are based, where it came from, and the major corporation that perpetuated it.



Posted on Oct 11th 2017 at 08:00:00 AM by (Pam)
Posted under video, review, Bomberman, Sega Saturn


Saturn Bomberman is an exclusive on the Sega Saturn and one of the system's more rare games. Developed by Hudson Soft, it's a cute and clever puzzle game with some beautiful pixel art that still looks great by today's standards. It hosts a number of different game modes and can be played with a friend (or 9). Here's my review!



Posted on Sep 11th 2017 at 08:00:00 AM by (Pam)
Posted under video, review, adventure


Today I'm reviewing one of the best point and click adventure games ever - The Secret of Monkey Island. It combines great music and visuals with laugh out loud humour. It also represents a departure from adventure games of its time by being much less punishing towards its players. I'll be mainly talking about the original but I'll also touch on the Special Edition released in 2009 and how it compares.



Posted on Aug 12th 2017 at 08:00:00 AM by (Pam)
Posted under review, video, LucasArts, run and gun


My review today is of the cult classic Zombies Ate My Neighbors on the SNES. I didn't know until very recently that Lucas Arts, one of my favourite 90s developers who I mostly associated with PC adventure games, made this. But now that I do know, it makes sense. The game has a great sense of humor and is full of puns. Though there are a few mechanical things I find a little awkward, Zombies is a lot of fun to play, especially with a second player. During this review, I also do a quick comparison of the SNES and Genesis versions.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
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