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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.



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


 
Quest for Glory is a hybrid adventure-RPG series from Sierra. In the first entry in the series, you find yourself in the Valley of Spielburg. The land has been cursed by an Ogress, the Baron's children are missing, and a band of Brigands terrorize the town. Can you solve all of these problems and become a hero?



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


Xexyz is a very unique game that hits a lot of marks that I love to see in games. It covers two genres, shoot'em up and platformer, and it's published by Hudson Soft. For an NES game, there's a lot going on here -- sometimes a little too much. Though the game certainly isn't one of the most popular on the NES, my expectations were high, but could Xexyz meet them? Watch to find out!



Posted on May 12th 2017 at 08:00:00 AM by (Pam)
Posted under video, review, NES, shootem up


Today I'm hitting up the Compile shooters again! Compile has made a lot of great games, and released them for many consoles. This one is M.U.S.H.A. on Sega Genesis.  I go over the mechanics, weapon choices, level design, boss fights and its kick-ass soundtrack! Will this game replace my beloved Gun-Nac as my favorite Compile shooter?

Watch to find out!



Posted on Apr 12th 2017 at 08:00:00 AM by (Pam)
Posted under video, review, PC, adventure


I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream is a point and click adventure horror game. It skips the typical jump scares and gore and goes straight for an unsettling look at human suffering...and machines that rise up to kill us all! It's based on the story by Harlan Ellison and he even voices the misanthropic computer, AM, who is responsible for humanity's downfall and the suffering of the game's protagonists. This is a grim game, but one with excellent writing and characterization.

Watch to find out more!



Posted on Mar 12th 2017 at 08:00:00 AM by (Pam)
Posted under video, simulation, Jurassic Park, PS2


Jurassic Park is one of my favourite movies. Though most games based on it are action-oriented, this one lets you experience what it would be like to build and run it. The game is quite in-depth, allowing you to analyze dino DNA to discover new species, build safari routes to allow visitors to drive through enclosures, and research new technologies that will enhance the visitor experience. If you're also a fan of the movie, this is a very interesting game.

Watch the video to find out more.



Posted on Feb 12th 2017 at 08:00:00 AM by (Pam)
Posted under video, review, FMV, adventure, PC



I love FMV (Full Motion Video) games, even though I understand that most of them are not really good games, as much as interesting relics of gaming's past. However, there are exceptions and Under a Killing Moon is one of them. You play Tex Murphy, a PI modeled after Spade and Marlowe that lives and works in a future vision of San Francisco. In this adventure, you take on a dangerous cult striving for genetic purification. For me, the Tex Murphy games are the pinnacle of FMV adventure with a combination of good writing, decent acting and a good dose of (intentional) humour.



Posted on Jan 11th 2017 at 08:00:00 AM by (Pam)
Posted under video, top 10, 2016



Happy New Year everyone! I think 2016 was a great year for gaming - of the 30+ games I played that released last year some were great, most were enjoyable in some way, and few were disappointing. My top 10 list runs the gamut from first person shooters, to rhythm games, to small narrative exploration games. I think gaming is in a good spot right now. We have such a wide variety of games that there's something for everyone, and indie titles are really offering up special gaming experiences.

Watch the video to find out my top 10.



Posted on Dec 10th 2016 at 08:00:00 AM by (Pam)
Posted under review, video, turbografx


Today I'm looking at one of gaming's lesser known mascots - Bonk! I review the original Bonk's Adventure on the TurboGrafx-16, as well as look at a bit of his history and the history of the console to explain why Bonk never made it big in North America like Mario or Sonic.



Posted on Nov 12th 2016 at 08:00:00 AM by (Pam)
Posted under video, rpg


This video was inspired by the recent Playcast conversation about The Legend of Zelda and whether or not it should be classified as an RPG. While I don't think it should, it does have some elements common to RPGs. Here I take a look at the genre's roots in tabletop games and examine how video games let us develop characters in both mechanical and narrative ways. I also compare western and Japanese RPGs in how they tend to favor one type of character development over the other.

Check out the video and let me know how you define an RPG!



Posted on Oct 15th 2016 at 08:00:00 AM by (Pam)
Posted under video, review, PC, Sierra


It's October, so it's time for spooky games. Phantasmagoria is a point and click horror adventure game by Sierra. It was controversial due to its depiction of graphic FMV gore and adult themes and became a best seller.  But is it any good?

I remember seeing the box art for this game all the time when I was a kid. Though point and click adventure was a staple of my gaming history, I had never played this game before. I've always had a soft spot for FMV as well, though this wasn't quite what I was expecting.

Check out the review!



Posted on Sep 11th 2016 at 08:00:00 AM by (Pam)
Posted under video, review, NES, Jaws, LJN


Jaws was one of the August community playthroughs here at RFGen and it was the first time I had played this particular game. I have to say, it's a bit of an oddity. The majority of the gameplay is non-scrolling horizontal shooter, but there are a few different mechanics thrown in to change things up a bit. On paper, the game doesn't sound impressive - an LJN published tie-in to the fourth (and arguably worst) Jaws movie, Jaws: The Revenge. But how does it play?

Check out the review!



Posted on Aug 12th 2016 at 08:00:00 AM by (Pam)
Posted under video, review, NES, Compile


Compile is well known for making excellent shoot'em ups and of all the ones I've played, Gun-Nac is my favourite.  This is not a game I played as a kid. I only tried it for the first time within the past year, but I was immediately hooked and I now consider it one of my favorites on the NES.

Aside from very solid controls and a variety of weapons and power-ups, the thing that stands out most is the amazing, somewhat bizarre, environments. Each stage has a theme that's a little different than your average shmup. In one, you battle sentient vegetables, while in another you're up against currency. Boss battles that include giant robot rabbits and Maneki Neko are a nice change from battling other spaceships.

Check out the review!



Posted on Jul 13th 2016 at 08:00:00 AM by (Pam)
Posted under review, NES, Prince of Persia, Broderbund


So far I've been sharing reviews of games I adore and have gushed over them accordingly. Today I thought I'd share a review of a game that evokes a lot of nostalgia, but very little love.

The original Prince of Persia is a game that was quite ubiquitous in the early 90's. Originally developed for the Apple II, it was soon ported to over a dozen other platforms. It's the NES version that made its way into my game library when I was a kid, and did it ever make me feel terrible at video games. Between the jerky movement, odd controls, and inexplicable 60 minute time limit, I never managed to get very far in this game back when I first played it. It rarely managed to stay in the console for more than a few minutes before I got frustrated by constantly dying and swapped it out for Star Tropics, Felix the Cat or solo games of Monopoly.

Give the video a watch to hear my thoughts on playing this game many years later.



Posted on Jun 13th 2016 at 08:00:00 AM by (Pam)
Posted under review, review, DOOM, id software, video, Bethesda


When the new DOOM was revealed at E3 last year, I was not remotely interested in playing it. It looked like just another first-person shooter that seemed to be gory for no good reason. I had limited experience with the original games - I'm more of the Wolfenstein girl - so the nostalgia factor wasn't even there. Pass.

However...

Once the game released and rave reviews started coming out, I thought maybe it would be worth a look. Boy, am I glad I gave it a chance. DOOM is some of the most fun I've had with a game in a long time. The pace is relentless, the combat is satisfying, and the level design is fantastic! By going back to basics and skipping mechanics like cover, regenerating health, and having to reload your gun, id Software produced a game that feels fresh.

I was really excited to make this review and found myself writing it in my head as I played the game. Give it a watch if you want to hear some more about DOOM.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
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