Arcade information to your favorite games!

Posted on Dec 24th 2007 at 01:09:34 AM by (Fighter17)
Posted under Hardcore, Capcom, Captain Commando, New

If you're hardcore is a short entry giving you a recommendation for a game to buy.  The deal is it worth a lot of money (depending how you look at it).






Captain Commando for the PS1.

For the time of release this was a pretty weird game to port back in 1998. This arcade perfect port of Captain Commando supports the Multi-Tap for up to three players playing at once.  The arcade game can support up to four players but why couldn't New (the company who ported the game, they also did the great Adventures of Little Ralph on the PS1) add in support for a fourth player?  Personally I guess it was Video RAM limitations but I still think New can add in a fourth player to the mix. 

Price range:  $70-$120 depending on condition.   

How much I got it for:  $73 without spine card. 

Why I purchase it:  It's a beat 'em up you play with friends, supports three players, and arcade perfect.  I need more Multi-Tap games for the PS1. 

Who it's for:  For Beat 'em Ups fans only.  People who're not into Beat 'em Ups will not enjoy it at all.   
 
Read more about the game here.




Posted on Dec 21st 2007 at 05:41:28 AM by (Fighter17)
Posted under Promoted From the RFG Blogs, Shmup, Irem, Playstation, Sega Saturn

Let me blog for once.

During the 32-bit era some of Irem's best shmups were ported onto the PSX and Saturn in two different collections. Depending where you go it's either a hit or a partly miss.

Pack One:  R-Types (PSX):


Released in the US thanks to ASCII Entertainment (later became known as Agetec), R-Types is perfect port of R-Type and R-Type II on one disc. R-Types comes with a nice intro video, a Museum mode, and of course both games. Shmup fans and arcade fans in general will love the collection because the gameplay is still hard and fun after all these years.

For $10-$20, it is worth it.

Pack Two:  Arcade Gears:  Image Fight & X-Multiply (PSX + Saturn):


Note:  Playstation version looks just like the Saturn cover except it has the Playstation logo on it.

Released only in Japan and in Asian counties (Hong Kong, Singapore, etc.), Arcade Gears was Xing's line of retro arcade games that was published in the late 90s. Xing didn't develop any games, they just ported other company's games to mostly the Saturn and some on the Playstation (like Tatio's Gun Frontier, Capcom's Three Wonders, etc.). Image Fight and X-Multiply were two great Irem shmups that were released after R-Type. While these games didn't get the same fanfare as R-Type, they're still fun and hard like R-Type. Image Fight is a vertical shmup where the first five stages are a simulation. Do well in those stages you can go to the final three stages. X-Multiply is more similar to R-Type but it tends to focus a lot more on organic backgrounds and enemy designs (like Konami's Salamander/LifeForce).

Anyway, about the ports. Both the Playstaion and Saturn ports were mostly good except for some few faws. In both versions when playing X-Multiply you have to move the status menu (which tells the score, lives, etc.) by using the L/R buttons in order to see the whole screen. The original arcade game didn't have this problem at all. You can't change button configurations in the Saturn version (only in PSX version).  In both versions, when playing Image Fight it appears that the bullets move a little too fast (compared to the arcade version). On the PSX port, when playing Image Fight in TATE mode (true Vertical mode by flipping your TV on its side, aka true Arcade screen mode) you'll sometimes get graphical glitches.

Funny thing because unlike R-Type where the menus look nice, Image Fight & X-Multiply's menus look really rushed. Of course when does having pretty menus mean anything (never)?  If you want to get Image Fight & X-Multiply it's going to cost you a good bit of money. The Saturn version goes for $70-$100 and it's more common than the PSX version (but the weird thing is that the PSX version is cheaper, around $60-$80).

The Saturn version was only released in Japan while the PSX version was released in both Japan and in Asian countries.



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
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