The Legend of Zelda Majora’s Mask Review - Nintendo 64 Game

Breath of The Wild is still fresh in gamers’ minds, and for good reason. Nintendo once again managed to revitalize one of their iconic characters and place them into an adventure that’s worthy of the hall of fame. But this isn’t the first time that Nintendo managed to create a unique adventure out of the Legend of Zelda series by transforming the game completely in certain aspects, but still sticking to the heart of what makes Link and his adventures great. Exactly two decades ago, Nintendo managed to do the same with Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask. Nearly six years had passed since one of Link’s greatest adventures A Link To The Past – hit shelves. And when The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time finally brought the world of Hyrule into glorious 3D, it was a smashing success. Expectations were high for the follow-up, which was rumored to have a whole new...

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Super Mario Bros 3 Nintendo NES Review

In the pantheon of game franchises, there are very few single entries that can lay claim to bringing sweeping, long-lasting changes to the franchise. In a storied franchise such as Mario, this feat is even more impressive. Which is why Super Mario Bros 3 is a classic retro game that has stood the test of time and brought to the series mechanics and changes that we are still feeling the echoes of over two decades later. Super Mario Bros 3 on the Nintendo NES, truly changed the complete formula for the Mario series, and influenced every 2D platform entry in the series after it. Released in 1990 for the NES, Super Mario Bros 3 was an absolute smash-hit. Gamers loved the new overworld map, the wide variety of suits Mario could now use, item storage and even the Koopa Kids first made their appearance in this game. With more than 18...

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Disney's Aladdin Super Nintendo Review - SNES

Movies and licensed video-games usually go together, about as well as oil and water. Fortunately, 90s video games and Disney had a strong relationship. A lot of games during the 90s had not only served as passable entries for fans of the movies, but were great games in their own right. Lion King, Rescue Rangers, Duck Tales and Aladdin are all fun, enjoyable experiences. A lot of people who were growing up with these games have an understandable nostalgia for them, given how bad licensed video-games have gotten lately. Following the 1992 movie's success, Aladdin for the SNES was released in 1993 by Capcom. But it wasn't the only Disney's Aladdin game around at the time. As a matter of fact, it was one of three separate titles, all of which were being developed by different studios.  The Gameplay: The only 'weapons' at your disposal are apples, which you can throw...

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Street Fighter II The World Warrior Review - Super Nintendo

There are lots of good video games. There are fewer great retro video games. But only a select handful of retro video games qualify to hold the titles ‘Pioneer’, ‘Groundbreaking’ or ‘Legendary’. The first version of the game came out in 1991 for arcades, and the world has never been the same since.  A year after the colossal success of World Warrior, Nintendo jumped on the bandwagon and brought Ryu and gang to the SNES. It’s fair to say that Capcom as it stands today was built on the foundation that Street Fighter II provided. While the franchise has had a few misses since then, the original is still a fantastic game and will continue to be so for the foreseeable future. It’s nearly impossible to have been around gaming and not know about the Street Fighter series. If you are one of the select few who haven’t been introduced to its awesomeness,...

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Sword Master Review - Nintendo NES - The Old School Game Vault

The title of the game "Sword Master" to me sounds a lot like a classic dungeon crawling RPG. Surprising, it is not; the game is centered around on your sword welding character. Sword Master is your typical side-scroller action adventure game. The goal of the game is to fight through various levels, trying to defeat the evil wizard and demon. The GamePlay of Sword Master: Your character walks through the various levels, swinging his sword at anything that comes in his way.   As you proceed through a level, you’ll come across a mid-level boss every couple of screens. None of the mid-level bosses are too difficult to defeat, but some can take longer than others to defeat. Most of the mid-level bosses have the same abilities as you, a sword and a shield. These bosses can block your attacks, so figuring out their pattern of attack becomes crucial to easily defeating...

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Advance Wars Game Boy Advance Review, GBA

Advance Wars for the Game Boy Advance has an unusual release history. Originally intended as a Japanese exclusive because Nintendo didn’t think Westerners would be into turn-based strategy (TBS), this classic game eventually released first in North America…on September 10, 2001. Advance Wars Is as Accessible, Challenging, and Fun as Ever: In the aftermath of the next day’s terrorist attacks, European and Japanese releases were postponed. Advance Wars launched in Europe a few months later in January of ’02, but the game originally meant for Japanese only didn’t come out in Japan at all for another three years, first appearing in a compilation with Advance Wars 2 in November 2004. Advance Wars was part of a larger series already established in Japan known as Famicom Wars, Famicom being the Japanese name for the original Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). The overall, series which is now sometimes called Nintendo Wars includes 12 titles in...

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Fire Emblem Game Boy Advance Review - GBA

Fire Emblem for the Game Boy Advance has proven itself one of those rare games well able to stand the test of time. The graphics have been surpassed, of course, but Fire Emblem was never primarily about the graphics. Story and Gameplay that Build on Each Other Keep Fire Emblem Fun Fire Emblem is a fun turn-based strategy RPG set in a relatively typical fantasy world of magic and dragons, heroes and villains. The turn-based gameplay is relatively easy for a fan of the genre to pick up – different terrain types affect movement and defensibility, there is a paper-rock-scissors-like triangle that determines which weapon and magic types do well or poorly against other weapons and magic, and your party is made up of easily understood fantasy classes. Weapons (and spell books) degrade over time and must be replaced, which makes cost management and judicious use of irreplaceable powerful weapons/spells an...

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Gun Nac Nintendo NES Review - Flying by the Seat of our Pants

Nintendo NES Gun Nac: “Gun Nac”, which seems like a hybrid of Blazing Lazers for the turbografx 16. If you’re into old school top scrolling shooter’s this game is for you. Gun Nac is packed full of enemy sizzling weapons; to blast away anything that steps in your way. The Story: The idea of gun nac is much like that of gradius or other shooters of the same shmup genre. You go level by level and destroy anything that approaches you. There are a total of 7 levels to defeat, and a boss to defeat at the end of each level. The fun thing about the game is it has animals trying to kill you. You have crazed rabbits throwing huge carrots at you, not to mention a rabbit is an end boss. So you have that strange element of crazed animals, but the game really isn’t about that. The Gameplay: Your...

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Nintendo NES Review Super C - The Old School Game Vault

Super C is a throwback to the glory days – when men were men, and video games were punishingly, brutally difficult. Super C, the North American NES version of Super Contra, was released in 1990. It features the same muscle-toting, cigar smoking badass heroes that everyone loves. Your mission? To fight through incalculable numbers of alien hordes to save Earth. Just like Contra, Super C has you fighting through 8 levels of mayhem with all the weapons that you’ve grown used to. Featuring single-player and co-op action, this isn’t just another Contra game. Well, let’s just say the story isn’t going to win any writing awards. Honestly, it really doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things because when an incredibly ugly alien monster is staring you in the face, it doesn’t matter how this situation came to be. What matters is that you have a gun in your hand, and you must...

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BurgerTime - A simple Concept with Addicting Game Play

The Intro: I certainly remember playing BurgerTime in the arcade at maid rite back when I was younger. The concept behind burgertime is rather silly, but it’s a simple concept that works. The game is about building burgers, and avoiding the monsters along the way, and your character is a chef. This game was released in the early 80s for arcade, and you can find copies of the game on Atari 2600 and the Intellivision video game consoles well before the Nintendo NES release. The Story: Burgertime is like a puzzle or a simple maze game; you need to run over all the layers of the burger. Generally, it works best to make your way to the top of the level and run over all the layers of the burger making your way down through the maze. The whole time you are trying to run over the layers of the burger, there...

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Ikari Warriors Nintendo NES Review - The Old School Game Vault

Ikari Warriors was certainly a game, that when it came out, it was labeled truly impressive. The two-player mode allowed for hours of fun for you and a friend. I know as; my friends and I spent hours playing this game in the early 90s. As, like most NES games I played when I was a kid, I still have in my library today. Unfortunately, Ikari Warriors will be one of those games that I remove from my childhood library. Ikari Warriors seems just like any other Vietnam War/shooter game to me.  It was apparently inspired by the Rambo films of the early 80s. This is a top moving scrolling shooter, with poor controls, and not the best of graphics to stand the test of time. The object is to rescue your trapped friends and allies along the battle lines. Game Play: You have the option to play the game as...

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Power Stone Intense Fighting, mixed with 3D Arcade Graphics

The Story: People are superstitious and adventurous while on a search for fortune and glory. They are searching for a legendary treasure that makes dreams come true, that legend is the power stone. Power Stone is not your prototypical two-player fighter for the sega dreamcast. Which has been classified as an 3D arcade style arena fighter, with a variety of different characters to choose from. Each character possess his or her own set of fighting styles, but what sets this game apart is the intense fighting action. Power Stone features non-stop, flipping, flying, and kick butt fighting action perfect for any gamer! The Game Play: Once the battle starts, you have the option to strategically kick your opponent’s ass, or you can avoid attacks and counter with a plethora of additional weapons. You can throw tables, chairs, trunks, really anything you can get your hands on will aid in defeating your...

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Shin Megami Tensei Devil Survivor Review - Nintendo DS

No, it’s not some Japanese reality show; Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor (hereafter referred to as SMT: DS for love of convenience) is a great addition to Atlus’s Shin Megami Tensei family of RPGs. Which we have written about how fun Persona games can be, especially if you have not played any before.  So let's begin our review of the Devil Survivor True to the legacy of its kin, however, it features myriad demons that have been lovingly adopted from cultures and mythologies the world over. Ah, demons. Bridging cultural gaps and bringing the world together since time immemorial. The Story: Such a rich ensemble of demons deserves an interesting setting to back it up. Fortunately, SMT: DS definitely delivers on that front. The story is a clash between the amenities and culture of modern-day Tokyo and the timeless struggle between gods, demons, and those eternal in-betweeners, humans. Mythological mayhem abounds...

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Star Wars Episode I Battle For Naboo N64 Review

Listen, we all know it, and it’s been discussed a million times already – the Star Wars prequels aren’t exactly cinematic gold. You hear me Jar Jar? Nobody likes you Jar Jar! Luckily, the same fate didn’t befall all the video-game tie-ins for the Star Wars prequels. Several of them were quite entertaining, in. The last Star Wars game for the N64, Battle for Naboo, is one of the games that brings the galaxy to life without drowning under the poor writing and directing choices that plagued the movies. Following in the footsteps of Rogue Squadron, Battle for Naboo Lets you play as Captain Kael and Lt. Sykes while you fight, fly and shoot your way over vast terrains and engage in various intense dogfights.  When Rogue Squadron first hit shelves, it was universally praised by gamers and critics alike. Unsurprisingly, developers Factor 5 and publisher LucasArts soon released a sequel.  Lt....

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Persona 4 Golden PlayStation Vita Review - The Old School Game Vault

party-based combat When a new handheld game system is released, its initial library of games is usually pretty thin. Sony's PS Vita was no exception. In 2012, the Vita came out in North America with a price tag of $299 and a selection of about two dozen titles, several of which were ports of older PS2 Console or PS3 games. Console-to-handheld ports are often hit-or-miss. Long loading times, pieces of story and features hacked off of the original, a degraded soundtrack - all of these are possibilities when a console game is ported onto a handheld. For that reason, some of these titles pass unnoticed. There is one PS2-to-Vita port that Vita owners shouldn't miss out on, however. Persona 4 Golden is an excellent remake of the extremely popular Atlus RPG Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4. Let's Go Dungeon Crawling with Party Based Combat - on the PS Vita Originally released...

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Playstation 4 Bloodborne Review: The Old School Game Vault

The executives at Sony have probably been breathing easier the past couple of weeks, because with Bloodborne, they finally have their first true system-seller for the PlayStation 4. This is the must-have game that The Order: 1886 failed so spectacularly to be. Despite both featuring beautifully rendered atmospheric Victorian-style settings, the two games are polar opposites. The Order was universally panned for being short, more of a movie than a game (and still having a ridiculous and poorly executed story), and dully conventional (PS2-like, even) in its gameplay. Take note, game developers. If you’re ALL about the story, 1) that story better be good and 2) you’re probably better off making a short game. Bloodborne, on the other hand, Indulges only rarely in cutscenes and tells most of its story through environment (and in-menu item descriptions). There’s kind of a story there, but it emerges mostly in hints and impressions and...

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Shovel Knight 3DS Review - The Old School Game Vault

What’s bad about being old-fashioned? It certainly isn’t the same as being nostalgic. There’s a reason why a lot of gamers still enjoy old-school games. It isn’t purely because they have a special connection to them since they grew up with these games, either. Some might balk at the idea of old-school games in an age where graphics and technology have progressed so much, but there’s one phenomenon that defeats their argument – mobile games. The success of simple, concept based games like Doodle Jump and Candy Crush, games that could easily have been part of the older era, proves that games work primarily because of one reason – fun. Good ideas, old or new, persist because they are based on sound principles. Shovel Knight is another game that takes a few time-tested principles of gaming – the importance of positioning in combat, the reflex-based counter-attacks and stages filled with branching...

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F-Zero Game Review For Super Nintendo Console

Welcome to the future. In this world, humanity has apparently run out of things to entertain themselves. The mega-rich have been upping the ante steadily to the point where only one thing can really get their adrenaline racing again – racing extreme machines that hover several feet above the ground. F-Zero is an entertaining racer set in a futuristic universe (that frankly sounds awesome). As one of the original launch titles for the SNES A lot was expected from F-Zero. The game's title refers to a racing circuit called F-Zero, which is created and maintained by the extreme-ultra-rich intergalactic traders. These fine folk made their fortune during the time humanity expanded into other areas of the cosmos. Things get fast and furious quickly. F-Zero has races on tracks which are suspended 300 feet in the air by the use of antigravity rails. And the cars? Well the cars themselves are fitted with...

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Saints Row The Third Review - The Old School Game Vault

The Intro:

The Saints Row series has always been about being absolutely crazy. Starting from humble beginnings as “just another Grant Theft Auto Clone”, the first Saints Row was released on the Xbox 360 back in 2006.

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The Last of Us Review - The Old School Game Vault

Troy Baker, the actor who plays Joel in The Last of Us, has been widely quoted on his character’s departure from video game tradition as to say, “He’s not a hero, he’s not a badass,” nor “a strong archetypal character. . . . I really think it’s going to turn the model of the hero on its ass. Naughty Dog’s post-apocalyptic survival drama makes good on that promise, and in the process teaches us something about what we’ve come to expect from the characters we play in video games. The Last of Us Gives You Control of a New Kind of Protagonist—and You May Not Like It Joel in The Last of Us represents a less-travelled region of morally complicated protagonists. Joel’s decisions are brutal and goal-oriented, and from the beginning, the game denies players any indication that Joel is making them for the “right” reasons (though it doesn’t make this...

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