What is Neo Contra? It's absurd. It's old. It's brief. It's unforgiving. And in some ways it's compelling... OK, so is it actually good? That depends more than usual on your own attitude to games, but you don't have to be some faded geek in rose tinted glasses to enjoy it. At least, not once you've found how to change the difficulty to 'easy'. Contra was an (apparently) popular top-down scrolling shooter in the oldest of old-school styles, though it mixed directions to create a feeling of 3D.
People primarily know SNK for two things - their massive library of excellent 2D fighting games, and the hardware that powered many of these titles, the venerable Neo-Geo arcade/home system. Its rather surprising that it took them this long to hop on the happy nostalgia bandwagon and create - what else? - a fighting game celebrating the storied history of the hardware that made them famous. Even though its far from perfect, this console celebration is a good deal of fun.
NeoGeo Battle Coliseum
There's no time to worry about rules when you've got half a ton of defensive lineman lumbering towards you, intent on crushing the last breath from your body just to stop you carrying a pointy ball over a painted line. So NFL Street is the American football game that tears up the majority of the rulebook and gives you a licence to run like hell. Or hit them before they hit you.Vastly simplified as this take on the sport may be, there's no disguising the fact that American football is a slow,
If 'roids, rules, refs and paychecks weren't an issue, professional football matches might look a little something like NFL Street 3. The latest game in the franchise once again lets you play as beefed-up cartoon versions of pro footballers knocking heads in 7-on-7 helmet-less matches set in the back streets, lots, alleys and hangars across the US. It looks and plays a bit too much like the roughly two year-old NFL Street 2, but it still hits
Wed almost forgotten about Tim Burtons beautifully dark, animated kook-fest. In fact, its been such a long time, we were thinking this would be a festive stress management sim where the wrapping paper keeps tearing and Argos stops selling batteries. But the game brought it all flooding back: unhinged characters, spookily twisted environments and a tendency for breaking out into foot-tapping song. On the surface, its a great use of the
Never heard of Nights? It’s the game that came out on Sega Saturn in 1996, in which you, as a purple jester - the titular Nights - played through two children’s vivid dreams of flight and aerial acrobatics. In tow, you had the kids themselves - Elliot and Claris - and you had to fly through all manner of dreamscapes. The game concept and style of play set Nights apart as something different 12 years ago, but it’s a testament to the strength of the original recipe.
The best word to describe Nightshade is 'traditional', with 12 levels containing monsters to kill and scaffolding to negotiate, each culminating in a boss denouement. While 'traditional' need not be a dirty word, it's a shame that Sega also dredged up some design features that were perhaps best left in the Mega Drive era. It's not the boss battles - some of which can take upwards of 15 attempts to complete - that particularly infuriate, it's the instant deaths from falling that make Nightshade
Holy crap, this is the TWELFTH Nobunaga's Ambition, and yet not a whole lot has really changed since the old NES days. Whether that's a good or bad thing depends on how much you fervently love the series. And with a series as focused on a specific audience as this is, you either maniacally tent your fingers at the prospect of another entry, or their brain wanders away at “Nobu-”
Before we go any further into this review, please answer the following questions: Do you enjoy unit- and micromanagement-heavy, PC-style realtime strategy games? Would you prefer a realistic, historical setting over the usual sci-fi and fantasy establishments common to the genre? Do you get excited at the thought of sifting through hundreds of non-English terms, place names, and character names? If you answered “no” to any of the
If blood-drenched first-person shooters are gun porn, then NRA Gun Club is an after-school special. While its lineup of firearms runs to over 100 different pistols, shotguns, and rifles, it contents itself with presenting nothing more than the mundane realities of modern-day gun ownership.
The entirety of NRA Gun Club revolves around shooting target objects, whether they're traditional scoring sheets, clay pigeons, circular bits of metal, beer cans, bottles, or a dart board. The only course