26 – Best voice acting?
I’m not sure about ‘best voice acting’ but the voice acting I always remember is Max Payne’s.
Maybe there is more heartfelt, passionate voice acting in the world of video games but I will never forget the melodramatic, yet deadpan delivery of lines such as;
“They were all dead. The final gunshot was an exclamation mark to everything that had led to this point. I released my finger from the trigger. And then it was over. To make any kind of sense of it, I need to go back three years. Back to the night the pain started.”
“I don’t know about angels, but it’s fear that gives men wings.”
“He was trying to buy more sand for his hour glass. I wasn’t selling any.”
“Collecting evidence had gotten old a few hundred bullets back.”
To this day, if I need paracetamol I will take a breath and mumble “The pills would hold the pain back for a while.” That’s the deep impression Max Payne’s voice acting has made on me…
🎄 27 December 2017: Your help must have worked, because it’s now Christmas morning and presents are under the tree! There’s a fancy box with your name on it; which gaming-related item are you hoping is inside?
This was an easy one for me this. It would be easy to name some crazy retro system, but there is only one console I want…or at least, a type of console I want.
Yes, I’d love a new Nintendo 3DS. They look snazzy and cool, plus they can play SNES games. However, the main reason I want them is because they can take screenshots of Virtual Console games (I believe – please correct me in the comments if I’m wrong) which is crucial to my writing for Retro Redress and The Well-Red Mage.
I love my 3DS but the end of Wiiverse has stopped me playing on it as I can’t think of another way of taking pictures. It ended Nintendo November anyway – I was originally planning on playing Punch-Out! but the pictures I took on my mobile were so bad I knew I couldn’t use them.
So yup, all I want for Christmas is a 3DS that can take screenshots….
25 – A game you plan on playing?
I don’t like to give away what games I’m going to play for Retro Redress (I have a theory that people like to be surprised) but there is one game that I am definitely going to play next year, a wrong I definitely need to put right…
I’ve owned GTA III four times and never got off the first island. I first got it with my PS2 for my 18th, hammered it for two weeks then stopped playing it, never to return. I can’t explain why – I was enjoying GTA III, I reckon I must have got stuck.
Years later, I bought GTA III on my mobile phone. I was surprised it worked, walked around the streets for twenty minutes then stopped playing, never to return.
New Years Day 2016, I bought the GTA Trilogy in a sale and ignored it for a while. I finally fired up GTA III earlier this year and got stuck on the final mission on the first island. I then stopped playing GTA III never to return.
To be honest, the frame rate issues my laptop was struggling with kinda put me off too. So I purchased the GTA Trilogy again on my PS4 in the spring.
I have a list of games that Retro Redress was specifically set up for. Sure, there are lots of games that I need to play…but there is a list of games that HAVE to be played. GTA III is on that list and I intend to beat it next year…fourth time lucky I hope….
24 – Favourite Classic Game?
I had to think about this – I consider myself a retro gamer, but not a classic gamer, if that makes sense. What I mean is, I don’t really play ‘classic’ games like Space Invaders or Missile Command. For me gaming starts with the NES and Master System in the mid eighties.
Using that logic, there is only one real choice for me….
For me, Super Mario Bros is the a classic game and the first great ‘game’, as we know games today. Not just a hi-score challenge, but with a story and multiple levels with their own variations. Super Mario Bros kick started a franchise, a console and an obsession for many people.
Super Mario Bros passes a crucial test for me – it still holds up today. Sure, it’s been surpassed by it’s many sequels but how many games from 1985 hold up this well? I think it still plays as well as the first time I played it…which was nearly a decade after it first came out.
I’m not entirely sure that Super Mario Bros fits the description of ‘classic’ game as the question intended. It’s definitely a classic game in my eyes though – a simple yet brilliant game, expertly designed by Nintendo.
Oh and Merry Christmas!!! Hope it’s a good one!
23 – Game you think had the best art style
I’m going with a bit of an obscure one here, but I loved it’s art style and thought it was a pretty underrated game.
WET was a action game, similar to Max Payne and Stranglehold, where you played as Rubi Malone (voiced by Eliza Dushku) and basically gunned down as many people a possible. The aim was to be as stylish as possible, but I kinda slugged my way through it…especially the training levels.
I loved the art style though. It was a ‘grindhouse/Tarantino’ look, based around red and black, with latin influenced punk playing in the background.
I love the sections where Rubi gets covered in blood and the game changes to a red noir style massacre, where you have to kill as many people as possible as quickly as possible. They’re frantic stages and the art and music suit the action perfectly.
If you have a Xbox 360 or PS3, I’d recommend hunting down a copy of WET, it’s probably very cheap now and will entertain you for a week or two…
N.B – I’ve not forgotten how to count – I missed yesterday’s entry (‘Which gaming character would you kiss under the mistletoe’) as I couldn’t think of an answer for that.
🦌 24 December 2017: You’re woken from your drunken haze by another frantic call from Santa, who’s worried he’s not going to make all his deliveries in time. Which video game item or vehicle would you recommend for him?
This is an easy one for me – I’d just recommend the fastest vehicles in the gaming world!
When I bought F-Zero GX, I was amazed at the sheer speed of the game. I couldn’t play it for too long, otherwise I started to get headaches and feel a bit dizzy. No other game does that to me, so I was in awe of the sheer speed of F-Zero GX.
I’d love to play F-Zero GX again and am surprised Nintendo have never re-released it. I think it would have done well on the Wii U and I reckon the Switch could be a real home for it. I’m surprised that F-Zero GX was the last game in the franchise (to date) too – I think it is an IP that Nintendo could benefit from bringing back.
So yeah…if Santa’s struggling to deliver all those presents, I’m sure Colonel Falcon and co could lent a hand…well, a super fast spaceship anyway…
22- A game’s sequel which disappointed you
I’m used to disappointment with games (right, Watchdogs 2?) but there is one incident I always think of when it comes to gaming disappointment…
Ah…Smackdown vs Raw. It’s actually not a bad game, but I remember one certain incident disappointing me and my friends.
See, back in the 00’s, we’d all play wrestling games, even the non fans. After a few weak games, the WWE series had picked up with the brilliant Here Comes The Pain. We all used to play it – it alternated with Pro Evo as our multi player game of choice.
So we were eager for the sequel. We got all, crowded round the portable TV in my friend’s house and dived into the Elimination Chamber. Things were going well, the game looked like an improvement on Here Comes The Pain…then it happened.
As our characters entered the chamber and moved around, the camera shot back, to what I remember being ridiculous lengths, making it near impossible to play the game. That right there, was the beginning of the end of WWE games with friends. Sure we played Smackdown vs Raw a bit more, but the magic had gone. Soon after, people moved on, both with games and life.
It was just me after that. Smackdown vs Raw 2007 was the last one I played for a few years. I had a awesome Great Muta CAW that I loved playing as, but the grapple system wasn’t much fun. I wouldn’t return until Smackdown vs Raw 2010, but that’s a story for another day…