8: Best Soundtrack?
This was a tough question for me because there are many games I think have amazing music.
However, for consistency, I’ve gone with Super Hang On. Sure, there are only four tunes to select from, but they are all amazing. I love their urgency – a motorcycle game needs songs that suit the speed of the action and Sega have nailed it here
I will say though – the Mega Drive version’s soundtrack is a bit too soft and piano based for me; I was raised on the Atari ST’s grungy blast of noise. You can’t go wrong either way though…
Day 4: Your guilty pleasure game?
This was a tough question for me – I don’t really have a ‘guilty pleasure’ game. I’ll happily play most games and quite enjoy naff games.
However, thinking about it, there is a terrible game I’ve loved over the years and I would probably still play, if I had the means.
When I was a kid with a Master System, I was obsessed with fighting games and wanted to get Alien Storm. The Alien Storm I wanted was the arcade game, with it’s big graphics, three characters and frantic action. The Alien Storm I got was the hopeless Master System port, with it’s tiny graphics, clunky gameplay and awful soundtrack. The Master System generally struggles with big Sega arcade ports and Alien Storm is a prime example.
However, back in those days, you made do. So I gritted my teeth, cracked my knuckles and gave Master System Alien Storm a go…and found myself enjoying it. I couldn’t beat Master System Alien Storm, but I had a good go, invested some decent time into it and had some good times with it. I’m actually quite conflicted about Master System Alien Storm – yes, it’s rubbish but it’s rubbish that entertained me back when I didn’t have many games. You know when you have that friend or family member who you think is an idiot, but will defend against any criticism from others outside your social circle/immediate family? Alien Storm on the Master System is my 8-bit equivalent.
I have the Mega Drive version of Alien Storm on Steam and I really like it but…I kinda miss the Master System version. To this game, I will still often hum the Master System’s pained rendition of the soundtrack (even with awful synth drums….duf duf duf duf duf!) and fondly remember playing a game that I have a real love/hate relationship with…
I don’t think the force is with me on this one….
Guilty Party – Retro Redress
Crime – Never playing Galaxy Force II
Redress – Spend an hour playing Galaxy Force II.
I’ve owned various Sega systems and compilations over the years and they all have one thing in common – I don’t play Galaxy Force on them. I’ve owned Galaxy Force II a few times, but I’ve never played it for more than five minutes.
Well, you know what that means? Like Columns and Space Harrier II, we need to dedicate an hour to Galaxy Force II. Let;s do this…
Continue reading “#20 – Galaxy Force II”
It’ll be Christmas soon….
Yeah, so I didn’t get another PS4 redress posted. Sue me…all I’ve got is a couple of cats who have decided that my PS4 is a good place to try and sleep….
I’m kidding really. I adore my cats and the reason I didn’t get another PS4 redress posted was because I spent my blogging time playing football with them. They won….
October is an odd month for me, as I’m off to Las Vegas for a week on the 9th. So rather than try and work around another theme or try and rush posts out (ala Until Dawn. Good game, but it completely messed up my sleep pattern. I blame Mike), I’m going to use October to catch up on all the games that fell through the cracks during my Sega Holiday (due to lack of internet) and Sony September (due to illness/tiredness/settling cats in).
So, please join me for a month of PS4 and Mega Drive leftovers…like last night’s tea heated up the next day – still tasty and familiar. Plus, there will be some Well-Red Mage reviews too….
Thunder (Blade) in paradise?
Guilty Party – Retro Redress
Crime – not completing the Sega Ultimate Genesis Collection’s challenge for Super Thunder Blade
Redress – Go back and complete the challenge
As with Flicky a few days ago, today’s redress is for a game that I had on the Sega Ultimate Genesis Collection and couldn’t beat the challenge for. The challenge for Super Thunder Blade was called ‘Get To The Chopper’ and the aim was to get over 1,000,000 points on Stage 1. I remember trying the challenge repeatedly and failing…not sure why I was trying to complete it to be honest, the reward was the arcade version of Space Harrier. Having played Space Harrier II for an hour, I can’t say I’d be too thrilled with that ‘reward’. Still, I failed a challenge and feel like I should try it again, for my own peace of mind at least…
Continue reading “#17 – Super Thunder Blade”
In space (harrier), no one can hear you scream…
Guilty Party – Retro Redress
Crime – being unable to play Space Harrier II for more than five minutes
Redress – dedicate an hour to playing Space Harrier II
After my attempt to defend one of my favourite retro games , the next stop on my Sega holiday is to play a game that I’ve only ever really dabbled with, despite owning various versions of it over the years.
Space Harrier is a game that I…just don’t get. I first encountered the original Space Harrier on the Atari ST nearly thirty years ago. At the age of five, Space Harrier was little more than a novelty to me – running into the screen and shooting strange creatures was a new experience for me, but after the game over screen, I just moved on to a different game. That’s never changed either – my attempts to play Space Harrier usually end after a few minutes and I move on to the next game.
A few months ago, I addressed another game I had this problem with.. I decided to dedicate an hour to playing Columns so I could say I had given it a fair chance. I enjoyed my hour with Columns and thought maybe Space Harrier II would benefit from the same treatment. So…am I ready to go to the Fantasy Zone…for an hour?
Continue reading “#16 – Space Harrier II”