Sunday, January 9, 2011

Crime Killer (PSX)

This was one I used to rent at Blockbuster, back when it was just $5 a week.
The cover promises for a pretty exciting game, and hey, look at the title!
However the game on the other hand...

Story: Your Dad gets killed in the line of duty as a cop, so instead of being scared of being a cop or something you as a kid become a cop yourself when you're old enough.
Thats about it, this being a driving game anything will do for a story.

Gameplay: Think Ridge Racer but in a sandbox environment, your super Spy Hunter-ish interceptor is equipped with lasers that almost always hit their target, if you're not turning as your Ferrari F40 interceptor\Police bike will turn into corners a bit too far sometimes (and could use new tires). You'll also acquire a pacifier weapon which are basically stun lasers but require continuous fire.

All of those hours listening to Ipods have taken their tole in this future as no matter how many times you activate your siren and lights traffic will not move out of your way, and you have to activate these so your Ferrari gets up to speed (I guess it de-activates some kinda speed limiter).

Don't even try shooting the traffic, they will only shoot back if you kill too many innocents and boy will it hurt. Hitting any traffic vehicle will bring you to a near dead stop so pushing is out of the question too, so is pitting, back-up, roadblocks, and spike-strips.

Music: Its okay, not much to say here.

Graphics: They're nice, but the car models are comparable to a game of Rush Hour (not the arcade game, the hand-held strategy game). Almost every things visible without too much pop-up so they do the job.

Multi-Player: Fun, but it gets old. Just pop in Twisted Metal.

This games worth skipping in all honesty, with games like Vigilante 8 and Twisted Metal out there this ones not worth buying.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Masked Rider (Sega CD) Review

Who here has played Guitar Hero or Dance Dance Revolution? Not me, I couldn't find a place to keep the custom controllers, and I'm no dancer.

But before we had those huge hits we had games like Masked Rider, a game where you hit the button that's displayed on your TV. Time it right and you score more points, wrong and you'll take a hit. At times you can decided what choices to make (think Deus Ex), though some are automatic deaths which cheap since sometimes they're unclear (As Hiroshi, a child) "Do I fight Doras? Surrender to Doras? or Resist?.

The graphics look like an old VHS tape recoded in SLP mode, however the FPS is acceptable. Oddly, the fighting bars and such are in much better quality.

The controls are thankfully responsive, though often you won't know what buttons coming so if you though platformers used a lot of trial and error, this ain't your game.

The story is... odd, and a bit confusing. The manual tells more then the game cut scenes which are odd if not scary. At one point depending on the choices you've made you'll fight a stop-motion spider lady that can shrink people down to its size, and it unshrinks them if its killed.

I cannot comment on the Japanese acting, however the dub (By Saban of Samurai Pizza Cats fame) is laughable with children that sound like 20 year olds, an inaudible villain, bad sync, and what I guess were original grunts left in.

The music is generally okay, the music during the credits should be an MP3.

The games certainly not bad, just different. But once you've played it through 3 times there is nothing else to see. Though, it does keep score.