Category Archives: Games

I want to play this game: Rising Zan, The Samurai Gunman

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Mr Random Dave showed me this crazy overlooked PlayStation action game called, Rising Zan The Samurai Gunman; and my word, I seriously need to try this game out!

After finding the intro of the game on YouTube, I really wanted to play this game so much! A Wild-west gunman who travels to Japan to become a Samurai and returns to save his town is a great plot, but what makes this better is how silly, over the top and how it never takes itself seriously, ever! Continue reading

Whatcha playing Ian? Dragon Quest V

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There’s one game series that I’ve always wanted to get into and love, but fail in doing so; that series is Dragon Quest. It’s not that the games are bad or anything, it’s more to do with me picking the game up, playing it for an hour, and then move on to something else where the game just gets abandoned. I known a fair number of these Dragon Quest games, 1 and 2 on my Android phone, 4 and 5 on the DS, 8 on the PS2, and 9 on the DS. However each of these games have not seen a lot of love from me, which is crazy considering that the Dragon Quest games are the biggest RPG franchise in Japan. I’ve really struggled to understand what makes the Dragon Quest games amazing until a set of fortunate events happened.

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Whilst listening to the Retronauts latest podcast, where they talk about the DS, Kat Bailey was gushing over the DS version of Dragon Quest V. She explained that it was the first Dragon Quest game she played, and her favourite game in the series. So I thought to myself, maybe I should actually play this game seeing as I have it. I booted it up, noticed that I only played about an hour and fifteen minutes of it before I abandoned it. So I plucked up the courage to play this game, and I’m finally in! Continue reading

What you should play: Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan!

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In 2005, Japan was treated to an awesome game that got so popular in the import scene that Nintendo took notice of it. That game was Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan! Push! Hot Blooded! Cheer Team. This is a rhythm game based on Japanese cheer leading, which is done by males rather than females. Ouendan is typically performed at school sports events, but it is sometimes performed by request by those who are in need of encouragement and motivation.

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Retro Game Stalking In Japan Part One: Den Den Town

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Japan is often referred to as the ultimate Mecca for video game fans. For years now people from all over the world have made the trip in search of retro gaming gold. Recently I decided to head back to Japan and see what I could find. There are two places in Japan where you can find the bulk of retro gaming paraphernalia; the very famous Akhihabara in Tokyo and Den Den town in Osaka.

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First up I hit Den Den town aka Niponbashi. Den Den town is an area the size of several city blocks filled with nothing but store after store catering for the Otaku (nerd). One of my favorite shops to hit up is called A-Too Recycle Media shop. In here you will find games from the MSX computer to the Sony Play Station. Mostly what I like about the shop is that their prices are quite affordable. This is the place where I have found such greats as a cheap copy of Holy Diver, several of the Namcot numbered series, a boxed original Famicom, the Negcon controller and tons of great and unique Famicom carts. In the corner of the shop at the back they have a bargain bucket where you can always find something unique. For example this time out I found a couple of Super Gameboy controllers for the SNES. Continue reading

Whatcha’ Playing Ian? (24/March/2014)

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Recently I’ve been hooked to a “Free-to-Play” game called Hawken. It is quite similar to a game that recently came out called Titan Fall, where you pilot a mech and fight off an opposing army. But as Titan Fall is full price game that can cost up to £45; you can install Hawken for free on Steam.


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There I am, playing this on Twitch TV when I just about started playing the game for a few days. I’ve gotten a bit better since then. Continue reading

The wonder of Vib Ribbon

As I said in a previous thread, the way I got into Sony PlayStation after my decade long Nintendo fan boy-ism was through Dance Dance Revolution. But that wasn’t the only thing that kept me playing the PlayStation. It was mainly the Rhythm game genre that got me into the PS1. As much as I wanted to stay faithful to the Big N, Nintendo didn’t have any rhythm games, yet. Even though I got into DDR first, I would eventually work my way through playing other rhythm games such as Beat Mania and the NaNaOnSha games. NaNaOnSha were the guys behind Parappa the Rapper, the first big hit in the Rhythm genre. Then came a sequel called Um Jammer Lammy. Then came an obscure game that didn’t get a release in the US, Vib Ribbon… Continue reading

Whatcha’ Playing Ian? (5/March/2014)

I haven’t posted a blog for a while, so I better do that now! Over the last few weeks (of not blogging), I’ve been playing quite a few games.

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Ikaruga came out on Steam a week before my birthday, which was the 22nd of February. This was a game I have been waiting for on Steam, and it magically appeared without Treasure announcing a release date for it. All I know was that Treasure did delay this a little bit due to a problem where Treasure’s staff are Japanese and they couldn’t read the Terms and Conditions that valve gave them to publish their game on Steam. Continue reading

Perfect Red Update: 17/Dec/2013

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New version time, again!

New Features

  • Explosions! “Red” Explosions…
  • “Miss” indicators appear when you miss a shot or let an enemy go past you.
  • Big enemies now die “definitely” after 3 shots. No more dodgy 2-4 shots to kill big enemies!
  •  Mouse control support*. It’s a bit “crappy” as shooting with left click isn’t as responsive as a keyboard key or joystick button.

    *It’s not shown on screen, but to use Mouse control press the M key to use mouse control. The movement is better, but the shooting isn’t…

Download

Right Click and Save as to download the new version, previous version not required.

Perfect Red Update: 9/Dec/2013

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New version time!

New Features

  • Joystick Support
  • Big enemies require multiple shots to kill
  • Pretty background…

Download

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I made a game!

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Sorry for not posting as much as I should, the good old mix of being mega busy at work, and procrastinating when I’m not working. However Humble Bundle had a Weekly Bundle where Multimedia Fusion was included with a set of games. For those who don’t know what Multimedia Fusion is, it’s an evolution of a piece of software called Klik and Play, a game maker release in 1994 for Windows 3.1 and Mac, a game maker that I understood. Other game makers such as DarkBASIC, YoYo Game Maker (that was free for a limited time) and many others I simply couldn’t get to grasp, but the experience I had on Klik and Play on my old Mac where I made a set of basic games on it, I had to snatch this up, not because it’s basically an Updated version of Klik and Play, but I had an idea for a shooting game! Continue reading