The last of the trio of test podcasts. After today, the schedule resumes as normal. On the show, I go over game sales, new releases, how I brought back the Expos and turned them into a powerhouse, and talk about two classic games for older Sony hardware.
Continue reading for sales figures from the week of July 19th and other stuff (all sales figures come from www.vgchartz.com)
Due to a near perfect storm of events, I wasn’t able to post the podcast on time despite it being finished for the last two days. It’s a pretty good podcast where Chris and I discuss the site’s top games of 2012. We also go on many tangents and go off topic quite a bit. Plus the usual bits about game sales and upcoming releases.
With all that’s been going on behind the scenes with me, the Video Game Newsletter will only resume publishing this coming Sunday or Monday. I apologize for any inconvenience but it’s been crazy hectic for me the last couple of days.
Continue reading for sales figures from the week of December 29th and other stuff (all sales figures come from www.vgchartz.com)
Another year in the books and another top ten list for games. It’s been a bit of a weird year: two system launches, multiple game delays, and nothing groundbreaking. Still, it’s not like there weren’t any great games in 2012; this list doesn’t have contain any mediocrity. Considering that a number of titles on this list were smaller releases, maybe there are a few here that you haven’t played. This isn’t an isolated opinion; many other media outlets had a number of, if not a majority of the titles on their top games list, made by companies that are not household names. It’s a bit weird that many of the best titles of the year came from obscure place but, then again, 2012 was a pretty bizarre year in gaming. (more…)
Video Game Review Decimation X Xbox 360 (Xbox Live Indie Games) 2010 Developed by: Xona Games Published by: Xona Games
Space Invaders clones are a dime-a-dozen in the gaming sphere although they’re less prevalent in today’s age than during the golden age of the arcades. To simply dismiss Xona Games’s Decimation X as a clone of one of the originators of the shoot-em-up genre is selling the game short. That being said, it’s not much different from Space Invaders. The graphics are not much better and the action is very similar (think of the original game but as if it were on steroids). Decimation X is a pretty good game at a great price that will easily suck away much of your spare time.
Video Game Review Centipede Arcade 1980 Developer: Atari Publisher: Atari
During the golden age of the arcades, you couldn’t throw a stone in an arcade and not hit at least a dozen shoot-em-up games. Centipede was one of the top games of its generation and still holds up reasonably well despite not being all that flashy. For those who like classic arcade action, Centipede is a solid bet. However, for those who have grown up with games that have things like a background and a decent soundtrack, it might be a bit problematic.
Video Game Review Space Invaders Arcade 1978 Developed by: Taito Published by: Midway (North America)
It’s hard to evaluate a game that was published in 1978 by today’s standards (and it will probably be even more so for people in the future). When Space Invaders came out, it was seen as a revolutionary game that dominated the video game industry. It was so popular yet so simple a game that when the sequel came out a year later, the only thing Taito/Midway did was include colour; and that was more a trick than actual software/hardware engineering as they simply put colour filters over certain parts of the screen. Still, playing Space Invaders today is still quite a bit of fun. Graphically and technically it has been surpassed by modern games but, due to a strong foundation, it is still provides for a good time.
Video Game Review Adventure Island Nintendo Entertainment System 1988 Developed by: Escape/Hudson Soft Published by: Hudson Soft
Despite Super Mario Bros. creating a renaissance for games after the Video Game Crash of 1983, it made it almost impossible for good platformers to get their moment in the sun. Why play anything else when there’s Super Mario Bros. available. While Hudson’s Adventure Island isn’t anywhere as good as Mario’s first platformer, it still provides as decent experience in the genre. It does have a few problems such as its difficulty level, the weird continue system, and it’s uninspiring level design. Still, the quest of Master Higgins still provides from some decent platforming entertainment that is good for those who like this type of game to give a try.