Mini eRRRRRRviewz: Hee Haw

Metal Slug: 2nd Mission (SNK, 2000, NeoGeo Pocket Color)

It’s longer and more challenging than its predecessor but reuses the same engine without any real graphical/audio upgrades so it gets the same grade.  B+

Hydro Thunder (1999, arcade, Midway) *as part of PS2 title, ‘Midway Arcade Treasures’

I loved this game in the arcades and I love it at home.  One thing I love about this game is that, save for one course, the tracks don’t have laps – just one long, straight shot through.  There’s a lot of variety in courses and boats and the action is very arcadey.  Annoying rubber banding programming detracts a bit, though.  B+

Viewtiful Joe (Capcom, 2003, GameCube)

A great, very original game.  I initially hated the character designs and the overall style (“Henshin a go go!” *cringe*) but I got over it and really got into the actual gameplay.  Speed things up, slow things down – Joe has a lot of powers to master and fighting becomes really complex but natural.  I’m looking forward to playing the sequel some day.  A

Final Fantasy IV: The After Years (Square Enix, WiiWare, 2009) “MAIN STORY” ONLY

This game is being released episodically.  The initial, $8 download is called the ‘Main Story’ mode and credits even roll afterward, even though it’s only about 5-6 hours long.  It’s very much a sequel to FFIV, with all the same characters and crap but with nice changes to combat to keep things fresh.  There are 7 short chapters (probably 2 hours each) forthcoming, along with another big download to conclude everything.  Not sure if I’ll get them all because, dammit, the graphics and audio are straight out of 1993 and it seems overpriced.  We’ll see!  B

Mega Man (Capcom, 1987, NES)

Mega Man 2 (Capcom, 1988, NES)

Mega Man 3 (Capcom, 1990, NES)

Yes, I recently played through the first 3 Mega Man games.  I think I can see why there have been a million Mega Man games, as the action is really pretty addictive.  The first game establishes the action, the robot masters, Wily, all that crap.  MM2 expands everything and the levels reflect better planning and introduces some inventory to manage.  Finally, MM3 is even longer than MM2, and is much more challenging.  There’s definitely a lot of rehashing but each new release is definitely a worthy effort.  Soon I’ll see if the same is true for MM4, MM5 and MM6.  B, A, A

One response to “Mini eRRRRRRviewz: Hee Haw

  1. This game is being released episodically. The initial, $8 download is called the ‘Main Story’ mode and credits even roll afterward, even though it’s only about 5-6 hours long. It’s very much a sequel to FFIV, with all the same characters and crap but with nice changes to combat to keep things fresh. There are 7 short chapters (probably 2 hours each) forthcoming, along with another big download to conclude everything. Not sure if I’ll get them all because, dammit, the graphics and audio are straight out of 1993 and it seems overpriced. We’ll see! Thanks

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