Total Overdose Retro Review: Irreverent Machismo That Puts Fun At The Forefront

Title: Total Overdose: A Gunslinger’s Tale In Mexico
Genre: Third-Person Shooter
Platform(s): OG Xbox, PS2, PC
Developer: Deadline Games
Publisher: SCi Games
Release Date: September 16th, 2005

Deadline Games and SCi Games’ 2005 third-person shooter, Total Overdose: A Gunslinger’s Tale In Mexico is one of those hidden gems from sixth gen that came out during a time where anything third-person or open-world related was likely overshadowed by all the other GTA-style clones that flooded consoles during that time. However, despite its simplistic nature, dated graphics, and unrefined execution of some fun-filled concepts, Total Overdose was definitely a game of its era and well worth a playthrough if you’re looking for a machismo-filled shooter that puts fun at the forefront of the experience. Continue reading “Total Overdose Retro Review: Irreverent Machismo That Puts Fun At The Forefront”

Fight’N Rage Review: What Streets Of Rage 4 Should Have Been

Title: Fight’N Rage
Genre: Beat’em-up
Players: 1 – 3
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch, PC (Reviewed)
Developer: SebaGamesDev, BlitWorks
Release Date: September 19th, 2017

I like some of what LizardCube, Guard Crush and DotEmu did with Streets of Rage 4. The art is mostly well done, and the basic fighting system can be generally enjoyable, with some decent’ish stages. But my biggest gripe with the game is that outside of the Streets of Rage 3 characters, none of the other default characters have the basic means to get out of the way, properly parry, or dodge attacks – with the exception of Cherry being able to run and Adam being able to do a light hop left or right. This creates quite the conundrum on the harder difficulty settings where you just can’t get out of the way in time or you have no way of defending yourself against incoming attacks. Continue reading “Fight’N Rage Review: What Streets Of Rage 4 Should Have Been”

Crysis Retro Review: The Most Technically Achieved FPS To Date

Crysis Retro Review

Title: Crysis
Genre: First-Person Shooter
Platforms: PC
Developer: Crytek
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Release Date: November 13th, 2007

It’s bizarre to me that a headline for a retro review of a 13-year-old game could contain a truth that has not been and will not be (for the foreseeable future) challenged nor rendered obsolete given the current state of gaming. And no, you didn’t read it wrong. Crysis, for better or for worse, is still the most technically achieved first-person shooter to date, and there isn’t a game in sight that seems intent on dethroning the king. It’s embarrassing how far the gaming industry has regressed since 2007, but that’s just how the dice fell. Continue reading “Crysis Retro Review: The Most Technically Achieved FPS To Date”

Front Mission Evolved Retro Review: Hot Chicks And Big Wanzers

Title: Front Mission Evolved
Players: 1 – 4 (online)
Genre: Third-Person Shooter
Platformers: Xbox 360, PS3, PC
Developer: Double Helix Games
Publisher: Square Enix
Release Date: Sept 16th, 2010

Since AAA publishers refuse to make games for real gamers and have resolved to filling their games with “modern” approach, many of us have had to resort to playing only games in our back catalog. One game that was well worth the journey into the seventh gen history books is Square Enix and Konami’s Front Mission Evolved, a third-person mech shooter for the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC, featuring hot chicks and plenty of big robots to boot. Continue reading “Front Mission Evolved Retro Review: Hot Chicks And Big Wanzers”

Army Of Two: The 40th Day Retro Review: A Manly Co-op Game From A Bygone Era

Army of Two 40th Day Review

Title: Army of Two: The 40th Day
Genre: Third-Person Shooter
Players: 1 – 2 (co-op online or split-screen)
Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3
Developer: EA Montreal
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Release Date: January 12th, 2010

They really don’t make ’em like this anymore. As some of you know I’ve gone back to playing and reviewing older games since almost every new AAA title is filled with pozzed degeneracy and Left-wing propaganda. Now while I don’t have a whole lot of good to say about Army of Two: The 40th Day, which is a sequel to the 2008 outing of Army of Two, I can readily say that it’s a testosterone-filled third-person shooter that sits at home as a decent (if not moderately entertaining) Gears of War clone that came out during the heyday of the brown-and-gray palette monopoly. Continue reading “Army Of Two: The 40th Day Retro Review: A Manly Co-op Game From A Bygone Era”

Captain America Super Soldier Retro Review: A Much Needed Hero For Gaming

Captain America Super Soldier Review

Title: Captain America: Super Soldier
Genre: Beat-’em-up
Platforms: Xbox 360, Wii, PS3 (Reviewed)
Developer Next Level Games
Publisher: Sega
Release Date: June 15th, 2011

As you know, newer games are all pozzed so I’ve been going through my back catalog to play some of the titles I missed from the yesteryears before Social Justice Warriors co-opted the entire media industry. One such game that caught my eye was Next Level Games’ tie-in to the live-action super hero flick, Captain America: First Avenger. Continue reading “Captain America Super Soldier Retro Review: A Much Needed Hero For Gaming”

Wreckfest Review: A Real Racing Game For Real Racing Fans

Wreckfest Review

Title: Wreckfest
Genre: Racing
Players: 1 – 24 (online)
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC (Reviewed)
Developer: Bugbear Entertainment
Publisher: THQ Nordic
Price: $39.99
Release Date: June 14th, 2018

Without wasting a lot of words, I can openly say that Bugbear Entertainmaint’s Wreckfest is well worth the purchase. You should buy it if you enjoy high-octane, physics-based racing simulators. The game does have some rough spots around the edges, such as the cursor tab sometimes not showing up when navigating the menus, or some of the menus failing to load properly, or some infrequent frame stuttering in a certain parts of the oval asphalt track where the infield comes into view. Continue reading “Wreckfest Review: A Real Racing Game For Real Racing Fans”

Hypercharge Unboxed Review: An Action Game For Boys Without An Agenda

Hypercharged Unboxed

Title: Hypercharge Unboxed
Players: 1 – 4 (split-screen, LAN and/or Online)
Genre: First-Person Shooter/Tower Defense
Platforms: PC, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One
Developer: Digital Cybercherries
Release Date: January 31st, 2020
Price: $19.99

Digital Cybercherries’ Hypercharge: Unboxed is one of the very rare releases in [current year] that is unapologetically designed for a specific audience: boys. There are no matriarchal messages in the game, no obnoxious female leaders barking orders at you over the intercom; no lesbians with half-shaven heads lecturing to you about toxic masculinity; no female soldiers yapping about equality, or rainbow-colored flags occupying the character customization options. Continue reading “Hypercharge Unboxed Review: An Action Game For Boys Without An Agenda”

7.62 Hard Life Retro Review: A Hard Knock Life

Title: 7.62 Hard-Life
Genre: SRPG
Platform(s): PC
Developer: HLA Team/Apeiron
Publisher: 1C Company
Release Date:2007/2015

1C Company, Apeiron and HLA Team’s 7.62 is a hard life indeed… but not in the good way. After spending nearly 165 hours with the game I can safely say right from the start that you’ll want to skip this one. Even if you’re desperately looking for a solid Jagged Alliance clone you won’t find it here with all the bugs, glitches, game crashes, and save corruptions you’ll have to fight your way through in order to get to the ending credits. Continue reading “7.62 Hard Life Retro Review: A Hard Knock Life”

State of Decay 2 Juggernaut Edition Review

Title: State of Decay 2: Juggernaut Edition
Genre: Third-Person Shooter
Players: 1 – 4
Platforms: Xbox One, PC (Reviewed)
Developer: Undead Labs
Publisher: Microsoft
Release Date: March 13th, 2020

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Prince Of Persia 2008 Retro Review: Bargain Bin Prince

Title: Prince of Persia (2008)
Players: 1
Genre: Platformer
Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC (Reviewed)
Developer: POP Team
Publisher: Ubisoft
Release Date: December 2nd, 2008 Continue reading “Prince Of Persia 2008 Retro Review: Bargain Bin Prince”

The Wheelman Retro Review: Vin Diesel’s Barcelona Playground

The Wheelman Review

Title: The Wheelman
Players: 1
Platforms: PC (Reviewed), PS3, Xbox 360
Developer: Tigon Studios
Publisher: Midway Games/Ubisoft
Release Date: March 24, 2009

Since developers continue to make woke pieces of crap in [current year] and publishers continue to fund woke pieces of crap, I’m continuing to dive into my back catalog of games and review titles that I actually found interesting, unique, overlooked, or just plain fun to play in my down time. One such game is the short-lived Tgon Studios’ exotic action-racer, The Wheelman, which starred Vin Diesel and his steel-grated voice. Continue reading “The Wheelman Retro Review: Vin Diesel’s Barcelona Playground”

Kane And Lynch Retro Review: Clumsy Nihilism

Kane and Lynch Review

Title: Kane & Lynch: Dead Men
Players: 1 – 2 (co-op) 2 – 8 (online)
Platforms: PC (Reviewed), PS3, Xbox 360
Developer: IO Interactive
Publisher: Eidos/Square Enix
Release Date: November 13th, 2007

Kane & Lynch: Dead Men is one of those games where the controversy surrounding the game was bigger than anything dealing with the game itself. Namely, Gerstmanngate, which involved Jeff Gerstmann getting fired from Gamespot because he gave the game an above-average 6 out of 10 during a time when Eidos was advertising on the website, which set the seeds as a proto-#GamerGate. Continue reading “Kane And Lynch Retro Review: Clumsy Nihilism”