Zombies Ate My Neighbors! 

It’s been a hot minute since my last video game collection post. I recently started writing for another website, and have been trying to decorate my house.
I’m not looking forward to painting my bedroom.

Anyway, I’m taking a minute to breathe, and talking about some video games.

Today we picked up the new 2DS! This is number 4 in the DS collection. But someone just HAD to have it.

As I was waiting on Dill, I found some amiibos, and picked up The Guardian Amiibo. Which is badass, and so excited to have in my collection. And I never want to open it. I’ll cry when I do.

Anyway.

So, the game I’m spotlighting is Zombies Ate My Neighbors. A lovable arcade game that came out on the Super Nintendo. I didn’t play this as a kid. I saw it in a cheat-code book once, and thought the title was amazing. I was always curious about it, but only ran across it for the first time aeveral years later.

It was one of the first games I bought for my collection. I was so excited to play it. The cover of the game is perfection.

The aesthetic of the game is the best. The characters you can play as scream pop culture. Yes, it’s a co-op game, and it’s one of the best one on the SNES.

The concept is pretty simple. You have to rescue a certain number of people in order to move on the next stage. You are equipped with a water gun to blast away zombies. You run into other obstacles such as flying books, and different types of enemies.

Including a giant baby. A giant baby.

This is nightmare inducing to me. I hate kids, and a giant baby would make me piss myself.

This game is very challenging; get used to repeating levels over and over again. You never know what you will run into with each level, so you have to adapt in order to overcome the challenge. Like chainsaw weilding Jason look alikes that chase you through a hedge maze. Only certain weapons will defeat this enemy, and your primary weapon won’t do the trick. There are a variety of weapons you can pick up, and health packs along the way. So, the game is a little forgiving.

Zombies Ate My Neighbors is a must have for a SNES lover. It’s a fun game full of wonderful design, solid gameplay, and has great co-op. Just be prepared to die several times before beating the game. There are over 50 levels, so good luck.
-E.

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My SNES Classic Surprise!

A couple of weeks ago, I won a giveaway. I’m never this lucky. I didn’t believe at first.

 Shout out to Retro Tony for the giveaway! Check him out on YouTube!

I won an SNES (Super Nintendo) classic.

like holy shit.

I wasn’t planning on buying one, or rather attempt to buy one. I love the SNES. It wasn’t technically my first console; the NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) was. But I fell in love with Zelda: A Link To The Past. It is my favorite game of all  time. I know that’s not very original, but it absolutely memorized me.

The SNES Classic does have a game I haven’t played which is Star Fox 2. It was an unreleased game until now. Nintendo decided to not release it with the Nintendo 64 coming out in just a few months. They were afraid Star Fox 2 wouldn’t sell well. The game has been floating around the internet for  some time. It was a mostly finished game, but nothing was officially released until now.

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Mini Star Fox 2 Review!

I enjoy Star Fox 2 more than the first one. It doesn’t introduce new mechanics, but builds on existing ones from the previous game. You have more mobility on the over world map. You are able to move your ship freely wherever you like, but time does lapse while you do it. For example, There are rockets heading towards Corneria, whenever you move, they move as well. You have to use a bit of strategy when navigating through this part of the game.

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Another cool feature is that you pick two characters to play as. You don’t have to play as default Star Fox. You can pick from different characters from the game such as Falco. There are two new characters, Miyu and Fay, you can play as well.

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The main game is the same as the original Star Fox. You have the traditional rail shooter levels, but you also have first person levels in space. The first person levels can be disorienting. Especially for me because I have motion sickness. The controls weren’t too bad though, but they weren’t polished.

Star Fox 2 is a fun game, especially if you like this series. It is challenging, but it’s not too hard of a learning curve. I enjoyed playing it, and I’m not much of a fan of the first one. It’s shame that you can only play it on the SNES Classic officially.

Thanks for checking out the blog guys!

I will be back with more video game goodness soon!

 

-E.

It’s Time For Animanics! 

I remember renting this game as a kid, and getting so pissed off every time I played it.

Seriously, this game is so damn hard.

But I want to reflect on this game because it is a piece of my childhood. Like many kids growing up in the 90s, I watched Animaniacs all the time. I still have my Wakko and Dot plushies from Six Flags.

After I had rented this game a couple of times, my parents bought the game for me. This is how I played the game:
 I play for a few minutes, get mad, ask my mom to beat the water/pirate level, play for a few more minutes, get mad, ask mom to beat another level, she can’t because she can only beat the water/pirate level supposedly, I cry, I turn the game off.

The execution of the game is what is so terrible. The platforming is far from polished. You can die easily from a small misstep or not knowing where to go or what to do. When you lose one of the characters, you have to go to the WB tower and rescue via a map you use in between stages.

Getting characters back is such a chore, and can be difficult all on it’s own. However there are a few things I find appealing. The level themes are fantastic.

Each level represents a different genre. For example, the Sci-Fi studio has creatures that resemble ‘face huggers’ from Alien. The graphics are great for the era, and it looks like a fun game.

But it’s not. It’s brutal.

I have such a love/hate relationship with this game. This game was stolen from me when I was a kid, and I mourned over it. I finally found a copy for cheap years later. I was so excited, but I learned that nostalgia can be a harsh mistress.

If you like punishment, I recommend this game.

If you like fun, just watch the show.
-E.

Blue or Red Pill? (Enter The Matrix)

I absolutely LOVE The Matrix. I remember when it first came out in 1999. Everyone was talking about it. And every idiot I came into contact with said it was the most confusing movie they ever seen.

So, my 8 year old self prepared mentally. My parents rented it, and let us watch it (because violence is okay, but sex isn’t).

I fell in love with it. And I went to school telling people how stupid they were for not understanding it.

Yes, I was that kid with no filter.

I received Enter The Matrix as a Christmas present on the PS2. This was one of my favorite games from my childhood. I played it so much, I could only play Niobe’s campaign. That’s how scratched up my game disc was.

The cut scenes in the game was live-action that were filmed for the game. You can, also, play as Ghost or Niobe; which have different cut scenes for each campaign.

There was even a ‘hack mode’ for you to input cheat codes.

Mind you, this game isn’t great. I picked it back up on GameCube for 5 dollars. I tried playing through it, and the experience was so different from when I was a kid.
But Goddamn, The Matrix was awesome.