Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Stubbs the Zombie: A Unique Undead Experience

Zombies aren't exactly a rarity in videogames.  These days you can hardly find a RPG or FPS that doesn't include zombie enemies at some point.  But how often do you actually get to play as a zombie as opposed to shooting one?  Not very often.  The Left 4 Dead games let you play as the super-powered Special Infected, but only for brief periods, and they technically aren't really zombies. 

There's one game that stands out, an action adventure game where you play as a zombie all the way through: Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

The Freaks of Twisted Metal Black: No-Face

When you think of vehicular combat, chances are the Twisted Metal series immediately comes to mind.  This brutal series of games has kept us entertained with its carnage since 1995, when it debuted on the Playstation 1.  Twisted Metal has always been extremely violent, but on the Playstation 1 these games were somewhat over-the-top thanks to its cast of characters.  Examples include Mr. Grimm, a motorcycle-riding Grimm Reaper, and the characters Dave and Mike, two lowlifes with 1980's metal-head personalities who steal a monster truck and enter it into the Twisted Metal competition.

As if this image wasn't funny enough, you should see the live-action cut-scenes in Twisted Metal 1.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Purple Dinosaur Massacre: The Death of Barney

The other day when I was writing about Chex Quest, I started reminiscing about other strange games I used to play as a kid.  One that came to mind was Purple Dinosaur Massacre, which is essentially a Barney the Dinosaur killing simulator.  While this is by no means a triple-A development game (it was part of a 1000 PC game compilation CD and appears to have been developed on a piggy bank-sized budget), Purple Dinosaur Massacre is still very satisfying if you're one of the many people who hate Barney with a passion.

Blast 'em indeed.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Mister Mosquito: The Evil Tormentor of Families

Today we're going to take a look at a game that involves a violent blood-sucker.  No, this article isn't about BloodRayne, we're talking about Mister Mosquito!

As you can guess from the title, Mister Mosquito follows the journey of a mosquito whose goal is to suck the blood out of an innocent family, and to give them malaria (ok maybe not the malaria part).  You are given control of a mosquito and tasked with completing his quest without being spotted and swatted.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Chex Quest: Doom Meets Cereal

We're all familiar with the toy-in-the-cereal-box promotions that have occurred since the dawn of time.  Usually cereal companies will stick a cheap plastic toy inside a limited amount of cereal boxes to drive sales, mainly due to children nagging their parents to death until they have that toy in their hands.  Back in 1996 a similar promotion was run in order to get kids excited about Chex cereal, only instead of offering a toy as part of the promotion, they offered a PC game (I still find it awesome to this day, and yes I was one of the nagging kids who had to have this game).

The game was called Chex Quest,and it was a first-person shooter designed to run on MS-DOS.

Friday, May 10, 2013

GIRP: Brain-Twisting Rock-Climbing

A little while back, I wrote about the insanely difficult running simulator called QWOP.  It turns out that the creator of QWOP, Bennett Froddy, wasn't satisfied with making just one frustrating Flash game.  As a result, the nightmare continues with Froddy's next creation: GIRP.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

The Phantom: A Console Worthy of its Name

Remember the Phantom gaming console?  Not many do.  The Phantom was an unreleased console that was way ahead of its time, likely dying in development due to how ambitious its concept was.  The Phantom was announced back in 2003, with the claim that it could play PC games, and would offer players new games through a digital distribution service. 

Monday, May 6, 2013

Bizarre Evolutions of Game Characters

Every so often, we see established game characters get an overhaul for the sake of keeping things fresh and new.  Most times these characters receive only minor changes, such as the Master Chief's armor in each Halo game, which seems to get more detailed over time yet retains the same overall look.  Other times the changes to characters can be extreme and will cause fan outcries of rage, such as when Nintendo unveiled the cel-shaded styling of Link in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker.  After all, as gamers we tend to collectively call for change, and collectively complain about it when change does occur.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

RollerCoaster Tycoon: A Surprisingly Violent Series

The RollerCoaster Tycoon series is a great way for aspiring theme park designers to create their own parks, modify them, and possibly run them into the ground (seems to happen with my parks anyway).  It is loads of fun to be able to design and test your own roller coaster, as well as seeing how the park's guests (or "peeps" as they are called in RollerCoaster Tycoon 3) react to your masterpiece.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX 2: The Glitchfest We All Love

Remember when the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater series was the king?  It seemed like we were getting a new game in the series about every 5 minutes, and people were still eating it up like candy.  Well I'm not here to talk about the Hawk, let's take a look at one of Tony's competitors: Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX 2.  This game is Tony Hawk on bikes, only with glitches galore.  These glitches, while ruining some aspects of the game, can make other aspects much more entertaining.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Movie Licensed Games with Moments that Don't Belong

When you hear the phrase "movie-licensed game" your first reaction is probably to cringe in revulsion.  Given the history of quick cash-ins that have been released in the past (and continue to be released to this day), your reaction would be pretty spot-on.  Countless times game developers have tried to expand on movie licenses by including areas, enemies, and boss battles that weren't in the films.  Sometimes it works, most times it doesn't.

With that in mind, today I want to take a look at some of the good and bad movie-licensed games that have been unleashed upon us.