Overlooked Games #1

This will be the start of a series of blogs I will do to give a bit more deserved coverage to games that are overlooked and/or obscure. These won’t necessarily be games that are new, as I will try to bring some attention to older games of this kind as well. Anyway, on to our first game:

WarTech: Senko no Ronde

This game is a shoot-’em-up at heart with the structure of a fighting game. You go one-on-one against a single opponent and have various moves, special moves, and even what I would call a super, which the game calls B.O.S.S. Mode, where you transform into a much larger mech that is a lot like a boss in a normal shoot-’em-up. The game is easy to jump into and has well thought out controls that work great. It also has a lot of strategic depth when you get into the nuances of the game, which is easy to do with the included training mode. Best of all, the multiplayer over Xbox Live is flawless and lag free, even when playing against overseas opponents like I have from Japan!

If you are a fan of shoot-’em-ups or just looking for something different to give yourself a break from all of the FPSs that are on the Xbox 360, then look no further.


It’s like a 2D version of Virtual On!

Link: WarTech: Senko no Ronde primer/strategy guide by dai jou bu at Shmups.com



Retro Revival Week – Day 6 and 7

During day 6 of Retro Revival Week I played a bunch of Capcom Generation 5 for the Saturn, aka, Street Fighter Collection 2. I played with all of my usuals, including Ryu, Dhalsim, and Guile and beat on the predictable CPU to amuse myself for a little while. After that, I played some NFL Blitz, 1943 Kai, and WCW Thunder with hart704. You can check out his description of that action here.

Today on the final day of RRW, I have been playing a bunch of Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver for PlayStation. Being that this is my first time playing any of the Legacy of Kain games, I was quite impressed with Soul Reaver. The story already has me hooked and the gameplay is quite good with some nice satisfying combat. The only thing that wasn’t great about it was the camera controls, which should have been on the right stick, but instead were still controlled by the L2 and R2 buttons. Other than that, it is a fantastic game that I look forward to playing more of.

That’s it for me concerning Retro Revival Week. I hope all participants had a great week of retro gaming like I did!

Here is the list of games I played during this RRW:
Panzer Dragoon (SAT)
House of the Dead (SAT)
World Heroes 2 (SNES)
Contra III: The Alien Wars (SNES)
Guilty Gear (PS)
NBA Jam Tournament Edition (SAT)
Battle Arena Toshinden 3 (PS)
Justice Gakuen (PS)
Capcom Generation 5 (SAT)
NFL Blitz (PS)
WCW Thunder (PS)
1943 Kai (ARC)
Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver (PS)



Raziel shortly before getting his wings ripped off by Kain.

Raziel shortly after his resurrection.

Enemy getting impaled.

カプコン ジェネレーション

Retro Revival Week – Day 5

Day 4 suffered from me being far too tired to bother playing any games that day, but two more games were played today.

First up was Battle Arena Toshinden 3 for PlayStation. I played against my brother and we played about 6 matches, which saw me winning all of them without much problem. David’s chainsaw is wicked! 😆

The second game was Justice Gakuen, which is known as Rival Schools outside of Japan. I used the team of Daigo/Hyo, which is my mainstay team. This game plays a lot better than I originally thought it did back in 1998 when it came out. For being one of Capcom’s first 3D fighters, it is really quite good! The only thing I don’t like about it is that the double team moves are too easy to do and do far too much damage.

Day 6 coming up, so stay tuned!




Retro Revival Week – Day 3

Another glorious day of RRW to play more great games! Today was another low number of games day since I was stuck at work all day again, but there should be no more of that for the rest of this week.

I played more Guilty Gear, finally beating Justice using Millia, so that was satisfying. I also played a game of NBA Jam Tournament Edition for Saturn, playing as the Utah Jazz. I defeated the Sacramento Kings with a score of 86-49. Three pointers were the key to the big gap in score.

I don’t have any pics from today’s games, but I will definitely have them for the rest of the week. Until tomorrow, じゃあ楽しんでね!