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Disney Afternoon Collection

Capcom’s Disney Afternoon Collection Is a Nostalgia Overload

Nowadays, a new licensed video game is typically met with eye rolls and groans. But there was a time — an oh-so-wonderful time — when Disney’s licensed video game lineup was legendary. From the incredible, Mega Man-like DuckTales to Darkwing Duck, the Disney games for NES were almost all pure gold. It seemed the teaming up of Capcom and Disney had uncorked some sort of genie’s lamp of inexplicably awesome video games. Well, Capcom has announced that it’s bringing back six of its NES classics in The Disney Afternoon Collection for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. For a complete list of games, check out the list below. Included games: DuckTales DuckTales 2 Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers 2 TaleSpin Darkwing Duck On top of these games, Capcom also promises new features, like Boss Rush and Time Attack modes, A Braid-like rewind mechanic, and full 1080p support.…

Remastered Turok 2: Seeds of Evil Coming to PC with Multiplayer

The folks at Night Dive Studios have confirmed a remastered version of Turok 2: Seeds of Evil will be hitting PCs on March 16, 2017. This isn’t incredibly surprising, as the studio released a slightly touched up version of the original  Turok: Dinosaur Hunter on December 17, 2015, and it’s been assumed for a while now that Turok 2 would follow. But what is surprising is the addition of multiplayer. Night Dive has added a new gameplay mode called “Last Turok Standing,” which, according to a press release, will let players “battle with friends for an even more visceral gaming experience.” It sounds like a pretty standard deathmatch, but its addition is a welcome one for anybody who’s ever wanted to use Turok‘s assortment of sci-fi guns on their friends (digitally, of course).…
Atari Flashback Classics Vol 2

Atari Flashback Classics Vol. 2 for PS4 and Xbox One – Complete List of Games

On October 4, 2016, Atari released two collections of classic Atari games for PS4 and Xbox One: Atari Flashback Classics Vol. 1 and Atari Flashback Classics Vol. 2. This is just a matter of opinion, but we think Vol. 2 has more variety (sports titles feel a bit over-represented on the first volume), while Vol. 1 has better cover art. Unfortunately, the back covers of these games just mention a few of the high points instead of a full list of all 50 titles included on each disc. But we at Retrovolve have your back: A complete list of games found on Vol. 1 can be found here, and Vol. 2‘s games are listed below. Arcade Asteroids Asteroids Deluxe Crystal Castles Gravitar The Adventures of Major Havoc Missile Command Red Baron Sprint Super Breakout Home Console Adventure Asteroids Atari Video Cube Basic Math Brain Games Breakout Casino Championship Soccer Codebreaker Concentration Crystal Castles Demons to Diamonds Double Dunk Flag Capture Golf Gravitar Hangman Haunted House Maze Craze: A Game of Cops ‘n Robbers Missile Command Night Driver Off the Wall Outlaw Race RealSports Baseball RealSports Basketball RealSports Tennis Return to Haunted House Secret Quest Sentinel Sky Diver Space War Star Ship Stellar Track Street Racer Submarine Commander Super Breakout Surround Video Checkers Video Chess Video Pinball  …
Atari Flashback Classics Vol 1

Atari Flashback Classics Vol. 1 for PS4 and Xbox One – Complete List of Games

On October 4, 2016, Atari released two collections of its classic games for PS4 and Xbox One: Atari Flashback Classics Vol. 1 and Atari Flashback Classics Vol. 2. Each collection includes game manuals, multiplayer support, leaderboards, Trophy/Achievement libraries, and, of course, 50 classic Atari games from arcades and home consoles. While Vol. 1 has some real stinkers in the mix, it’s also got some essential classics, like Centipede, all three released SwordQuest titles (the fourth was never completed), and Yars’ Revenge. Upon closer inspection, you might also notice that a few games are included twice in the collection when there are both arcade and home console versions. It’s kind of neat to be able to compare versions, but note that these games are counted twice to make up the total of 50.…
Batman, Little Mac, and Han Solo

Half-Glass Gaming [Episode 28] : Every Video Game Is a Castlevania Remake

Mandi shares a very catchy earworm after playing PaRappa the Rapper 2 on PS4, which leads us into the wild topic of video game remakes, re-releases, and remasters. Are they a collector’s delight or a cheap cash grab? Believe it or not, we’re actually siding with the industry on this one. After the break we start flinging factoids around, digging through the surprisingly long history of video game remakes. While it may ruffle more feathers these days, it’s been a part of gaming history since before any of us were born. So where is the remake’s place in the industry? Are we looking forward to the remake of Final Fantasy VII? Well, that’s a silly question; of course we are. Get your chickens back into the kitchen, here comes Half-Glass Gaming!…
Turok Dinosaur Hunter

Turok: Dinosaur Hunter Tip: Use the Map Overlay as a Reticle

Turok: Dinosaur Hunter originally came out in 1997, and it shows (even in the 2015 remastered version). That’s not necessarily a bad thing, though. While it lacks modern-day FPS features like ADS (aim-down-sites) and target reticles, it really nails the slick, arcadey corridor shooter thing. Admittedly, those attuned to the more user-friendly shooters of today might find the lack of reticle a bit disorienting. Thankfully, there’s a dirty technique that will make this much less frustrating. The minimap overlay (pictured below) has a yellow arrow (it looks like an upside-down V) that can be used as the same purpose. Take note that your guns still won’t be 100% accurate, but it certainly makes popping headshots a bit easier. And, in later levels where enemies soak up more bullets and ammo tends to be slightly more scarce, this can be a life saver.…
Turok Dinosaur Hunter

The Remastered Turok Game Feels Like a Rendezvous with an Old Friend

When I was growing up, I had a PlayStation and my step-brothers had a Nintendo 64. Each was hooked up to a separate TV in a separate room, so it wasn’t rare to see our collective attention split between the two. However, there were occurrences when a game would captivate all of us simultaneously, and we’d gather around a single TV, oftentimes passing a controller around and sharing our game time. Since I only lived with my step family for a little over a year, this was one of the few things the step-brothers and I actually got to do as a group. I have very fond memories of bonding over Jet Moto, Super Mario 64, and, of course, Final Fantasy VII.…
Bubsy

Bubsy Two-Fur Successfully Brought Two Bubsy Titles to Steam Greenlight

Unlike Mario, Bubsy isn’t the sort of franchise you’d expect to see represented on “Best Games of All Times” lists, but that doesn’t make it unworthy of at least a footnote in the history books of gaming. Bubsy: Claws Encounters Of The Furred Kind launched on the Super NES and the Sega Genesis in 1993, introducing the world to Bubsy, a smart-mouthed bobcat who leaped and clawed his way through 2D platforming levels. A curious choice was the addition of fall damage (which, in my opinion, has no place in a classic 2D side-scrolling mascot platformer). A sequel, Bubsy 2 came out a year later. In 2015, over 20 years after their initial releases, the two original Bubsy games launched a successful Steam Greenlight campaign under the title Bubsy Two-Fur.…
Battletoads Banner

Rare Announces Classic Games Collection for Xbox One

At Microsoft’s E3 2015 press conference, Rare announced Rare Replay, a collection of 30 classic Rare games dating all the way back to 1983. Notables include Perfect Dark, Banjo-Kazooie, the lovably irreverent Conker’s Bad Fur Day, and — a personal favorite of mine — Battletoads. And, speaking of Battletoads, it looks like this collection will include both the original NES version of the game and the arcade version, which has never seen a release on home consoles. The collection will be out August 4 exclusively for the Xbox One. And it’s got Achievements, if you’re into that. So if you have both an Xbox One and a passion for great retro games, you might want to pick this one up. (For a more cynical take on Rare Replay, check that out at our sister site GeekParty.)…
Resident Evil You Are Dead

The First Thing I Did in Resident Evil HD Was Die

Since I first learned that the Resident Evil HD remake was going be a thing, I was pretty enthusiastic about it. I preloaded it onto my PS4 and watched the hours and minutes tick down to that glorious launch so I could replay one of my favorite games of the PSOne era, reminiscing about my love for the series while I waited. Then I stepped into the game and died, right off the bat. Remember that scene where Jill goes off on her own and that gross-looking zombie head turns and looks at her? Yeah, that thing. This is literally the first enemy you encounter in the game, and it killed me. I popped my first Trophy, which was called “Get Used to It,” awarded for my first ever death in the HD remake.…
Resident Evil HD Jill

CQC FTW Trophy/Achievement – How to Beat Resident Evil HD Remaster with Just the Knife

When I first saw that the new Resident Evil HD remake had a Trophy for getting through the entire game while only using the knife (it’s called “CQC FTW”), I thought it sounded damn near impossible. Between the awkward controls (I always play using the original control scheme) and the ineffectiveness of the knife, this seemed like a challenge for crazy people. Lo and behold, I stumbled upon an annotated walkthrough on YouTube by user Carcinogen, which makes the thing look pretty easy. He made the video using the GameCube version of the game, which the HD remaster is based on. That means that — while I haven’t tested this yet myself — if you follow these instructions, you should hypothetically pop the Trophy (as well as a few others while you’re at it.) Go for it!…

Gotta Graph ‘Em All

Last month we took a quick look at a graphing calculator adaptation of Super Smash Bros being made from the ground up to run on such hardware. Well as it turns out that game’s author, Hayleia, has also been working on a version of Pokemon to run on math equipment. This project looks to be a bit older, but it just blows my mind that such a thing exists. It looks pretty damn sweet too, check out these animations of the game: That’s crazy, but awesomely so. I guess it just goes to show the levels of dedication some fans have to a franchise. This hasn’t been updated in a while, and I can’t find any information as to where it’s going from here but it’s definitely worth taking a look at.…

The Internet Erupts in Unbridled Joy as Majora’s Mask Is Officially Announced for the 3DS

It’s always fun to see years of rumor and speculation culminate with what everyone wanted all along. That’s precisely what occurred tonight when Nintendo announced a remastered release of their classic Nintendo 64 title, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, for the Nintendo 3DS. This shouldn’t really come as much of a surprise, given the 2011 release of the game’s precursor, Ocarina of Time, for the very same system. Series producer Eiji Aonuma hasn’t exactly been dismissive of the rumors surrounding a potential remastering of Majora’s Mask, either. As I wrote earlier this week, there are few games more important to me than Ocarina of Time. I felt that the 3DS version of the game was just as good, if not even better than the original.…

The Best Arcade Ever Now Exists in Your Web Browser

Just imagine all the quarters this would have saved you had this been released twenty years ago. Better late than never, The Internet Archive has launched The Internet Arcade; a project that aims to give the public access to hundreds of classic arcade titles, many of which have never seen commercial releases beyond their original cabinets. I haven’t been able spend a ton of time on the site, but it seems to work splendidly. The few rounds of Amidar and Rally X I had the chance to play were just as enjoyable as any I had played on some console compilation or MAME cabinet. It even supports some gamepads and joysticks, which is phenomenally cool. So go ahead and treat yourself to a few rounds of Mappy in between the seemingly endless hours of office drudgery.…
Metal Gear Solid 2

One of the Highest Rated Video Games of 2013 Was a Re-release of a Remake

To satisfy a particular curiosity of mine, I decided to look into the top rated games of 2013 on Metacritic. The ones you’d expect were accounted for: Grand Theft Auto V, The Last of Us, and BioShock Infinite. But there are some surprises on that list. For example, DEVICE 6, Skulls of the Shogun, and Papa Sangre II, all iOS games, made the top ten (that’s the top ten if you don’t count any titles twice, as Metacritic separates games by platform and will count GTA V for PS3 separately from GTA V for Xbox 360). I haven’t played any of those games, so I can’t comment on their quality, but it’s strange to see them so highly praised when they didn’t receive the sort of fanfare of the other titles I’ve mentioned.…
DuckTales Remastered Money Bin

DuckTales Remastered Fulfills My Childhood Dream of Swimming in Scrooge’s Money Bin

As a kid, I watched absurd amounts of DuckTales. In fact, I can’t think of a single cartoon I’ve  spent more time with. Obviously, a huge part of the magic of DuckTales is seeing Scrooge McDuck swim through the piles of gold coins in his money bin. As impossible as that would be in actuality, it’s something I’ve always wanted to do. Capcom’s DuckTales Remastered finally makes that dream come true, at least in some small way. See, the game gives you the (completely optional) ability to step into the spats of Scrooge McDuck and take a swim in all that shiny money. It’s handled quite well, too. The controls feel perfect, and that’s a phrase I never expected to type in relation to what’s essentially nothing more than a money-swimming minigame.…
Sinistar

Midway Arcade Treasures Is All About the Extras

Let’s get this out of the way: It looks like shovelware, right? It looks like another production house releasing the moldy versions of old games from over twenty years ago. Nothing says “quality game collection” like excrete, repackage, profit. That’s exactly what I thought when I received Midway Arcade Treasures as a present. I had literally nothing to lose, so I threw the game in the PlayStation 2 to play some Sinistar and never use it again. The unexpected twist: The extras on this disc kept me watching for a few hours. The extras are all the retro circulars, posters, and cabinet variants. There’s in-depth interviews with the creators of these games where they speak about the concepts, challenges, and other funny stories of developing arcade games during the industry’s renaissance.…
Wild Arms Rudy's Gun

Wild Arms Alter Code: F Is the Quintessential JRPG

Wild Arms Alter Code: F  is a remake of the original Wild Arms, which came out on the PlayStation in 1997. The original game is notable not only for being one of the first console RPGs released on the PlayStation, but also being a fucking bizarre Western Sci-fi Fantasy genre game. Wild Arms was the first game I got with my PSOne, and Alter Code: F for the PS2 is the first game I played to 100% completion. Like many of my PS2 games, it had been long enough since I’d played it that I’d forgotten many of the details, so I decided to replay it. Even after all these years, the story, the characters, and the gameplay still felt familiar.…
Final Fantasy VI Mobile

Final Fantasy VI Mobile Is Terrible; Stop Pretending Otherwise

It wasn’t at all surprising to see Final Fantasy VI‘s mobile release described as garbage. Final Fantasy VI is considered to be one of the greatest games of all time, gamers have a tendency to be negative, and the game does indeed look like fresh garbage. What was shocking was that many insisted that the awful new graphics were an improvement. Worse, they claimed the only reason anyone would prefer the original was nostalgia. Everyone has their own tastes, and I’m sure some people like MS Paint chic. Still, it seems ludicrous to state that the bargain-basement version of FFVI is the superior one, especially when anyone willing to spend five minutes in the App store can find a better looking game for free.…
Metal Slug 3

Viva La Neo Geo! Hands-On with SNK’s Reborn Classic Console

There are few products in gaming that get a second chance at life the way that the Neo Geo has, thanks to a partnership between SNK Playmore and electronics manufacturer Tommo. Some gaming consoles thrive and go on to live long and fruitful lives, perpetually connected to television sets for a decade at a time. Others flounder under the weight of lofty expectations and are hastily forgotten. It’s feast or famine in the console manufacturing world (just ask Sega), and once a machine is pronounced dead, it stays dead. That is, until the Neo Geo X arrived after a year of speculation. Announced last fall as a portable unit pre-loaded with a handful of old Neo Geo games, it was quickly dismissed as vaporware, much like the Infinium Labs Phantom of a decade ago.…
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