Past Featured Games

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Robocop

RoboCop is one of my favorite movies. Flowing with not only blood and gore, but sharp satire, a compelling story and some very well written characters for an action movie. RoboCop became a hit when it released, and produced a fairly large media franchise consisting of comic books, TV shows, sequels (and a remake), and dozens of video games. A RoboCop first person shooter game sounds awesome! So what the hell happened here?

Taking cues from the second film, the titular RoboCop is after a drug simply known as "Brain Drain". Much of the game plays like an FPS, but RoboCop is no Doomguy, BJ Blazkovicz or Duke Nukem. He moves slow, yet he has pin point accuracy and titanium armor to withstand a Cyberdemon. All you do is shoot criminals and complete objectives - which is fairly generic for the time.

Much of the game controls clunkily, the sound effects and general audio are weak and buggy, the graphics are butt ugly for a 2003 game and many of the features that made the original RoboCop movies unique (graphic violence, dark humor) are all gone. Despite being Titus' swan song; it sure was a swan that sung on a really weird hill to die on.

May 19, 2018, submitted by Tony Denis (454)


Expect No Mercy

When it comes to fighting game history, the Mortal Kombat craze was widespread. A simple, yet hyperviolent arcade fighting game took the world by storm, engulfed in controversy and popularity. Many other fighting games laden with graphic violence and gory fatality manuvers tried to one up Mortal Kombat's legacy. Neither did, however.

There is one particular case for PCs back in the mid-90s. Expect No Mercy is a Mortal Kombat clone based after a obscure, yet violent sci-fi/action B-movie of the same name, starring Billy Blanks. Much of the game is esentially Mortal Kombat verbatim - the gruesome (albeit cartoony) fatality manuvers, digitized actors and backgrounds. But at the same time, it looks and plays worse, typical of a MK clone (other games that had that trait were Kasumi Ninja and Way of the Warrior). Not to mention, Mortal Kombat was already out on PCs when this game came out.

The only positive I can say is that the cover art is surprisingly graphic! You'll need to see it for yourself, but there is a lot of fake blood that wouldn't really pass through by today's standards. Perhaps that was the game's selling point? I dunno.

May 13, 2018, submitted by Tony Denis (454)


Sometimes you start a game, not knowing what it'll be and it turns out amazing. Such was my experience with RiME. My brother gave this to me for my birthday and I hadn't even heard about it.

But what an amazing game it is. You start as a little boy stranded on a beautiful island. Not knowing what's going on, you start to explore. The story drags you in, wondering why he was washed up ashore.

Snippets of the reason why are discovered throughout the game with a full explanation at the ending. The ending moved me, in ways most games don't. It was mostly heartbreaking, but also super awesome at the same time.

RiME is a fun, beautiful and easy (as in you don't have to be a pro to enjoy the gameplay) game with an excellent, moving, story. If you haven't experienced the game yet, I really suggest you give it a go.

May 05, 2018, submitted by Kennyannydenny (58803)


Kids who like to train their brains and do their math would find AstroMat: Mental Math with Pipo a good choice.

With the recent introduction of children at school using iPads and ChromeBooks, there are many educational games that feature math, but without mental training. AstroMat: Mental Math with Pipo combines math skills for children with mental training to keep their minds working.

Developed by Cibal Multimedia in Spain, it can also be played in English and Spanish - both languages are used in the United States most frequently. On the other hand, AstroMat: Mental Math with Pipo could keep children entertained while training their minds with, you guessed it, math!

Apr 29, 2018, submitted by Katie Cadet (8741)

Remember when you bought a family-friendly DVD film and you noticed that there were some games that you could play on your set-top DVD player? This Special Edition of the 1996 film Matilda, based on the book by Roald Dahl, is one example.

Some family-friendly DVD movies can contain trivia or matching games as special features, which the original 1997 DVD release of Matilda did not have. But it needed a reissue in 2004, and thus, they made it a "Special Edition" by including some games that can be played with a remote control.

All in all, family-friendly DVD movies of the mid-2000s have games that can entertain younger children if they liked the film, and it's still a great piece of history of the movie industry bundling games on a disc the size of a CD!

Apr 22, 2018, submitted by Katie Cadet (8741)


Hopkins FBI

I'm personally not sure what to think of Hopkins FBI. The premise is simple - some deadly terrorist and criminal named Bernie Berckson has escaped prison and it's up to Special Agent Hopkins, everyone's favorite FBI officer and 3rd place winner in the Duke Nukem Lookalike Contest.

At its core, Hopkins FBI is a point and click adventure game. Solve puzzles and stuff, basic enough, right? What sells this game apart from the others was the large amount of excess graphic violence and nudity. Seriously, this game oozes gore and guts, and at the time this was incredibly excessive and over the top. It would've been almost a comedic device if most of the violence wasn't targeted towards women.

Hopkins FBI is barely heard of here in the States and Canada. I know some people will label it as disgusting and misogynist, and while I don't blame them, Hopkins FBI is such a bizarre little game that suffers from a inconsistent satirical tone and poor writing. It tries to be like a Quentin Tarantino movie; instead it's a mishmash of weirdness.

Apr 14, 2018, submitted by Tony Denis (454)


Play Incorporated is best known for its Snappy video screenshot technology, but in the late '90s, Play returned to the consumer market with Gizmos, a set of enhancements for Microsoft Windows with cool 3D interfaces.

One of the more original games that Play Incorporated featured in Gizmos is the picture puzzler, where the player could put together a texture-style puzzle in order to reveal pictures of Kiki Stockhammer, who worked with Play Incorporated at the time.

In 2001, Play Incorporated was acquired by Globalstreams, but it is still a great piece of history of what other software companies that make add-on packs for Microsoft Windows can come up with - one very original game as one of its features.

Apr 07, 2018, submitted by Katie Cadet (8741)


Before Gran Turismo Sport ever came out, the last Gran Turismo to ever make it to the PlayStation 3 was Gran Turismo 6, and had some improvements and bug fixes over the previous Gran Turismo 5 which was also released on the PS3.

Gran Turismo 6 opens the door to endless possibilities of racing, whether you're driving a Chevrolet Corvette C7 on the Daytona International Speedway, or you're doing some Kart Racing on original race courses, it has everything that you need! The Gran Turismo series for the PlayStation has some direct competition with Forza Motorsport for the Xbox, and Gran Turismo is the earliest racing game with endless possibilities to ever come out before the competitor Forza Motorsport came second in the eight-year gap. (1997 for GT, 2005 for Forza.)

All in all, the king of the all-around racing games for the PlayStation really deserves the last entry for the PlayStation 3 before Gran Turismo Sport for the PS4 ever came out!

Apr 01, 2018, submitted by Katie Cadet (8741)

PO'ed

Back in the '90s, the Doom craze gave way to one of the most important game genres around. Many FPS games were made; some major and sadly underrated to absolutely bizarre and absurd. PO'ed is one of those latter games. Initially released on the 3DO, it was soon ported over to the PlayStation.

The focus is that you're a chef on a ship that has been overrun by aliens. Using your butcher's knife, frying pan, jetpack and dozens of comical, but deadly weaponry, you attempt to make a grand escape. Despite playing as a Doom clone, PO'ed is based around its cartoonish absurdity, freedom of movement and jetpack features.

This is the sort of game that could've been adapted into a comic book or TV series, but it went relatively unheard of. It's a shame - despite its flaws, PO'ed is a weirdly interesting game with unique features at the time when it was released.

Mar 24, 2018, submitted by Tony Denis (454)


10 years ago, Kane's Wrath, one of the two most content-filled expansion packs for a Command & Conquer title was released. While its campaign mode that was intended to bridge a few gaps leaves even more opened questions than were there before, and had very few and very weak characters, the game's strength lies in the core gameplay.

All three factions from Tiberium Wars got subfactions that differed in play styles and good chunks of their arsenals, new game modes were introduced (Global Conquest on Windows and Kane's Challenge on the Xbox 360), and a plethora of additional maps to play on was added. Despite the imbalances and bugs that were a result of less-than-optimal development outsourcing and tight schedules EALA was plagued with, Kane's Wrath was well-accepted and was one of the last hurrahs of conventional, meaty expansion packs for RTS that we knew before the obnoxious DLC spam hit the industry.

Mar 18, 2018, submitted by Plokite_Wolf (6963)


In this Bronze Age beat 'em up you take control of an Akkadian assassin (The Rock) who is somehow always quickly discovered and has to beat up entire cities.

On your journey you visit ancient Egypt, Crete, the Underworld and Babylon. Aside from the story, this game is a very decent and entertaining beat 'em up where you can beat up enemies with swords, staffs, gloves or your bare hands and feet.

(And don’t forget to pick up the power-ups for strength and endurance)

Mar 10, 2018, submitted by Flapco (13300)


Viz: The Game

There are some things that can be too alien for the average Yankee like myself. But as a comic book nut, it would be ridiculous to not pass up something like Viz.

Viz is a British comic magazine known for its toilet humor, profanity, and a cast of bizarre, idiosyncratic characters. During its peak in the late '80s to early '90s, Viz was quite popular, selling 200,000+ copies and having hordes of merchandise. Predictably, a computer game adaptation was made.

The premise is simple: win races against your computer opponents. You can choose from three of Viz more popular characters at the time, such as Biffa Bacon (a parody of comic characters like Dennis the Menace, the British kind), Johnny Fartpants (self explanatory), and Buster Gonad (also self explanatory). You also have individual minigames for each character. Many other Viz characters, such as Roger Mellie (a parody of vain TV presenters or celebrities), give commentary or just act as obstacles during races.

The game looks and plays like a mediocre racing game; but much of its appeal comes from the fact that it was one of the few games at the time that included fart jokes and profanity. Who'd think the ZX Spectrum would have a game that dropped constant f-bombs?

Mar 03, 2018, submitted by Tony Denis (454)