Ai Chō Aniki
WiiYes, Ai Chō Aniki is strange and it cannot be debated that the art director had a thing for images of muscular men, but that cannot take away from the fact that it's one of the most interesting shooters of the 8/16-bit era.
TurboGrafx CDYou may have already picked up on this despite my characteristic subtlety and tact, but this game is completely INSANE. It’s impossible to go for more than a few seconds at a time without something incredibly bizarre happening, and somehow each new freak of nature manages to be even stranger than the last. Such a boldly beautiful display of male nudity harkens back to the golden days of Ancient Greece, when statuesque male models would regularly tear off their robes and grapple with the many-headed Hydra. This is more than just a mere oddity, though – it’s a legitimately fun game with equally unconventional mechanics beneath all that wanton depravity. But mostly depravity.
TurboGrafx CDRefreshing? Yep. Quirkiness and innuendo aren't what Love! Super Big Brother is about — it's a celebration of male beauty, disguised as a beat-em-up/shooter hybrid. Sure, that sounds a little strange. And it's definitely funny to see in action. But that's because we're not used to seeing it — especially not in the sexy-babe, big-breasted world of video games. This time around, it's a hunky-dude, big-chested world. The final verdict? Well, it's certainly not boring, and it's even good. Ai Choaniki is absolutely one-of-a-kind (there's really nothing else quite like it, not even the other Super Big Brother games), and that alone gives me reason to hang onto it. That and the "Happy Headlock" cover art of Samson and Adon holding each other... just don't let your friends see it.