Cobra!’s Retro Diary – 22/9/2013

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

It’s been a long time since I’ve done one of these, but then again, it’s also been a long time since I was able to bring a console to my grans house and play some golden oldies with my cousins!

I have been on a shopping spree with CEX and GeForce, it’s kind of like Steams summer sale, only with physical games…. and it’s cheaper! Most games sold there are really old, so don’t give me that rubbish about cheating publishers out of their money!

The most notable game I got was Dave Mirra’s Freestyle BMX on the PC, it was only £2, I though it wasn’t a bad price, even considering it’s an Acclaim game.

Acclaim had made some brilliant games in their time, don’t get me wrong, but most of their games were kind of… meh. So I bought it, thinking it wasn’t going to be great, but I was pleasantly surprised! The game is so much fun, it has tight controls, a great soundtrack, brilliant physics for it’s time (Ragdoll bails!), and it has features in the game that even the Tony Hawk/Mat Hoffman games haven’t implemented at that point, such as trick modifiers, spine transfers, double trick variations and manuals! (I believe the game pre-dated Pro Skater 2 by about a month (I can’t be bothered looking it up!)) The game was way ahead of it’s time, and apart from the physics, I think the game has aged very well!

In my opinion, the game is almost criminally underrated and undervalued, it was the best £2 I had ever spent! If you can find a copy for £10 or less, jump at the chance, you won’t be disappointed!

Sunday, 22nd September 2013:
I brought my Nintendo 64 to grans because I knew one of my cousins, Giancarlo, was going to be there, so I set the console up, and tested it, because I haven’t tried the N64 I brought in a long time, it was covered in dust when I dug it up. So I put on Tony Hawk’s Skateboarding, and apart from a slightly blurry screen (that might be just because I’m so used to watching Blu-rays and playing PC, Wii and Wii U games in HD.) it worked perfectly!

So after a wee session of that, me and my cousin had a few games of Goldeneye, and the memories it brought back! It has only been a few months, but it’s felt like years!

After that, we watched one of the worst if not the worst film of all time, Troll 2! It was awful, we had so much fun watching it! That’s one half of my goal fulfilled, now I just need to watch The Room, and decide what is the worst film ever!

That’s it for my diary, I know it was short, but that’s all that happened, sorry about that! I just hope I get to make diaries more often!

That’s all I have, see youse in another few months!



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