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Is the PS1 overated?

Wed, Mar 13th, 2019

In short: I think it is. For those who just wanted to know that, you can now piss off.

For those who want to know what brought me to that conclusion, I suppose I can give you a backstory.

I used to have a PS1 back in the day, and I loved it. There were so many great games for it. The 3D aspect was mindblowing coming from the Mega Drive!

When I got into retro gaming, I naturally went back to the PS1. Those wobbly textures have a charm to them that you can’t recreate with modern games!

So I decided to expland into other retro consoles of that generation, and I got a Saturn, then an N64, then a Dreamcast.

Over time, I found myself playing those way more, and my PS1 was just collecting dust.

It seems I’m not alone. People my age seem to rave on about those consoles more than the PS1. Look at any meme about the 90s, and 9 times out of 10, you’ll see a reference to the N64 there.

Dreamcast obviously has it’s huge fanbase, and the Saturn has a dedicated one, too.

But the PS1 seems completely forgotten. Sure, you have some guys, such as myself, recalling memories of it, but generally, people seemed to have just moved on and don’t pay any attention to it. At least this is from my experience.

This is all despite the fact the PS1 sold about twice as many consoles as the other 3 combined.

Makes you wonder, doesn’t it? From playing all of the consoles, almost on a regular basis, I can give you my reason for doing this myself.

The PS1 just feels… bland. Lifeless. Almost corporate.

The library seems quanity over quality. Absolutely it has it’s classics, but a big percentage of those weren’t even exclusive, and most of the time, in my opinion, the PS1 version wasn’t even the best.

Wipeout is also available on Saturn and PC.

Wipeout 2097/XL is also available on Saturn and PC.

Croc is also available on Saturn and PC.

Destruction Derby, you guessed it, also on Saturn and PC.

Destruction Derby 2 was also on PC, and a Saturn port was in the works, but cancelled.

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater was also on N64 and Dreamcast.

Pro Skater 2 was also on N64, Dreamcast, and PC. (There was also 2X on Xbox, but that never got released here)

Final Fantasy VII was also on PC.

Metal Gear Solid was also on PC.

Bugs Bunny Lost in Time and Sheep, Dog n’ Wolf were also on PC.

See where I’m getting at?

Don’t get me wrong, the PS1 has some absolute classics to call it’s own, such as the Crash Bandicoot games, the Spyro trilogy, Klonoa, Wip3out and Ape Escape. I’m not holding anything against those, I love those games! It also has Bubsy 3D… I guess?

But outside of those, the PS1 feels like it hasn’t got anything truly outstanding to offer.

I also respect that the same could be said for the Sega Saturn, many of it’s games were also on PC, but at least those Saturn games had multiplayer that was harder to achieve on PC, so there was a reason to own the games on Saturn, if you had one. Most of the PS1 games listed were singleplayer only.

The other consoles felt like they had personality to them, like you go to one of them to play a specific type of game.

Whereas the PS1 feels like it’s just a generic for everyone console, it lacks such personality.

I’m not knocking the PS1 at all, mind you, I still think it’s a great console, just overshadowed by almost every other console that generation.

So what do you think? Feel free to

 

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Retro diary #90 – Final Yin… for a while…

Sun, Dec 30th, 2018

A think for 2019, A’m gaun’ae lea the Retro Diary for juist special events A dae whan it comes tae gemmin. Hit juist seems pyntless tae me itherwise. Juist a desperate attempt tae keep acteeve a blog A shoud post mair creative stuff on! A think A shoud lea ma personal gemmin life private onywey.

A’m shuir this daesna interest onybody ootside o my faimly or freends, anywey. Ma diskiverin Twitter maks this hale thing obsolete regairdless.

Assumin Brexit nor Airticle 13 dinna happen (A mean Scotland coud lea the UK an juist jyne the EEA insteid… here’s howpin!), 2019 will be whaur A will stairt tae dae mair uisefu stuff on this blog. Stuff like reviews, thochts on current gemmin an media events.

Mibbie A’ll stairt daein let’s plays an video reviews an aw! A’m howpin tae! A juist need tae win a warslin match wi ma anxiety…

A’ll be shuir tae milk the hell oot o the blog for Januar an Februar anywey! A’v got’ae make the maist o whit freedoms whit hiv left, eh no?


Last Sunday, A went tae R-cade for thair Christmas pairty, an A haed s smashin time! A played Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on the Switch, Virtual Cop 2 on the Saturn, an 18 wheeler on the Gamecube. Ah watched someb’dy play Sonic Adventure 2 Battle on the Gamecube an aw. Read the rest of this entry »

Retro Diary #88

Sun, Sep 2nd, 2018

On the Monanday an Tuesday, A played Batman Forever: The Arcade Game an Burnin Rangers for the Sega Saturn.


On the Wadnesday, A tried tae playn the Sega Saturn again, but the laser wis malafoustered.. A’m leukin intae sortin that oot.

Sae A decided tae play ma Atari Jaguar an CD… the Jag CD didna wirk aither… A played some Club Drive… that wis hit.


On the Thursday, A played Crash Bandicoot 3 on the PS1, an haed a richt braw time! A felt like a wee wean again!


On the Friday, A met wi a mate an we played Batman Forever: The Arcade Game on the Sega Saturn on Co-Op, an A actual beat hit!


On the Sunday, A played a guid few gemms wi fowk A hung oot wi. We played Mario kart: Double Dash on the Gamecube, Mario Kart 64 on the N64, Daytona USA on the Sega Saturn, an Mario Tennis for the Wii. A injoyed hit.

Later on, at hame, A played Theme Hospital for the PC.


 

Retro Diary #87

Sun, Aug 12th, 2018

On Wadnesday, me an ma brither decided tae play some gemms, sae we played Gang Beasts on the PS4, an than A brocht ma Sega Saturn doun, an than we played Athlete Kings, Batman Forever: The Arcade Game an Burning Rangers.


Friday wis ma birthday. We went tae M&D’s an brocht alang a freend o mines, that haes been gittin intae VHS tapes lately, an says he’s interestit in playin Batman Forever: The Arcade Game, an haes the film on VHS. Sae we plan tae gae tae wan o oor hooses, an watch the film on VHS, than play the gemm on Saturn!

A gat tae bring doon some o ma consoles an play thaim. Sae A broucht doon ma N64 an ma Sega Saturn, A played Fighters Destiny an Burning Rangers.


On Sunday, A met up wi ma cousins at wir grannie’s, an A brocht ma N64 alang wi iz. We played Tony Hawk’s Skateboarding, Ridge Racer 64, 007 TWINE, Goldeneye, and 1080 Snowboarding. We haed guid fun.

 

Retro Diary – 16/9/12 – "Great shot, CPU! Oh, CPU, you idiot!"

Sun, Sep 16th, 2012

Monday 10th September 2012

I was a G-Force after college today (No surprises there.), and I bought 3 Sega Saturn games, Sega Worldwide Soccer 97 and 98, and Virtua Fighter (1).

I saw a model 1 Mega Drive with a Mega CD attachment, it had no price tag, so I asked at the counter how much it was, and she said if it works (they had yet to test it), they said it might be £60 for both, which sounds really good. I liked it up on ebay, and to buy model 1 Mega CDs on their own on eBay costs £240! I’m getting that Mega CD out of G-Force as soon as I can! I know the guys won’t be interested in getting it before me, I trust you guys, but you’re wanting it, I’m not overly fussed, the race will be on!

I came home to be greeted by 2 parcels! One that looked like one that a strategy guide book would go in, and the other was actually pretty big, but it had Japanese writing on it, so I knew exactly what that was!

The guide was the Sleeping Dogs strategy guide that I ordered alongside the game, I only do that to games I really want.

The game was Digimon Tamers Battle Spirit 1.5 for the Wonderswan Colour, the box was actually taller than a Black & White Wonderswan game, it was actually the size I initially expected them to be, the rest of the box was just paper and bubble wrap, it seems the Japanese aren’t big fans of the environment.

I’ve played Battle Spirit, and it’s brilliant, even better than I hoped! Visually, it looks amazing, just like a GBA game!


Tuesday 11th September 2012

It’s worth mention first, R.I.P. to those who died in 9/11, it’s been 12 long years.

Remember when I said I saw a Model 1 Mega Drive+CD there and said it might be £60 once they’re ready to sell it? Well, I went back there today, and they had it for sale for £100, but it came with 2 6-button controllers and 3 games, technically 4! I was a bit sceptical at first, but they mentioned that they do a 3-month guarantee, which isn’t too much, but with an old console, you’d be lucky to have a guarantee on it at all, it also means if it breaks within those 3 months, you can take it back and get a refund, which sounds alright. They also mentioned that chances are, it’ll go in a couple of days, they rarely come by, hard and expensive to find on eBay, and it’s on high demand.

Believe it or not, £100 is a good price for a Mega CD, To buy one on it’s own, without the Mega Drive itself, any games, or controllers, would cost you a whopping £240! and that’s not including delivery! £100 doesn’t sound so bad now, does it?

So I decided to get it, if it doesn’t work, I could just take it back, so I might as well give it a try.

As I bought it, they were explaining to me some things I would need to know about the Mega CD, like that it uses it’s own power, that the reset button opens the tray and start closes it. I knew all of this, but it was awesome that this shop hires people who know what they’re talking about. Unlike a certain other store…

The console works perfectly, although the display is a little off, but it turns out it was the Mega Drive itself with that problem, because I get the same display quality when playing a cartridge game, which of course doesn’t require or involve the Mega CD.

The games I have for it at the moment aren’t that great, except for one, I got Prince of Persia, Jaguar XJ220, Cobra Command (Which, sadly, sucks! ='(), and Sol-Feace, which is actually pretty fun.

Now that I own a Mega CD, that opens doors for me to try out those really bad FMV games, like Night-Trap! I can only get Sonic CD, with the proper music the EU/JP version had, as opposed to the US one Gems Collection had.

I downloaded and tried out the FIFA 13 demo for the PC, I downloaded it from Origin, because, where else? The game’s just as fun as FIFA 12, maybe slightly better.


Wednesday 12th September 2012

I got Space Invaders for the PC today out of CEX, expecting it to be just like the PS1 version, only supporting bigger resolutions, sharper graphics and a much higher framerate, well, only 1 of the 4 are right…

Transformers for the PS2 arrived today, and it’s just as good as it was when I first played it years ago!


Friday 14th September 2012


Black Mesa is finally out!


I’ve been looking forward to it for years, and I’m not disappointed, it’s a great game!


Sunday 16th September 2012

It was a Mystery Console this week, I didn’t reveal it until my cousins had finished their lunch and came in, it was the Sega Dreamcast, to make up for thee fact we didn’t really play it last week.

Steven brought back my copy of Stranglehold that I let him steal, after he completed it.

Me and Steven started things off by playing Chu Chu Rocket!

Then we had a few games of Metropolis Street Racer, Steven and Giancarlo had a game as well. I changed my name from “CobrbDB”, which I probably put it there for a joke, the misspelling came from Super Smash Bros. Brawl on the Wii, to “Cobra!”. Steven changed his nickname from “Steven” to “CobrbDB”, which is practically his new nickname, and we changed Giancarlo’s name to “Ya555555555”, which is mostly what he uses these days.

Then me and Giancarlo played Virtua Fighter 3TB.

Then me and Steven had a game of Virtua Tennis.

Then we played Virtua Tennis 2, Giancarlo joined in after us realising you can have 3 players, the game was just pure madness! I think we have found our new favourite multiplayer game, at least on the Dreamcast!

Then me and Steven had a game of Horse on Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2, we played on the Skatestreet level, the “horse” was “RJIBYAHHBZ”, Steven lost, with me having “RJIBY”, 15-5 to me!

Then we played Le Mans 24 Hours.

Then we played Sonic Adventure 2, our- well, my favourite! We had a race on the Go-Karting, which he won out of us 2. We had a couple of shooting battles, We both won 1, then we had a 2 races, again, we both had a win.

Then we played Ready 2 Rumble, our reality that live and Australia, and they were watching us play this, he loves to watch boxing, we had 2 game, I think we both won 1 game each.

At this point, we were aiming to have played all of the game we had, we almost done it before, but this time we had much more time, we it was possible.

Then we had a game of WWF Attitude.

Then we had a race of Sega Rally. Which I lost!

Then we played Sega GT.

Then we played Mortal Kombat Gold.

Then we played Re-Volt, we had a race, which he won, somehow…

Then we played NBA Showtime, we had no choice to play as a team, and we lost by 10 or so points…

Then we had a game of WWF Royal Rumble.

That was us played all of the games, so we celebrated by playing some more Virtua Tennis 2! We played doubles, both of us on separate teams, but most points were by either the CPU being good, or them making a stupid mistake!

It turned out that we missed a few games, we played some UFC, the graphics were fantastic for a Dreamcast game, it looked stunning, but the gameplay kind of sucked.

Then we played another horse game on Tony Hawk’s Skateboarding, this time, the “horse” was “GLQTEZWZY”, for some reason, we could change it this time, last time, we had to stick with “horse”.
Steven got GLQTEZWZY, but I ended up getting a G, was this the glimmer of hope Steven needed? Nope, He got a Y right afterwards, I win, 16-5!

Finally, we had a game of ECW Hardcore Revolution, which I won.

That was certainly an active week, next week is PS2 week, WWE All Stars time!

Article By: Cobra!
Help Provided by: Steven (CobrbDB)

Retro Pick-ups: A whole bunch of stuff

Mon, Sep 10th, 2012

I was a G-Force after college today (No surprises there.), and I bought 3 Sega Saturn games, Sega Worldwide Soccer 97 and 98, and Virtua Fighter (1).

I saw a model 1 Mega Drive with a Mega CD attachment, it had no price tag, so I asked at the counter how much it was, and she said if it works (they had yet to test it), they said it might be £60 for both, which sounds really good. I liked it up on ebay, and to buy model 1 Mega CDs on their own on eBay costs £240! I’m getting that Mega CD out of G-Force as soon as I can! I know the guys won’t be interested in getting it before me, I trust you guys, but you’re wanting it, I’m not overly fussed, the race will be on!

I came home to be greeted by 2 parcels! One that looked like one that a strategy guide book would go in, and the other was actually pretty big, but it had Japanese writing on it, so I knew exactly what that was!

The guide was the Sleeping Dogs strategy guide that I ordered alongside the game, I only do that to games I really want.

The game was Digimon Tamers Battle Spirit 1.5 for the Wonderswan Colour, the box was actually taller than a Black & White Wonderswan game, it was actually the size I initially expected them to be, the rest of the box was just paper and bubble wrap, it seems the Japanese aren’t big fans of the environment.

I’ve played Battle Spirit, and it’s brilliant, even better than I hoped! Visually, it looks amazing, just like a GBA game!

I’ve yet to try out the Sega Saturn games, so if you’ll excuse me… I’m going to play Sleeping Dogs!

Retro Diary – 15/7/12 – "Are the biscuits retail or digital?"

Sun, Jul 15th, 2012

Wednesday 11th July 2012 – Saturday 14th July 2012

I’m back from my holiday in Italy, and at first it was boring, because I had no access to my games, but after I got used to it, I started to enjoy it a little.

While I was there, I bought a few PC games, there’s something I’m jealous at Italy for, over there, you actually get free full games with magazines, I got Metro 2033 with a Italian PC magazine, the full game, with the DVD case in everything, for about €5, and it works fine, it’s the full game, and even though it’s Italian, you can install the game in English, so I of course did that.

I’ll be honest, though, the game is kind of boring, for one thing, it’s one of those games that forces anti-aliasing, motion blur, depth of field and bloom effects, I don’t like those effects, they blur out the game for me, but if you want the high quality models and textures, like I do, you’re going to have them turned on as well, because you can’t manually edit these, you can only have what they give you, which blows!
Also, the game has all the stereotypes that any modern FPS parody has, a needlessly complicated story, players with gritty voices and seem to have tourette syndrome, and you can only do actions when told to, the the environments and dull and colourless.
To be honest, I’ll probably keep playing to get more of the story, because as needlessly complicated as it is, I’m kind of intrigued by it, and want to find out how it unfolds.

While I was at Italy, I also came across a GameStop, for those who haven’t heard of it, it’s an American store, but it also had it’s branches in Europe, except, for some reason, Scotland.
Anyway, over there, for €10, you can get 3 PC games, and it pretty much applied to all of them, which was awesome, well, it was a 3 for 2 offer, but most games were about €5 each, so it was about the same.
So I got a good few games from there, most notably Mirrors Edge, which is a great game in my opinion, and also Call of Duty: Deluxe Edition, which has both the Game of The Year Edition of Call of Duty and the United Offence expansion pack, and a game, which my mum picked out for me, because I took to long (heheh….) and she picked out a Basketball game, which, was only released in Italy, it was called Fronte Del Basket 2, for what it was, it was a pretty good little game, it’s not nearly as good as the NBA 2k games, but it’s still alright for €5.

I also found a reason to get Impluse, which is one of Steams main competitors, which was, up until Origin, the biggest, because I got a game called “Demigod”, which was made by Stardock, who also made Impulse, and it installed Impluse with it, and if you create an account, you can update the game and get DLC for it, similar to Steam games, so I made an Impulse account, I’m sure you can guess what it is…

When we got back to Glasgow, I was greeted with a package, which was my copy of Stranglehold for the PC! Games for Windows to be pedantic, it was the Game of Windows range, it was a US copy, but of course, PC has no region lock, so it installed and played just fine, or should I say, beautifully? It ran at 60+ fps at high settings, so it looked and played brilliantly!

I finally completed the first episode of Wolfenstein 3D! Although with the New Wolf mod attached, the ending doesn’t work, so I just watched it on Youtube. I also completed Episode 3 of Doom, I just have episode 4 to do, and then it’s on to Doom 2!


Sunday 15th July 2012

It was Saturn week this week at gran’s.

Me and Giancarlo played a few matches of Virtua Fighter 2.1, then after a while, Steven took over, and while we were playing, we were having a Digital vs. Retail debate, just as a chatter, it wasn’t like an argument or anything, it was like normal chatting, we both agreed at the end that both had their ups and downs, which I can accept. We then ended up making fun of them, for example, when Giancarlo mentioned there are biscuits being put out, I asked, for a joke, “Are they Retail or Digital?”, and when Steven took one of the game to have a look at it, I said for a joke “I don’t want you’re Digital Download hand all over my Physical games!”.

Then me and Steven had a game of Daytona USA, which I accentually quit… we declared him the winner, as he was in front when it happened.

Then we had a race of Sega Touring Car Championship, we’ve pretty much made of an in-joke where while we play this game, we randomly slowly say/shout “Slooowdooooown!”, because the game kept slowing down.

Then we had a quick game of Sega Rally Championship, before the game, I showed him the famous game over screen, then when we had our game, I unfortunately won… (The “You Win!” text is in red and “You Lost!” is in green, which implies that losing is good!)

Then we played the sequel of the game that redefined the fighting genre, Rise 2: Resurrection! Which in all fairness, is a good game, and he had fun playing it, well, at least I did.

Then we had a few games of Sonic 2 in the Sonic Jam collection.

Then me and Steven had a half match of Sega Worldwide Soccer ’98, when the first half ended, Riccardo took over, I won that match.

Then me and Riccardo had a rematch, which he beat me 6-4!

Then me and Giancarlo played a few matches of Fighters Megamix.

After that, we left.

At home, me and Riccardo had a few games of FIFA 12 on the PS3, 3 to be exact, all 3 matches I was Celtic and he was Chelsea, I won all 3 matches, with the scores 4-3, 9-6 and 9-3 in order, I written them down for the “Sliders Challenge” page.

Next week is PS1 week, time for some Vib Ribbon!

Retro Diary – 27/5/12 – "We’re going to play MSR in a whole new time zone!"

Sun, May 27th, 2012

Dear Diary,

I decided that instead of writing the entire thing on the Sunday, I’d write it as it happens, so some of the stuff may be in present tense, probably not, but just a warning…


Friday 25th March 2012

For a while, I’ve always wanted to try out FIFA Manager 12, because I already had FIFA 12 and UEFA Euro 2012 (Both physical copies!), and it seemed as though if I had manager, that would be the PC collection complete!

So after looking a bit on Origin, I found there was a downloadable demo available, as well as Sims 3 and pets, so I downloaded them, and gave them a go.

I surprisingly enjoyed FIFA Manager, I previously tried the Football Manager 2012 demo, and I found that boring, this was pretty fun, though, even if it’s pretty glitchy…

I really enjoyed Sims 3 and pets as well, the Sims 3 “Teaser”, as they call it basically give you a minute trial of an area and you move to the next, you get to go to 3 areas, the pets demo is basically just the create part, nothing else. Although now I’m considering getting both games, but I can’t, as I’m saving up to pre-order FIFA 13 and PES 2013 on both PC and PS2…


Saturday 26th May 2012

My sister came into my room while she was visiting, and she asked if she wanted to play Tony Hawk’s Underground for the PS2, so I let her, and she was playing for about 10-15 minutes, even though she wasn’t doing any tricks, and was hardly jumping, she seemed to be enjoying it for a while.


Sunday 27th March 2012

This morning, since I recently got a new ISP (O2, we used to have AOL), I thought I’d try FIFA 12 and PES 2012 online, before hand, it just didn’t work at all, I was lucky to play half a match on either, but with the new ISP, I played several full matches without a problem!

I won my match on FIFA 4-2, we were both Barcelona. On PES 2012, however, the people there are complete ninjas! The first match, I lost 8-2! Not only that, my 2 goals, were my only shots in the whole game, the other guy had, I kid you not, 22 shots! Another Barcelona, Chelsea moment… The second match I played was even worse, I lost 13-2! I would’ve rage quit, but if I did, the game would restrict my account, it’s nice to know that system works…

It was PS3 week at grans today, we only played FIFA Street, me and my brother, played 2 matches of “Last man standing”, which, if you score, the player that scored gets sent off, and player who send their entire team off first wins, he won both times.

The me and my cousin, Giancarlo, played a 5-a-side match, which I won 6-2 I think. Then me and my other cousin, Steven, had a game, I don’t remember the result for that.

After that, I left.

Steven came up to our house not long afterwards, and we played a bunch of games!

We decided to try a challenge, and attempt to play all of the consoles that night, we just called it: The Console Challenge, it’s good enough, plus it has alliteration.

We started off by playing FIFA 12, in celebration that FIFA 13 was coming to PS2, widescreen and in 60Hz! I went as Barcelona, and he went as Athletico Madrid. We enjoyed it, despite the game being completely different, but not for the better, and the game kept slowing down, we played a match, I won, but I don’t remember by how much.

We then played PES 2012 for the PS2, in celebration of PES 2013 coming to PS2, I went Barcelona again and I think Steven went as Manchester City ,more of the same here, except the game had no widescreen mode, not that it’s that important.

Then we played Timsplitters, and trying to figure out what to do! If you don’t know what we mean, the game’s objectives are very simple, literally, every objective is take something, bring it back, me and Steven have an in-joke of pretending that we don’t understand the objective! We couldn’t pass the level we were on, because we had no idea where the item in question was and there were too many guys pumping lead into us.

Then we went up a step, and played Timsplitters 2! We were on Neo Tokyo, where you had to follow someone without her noticing you, we finally passed it!

Then we played Vib Ribbon on the PS1, I challenged him to complete a ‘Weird’ Al Yankovic song on it, as I mentioned to him it was almost impossible, he couldn’t do it!

Then we played the revolutionary Rise of the Robots for the Amiga CD32! We played a couple of matches, He won the first, I won the second.

Then we played Sonic Adventure 2, we played a Kart Race, I don’t remember my position, but Steven came last. Then we played a couple of action stages, I won both, which was enough to show him the levels we never played in before.

Then we played Metropolis Street Racer, we set the time to the console default (midnight 1st Jan 1998), but we set the time zone to a random one to mix things up, and it landed on GMT +9, then Steven said “…and now, we’re going to play MSR in a whole new time zone!” Brilliant! At that moment, I knew I was goign to use that for this diary’s title.

We played a couple of races, both of which I won, the first one, which was in Tokyo, by quite a margin, 20 seconds between my finish, and Steven’s, the second one, which was in London, was close, but it was still clear who won.

Then we played Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 on the Xbox, so we could get our Horse of the week, we played in the airport level, where it all started! The “horse”, was wVjlYSfRR4! I won it despite my handicap! 11-5 to me!

Then we played Mashed: Fully Loaded on the Xbox, we played f*ck knows how many matches, we got addicted for a short while! We had force ourselves out to play something else!

Then we moved onto the Saturn to play Sega Rally Championship we had a race, unfortunately, I won the race…

Then we had a game of FIFA 97, also on the Saturn, and it was awful, but in the awesome kind of way! We soon realised why the Sega Worldwide Soccer games got so much praise back in the day and still to this day has a fan base… this was the alternative!

Then we played Forsaken on the N64, the game is fun on single player, not so much on multiplayer, pretty disappointing, especially since the N64 is the system for multiplayer games!

Then we played 007 Goldeneye, on, what else, the Sega Saturn! Oh wait… We played a game of licensed to kill slappers only, as always, but we had turbo mode on, which, as you might have guessed, speeds up the players, and it was a lot of fun, I expected it to be frustrating, because you might not be able to hit the players, that was the case, but it was still fun! Then, for the first time in a long time, we had a proper gun match, with turbo mode on, but still, and we had an absolute blast! We should do this more often!

Finally, because all we needed was the Gamecube to have completed all the main consoles I have, we played Beyblade V-Force: Super Tournament Battle, once I finally explained to Steven how to launch the Beyblade in the game, once that was over and done with, we played a proper match, and we enjoyed it, well, at least I did.

We were about to play Sonic Heroes on the Gamecube, but Steven had to leave unfortunately, so we weren’t able to, obviously.

Before we left, I showed him my recently acquired key chain Beyblade and launched it, and asked him “Doesn’t this bring back memories?”, he said “Aye, it does.”, just thought I’d tell you that.

Here’s what we played:

    In the order we played them:

  • FIFA 12 [PS2]
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 [PS2]
  • Timesplitters [PS2]
  • Timesplitters 2 [PS2]
  • Vib Ribbon [PS1]
  • Rise of the Robots [CD32]
  • Sonic Adventure 2 [DC]
  • Metropolis Street Racer [DC]
  • Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 [Xbox]
  • Mashed: Fully Loaded [Xbox]
  • Sega Rally Championship [SS]
  • FIFA 97 [SS]
  • Forsaken [N64]
  • 007 Goldeneye [N64]
  • Beyblade V-Force: Super Tournament Battle [GC]

It was a fun week overall, next Sunday, we’re having party for my brother’s communion at my house, and all of my cousins are going, it’s going to be a frantic week!

The week afterwards will be Wii week, because it’s been far too long since we played a game of Wario Ware Smooth Moves!

Article By: Cobra!
Recall help provided by: Steven

Retro Pick-Ups: Starblade [3DO], FIFA 97 [SAT] and Forsaken [N64]

Fri, May 18th, 2012

I went into G-Force again, which is a shop I sometimes go to on my way home from college, for those new to this blog.

I noticed the old games weren’t where they usually are, I thought they threw them out, but it turns they did almost the opposite, they now had a whole dedicated to them, not only then, they had more games for more consoles, like 3DO, NES, SNES and they had more Saturn games!

So I thought since my EMA came in that week, I thought I’d buy some stuff, and I found that a lot of the game were quite cheap, the NES games went for only £5 each, they were loose carts, but that still doesn’t sound bad.

and that was the NES, that apparently did awful over here, I found a few games I had wanted for a while, I had always wanted to play Starblade again, I used to play it in Tekken 5, and I knew for a while there was a 3DO port, and was apparently the only version to make it outside Japan, I could be wrong though, and luck would have it, the store only had one 3DO game, and it was none other, than Startblade!

I think it’s a US copy, I could tell by the CD being pretty thing, in the US, they had Big boxes with little jewel cases inside them, over here, I believe we just had jewel cases, but they were the double CD cases you used to get.
However, on the back of the case, it said “This title displays in letterbox format on the 3DO PAL System”, and on the bottom it said “Made in UK”, hmm…

I also got FIFA 97 for the Sega Saturn, I normally wouldn’t have bothered, but it was only £2, so it was a why not.

Last, but not least, I got Forsaken for the Nintendo 64, my friend said he loved the game back in the day for the PS1, and the N64 version is supposed to be the same, but with more levels, nice!

This really isn’t a “Pick-Up”, but I thought I’d post it here anyway, my copy of Back to the Future the Game on PC! Unfortunately, I got impatient and opened the seal before I took the photos, but hey, look at the bright side, I can show you what’s inside now.

Speaking of, here are the photos:










Retro Diary – 13/5/12 – "SlllooooowwDoooowwwnnnnnn!!!!"

Sun, May 13th, 2012

Dear Diary,

I’ve had a more exiting week than usual, although that’s not saying much.


Monday 7th May 2012

For some reason, we were going to grans again, so I thought I’d take this opportunity to take a console.

I decided to keep it a surprise until my cousins, Steven and Giancarlo, came into the sitting room, where we usually play the games.

The console turned out to be… The Sega Saturn!

Sadly, I can’t remember what games we played and in what order, so I’ll give you what I can remember, We Played:

    In no order:

  • Daytona USA: Championship Circuit Edition
  • Sega Rally Championship
  • Sega Touring Car Championship
  • Virtua Fighter 2(.1)

Our games of Sega Rally and Daytona USA were pretty much the same as they always are.

I remember while me and Steven were playing Sega Touring Car Championship, we kept saying “SlllooooowwDoooowwwnnnnnn!!!!” and “5 Frrrraaaammmmmmeeesss aaa ssssseeeeccconnnnnddd!!!”, because the game kept slowing down!

I remember Virtua Fighter 2.1 most fondly, me and Giancarlo were playing it, we discovered they had an option called “Slow Mode”, so we enabled that to see what it was like.

It turns out it was just an underwater stage, it slows down the game for realism, as actions done in in water are usually slower than in air, that much is kind of obvious, so I guess they didn’t lie…

We had a lot of fun with it, though, while we were playing it, were talking about imagining movies done underwater, like Back to the future underwater, with a submarine “Delorian”, and Die Hard done underwater!

Overall, it was a lot of fun!


Saturday 12th May 2012

At long last, I have Scooby Doo and the Cyber Chase on PS1 again!

I’ve been wanting that game for literally years now. Why? You may ask, well I used to have it back in the day, it was pretty much the last out of the nostalgic PS1 games I had, I have just about every other game I had from my childhood.
After playing it, I realised it had almost no resemblance to the movie, it seemed more like a quick buck game, after all, it was based off of a direct-to-video film for starters.

After getting used to the controls, however, I found it was actually a very enjoyable game, the controls are solid (although they f*ck you over from time to time), the game is actually challenging even playing it now, the levels are pretty cool, and the music and sound effects are great and memorable, for years I had some of it’s tracks stuck in my head without realising where it came from!

I almost feel I shouldn’t be enjoying it as much as I am, like I said, it seems as if they quickly put the game together to make a quick buck, as guess you could call it, a guilty pleasure? I seem to have a lot of games like that recently, maybe I should make a top 10 list…


Sunday 13th May 2012

It was Gamecube week this week, unfortunately, Steven couldn’t be there, due an accident he had with his lip.

Unfortunately also, Giancarlo didn’t know it was Gamecube week, so he didn’t bring his games, he asked what games I had, I mentioned Mario Kart Double Dash and Marvel Nemesis, and then he said “Say no more, we’re sorted!”.

For a while, I was playing Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4 with my brother, we also played Disney’s Extreme Skate Adventure for a short while, too.

The me and Giancarlo played a bit of Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects.

Then we played a bit of Mario Kart: Double Dash, I brought the strategy guide (yes, I actually have it.), to for a joke, say we have the full experience, the funny thing is, it actually came in handy! Sort of. Giancarlo wasn’t sure how you boosted in the game, so we looked it up in the strategy guide, and it had the info we needed! I never worked for me, but it worked for Giancarlo a few times, so I know the guide was right.

Then we played a little bit more of Marvel Nemesis…

Then we tried out Beyblade V-Force: Super Tournament Battle, it took a while before Giancarlo figured out how to launch the Beyblade, after that, eh, it was alright.

Then we played some more Marvel Nemesis… While we were playing it, we were talking about those companies like Capcom and EA, who are just in it for the money, I mentioned since it was recently released on PC I thought I might try out Street Fighter X Tekken, and he surprised when I mentioned it, it turns out he hadn’t heard about that, odd, I thought he’d be the first to know about it.

Then we tried out WWE Day of Reckoning, the controls were easy enough for him to learn, so we had a one on one hardcore match, which I won.

…and finally, we finished off with another game or two of Marvel Nemesis!

In short (tl;dr), here’s what we played:

    In the order we first played them:

  • Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4
  • Disney’s Extreme Skate Adventure
  • Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects
  • Mario Kart: Double Dash
  • Beyblade V-Force: Super Tournament Battle
  • WWE Day of Reckoning

My auntie had to drop me off since my mum left ages before, before I even had to chance to play the Gamecube with Gianni. It turns out he was in the same car, so me, him, and the other cousin who was in the car, were talking Michel Jackson and Weird Al Yankovic songs!

So yeah, despite the major drawbacks, we still had fun, or at least I had, next week is Xbox 360 week, I hope Steven will be better by then, because he’s the one that’s supposed to bring it, if he isn’t, which I reckon is unlikely, then we’ll either move the PS3 week then back to 360 week, or until Steven is well enough, I’ll select random consoles to bring until Steven is well enough.

He’ll probably be better by then, but just in case…

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