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Our First Atari 2600 Review

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Atari month has begun and our first reviews will be rolled out this week. A shooter called  Atlantis has the honor of being the first Atari 2600 game to be reviewed on this site, but there is more in store with Berzerk and Battlezone reviews in the works. A new review will be posted each week, maybe with a few bonuses thrown in depending on how fast I can go through these games. Thanks for reading and Happy New Year!

What Can We Expect From Mega Man 11?

   Those who frequent Mega Man fan circles are likely familiar with laments over the state of the series which was seemingly abandoned by Capcom. Not to be underestimated in their ability to crank out sequels, Capcom have recently announced tentative plans for the release of Mega Man 11 in “late” 2018. Curious to see what the Blue Bomber’s new adventure would entail, I decided to go straight to the horse’s mouth and watch the announcement trailer (Which can be viewed via the link at the end of this post) and was startled by what I saw. Mega Man 11 looks and sounds like a fusion of Mega Man 8 and Mighty No. 9, sans the horrific voice acting. Honestly, I was expecting something more like the ninth and tenth installments to the series, but the new look Mega Man sports is quite in step with Capcom’s a recent moves, seeing as how the Monster Hunter World beta is a graphical tour de force. Before we go on, I am also going to fully acknowledge the fact that my predictions could be completely wrong.

   The trailer may answer a lot of questions about how the upcoming title may look, but it gives little away in terms of gameplay. Mega Man’s tried and true “Jump and Shoot” gameplay mechanics are alive and well, which is mostly what is demonstrated by the trailer. Several of the series’ conventions are also present in this game including special weapons, deadly obstacles, and the occasional mini-boss; in fact one such mini-boss is a Metool, one of the Mega Man’s perennial foes. The trailer even hints that changes have been made to the Mega Buster in the form of a meter that appears over the Blue Bomber’s head while charging it. What this means is anyone’s guess, but hopefully it indicates that some clever new ideas have been added to the series.

   Unfortunately, there is a lot the trailer doesn’t tell us. Will MM11 be difficult or will it be more casual? How many Robot Masters are there? What kind of upgrades will Rush and Mega Man get? How open ended is the gameplay? Will Dr. Wily return? Wait, there’s no point in asking that last question. At any rate, Mega Man has a long and checkered past to refer to in search of answers. Generally, the core concept of the series has remained the same for decades. Challenge a set of eight bosses in any order, collect a special weapon upon defeating a boss, then try to figure out which boss is weak against your new weapon. It is almost certain that Capcom will not change this general premise, because Mega Man 11 wouldn’t be a true Mega Man title without it. So, Capcom simply built upon the existing framework, adding new allies, tweaking the difficulty (for better or worse), and maybe changing the Mega Buster here and there… which seems to be what they did according to the trailer. We also know that titles that attempted to veer from the series’ 2D roots, such as Mega Man Legends and Mega Man 8 were often met with lukewarm results or downright hated by many fans. With this in mind Capcom is likely to give us what it has for three decades now: more of the same. With any luck Mega Man 11 will at least follow in the footsteps of some of the series’ more beloved installments.

~by tankMage (December 2017)

Atari 2600 Month (January 2018)

Coming January 2018!

The Atari 2600 is an icon of the gaming world, being an early example of a successful console and home to famous titles such as Pitfall! and Yar’s Revenge. So far, this project has focused on games from the mid 1980’s to the late 2000’s and it is high time we explored this iconic console. Our first round of Atari 2600 reviews will be published in early January 2018 and it’s library will be this website’s primary focus for the entire month. On a personal note, the Atari 2600 is somewhat foreign to me, having been born a year before the infamous “Video Game Crash” of 1983, I grew up with the NES and had no real inkling of the important contributions Artari made to the video game world. It wasn’t until I was about twelve that I actually had contact with an Atari, thanks to a friend who had borrowed one from his older brother. I’ve always had an interest in the past and I eagerly accepted my friend’s invitation to play it. The games were strange, primitive, and thoroughly fascinating. The Atari 2600 was like a journey into an alternate universe of flashing screens and strange buzzing sound effects that was totally alien to the both of us. With that said, I look forward to reviewing Atari games and maybe even writing a few guides where appropriate during the month of January. Untill then, have a great holiday season and a happy New Year!

Movie Reviews Are Here!

As promised, now hosts movie reviews! We would also like to welcome our newest contributor and movie buff extraordinaire, Grawlix. Currently our selection of reviews is admittedly small, but it will be updated on a regular basis. We plan to cover a wide range of films, both new and old. This new section is also accompanied by a minor update to our navigation bar, which we hope will improve the performance of this site. Click here to visit our movie review section or look for it under “Reviews, Guides, and More” on the menu bar. As always, thank you for your support and Happy Holidays!

Movie Reviews Coming December 1st!

Coming Soon! will feature movie reviews in addition to video game reviews, guides, and passwords starting December 1, 2017. Movie reviews will be organized according to genre and include a variety of films, both old and new! This new section will be accompanied by some minor changes to our navigational menus. As always, we want to thank our readers for all of the support you have shown over the years and hope that you will enjoy the improvements coming to this site!