This week for Retro Game Friday I’m back with a sequel to a classic game. It’s Ape Escape 2!
Plot: The plot is just as ridiculous as the first game, which is saying something as the first was rather slapstick at times.
Gameplay: The gameplay is much like the first game, with the player using various gadgets via the right analog stick and controlling Hikaru via the left stick and the shoulder buttons. In addition the game has new gadgets you can use which add to the wackiness, like a Bananarang to lure monkeys with it’s scent.
Characters: Kakeru, the first game’s protagonist isn’t really in the game, though you can play as him in the New Game Plus mode. Hikaru is our new main character, with Natsumi taking over for the Professor for the most part.
Art: The art of the original game has aged poorly, although there was a PlayStation 4 port with enhanced graphics that was released four years ago.
Music: It fits the game, nothing more really needs to be said.\
Overall: A fun game, and a classic that is often overlooked.
This week for Retro Game Friday I’m back with a classic game. It’s Space Channel 5!
Plot: The plot is pretty mediocre, and while it was fun as a kid I’d be pretty bored by the story itself now. Thankfully this isn’t a book.
Gameplay: The gameplay was pretty fun, with it being split between “Dance” and “Shooting” sections. I’ll admit I suck at the dance sections but that’s a personal failing because I can’t hold a beat to save my life, in this case literally.
Art: The art has aged pretty poorly since it was released, but considering this game first released in 1999 that isn’t a surprise.
Music: The music is still great though!
Overall: This is a fun game, although those who aren’t good at holding a beat might get frustrated, otherwise this is a great way to spend some time.
Hey all I’m back with a pretty classic game for this week’s Retro Game Friday. It’s Burnout!
Gameplay: The game plays unlike most racing games in that it features traffic. It also has a pretty sweet crash camera system, although that can get old pretty quickly. However driving recklessly, i.e. in ways NO ONE should ever try to replicate in reality, allows one to build up a Burn meter to speed up and pass their competition. But seriously DO NOT drive like this game encourages. Please.
Art: The art has aged pretty badly since the game was first released in 2001, but it was pretty freaking epic at the time. And the crash camera was pretty fun if you could pull off a particularly spectacular crash.
Music: The music is okay, but really not worth mentioning.
This week for Retro Game Friday I’m back with a game that is quite unremembered. It’s TimeSplitters!
Plot: The game really didn’t have any plot, other than “Stop the TimeSplitters!”. Granted that when you get down to pretty much any story it boils down to something along those lines, but still the fact that that was pretty much the entirety of the plot wasn’t great.
Gameplay: Thankfully this was a really fun game, which considering it was made by people from Rare, who made GoldenEye and Perfect Dark, that shouldn’t be a surprise. Multiplayer was the big draw of the game, and since this was made in the heyday of local multiplayer you had to be careful of the other players screen watching you, and trying to do the same to them without them knowing.
Art: The art has aged poorly, but in the day it was pretty impressive, and considering it was a PlayStation 2 launch title you can bet it’s graphics were really hyped up.
Music: I don’t remember it, as I was dealing with trash talking to my friends and them doing the same to me.
Overall: A great game if you played with others for multiplayer, but otherwise a lackluster single player game.
For those who like: Multiplayer, FPS.
Not for those who don’t like: Either of the above.