Retro Game Friday: Cruis’n USA

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This week for Retro Game Friday I’m covering a rather old classic game. It’s Cruis’n USA!

Gameplay: This is a fairly typical racing game, the only real attraction of the game was the ability to play in various locales around the US. The gameplay itself is pretty boring and not all that great. Sure you could play with others, but it was still not that great a game even with a friend playing by your side in the arcade. Don’t even get me started on the N64 version….

Art: The art has aged incredibly poorly. That is completely expected however though given that it was during the start of the 3D Era of games in the early 90’s.

Music: The music was okay, not that you could really hear it in an Arcade.

Overall: Skip this game, it’s completely boring compared to any good racing game, and doesn’t even come close to something like Mario Kart.

For those who like: Arcade Games, Racing.

Not for those who don’t like: Either of the above.

Retro Game Friday: Carmaggedon

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I’m back with a game that made conservatives have collective apoplexies for this week’s Retro Game Friday! It’s Carmageddon!

Plot Synopsis: Wait you were expecting there to be a plot?

Gameplay: In Carmageddon, the player races a vehicle against a number of other computer controlled competitors in various settings, including city, mine and industrial areas. The player has a certain amount of time to complete each race, but more time may be gained by collecting bonuses, damaging the competitors’ cars, or by running over pedestrians. Races are completed by either completing the course as one would a normal racing game, “wasting” (wrecking) all other race cars, or killing all pedestrians on the level. Sound fucked up? It was, but it was also hilariously fun. Anyone who can’t disconnect a game from reality has much greater problems than playing this game.

Art: Very, very dated. Not terrible, but dated.

Music: Don’t remember a whit of it, as me and my cousin were hiding the fact that we were playing this game and had the volume lowered to a super quiet level to avoid alerting our parents we were playing this game.

Overall: Probably good for a laugh or two now. Not a must play.

For those who like: Racing Games, Hilariously Immoral Gameplay.

Not for those who don’t like: Either of the above.

Retro Game Friday: Kirby Air Ride

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This week for Retro Game Friday I’m covering a favorite racing game of mine on the Gamecube. It’s Kirby Air Ride!

Plot Synopsis: What you expected a racing game to have a plot?

Gameplay:  The gameplay is quite similar to any other racing game, except that Air Ride is different in that you can fly if you get enough speed. I personally loved the City Trial Mode, as it was quite fun to try and get the best machine you could get within the time limit to go against other players with. You also could get legendary machines, one of which would allow you to pretty much fly whenever you wanted to due to it’s high acceleration. That one was my favorite, other than Meta Knight who was cheap as hell.

Music: I don’t remember, but I assume it was fairly standard Kirby music.

Artwork: The artwork was okay, but it’s terrible now.

Overall: If you can find a copy, it’s worth picking up if you can get it cheaply.

For those who like: Super Smash Bros (Same Developer), Racing Games, Kirby, Fun Modes.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.