Flashback: A Retrospective Review — RetroboyJon’s Game Stuff

With the upcoming release of Flashback on the Switch, I think it’s time we revisited the original, it’s one of my favourite games of all time and one of the most original games released. Honestly. It really is. I first played this when I was about 12, I borrowed it from a friend for the […]

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Rampage 64: World Tour

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With the new Rampage film coming out in theaters, it’s only fitting we get to talk about an oldie but a goodie. We play one of three experiments gone wrong: George the Ape, Lizzie the Lizard, and Ralph the Wolf as they tear through the world wreaking buildings, fighting the army, and eating people and food. That’s pretty much it in a nutshell. It’s a simple game that’s fun as hell. Climbing buildings like King Kong and breaking them down with your bare fists or scooping up the denizens of the world. I freaked out as a kid being being able to kick a car like a football. There are funny things too like if you eat toxins, the monster comically barfs. The game does have classic couch co-op and looks pretty good for the time. The only royal flaw is how repetitive the game is to the core. As I said, the game is simple but fun and worth a fun, especially with friends. May the gaming gods bring you glory as you wreck the world your own way.

Tera (PS4)

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I don’t normally play MMO’s to be honest, a little guild wars, some World of Warcraft and a bit of Neverwinter. Now I know that sounds like quite a few, but I haven’t put a lot of time into them. Maybe 60 hours across them all and that is high balling it. I am far from an expert on the subject.

With that out-of-the-way, I am having fun with Tera. The game looks nice and plays pretty well. Admittedly inside of cities the game does suffer from some lag issues, but that is more annoying than anything that messes with game play. The combat is similar to most action RPG games where you are free to move around and your skills all have cool down times associated with them, all of which is pretty par for the course.

All the MMO staples are here as well, you can get mounts and pets, many that will collect items for you. There is no monthly fee and the game is free to play, as such cosmetics and skins cost a decent amount of money and there is a $15 a month upgrade you can buy that gives you a 100% boost in experience and gold as well as a discount on the micro-transactions.

The story is a bit cliché, starting out next to a special tree. Helping some special kids you quickly find out you are also special and will be chosen to help save the world, of course. It is still quite interesting, but nothing new. With the game being free to play tho on PS4 and Xbox it worth a try even if you aren’t big on MMO’s. Best wishes and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

Star Wars: Battlefront 2

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A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away there was a epic video game called Star Wars: Battlefront 2. It was and perhaps still is one of the greatest Star Wars games next to Star Wars, Knights of the Old Republic but sadly, there was a disturbance in the Force and so came the dark lords at EA.

Classic Battlefront 2 was a massive game for the time. Released on the heels of Star Wars Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith, the story revolving around the memoirs of a retired Clone Trooper as he recounts the Clone Wars, the downfall of the Republic, and the rise of the Empire. We got to enjoy enormous third person battles straight from the movie, visiting beautifully done and films accurate maps. Vehicles, space, and almost 20 of our favorite characters throughout the series like Luke Skywalker,  Yoda, Darth Vader, Darth Maul, as well as more minor but still awesome characters such as Ki Adi Mundi and Aylah Secura. What made this game loads of fun was Galactic Conquest: capturing worlds for credits used to buy new advantages in battle like health regenerating troops, extra garrisons, or even having a hero commander join you for example. The classes were fun, each faction had 7, the last two custom to the faction, whether getting a stealthy Bothan spy or the Droidieka murder machine and your weapons and characters were upgraded by a fair prestige system for simple achievements in match. For war game fans and Star Wars nerds alike, this game is a must play and I can’t recommend it enough…but alas my friends, there is a dark side as I said.

With my pal Autobot, I tried EA’s Star Wars: Battlefront 2 and well…WHAT THE FUCK EA? Given my extreme disappointment over the first attempt at Battlefront, I was desperately optimistic to the point Savior wanted to kick my ass as was the case with Justice League (2017)  or Power Rangers So I’m going to say the game is stunning to look at visually with damn nice character models and great score. Other than that, I can’t find much I liked. I hated how space combat felt, the controls felt too off and I found there to be a major lack of variety of ships and functions. Speaking of, despite playing a little bit through all three trilogies, I couldn’t help feeling a lack of variety in the ground trooper classes: assault, heavy, sniper, and other. That’s it. Heroes are far less plentiful and nowhere near as fun to play as. What was the cherry on the shit sundae were the hard crashes we experienced; of 10 matches we crashed 3 in a row over two pretty boring game modes. I can’t recommend this reboot at all and friends don’t let friends play this damn game.

May the gaming gods bring you glory, and please take this away from this: graphics don’t mean everything, effort and love will always shine through.

Crusader Kings 2 (PC)

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I first heard of this game long ago, but not being big on computer games (yea I am a console guy) I never really got the chance to play it. But when it was tossed up on Steam by Paradox for free for a few days I couldn’t pass it up. So I tossed it on the starting kingdom they recommend and went to town on what they told me to do while adding my own thing to which the game allows for. For example they tell you to get married, but don’t really tell you who to marry. Here is a short summary of the first hour of game play for me.

So I start-up my game and fumble thru some menus and read the descriptions and quickly see there is a lot going on, much of it self-explanatory. this makes me happy. The game is constantly moving, days are slipping by. The game informs me I wont be attacked until my character reaches age 40. This is a plus because I have no clue what is going on.  I send my king into hiding just in case. Moments later I discover I need to get married. Time to come out of hiding. But what kind of wife should I get? Do i marry for land? Peace? Alliance? In true Medieval fashion I choose to marry my cousin so that when my uncle dies I can claim his kingdom as my own. I also discover the plot commands and choose to attempt to murder my older brother so I can take his land next door. My spymaster discovers dear brother had the same plan. What a prick right?

Not long after a small rebellion starts, after struggling I figure out how to send my army to put down a few hundred ungrateful peasants. My dear old brother chose this time to attack a neighboring kingdom. Now is my chance to strike, I move my army into his territory. That is when my assassin poisons him. Victory is mine…except I failed to notice I have 2 brothers. I simply moved my self up to next in line for his land, my other oldest brother is now in charge.

As you can see, this game is kind of like a computer version of Game of Thrones. Graphically it looks nice but is nothing special and the sound is solid. But the real genius here is how in-depth it actually is. Do you raise your armies and take land by force? Do you marry off your children and let the generations pass as you take the world thru guile and brains? Some odd combination of it all? The choice is yours, and it is all very exciting. Personally I can’t wait to finish off my brother. Best wishes, and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

Final Fantasy 15 Comrades

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I bought Final Fantasy 15 the day it came out with the season pass. That day I asked myself, why? You hated 12. Seriously, you can read about it. Final Fantasy 12 Review I also hated the 13 series of games. You can’t read about that because it has been so long since I played it that I haven’t written a review. But, I did it, and I loved I loved Final Fantasy 15. I actually got the Platinum for it. Then the DLC came out and I didn’t touch it, not because I didn’t want to I just got side tracked.

My friend then started harassing me to play Comrades with him recently, so I gave it a shot. It starts out with your character pretty much suffering from some sort of amnesia and being told he is one of the Kingsglave. As one of the glaves left in the years between Noctis disappearing and coming back you must keep the power on and keep things running until he comes back.

The game is actually pretty fun, tho a bit grindy as you pretty much do hunting missions to get power to unlock new areas so you can do new missions to power new areas. It’s a typical MMO in that regard really when it comes down to it. It is however fun for what it is and I wish I tried it sooner and it is Best played with friends. Best wishes and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

Sonic CD (Sega Forever)

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Sonic Cd is one of those games that people either loved or hated and many never even played for the Sega CD, probably because a lot of people never even owned one. I was fortunate enough to have owned one and can compare it to the original. Eventually I will also get around to playing it on the Xbox as well, but for now my cell phone is good enough. It looks nice enough , tho a little weird to play on a small screen. The controls and sound tho are nice. It’s nice to be able to play a full-fledged sonic game on the go and honestly of all the sonic games on Sega  Forever this one runs the smoothest on my phone. Best wishes and may the gaming gods bring you glory.