On December 6th, Jak 2, 3 and X: Combat Racing will be dropped onto the PlayStation Store with the perks that the PS2 Classics have: trophies, HD resolutions, share functionality etc.
The boot up screens for the original PlayStation and PS2 are quite possibly some of my favorites. However, the PS2 brought us peaceful and sleek menu designs. So, on December 6th, we all can enjoy it again on our PS4!
This year, 2017, has been quite a year and return for platformers. Some are less notable than others, some are the best in years. But, who would’ve thought Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy would be re-released on PC? It’s currently available on the Steam store.
Sphinx was originally released in North American on November 10, 2003 for the GameCube, PlayStation 2 and Xbox.
This site is about acknowledging and remembering where the roots of gaming came from. Along the way, there were certain innovations, perks and characteristics that have either faded away or blended into the current generations of consoles. Back when these gaming extras were present, they could often be ideal to the game or system. Here are some those that either don’t exist anymore, or just have their place in some other technological fashion.
1. Custom soundtracks
When Ridge Racer on PlayStation gave you the ability to play your own CDs during a race… let me tell you, this was a game changer. Sure, it sounds like a novelty to be able to do, but that novelty grew to a really cool perk to look forward too, but not just in racing games, but especially racing games! The original Xbox came fully functional with a harddrive, ready to download tracks from any audio CD you put in it. From there, it could inject those tracks in to compatible games, like Project Gotham Racing 2. I cannot tell you how many playlists I crafted or CDs I burned for specific games that used this functionality. Eventually, this would become a standard for other consoles in the generation past the Xbox one form or another.
2. The hard to find glitches and bugs
Glitches that happened because of hours of experimentation, or even better, by accident. Like the Mega Man pause glitch or the infamous and numerous MissingNo. bugs. Large amounts of QA testing can catch most problems in a game, but when a game has one print run on a cartridge with no possibility of a patch, someone in the public is bound to break it, and those are often the oddest legacies a game can leave behind.
3. Console modding
While this is big in the retro scene now: adding more compatible or better outputting visual signals to an older console… there were times when having a modded console was pretty awesome. Region-locked consoles where particularly susceptible to the temptation of those wanting to play games outside of their console’s region. Modding your console was an answer for a select few. Sure, there were other nefarious reasons to mod your console outside of breaking the region lock… nowadays it’s less about modding the hardware and more about breaking the firmware on consoles.
4. The Vaporware
Remember Starcraft: Ghost? How about Project Overkill? You may not, but these were games that almost came out, or were cancelled during development. Now known as vaporware, some of these games eventually saw the light of day in one form or another. It was always cool reading up on the progress of development of games yet to be released in magazines and now in retrospect, a lot of them never made it or morphed into something completely different.
5. Near perfect games upon release
It is actually kind of annoying to hear people say that games where better “back in my day.” And an argument that stems from that sentiment is that games didn’t need patches when you first start up the game. Day one patches normally do help a game on launch day. Not having to worry about a download is not something I necessarily miss, but there was something magical about slamming a cartridge into your system for the first time. You didn’t have to worry about the game freezing your system, save-eating bugs, or whether or not you had enough storage space to run the damn thing. Among other things that can go wrong with a games these days, patches and hot fixes weren’t one of them. Gaming was easier and simpler, “things just worked.”
Yes, this is missing a lot of horror games from the NES library like Maniac Mansion, Friday the 13th etc. but these are my favorite.
This game might fly under the radar for many, but it should not be ignored. Like most games on the NES, it’s a 2D platformer. But where it differs is in style. Halfway through the first level, the visuals and music change from odd and bright to dark and foreboding. Aside from its weird translations, this is well worth your time. Don’t miss out on this!
What is Halloween without vampires? Nothing needs to be said about this action side scrolling classic that hasn’t already been said. This game set the stage for many of its kind and is still a treat to play to this day.
Ghosts ‘n Goblins
Another arcade classic! Everybody should know this painstakingly hard game. It can be cheap, but that’s how games were back then. And yeah… to the get the real ending, I hope you have patience and skill. Or you could just watch the ending like a normal person.
This video hopes to explain one of the most notorious modern video game myths: the Polybius arcade machine. Is it true that an arcade machine deployed by the government caused psychoactive and addictive behaviors upon those who played it? Probably not. However it’s fascinating to think about if such a thing did ever exist. It’s about an hour long, very well produced and super comprehensive. Kick back, relax and watch as the myth, the legend unfolds in meticulous detail.
Nintendo already put out Super Mario Maker on the Wii U and 3DS, but that set of tools only let you create and share levels for some of the two dimensional perspective Super Mario games. However, if you’ve been craving for the third dimension, you’ll have to download a rom hack that allows you to create your own Super Mario 64 levels.
The description in the video gives all the details you need to get started!