The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap. Nintendo/Capcom (2004) Gameboy Advance

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I truly hated Oracle of Ages, so much so that I originally gave it zero percent. I felt Capcom got it all wrong by introducing too much 1980’s Capcom difficulty and obtuseness.  My opinion on it mellowed after some time, but I still consider it to be the worst Zelda game that isn’t one of the CD-i games. So it was with some hesitation that I approached The Minish Cap.
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Fire Emblem. Intelligent Systems (2004) Gameboy Advance

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Also know as “Fire Emblem 2003” (US release date) and Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade to help it stand out in a series that at this point had 6 games in the series. It was the first game in the series to get a Western Localisation and is a prequel to The Binding Blade, the 6th in the series.

There are many games that I have played in my time that have made me angry, but none that have made me quite as apocalyptic with rage as Fire EmblemFallout 2 made me rage by a stupid difficulty spike at the end, and the shear RNGESUS of Football Manager made me smash more than a fair number of keyboards.

And with that, we have a game with awful RNGesus, a stupid difficulty wall that puts even Shaolin Monks and Fallout 2 to shame, yet somehow, manages to maintain a certain charm.

There were moments where I threw the Gameboy across the room, and it is probably a marvel that the console survived the experience. Continue reading

Gotcha Force. Capcom (2004) Gamecube

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Yo, this be Reuben. You probably don’t know me, let’s face it, but I write for ol’ Stuff and That. That fact beside, I write for these chaps now as well, so hi.

You probably haven’t heard of Gotcha Force before, and that’s because it was a pretty random game, and went relatively unnoticed aside by some nutters with its mixed review scores and obnoxious shtick. Turns out, I was one of those nutters who noticed it, and played over 1000 hours of it back in the day. Recently, I’ve gone back to it, and I’m wondering if it’s really as good as I remember it. Continue reading

GunCom 2 (Death Crimson OX). Ecole. (2004) PlayStation 2

I am going to do a top Light gun Games list soon, and to do that I want to get a few games out of the way. So apologies to the many people who don’t like On-Rails shooters as much as me.

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Also known as Death Crimson OX on the Dreamcast. It was a released in 2000 in the arcade, got a Japan only Dreamcast port in 2001, and then finally made it’s way to PS2 in December 2004.

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Crisis Zone. Namco (2004) PlayStation 2

I am going to do a top Light gun Games list soon, and to do that I want to get a few games out of the way. So apologies to the many people who don’t like On-Rails shooters as much as me.

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Crisis Zone, also known as Time Crisis – Crisis Zone, and if you can’t already tell is a Light Gun game spin off of the Time Crisis series. Originally released in 1999 in the arcades using a nifty plastic Steyr Mannlicher TMP for the light gun. We were then treated to a home port in late 2004. Continue reading