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Late to the Party: Contra Hard Corps

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I played the Nintendo Entertainment System version of the first Contra game, Super C, and Contra III: The Alien Wars for the Super NES growing up, but had actually never heard of the Sega Genesis Contra Hard Corps – which many apparently called the best Contra game, until many years later. I’m only just now learning the myriad reasons it’s so revered that involve what it does for the Contra formula as well as the circumstances surrounding its release.

Playing the game now, I’m astonished at how much it added to the series’ gameplay after Alien Wars. I think it’s officially known as a side game or a sub-series (it got a direct sequel on the PS3 and Xbox 360) but I honestly still think it’s close enough to its forbears to more or less be the “Contra IV” before WayForward made Contra 4 on the original Nintendo DS. Continue reading

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Late to the Party: Metal Slug

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After spending 80 hours finishing the main story of Generation Zero I wanted to do some shorter games before doing another large-commitment game, and SNK’s Metal Slug has been both on my backlog for years and a franchise I’ve looked at from afar since it showed up in arcades in the 90’s. As of this writing I went through the arcade modes of the original Metal Slug and Metal Slug X real quick and then got through some of Metal Slug 3.

I can clearly see these are still arcade games originally designed to siphon quarters, but they still have fast, precise action with varied level design and beautiful sprite graphics. Continue reading

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Indie Game Radar: Super Galaxy Squadron, Murder

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I guess I’ve decided to tear through a bunch of the smaller games I bought on Steam over the last year or so while I’m not busy with anything really big. Coming off of Super Star Path I actually managed to thoroughly play a couple more games I bought during the last steam sale at basically non-existent prices. Continue reading

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Indie Game Radar: Super Star Path

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This edition of Good Indie Games No One Is Talking About is for one that actually came out last June. It was one of the games I picked up during the last winter sale at a likely completely trivial price, and I just played through most of it. Since Destructoid is the closest thing to a mainstream gaming site that has said anything about Super Star Path (that tends to be how it goes for games this obscure), I thought I’d at least say a few words.

Basically, Super Star Path tries to combine the shoot em’ up with the falling block puzzle game. For the most part I think it succeeds at creating something that require the skills of both genres. When you think about it it’s a really smart mix of gameplay and is very well executed. It’s just that this is a small game. I mean really small. I reached the final boss and got just about every collectible in less than two hours. Continue reading

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Late To The Party: G-Darius

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I think the second post I ever wrote for this blog was about Darius. If you don’t know, Taito is in the midst of releasing the first major console game in the franchise in almost 20 years. Another significant thing about Dariusburst Chronicle Savoirs is it’s going to be $60 on PS4 and $50 on PC, which in this market is asking a bit much for a shoot em’ up.

When reading about this I remembered that a few years ago I’d found an original PlayStation copy of the 1998 G-Darius which was the last significant Darius game for a console, but I hadn’t played it much at all. So, I want ahead and rectified that for a few hours. Continue reading

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Indie Game Radar: Blue Revolver

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I am not a major shoot-em-up player. I would even go as far as to admit I dislike bullet hell games. Too often I come upon a game that has a really cool box art, only to find it’s a shmup with almost no full-blown representation of the florid art on its cover. I mostly look past the sea of these games that have become a bit more prominent in the indie scene these days (shmups have probably always been a staple of indie PC games). But I gotta say, a handful have caught my attention despite all this. One such game that’s on the way is Blue Revolver. Continue reading

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