F-Zero X (N64)
Nintendo once again resurrects a classic. Making it's debut on the Super
Nintendo, F-Zero became an instant success. Now the Nintendo 64 tries to
recapture this feeling. Did they succeed?..... They definitely did. This
game recaptures the feel of the original by bringing back such things as
original characters, original track names and original music. These
things give the game a familiar feel. What sets F-Zero X from the
original is the addition of 26 vehicles to the original 4, bringing the
vehicle total to 30. There are 18 tracks to choose from and an extra
mode called the x cup which randomly generates tracks. The x cup feature
brings the track total to well over 100. The original music has been
revamped and sounds spectacular. This game doesn't focus so much on
great graphics as much as it does frame rate. This racer sports 60
frames per second speeds, which is reflected in the gameplay. Make no
mistake, this game is fast. The sacrifice made for this speed was
graphic detail, which is not missed. Multiplayer mode this time around
supports 4 players as opposed to 2 in the previous. The multiplayer side
of the game is one of the best on the Nintendo 64.
(4 stars out of 5)
NFL Blitz (N64/PSX)
Been to the arcade lately? If you have, you are already familiar with
NFL Blitz. If you haven't, here is a quick rundown. NFL Blitz is an
arcade style football game.(Not a simulation.) It is an anything goes
football game, so you can forget about rules. NFL Blitz is a seven on
seven brawl. Just add football to this equation and you have NFL Blitz.
Think of it as the NBA Jam of football. This game is fast and furious
fun in single player mode as well as two player mode. The home version
has a season mode and a play editor. If you liked the arcade version the
home version is almost perfectly identical. The N64 version was slightly
better than the PSX version when it came to graphics and load time.
Other than that they are the same game. If you liked the arcade version
then you will have the same feeling for the home version.
(4 stars out of 5)
Super Puzzle Fighter 2 Turbo (PSX)
This month I decided to do a review on Super Puzzle Fighter 2 Turbo
because it is one of the best puzzle games to ever come out on a
console. It blends the simplicity and fun of Tetris with the world of
Street Fighter. While you battle the computer, or a friend, in the
puzzle aspect of the game a character, selected by you, fights another
selected by the computer or another player. This is an incredibly fun
game and very addictive. This is also a tough game to find. If you are
lucky enough to find a copy of it, by all means pick it up.
(5 stars out of 5)
In Tenchu you play the role of either a male or female ninja. The focus
of this game is stealth. Unlike previous ninja games where you run at
your enemies and either swipe at them with a sword or use throwing stars
to finish them. Instead you hide in the shadows and run on rooftops.
Waiting for the moment to sneak up on your victim and finish him without
a struggle. If the enemy does see you he will attack and draw you into
fight. On the weapons side of the game there are many to choose from.
You can only carry so many items, so choose your supplies wisely. Tenchu
has some nice features such as being able to view what is around corners
before you go around them. Another nice feature is a meter which allows
you to tell if an enemy has spotted you or not.(Nice touch.) The
graphics are nice and the music fits the game nicely. If you are looking
for an authentic feling ninja title, then Tenchu is for you.
(3.5 stars out of 5)