Tokyo Jungle:A Metropolitan Rainforest

Tokyo Jungle is a unique simulator indie game found on the psn for the PS3. The game takes place in a post apocalyptic future where the human race vanished in the blink of an eye. Animals which were once kept captive by humans and placed in zoos now live in the city streets creating new ecosystems. The goal of the game isn’t to win it is just to survive. The player is tasked with controlling an animal who will need to hunt for food and find water to survive. Darwin taught us though that simply surviving is not enough. The goal of a living organism is to reproduce and contribute to the continuation of the species. Within this game you will be tasked with taking over territories and finding members of the opposite gender in which to procreate with. The game was created by Crispy’s and distributed by Sony Computer Entertainment Japan.

NES Remix-A Whirl Wind Of Nostalgia

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NES Remix-A Whirl Wind Of Nostalgia

What do you get when you combine achievements with 8-bit games? One of Nintendo’s newest titles for the WiiU does just that. No one could dispute the fact that when it comes to party games Nintendo is the king. NES Remix follows in this tradition. While the game currently only has a single player mode it begs to be played in a group setting. NES Remix hosts sections of nes black box games. Many of the challenges in this game would be included in modern games as either trophies or achievements. One example is for the original Mario Brothers arcade game which requires the player to gather 16 coins in 12 seconds. Some of the challenges however truly encapsulate the notion of a remix. Imagine a level in Donkey Kong where you are controlling Luigi and have to rescue Mario. Or a level in excite bike where you have to complete a race performing a wheelie the whole time. If the ideas portrayed in these stages intrigue you then NES Remix is going to be a perfect fit.

I really enjoyed the game as a whole but I do feel that the average player will grow bored of the game if they play it by themselves. Like many people I believe that the game needs to receive an update to incorporate a leader board. I would love to see internet rankings but I would accept a leader board within the game for local times. Nintendo while delivering on solid game play needs to learn a lesson from this that there is a market for their older games. I would love to see a sequel to NES Remix released which could encapsulate some of the best games for the famicom disk system or the snes. I realize that I am giving this game high praise and haven’t really truly critiqued it. Unfortunately that is hard to do when most of the games utilized are considered some of the best of all times. I do have one complaint. I would have liked to have seen some more obscure games from the nes library being utilized. Dynowarz for the nes is an overlooked 8-bit gem which due to it containing two different types of play styles would have complimented itself well to the game.

This is normally the part of the review where I would break my score down into specific categories. I find it difficult to do in this case. How exactly does one rate the sound, graphics, and controls of thirty year old games being emulated on a modern system? I suppose that it would be possible to play the games on their original hardware but the average gamer today does not possess these games. By that same note these games were never originally intended to be played thirty years later. This leaves us with a predicament since I could score them based off of the quality back in the 80’s or today. Instead I want you all the reader to make the judgment call. Do you personally feel that these games still hold up? For some gamers this game will pose a difficulty level that surpasses that which they are used to. For other gamers who either grew up with the titles or are fans of retro gaming Nintendo Remix will feel like coming home.

Leave a comment or send AGGN a message and let me know what titles you all would have liked to have seen in NES Remix.

Written By:
Kiba Silverman

Injustice Gods Among Us

injustice-gods-among-us-ultimate-edition-playstation-4When I first heard about another super hero fighting game in production I was quick to dismiss it. I had been burned by every super hero based fighting game that I had seen previously.  Issues with super hero fighting games date all the

way back to the Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis with the old Justice League game. Back then the primary issue was the controls and lack luster backgrounds. More recently we were “treated” with Mortal Kombat Vs. DC Universe. What should have been a well thought out and fun game ended up being painful to play. While graphically the game was beautiful, poor controls and censorship by DC  ultimately made the game more painful to play then Russian roulette with Death Stroke. Injustice Gods Among Us has fixed many of the issues that plagued it’s earlier brethren.

 

Blast From The Past: Breath Of Fire 2

breathoffire2_boxThe first game in my Blast From The Past series is going to be Capcom’s 1995 game for the Super Nintendo Breath of Fire 2. Coming from the success of the first game, Capcom decided to translate and localize the game themselves instead of asking Square Soft to do it. Was this a smart decision? Did this help the game or hurt the game? We will discuss these very questions as well as discuss some of the many game mechanics that were changed with the sequel. This game came out in the middle of the console’s lifespan and had a chance to learn from its predecessor. Will this game be an improvement or something that is best left forgotten? As always I will do my best to keep this review spoiler free for you. Like Gobi from Breath of Fire 1 it is now time for us to discover the value of this item we possess.

Duck Tales Remastered: Is It The Game We Remember?

ducktales_cover_largeGrowing up in the late 80’s and 90’s I looked forward to few things more than Saturday morning cartoons and cartoons after school. Disney produced some of the most iconic cartoons from that era. Some of the shows that Disney created

included hits such as: Dark Wing Duck, Gargoyles, Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers, and Duck Tales. These shows attempted to show us fun worlds where we were able to feel like we were we were able to feel like we were on an adventure with the characters on screen.

Attack On Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin)

shingeki_no_kyojin_manga_volume_1Normally when I write a review for an anime I will try and wait until the anime has finished it’s run. Attack On Titan has managed to take over the anime world by storm and can’t be ignored. I am going to try and keep this review as spoiler free

as possible. The anime takes places a hundred years after the destruction of human civilization. Humanity has walled themselves up away from the rest of the world in an attempt to survive.