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#1 RickR

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Posted 08 October 2016 - 02:33 PM

Any other fans of this web site?

 

http://videogamecrit.../index.htm?ex=1

 

I think he does a nice job.  The reviews are short and to the point, with a bit of good humor thrown in.  Includes most classic systems, both console and game reviews.  Check it out if you haven't already.

 

Here's the latest -- a review of the AT Games Genesis Flashback.

 

http://videogamecrit...genclassic2.htm


Edited by RickR, 08 October 2016 - 03:33 PM.

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Posted 08 October 2016 - 03:30 PM

I never  pay much attention to stuff outside of YouTube, for good or ill.  Gonna check this out.


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Posted 08 October 2016 - 03:31 PM

Any other fans of this web site?

 

http://videogamecrit.../index.htm?ex=1

 

I think he does a nice job.  The reviews are short and to the point, with a bit of good humor thrown in.  Includes most classic systems, both console and game reviews.  Check it out if you haven't already.

 

Here's the latest -- a review of the AT Games Genesis Flashback.

 

http://www.timbers.c...ay/keybank-club

Btw that second link ....the Keybank Club in Portland?


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#4 RickR

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Posted 08 October 2016 - 03:33 PM

Btw that second link ....the Keybank Club in Portland?

Whoops, my bad.  Fixed.  I have tickets to that keybank club though!



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Posted 08 October 2016 - 03:35 PM

I never  pay much attention to stuff outside of YouTube, for good or ill.  Gonna check this out.

I'm kind of the opposite.  I like text reviews as I can plow through them so much faster than videos.  Plus it's easy to refer to this site when you're at Goodwill and trying to decide if a game is worth buying or not. 



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Posted 08 October 2016 - 03:50 PM

Hmmn, jury still out for myself, i jumped straight into his PS3 reviews...

 

I'm not sure he fully understood Dark Souls, your supposed to die in the tutorial sections of Demon's/Dark Souls, it's how the game introduces you to the key gameplay mechanics.

 

Thought he was a bit hard on Dragon's Crown on PS3, given this was originally a Dreamcast game, that no publisher wanted, just spruced up for a PS3 release, but then that's not overly common knowledge and i have 'wood' for the game myself :)

 

Great he loved The Darkness, saw some very snobbish UK magazine reviews of it at the time..6/10 my arse...plus technically 360 version has the edge over the PS3 version in a lot of areas...

 

 

 

Dead Space review? yes Aliens very strong influence, but more so The Thing..would of been nice to have seen that mentioned.

 

 

 

But then he nailed it on Dragon's Dogma:Dark Arisen-i bought it expecting great things, came away finding it meh (and bugged to hell) so i totally sided with him here..

 

 

God Of War 3 review was good and again with Heavy Rain a far better, more balanced view than a lot of commercial UK mag reviews i read.

 

 

So, so far, a nice set of views, but nothing for myself that leaps out as it were.


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Posted 08 October 2016 - 03:54 PM

I also follow your method.  Look at a review for a game you know well, and then see if their opinion has merit. 


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Posted 08 October 2016 - 04:02 PM

:-)

 

There is sometimes a degree of method to my particular madness...

 

 

When it comes to new writers/reviewers, i do tend to seek out the games i've equally loved and loathed and see just how balanced and objective they can be..something like Alpha Protocol on 360, mauled to death here in UK, yet i loved and things like Dragon's Dogma, i wish i'd tried 1st as reviewers seemed to be on a totally different wavelength.

 

I fear i might of been a bit harsh on areas he was waek on..my inner geek is strong tonight i fear....

 

 

Full credit to him, he's not making up batshit claims about power of hardware to suit a personal bias, or saying version X was DA Best, because he owned that format or has a massive boner for the brand :), he's just giving open. honest, down to earth feedback on what a game meant to him and hey, maybe you'd like to try it after reading his thoughts?

 

 

You cannot really ask for more than that, he's not out pretending to be a bloody Media Personality is he? just a gamer, like the rest of us.



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Posted 08 October 2016 - 05:27 PM

I rarely visit retro critic sites nowadays, so I forgot this site existed.

But this format presentation is great.

It totally feels like perfect mixture of old-html and newer layout designs.

Very cozy and appropriate.

 

Love the bite-sized, richly-textured reviews.

 

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Although he gave an F to the Howard The Duck C64 game (expected), he did use the opportunity to trash the comic, which I doubt he ever read.

I love that old comic series, hated what Lucas did to it as an after-effect, and disrespect anyone who does not explain trollish, knee-jerk reactions to cultural markers.

 

Yeah Rick. Sorry buddy, I started out writing a praise, saw the site content, changed my mind.

I should delete this but this is how conversation works.

 

I still like the html, and thank you for showing me this.

Might just take it up with the guy to see if he has an actual opinion on the HtD comics or was just being facetious.


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Posted 08 October 2016 - 06:29 PM

Just read a few of his Lynx reviews, bit harsh on Blue Lightning, but found myself nodding in agreement with reviews of Kung Food,Pac-Land,Pitfighter,Rygar,Toki and Switchblade II,along with Batman Returns..

But it was his Gauntlet III review I appreciated the most, he is clearly not afraid to point out just because a game is technically superb and on the Lynx..doesn't mean it works as a handheld title..cue Hard Drivin and Shadow Of The Beast on Lynx.

So Lynx wise? I find him refreshing..

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Posted 08 October 2016 - 06:42 PM

:'( And then he looses me completely with his PSP reviews.

I personally hated Daxter, we both agree with Killzone Liberation, but he's way,way off the mark on:

lumines,LocoRoco,Afterburner Black Falcon and Pursuit Force for my tastes..

#12 RickR

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Posted 08 October 2016 - 07:21 PM

I rarely visit retro critic sites nowadays, so I forgot this site existed.

But this format presentation is great.

It totally feels like perfect mixture of old-html and newer layout designs.

Very cozy and appropriate.

 

Love the bite-sized, richly-textured reviews.

 

...

 

Although he gave an F to the Howard The Duck C64 game (expected), he did use the opportunity to trash the comic, which I doubt he ever read.

I love that old comic series, hated what Lucas did to it as an after-effect, and disrespect anyone who does not explain trollish, knee-jerk reactions to cultural markers.

 

Yeah Rick. Sorry buddy, I started out writing a praise, saw the site content, changed my mind.

I should delete this but this is how conversation works.

 

I still like the html, and thank you for showing me this.

Might just take it up with the guy to see if he has an actual opinion on the HtD comics or was just being facetious.

C64 reviews are written by another guy, who is not very good IMO. 

 

And no offense taken here.  I like the site a lot, but I totally understand if others do not.  Although there are some reviews I don't agree with and I think in some cases he needs to read the instructions or at least spend more time with the game.  Personally, I hope others will share similar sites here -- short easy to read reviews. 


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Posted 08 October 2016 - 09:03 PM

C64 reviews are written by another guy, who is not very good IMO. 

 

And no offense taken here.  I like the site a lot, but I totally understand if others do not.  Although there are some reviews I don't agree with and I think in some cases he needs to read the instructions or at least spend more time with the game.  Personally, I hope others will share similar sites here -- short easy to read reviews. 

 

Ah, makes sense, loads of reviews in there, even if brief ones. More writers = more opinions.

 

Glad you're taking this rant of mine in the right way, Rick.

Yeah, I dunno why, I'm a bit touchy about that cool, misunderstood duck.

 

The comic came around at just the right time for me and spoke to my sensibilities in ways no other did for me (besdies Mad's lunatic satire vibes).

And yet it was unsurprising none of my friends 'got it'.

 

Been purchasing the compendium reissues of the short 70s series and the companion magazines.

Guardians of the Galaxy's post-credits ending had my hopes up, but given the recent discontinuation of the new Howard comics, it just seems unlikely.

But no matter, cuz it was very 70s urban woes combined with savage spoofing of culture, comic types, superheroes and distressed damsels. And of disneyfication of adult matters, which had Howard put on pants as lawsuit settlement with Donald's lawyers.

 

Yeah, I'm a bit uppity with all the bad attention he got, bit it also tickles me that I still care for this franchise item (though that may be more due to creator Gerber's genius insanity).

 

And I appreciate the opportunity to go off on the values this duck's adventures on Earth and beyond.

 

 

And as for the site, the 2600 and Intellivision reviews were what I pored into the last time I saw this.

And it very much matches my own tastes.

The small write-ups for these consoles and the accompanying image alongside remind me of the EG era, where you'd find kind words, observational strategies and general motivation to seek out these titles.

 

So yeah - more site recommendations like this one, please.


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Posted 09 October 2016 - 04:51 AM

It raises an interesting point about C64 reviews being written by someone else..

Been chatting to Luca about certain aspects of the Unseen 64 book, he admits he felt..obliged to cover certain systems, even though there weren't a lot of stand out games for them, had little experience of them himself, so had others do the write ups..

Material that came in was overly negative,so ended up editing best he could,but not being familar with source material meant he wasn't sure how it read once he was done, but in the material went none the less...

Maybe it's a similar situ with C64 etc reviews here? Site needed the content, no one else put forward reviews, so the harsher ones were simply used?.

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Posted 09 October 2016 - 11:04 AM

I asked him if he could change his " XEGS " section to " Atari 8 bit - XEGS ". He complied.
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