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Is the future of gaming Steam powered?

Posted by leathco@gmail.com on August 3, 2013 at 5:35 PM Comments comments (3)

Yea, been a while since Leathco has made a blog post, but suffice to say I am back baby!


Recently there has been a lot of controversy over the next gen consoles, specifically the restrictions on X-Box One and how Sony took the other direction with the PS4, forcing Microsoft to change their policies. However, just the idea that Microsoft attempted what they did is a huge concern. However, as much as I hate to admit it, DRM is more than likely here to stay for awhile. And in this gamers opinion, the future for gaming, and my chosen platform for the foreseeable future, is the PC with Steam.


The future is Steam Powered

The future is Steam powered


Most people think of fairly modern gaming when they think of Steam, however its also a great, legal way of playing some awesome retro games. Steam could almost be used as a way to legally play your retro PC classics. Think I am wrong? Lets look at just my personal list of retro classics available through the platform.


Aliens Vs Predator, Baldurs Gate, Broken Sword 1 2 and 3, Deus Ex, Doom 1 and 2, Dragons Lair, Duke Nukem, Final Fantasy 7, Grand Theft Auto 1 and 2, Half-Life, Heretic, Hexen 1 and 2, Legacy of Kain, Monkey Island 1 and 2, Mortal Kombat 1 2 and 3, Oddworld 1 and 2, Quake 1 2 and 3, Sonic CD, Star Wars Dark Forces and the Jedi Knight games, System Shock 2, Unreal Tournament, X-Com, a crapton of Sega Genesis and Master System games, Leisure Suit Larry, Shadow Warrior, Rise of the Triad, and even more. Thats just the retro games I personally own, let alone the others also available.


Also its a great way to play newer games as well. Not always brand new, maybe a generation or so old, but you can play them without pirating at a low price. Steam sales can be insane, offering games for as little as under a dollar. Very often on their modern game releases they are soon on sale for 25 percent off normal price while the console version is still at that 60 dollar mark. The summer and winter steam sales get even more insane, going half off, 75 percent off, even some titles being 90 percent off. I purchased the Alan Wake games for under 4 dollars. BOTH games at that price. Or you can purchase huge collections at a large discount, such as every game made by iD (makers of the Doom, Quake, and Wolfenstein game series) or Valve (makers of Portal, Half-Life, and Left 4 Dead). During sales these packs get reduced even more, making gaming affordable for the normal guy.


In my opinion, the future of gaming is not owned by Microsoft, Sony, or even Nintendo. Its sitting in your living room or den right now, waiting to be unleashed. Its been around before Nintendo, Sony, or Microsoft launched their consoles. In this case the past truly is the future.

The Monthly Syn 6/6/13 MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT

Posted by synical_enigma on June 6, 2013 at 11:35 PM Comments comments (0)

I have some great articles to share with you guys! and some horrible ones as well!


xbox one revealed:

I can not tell you how dissapointed I was when i heard about all the features. It really was a MAJOR let down to me and other fans of xbox. I honestly dont like xbox but my family has the consoles so i caved and got one. and my gf has one as well but i mainly use hers. There will be a USED GAME FEE in order to play them on the console. To hear that, I instantly did not want to hear anymore about the dreadful system. Let me know what you guys thought of the reveal in the comments below!


Online Checks required every 24hrs:

thats right! for the xbox one, there is a 24 hr check up on the console. Again, another reason why i do not want this lump of turd. I hope microsoft goes so far into the ground with their new console. At that point if no connection is available, offline play "is not possible". that is 110% Horse SH*T!!


"HALO TV Show confirmed" by steven spielberg:

I personaly dont really care too much for the tv series. I really enjoyed hours upon hours of multiplayer in halo 2! as well as tournys. but this has been confirmed official! here is the link to find out more: http://www.computerandvideogames.com/videos/halo-tv-show-by-steven-spielberg-xbox-one-conference-2013-Ltq0xh55DHWd4


And now for the BIG SPECIAL: An unfinished project HAS risen from the dead! RESIDENT EVIL 1.5 is being remade into a fully playable game! From what I have done my research on, MrBZork and his team have been messing around with the beta and has almost completed the game! I personally can not wait for its release! I have been waiting for this since I first was dissapointed to hear that it was scraped. I thank MrBzork and his team for putting their hard work and effort into making one of my wet dreams come true! I really hope they consider making this into a repro playable disc with custom artwork and manual. I would gladly pay $100 for this in hard copy! To follow MrBZork, sub to his youtube channel to stay up-to-date on the release of this game here: http://www.youtube.com/user/MrBZork  ; and to read more about this, go here: http://www.computerandvideogames.com/391918/blog/kind-of-playable-build-of-resident-evil-15-translated-and-released-by-fans/



This months Tips n Tricks: Corpse Killer for the Sega CD


Extra Datura bullet:
Hold A and tap B to get one Datura bullet while the Shadow Man or any other strong opponent is attacking. This will only occur when your character is out of Datura bullets and the opponent is on the screen.

Item select:
Toggle between the Satlink screen and the Datapod Info location until items that are needed (bullets, datura root, etc) appear on the map.

Hidden message:
Insert the game disc into an audio CD player and play track 2 to hear an audio message from Sewer Shark.



I am currently playing:

PS3: Tomb Raider, Dead Nation

xbox 360: Sniper Elite V2

PSV: Mortal Kombat, Treasures of Montzuma Blitz, Dungeon Hunter Alliance


Currently on Pre-Order:

PS3: Assassins Creed 4 Black Flag, The Last Of Us, and soon to be, Saints Row the 4th.


Thanks guys for checking out this months news! always glad to give the info to you peeps! as always, keep it retro...90s style!

The Monthly Syn 5/5/13

Posted by synical_enigma on May 4, 2013 at 10:00 PM Comments comments (2)

THE RETURN!


Feels good to be back after almost 3 months. Been having some personal time lately. But I am back with a vengance \m/. lets get underway with the news!


 Nintendo not going to appear at E3 this year:


It was announced a while back that Nintendo will not be at E3. I believe the reason is that they dont really want any competition anymore. they just want to show off their own content on their time, which might be a good thing so this way, they dont have to say this is going to be better than microsoft or sony. But I still cant wait to hear more about the next gen consoles and software/hardware at E3. You can learn more about this here at: http://www.thegamersdrop.com/2013/05/01/nintendo-not-holding-a-large-scale-press-conference-at-e3-this-year/


PS Store back up after almost a year:


The network was forced offline last year by new laws in the region which dictated that persons under the age of 18 must not be asked to submit their real name or age to an online service as the Sony does when you try to create a PSN account. This seemed kind of a weird artical to post but I thought it was kind of interesting.


Monthly Contract with a new xbox 720??


thats right! buyt these are just rumors going around for now. I personally am gald that I am a PS fan more than a microsoft fan. The fee will be about $10 a month. I personally dont think that console owners should have to pay monthly in order to play on a console system. thats just plain wrong if you ask me. It's just another way of them ripping gamers off. find out more here at: http://www.computerandvideogames.com/404578/next-xbox-300-with-monthly-contract-insider-claims/


PS Plus this month for may:


If your a PS+ subscriber, like me, you wont want to miss out on this months free games DL's. So far we are getting Sleeping Dogs. I have been wanting to try this game out for a while now but havnt been able to pick it up. I do not know what else is coming out yet for PS+ but keep your eyes peeld!


Sega releasing another console after 14 years:


so far I believe these are just rumors floating around but as they always say, possibility is always endless. I have seen the picture floating the net. You can check this out here at: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-9d5fdEOaU9o/UX9S51RLGqI/AAAAAAAABho/ish3iPF6fdE/s1600/dreamcast2.jpg


This months Tips n Tricks: Kirbys Adventure on the NES


Bonus games:
Successfully complete the game and save the game. An option to play the bonus games will appear when selecting that saved game from the title screen.


Extra Game:
Successfully complete the game with a 100% rating.


Sound test:
Successfully complete the "Extra Game".


In-game reset:
Press A + B + Select + Start during game play.


Unlimited Mikes:
Defeat the Boss, then use the last Mike to hit the bonus plunger or piece of the star rod.

Just before you hit a star pad (the pad that reveals some secret level, warp, game,etc.), play the third song on your Mike. If done correctly the screen will glitch for a split second and you will have unlimited Mike usage.


Hidden initials:
In world 1 level 2, grab any power and find the Warp Star. Walk away from it so it is just out of sight, then release your power with Select. The warp star will be gone and you can walk to the end of the level, where "HAL" will appear.


Alternate ending:
Successfully complete the regular game to view the ending credits. Then, defeat all of the Bosses in the "Vs. Boss" option at the "Bonus Games" screen. It will be the same ending, except Kirby will keep making mistakes.


Hint: Hi-Jump:
Use HI-Jump and aim your jump at a monster. It will be killed when you hit it, and you will not be hurt.


Glitch: Yellow Kirby:
Go to a Warp Star Station in any level with the Fireball power. Use the Fireball power to dash onto a star. Kirby will become yellow until he crashes to the ground on a star.


What I am Currently playing:

PS3: Saints Row the Third

PSP: Castlevania: the dracula x chronicles

PS Vita: Hot Shots Golf: World Inventational


What I currently have/or getting on pre-order:

Assassins Creed IV - Black Flag for PS3/PS4

The Last Of Us - PS3


Thanks for checking out my blog guys and as always, keep it retro...90s style!

The Monthly Syn 2-23-13

Posted by synical_enigma on February 23, 2013 at 11:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Its been 4 long months since i have posted the monthly syn. well, i am back full time now! I had to take time away for personal reasons. And now that they ar taken care of i am back full time! I am very excited about it. now, lets get on with this months news!


The PS4 announcement


Sony had a conference held 3 days ago today and it was revealed to be the long awaited PS4 announcement. I personaly think that this will be an interesting turn on sonys part. Everyone is now anxious about E3 this year to learn more about what the PS4 has to offer. At the conference they have revealed some specs of what power the new console has:


AMD x86-based 8-core CPU and an enhanced GPU


Blu-ray, DVD and HDMI output


8GB of DDR5 RAM


'Instant On' capability


PS4 won't be backwards compatible with old games


PS4 users will be able to stream PS3 and older generation games online


PlayStation App" will enable iPhone, iPad, and Android based smartphones and tablets to become second screens


PlayStation 4 Eye - 1280 x 800 camera (Xbox Kinect style feature)


this is just some small ideas for what is in store for the new console. I personally cant wait to learn more when E3 comes around. I was worried at first that rumors would be true about not being able to play "used" games but before the conference they said that the system will infact be able to play used games which made me very happy! Sony also revealed the controller and i must say it looks impressive. putting the *move inside the controller was very smart. If you would like to see what the controller looks like you can check it out here: http://kotaku.com/5985768/heres-sonys-new-ps4-controller


and if you would like to see sony's conference video go here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dkf6JsNxFkQ



PS Vita Price drop?


A few days ago I have learned that over in japan Sony price dropped the PS Vita from 30,00 Yen to 19,980 Yen. I dont know the conversion but I was told it was about $50 in US dollar. Nothing has been said about a price drop here in the states but hopfully soon before the 2013 holidays! I know some people would like to get theyr hands on this.


Rockstar push's back release date for GTA V


Thats right. I honestly dont know why they did this but i was really hoping to play it this summer with my brothers and friends. But seeing that the game itself will be about 60GB its pretty freaking huge, I think they also want to release it on the newer consoles as well. which is fine with me cause this holiday season i will be getting a PS4 and i cant wait. I am upset at the same time because i was hoping to see what the multiplayer was going to be like. But now only time will tell.



The xbox "720" revealed in april?


One senior Sony official, who asked not to be named, said he was informed that the PS4 showcase in New York had "at first caught Microsoft off-guard"."We definitely ruffled some feathers," the person said. It is said that Microsoft will now showcase its console at a one-off media event in early April - though it is expected that discussion about future tech would be an inevitability if Microsoft engineers and developers attend GDC in March. we will see what happens until then. I am also wondering if the discs they use will be blu-ray or make theyr own brand. 



This months tips and tricks: Castlevania: Bloodlines for sega genesis


Original music:

Enter the options menu. Set 05 as the BGM (backgroundmusic) and 073 as the SE (sound effects) selections. Press Startto begin game play. The original Castlevania music will beginplaying when the standard weapon is powered to level 4. This effectwill last until you are hit.


Expert difficulty level:


Press Up(2), Down(2), Left, Right,Left, Right, B, A at the title screen.A sound will confirm correct code entry. Expert difficulty maynow be enabled on the options menu.


Nine lives:


Enable the "Original music" and "Expertdifficulty level" codes in that order. A sound will confirmcorrect code entry.


Hint: Change difficulty level and optionsduring game:


Reset the game at any time during game play. Enterthe options menu at the title screen to alter any desired of theoptions. When finished, start a new game and choose either character.You will start from the section last played before resetting thegame. The best use for this trick is to play under the easy difficultysetting until you get to Dracula. Then use this trick and changeto the expert difficulty setting. This will allow you to see thebest endings without too much difficulty.


Information in this section was contributed by Kevin Bender.


Hint: Restore weapon power-up:


When your weapon is powered up to its highest level,you may accidentally pick up a sub-weapon that will replace yourspecial sub-weapon. If this happens, simply find and pick up asub-weapon of the same type as the one that you possess. You willget the special sub-weapon back.


Information in this section was contributed by Kevin Bender.


Hint: Continue game play:


Press Reset to restart the game after running out ofcontinues, then start a new game. It will resume from the pointwhere the game was reset with two continues and the same amountof lives. Note: The score and weapons will also be reset.

 


 


I would like to thank everyone for checking out my blog and supporting me every step of the way. As always, this has been Synical Enigma. Keeping it retro...90s style Have a great month bit-heads!

 

 


Duke Nukem Forever! Is Duke still The King?

Posted by NESJohnny on February 13, 2013 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (6)

What was my favorite game as a kid?  I was gonna say Duke 3d... but I guess I wasn't a kid. So I should probably say Metroid.  But when I got a little older, entered Jr. High, I wasn't playing the NES as much. So what was my favorite game as a young teen? Duke 3d!  It was an awesome game!  Hilarious, action-packed, and a great sci-fi spoof, I couldn't've been happier.  I mean, for God's sake, the game even had bare breasts!  What more does a thirteen year-old need?




Money was scarce at the time. No thirteen year old should have a lot of money. So after I played through Duke 3d, I went online to see if there was a sequel coming. There was! 3d Realms, the creators of Duke, had officially announced an upcoming sequel: Duke Nukem Forever. I could not WAIT to play this game. Money being as tight as it was, I set aside a good $40 (about the cost of a new release back then) and waited patiently.  I didn't realize how patiently I would have to wait!  I think I gave that up around the time Hexen II came out...


Anyway, we all know the development story. Duke Forever took a good 15 years. So when I saw it announced, I couldn't be more estatic. It was actually getting released... wow! I had given up hope. Reviews came out and weren't very positive. I decided not to buy it new, but first good sale, I purchased it for the sake of my childhood. (And hey, I got it for quite a bit less than $40!)


Initial impression of the game was amazing; the first 20 minutes really deliver. The cutscenes are funny and polished, not overly long. And I have to admit, it just felt good being Duke again. But the game's weaknesses come through immediately, and I was pretty disappointed after a couple hours of playing it. However, it did give me a taste for Duke. I loaded up my old Atomic Edition of Duke 3d, found a good source port, some high-rez textures, and I played through the original game.  I never came back to Forever.


Cut about a year later, and our very own El Pollo Diablo is talking in the forums about how much he loves Duke Forever, and screw the haters. Now, anyone that has good enough taste to hang out here has my attention. So I thought, maybe I was being too hard on Duke; I'll finish that game I started. I'm glad I did.


I'll do a pros and cons for this one.  Staring with the pros:

  1. Like I said, it just feels good to be Duke again.
  2. The game is hilarious. It's loaded with one-liners, funny (short and skippable) cutscenes, hilarious interaction--anything that can be funny is. Even the tips displayed as your game loads will make you chuckle.
  3. They keep a lot of Duke's old weapons and enemies, which hits the nostalgia hard.
  4. Executing enemies is f'n awesome.
  5. It has some nice music and sound.
  6. Look is polished, some good graphics.
  7. There are some really good updates to classic stuff: pig cops and octabrains look great, pipe-bombs feel right (and can be thrown far), the Holoduke is exceptional.


Cons:

  1. Cowering. Seriously. This was the game-spoiler for me. In the beginning of the game, Duke is offered a power-suit by the police, which he turns down, saying "I don't need no fuckin' power-suit." This is a bit disingenuous: Duke doesn't have health, but "ego," which gets bruised in battle but automatically recharges. So, he rips on the power-suit (and Halo franchise) but the game centers around the power-suit mechanic. This means you're playing it like Halo: taking damage, going to hide for a few seconds, rinse, repeat. This did not feel very Duke-like.  Not only that, but you're pretty fragile. I was taken out by bezerk pig cops in one hit, and some common non-boss enemies in two hits.
  2. Limited Arms: you can only hold two guns (though they let you up that to four if you want in the options), the two guns don't hold much ammo. Now, this is good for the realism, I suppose, but this is not a game that is realistic at all. I want to think, "oh sweet, a Devastator!"  Not, "hm, should I grab the Devastator or keep the shotgun?"
  3. Cowering + Limited Arms: this changes the Duke game-play fundamentally. Duke 3d is an amazing run 'n gun. You're armed to the teeth and can take a stupid amount of damage. Nothing gets in Duke's way. Not true here. You have to cower all the time, and you often don't have the right tool for the job. Now the difficulty of boss fights and tough situations aren't determined by how well supplied and skillful you are, it's if there's adequate cover. Can you cower sufficiently?
  4. The levels are real linear and formulaic. Great settings, but they don't feel too organic. Duke 3d's levels were exceptional and it was disappointing to see the same developers create levels that were so much less interesting.
  5. No jetpack!
  6. The game is way, way too dark. Even the sunny outdoors don't look right. (Graphics, though they were pretty nice, aren't quite up-to-date. This build started to be made in 2005, was finished in 2009. It would have been amazing looking in '05, contemporary-ish in '09, but looks a bit aged in modern day. Not that we retro guys care too much about that anyway, but it's worth noting.)
  7. Music could have featured a lot more variety. It's mostly 90s butt rock, which has its place in Duke, but some variety would be nice since we're not working with straight midi files anymore.  There's a Western-ish tune in a Western, ghost-town scene that I thought was really refreshing musically.  I would have liked to have heard more of that variety.


Alright, that's the good and the bad. Overall, it's a worthwhile game to play, especially considering how often it goes on sale. If you played the original Duke 3d, try it out for old time's sake. The game gets better toward the end, too.  I can't say I share El Pollo Diablo's passion for it, but I do like it. I'd give it a B- letter grade. Worth playing, nothing outstanding. Do you know what DLC I'd buy without hesitation? A re-make of Duke 3d in this engine. Get rid of the ego/power-suit, hold an unreasonable amount of guns, give me my jetpack back, and just let Duke be Duke. Keep the nice graphics, plethora of one-liners, awesome aliens, pig-cops, octabrains. Give me back the sprawling levels that have multiple paths.


Yup, cool game, but doesn't stack up to its former self.




The Monthly Syn 10-21-12

Posted by synical_enigma on October 21, 2012 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (2)

VERY sorry for the late entry on the monthly syn. I was having some personal issues but they have all been resolved.


here is this months news!!!


Used games won't be banned, but will cost more.

Despite the chatter, Microsoft and Sony won't actually build systems that refuse to play previously owned games. To do so would alienate Gamestop, a critical retail partner, not to mention outrage the very consumers they're hoping will buy new consoles. Instead, expect to see one-time use codes in games even for single player, meaning people who buy used will have to pay more to "re-activate" those titles.


We won't see 'em all next year.

While the common assumption is that Microsoft and Sony will both bring their new systems to market around holiday 2013, it may turn out that only one company does so. Some analysts, including Wedbush Securities' Michael Pachter, don't expect to see at least one of the systems until 2014. That rings true with the launch pattern of the current systems: the Xbox 360 was released in November of 2005, while the PS3 arrived a full year later.


Nintendo will revolutionize online play.

Okay, so they didn't exactly set the world on fire with the lackluster online setup on the Wii. Nintendo has basically sat out of the online gaming race so far, but it has declared plans to change that this generation. Details about the Miiverse are still slim, but if there's one thing Nintendo does well, it's making us look at things in a different light -- and shifting the industry's paradigms. They might not create the best online gaming network, but they'll deliver a feature or two that will fundamentally change the way we look at online play.


Blu-ray will finally hit the big time.

DVD storage is on its way out, as it's simply too small for holding all the data in next-gen games. Expect Blu-ray drives in both the next Xbox and PlayStation (which, accordingly, will give it a bigger presence in the movie section of rental stores).

Backwards compatibility will be sacrificed

By now you no doubt own a burly game collection, but don't expect to play those old games on the new machines. It costs money to configure new consoles to play old games — and expenses are going to be high enough on next-gen systems. Ditching backward compatibility will cause a mild squawk at first, but ultimately we'll all get over it (if the new games are cool enough).


I know this is current news but i just thought I would fill in for the all gen gamers


Capcom is in consideration of remaking a Resident Evil 2 remake. I really hope this is true and comes out like the RE 1 remake on the GC. I hope they dont fu*k this up. sorry for the language but those who know me, knows I take Resident Evil seriously. PLEASE help show support for this remake here!  http://www.egmnow.com/articles/news/capcom-will-consider-a-hd-remake-of-resident-evil-2-if-fan-support-is-there/


This months tips and tricks: Mickey Mouse: Castle Of Illusion for Sega Genesis


Toggle collision detection:

Hold A + B + C and press Start.Mickey may now fly through the air and pass through walls, opponents,and items. Note: Repeat this code to return to normal mode.

Extra lives:

Press Start at the end of a level, while thescore is calculated.


Maximum marbles:

Locate the bag of marbles at the end of Stage 2 inthe Toyland level. Take the bag and move to the right until theoriginal location of the bag scrolls off screen. Move back tothe left to find another bag in the same location. Take this bagand repeat the process to collect up to 30,000 points and 30 bagsof marbles.


Easy points:

Keep swinging on the vines in Stage 1 of Level 1 tocollect easy points and up to ten extra lives. Mickey is invinciblewhile he is on a vine.

 


Achivements:

As of right now I have gotton really good at COD: BO and currently playing Desert Strike for SNES and RE 3 for DC. What horror games are you guys playing this month?


Thanks for checking out this months blog e, even though its kind of late. As always, this has been Synical Enigma. Keeping it retro...90s style Have a great month bit-heads!

The RetroReviewRevolution Must-Play Halloween Horror Games

Posted by NESJohnny on October 15, 2012 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (4)

What's up, fellow gamers!  If you're wandering in for somewhere, welcome!  Let me tell you about something we do here at RRR: we like to set aside October to be our month dedicated to horror games.  From before the Atari was even out in homes, horror games captured the imagination of gamers and sparked flames of controversy in the minds of America's uninformed talking heads.  I'm thinking specifically of Death Race, one of my favorite arcade games.  They were into the "run over 'people' for points" waaaay before GTA ever came around!


What makes October such a good month for this?  I can't put my finger on it.  Halloween is cool, but something about the temperature dropping, the wind picking up, the sporadic rain and thunder, the world is just a little creepier in October.  So join us, play some spooky games!  If you're not sure what to go for, we've got some suggestions for you here.


I'll kick it off with my personal favorite: Castlevania III.  When I say personal favorite, I'm meaning it very well could be my favorite game of all time, or at least on the Nintendo NES.  It's certainly my favorite spooky title.  The entire Castlevania series gets a hearty recommendation from me (especially Bloodlines, the original, and Dawn of Sorrow), but there's no way to top this one.  You have multiple characters, multiple paths, exceptional graphics and music, and it all comes down to a very solid platformer with pixel-perfect controls.  One of the more thought-out and polished games ever published, and it all takes place in settings like graveyards, clock towers, etc.  Too perfect.




Next comes a recommendation from Zen, the late-release Midnight Mutants for Atari 7800.  It was released in 1990 when the NES had taken over the market, so it's pretty tough to find (a tangible copy, anyway).  But for those that do, what a fun game this is.  The protagonist is on a quest to save his grandfather (a nice change of pace from the damsel-in-distress).  It's an action-adventure with a pseudo-isometric design.  It's tough as nails, but fun and worth working on.  The graphics had me hooked from the intro!  It's free-roaming, has some fun music and nice controls.  I hate it when reviewers tack on "... for this old system," but not being an Atari guy myself, I thought this was an amazing title for the 7800.  Easily one of the best looking, and it's a great game.  Not a great game for the 7800, a great game.  Be sure to check it out!




Next, we'll go modern.  Blob has suggested Condemned: Criminal Origins.  Made by Monolith Productions, one of my favorite game producers these days, this one gets psychological thriller.  They cited Seven and Silence of the Lambs as their inspiration - com'on!  You know this will be good.  It's a bit of a film-noir (with a horror slant) style where you play as an investigator hunting down a serial killer who framed you for murder.  It's first-person, but you're not usually armed with a gun.  You are able to use melee weapons from your environment, as well as your investigative tools.  An absolutely amazing atmosphere and engrossing gameplay pull you in and won't let you go.




Well, let's say you do want a gun all the time, what do you play?  I have a couple suggestions with you.  We'll save the best for last and start with F.E.A.R.  FEAR is a fantastic game, released in 2005.  So it's modern, but not cutting-edge.  I won't give away much, since the story begins with a lot of ambiguity.  Essentially, you're combining a shooter with a monstrous little girl with some killer ESP.  Your character is able to use hyper-reflexes to enter into a bullet-time state of existence.  Think of this game as the best of The Matrix and The Ring.  The horror of this game is in the atmosphere and settings.  It's another Monolith game, and they wanted to use the idea of Japanese horror--the type that gets under your skin, not the kind that has monsters jumping out at you.  They pulled it off brilliantly.  (Please note, I'm a fan of the sequel, FEAR 2, but not the third.  No one likes the third.)



Let's take it old-school again and look at Gargoyle's Quest II: a fun and exceptionally unique game for the Nintendo NES.  It's a bit like Zelda II, with an over-head style map play and then side-scrolling platforming action scenes for specific areas.  Set to great music, this Ghosts n' Goblins series game is loads of fun to play.  It's a lot more fun to be the gargoyle than the human!  (Be sure to check out other games from this franchise: Ghosts n' Goblins, Gargoyle's Quest [original], Demon's Crest, Maximo.)




Last but not least is Blood: One Whole Unit.  It's an amazing DOS FPS game created with the Build engine (of Duke3d renown).  Many who play it consider it the best of the old DOS FPS games.  Though I always love Doom 2, I'm starting to think those folks may be right.  It's a 1930s setting with a medieval-esque feel.  Great textures, fantastic sound and music and the amazing controls of a Build engine game make this possibly the most well-balanced FPS ever designed.  The weapons are unique and macabre, the levels exquisitely designed, and it's tough as hell.  I did a huge write-up on this game, so if you want to read more, check it out here!



I hope this gives you some inspiration to get your horror gaming on this October!  If you're stumbling in from some other time of the year - you know, there's never a wrong time to play a scary game.  But we invite you to set aside your October to celebrate the spooky side of gaming.  All that running, jumping, shooting and screaming like a little girl will get you ready for your Halloween party.  (If I didn't live in So. CA where there's always something amazing to do, I think I'd host a Halloween gaming night every Oct. 31st!)  Happy gaming and happy Halloween!

The Monthly Syn 9-2-12

Posted by synical_enigma on September 2, 2012 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (2)

Hello to all my bit-heads out here at RRR! Got some bad news. for those who were looking forward for me to go to NA midwest meetup, I am unable to attend because lack of funds. But that will not stop me from trying. I have a been known to work my pimp skills at last minute hence CGE 2K12. I will keep u guys posted! now lets start this months news!


xbox live games coming to PC?

it was announced yesterday that there will be xbox live arcade games enabled for windows 8. which i really dont understand why. if you have a 360, then why would you want to play them on a PC? unless, your a PC gamer. here is a small list of games to come: two Angry Birds games, the episodic game Adrea, BlazBlue Calamity Trigger, Skulls of the Shogun, Fruit Ninja, and IloMilo. there are more but i am too lazy to list them lol. could this be a great move on microsofts part? who knows.


Killzone triple pack HD is coming

This was one of my Favorit games on PS. I still have yet to buy and play the 3rd game. When I do buy the HD pack, I will also get the gun for it. I really dont know if it is worth buying but I am getting it anyway. I will do a review on it ONLY if it is requested by you guys of course. I personally cant wait for this to come out. the set release dat is late october but, like always, may be changed. If your a Killzone fan like me, this is a must have.


Complete Final Fantasy collection coming soon?!?!

Thats right! I worded EVERYTHING correctly. It was announced 8/31/12 that this will be happening very soon! This will feature original PlayStation versions of Final Fantasy I, II, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, UMD of III, PS2 versions of X, XI, XII, PS3 version of XIII. This is the ULTIMATE must have for that final fantasy fan or RPG fan of any kind. This set will also have a video disc containing an anniversary celebration video montage, an art book called Crystal Artworks, a Final Fantasy XIV item code for in-game "mogu mogu" earrings, a mini replica of the Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary visual logo drawn by Yoshitaka Amano, and a two-disc music CD featuring songs from the series. Release dat is December 18 in Japan, and no word weather it will be released here in NA or elsewhere. All we can do is hope for now. Why the hell cant they do this with Resident Evil??? I know they have a collection coming out, but most of the games are soft copies. I want the physical copies in my hands! even though I have them already lol. but i wouldnt even think about opening them.


Gamestop willing to go back to selling retro games???

on 8/30/12 it was said that they are considering selling retro games fron NES up to PS1. What does this mean? Cart only and Disc only copies of video games. SCREW THAT!!! This is what WILL RUIN retro game hunting. People will stop giving games to goodwill and thrift stores and start getting $2 a game at LameStop. This can not happen to us and is not fair to us because we all know what LameStop will do. OVERPRICE SH*T!!! I understand that were now living in a digital world and they need business, but I know they will overprice games to the f*cking MAX! I am upset about this for the fact that this will ruin game hunting until they go out of business. Yes, you got fle markets, swap meets, etc but they are mostly resellers. and at garage sales, they will start to overprice games as well. F*ck LameStop with all my black heart! They throw away cases and sell scratyched/lable torn games for overpriced sales. Not to mention they will cover the whole carts and disc with LameStop stickersw and promo stickers and w/e else. what do you guys think on this situation? PLZ comment below.


This months Tips n Tricks game will be Altered Beast for the Sega Genesis!


Continue game play:


After losing a life, hold A and tap Startuntil restarting at the last game location played.


Options menu:


Hold B and press Start at the title screen.An options menu will appear.


Level select:


Enable the "Options menu" code. Select alevel from the options menu and hold A + Start atthe title screen to begin game play at that location.


Beast select:


Hold A + B + C + Down/Leftand press Start at the title screen. A menu that allowsselection of the beast for each round will appear. Use the D-padto change beasts and Start to exit the menu.


Sound test:

Hold A + C + Up/Right and pressStart at the title screen.

 


This month in gaming history

I have lost my info containg this topic. I will find it for next month.


Achivements

I have the Unoffical High score in Columns for the sega genesis 6-PAK. I scored 2,130,614 points on nromal difficulty. If it would have been on hard, I would have been placed in 2nd offically entering Twin Galaxies score board and gotton a certificate.


Ok guys that about sums this months SYN lol. As always, this has been Synical Enigma. Keeping it retro...90s style Have a great month bit-heads!

The Monthly Syn 8-5-12

Posted by synical_enigma on August 5, 2012 at 10:45 PM Comments comments (0)

ok, we made it to number 2! lol. Got some interesting news for you all.


Current News!

On July 20th, there was a movie theatre massacre that happened in aurora, CO durring a Batman movie. 12 people died and 59 were injured. Its very sad to hear about things like this. I mean if you think about it, it would be kool if it was done in a movie or comic etc, but not real life. R.I.P to all the people that fell that night. I hope the suspect rots for this!


Apple vs Samsung

Apperantly the reason for this is simularities of their cell phones. I personally could care less. its just another way of trying to rip off another company.


NEW Super Mario bros 2- 3DS

We are very close to the release date of this highly anticipated game for the Nintendo 3DS! I personally wanted to have this game but my 3DS got stolen while at band practice awhile back. But that still wont stop the Syn-Man from buying this game filled of golden epicness! Release date is August 19, 2012. Let me know if you plan on getting it :)


Playstation All-stars

Ok, there have been ALOT of people trash taling about PSA for quite some time now. I honestly don get the point on why they would. I truly think this game will be successfull. I just wish they released this back when the PS1 was out. would have been pretty awesome. I actually look forward to this coming out but wont buy it until they release a GOTY edition.


Nintendo in need of something new?

thats right! Nintendo is currently looking for some new franchises. What will they come up with next? hoping something mind blowing with the new Wii u coming up with its soon release. Would love to see some new adventure games nd survival horror. let me know what you want Nintendo to work on.


This month in Video Game History!

August 01, 1992 – Nintendo releases the Mario Paint video game and mouse controller for the Super NES in the USA.August 01, 1993 – Nintendo releases the Super Mario All-Stars video game for the Super NES in the US.August 01, 1995 – Command & Conquer released.August 01, 1998 – Rainbow Six released.

August 30, 2004 – Acclaim Entertainment files for Chapter 7 final bankuptcy, with debt over US$100 million.


Tips N Tricks

Todays TnT game is.....ToeJam and Earl


Almost all ship pieces:

Pause game play and press Up + A + B+ C, Right + A, Down + B, Left+ C. A sound will confirm correct code entry. All shippieces except for the final piece will be present when game playresumes. The final piece can be found on the next level played.

Secret level:

Collect an unused inner tube, Icarus wings, or rocketskates. Use one of those items on level 1 to cross the water inthe lower left corner of the map to reach an island. Take thetwo presents and fall into the hole in the center of the islandto reach a hidden level. Use the hot tub to be healed and thelemonade stand for an extra life. Leave this level by using anUnfall to return to level 1 or fall off the edge to return tothe highest level previously visited.

Secret island:

Collect an unused inner tube, Icarus wings, or rocketskates. Use one of those items on level 1 to cross the water inthe upper right corner of the map to reach an island with severalpresents. Use the Unfall available on this island to return.

Mermaid:

Complete the game and go to Planet Funkotron. Followthe yellow brick road that leads to ToeJam's and Earl's parents'pad. Then, keep swimming to the south to eventually reach a mermaidon a small island.

Hint: Extra presents:

Approach Santa while he is looking in his bag. Do notmove when he looks up. Santa will drop two or three presents ifyou can reach him.

 


Acomplishments

I have finally gotten passed world 5-4 in yoshies island. I have been waiting 13 years to do so. lol. Looooong time eh? I am currently on world 6-5 I believe now. And I also got to level 21 in Gauntlet II for NES. God this game is incredible. lol. I been having soo much fun on my nes and snes.


retro month


I am currently holding retro month this month. To find out more about this, please go to: http://www.facebook.com/events/166378373496642/


Alright guys, this has been Synical_Enigma with your monthly report! As always, Keeping it retro 90's style!

The Monthly Syn 7-16-12

Posted by synical_enigma on July 16, 2012 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Hello to every and thanks for checking out the very first edition of "The Monthly Syn". As always, I am Synical_Enigma.


Current News

NEW PS3 slim design

Sony has decided to make a NEW "Slimer" model of the Playstation 3. although, sources have not yet confirmed this yet, it seems to look legit and pretty sweet! If this is true, I could see this coming out by this holiday season and ranging from $149.99 on up. The new PS3 model will come in 250 GB and 500 GB models as well as a rather strange 16 GB model, which kind of surprized me, but hey if you can only afford it, and then later down the line, buy a laptop HDD for it, then there you go! cant wait to see if this is true. I dont believe we have seen anyone make a 3rd model(besides handhelds) since the genesis. I will be getting one even though i already have a PS3 slim, but for collection purposes. I would like to have all 3 models. Here is the link for the Pics:  http://oyster.ignimgs.com/wordpress/stg.ign.com/2012/07/ps3-novo-anatel-4-610x482.jpg


Deadpool Video Game!

for all you marvel fans out there, looks like we are having a Deadpool video game in the making! there has already been a trailer released and so far, It looks good and pretty funny. for those interested, here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UjK_yeXOmo


Gears of War: Judgement

upcoming Gears of War: Judgment now has an official release date! 3-19-13. to be honest, i dont know if i can wait that long. lol


Accomplishments


I have finally beaten Ghost n gouhls on the nes! it took me a very long time, but felt really good about myself when i did it. I almost also beaten Rampage with my friend masky, but the damn system froze on us at the last stage DX


Tips N Tricks of the day: Castlevania II: Simons Quest

OFIC M5YX XD4C Q3AA- Thorn whip,h. water

OFIT M5QX 1P5S QBQA- Rib,chain whip,blue crystal

SZMH QXE1 5PXW UESE- Heart

TIRH DYDZ 4O5V 81B1- Nail,flame whip,red crystal

MLIE WUCW VNKU SCBC- Ring,cross

F6SL VQX5 LXEU SGIR- M.Star,dagger,h.water, D's rib,laure

F61M Xq5T DtEU- Sbar M.Star,oak stake,h.water,white crystal.

POPB PRBV U2DT RGQZ- Last level and all items


This month in Video Game History:

July 01 – 1983 – Cinematronics releases Dragon’s Lair to arcade centers. It is the first laser-disc based coin-operated arcade game. Cost per play is 50-cents. Advanced Microcomputer Systems designed the game, with animation provided by Don Bluth Animations. Cost to purchase a machine is about US$5500.

July 12, 1990 – Final Fantasy for NES released in US.

July 15 – 1985 – James Vollandt plays Joust for over 67 hours on one coin, (with four 20-minute breaks) a world record for any arcade video game. His record high score is 107,216,700.

July 21, 1982 – Atari signs a deal to make a video game based on the film E.T. the Extraterrestrial.

July 24, 2001 – Max Payne released.


I know that there isnt much here this month, but I will do my best to have more for the next! as always guys, keeping it retro 90s style! this is your host, Synical_Enigma, Signing out!


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