Blast from the Past – Star Wars: KOTOR (Xbox 360)

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, the first Star Wars role-playing video game titled Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic showered players with character choice, a riveting story, and a shocking plot twist. Developed by BioWare, KOTOR follows the journey of a combatant who abruptly awakens on the Endar SpireContinue reading “Blast from the Past – Star Wars: KOTOR (Xbox 360)”

Blast from the Past: The Lion King (Sega Genesis)

Hakuna Matata – it means no worries. The motto, introduced to the world in 1994 via the animated feature The Lion King, carries on to this day. Alongside one of the best Disney movies of all time, a platformer-style video game was released for the Sega Genesis and was also ported to other systems. Nonetheless,Continue reading “Blast from the Past: The Lion King (Sega Genesis)”

Blast from the Past: RollerCoaster Tycoon (PC)

Simulation games are enticing for a reason – you are the mastermind of creation and command the puppet strings. Whether things go awry or run smoothly falls into the palm of your hand. Well, for the most part. RollerCoaster Tycoon, developed by Chris Sawyer Productions, is no exception. Molding an amusement park by purchasing stimulating rides andContinue reading “Blast from the Past: RollerCoaster Tycoon (PC)”

Blast from the Past: Tomb Raider 2 (PlayStation)

For over twenty years, Lara Croft has been the female mascot for PlayStation. Her badass disposition and English accent made players swoon as she sought out ancient artifacts and trap-infested tombs. Thus the Tomb Raider franchise, developed by Core Design, has become a one-of-a-kind experience, and has led to such challenging adventures as Tomb Raider 2. ReleasedContinue reading “Blast from the Past: Tomb Raider 2 (PlayStation)”

PlayStation E3 Conference: What it’s Like Viewed on the Big Screen

With E3 being the largest annual convention for fans of video games and gaming industry employees, you can imagine the crowds of people gathering from all around the world. Regrettably, many of us are stuck streaming the conferences on our electronic devices rather than breathing in the very essence of everything “video games.” No bigContinue reading “PlayStation E3 Conference: What it’s Like Viewed on the Big Screen”

Blast from the Past: Mega Bomberman (Sega Genesis) Review

Who knew propelling bombs at inanimate objects and deranged robotic creatures could be so much fun? Mega Bomberman, released in 1994 for the Sega Genesis, portrays the explosive Bomberman character scurrying through various mazes. Planet Bomber was split into five pieces; therefore Bomberman must reconstruct the Spirit Pictures to repair his planet. Applying strategic measuresContinue reading “Blast from the Past: Mega Bomberman (Sega Genesis) Review”

Blast from the Past: Skullmonkeys (PlayStation)

“A bad man fell from the sky” – the first words that echo through tinny television speakers as Skullmonkeys takes the reigns of the original PlayStation console. The introduction presents the game as delightfully strange with a rib-tickling tale. Klaymen, the comical protagonist, finds himself kidnapped and forced to protect the Neverhood. Overrun by the maliciousContinue reading “Blast from the Past: Skullmonkeys (PlayStation)”

Blast from the Past – Contra: Legacy of War

There are video games that fill your heart with happiness and fulfillment. Notwithstanding, there are others that run raging black sludge through your veins. Contra: Legacy of War, released for the PlayStation and Sega Saturn back in 1996, contorts bliss into hatred due to its unforgiving gameplay and horrific aiming controls – mirroring its predecessor, Contra: Hard Corps. Yet,Continue reading “Blast from the Past – Contra: Legacy of War”

Blast from the Past: Pokémon Yellow (Game Boy Color)

Once upon a time, fans of the Pokémon franchise were given the luxurious gift of venturing through a world of cute little critters on the Game Boy. With the initial release of Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue in the fall of 1998, an RPG on a handheld device had never been so enjoyable. Nearly aContinue reading “Blast from the Past: Pokémon Yellow (Game Boy Color)”

Blast from the Past: Crash Bandicoot (PlayStation)

In 1996, the amusing and lovable Crash Bandicoot was the star player on everyone’s PlayStation. It wasn’t rocket science – he simply occupied a space in our hearts. Fashioned in blue jeans and a radical ‘do, Crash is typically referred to as PlayStation’s mascot, as Mario is for Nintendo and Sonic is for the Sega Genesis. HisContinue reading “Blast from the Past: Crash Bandicoot (PlayStation)”

Blast from the Past: Resident Evil Review (PlayStation)

The original Resident Evil game, released for the PlayStation back in 1996, is really something special. Not only was it the first installment of a horror game franchise that continues to flourish, but it also presents a variety of unforgettable one-liners. “You were almost a Jill Sandwich!” echoes through conversations of Resident Evil fans toContinue reading “Blast from the Past: Resident Evil Review (PlayStation)”

Blast from the Past: A Bug’s Life (PlayStation)

“Ah, Ant Island!” A Bug’s Life has been a favorite Disney movie of mine since it hit theaters in 1998. Flik, an optimistic ant imbued with unique qualities, resides in a colony plundered by a posse of troublesome grasshoppers. Their leader, the heartless Hopper, demanded food from the ants at the onset of a new season.Continue reading “Blast from the Past: A Bug’s Life (PlayStation)”