Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Jack Red reviews Gunstar Heroes

Hi everyone this is Jack Red, I got so many Sega games to review that it's a long list of games that many enjoy playing. I am going to review Gunstar Heroes on Xbox 360 now this was one of Genesis best games ever made. I recently got all the achievements of this game unlock within an week that's how much I love it.

You can play as Gunstar Red or Blue with your choice of weapon functions. Like Golden Axe on Xbox Live Arcade you can use the save feature at any given time. This game has some of the best graphics I ever seen in an hit and run game hell I would've love this game as an kid. You get a great variety of enemies as well as some unique bosses like Seven Force first time or Golden Silver.

Like Mega Man games you can pick which level you want to play until the last three levels. Most levels you must run as well keep firing at them with many explosions. Level 2 has you switching between rails with only one boss with many forms to fight. Depending on your difficulty levels you don't have to fight all seven forms.

I got to say thank god there wasn't that bullshit of beating the game on it's hardest setting to see an okay ending. Level 4 is my favorite level because it starts out like most levels then you must play through a board game. I have experience something similar in Devil May Cry 4 though a few levels used it.

I recommend playing level 4 of Gunstar Heroes over Devil May Cry 4 board games. I say that because here you will know what to expect unlike Devil May Cry 4. A good number of these spots have bosses waiting to fight you. If you are lucky you might be able to land on item spots that gives you health. You can also change your firing function if you want to though I usually don't at all.

Once you land on the last spot it's time to fight the boss of the stage. He has a couple of attacks that can take awhile to memorize like The Wheel of Fate. Thankfully he isn't as close as hard as that final boss though watch out for the first orb he throws. If you completed those levels at this point you can't select the last couple of levels.

This game has one of the best soundtracks I heard from an Genesis game. There's a level where you fly a ship with a couple of bosses. Surprisingly you end up fighting Seven Force again though this time it's smaller with one life. It can still transform into all of it's forms unlike the previous encounter. The last level makes you fight a couple of bosses again though they won't be the same.

You will fight the other Gunstars as well as some of the bad guys. As soon as you get to the leader he gets taken out by Golden Silver. Here it is the final boss now it starts out easy then it starts attacking back. Holy shit he isn't holding back it's like fighting Shredder in the original arcade game minus the clones.

At first I was wondering why I wasn't hurting it much then I found out you aren't suppose to shoot at it. You are aiming to shoot at it's power supply that's reminds me of Super Mecha Sonic in Sonic & Knuckles. Both these bosses are using limitless power that are known to be challenging. The big difference here is you can hit Super Mecha Sonic once it used up the emeralds.

If you are able to beat the final boss then congratulations because I know he is an pain in the ass. The ending is one of the best I seen in Sega games to date. Please Sega give us Bio-Hazard Battle on Xbox Live Arcade soon that would be awesome. In conclusion this brings so much to the table that it shouldn't be over looked by anyone.

I thank everyone for reading and I will see all of you later.

Jack Red reviews Golden Axe (Arcade)

Hi everyone this is Jack Red, today I will be reviewing Golden Axe on Xbox 360 now what a great game. Despite the cover of it showing the Genesis version it's actually the original Arcade version. Surprisingly they also did that to Altered Beast though I don't know the reason behind them. That seems like a dirty trick to do to your customers especially the loyal ones like myself.

It has great graphics that are similar to Altered Beast with limited continues. You play as Ax Battler, Gilius or Tyris on their journey to hunt down the man who cause all of them pain. The story of this reminds me of an anime called Inuyasha though that's long as hell with a sequel coming here soon. You attack thieves to get potions which you can use them at any time.

You get a couple of bonus stages to collect potions as well as some food. This might be hard to believe but outside those bonus stage there aren't any health. Altered Beast doesn't even have that yet it's a shorter game made by the same man who made Golden Axe. You heard me right the same guy made both these Sega classics that I love.

I can play Golden Axe quite good that if you can find me I can guarantee most of your achievements will be unlock. You get a good variety of enemies with the cheapiest being the knights and skeletons. I used to lose most of my continues playing the game by now I will only lose at least two of them. I love the music of this game it truly one of the best I ever heard for beat em up games.

You can ride on creatures though my personal favorite only appears once in the entire game. The red dragon that shoots fire balls that kills more enemies in few hits. You do see the other kind of dragons a lot though nothing can top that red one. That one creature you can ride also appears in Altered Beast as an enemy I'm not kidding.

You can save your game at any given time while if you want to reload it then you must go back to the main menu. The final boss Death Adder has a couple of enemies that makes it the hardest of the game. You fight one giant with a few regular enemies followed by skeletons that are stronger than the boss.

I recommend trying to save as much potions as you can as Tyris since her magic is the highest. It should kill the first couple of enemies just using it. I also recommend patiently wait for Death Adder to appear then once he starts moving use that spell. Sometimes getting hit by him he will use a spell to get extra damage on you.

After beating him enjoy the ending where kids are playing Great Axe at the arcades. Then you will see a lot of characters come out of it with a song you won't hear any where else. I got to say Sega knows how to make great arcade classics such as this. In conclusion I love playing this game from time to time well I will see all of you later.

Jack Red reviews The House of the Dead 2 & 3 Return Part 2

Hi everyone this is Jack Red, I just reviewed The House of the Dead 2 for my blog though I noticed that I missed just one point. Considering that this is 2 in 1 game that I believe I have the right to bring it up here. You can rescue civilians that can give you more health at times though if you shoot them you will lose it.

That's right shoot any of the civilians and you will lose health yet nothing really happens if the zombies do it. There is a trick that can be tricky to pull off but if you are able to then right at the end you should see Goldman as an zombie. This is my favorite Sega light gun that originated in the arcades though I did say The House of the Dead: Overkill does top it.

I do plan to review that in the near future but right now it's time to review The House of the Dead 3. I believe this currently at the end of the time line like Street Fighter 3. Unlike the first two you get shotguns this time around that works good. You can play three variation of the same game with slight differences.

Arcade Mode like the one in The House of the Dead 2 was the game right out of the arcades. Extreme Mode takes a lot to unlock but you will get something worth wild from trying your best. You will have a smaller aim symbol while the games doesn't let you know how many continues you have.

Time Attack like many games is beating the game while being timed. Try beating the game many times with a couple adding credits which is the game's continues. If you played just enough of Extreme Mode you can unlock Free Play. I am glad they actually put that in there because you can run out of lifes fast.

Similar to The House of the Dead 2 you can go multiple paths but it will tell you when you can. That's one good thing that should've been in the second one though I still prefer it over this. As I said in my previous blog entry there isn't as many bosses as The House of the Dead 2. I think it's easier to pick up on these bosses weakness with only Death fights two whole times.

Sometimes selecting the second game you should see a quick mini game that counts down the years back to the release of it. That originated in The House of the Dead 3 Xbox port which I used to own for a while. You can skip that mini game if you choose to though you can get stuff in for The House of the Dead 2.

If you fought The Emperor then you should know that The Wheel of Fate is really hard. I barely beat him on limited credits since he keeps changing his attacks. He has the same weakness as The Emperor just harder to learn his attack patterns. He even looks like him though they were made by different people.

Goldman made The Emperor while Curien made The Magician and The Wheel of Fate. Here's a shocker to those who love the games still learning the stories Curien is The Wheel of Fate. Holy shit right how can anyone be that mad to turn themselves into that kind of an being. Oh by the way player 1 plays as Lisa while player is G who gets replaced by Daniel Curien.

That's right briefly at the end of this game you can play as the first main villain of the games son. I am glad Sega brought this to the Wii because I love light gun games. I also enjoy playing good Sega games that most of them I won't forget in years to come. I got to say I had a change of heart with this one after unlocking infinite lifes.

That makes it more like the arcade light gun games which I really like. You can get that two ways in The House of the Dead 2 if you really want it. I believe one way to get it is master the boss fights mode. The other way I know of to getting infinite lifes is keep replaying Original Mode until you find it.

I have gotten it before in Original Mode though if you use it then the next time you play it won't be available. In conclusion another master piece from Sega that deserves to be played. I hope you all enjoy my review and come back some time.

Jack Red reviews The House of the Dead 2 & 3 Return Part 1

Hi everyone this is Jack Red, I am glad that I'm going to review one of my favorite light gun games ever made today. The House of the Dead 2 & 3 Return on the Wii is obvious two games in one that go kinda well together. I believe this was the console first game in the series that was mixed by critics out there. I say fuck the critics listen to someone like me that isn't going to bullshit you like X-Play.

I had The House of the Dead 3 on Xbox with The House of the Dead 2 being an unlockable game with okay controls. Here I'm happy to say I love playing either one with my Wii Perfect Shot despite the later parts. You can pick to play either The House of the Dead 2 or 3 but if you want a recommendation then I recommend you play  2 for many reasons.

I am going to talk about The House of the Dead 2 first since it's one of my favorite games in the series. You can play either Arcade or Original Mode though despite adding stuff in the later one they are almost the same. Original Mode lets you add lives, continues, costumes and more to the game though the limit is two by yourself.

If you are playing with a second person then you both get to choose just one each of what you want. Only one player can use health called lifes while both can use the continues which is a good thing. Most can tell you that the voice acting is terrible yet at times laughable like karate movies. You have to choose a path at some point which can make all the difference in the world.

This game has more bosses than it's sequel so you must play it just enough times to learn their patterns. The last couple of bosses are tough to beat especially The Magician who I found out was the first game final boss. Honestly I wish I could play that game with The House of the Dead 4 some time in my life time.

Later in the game some bosses you already defeated will come back for one more fight. First of these was Judgment that's easier than the first time you took them on. Short after that you should come across Hierophant on the bridge just without summoning the fish. Finally before you get to fight The Emperor you fight Tower one last time with the silver one staying with the rest this time.

If you are playing Original Mode keep looking for stuff you could use in later runs of the game. The fire system seems to be slower than Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles yet faster reload. The final boss of this game is The Emperor would can give you the run for your money if you aren't careful.

You also get Training Mode that tests how well you can fire under such rules for each level. I usually try really hard to fully master the boss fight mode. You can fight every single boss of the entire game even those with two paths. In fact you can fight all of them in one setting that actually harder than fighting the last two bosses.

He's one of the hardest final boss in light guns I ever took on in my life. You usually see a book opening revealing a weakness right well here it says he don't have one. Well guess what his weakness is the moving orb in his body. At some point in the boss fight he will start using other bosses attacks to hit you.

You must get their weakness in order to stop the attack to hurt the boss. After all that you must have good skills to survive what's coming next. It's orb flies around with liquid balls surrounding it that can at time when you least expect it to. Just keep firing at the orb to kill the final boss thus beating the game.

In conclusion The House of the Dead 2 isn't better than The House of the Dead: Overkill but it has a lot of replay value. So I'm Jack Red I hope you all enjoy this review almost as much as I do.

Jack Red reviews Crazy Taxi

Hi everyone this is Jack Red, one thing I learned from my past reviews is I shown my passion toward Sega. Which is why I'm reviewing one of my favorite Sega games Crazy Taxi for Xbox 360 now this is my third time owning it. I originally had it on my Dreamcast then I had a copy of it for PS2 though I loss that one. Now I can play it again on my Xbox 360 remembering some great memories of this classic.

They release this with Sonic Adventure before Dreamcast Collection though today chances are you played one of them. It might be hard to believe but half that collection I had on Dreamcast loving them both. This game never truly gets old even with some of the codes that makes it more interesting to play. I got to say I'm glad Sega notice we love this game since it should be one of their biggest requests.

Unlike Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection these games got their own achievements especially if you want a challenge. I do not own Dreamcast Collection but I do know enough of it to know you just get four games. Anyway you play as one of four taxi drivers as you keep picking up people to take them to their destinations. You can play either Arcade or Original Mode which are different that similar to each other.

Yellow customers gives the most money out even driving like a mad man. Red customers are the other main percentage in the game. You can also ride a bike instead of taxi with two ways to get the easy way or the hard way. The easy way basically press left and right trigger until you see a bike on the screen. You should also get a bell of your bike go off as your game is about to begin. The hard way is mastered Crazy Box.

You can play either three to ten minutes which you got to score as much as possible in the allowed time limit. You also get Arcade Rules where you start off with a minute that can be extended. You drop off customers under that playing set for gives you more time though it can take a while to play it. There actually exist a code to play a hidden variation of both Arcade and Original Mode for an extra challenge.

Crazy Box has different mini games you must complete to get the bike as well as the last couple of achievements. For a long time I couldn't do the very first one where you need to do a long jump to beat the stage. Just recently I found out you were should to do a crash dash that can take a while to master. I also like you can unlock clothes for your avatar which I recommend the Crazy Taxi shirt a lot.

I wish that was a real shirt then I would be wearing it almost all the time. I do like Axel's Hawaiian shirt but to me it just doesn't appeal as much as that shirt. In conclusion this game still today one of Sega's best game ever made that deserves some respect. I hope you guys enjoy my review and see all of you later.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Jack Red reviews Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time Re-Shelled

Hi everyone this is Jack Red, today I will be reviewing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time Re-Shelled for Xbox 360. Unfortunately I was too late to get it again on my Xbox however I do remember more than enough to do this review. I have tried reviewing this a few times which aren't quite right so I'm aiming to make it my best. I am a big fan of the turtles ever since my child hood though most were watching the cartoons.

This might be hard to believe but I actually got into the turtles through the movies and an game on my Genesis. Now I just want to keep finding more good stuff in the franchise that I can enjoy with my girl friend. Anyway my first criticism was why did they remake it instead of giving us the original arcade version. They even didn't give us TMNT: The Hyperstone Heist right off the Genesis which was another good option.

Another thing I had a problem with was the price when I first got it I paid ten bucks which I felt a little over priced. I actually found out their official price of this piece of shit was going to be fifteen dollars. Are you shitting me fifteen dollars with only five of it going toward good use does seem to be a fucking waste. One of the few good things I can say about the game is the new animation looks bad ass.

It does have some good songs though most didn't care for it due to how disappointing the game was. It's hard to believe some wanted TMNT IV: Turtles in Time on SNES though would not allow that to happen. If you want proof then go look up GoldenEye yet they gave us Perfect Dark the next best thing. You can download Perfect Dark right now which is on my list of what to get for my Xbox 360.

The controls can take time though they made that pretty simple in the original arcade game also available on Xbox Live. I also don't like when playing on your own you can't change turtles like the other one. I don't mine that in X-Men since that's a pretty good game but it's unexpectable here god damn it. I didn't care much for the voice acting either which is a shame for the turtles as well as me. Another good thing I can say is it does follow the arcade classic better than I thought it would.

I felt some of the AI especially Clement Boss was uneven which usually is a sign of a bad beat em up. I have played through the entire game wondering how unspired the look of these levels are. A good example for this was the Sewer because it seems too much kinda the same color. That's a problem since you do have to look out for spiked balls in the water.

I do like you can take more hits like TMNT: The Hyperstone Heist since it's a long game. Similar to X-Men enemies can be hurt by hazards that could come in handily. After you beat a level you can do Quick Play which was my favorite thing about the game. It lets you pick a level like X-Men while giving you 99 lives.

You also get Survival Mode which is play the entire game on one life are you mad. Well it there was an achievement in the original arcade game of that I would shit my pants. Thank god there wasn't though I do recommend Quick Play to those who do enjoy the game. I already said Clement Man was hard yet most of the bosses for me were too easy.

Yes even Shredder I remember doing a quick play on the last level on the hardest difficulty with a few hits. I didn't lose a life now come on in the last one he was nearly in fucking possible so there is no excuse for this. In my past reviews of this game I bought up Rocksteady who wasn't even in the game. The last criticism I got for this game would be why can't we play either the arcade classic or The Hyperstone Heist in the game.

In conclusion you are better off owning TMNT Classic 1989 Arcade, The Hyperstone and IV: Turtles in Time than this. Well I thank everyone for reading this and I hope this shows how I feel about the game.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Jack Red reviews Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection

Hi everyone this is Jack Red, today I am going to review Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection on Xbox 360. Not a lot of people actually know it was a follow up of Sega Genesis Collection that truly nail it. I played Sonic Mega Collection on Game Cube which before I played this I thought that was the best Sega collection. I was blown away by share awesomeness as I get to play many games from my child hood. To be honest with you about half of these games I owned on my Genesis since it was my first console.

I really like the cover of the actual game because Sega took time making it even better than their last one. Basically you see many Genesis games on multiple screens that kinda direct you toward Sonic. I also like the look of the disc having almost the same design with some notable changes. They knew this collection had to be good especially those who remember playing the fuck out of the Genesis like myself. I do mine only one thing about the case well if you look closely on the back you will see they incorrectly name an Sonic game.

The case says Sonic 2 though it's clearly Sonic 3 now how can you honestly confuse the two is beyond me. Once the game starts up get ready to watch one of the most awesome opening videos you ever seen. I did look up Sega Genesis Collection to found out it has a similar opening though it wasn't as good. After that it's time to start going wild with these classics by searching through this list of games. You will notice that it has only Genesis games with limited information as well as an screen showing off the games.

I was surprise to found out that trivia originally from the last one with some humor this time around. You can look at the manuals as well as their cartridges which is a nice touch to hardcore Sega fans like me. You do get options though I barely use it since most of these games have their own. You can unlock seven Arcade games with two Sega Master System games in no time. They brought back interviews which I thought a lot of them were interesting like they want more people playing Phantasy Star.

One of the best features is being able to save in game with also acts as an alternate pause. None of the Arcade games have a pause feature so I am glad they brought back such an a nice feature. Another good thing about it is if you often use it to beat hard games like Comix Zone then it will be a lot of help. I also like having achievements though I wish there was more of them since most of them are easy. If you own any old cheat books with Genesis codes then make sure you can just in case you need it.

In conclusion it's a really good Sega collection that most Genesis fans need to get while if you are new please give this a try.

I am not quite done yet because I want to get a few things off my chest so this won't happen again. I once went to Gamestop looking for Sega Genesis Collection then left with Sega Classics Collection. Thank god I eventually got this game since it became one of those games I treasure so much in recent years. I believe there is a follow up already not even a year later for exclusively to the PC. Sega Genesis Classics Collection Gold Edition is one of the most awesome titles though I prefer the one before it.

I might get it to review the game if enough of you want me to in the near future. Anyway the last thing I wanted to say is I am getting ready for my girl friend to come over in a few weeks. I will be getting more stuff off Xbox Live soon which most of it goes toward the new Mortal Kombat game. I am a big fan of Mortal Kombat that I personally want to get every single downloadable content. I will be reviewing the game as best as I can as soon as I get the last one they release for it.

Sorry about that I figured to do all that here after my current review just in case any of you were interested. Also I could be reviewing another game I did that deserves a better one for your entertainment. So I am Jack Red I thank you for reading this entry and have a good night.