Music: Five of my Top 100 VGM from All Over the Map

All right, we’re down to the last 10 songs on my Top 100 VGM! I’m going to work to get this finished this weekend, so expect the last five tomorrow! Chicago: Stealth, Perfect Dark, Grant Kirkhope, N64, Rare, 2001 For me this is one of the best “stealth” songs I’ve ever come across. And it…

Opinion: Bottom 25 Games – 19) Avenger (Arcade)

19) Avenger (Arcade, Capcom, 1987) Capcom certainly was not slouching in attempting new approaches to game design back in the 1980s. However, there were a few duds along the way, and Avenger is another example of the company swinging and missing, much like Trojan and the original Street Fighter. In this case, it’s tackling a…

Opinion: Enemy Encounters – Metroids (Metroid)

Metroids (Metroid franchise) Metroids are incredible enemies, perhaps some of the most frightening foes ever created. They are incredibly fast, tend to ambush Samus from the background, and are persistent at swarming her. Should one latch on, it takes several concussive blasts from your bombs to shake them off, and that usually is only for…

Opinion: Artistic Discussion – 8/2/2017

Ecco the Dolphin (Sega, Genesis) Today’s great example of box art comes from Boris Vallejo, well-known fantasy artist who did more than a few Genesis covers for Sega back in the 1990s. This one is a splendid example, perfectly capturing the essence of the game, not to mention being a pretty damn nice painting all…

Opinion – Bottom 25 Games: 11) Donkey Kong Jr. Math

11) Donkey Kong Jr. Math (NES, Nintendo, 1986) Edutainment titles can be adequate entertainment, such as The Oregon Trail or Math Blasters, but Nintendo’s sole localized effort of their Educational Series is an absolute travesty. It is a dearth of pleasure; the nadir of video gaming joy. There’s not much to DK Jr. Math —…

Opinion – Bottom 25 Games: 10) Resident Evil 6

10) Resident Evil 6 (PS3, Capcom, 2012) Oh man, Resident Evil 6 is by far the worst game I’ve played this decade. No contest. No question. Not even co-op with a willing partner was able to overcome the overwhelmingly dire gameplay, dull level maps, dumb narrative and goddamned design decisions that doom the entire experience….

Opinion – Bottom 25 Games: 9) Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon

9) Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon (DS, Nintendo/Intelligent Systems, 2009) I happen to be a pretty big fan of Fire Emblem. I’ve bought nearly all of the titles that have come out in the US (except Radiant Dawn, primarily because Path of Radiance didn’t sink its teeth into me well enough to commit to more), and…

Opinion – Bottom 25 Games: 7) Mad Dog McCree

7) Mad Dog McCree (Arcade, American Laser Games, 1990) There’s an old adage in video gaming that “a game is only as good as it plays, never as good as it looks” (or thereabouts — I’m paraphrasing). Back in the 1980s and early 1990s, this idea was tested most in the arcades, where gaming technology…

Opinions: The Best of the Worst – Phanto (Super Mario Bros. 2)

Welcome to a new feature here at LVLS, which is in actuality an old feature once known as “Enemy Encounters”…but now modernized and rebranded! Like you care. :p Anyway, I want to discuss enemies, bosses and antagonists of games and this seems like a good header to slide this under. And today I’d like to…

Opinion: Retro Comps – Capcom Classics Mini Mix (GBA)

Capcom Classics Mini Mix (GBA) Highlights: Bionic Commando Low Lights: Mighty Final Fight Quirky Surprise: Strider Very, very late in the GBA lifeline came this surprise — a collection of three of Capcom’s NES cult classics (i.e. games not Mega Man or Disney-themed) ported by Sensory Sweep in 2006. The company was not known for…