Opinions: Retro Comps – R-Type Dimensions EX

R-Type Dimensions EX (Switch) High Points – R-Type, R-Type 2 Low Points – None! Quirky Surprise – Um…the 3D mode? Irem is easily best known for their seminal shoot-em-up franchise R-Type, and Tozai Games have done a solid job bringing the first two arcade entries back from the 80s with Dimensions. Tozai took a unique…

Opinions: Retro Comps – Vasara Collection

Vasara Collection (Switch) High Points – Vasara 2, Vasara Low Points – …none? Quirky Surprise – Both! Visco Corp is one of the more obscure Japanese developers of the 80s through the early 2000s — their best known work outside of the featured compilation is probably Bust-A-Move clone Puzzle de Pon! — but QUbyte Interactive…

Opinion: Retro Comps – Konami 50th Anniversary: Arcade Classics

Konami 50th Anniversary: Arcade Classics (Switch) High Points – Vulcan Venture (Gradius II), Life Force (Salamander) Low Points – Haunted Castle, Typhoon (A-Jax) Quirky Surprise – Twinbee Konami is finally embracing their back catalog via three (currently announced) compilations for their 50th Anniversary, with the first being a set of eight arcade titles from the…

Opinions: Retro Comps – Namco Museum Arcade Pak (Switch)

Namco Museum Arcade Pak (Switch) High Points – Pac-Man, Dig Dug Low Points – Rolling Thunder, Tower of Druaga Quirky Surprise – Pac-Man Vs. Namco’s arcade pedigree has already been covered in this series once before with the examination into the progenitor of the “Museum” concept on the PS1; every other attempt has not quite…

Opinions – Retro Comps: Capcom Beat-em-Up Bundle

Capcom Beat-em-Up Bundle (Switch, Xbox One, PS4, PC) High Points – Armored Warriors, Captain Commando Low Points – Warriors of Fate, Knights of the Round Quirky Surprise – Battle Circuit Capcom has embraced the resurrection of the retro comp this generation, and their (as of this writing) most recent collection bundles 7 of their beat-em-ups…

Opinions: Retro Comps – Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection

Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection (Switch/PS4/Xbox One/PC) High Points – Street Fighter Alpha 3, Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike, Super Street Fighter II Turbo Low Points – Street Fighter, Street Fighter III, Street Fighter II: Champion Edition Quirky Surprise – Street Fighter III: 2nd Impact Capcom recently revisited their Street Fighter Anniversary Collection, bringing it…

Opinions: Retro Comps – Namco Museum (PS1)

Hey, Retro Comps is back! And this time, I’m gonna discuss three of the five titles Namco produced in their Museum franchise for the PS1. As of right now I don’t have V. 1 or V. 2 to evaluate, but I will be adding them in when I get them into my collection down the…

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…