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Prima Games to Close its doors…

 

It has been a sad week for us all. First the PS3 servers are shutting down with some games and now Prima Games is closing their doors after 20+ years of great service to gamers everywhere. I still have a hefty collection of strategy guides and I will still collect them to this day. I feel that it is a missing link to gaming. There is something about reading a strategy guide and getting the story, background info, character info, items and level layouts that is just the best! Now don’t get me wrong not every Strategy guide is created equal and Prima Games were the best and still are. There are several different Strategy Guide out the from the UNAUTHORIZED, TOTALLY UNAUTHORIZED, BRADY GAMES, PIGGY-BACK, VERSUS BOOK and many more out there waiting to be claimed. I think that not only is it a financial reason they are closing doors but the fact that nobody really wants a strategy guide with their game not to mention most games nowadays a pretty linear and don’t need one but there is RPG’s out there that do require a Strategy guide such as Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy. One other thing is the price, who is really going to shell out $24.99 for a paperback book? I remember when they were $14.99-$19.99. and some of them go for $49.99 for collectors edition. It is really a shame that this is becoming a lost art for video games everywhere. Now we live in a digital age where we can just look up what we need.

And the Review is In!

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Goodness there has been a lot that has been going on and trying to get a review out is madness!!

Superman Returns for the PS2 is something of a hit or miss and really is an easy game to beat. Not only did it take a few hours to beat but it is lacking in content seriously. Its medicore game play and lack of story doesn’t add to the excitement of the game but it does have redeeming qualities but you are going to have to read the review to find out more!!! More Superman games abound!!

Review will be up soon!

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For the past four days I have played Superman Returns for the Ps2 and I have a pretty good grasp on the game and everything it has to offer. Now my totally play time is around four and half hours and 75% completed but with  that, I think I can write a review of the game. Now I have beaten this game before but was long ago, I really wanted to just play the game so I could see if this was any good just like the way I use to remember.

Been Awhile so here is a Review!

Its been awhile since I last could review anything and I have been trying to get back on track! So for your reading pleasure is my first Playstation 2 Review EXTERMINATION!

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You play as Dennis Riley, a USMC out on a Recon Mission to a research facility in Antarctica but things aren’t going to be looking bright for Dennis as a Viral Outbreak has happened there! Do you have what it take to exterminate the virus before its to late?

Scoring System for Atari 2600-7800

You know I can’t really seem to score and Atari game with a number rating, it seems to harsh and for the matter hard. For an Atari game on a 2600, the controls are basic you have one button and a joystick. Some games require you to use the paddle controller otherwise, they are simply controls and really don’t need to be reviewed unless noted. Graphics for these games only start to get better (I mean upgrade) when we get to high end console such as the LYNX and JAGUAR.

What I am trying to say is here is a simple rating system for any and all Atari 2600-7800 games.

  1. BAD– This game is awful and should be thrown back into the dungeon where it came from.
  2. HMM– the game is neither good or bad its just there to exist
  3. OK– The game has some interesting quality to it
  4. GOOD– You leave beating this game with a sense of accomplishment but you know that you can’t really beat an Atari game or can you…
  5. GREAT– You can play this game over and over and feel good knowing that you have a great game on you hands.
  6. AMAZING– The best of the best video games belong here but is there an Atari game worth this score?

Now for any games above 7800 such as LYNX and JAGUAR, I will be using a Number scoring system.

The First Reviews are In For ATARI Month

Yes I know that I am a little late getting Atari Month going and believe me I am trying to get back into reviewing games. Alright enough about me and my petty things lets get started!!

First up is ADVENTURE for the Atari 2600 come find out if the adventure is really worth going on!

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And for the Second is BREAKOUT for the Atari 2600. Can you break all the bricks in this addictive arcade classic!

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Is there an Atari game that you want me to review? Don’t fret! All this month is Atari and I am doing random games from various Atari Consoles! So if you don’t see the game that you wanted reviewed on here go ahead and give me a shout out on the Facebook page, leave a tweet on Twitter or leave me comment below and I will do my best to get it on here!!

Awesome Update

So I have finally got around to making a sub-page for Sega Genesis and it is now under the CONSOLE SECTION. I have released an interesting first review for it, ALIEN SOLDIER for the SEGA CHANNEL!!! Come check it out at

https://themodernretrocorner.com/consoles/sega-genesis/alien-soldier-sega-channel/

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https://themodernretrocorner.com/consoles/sega-genesis/alien-soldier-sega-channel/

HOLIDAYS (2016)

Boredom and Weird in one Package

Another Anthology movie that takes the Holidays and pits its it in the most boring horror movie way. They take seven holidays; Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Mothers Day, Fathers Day, Christmas and New Years and try to provide a creepy movie yet fail in doing so. There are some moments in the film that do provide a weird atmosphere but fall short in providing the horror element. I have skipped watching this one seeing other people comments on the movie but the reason I had to watch it was because of Seth Green and even with him in one of the shorts, it really didn’t make the movie any better. He did do a good job acting and he does have that funny portrayal that makes him well him.

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With out spoiling the movie, Valentines Day was just down right weird and about a girl on the swim team that look as weird as the character she portraits. Oh did I forget she has a crush on her swim coach? Yeah things only get weird from there. Nothing out of the ordinary or really for the horror genre either.

St. Patrick’s Day was probably the weirdest one out of the bunch. Following a school teacher and meeting a very peculiar student that doesn’t smile all while when she gets home is somewhat narrated by her mother via voicemail. After that there was something about a pregnancy and snakes?… yeah the snake thing was really weird. You would have to watch it yourself to find out. And what was up with the animal heads on human bodies?

Mothers Day was just boring but it wasn’t until Fathers day when it really got good. This single short was really good and the music set the atmosphere. It follows a woman who has thought her father was dead until one day she received a tape and tape deck. I really don’t want to spoil this short because it really hit the ball out of the park! If all else only watch this movie for this short.

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Easter way just another weird one with a bunny man/Jesus character and I really don’t know how to explain it but the character itself was just terrible to look at. You could clearly tell that the guy had a rubber mask on and the make up effects where terrible as well.

The rest of the film just completely bored me to death, enough for me not to want to talk about them anymore. I do love the Horror anthology film genre that is coming out and the ones that are already out aren’t to bad to watch. This movie however is just plain boring and uninteresting to watch . If you haven’t seen this movie yet only watch it for FATHER’S DAY, it was the best one out of them all.

Update and more

Hey Everyone!!

I want to THANK everyone for their continued support of this website!! Every visit counts and I want you all to know that there is no donations asked or any kind of payment received for doing this. I want you to know that this is a hobby and that everything that I post is for the preservation of the obscure, lost, amazing and all in between!!! I hope you all will continue to read and/or listen to The Daily Retro!!

Now with that being said here is an update for all! I have put in the first game for the GAME COLLECTION folder in A TON OF GAMES subfolder

GAME COLLECTION:

A TON OF GAMES – VIRUS: The Game

And one more thing is that I will be linking YouTube videos to the reviews and the daily retro for those who either want to listen or read the article!

Stay Retro My Friends,

~Retro Mark

VIRUS: The Game

….. …… …… ….. JUST TERRIBLE

Developer: DynoTech Software                                  Release Date: 1995

Virus: The Game is truly a terrible game in its own right. I found this abomination in the A Ton of Games Classic 1. Words can’t express how bad this game really is and it’s not because of just the name alone that was infecting, but the fact that the game itself is just down right boring among a few other terrible things…

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You play as Vinny the Virus and your job is to infect a hard drive and control all its sectors by capturing bytes. Sounds easy right? Sorry to say it’s not. Unfortunately it is marred by bad controls and the only controls is the keyboard. You move around the screen by pressing the Up, Down, Left and Right Keys and even that is difficult. Sometimes Vinny moves across the screen in no time at all but in others he seems not to want to move at all. When you hit the wall from zipping across the screen (and you will), it seems to take Vinny just a second to start moving to another direction that you are trying to go to. Most of my time playing was pressing the directional keys multiple times to go in a certain direction which can be draining on your hands.

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As for how to beat a level is really uncertain. You are told in the instructions that you need to take control of all the bytes in the level and of course their image is that of vampire teeth? To exit the level but I feel that there is still some bytes remaining in the level but I’m not certain and everything else is point based. The game tries its best to make you want to get all of the items in hopes to open the exit but that’s all false hope all you really need are bytes. And how do you know the exit is open? There is a small sound and the edge of your screen turns grey. Great job….. What about that pesky Red guy following you around? Well he is the Anti Virus that’s trying to destroy you and good luck getting away from him. He follows your every turn and the closer you get to the remaining bytes… well nothing it just gets hard to plan your move when you have something constantly following your every move. *Plan your moves carefully and quickly because each time you take a step you are cutting off your escape. If you step on
a blue square it then turns yellow. Stepping on a yellow square turns it red and stepping on a red square turns it into an empty spot and you can no longer step there. This can restrict your movements, just one of the many dilemmas you will face.

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The Sound is awful. Just awful and its constantly repeating the same track over and over. The sound effects are virtually none existent oppose to a few screeches here and there. The graphics are just as terrible and simple at the same time with the intro picture god awful and it almost reminds me of the monsters from Where the wild things book, weird yes.

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Final Thoughts-

Virus: The Game is just plain terrible and for the most part hard. Yeah I love a challenge and don’t shy away from one but the controls don’t work have the time. It seems like this is a game from the early flash game days. I really don’t mind the graphics too much and the music (the only track there is) grinds on my ears till they bleed and I recommend that you turn off your speakers when playing it. If you can get past the controls and the relenting Anti Virus that follows, maybe there is a slim chance that it could have been  decent.

Score: 3/10

Graphics:                   [3] If you can get past the ugly intro picture then you are in for an even uglier game. Basic is the name of the game but even that can be…OK…?

Sound:                        [1] The game’s only one track will grind on your ears till they bleed and even then you will forget about it after playing it.

Control:                     [3] How can you mess up keyboard controls? Especially if they are only directional?

Replayability:          [2] If you can get past the music and the tank like controls, then maybe you would have a decent game but unfortunately this is just a boring unplayable game.

*Taken from the Instructions themselves Virus: The Game