Contra Review:

I had heard of Contra one of the toughest games to get through, so was it difficult? Yes. Invincible? No.

I had heard of Contra one of the toughest games to get through, so was it difficult? Yes. Invincible? No.

It was just after I finished beating Gradius and telling a friend about my mission to beat Nintendo games that Contra came up. I had told my friend Vandy, that I had beat Mega Man 1-6 which impressed him because of the shear difficulty of that series when he asked if I had beat Contra. I knew what Contra was, and had heard of it but never played it. So after my little talk about it, I decided Contra would be the next NES game that I would take on.

If you enjoy speed runs, and would like to kill 13 minutes watch this crazy guy beat Contra in 13 minutes. Insane.

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King Of The Hill Review: Yup, Yup, Yup, Mmmmhmmmm

This little neighborhood located in Arlen, Texas created a lot of laughs for a long time on Fox.

This little neighborhood located in Arlen, Texas created a lot of laughs for a long time on Fox.

I remember coming home after school during my middle school days and around 4 PM every afternoon, King Of The Hill would come on Fox. It was just my routine to watch it as I would play a video game on my second TV. Yes, go ahead and assume how lazy I am, or spoiled or point out the fact that two televisions destroyed any hope of me going outside on a nice sunny day to “play”. But whatever you want to call it, that was my set up and that was my routine. Because of this routine, I was able to catch a lot of King Of The Hill. I probably watched close to 85 percent of the 259 episodes that aired from 1997-2010.

So when decided to watch every episode of the series, it was almost like reliving my earlier awkward teen years. It took me only about two months to cruise through the episodes and no I didn’t have two televisions playing different episodes at the same time, but after letting the entire series sink in, I look back fondly on the cartoon for adults. The show was created by Mike Judge, creator of Beavis and Butt-head. While I didn’t see many episodes of Beavis and Butt-head I did catch one where they have a neighbor who resembles Hank Hill, main character of King Of The Hill. Clearly, inspiration from Judge’s earlier work played a role in creating Hank Hill.

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Gradius Review:

Gradius earned high praise back in the mid 80s, did it do the job almost 30 years later?

Gradius earned high praise back in the mid 80s, did it do the job almost 30 years later?

I’m super proud of myself because I finally got ambitious about playing old school video games. I ordered a few things to really make them enjoyable! First off I bought a Nintendo USB controller so I have a proper controller to play with since using the keyboard was next to impossible on these quick trigger games, and I also bought HDMI cord for my laptop so now I can play my emulators on my tv! It really is an awesome set up and I’m pretty proud of myself. After playing Kid Icarus, I decided to switch it up with an old space shooter for the Nintendo. The most common game that was praised by everyone was Gradius. I did a little research and it was made by Konami, one of my favorite developers/publishers so it had my approval already.

If you are too lazy to play it and would just like to watch a long play version of it (a whole whopping 17 minutes to beat the game) I found this video on youtube of this show-off jack ass who beats the game in 17 minutes, never dies and never misses a single enemy. Maybe it’s Vic Viper himself, anyway check it out if you want.

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Breaking Bad Review: Yeah, Bitch

One of the best shows to ever grace the television according to critics. Did I agree? Yeah, bitch.

One of the best shows to ever grace the television according to critics. Did I agree? Yeah, bitch.

In 2013, this show was all the rave. I remember a ton of my friends in college were talking about how they couldn’t wait for the ending and how the show was so awesome. I usually never watch TV so I didn’t really know what Breaking Bad was about and I had never watched an episode, but I remember telling myself that as soon as the series ends, I would start watching it.

It finally ended, and I remember having to stay off Twitter the entire week after the show ended because every single tweet in my timeline was related to Breaking Bad. It’s not that often that a show captures the entire audience of America, but that’s what seemed to happen with Breaking Bad. So, after the hoopla calmed down, I began to watch Breaking Bad. The show was incredible, and I was hooked after a few episodes. Check out the trailer for season one below.

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Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus: Review

One of the many platform jumpers for the PS2 that I missed on the first time around.

One of the many platform jumpers for the PS2 that I missed on the first time around.

I’m not sure what I was doing in middle school when the Playstation 2 came out, but I certainly was not paying attention to game reviews even though I was subscribed to Playstation Magazine (RIP). Loved that magazine. Looking back on the PS2 era, I had missed many amazing games, especially the platform jumping games and series like Sly Cooper, Jak And Daxter, and Ratchet and Clank. Well, that all is changing right now, for Christmas, I received all three series remade in beautiful high definition. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on these games because I knew they had gathered quite the following and had scored high on first releases. After dedicating six days of my life to Skyrim, I needed a happy game. One that didn’t involve politics, dragons and endless quests, so I turned to the Sly Cooper series. Up first, was Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus.

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Wonder Boy III The Dragon’s Trap: Review

A hidden gem that is a must play for all retro gamers.

A hidden gem that is a must play for all retro gamers.

Where to begin with this game? This is perhaps as far back as it goes for me in my video game history. Growing up we never had any cool systems until I begged and pleaded for a playstation which I finally got for Christmas in fourth grade. So for the first 10 years of my life I was stuck with the Sega Master System. It was no slouch, but it was outdated by the mid 90s. My dad who was a baseball nut got hooked on a hand held baseball game from the mid 80s, I’ve seen the game. It was nothing but lights and beeps, but my mom got the idea to buy my dad the Sega Master System because of a few baseball games for the system. Going through the game library we had for it, it makes me chuckle, I can’t image my dad going to a store and buying video games. If you know my dad, you would understand. Either way, by the time I could play video games, I was playing the Sega Master System, and the game I played the most was Wonder Boy III.

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Dead Island Review:

The day I started taking reviews serious was the day I bought Dead Island.

The day I started taking reviews serious was the day I bought Dead Island.

Oh how I was fooled. Shame on me, blinded by the beauty of Dead Island’s amazing trailer. Thankfully, I wasn’t the only person fooled by the breath taking trailer that debuted Dead Island’s arrival to our consoles. Back before I read video game reviews to understand what I was investing my money in, I watched the trailer for Dead Island. It immediately captured my emotions, I wanted to be there. I wanted to be in that Zombie infested world, fighting for my family, I wanted to save that little girl. The trailer was so hyped and I was drinking the kool-aid, Dead Island was the next best game to come out, the future of all zombie genre games. It was hard not to, watch the trailer below and tell me this doesn’t look like one of the best games ever to come out.

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