Retro Gaming Review: Yoshi’s Island

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Join me, if you will, on a journey backwards in time to a more lighthearted era of gaming. A time when the gaming community wasn’t a cesspit of bassackward ideologies. A time before neckbearded manchildren collectively cried a river of tears over being held accountable for their perpetual marginalization of an entire gender. A time before foul-mouthed tweens called you “faggot” or some other homophobic slur while proclaiming their many sexual conquests over your mom after you handily beat them at an online game. A time before “Gamergate” became a rallying cry for emotionally-stunted basement dwellers mistaking their own perverse appetites for a legitimate political concern. A time when enjoying video games wasn’t a lifestyle known as gaming. A time when fun reigned supreme.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not looking at the past with rose-colored glasses. Gaming has always been fraught with controversy. Even as far back as the days of the Atari 2600, some game developers pushed provocative or downright offensive content (see Custer’s Revenge). Violence has always been an issue in games, and developers have routinely born the blame for real-life atrocities. Sadly, despite the art form of video games progressing into the wonderful and immersive experience we have today, the culture surrounding video games has largely regressed into the stone-age. While I still enjoy modern games, at times I long for the simpler days.

Thankfully, consistently family-friendly game company Nintendo makes it extremely easy to purchase and play retro games, and in some of my extremely limited downtime, I have gotten to re-experience classics from my childhood. So press play on your old Super Nintendo and grab some eggs, because we’re discussing Yoshi’s Island.

Yoshi’s Island was originally released in North American on the Super Nintendo way back in October of 1995. Although the graphics may not hold up as well today, at the time they were cutting-edge. In addition to the vibrant, hand-painted aesthetic, the game boasted faux-3D backgrounds and moving platforms that always seemed way ahead of their time to Li’l W. Yoshi lived in a colorful and captivating world that remains memorable today.

However, gameplay has always been and will always be Nintendo’s bread and butter, and Yoshi’s Island delivered in spades. Eschewing any semblance of a compelling story (the Yoshi tribe is trying to reunite baby Mario and baby Luigi) for a rich and detailed platforming experience, this game provided an experience entirely catered to an individual’s approach to game-playing. Completionists seeking every flower, red coin, and time star were encouraged to take paths less traveled through each stage, uncovering a myriad of secrets and using special power ups to transform Yoshi into a helicopter or drill rig in order to find that mini-game and beat the bandit. Those looking to breeze through levels and simply finish the game found linear, albeit challenging, stage after stage. Both styles of gameplay demanded players use precise timing to leap from narrow platform to platform, dodge deadly lava flares, and bullseye moving targets with a barrage of speckled eggs.

Most importantly, though, every level was fun. Stage design consistently varied and routinely threw little twists and introduced unexpected elements in every world. New enemies, new puzzles, and new power-ups routinely reared their heads in each of the 8 worlds containing multiple stages each. Critical for any platforming game too, boss battles remained engaging and fresh. Every battle necessitated a new strategy or introduced unique constraints that rendered every victory an accomplishment. This was a fun, challenging, and rewarding game loaded with depth and intrigue. No wonder it received such critical acclaim on release.

I would be remiss if I did not mention the excellent soundtrack. Even before I downloaded and began playing the game again recently, I could still remember songs from this game, almost 20 years after its release, as if I played it yesterday. Breezy, tropical midi tunes set the stage for aquatic adventures while eerie, mysterious tones provided overtures for castle crawls. Every bloop and bleep squeezed out of the 16-bit cartridge was perfect and fit the artistic direction exquisitely. In fact, Yoshi’s Island features one of my absolute favorite boss themes of all time. The 16-bit theme for the final battle against giant Baby Bowser is quintessentially metal and provided a terrifying backdrop to such a dire climax. It wouldn’t be difficult to imagine this tune as a melodic metal track, but I prefer it just the way it is.

Overall, Yoshi’s Island is a near-flawless game that I’ve been fortunate enough to get to revisit. My only complaints are that the learning curve is a bit steep on some stages, and a little more variety in stage themes would have been nice. These are very minor complaints though. If you have a Wii, Wii U, or some other Nintendo console that can play Game Boy Advance games, I highly recommend that you seek out Yoshi’s Island. You won’t be disappointed.

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  • This was rad, W. I still whistle this song pretty often even though I haven’t played the game in over 10 years.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTpksvCC-hg

  • MoshOff

    I didn’t know Yoshi was a SJW. I’VE BEEN LIVING A LIE.

    • VVayne Brady

      He’s a male dinosaur that lays eggs. That’s about as SJW as they come.

      • MoshOff
        • JJM

          is that Gregg Turkington?

          • MoshOff

            Yes.

      • Lacertilian

        Those sheilas be doin’ parthenogenesis and shit, blokes gotta do something to feel useful.

  • Tyreeling In The Years
    • VVayne Brady

      Hey thanks for this contribution, Tyree.

      • Tyreeling In The Years

        You are welcome.

        • VVayne Brady

          It’s aight. I know you don’t like games.

          • Tyreeling In The Years

            Wii golf and bowling is about all I enjoy playing, video game wise.

          • what about Wii Boxing?

          • Tyreeling In The Years

            Not sure if I played that.

          • It’s in the Wii Sports package. And it’s exhausting. If you want to burn calories to continue drinking go for that.

          • Tyreeling In The Years

            That’s probably why I didn’t play it. Tennis is about the most physical I get on that game.

          • JJM

            PS Move Frisbee golf is where it’s at.
            *cue Herr Schmitty calling me out on mentioning this game too much

          • VVayne Brady

            If you ever visit me, amigo, let’s drink some beers and play Wii Sports.

          • Tyreeling In The Years

            Wii sports is the best game to drink to. I get fucking really competitive, good times.

          • VVayne Brady

            I was just telling Joe that one of the last times I got drunk, years ago, was playing Mario Party.

          • Tyreeling In The Years

            Nice! We have a Wii console at our hunting camp. At night we’ll play tennis with 4 people and drink beer. Always some one gets hurt.

  • Does everyone remember the excitement when you would turn on the Super Nintendo? God, those were the days!

    • VVayne Brady

      Super Nintendo is actually one of the only Nintendo consoles I never owned. Always had to play it at friends’ houses.

      • My cousins had one. Which is probably what made the experience even better since we couldn’t just play it all the time. Fun times!

    • I saved every dime for a long time to buy this at the tender age of 10. The sound still makes me all tingly.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31ivdML1Xes

      • MoshOff

        I remember playing Tekken, Metal Gear, Twisted Metal and FFVII. Those were the days.

      • VVayne Brady

        The PS1 was a real cool machine. We had an N64, but plenty of my friends had PS1s.

        • My video game console progression went NES > Sega Genesis > Playstation > Playstation 2 > Xbox 360 > PS4 > PC

          • VVayne Brady

            I’ve honestly been a loyal Nintendo fan. I have a gaming PC to cover my non-Nintendo needs.

          • Has anyone played Minecraft?

          • VVayne Brady

            I never got into it.

          • Its funny, back when it was in beta (circa winter or 2010 to 2011) everyone in the computer labs (in our engineering building at school) would be playing it. 30 dudes/gals at a time. Totes nerd fest. Fun times

          • VVayne Brady

            I know a bunch of folks who did. I think I avoided it honestly because it would have sucked all of my time.

          • Yeah, I avoided it for the first 5 months or so. I have/had friends that were “super gamers” that lived and died by their games – so I always had a good vision of how I wanted to not act. If you know what I mean….

          • Scrimm

            Maybe not we had it at work and I found it boring as hell.

          • Guacamole Jim

            YES YES YES YES ME ME ME ME ME ME

          • Oh man, I need to set up a server. I haven’t played around since winter of 13-14, but I am always up for some building!

          • Guacamole Jim

            Dude that game is like living in a lego world. It makes me so happy.

          • hmmmmmmmm we can all get on skype too. That how was we used to do it.

          • Guacamole Jim

            Yup! That’s how me and my one friend who plays make it work. It’s a blast.

          • We should do this. Would there be interest?? I can only imagine that at first we will all be fd with the naming convention…

            me: who is dingdong86?
            GJ: thats me, but my real name is “blah”

            I could get totally stoked for some building. I would hate to show anyone the amount of time I spent on one of my worlds…..

          • Guacamole Jim

            I would be down, but I have no idea how to go about setting things up. I’m pretty computer illiterate haha.

          • I have done it many times in the past. My friends from college all moved away for a spell and we had to play through a server. It is really easy – I could set it up- it is just an executable. I would just furnish my IP to you and boom you log right into the game – connect to the server name and we are rolling.

          • Guacamole Jim

            DOEP. Let’s make this happen.

          • Sweet. Let me do some foot work tonight getting my linux computer updated and working. We will have to give this a try later this week.

          • Guacamole Jim

            Excellent. And I’m all about doing things by hand (I’m to illiterate to know how to cheat anyway). I only play on survival, and go for broke. It’s a blast! I’ll talk to my buddy about coming on board, would you be cool with that?

          • Sounds great! The more the merry! We need to get Ann in on this too…

          • Guacamole Jim

            We need the Kvltr! @zackmuenz:disqus get in here!

          • I don’t have Minecraft on PC yet, but that can be remedied p easy.

          • What do you have it on?

          • PS FOARRRRRR

          • It would be totes worth it for PC! think on it

          • I should warn you though… I am a freak about building everything by hand, no infinite resources, no cheats, no flying mode. GRIND BABY GRIND!

          • J.R.

            a TovH minecraft server would be the most kvlt, blxckxnxd, death, slam hell of all time. We’d build a giant toilet god and live in its shadows, only marching to the rim to offer sacrifices into its great flushing depths.

          • JJM

            um, i think some nerds did

          • Scrimm

            BEST COMENT OF THE DAY.

          • I think the better question is who HASN’T played Minecraft at this point?

          • Anyone that is interested should email me at george.lynch.toilet@gmail.com. I will get a list of names together that way when I have the server set up I can contact you all and set up a time so we can nerd rage together. We can build a toilet. lol

          • Guacamole Jim

            We absolutely MUST build a toilet with flaming Netherrack in it.

          • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

            I’ll email you as soon as my computer gets fixed.

          • JJM

            are you going to The Who’s 50th anniversary tour?

          • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

            I might. I’m unsure as of now.

          • That would be great! But I don’t have it on PC.

          • I’ve played with my nephew and cannot figure out what the hell is going on.

          • nbm02ss

            The great thing about PC is all the NES, SNES, et cetera, emulators out there.

          • You’re so right. That’s how I have played all of that! jajajaja.

            #G4LIFE #THUGLIFE

          • VVayne Brady

            Yup yup. Plus Steam has been releasing a ton of old PSI and PS2 games.

          • nbm02ss

            I creamed my pants when I saw Devil May Cry 3 on Steam. Controls are a bit wonky to get working, and the resolution is meh, but it works.

          • VVayne Brady

            The only one in that series I’ve spent much time with is #1. I remember thinking it was super evil when I was a kid.

          • nbm02ss

            The Resident Evil remake is pretty good for a trip down memory lane. Game scared the piss out of me as a kid, as well as Silent Hill.

          • Scrimm

            I’m still waiting on the original Silent Hill.

          • Guacamole Jim

            I used to play SNES at my cousin’s house. The first video game console I ever actually owned was a gameboy colour, which I sold after about a year to buy a drumset. Later in life, I got a computer and binged on Hitman 2 until I’d beaten every level every possible way. Those were simpler times.

          • Lacertilian

            We’re almost on different sides of the coin and then when you swapped, I swapped.
            MasterSystem>MegaDrive(Genesis)>32X>N64>PC>XBox>PS3

      • Oh man, that sounds amazing in 1080p.

  • Guacamole Jim

    STOP RUINING VIDEO GAMES SJW’S I’M A NICE GUY STOP BEING SLUTS

    https://31.media.tumblr.com/9ee2a25c6baba053340f3bca9f3ebba8/tumblr_inline_n1wpy6Pkwr1rmuf1h.jpg

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    Never played, I was done with snes by the time that came out. Die in flames.

    • VVayne Brady

      What games did you dig on the SNES?

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        Mario Kart all cunting day!

        • VVayne Brady

          Can’t go wrong with that!

        • nbm02ss

          Mario Kart ruined friendships.

          • VVayne Brady

            As did Mario Party.

          • Jajajaja, Mario Party 1 was the best/worse party game! I play sometimes with my fiancée and we even argue with the Boo squares or the Bowsers one. The AI is so obnoxious.

          • JJM

            the couple that maribro’s together stays together.

          • 5 years and counting! The Mario Party, Adventure Island and the Super Bomberman saved our relationship!

          • JJM

            bomberman is so good it hurts… so good. c’mon baby make it hurt so good

          • DeadButtDreaming

            I almost murdered someone over a questionable Bomberman death. That game brings out psychopathic tendencies.

          • That’s why is awesome for a romantic relationship! <3

          • nbm02ss

            I actually lost a friend because of SFII Psycho Crusher spam. Kid got super mad, started crying, and then trying to hit me.

    • DeadButtDreaming

      Yea, First Wave Nintendo Consiole only. Fuck this poser shit.

      Only Duck Hunt is real.

  • Guacamole Jim

    But for reals, awesome write-up W. I’ve realized that I played this game so many years ago I don’t think I even made it past the first level. I need to obtain and play this through.

    • Guacamole Jim

      And that intro is going to get us a record number of reblogs on Tumblr.

      • VVayne Brady

        Finally making that tumblr SJW machine work in our favor.

  • Thanks for this piece, Dubya!

    I prefer old school videogames, not just because hobo hipzter crap, but also because that’s the only thing I can play besides old private WoW servers 😛

    I always liked Yoshi’s Island, even when I haven’t finished it yet. The graphics are awesome, and I really think they still are fresh to these days. The music is infectious. The gameplay is smooth, even my fiancée could play it besides the first time throwing the eggs (that’s is somewhat difficult to newcomers).

    As I was (and still am) a proud N64 owner, I liked Yoshi’s Story too and picked Yoshi, the Mithril Yellow Beast, in my skirmishes with my friends in Classic Smash Bros. <3 Those were the days!

  • Scrimm

    No Nintendo system has done it for me like the original NES. Not even close.

    • VVayne Brady

      The Legend of Zelda is my favorite franchise and largely what keeps me coming back.

      • Scrimm

        Only liked the first one. Strange cause I love that type of game.

        • VVayne Brady

          My goal is to finish all of the canon games by the end of the year. That gives me however many months to beat the two Oracles games and ALttP before the Wii U game drops.

          • I played the sh*t out of those two oracle games. My cousin and I each had different ones, I had seasons and he had ages, and we linked them together to get all the extra shit. So great.

          • I did that too. The final secret boss was so hard! I couldn’t finish that final quest!

          • Spear

            Have you played Four Swords Adventures? If not, that’ll be nigh impossible to do these days.

          • VVayne Brady

            Yup, I got it when it came out. Weird game.

          • Spear

            Ah man, super jealous. That’s the only Zelda game I don’t own. I don’t know why I never got it; I have three GBA’s and cubelinks sitting around here somewhere.

          • VVayne Brady

            I think I pre-ordered it through Nintendo Power. Came with a super dorky t-shirt I never wore.

        • Spear

          I’m surprised the SNES one didn’t do it for you. It’s an improvement on the original in almost every way.

  • Tyreeling In The Years

    Ya’ll motherfuckers remember this? All day!

    http://windowssecrets.com/images/wsn/W071206-3D-Pinball.jpg

  • Scrimm

    Greatest game ever(Next to Silent Hill) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2STUx_9bkB4

  • Tyreeling In The Years
    • STAMPEDE!!!!!

      • Tyreeling In The Years

        Hunting is only real in this game. Fuck the rest of the game.

        • Oregon Trail 2 was even better when it came to hunting. I loved it

    • CyberneticOrganism

      You have died of dysentery.

    • Simon “Djentcrusher” Phoenix

      I always picked the banker.

      I was a dumb kid.

  • Hubert, Goat ov ……Satan

    Nintendo stuff doesn’t really hold my interest for that long, they’re certainly well designed but, ehhh, not for me. Now Crusader Kings though.

    • VVayne Brady

      Tis okay, goat. I’ll readily admit I’m a biased fan.

  • Great write up W. Nintendo has always kept the fun in games. Side scollers bring me back to the days of 8 bit gaming.

  • Tyreeling In The Years
  • CyberneticOrganism

    Never played this but great writeup nonetheless.

    Still… only Silent Hill is real.

    http://33.media.tumblr.com/82064cf846d3e67025ddd24a022a43ab/tumblr_mhbny1gIZJ1s4tb1ao1_500.gif

    • Tyreeling In The Years

      Same, but damn, that is a great movie.

      • Scrimm

        I really hope the renewed interest in the series recently translates into another movie.

    • VVayne Brady

      Man that scene was brutal.

      • Scrimm

        Makes me giddy.

    • Scrimm

      The first three will always be my favorites.

    • Simon “Djentcrusher” Phoenix

      Such an underrated movie.
      I even liked the last 30 minutes with the religious cult, which everyone else seemed to hate

  • Tyreeling In The Years
  • CyberneticOrganism
  • First two paragraphs = REKT

  • Tyreeling In The Years
  • Scrimm

    Posted this a while ago on the FB group, but there might be some here that didn’t see. Some still didn’t work right last time I checked but it was new so hopefully they’ve figured them out. https://archive.org/details/softwarelibrary_msdos_games/v2
    Edit: It’s a ton of old dos games.

    • Guacamole Jim

      I traversed the Oregon trail after seeing you post this before. What a blast.

      • Scrimm

        Me too, and I got everyone there alive!! Couldn’t believe it.

        • Guacamole Jim

          It was much easier playing it at the ripe old age of 24, as opposed to being 7.

  • THIS IS A OLD SCHOOL NERD BLOG NOW!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eULZ8aOsXfI

  • I never really got into Nintendo games for the most part. I didn’t play very many video games until I was older at that. The only game I ever remember playing was Banjo Kazooie over at my friends house. On the topic of games, I would recommend picking up Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number that came out today: http://www.gog.com/game/hotline_miami_2_wrong_number (DRM Free) or http://store.steampowered.com/app/274170/ (Steam Version). If you like point and click games, Tormentum: Dark Sorrow came out recently and it is one of the most metal games of all time. Here’s a link: http://store.steampowered.com/app/335000/ . Just look at this artwork:

    • Banjo Kazooie>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

      • VVayne Brady

        I’m going to go to my grave bitter about Rareware going to Microsoft and turning into crap.

      • JJM

        Dash Dingo >>>>>>>>>>>

    • Hotline Miami was a game I was pretty sure I would hate, but I tried it anyway and ended up loving it.

      • Same here. I can’t play it for long stretches of time because the visual style gives me a pretty bad headache but it is really fun. It’s like a hyper violence puzzle game with how you have to tackle some of that shit. I might try HM2 with my controller instead of the keyboard and mouse. It seems like it would work better.

      • JJM

        wholly cow do i love that game!!!

    • Scrimm

      This looks good.

  • Tyreeling In The Years

    Played this in high school all the time during study hall.

    http://a6.phobos.apple.com/us/r1000/045/Purple/07/85/ef/mzl.xwxflfbx.320×480-75.jpg

    • Scrimm

      I loved this. Got in trouble for playing it at work.

  • I honestly was more of a Age of Empires guy. Anyone else?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmxZdNTWP6I

    • nbm02ss

      Wololololololo

      • Guacamole Jim

        Give me your extra resources.

        • HA we would play AOE3 online with three friends were two of the three players were strictly resource collectors and would funnel them to the third for attacking. BOOM

    • VVayne Brady

      For RTSs, Starcraft has always been my jam.

      • I tried a couple times to get into it…. but I always like the real life aspect of AOE versus the space themes.

    • I suck at RTS and I don’t play them for that. But, Warcraft III here:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oh-6LP4qjSs

      • Warcraft III changed my life as a kid. Still one of my all-time favorite games.

        • VVayne Brady

          I played it a ton too.

          • I played it mostly because the story. But, it’s a very good game, still.

          • I remember the first time I saw it was in some computer arcade thing I think was in a shopping mall or something. My friend and I ended up watching some guys play it for like 30 minutes and decided we had to buy it.

          • I loved to play it with the spanish voices just to annoy my friends.

            “Mi vida por Ner’Zhul”

            “Los espíritus están inquietos”.

    • Guacamole Jim

      I was huge into AoE2.

      • I had the expansions packs. No big deal

        • Guacamole Jim

          The Conquerors? Twas the only way to play!!

    • Maik Beninton

      I use to play AoE on my cousin’s house.
      Only played with cheat codes.

    • Enemy Of The Free World

      Any RTS was my ham back in the day.

    • JJM

      you bet, guy.
      it’s like a real-life Settlers of Catan

    • Herr Schmitty

      YES. Yes, I will play you in AOE or AOE2.

      • Ha I am not sure if I have a system to run either game. I am sure there are mods out there to run on newer systems though!

  • Tyreeling In The Years
  • Edward/Breegrodamus
    • What is this?

      • Edward/Breegrodamus

        Pigskin 621 AD. It was an arcade game, very rad.

        • DeadButtDreaming

          This game is rad. Spent hours playing it while baked off cheap weed.

  • Guacamole Jim
    • JJM

      absolutely. and 2, 3, and freespace

  • Scrimm

    What about this? It’s free so no excuse. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTQMmPqk1UE

  • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

    Only Tony Hawks Pro Skater is real.

    • Scrimm
      • Tyreeling In The Years

        Jemima Kirke >>>>>

      • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

        You didn’t enjoy them? I loved all of them, especially the fourth one.

        • Scrimm

          The second was good.

          • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

            I loved that one as well as 3 and 4.

  • Maik Beninton
  • Maik Beninton

    Played this a lot. Never got to beat it though :(.

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/f/f1/Mega_Man_X_Coverart.png

    • VVayne Brady

      The X games were stupidly hard

      • Maik Beninton

        The final boss is hard as fuck.
        Even though I was using a controller (something I’m not good at) I couldn’t beat it even with the upgrades.

  • Call the Slambulance

    Gamergate Defense Unit 4: Engage.

    • Scrimm

      I would by this.

      • Call the Slambulance

        I don’t even play guitar and I would buy it.

  • I am a huge Doom nerd. Would love to play br00tal Doom.

    http://youtu.be/89iszJNcKQw

    • VVayne Brady

      Then watch the movie, right?

    • Maik Beninton

      I got scared when I played Doom.

  • Supreme Chief Poopypanties

    I’ve never played online multiplayer games. I’m guessing I haven’t missed anything of value?

    • Maik Beninton

      You should play Team Fortress 2 though.
      One of the best games I ever played.

      • JJM

        i just acquired this game via Steam. sometime we need to get together a Toilet game of TF2. (are you on steam?)

        • Maik Beninton

          Yeah but I don’t have a pc for gaming.
          Also I got it before it was FTP.

        • nbm02ss

          Maybe we should make a Toilet ov Hell Steam group? Path of Exile is holding most of my attention these days, at least until the Witcher 3 drops.

          • JJM

            there is one, d00d! i’m not in or around steam right now, but someone chime in??

          • nbm02ss

            There is? Neat. I’ll look for it when I get home.

          • Maik Beninton
        • VVayne Brady

          We’ve had two TF@ ho-downs already

      • Supreme Chief Poopypanties

        I’ll give it a look-see. Ever play Audiosurf or Mushihimesama Futari?

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70iFdnI-xfA

        • Maik Beninton

          No.
          And Mushihimesama is the kind of game I could never beat it.

    • VVayne Brady

      From what I can tell, the online experience on PC is better than on console.

      • Supreme Chief Poopypanties

        Any free games I should start with?

        • VVayne Brady

          Team Fortress 2, Warframe, Path of Exile, and Robocraft are all good starts.

    • Depends. I met a lot of really cool online-friends from the original Gears of War that are still friends to this day.

    • nbm02ss

      I’ve had some great times with online gaming: Diablo 2, Battlefield 2, Call of Duty 2, CS 1.6, The Burning Crusade era WoW, among others.

      • SUNLIGHTBEARD

        I miss Diablo 2 so. I had a #1 us east druid on the ladder for two seasons

        • VVayne Brady

          Is Diablo 3 as bad as everyone has led me to believe?

          • SUNLIGHTBEARD

            No, though it’s definitely inferior. The console version is better than the PC version, for some odd reason. Still a great game

          • nbm02ss

            It’s not bad, per se, just not the Diablo game that a lot of D2 players, myself included, wanted. If you’re new to the Diablo series it’s probably fine, but Path of Exile is much closer to a spiritual successor to D2.

          • VVayne Brady

            Oh, I played Path of Exile for a bit. I was really enjoying it, but I think I got sucked up in Warframe.

      • Supreme Chief Poopypanties

        Only game I play nowadays is Audiosurf. Lol, putting Krisiun on there and playing is fun and hard as hell! :-p

    • Lacertilian

      Quake 2 online was fun as shit.

  • If this wasn’t the “current-gen” console when you were a kid then you’re probably a kid now that needs to evacuate my yard.

    • Scrimm

      I miss that thing.

      • I miss the eighties in general 🙁

        • Scrimm

          Me too. Or a lot of them at least. If I could have the early 90’s DM them I’d be set.

    • Guacamole Jim

      I have actually played this. My elementary school had one.

    • Count_Breznak

      The days wasted on Centipede…

  • SUNLIGHTBEARD

    How are you gonna write a game review without a dark souls ref, W? I’m not being pandered enuff to

    • VVayne Brady

      I’ve honestly never played it.

      • Rho Stone

        Neither do I, but I’ve heard it’s a masochist’s wet dream

        • Scrimm

          It’s not as hard as it’s made out to be, just takes some patience and attention to detail.

          • JJM

            incorrect, sir

          • Scrimm

            You probably just suck

          • JJM

            no way man, i’ve got like a million swords. but a bunch of them are broken.

          • Scrimm

            It is hard don’t get me wrong. You would probably dig Lords of the Fallen. it’s pretty much the same thing, maybe a little more forgiving.

          • Rho Stone

            Is it donkey kong country hard or majora’s mask hard? Needs perfect coordination or is it cryptic as shit?

          • Scrimm

            A little of both, but more coordination.

          • Rho Stone

            I don’t think you can’t get tighter than this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OL_63OEBUfg

          • Scrimm

            Holy crap that’s amazing.

          • SUNLIGHTBEARD

            You still haven’t even tried to play with me lol. What’s your soul memory at?

          • JJM

            i dunno what that means, but i’m like a level 42 and i just conquered the Dragonrider yesterday!

          • SUNLIGHTBEARD

            It’s the total number of souls you have collected, to the right of your soul level

        • J.R.

          lol get gud, pleb

    • Rubber Balls And Liquor

      Haven’t played it, but heard it’s hard as hell. Probably not as hard as Mushihimesama Futari though! Difficulty level: Japanese.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tz_fViahnA

      • SUNLIGHTBEARD

        I read “futanari”

  • JVVG

    In my personal blurb that I use to introduce myself to the Lab Groups that I teach each term, I include a note that I (consider that I) am a retro gamer. It almost physically pains me when my students come up to me after that first session and ask if that means I play a lot of *PS2* games.

    Whereas this is more what I mean … though actually, go back to the NES/Master System generation (and the one before that) for what I actually truly consider retro gaming. Things I did in my mid-teens (like play Yoshi’s Island) can’t quite be retro from my own personally biased – read: “stop making me feel old” – perspective.

    • VVayne Brady

      I was born at the tail end of the NES era, so there’s that.

      • JVVG

        True. I think that’s the same reason they consider PS2 to be ‘retro’.

        If we identify the term with one major console of the generation that was active when we were right around 5 y/o, you’ll get SNES, I’d get the NES, and my students get somewhere between the PS1 and PS2 launch dates.

        In any case. I feel old.

        • Lacertilian

          My first console was a Master System.
          Alex Kidd.

      • Rubber Balls And Liquor

        I was a wee little tyke (7 years old) when it came out, and it was pretty much the one thing everyone asked for for Christmas or their birthday.

  • Rho Stone

    Still waiting for the most trvkvlt game of the year https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4uLghnw6Bs

    • VVayne Brady

      That looks pretty fun and whimsical.

  • Simon “Djentcrusher” Phoenix

    The greatest console RPG of all time. Fact.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqTZfknDVes

    Fuck Final Fantasy 7 in its right ear.

  • Dagon

    This game is amazing. I can still hear baby Mario crying when I close my eyes.

    • VVayne Brady

      And that timer going off!

  • J.R.

    “A time when enjoying video games wasn’t a lifestyle known as gaming”
    yessssss Toilet how can you know my feelings so accurately?

    • VVayne Brady

      I can’t speak for everyone, but I know the majority of the writers all feel the same way.