May 22, 2015 marks the 35th anniversary of Pac-Man‘s original release in Japan. While many people consider Mario the mascot for all things video games, the yellow, dot-munching, pie shaped thingy was the first title to truly bring gaming to the masses. Continue reading “Pac-Man celebrates 35 years”
Christmas morning, 1980. I must have been a good boy that year, because under the tree was a new Atari 2600 gaming console. Along with the Combat pack-in cartridge and the seminal Space Invaders, I was in gaming heaven. Many fond memories were had, but little did I know at the time that there was something bigger and better around the corner – the Atari 5200. Continue reading “Atari 5200 Let’s Play: START (Part 1)”
At E3 last month, Sony announced their Instant Game Collection promotion for Playstation Plus subscribers. Basically, it entails a rotating collection of 12 downloadable games, ranging from “excellent” to “meh” which are yours to keep for as long as your subscription remains current.
For July, they added Pac-Man Championship Edition DX, which falls on the “excellent” side of the scale. A follow-up to 2007’s Pac-Man Championship Edition, both games successfully bring the classic Pac-Man gameplay into the 21st century. Highly recommended.
Leaning more to the “meh” side of things is Choplifter HD with a thoroughly mediocre Metacritic score of 71%. The arcade version of Choplifter was one of my favorites back in the day, so I’m willing to give it a bit more latitude. It’s a decent update to the classic Choplifter gameplay, and worth a look if you’re a fan of the 80s incarnations, but ultimately it’s nothing special. Here’s hoping developer inXile will be bringing their A-game for the upcoming sequel to Wasteland.