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Just Because: Die Hard Arcade (Dynamite Deka) PS2 Complete Playthrough

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Recently Fred played Die Hard Arcade on the Sega Saturn to show off one of the oddest directions licensed franchises have gone in games.  Well the game was known as Dynamite Deka (Dynamite Cop) in Japan, but retained all the Die Hard similarities, and was re-made in arcade perfect form on the PS2 (only in Japan as part of the Sega Ages 2500 series).  When Fred noticed it on the Japanese PSN for the PS3 – and at only ¥400 on sale, ¥823 normally – he had to pick it up and play through it.  Feel free to grab it for yourself if interested, but without further ado we present the complete playthrough of Dynamite Deka.

Written by Fred Rojas

January 20, 2015 at 11:34 am

Retro Game Night: New Ghostbusters II, DecapAttack, and Kid Dracula

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This week’s late Retro Game Night features the Famicom title New Ghostbusters II by HAL Laboratories (they made Kirby and Lolo), DecapAttack for the Genesis, and finally the Famicom version of Kid Dracula.

Written by Fred Rojas

October 30, 2014 at 10:00 pm

Retro Game Night: Sega Master System Brawl, Streets of Rage 2 hack, and Yume Kojo: Doki Doki Panic!

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This week we’re covering a lot of ground in a little bit of time.  Not to be outdone by the upcoming Wii U Smash Bros, Sega fans made a Genesis/Mega Drive homebrew of classic Master System characters and levels duking it out entitled Sega Master System Brawl and we check it out.  Then we move on to a color enhancing hack on Streets of Rage 2 that is said to bring it closer to SNES quality (and we put the original’s gameplay in the corner for comparison).  Finally we play the Famicom Disk System (FDS) title Yume Kojo: Doki Doki Panic! which you all probably know better as it released in the US as Super Mario Bros 2 on the NES.  Like Streets of Rage, we put the original gameplay in the corner for comparison.  This was played on original hardware with either original games or a flash cart for homebrew/hacks, no emulation.  To keep load times quick, the video is not embedded and can instead be linked by clicking on the graphic.

Written by Fred Rojas

July 12, 2014 at 8:42 pm

Podcast: Extra Credit – MicroSoft eXtended (MSX)

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For this extra credit Fred goes solo to discuss Japan’s only semi-exclusive microcomputer, the MSX.  Created by Microsoft as a computing platform, the MSX is responsible for many cart-based titles that found mass success on the NES and even today.  It’s an impressive library on one of the most niche worldwide consoles/computers of all time.

Opening Song: Main Theme – Nightmare on the MSX
Sequence 1 break: Intro/Main Theme – Metal Gear on the MSX
Closing Song: Main Theme – Salamander on the MSX


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Written by Fred Rojas

April 25, 2014 at 11:00 am

Video: Michigan: Report from Hell Longplay Part 4 & Finale

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And here’s the wrap up of easily one of the most expensive PS2 games I’ve ever owned.  At 4.5 hours with the bonus material, probably not the strongest campaign out, but Michigan is an experimental “out of the box” title that probably will never be repeated again.  Either way, here’s the end of the journey:

Also if you wish you can check out the entire playthrough in a full playlist here.

 

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January 13, 2014 at 9:11 am

Michigan: Report from Hell Longplay Part 3

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And here’s the third part of the Michigan longplay (for the initial post on this game click here):

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January 10, 2014 at 11:00 am

Michigan: Report from Hell Longplay Part 2

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In Part 2 of our Michigan longplay (you can read about the game as a whole and see the original video here) we continue our playthrough of this super rare (for the English version) title.  Enjoy!

You can go on and see part 3 here.

Written by Fred Rojas

January 9, 2014 at 12:06 pm

Retro Game Night: RE Gun Survivor 2 and Michigan

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For this week’s video and Retro Game Night we are playing requested titles Biohazard (Resident Evil) Gun Survivor 2 (Japanese Version) and Michigan: Report from Hell (European English Version).  Both titles only released in Japan and Europe so here they are in all your viewing glory.  Due to language and violence both of the games and the commentary, viewer discretion is advised.  Michigan is continued via additional longplay videos starting with Part 2 here.

Written by Fred Rojas

December 14, 2013 at 11:14 am

Podcast: Are You One of Us?

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This week Fred flies solo to discuss the short live but highly coveted niche console the Turbografx-16.  With an 8-bit processor and a 16-bit graphics card this Japan-centric console by NEC only hung around for 4-5 years but has a cult following almost as intense as Sega.  This episode covers its release, different versions, Japanese counterpart the PC Engine, and of course the expensive CD expansion and games.


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Written by Fred Rojas

August 21, 2013 at 11:00 am

Retro Game Night: Patriotic Edition

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This week we post a little early and celebrate America’s Independence Day with patriotic video games:

First up is actually a Japanese game, Parodius Da! but it has quite the patriotic boss so it’s here because I love this game and found a connection:

Next up is a rare unlicensed NES game by Color Dreams entitled Operation Secret Storm:

Third on the list is a digital pinball game from the PS1 era, because why not right?  Here’s Patriotic Pinball (please excuse my technical difficulties):

And last but not least we close the show with a game so American, so amazing, so awesome it was only released on one console (Xbox) and in one region (Japan).  Yeah, you read that right.  Since I have no way of getting my hands on it and don’t have a Japanese Xbox to play it on, here’s a great flashback of 1UP’s Broken Pixels show bragging about From Software’s 3rd person uber-American title Metal Wolf Chaos:

Hope you enjoyed those and have a safe and happy 4th of July!

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