Super, smashing, brilliant.!
And so in the words of the great Jim Bowen, I re-appear.
So my good friends, whats been going on in the world of the Krishna since we last spoke?
Well the good news is I've been playing the Dreamcast!
Wahey! Not in the stupid, alphabetical, slavish way I once promised you...reviewing all the games I've got... yada, yada yada... That was never going to work!!
Well I reserve the right to make an arse of myself online (and frequently do...)
In fact I was due a break from the cess pool of Manchester, at my Lighthouse off the coast of Birkenhead.
That means I was given a break from my computer, electricity, running water, and the distractions of my most recent obsessions... The most compelling websites of the Gnome and The Elderly Gamer (see the links section on the 'Yard.)
OK so with only the responsibility of luring Oil Tankers away from those deceptive Wirral Rocks, I decided to play a bit. But what, pray tell, has been floating my fickle boat?
Well, in a nutshell, here it is...
It's a trip down rose tinted memory lane... A place where the Dreamcast meets the Megadrive, flirts with the Saturn, and has a threes up with the two of them... (ooh Matron!)
In an attempt (desparate to say the least) to reclaim their market share in the face of being 'bitch slapped' by the PS2. Sega tried this... Read on...
(O.K. On re-reading what I've written this is already making little sense to me.. But as usual dear reader I'll ask you to bear with me till we get to the point.)
Sega Smash Pack.
You have to understand that the good folks at Sega had a load of un-sellable Dreamcasts on their hands. The PS2 was cornering the (then) 'Next Gen' market...
So Sega cobbled together a load of it's more successful eighties and nineties releases and squeezed together one 32 bit disc full of classics. A lovely looking box, some garanteed gameplay and a few 'not selling' consoles, and what do we end up with?
Pure gold, that's what... Now Sega only released this package in the US, so if you are gonna pursue it, it means looking up a conversion package to play it on your Euro Dreamcast... But hey that's not so hard... (Damn if I was Gagaman or TLC I'd have posted you a link...cough...)
OK so what we got?
Let's start with 'Revenge Of Shinobi'. HOLY FUCK!! Side scrolling Ninjatasic, star throwing, synthesised sound tracked, dog killing, mask wearing fightfest!
Want me to go into the intracasies of gameplay, hidden levels, cheats etc.? I don't think so... For all you younger game players... It's just male loving Ninja ass kicking bollocks... And all the more fun for it... The graphics are well... very Eighties.
But they're bringing all the Retro stuff back on the DS and the PSP so just accept it... The Dreamcast was AHEAD OF ITS TIME... for realising that we'd all be looking for Retro thrills when the next, next gen came out...
Golden Axe... Lord Of The Rings type shit... Elves, Gnomes, Dragons etc all displayed in a similar side scrolling combat type way... Can I tell you any secrets about its gameplay, unlocked levels, hidden characters etc...?NO! It's just loads of Retro fun.
God! I've just realised that I'm not selling this game too well...
O.K.Streets of Rage... Side scrolling gay punks on Rollerblades... Picking up drainpipes and whacking people! Fucking great!
Virtua Cop 2? With references to Shenmue on the Subway walls? Pick up your light gun and protect the streets of ' Virtua City' by blasting away at 'terrorists' and bank robbers...
Pure arcade brilliance! This game also has the honour of being the fourth and final Light Gun compatable Dreamcast release.
Again peeps all of this plus Sonic,
Sega Swirl and available on one disc!
Will try to pad this out with a load of pictures! Until my next sober post... keep the DC faith... and Goodnight Children... Wherever you are...
Added to the 'Yard by fatherkrishna