Archive for October, 2006

Spawns of Deflebub screenieI just downloaded and played a tripped out mod for UT2004. Think of it as a multiplayer arcade game. The name of this mod is Spawns of Deflebub (SoD). Seems complicated when you view the YouTube videos, but it is quite simple. You use your primary fire to build a protective wall. Use your alternate fire to shoot a ball. In order to score points, your ball must rebound off of a wall or tile, before hitting an opposing player. There are various powerups available to enhance your ball or your movement.

The look and feel of SoD is very arcade-like. Actually when I first saw the screenshots, I thought of Tron. Gameplay doesn’t have that much as far as violence, so this game is kid friendly. I’ve only played it for a few minutes, but SoD has possibilities. If you have a copy of Ut2004, I recommend downloading and giving SoD a shot.

Posted by Zoyx on 10.27.06

CryptoI might have died a few times but I finally finished what I think has been the most fun in a video game I’ve had since I first played Star Wars (the sit down version) in the arcade. Oh there have been many games in between Star Wars and Destroy All Humans that I’ve enjoyed over the years–but rarely do a games have the charm or the thought behind them to make them worthwhile. OK, so I love video games and so do you–we all have our favorites. Destroy All Humans just made my top ten.

The charm of Destroy All Humans is that it is modeled after the UFO B-Movie era of the 1950s. Your character takes orders from an overlord that sounds like Invader Zim. You can read peoples minds (and we’re talking adult content related to the 50s here, folks), abduct them and destroy the homes they live in. You can vaporize the humans with a variety of weapons. You can board your UFO and squash their puny little city. Your character is a crass, Jack Nicholson-type with no tolerance for the Monkey race that currently inhabits the Earth. I think the people that made this really know their alien lore. To include B-Movie elements, pop-culture elements (Invader Zim) and respect recent comedic remakes like Tim Burton’s Mars Attacks and roll them all up into one funny, exciting and very playable game is rare.

The PS2 has been out for a long time now. The PS3 is just around the corner (albeit a very large corner). Originally, I received my PS2 as a gift at Christmas time five years ago. There were only a couple of games I was intersted in playing at the time, but I had a lot of PS1 games that can be played on the PS2 also so it seemed a logical choice. I ended up buying more PS1 titles for my PS2 because they had dropped in price. Many titles I own for the PS2 have either made it to ‘Classic’ status or have been given to me as gifts. There are simply not many console games that compelled me to run out and drop $50–just to play the latest fad. And half the time–the titles turn out not to be worth it. I have many of the staples though: Katamari Damacy, GTAIII, GTAVC and even San Andreas. I have Gran Turismo 3 and 4. I have Battlestar Galactica–a beautifully difficult game along with the marginal Defender remake. I have Tetris Worlds, all of the Midway Classics, the Taito Classics and anything retro. There is nothing like reducing your 32 bit PS2 to a killer 8 bit arcade machine. I’m kind of a stinge when it comes to buying new games–that is exactly why I’m now writing about a game I finally finished that’s over a year old.

I bought Destroy All Humans used. I played it a little over the last three weeks and finally finished. It has a few good twists but most importantly when you beat the game there is a great pay-off with a large cut-scene at the end followed by the game credits and some incredible music. The soundtrack is available on iTunes and in your local stores. It even includes the ‘hold music’ you experience when you leave Crypto standing too long in one place. I highly recommend the game and soundtrack!

Posted by Madaracs on 10.25.06
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Joe Leis, the guy that assembled my Tron and sold my wall Jukebox and Coin-Op dartboard is liquidating his stock. He’s getting out of the business of selling games and concentrating on repair only. They’re moving away from Princeton also. So that big pull barn of games I used to tell people about is going away.

Here is the link.

Posted by Madaracs on 10.19.06

Space QuestLadies and Gentlemen, wait… Gentlemen, I’d like to announce the return of a franchise. Out of print for several years now, our favorite hero Roger Wilco returns with ALL 6 of the SpaceQuest Adventures. This may read like an ad, but I have to tell you–this game franchise is one of the reasons Ben Lundgren and I are friends. We played these games for hours in his basement, ate frozen pizza and drank pop. Each adventure is loaded with inside jokes and geek humor. From Doctor Who to Lost in Space from Star Trek to ZZTop… they spoof it.

Get your copy at Amazon (or another online vendor of your choice) now! Also available: The King’s Quest Compilation.

A link to my original post about Space Quest made quite awhile ago.

Posted by Madaracs on 10.17.06
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Wow. I am amazed at the number of cool games that are ending up in the Freeware category. The latest that you may be interested in grabbing from my favorite abandonware site are:

1. Re-Volt
2. Tetris Classic
3. Star Trek – The Next Generation – The Transinium Challenge

I recently purchased Re-Volt for the N64. I returned the N64 version becuase it was so badly coded. The port gets horrible reviews on IGN and GameSpot and holds true to those reviews. This prompted me to read reviews about the PS1 version as well. Apparently the PS1 version suffers much of the same woes as the N64 port: Poor frame rates, control sensitivity and bad graphics. The DreamCast version is hailed as the closest port of the PC version–which holds the gold medal for all versions of the game. I highly recommend downloading this and using a PS2 controller on your PC to play it. Whether you’re a racer game type or not… it simply rocks.

Abandonia.com is featured in the permalinks sidebar under Find Build Shop.

Posted by Madaracs on 10.13.06
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