Retrovolve Reviews Test Drive 4

Test Drive 4In the second episode of a new retro game review series over at Retrovolve, Andy Reierson digs into the PlayStation classic Test Drive 4. During said digging, he uncovers a mine of metaphors that will make you ponder the meaning of life. Or maybe just how much you love toast.

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Happy 15th Anniversary, Sega Dreamcast

Sega Dreamcast Today, September 9, 2014, marks the 15th anniversary of the Dreamcast’s United States launch

To celebrate, I figured I’d send you on over to our sister site, Retrovolve, where Andy Reierson has posted a fairly detailed history of Sega’s final home console.

Get your party hats.

Andy Reviews WWF SmackDown! 2: Know Your Role

WWF SmackDown! 2You may remember Andy Reierson from our short yet pithy video series on the Ouya. (And if you don’t, you must check that out immediately. The videos are here and here.)

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Let’s Welcome Retrovolve into the GeekParty Family

Wild ArmsHere at GeekParty, we don’t shy away from our love of retro games. At the same time, we don’t shy away from our love of modern gaming either (except for Alcoholic Luigi).

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Freedom Planet Is a Portal to the Sega Genesis

Freedom Planet steamAnthropomorphic animals? Check. Speedy platforming? Check. An awesomely bizarre concept? Checkmate.

These are just some of the things to love about Freedom Planet, a PC game that takes inspiration from the Sega Genesis Sonic the Hedgehog games, and spices things up with a dash of Gunstar Heroes.

Freedom PlanettEven without the nostalgia, this platformer is one of the most fun games I’ve played in a while (with a controller, anyway). It’s a shame it isn’t being talked about as much as Shovel KnightFreedom Planet almost borrows too heavily from Sonic and pals — you can spin into a ball, run around loop-de-loops, and control walking, talking animals — but it’s more than that.

The Gunstar Heroes vibe and the attitude that being odd is okay is that “more” part. The mechanical mech mayhem (anyone remember Green?) and the evil dude who wants to take everything over – not to mention the goofy dialogue – really give off the same vibes as the classic Treasure game.

Freedom Planet is a gem that Sega Genesis and platformer fans should check out – goofy voiceovers and all.

I Liked the Voice Acting in Resident Evil

Resident Evil hd featuredWell, “like” is an interesting word.

I was a young teenager when Resident Evil came out — just young enough to be scared, just old enough to know it was cheesy. Also, just stupid enough to write really bad fan fiction about it, but that’s a subject for a different article.

The game brought me hours of enjoyment, from exploring the mansion to tracking down the different puzzle pieces to trying to see how quickly I could beat it.

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Pokey Minch Was Eric Cartman Before South Park Existed

pokey minchEarthBound‘s Pokey Minch is a conniving, calculating coward. His taunts are incredibly childish, and his actions are unbelievably evil. He thinks nothing of sacrificing others, even if it doesn’t benefit him in any substantial way. [Read more...]

The Tenchu Series Needs to Unvanish

tenchu featuredTenchu.

That single word can conjure up feelings of both nostalgic delight and a cringe-inducing bad taste. [Read more...]

Products of a Generation of Creation: Words of Inspiration from a Veteran Gamer

Edward TaylorMy name is Edward Taylor. I am a 27-year-old millennial, a college graduate, successful in my chosen field, and politically active.

I am also a gamer.

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Why Sheik’s Gender Matters

SheikNintendo has finally revealed what Sheik’s actual gender is. Bill Trinen of Nintendo said she is, 100%, without a doubt, female — just Zelda in ninja clothing.

Many fans had a theory that Zelda used magic to actually turn herself into a man in Ocarina of Time. The fact that every transformation was concealed by some sparkly magic, her eye color doesn’t match up, princess Ruto referred to Sheik as male, their body types were totally different, and more random obscure Zelda facts only put fuel on the fire.

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