Gunbird was a 1995 release from hardcore shooter masters Psikyo. Originally released in arcades it also found a release on the PlayStation and Sega Saturn. Having previously reviewed Zerodiv’s ports of Psikyo classics, Strikers 1945 and Gunbarich, it’s fair to say I was ruddy excited to sample yet another highly regarded shooter.
Category: Retro Reviews
Mario Bros. The game that really started it all for Nintendo. Back in the arcades in 1983, this sort of spin off of the hugely popular Donkey Kong, lead to Mario as we know him to this day. Taking a career shift from carpentry to plumbing, Mario is more like the Mario we know today. But, if in all unlikelihood you’ve never played the original Mario Bros before, then you may be in for a shock as to how completely different he still his.
King of Fighters is quite a long running series with 14 games out at the time of writing and the latest release being almost exactly a year ago in 2016. It’s always been held in well regard although some entries are thought of more fondly that others with ‘98 being the most famous. Here we have the direct sequel to that oh so famous entry, a very difficult and almost impossible act to follow. Now, I have played King of Fighters ‘98 a fair bit in my local arcades but I’ve never had my reviewer hat on while playing, so in this regard, King of Fighters ‘99: The Millennium Battle is going to get a fair trial without being compared too much to its older, more famous brother.
Compared to the original Shock Troopers, it seems the sequel is much less well regarded by gamers and critics. Maybe it’s a blessing or a curse for this review, but I’ve never actually played the original. This review is just taking into account Shock Troopers 2 on its own merits.