April 1st, 2013 by Benj Edwards
Tags: basketball, PC games, playstation, Mindscape, PSX, NCAA, Final Four, sports games, Blades of Steel, NBA Live, advertisement, GamePro, 1997
It's that time of year again…
I'm not a big fan of sports, and I'm not a big fan of sports games (Blades of Steel for the NES is probably my favorite — off the top of my head). But having grown up in the heart of ACC basketball country surrounded by great and once-great teams (UNC, Duke, NCSU, Wake Forest, etc.), I have a soft spot for the ACC and NCAA college basketball tournaments. I tend to watch a couple games a year.
So I can't tell you much about NCAA Basketball Final Four '97, because I've never played it. The closest I've come was NBA Live '97 for the SNES, and that was pretty fun for a basketball game.
[ From GamePro, April 1997, p.35 ]
Discussion Topic of the Week: What's your favorite basketball video game of all time?
January 28th, 2013 by Benj Edwards
Tags: Retro Scan, Final Fantasy, Final Fantasy Tactics, PSX, PlayStation, Square, GamePro, anniversaries, 1998
"How to Start the Mother of All Wars"
Fifteen years ago today, Square released Final Fantasy Tactics in North America for the Sony PlayStation. (It's kinda crazy, because I was going to use this scan today anyway, just by chance.)
I remember being excited when this game came out. I'm sure I read a glowing review of it in EGM and recommended it to my brother, who promptly bought it and played it on and off for the next two years. I still have Final Fantasy Tactics' music stuck in my head just from hearing him play the game so much.
The game is a strategic masterpiece, and though I have not played it to completion myself, I appreciate its depth, its music, and I absolutely love its sprite-based graphics and spell effects. The sprite-based nature of FFT alone was something to cheer at a time when most new PSX games were plagued with choppy, low-res polygonal 3D graphics.
[ From GamePro, May 1998, p.70-71 ]
Discussion Topic of the Week: In your words, what's so great about Final Fantasy Tactics?
June 18th, 2012 by Benj Edwards
Tags: Retro Scan, Deathtrap Dungeon, sexism, violence, current events, PlayStation, PSX, PC CD-ROM, Eidos, GamePro, 1998
I think they have it backwards.
Amid the recent media hullabaloo that modern video games are sexist and overly fixated on violence, I give you this ad for Deathtrap Dungeon from 1998. That is all.
[ From GamePro, May 1998, p.72 ]
Discussion Topic of the Week: Graphics quality aside, do you think today's video games are more sexist and violent than games from earlier eras?