Slick Anthology

A video game collection in blog form… a constant work in progress

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Austin Powers Pinball

Austin Powers Pinball CoverSystem: PS1

Genre: Pinball

Release: 10/25/2002

Completed: No

Remember Austin Powers? The movies were pretty great when they came out, and I was a definite fan. Remember any of the Austin Powers video games? Yeah, there were a few, and yeah, I didn’t think so. Austin Powers Pinball doesn’t really belong in any collector’s library except the truly hardcore, as it’s the most basic a game can get. I picked it up online for two dollars: that’s one dollar per pinball table this game offers. I haven’t played it yet, but I can only assume it’s riddled with digital sounding quotes from the movie, reused jokes again and again, as well as shameless humor strewn about the entire game. I bet I’m close to correct.

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Apocalypse

Apocalypse CoverSystem: PS1

Genre: Shooter, Action

Release: 10/31/1998

Completed: No

One of the (surprisingly) handful of games starring action movie star Bruce Willis, Apocalypse doesn’t get a lot of recognition these days. You’ve likely never heard of it unless you’re a die hard Bruce fan (get it?), or you really follow your game companies, as this was developed by Neversoft, the company that became famous for creating the Tony Hawk series. This game doesn’t feature skateboards, but does feature third-person shooting and an early form of twin-stick shooting!

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101 Dalmatians II

101 Dalmatians II CoverSystem: PS1

Genre: Action

Release: 11/20/2003

Completed: No

I don’t even remember how I came into possession of this game. Probably from a random lot of games I picked up. Regardless, 101 Dalmatians II is based on the Disney movie of the same name, and features 3D platforming and gameplay. Honestly I’ll likely never get to this one. So if you like it, let me know!

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007 Racing

007 Racing CoverSystem: PS1

Genre: Racing

Release: 11/20/2000

Completed: No

Perhaps to catch up on the popular “every gets a racing” trend of the late 90s and early 00s, James Bond himself jumped on the bandwagon with 007 Racing. Being one of the biggest recurring elements of the James Bond franchise has been his teched out cars, it kind of makes sense we’d see him in a car themed game, but maybe not a racing combat game. Despite this, it’s one of the few Bond games that allows for multiple rides from the series to be accessible and playable!

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Dead Island

Dead Island Cover

System: Xbox 360

Genre: Horror/RPG/First Person Shooter

Release: 9/6/11

Completed: Partially

Man, what a great trailer can do for a video game!

Dead Island is a game that should have been better than it was. Combining RPG elements with supposedly Left 4 Dead like cooperative gameplay, Dead Island isn’t a bad game, it’s just not as good as people were hoping it would be. I played it for awhile with a friend online and thought it was relatively slow, an ironic twist with the fast running zombies. Still though, hacking away at the walking dead, gaining levels, and getting super pissed when you’re awesome weapon breaks is still fun.

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The Darkness

Darkness Cover

System: Xbox 360

Genre: First Person Shooter

Release: 6/25/07

Completed: Partially

I actually read a fair amount of the Darkness comics so I was pretty excited to find that the game was cheap used at GameStop. What I found in the game was a very enjoyable, visually impressive early Xbox 360 shooter. Though I have not finished the game I believe I can easily recommend the title to others, especially if you’re a fan of sci-fi comics, movies, or other games. There’s a sequel out now that is apparently even better than this one, and let’s not forget that there have been recent re-releases of the comic series in TPB form as well!

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Dark Sector

Dark Sector Cover

System: Xbox 360

Genre: Third Person Action

Release: 3/25/08

Completed: No

Sometimes games are just cheap. When they’re cheap and complete, I tend to buy them even if it’s against my best judgment. As is the case with Dark Sector. The game has been $5 or less at GameStop for a couple years now and at some point since then I caved and bought it. Honestly the game looks like it could be OK. The gameplay reminds me a bit of Rygar with the thrown, bladed weapon that returns to the user. Who knows… perhaps I’ll get around to this one some day!

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Dance Masters

Dance Masters Cover

System: Xbox 360

Genre: Rhythm

Release: 11/4/10

Completed: No

Rather than continue with making Dance Dance Revolution games in the wake of the mega-success of Kinect-enhanced dancing game Dance Central, Konami released a totally revamped dancing game in Dance Masters. Acting like a combination of DDR and Dance CentralDance Masters isn’t nearly as recognized or accepted as Dance Central, and for good reason. The gameplay is trying to replicate what Dance Central has done but just can’t do it the same way. Sadly, I’m thinking this will likely be the only entry in the Dance Masters series. At least Konami is still riding on the DDR wagon though!

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Dance Dance Revolution Universe 2

Dance Dance Revolution Universe 2 Cover

System: Xbox 360

Genre: Rhythm

Release: 12/4/07

Completed: No

As if to torment fans of the series even more, Konami released a sequel to the first DDR Universe just 10 months after the first! Not making matters any better, DDR Universe 2 still features the same non-DDR like music that I (and I’m assuming many others) have come to loathe. But at just $3 I can’t really deny the game’s asking price.

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Dance Dance Revolution Universe

Dance Dance Revolution Universe Cover

System: Xbox 360

Genre: Rhythm

Release: 2/27/07

Completed: No

Amazingly the 13th home release for the series, Dance Dance Revolution Universe was dead on arrival. Well… maybe not dead, but dying. The series has done nothing but go downhill since the PS2 games (and I’ll even throw in the first Xbox exclusive Ultramix as well), so being that this is many games after it isn’t good at all. I think the series strayed away from what made it great, namely rocking dance beats that were fun to groove to. The final nail in the coffin was the release of Harmonix’s Kinect powered Dance Central series. Since the release of that title and it’s subsequent sequels there’s little reason to even play these games. Perhaps that’s why the game’s cost a few bucks each!

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