TGOJ Review – DLC Quest

Posted in Reviews/Rants with tags , , , on December 16, 2011 by Josh

Buy this game right now if you have a buck.

I was introduced to this game just a few days ago by Mike…and within two hours, I finished this game. Within those two hours, DLC Quest won me over. DLC Quest isn’t a long or complex and deep game. It’s also not retro by any means. So why do I care? Follow me after the jump to read why I think this game, and its developer, need some attention. Read more »

More Holiday Video Game Sales

Posted in Deals with tags , on December 10, 2011 by Josh

SALES!

There have been way too many video game sales and deals since Thanksgiving…but we aren’t really complaining. Good Old Games have some pretty sweet deals on the way. For anyone wanting to check out one of the best catalogs of old school PC game goodness, I suggest you head over to their site. The deals begin December 12th. If you feel guilty that you are spending money on yourself instead of your loved ones, well you can always gift them a game as well to take advantage of the sales! Happy retro game shopping everyone!!

Fortune Street

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on December 8, 2011 by Mike

I just got an e-mail from Nintendo about a new Wii game called Fortune Street. WTF… did anyone know this was coming? It looks like a cross between Monopoly and Culdcept Saga (which was already a cross between Monopoly and every card-battle game ever created), two games I suck at but still enjoy. I watched Nintendo’s trailer, and it looks like there’s no card battling, but other than that it’s very much like Culdcept Saga. Oh and it’s Nintendo, so it has Mario characters and the dreaded MINI-GAMES. But Square Enix is involved too, so it also has DRAGON QUEST CHARACTERS!!! And… AND… it has local and online multiplayer.

Metacritic has it at a 71 so far, which is just a few points below Culdcept Saga’s 75. I’m curious… I’m not quite buy-curious, but I’ll keep an eye out for this one at my local Redbox.

Are Games Art?

Posted in Uncategorized on December 6, 2011 by Josh

Art:

The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power

One game that always comes to mind when this topic is brought up is Okami. Their is no better example of "eye candy" on any platform.

So, are games art? There is no way I am going to answer that in this one, short post. I can say right now that if anyone asked the most passionate of gamers out there, their answer would be a confident “yes”. I’ve always been unsure of how to answer that. I get insecure discussing this topic with rabid gamers just as I would discussing politics with my Dad. Read more »

TGOJ Retro Review – Super Mario Kart

Posted in Reviews/Rants with tags , , , , , , on November 29, 2011 by Josh

Mario in a non-platforming game...unheard of.

With the upcoming release of Mario Kart 7 on the 3DS, I thought it would be a good time to reflect on another great classic of the annals of gaming…Super Mario Kart. This trend of reviewing “good” current and retro games will not last forever here on Three Guys One Joystick, so enjoy the kind words found in this article about Super Mario Kart. Read more »

TGOJ Thanksgiving Retro Review – Eggomania

Posted in Reviews/Rants with tags on November 24, 2011 by Josh

A chicken that looks like a turkey shitting eggs onto a frog looking bear with a tray on his head...genius!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope you all stay awake long enough after your Thanksgiving feasts to get some valuable vacation-game time in. I was trying to think of a Thanksgiving and turkey related video game and the only game that came to mind was the 1982 Atari game Eggomania starring a chicken that looked like a turkey. This game played much like Kaboom for the Atari. The turkey-chicken would crap eggs onto the lower half of the screen and the player would have to control the blue bear (yes, that’s a bear) across the bottom of the screen with an Atari paddle. The bear would catch these eggs with a plate attached to his head. The object was simple, catch as many eggs as possible. At the end of a round, you had the opportunity to launch the eggs back at the turkey-chicken for bonus points. The game had two challenge levels which would alter the size of the plate on the bears head. After each round, the game would naturally increase in difficulty as the gameplay would increase in speed. There isn’t much more to say about this crap game, but it served its purpose for me as acting as our holiday retro review to you readers. Don’t play this pile of shit, just check out some gameplay footage on YouTube.

Have a great turkey day everyone, and be sure to take advantage of all those sales out there right now to grab some of the great games that have been released this year. I’ve already given a recap of what games I deemed worthy of a purchase. Also check out Cheap Ass Gamer to direct you to all the great video game deals out there right now.

Episode 7: The Elder Scrolls

Posted in Podcast Episodes with tags , , , , , , , , on November 23, 2011 by Josh

This week, we sadly lost Mike to the void that is “the holidays” and he wasn’t able to record. That being so, your hosts Derek and Josh went ahead and recorded without him! We decided to hold off on the Wolfenstein/Id Software episode since Mike is our resident Id games specialist, and instead discussed some of our memories of past and current Elder Scrolls games. Its a bit longer than our standard podcast, but we hope you enjoy listening to this as much as we enjoyed talking about The Elder Scrolls.

Also be sure to check out our podcast archive to catch up on any of the episodes you may have missed!

Oblivion and Skyrim are unbelievable games, but the series dates back to 1994 and started with these two games.

TGOJ Retro Reviews – Hyperzone

Posted in Reviews/Rants with tags , , , , , on November 21, 2011 by Josh
Get ready to shoot things all hyper like

Get ready to shoot things all hyper like.

The Super NES (or SNES) launched in 1991 with only a few games. Super Mario World, F-Zero, Pilotwings, SimCity and Gradius 3 were it. These were great games though. Gradius III, SimCity and Super Mario World allowed us to revisit familiar franchises re-imagined with the power this new console had to offer. F-Zero and Pilotwings were basically thrown into the mix to show off the SNES’s Mode-7 capabilities. A month after it launched, the SNES was heating up with releases such as Populous, Super R-Type, U.N. Squadron, Final Fight and Hyperzone (to name a few). Derek and I were late to the console’s launch, receiving our SNES late in the year of 1992. That didn’t stop us from buying SNES launch titles. One of those games we ended up with was Hyperzone. Read more »

What’s in Mike’s Pocket? Bike Baron!

Posted in Reviews/Rants with tags , , , , , , on November 18, 2011 by Mike

Motorcycle - check. Ramps - check. Crazy jumps - check. Playable weird pig creature - check.

I’m a big fan of Trials HD on XBLA.  Trials HD is a game about a guy on a motorcycle who has to navigate increasingly difficult obstacle courses.  The gameplay is strictly 2D, so it feels a lot like Excitebike and Mario had a really fun baby.

I also play a lot of games on my iPhone.  So naturally I’ve wanted to combine these two things for quite a while. Read more »

Skyrim Impressions – Our Needless Contribution to the Pool of Reviews

Posted in Reviews/Rants with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 14, 2011 by Josh
Special Pot

Cooking Pot of +10 Store Clerk Blindness

Derek and I finally got our hands on Skyrim, and it hasn’t let us down yet. We both know there are over 60 reviews for this game, and we know that this game has received high marks. So we won’t bore you too much with a detailed and professional review. We decided to give you our first impressions of the game, tell you if this game is worth what minimal gaming time you have, and compare this to a few other modern RPGs we like. Follow us after the break below for our Skyrim impressions!

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