God Hand (Developer: Clover Studio, Publisher: Capcom)

God Hand, very much like Mikami’s other action classic Vanquish, is lightening in the bottle. There is no sequel, both games arrived with very little fanfare and run at a modest 30fps. In theory, God Hand shouldn’t work; it’s tank controls and rudimentary level design were frowned upon even back in 2006. However, spend just…

Japanese box art

There’s something captivating about Japanese box art for both Nintendo and Sega’s 16-bit consoles. I’ve always preferred the art, design and the logos of both the Super Famicom and Sega Mega Drive when upon viewing them in magazines such as Mean Machines and CVG in years gone by. Of course, the 60hz performance improvement was…

Kobayashi Naru

It was a hazy afternoon in the 80s and my mother had just collected my brother and I from school. We’d recently purchased a Spectrum 128k and mum had bought us a new game (always exciting). ‘it has a robot on the front’ she replied when we asked what was on the cover. The game…

What is a man?

In anticipation for the rumoured announcement of Koji Igarashi’s Castlevania spiritual successor tomorrow, I’ve decided to revisit Symphony of the Night on XBOX Live. I had previously ‘completed’ (Didn’t get to the inverted Castle) it a few years back, but it’s been a while, so I’ve decided to start a fresh game and aim for…

Sega Mega Drive: To be this good…

Back in the early 90s, the Sega Mega Drive(EU) was the first console we (my older brother and I) owned after migrating from the 8-bit Commodore 64 – we somehow skipped the entire 8-bit console generation. As 2 brothers close in age, we gravitated towards two-player games; sports titles such as John Madden NFL ‘92…

Favourite Genre?

Although I cut my teeth on Spectrum games from the late eighties such as ‘Disco Dan’ and ‘Oh Mummy’, I had always marvelled at difficult action titles from Japan such as ‘Shinobi’ , ‘Castlevania’ , ‘Ghosts and Goblins’. When my older brother and picked up our Megadrive in the early nineties, somehow someway, a copy…