Theme Park World

Lately I have been in a nostalgic mode and therefore I have been playing some classic games. This one from 1999. It’s available on PlayStation 1, 2, PC and Mac. This is the ultimate game for kids ever made and playing it as an adult is fun, at least for an hour or two.

In the game you build your own theme park after different themes, like Halloween, Space and Wonderland. To get access to some of these parks you must win keys and collect golden tickets. The keys unlock a new level and the tickets can be used to buy special rides. With the help of an assistant you will hope to run a successful park, or it will all crash and you will go into bankruptcy.

This game was marvelous in the old days and it was everything a kid could dream of. Considering it’s age I think the game holds up fairly well even today. It can still be plays on your old PS1 or 2 and it works at least on the future versions of Windows. It looks good and the gameplay and atmosphere is perfect for kids. I would still say that this game can still be a six year olds dream even in 2013. But how is it for an adult?

I would say that it doesn’t quite succeed in being as fun there. Why? It is simply because we are to smart. The game gets repetitive and while it is great for kids it is just annoying for an adult. Some of those features can be turned off but that does not increase the playability by far. It does get boring after a an hour or two. So it is a fun nostalgic experience for a while before you never want to see the game ever again. It is also not challenging at all as a grown up and like I said, you are too smart and the game can be completed in a few hours.

Still I will judge this game through a kid’s eyes. If I would have been an adult, it would have been a five, but since I am that six-year-old again the game is actually a 9/10.

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Tekken Hybrid

It has been sooooo long since I wrote about a game, but games are expensive and I really do think that’s my main reason for so seldom updating the game category. Tekken has always been one of my favorite franchises, so when I heard that there was a new HD version of tekken tag tournament for ps3 I was instantly happy. Tekken Hybrid also features a movie (a review will come of that in the movie category sometime in the future) and a demo for tekken tag tournament 2. Since I have already bought tekken tag tournament  2 (review is coming soon) and will talk about the movie in the future as well this review will only be about the HD remake of tekken tag tournament.

Before I give you my opinions it would be good to know that tekken tag tournament is a fighting game where characters fight with each other to win a tournament. The game can be played alone but also with a friend and you can choose to have your friend on the same team as yourself or the opposite one. The game also features a bowling mode where you obviously enough play bowling with you characters.

I am honestly conflicted about this… I am glad to be able to play one of my favorite games again, but I am also disappointed for a lot of reasons. The HD version looks better than the original one for ps2, but I do feel that they could have done a lot more to improve the graphics if they had wanted to. The gameplay is still as fun as it used to be but the developers did one of the most awful things I have ever seen when it comes to releases… All the characters, gameplay modes and pretty much everything fun about playing the game was already unlocked! The basically ruined the entire experience and a game is supposed to be concurred and not handing you everything directly.

Where is the challenge, is what I ask myself now, and why take away all the joy from playing the game?! If your old playstation 2 is not working anymore and you really, really want to play the game (as I did) then go for it. You will like the nostalgia, but trust me, get the game cheap because this kind of disappointment is not worth spending your money one. Do I regret buying it? – No, it is still the fun game that I used to love, but I strongly advise you to think before you buy it. 6 / 10

My all-time top games

Playstation 4 was announced yesterday and the excitement is huge. Unfortunately it’s probably going to take a while before one can by it and therefore I decided to list my top games ever. They will be from my childhood and the present time though I won’t rank them since that would be way too hard and sure I have even more games that I love but including them would make the post ridiculously long.

SSX Tricky

The first game I ever got for my Playstation 2. I had seen others play it but never tried it myself. Once I got it I was about seven years old and did probably not know a single word in English. Somehow I managed to figure out how to get on the course and I started playing. I had no clue what I was doing, I was holding the jump button the entire run (slowing me down) and I had no idea that you were supposed to lean forward. Yet I won my first course and from that moment I loved the snowboard franchise. The character and the graphics of the game still looks great today and it was only a year ago since I last played it and their entire franchise have been extremely good.

Need For Speed Most Wanted

Car games, I was never good at them but NFS MW changed that. I was finally good at a racing game and playing it on the computer was rather simple in the beginning and it turned out to be a great challenge towards the end. Even though it was released long ago it’s still very popular and prized by many.

Eyetoy Play 3

When Playstation 2 introduced motion technology I don’t really think the trend caught on. Still it is in a way a predecessor to Nitendo’s Wii and thorough a camera you controlled the game. You were able to play with up to four friends in various games mini-games. This was a blast and I can’t even count how many injuries I got from kicking furniture or accidentally hitting my friend.

Need For Speed Hot Pursuit

This game came out in 2010 or something similar and therefore the graphics were exquisite. Everything was so improved from most wanted and you got new scenarios and a completely different gameplay. The controls were more sensitive and everything looked pretty realistic. The game was also fairly easy and I managed to conquer the game in some weeks.

Amnesia The Dark Decent

My current favorite. I have been playing the horror game like crazy these past two weeks and when I’m not playing I am watching the game with developer’s commentary on YouTube and I am going slightly paranoid. For one who never even flinches when watching horror movies it is quite hard to admit that a game made by 4 -6 guys has you terrified.  I am honestly scarred of playing their upcoming sequel but I will make it my mission to play the first game before the other one comes out. If you have missed my review of this game you can check it out here.

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