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The Civilization series is one of the most consistently successful 4x titles throughout video game history. It saw its first entry way back in 1991, and would continue to refine its history spanning empire building over the years. Perhaps the most well regarded of them was Civilization IV: Beyond The Sword, a standalone expansion pack for Civ IV th…
 
2020 saw Pat and James play through another 23 retro games, ranging from the delightful insanity of Katamari Damacy to the far more lukewarm Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. We played a lot of stealth games, had our fair share of mental breakdowns over what each of us saw as terrible games (Pat and James, respectively), and even got to finally ta…
 
It's time for part 1 of the Season 2 wrapup: The Mailbag! Year 2 of Retro Spectives saw many new users join our discord server, and even more in depth discussions. We argued about whether Super Metroid’s storytelling was too light a touch, whether System Shock’s UI was the worst in existence, and if all JRPGS were literally created by the devil. In…
 
Patrick and James have a problem. Almost every single episode, they’ve brought up Dark Souls. Level design? Not as good as Dark Souls. Combat System? Not as good as Dark Souls. Even when they’re playing racing games like F-Zero GX or 2D platformers like Cave Story, the comparisons still come thick and fast. So, for this very special 50th episode of…
 
In 2004, Relic brought the tabletop game Warhammer 40,000 to life with its real time strategy game Dawn of War. Fans of the franchise adored it, and it brought in entire legions of new zealots ready to die for the glory of the Emperor. Dawn of War went on to feature three expansion packs, one superb sequel, and another sequel probably best left for…
 
The Metroidvania genre has a long and complicated history, but the game that invented the modern model is without a doubt Super Metroid. Released in 1994 for the Super Nintendo, it blew critics away with its smooth gameplay, open level design and incredible boss battles. While previous metroid games had similar open ended level structure, it was Su…
 
The first Thief game was widely beloved, and critically acclaimed, but not entirely free of criticism. The gawking masses loved sneaking around the mansions of the wealthy, but were not too hot on the descending into caves filled with Zombies and Burricks. For the 2000 release of Thief 2, Looking Glass Studios decided to make some changes. Thief 2 …
 
The Super Mario franchise is what many would label as the dawn of videogames. While it wasn't the first, its impact on the infant medium of gaming was certainly the biggest and to this day the franchise is held in high-regard. But even in a franchise filled to the brim with historic titles, there are some that shine brighter than others. Released i…
 
The Lord Of The Rings is unquestionably the most impactful fantasy work ever written. And in 2001, Peter Jackson did what many thought was impossible, bringing Tolkien’s vision to the big screen in an enormously successful way. The movies were cultural phenomenons, praised by critics and fans alike, and for many is the definitive adaptation of the …
 
Kingdom Under Fire: The Crusaders is a difficult game to explain. It was first released for the original Xbox in 2004 by the Korean Studio Phantagram, and tries to fuse real-time strategy with action RPG brawling. All controlled with a gamepad. You take control of two fantastical factions engaged in a religious war, trying to outmatch your opponent…
 
First released in the year 2000 for windows, The Operative: No One Lives Forever (NOLF) was widely praised as the best FPS released since Half Life. The game openly celebrates the Spy genre, feeling like a bizarre amalgamation of James Bond, Get Smart and Austin Powers. Monolith Productions was struggling with giving the game a unique identity unti…
 
First released in 2006 by the now famous Arkane Studios, Dark Messiah of Might and Magic was considered a niche hit on release. Making use of the revolutionary physics of the source engine, it turned combat into an environmental puzzle of kicking, throwing objects and creating small patches of fiery death. But is a first-person physics-based brawle…
 
In Splinter Cell you play as Sam Fisher, an ex Navy Seal brought out of retirement by the NSA to combat the growing threat of cyber terrorism. Unlike your typical gung-ho hero, Sam operates stealthily, silently and entirely by himself on the field - He is the splinter supported by an extensive cell of a support team. To be successful in this game y…
 
Earthworm Jim hit the Sega Genesis with an almighty impact when it smashed into release in 1994. Inspired by the success of Sonic The Hedgehog, Shiny Entertainment wanted to bring their own anthropomorphic mascot into the forefront - a humble earthworm. Struck by a falling alien super suit, Jim somehow grows and occupies it rather than being crushe…
 
Stealth games have a long and varied history. Amongst others exist the purist Thief, the story driven Metal Gear, and the slick secret agent stylings of Splinter Cell. But in the year 2000, Hitman: Codename 47 challenged stealth conventions by letting players freely walk around in hostile territory...provided they had the right disguise. With a hea…
 
Lunar: The Silver Star is a tale of love and adventure which has been remade more than most games in history. First released in 1992 for the SEGA CD, it has existed in one form or another on different consoles, handhelds and even phones. Most agree that the definitive version is the original PlayStation’s Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete, the vers…
 
Pat and James go back in time further than they’ve ever been before and play the original Castlevania! First released in 1986, it was the beginning of a legacy that has seen metroidvanias, 3d brawlers and most recently a hit anime series. You play as Simon Belmont, equipped with his iconic whip, as he battles through horror movie monsters to reach …
 
Freelancer was meant to be the chosen one. Announced in 1999 by Chris Roberts (of star citizen fame), it seemed to promise complex factional interactions, a cinematic storyline and engaging dogfighting all in one accessible package. But as time went on, and Chris Roberts moved into more of a consultancy role, the exact nature of Freelancer was reve…
 
In 1994 the immersive sim genre was born with the release of System Shock. Developed by Looking Glass Technologies, it set the standard for gameplay and story structures for future games in the genre such as Thief, Deus Ex, Bioshock or Prey. As an unnamed hacker, you awake on a space station after a long cryosleep only to find the halls littered wi…
 
During the era of the PlayStation 2 three iconic series defined their generation of 3D platformers: Jack and Daxter, Ratchet and Clank, and finally - Sly Cooper. With its strange cell shaded graphics, light stealth elements, and old school level design, it never quite hit the level of popularity that the other two enjoyed. Is Sly Cooper secretly th…
 
The Tribes series has always delivered a unique and high octane multiplayer experience, with players zipping along at breakneck speed across massive maps. The combination of jetpacking, skiing, and terrible weapons led to a fast paced kind of fun that you can have nowhere else. In 2004 Irrational Games, of System Shock 2 fame, decided to change thi…
 
Archimedean Dynasty takes place in a dystopian future where mankind has been forced to retreat deep underneath the Earth’s oceans. A literal crust of dead organic matter coats the surface of the oceans, trapping the scant remnants of humanity beneath. In this grim world, all that is left to mankind is a precarious existence within the fragile minin…
 
When Sonic the Hedgehog was first released in 1991 it blew everyone's minds. Featuring gorgeous graphics, fast paced gameplay and an iconic mascot, Sega finally had a title that could compete with Mario. Sonic the Hedgehog was the reason to own a Sega Genesis, on a console that had otherwise failed to impress. But how well has the original Sonic he…
 
Originally released in 1990 for the Nintendo Entertainment System, Crystalis was not a smash hit upon release. It was considered just another action rpg, another zelda-clone. But in the years that followed, it slowly developed a cult following, many of who now believe it to be one of the strongest titles that was ever released for the NES. Join Pat…
 
First released in 1999, Heroes of Might and Magic 3 is widely considered to be one of the best turn based strategy games ever made. To this day it has a fanatical online following who strive to understand all the intricacies of the title. There are layers upon layers of complexity on display here, from the economic management to troop compositions …
 
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