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Pokemon Gold/Silver Review

Posted in Blogroll,Game Reviews by gamefreaks on December 2, 2006

Pokemon Gold

Dear readers, the picture you see on the page today is not lying to you: the Game Freaks are reviewing Pokemon. We know what you’re probably thinking: “They’re reviewing the video game from that crappy cartoon? Have they lost their mind?” Well, yes, we have lost our minds, but for reasons unrelated to this game. The problem, as we see it, is that for most people, this game is irrevocably linked to the merchandising blitz that accompanied it. We decided that someone should give this game a fair shake, and since we’re the only game reviewers we know, we decided to take it on. Are the negative connotations fair, or does this game transcend its marketing? Read on to find out! (more…)

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Final Fantasy Tactics Advance Review

Posted in Blogroll,Game Reviews by gamefreaks on November 16, 2006

Final Fantasy Tactics Advance
Greetings. This week’s Game Freaks will be a foray into the 32-bit realm, and also into the realm of Ivalice. In recognition of the surpassing excellence of Final Fantasy XII, recently released for the PS2, the Matts have opted to review Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, a not-so-old-school game still well deserving of the title “classic.” Released for the Game Boy Advance in 2002, Final Fantasy Tactics Advance stands on the shoulders of its predecessor, Playstation title Final Fantasy Tactics. A large part of the enjoyment of this game is dependent, then, on the player’s enjoyment of Tactics, as well as on a general appreciation for turn-based strategy games. This will all probably bear out in the review.

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Tetris Attack Review

Posted in Blogroll,Game Reviews by gamefreaks on November 8, 2006

Tetris Attack Main Screen

Greetings, Faithful Readers, and welcome once again to Game Freaks. This week we’re delving into the realm of puzzle gaming with a gem for the SNES: Tetris Attack. We think that you’ll find this game a real treat, but, as LeVar Burton used to say on Reading Rainbow (shit, anyone else remember that show?) “Don’t take my word for it.”

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Final Fantasy XII Journal: First Impressions

Posted in Blogroll,Game News,Game Reviews by lordsaanjun on November 6, 2006

A Final Fantasy XII Moogle

OK, I’ve played about twelve and a half hours of Final Fantasy XII at this point, and I have to say, I’m impressed. There was a lot of criticism leading up to this game, as, I suppose, there always is before the newest release in a major franchise series, but Final Fantasy XII is a real tour de force of the series, and not to be missed. I’ll comment on the game in some general areas to try to give you the sense that I’ve gotten of it so far. (more…)

Gunstar Heroes Review

Posted in Blogroll,Game Reviews by gamefreaks on November 1, 2006

Gunstar Heroes

This week the Matts take on a Sega classic by the name of Gunstar Heroes.  The game is usually classified as a “run-and-gun” game, and on this promise it delivers in spades: this game certainly has plenty of running AND gunning.  Sometimes you get to do them both at once! What more could one ask for? On to the review!

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Jack Thompson Gets PWNT

Posted in Blogroll,Game News by lordsaanjun on October 27, 2006

Hey, if you’re reading this blog, you probably hate notorious Miami anti-game “crusader” Jack Thompson as much as we do.  I personally find the man to be abhorrent on a number of levels, not the least of which is his irritating habit of borrowing Christian doctrinal rhetoric to try to convince people that video games are against the will of God.  Did I mention that people copping my religion to advance their political career/cause really hacks me off?

So, anyway, Niero from Destructoid put up this post the other day with a video showing good ol’ JT getting his ass handed to him in a district court, where a judge recused himself from a case where Thompson was the defense attorney.  Pretty much this judge tells Jack off on his tactics, his attitude, and his threatening letters (to a judge, WTF) in front of a courtroom full of people.  What’s the funniest is that Jack pretty much acts like an angsty emo-kid through the entire hearing, leaning back in his chair, staring at the ceiling, and crossing and uncrossing his legs the whole time.  It’s worth a peek.

Long live JT, my constant source of amusement,

Matt #1

Classic Content: Bible Adventures History and Review

Posted in Blogroll,Classic Content,Game Reviews by gamefreaks on October 25, 2006

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Hello, and welcome to another edition of Game Freaks. This week we’re going to start a process that will be ongoing on the blog with the release of one of our “Classic Content” articles from the Flip Side. These are Game Freaks reviews that were written for our college publication, but have no home on the internet and are only accessible through the print archives of the paper (which means, not to anyone outside of Eau Claire, Wisconsin). The review this week takes the form of an informative article, which was the way that we injected more extensive commentary on gaming in general and classic gaming in particular into the twice-monthly format of the paper. Now that we have the blog itself, we probably won’t do something like this as our weekly content, but rather post a more informative blogpost separate from the review for the week. At any rate, in this Game Freaks, the Matts take the time to tell the story of a crappy little game company called Wisdom Tree and their crappy little “Christian” video games for the Nintendo Entertainment System, as exemplified by the review of Bible Adventures.

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Battletoads in: Battlemaniacs! Review

Posted in Blogroll,Game Reviews by gamefreaks on October 18, 2006

Battlemaniacs Picture

Well, Faithful Readers, if the name “Rare” puts the fear of the video game gods into your heart, this review will be of some interest to you. This week, the Matts undertake to review Battletoads in: Battlemaniacs! for the Super Nintendo. As Zitz, Rash, and Pimple set out to save the Princess blah-blah-blah from the evil witch whatsername (the names in this game are super lame, sorry, I can’t help it), you journey through the Gamescape, a virtually-generated hell designed to smash you into your component parts. This game is typical of Rare games in many ways, not the least of which is its mind-numbing difficulty. On to the review, then.

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Blackthorne Review

Posted in Blogroll,Game Reviews by gamefreaks on October 15, 2006

Greetings, Faithful Readers, and welcome to another edition of Game Freaks. This week (sorry for the super late update), we’re reviewing a game made by well known software giant Blizzard! No, it’s not from the WarCraft series, guess again. No, it’s not either StarCraft game, try again. Oh, wait, you didn’t know Blizzard made any other games?

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We’re reviewing Blackthorne, for the Super Nintendo. Behold, Blizzard before Blizzard was cool.

 

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Hey, Go Check This Out

Posted in Blogroll,Other by lordsaanjun on October 11, 2006

I have been reminded, suddenly, that we have a forum. Go check this link at TRHOnline.com out to see our boards. Also, please muck around on TRHOnline in general. It’s a fun site run by a friend of ours, who’s kind enough to toss us some board space. He’s giving us the forum, you give him some hits. Fair’s fair.

New review will be up later today, unless we both get too damn lazy to actually write. Watch for it — we’re reviewing a very old, obscure game by a very well-known giant of the gaming industry. This’ll blow your mind.

Later, Faithful Readers,

Matt #1

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