Friday, July 24, 2009

SPC Quickies - Volume 2

What are SPC Quickies? They're paragraph-long reviews for games that don't really need a long review dedicated to them. We're talking about games like from the Virtual Console and other downloadable services. It makes little sense to score such games on the normal in-depth review scale, so instead quickie reviews will be scored from 1-5 with no decimals to worry about.

5 - Fantastic

4 - Great

3 - Fair

2 - Poor

1 - Awful


007: The World is Not Enough (N64)

This game is based loosely on the movie with only a few key scenes missing. The game's story could be described as Cliffnotes for the movie. The single-player mode has three difficulties to plow through each with varied missions and objectives added depending on the difficulty chosen. The game feels very much like Perfect Dark which is high praise indeed. There's even unlocking new multiplayer content such as skins, arenas, and modes by beating missions under a given time. Multiplayer itself plays great with four players maximum (e.g. two humans and two bots), and it's quite fun to blast away one another or just blast away bots by yourself.

[SuperPhillip Says: 4/5]

Beetle Adventure Racing (N64)

Beetle Adventure Racing isn't your typical racing game. There's only six tracks, but these tracks are highly detailed, long, and are littered with hidden shortcuts and paths to travel. The game rewards the player's exploration with point and bonus blocks that unlock continues as well as hidden game content. Multiplayer is a blast, and it offers up four player carnage via splitscreen. The only problems I have with the game are that the music is pretty poor and cups can take too long to complete.

[SuperPhillip Says: 4/5]

Wave Race 64 (N64)

This title came out close to the Nintendo 64's launch, and it was way ahead of its time. The water physics to this day still hold up wonderfully as do the superb controls. Tearing across the ocean is a wonderful pleasure. Each of the game's riders have their own stats, and each circuit has its own theme from sunset isles to ports filled with rough, unforgiving water. Each grand prix difficulty has the player jetting across the same tracks only with one new track added each difficulty. That can be repetitive, and I would have liked to see another track or two total.

[SuperPhillip Says: 4/5]

Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 (GB)

Wario's first full-fledged adventure, Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 is where Wario the anti-hero came to be. He doesn't care about saving the world or rescuing a princess; all Wario cares about is treasure, treasure, and more treasure! The platforming is surprisingly type. Like Mario, Wario has his own special hats such as the rocketing bunny cap. To bring up the game's longevity, there's hidden treasure for Wario to obtain, secret level exits to uncover, and bosses to beat.

[SuperPhillip Says: 4/5]

Did you miss Volume One? Check it out here!

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