One of the most popular features on my blog are my reviews of the ‘WWE Network’s Best 100 Matches To Watch Before You Die’ (click here to check it out yourself!). I’ve been meaning to expand on the section for a while, including a list of matches that should be on there amongst other things. Now, that’s a tough one, with over thirty years of not only WWE content, but with content from WCW, ECW, and other wrestling companies on the WWE Network as well. I’m not as familiar with the other companies as I am with WWE (a twenty-plus year loyalist here!). Continue reading
A buddy cop comedy relies on the chemistry between the two lead actors. And the chemistry between Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker is phenomenal in the first entry of the ‘Rush Hour’ franchise. As per usual in Jackie Chan films, the plot is neither here nor there, but the comedy hits almost every time. Sometimes it tries a little too hard…but that can be forgiven. Continue reading
How do you adapt a video game? Not like this, not like this at all! I’m convinced this was another movie script rewritten with Super Mario Bros references. What in the holy hell does this film have in common with the video game? Of course, it’s quite hard to adapt a game that was basically about running to the right and jumping on enemy’s heads. But how did the writers come up with this plot? Continue reading
There aren’t many films in recent memory that jog from absurdity to absurdity (and take it in their stride) like Detective Pikachu. It tries to balance film noir with Pokémon to a confusing, yet sometimes enthralling, degree. The word-building is exceptional. The majority of the Pokémon are brought to life just as Pokelovers (myself included here!) would imagine, full of life and vitality. Rime City is a wonderfully constructed world, with more imagination and eye-popping visuals than most big budget blockbusters and muster up.
But eye candy is not enough to distract you from the increasingly silly plot, which flies off twists and turns every ten minutes or so. There’s at least two or three films’ worth of material here (much like Batman vs Superman, actually). Most thought-provoking material pops up for a few minutes, only to be relegated by the next ludicrous revelation. Not only that, but the human characters are so much more duller than the Pokémon. Worth watching for the visuals…but not much else.
Hammy’s Rating: 2/5
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It had been eight years since an entry in the Metroid franchise…but then, lo and behold, in 2002, we were gifted not one, but two, Metroid titles! Metroid Prime is the more popular/critically acclaimed, and for good reason…but Metroid Fusion for the Game Boy Advance is just as worthy of attention as the sublime Metroid Prime. Metroid Fusion is a direct sequel to Super Metroid, and also returns Samus (for the opening act) to SR-388, the world she explored in Metroid II. Continue reading
The original Metroid is almost impossible to play in the modern era. It’s interesting to explore as a relic of a bygone era. But that’s all it is: a relic. The remake for the Game Boy Advance, Metroid – Zero Mission, has all but made the original obsolete. Apart from a few niggles, this is how a game developer should approach a video game remake. Don’t simply upgrade the graphics and add a few bonus modes. Rebuild it from the ground up, modernize it to today’s standards (if it’s an older game, of course!), and add to the original experience whilst staying faithful to the spirit of the original. Continue reading
I had to come to this sometime…this is undoubtedly the worst entry in the Metroid franchise (disregarding the spin-offs, of course). Who thought this was a good idea? Right from the beginning, it’s clear the direction that Team Ninja (the team behind Ninja Gaiden) want to take Metroid: a story-driven, character-developing action game. We begin with a stunning recreation cut scene of the end of Super Metroid: Mother Brain, the Metroid, and Samus all in stunning 3D. The question that Samus asks, walking in the rain, stays with her throughout the latest adventure: Why am I still alive? She should be asking: “why am I in this game?” Continue reading
It took me nearly fifteen years to get past the first few screens of Metroid. I first attempted to play it when it came bundled as an extra with Metroid Fusion (if you linked the GBA up to the Gamecube and Metroid Prime. I gave up after ten minutes. Next, when the remake of Metroid came along, Metroid – Zero Mission, I attempted to play Metroid again (it came as an extra). Half an hour into it, I gave up. Subsequent attempts ended in quick failure until I purchased a NES Classic! Here, I used the save system to carefully progress through the game. It was still as frustrating as ever…but I managed to get through it (without a guide!). Continue reading
There’s not much I can say about Super Metroid, apart from that it’s a goddamn masterpiece. Few games evoke such an atmosphere of isolation, few games offer such a diverse range of areas whilst forming a cohesive whole. Still, to this day, game developers are trying to ape the perfection of Super Metroid’s game design (from Hollow Knight to Guacamelee, the indies seem to thrive on Metroidvanias…to varying degrees of success). Continue reading
I loved this game as a kid. It felt epic, especially compared to other games from the Game Boy era. Samus indeed returns…to commit genocide of the Metroids! It’s pretty grim when you think about it…but who thinks about that as a kid? I never really thought about its flaws as a kid, either. For one, there’s no map, and because some of the areas look very similar, it’s easy to get lost (a reason why I thought it was epic back in the day). Clunky controls (especially with the Spider Ball and Space Jump) don’t help progression, either.
As for massacring the Metroids, some people find it repetitive. I didn’t, and still don’t. Sure, there could be more variation, but the game was pushing the boundaries of the Game Boy anyway. Metroid II, like its predecessor, was too ambitious for its time. However, it’s simply more fun to play than Metroid and less punishing. I wonder what the remake is like…(or just click hereto check out my Quick Review of Metroid – Samus Returns (3DS)
Hammy’s Rating: 3/5
Click here for Hammy’s Top 10 Metroid Video Games
Click here for my Quick Review of Metroid (NES)
Click here for my Quick Review of Metroid – Zero Mission (Game Boy Advance)
Click here for my Quick Review of Super Metroid (SNES)
Click here for my Quick Review of Metroid – Other M (Wii)
Click here for my Quick Review of Metroid – Samus Returns (3DS)
Click here for my Quick Review of Metroid Fusion (Game Boy Advance)
Click here for ‘Metroid : Samus Returns’ (3DS) And How Not To Do A Video Game Remake: Part I – Three And A Half Reviews of ‘Metroid II – Return of Samus’
Click here for ‘Metroid – Samus Returns’ (3DS) And How Not To Do A Video Game Remake Part II : Why ‘Metroid – Samus Returns’ Is A Poor Remake of ‘Metroid II – Return of Samus’