Game Corner [Bite-Size]: Streets of Rage 4: Mr. X Nightmare (Xbox One)

Released: 14 July 2021Developer: Dotemu/Lizardcube/Guard Crush GamesAlso Available For: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 A Brief Background:After an absence of almost twenty-five years, the Streets of Rage series (SEGA, 1991 to 1994) finally made a long-awaited comeback in 2020. As a massive fan of the series, and sidescrolling beat-‘em-ups in general, I was very surprised, … Continue reading Game Corner [Bite-Size]: Streets of Rage 4: Mr. X Nightmare (Xbox One)

Game Corner [Sonic 2sday]: Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (2007; Xbox One)

After the release of Sonic the Hedgehog (Sonic Team, 1991), Sonic had firmly established himself as the hot new icon on the block and catapulted SEGA to the forefront of the Console Wars. Anticipation was high for a sequel and, in keeping with their aggressive marketing strategies, SEGA dubbed November 24, 1992 as “Sonic 2sday”, … Continue reading Game Corner [Sonic 2sday]: Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (2007; Xbox One)

Game Corner [Mickey Mouse Day]: World of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck (Mega Drive)

It’s November 18th, which means that it’s Mickey Mouse Day! Disney’s beloved mascot first debuted in Steamboat Willie (Disney and Disney, 1928) and has since become one of the most recognisable and influential cartoon characters in the world, the face of an entire multimedia conglomerate, and one of the most enduring and popular characters of … Continue reading Game Corner [Mickey Mouse Day]: World of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck (Mega Drive)

Game Corner [Mega Drive Anniversary]: SEGA’s Mega Machine

On 29 October 1988, SEGA released the 16-bit Mega Drive (known as the SEGA Genesis in North America); far superior to Nintendo’s 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), and bolstered by both an aggressive marketing campaign and the eventual release of Sonic the Hedgehog (Sonic Team, 1991), this release kicked off the “Console Wars” of the … Continue reading Game Corner [Mega Drive Anniversary]: SEGA’s Mega Machine

Game Corner: The Evil Within 2 (Xbox One)

Released: 13 October 2017Developer: Tango GameworksAlso Available For: PC and PlayStation 4 The Background:After a long and illustrious career at Capcom in which he created and spearheaded the Resident Evil franchise (Capcom/Various, 1996 to present), Shinji Mikami left to help found Tango Gameworks in a bid to develop new properties and titles, such as The … Continue reading Game Corner: The Evil Within 2 (Xbox One)

Game Corner: Saw (Xbox 360)

Released: October 2009Developer: Zombie StudiosAlso Available For: PC and PlayStation 3 The Background:In 2004, writer Leigh Wannell and director James Wan brought us Saw, a psychological horror film in which two men find themselves trapped in a grimy bathroom, victims of the twisted John Kramer, also known as the Jigsaw Killer (Tobin Bell), and forced … Continue reading Game Corner: Saw (Xbox 360)

Game Corner [Back to the Future Day]: Back to the Future: The Game: 30th Anniversary Edition (Xbox One)

In the classic science-fiction film Back to the Future: Part II (Zemeckis, 1989), series protagonist Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) travels from 1985 to the hyper-realistic future of 2015. October 21, 2015, to be specific which, despite the numerous iconic dates and times visited in the Back to the Future trilogy (ibid, 1985 to 1990), … Continue reading Game Corner [Back to the Future Day]: Back to the Future: The Game: 30th Anniversary Edition (Xbox One)

Game Corner: The Evil Within (Xbox One)

Released: 14 October 2014Developer: Tango GameworksAlso Available For: PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 The Background:Shinji Mikami joined Capcom in 1990 and worked on a number of successful handheld, 8- and 16-bit titles during his first six years with the company. In 1996, though, Mikami developed the first Resident Evil (Capcom, 1996) videogame, which … Continue reading Game Corner: The Evil Within (Xbox One)

Game Corner [Mortal Monday Month]: Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate (Xbox One)

To celebrate the simultaneous worldwide release of Mortal Kombat (Midway, 1992) on home consoles, 13 September 1993 was dubbed “Mortal Monday”. Mortal Kombat’s move to home consoles impacted not only the ongoing “Console War” between SEGA and Nintendo but also videogames forever thanks to its controversial violence. Fittingly, to commemorate this game-changing event, I’ve been … Continue reading Game Corner [Mortal Monday Month]: Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate (Xbox One)

Game Corner [Mortal Monday Month]: Mortal Kombat XL (Xbox One)

To celebrate the simultaneous worldwide release of Mortal Kombat (Midway, 1992) on home consoles 13 September 1993 was dubbed “Mortal Monday”. Mortal Kombat’s move to home consoles impacted not only the ongoing “Console War” between SEGA and Nintendo but also videogames forever thanks to its controversial violence. Fittingly, to commemorate this game-changing event, I’ve been … Continue reading Game Corner [Mortal Monday Month]: Mortal Kombat XL (Xbox One)