Secret Weapons Over Normandy (XBOX) – This is actually the sequel to Lucas Arts Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe which was really unique but somewhat obscure flight sim from late in the DOS era. It’s not an XBOX exclusive game, but its cheap and looks pretty cool, it also makes me want to pick up a copy of Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe too.
Superman: Man of Steel (XBOX) – This is an XBOX exclusive, and in a way reminds me of Superman 64 but done right. It looks like a lot of fun and despite being obscure is pretty well reviewed.
Darius Twin (SNES) – I’ve never played any of the Darius games before but they do seem to have a good following, and the franchise is pretty well known and up there with Raiden, and R-Type.
Burning Soldier (3DO) – While stopping in to get the Wings of War resurfaced at my local retro video game store, I picked up a copy of Burning Soldier an odd space shooter of sorts for the 3DO.
I was fan of the month for The Retro League in August and actually received the prize package on Tuesday. With two packages of collectors cards I also received, Knight Rider (NES), and SimCity (PC-DOS). I look forward to putting some play time in on both these soon.
This Weeks Plays
Thunder Spirits (SNES) – As mentioned last week this was the only Thunder Force entry on the SNES, being mainly a Sega Genesis franchise. This game is a little different than the average SHMUP, and I can see why the franchise has a cult following on the Genesis. Unlike a lot of other SHMUPs this one starts you out not in outer space, but side scrolling your way through a jungle. The concept works extremely well and creates the uncommon difficulty of your enemies being partially hidden by terrain, obviously not an issue in space. Compared to Gradius III which I just played, this game is well paced and there is no issue with slow down, despite the huge collection of enemies on screen and background scenery.
Yes, weekends like these past two are part of the reason a backlog like I have has come into existence. Anyway, following up on Monster Party I think I may put a Halloween article together closer to the “day” since I’m realizing now how many monster and ghost games I have built up over the last few years.
Anyway, here’s to next weekend which I think may be three days, I have to check.