Saturday, December 14, 2019

Eric Vs. 365 - Day 167 - Mario Kart: Super Circuit

Mario Kart: Super Circuit is the lowest selling game in the franchise (still sold 5 million+, though) and always feels like the forgotten entry no one cares about despite the fact that it's actually pretty darn solid. It is sort of a mash up of Super Mario Kart's flat 2D tracks and some of the items and presentation of Mario Kart 64 to create yet another very fun Mario Kart experience. Keep reading for more and to watch gameplay.

Friday, December 13, 2019

Eric Vs. 365 - Day 166 - The Simpsons Hit & Run

Man, The Simpsons is such a weird show to me. For years and years and years it was appointment viewing. I was always there for every new episode. Then I just sort of stopped. I was never one of those people who was all "The Simpsons sucks and has been bad for 10-years now" but at some point I just got bored of it. We're on Season 30-whatever now and I have basically no memories of anything from the past 15 seasons or so even though I was still watching. That's not a good sign. Anyway, today's video features The Simpsons: Hit & Run. Read all about it and watch gameplay here.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Eric Vs. 365 - Day 165 - Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge

Did you ever hear the tragedy of Banjo-Kazzoie 3? I thought not. It's not a story console warriors would tell you. It's a Rare legend. Back in 2003, a year after Microsoft bought Rareware from Nintendo, the third Banjo-Kazooie game was made by Rare and published by THQ for the Game Boy Advance. Despite the obvious limitations of the hardware, Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge for GBA is a surprisingly solid Banjo game that does a good job of replicating the 3D platforming experience on a handheld. Keep reading for more on Grunty's Revenge and to watch gameplay.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Eric Vs. 365 - Day 164 - Madden NFL 20

Today's game is Madden NFL 20. Thanks to the wonders of EA Access, you can spend $5 a month to play new sports games until you get bored - which only takes about 1-2 games for us - so you don't have to waste $60 buying something that will be essentially worthless in a few months. Good deal! Andrew joins us for this episode. Keep reading for more and to watch the thrilling (lol) gameplay as Eric's Vikings take on Andrew's Packers.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Eric Vs. 365 - Day 163 - Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order

Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order has us really conflicted. When it's good, it is freaking amazing Star Wars at its best. When it's mediocre, it is really mediocre. There are just some weird design decisions that only get in the way and ruin the fun but they are so incredibly ingrained in the experience that it's like no one noticed they were going to be terrible until it was way, way too late. We still really like Jedi Fallen Order a lot overall, though. Keep reading for more and to watch gameplay.

Monday, December 9, 2019

Eric Vs. 365 - Day 162 - Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

Why is it so hard to make a good Star Wars game? Almost all of the Star Wars games I've been trying to play for this project have some sort of bad gameplay idea or poor design that sucks all of the fun out of being a space wizard with a light sword. It's like developers didn't know why Star Wars was popular and couldn't figure out how to make a game out of it, or something. Anyway, today's game is Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and it's kinda fun and kinda bad. Read on for more and to watch gameplay.

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Eric Vs. 365 - Day 161 - Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II

The first Star Wars: The Force Unleashed game was janky and flawed but still fun enough overall that most people liked it a lot. The Force Unleashed 2 came out a couple years later and looked better, played better, and was overall better, but it got hammered in reviews because of reasons. To this day I still don't really understand why people decided back then, and still claim to this day, that The Force Unleashed 2 sucks. It's fine, though. In fact, it's probably a top 5 best Star Wars game ever. Keep reading for more and to watch gameplay.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Eric Vs. 365 - Day 160 - Star Wars: Dark Forces

Star Wars: Dark Forces on PC was a solid shooter that spawned some of the best Star Wars games ever in its sequels. Dark Forces on PS1 is an ugly blocky mess with a motion sickness inducing framerate that kinda sucks. Guess which one we played. Ah, it's OK. It's still Star Wars-y. Read on for more and to watch gameplay.

Friday, December 6, 2019

Eric Vs. 365 - Day 159 - Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace

Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace is both a bad movie and a bad PS1 video game, but back in 1999 I thought both were kind of okay-ish. I was starved for new Star Wars and I didn't know any better. Of course, now I'm a bitter old man instead of a bright-eyed optimistic 16-year old, so now I just expect everything to be a letdown so I'm never disappointed. Thanks Disney. Keep reading for more about The Phantom Menace and to watch gameplay.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Eric Vs. 365 - Day 158 - Star Wars Arcade 32x

Star Wars Arcade, not to be confused with Atar's vector graphics Star Wars The Arcade Game from the early 80's, is a SEGA project released in arcades in 1993 and ported to 32x in 1994. It's a polygonal 3D space shooter that is kind of ridiculously impressive given the time it came out, but also a clear sign that the 32x was a bad idea considering the games that came out just a couple years later on real next-gen hardware looked and performed exponentially better. Still, it's pretty mind blowing that a game like this was available in freaking 1994. Keep reading for more and to watch gameplay.