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5th August 2018: If It Bleeds, We Can Kill It

Hot on the heels of Party Hard, we just got through another game with old style pixel graphics. There sure are a lot of games that look like this out these days...

This one is very much inspired by 80s, side-scrolling beat-em-ups like Double Dragon and Streets Of Rage, and that is why Scoob in particular really wanted to try it. In the game, which is called Mother Russia Bleeds, players take control of several characters who have been imprisoned in an alternate history Russia, where they have been turned into test subjects for a new drug called Nekro.
It's up to the players to escape, overthrow the evil government, and break their addiction to the drug.

Man, this game was dark, brutal and bloody. You can beat the absolute snot out of the bad guys, and they you, and it was not uncommon to see people getting their limbs or heads blown off or cut off.

There were a few irritating parts, and none more so than the end boss. After taking out the government stooges, the characters experience a vivid hallucination where they must fight a representation of the Nekro drug. The fight takes place over three progressively more frustrating stages. It probably took us 20-25 attempts to beat this guy on normal difficulty, until on the last try, everything just clicked into place and we took him down in very short order.

Overall, the gameplay was fairly solid, and probably the best game of this type I can remember playing. Not that I've played all that many, mind. As for the story though, it was pretty much your typical affair, with only the addition of the drug addiction making it stand out as anything different.

Mostly a fun game though, and one we were glad to have played.

I do my trademark slide tackle

I do my trademark slide tackle

Scoob lets rip with a chainsaw

Scoob lets rip with a chainsaw

Scoob cheers me on as I slide tackle

Scoob cheers me on as I slide tackle

Getting a chain to the face

Getting a chain to the face

Smacking a mutated bear with a steel girder

Smacking a mutated bear with a steel girder

Scoob prevents the villainous leader from escaping

Scoob prevents the villainous leader from escaping

End boss throws his dirty syringes at us

End boss throws his dirty syringes at us

Giving the end boss a beatdown

Giving the end boss a beatdown

Yay, we got a statue

Yay, we got a statue

30th December 2017: Nostalgia Bomb

Then I decided I wanted to finish some games, and Scoob joined me in going through a few multiplayer ones. Up first was Golden Axe, a game Scoob was sure we'd already completed back in the day, but I wasn't so sure. After getting to the end, surprisingly easily I might add, it definitely seemed familiar so we must have completed it after all.
Still, other than a bit of stutter here and there, this game was quite fun to play. Definitely better than what we played next...

After we enjoyed Golden Axe, we thought we'd give Double Dragon a try. I played this quite a lot in an arcade with my bro on holiday when we were kids, but even though I got it for the Amiga later I couldn't really remember playing it that much. No surprises why...
The Amiga version of this thing sucks ass. With inferior graphics and sound, and crappy, buggy gameplay, it's a wonder we got through it at all. But just like Golden Axe, when we got to the end, it all seemed familiar, so again, it was another one I must have completed as a kid.

Twonking some ruffians

Twonking some ruffians

Playing tennis with some ruffians

Playing tennis with some ruffians

Tyris unleashes her inner dragon on the end boss

Tyris unleashes her inner dragon on the end boss

Seriously, WTF are these graphics?

Seriously, WTF are these graphics?

Scoob beats up the Hulk

Scoob beats up the Hulk

These damn spears killed us way more than the bad guys did

These damn spears killed us way more than the bad guys did

All hell breaks loose in the final battle

All hell breaks loose in the final battle