Welcome to the SUPER THUMBS! You are sure to enjoy the ride, believe me you. This month I am really opening the vaults for some classic… er uuh well I guess we still have to categorize them as games, as sad as that may be… but don’t worry! For this will be far more entertaining than you could possibly imagine.
John Madden Football ’93 (SNES)
Wow, let me tell you I never thought this series would be where it is today after this one. I mean, the games are still pretty annoying and bug-riddled, but at least they are playable now. This one on the other hand is just god-awful! It is overly complex with its controls, I could never EVER complete a pass… so I could never play it all that long; and because Tecmo Bowl is just so much better, it’s hard to believe that this series would become the POWERHOUSE it is today.
Captain Eric’s Super Thumb says.. THUMBS DOWN
Super Mario World (SNES)
Well it’s hard to say anything bad about a Mario game, and this is no exception; it brings hours of entertainment just like its counterparts. I will say however that this one just isn’t as memorable as the earlier games for me. I keep thinking parts were in this game only to realize that they were probably from Mario 3, one of the best games ever. However this game did introduce Yoshi and all of this friends, so it does carve out a niche of its own memories. While this game maybe always remembered to me as “the game where you get the cap thingy” it still was a very good game and one of the only decent choices to play during the very early days of SNES.
Captain Eric’s Super Thumb says… THUMBS UP
Star Wars: Rogue Squadron (N64)
You love Star Wars, you love flying, so you will just LOVE this game! Right? Well, not exactly. While I think this is one of the VERY FEW (yeah like every game with Star Wars in the title doesn’t have this) games that lets you fly around Hoth, it really isn’t as fun as it sounds. The missions are quite hard to begin with, but then they want you to do even more impossible tasks to gain bronze, silver and even gold metals. Half the time I can barely get the bronze. The controls are not impossible but they aren’t that easy to use, and you will most likely be crashing into a building, sand dune, or perhaps another ship. Me? Well I crashed into just about anything that you were able to crash into. This game does provide some fun, though I think I had more fun just flying around the stages that actually completing these missions that I was supposed to… good times 😉
Captain Eric’s Super Thumb says.. THUMBS DOWN
Frank Thomas Big Hurt Baseball (SNES)
You see, this game is very misleading; you would think in a game named after a fantastic hitter and having the words BIG HURT in the title, that you would actually be able to hit the ball. However, for me, it was just a lot of swings and missies. Now I don’t know about you but that isn’t a whole lot of fun. This is another game like Madden ’93 that I just wasn’t able to get into because I had another game a lot like it that I had a lot more fun playing. This game does have its nifty features though. This was the first baseball game I had that allowed trading and the like. It’s a lot more complex and not as versatile as today’s games but it was something new back then and it was a nice distraction from the actual game. Another thing that led me to never getting into this game was that my favorite team, the Philles, have about… four players on their roster that I’ve ever even heard of. Ooh how I do not miss those days!
Captain Eric’s Super Thumb says… THUMBS DOWN
Serious Sam: Next Encounter (PS2)
This is one fast-paced and extremely entertaining FPS! It’s cheap, and not only that, is has a much lighter side than most other FPs where you must kill every living soul in the world to … who the hell even knows… do FPS’s actually have stories?? I’m not sure — I think it’s just angry man killing the world… But this game is much different! It has a… err… well… its story is kinda out there, but it’s entertaining enough with a lot of laughs thrown in. The gameplay is fast and easy to get used to. There is a wide range of weapons you can get, and you also sometimes have the opportunity to do some fun things, like driving a tank and what not. There are multiplayer options and the characters you can choose from are also quite fun, and not like the normal nameless soldiers, but instead things like a clown, a giant baby or even a robot. The real fun in this game is the ONLINE MULTIPLAYER action; nothing was more fun than having GameCola’s very own board of directors ONE TWO THREE on top of the leader-board round after round. Now there was a bit of h4xxx0ring going on by some people in online modes but we didn’t run into it much and had lots of fun. It is one of the few PS2 games that have actually made my network adaptor worth owning.
Captain Eric’s Super Thumb says.. THUMBS UP
Well that’s all for this issue; I’m sorry to have chosen such a lame pack to talk about this month… but the reserves are running low! And you really don’t want me to get started on any of my other buggy baseballs games. But don’t fret because next month I shall be dipping deep into the MAGICAL POT ‘O FUN and pulling out some real goodies for all you ENRIQUEMANIACS. Till next month, GOOD TIMES!