Times for the past week:Odyssey^2:
Moto Crash - 3 min.
Puzzle Piece Panic - 8 min.
Robot City - 5 min.
Shark Attack - 3 min.
Spiderman - 3 min.Sega CD:
Earnest Evans - 30 min.SNES:
Art of Fighting - 68 min.
Hard Drivin' - 7 min.
Jimmy Connors Pro Tennis Tour - 117 min.PlayStation:
Total Eclipse Turbo - 4 min.N64:
Conker's Bad Fur Day - 15 min.
F-Zero X - 10 min.
Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero - 83 min.
Nagano Winter Olympics '98 - 125 min.
Super Mario 64 - 20 min.Dreamcast:
Silver - 4 min.
Seems to be the week of unusual control schemes! Everything I played for more than a few minutes has some sort of weird complication, ranging from the hilarious awkwardness of Earnest Evans (who moves like a marionette) to the maddening inconsistency of Art of Fighting (in which a fireball is sometimes not a fireball).
Then there's Jimmy Connors Pro Tennis Tour, in which you have to "wind up" your shots -- releasing the button is what unleashes the swing. This makes a kind of sense, in that there's a direct connection between preparation and results, and there are some good things about the engine. Unfortunately, it gets frustrating quickly. The game rewards aggressive play in theory, but trying to put any kind of "oomph" behind a volley results, more often than not, in dumping it into the net. Maybe a manual would help? Still, not bad for less than a buck.
Finally, Nagano was recommended by a friend who played it in his childhood, and warned me not to expect too much. It's sort of a dumbed-down, tarted-up Winter Games with more bells and whistles, but there are some strange gameplay decisions. For example, you have no direct control over your position in the speed skating event -- you're just hitting the L and R buttons in rhythm. This approach might work in 2D, I suppose, but in a 3D game it just makes the player feel detached from the events on screen. Worse yet is the snowboard halfpipe, in which the computer spoonfeeds you a list of buttons to push before
your character executes the trick.
Ultimately, Nagano feels one-dimensional and undercooked. Having said that, there's some fun to be had. The ski jump isn't so bad once you get used to it, and the curling event is fairly well designed. But where's the biathlon, guys?
Edited by thegoldenband, Mon Oct 25, 2010 9:03 AM.