It’s been a while since we had an arcade location review, as well as a guest post but Arcade Heroes reader (and frequent tipster) Kieran May sent us his review of an FEC in the UK known as Planet Fun. He gets into what they offer as well as the customer service aspect and whether that will make or break your experience there. It brings up an excellent subject all location owners should worry about – whether their staff on hand is making the customer feel welcome to be there (which equals repeat visits) or if they feel like they should spend their hard-earned money elsewhere. Hit the post break below for the review.
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I know that I posted a review not that long ago (of another Atari title, Asteroids Deluxe) but I haven’t had a lot of time to spend on researching news but I did have time to make a video of the latest game that I picked up, one of my favorites War: Final Assault. I’ve heard that this game didn’t do terribly well back in the day which sort of eludes me because I’ve always loved it and when I’ve seen them linked I see them get quite a bit of play. Now I have a soft spot for it probably because when it comes to PC gaming, I enjoy first-person shooters and so having an arcade FPS is a treat I suppose. I know that there is another FPS out there made just for arcades by Sega called Outriggers but sadly I have never had the pleasure of playing that one because I have never even seen one at the arcade (yes I know I could get it for the DreamCast but thenI miss the arcade experience ) here. Also The Grid might count but I’ve only seen that played in 3rd person. Either way, here is a video below of War I apologize if it’s hard to hear what I say as I was standing too far from the mic but I think that you’ll get the idea in case you haven’t seen this game before. Also there is an HD version of it here.
While we eagerly await our ATEI coverage to be posted (it should be up very soon so stay tuned) I figured it might be nice to get in a video review before hand. I’ve been needing to do more of these but time is a precious thing as you know and I can’t seem to find enough of it lately. But here is one of my favorite games, Asteroids Deluxe, in all it’s vector glory. While I didn’t have a very good game here, I think that it’s always cool to see a vector monitor in action. Surprisingly, AD has been a popular game at my place, even kids who are only dazzled by today’s modern graphics constantly play this because “it looks so cool”. Too bad I don’t have a full color vector game to show them what that looks like but one day I’ll get my hands on a Major Havoc and that will change.
There is an HD version of this if you click here
It’s been a little while but I found the time to do another game review, this time for Sega’s House of the Dead 4. I have been having a number of problems with the cabinet I have – from the guns to the monitors but when it doesn’t have problems it’s a great game. There are a lot more zombies in this than in the other HOTD games so the machine gun is a nice addition. I’m sorry if it’s hard to hear what I say in the video at certain points, I tried to talk loud but I guess the game volume was too high.
Here’s another video review from a game at my arcade, sorry about the delay but I had misplaced my transfer cable but after finding it I’m ready to make videos again. Today we’re looking at Namco Classic Collection Vol. 2 which was released back in 1996. It includes three classic titles on it’s roster – Pac-Man, Dig Dug and Rally X. This game also includes upgraded versions of each game that stick to the same premise but adds new features to the game making them new. Pac-Man and Dig Dug are big names that everyone recognizes but RallyX might have gone under the radar for some people. RallyX has you racing on a scrolling playfield so you can go in any direction you wish, gathering flags to move onto the next level. At the same time several cars are trying to smash into you and you must avoid them by using things like a smoke screen to avoid them. I missed out on RallyX in the video because my battery died but if anyone wants to see more on the updated version of the game I’ll make a second part.
UPDATE: I recorded some footage of RallyX that was missed on the video above, here it is below
With this review the only new game I have left to review at my arcade is House of the Dead 4, which I haven’t done yet because it has been giving me problems (the right gun will reload every time you pull the trigger and the TV keeps turning itself off at random) which I will hopefully resolve soon.
Anyways here is Drift, which came out in 2007. I had to go with the kit as opposed to the dedicated version due to budget constraints but I have to say that it was easy to install and it has been worth it. There still are some little things I need to fix on the Crusin’ cabs I have, such as the left seat which constantly shifts back and forth with the slightest force applied to it. But it has been a solid game at my arcade with consistent earnings despite the minor things. Here’s the video below, like usual recorded in HD but downgraded to youtube quality.
A short time ago, we were contacted by Andrew McGuire, of Tokyo Game Action, an arcade in Winchendon, MA where their focus is Japanese arcade gaming. In addition to Japanese arcades they also have a café that serves Japanese food and they also have several bowling lanes to play on. If you love Japanese games then this is one awesome place to find them. I have written a review of the site up thanks to some pictures that they sent to me, which you can read by clicking here or the link below.
In related news, Tokyo Game Action is also celebrating their 5th anniversary since opening. This is a great milestone for any business but it’s also worth pointing it out where arcades are concerned since some people seem to enjoy pointing it out when arcades close. Congrats to TGA for 5 years and here’s to many more!
Sorry about the lack of video reviews lately, I have been busy working on the PCs at my arcade along with trying to fix a number of problems the arcades have been having (my HOTD4 has been giving me trouble which is why I haven’t done a video of it yet; I also am working on installing Street Fighter 2: Hyper Fighting but it’s having issues with the kick buttons but there is more going on to keep me stressed). But I did manage to record something on our import game, Oriental Legend 2 the other day. Since I installed the card reader it has been receiving more attention than it did before, which I find interesting as many arcade locations in the US typically shun card readers. The video would be in HD but thanks to Vimeo turning into anti-gaming morons we can’t have game videos uploaded to that site anymore so youtube for now.
I’ve got another couple of reviews uploaded to the internet, this time Chase HQ2 by Taito and 1942 by Romstar/Capcom. I uploaded the CHQ2 video to Vimeo and 1942 to youtube for the time being and when I get a chance (i.e. more time as it takes a while to upload a 200MB file) I’ll put CHQ2 up on youtube. I did forget to mention one other gripe about Chase HQ2 – the high score entry screen is too difficult for many people to input their names due to over-sensitivity of the wheel. In case anyone at Taito/Namco reads this, it would be really nice if an update was released for the game to address a couple of these issues I bring up, such as fixing the high score thing and adding some more levels to the game which could also round out the difficulty curve for players. I still maintain that it’s a fun game and I’d like to try it linked one day but my budget can’t handle any new game purchases for a while.
Chase HQ2 (to watch it in HD click on that feature while hovering over the video and it should take you to the video page)
As promised here are more video reviews. I’m sorry that the quality on these is well, youtube quality. I still don’t understand why certain videos make the cut for their “high quality” setting and others seem not to as these were recorded in HD and uploaded untouched. I would have put them on Vimeo but you only get 500MB a week there and I’ve pretty much used up my limit this week.
Anyways here is a review of The Act and Blazing Angels. Both are excellent games although The Act gets props for originality and for getting people into the game moreso than I have seen with other games at my place. The only other game I have seen people so addicted to is Indiana Jones to be honest. Blazing Angels and Big Buck Safari aren’t far behind though.
The Act by Cecropia (UPDATED WITH THE HIGHER QUALITY VERSION, youtube version after the break)
Blazing Angels by GlobalVR