Bo Jackson’s Baseball

PRICE = $1-5

PLAYERS = 1 to 2
HOW DOES THE GAME LIVE UP TO IT’S EXPLANATION/BOX ART? (6/10)
The Cover obviously tells me this is a baseball game. So, I don’t really have to guess as to what I will be playing. But, let’s flip it over and see what this one is about. Okay, the box is telling me everything that every baseball game pretty much has to offer, But this one does have batting/pitching choices, and a tournament mode. Sounds pretty cool.
I generally enjoy games by DATA EAST, and the pile of baseball games on this system is extremely high in numbers. So, let’s give ol’ Bo Jackson a shot.
It has the normal set up as the rest of the games honestly, and the things it says it has don’t really speak to a person that already knows how baseball is played. But, not being able to move in the batter’s box is annoying. And one major thing you may notice is, EVERY SINGLE BATTER LOOKS LIKE BO JACKSON! WHAT? Why?
HOW IS THE GAME PLAY? (5/10)
 
The game plays pretty well honestly. There are the usual poorly executed auto fielder choices that all the games make for you. This is in all the baseball games for NES so it’s not a downfall.
It has recognizable words said in the game. Which is far better than MUMMBLE MUMMBLE dDLKKKKREERRR!! from a lot of other games.
It has intermissions in the game that they spent some time on. Like the opening before the game, hitting a batter, and random other instances. (coach arguing with umpire)
The pitching is kind of okay. It doesn’t really listen to what you are asking it to do most the time, and the batting is poor at best. And generally if you want a good baseball game, Pitching and batting are the MOST important role in the game.
Bo should have known that.
 
HOW DOES THE GAME LIVE UP TO IT’S GENRE? (10/10)
 
There really isn’t a way to score it less than a ten in this section. It’s baseball, when you play it, it’s baseball. So, well done Bo Jackson baseball.
 
THE ‘GAME OVER’ ALL? (70%)
 
 I’m sure everyone has their favorite baseball game on NES, that they would go to, far before another one. And Bo Jackson knows baseball enough to, probably not have helped DATA EAST at all. But, it’s a good gimmick to get people buying it.
I don’t favor this title simply because of the bad batting. I’m always comparing all baseball games to each other. Each one is a little different, or completely different. And Bo Jackson does have a lot of cool elements I wish the other ones had, but unfortunately.. the pitching and batting just aren’t good enough for my standards.
BO still got a D. So he didn’t fail, but still got a BAD rating.
Sorry Bo.
 
 
arbitrary credit for gore and nudity = 0
-Felix “the Brett” Prescott
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Arcade Legacy Cincinnati Ohio Review!

Contact Information For Arcade Legacy

MOBILE PHONES
  • (513) 874-8766
ADDRESS
  • 662 Cincinnati Mills Dr
  • Cincinnati, OH 45240
NEIGHBORHOODForest Park/Fairfield
WEBSITE
EMAIL

Price = $10.00 for all day

$5.00 an hour

$0.00 to visit the shop and buy things!

 

Arcade Legacy is owned Operated by Jesse Baker, and his team, in the Forest Fair Village Mall (http://www.forestfairvillage.com), in Cincinnati Ohio.

THE STORY LINE:

As you walk passed the store front, (depending on which side you’ve entered the mall) your eyes will be answered with an amazing amount of video games on display (that are for sale), or witness folks playing a DDR machine with a plethora of upright arcades that go as far as you can see!

As you turn the corner, and are welcomed with a friendly, “Hello!”, that’s hard to pay attention to because your ears haven’t adjusted passed the sheer visual; of the amount of possibilities offered to your senses.

You pause……  swallowing that drooling saliva, basking in your gob, and soon realize that the man behind the counter is still talking.

“Have you been here before? Do you know how the store works?” He asks you.

These are questions that finally register in your nerd-gasmed brain.

You respond, finally, after taking a few cumbersome breaths, “I am not sure at all good sir!” The smile across your face speaking to the ages, you know what you want.

The ever so pleasant man behind the counter responds, “Well it’s five dollars if you want to play for an hour, ten dollars if you want to play all day.. Unless you are just shopping, then have at it friend!”

You don’t care about buying anything yet. So you quickly respond. “I’ll do the five dollars and check this place out!”

“Well, We will need a form of ID to hold for you, just in case you need to run out to your car or the restroom, any other employees will know you have already paid. That way we can also see how long you were here. But, if you choose to play all day. We will give you an arm band, so everyone knows you are here for day.” Retorts, the friendly, counter man.

You reach for your wallet in due haste, clumsily, and excited beyond all measure. You hand him the ID and your entry money.. and the rest is undeniably, the best time you could have had.

HOW DOES THE STORE LIVE UP TO IT’S EXPLANATION? (10/10)

 I can’t name any business, that does the amount of possibilities, this store has to offer. So, I’m going to keep this category very short.

Like that short.

 HOW IS THE GAME PLAY? (10/10)

 The first time, I personally entered the store, was merely to sell and to shop. But once I had ventured into the gaming area, and had the understanding of how everything worked; I was astonished; to say the least.

Not only did I have the opportunity to play any system that was available in the store; mind you; any game that the store had for sale! But! Also, had the options of Pinball machines, arcade machines, DDR machines, table top tables, places to play card games with pals, and systems ran through projection monitors.. ALL SET TO FREEPLAY! (Free play means, NO QUARTERS!)

Now, I thought to myself, there is no way that all of this is available for such a great price. There has to be a catch of some sort. So, I attempted a test of my own.

I asked the man behind the counter.

‘Can I trade stuff into the store and use my credit to play all day?’

He responded to me with a smile, ‘You sure can.’

I was thwarted.. So, I thought of another question to stump him.

‘Well what if I wanted to have a birthday party for my kids, or friends to come play all day?’ He responded, ‘Of course you can, Just make sure you set up an appointment.’

Thwarted again.. I schemed to stump him once more.

‘What if I bring my own games in to play with my friends?’

He smiled once more, ‘We don’t have any problems with that, just let us know that it’s yours before you walk back to a system and start playing.’

They thought of everything… I thought to myself, as I said, ‘thank you’ and walked into the arcade.

HOW IS THE GAMEPLAY I ASKED!!!??!!

It can’t go wrong, when I, and you can play anything we want to play!!!

HOW DOES THE STORE LIVE UP TO IT’S GENRE? (10/10)

 Now myself, I am a connoisseur of videogame related anything, and have quite a vast collection of knowledge and games. I have worked in seven different video game stores and can tell you, that there has never been one that offers so many possibilities.

I have lived in the Tri-State area for most of my life, and can reference a few arcades that have been in existence or just are in existence, if you catch my meaning.

Showbiz pizza was probably the best arcade that was around. But, it was later changed into a family fun center, known now, as Chucky Cheese by the Dayton Ohio Mall. These both, had an amazing arcade for a while, but were soon all converted over to tickets based games. These tickets would purchase you trinkets, if you didn’t get, you know, Twenty THOUSAND!! for something you’d actually not mind having.

Also at one point, in the same area, was MALIBU. They had a go kart track and a very large arcade. They had events for new games that were coming out in the mid 90’s. I recall going there to play Mortal Kombat 2 the day it was released. But, as time passed, it closed a few years later. This location also had tickets for junk.

There was also SPARE CHANGE inside the Dayton mall, while being a nice stop in for a bit, was all about purchasing coins, getting tickets from family games, and buying worthless trinkets. (Such as, things that went on the end of your pencil… That didn’t erase…. Why?)

There were quite a few arcades in malls at the time, but none of them had that much in them. A lot of claw machines that you could find at any department store, and broken machines that were always ‘Out of Service.’ Generally, in all these older locations. If you saw an Out Of Service sign. That machine never worked again.

Later on, Dave and Buster’s opened up. A fun center more set up for large parties, and the ‘FUN’ area was all about new style arcade gimmicks. At some point in life, I’m sure I would have been excited to play interactive robots while sitting in one, or interactive boxing. But, those sort of things are only fun for a little while. And side; bar stop coin machines, basketball, and skee-ball are only fun for about 10 minutes. There is never the type of atmosphere you want to have with your friends. It just always seems like the type of place your parents would take you to ‘keep you busy’ while the ‘grown ups’ had a beer.

There have been a lot of similar places like Dave and Buster’s opening up, but after one visit, there is never really a reason to go back there. Unless you are a person that is hip to gimmicks. Cough Cough… Laser Tags.. cough cough.

But, I’ve slightly strayed from my point to make my point. After working in an amazing amount of video game related stores. (I won’t name them, but it was all of them but one, that still exists.) Never once was there the amount of available product, mixed with the amazing amount of consoles/ arcade machines to play. AND, All for such a low price of admission. Allow me to paraphrase myself. Never once was there a store that did all of this in one place…. Ever.

Just a short list to get my point across more directly.

-Videogames from all platforms

-DVDs

-Bluray

-CDS

-Toys

-Collectables

-Imported videogames

-Drinks and snacks

-Occasional oddities like Vinyl and Laser Disk

-FAMILY FRIENDLY!!

-Oh yeah, Pinball machines and Arcades

I think that drives the point a little bit better, for the sales aspect, without the play anything you want aspect.

THE ‘GAME OVER’ ALL? (100%)

 Here are some examples of why this store gets 100%, if you haven’t gotten it yet.

1)    I, being a walk in customer, have never been accepted in so many levels of gratitude.

2)    I’ve made a lot of friends with people that are into the same things I am. This is a major part of being a gamer. Without friends to play with, you are what all the people in the world ungratefully plague you with.

3)    I’ve had unending amounts of fun at this store, and will continue to do so.

4)    The amounts of trade in credit are astronomical in comparison to other local stores you’d sell your old stuff to. If I had mentioned before, Arcade Legacy does Cash or Credit. Credit of course being a higher amount than Cash Moneys.

5)    The prices are less than what all other stores, and the internet are asking.

6)    There are weekly tournaments and podcasts you can go join into.

7)    Everyone at the location is amazingly friendly, and extremely knowledgeable about the products they sell. And if they aren’t familiar, are ready to look it up for you on the internet, or find someone in the store that is versed in your question.

8)    In any normal arcade, you’d be weighed down by your laundry tokens in your pocket, that if; you were planning on staying for a while, would spend far more than ten dollars. So, the entry price is perfect.

9)    The amazing amount of everything else I’ve already mentioned.

10)    And, finally.. If you are looking for something and you can’t find it. The staff are willing to help you out. They may know someone in the area that has what you are looking for, or will look up a price range you would have to spend to get it. Now, I know we all have the internet at our fingertips, but these guys are professionals; and know a lot more places to check that you may not know exist.

So why should you go check out this location?

-SEE ABOVE

 

  • BRETT PRESCOTT
  • 8/15/2013

 

8 EYES

 

 

PRICE = $10.00

PLAYERS = 1
Taxan brings us 8 eyes!
CONTROL MAN AND BIRD IN A FIGHT FOR THE EIGHT JEWELS OF POWER!
‘After hundreds of years of chaos, mankind has finally emerged from the ruins of nuclear war. This world of the distant future has once again fluorished (this mis-spell is on the box) under the guidance of the Great King, who harnessed the power of the 8 Eyes to rebuild the planet.
These strange jewels of power were formed at the eyes, or centers, of the eight nuclear explosions which nearly destroyed the Earth. In the wrong hands, the 8 Eyes could cause untold destruction… And now, they have been seized by the Great King’s eight dukes, in a desperate bid to gain control of the world for themselves. They have banished the King to the nuclear wastelands, and already their squabbling threatens to plunge the world into war once again!
The task of retrieving the 8 Eyes falls to you, Orin the Falconer, the bravest and mightiest of the King’s Guardsmen. With your fighting falcon, Cutrus, you must penetrate each of the Dukes’ castles. There you will face the Dukes’ soldiers, and battle strange nuclear mutants such as living skeletons, giant wasps, and mud men. You must defeat the monstrous boss of each castle to retrieve the Jewel of Power he guards.
Then, to complete your quest, return the 8 Eyes to the Alter of Peace to await the return of the Great King, so that he may finish the rebuilding of Earth. Your reward will be the eternal gratitude of all Mankind!!! “
HOW DOES THE GAME LIVE UP TO IT’S EXPLANATION/BOX ART? (10/10)
The cover of this game screams, “I AM AMAZING!!!” , and after taking a look at the game photos on the back, it looks a lot like Castlevania II. Which definitely isn’t a bad thing. After you’ve read or skimmed the ridiculously long story line of the back of the box. This game sounds pretty promising. Nuclear holocaust monsters! Sounds pretty awesome.
I’m taking this one home for sure.
HOW IS THE GAME PLAY? (8/10)
 
Well to start up the game, it has a sort of Mega Man style selection screen. I get to choose the level I want to go to. I always enjoy testing out the levels before I just get surprised by the next one. So that is pretty awesome. I’m gonna start with the one it suggests and see what this game is about.
The first stage boots up and it looks just like a Castlevania hack. Is this a bad thing? NO WAY! I LOVE CASTLEVANIA!! but after about 5 minutes of play, going up the stairs in this title is exactly like castlevania and almost nothing like it at all. Enemies constantly at the top end of the steps that your head peaks and…. WHOP.. taking hits. But, That isn’t as annoying as why this door wont’ open.. Wait a minute… this bird goes out and attacks? AWESOME! That explains my double health bar at the top of the screen!!
So, after that brief opening description. This title like almost everything has it’s pitfall bullcrap you have to deal with, and the slight perfect timing adjustments that are always annoying.. But, plays pretty well.
Huge bummer area.. Enemies can take A LOT of hits, before they die. Nothing Fester’s Quest like.. but geez.
 
HOW DOES THE GAME LIVE UP TO IT’S GENRE? (9/10)
 
As far as good platformers go. There aren’t a lot of them, but there sure are a lot of them.. If you know what I mean. There aren’t a ton of CastleVania style games on the NES, other than hack versions done by fans. Which there are a ton!! But this game was a real release. And if you paid a lot of attention/ played a lot of CastleVania Symphony of the night. Orin and Cutrus are an actual enemy! What? Was this Konami saying.. “hahaha our game is and always will be better!” ? I think so, there aren’t any 8 Eyes sequels that I’m aware of. But, I did once get tricked into thinking there was, but it was actually an ANIME based of a series that was translated wrong. Oh well.
This game is extremely difficult, but as a platformer in this style goes. There aren’t many of them, and this one does a pretty good job of adding an extra element with Cutrus.
 
 
THE ‘GAME OVER’ ALL? (90%)
 
This wasn’t a game that I frequented as a child, nor would I now, with Castlevania already giving me the best of the best. But, if you want something a little different and still in this neighborhood, 8 Eyes is definitely worth biting your nails and cursing over. Believe me, There are a lot of attempts at coming this close to a Castlevania title, but 8 Eyes does a pretty close 2nd for NES titles.
Check it out if you are a big CV fan. If not, check it out anyways. Test your skills you say you have. This one will get you thinking twice about your abilities.
 
arbitrary credit for gore and nudity = 0
-Felix “the Brett” Prescott