When Insomniac Games announced that they were done with Spyro The Dragon at the start of the millennium, their fans (myself included) eagerly anticipated the results of their next project. The eventual outcome was a new platforming duo, Ratchet & Clank, who continued Insomniac’s great run of form and became part of a trio of mascots (alongside Jak & Daxter and Sly Cooper) who would keep the platforming genre alive on the Playstation 2. With the recent release of the original trilogy of PS2 games in high definition for the PS3, I went back to play the original three to see how they have held up over time. Continue reading Ratchet & Clank, Going Commando & Up Your Arsenal Collected Review
CONKER’S BAD FUR DAY (2001) – RARE
Conkers’ Bad Fur Day is a very rare game in several respects. First of all, it was the last game made by Rare (a tenuous link I know) for a Nintendo console for quite some time, before Microsoft bough the studio in 2002. Second; it is rare in the respect that it was one of only two games to have an enhanced 64MB cartridge for the N64, the other game being Resident Evil 2. Third, it’s a rare game: if you want an original copy you could be looking in excess of £50 for the privilege. Finally though, and most importantly, it’s a rare game in the sense that it manages to be hilariously funny and crude in a way that not many games since, the Grand Theft Auto series included, have ever come close to being.
Conker himself made his debut in a rather low-key role as a character available to race with in Diddy Kong Racing, another Rare title. This game was in production for four years and was meant to be a cutesy platformer (following on from the success of Rare’s Super Mario 64 clone, Banjo Kazooie), but at the last moment Rare decided to go back to the drawing board and in the end produced a cutesy platformer…albeit now with swearing, gore, drunken behaviour and adult themes thrown into the mix. Many adults bought this game for their children to play and were greatly shocked methinks when they saw the content on display; despite it saying on the box and the loading screens that this was a mature title and not meant for children (a rarity in itself for the family friendly N64). The game sold poorly on release due to Nintendo not advertising it properly, and as a result it was passed over by many. But that doesn’t mean you should ignore it now, because behind the profanity and blood lies one of the N64’s great titles. Continue reading All Hail King Conker – Conker’s Bad Fur Day Review