Archive for December 26th, 2010

Bio F.R.E.A.K.S. (Rom)

Sunday, December 26th, 2010

Bio F.R.E.A.K.S. is a 3D fighting game released by Midway in 1998. It saw a limited release in arcades and was later released for the PlayStation, Nintendo 64 and PC.

The game uses a fully polygonal fighting engine, with 8 different fighters, and 2 boss fighters. It sets itself apart from the majority of fighting games by not locking the players down to a 2D plane of combat, allowing the players to move in full 3D including flying into the air for short periods. This allows you to move to higher levels in the arenas, of which there are 10, though only 9 are selectable in Vs. modes. Some of the arenas also have traps which can damage the characters or even kill them immediately.

Bio F.R.E.A.K.S. uses a mix of hand-to-hand and long range combat. Each character has an assortment of special attacks, both close and long range, as well as ‘finishing attacks’. Much like the Fatalities of the Mortal Kombat games these moves can execute your opponents while some, like in Time Killers, will remove limbs. Also damage from powerful attacks can add up causing a limb to be destroyed as well.

Big Mountain 2000 (Rom)

Sunday, December 26th, 2010

Big Mountain 2000, developed by Imagineer and published by SouthPeak Interactive is a skiing and snowboarding racing game released for the Nintendo 64 in 2000.

Big Mountain 2000 puts the player in control of a racer using either snowboard or skis. There are three different modes to choose from: time attack, multi-player (two players maximum) and championship. The player can design custom gear, including equipment, and clothing.

As the player advances through the game, experience is gained and new levels can be unlocked. Instant replay allows the player to watch an older run-through on a level. The player is given a stamina meter with longer time intervals between falling and getting up each time the racer falls over. There are six characters of wildly varying skill levels to choose from.

Beetle Adventure Racing! (Rom)

Sunday, December 26th, 2010

Beetle Adventure Racing is a racing game released for the Nintendo 64 developed by Paradigm Entertainment. This is a different kind of racing game as all of the vehicles are Volkswagen New Beetles, which were released the previous year.

Paradigm Entertainment, which previously worked on flight-based Pilotwings 64 and AeroFighters Assault on the N64, was able to get heretofore unseen draw distances on the N64.

The game was released in Australia as HSV Adventure Racing. This version replaced the Beetles with the Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) brand of Australia performance cars.

Beast Wars Transmetals (Rom)

Sunday, December 26th, 2010

Transformers: Beast Wars Transmetals is a 1999 versus styled fighting game based on the Beast Wars Transformers cartoon series and toy-line for the Nintendo 64 and PlayStation. The Nintendo 64 version was a Blockbuster Video exclusive and was only initially available for rental.

The Nintendo 64 version of the game was known as Transformers: Beast Wars Metals 64 (ビーストウォーズメタルス64?) in Japan and was compatible with the Japanese only Game Boy Color fighting game Ketō Transformers Beast Wars: Beast Senshi Saikyō Ketteisen through the Transfer Pak. The 64 version contains several mini-games and ending scenes for all characters. The game also had Waspinator, Airazor, Terrorsaur, and Starscream as exclusive characters.

The PlayStation version of the game was known as Transformers Beast Wars Metals: Gekitotsu! Gangan Battle (ビーストウォーズメタルス 激突!ガンガンバトル?) in Japan. It only had two endings depending on if the character was a Maximal or Predacon. It also had Silverbolt, Quickstrike, Rampage, and Windrazor as exclusive characters.