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How To Blow Something AND Someone Up

Good morning Leaguers and my loyal Painkillers, and welcome to another Grab A Buddy Monday. Today, I have something good for you, cause you won’t be grabbing just one buddy, instead you will be grabbing three. With that being said, you probably already know what system I’ll be telling you to hook up later. For now, did you ever want to be a cute, yet very destructive person? If so, well now is your chance. So let’s get the ball rolling. Grab your buddies, hook up your Nintendo 64, and it’s time to play some BomberMan 64.

Normally this is where I will tell you about the single player part of the game, but I’m not going to do that this time. It’s not that I don’t like the single player mode, it’s a great game. My issue is, you are playing a platform game, and you can’t jump or swim, so I rather just stick with the multi player mode. The one thing that I will say is that there are gold cards to collect, and they unlock different maps to play in the multi player mode.

In the multi player mode you choose which BomberMan you want to be. They are all the same sprite, just different color palettes. Once the game starts, you and your buddies try to blow each other up, until there is one left standing to win the round. First player to win three rounds, wins the game. In the game you can pick up, throw, and kick bombs at your opponents. In previous games you needed powerups you do those things, so it’s refreshing that you don’t need them to do that this time around. Speaking of powerups, you can find them, by blowing up parts of the environment on the map. Powerups are usually hearts to take more that one hit, bombs that allows you to drop more than one bomb at a time, and a flame that allows you explosions to be larger. Another cool feature is that you can pump up your bombs. This allows you to make your bomb bigger before you drop or throw it. The thing is, once your pumped up bomb hits the ground, it can not be picked up or kicked, so make sure that you are certain where you want this bomb to go.

This is a very fun game, single and multi player mode. If you can’t find a copy for the N64, or an emulator copy, there should be one up on the Nintendo store. Find yourself a copy and enjoy. Until next time Painkillers!

 

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Road Rage At Its Finest

Good morning Leaguers and my loyal Painkillers, and welcome to another addition of Grab a Buddy Monday. For today’s game, it’s time to let out some of that pent up anger that you and your buddy have for one another. Did you ever want to pull out a club or a chain, and use it to knock your friend off a speeding motorcycle? If so, then I have the perfect game for you. So it’s time to grab your buddy, hook up your Genesis, and it’s time to play Road Rash 2.

Some of you might be asking, “Why the hell is Captain Pain doing the second game in the series? He normally does the first game!”, and you are all correct for asking that. Yes I would normally do the first game, but this game has the better two player mode, and that is important to me when reviewing games for GABM, especially since that’s kind of the gimmick. In the original Road Rash, the two player mode was some turn base nonsense, that you would find in something like Super Mario Bros. That doesn’t seem suitable for a racing game, where the players want to race against each other. In the sequel, it’s split screen, and you’re allowed to play at the same time. Now back to Road Rash 2

The game came out for the Sega Genesis in 1992, and was developed by Electronic Arts, you know, back in the day when they made good games that weren’t trying to nickle and dime you with microtranactions and loot boxes. Then again, if that stuff was around back then, I wouldn’t be surprised if people would spend $1.99 a pop to try to get a pair of nunchucks or some other cool weapon. Anyway, unlike in the first game where you only race in California, this game allows you to race in Alaska, Hawaii, Tennessee, Arizona, and Vermont. There are also 15 different motorcycles to choose from.

In split screen mode, the mode that we care about, you and your buddy can race against other AI racers, or just go one on one against each other. Either way, besides battling your buddy and possibly other racers, you still have deal with traffic, and the police. Yeah just like real life, the police have an issue with speeding, and beating people with bats and other weapons to try to knock each other off bikes going 100+ mph. So yeah this game is loads of fun. Most of the end race animations are funny as hell, and try not to get knocked off your bike, it might cost you. I’d you like this game, then you should definitely check out the third one.

 

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Its Time To Get Twisted!

Good morning Painkillers, Leaguers, and new comers, welcome to another addition of Grab a buddy Monday. Today, I felt that we should dive into another classic franchise. Just like the Darkstalkers series, this series has a bunch of games that have come out over the years, and I’m hoping that another one comes out in the near future. With that being said, it’s time to grab your buddy, hook up your PlayStation one, and let’s play some Twisted Metal.

So a little backstory, this game takes place in Los Angeles in the year 2005, and we all remember how fucked up LA was back in 2005. This is the tenth annual running of the Twisted Metal Tournament. The man behind the tournament, Calypso, found 12 contestants, to fight it out in a vehicular battle to the death. The winner will have a wish granted by Calypso, no matter how big, small, or even out of this world. Let’s meet the contestants.

First there is is Captain Spears, and his car Road Kill. He lost his unit in a war, and his wish is save them from an ambush. Up next we have Mike and Dave, in their monster truck Hammerhead. Like most wannabe rockers, their wish is to score some babes. Contestant number three is Scott Campbell, and his sport car Spectre. Campbell is a restless spirit, and is hoping to win the tournament to become whole again. Number four, we have a man and a motorcycle with the same name, Mr. Grimm. He is the Grimm Reaper, and if he wins, he is coming for Calypso’s soul. Up next number five is Commander Mason, and his vehicle Warthog. He is hoping to win, so he can get a recording that proves that aliens exist. Half way through the list, at number 6, we have Agent Amanda X, AKA Angela Fortin, and her car Pit Viper. She claims that she has been paid $1,000,000, by the people of Los Angeles to kill Calypso.

Now, contestant number seven, we have a man that goes by the name of Agent Stone, and his car Crimson Fury. It seems that Stone is also here to proves that aliens exist as well. Up next at number eight, we have Bruce Cochrane, and his low rider, Thumper. He is here, to end all the violence in his hometown of Los Angeles. Contestant number nine is, Sargent Carl Roberts, and his police cruiser Outlaw. His wish is to end the Twisted Metal Tournament once and for all. At number ten, we have Mr. Ash, and his Semi truck, Darkside. It’s unknown why brings Mr Ash into the tournament. At number 11, we have cab driver Charlie Kane, and his cab Yellow Jacket. He is here to find out what happened to his son, that disappeared 20 years ago. Finally, the last contestant, who is probably the most recognizable character in the franchise, Needles Kane, and his ice cream truck, Sweet Tooth. This murderous psychopath is here for one thing, to rescue his best friend.

The story mode of the game is a bit short, you can beat the game with one contestant within an hour. I guess that it is done that way, so you can go back and beat the game with every contestant, to see everyone endings. The selling point of this game is the multi player, and that’s why we are here. You and your buddy will have fun playing through all of the characters and levels, seeing which levels you like the best, and what character fits you style of play the most, since every vehicle has their own unique weapons, special attacks, armor and speed. If you enjoy this game, you should definitely try to get your hands on some of the sequels. Until next time Painkillers!

 

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They All Come Out At Night

Welcome back to another Monday, which means it’s time to grab a buddy, and have have some fun. With this addition, we will be diving into a fight game series that I love. Now when we talk about fighting games, the most common names come up, such as Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat, then games such as Tekken and Soul Caliber might come up. Unfortunately, one fighting series, with some memorable characters, and had a game come out a few years ago, doesn’t get the love that it deserves. So you guys know the drill, grab your buddy, hook up your PS1, because it is time to play Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors.

This game first hit arcades back in 1994, and I remember helping my mom down to the nearby laundry mat, just because it had this game there. So when it came out for the PlayStation two years later, it was a must have for me. Darkstalkers was created by Capcom, so it uses a lot of the fighting mechanics found in Street Fighter Two, and it adds new things such as, chain combos, air blocking, and crouch walking. Like most fighting games, this game has an odd storyline, that doesn’t makes sense, but we let it slide, cause the game is good. The story goes that an alien has come to devour the Earth, and the characters that I’m about to take about are the Earth’s last line of defense to save mankind. Why these guys are humanity’s last hope, I have no idea!

Anyway, let’s talk about what really makes this game stand out, the characters. You get to choose from ten playable monster characters. They are Anakaris, a 5,000 year old Egyptian mummy, Bishamon, the ghost samurai warrior, Demirti Maximoff, a powerful vampire, Felicia, a sexy cat-woman, Jon Talbin, an English werewolf, Lord Raptor, the ghoulish rockstar, Morrigan Aensland, a powerful succubus, and princess of the demon realm. You also have Rikuo the merman, Sasquatch, well duh he is a Bigfoot, and finally Victor Van Gerdenheim, who is basically Frankenstein’s monster. Now that you know who the characters are, I’ll asked you again, why do these guys care if humanity dies? If it was to save their own asses, that would make more sense.

Each character has their own unique level based on who they are, and where they are from. Not only that, they have their own combos and special attacks that are designed to them. The game is very fun, and you and your buddy will have fun playing against each other, or trying to beat the game, which mean beating the other two non playable characters. There are a few other Darkstalkers games out there for different systems, but if you are not familiar with the franchise, I suggest that you start off with this game to familiarize yourself with the characters. If you can’t find this game, it should be on the PlayStation Network. Enjoy and until next time Painkillers.

 

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Time to Kick It Old School!

Monday is here once again, ah shit! Yes, I know, I know, so today with all the recent talk about the 25th anniversary of Monday Night Raw coming in January, it seems like a good time to talk about some old school wrestling games. That’s right, you read that correctly, Captain Pain is giving you a Two For One Special. Now it’s time once again to grab your buddy, dust off your PS1, and let’s play some WWF Wrestlemania the arcade game, and WWF In Your House the arcade game.
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There Are No Rabbits in Baseball…

By the time this post drops, the World Series will either be over, or we will be getting ready for game 6 on Tuesday night. Either way, spring training is a ways away, but don’t worry, Captain Pain is here with a game to wipe away your winter blues. So once again, hook up the NES and grab a buddy, cause it’s time to play some Bad News Baseball!

This is a very simple and fun game to play. It doesn’t have the MLB licence, but the 12 teams that you can choose from, wear colors similar to MLB teams that they are from. ( The 12 teams are Boston, Atlanta, Detroit, Chicago, Minnesota, Los Angeles, Oakland, New York, Texas, St Louis, Toronto, and San Francisco.) The rosters are made up of imaginary kids. There is a cool feature called girls mode, where it takes the 12 teams and changes the rosters to all girl teams. Unfortunately, there is a trick to get into girls mode (hold down and left on controller 1 and hold up on controller 2 and hit the reset button), and I don’t know how to do it on an emulator,or if it will work on there.

If you’ve played a baseball games on the NES, Bad News Baseball plays just about the same as the other, but what makes this stand out are the animations, and the fact that the umpires are pink rabbits. They put on some good details into the animations showing the frustration of the batter striking out, and banging the bat on the ground, the pain showed by the batter when they get hit by a pitch, and the cut scenes to show plays at the bases were really good as well. It was always funny making an out, and seeing the base runner suddenly laying on the ground, and seeing stars floating around their head, as if you literally knocked them out. This also happened to the basemen as well, if they didn’t catch the incoming throw, and I guess it hit them in the head, and knocked them out for a few seconds. Hitting an home run, also gave some good animations to watch, but I always wondered who that guy was sleeping in the dugout, and why the hell is Mr T at the end of the high five line?

From my experience playing this game with either a friend or a family member, every game went exactly the same way. One player would be dominated the first few innings, and the other player would then either make a complete comeback, or blow it due to some silly play at the plate, or just completely missing the ball altogether. If you have played this game, and had a similar experience playing with a friend, or a completely different experience, let me know in the comments. For those of you that have never played this game, do yourself a favor, get your hands on a copy, and play ball!

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