Now Playing: November 2014

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If you haven’t been paying attention in the last month, then you missed out on my adventures of #RatchetNov. It was a month where I played three previously unplayed Ratchet & Clank games. Well don’t fear because you can still read my thoughts on those games. I covered Ratchet: Deadlocked on PlayStation 2 and Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction and Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest For Booty on PlayStation 3.

The other two games I played I’ve yet to mention are the 1990 Batman arcade game by Atari Games based on the 1989 movie of the same name and the Konami arcade beat-’em-up Crime Fighters. Either are all that good, but at least the Batman game has the licensed property thing going for it.

Other than the Batman license, the game itself isn’t all that exciting. It is entertaining in that it roughly follows the progression of the movie. When fighting the Joker you don’t hurt him as much as push him back. This is done to knock him into the vat of acid on the second stage and, once you get a load of him, to have him fall off of the cathedral.

Crime Fighters was an early attempt by Konami to improve their beat-’em-up titles. This one wasn’t what you’d call a success. It’s a pretty frustrating game to play even once you get a handle on it. The consistent ticking down of your health over time doesn’t make things better. Luckily that same year, 1989, saw the release of a much better 4-player beat-’em-up in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

That’s all for now. Make sure to catch me on the audio side of things in a new episode of the Hart & Usagi Podcast on December 1st and then again on December 8th for Space Suplex.

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