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  1. #11
    Splatterhouse for me, I have the PCB of this and the original flyer. One that will come to the grave with me

  2. #12
    I think out of the four I got the most enjoyment out of Smash TV. NARC is gash in my opinion. And Splatterhouse, although I like it and played the hell out of the PCE version back in time, I kind of can't be bothered with its plodding nature now. Don't think I ever played total carnage.

  3. #13
    Smash TV. Even though I've only ever played the SNES version which I'm guessing was heavily sanitised.

  4. #14
    Smash TV for me too, and another one who only played the SNES ver. Cracking game ... loads of fun and a great Running Man vibe.

    Gore isn't normally a draw for me in gaming but Manhunt is one of the best games I've ever played. It wasn't remotely on my radar but a friend showed me it round his house, an early level in a closed down zoo iirc. The bit I played I got chased and hid in a shadow, first getting stalked and then doing the stalking myself, feeling like I was in The Warriors. I was sold after 15 mins. It's even more impressive that the game shifts focus throughout, offering up different gameplay experiences. And is there a better line in a game than (paraphrasing) 'a bigot is guarding the gate'

  5. #15
    Quote Originally Posted by Baseley09 View Post
    Splatterhouse man, loved it in the arcade and got it with my first PC Engine as a nipper, still playing it now it's classical of history.
    I didn't have a PC Engine in 1990, so I really missed out on getting Splatterhouse and showing it off to my friends. Thinking back - I should have pestered my parents for a PCE and Splatterhouse.

    I think it would have worked great on the Amiga. It's very strange that no British publisher picked it up.

    Quote Originally Posted by garrz32 View Post
    Splatterhouse for me, I have the PCB of this and the original flyer. One that will come to the grave with me
    I'd be worried that the PCB might be possessed with evil spirits. The flyer is also great.


    Quote Originally Posted by Colin View Post
    INARC is gash in my opinion.


    The arcade machine was really impressive, but it didn't get good home ports. Playing the game years later on MAME, I thought it's quite a fun game for a quick blast, but gets repetitive quite quickly. I'd definitely buy the proper NARC arcade cab if I had a mansion full of coin-ops.

    Quote Originally Posted by teddymeow View Post
    Smash TV. Even though I've only ever played the SNES version which I'm guessing was heavily sanitised.
    The SNES version is great, but lacks some of the gore. Total Carnage is also censored to some degree.

    I remember really loving the SNES version back in the day - it worked brilliantly with the SNES joypad.


    Quote Originally Posted by Atticus View Post
    Smash TV for me too, and another one who only played the SNES ver. Cracking game ... loads of fun and a great Running Man vibe.
    Yeah, it was influenced by The Running Man. It captured that sort of vibe perfectly. The SNES version is top quality in all departments.
    Last edited by Leon Retro; 30-07-2018 at 09:46 PM.

  6. #16
    I like Smash TV best of those games. No contest at all.

    I wonder how successful Mortal Kombat would have been without the gore. Much less so, I suspect.

  7. #17
    Quote Originally Posted by Atticus View Post
    Smash TV for me too, and another one who only played the SNES ver. Cracking game ... loads of fun and a great Running Man vibe.
    That wasn't an accident, the designers were heavily influenced by movies of the time, and the Smash TV host says "I'd buy that for a dollar!" from Robocop.

    As you play, you're told that if enough keys are collected, players can access a bonus level called the Pleasure Dome.
    However, the arcade game shipped without the Pleasure Dome bonus level implemented, although there was text mentioning it in the game. The design team had not been sure that players would actually get to the end of the game, but players did finish the game and after arcade operators informed Williams of player complaints of being unable to finish it, the company sent out a new revision that included the Pleasure Dome level a single room filled with hundreds of girls for players to "collect".

    https://www.polygon.com/features/201...nfusing-ending



    Quote Originally Posted by Atticus View Post
    Gore isn't normally a draw for me in gaming but Manhunt is one of the best games I've ever played. It wasn't remotely on my radar but a friend showed me it round his house, an early level in a closed down zoo iirc. The bit I played I got chased and hid in a shadow, first getting stalked and then doing the stalking myself, feeling like I was in The Warriors. I was sold after 15 mins. It's even more impressive that the game shifts focus throughout, offering up different gameplay experiences. And is there a better line in a game than (paraphrasing) 'a bigot is guarding the gate'
    Manhunt is amazing and I keep meaning to replay it on my BC PS3.
    Those first few levels are so tense! The gore is a bit superfluous, tbh, because the game itself is really engaging. I guess it's all part of it as the host pushes you on. It's also the game that captures that 80s vibe like The Warriors, as you say, or a John Carpenter film.

    PS2 is definitely retro, Leon! Hint, hint.

    Quote Originally Posted by Leon Retro View Post
    I don't remember it being a common game in arcades, but when I did see it, I always had a go on it. My best mate loved gory stuff, so would always mention Splatterhouse and how he wished he had a home version.

    I remember it having sad ending. But some people say it shows the protagonist is actually a bad guy.
    Weird, it seemed to be everywhere in my youth!

    The plot is weird, ranging from he's a psycho chasing his victim, to school kids going to the mansion for a school project to them hiding from a storm. The girlfriend is kidnapped and Jason Rick is fused with the "Terror Mask", or in some versions, the "Hell Mask", a Mayan sacrificial artefact which is capable of sentient thought that looks like Jason Voorhees' hockey mask from Friday The 13th (Part III onwards, fact fans).

    When you rescue your girlfriend, she turns to a monster and Rick has to kill her and she returns to her normal self. Rick then goes on to fight the final boss. The sequel sees Jason Rick going back to the mansion to try and revive her. By part three they're getting married and getting a mansion of their own. Which gets invaded by monsters. Or something.

    Quote Originally Posted by Leon Retro View Post


    The arcade machine was really impressive, but it didn't get good home ports. Playing the game years later on MAME, I thought it's quite a fun game for a quick blast, but gets repetitive quite quickly. I'd definitely buy the proper NARC arcade cab if I had a mansion full of coin-ops.
    .
    NARC and Smash TV are excellent examples of an arcade experience.

    They have these big, brash cabs with bright lights and deafening speakers to lure you in. The gore and the graphics were also impressive for the time.
    Who wouldn't want to play Max Force and Hit Man a pair of twin-uzi toting Narcotics cops, blasting in on their heavily armed, bright red Porsche blaring loud rock music and blastin' drug dealers into smithereens with rocket launchers?!


  8. #18
    Quote Originally Posted by QualityChimp View Post

    PS2 is definitely retro, Leon! Hint, hint.
    It's obviously an "old" machine, but still doesn't feel "retro" enough for me. I will probably start putting PS2 games in my Retro Arena threads in a few years. I still enjoy talking about 8 & 16-bit, with a bit of 32-bit thrown into the mix. When I start feeling a bit bored of talking about 80s & 90s gaming, I'll move on to post-2000 stuff. Probably when the PS2 is 20 years old.



    Quote Originally Posted by QualityChimp View Post


    NARC and Smash TV are excellent examples of an arcade experience.

    They have these big, brash cabs with bright lights and deafening speakers to lure you in. The gore and the graphics were also impressive for the time.
    Who wouldn't want to play Max Force and Hit Man a pair of twin-uzi toting Narcotics cops, blasting in on their heavily armed, bright red Porsche blaring loud rock music and blastin' drug dealers into smithereens with rocket launchers?!
    I remember when I first saw the NARC cab and being amazed at the loud boom box sort of speakers built into it. It was such an in-ya-face machine that compelled you to play the game. The actual game looked really good, and played well for its time. It really was crazy how over the top the gore and overall design was.
    Last edited by Leon Retro; 01-08-2018 at 07:48 AM.

  9. #19
    Fair play! I'm loving the arcade stuff, so it's Kool and the Gang.

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