A Casual Look At.. Gradius (PC Engine)

A Casual Look At.. Gradius (PC Engine)

The pioneering shoot 'em up, Gradius, was a hit in arcades. It would later find further success on the Nintendo Entertainment System in both the United States and Japan (where the system was known as the Famicom). Unbeknownst to some, this classic shooter was also brought home to the PC Engine platform--although this time, exclusively in Japan. 

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A Casual Look At.. Salamander (PC Engine)

A Casual Look At.. Salamander (PC Engine)

The classic NES shooter, Life Force, actually originated in Japanese arcades where it was first known as "Salamander". While we in the United States received the home version most here are familiar with, the Japanese also received a direct port of the arcade game Life Force was based on, to the NEC PC Engine system. 

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A Casual Look At.. Fantasy Zone (PC Engine)

A Casual Look At.. Fantasy Zone (PC Engine)

Fantasy Zone was an arcade game released by SEGA halfway through the 1980s. It took familiar concepts as seen in prior arcade classics such as Defender and Stargate, but it added enough of its own to make it feel like something fresh and new all together. Here we have the PC Engine (Turbo Grafx-16 in the US) version. Let's take a look and see how it is! 

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A Casual Look At.. After Burner II (PC Engine)

Did you know that many of SEGA's arcade games made it to their competitors' platforms of the day? One such platform is the Turbo Grafx-16/PC Engine, and one of these games is After Burner II. However, this one in particular (unlike Space Harrier and Fantasy Zone), never made its way outside of Japan on this specific platform. Which is a shame, because as you will see, it's an excellent conversion, and probably one of the best that NEC Avenue did during this time period. Anyway, let's take a look! 

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A Casual Look At.. Strike Gunner S.T.G. (Super Nintendo)

The SNES received a nice handful of shoot 'em ups in its lifespan, but surprisingly, it lacked in arcade ports compared to its main competitors of the time. Here we have one of those ports, however--a relatively obscure game, Strike Gunner S.T.G. Should you check into this one? Watch to find out! 

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A Casual Look At.. SoulTrap (Windows)

If there's one thing the '90s will likely forever be notorious for, it's the somewhat awkward, early three-dimensional platformers, most of which had yet to find their matured niche. Here we have SouTtrap, a PC-exclusive that falls square into that category. Is this an early polygonal experiment best left in the past? Sit down, grab a drink, and tag along with me as I play a bit of--and give my thoughts on--this relatively unknown PC title: 

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A Casual Look At.. Wolfenstein 3D (3DO)

Wolfenstein 3D for the PC was a groundbreaking game, and a pioneer in the sea of First Person Shooter games that would eventually come. The game also received several home console ports of its own, one being the incredible 3DO conversion. Here I take a look at it, give my opinions, and speak my mind as I play it at the same time. Enjoy! 

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A Casual Look At.. Vice: Project Doom (Nintendo)

When Ninja Gaiden became the hit it was, one would have expected dozens of obvious clones to hit the market. Surprisingly, very few clearly ripped on that success. One game did, however--VICE Project Doom. Even more surprisingly, it is actually pretty good! In this video, I sit down with it, describe how it works, and speak my thoughts about it, while playing simultaneously. 

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A Casual Look At.. Ghosts 'N Goblins (Nintendo)

Welcome to the first in a new series of videos at IMPLANTgames, dubbed, "A Casual Look At". In actuality, I have been doing these on YouTube for quite some time, but as of now, various episodes will also be featured here (Thanks, Kris!). What are these "A Casual Look At" videos, you ask? Well, they are essentially what I like to call "casual reviews."

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