No reason not to do this if you remember wasting your weekends away at the local arcade.
Continued from Part One…
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time (1991, Konami)
I had never played this game (or at least I don’t remember playing it) until 2006 over Thanksgiving while visiting relatives on the woman’s side. We were in a VERY tiny town further north in Michigan and we went to their rundown theater (the only in town) down on Main Street and watched Happy Feet, but in the lobby (which also doubled as an ice cream parlor!) was this beauty staring at me. We had time to kill, so I knew I had to play it. It was as if meeting my fiancee was all part of a greater plan which would climax with me coming face to face with this arcade machine.
I played it and had a blast, just like I did with the original TMNT arcade game. I never played the SNES port though. TiT (hehe) is just as good as and maybe even better than the original.
Arcade – Arcade (1993, Epic Records)
1. “Dancin’ With The Angels” … 4:09
2. “Nothin’ To Lose” … 4:38
3. “Calm Before The Storm” … 4:08
4. “Cry No More” … 5:34
5. “Screamin’ S.O.S.” … 3:37
6. “Never Goin’ Home” … 3:41
7. “Messed Up World” … 3:57
8. “All Shook Up” … 3:38
9. “So Good… So Bad…” … 4:39
10. “Livin’ Dangerously” … 3:13
11. “Sons And Daughters” … 1:53
12. “Mother Blues” … 3:11
Stephen Pearcy – Vocals, Guitar, Backing Vocals
Frankie Wilsex – Guitar
Donny Syracuse – Guitar
Michael Andrews – Bass
Fred Coury – Drums, Backing Vocals
Produced by: David Prater
Arcade was one of the last great pop metal acts. Unfortunately, they arrived just a few years too late to really make an impact because grunge & alternative rock already had crashed the charts by the time this album was released in the Spring of ’93.
It really is a great record and one of the best examples of the genre, I think. Stephen Pearcy (Ratt) recruited Cinderella’s Fred Coury alongside a few other players to put out an album that sounds like a more melodic version of Ratt. If this had been released in ’89 or ’90, quite a number of these songs could’ve been huge hits.
A follow-up was released in ’94, that time it was a little more in-step with the current musical climate. In 2006, Pearcy announced his intentions to revive the band, but ended up rejoining Ratt instead.
Highlights: “Dancin’ With The Angels”, “Nothin’ To Lose”, “Calm Before The Storm”, “Cry No More”, “Screamin’ S.O.S.”, “Never Goin’ Home”, “So Good… So Bad…”
I was checking out a list of arcade games a few months back and discovered this little ditty: Avengers In Galactic Storm from Data East. The game was released in 1995 and it’s soooo obvious because (get this) the playable characters are: Captain America, Black Knight, Thunderstrike, and Crystal. Um… Yep. The 90s were a bad time for everyone, especially comics and especially the Avengers as this motley crew is straight outta the brown bomber jacket era of the Avengers. Black Knight, Thunderstrike, and Crystal bring me visions of foil-stamped covers. *shudders*
So the game is a 3D fighting game. And the graphics are really bad. Well, maybe they were okay for 1995, but I still say they’re pretty laughable. The game just looks cheaps and I can’t imagine it was any kind of hit because I don’t even remember it from my days at the Dream Machine arcade. Perhaps if it was a little bit better and successful, Data East would still be in business and we’d be getting the latest installment of Avengers vs. Fighter’s History on the 360 and PS3. Anyway, there’s the Versus Mode and the Story Mode, loosely based the Operation: Galactic Storm story from the comics, so we’re stuck fighting people like Dr. Minerva and Korath.
I’m perplexed as to who pitched an Operation: Galactic Storm game. You’re going to use *these* Avengers and base a fighting game on Operation: Galactic Storm? Really? First off, if you’re going to make an Avengers game, don’t base it off a storyline where all the characters involved suck. Data East should’ve given us the classic Avengers by taking a page from their 1991 side-scroller beat’em Captain American and the Avengers. To rub more salt in the wound by having to play as Avengers b-listers, Avengers mainstays such as Iron Man, Thor, Giant Man/Goliath/Ant-Man/Yellowjacket, and Vision *do* appear, but only as back-up that you can only call in for a special attack once you’re powered up enough. How’bout just making the brown bomber brigade the assist characters? And where the flip is Hawkeye ?! Where are villains like Red Skull, Dr. Doom, Kang or the Masters of Evil?
Vision stands, er… floats proud while a victorious Thunderstrikes strikes a pose above the fallen Cap.
One of the games greatest moments– Giant-Man lends a hand!
The final verdict? Just stick with Captain America and the Avengers.