Zillion

Zillion - Sega Master System

By: Tatsunoko Productions Genre: Arcade Adventure Players: 1 Difficulty: Easy-Medium
Featured Version: Sega Master System
Also Available For: Nothing

Zillion - Sega Master System

Zillion

I think it must be an indication of my gaming preferences and heritage that I’ve seldom been able to ‘get’ some of the most popular computer games that were doing the rounds during the 80’s. A great example of that is Impossible Mission – a supremely popular game, mainly on the C64 which I never owned admittedly, but I did later buy a copy of it for Sega’s splendid Master System. I found it an enjoyable, though very difficult game, but the puzzle elements caused me great confusion and in the end I’m ashamed to say I gave up on it. If only there was a similar game but with less puzzley puzzle bits… Before long I discovered that there was – Zillion – an unusual title even now in that it isn’t an arcade conversion and is exclusive to the MS which meant that not many people had the opportunity to play it. In the opposite scenario to which I usually find myself, however, I did have such an opportunity and I enthusiastically took advantage of it.

Zillion - Sega Master System

Like many Japanese games, this one is based on an anime series, albeit a shortish and relatively unknown one, even in Japan. Both the anime and the game star a fellow called JJ who is a member of the medieval-sounding White Knights, a peacekeeping force who are out to destroy the evil Noza Empire’s base which is located on the 50’s sci-fi-sounding ‘Planet X’. At the start of the game, the White Knight’s mothership has just landed on Planet X leaving JJ to infiltrate the underground base, rescue two captured comrades, and set the base’s mainframe computer to self-destruct. Sounds simple enough! After a short jog across the planet’s surface, JJ descends into the complex via a mysteriously-unguarded lift. From here he can make his way anywhere he wants really. The lift shaft and corridors lead to numerous rooms, each a single-screen in size. These usually contain various traps, some capsules, a computer terminal, and often a door to another similar room which will be locked.

Zillion - Sega Master System

JJ is less agile than the C64’s most famous secret agent but he can still jump around about the place (surprisingly high, too) and can also crawl along the ground. He packs a gun, too, which is used for destroying the sadly-infinite enemy guards who are found in pretty much every location – the planet’s surface, the lift corridors, and many (though not all) of the rooms themselves. Contact with their shots (though not the enemies themselves), or some of traps in the rooms, depletes JJ’s energy reserves, although he can get a ‘top up’ at any time by returning to the mothership. The gun is also needed for breaking open the capsules which contain power-up items including more energy, more powerful guns, goggles (which allow you to see some of the otherwise-invisible traps), ID cards (which are needed to access the computer terminals), and floppy disks which are needed to access the main computer.

Zillion - Sega Master System

More commonly found in the capsules, however, are code symbols. Each door has a four-symbol code but capsules only contain one so you need to bust open four in any given room, remember (or write down) the symbols, then re-enter them at the computer terminal. These capsules are, unsurprisingly, often protected by guards or traps which include energy-sapping barriers, conveyor-belt sections of floor, automated guns, mines, or trip-wires which trigger an influx of guards. The traps can all be turned off by entering a simple code in the terminals although, unlike entering door codes, you won’t get your ID card back so it’s best to work around the traps if possible. JJ is reasonable for this but, splendidly, you can also control your two kidnapped comrades once you’re rescued them. They include the awesomely-named Apple, a girlie who is predictably more agile than JJ and can jump higher but also takes more damage, and Champ, a bulky fellow who shrugs off enemy fire more easily than the other two but can’t leap around so well.

Zillion - Sega Master System

These two idiots also have their own energy reserves, so once you’ve rescued them you then basically have three lots of energy to get through the game with. Well, I suppose technically you have infinite energy if you can be bothered to go all the way back to the mothership every time you’re running low, but either way it makes Zillion a much easier and more accessible game than Impossible Mission, for me at least. That said, it can occasionally be rather unfair, as with the ‘unavoidable death loop’ I encountered. Contact with enemies or their fire knocks JJ (or whoever) backwards, you see, so if enemies are present very close to the point you enter one room and leave another, you can end up getting knocked backwards and forwards between them until you die. Boo hoo! Still, it only happened the once so far and the rest of the game is fairly accommodating despite some slightly iffy controls, mainly regarding the characters’ jumping abilities. Practise makes perfect though, although don’t expect to be able to play though the game quicker on subsequent runs – the door codes are randomly generated each time you play!

Zillion - Sega Master System

The presentation is of a high standard throughout the game and includes a few cut-scenes (including some girlie on the mothership crying if you die – unrequited love?) and the in-game graphics are quite good too. The sprites look a little weird to be honest (it looks like JJ has a blue face for one thing) and the way they shuffle along the ground is quite amusing. There’s a bit of flicker amongst the enemies when two or more are close together too, but there’s been a bit of effort to keep the nicely-detailed backgrounds a little more varied than I had expected. The audio is also good – there’s only one main tune but it’s a catchy one and the effects aren’t bad either which means that, all things considered, Zillion is pretty spiffy! It’s a pretty big game, spanning 136 screens I believe, and most of them are well-designed. You’ll need to return to some later (with a different character or more powerful gun, for example) and the sense of progress is keenly felt. Impossible Mission may well be an all-time great as far as most gamers are concerned, but my simple-mind would much rather tackle this lesser-known clone!

RKS Score: 8/10

High School of the Dead

 

highschool-of-the-dead

So, I was recommended this anime from a friend of mine and so far I have gotten to the 8th episode of the series. High school of the Dead is the story of a group of Japanese high school girls, two guys and the school nurse as they try to survive a zombie apocalypse.

I was recommended this anime for one reason originally, the T and A. If you watch the uncensored version you will pretty much everything a anime fanboi would want to see from huge animated breasts to pretty much all the female characters playing with each other in a shower scene, oh ya there are zombies too.

The story starts out fast like many zombie movies with the outbreak starting with someone being killed on the school grounds, but the male lead character soon finds out that it was no random murder and the dead are not staying dead. It was not to long until the entire school was in a panic and overrun with zombies.

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It took some time for the full cast to meet up as they were in different parts of the school, but once they did their overall goal was to get to safety and find out what was really going on. Now there is a story within all the zombie beat downs and boob and panty shots. Like many zombie movies the story is about how different people deal with the crisis they found themselves in. You can expect the military to be dicks and the cops being useless and people taking advantage to be the assholes they really are.

Honestly, besides the T and A which is nice, I am enjoying their take on a zombie outbreak and even the male characters are cool and interesting especially the chubby nerd turned gun freak. You can find the original Japanese version subtitled or the English dub version as well, but make sure you get the uncensored one, you will thank me later.

[youtube width=”600″ height=”480″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ydmmPjW0RQ[/youtube]

Cosplay: High School of the Dead

This week cosplayland is invaded by Zombies as we profile cosplay from the anime High School of the Dead.

 

 

 

 

Doraemon

 

Doraemon-Anime-1

Anime, or animation originating from Japan, has been around in one form or another since the early 20th century but it still took until the 1980’s to gain any sort of recognition in the West, and even then, in all that time there has still been a very small number of examples that have become successful outside of Japan. Younger fans seemed to be entranced by the likes of Pokemon, Dragonball Z, and Yu-Gi-Oh! while shows like Naruto, Cowboy Bebop, and Full Metal Alchemist have also proved very popular. Some movies too, such as Akira (which arguably kick-started the West’s interest in anime to start with) and more recently the stunning efforts from Studio Ghibli have become well known, with the latter even winning Oscars, but one of the most popular and enduring of all anime stars in Japan is pretty much unknown outside of the Far East.

Doraemon is a robotic cat who has travelled back in time from the 22nd century to help out schoolboy, Nobita Nobi. Who created him isn’t clear but he was sent back by Nobita’s great-great-grandson, for it seems that for one reason or another, Nobita’s life was fraught with misery and misfortune causing his descendants no end of problems. With that in mind, you might think it’d be easier to send back a sports almanac (chortle), or perhaps even some winning lottery numbers, but a robotic cat? It would have to be one ultra-special robotic cat or I’d be a bit peeved, personally! Luckily, Doraemon is not only special but magic too! He is equipped with the kind of common sense and moral values that Nobita apparently lacks and he uses his many and varied abilities to try and teach these qualities to him, although

Doraemon - Anime

Nobita is not only lacking in those but is also lazy and mischievous too, so it’s not always easy for Doraemon! Much of the help he provides comes from the magical 4th dimensional pocket in his chest from which he can pull all manner of objects and gadgets from the 22nd century, including the Bamboo Dragonfly (a head-mounted propeller that allows flight), the Anywhere Door (takes the user anywhere they wish), and the Time Machine itself. I sometimes wonder why Doraemon bothers though as Nobita generally ends up misusing his various gadgets and getting himself in even more trouble!

In fact, he soon wises up to Nobita’s mischievous ways but usually succumbs to his constant pleading and goading to use his magical pocket. A common target for Nobita’s gadget-laden attentions is his ‘friend’, neighbourhood bully, Gian (who predictably often tries to steal Doraemon’s gadgets to misuse himself). Other characters in the series include rich, spoilt kid, Suneo, who joins Gian in tormenting Nobita at every opportunity, Shizuka, the main female character in the show and eventual romantic interest for Nobita, and also appearing occasionally is Dorami, Doraemon’s yellow younger sister (who still has her ears).

Nobita’s parents also appear frequently and are often the victims of Nobita and Doraemon’s antics. Doraemon himself is a curious fellow. He originally appeared from Nobita’s desk drawer one day and it is from there that their adventures together begun. He is smart and friendly but easily panicked, especially if any mice are around since he’s had a lifelong phobia of them since his ears were eaten by one. He also has a weakness for snack foods, notably dorayaki, which has gotten him in trouble from time to time!

Doraemon - Anime

In Japan Doraemon is a phenomenon, being easily as well-known and popular as Mickey Mouse is in the US and Europe. Like most anime characters, he started out life in the pages of a manga series (comic books) which date back as far as 1969, but before long he had his own TV show too which now has over 2000 episodes and counting (they’re mostly pretty short though). He’s also starred in a number of films, and all of this has helped to cement his presence in most walks of life. Predictably his likeness can be found on practically anything from infinite different toys, bags, plushes, clocks, and even trains! Perhaps as a result of the educational issues and moral lessons his antics teach, he has also been the recipient of many awards in Japan and was even made the country’s first ‘Cultural Ambassador’ by Japan’s Foreign Ministry. Beat that, Mickey!

It’s true that his show and films don’t have the super-high production values of some animes but it shouldn’t be forgotten how old many of them are and they’re still great fun to watch today. It’s also true that they’re a tad on the childish side, but hey – so are a huge number of cartoons we used to watch and still love now, and Doraemon’s a good deal more imaginative than most of them! If you’ve never seen his show before, give it a try. You never know, he might just end up being your new favourite cartoon cat!

Here’s an early episode (70’s):

Fan made Bleach Opening

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One of the many things anime makers are good at is putting together intro videos. They add their own animation and blend it with music that gets you into the show you are about to watch. There are some great fan made intros out there as well and here is one of them.

[youtube width=”600″ height=”480″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3hTpnI6k9I[/youtube]

 

5 Harem Animes You Might Enjoy

 

Clannad
Clannad
Release Date: 2007
Episodes: 23
Sequel: Clannad After Story

 

Demon King Daimao
Demon_King_Daimao
Release Date: 2010
Episodes: 12
Sequel: N/A

 

Nyan Koi!
Nyan_Koi
Release Date: 2009
Episodes: 12
Sequel: N/A

 

Sekirei
Sekirei
Release Date: 2008
Episodes: 12
Sequel: Sekirei ~Pure Engagement~
Shuffle!
shuffle
Release Date: 2005
Episodes: 24
Sequel: Shuffle! Memories

 

Cosplay: Hyper Combo Finish

In honor of my purchase of Capcom versus Marvel 3, this weeks Cosplay will be dedicated to all the lovely ladies of the Street Fighter series. Enjoy!

 

 

Cosplay: Leadership

A small posting note, the Fappathon Cosplay can now be found every Friday on Obsolete Gamer so no more random days. End your week with some FAPP!

Shout, shout, let it all out

One of the many jobs during my time at Alienware was taking chats from customers. It was simple, you clicked on the chat box and it opened a java chat window and we would try to answer customer’s questions. For the most part it was a good job, but for some reason people though it would be fun to spam chat agents. There was even a message board event telling their members to go out and spam and prank chat agents at various computer companies.

We had two teams for chat one in the day and one in the evening. I was working the evening shift with one other person and after a long hard day I received one of those spammers. I tried my best to remain professional, but the chat was going on for over an hour. Every time the guy would get rude to where I could cut him off he would turn back to computer stuff because he knew I had to help him.

Well I couldn’t yell at the customer so I yelled out loud to myself. We were the only two people in the entire building or so I thought. In the middle of a yelling rant with some choice words I turned to the other worker to see a look of deathly shock on his face. Sure, I used some curse words, but it wasn’t bad enough to warrant a look like he was giving me. Then I noticed he wasn’t looking directly at me, but behind me.

I turned to see one of the big bosses behind me and a chill of death came over my body as if Sub-zero had touched my spine. The boss just said “come with me” and walked toward his office. I was sure I was fired, but the boss knew about the pranks and my hard day and gave me a break, but warned me other bosses might not have been so forgiving. I was thankful that he was so cool and make sure to only rant and yell in my head while at work.

Via Cosplay.

 

 

Games Coming out for Consoles: Oct 17th 2010

people buying nintendo wii
people buying nintendo wii

As you get ready for all the Halloween parties and Saw 13 you might want to set aside some money for console games. Sure, you could buy winter clothes or get that root canal you’ve needed for some time, but that won’t add to your collection of games now will it. It doesn’t matter if you have a Playstation 3, X-Box 360 or that awful Wii there is something for everyone this week.

Fallout: New Vegas


What goes better with nuclear waste than a $2.99 steak buffet. Fallout New Vegas features the Fallout 3 engine and was developed with members of the Fallout 1 and 2 team. It’s time to shine up your Pip-boy and load your weapons for some post-apocalyptic mutant hunting.

We got to see this in action at E3 and it looks really good. The art direction and style of Old Vegas mixed in with the lore of Fallout. You know the story and side quests are going to be fun and when you blast a mutant from miles away with the hunters riffle you will feel right at home.

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2


Now if you haven’t heard of Naruto it started as a Manga character from the Shonen Jump magazine. From there it ventured out into Anime and video games and more. Naruto follows the story of a boy ninja who was ostracized as a kid and because of that acted out and got into lots of trouble, but in time he became a great ninja, or and he has a demon sealed inside of him.

Many of the previous games followed the story from the Anime with extra missions and side quests thrown in. In Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 the story picks up at the beginning of the Shippuden run with Naruto returning to the village about three years older after training with his master. From there he takes on new missions with his team and reconnects with friends from the village,

We played this game at E3 and it was really fun and looked just like the Anime. The fighting styles are great and you can pull off a ton of special moves that look awesome. In addition to the mission levels you can fight against each other in versus matches and there are over 42 characters to choose from. Honestly even if you aren’t into Naruto specifically, if you like a good story adventure game with great fighting mixed in then this is worth a look.

 

 

EA Sports MMA


Forget the WWE it’s all about MMA now and that means real fights, real blood and that EA will make a game for it. Mixed Marital arts is big and this game showcases some of the best fighters in MMA.

The game looks real good and it has a cool career feature where you can customize you fighter from his looks to his gear. From there you have starting skill points but must train in them all to be the best. Over time by winning fights you earn money to improve your training as well as gear and then move up to be fights from all around the world.

It has a ton of names from the world of MMA and a well-designed and fun to play versus system. Hey, if you bought Fight Night might as well give this a try too.

Next Time

There are a few more games coming out next week, but if I had the time and the cash I would pick these up. Next week the wallet onslaught continues with a new list of upcoming games worth buying. Until then claim your weeks and start taking under the table jobs.

Cosplay: Sexy Pirates

I figure I needed to put something in this space because just posting pictures is just not enough for me, so from now on all Fappathon Cosplay posts will be accompanied by stories of my time at Alienware.

The Big Boss’ Smile:

I had only been at Alienware a few months and was still pretty shy and quiet even though I knew people there from my LAN group Red-Eye. My friends told my bosses about how outgoing and funny I was and when I did not show it on the job it made them wonder. Also, at the time I worked customer service and was known for being direct to the point with no small talk. In addition I was timid on the phone and did not want confrontation.

I got a call from a lady claiming her system was broken. I tried to assist her as I always did but she quickly became angry at me and began to blame me personally for everything. She took every word I said and twisted it. I wasn’t too concerned, but I did my best to get done quickly and keep her anger to a minimum. Unfortunately, it didn’t work and she claimed I was no help and hung up.

Moments later my direct supervisor comes over and asks me about the call. I tell the truth and then a worried look comes over his face.

“That was the boss’s niece.” He said. “She called the boss and said you were rude and hung up on her.”

Now I was panicking. I tried my best to explain it wasn’t true, but my supervisor just directed me to stand up and follow him to the boss’s office. The look on my supervisors face was one I had seen before; it was the same as when he had to fire someone. To say I was shaking in my boots would be a mild statement.

Now the big boss was known for being tough and did not take any lip from anyone. He would fire you on the spot if you screwed up and was never known for playing games. He had a scowl that could frighten the grim reaper and a presence that was stronger than Darth Vader. I knew I was a goner; the question was how bad would it be.

We arrive at his office and he just stares at me with Ghost Rider like eyes, not filled with fire, but a cold darkness that could freeze your soul. I started to plead my case and he just said;

“I don’t want to hear it, you know what you did and you know what happens correct?”

I just lowered my head, there was nothing more to say. I admit, I almost cried.

“Do you know what day this is?” He asked.

I didn’t know what he meant. I just looked up at him puzzled.

“It’s April Fool’s Day”

 

For the first time that I could remember he smiled and his smile did not make me feel any better. It was the kind of smile a serial killer gives his victim. Then my supervisor came in laughing and said it was all a setup and the lady on the phone was his cousin. I laughed and took it well which in the end helped me earn cool points with the upper staff. The big boss shook my hand and I returned to my seat. I didn’t even know it was April fool’s day, but I never forgot the day after that.

Hope you liked the story and now on to the girls!

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POD: Marvel versus Capcom 3

Marvel vs Capcom 3 logo
Marvel vs Capcom 3 logo

I won’t even try to pretend I am not fanboi’ing out over MvC3. When I first heard about it I was excited and it took me back to the days when I played X-Men versus Street Fighter. I would spend hours at the gas station playing and honestly kicking everyone’s ass who dared to challenge me. Then I moved on to the arcades where I had a pretty strong record, but as always some 8 year old kid would come and lay the smack down on me, I swear his dad made the game.

When Obsolete Gamer was at E3 2010 I got to see and demo the game and yes, it is flashy and has an anime fighting style with over the top special attacks. I can understand how some fighter fans would be turned off and with so many fighting games out Marvel versus Capcom 3 might not be your cup of tea.

However, for me I always loved mash up fighting which is why I even play MUGEN games on my PC. I just love the idea of different worlds coming together. My dream is a game where its DC versus Marvel done Capcom style not Mortal Kombat style (sorry).

For today’s picture of the day we bring you screenshots of a very well-known hero and an undeniably evil bad guy. In addition we have two videos showing off gameplay of these two. First up is everyone favorite friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. Next is the man you love to hate and bain of the Resident Evil series, Wesker.

First up: Spider-man

Next up: Wesker

Check out the screenshots:

Cosplay: Priorities

Many of you are either in school, at work or unemployed and living it up. Either way it is a good time for a Fapp-A-Thon cosplay session!