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Star Wars!

By Cody Warhurst

Let me start out by saying this flight sim clocks in at a whopping $100,000, so if you want to play it, you are probably going to need to head to a Dave & Buster’s or sell your house.

Now that that’s out of the way, how long have you been dreaming about piloting the Millennium Falcon? X-Wing? TIE Fighter? Snowspeeder? Probably since you saw your very first Star Wars movie. Well now is your chance. With the Star Wars Battle Pod, you can do just that and more. SWBP is a sit-down flight sim with an immersive screen that wraps around to cover your entire field of vision (over 180o), making it truly feel like you’re flying your favorite Star Wars ship.

The game itself has five missions: fly an X-Wing at the battle of Yavin and destroy the Death Star (awesome), fly a snowspeeder on Hoth to protect Rebel transports (awesome), man a speeder bike on Endor to destroy the shield generator (awesome), take the Millennium Flacon into the second Death Star (awesome), or play as Darth Freakin’ Vader against the Rebels after the destruction of the Death Star (awesome). Can you tell I’m stoked about this game?

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As for the gameplay itself, maybe my high expectations let me down. The missions are few and kind of short. There’s a ton of action and everything happens so fast it’s hard to process what’s going on most of the time. It feels a bit gimmicky to be honest. I was hoping for immersive, complex gameplay, but I was left feeling quite underwhelmed.

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Overall, I think this game was fun, but not terribly exciting. If you’re a casual gamer and not a diehard Star Wars nerd, I think you would walk away with a bit of a shoulder shrug from this game. Star Wars fanatics could go either way: either you’re going to go ballistic just to be able to play a flight sim based on the series most iconic ships or you’re going to be let down by the game which seems itself like an afterthought to the price tag. I’d give this game a very soft 6.5 out of 10, with a bit of play depending on the gamer.

Rob Zombie Spookshow

By Cody Warhurst

How about some awesomely spooky news from the pinball world, appropriate for October? Spooky Pinball, LLC out of Benton, WI (producers of the pinballs Godzilla and America’s Most Haunted) announced they will be releasing the “Rob Zombie Spookshow International” pinball next year. With a creepy art, loads of fanfare, and, of course, great music from the game’s namesake himself, this is sure to be a great pinball.

Spooky released the game art done by Alex Horley (well known for his long-time collaboration with Wizards of the Coast and their smash card game Magic: The Gathering) with their announcement, showcasing several of Zombie’s classic characters from his movies:

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The gang’s all here with Captain Spaulding, Dr. Satan, Baby, and even Zombie himself. Also featured are some fantastically horrifying creatures of the night including a banshee, werewolf, killer robot and loads of zombies. Speaking of Zombie, ten of his hits will be featured as the music for this release:

– “Dragula”
– “Never Gonna Stop (Red Red Kroovy)”
– “Living Dead Girl
– “Demonoid Phenominon”
– “American Witch”
– “What?”
– “Dead City Radio and the New Gods of Supertown”
– “Feel So Numb”
– “Superbeast”
– “House Of 1,000 Corpses

Even more exciting, the voicing for the in-game sounds will be done by Zombie with special guest Sid Haig! Naturally, Sig Haig, the voice of Captain Spaulding, would have to be included as the purpose of this pinball is to defeat Captain Spaulding and survive the infamous House of 1,000 Corpses!

The release of details so far is scant, but pricing has been set for the two models that will be available. The basic or “Pro” model will be $5995 with only 250 being made. The limited edition (LE) model, which features different back glass and side armor, will be $6495 with only 50 being made. It hasn’t been announced that the LE will come autographed, with special art, or any Certificate of Authenticity yet. Any way you slice it, only 300 of this pinball will be released, making it a pretty rare grab.

Flashback! Bubble Bobble: Never gets old

  • By Joette Leshinski
    In 1986, gamers were introduced to two adorable dinosaurs (Bub and Bob) just trying to make their way through a “cave” by defeating enemies and trapping them in bubbles.
    Released for the NES, this game is fun, challenging and addicting. Players have to complete all 100 levels to make it to the final boss at the end. However, there’s a hidden gem in this game. In level 99, there’s a hidden door! Go through the door before it
    disappears and you will unlock even more levels. This puzzle action game is super addicting. Even after I’ve beaten it, I continue to try beating it without dying. Extra lives are granted after a gamer gets a certain amount of points or by spelling the word “extend” that will appear in bubbles (the word will show up in on the sides of the screen once the letter bubbles are popped).
    Although the game is beat-able, I challenge you to beat it without needing a continue/losing all of your points. I also challenge you to try to get to one million points. It can be done! But be careful because you are sure to die a few times in the dreaded and nearly impossible level 47. That being said, if you’ve never checked out this NES classic, I advise you to pop it in (you might have to blow in the cartridge first) and get playing.
    If you’re wondering if you should follow up with Bubble Bobble 2, the answer is no. While it is a collectible (so get it for that purpose only), rare and valuable… it is no fun. You play by yourself on the screen with not as fun levels and not as fun enemies. And if you were used to playing Bubble Bobble with a friend, you can forget about doing that in part 2. Your friend only gets to play once you die.  Enjoy!

Final Fight Restoration: Part 1

After searching Craigslist for a classic stand-up arcade cabinet, we were led to San Diego to pick up a “Captain America and The Avengers” cabinet (read about it here).  While we were there, we did another Craigslist search and found a pretty beat up “Final Fight” cabinet for only a hundred bucks.  So, we decided to swing by and check it out.  It was in rough condition, to say the least, and had seen many years of neglect and abuse. The monitor didn’t even work.  It didn’t come with the actual game so it was basically being sold as a empty cabinet.  Being the person that I am, (one who enjoys bringing something back to life that  would have otherwise be headed to the landfill) I saw this as the perfect opportunity to make this my first arcade game restoration project.  There was only one problem: We didn’t have room for another cabinet in our VW bus!  So we headed back to LA with our solo cabinet.  However, I couldn’t take my mind off the “Final Fight” cabinet. Eventually, I decided it was probably for the best to pass on the game because of the extensive amount of work it needed.  For a few days I moved on and did some minor repairs to the “Captain America” game. I searched Craigslist again and saw the cabinet was reposted and still for sale. I made up my mind up: I am getting the  “Final Fight” game! So I took off on a sporadic trip to San Diego and picked it up for a cheaper price than it was listed for. Let the restoration begin!
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Check out that water damage!

 

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I know that the “proper” way to fix this would be to cut the side off where the water damage is and insert new wood in its place. I decided to go the cheaper and faster route which was to build it back up and apply some bondo.

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The other side is pretty ugly, right? Hopefully bondo will do the trick!IMG_3040

Now it’s time to remove the faux wood grain vinyl decals…

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What happened next came as a big surprise to me…

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I discovered that my “Final Fight” was actually a conversion kit from a “Make Trax” cabinet!  I am now stuck between moving forward with “Final Fight” or bringing it back to its original glory as “Make Trax.”  I’ve reached a fork in the road! Stay tuned while  I make my decision…