Retro Picks

Quick overviews of plenty of different retro games

Lost Magic


Lost Magic is a very interesting game for the Nintendo DS released in 2006.

Using your stylus, the player must literally draw out there spells (runes) in combat!

If your worried about constantly being hit, you can also capture monsters to fight for you as you cast!

Your main types would be: : Fire, Water, Earth, Light, Dark, and Wind.

Eventually though you will be able to draw up even more combinations of the runes.

Meaning, say if you mix a fire and ice rune, you can get a explosive ice shot and thats only the start!

In reality theres over 1000 spells you can form! Especially even deeper in game!

The campaign from my memory was fairly lengthy too and some fights really can test your patience!

Also although i never personally got to try it, it also has multiplayer! (Weird thing is i couldnt find any gameplay of it either :( )

A spiritual successor "Takt of magic" was made but only released in Japan.

If you have a DS laying around, definitely check this one out im sure we wont be seeing a Lost Magic 2 anytime soon!

Amazon - Lost Magic - Nintendo DS

Saints Row


Saint's Row (The Original) was released in 2006.

A lot of people compared it to the likes of GTA , and deemed it as another clone.

Although there may be SOME similarities, there are some things that this has that GTA didn't.

You take on 3 gangs throughout and there very diverse. (Los Carnales, Westside Rollerz, and the Vice Kings.

You can also deck out your character, however you like with plenty of cosmetic options.

The game takes place in Stillwater, and in order to progress you have to gain respect!

This can be done in numerous ways but mainly it involves doing activities around the city.

These can range from driving mini-games like pimping or getting smacked around by cars in good old insurance fraud.

The game as a whole is a great play, the combat is solid, the story actually makes you wanna hurry to the next mission and the character development is at a nice pace.

The real downside is that its a Xbox 360 exclusive, and from the looks of it a port wont be coming. Check it out below!

Amazon - Saints Row (Platinum Hits)

SOCOM U.S. Navy Seals


SOCOM, is a tactical third-person shooter published by Sony Computer Entertainment exclusively for the PlayStation 2.

In order to be successful, you have to cooperate with your 3 other squadmates.

Not only did it feature 12 detailed missions for the campaign, it was also one of the earlier PS2 titles featuring online play.

It is now since, shut down but featured Suppression (eliminate all members of the opposite team), Extraction (rescue hostages) and Demolition (capture a satchel and destroy the opposite team's base).

Featuring a numerous selection of weapons and gadgets you can make every encounter different.

It sometimes takes more than stealth, you may have to use brute force sometimes.

The SOCOM series, may not have had the best end. However the squad based combat of some of the games are not to be underestimated.

Check it out below!

Amazon - SOCOM U.S. Navy Seals

Star Wars Jedi Knight - Jedi Academy


Released for Windows and OS X (by Aspyr) in September 2003 and for Xbox (by Vicarious Visions) in November 2003

This game has some of the best lightsaber combat you can find in a Star Wars game.

You also have a robust set of options for force powers, ranging from dark strength and lightside buffs.

Although of course you can't play online via the Xbox anymore, the PC version is still very alive.

You can find numerous clans, and people to duel with faster than you can believe.

It has a nice story mode also, and you can also tinker around with bots if you wanna practice !

If your a fan of mods, the PC version has absurb amounts, rather altering your HUD or combat entirely.

Be sure to check this one out, games like this don't come out often especially nowadays.

Amazon - Jedi Academy

X Men Legends


X-Men Legends is an action role-playing video game developed by Raven Software and published by Activision. It was released on the GameCube, PlayStation 2 and Xbox consoles in the fall of 2004.

follows Alison Crestmere, a young mutant who has the ability to summon and control volcanic activity

There are not much differences between each version, besides a few graphical improvements and sound changes.

It features a VERY fun cooperative mode, and also has a mode where you and your friends can duke it out.

It also features 15 characters, which all vary in playstyle, Some can be used as tanks, others are meant for support

You can test your marvel universe knowledge with a trivia game that also throws you a bit of EXP!

If your interested in some of the characters backstory, the developers also included biographys of each character.

X Men Legends is still fairly cheap! Check it out below!

Amazon - X-Men Legends

Pokemon Yellow


Pokemon yellow was released in 1998 (In Japan), 1999 (In US), and 2000 (In Europe)!

It is a enhanced version of Pokemon Red & Blue

One of the main things that differs from Red & Blue, is that Pikachu is the only Pokemon you can start with!

Similar to the series, if you try and evolve Pikachu he will refuse!

Your rival will have a eevee, and you can alter his choice in evolution a bit. . If you beat the rival at both Oak's Pokemon Research Laboratory and the early, optional, battle at Route 22, Eevee evolves into Jolteon. If the player loses one of these two battles, (or skips) the Route 22 battle, Eevee evolves into Flareon. If the player loses at Oak's Lab, and loses (or skips) the Route 22 battle, Eevee evolves into Vaporeon.

It is possible to capture Mewtwo but the last Pokémon in the Pokedex, Mew, cannot be captured during ordinary gameplay, a bug however can make this possible.

The standard cartridge sold over 600,000 units in its first week and more than one million copies by the next week!

You can now find Yellow, Red and Blue on the Nintendo 3DS

You can purchase it for the 3DS below for just 10 bucks!

Amazon - Pokémon Yellow Version - 3DS [Digital Code]

Although the original is still pretty expensive

Amazon - Pokemon Yellow (Original)

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