Posts Tagged ‘spectrumreviews’

So you’ve seen my 10 favourite Sonic stages, but what about those stages that I hate? Well this list showcases the levels that I try to avoid outside mandatory playthroughs. Same rules as before apply, one entry per game, and you might see a lot of good games here, because a bad level plaguing a good game always sticks out more. Besides if the game’s already bad then you usually don’t need the levels to tell you that. So without further ado lets race (or rather slump) through these infernal Sonic Stages.

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Skillet. Another band you may or may not be familiar with. They’re a Christian hard rock band from America (plus a British drummer), but don’t worry, they’re not the preachy type. Whilst they’re big in America they have only been to the UK a couple of times, one to support Nickelback and the other at this year’s Download Festival. But now they did their first headline tour in the UK and I was lucky enough to have them visit Wolverhampton for one of their shows at the Wulfrun Hall. Me and my mate Jack went. How did the event go?

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On September 27th to 28th We had a trip to Euro Gamer for the weekend. We went last year and enjoyed it so it figures we’d do it again, but this time for two days. Did this make it any better and did we get more out of it? Well let’s see.

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If you know me by now then you’ll know that the Sonic the Hedgehog series is my all-time favourite video game series. I’m a huge fan of both the 2D and 3D games (some I probably like a bit more than I should). So what makes these games great? Well one strong aspect would be in the level design. So this list shows my ten favourite levels throughout the series. I will only include one level per game and I won’t count Sonic Generations levels as they’re based off levels that already exist, and that would be kinda cheap to include more than one level based off the same game. So without further ado Here We Go!
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From the 25th-26th July Spectrum Club did a 24 Hour gaming marathon where we would stay and just play games for 24 hours. It was quite the gruelling task to say up for so long, but it was also loads fun as there were many different games being played at the same time and people interacting with one another. A few of us here are now going to give a little retrospective of what we did at the game-a-thon.

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One of Nintendo’s more overlooked franchises would be the Star Fox one. With it’s space battles and anthropomorphic animals the series has a lot of charm to it as well as some fun games. As there are only five games in the main series I am going to rank them in order from my least favourite to my favourite in the series. I also won’t be including the 3DS remake of Lylat Wars as I haven’t played it and it’s essentially the same game. So with that being said Let’s Rock and Barrel Roll.

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Download festival 2014. I was looking forward to this for so long. We’ve had past experience, there were more people coming and the three headliners did not disappoint. But how was the weekend as a whole?

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Before the big-un that is Download festival I decided to go to a smaller gig at the Flapper and Firkin in Birmingham. There I saw the band Layers supporting Freeze the Atlantic. Who is this ‘Layers’ you may ask? Well the band’s guitarist James Thompson is actually my guitar teacher. So when he informed me they were playing in Brum I thought I’d go check his band out, see if I was really learning from a professional.

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Nine Inch Nails are one of the biggest names in the Industrial music scene. Known for their unique blend of dark synth pop with basslines and fronted by one man powerhouse Trent Reznor. Since their comeback album Hesitation Marks was released in 2013 the band have been touring again, and (obviously) they came to the UK. Hearing they get a good live reputation I thought it would be a good chance to check them out. So how was the gig?

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Who doesn’t enjoy the Mario Kart series? They’re fun games, have frantic racing, are great for multi-player, but for me the best aspect is in the creative track designs. So in honour of Mario Kart 8 coming out I decided to look back and pick my personal 10 favourite tracks in the series. As it’s harder for the flat tracks from the SNES and GBA to compete with the 3D ones this list will include entries from Mario Kart 64, Double Dash, DS and Wii (I’ve not played Mario Kart 7). Also if a track is featured in more than one game I will only include one incarnation of said track. So as Mario would say “Let’s-a-go”.
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