"Hey Hey, Kids!"
Itís time for yet another MAILBAG! I hope you keep
the questions coming.
Q: I accidentally scratched a PS2 disk and it said disk
error and please insert PS2 disk. The scratches are sorta big and
I was wondering if there were any major scratch removers out there
that I could buy?
Innovations makes a few
disc repair products that have actually been tested and proven to
work against most types of scratches and marks on discs, even some
really nasty ones. Now, if your game got damaged while it was
being played with by the family Killer Whale I donít think thereís
much of anything we can do for yah.
Q: What games are you playing now?
A: Well, Iíve been playing a lot of Shadowman 2econd
Coming lately. Really good game. My friend and I have had an
ongoing Capcom vs. SNK 2 grudge match, so thatís usually
on for a few hours every week, as is Tony Hawk Pro Skater 3.
NBA Street is also something Iíve been giving some time
lately. Iíve also been pecking away at ICO with a few
minutes here and a few minutes there and Rez usually gets a
few hours a week as well. Of course Grand Theft Auto 3
never really goes out of rotation, does it? On the PC front, Medal
of Honor: Allied Assault never leaves my 2nd CD-Rom
drive, while the first rotates No One Lives Forever, Diablo
II: Lord of Destruction, Unreal Tournament (for the Tactical
Ops mod mostly), and now Freedom Force. I have never
gone a week without playing Quake III for at least an hour
or two, so that is always in steady rotation, but mostly mods like
Rocket Arena, Weapons Factory, or my favorite, Urban
Q: I was wandering what you guys thought the best game based
on a movie license is? Excluding Goldeneye, I can't think of a
genuinely good one. Your thoughts please.
A: hmm, one would look at that tidal wave of ass that is
movie licensed games and think "oh god, it burns" every
time someone reminds them they turned Driven into a game, but
there have been some good ones along the way. Disney has a nice
track record for being their animated movies into the gaming
world, probably the two best examples being Aladdin and Hercules.
The Star Wars franchise is a bit shaky, but the Super Star Wars
series on the SNES is a shinning example of quality 16-bit titles.
Steven Spielbergís "Saving Private Ryan: the game"
turned out to be Medal of Honor, one killer WWII-based first
person shooter franchise. Aliens vs. Predator 1 and 2, while not
based on the movie but the comic book, are worth noting. Die Hard
Trilogy was an enjoyable Playstation title that managed to do
three different genres pretty well. The 8 and 16-bit era saw many
more movie-based games. Everything from Michael Jacksonís
Moonwalker to True Lies, and while their quality is arguable;
there was definitely some enjoyability in a few of those titles.
And sure, for the most part licensed games tend to fall back on
name recognition rather than fun, a few manage to rely on both and
rise above the trend.