Remember Me reviewed

Capcom's game has many memorable moments!

7.1 Surround Sound for the masses

Want cinematic sound quality? Then Mad Catz 720+ may be for you

DayZ: a new approach to survival horror

DayZ, a mod for Arma 2, is unlike any other horror game that came before

Best of the worst bad habits in gaming

Megabits of Gaming takes a look at five of its favourite gaming characters who have bad or slightly seedy habits.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Bubblin' away at #9





Without doubt, Taito's Bubble Bobble was one of my favourite arcade games in the mid-80s.
For me, I could think of no better way to use those 10p pieces. The versions that made it onto the home computer never quite hit the mark - although I understand the NES version wasn't too bad.

The objective was simple: take Bob and Bub through countless screens of baddies, capturing their foes in colourful bubbles and bursting them as quickly as possible. Take too long and a bad ass fish-like thing appeared to chase you round the screen!


I think it was my first experience of two player co-op - a feature I now always look for in a game. It was 100 levels strong (apparently). Sadly, I never got anywhere near that far - I'll put it down to my tender age at the time and shortage of coins - but I still had a blast.


It spawned numerous sequels, including the hit Rainbow Islands. Many years later the two little fellas even starred in another classic, Puzzle Bobble. But nothing, in my humble opinion, ever lived up to the original.

(Photo credit: HeyGabe)


Friday, May 29, 2009

Ten of the best - #10


What better way to start than with my all-time Top 10 games?

Now this hasn't been an easy task. In fact, even as I'm writing I'm debating whether to change the order.

In at 10 is a cult classic, and without doubt, one of the best sports games ever to grace my Amiga.

Sensible Soccer emerged in 1992 and was a huge hit , spending the next 15 years at the top of the gaming charts in its various incarnations.

Its charm was its simplicity.
The matches were ridiculously high-scoring affairs as stevec77's screengrab shows. An overhead view, much like that of Dino Dini's Kick Off from the late '80s, with a small pixelated, almost hexagonal, ball sticking like glue to your players' feet and a single button for heading, shooting and tackling.

Scouring the global transfer markets for a speedy player with enough ball control to run rings around the opposition kept me entertained for hours, as did the ability to customise your team or go on a cup run.

A fantastic game that deserves its place in my Top 10. Relive the magic through the video below from TBag198181.

Even all these years later it hasn't lost any of its appeal. Anyone fancying some nostalgia can pick it up for a few quid on Xbox Live Arcade. Timeless and thoroughly recommended!!!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

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The Golden Eras of Gaming


See our picks of the Golden Eras of Gaming after the jump...


When were the Golden Eras of Gaming?

Since the late 1950s with the advent of "Tennis for Two" and later "Space War!", gaming has become deeply ingrained in our lives. Compare the computers and consoles of the past with the latest technological behemoths that sit beneath your high definition television, and the shift is truly phenomenal.

But when were the golden ages of gaming? You may think one of them was the 1970s and 1980s when the home computer was in its pomp? Or the dawn of the console age in the 1990s? Or perhaps now, with the internet revolution and the first tentative steps into the realms of motion control and high definition graphics?

While we at Megabits love nothing more than checking out the latest platforms and new releases, we also remember our gaming roots... and have lovingly penned our memories of some of the classic systems and games from years gone by.

From the Amstrad CPC 464 to the Amiga CD32, and Nintendo's Gameboy to the Atari Lynx, we pick some of the games that showcase these once great technologies.

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The Must Play List

Let us take you by the hand and take you on a trip down memory lane to happier, 8-bit monochrome times. The days when you had to insert a cassette tape and suffer the high-pitched squeal while you watched a static loading screen, or had to actually use a controller that was physically connected to your console with a wire!

Where would we be today without some of those classic titles that used to keep us glued to the computer screen for hours on end? Would FIFA exist without Kick Off? Would Call of Duty be with us if it weren't for Commando?

Perhaps not. But in this age of triple-A releases, online multiplayer and achievement whoring, we shouldn't forget gaming's humble beginnings.

The Megabits Must Play List showcases over 100 titles that have made gaming what it is today.

This is our archive of nostalgia, which will be regularly updated and overhauled to highlight our pick of the gaming greats from Dizzy and Another World to the likes of Metal Gear Solid and Zelda.

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HISTORY OF GAMING - PLATFORMS OWNED:
Amstrad CPC 464, Gameboy, Megadrive, Amiga 600, Amiga CD32, PC, PlayStation, PS2, Xbox 360, PS3, iTouch, PSP, Android

GREATEST GAMING MEMORY:
Reaching the last island in Toejam & Earl on the Megadrive only to be stabbed by a devil and plunge all the way down to the start!

ALL-TIME FAVOURITE GAME:
Football Manager - the game has literally stolen a huge chunk of my life


Ibwib
HISTORY OF GAMING - PLATFORMS OWNED:
Grandstand Adman, ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC464, Playstation 2,Mac, Wii, PC, Xbox360.

GREATEST GAMING MEMORY:
Any of the numerous epic battles and hard fought victories on Age of Empires II against my old flatmates, or perhaps one of my cinematic deaths among the bullet hits and explosions of Halo multiplayer on the Mac.

ALL-TIME FAVOURITE GAME:
Possibly the Gamecube remake of Resident Evil, Age of Empires II or, strangely, Gun.


Andy Hemphill (Reviews/Features)
HISTORY OF GAMING - PLATFORMS OWNED:
Megadrive, PlayStation, PS2, Xbox, Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PC

GREATEST GAMING MEMORY:
The climax of Deus Ex - in a world of endless grey, where your allies can turn to enemies in a moment, do you chose the path of destruction, forced democracy, or seize the hand-behind-the-throne? "It's up to you, JC." Well, that or sniping the pilot of a blackhawk helicopter on Battlefield Bad Company 2, sending the bird crashing through a building - and killing 12 other gamers in one fell swoop
ALL-TIME FAVOURITE GAME:
Deus Ex - best game ever, bar none. I refuse to play it for fear it won't be as good as it is in my rose tinted memories...

Franco Capaldo (News/Reviews)
HISTORY OF GAMING - PLATFORMS OWNED:
Gameboy, Game Gear, Megadrive, PlayStation, PS2, PS3, Nintendo DS, PSP

GREATEST GAMING MEMORY:
Slamdunking and breaking the net in NBA Jam on the Megadrive - "He's on Fire!"

ALL-TIME FAVOURITE GAME:
Pro Evolution Soccer 5 on PS2 (completely ruined my education)




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And so it begins...


I admit it. I am an addict.

For almost three decades I've been an avid gamer - computer or console, I've loved them all. From Pong to Pro Evolution Soccer, Space Invaders to Sonic, we've all had the urge to have "just one more go" to beat a score or defeat that final boss.

This blog is my nostalgic nod to the hours I lost, and a fervent glance at the upcoming games likely to provide another fix. From the days of the Amstrad and Amiga, to the current generation of PS3 and Xbox360, here are some of my Megabits of Gaming!

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