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My Big Box PC Game Collection – Attic Finds

Posted: 23 Sep 2016 08:16 AM PDT

Old PC Big Boxed Games

I recently went into the attic at my parents house and discovered some of my old retro big box PC games. There's quite a few classics here so I thought I'd make this video to share them with you!I also found a lot of old toys/figures too, so let me know if you'd be interested in seeing those.As for the games, what did you think? Do you have any fond memories of these classics? Let me know in the comments below. 

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Top 7 Game Boy Games to Start Your Collection

Posted: 08 Sep 2016 03:03 AM PDT

Top 7 Game Boy Games

The Nintendo Game Boy was the second console I ever owned. I remember saving up for it and my Sister lending me enough money to bridge the gap. It came with Mega Man 2 and the original Super Mario Land. I spent countless hours on it, especially on long trips where my Dad would drive us to the coast for our holidays. I still enjoy a lot of the games now and thought I'd put together this list of my Top 7 games to start your Game Boy collection.I tried to stick to just 5, I really did, but as one is obviously essential and another is from the same franchise, I had to accommodate for that.The rules I've set myself are that the games need to be for the original Game Boy, which means I won't be including Game Boy Advance or Game Boy Color titles in this list. I'll be saving them for another video at a later date.I've also made the very difficult decision of not including the Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening in this list, as the "DX" version will be featured in my Game Boy colour recommendations. It would have been my number 1 choice for sure, so give that a try if you are limited to just playing original Game Boy games.

7) Tetris

At number 7 we start with possibly the most predictable entry. If you own a Game Boy you NEED to own Tetris. It's as simple as that. It's almost as essential as owning batteries or a power supply. This game contributed to the huge number of sales for the console and is a timeless classic. A fantastically addictive and portable puzzle game that I guess needed no introduction.

6) Metroid II: Return of Samus

Metroid II: Return of Samus wasn't an easy game to list here as it's not quite as accessible and simple to just "pick up and play" as the other titles. However, this eerie and atmospheric adventure has you exploring a planet in search of Metroids to destroy as a sequel to the original and predecessor to the Super Nintendo classic. That's right, this isn't a simplified port or experimental side mission. It's an exclusive full game which is part of the plot as a continuation of the story.Metroid II is in stark contrast to many other games on the system, especially in this list, as it is more of a darker, mature experience, requiring patience, but ultimately very rewarding.

5) Donkey Kong

At first I assumed Donkey Kong would just be a simple port of the classic arcade game, and for the first four levels it kind of is. What blew my mind with this version is that after you beat those, the game opens up into a huge puzzle platformer with over 90 additional levels.There's a great amount of variety in the stages, where you must continue to avoid traps and enemies, but collect keys, solve puzzles and somersault your way to victory! There's also some fun battle stages and this looks great if you own a Super Game Boy cartridge for your Super Nintendo.

4) Kirby's Dreamland

At number 4 we have Kirby's Dreamland where this pink little creature made his debut. He actually appears as white on the game cover and box art because of a misunderstanding between Nintendo of America and Japan, and oddly I had absolutely no idea he was meant to be pink until Super Smash Bros. came out on the Nintendo 64.Anyway… this little adventure platformer is short and sweet. The music is fantastic, Kirby of course is adorable and full of character, and whilst he doesn't have power to copy his enemies' powers in this first outing, there's enough foundations and familiarity here for fans of the newer games to still get a lot of enjoyment out of it.

3) Super Mario Land 2: The Six Golden Coins

At number 3 we have Super Mario Land 2: The Six Golden Coins. This game was a huge improvement over the original Super Mario Land and is easily one of my favourite games on the system.As you'd expect, Super Mario Land 2 is full of memorable music and levels. The game features a world map where you can choose to play stages in any order and introduces Wario for the first time as the main villain. There's also a carrot power-up item that gives Mario little rabbit ears, that I haven't seen in any other game since.Definitely pick this game up if you own a Game Boy as it is equally as essential as Tetris in my opinion.

2) Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3

At number 2 we have Wario Land which is actually listed as Super Mario Land 3. Some may see that as breaking the rules a little by having two games from the same franchise in this list, but personally I consider this to be okay as the gameplay and pacing feels considerably different, plus this spawned off a whole new Wario Land series which I absolutely love.As Wario you get to shoulder-barge, stomp and throw your enemies. There's a few different hats that grant special abilities and hidden treasure in certain levels which you'll want to find to give you the best ending. The idea here is to get Wario a new castle which is bigger and better than before and it's quite fun playing as the bad guy.The levels don't feel quite as varied as Mario Land 2, nor is the music as memorable, but this is a much bigger game, with better graphics, a good sense of humour and a worthy addition to anyone's Game Boy collection.

1) Pokémon Red / Blue / Yellow

Okay so this choice was predictable, huh? Pokémon Red and Blue is where it all started and I invested hours into these games and managed to acquire all 151 thanks to my friend Tom who traded me a Mew.Whilst the Pokémon series has evolved over the years, for me nothing quite beats the first generation in terms of the characters, creatures and story. I absolutely love the original Pokémon and was amazed at how big an adventure could fit on such a small cartridge on a handheld console.If you'd like to experience it a little more like the animated series then definitely go with the Yellow version as you get to start with Pikachu and fight Jessie and James from Team Rocket. There are a few other little enhancements as well, but if you want the choice of Bulbasaur, Charmander or Squirtle, be sure to try out the Red or Blue version.For those interested, I started with Red.

What Are Your Favourite Game Boy Games?

So that was my list of the top 7 games I recommend for anyone starting their original Game Boy collection. I do hope to cover the Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance in the future.What did you think of this list? What are your favourite games on the system? Let me know in the comments below!

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FREE MyGamerXP Stickers

Posted: 28 Aug 2016 04:31 AM PDT

free mygamerxp stickers

I'm always trying to think of ways I can "give back" and show my appreciation for the support I receive from gamers all around the world on Patreon, Twitter, Youtube and more.As I'll be attending PLAY Expo again in Manchester this year, I tried to think of a cool little free gift I can give away to people I meet. As you can see from the photo below, I've designed some MyGamerXP stickers! I will be giving away the smaller sheet on the left (the one with the Sega font "MYGAMERXP" on it), so if you're attending be sure to say hello!mygamerxp stickers photoThe final sticker sheet will be amended slightly and include a "first edition" code so if you're into collecting these (I'll design more in the future), you'll be able to keep track of what order they were released in.For those who can't make the event, but would like to own these, there will be opportunities to still get your hands on them. There are so many of you on Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, etc who are incredibly supportive by sharing and liking my videos, so I don't want anyone to miss out.First of all, those of you who support me on Patreon will receive the sticker sheets I'll be giving away, plus some larger alternate versions (free of charge - I will cover postage). Be sure to message me on the platform, DM me on twitter or send me an e-mail. All the details are on the Patreon post.After that I will see what the reception is like if enough people are interested. I'll obviously send these out to anyone who has bought a t-shirt or helped me in some way. If any of you want the stickers I will try to do some competitions or arrange something in the near future. I'll try my best to ensure nobody misses out, but I may not be able to post out to everyone for free if there are a lot of people who want them.So what do you think? Let me know in the comments below. I have some other ideas in the works, but I hope this is a good start to giving a little something back to you all.  

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Tomb Raider 20th Anniversary Celebration at PLAY Expo 2016

Posted: 16 Aug 2016 07:34 AM PDT

Tomb Raider 20th Anniversary Celebration at PLAY Expo 2016

I'm happy to announce that I'll be attending PLAY Expo in Manchester again later this year (8th-9th October 2016), making this my 3rd year running!I've thoroughly enjoyed PLAY Expo in the past and this year looks to be bigger and better than ever, thanks in part to a 20th anniversary celebration of Tomb Raider; a series I absolutely love, featuring one of the most iconic video game characters of all time.Tomb Raider 20th Anniversary Celebration at PLAY Expo 2016In tribute to gaming's first lady of adventure, the party starts with what is set to be the largest Tomb Raider panel ever assembled! Hosted by Sky Sports eSports commentator Matt Andrews, and with a host of famous names throughout the history of the franchise, fans will be able to engage in a Q&A with the panel as well as hear untold stories from the development of the series. With more names yet to announce, confirmed guests include:
  • Ian Livingstone CBE: Former CEO of Eidos® Interactive
  • Natalie Cook: Lara Croftoriginal model for Tomb Raider
  • Richard Morton: Lead Game Designer / Level Designer / Environmental Artist - Tomb Raider IITomb Raider IIITomb Raider: The Last RevelationTomb Raider ChroniclesTomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness
  • Gavin Rummery: Programmer for Tomb Raider - Tomb Raider II - Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness / Head of Core® Design
  • Heather Gibson: Level Designer for Tomb Raider / Tomb Raider II
  • Andy Sandham: Level Designer / Artist / Script Writer - Tomb Raider III - Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation - Tomb Raider Chronicles
  • Murti Schofield: Lead Writer / Casting - Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness
  • Nathan McCree: Composer - Tomb Raider - Tomb Raider II - Tomb Raider III
With so many cast and development members' together at last, no reunion on this scale would be complete without the opportunity to capture the moment, and a Tomb Raider themed photo shoot will be the perfect place stand shoulder-to-shoulder with gaming's greatest heroes!In a feat worthy of Lara herself, PLAY Expo Manchester has scoured the globe unearthing the rarest of Tomb Raider collectibles, merchandise and memorabilia, on show in a specially designed display. Respecting the ground-breaking gameplay that has defined the series for two decades, PLAY Expo Manchester journeys through time, with every single Tomb Raider game throughout the ages on display and ready to play!You can read about my previous experiences of PLAY Expo here: You can also find out more about PLAY Expo Manchester, including purchasing tickets for the event on their official website: www.playexpomanchester.com 

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Sonic 2 HD [Quick Play]

Posted: 12 Aug 2016 04:12 AM PDT

Sonic 2 HD Gameplay Video

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 HD is a fan-made game by a small group of talented people who wanted to re-create Sega and Sonic Team's classic game, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, with high definition graphics and music whilst preserving the original gameplay.This is essentially my first video in the "Quick Play" series, something I hope will be an interesting, informative and entertaining addition to the reviews, top 5 / top 10's, and gaming memories videos.For future episodes, I aim to include funny gameplay with friends, unique challenges and new discoveries, to help make these a little different to the usual "gameplay with commentary" style that saturate YouTube. So... it's something familiar, but with a bit of a twist. So I hope you'll enjoy them.Sonic 2 HD is planned to include new features after the original is recreated, such as online multiplayer modes, extra levels, and Knuckles as a playable character.You can read more about the Sonic 2 HD project here: http://info.sonicretro.org/Sonic_the_Hedgehog_2_HDPlus, you can also keep up to date on development in their project blog here: http://sonic2hd.blogspot.co.uk

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Micro Machines Review (Sega Genesis / Mega Drive)

Posted: 05 Aug 2016 02:10 AM PDT

Micro Machines 1 Sega Review

Codemasters released Micro Machines on various consoles back in 1991, but the version I played and loved was for the Sega Mega Drive. Being such a huge fan of the toys when I was a kid, when I saw this on the shelves at my local video games store I couldn't wait to get it. Good job I had all that birthday money saved up!Micro Machines was a racing game for up to two players in its original release and came in its very own uniquely shaped cartridge. Later sequels were adapted to allow two controllers to be plugged directly into the cartridge, which I always thought was pretty cool.The game features cartoony visuals and is played from a "top-down" perspective giving you a great view of the level designs which are full of character and themed obstacles. You get to drive a range of miniature vehicles on breakfast tables, the beach, on school desks, in bathtubs and on my personal favourite; the pool tables. I love the use of playing cards for ramps, pockets you drive down and the ability to knock your opponent off the table with a looney tunes style puff of smoke as they fall to their death.In single player you have two modes to choose from which are "Head to Head" and "Challenge". The first offers a simple one-on-one gameplay style where you must beat your opponent to the edge of the screen. Doing so rewards you with a point, until one of you wins by filling them all in your colour. It's quite different to the usual rules in racing games of winning laps and the "stop-start" style of this mode may not be to everyone's tastes. It can take a little bit of getting used to and for single player, this isn't my preferred choice.In challenge mode things feel a little bit more familiar where you complete laps and must finish in first or second place to qualify for the next race. Coming in third or fourth means you lose a chance and have to try again. As you only start the game with 3 chances, if you lose them all it's game over.The game starts off fairly easy and get progressively harder as you would expect. However, each opponent has a different driving style, with some being easier to beat than others, so you do have a chance for some tactical advantage if you're familiar with the game and its characters.Coming in first place for each race in a round also allows you to partake in a bonus stage which grants you an extra chance (which is essentially a continue) if you manage to complete it within the time limit.This is all very nice, but where this game really shines is in its multiplayer! Remember the part where I told you about the head-to-head mode that possibly sounded a little bit boring? Well, not if that opponent is your friend! For a quick pick-up-and-play competitive game with friends, Micro Machines is some of the best fun I've had on the Mega Drive. In fact, whilst recording this gameplay footage with my friend Kev, we were in tears of laughter as we cheekily nudged each other into obstacles or off the track entirely to our doom! There are plenty of opportunities for foul play here which can make this game hilarious.One thing to note here though is we did encounter a few glitches where the better player who was on the track sometimes lost a point to the other person way off, but with a few beers and a good attitude, this just added to the laughs we had.In terms of music there isn't much to talk about here beyond the introductory theme tune, as during the races there's only the engine noises and sound effects to listen to. This didn't matter too much as to be honest, I didn't really notice the absence of music, but I felt it was worth noting.If you find it cheap, I'd say it's definitely worth picking up and keeping an eye out for the other games in the series. They also released Micro Machines v3 on the PlayStation 1 and v4 on the PS2 which are great fun as well and I'll no doubt cover these in the future.