Retro Round-up for February 27


posted 2/27/2009 by Cyril Lachel
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Pit Stop II (Virtual Console/C64/$5)
What Is It?
Pit Stop II is a surprisingly fun "3D" racing game for one or two players. The game features six different tracks, plus a number of game-changing options. Of course, anybody who has played Rad Racer or Final Lap Twin will already know what's going on, this is as basic as a "3D" racing game can get. Still, the six tracks are fun and you can have a lot of fun playing with a second player. Just keep in mind that the fun will be over quickly.

Does It Still Hold Up?
The gameplay is basic and the graphics are (understandably) bad. If you can get over that, you'll find that the two-player split-screen mode is solid and there are a surprising amount of options. Clearly this game is not going to hold up next to the Burnouts and Gran Turismos of this world, but then again those games aren't five bucks.

Is It Worth the Money?
While I'm certainly not going to recommend this game, I can't say it's bad, either. Pit Stop II does an excellent job at handling a two-player racing game, and that's all you can ask for. But there aren't enough tracks to keep you coming back for more, and there's no way this limited experience is worth $5. It's not bad, but not worth your money.


This Week in Xbox Live Arcade
It's time once again for the least helpful Xbox Live Arcade review on the internet. That's right, it's Point/Counterpoint, the show where I argue both sides and you decide who is right. Or maybe neither is right. The truth is, this review is a complete waste of time and you'll never actually learn anything about this week's release. That being said, check out my takes on Exit 2 by Taito!

Exit 2 (Xbox Live Arcade/$10)
Oh my gawd, I loved the original Exit!! In fact, I was such a big fan, that I imported the PSP sequel. And then when I couldn't get enough of that I decided to check out Exit DS for the Nintendo DS. I just can't get enough, and I'm sure this Xbox Live Arcade sequel will be just as much fun. And it's only $10, that's way cheaper than importing the PSP sequel.

Well don't get too excited, champ. Most of the "improvements" found in this game are from that PSP game you already own. And let's be honest, this so-called sequel is nothing more than a level pack. Sure it gives you a bunch of new levels and disasters, but they aren't all that different from what we had in the last game. Anybody looking for a brand new experience will likely be disappointed by Exit 2.


Last Week in GameTap
Welcome to Last Week in GameTap, the show that is officially taking the spot of This Week in GameTap. Fans of this weekly show have no doubt noticed that we I haven't been reviewing the various GameTap games each week, and there's a good reason for that. It used to be that GameTap would send me the updates a day or two before their Thursday release, but thanks to a PR switch at GameTap, this is no longer the case. Instead I get the PR announcements long after I need to write this article.

Because of this switch I have thought about dropping the This Week in GameTap section altogether. However, over the last few weeks I've been inundated with tons of emails from fans wanting their weekly haikus. I can't let those people down, so I have decided to resurrect the section. Sadly these updates will no longer be current, but you'll still get your haiku reviews, and isn't that what matters?

Titan Quest
Got this game for free.
It looks like a lot of fun.
Maybe I will now.

Tropico: Mucho Macho Edition*
Sounds like a mixed drink.
Except for the mucho macho part.
That sounds like gay porn.

*This game is no longer free, but was last week!


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