Did I say it was a good time to be a retro gaming fan? I’m pretty sure I did and it really is 😀
After stumbling onto the fan project Golden Axe Myth I started looking for others and it didn’t take long to find them. I’m going to do my part to get the word out there.
SorR Project by Bomber Games is a complete, ground up remake of Sega’s Streets of Rage. It combines many different elements from Streets of Rage 1, 2 and 3; including playable characters and enemies. As well as original cut scenes and eight endings. The list of features is extensive and you can find all the details at the SorR Project Blog.
Click on the Image below for Screen Shot comparisons:
Streets of Rage Compaison Screen Shots
I haven’t yet beaten Streets of Rage Remake but with 93 stages in story mode it sounds huge. I’m sure this will keep my attention for a very long time. It also has 10 alternate game modes. See a sample of both below:
Story Mode Trailer:
Although not yet complete this Fan Made Remix of Sonic the Hedgehog looks like it could actually be better than Sega’s own recently created Sonic 4. Personally Sonic 4 does look very good but wow this fan project is mind blowing!
For me, there are two things happening here. First: a company did not produce this game. A fan (or several) did. Clearly they are extremely talented and passionate about what they’re doing. Second: We all have a really very excellent new Sonic game to look forward to.
Check out the video clip in this post or visit the official site at sonicfanremix.com
Or better still download the the level one Demo.
I can’t find the words to express how great it feels to know there are people out there doing this kind of work. I really do hope they have the time and resources to complete this project. And even though I know they are not yet complete I can’t help but think about what project they might try next! 😀
These are good times to be a retro gaming fan. Just a few days ago I discovered a fan made prequel to Sega’s Golden Axe called Golden Axe Myth.
Golden Axe for the Sega Genesis was one of my favorite games back in the day and it’s clear I’m not the only fan out there. This remake is fantastic! I haven’t yet beaten it but here are my impressions so far. First and foremost it’s true to its predecessor. The pace, mechanics and action all feel like Golden Axe. What’s new are the graphics have been much improved and there many added nuances. Some of those that stood out right away are the addition of Power-ups for attack strength and defense strength, hidden zones, multiple paths, and a huge variety of enemy sprites. You don’t have to look hard to see that this game is spilling over with subtle additions that take it to the next level while at the same time feeling entirely like Golden Axe. Another example is your dash attack. Of course it has been included in this prequel and I was amazed, wowed and stunned when I tried to dash attack a large enemy who then laughed heartily as I bounced off of him! That use to be my ‘take it down a notch’ move for when the enemies were getting a little out of hand.
Check out this clip of the game in all it’s glory:
And did I mention that Death Adder is a playable Hero? I’m very eager to see how his story unfolds.
The four playable characters
By chance I found the required screw driver bit for the screws used on Genesis carts. For a few bucks (shipped) I bought one and I was finally able to open up my Elemental Master carts.
I swapped the working circuit board from the beat up looking cartridge case and put it into my the good condition cart of my original Elemental Master that was not working.
Opened Elemental Master Cart
Now I have a good condition ‘working’ Elemental Master. If the manual didn’t have some damage from a sticker and a few other minor nicks this set would be like new.
For a long while now I thought I had a copy of Elemental Master for the Genesis. Until just recently when I discovered that the cartridge doesn’t work. I find it so rare that these old carts don’t work. And yet here’s one in my collection.
I found a working cart on ebay and won the auction for $4.85 including shipping. The only problem was the label has a large sticker on it that’s not coming off. So I’m going to open my old cart and this new one and swap them out so that the working game is in the nicest cartridge case. I haven’t decided yet if I should spend some time sourcing the the special screw driver used for these carts or just find a way with what tools I already have.
If I manage this swap I’ll post again with some details.
If you don’t know of Elemental Master it’s very much like Thunder Force III except you play a magic dude and not a ship. The game progresses up from bottom to top (like Phelios) and not from left to right and it’s all fantasy themed. It’s a really well done game.
Thunder Force III
Beat-up but working.
A little while ago after discovering and purchasing Pier Solar (an excellent RPG for the Genesis) I stumbled into a few related gems.
The first was that Pier Solar has an audio CD and when used in a Sega CD in conjunction with the game cartridge the CD provides the game with background sound that is far superior to the cartridge alone. The Posterity Edition of Pier Solar comes with this CD but the Reprint edition does not. However, since you can download this CD to burn on your own blank disc no one will lose out.
The only downside
is was you might not have a pretty display case to hold your CD.
Enter Xam’d! A fellow Genesis fan and huge fan of Pier Solar. Xam’d created some excellent cover art for a variety of CD cases for this Pier Solar audio CD for anyone who has the Reprint Edition. And I am one of these people. Even though I do have the CD included in my Posterity Edition my Reprint Edition felt incomplete and I was very pleased to find Xam’d’s work.
Since I already have a few games in DVD cases in my collection I chose to go with the DVD case layout (vs. the CD jewel Case option). And of the 3 options I picked ‘Cover B’ because it appealed the most to me. Here’s a picture of Xam’d’s awesome work in my collection.
I like and appreciate Xam’d efforts so much that I sent out an email asking if I could host a copy of the covers here on my site. Just today I received a reply and Xam’d is more than happy to spread the love and share his work.
Cover A (North American Style)
Cover B (Japanese Style)
Cover C (European Style)
CD Jewel Case Front
CD Jewel Case Back
In Xam’d’s email to me the following comment was made:
“PS: Maybe there will be a Wallpaper soon…. 😉 ”
I’m hopeful that we can look forward to more of this excellent work. This is the kind of stuff that I really love from an Internet Community.
I plan on adding a section in my site to include custom work like this and to give credit where it is due. Many of my banners include art work that needs some acknowledgement.