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Sunday 31 March 2024

MONTHLY 5 - March 2024

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March is the months of movies, and not just because the Oscars came about at the beginning of it. It is also the time the Collection Chamber specifically looks at movie-licenses and this time it's a doozy.

I recently saw Ghostbusters: Frozen Kingdom and I think I enjoyed it a little more than Afterlife, even though I'm still disappointed by the lack of city-wide chaos such a concept can bring. The originals did that perfectly. You'll get to try out the 40-odd entries in the Ghostbusters Collection (1984-2009 Various) to see how well they fare. Putting this together was task as gargantuan as a rampaging marshmallow man, so forgive me if I rank it my pick of the month even if includes that sucky NES port. New Ghostbusters II for that same system more than makes up for it though.

Earlier on, Denis Villeneuve finally gave us the epic Dune II in multiplexes, and it easily jumped to the top of my yearly list and I can't see it changing for a while. As the movie was delayed due to the ongoing effects of Covid and the union strikes, so was my package for Emperor: Battle for Dune (2001 Electronic Arts), Westwood Studios exceptional swansong to the franchise. I didn't have the foresight to pre-write the review so that may come a bit later depending on how I wrangle my increasingly limited time. Possibly the real pick of the month if I'm honest.

Another contender for that spot is Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie (2005 Universal Studios & Ubisoft Entertainment) in both of its forms. The special Signature Edition was the version I owned back in the day on PC and was a port of the PS2 version. The Enhanced Gamer's Edition originally only came with select graphics cards, but being a port of the X-Box 360 version, it included all of the graphical enhancements that made that game stand out.

To round out the month we have a couple of interesting time wasters. The Land Before Time: Animated MovieBook (1998 Universal City Studios, Inc, Sound Source Interactive & MCA Music Publishing) takes what Disney did with their Animated Storybook series and tacks it onto the classic Don Bluth property. Lastly, a slew of movie and TV franchises take part in Sci-Fi Pinball (1998 Fox Interactive). Aliens, Predator, The Fly and Buffy the Vampire Slayer all have their own table.

Check these bad boys out by clicking on the links below. There's no massive compilation package (or Easter holiday) next month so hopefully I can get all of the reviews in on time. Until then, enjoy this bumper crop.

Click on the images below to head on over to the game page.




2001 Electronic Arts
Windows
Strategy-RTS-Science Fiction-Movies


1984-2009 Various
Various (Compilation)
Compilation-Arcade-Ghosts-Movies


1998 Universal City Studios, Inc, Sound Source Interactive & MCA Music Publishing
Windows 3.1
Education-Dinosaurs!-Movies


2005 Universal Studios & Ubisoft Entertainment 
Windows
Action Adventure-Fantasy-Dinosaurs!-Movies


1999 Fox Interactive
Windows
Arcade-Pinball-Alien!-Vampires!-Science Fiction-Movies


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18 comments:

  1. Some corkers this month again Sir Biffman. Looks like some late nights ahead enjoying these. The Ghostbusters retrospective is a lovely touch as well. Many thanks as always for all your hard work.

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  2. Another cracking collection, Biffman. Thank you!

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  3. Birdman has called a big one! Again it is the legend!

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    1. Thanks! Birdman is indeed a legendary best film winner :)

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  4. Oh man, Emperor: Dune. I loved Dune 1/2, never played 2000, so this is fantastic. Thanks!

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    1. They're all here too! The Westwood Studios ones are excellent, even if RTS games aren't my go-to genre.

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  5. Again, thank you for your persistent work Biffman!

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  6. And it's finally here! I've been waiting to finish my playthrough of Emperor for years (only finished the Ordos campaign). I have the game on discs but with my most recent PC it was alas unplayable. Thank you for this amazing release and your hard work Biffman! So happy to see some love to the RTS genre here, a genre I grew up with and in which many classics or more obscure titles remain unplayable today.

    I think you already have them in your "backlog list" but Dominion: Storm Over Gift 3 (companion RTS game to G-Nome which is already here) as well as the most unique Jeff Wayne's War Of The Worlds would be amazing games to rediscover here as well.

    Also even though Ghostbusters is not my favourite franchise IP I must also underline the incredible work in put into this month's compilation.

    Thanks again for theses amazing releases!

    Isolder
    So happy

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    1. Thank you! I've put work into each of your suggestions - Dominion more than WotW - but both are still not satisfactorily playable at the moment. They've been put on hold for now.

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    2. Wow thank you! Had no clue they had reached the point of "initial testing" if you will, good to know even if they're on hold for now. I've read that WotW is especially notorious to get running on modern PC's. Thanks again for all your hard work!

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  7. Excellent releases this month! Thank you very much for all the work that you do bringing us some of gaming's best classics every month :)

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  8. Thank you so much for the many great games! I really appreciate your work!

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    1. Many thanks for your hard work!
      I've a question:
      -Are Space Bunnies Must Die and Abomination: The Nemesis Project on your list?

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    2. Sorry! I've pushed the reply button.

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  9. Can you upload Anastasia: Adventures with Pooka and Bartok next?

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