Friday, April 17, 2015

Chicken, Fight Like a Robot

Hello Gamers! Gaming Queen here, and I have a special treat for you! Today, as with every Friday, from here on out, I will be having a Flashback Friday series. Retro Games for all!! 
I have a Go To Retro Gaming Guy in my court, you know, because after all, I am royalty! And all Queens have subjects. *LaughTrack* Corny jokes aside, this guy really knows his retro gaming. He's played on several of the old consoles, and he just recently started his own FaceBook page, Front Porch Gaming.

Today, he will be reviewing a classic Atari 2600 game called Berzerk. Take it away Retro Gaming Guy. 

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Developed by Stern Electronics

Atari 2600 (1982), Arcade (1980), Atari 5200 (1983), and GCE Vectrex (1982)

    As you can see, this game has been released on various hardware, but this review is for the Atari 2600 version. And yes, with the different versions released, new robots have been added. 

    Berzerk has so much nostalgia tied to it.The game can definitely take you back to your childhood. I broke into gaming as a late bloomer, watching the commercials and pining over the amazing technology I knew I had to be a part of.  This game really struck my fancy when I first saw it played on my cousin's Atari 2600.  The game itself is very simple and there is little to no information given to the casual player as to who your player is or what he is doing.  

  The simple layout seems less than impressive to most, but the gameplay was so addictive.  The true challenge of Berzerk lies in its simple, yet challenging, mechanics for shooting robots and moving through the mazes.  At times,  the game is too easy.  The A.I. has the robots run into walls which kills them instantly, making the foes seem a tad--stupid.  Players, please be warned, if you run into the walls, you meet your frustrating death as well. Believe me, wall bumps are extremely easy to happen. 
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  As the game progresses, the robots become a little more crafty, and they even shoot at a faster speed than they did in the beginning.  The sound of getting shot or running into the wall or another robot was very interesting for the time period of the game.  I was always trying to best my score or move further through the game, beating the faster shooting, smarter robots.  

  I found that better players can eventually meet up with Evil Otto.  This character is portrayed as a large smiley face that comes on screen and chases the player til either one dies or moves to the next screen through the exits.  There are switches one can use to change the game settings on the 2600 to make Evil Otto appear in the game, or not.  This game has much challenge to it and creates an atmosphere that sucks in lovers of games and science fiction.  The sound FX are highly technologically advanced, at least for 1982. 

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  If you are looking for a challenging game that has high replay value, I highly recommend Berzerk for the Atari 2600.  The game that will keep you trying again and again to defeat the hordes of evil robots, while making your stick man go through various mazes. 

Well, there you have it! Thank you Retro Gaming Guy! He gives this game a:

7.5/10 ROCKIN' STARS!! 

Now, get to gaming, by order of The QUEEN!

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