Mortal Kombat (Mega Drive) Review

Mortal Kombat

Also known as “The game with the Blood Cheat”, at least in my school playground, Mortal Kombat was quite the noteworthy release, being the first console game that I’m aware of that was so blatantly violent and gory, even if that gore was hidden behind a (very easy to find and spread to friends) cheat code. Ignoring the impact it had, I remember not really enjoying it too much as an actual fighter, preferring the visuals of a Street Fighter II, but still… there’s a scene where someone removes their opponent’s heart! SO COOL. etc. etc. Simpler times, but how does it hold out today, where it’s relatively tame? (much like a certain film adaptation…) let’s find out!

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Blog Schedule Update (Nothing too Serious!)

Hello all.

Just to let you know that you’ll be seeing a decrease in activity on this blog due to an increased workload at my job (where I often sneakingly wrote reviews during downtime) Now I can’t imagine a week going by without at least one review going up, and I intend to keep up with Big Finish Doctor Who reviews going up soon after they’re released (mainly because I don’t have to create / source pictures for those!), and any series or marathon I already cover / started will continue to be covered, just at a slower pace.

Key differences:

  • Less individual episode chunk reviews, more straight up “Overall Season Reviews”.
  • With no strict schedule, any review can appear at any time (in other words when I have it finished), so game reviews for instance aren’t restricted to every other Saturday, though they may become less frequent (or more frequent as they’re often quicker to do!)
  • Generally the old “review every weekday” thing I had going on is no longer possible because I had to go and be good at my job like a fool 😛

So overall there are still plenty of things to come, I’m not going any where, I’ll just be on more of a lighter schedule. I have most of the next Movie to Game reviews done (Double Dragon, for the record… Yeesh…), and the next One Piece arc has been watched and is ready to be written about. To be honest, looking at a lot of the blogs I follow, I’ll actually be falling into a more normal schedule, if anything!

So here’s to the future, full of plenty more “Goods”, “Bads” and … erm… “Continuities?”

Game to Live Action Movie Marathon Starting Tomorrow!

G2M Marathon MOVIE

Just a quick note to say that a brand new, on-and-off, film marathon (or movie marathon, as that rolls off the tongue better!) will be starting here on this blog tomorrow, taking a look at a game and its movie adaptation in one go.

Tomorrow the (sadly done to death but it was the first one, so…) combo of Super Mario Bros., both the original NES game and the movie, will kick us off. We then go into Double Dragon, Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, etc. I’d write out the whole list but not only would take a while, but some of the games may change down the road. They won’t always be the first one in the series (especially Resident Evil, as I’m already covered 1-3…), and sequel films won’t always get a review of the second game in a series either.

Some game films will be excluded as I have no knowledge of the games they’re based on, so it would kind of defeat the purpose of the marathon. One or two films that are based on games I’m familiar with but don’t own any games of will appear by themselves as “Bonus Reviews”. I think it will be a fun thing to do here and there, and I’m looking forward to re-watching some bad movies from the childhood/teens, and experiencing some brand new ones to complain about! Hooray?!

Fusing the blogs, and other things…

Hogan Reviews Header Plane version

As you may have noticed I’ve changed things around a bit, created a new banner to reflect the domain name I now have, and along with it this blog is now ad free!

This did cause a problem, however, as my Game Review Blog now stood out as being very much full of ads, despite being linked heavily to this site. The most logical course of action  then, was to “fuse” the two blogs together here on this one, paid-for site… which I’ve done! As you’ll notice above in the menu tabs above, there is now a Games tab, linking to my previous game review helpfully imported from the other blog, and new ones will indeed be appearing here going forward. Don’t threat if you have no interest in the subject, as most of the time I got a new game review up once a fortnight, every other Saturday, but that is by no means a set-in-stone schedule either. That means there will still be far more of the content of the kind already prominently featured on this site every week.

Thanks for you continued support and here’s to nothing but good times in 2019! (which reminds me, I must get cracking on those Top 10 lists…)

Countdown to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Begins Tomorrow!

SSB CD Announcement

Starting tomorrow on this blog I’ll be counting down to the release of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate with a review a day, each representing a franchise that’s featured in the up-coming game, in order from latest addition to the roster, up to… well, let’s face it, a Mario game. There are a few franchises omitted due to time constraints which can be found below, but otherwise I won’t type out the whole list, instead let’s follow along until the game is finally in our hands!

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Shonen Jump! 50th Anniversary mini-Marathon Starts next week!

Yes, another marathon announcement, and yes it will once again not be daily or on any fixed timetable. To celebrate Jump!’s 50th Anniversary I wanted to do a “Top 10 Jump! anime debut arcs”, but soon realised I’d only seen 8, and a couple of those weren’t great (for example JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure would become great, but that first arc isn’t something I’d put in a “Top” anything…) Once I finally accepted that I wouldn’t be able to watch the HunterXHunter or GinTama debut arcs in time to actually do the marathon I settled on doing a Top 5 instead…

It’ll start next week with Yu Yu Hakusho, and then will cover Bleach, My Hero Academia, One Piece and, of course, Dragon Ball, but in what order?! You’ll have to find out, though the answer may surprise you, given we’re purely talking debut arcs here, not overall Top 5!

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WWF Rage in the Cage (Sega Mega CD) Review

WWF Rage in the Cage

The wrestling game rundown adds another first for this blog: a Sega Mega CD review (or just Sega CD as it was known in the US!) Yes, once upon a time I actually had a Mega CD, and a few games on it to boot (it was my first exposure to Final Fight!) but Rage in the Cage wasn’t a highlight of my time with the Mega Drive add-on… In fact some of the decisions still annoy me to this day! Let’s take a look at it, anyway, shall we?

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