Sunday, 22 May 2016

The Retron 5: A Beginning

So, what makes me start this blog again, after more than 5 years? What's made me start writing about games once again? A few things, but I think a good place to start would be The Retron 5 Games Console that I picked up.

A while back, I picked up the Rare Retro Collection for Xbox One. You know, the one with all those great Rare Games on one disc. I was playing Snake, Rattle and Roll, and realising just how unforgiving that game was. It's isometric perspective was absolutely brutal, and I kept falling to my doom. It was so difficult. It was so punishing. It was great.

But more than anything, this game brought childhood memories flooding back. But it wasn't quite right. The controller wasn't correct, I didn't have to blow on a cartridge. Notifications kept popping up.

Suddenly, it all made sense. All these times I'd tried to play old games, on an emulator or through compilations, it just wasn't the same experience. When all the conditions weren't the same, it just felt too artificial. Like I was playing it for gameplay's sake rather than nostalgia. And with old games, for me, it's all about nostalgia. When I realised that I had to recreate the experience as faithfully as I could, I started making decisions about what I needed.

But I also still wanted convenience. I wasn't going to Schlep about find a co-axial cable and old TV and tune it in, and then unplug if I ever want to change consoles. I do still have my old consoles, but this felt far too clumsy to me. It was about this time that I learnt of the Retron 5. A games console that plays 5 cartridges from 5 different systems? All Through HDMI? With the original Controllers? I knew I had found the answer.

So began my Retron 5 odyssey. Next time, we'll turn it on for the first time, and learn how I began to build my games library.

Kept You Waiting, Huh?

Holy shit, it's been a long time.

5 years, in fact. 5 long years since the blog has been active. I originally came online out of curiosity. I clicked on the site, and then I noticed something. A little article I did for Metro 2033. You know, the game that was a little wonky, but entirely fascinating? Well, that one article gathered 20,000 views. 20K! Can you imagine?!

The more I looked through the stats and the more I looked at the site, the more I swelled with pride. I'd originally thought that perhaps this site had been a bit of a fools errand, that nobody was reading. But obviously I was wrong.

So, perhaps it's time to spark this up again. Maybe not as insistent and regular as it once was. And maybe a bit more 'talking point' focus. But I feel that burning desire to write once again in my loins.

So maybe I'll keep it up. Maybe I won't. but I have a lot to talk about, including this:

So see you around, yeah? Yeah.

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

E3 2011, the highlights....

Well well well, It's been...eventful this year, some surprises, some laughs and Kinect. LOTS OF FRIGGIN' KINECT! Microsoft kick started the first press conference of the event by showcasing footage of Modern Warfare 3, complete with the most bombastic sequences that would even put Michael bay in hospital. Hot on the heels of this - new Tomb Raider, looking pretty sharp (i wont be buying, but it looks enough like a 360 uncharted
to maybe entice some.) Peter Moore's EA Kinect onslaught came next, along with his Horrendous English / American hybrid voice. This is what pretty much happened for the next hour - Mass effect featuring Kinect, Molyneux was wheeled out to describe another Fable letdown, Ice-T made a tit of himself on stage playing Gears 3 (snore), HALO 4 (surprise suprise), Ghost Recon showed us a fancy new trailer with...yep, you guessed it Kinect playable options, UFC showcased Live TV interactivity (nothing for Europe, yet.) Youtube and Bing will be available soon on Xbox WITH VOICE CONTROL VIA KINECT, nope I'll just use my smartphone and be on the web before my 360 has a chance to warm up. Jesus, Microsoft what a shower of dribble. I'm not gonna even mention the other Wii sports style titles announced for Microsoft's glorified web-cam. Look for yourself. Waste of time...

To see this in all it's glory click the links below -

Sony's conference up next. Jack Tretton took to the stage, using his opening speech to talk about the 'Elephant in the room!' He talked openly and honestly about the PSN-outage, apologising to customers, vendors, press, 3rd party publishers and anyone who would listen. Ok, onto the meat and veg of the show - GAMES!! First out of the gate was the mightily impressive Uncharted 3 followed by Resistance 3. Playstation Move came snapping on the heels next. 2K brought out Kobe Bryant to show off his 'skills' in NBA 2K12, and some Move bloke played a crappy 1st person Zelda game called Medieval moves. BOOOORING. Jack returned onstage to help things along by demoing new in-game footage of Infamous 2 (released this week) one game i would like to play, along with Uncharted if i owned a PS3! 'Dust 514' from 'CCP' the company behind Eve online showed some space battle goodies, PS3 exclusive that will integrate Move and your home PC for the first time ever. Right; time for the big news eh? The announcement of the 'PsVita' the sequel to the PSP. Fully integrated touch screen, fully 3G compatible, social networking on the go...sounds like a bog standard smartphone so far (cough cough i have an Iphone4 cough.) Admittedly the graphics for the demo'd Uncharted handheld is impressive, but i thought that about Infinity blade a year ago. Is meh? a good enough statement for how i feel about this new tech, maybe, maybe im just not bothered about using any handheld consoles anymore... unless it's my DSlite, i love that!

Click these 'ere links to see the FULL show in action-

I watched the Ubisoft conference with some anticipation, over the past few years Ubisoft have released some pretty good titles (Beyond Good and Evil, No more heroes, Prince of Persia) but the one I'm looking forward to this year is 'Assassin's Creed: Revelations'
Yves Guillemot kicked off proceedings with Rayman Origins, a nifty Super Mario style 2D platformer with charming cartoony graphics. The reveals came thick and fast with Driver San Francisco (not for me) Farcry 3 (again, not for me) Brothers-in-arms Furious 4, Tintin, Ghost Recon Future Soilder, and Rocksmith. A pretty strong line-up for the next 12 months. The last 20 mins of the show was dedicated to the beast i mentioned at the top of this paragraph; Assassin's Creed: Revelations. With a brand new trailer and 6 minutes of in-game footage to show off, Ubisoft defiantly left the best till last. I can't wait to play through this chapter and close the book on this awesome and beautiful trilogy to Ezio's life.

Linky, linky, watchy watchy -

One of the worlds biggest game publishers and distributors kicked off their E3 2011 with a chunky section of Mass Effect 3. Having never really played any of the Mass Effect series, this entire sequence meant nothing to me, it looked nice, but that's it. Need for speed: The Run came next, looking very pretty and showcasing 'for the first time ever that in a NFS title' you'll be able get out of the car and RUN about on foot. More like a collection of QTE's than GTA, even so it's not a game i'll be investing any time in.
The next title i can see getting into, Star Wars Old Republic showcases its snazzy CG intro followed by rapture of geek applause quickly followed by brand new footage of SSX (coming jan 2012.)
Arrgghhhh i can hear the horrible tones of Peter Moore arriving next, I've mentioned how fucking ridiculous his accent is previously so i wont stay on it long, blleerghh cross Atlantic rubbish. He brings a cavalcade of EA Sports gubbins on stage with him including Fifa 12 and Madden 12, so i'll skip over that (not a sports fan.) I'm gonna skip over the gay Sims social Facebook 'thing' as well.
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning reared its head to bring us a game not a million miles away from what Fable should have been all along, its shows promise but we'll see when the finished product is finally released. If your an RPG fan this may be worth a look. It's no Dark Souls or Skyrim though.
Into its final stretch the EA train rolled out it's big guns, Overstrike and of course Battlefield 3. The former looking like a team fortress-y run and gun squad based shooter, think Brink with more woman. Now I'll be honest here, I've no intention of ever playing Battlefield 3 BUT as one of the two towers of popular FPS gaming along with COD (re:SHIT), this does look mighty impressive. COD has always looked very OTT and bombastic, there's something about BF that kept it grounded or so I've been told, maybe, what do I know, I'm an RPG fan!

All the press conference, including that Battlefield 3 footage is here -

The granddaddies of E3 kickstarted their conference with a live Orchestra playing various 'Zelda' themes, all part of Nintendo's 25th anniversary celebration of 'The legend of Zelda'. The man himself Myamoto then took to the stage along with a translator to...act out various stances from past Zelda titles accompanied with music. Odd!! "opening a treasure chest - duh duh duh duhhhhhhh"
As it's the 25th anniversary Myamoto announced various re-releases of older zelda franchises, but we know about this already.
Mr Nintendo himself Satoru Iwata took to the stage after another little orchestra fill, to give word on how is company are bringing the world together and to 'serve every player.' He exited after this to let their backdrop do the talking, an impressive digital screen delivering a sharp presentation of future 3DS titles including - New Mario Bros, Luigi's Mansion, Star-fox, Mario Kart and Kid Icarus. Reggie Fils-aime filled the gaps between other 3DS games on the big screen - Mario and Sonic at the Olympics 2012, Resident evil Mercs, Ace Combat 3D, MGS and Driver 3DS.
And so; the biggest announcement of the week, the new and official name for the Wii's successor - Wii U! So far the console hasn't been seen and probably wont be seen by the public till at least next year, just the new touch controller that can be used completely separate from the machine itself. It looks shiny and bright but will it really work as well as they want it to come release date. Only time will tell, I honestly think it looks like all Nintendo releases these days - Gimmicky!
The last 10 minutes of the final press junket Nintendo did what they do best, bringing shiny white toys to the masses, showing off the 'stats' of their new device. Split screen action, bigger and better graphics and total interactivity 'bringing power to the people.' They even managed to bankroll other famous studio heads to praise the new console. Meh?!!

So, the final bit of linkage for you (see what i did there)...

Thats it!! Random highlights from this Year's E3. as ever hope you've enjoyed this, please comment and tell your friends about us on Facebook and Twitter. I have just updated a TONNE of new trailers on our Youtube channel as well - Subscribe and enjoi !!!! xx

Thanks guys, peace and love to you all
Dr Sanchez

Monday, 6 June 2011

Another year, another E3....

So, here we are again; another year and another E3. Over the next couple of days the Los Angeles Convention Centre will open it's doors to draws tens of thousands of professionals to experience the future of interactive entertainment. The most influential people leading the most innovative companies in the business attend E3 Expo to see groundbreaking new technologies and never-before-seen products for consoles, handhelds and the Internet. Over the 6th-9th June LA's gonna be swamped with leading game companies, business partners, media darlings and industry swots from over 80 countries.
Now the introduction's out of the way lets talk about the meat and veg of the show - the Keynote speeches and of course ALL OF THE NEW YUMMY GAMES that are coming the world's way over the next 12 months. As it's the first day of E3, this is more of a run-up to the big event with no real reveals...yet!
From Monday through to Thursday this week i'll pop back on here and give a daily round-up of all the best news, trailers and showstopping moments from this years BIGGEST game expo.
Have a look at this years mental line-up i've grabbed from a close source.

Monday, June 6th
  • Microsoft Press Conference | 9:30am
  • Electronic Arts Press Conference | 12:30pm
  • Ubisoft Press Conference | 2:20pm
  • Sony Press Conference | 5:00pm

Tuesday, June 7th
  • Nintendo Press Conference | 9:00am
  • Mass Effect 3 | 1:00pm
  • Battlefield 3 | 1:30pm
  • Batman: Arkham City | 2:00pm
  • Resistance 3 | 3:00pm
  • Starhawk | 3:20pm
  • Twisted Metal | 3:40pm
  • NGP Demos | 4:00pm
  • Journey | 4:20pm
  • Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception | 4:40pm
  • Gears of War 3 (Campaign) | 5:00pm
  • Forza Motorsports 4 | 5:20pm
  • Super Secret Remake | 5:40pm
  • Ms. 'Splosion Man | 6:00pm
  • Modern Warfare 3 | 6:30pm

Wednesday, June 8th
  • Spider-Man: Edge of Time | 11:00am
  • Dead Island | 11:20am
  • Gears of War 3 (Horde Mode) | 11:40am
  • Rage | Noon
  • Prey 2 | 12:20pm
  • Shinobi | 12:40pm
  • Saints Row III | 1:00pm
  • Lord of the Rings: War in the North | 1:30pm
  • Ninja Gaiden III | 2:00pm
  • The Darkness II | 3:00pm
  • Street Fighter X Tekken | 3:20pm
  • Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City | 3:40pm
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution | 4:00pm
  • Tomb Raider | 4:20pm
  • Super Secret Sequel #1 | 4:40pm
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim | 5:00pm
  • WWE 12 | 5:20pm
  • Super Secret Sequel #2 | 5:40pm
  • Prototype 2 | 6:00pm
  • BioShock Infinite | 6:30pm

Thursday, June 9th
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic | 11:00am
  • Dark Souls | 11:20am
  • Inversion | 11:40am
  • Warhammer 40k: Space Marine | Noon
  • X-Men: Destiny | 12:20pm
  • Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning | 12:40pm
  • Jurassic Park: The Game | 1:00pm
  • Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 | 1:30pm
  • Bastion | 2:20pm
  • Assassin's Creed: Revelations | 3:00pm
  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier | 3:20pm
  • Rayman Origins | 3:40pm
  • Sonic Generations | 4:00pm
  • Catherine | 4:20pm
  • Need For Speed: The Run | 4:40pm
  • SSX | 5:00pm
  • Madden 12 | 5:20pm
  • FIFA 12 | 5:40pm
Pretty decent line-up, quite a few goodies on that list. Hope this puts you in good spirit for this years Expo. I'll be back in 24 hrs with more juice from E3

All my love, Dr Sanchez

Saturday, 16 April 2011

Tech Traps and Option Selects

Competitive gaming. It's such a weird term, and one which almost drowns in it's ludicrous nature. The idea of playing a 'game', an almost pointless task in itself, seriously is one which doesn't hold much merit with the modern community. It's like being a professional movie watcher. But it's there. People make money out of it these days. They're pseudo-celebrities, and enjoy respect and admiration from the scene they play in.

Millions of people line up in Korea to play Starcraft against each other. They take the game so seriously, that people are now facing jailtime for match-fixing. In other places, Call of Duty is universally played and considered the peak of online FPS. Just type 'no-scope cod' into YouTube, and watch how people have made thousands upon thousands of videos, just on using sniper rifles in a interesting way. People all over the world have stopped playing games just for fun. There's more riding it on it, and the level of competition and passion found in these circles is undeniable.

Since the dawn of the online age, I've always enjoyed playing against others on a casual level, but now something has took hold, and has started to change the way I look at gaming.

I am completely hooked on fighting games.

It's such an odd little pocket of gaming. It's competition condensed down into a strangely pure form. It's about skill, completely and utterly. In the same regard as fighting sports, it's all down to the player's individual ability, both mentally and physically. I'm not going to pretend that playing Street Fighter is as difficult as boxing or light vigilante work, but it still requires a level of commitment, and a degree of knowledge and understanding about exactly what you're doing. It requires complete concentration, and a level of intelligence to understand your opponent's moveset, and ways to beat exactly what he's doing. There's a well known phrase in the SF community, 'Street Fighter is Checkers, that with time, turns into Chess'.

A couple of months ago, I bought a copy of Super Street Fighter 4, to see what the fuss was about. It was relatively cheap, so I thought I'd take the plunge. At first I hated it. It's slow, and it's not flashy. There's no easy to way to win, and you can't unlock achievements easily. To a modern gamer, it feels broken. But that's when I started to speaking to the guys at Street Fighter Preston, a Facebook group dedicated to playing fighting games and getting better. Think of it as Fight Club, but for geeks. I asked them what's so special about this, and why a group of them felt compelled to set up a group about this game.

And that's where it happened. They were basically crack dealers, and give me a taste of it, and 'plugged me in' to the Street Fighting community. I was introduced to some streams, live videos of American tournaments with top players competing. It was something completely new to me, but I could see what was going on. There were hundreds of people, all crammed into a hotel function room, all jumping up and down whilst looking at a projector that was showing the match taking place at the front of the room. There was commentary. Just like a sporting event, there were two people talking over the match, explaining what's happening, and screaming as someone pulled off an Ultra move at the right time. It was infectious. It's what I had been looking for. People taking gaming seriously, and still having fun. It was hyped up. It was ridiculous. It was competitive. It looked FUN.

I could see, then and there, that this was something special. Here was a genre of games that was closed off from the rest of the world, but only because a degree of patience was required to sit down and try and understand it. Those who did so were rewarded with a community. Groups of people all over the world meet up and brawl, shunning online as a poor substitute to beating an opponent sat right next to you. There's No 10 year-old COD heroes sat in a bedroom, singing down a microphone. These are dudes in a pub, playing in the corner, and genuinely honing a skill that they've learnt.

I realised I had to do something, so I have. I've helped Street Fighter Preston locate a venue. Once a week, I'll be joining them to meet up, have fun, and practise.

There's local venues and tournaments springing up all OVER the North West. There's a rivalry with Blackpool and Lancaster, where people are striving to represent their town, to show just what they're made of. It's infectious, and that feeling of pulling off that combo and finally beating that opponent you never could, it's like crack. Believe me when I say, this is only going to get bigger.

If you've got any questions about any of the garbage I've just burbled out, or want to come and join us and see what all the fuss is about, check out Street Fighter Preston's Facebook page. HADOUKEN!

Saturday, 26 March 2011

Retro Monday: Metamorphic Force (Arcade)

I know we haven't done one in a while, but for the last year, Retro Monday has been churning out the nostalgic goodnees on a weekly flex. We're now going to be slowing down a bit. Our brains have quickly dumped all the sweet and cherished game memories, so we'll be releasing Retro Mondays on a more sporadic note. When the games or inspiration hits us, we'll write about it. After all, you can't really plan memories.

But this is one such time, a time when a memory takes hold, and reminds you about how good gaming can be. This is Metamorphic Force, a Konami arcade brawler from 1993:

It's nothing special, if I'm completely honest. A standard 90's-era Konami/Capcom brawler, it's got all the standard features one would expect. The USP of this particular one being that the characters transform into beasts with the help of a power-up.

In fact, I don't expect ANYONE to have heard of this, let alone have played it. It took me about an hour of typing in various game features into Google to track it down properly. But this is one of those games that completely encapsulates everything your childhood represented, and just how gaming can take you back there. I remember this being at a campsite in the Lake District, at the first and last time I saw it. I remember pumping a shitload of money in it the weekend I was there, and I remember vividly the characters and the enemies.

I recall completely obsessing over it, the friend I was with and I running through the woods, actually acting out the game when we weren't playing it, and then begging our parents for some change so we could go and play this bombardment of flashing lights and colours. I only went to this campsite once at a young age, but this was more than enough to firmly seal this game into my sub-conscience.

Playing it today is an absolute joy. The gameplay isn't particularly brilliant, and the graphics are good (although dated), but this obviously isn't why I love this game. It's that feeling of nostalgia, and it always amazes me how much games can affect me like that. Games seem to encapsulate time, perfectly preserving a feeling and place, easily remembered when that start screen lights up.

Games do this to me more than most things. And I think that's one of the reasons I love them so much. This game is from an awesome time in my childhood, a time when I had no worries, and could pretend I was a French Swordsman called Claude, who could also transform into an Arctic Wolf. I still believe that one day that will happen to me, of course, but back then it felt a little more achievable. And by playing it again, I remember all this good stuff, and good times. Games are the closest thing I have to a time machine, and are often much cheaper than forking out for a Flux Capacitor.

Thursday, 3 March 2011

A soundtrack for the Retro generation....

Orchestral soundtracks, 8 Bit jingles, soothing mellow tones. All great games scores have the ability to burn into your brain and stay there; sitting. humming away at the back of your head. We all have fond memories of the first time you heard 'that' track or being moved by a beautiful piece of in-game music.
So, because their are so many superb tracks that spring to mind, the other day (for laughs!) I decided to challenge a colleague and myself into coming up with a tracklist, a 15 strong 'Ultimate Video Game Soundtrack' any game, any system the only rule being NO covers or remixes. I also asked the fellow Gainboy community on facebook to contribute, so thanks one and all for your suggestions. It was really hard to chose so don't be to mad at me if you don't agree on the finished list. Each to his own etc...
Ok, here we go may i present to you, in no particular order (this is an album, not a top 15) Dr Lucian Sanchez's 'Ultimate Video Game Soundtrack' :-

Track 1. Area 5 (fear is a mind killer) by Adam Freeland - Rez.

Amazing track, a great walking song and 'that' sample .... epic!

Track 2. Tour of Venice by Jesper Kyd - Assassins Creed 2

First time i heard this, escaping from a rooftop chase, i found myself on top of a church looking out onto the beautiful Italian vista the song hit its soaring peak at 1:30 (clink the link) Wow, needless to say i had a moment...still one most moving games I've played.

Track 3
. MegaMan 2 title theme by Takashi Tateishi - MegaMan 2

A brilliant little ditty that encapsulates the feeling of pixel perfect jumping and charging headlong into robotic battle. The tune also sounds great as the notoriously hard game's protagonist stands aloft a building, hair blowing in the wind. A classic action-hero pose!

Track 4.
Mass Effect main theme and intro by Sam Hulick and Jack Wall - Mass Effect

As a 'noob' to Mass Effect (having never finished the first game OR even touched the sequel) I'm not well versed in the full spectrum of the score. I do know, however, from the moment the title card fades in, Joker's voice coming through the Comm system and Shepard stepping onto the deck of the Normandy... BOOM! done, quality game moment.

Track 5.
Sewer Surfin' by Masahiro Ikariko - TMNT Hyperstone Heist

Yay childhood, i remember playing this over and over again on the megadrive, messing with the various BGM's on offer in the option screen. It fits the feel of the level so well, in fact when i play it now i can still hear the muffled digitized voices of Michelangelo exclaiming 'Pizza time' whenever i'd run over health.

Track 6.
The Moon by Yoshihiro Sakaguchi - Ducktales

Starting with a few notes that perfectly capture space and the surrounding lenvironment of the level this track (apart from the AWESOME title song) is the standout melody for Ducktales. Hey Capcom you've done it again!

Track 7.
Metropolis Zone by Matsato Nakamura - Sonic the Hedgehog 2

Probably one of hardest choices i had to make when sorting the list, it's well known (if your a geek) that the Sonic series had a tonne of excellent songs. Marble Garden, Greenhill and Chemical Plant all had brilliant bits to them, but i needed something that had it all...
Metropolis HAS. The scratch effect, the 'guitar' sections, mad synth notes and the best drum pattern in any sonic level. Yeah, this had to be on the my album.

Track 8.
Evil Destroyer by Toshiharu Yamanishi, Takeshi Yoshida and Tomomi Ootani.- Thunder Force 4

The Metal runs deep in my soul....Amazingly epic boss fights over 16 bit music was the best recipe for HOURS of level re-try's on TF4. Some great remixes of the originals can be found on Youtube also. J-Rock at it's best.

Track 9.
International Karate theme by Rob Hubbard - IK+

Now hear this, you can keep your street fighter's and your Marvels, the real battles lie in this Commodore 64 fighting gem. There is only one track in the game that loops every 10 mins but wow those 10 minutes get filled with all sorts of Sid player goodness. Trust me, it goes all over the shop.

Track 10.
Downstream by Shira Kammen - Braid

A genuinely moving and brilliantly arranged piece of music that can't help but move me every time i hear it. The combination of the story and the artwork in Braid married with this track, oh it gets me every time. Perfect !

Track 11.
Under Logic by Yuzo Koshiro - Streets of Rage 2

On a list like this you must have a track from S.O.R 2, the greatest side scrolling beat'em up ever. FACT! This song in particular i always thought was a sound-alike to Shamen's 'Move any Mountain' honestly, have a listen = ... see!
A great slice of 16bit heaven.

Track 12.
The Necromancer Theme by John Guy , original title Simple Sight - Castle Crashers

A great game needs great music, look no further than this mental piece. Hyperactive as fuck and unrelentless to boot! I dont think it matches with the boss of the level too well, but it's still a superb piece of tunage. It's that penetrating double drum kick pattern that cements this as one of the best. The soaring synth middlepart deserves an honorable mention also.

Track 13.
Mute City by Taro Bando and Hajime Wakai - F-Zero X

There are several versions of this track, earlier mute city songs on the older F-Zero games were good but i think this one is the best. Heavier sounding with a better arrangement this adrenaline fueled powerhouse really makes me feel like I'm going at 300mph when I'm bombing through Mute City.

Track 14.
Bubble Bobble theme by Tim Follin - Bubble Bobble

A pure classic in every sense, released in 1986 and available then (and now) on 26 systems! Its the tune you hear when you'd walk into an arcade and scramble to get that 20p from your pocket. It's dream like feel and light touch never really intrudes into the game, and its a simple enough tune that you'll be humming it for hours after your last bubble has been popped!

Track 15.
Loops of Fury by The Chemical Brothers - Wipeout XL

Boom, and a banging track to go out on. This somes up everything about Wipeout for me, the moment the extra beats kick in on the 0:42 second mark i can feel the speed of these machines rip through the course. Playing this gives me a similar feel to when i play F-Zero and the song i chose for that. They blend so well, the pace of the track and mood of the race. Great stuff!! Oh, and it's the Chemical Brothers so, yeah its gotta be on the list somewhere !

So there you have it the 15 track Album complete with links for your listening pleasure, no doubt i'll do a Vol.2 at some point so keep commenting and posting on mine and Gainboy's Facebook and our forum on P-Town.
Hope you do enjoy the tunes and i apologise if your 'fav' isn't on the list. It was difficult narrowing down from a list of 30 odd songs.

Until next time boys and gals

Dr Lucian Sanchez