First things first, once you get past the nice looking cover this is a pretty ugly book. Cheaply printed the image quality throughout is pretty low, most of screenshots are tiny and are sometimes far too dark and muddy to make out, particularly when depicting three dimensional games. The layout is also kind of messy and amateurish, it's often not clear from a glance which game is being covered on which page. But then these failings are really to be expected when dealing with books published through Amazon's "CreateSpace" company. Once you get into the substance of the book all these flaws melt away as you realise that this is actually an absolute goldmine.
An utterly exhaustive look at the games listed by people who know their subject inside and out this is easily the most well written and comprehensively researched book on the subject I've ever had my hands on. You don't just get a decent critical appraisal of each Arcade game. You get an extensive breakdown of each home console port, screenshot comparisons and extra content devoted to each sequel and spin off from a series. So the Outrun section for example doesn't just cover the one game and its various ports but also Turbo OutRun, OutRun 3D, Battle OutRun, OutRun Europa, OutRunners, OutRun 2019 and a pretty in depth look at OutRun 2 and then its various home console iterations. This book isn't messing around.
It's also bang up to date, with a look at the 3DS Shinobi title, a nod to the Altered Beast reference in Wreck-It-Ralph and even a mention of the upcoming 3DS port of Space Harrier.
The book is also relentlessly colourful. It may have been undermined by print quality but the book isn't afraid to share screenshots with you and they cover every page, you're never short of a visual reference for the games you're reading about. There are so many screens here that the whole book feels like leafing through a gaming magazine of the period. The back few pages of the book feature a round up of Sega compilations, soundtracks and even a short piece on some of the dreadful old Tiger Electronics spin off LCD games.
This is a great book and if the authors can maintain the quality I'll definitely be buying every volume in what I hope is a long running series.
Great book. If you're into retro video games or was a child of the 'golden age' of video games and arcades (e.g. late 70s, 80s & 90s) this is a must have. It's obvious a lot of thought, time and effort has gone into creating and publishing the Hardcore Gaming 101 books. I for one will be buying each release when they become available.
Very interesting read it goes into a far about of detail on each game and their sequels and spin-off's. The only thing I find lacking is pictures of the arcade machines themselves. I would recommend this book and would love to see a volume 2
Usually, when I read a book that is written about such a niche topic, it can be a frustrating experience. Sometimes because the information is out of date, missing details or just plain wrong. None of that is true for this title. It is a wonderful little book. It goes into exquisite detail for every series featured (the Afterburner series alone is 14 pages long) covering every sequal, spin off and port. There's even a page that compares the screen shots across all the ports for many games. There are many games in this book that I didn't even know existed, and the detail that it goes into for old favourites makes it an invaluable purchase. It is printed in an identical format to trade paperback graphic novels, so the paper quality and colour reproduction is perfectly acceptable and bright. Would've been nice in a juicy coffee table hardback, but that would've bumped up the price significantly. Between the English version of The History of Sonic the Hedgehog finally becoming available and this book, it really is a great time to be a fan of Sega.
This book is just as exhaustive with its subject as you can expect from the people at the website. It's very colourful, and while I agree the layout isn't very exciting, there is nothing wrong with the screenshots themselves, everything is as clear as it can be. I also had a bit of a problem with identifying which game each page was talking about, but you'll actually notice that each series provides a different background to its relevant pages, which is a nice touch and makes everything much clearer.
Apart from that, the book really is packed with data about many Sega arcade classics and their console ports. If you really want to learn about video games, hg101.net and its books are a priceless and serious source.
This a documentary book about SEGA arcade games and their conversions to home consoles. It covers some of it's most famous sagas, but also some obscure ones. The book includes a lot of data and interesting information for the RetroGaming enthusiast. The Book itself is printed in acceptable paper and the images are printed in crisp colors. Although the book has some minor inaccuracies and debatable opinions from the author, it's still a great book and a must read for any SEGA or RetroGaming fan.
What a book. Great reviews on the all time classic games by sega. Great screen shots and well presented page's. Can't wait for volume 2. This is a must have book for any gaming fan of the golden years of video games.