1998. The Playstation was king. Sony was feeling cocky. Using artists from Ren & Stimpy, they created Blasto. In one of the first successful attempts to do so, Blasto employs celebrity voice talent – the late, great, Phil Hartman, voices Captain Blasto.
Despite a towering mountain of hype, Blasto was a case of style and glamour over substance. The game was beautiful by Playstation standards, but frusterating difficult to play. Perhaps Sony Interactive wanted the game to be difficult, much like Ninja Gaiden and Devil May Cry 3 are for today’s gamers, but Blasto’s controls were nowhere near responsive enough for this, and numerous jumping puzzles combined with Blasto’s stubby jumping height mean many jumps are difficult to make – add on to all of that endlessly respawning enemies – and lots of frusterating, unnecessary deaths are to follow. The game was panned by critics and not well accepted.
In it, you play as Blasto, a wise cracking space captain who goes around the galaxy saving babes from aliens. A sequel was planned, but when Hartman died, it was canceled.
The framerate craps out in spots because I played this via emulation, and it was streaming content from the disc.
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