Warning: The language in the YouTube video is not appropriate for children or professional settings.
The Irate Gamer is Chris Bores. He has a variety of videos he has posted on his YouTube channel. He is most widely known for his vintage video game reviews, specifically focusing on the original Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). His reviews are filled with profanity and attempts at humor.
Last Updated/Originally Posted:
He originally posted a M.U.S.C.L.E. video game review on August 7, 2007. He made some revisions and posted a new version on May 2, 2008. This is the video posted below and the focus of the review.
Content: 4 out of 5
Chris does a nice job of providing both some background about M.U.S.C.L.E. and proper coverage about the game. He quickly explains where these characters come from and provides some decent pictures of the figures. Interestingly, Satan Cross is one of the figures that can be seen.
Chris also explained a vast majority of the game. He applauded the effort to select figures at the beginning of the game. His observation that many of the less visually interesting characters were selected seems accurate – although the 8-bit limitations may have forced the exclusion of certain characters.
Chris articulates the feeling of many collectors when he states that there is not one good thing about the game. The game is overly simple, lacks music, and has minimal sound effects.
His comparisons to other wrestling/boxing games clearly illustrate many of the game’s shortcomings. Unfortunately, he failed to mention all of the features of the game – including: power-ups, ice rings, and electric ropes.
Design: 4 out of 5
The Irate Gamer focuses on the video game reviews. This site is simple, but very easy to navigate. The YouTube channel offers far more videos, but suffers from the poor background design on many YouTube channels. The remainder of the YouTube channel is like any other YouTube channel.
The video itself has decent production values. The video is clear, the video of the actual game play is crystal clear, and it even features some simple animation.
Pictures: 5 out of 5
Technically the only pictures are in the video, and those are adequate. The real strength is the quality of the game play video. This is arguably the best example of actual game play.
Overall: 4 out of 5
While the Irate Gamer tries too hard to be funny the review is quite accurate. The game has countless weaknesses and the review highlights many of them.
The M.U.S.C.L.E. Times was a publication produced by Darrin Vindiola as part of the M.U.S.C.L.E. Preservation Society. The Winter 1998 edition (#5) features two entries from a Chris Bores. An email from the Irate Gamer has confirmed both the review and work below are from the same Chris Bores.