Whlst you mention 'Rick dangerous' style deaths The Gettaway is full of them, as well as being generally bugged; people float into the air and the game has crashed on several occasions.
I bought Games TM over Xmas and it certainly is at least half-decent. It convinced me to half-invest in a Gamecube which is fully enjoyable. Its' retro section is a bit lacking in knowledge however.
For example there is a list of what 'retro' consoles and computers are worth. It states that an Amiga is around £45 depending on the model, which is about as useful as saying that a piece of string varies in length.
Anyway back to the film noir essay [nnnggghhhhh]