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  • Blog Post: Behind The Scenes Of Final Fantasy VII’s Gold Saucer

    Final Fantasy VII has many memorable and iconic moments, ranging from the silly to the serious. Though the Gold Saucer may not be as epic as the final confrontation between Cloud and Sephiroth, its mixture of goofy distractions and minigames holds a special place in fans’ hearts. We talked among... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber - How 'Dark Souls' Is Team Ninja's Nioh?

    Team Ninja's dark action fantasy RPG Nioh shares plenty of DNA with another famous, often-used-in-comparison series, Dark Souls. Join Kyle Hilliard, Daniel Tack, and Jeff Cork as they experiment with the game's demo (available on PS4 until May 5th). While there are many allusions to be made to... More
  • Blog Post: Understanding Autism Through Stardew Valley

    A sense of relief pours over me as I set my day in motion in Stardew Valley. I wake up from bed at the call of the rooster, tend my crops, and bustle around completing my mental to-do list with a spring in my step. This calmness stems from a comforting, habitual gameplay that rewards me for sticking... More
  • Blog Post: Let 'Er Ripley: Our Time With Aliens Vs. Pinball

    Zen Studios’ Alien Vs. Pinball pack launched recently, bringing a trio of new tables to its Zen Pinball/Pinball FX platforms. I’ve spent several hours playing around with each one, and as a fan of the Aliens franchise, I’m happy to report that it’s one of the strongest collections... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – The Perpetual Disappointment Of Nintendo Fandom

    Nintendo is one of the most beloved developers in the industry and was instrumental in helping popularize and legitimize video games in their early days. The company has a stable full of iconic franchises that it regularly taps to great results. Unfortunately, even with those advantages, a feeling of... More
  • Blog Post: Chronicles – Watch Episode Nineteen Of Our Dark Souls III Death March

    The Dark Souls franchise continues with a powerful third entry into the world of dark, demanding fantasy action. Join Daniel Tack, Andrew Reiner, Kyle Hilliard, and Javy Gwaltney in an epic game of "pass the sticks" as they attempt to conquer fantastic environments and towering bosses in From... More
  • Blog Post: Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (April 28, 2016)

    You'll notice we have blogs for the last two writing challenges in this week's edition. We missed two of them, or they didn't make the deadline, but they warranted a place in the roundup. In addition to those blogs, we have plenty of more for you to enjoy this week. Community Blogs For April... More
  • Blog Post: Analysis – What Wii U's Lame Duck Status Means For Nintendo

    Early this morning, Nintendo announced its financial results for the year ended March 31, 2016 . Amidst staggering profit decline, the company also dropped a bombshell: NX is coming later than anticipated . There was never a formal announcement that NX was coming in 2016. However, with the planned release... More
  • Blog Post: The Art That Shaped Final Fantasy: Thoughts From Famed Artist Yoshitaka Amano

    Many great artists have helped define Final Fantasy over the years, but Yoshitaka Amano’s work is the most recognizable, and has become closely associated with the series as a whole. Amano draws the iconic logo illustrations for every title, and is also responsible for the unique visual style that... More
  • Blog Post: No Reprieve To Be Found – How Video Games Deal With Grief

    Heads up: This piece includes spoilers for the last episode of the Michonne miniseries, Max Payne 3 , and That Dragon, Cancer . There’s no moment quite like when you experience grief for the first time. I’ve had friends tell me it’s come upon them violently, heartrending outbursts of... More
  • Blog Post: Star Fox Zero's Ending Sure Looks Familiar

    Let's get this out of the way first: Spoiler alert – below you will find the ending to Star Fox Zero, as well as some discussion about it. Here's a large picture of General Pepper looking rather pleased with himself as he stands by a picture of himself so you don't accidentally start... More
  • Blog Post: Top 10 Alien Races

    LV-426 is the name of the moon that is reportedly home to the Xenomorphs. Logically, this means that April 26 is alien day, so in honor of this universal holiday, we thought we’d look at some of our other favorite alien races from games. We have a day for everything now; pretty soon we're going... More
  • Blog Post: Final Fantasy XV Concept Art Reveals Deeper Design Decisions

    Pictured above: Lestallum concept art when the team thought it needed to look "enhanced." The Final Fantasy series is known for its breathtaking visuals, and the team puts a lot of thought into its art. The concept art is no different, with fans often framing it or making it the background... More
  • Blog Post: Fifteen Stand-Out Indies Of PAX East 2016 [Day Three]

    PAX continues to be fertile ground for up and coming indie games. We've spent a good part of the weekend wandering through the Indie Megabooth, checking out the diamonds in the rough tucked away in odd corners, and poking around bigger booths showcasing smaller games. We'll be bringing you the... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Metroid Prime: Federation Force Still Hasn't Won Us Over

    Now that Metroid Prime: Federation Force finally has a release date , we're starting to see and hear more about the game. The cooperative shooter allows you to team up with three other friends and shoot baddies as a marine of the Galactic Federation. We recently saw the game in action, and this episode... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – See Kirby's Robotic Future In Action

    Kirby is back for another fun and dangerous adventure in Kirby: Planet Robobot. This time our favorite pink puff has some more power, thanks to his robobot armor that functions like a mech. We discussed how he's more powerful in our latest preview , but now you can see some of the experience for... More
  • Blog Post: An Inside Look At Modernizing The Art Of Final Fantasy

    With our trip to Square Enix in Tokyo for our extensive cover story on Final Fantasy XV , we were lucky enough to speak with several long-time developers that have worked on the beloved series. Yusuke Naora has been an artist on the team since Final Fantasy VI, going on to contribute background art for... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Exploring Valve's Premiere VR Experience: The Lab

    After weeks familiarizing ourselves with the new technology, we rolled out a bevy of VR reviews last Friday, including hardware evaluations of both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive . Among our reviews is a look at The Lab , a collection of VR experiences built to showcase the potential of the HTC Vive. Andrew... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Performing Like A Pop Star In Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE

    Recently, we got hands-on Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE, so we could discuss our biggest takeaways . However, we're not done. We also wanted to give you the chance to see the game in action. Editor Javy Gwaltney joined me to watch some of my gameplay footage and chat more about the game. This Shin Megami... More
  • Blog Post: Replay – The Star Fox Spectacular

    Star Fox's legacy spans more than 20 years across four consoles and two handhelds. On this episode we look nearly every adventure the space-faring Fox and his team have experienced. Unlike the typical episode of Replay where we look at two games, today we look at a total of five games. We skipped... More
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