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  • Blog Post: Replay – Marc Eckō's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure

    Released in 2003, fashion designer Marc Eckō proved he was also a fairly capable game designer with Marc Eckō's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure. In the game, players play as Trane, a budding street artist with parkour skills and a collection of spray paints. We scored the game a 7.25 upon release... More
  • Blog Post: Replay – Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time

    In 2003, Ubisoft joined forces with Prince of Persia's original creator, Jordan Mechner, to reboot the series – and it was highly successful. A precursor to Assassin's Creed (Patrice Désilets was the creative director on Sands of Time, the original Assassin's Creed, and its sequel... More
  • Blog Post: 15 Years With The PlayStation 2

    The Beginning Of An Unprecedented Era Despite the monumental success of the PlayStation 2, it wasn't always guaranteed. The console debuted in Japan on March 4, 2000 to wild anticipation, but Sony was unable to meet demand. This continued for the North American release later in the year when Sony... More
  • Blog Post: Doom Clone Troopers – The Story Behind Star Wars: Dark Forces

    This is an expanded version of the Classic GI article that ran in issue #263 of Game Informer. Every kid who grew up loving Star Wars dreamed about piloting an X-Wing or firing a blaster at a group of charging Stormtroopers. Many Star Wars games of the '80s and '90s put players in the cockpit... More
  • Blog Post: Looking Back At 10 Years Of Monster Hunter With Its Producer

    Last year marked the 10th anniversary of the Monster Hunter series – a franchise that has found huge success in Japan and has built a small but devoted fan base in America. To commemorate the series’ decade of killing monsters and using their remains to create armors and weapons, we spoke... More
  • Blog Post: Celebrating The Fatal Frame Series

    How many games truly terrorize you? The Fatal Frame series may have never reached a wide audience, but those who experienced it can't deny that it's one of the most memorable horror franchises. In fact, I would call the Fatal Frame games some of the scariest ever, and I'm not alone. Director... More
  • Blog Post: Replay – WinBack

    Resident Evil 4 may have done it better, but Omega Force's military shooter WinBack pioneered third-person laser targeting. Check out our latest episode of Replay to see our hero Jean-Luc take on the evil forces of the Crying Lions terrorist organization – clunky cover and all. Tim Turi played... More
  • Blog Post: Replay – Dynasty Warriors 2

    Before Dynasty Warriors earned the reputation of being a series of repetition, it was a showpiece of next-generation technology for the PlayStation 2 launch. With Hyrule Warriors hitting next week, and Kyle Hilliard giving it a fair amount of praise in his review , we decided to take a look back at the... More
  • Blog Post: Games To Beat In A Day – Ico

    Ico is one of the titles most commonly used in the "games as art" debate, but regardless of your opinion on that issue, you can appreciate this mysterious and charming adventure. What starts as a simple puzzle game evolves into a memorable journey unlike anything else in gaming. You control... More
  • Blog Post: Which Controller Is The Loudest? Sounding Off On Controller Noise

    Recently, while making my way through Infamous Second Son as the rest of my household was asleep, I could distinctly hear my controller echoing through the house. It wasn't from the speaker built into the controller I always forget is there that periodically emits noise to remind you of its existence... More
  • Blog Post: Great Mechanics From Not-So-Great Games

    Not every video game is a winner. Sometimes a game just doesn’t fully come together for myriad reasons, but that doesn’t mean the designers didn’t have some good ideas. These are examples of creative mechanics, features, or ideas that made it into games where the total package fell... More
  • Blog Post: My First Game – Working On Rygar Instead Of Becoming A Scholar Of Classics

    Yoshifuru Okamoto is a producer with Valhalla Game Studios working on Devil’s Third with Tomonobu Itagaki . Along with his producer duties, he also says he is Itagaki’s drinking buddy and bodyguard. Before all that, however, he was on an academic route on the road to be a scholar of classics... More
  • Blog Post: Four Games With Aliens That Should Be Buried In A Landfill And Excavated In 30 Years

    Today, plans culminated to unearth a collection of E.T. Atari cartridges from a New Mexico landfill . It was a game starring an alien that was absolutely terrible and had a hand in the collapse of the video game industry in the '80s. Some games with aliens turn out fantastic. Some, as E.T. can attest... More
  • Blog Post: PS2 RPG HD Collections We'd Like To See

    The PS2 era was a blast for role-playing game fans. We were inundated with RPGs, making it nigh impossible to keep up with every release. Unfortunately, the console RPG market hasn't been the same due to the high development costs on newer, more powerful consoles. Not all is lost, though. In the... More
  • Blog Post: Metal Gear Through The Years

    From its beginnings in 1987, Metal Gear has gone through a huge number of changes, but there are some aspects of the game that have remained constant throughout. Snake is always performing a stealth mission, and he always has back-up – even if they can't be there with him on the field. In this... More
  • Blog Post: Replay – Final Fantasy X

    Can you believe it's been nearly thirteen years since we first had the opportunity to listen to Tidus's story? In 2001, Square Enix released Final Fantasy X on the PlayStation 2, and it was a great way to show off the console's power with its cinematic cutscenes. It also brought us to the... More
  • Blog Post: Reflecting On Persona’s Growth And New Ventures

    This week, Atlus USA confirmed four new Persona games are coming to our shores. From another fighting game to a dance-party rhythm title, these spin-offs are showing just how much the franchise has grown throughout the years. While Persona will always be entrenched in its RPG roots, it’s interesting... More
  • Blog Post: Replay – Primal

    Back in 2003, Sony's Cambridge studio had the opportunity to develop an ambitious action game after working on the MediEvil series. Primal was the result, and it follows a girl as she searches for her rock star boyfriend throughout many otherworldly realms. Join Andrew Reiner, Tim Turi, and myself... More
  • Blog Post: Wish List – A New Jak And Daxter

    One of my favorite series from the PlayStation 2 era of consoles was Naughty Dog’s Jak and Daxter. The developer has no announced plans to create a new entry in the franchise, but that doesn’t mean we can’t share our hopes for a return to the open-world platformer. More Jumping The... More
  • Blog Post: Replay – Ico

    Few titles in recent memory are as revered as Ico and Shadow of the Colossus. With gorgeous visuals, striking atmospheres, and solid gameplay, they're both considered classics of the PS2 era for good reason. We may be a ways away from hearing concrete information about Team Ico's next title,... More
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