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  • 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 – Orphen: Scion Of Sorcery

    The Game Informer video game vault is a vast, wonderful landscape of discs and cartridges spanning all generations of consoles. Sometimes we walk in there and peruse the shelves, waiting for something to pop out at us so we can share it with you on Replay. This week it was Artoon's anime-infused... 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: 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 – The Getaway

    One of the more ambitious titles of the PS2 era was Team Soho's The Getaway. Featuring large recreations of London and tons of voice acting, its planned release at the console's launch was significantly delayed. It finally released in January of 2003, and we're revisiting it over ten years... More
  • Blog Post: Celebrating Lesser-Known Horror Games

    Recognizable horror franchises like Silent Hill and Resident Evil are adored by fans, but what about the scary games that didn’t receive much time in the spotlight? This Halloween, instead of giving you the predictable “Best Horror Games” list, I wanted to shine a light on some under... More
  • Blog Post: RPG Spotlight: Disgaea

    One of the questions readers ask me most is if they would like a particular series. As a way to provide the answer and celebrate beloved franchises, RPG Spotlight gives a concise overview of the elements that give a franchise its heart and soul. In this edition, I take a look at Nippon Ichi’s Disgaea... More
  • Blog Post: Moments: Seeing God of War For the First Time

    I'm sure there were other games besides God of War shown at Sony's Santa Monica Gamer's Day in 2004. I should know; I was there. But I couldn't tell you if I tried. That was the day that Dave Jaffe unleashed Kratos on the world, and I still remember the impact it had on me. "Gamer's... More
  • Blog Post: Moments – Tales of the Abyss: Luke's Promise To Tear

    We all put up walls - vulnerability is a universal struggle. Unfortunately, showing emotion has a stigma attached to it. If we confess our true feelings, people often think we're showing weakness. This is why the ending moments of Tales of the Abyss with Luke and Tear succeed. It captures how, even... More
  • Blog Post: Time Sinks – Radiata Stories

    Since they take 50 or more hours to complete, almost all role-playing games can be time sinks. However, only a select few have inspired me to pursue multiple playthroughs, complete every sidequest, and beat every optional boss. Radiata Stories is one of them. Radiata Stories may not be the biggest name... More
  • Blog Post: Replay – Shadow Hearts

    In December of 2001, a new RPG series hit the scene for PlayStation 2, entitled Shadow Hearts. With its Lovecraftian horror and distorted take on historical events and characters, the franchise was a unique, dark, and unpredictable. In this episode of Replay, we take a look the first Shadow Hearts, the... More
  • Blog Post: Replay – The X-Files: Resist Or Serve

    Licensed titles have seen a spotty history throughout console generations, The Playstation 2 era was filled with many mediocre-to-terrible titles like 24, The Sopranos: Road To Respect, Reservoir Dogs, Scarface, and plenty more. Another licensed title that didn't exactly set the world on fire is... More
  • Blog Post: Replay – BloodRayne

    Vampires may be all over pop culture today, but they weren't quite as ubiquitous back in the early 2000s. They still reared their heads every once in a while, though, and one of those times was in BloodRayne for PS2. In this episode of Replay, we take a look at the first game in the series, which... More
  • Blog Post: Looking Back On Sony's Hardware Evolutions

    In preparation for whatever Sony is planning on showing us tonight, we're looking back on all of Sony's previous home console iterations. Maybe looking back at these will give us an idea of what to expect, or maybe it will just be a fanciful trip down memory lane. PlayStation - The system that... More
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