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  • 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
  • Blog Post: Replay – The Sopranos: Road To Respect

    Licensed games are frequently of dubious quality, and the Playstation 2 certainly wasn't immune to this long-standing tradition. While many licensed games are based on children's shows or family-friendly movies, the PS2 played host to several titles based on more adult properties. We received... More
  • Blog Post: Same Title, Different Game

    Tuesday, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said the company would put out games like Watch Dogs on both current and next-gen consoles. Similarly, Nintendo's Wii U will feature titles like Assassin's Creed III and Mass Effect 3 that are already out on other systems. This kind of straddling between two... More
  • Blog Post: Moments: Kingdom Hearts II Roxas' Summer

    Kingdom Hearts is a unique series that meshes two very distinct universes into one. The crossover not only proved to be a commercial success, but has continued to weave a compelling and complex story through its many entries. Out of all the intertwining moments of Disney and Final Fantasy characters... More
  • Blog Post: Lessons To Learn For The Next-Generation

    Those who don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it, and all of the console makers could extract some lessons from this current generation as we approach the next round of systems. Here are some of the things that the console makers could improve based on some of the trials and tribulations... More
  • Blog Post: Editorial: My Personal Trade-In Woes

    Left to their own devices, kids don’t always make the best decisions. Children are often attracted to newer and shinier toys, leaving their old favorites behind to collect dust (e.g., the entire plot of Toy Story). However, some kids don’t just tuck away their old toys. Instead, they cash... More
  • Blog Post: Moments: The Surprisingly Deep Ending of Klonoa 2

    I was 11 in 2001, and most games I played had little to no story or they were completely beyond my comprehension, like Metal Gear Solid 2. The Klonoa series, on the other hand, had an understandable story about a boy/cat/rabbit thing who was a Dream Traveler – a being that travels between worlds... More
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