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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 – 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
  • Blog Post: Replay – Neo Contra

    We didn't know exactly what to expect when we pulled Neo Contra off the shelf in the Vault. If we had to guess, we'd probably assume it was an ill-fated 3D reboot of the classic co-op series. What we didn't expect was one of the crazier action games we've played in a while, and it led... 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: Replay – Destroy All Humans!

    Players of The Bureau: XCOM Declassified will soon be busy blasting aliens in the 1950s, but what about extraterrestrial sympathizers who want to experience the other side of the invasion? Pandemic's PlayStation 2 and Xbox game Destroy All Humans! delivers that experience with a humorous, satirical... 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: Super Replay – Trapt

    Some longtime gamers may have memories of the Tecmo's Deception series, but not many recall its Playstation 2 entry Trapt. When Reiner showed me the box and told me it would be a good Super Replay candidate, I honestly had no idea what it was. By the end of the first episode, I realized that I was... More
  • Blog Post: Replay – Total Overdose

    Back in 2005, Deadline Games and Eidos released a ridiculous action title that rarely gets talked about anymore. Total Overdose is a Mexican shoot-em-up in the style of Robert Rodriguez films, and features a wide variety of insane abilities. It's also this week's Replay. Watch below to see Andrew... More
  • Blog Post: Time Sinks – Persona 3

    In the PlayStation 2 era, role-playing games reigned supreme. It was nearly impossible to keep up, but I always finished off one and moved on the next seamlessly. Jumping from RPG to RPG started to take its toll. By 2007, it felt like I had seen it all, and RPGs weren't surprising me or doing anything... More
  • Blog Post: Replay – Indiana Jones And The Emperor's Tomb

    The closest we've ever come to playing an Indiana Jones game on Replay is Donald Duck's treasure-hunting adventure, Quackshot . While Quackshot is one of the best Genesis games, we thought it was time to check in on one of Indy's less celebrated adventures, Indiana Jones and the Emperor's... More
  • Blog Post: Moments – The Decision In Radiata Stories

    Tri-Ace has been uneven with its RPG offerings this generation, but on the PS2, the studio produced some of my favorite games. One of those is Radiata Stories, an often-overlooked gem with a fantasy world filled with endearing characters. Partway through, you have to make a critical choice that impacts... 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: Moments: Wild Arms 4’s Raquel Finds Something Beautiful

    One of the most beautiful stories I've experienced is Raquel Applegate's from the 2006 role-playing game Wild Arms 4. The PlayStation 2 title lets Raquel shine as a strong character; not only is she your most powerful party member, but she is also by the far the most mature of the cast. Raquel... More
  • Blog Post: The Best Manga And Anime-Based Games

    Unfortunately for Japanese manga and anime fans, the majority of video games based on those two mediums don’t often make it to our shores. Reasons such as licensing and popularity get in the way, but every once in a while we’re lucky enough to get something based on our favorite franchises... More
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