From performing the Kessel Run with a steel orb to balancing ‘great power with great responsibility’, a few of this this week’s releases are born from cinematic inspiration. Yet others, with titles that range from ...Read More »
With a rich history that spans almost four decades, dungeon-based role...
A 1985 study from scholars at Cornell and Stanford refuted the notion ...
Since its 2011 debut, the Senran Kagura franchise has been remarkably ...
With ports of Deathsmiles, DoDonPachi Resurrection, and Mushihimesama,...
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Even the most passionate fan of visual novels must admit the medium often clings to several conventions. Many of us are drawn to the works because of their manga-inspired aesthetic, which routinely depicts characters like ...Read More »
The Nineties were a glorious time for the strategy role-playing genre, with SEGA crafting the Shining Force series, while Quest Corporation earned critical acclaim with the Ogre Battle franchise. Later, key Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together members Yasumi Matsuno, ...Read More »
Last June, de Blob was ported to the Nintendo Switch, bringing one of the highlights of the Wii’s third-party library to a new audience. Challenging players to revitalize dreary, monochromic backdrops into vibrant cities, the ...Read More »
Across the last few years, first-person shooters with roguelike characteristics have become relatively common. Efforts like Mothergunship, Immortal Redneck, Heavy Bullets, and Paranautical Activity have all blended visceral gunplay with procedurally generated environments, randomized perks, ...Read More »
It may seem unfathomable, but Spike Chunsoft’s—and formerly Human Entertainment’s—Fire Pro Wrestling franchise is nearing its thirtieth anniversary. Originally conceived by the late Masato Masuda, who worked on Nintendo’s Pro Wrestling on the NES, the ...Read More »
This week, one of Japan’s most popular franchise makes its Western debut, with the arrival of Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age. But that’s not the only export to make the jump, with ...Read More »
When it comes to golf simulations, there are a relatively small number of requisite experiences. While Links 2004 didn’t pioneer the analog swing system (1997’s Front Page Sports: Golf deserves credit here), it thoroughly refined ...Read More »
Games do an admirable job at depicting mechanized flight. Whether it’s staunch simulations that mimic the thrills of dogfighting or the sense of bliss felt when taking a variety of craft out for Pilotwings’ lighthearted ...Read More »
Mirroring the type of sophisticated business strategy ordered by a shrewd syndicate boss, SEGA’s Yakuza franchise is moving in several simultaneous directions. Four months ago, Yakuza 6: The Song of Life crooned a swan song ...Read More »