Ys 1 Review: Pronounced with Speed

Going back to play an old game can be an exercise in patience. More often than not, the outdated gameplay mechanics coupled with crappy graphics (by today’s standards) can be off-putting. This is especially the case when it comes to old school Japanese RPG’s. Sitting through 10 minutes of scrolling dialog boxes will probably mean… Continue reading

New Super Mario Bros. U Review: High Fidelity Formula

Ever since the original New Super Mario Bros. was released on the Nintendo DS, the series has been quite popular. A Wii followup added a local multiplayer wrinkle to the familiar side-scrolling madness of Mario and 4 players on-screen at once made it difficult to do anything but laugh. Now in 2012, we have two… Continue reading

The Last Story Reflex Review: Keep Making These

Hironobu Sakaguchi has a history of naming games he creates as if it will be the ultimate game he has ever created. “Ultimate,” used as an adjective, means final or last. He used “final” when Squaresoft was on its last legs as a video game company and created Final Fantasy. Though his and Mistwalker’s latest… Continue reading

Gaming Connoisseur: When Death in Games Mattered

Remember when you actually cared about trying to stay alive in a video game? You were given a certain amount of lives to complete your task. While there were ways to gain an extra life, there was somewhat of a challenge involved with doing so. Today’s games lack the same challenges of the old days…. Continue reading