Update: Turn of the Century Wrap-Up (Take Two)

Yeah. I know. It was a little over a year ago since I promised to start my playthrough reviews of games from the Game Cube/Xbox/PS2 era. But, like I said at the time, before jumping into the next generation of games, I wanted to take a moment and gloss over a number of classics that …
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Review: Operation C

Still digging into the depths of the Contra Anniversary Collection, I decided to take a step back from the main series and take a good look at the first portable offering to bear the Contra name; Operation C. This game was actually released about a year before Contra III, but being somewhat of a side story …
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My Tech Picks (Summer 2019)

My last Tech Picks post was made a little over a year ago, and my have things changed. For those of you who have been here since the beginning, you may have heard me talk about my passion for Apple products. The very first personal computer I ever had any real experience with was the …
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Introducing: OldGameHermit

Today, I’d like to announce a major change to the site. Effective 9/11/2019,  retrosensei.com has officially become oldgamehermit.com! This is something I’ve been kicking around for quite some time. To explain the change, please allow me a moment to give you a little history surrounding the origins of this blog. Initially, when I started this …
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Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers

At long last, my review for the latest chapter in the Final Fantasy XIV saga is here. Shadowbringers is the newest expansion for Final Fantasy XIV, bringing the game up to version 5.0. Included in this expansion pack are two new playable races, two new jobs, a level cap increase, and an entirely new world …
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Review: Contra III – The Alien Wars

Still grinding away at the Contra Anniversary Collection, we are brought to the third entry in the series; Contra III – The Alien Wars. This game marks a very interesting chapter in the franchise. While the overall gameplay will feel familiar to fans of the series, there’s a number of major changes that really turn …
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Review: Super C

I posted a couple months ago about the release of the Contra Anniversary Collection. Since that time, my oldest son and I have been playing through these games together. Last month, I posted my review of the original Contra, a true classic from the NES era. It was a game I enjoyed immensely as a …
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Review: Bloodstained – Ritual of the Night

This is a game review that I’ve been waiting almost four years to write. As a lifelong fan of Castlevania, I still remember the excitement I felt when Koji Igarashi (former developer of Castlevania) announced he was creating his own gaming studio and his first project was going to be none other than a spiritual …
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Record Shop: Nirvana – In Utero

Even though I don’t post them as much as I’d like, my Record Shop articles are part of an ongoing series. Of the seven Record Shop posts made thus far, three of them have been for Nirvana albums. As a young musician, Nirvana was undeniably a huge source of inspiration. At the height of their …
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Review: Contra

“Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A” – The Konami Code. If you’re a gamer, either young or old, there’s a very good chance that you’ve heard of it. When playing a game developed by Konami, entering this sequence on the gamepad usually results in some type of boon. The code originated …
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