Review: Kid Icarus

Flipping thru my retro collection, I found myself playing another classic Nintendo title, Kid Icarus. One of the quirkier first-party Nintendo titles, Kid Icarus is often compared to Metroid in the sense that it is both an up-and-down and side-to-side platformer. However, unlike Metroid, the world is not open and the player cannot progress backwards. …
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Review: Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!

With the start of the new year, I want to get back on track with my thoughts on many of the retro games that filled the countless hours of my youth. Nintendo was responsible for some of the most timeless games ever released to date. Everything from the classic 8-bit adventures of Mario, Link, and …
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Wizardry Online – Beta Test Opinion

I’ve been putting off this article for some time. If you’ve been following the blog, you may remember my excitement for the upcoming North American release of Wizardry Online. Being a lifelong fan of the Wizardry games, I was extremely excited to finally get a chance to play this long awaited MMO. Several years ago, …
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Review: Castlevania Judgment

Finally, I am proud to present my review for the last official title in the original Castlevania timeline; Castlevania Judgment. This game is a radical departure from the previous entries. What we have here, is a 3D fighter using traditional Castlevania characters. The storyline for this title is pretty weak. It seems that an evil …
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Review: Castlevania Adventure ReBirth

This is a commonly overlooked title in the Castlevania archives. The Adventure ReBirth is a WiiWare download available for purchase through the Wii Shop. It is a modern day remake of the original Castlevania Adventure for the Game Boy. However, other than sharing the name and the lead character there’s not much of a resemblance. This …
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Review: Castlevania – Order of Ecclesia

Finally, we come to the last installment of the Nintendo DS saga. This game is famous for featuring the first female hero since the obscure Castlevania Legends. (A game removed from timeline by the series producer). This title takes places somewhere after Symphony of the Night and before Circle of the Moon. It is another game which …
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Review: Castlevania – Portrait of Ruin

These games keep getting bigger and longer! But I’ve finally finished my playthrough of Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin. Once again we’re back in 2D land. This installment returns to the familiar “castleroid” style of gameplay hailed by fans. At this point in the life of the Castlevania series, the timeline had grown convoluted and confusing …
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A Look Back: Final Fantasy XIV (Original Release)

I’m going to really shake things up with something straight out of left field. As you might have surmised, I tend to review games in order because I enjoy watching franchises mature, etc. This time, due to an interesting set of circumstances, I’m going to break form and discuss the latest entry in the Final Fantasy …
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