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Who said shoot 'em ups can't be cinematic?
June 27, 2015 - When it comes to old-school gaming, no genre has stayed as true as the arcade shooter. In a modern rendition of the classic formula, Astebreed takes familiar gameplay to a new level by setting it in an evocative anime world and the result may surprise you.
Read more: Astebreed Review
From ducks to valets to heads of state
June 25, 2015 - It's hard to believe that the Ouya is already two years old. That's right, on this day in 2013; the bite-sized Android-based micro-console became publicly available. I thought it would be an appropriate time to list the ten best multiplayer games for the system. Invite some friends over, find a few extra controllers, and let's get this party started!
Read more: Top 10 Ouya Multiplayer Games (First Two Years)
A.J. and the raiders of the lost arcade
June 24, 2015 - Looks like I'm back at the arcade with one of the most obscure games you've never heard of. Where's Raiders 1 through 4, you ask? I have no clue, but here's Raiders5; an odd overhead shooter with unique gameplay. Enough with the jibber-jabber, let's raid this sucker!
Read more: Arcade Archives: Raiders5 Review
Three decades of fun in one collection
June 22, 2015 - Rare sure has a long history of developing fantastic games. I must say that it came as a surprise when they announced that a compilation of thirty games will soon come out. In fact, last month I wrote An Obituary for Classic Game Compilations, but I was mistaken. Compilations are far from dead. Not only is Rare Replay on its way; Mega Man Legacy Collection was recently announced, too. Anyway, I figured I'd highlight some Rare titles that I'm most looking forward to, so hopefully this helps whet your appetite.
Read more: Rare Replay: Reasons to Get Excited
Pac-Man's most puzzling spin-off
June 21, 2015 - Pac-Man sure has seen plenty of genres over the years. Here, he finds himself in the middle of a block-stacking puzzler. Is this unconventional way to eat blue ghosts worth the calories or should our favourite round video game pal finally go on a diet?
Read more: Pac-Attack Review
An improbable yet intriguing ensemble
June 19, 2015 - It's almost inevitable that the newly announced remake of Final Fantasy VII will include voice actors. Considering no one has any idea who they'll be, I thought I would share who I think would be perfect for the job. Of course, I'm being creative and pretending like the game will be completely recast even though the cast of Advent Children was superb. It's all in good fun. Anyway, my dream team may be unrealistic, but I'm looking forward to Square Enix doing a great job of giving new life to their characters in this long-awaited remake.
Read more: Final Fantasy VII Remake: The Dream Voice Cast
Still in the game after all these years
June 18, 2015 - Being a gamer for over 25 years, I find it incredible how Nintendo manages to continually put a smile on my face. Although I currently find myself playing PlayStation 4 more than any other console, I always know that I can boot up my Wii U or 3DS and be taken away to imaginative worlds where characters come alive and there's plenty of fun to be had. I figured I would write this article to share my thoughts on some creative Nintendo titles and touch on what they have coming up in their future. So, please enjoy!
Read more: Nintendo's Creativity Continues to Impress
Revisiting Vic Viper's origins
June 17, 2015 - As Gradius just turned 30 years old, a well-timed port recently arrived for PlayStation 4. Shoot 'em ups have grown a lot over the years, but does one of their most notable ancestors still hold up? Hang on to your quarters for now and read on.
Read more: Arcade Archives: Gradius Review
Mario and Luigi pop pills in a new pocket-sized puzzler
June 15, 2015 - It's been over a year since Luigi got his PhD, so now is a good time for Mario to team up with him for more virus-busting action. However, does the simple puzzle formula still hold up after 25 years since Dr. Mario's debut? Let's take a trip to the lab and find out.
Read more: Dr. Mario: Miracle Cure Review
Special moments from Namco's library
June 13, 2015 - When it comes to the arcade, Namco was always ahead of the game. I put together this list to celebrate the most underrated and hard-to-find games that were included in their Namco Museum compilations. Considering they were released for almost every console over the years, you know there are plenty of obscurities to explore. If you're ready, strap on your fanny pack. We're going back to the '80s!
Read more: Top 10 Namco Museum Hidden Gems
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