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A look back at 16-bit scrolling shooters
July 26, 2015 - Of all the classic game genres, very few remain as cutting-edge as the automatically scrolling shoot 'em up. In this list, I explore ten of the best shooters to be released in North America for the Super NES. Get ready to relive the days when shooting down enemy forces and dodging oncoming fire while sipping a can of Surge was all we needed for a quick adrenaline rush.
Read more: Top 10 Super Nintendo Shoot 'em Ups
Meet Canvas; the sneakiest reptile since Solid Snake
July 24, 2015 - It's definitely a promising sight whenever you see a 2D platformer that implements stealth mechanics. That being said, not all games handle stealth equally. Does Canvaleon have what it takes to stand out in the genre or is it too well camouflaged for its own good?
Read more: Canvaleon Review
A tale of a boy and his radioactive frog
July 23, 2015 - Long before Metroidvania was a common term, Blaster Master helped define the genre. It remains one of gaming's dearest memories with its multiple gameplay perspectives, awesome soundtrack, and wicked boss fights, but does it still hold up more than 25 years later?
Read more: Blaster Master Review
A journey through the Souls series
July 21, 2015 - Since Demon's Souls' debut in 2009 until Bloodborne's release just a few months ago, FromSoftware has continued to wow audiences with awe-inspiring game worlds. In this article, I attempt to summarise what has made each of their worlds special and hopefully provide some insight as to how they can create the best world possible for Dark Souls III. Grab your Estus Flask and let's dive into The Abyss.
Read more: Dark Souls III: Crafting the Perfect World
Don't worry; I have plenty of time to explain
July 20, 2015 - Video games are supposed to be fun. With that in mind, the recently released No Time To Explain is a dynamic thrill-ride that never takes itself seriously. After playing it, you'll want to teleport back in time and tell your past self to look forward to this fantastic indie title.
Read more: No Time To Explain Review
He also isn't too fond of zombies
July 17, 2015 - It takes a lot to make a retro game that lives up to its roots. The developers of Angus Hates Aliens attempted to accomplish this by creating a 16-bit shooter that plays like a beat 'em up. Were their efforts successful? Put on your trucker hat and let's find out.
Read more: Angus Hates Aliens Review
Relive the '80s with chiptunes, neon, and challenging arcade gameplay
July 15, 2015 - It's difficult to tell what kind of game Spectra is just by looking at it. "Is it a rhythm game?" Good guess, but no. "How about a racer?" Not really. I think it's best to not put it in a single category. If we have to then let's just call it something generic like a modern yet retro-feeling arcade experience. I have a pocket full of quarters so let's pop a few in and see what Spectra is all about.
Read more: Spectra Review
You invite one cat into your home and before you know it...
July 13, 2015 - Puzzle games have come a long way since Columns, yet here's Nekoburo to offer a refreshing take on a classic. Full of kitties, humour, and new gameplay twists, this Vita puzzler is definitely intriguing. Should you let this stray into your home? Grab your catnip and let's see.
Read more: Nekoburo: Cats Block Review
A game so tedious that you would actually want it to crash
July 11, 2015 - The Wii U eShop has more than its fair share of subpar games. It saddens me to say that Don't Crash is yet another title that gives Nintendo's downloadable library a bad name. If you're still interested then let's take this lemon on a test drive.
Read more: Don't Crash Review
Soccer + cars = success!
July 9, 2015 - The creators of PlayStation 3's underrated vehicular sports title Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars have finally made a sequel. I must say that I was a huge fan of the original, so let's see if this long-awaited second installment lives up to it!
Read more: Rocket League Review
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