Articles written by A.J. Maciejewski (Page 51)

Red Goddess: Inner World Review

Red Goddess: Inner World Review (PlayStation 4)

Schizophrenia is Divine

July 2, 2015 - When it comes to indie game development, mixing genres is a method that always produces interesting results. Red Goddess combines melee combat, exploration, platforming, and some light puzzle-solving in a fascinating world that's fused together with beautiful storytelling. There's no denying how intriguing that sounds, but does it all add up to a worthwhile game?
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Shantae: Risky's Revenge - Director's Cut Review

Shantae: Risky's Revenge - Director's Cut Review (PlayStation 4)

This half-genie has a killer head of hair

June 29, 2015 - You don't often see DSiWare games getting ported to current consoles. For the most part it's understandable why, but when it comes to Shantae; you know you're in for a treat. If you're ready, give that magic lamp a rub and let's see if our wishes come true.
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Astebreed Review

Astebreed Review (PlayStation 4)

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.
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Top 10 Ouya Multiplayer Games (First Two Years)

Top 10 Ouya Multiplayer Games (First Two Years)

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!
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Arcade Archives: Raiders5 Review

Arcade Archives: Raiders5 Review (PlayStation 4)

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!
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Rare Replay: Reasons to Get Excited

Rare Replay: Reasons to Get Excited

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.
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Pac-Attack Review

Pac-Attack Review (Super Nintendo)

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?
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Final Fantasy VII Remake: The Dream Voice Cast

Final Fantasy VII Remake: The Dream Voice Cast

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.
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Nintendo's Creativity Continues to Impress

Nintendo's Creativity Continues to Impress

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!
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Arcade Archives: Gradius Review

Arcade Archives: Gradius Review (PlayStation 4)

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.
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