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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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Dr. Mario: Miracle Cure Review

Dr. Mario: Miracle Cure Review (3DS)

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.
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Top 10 Namco Museum Hidden Gems

Top 10 Namco Museum Hidden Gems

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!
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Namco Museum Vol. 5 Review

Namco Museum Vol. 5 Review (PlayStation)

Pac is back and he's brought some shiny new friends

June 11, 2015 - It's finally time to discuss the last volume of the original Namco Museum anthology. Of course, there are plenty more Namco Museum collections that have come out since and maybe I'll review a few of those down the road. For now, this will have to suffice. Anyway, does the series end on a positive note? Let's put on our winged helmets and take a walk down memory lane to find the answer.
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Namco Museum Vol. 4 Review

Namco Museum Vol. 4 Review (PlayStation)

An odd journey into the unknown

June 8, 2015 - Previous collections featured a large variety of classic Namco titles. I guess that means it's time to take a trip to the back corner of Namco's vast library. These games may be obscure, but are they any good? Since I still have some quarters left, let's find out!
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Namco Museum Vol. 3 Review

Namco Museum Vol. 3 Review (PlayStation)

Digging up some arcade treasures

June 5, 2015 - These Namco compilations keep getting better. However, does the third installment maintain this trend? Seeing as it fills in some missing gaps from Namco's library, let's have a look at what's in this chest full of retro goodness.
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