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The reins of Castlevania have been entrusted in the hands of Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima and Spanish studio Mercury Steam, and it runs much deeper than the changing of the development guard----it is a stand-alo... Read Full Review22 of 23 users found the following review helpful
For the greater part of last year, Final Fantasy XIV piqued my interest. I remember my experiences with Final Fantasy XI as having been something of a mixed bag---good in some days, and horrible in others. So naturally,... Read Full Review22 of 24 users found the following review helpful
The Wild ARMs series has always appealed to me because it was basically an RPG set in a Wild Western environment. Though not exactly Clint Eastwood fighting dragons, but moreover, it's a uniquely pleasant experience I p... Read Full Review2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
When the Xbox 360 was first released, classic arcade games were one of the first inaugural offerings made available from Live Arcade that players would purchase with Microsoft Points, download and enjoy right out of the ... Read Full Review3 of 3 users found the following review helpful
R-Type's one of my favorite shooters. It was also a pretty challenging one at that, and a game unlike any I've ever played before. R-Type Final is the fifth and last game in the franchise, drawing upon its previous exp... Read Full Review0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
Bugs have a rough life. They're an important component in our world's natural cycle, yet they get stepped on, sprayed at, smeared all over the sidewalk and splattered on many a car windshield. Yet there are some insect... Read Full Review0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
Remember Arkanoid? I sure do! It was one of my favorite arcade games. The concept was simple; using a futuristic paddle, you deflect a ball for as long as possible while clearing a play field full of multi-colored blo... Read Full Review1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
Playing the original Breath of Fire when it was published by Square Enix (back when they were just SquareSoft), I have fond memories of a hero who had the astounding power of transforming into a dragon. Breath of Fire I... Read Full Review0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
Taito Legends serves a sizeable helping of some of their beloved classics despite some disappointing omissions.
Years before it was bought up by Square Enix, Taito procured a ton of unique and fun arcade quarter-crunchers. Taito Legends brings a whopping 29 titles from its catalog into the home console compilation fray. While th... Read Full Review0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
Simply put, there is nothing like Shadow of the Colossus. I bought it under the Greatest Hits label two years ago on a whim, and continue to go back to it from time to time. It is easily distinguishable as an action/ad... Read Full Review0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
I began my love affair with a Lombax and a talking tin can with this very game released several years ago during the golden age of the PlayStation 2. This was one of few games of its kind to hit all cylinders of gaming ... Read Full Review2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
An unadulterated, timeless classic that inspired other great games, Super Metroid is unquestionably a must-play.
Metroid Other M explored the events following intergalactic bounty hunter Samus Aran's second skirmish against the Space Pirates on the planet of Zebes. The story that chronicled the struggles and challenges leading up ... Read Full Review5 of 5 users found the following review helpful
A baby bird has lost its mother. Are you a bad enough dude to reunite them? If you've graciously accepted this monumental challenge, consider Ivy the Kiwi? (the question mark at the end of the title is where it's suppos... Read Full Review3 of 3 users found the following review helpful
Terrorist androids invading Los Angeles to kidnap the President of the United States? If that sounds the least bit absurd to you, just know that Hollywood has done a lot worse. If you can ignore the arbitrarily ridicul... Read Full Review0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
Metroid Other M is certainly different from what we're used to, but that's not really a bad thing now, is it?
How much do we really know about Samus Aran? Few people ever knew that the bounty hunter of the original NES release was really a woman, and they were the lucky ones who beat it under the near-impossible time limit. W... Read Full Review8 of 9 users found the following review helpful
Animal Crossing has always been one of those Nintendo charmers that keeps me coming back, because there's always something new happening every time you power your console and play it. City Folk is basically an updated p... Read Full Review0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
You might be surprised at how fun the game is, especially when you get to use Castlevania characters.
Putting Castlevania and "fighting game" in the same sentence can be construed as unheard-of amongst its fanbase. I told my friends about this one, and they couldn't stop laughing. They thought it was absolutely ridicul... Read Full Review3 of 3 users found the following review helpful
Since Koji Igarashi took the producing reins of the Castlevania mythos back in 1998 with the debut of "Symphony of the Night", the scope of the franchise has transgressed into an entirely different perspective, changing ... Read Full Review6 of 6 users found the following review helpful
Although it veers away from its element, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light proves that the girl has still got it.
Who doesn't know Lara Croft? Gorgeous physique, sultry British accent, incredible athleticism and a hard-boiled grit that puts the burliest men to shame. In the twenty or so years that she's been raiding tombs, getti... Read Full Review6 of 9 users found the following review helpful
When I see a game like Deathsmiles, I'm instantly reminded of Side Arms. You were one man in a mecha suit that fired in two directions, blasted a bunch of starships and feverishly dodged fast moving bullets. While I wo... Read Full Review5 of 5 users found the following review helpful
You might not remember this game being in existence when the Genesis was first released back in 1989. RPGs weren't as popular as they are today, so it had a lot things going against it. Now, as a 800 point Virtual Cons... Read Full Review0 of 1 users found the following review helpful
In the land of Hyrule, a vast network of triangular-plated train tracks serve the duty of shackling an ancient demon that has now awakened to blight the world of light in an insatiable darkness. Yet far off in the distan... Read Full Review11 of 11 users found the following review helpful
Despite some blemishes, Dragon Quest IX shines brightly and earns its place as a worthy successor of the franchise.
Second only to Final Fantasy, the Dragon Quest games have enjoyed phenomenal success overseas. Throughout its eight installments, the traditional RPG formula has remained stagnant and unwavering, rarely ever changing, a... Read Full Review6 of 8 users found the following review helpful
Make no mistake. I'm a Tetris nut. I've been a Tetris nut since the Game Boy game, and I ain't stopping now. Although I may not be a bonafide world champion, I obviously don't completely suck at it. I just happen to ... Read Full Review2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
Capcom Classics Collection Remixed is the first portable offering of Capcom's arcade history that includes several games from the console versions as well as some new additions. As with Reloaded, I had the opportunity t... Read Full Review0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
Even though the game takes a surprising turn from its traditional element, Nuts and Bolts is a fun experience outright.
As someone who used to play Banjo Kazooie on the Nintendo 64 for hours on end, I was eagerly anticipating their inevitable debut on the 360. Nuts and Bolts continues the wacky adventures of the bear-bird duo, and takes ... Read Full Review1 of 2 users found the following review helpful
I'm sure many of you remember the Transformers toy franchise. I loved the Transformers. Granted back then, my family didn't have a lot of money to spend on trivial things, so I didn't own a lot of them. But I watched ... Read Full Review0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
A memorable, disturbing game that stays with you long after you've played it, and seduces you to come back for more.
Sometimes the best experiences we have as human beings, gaming or otherwise, are those that cannot be explained. And sometimes the deepest questions we ever ask are those that have no concrete answers. On the surface, ... Read Full Review3 of 5 users found the following review helpful
An engrossing good time to be had, Order of Ecclesia is a worthy addition to the Castlevania series.
Since Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, the series has taken a dramatic turn towards exploration; a far cry from the linearity of past entries before it. Order of Ecclesia continues that tradition for its third incanta... Read Full Review0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
The first game in the enormously-successful RPG franchise holds well today in spite of its shortcomings.
They say every legacy has a beginning. Yet, few in video gaming ever earn the distinction of having thirteen-plus titles to show for it. An unbelievable achievement when you consider the fact that it was supposed to ha... Read Full Review2 of 3 users found the following review helpful
Don't let the simplistic look of this game deceive you. As I soon discovered when downloading it upon lots of word-of-mouth from my friends, the websites, the gaming publications and the message boards, Geometry Wars 2 ... Read Full Review0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
Capcom Classics Reloaded is the second offering of Capcom's catalog of arcade games following Remixed, bringing most of the games from Classics Collection Vol.1 for the PS2 as well as including some new ones. For the mo... Read Full Review0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
The original Sin and Punishment was released on the Nintendo 64 in Japan quite a while ago, and only recently have North American audiences been given the chance to experience what can best described as one of the most u... Read Full Review1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
Having anticipated the release of this game for quite some time, I knew I was in for something special. And I was right. There's nothing quite like Little Big Planet. It's one of those experiences that make you pr... Read Full Review0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
Big Brain Academy's a lot like most of the mini-game compilations we generally see on the Wii console; easy to pick up, great as party games and fun for the entire family. What's different about it is that it will not on... Read Full Review0 of 2 users found the following review helpful
If you're a Castlevania nut like I am, you probably know about a game in the series that we never saw localized in the States. Yet, it has gained quite a cult following through imports, word-of-mouth and the mention of R... Read Full Review0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
If you can dream it, you can build it. How often have you heard that? Well, how about making your very own shooter? Blast Works allows you to do just that and so much more. Apart from Tumiki Fighters, a popular web... Read Full Review1 of 2 users found the following review helpful
War for Cybertron is a truly definitive Transformers game, succeeding where many others have utterly failed.
The Transformers have been a part of our lives for nearly two and a half decades. It was a radical concept when first broadcast on television in the mid 1980s and, fortunately, it garnered phenomenal popularity as well ... Read Full Review16 of 17 users found the following review helpful
With five complete Gradius games in one portable package, there's no going wrong with this collection.
I've always been a sucker for shooters, especially Gradius. My only regret is not being able to experience them in their true arcade forms--the best I could ever do was play the Nintendo games. Gradius Collection packa... Read Full Review1 of 1 users found the following review helpful