Opinion: Artistic Discussion (7/13/2017)

Hello folks! Once again, I’m resurrecting an old LVLs. feature. This time, it’s Artistic Discussion, a feature designed to talk about the good and the bad of gaming box art. Unlike last time, I’ll be posting one piece per post and it may be good OR bad, depending on my mood at the time. Today…

Opinions: 2017 – A Dual Life Perspective (Part I)

Well, it’s July, so it’s time for me to reflect on the first half of 2017 both in the real and in the virtual. The real has been…well…fascinating? Certainly surreal. And hard. Where to even begin? Well, I suppose I’ll start with the biggest elephant in the room, which has been learning how to adapt…

Opinion: Blaster Master Zero is the best game in the series

Sunsoft’s Blaster Master is one of the NES’ B-tier classics; not as iconic as Super Mario, Mega Man, Legend of Zelda or Castlevania, but still fondly remembered and a good game in its own right. However, it is a flawed one, primarily for its decision to handicap the player with a gun meter that drains…

Opinions: Top 111 Statistics Continue with my Favorite Developers

I’ve put together my favorite games, so now I can start asking myself some questions I’ve floated for a while, like what’s my favorite developer (unsurprising spoiler — it’s Nintendo)? So let’s sort that out! Here’s how I’m going to score this — games in the 51 – 111 range will be awarded a half…

Opinions: Top 111 Statistics Continue with my Favorite Publishers

I’ve put together my favorite games, so now I can start asking myself some questions I’ve floated for a while, like what’s my favorite publisher (unsurprising spoiler — it’s Nintendo)? So let’s sort that out! Here’s how I’m going to score this — games in the 51 – 111 range will be awarded a half…

Opinion: So if the SNES Classic featured 30 games instead of 21…

So the just-announced SNES Classic has a plethora of games on it, and unlike the NES Classic I can’t really argue against any of their inclusions. I mean, I could do without a few of these because I have them in other formats, but in terms of the strength and importance of these picks, they…

Opinion: Super NES Classic is official; let’s discuss!

Okay, so this is a thing: So unlike the NES Classic, we’re getting pretty much A-tier quality all the way around, with the biggest omission being Chrono Trigger. But the rest of that lineup is rock solid. And there’s some really big surprises here, as there’s three SNES games that have not seen a proper…

Opinions: The Best of the Worst – Phanto (Super Mario Bros. 2)

Welcome to a new feature here at LVLS, which is in actuality an old feature once known as “Enemy Encounters”…but now modernized and rebranded! Like you care. :p Anyway, I want to discuss enemies, bosses and antagonists of games and this seems like a good header to slide this under. And today I’d like to…

Music – Five Great “Overworld” Themes

Time to tackle a few more of my favorite songs from my Top 100! This time I’ll share five of my favorite overworld themes, which I’m defining as a track that takes place in a game space not considered a town or an overall level theme from, say, Mega Man or Contra. Secret of Mana…