Opinion: Bottom 25 Games – 18) Super Thunder Blade (Genesis)

18) Super Thunder Blade (Genesis, Sega, 1989) Launch titles have much to prove — they need to highlight the new system’s capabilities as well as be compelling enough on their own to entice people to make a purchase alongside the console. And there’s been more than a few over the years that have managed to…

Opinion: Artistic Discussion – 9/3/2017

Secret of Mana (SNES, Square Soft) I adore the box art for this game. It’s so delightfully lush and green and dripping with detail. It is the epitome of classy, beautiful illustration. And the logo just manages to fit in without being intrusive at all. In my book, there’s only a small handful of cases of…

Opinion: My Picks for the Best Legend of Zelda games!

All right, I’ve delved on Capcom properties long enough with this ranking business; time to tackle one very near and dear to me: Legend of Zelda. I’ve played the majority of the games to completion, and want to share what I feel are the five Zelda titles that best define the series as a whole….

Opinion: Street Fighter is 30 years old today!

30 years ago the original Street Fighter made its debut in Japanese arcades. Now while that effort wasn’t really all that great, the sequel more than made up for it and the series has been going on strong ever since. It’s really remarkable how Street Fighter II rewrote the arcade narrative. Beat em ups and…

Opinion – Bottom 25 Games: 17) Zelda II: The Adventures of Link

17) Zelda II: The Adventures of Link (NES, Nintendo, 1988) Zelda II is perhaps the greatest casualty of the tendency for experimentation for sequels on the NES. Super Mario Bros. 2 (USA) at first glance completely reinvents Mario’s fundamentals — jumping on enemies no longer kills them but allows you to ride them? However, as…

Opinion: Goldeneye 007 is 20 years old!

Rare and Nintendo released the seminal Goldeneye 007 on this day in 1997, ushering in a plethora of mechanics and gameplay concepts into the FPS genre. Adding in a mission structure with objectives determined by the difficulty selected, having your bullets cause limb-specific damage, and having some directives insist that you not kill everything and…

Opinion: Bottom 25 Games – 16) Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

16) Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Wii, Nintendo, 2011) Before diving into a ranking of my favorite Legend of Zelda titles, I figure I should discuss the two that are among the worst games I’ve played, and Skyward Sword is one I haven’t talked about in a little bit, so let’s start there. The sole…

Music – Our Lady Peace’s “Drop Me in the Water”

I tell you what, being a LONGTIME Our Lady Peace fan has been quite a ride. At this point, singer Raine Maida is the only founding member still involved, drummer Jeremy Taggart left, and the last few albums have had some high points, but some pretty hefty lows, too. Curve, their last album, was mostly…