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: My Top 111 (80 – 90)

Back to Part 2… 80) Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time + Brought the Zelda franchise into 3D — a landmark for its time + Fantastic music + Excellent dungeon and boss design for the most part + This game mesmerized me as a teen, and I will always remember it fondly for that –…

Opinion: Critical Favorites – The SNES

When I launched LVLs. (and then P4), I had a series of articles on my favorite or “essential” games. I wanted to rethink my approach of analyzing the games that I love, and would like to take three to six games I adore for each system the most and try to better understand why exactly…

Opinion: FINALLY Clicking with Mega Man X

If you’ve read my writing on Mega Man before, you may know that I am not a fan of the charge shot introduced in Mega Man 4. I feel it ruined the balance of the gameplay and made the secondary weapons unnecessary outside of boss fights, which sucked out so much of the joy I…