Opinion: Enemy Encounters – Metroids (Metroid)

Metroids (Metroid franchise) Metroids are incredible enemies, perhaps some of the most frightening foes ever created. They are incredibly fast, tend to ambush Samus from the background, and are persistent at swarming her. Should one latch on, it takes several concussive blasts from your bombs to shake them off, and that usually is only for…

Opinion: Artistic Discussion – 8/2/2017

Ecco the Dolphin (Sega, Genesis) Today’s great example of box art comes from Boris Vallejo, well-known fantasy artist who did more than a few Genesis covers for Sega back in the 1990s. This one is a splendid example, perfectly capturing the essence of the game, not to mention being a pretty damn nice painting all…

Opinion – Bottom 25 Games: 11) Donkey Kong Jr. Math

11) Donkey Kong Jr. Math (NES, Nintendo, 1986) Edutainment titles can be adequate entertainment, such as The Oregon Trail or Math Blasters, but Nintendo’s sole localized effort of their Educational Series is an absolute travesty. It is a dearth of pleasure; the nadir of video gaming joy. There’s not much to DK Jr. Math —…

Opinion – Bottom 25 Games: 10) Resident Evil 6

10) Resident Evil 6 (PS3, Capcom, 2012) Oh man, Resident Evil 6 is by far the worst game I’ve played this decade. No contest. No question. Not even co-op with a willing partner was able to overcome the overwhelming dire gameplay, dull level maps, dumb narrative and goddamned design decisions that dooms the entire experience….

Opinion – Bottom 25 Games: 9) Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon

9) Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon (DS, Nintendo/Intelligent Systems, 2009) I happen to be a pretty big fan of Fire Emblem. I’ve bought nearly all of the titles that have come out in the US (except Radiant Dawn, primarily because Path of Radiance didn’t sink its teeth into me well enough to commit to more), and…

Opinion – Bottom 25 Games: 7) Mad Dog McCree

7) Mad Dog McCree (Arcade, American Laser Games, 1990) There’s an old adage in video gaming that “a game is only as good as it plays, never as good as it looks” (or thereabouts — I’m paraphrasing). Back in the 1980s and early 1990s, this idea was tested most in the arcades, where gaming technology…

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…

Opinion: Retro Comps – Capcom Classics Mini Mix (GBA)

Capcom Classics Mini Mix (GBA) Highlights: Bionic Commando Low Lights: Mighty Final Fight Quirky Surprise: Strider Very, very late in the GBA lifeline came this surprise — a collection of three of Capcom’s NES cult classics (i.e. games not Mega Man or Disney-themed) ported by Sensory Sweep in 2006. The company was not known for…

Music: Top 5 Intro Themes

It’s a new month, so let’s do another entry in my Top 100 songs (boy, I’m doing a lot of lists these days…). Today I’d like to focus on my favorite introduction tunes. Silent Hill 3 – You’re Not Here (PS2, Konami, Akira Yamaoka/Mary Elizabeth McGlynn) Akira Yamaoka is a master at crafting horror-tinged rock…

Opinion: My Top 111, #15: Elevator Action Returns

Taito’s original Elevator Action was a decent arcade hit, but sat dormant for over a decade before they would return to the concept in Elevator Action Returns. The original starred a solo agent trying to infiltrate enemy HQs to swipe their top secret docs, and his primary method of exploration was the titular elevators. The…

Opinion: The Anticipation for Ocarina of Time

I’ve told this story before, but it’s gotten lost over the site revisions and reinventions, so I’m going to recompose it here. I present how badly I wanted to experience Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. I got a Nintendo 64 for Christmas in 1996. Alongside it came a Nintendo Power subscription for my birthday…