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: Castlevania

The original Castlevania and I have had an interesting little exchange, really. I’ve had exposure to it since the heydays of the NES, but never actually owned a copy of it until the GBA’s “Classic NES” line included it as part of the second series (and the third…uh…third party title in America in that series…

Opinion: Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia

Order of Ecclesia stands as Koji Igarashi’s second-to-last chapter in the Castlevania franchise (Harmony of Despair was the last), as well as the final “Metroidvania” styled game in the series. Lords of Shadow’s three entries followed, taking the series in a drastically different direction (in more ways than one). Shanoa was also the first canonical…

Opinion: Absolute Bullshit Design in Games (8/20/2016)

Suikoden. Great game. Its direct sequel is proving to be even better. So unlike the last time I wrote one of these, there’s an actual ping of regret for tearing into these games (sorry RE6). But there’s one element that plagues both games and have made me incredibly sour, and that’s the dice game (Chinchirorin)….

Opinion: Splatoon is not dead yet!

If you didn’t know better, the recent Splatoon revelation that Splatfests were ending this month would sound like a death knell for the game’s community. Some have even postulated as much, but I don’t really think that’s true, though. I’ve played this game for well over a year now, and I’ve seen no signs of…

Opinion: The Best of E3 2016

Another E3 has zoomed by, and while this year’s show lacked a lot of the shock and awe last year’s contained (not much was going to top Final Fantasy VII Remake, Shenmue III, The Last Guardian and NiER Automata from Sony’s show), there was still a lot to be excited about this year. Here are…

Opinion: Retro Comps – Taito Legends 1 and 2

Long ago, I had a feature here on retro compilations. This is an attempt to sort of bring that back, but this time around I’m just going to focus on the ones I think excel at their job of bringing together a bunch of great games. TAITO LEGENDS (PS2, Xbox, and PC) Highlights: Bubble Bobble,…

Opinion: Bless me bagpipes! :(

Alan Young passed away today; a 96 year legacy left behind him. Ducktales was a constant in my childhood — the adventures of Scrooge McDuck and his family gave me an early (albeit stereotyped and somewhat offensive) glimpse into a world beyond America (er, Duckberg). McDuck was the highlight of the show, with Young giving…

Opinion: I need to say so much more on Resident Evil 6

I already wrote a fairly considerable amount of hate text on Resident Evil 6, but I feel compelled to add a little more to that screed. Of all of the games I’ve played — especially in recent times — I have to say that RE6 is unquestionably among the most disappointing. I have rarely seen…

Archives – Games I Strongly Disdain, V.1

You know, video games are generally good things, but I’ve run into quite a few that have gotten my gander. I wrote about a few of them back on P4, but I’ve retired that series some time ago. I held onto most of these pieces, though, so I’m going to recycle them over here. Here’s…

The Loss of the Digital – Reflections on the Demise of my Laptop

The bond we as humans form with our electronics is a strange — yet increasingly crucial — connection. The machines become extensions of our “souls”, as you will; a digital copy of our likes, dislikes and everything in between. Memories, favorites, private information — all become components of the CPUs and hard discs of computers,…