Opinions: Let’s Rank the SNES Classic – Part 5

Now that I own the silly thing, I have given the four remaining games I hadn’t played beforehand a little play time to present some commentary on them. Here’s the rest of the series. Kirby’s Dream Course I feel that the solo mode in this game is not the focal point of this game; it’s…

Music: Top 25 VGM STKs – #1, Chrono Trigger

This was a very difficult call to make. But in the end, I feel Chrono Trigger is without a doubt the closest any single soundtrack has come to pure musical perfection. It has a huge plethora of tracks covering a wide range of genres, motifs and textures, and somehow nary a one is annoying or…

Music: 5 VGM Favorites from the 16-bit Era

It’s the new year, so let’s continue writing about my favorite VGM! I’m going to try to do this twice per month here on in to rush through the rest of these songs. This time, let’s focus on 16-bit jams! Whirlwind, Shinobi III: The Ninja Master, Hirofumi Murasaki/Morihiko Akiyama/Masayuki Nagao, Genesis, Sega, 1993 This is…

Music: Amanda Lepre tackles Super Metroid

Super Metroid is a soundtrack that is just hovering right outside of my top 25. It’s really, really good stuff, and I was quite impressed with Descendants of Erdrick guitarist Amanda Lepre’s solo take on the iconic “Brinstar – Red Soil” with “Red Soil Swamp Pulse”. She nails the atmosphere so beautifully here. I wish…

Opinion: The Best Games of the Metroid Franchise

With my recent playthrough of Samus Returns under my belt, I figure it’s time to properly do a proper “Top Metroids!” article now. It’s also Halloween and Metroids are spooky. :p I’ll repost some of my commentary from elsewhere for Super Metroid. Super Metroid Surprise (or not)! I’ve written a lot on the game already,…

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…

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…

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…