By Brandon Ditto | June 24th, 2015
I used to imagine there was an alternate timeline in video game history where Shenmue III was released. Unthinkably, I am now existing in this in this alternate reality! Subsequent play-throughs of the Shenmue series has always been bittersweet. Every time you play Shenmue II, the end of disc 4 is so hard to swallow. It feels like the start of an epic adventure. But you know you can’t continue; you know you won’t see what happens to Ryo… Until now. Words can’t describe how I feel, but somehow I’m in a world where Shenmue III is going to exist. This shouldn’t be happening. I had convinced myself completely that Shenmue III was never going to happen. Like the Dreamcast, Shenmue was destined to an early death. No matter how good, how creative Dreamcast and Shenmue are, the video game business just doesn’t allow for this kind of thing to exist. Thankfully, Kickstarter is changing the business of video games. You and I can now save Shenmue through crowdfunding.
Rollin’ Back: Rediscovering Super Monkey Ball 2
By Clark DeVitis | July 27th, 2014
In today’s gaming world, it’s hard to think of many games that can be so easy to pick up and play casually, yet be so difficult to master. In fact, finding many games like this throughout all of the generations is no easy task. To me, it is something that can be extremely difficult to achieve for game developers, but when it is, can provide some of the deepest gameplay experiences we can imagine; allowing the well-practiced to show off their hard-earned skills to newcomers. Super Monkey Ball 2 for the Nintendo Gamecube is one of these games that has achieved the huge gap between the regular player, and the veteran.
Rhythm Thief & the Emperor’s Treasure Review
By Eric Oborne | November 18th, 2012
Une, deux, trois… Magnifique! Extraordinaire! Génial! Ça, c’est un jeu impressionnant. Ah zut, that was my French coming out of me. It’s been happening ever since I started playing Rhythm Thief & the Emperor’s Treasure on the Nintendo 3DS.
The Pioneer & Its Sequel: Experiencing Phantasy Star Online
By Gregory Oborne | July 20th, 2012
Here I am, installing and updating the game I said I would not play. The sour taste of the previous games’ demise still lingers, and the sweet scent of being free of the series’ shackles is refreshing. I thought I could withstand the temptations of the newest Phantasy Star, but one thought of missing out on the sci-fi beauty of SEGA’s legendary RPG series was enough to awaken the HUmar in me.