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  • Why Xenosaga Episode 1 is still great

    Contents Links: Screenshots Part 1: Story and Characters In the first few hours, Xenosaga Episode I drops an action cutscene that shows it isn’t playing around. The protagonist’s dreadnought is attacked by the Gnosis, enemies impervious to their weapons because the Gnosis exist out of phase with the material world. This fact doesn’t, unfortunately, limit…

  • What is bullet hell?

    A bullet hell is a 2D action game about dodging intricate patterns of bullets and shooting enemies. They have a higher bullet count and slower bullet speed than traditional shmups. Examples are the Dodonpachi and Touhou series. At first, you might think increasing the number of bullets is just a way to increase the difficulty,…

  • Best multiplayer metroidvanias (available on PC)

    Fuse the exploration of a Metroidvania with a multiplayer dynamic and you get the small be special gaming niche that we are talking about today. Multiplayer metroidvanias feature both cooperative challenges and character progression, set within interconnected worlds ripe for exploration. These titles often present a refreshing alternative to other multiplayer genres, offering both challenge…

  • Games like Legacy of Kain

    Legacy of Kain is an (almost) unique dark fantasy drama that plays out across a series of exceptionally creative action-adventure games. Sadly, there hasn’t been a new game in the series since Legacy of Kain: Defiance, released in November 2023, almost exactly 20 years ago. For many fans, it would be impossible to match Legacy…

  • The Cowboy JRPG: What Makes Wild Arms Great (Video)

    Note: the video and the text are the same review. Wild Arms seems like a standard SNES-style JRPG. Yes, it’s on the PS1, but it feels like a SNES JRPG with higher resolution 2D sprites and 3D battles — with questionable models, though I admit they did grow on me. The point is it seemed…

  • Was Dragon Quest the first JRPG?

    How RPGs reached Japan Dragon Quest (1986) could rightly be described as the first JRPG due to a genre convention, but it wasn’t the first RPG made in Japan. Dragon and Princess (1982) was probably the oldest, though there were various other interesting attempts, including The Black Onyx (1984). Thank you to Moby Games and…


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