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JRPGs, You're Better Than This

64 hours. 23 hours. 42 hours. 28 hours. Somewhere on a grassy plain trying to figure out if I should spend my days hunting down one of many pending side quests. Somewhere deep in the ocean chasing mermaids. Somewhere making preparations for my next strategic battle. These are all the places I’m willing to leave behind — unexplored and unresolved — because I’m wondering if I give a damn about JRPGs anymore.


GTA IV's Story Is Better Than GTA V's

The Grand Theft Auto series is the ultimate commentary on modern America. Greed, lust, money and crime are wrapped together into a Las Vegas buffet of a game that is entertaining, insightful and overwhelming in its sheer variety.


When Death Loses Meaning In A Video Game

It used to be that a player’s ‘extra lives’ were an immediate, ever-present concern. It’s a staple from the arcade era; there had to be a “Game Over” so that someone else could play, and also so people could keep sticking quarters into the machines. And so, when video games made their way over to the home consoles, the lives system followed with it.


The Most Unappreciated Platformers Of The '90s

Super Mario World, Sonic The Hedgehog, Crash Bandicoot, Banjo Kazooie — the number of platforming series and characters that rose to stardom in the ’90s was notably the highest in gaming history. Truly a golden age. But for every new Mario game there was always a few lesser-known titles waiting in the wings. Those titles deserve some recognition.


The NES Game That Inspired Resident Evil

One of the best horror games ever developed came out for the Famicom in 1989 from Capcom. It was a rare, licence game that was somehow better than its source material.


12 Reasons To Play The Legend Of Zelda: Majora's Mask 

February will bring the remake of The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask where Link must save the world over a three day cycle that loops in a terrifying fashion, each cycle bringing life in the hopes of changing a doomed, stagnant world.


Classic Board Games That Are Better As Video Games

On the sliding continuum of ‘gaming as a worthy pursuit,’ board games are respected more than video games.


Uncharted 2's Museum Level Sucked

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves was an immediate game-changer when Naughty Dog released it in 2009. As a high octane love letter to Indiana Jones and the 1950s adventure serials that inspired it, it set an ideal expectation for the adventure genre — never give the player an opportunity to breathe. Every objective must serve the plot, every visual must impress. Every gunfight must be organic and unique to its setting, and spring from the context of the narrative, rather than simply exist for its own sake.


9 Video Games That Left Us Defenseless And Scared

Video games often employ lots of cruel tricks in which gamers find themselves in precarious pickles — the gigantic and seemingly impossible bosses, timers, that last collectable that requires precision to attain. But the most cruel trick of all? Taking away our weapons.


15 Of The Strangest Dystopias In Gaming

The future is scary and, according to these 15 dystopias in video games, it’s going to get a lot stranger before things get better.