Category Archives: Animu

Mother 3

Spoilers and all that. Mother 3 is a weird JRPG. I didn’t say funny, I said weird. Everything in the Mother series is awkward and slightly unsettling and sometimes humorous—but always weird. Many elements draw upon real-world geography, history, and … Continue reading

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Legacy of the Wizard

Legacy of the Wizard, known as Dragon Slayer 4: Drasle Family in Japan, is an early Metroidvania, a type of action/exploration game with an open-ended world (In this case, a tile-based huge labyrinthine dungeon) that can be explored in a … Continue reading

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Oniken is Not That Hard

Oniken is a 2012 PC game made by Danilo Dias of Brazil. It is a platforming hack-em-up that is openly inspired by late-80s games from the Nintendo Entertainment System. Oniken is available for five bucks USD on Desura, a Steam-like … Continue reading

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10 More “Underrated” Games That Are Actually Overrated

This is the sequel to my first article about games that are improperly labeled as underrated. Behold: Rez (Dreamcast, Playstation 2, Xbox 360, 2001) Whenever someone reviews Rez, they invariably write some nonsense about synesthesia, a disorder of the senses … Continue reading

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Ys Origin: Good, Not Great

I’m not the type to buy something just because someone spilled anime all over it. Nevertheless, I’ve always enjoyed the Ys series. My favorite in particular was Ys 3: Wanderers from Ys, primarily due to its unimaginably powerful soundtrack. So … Continue reading

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The Downfall of the Zelda Series

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is a boring and frustrating game riddled with stupid waggle controls, endless fetch quests, braindead backtracking used to pad out the game’s length, excessive hand-holding and never-ending cutscenes that a woodchuck could write. The … Continue reading

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I’m ambivalent about Xenogears.

I am quite ambivalent about Square’s 1998 video game Xenogears. There are times when I think it’s the most beautiful and profound thing on the planet. At others, I find it an infuriating mess of ill-conceived plot twists that insults … Continue reading

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