Biohazard HD Remaster

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Hardware: PlayStation 3, XBox 360, PlayStation 4, XBox One
11/27/2014 (PS3/XBox 360 - Japan), 01/20/2015 (PS4/XBox One - Japan, PS3/PS4/XBox 360/XBox One - US and PAL),
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Resident Evil HD Remaster
It's plain to see that HD remasters of PS2/XBox/GameCube titles were a mainstay of the PS3/XBox 360 generation, and for the relatively short time that it's been going as of this writing, that trend is proving to continue throughout the PS4/XBox One generation as well. When these titles have been announced though, they tended to either come as collections or just be the latest and greatest entry in a franchise that was featured across that frequently remastered generation. That's why the GameCube remake of Resident Evil/Biohazard being released as an HD remaster across every "modern" (the PS4/XBox One releases will not be included in this article, since they were actually released slightly later in Japan) non-Nintendo platform was a bit of a surprise. It's pretty universally agreed upon that the the Resident Evil remake on GameCube (or REmake) was absolutely stunning, and a masterpiece in its own way even when compared to the Playstation original. So what exciting possibilities await in an HD remaster? Continue Reading

Phantasy Star Nova

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Hardware: Vita
11/27/2014 (Japan)
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Ever since the release of the original Phantasy Star Online in 2000, each Phantasy Star game has been basically cut from the original PSO template with paper thin stories just to create some purpose for player actions. After all, the real appeal of these games was the multi-player aspect from the start, so who really cared about things like story? That's why it was so strange when Phantasy Star Nova was announced in 2013 as being a heavily story focused, primarily single-player entry in the PSO family. By this point Sega had probably forgotten that Phantasy Star had an identity before it went online, because it brought about a lot of hope from old fans of the series that this might finally be the return of the original Phantasy Star series in some way. It doesn't come as much of a surprise that those hopes were very misplaced. Continue Reading

2014: Ahhhh! (Too Much To Play)

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Some big life events happened for me this year, and none of them were really all that good. I won't go into details since I like to keep those sorts of things off of this site, but given those events it's very surprising that I managed to play as many new games this year as I did. In fact I probably tried to play too many, because most of the games that I picked up near the end of the year I haven't been able to spend as much time with as I would have liked. Regardless, there have been some real gems this year that are well worth talking about. More long form write-ups are still coming for several of these, but for now I'll briefly mention everything I played that came out this year and point out the highlights. Continue Reading

This Hunting Life

I really need to start posting some more "blogy" type things on here that aren't whole game reviews, so this is my first effort in awhile to do so. About a year ago I wrote a post or two detailing the reasons for my "Hunting Action burnout" (or perhaps more specifically my Monster Hunter burnout). Monster Hunter 4 had come out, and was supposed to be setting my world on fire. I played through the single player long enough to see the ending, and just barely got into high rank online, but it just never stuck with me like past Monster Hunter games had. I attributed this mostly to playing too much Monster Hunter in too short of time periods. Continue Reading

The Legend of Korra

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Hardware: Playstation 3, Playstation 4, XBox 360, XBox One
PS3 & PS4 - 10/21/2014, XBox360 & XBox One - 10/22/2014 (US)
There are a couple of reasons to be excited about a Legend of Korra game that just happens to be developed by PlatinumGames, of Bayonetta series fame. You may be a fan of the Legend of Korra or Avatar cartoons on Nickelodeon, which were extremely popular among kids and adults alike. You also may be a fan of PlatinumGames previous works, particularly those in the third person action genre, often garnering high praise. For these reasons, this game had a lot working in its favor. That's why it's all the more unfortunate that it somehow managed to fall short of expectations. Continue Reading