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Late to the Party: Breath of Fire (1994)

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JRPGs can be some of my favorite games (my definition being “a role-playing game developed in Japan”). Building a good character or party with good tactics, exploring a vast world, and following a meaty story are the kinds of things I easily drop dozens of hours into. But the ones people include in the most traditional sense of the term — usually turn-based games where you travel from town to town across a world map until you beat the final boss (and even then I keep thinking of games JRPG fans include in the description that make exceptions to it) can be slow, bloated, and repetitive, and are so uncomfortably often. Continue reading

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Late to the Party: Devil May Cry (2001)

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Attention: About a month ago Indie Game Website ran my preview of Project Wingman. It’s come a long way since I first did the blog post on the original release of the alpha.

I don’t actually know when I’ll buy Devil May Cry V, but I thought the run-up to its release would be a good time to finally investigate the original Devil May Cry for the first time. I’d been worried it would feel too obsolete compared to the rest of the “Character Action” genre it created, but a lot about the game surprised me that makes sense considering its place in its own lineage. Continue reading

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Why I Played Resident Evil 2 For Almost 100 Hours

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I logged almost 100 hours on Capcom’s remake of Resident Evil 2 in the month since it came out, so I have to write something about it.

In today’s world where companies like BioWare which were known for linear role-playing games like Baldur’s Gate are now shipping online loot-fests like Anthem, the game I drop 100 hours on is the one where you can actually get to the credits in around eight hours. I’m still wondering how Capcom can devote hefty production values to games like Resident Evil and Devil May Cry V when they don’t really have recurring revenue streams but do have definitive “endings” that players can reach quickly. The last couple Resident Evil games — this remake and 2017’s Resident Evil 7, prove in my experience at least that design around replayability can count for a lot. Continue reading

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Late to the Party: Resident Evil 3

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With the remake of Resident Evil 2 coming up (the demo to which just came out as I’m typing this), I decided to go ahead and play through the 1999 PS1 game Resident Evil 3 for the first time. I’d grabbed it on a PlayStation Network sale for like a buck a while back and it was the last mainline Resident Evil game I hadn’t played.

We like to think of the older games in this series as more focused on survival horror because of their fixed camera angles and “tank” controls, as opposed to the dynamic cameras and completely action-focused gameplay of the more recent entries following Resident Evil 4. The truth is that trend started with the original 1998 version of RE2, and seems to have continued with RE3. I just don’t know if that was a wise decision with that old control scheme. Continue reading

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Gaming Anniversaries That Will Occur In 2019

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As usual, I’m starting the year on this blog by looking back at previous years through gaming anniversaries. Maybe it’s not as big in that regard as last year, which was the 20th anniversary of all the stuff that came out in 1998, but there were still some surprises looking back on years like 1999 or 1994. 1999 in particular kind of gets overshadowed by 1998, which is still one of the most influential years for video games. Continue reading

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[E3 2017] Capcom’s Big Risk With Monster Hunter World

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One story of controversy from E3 2017 has been Capcom’s announcement of Monster Hunter World. It’s the next mainline entry in a franchise that’s probably one of Capcom’s main revenue sources, but it seems to be abandoning the platforms that made it popular. Some fans are not pleased, and it seems Capcom is taking a big risk by changing the nature and platform of the game. Continue reading

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[Halloween 2016] Why/If You Should Play The Original Resident Evil

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For Halloween I’d been meaning to finally grab the HD remaster of the 2002 remake of the original Resident Evil, install it on my laptop, and play it while waiting by my front door to give out candy. The PC version is half-off on the Humble Store as of this writing (still Steam DRM though). I played the 2002 Gamecube version extensively, but spent a little bit with it before Halloween to remind myself just what it was about this game. By many modern standards it might be considered an awful game, but depending on your mindset and expectations it might still be a great game. Continue reading

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Capcom And Modern Fighting Games

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The March NPD report has been another hit of bad news to strike Street Fighter V. After the game’s disappointing commercial debut in February, it failed to chart in March. Worse, one fighting game that did chart was Pokken Tournament for the Wii U — a dead console. One comment from someone on NeoGAF who people seem to trust to know these things, suggests the debut numbers for Pokken may actually already be close to SFV’s lifetime sales. Producer Yoshinori Ono has already admitted Capcom underestimated how much the casual audience matters in fighting game sales today. I think SFV’s launch speaks to a deeper issue with regards to how Capcom has been approaching the fighting game genre since… well since 3rd Strike really. Continue reading

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Which Is The Superior Resident Evil 4 Follow-Up?

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I just finished up The Evil Within and might have a Steam user review up in the next few days. It got me thinking about all the third person shooters that have tried to directly take after Resident Evil 4. I’d like to do a full article on that idea someday, but for now I’ll settle for tossing out quick comparisons now that I’ve played all the games I think are candidates.

Evil Within feels like Shinji Mikami’s own attempt to follow-up his seminal 2005 creation that popularized action horror, possibly in response to games like the original Gears of War, Capcom’s own Resident Evil sequels, Shadows of the Damned (which Mikani had a hand in), and the first Dead Space. Those are what I consider to be the main RE4 followers. Continue reading

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