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Essay: What happened to Rareware?

maxresdefaultEssay:  What happened to Rareware?

When I was a child we lived pretty far away from the nearest Blockbuster. We had just bought the Nintendo 64, with the courtesy “Star Wars: Pod Racing” cartridge and were looking to dive into some more games. So we were roaming the modest selection of rental games at our local Food Fair.

Many Nintendo 64 owners dove into the milestone of 3D gaming with “Super Mario 64” or “The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time.” Well unfortunately, those games were always being rented every time we went to Food Fair. One day we decided that “Donkey Kong 64” looked pretty fun.

From the moment we powered up that cartridge, a whole new world of gaming possibilities were open to us. To this day people ask me why I loved “Donkey Kong 64” so much. It was a giant cluster of collectibles and repetitive gameplay. But to me, it will always be a nostalgic portal to the past. One of the best games of all time. (more…)

SN: “Bloodborne” scores high with game critics

SN: “Bloodborne” scores high with game critics

We are still in an odd dark period with next-generation gaming. With few outstanding exclusives on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 it’s hard not to see why the real dominant gaming device of this generation is PC.

Last year, the most advertise and anticipated game was “Destiny” which earned lukewarm reviews and didn’t make it into our top 10 for this year’s M10 Awards.

“Dragon Age: Inquisition” ended up being arguably 2014’s strongest game, which no one really expected or saw coming. This year’s early high score goes to another under-advertised game, which happens to be an exclusive for Sony – and that’s “Bloodborne.”

“Bloodborne” has earned a stunning 93 on Metacritic with 58 reviews accounted for. Other notable games that earned a 93 are “Minecraft,” “BioShock Infinite,” Fallout 3,” Soul Calibur II,” “God of War II,” and “Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell.”

92 was the highest score on Metacritic for a console game that wasn’t a remake, or an iOS game, and that went to “Super Smash Bros. for Wii U” an exclusive for the Wii U.

This kind of score easily brings “Bloodborne” to the top of the “Best of 2015” list, but what can rival it? “Batman: Arkham Knight?” “Tom Clancy’s The Division?”

Analysis: Nintendo wins 2014

bayonetta21Analysis: Nintendo wins 2014

What a bizarre year for video games. Was the first year of the next generation a success? Well, it was different.

Nintendo probably has the greatest story here. Back in March we wrote about their struggling profits and what a world without Nintendo may look like after unveiling their new console – the Wii U. BBC news had reported that Nintendo executives took pay cuts, in the 20-30% range, including president President Satoru Iwata who took a 50% pay cut after disappointing sales of the Wii U.

All of these projections implied a bleak future for one of the eldest video game company. So it feels refreshing to make an easy case that the Wii U had the best exclusive titles of 2014.
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Video Game Preview: What to Expect from E3 2014

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Video Game Preview: What to Expect from E3 2014

June 10th is when E3 2014 will begin. We will hear about new technology, and most importantly new next-gen games. E3 2013 seemed to be all about the new consoles (and rightfully so), but a lot of the new games were glossed over. Many games announced last year have been delayed such as “The Witcher 3,” “The Division,” and “Halo 5: Guardians” game.  So expect to hear more about all of these and less about distant future titles. (more…)

Video Game Analysis: What happens when Nintendo is gone?

WiiU_SmashBros_scrnNew02_06_E3Video Game Analysis: What happens when Nintendo is gone?

People have nonchalantly discussed Nintendo’s stagnation when it comes to the technology behind the new Xbox and Sony systems. After the WiiU sales have proved to be highly unsatisfactory, president Satoru Iwata has to be sweating. What is holding this company back?

Nintendo has been around since the beginning. They were consistent both in quality and quantity. They actively competed against Sega and Atari and kept pace with Sony. Nintendo’s transition to three-dimensional gaming was seamless. Releasing hit after hit for the Nintendo 64. Including the highly regarded, greatest video game of all time – “The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time.”

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Video Game Analysis: Will “Titanfall” save the Xbox One?

Titanfall-TitanVideo Game Analysis: Will “Titanfall” save the Xbox One?

In the fourth quarter of 2013, we experienced one of the most underwhelming console launches of all time. The sales were still good, but many fans and critics weren’t impressed by what was on display at E3. While the PlayStation 4 had many flaws of its own, it was the Xbox One that received the majority of spite.

In a last-ditch effort to reverse the internal DRM policies due to a severe outlash from fans, the Xbox One fought to win the console war. Even though the Xbox 360 console was able to take down the PS3 years ago, this time it was Sony that prevailed. Promoting its many technical attributes, some more impressive than others, the Xbox One was able to match the PlayStation 4’s first-day sales.

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Video Game Analysis: Is “Grand Theft Auto V” a masterpiece?

GTAV-reviewVideo Game Analysis: Is “Grand Theft Auto V” a masterpiece?

Almost two months ago the most anticipated game of 2013 was released. “Grand Theft Auto V” was (predictably) a financial and critical success. The game currently holds a 97 average on Metacritic. 35 different Video Game publications gave the game a perfect score. For comparison, “The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time” (which ranks as the best video game of all time) holds a 99 (with fewer reviews).

The addition of “Grand Theft Auto Online” had a shaky start, but now that all (or most of) the bugs are cleared out, and everyone has had time to experience both multiplayer and single-player, we ask: Is “Grand Theft Auto V” a masterpiece?
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