Should Some Video Games Be “Required Reading?”

Many historically impactful games have been re-released this year, including Metroid Prime, Resident Evil 4, and several of the classic Final Fantasy games. In a lot of this discourse I've noticed people making claims such as "You can skip Final Fantasy I, II, III, and V, but Final Fantasy IV and VI are must-play games." … Continue reading Should Some Video Games Be “Required Reading?”

Open World Games vs. Metroidvanias

In 1986, Nintendo published two games that heavily featured exploration: The Legend of Zelda and Metroid. They weren't the only NES games that featured this new kind of game design, but they were the two that entered the mainstream gaming consciousness and made a widespread influence over game developers. The Legend of Zelda became the … Continue reading Open World Games vs. Metroidvanias

The Nintendo Switch’s Legacy

The Nintendo Switch is now 6 years old. With the recent February Nintendo Direct completed, fans and journalists have ramped up in their speculation about the hybrid console's future. Some think that the Switch's successor may be announced at the end of the year and that 2024 may see the arrival of Nintendo's next console. … Continue reading The Nintendo Switch’s Legacy

Hades Review: Rogue-Likes Aren’t So Scary Anymore!

Hades is a Rogue-like Action RPG created and published by Supergiant Games. It was released on PC and Nintendo Switch in September 2020, and on PlayStation and Xbox in August 2021. MSRB is $25. I played the Nintendo Switch version. Happy Halloween, everyone! I didn't play any spooky games this year, but I did play … Continue reading Hades Review: Rogue-Likes Aren’t So Scary Anymore!