Mega Man 30th Anniversary

Today marks the 30th anniversary of Mega Man. It debuted in North America on December 12, 1987 for the NES. I celebrated five years ago with a tribute video and a few articles so instead of retreading old territory I decided to focus on spinoffs. Not all of them mind you, as that would be a daunting task. There are at least twenty mobile games exclusive to Japan, which would be hard to track down. No joke. Anyway this video retrospective will highlight the more popular spinoffs including Mega Man Legends and Mega Man X. Enjoy!

 

 

 

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Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds Overdrive Review

Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds is a 2D beat’em up spinoff to the fighting game, Phantom Breaker. The original release was for the Xbox 360 in 2013 and it has since been ported to a variety of platforms. Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds Overdrive is yet another iteration making its debut on a Nintendo platform, the Switch, for the first time. Does this four-year game still have merit? Find out in my video review. Enjoy!

Special Notes: I received a Nintendo Switch review code for Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds Overdrive.

Exploring Final Fantasy XV One Year Later

I can’t believe it, but it has already been a year since Final Fantasy XV launched on November 29, 2016. I waited for that game for nearly a decade and now that it’s out I barely think about it. Ha, that’s not the case actually. It’s kind of hard not to think about the game. 2017 has been jam packed with what seems like a decade worth of content.

 

That said this retrospective podcast attempts to summarize everything that came out last year along with everything that came out this year related to Final Fantasy XV. That includes the anime, movie, patches, spinoff games, collaboration events, things to come, and the game itself. Needless to say there are spoilers ahead. Warning aside, enjoy!

Mass Effect 10th Anniversary

Today marks the 10th anniversary for the Mass Effect series. The original game launched on November 20, 2007 for the Xbox 360. It remained a Microsoft exclusive until 2011 when the second game was ported to PS3. Since then it became multi-platform, but its history of ports and the overall legacy is a bit more complex than that. Let’s rewind the clock for another retrospective. Enjoy!

 

Assassin’s Creed 10th Anniversary

Today marks the 10th Anniversary of Assassin’s Creed. It launched on November 13, 2007 for the PS3 and Xbox 360. In ten years there have been a total of sixteen games including portable entries. The series has also been adapted into a movie, several animated shorts, various comics, and more. Needless to say the franchise is popular, but Assassin’s Creed has had a pretty tumultuous history in terms of quality. Like this year’s title, Origins, let us take a look at the beginning to see how it all started. Enjoy!

A Double Ninja Retrospective: Shinobi VS Kid Niki

This month we celebrate thirty years of two long forgotten video game ninja franchises. First we have Kid Niki: Radical Ninja, which debuted in North American Arcades in November 1987. Next there’s Shinobi, which also has an unspecified arcade release date of November 1987. What pixel ninja has the greatest legacy? Find out more in this double dose of video retrospectives. Enjoy!

 

 

Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age Review and Retrospective

Today marks Final Fantasy XII’s 11th Anniversary. The game originally launched for the PS2 in NA on October 31, 2006. I know it’s a weird date to release on since it has nothing to do with Halloween. I also realize that eleven is a strange anniversary to celebrate, but hear me out. Instead of just doing a review for the somewhat recent HD port, Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age, I decided to do a mashup of a review and a retrospective. It’ll make more sense once you watch the video. Enjoy!

The Evil Within 2 Spoilercast

Lauren and I are back to talk about The Evil Within 2. I honestly didn’t think the both of us would finish it so fast simultaneously, but things just worked out for us. That said we gathered our thoughts and reviewed the game’s story, mechanics, and overall design. Be forewarned though it is a Spoilercast so nothing is off limits. You’ve been warned. Foreboding aside, enjoy!

 

The Mummy Demastered Review

The Mummy Demastered is based on the recent Mummy reboot. The film was critically panned and it didn’t do too well in our box office either. Not a good start for Universal’s Dark Universe I’d say. Despite these setbacks WayForward crafted a video game tie-in that’s a Metroidvania. Can the modern pixel masters save this franchsie from complete obscurity, or is it just another useless accompaniment to a movie that’s best left forgotten. Find out in my review. Enjoy!

Special Notes: I received a PS4 review code for The Mummy Demastered.

Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth Review

In my mind Etrian Odyssey IV just came out, but it actually launched in 2013 for North America. Between IV and V there’s been a litany of remakes and spinoffs, which is why the name has never left my thoughts. Those games may be great, but there’s nothing like a true sequel to get fans excited. How does Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth stack up next to its predecessors? Watch my video review to find out more. Enjoy!

Special Notes: I received a 3DS review code for Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth.