Next Level’s Jon Barajas gets detailed about Bandai Namco’s Tales of Graces f.
Kid Icarus was an action-platformer released for the Nintendo Entertainment System back in 1986 and Kid Icarus: Uprising is the latest installment to the franchise. Most kids today might not even know who Pit the Angel is, if not for his inclusion in the most recent installment of Nintendo’s popular fighting series, Super Smash Brothers. Team Sora took to reimagining this nearly three-decade old game as a 3D shooter for Nintendo’s 3DS. Given the daunting task at hand, in my opinion, they were pretty successful.
Having played the original Shogun: Total War back in 2000, I was excited to see that Creative Assembly was coming out with a new, standalone expansion for Shogun 2. I had never played Shogun 2 or any of the other Total War games and wanted to see just how much of a “standalone” Fall of the Samurai really was.
Your mind is software. Program it. Your body is a shell. Change it. Death is a disease. Cure it. Extinction is approaching. Fight it. This is the tag line for the tabletop role playing game Eclipse Phase by Posthuman Studios. The team that created this game, many of which worked on Shadowrun 4th edition, have created a game that pushes at boundaries, both in the game world and in the real world.
EarthBound was the second installment of the Japanese game series Mother, following the lesser-known first release in Japan. Its release was accompanied by widespread advertising and a very baffling slogan: “This game stinks.” Seventeen years later, it remains a classic that is loved by one of the most dedicated fanbases in the gaming world.
A recent trend within the gaming community is to revisit old IPs. These usually either seek to reboot a series (such as Ninja Gaiden or Devil May Cry) or they are looking to remake a game with an updated look and feel, while maintaining that which made it great in the first place (XCOM: Enemy Unknown). Jagged Alliance: Back In Action is one of the latter, based on the classic turn based strategy game Jagged Alliance 2, originally released in 1999. In this game, players take on the role of a mercenary leader, hired to infiltrate the small island of Arluco and overthrow its despotic leader, Deidranna Reitman.