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November 20, 2014

Our Nations Throwback Thursday Review — Sakura Wars V: So Long My Love

Developer: Sega | Red Producer: Sega Release Date: July 7th 2005 Platforms: Wii, PS2 Reviewed On: Wii

While multimedia franchises are fairly common in Japan — with especially popular examples like: Hack and Pokemon reaching Western audiences — Sakura Wars is something of an oddity even among Japanese gaming franchises. Beginning with a single game released on the Sega Saturn in 1997, Sakura Wars has since spawned several anime series, a movie, five video games, and even a series of live stage shows that are performed to this very day. But despite the series’ popularity in Japan, the Sakura Wars video games did not reach America until 2010, when Nippon Ichi Software [...]

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November 6, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Chrono Cross

Developer: Square Enix Producer: Square Enix Release Date: November 18, 1999 Platforms: Playstation, Playstation 3 (PSN Classics) Reviewed On: Playstation 3

Fifteen years ago, the year 1999; fans of the even then legendary RPG Chrono Trigger had waited patiently for nearly five years for a sequel that would continue the anime-inspired adventures of Chrono, Marle, and the rest of his friends. What they got, however, was Chrono Cross, a game so divorced in story, gameplay, and character from its predecessor that if it did not have “Chrono” in its title casual observers could likely not even tell that the two games were connected!

The fandom raged! Cross [...]

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October 23, 2014

Our Nation’s Throwback Thursday Review: Silent Hill 2

Developer: Konami, Creature Labs (PC), Hijinx Studios (HD) Producer: Konami Release Date: September 24, 2001 Platforms: Playstation 2, PC, Xbox, Xbox 360 and PS3 Reviewed On: Playstation 2 

A word to the wise. There will be spoilers in talking about Silent Hill 2 (a game that was released more than a decade ago now).

The town of Silent Hill, nestled in close to Toluca Lake, has always had something not quite right about it. The permanent presence of fog gives the area a dreamlike surreal nature to it that residents and travelers alike find pervasive and even oppressive. There are “things” within the fog, too, that shouldn’t rightly walk the streets of [...]

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October 16, 2014

Our Nation’s Throwback Thursday: Dino Crisis

Title: Dino Crisis Genre: Survival Horror Publisher: Capcom Developer: Capcom, Nextech Release Date: 9/31/1999 (Original), 11/25/2009 (PSN) Price: $5.99 Platform: PlayStation, Dreamcast, PC, Playstation Network (PS3, PS4,PSP, PS Vita) Platform Reviewed On: PlayStation 3

I am a big horror fan. I am also a big fan of dinosaurs. What do you get by combining the two? The Dino Crisis series! This time around we will be looking at the first title in that line, the original Dino Crisis. 


This game was made during the same period as Resident Evil 3. In fact, both games contained the demo for the other during the original Playstation release. The Dino [...]

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October 9, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Sink Your Shovel Into SteamWorld Dig

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SteamWorld Dig is a unique and fun fusion of genres that feels like Super Metroid and Dig Dug had a love child. Its described as an action adventure platformer by some and a Metroidvania game by others but none of these really capture what Steamworld Dig is. With a game that is so hard to quantify its understandable that it may have been overlooked by some.

Developer: Image & Form Publsisher: Image & Form Platforms: WiiU, 3DS, Steam (Windows, Linux & Mac) Soon: PS4, Playstation Vita (2014) Genre: Action Adventure, 2D platformer Reviewed on: PC

SteamWorld Dig at its core is a game about exploration. You play as Rusty, a steambot in a world [...]

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October 2, 2014

Throwback Thursday! Super Smash Bros

Hello, Nation! Welcome to our first edition of Throwback Thursday! And what an opener we have! In honor of tomorrow’s (or tonight’s, if you are going to the midnight tournaments) release of Super Smash Bros. for the 3DS, we will be taking a look at the original Super Smash Bros. for the N64.

Developer: HAL Laboratory Publisher: Nintendo Platform(s): N64, Wii (Virtual Console), Wii U (Virtual Console) Release Date: January 21, 1999

Oh man, has it really been fifteen years since the release of this classic title? I have so many memories playing this title at many of my friends’ homes (I never had an N64 myself). It was easily one of my favorite games of [...]

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