By Dale Weir on February 28, 2013 - 4:10pm.
Extra Credits takes a brief look at combining genres. They give some pretty nice examples of it working (Puzzle Quest) and examples of it not being such a bright idea. Something to keep in mind as genre blending has been kicked into overdrive over the last few years.
By Dale Weir on February 27, 2013 - 9:21am.
Extra Credits discusses the design concept of "Counter Play." The idea here is that in a multiplayer game, there should be interesting abilities or weapons that a player can use on another player that is also interesting for that player on whom the weapon or ability is being used. It's a seemingly simple idea that upon discussion appears to be something the industry hasn't wrapped its head around yet.
By Dale Weir on February 19, 2013 - 8:42pm.
Points go to the Extra Credits crew (and basically anyone who talks about preserving old, landmark games), but a lot of this just seems "pie in the sky." As mentioned in the video, a lot of the technology that ran and interfaced with these early titles do not even exist any longer. The only solution would be an industry-wide investment, resurrecting arcades, building kiosks, museums, you name it, just so some kid can play Battletech or Space War as was originally intended. When you really think about it, it seems that these treasures are doomed to obscurity.
By Dale Weir on February 19, 2013 - 4:56pm.
The Extra Credits guys give us a quick summary on the importance of the horror game protagonists. After recent comments pertaining to the reception of Resident Evil 6, the creators of Resident Evil really need to watch this video before they even think about returning the Resident Evil to its survival-horror roots. Such an about-face would require a level of expertise (and guts!) that Capcom hasn't demonstrated in over a a decade.
By Dylan Collins on February 15, 2013 - 6:18am.
On this episode, we talk about what we are FINALLY going to be clearing from our backlogs this year. We also answer some listener questions that you have always wanted to know, but didn't know you wanted to know. Join us for this informative episode of the GameCritics Podcast! With Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Mike Bracken, Richard Naik and Dylan "I finally spelled everyone's name correctly" Collins.
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By Michael A. Cunn... on February 13, 2013 - 4:25pm.
We Battle Together with Friends… but Why?
HIGH Replaying classic Final Fantasy moments with the accompanying soundtrack.
LOW Having to play the same tracks over and over to unlock new features.
WTF The nonsensical phrases characters say before a stage begins: "Friends, now we joke eternally in vain…"
By Brad Gallaway on February 11, 2013 - 6:29pm.
It's not a backlog title, but I managed to get a copy of Fire Emblem: Awakening for Nintendo 3DS, and I've been putting some time into it… it's not title I was eagerly anticipating, but I needed a portable title and word of mouth from people that I trust was almost universally positive.
By Peter Skerritt on February 11, 2013 - 5:35pm.
I've learned a few things after reading about what's happened during the DICE Summit and Awards event that's taken place this past week. The industry seems to be crying out desperately for maturity. David Cage (Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls) says that games need to grow up. Warren Spector (Epic Mickey) says that games like Lollipop Chainsaw shouldn't be made. The industry wants more Journey and The Walking Dead experiences, as evidenced by these games winning 99.5% of the awards given out. The definition of "fun" is changing.
By Michael A. Cunn... on February 10, 2013 - 1:37pm.
Meow to Tail a Story
HIGH Witty dialogue and great voice acting make the characters more personable.
LOW Getting stuck because I couldn't see the one object I needed to interact with.
WTF How every character seems to possess advanced knowledge of quantum physics.
By Brad Gallaway on February 7, 2013 - 11:00pm.
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate hits the 3DS and WiiU in March, and I'm hoping that a lot of you out there who haven't tried the game yet will decide to jump aboard. If you do, be aware that Monster Hunter has always been utterly terrible at welcoming newcomers. Even though it eventually became one of my favorite games of all time, I fully admit that my first few experiences with the series were nothing short of awful.
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