Posts by Nicholas Kiger

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    5 Great Games for Your “Potato” PC

    I’m not the most hardcore of PC gamers (I say as I brush my 357 Steam games under a rug), but I do have the occasional passing interest in games that are often PC exclusives. This has led to my ownership of several mid-range PCs over the years. It is a real shame that they…

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    Great Gaming Reasons to Buy a Nintendo 3DS in 2019

    With the recent sales success of the Nintendo Switch hybrid console, Nintendo has seen simultaneous success in both the handheld and home console markets. The Nintendo Switch is quickly replacing the Nintendo DS family of consoles, after over a decade of handheld gaming market dominance. While Nintendo has shifted their focus over to the Nintendo…

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    Sekiro: The 5 Stages of Getting Gud [Minor Spoilers]

    Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is the first FromSoftware I’ve played extensively. I mean, I’ve dabbled in Bloodborne and Dark Souls out of respect for their excellent design, but I never felt like the games were something I could enjoy for several reasons. Until the release of Sekiro, I was quite certain that From Software titles…

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    Top 5 Nintendo Switch Metroidvania Games

    Nintendo’s hybrid console has recently entered its second year in consumer hands, and there is an absolute ocean of games worth checking out. This list contains my personal top five games in the “Metroidvania” style of game design. For a game to be considered for this list, I need to have both played it and…

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    30th Anniversary of the Game Boy

    In 1989, a 220-gram gray box, internally codenamed “Dot Matrix Game,” would be released by Nintendo, and it would take the world by storm. Marketed as the Game Boy, this device was an 8-Bit handheld gaming system quite unlike anything to come before it. With the 30th anniversary of its release coming up this year,…

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    Gal Gun—A Cute Girl Rail Shooter

    Move over The House of the Dead, there is a new rail shooter in town, and it is straight out of your wildest Akihabara fever dreams. Gal Gun is a series of rail-shooter bishōjo (a genre of games involving interaction with pretty girls) games developed by Japanese developer, Inti Creates. You may know Inti Creates…

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    Travis Strikes Again: No More Bad Reviews

    Grasshopper Manufacture, Suda51, and Winter’s Most Misunderstood Title What does a story-driven 2.5D diesel punk shoot-em-up, zombie slaying cheerleader, killer 7-in-1 old man, and a foul-mouthed gamer-turned international assassin have in common? They are all the brain-spawn of art house game developer, Grasshopper Manufacture. Grasshopper Manufacture, led by the genius, Goichi Suda, produces high-risk, high-concept,…

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    Ys: The RPG Series Juggernaut

    Good luck pronouncing the name properly the first time. Ys (pronounced like you’re trying to warn other people about a flying skein of nervous geese, but you’re scared and forget everything except the middle ee sound), is the flagship Nihon Falcom RPG series you might not have heard of (probably because nobody could figure out…