Jeremy Parish

NES Classic Review

Nintendo's mini-NES isn't the ultimate 8-bit experience, but it delivers ample quality for a reasonable price.

Metroid Game By Game Reviews: Metroid Prime

How the acrobatic Samus Aran pulled off the toughest leap of her career: The jump into 3D.

Metroid Game-By-Game Reviews: The Metroid Spin-Offs

Samus Aran by moonlight.

Metroid Game-by-Game Reviews: Metroid: Other M

Never meet your heroes... or your heroines.

Metroid Game By Game Reviews: Metroid Prime 3: Corruption

The Prime comes to a head, simultaneously elevated yet diminished by technology.

Metroid Game By Game Reviews: Metroid Prime 2: Echoes

Revenge of the sophomore slump.

Metroid Game By Game Reviews: Metroid Zero Mission

The golden standard of remakes.

Metroid Game By Game Reviews: Metroid Fusion

Metroid's fourth entry may have painted the saga into a corner, but those brushstrokes present a better picture than many want to admit.

Metroid Game By Game Reviews: Super Metroid

The third time's a charm.

Metroid Game By Game Reviews: Metroid II: Return of Samus

The constraints of portable design helped Nintendo develop smarter expressions of the Metroid concept.

Metroid Game By Game Reviews: Metroid

Nintendo's classic sci-fi adventure can be a tough sell today, but it redefined action games.

Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World 3DS Review: Poochy Ain't Stupid

Nintendo's charming Wii U platformer gets a visual downgrade, but there are enough new goodies to make up for it.

Yakuza 0, a Fascinating Game Completely at Odds With Itself

SEGA's crime odyssey isn't afraid of a little tonal whiplash, which sometimes can be a good thing... but not always.

Panzer Dragoon Soundtrack Review: Soaring Themes

A new reissue of Yoshitaka Azuma's groundbreaking shoot-em-up score serves as a reminder of its brilliance more than two decades after its debut.

The Mass Effect Trilogy Vinyl Soundtrack Review: Future Sounds on Vintage Tech

It may not be an HD remaster, but this best-of music compilation offers a satisfying way to revisit BioWare's RPG hit.

The Last Guardian PlayStation 4 Review: A Powerful Spirit Trapped in a Frail Vessel

A sincere heart beats within this adventure, but being a video game is as much its undoing as its strength.

Your Complete* Guide to NES Classic Edition Accessories

UPDATED 11/30! We're rounding up and reviewing all the essentials for your tiny Nintendo console. Latest: A carrying case, and a fix for a promising controller.

Super Mario Maker for 3DS Review: The Fine Art of Overcompensating

Nintendo breaks its trend of disappointing Wii U-to-3DS downconversions by totally revamping the wrapper for its level-design tool kit.

Pokémon Sun & Moon Versions 3DS Review: Aloha, Alola

Pokémon Sun and Moon dishes out plenty of sun, surf, and fun for Pokémon fans.

World of Final Fantasy Review-in-Progress: Day 1

Square Enix's enigmatic RPG turns out to be as substantial as it is adorable.

At Games SEGA Genesis Classic Game Console: Clone War Fatality

Play dozens of 16-bit classics the way they were never meant to be seen.

Dragon Quest: Builders PlayStation 4 Review: Fables of the Reconstruction

A brilliant marriage in which two very different types of game — Minecraft and the classical console RPG — come together to find their common ground.

Paper Mario: Color Splash Wii U Review: Flinging Hue, Throwing Shade

Mario's latest is a beautiful, rollicking adventure that's been folded, spindled, and mutilated by questionable design choices.

Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse 3DS Review — End of Days

One of the best RPGs of the decade gets a direct sequel. Does Apocalypse live up to its predecessor's impressive standard? Final thoughts and score!

Golden Axe I & II Soundtrack Review: All That is Golden Does Not Glitter

Everything about this new game music compilation is great... except, unfortunately, the music itself.

RetroUSB AVS Review: The All-Purpose Modern NES

An in-depth look at the new HD-capable NES clone. Is it worth the price?

Metroid Prime: Federation Force 3DS Review-in-Progress: Barely Metroid, but Plenty Of Fun

While the verdict remains out on multiplayer, Nintendo's controversial FPS plays well despite its divergence from the Metroid series' platonic ideal.

Is Xbox One S Worth It? Hands-On Thoughts on Microsoft's First Incremental Console

Interested in the new Xbox model? We break down its benefits and shortcomings after spending a few days with the system.

Castlevania Original Soundtrack EP Review: Shoulda Stayed in The Grave

Mondo's first Castlevania music release on vinyl looks great, but these legendary tunes deserve better treatment.

Abzû PlayStation 4 Review: (Dis)enchantment Under The Sea

Giant Squid's stunning, serene underwater adventure trips over itself, despite rarely setting foot on land.

Shiren the Wanderer Vita Review: Rogue Leader

The original console roguelike returns to show the new kids how it's done.

Out Run Soundtrack LP Review: Racing Perfection at a Mere 33rpm

Data Discs delivers an incredible rendition of SEGA's spectacular arcade soundtrack, as perfect a summer sensation as Pokémon Go.

Middling Adventures of Mana Says Much About the State of Portable Gaming

Why Final Fantasy Adventure's new remake doesn't demonstrate much in the way of improvements, despite the passage of 25 years.

7th Dragon III 3DS Review: Fashionably Late

The finale to SEGA's RPG saga — and the first to be released in the West — is great, if you don't mind being seated during the third act of a movie.

Kirby: Planet Robobot 3DS Review: A Gundam Good Time

Who knows whose idea it was to put Kirby in a giant, stompy mech suit... but it makes for one of the most gleeful action games of the year.

Street Fighter II: The Definitive Soundtrack Review: Cap-com-mand Performance

Brave Wave's long-awaited vinyl box set lives up to its billing.

SEGA 3D Classics Collection 3DS Review: Virtuous Console

While this M2-developed SEGA compilation has its drawbacks, it's still a heck of a package.

Streets of Rage II 2LP Soundtrack Review: In the Beat of the Night

The definitive SEGA Genesis soundtrack gets the definitive vinyl reissue it deserves.

Below the Cut: Legend of Legacy, 3DS's Tribute to a Vanishing RPG Niche

Hearkening back to the PlayStation era, this little gem shouldn't be missed... even if it sometimes dares you to love it.

Nights of Azure PlayStation 4 Review: The Last Dinosaur, In Lingerie

Gust's new action RPG resembles a relic of the PS2 era... one dressed for her wedding night.

Transistor 2LP Soundtrack Review: Future Sounds of Cloudbank

Supergiant's stylish action RPG gets a suitably slick physical soundtrack release.

Is Hyrule Warriors Legends Worth Owning? That's a Big "Maybe"

The handheld port of Zelda's musou outing is less interesting as a game than as a declaration about the 3DS's looming retirement.

Shadow Complex Remastered Xbox One Review: Shadow Complex Reconsidered

How does Chair's trendsetting action game hold up seven years after its original debut?

Far Cry: Primal PlayStation 4 Review: High Evolutionary

Paleolithic Europe is about to E-X-P-L-O-D-E. Does this this primordial reskinning of Far Cry 4 make us want to take up the cause of Cro-Magnon man?

Virtual Spotlight: The Super NES Launch Line-Up Revisited on 3DS, 25 Years Later

Nintendo celebrates a landmark anniversary by being frustratingly Nintendo-ish.

Mother 2 Soundtrack Reissue Review: It's EarthBound, for The Record

Ship to Shore brings the cult Super NES favorite to vinyl for the first time. Should you care?

SEGA on Vinyl: New Life for Four Classic Game Soundtracks

A closer look at Data Discs' high-end SEGA music releases. Vintage games Streets of Rage, Shenmue, Shinobi III, and Super Hang-On enjoy new life in a vintage format.

Need a Mega Man Chaser? Try Ninja Senki DX

Once you've blown through the Legacy Collection, this addictive and remarkably well-crafted ninja platformer makes for a great follow-up.

The Pursuit of Emptiness: FF Explorers Betrays the Spirit of Final Fantasy

Jeremy digs into one of his most anticipated games of 2016 only to find hollow disappointment.

Axiom Verge Original Soundtrack LP Review: Stellar Grooves

The retro-style adventure gets a suitably old-school soundtrack release that more than does justice to the game's trippy tunes.

Gravity Rush Remastered PlayStation 4 Review: Better Daze

Bluepoint's crisp HD conversion of the Vita masterpiece helps realize Gravity Rush's true potential, yet also reveals its design flaws.

With Pokémon Picross, Nintendo Proves Even Its F2P Efforts Can Fall to the Dark Side

A brilliant puzzler tarnished by questionable monetization.

Rise of the Tomb Raider Xbox One Review: Slow Rise

The long-running series continues to search for its place in the modern gaming world, with mostly great results.

LEGO Dimensions Wii U Review: Everything is Awesome (Except the Actual Game)

A towering achievement in fanservice, wrapped around something that barely qualifies as a video game.

Worth Reading: Erik Voskuil's "Before Mario"

A brief look into a book that beautifully chronicles the pre-NES history of Nintendo.

Disney Infinity 3.0 Wii U Review: Chewbacca-Sized Fun, Han Solo-Sized Debt

Disney's latest toys-to-life endeavor is a messy, awkward, glorious nostalgia trip. But what price fond memories?

Skylanders Superchargers Wii U Review: It's About Ethics in Toy-Based Games

Activision's latest toys-to-life creation goes heavy on quality, light on opportunism.

Chibi-Robo: Zip Lash 3DS Review: Lashadaisical

Despite a solid premise, Chibi-Robo's latest adventure lacks the refinement it needs to become a classic.

Animal Crossing Happy Home Designer Review: Curb Appeal Your Enthusiasm

Nintendo's latest creation is limited, specific, and as laid back as a video game can be.

Super Mario Maker Wii U Review: Infinite Fundiscovery

There's never been a more "Nintendo" creation than this 2D Mario construction kit.

3D Gunstar Heroes 3DS Review: Sega's Pride and Joy, Now Nintendo's Shining Star

M2 and Sega recreate Treasure's chaotic action masterpiece as a handheld essential.

Mega Man Legacy Collection Xbox One Review: The Robot Museum

Finally, six NES classics get the treatment they deserve. But is less truly more?

Etrian Odyssey Untold 2 3DS Review: Conquering the White Whale

Jeremy finds lots to love in Atlus' latest (and biggest) portable dungeon-crawler.

Analogue NT Review: For the Niche (and Rich) Of Retrogaming

Analogue's aluminum-wrapped custom NES is as high-dollar as it is high-end, but does the system deliver the performance it promises?

Virtual Spotlight: In Mario Kart DS, a Diminished Classic

While it gives the Wii U a near-complete Mario Kart collection, the once-great MKDS feels like half a game.

Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker 3DS Review: Cruel Angel's Thesis

An overlooked RPG gem becomes bigger and better on 3DS: More content, more conflict, more characters... and so much more anime.

Mario Party 10 Wii U Review: An Expert Opinion

The latest Mario Party doesn't change up the series' formula, but does it still manage to entertain? We rope in three expert reviewers to weigh in.

Virtual Spotlight: Life Force, NES's High-Quality Lo-Fi Shooter

Konami's Gradius spinoff may not have enjoyed all the elaborate effects of other NES shooters, but it remains a treat to play even now.

Etrian Mystery Dungeon 3DS Review: Terror From the Deep

Constant dangers rising from the depths help make this addictive RPG mash-up equally ascendant.

Virtual Spotlight: Klonoa 2, the Swan Song for a Beautiful Dream

Namco's Klonoa series was too good for this grim world, but at least it went out in style.

Final Fantasy Type 0 HD Review: For Old Times' Sake

Though fixated on death, this spin-off bodes well for Final Fantasy's future liveliness.

Virtual Spotlight: Mega Man Battle Network 2, a Crowning Achievement for the Post-Pokémon World

While initially propelled to success by its cartoon tie-in, this GBA trading RPG offered its own distinct merits as well.

Ori and the Blind Forest Review: Beauty is Cruelty

A feast for the eyes, a torture chamber for the soul. Microsoft's new metroidvania pulls no punches, but its fluid action and visuals make for the best anesthetic.

Virtual Spotlight: Shadow of the Ninja, a Reminder That 8-Bit Games Hated You

Natsume's ninja action game isn't just a tribute to Ninja Gaiden, it's a deliberate blow to the self-esteem, too.

Virtual Spotlight: Axelay, The Ultimate Konami Shooter

Age has dulled the shine of this wild shooter's graphical prowess, but not the underlying excellence of its gameplay.

The Order: 1886 Review: On the Limitations of Window Dressing

Its engrossing setting can't hide the fact that this gorgeous PS4 exclusive consists primarily of bits borrowed from other, more daring games.

The Legend of Zelda Majora's Mask 3D Review: Rewind to a More Daring Time

Nintendo looks to the past for an opportunity to perfect the cult favorite sequel to Ocarina of Time.

Brandish: The Dark Revenant PSP/Vita Review: Niche, But Nice

Falcom's aging port of an ancient PC adventure won't be everyone's cup of mead, but it has its charms.

Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris Xbox One Review: Pulp Fiction

This Tomb Raider spin-off feels breezy and superficial, and that may be its greatest strength.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker Wii U Review: A Visitor from a Brighter Reality

More than a puzzle game, Treasure Tracker offers a glimpse of a world where simple, good-natured games get big budgets, too, and it's wonderful.

Persona Q 3DS Review: Extracurricular Activities

The cast of Persona 3 and 4 enter the world of Etrian Odyssey for a strange but addicting journey into the dangerous depths.

Assassin's Creed Unity Xbox One Review: The Blood of Angry Men, the Dark of Ages Past

USgamer's lengthy thoughts on Ubisoft's next Assassin's Creed. Does Unity live up to the pedigree of Black Flag?

Halo: The Master Chief Collection Xbox One Review: An Embarrassment of Riches

Jeremy and Kat weigh in on Microsoft's massive Halo anthology.

Fantasy Life 3DS Review: An MMO RPG That's Not Particularly Massive, Multiplayer, or Online

Level-5's addictive role-playing odyssey distills the essence of games like EverQuest and Final Fantasy XIV into a portable experience fit for one.

Shantae and the Pirate's Curse 3DS Review: Low on Bilge, High on Booty

WayForward's third Shantae finally feels like the game they've been trying to make from the start.

Skylanders: Trap Team Xbox One Review: Evil is the Job

The latest entry in the subversively good megahit for kids excels on the strength of its surprisingly lovable villains.

Alien Isolation PlayStation 4 Review: Acid-for-Bloody Brilliant

A vast, methodical, nerve-rattling, and above all faithful video game rendition of a cinema classic... for better and, occasionally, for worse.

Hyrule Warriors Wii U Review: Love Blooming on a Battlefield

This mashup of Zelda and Dynasty Warriors isn't without its flaws, but it definitely comes off as a creation by Zelda fans for Zelda fans.

Mighty Gunvolt 3DS Review: Frivolous Doesn't Have to Mean Bad

For a free giveaway, this retro platformer goes above and beyond.

Azure Striker Gunvolt 3DS Review: Lightning Returns?

Is this high-voltage platformer the second coming of Mega Man it appears to be?

Rogue Legacy PlayStation Vita Review: Rogue Rage

The popular metroguevania hack-em-up looks great on Vita, but its underlying flaws still peek through.

The Last of Us Remastered PlayStation 4 Review: Surrogates and Shotguns

This slightly tweaked remake of last year's hit embodies the best (and just a tiny bit of the worst) of zombie tales and action games.

Guacamelee Super Turbo Champion Edition PS4 Review: Metroid con Puñetazos

This slightly tweaked version of last year's slick metroidvania brawler remains a good, albeit frequently challenging, time.

1001 Spikes 3DS Review: A Murder Sim in Reverse

People complain that video games require too much violence on the player's behalf, but in this trap-happy test of platforming skill it's the game doing the killing.

Tomodachi Life 3DS Review: Conversation Piece

Your appreciation for Nintendo's weird new life sim hinges entirely on how much amusement you derive from caricatures of your friends spouting bizarre nonsense.

Transistor PS4 Review: The Touching Tale of A Girl and Her Sword

Developer Supergiant avoids falling prey to the perils of the sophomore slump with this gorgeous (and surprisingly heartfelt) sci-fi follow-up to Bastion.

Super TIME Force Xbox One Review: Better Than an Acid Flashback

Capybara's recursive action shooter bends time in new and interesting ways, but....

Kirby Triple Deluxe 3DS Review: Content Tourism at Its Finest

Kirby's latest adventure may be as easy as ever, but it comes crammed with so much wonderful detail that you won't particularly care.

Hitman Go iOS Review: Game of Life Meets Game of Death

Yes, classic console and PC franchises really can work on mobile platforms. Agent 47's stylish new outing shows the rest how it's done.

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