Retro

Remembering Skate 3 on Its 10th Anniversary: Why the Time is Now for a Revival

Remembering EA's seminal and defunct Skate series as its last entry turns 10.

The Case for the PlayStation 2 Being the Greatest Console Ever

Why the highest-selling console of all time is also the best.

Ted Woolsey Remembers Final Fantasy 6, Evading Nintendo's Censorship Rules, and the Early Days of Localization

In 1994, a translator changed game localization by writing a "deathless" apocalypse.

Latest Retro

20 Amazing In-Game Maps That Did More Than Show the Way Forward

From A Link to the Past to Planescape: Torment, these are our favorite maps in video games.

A Lost NES Game Based on Tom Cruise's Days of Thunder Has Been Fully Reconstructed

There's a functional build, and the story of how it was put together is fascinating.

Cyberspace Is Looking Slick in the System Shock Remake

You can't jack-in with the remake's new demo yet, but you'll want to leave meatspace behind.

Why I'm Still Playing Gradius 35 Years After Its Original Release

On its 35th anniversary, the Vic Viper lives on.

A Sonic Movie Sequel Is Off to the Races

Looks like the writers and director are coming back too.

Xenogears 2 Was One More Victim of Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within's Epochal Failure

Xenogears 2 died for Spirits Within, much like how Chu-Chu died for your sins.

Arkane Studios' First Game, Arx Fatalis, Is Free From Now Until the End of May

Love Dishonored? Play the very first game Arkane flexed its first-person finesse on.

Retro Reviews

The Castlevania Anniversary Collection is Good, but Still Has a Couple of Chipped Fangs

We break down the positives and negatives of Konami's latest effort to cater to the vampire hunter dwelling within you.

Phantasy Star 2 Retro Review

Sega's 16-bit sci-fi JRPG is revolutionary in many ways, but its age becomes apparent when you play through it.

Mega Man 6 Retro Review

It's been 25 years since Mega Man 6 came to North America. Nadia plays it again to see if it deserves the thumping fans and critics tend to administer.

Super NES Retro Review: Star Fox 2

Join us as we review every Super NES Classic game. Finally: A lost dog comes back home.

Classic Deep Dive: The Legend of Zelda - A Link to the Past

A Link to the Past Deep Dive, Part 4: Why A Link to the Past's Dungeons Were Perfect

CLASSIC DEEP DIVE | In transforming dungeons from combat gauntlets to complex puzzles, the third Zelda reinvented the action RPG.

A Link to the Past Deep Dive, Part 3: Link's Trek Into Darkness

CLASSIC DEEP DIVE | The third Zelda's big twist was even better than the original's Second Quest.

A Link to the Past Deep Dive, Part 2: A Prologue That Spanned the World

CLASSIC DEEP DIVE | Link's journey across the entirety of Hyrule was in fact just the beginning of a much larger adventure.

A Link to the Past Deep Dive, Part 1: How an Intro Began Redefining the Zelda We Knew

CLASSIC DEEP DIVE | We commemorate the 25th anniversary of A Link to the Past’s release in North America by diving deep into what makes it great.

Classic Deep Dive: Castlevania - Symphony of the Night

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night Deep Dive, Part 3: The Metroidvania Lie

CLASSIC DEEP DIVE | Such a convenient word, but not the most accurate one.

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night Deep Dive, Part 2: A Classic's Sublime Structure

CLASSIC DEEP DIVE| How Konami created a new and different Castlevania by building on, and creating contrast to, what had come before.

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night Deep Dive, Part 1: The Story of the Ultimate Sequel

CLASSIC DEEP DIVE | The first entry in a new weekly column kicks things off by exploring the inner workings of a video game classic.

The History of RPGs

Roguelikes: How a Niche PC RPG Genre Went Mainstream

HISTORY OF RPGS | Mystery Dungeon tackled the daunting task of making roguelikes friendly.

How Ultima 4 and Wasteland Ushered in a New Era of Maturity for RPGs

HISTORY OF RPGS | Inside Ultima 4 and Wasteland, two critical attempts to bring meaning to the genre of RPGs.

How Dragon Quest Inspired the First Big Console RPG Boom in Japan, Both For Better and For Worse

HISTORY OF RPGS | A survey of the innovative RPGs to emerge in Loto's wake.

Yuji Horii Remembers the Difficult Road to Liberating RPGs from Costly Computers With Dragon Quest

HISTORY OF RPGS | The great migration away from just PCs started with Dragon Quest in 1986.

Pokemon

Pokemon Card Inspires Cool Gyarados Wood Carving

The scientific name for Pokemon wood carvings is "Oakemon."

Blizzard North Once Planned a Diablo-Themed Pokemon Clone

"Wild Azmodan was caught! Your existence is now forfeit!"

Sorry Pokemon Fans, Your Gold-Plated Cards from Burger King Aren't Worth Squat

Burger King's Pokemon cards from 1999 look kind of nice and they're fun to remember, but they're barely worth the cost of a milkshake.

Pokemon Red and Green Beta Images Show Us a Nightmare Alternative Gyarados

Beta Gyarados, I most certainly do not choose you. What do you mean I "don't have a choice?"