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It's not a true Castlevania game, but this forgotten handheld adventure makes a decent substitute.
Mojang's masterpiece is all about bringing creativity to everyone.
How do you top the achievement of changing video games forever? For id Software, the answer was to change directions entirely.
Capcom rejiggers Resident Evil and comes up with the best entry in the franchise.
Occasionally, great games like Lode Runner find greater success by making the leap to new hardware.
Our first trip into Los Santos remains one of the best games in the GTA series.
When their licensing plans fell through, Stainless Software decided to throw social responsibility to the wind and double down on bad behavior.
A brilliant combination of influences that bucked the trends of era and genre to stand as something wholly unique.
Back when society briefly cared about staving off an ecological apocalypse, Novotrade and Sega converted that eco-compassion into a fascinating video game voyage.
The world loves Nintendo for Link, but the publisher is just as impressive when it comes to the links.
One of the best open-world games ever made.
A subtle, sensational collaboration between Nintendo and writer Shigesato Itoi made its debut 25 years ago today.
20 years ago, Nintendo gambled on the unconventional Virtual Boy, bringing an end to a remarkable winning streak.
Ten years ago, we learned where gaming's baddest, most daring franchise draws the line: At sex.
The publishing giant has been cheerfully abusing gamers for decades.
Yep, it's already been 16 years since Billy Mitchell racked up the highest score possible in Namco's arcade classic.
This 2003 Game Boy Advance release feels like a fitting end to Harvest Moon's first act—one that's still intensely playable today.
With Interplay's classic adventures finally making their way to Good Old Games, Star Trek fans owe it to themselves to try these lost gems.
Released 10 years apart, Metal Gear side stories Snake's Revenge and Ghost Babel feel worlds apart... yet they may speak volumes about the series' future.
Neo Geo Pocket and WonderSwan don't command the same place in history as their competitor Game Boy, but we love them anyway.
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.
Before it was an all-encompassing franchise, this little licensed gem by Traveller's Tales did the impossible.
With another ToeJam & Earl on the way, we examine the Sega franchise time forgot.
Long before midnight GameStop lines and pre-order madness, Nintendo introduced the world to pre-release hype.
NIS' efforts brought the entire Danganronpa series to the USA in just one year—spoiling anyone who's a fan of mystery, mayhem, and text-heavy adventure games.
This year had all the hallmarks of a fine vintage for racing games, but unfortunately while some delivered a brilliant experience, others failed to live up to their potential.
More than just a sequel, this latest Platinum Games production could be the developer's finest work to date.
2014 has been a great year for FPS games. We take a look at the best of them - and explain what makes each one stand on its own merits.
Why Konami's freshly reissued RPG classic remains one of the best the genre has ever seen.
3D Realms' '90s PC superstar went into hiding for 15 years while his latest sequel turned from vaporware into garbageware. Was this Clinton-era relic worth the resurrection?
On the 10th anniversary of Nintendo's greatest hit, fans weigh in on how the unassuming little handheld won their hearts against all odds.
10 years after its release, Hideo Kojima's unexpected foray into the '60s remains his series' finest hour.
On the legendary shooter's 10th anniversary, Jeremy and Bob contemplate the tangle of fondness and frustration it inspires.
20 years ago, Sega created a beast of a console... unfortunately, the wrong beast for the wrong time.
Whether you love 'em or hate 'em, one thing is clear: These strange sequels really made a name for themselves.
The story of Capcom is in many ways the story of two bygone eras of gaming as a whole.
On the 16th anniversary of SNK's portable powerhouse, a look back at all that made it special.
Rockstar's final installment in the GTA3 trilogy is huge, ambitious, and kind of a mess. But it sure knows how to have fun.
A tribute to the creator of the first Western-designed game to become a smash hit in Japan.
15 years ago, Sega launched its final console, the short-lived Dreamcast. But what if it had survived?
One of the industry's most tumultuous years saw the decline of gaming's old guard and the rise of vintage classics like Chrono Trigger.
25 years ago, the world's first handheld RPG was also Squaresoft's most daring creation.
id Software's wunderkind promised the world, but his ambitious FPS died on the table. Did the rise of rock star developers crush John Romero's dream?
While lacking the polish of its sequel EarthBound, Nintendo's first true RPG still marched to its own beat.
A pioneering RPG on PCs and a weird aberration on Super NES, Drakkhen's legacy is vague yet fascinating.
Ever wondered what Final Fantasy XIII might have been like as a PC RPG? 25 years ago, SSI answered that question preemptively.
30 years ago, a Dutch designer brought Canadian RPG design into Japan and launched a revolution.
USgamer's editors come together to pay tribute to a great actor, gamer, and father.
Denis Dyack's misguided epic saw its development cancelled on two different platforms before sputtering to life on the XBox 360. Was this studio-destroying game really worth all of the trouble?
Was Yu Suzuki's magnum opus a hubristic failure, or an evolutionary path left untraveled? As its 15th anniversary draws near, we find the answer could be somewhere in the middle.
In August 1989, NEC launched the TurboGrafx-16 in America. We explore why it lost the console wars — and why it was great nevertheless.
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DiC's most dignified take on the video game cartoon won't be praised by animation historians anytime soon, but it still marks an important turning point for Sega's mascot.
Please enjoy this video companion piece to yesterday's Comfort Food Games column.
One of the first great games of the last console generation may be one of the first great games of new gen, too. Why Crackdown was ahead of its time.
On the eve of E3 2014, the first in which we're well and truly "next-gen," Pete looks back on an underappreciated gem from Gen7 and ponders whether we'll ever see its like again.
Jeremy and Jaz recount their time at one of the most exciting shows ever.
The Wii U GameCube controller adapter sounds promising, right? And yet, here are 10 reasons it probably won't see much use beyond Smash Bros.
Funny animals and garish colors still add up to one of the best crime capers in video game history.
10 years after Game Boy revolutionized portable games, its creator took a swing at creating a faithful follow-up.
Everyone's talking about "metroidvania" games these days, but which ones are best? We make our picks. How do your favorites stack up?
A love for fun and detail help make Castlevania's PlayStation entry a timeless action game.
System Shock wasn't the only early FPS to put a cyberpunk twist on run-and-gun action.
A pioneering shooter who beginnings well predated Doom's twitchy success.
How can an entry in a genre that has barely begun feel old-school?
If Doom established the FPS concept, its sequel revealed the genre's true potential.
Many minds have contributed to the Zelda franchise, but whose work holds up best?
As a sequel to upbeat Chrono Trigger, this gloomy RPG should have been a wreck... yet somehow, it wasn't.
What if they held a sequel and no one came?
It was no Donkey Kong Country... but maybe that was the point of this portable classic.
A faithful sequel that fell flat through no fault of its own.
Like a game and a movie (but more of a game).
How can a game be both exotic and run-of-the-mill all at once?
Success' whimsical arcade shooter was like the meet cute of shooters and anime.
A solid shoot-em-up that was inflicted with a baffling identity crisis.
A stony-faced Trojan Horse of a game unleashed subversive goofiness upon unsuspecting players.
While other heroes experimented with design, Pac-Man blazed a trail straight ahead.
The sequel to Manic Miner was quite a sophisticated game, but only in terms of its structure.
Is a platformer really a platformer without platforms?
David Crane's adventurous sequel pushed creative and technical boundaries.
30 years ago, Nintendo's iconic sports shooter predicted the future.
In 1979, a single game nearly sank the company's game business before it even launched.
25 years ago, America's most boisterous sportcaster demanded greater realism in games.
We asked you, ourselves, and folks in the industry for their thoughts on a system that helped define video gaming.
30 years ago Nintendo, Sega, and Microsoft entered the Japanese console race. In doing so, they reshaped the future of games.
The games that helped Sega kick off its 20-year career as a console powerhouse.
Eurogamer's Joel Snape explains how Sensible Software turned the horror of war into a '90s classic.
In this week's Japanese gaming column, we discuss the recent crop of Japanese role-playing games -- and whether any have truly bettered Atlus' slice-of-life-with-monsters classic.
Sega's Genesis turns 25 today, and we're marking the occasion by celebrating the USgamer community's 10 favorite Genesis and top 5 Sega CD games.
We look back on their Mega Drive memories to celebrate 25 years of Sega's 16-bit wonder.
The creator of cult classic action game Umihara Kawase discusses the inspiration and design behind one of Japan's most legendary independent action games.
Eurogamer's Chris Schilling takes a fond look back at Shinji Mikami's attempt to take on the West at its own game.
25 years ago, Nintendo dressed naked sales pitches in the trappings of journalism, and millions of children rejoiced.
Hideo Kojima's cult classic brought Metal Gear's sophistication to bear as he attempted to solve the problem of the Game Boy Advance's terrible screen.
The oddest and most obscure Pac-Man sequel ever celebrates its 30th anniversary this month, but should anyone care?
The future's coolest ninja is making his comeback via a stylish high-definition reboot. But can he escape the unfortunate gravity of history?
Mario and Luigi leapt into their first starring roles in an arcade adventure its creators seem oddly eager to forget.
30 years ago, two companies teamed up to create a global computer standard. Great video games were the guest of honor.
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