Earthbound Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Earthbound RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network "Classic" Consoles: Showpieces or the Retro-Gamer Endgame? https://www.gameskinny.com/55lns/classic-consoles-showpieces-or-the-retro-gamer-endgame https://www.gameskinny.com/55lns/classic-consoles-showpieces-or-the-retro-gamer-endgame Fri, 22 Dec 2017 16:00:59 -0500 PureXT

If there's one thing you can't deny about "Classic" consoles, it's that no matter whether you're a die-hard fan who's been playing on the platform since day one, or a youngster just getting into retro consoles, you'd probably give anything to own one.

Packaged into a compact little box that fits in your hand is the ultimate emulation machine, both by how perfectly it plays the games, and by the never-before-seen exclusives it offers (Star Fox 2!). No matter how much you try, you could probably never get this kind of genuine feel on any other form of emulation, be it on an old throwaway console or your top-tier gaming PC.

But packed with only 20-30 games (or more, in the case of AtGames' consoles, but I won't touch on those in this article), are these consoles really made for play, or are they more of a showpiece?

To start off, it's pretty safe to say that these consoles weren't made for the same type of people who buy a Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Switch bundle to play with their friends on drunken nights, or for kids who want to play the newest Splatoon to fight over clashing opinions about their favorite condiment or sweet snack. These were made for people who either loved these consoles from day one or for those who love the look and feel of retro games.

And this is what is most important to note when talking about these consoles. They aren't supposed to give you edge-of-your-seat action scenes or killer plot twists. They're built to give you that cozy feeling you get when you see the opening of Yoshi's Island, followed by the realization that you'll be subjected to hours of baby Mario's high pitched cries. They're there to make you remember when you beat that pesky Zelda dungeon for the first time, no matter if it was 20 years or 2 months ago. They're the staple of an era that has passed, and an ode to it. 

So at this point you might just think I'm padding the article, and that this is where the juice of it comes in. But it isn't. There is no "Juice". At the end of the day, the consoles can be either. They're what you make of them. You can gather your friends and bask in the glory of the original Earthbound's trippy 16-bit visuals on your widescreen TV, or you can have your duo of time machines watch over you from a high-up shelf. Either way, every time you look at them, you'll remember that they're where it all started, and you'll remember all the great times you had with the games that are on them. No matter if showpieces or time wasters, they serve their purpose. They radiate nostalgia, and that's all they have to do for us to love them.

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Nintendo Announces SNES Mini Classic Edition https://www.gameskinny.com/heqjv/nintendo-announces-snes-mini-classic-edition https://www.gameskinny.com/heqjv/nintendo-announces-snes-mini-classic-edition Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:03:52 -0400 LuckyJorael

Nintendo announced today the Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Super NES Classic Edition, a mini version of the grandfather of gaming systems. The new system comes with 21 pre-loaded games, an HDMI cable for compatibility with new high-definition TVs, one USB charging cable with an AC adapter, and two controllers. 

Nintendo of America's Senior VP of Sales and Marketing, Doug Bowser, said:

While many people from around the world consider the Super NES to be one of the greatest video game systems ever made, many of our younger fans never had a chance to play it. With the Super NES Classic Edition, new fans will be introduced to some of the best Nintendo games of all time, while longtime fans can relive some of their favorite retro classics with family and friends.

The Super NES Classic Edition looks like a tiny version of the classic console and comes with the following games:

  • Contra III: The Alien Wars
  • Donkey Kong Country
  • EarthBound
  • Final Fantasy III
  • F-ZERO
  • Kirby Super Star
  • Kirby's Dream Course
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
  • Mega Man X
  • Secret of Mana
  • Star Fox
  • Star Fox 2
  • Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting
  • Super Castlevania IV
  • Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts
  • Super Mario Kart
  • Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
  • Super Mario World
  • Super Metroid
  • Super Punch Out!!
  • Yoshi's Island

Yes, that's right. Not only does the console have 20 of the best games from the SNES era, the SNES mini includes the never before released Star Fox 2. Players only have to beat the first level of Star Fox to unlock its sequel.

The Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Super NES Classic Edition releases September 29 and retails for $79.99.

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5 Most Loving and Compassionate Mothers in RPG History https://www.gameskinny.com/stha4/5-most-loving-and-compassionate-mothers-in-rpg-history https://www.gameskinny.com/stha4/5-most-loving-and-compassionate-mothers-in-rpg-history Tue, 02 May 2017 08:00:01 -0400 Marc Hollinshead

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There you have it. Each of these gaming moms have shown us something different in what it means to be a mother, but all of them are portraying the same thing -- the love they have for their children.

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Mother's day is coming round once again, so with that in mind, why don't you take the words from the picture above and say them to your mom. I think it's fair to say that we often don't say them enough, and this time of year is a great reminder of everything they do for us. If a person in a game is able to resonate love more so than we do in the real world, then we need to step up! I challenge you all to give your mother a hug today. Go on, do it.

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Are there any mothers in games that you love? Heck, you may just want to tell everyone how much you love your own mother. Sound off in the comments, and happy Mother's Day!

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Bonus: Jun Kazama - Tekken Series

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Jun may be from a fighting series rather than an RPG, but that doesn't make her any less of a great mother, so she manages to sneak in at the end of this list as bonus entry -- yes I know I've cheated a bit, but she is a bonus mom.

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At face value, Jun plays an extremely minimal role throughout the series, as she only appears in one canon game -- Tekken 2. However, this role portrays who she was as a person and what she meant to her son, Jin.

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The Mishima/Kazama saga throughout the fighting franchise has been one of hatred, evil plotting, bloodshed and devil related mishaps. Both Jin and Kazuya have been plagued by the devil gene for the entire duration of the series, but sadly Jun, the only ounce of purity and goodness in the family, died, or at the very least, disappeared.

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Jun was determined to guide Jin and Kazuya through their struggle with the demonic gene. So much so that her very presence kept it at bay. As a character she is wildly juxtaposed to her family as a nature loving, calming influence.

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A lesson to be learned here is that amidst the chaos of our lives, a mother can sometimes be the only source of happiness in our lives. Don't take that for granted.

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Allie - Ni No Kuni

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Allie is an example of a mother who puts her life in extreme danger for the sake of her son.

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Spoilers incoming. Although she ultimately dies from a heart condition, Allie is quick to rescue Oliver from a river before he drowns at the start of the game. For a mother to put her own life on the line and do something like this is the ultimate sacrifice. It's a personification of the love that they have for their children.

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Throughout Oliver's adventures, although Allie is not physically with him, she is what keeps him going. He may not see her, but on a transcendental level, she has never left. It is this that makes Ni No Kuni a truly touching story.

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This game teaches all of us an important and heartfelt lesson. Even when our mothers might not be with us, the legacy they leave behind always lives on. It sounds cheesy, but it's most definitely true. Through our memories and abundant love for our mothers, they will always remain close.

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Lara - Chrono Trigger

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Lara is a mother who, while not doing much herself, indirectly represents a loving mother through the actions of her daughter, Lucca.

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Once Lucca is able to time travel with her friends, the option to revisit her mother in a heartwarming side quest becomes available. Lara is a paraplegic who unfortunately became paralyzed after a tragic incident with a sewing machine but Lucca is able to erase any memory of this happening if you are quick enough.

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This quest in Chrono Trigger will take you back before the moment occurred, and if Lucca enters a specific password (L-A-R-A, for the record -- how touching), history will be rewritten and her mother will be forever cured of paralysis, or rather, it will have never even happened.

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For a child to go to lengths such as this to help their mother is proof enough that they love her to pieces. Going back in time to save our mothers from something is probably out of the equation, but doing something to relay that love will always be received with adoration.

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Ness' Mother - Earthbound

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Whereas a mother's love is able to keep the mother herself going in King's Quest VII, it is also what keeps the child going, as Earthbound alludes to.

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Ness' mother, who has no name, will regularly feed Ness' favorite food and give him a place to sleep so that he can be fully rejuvenated for the next fight. It's the simple stuff that counts, am I right?

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Better yet, if Ness doesn't come by and say hello to his mother enough, either through visiting or a by calling her, he will eventually become homesick. This can occasionally cause him to miss a turn in battle, so it just goes to show that a child needs their mother in order to keep enduring the hard times. 

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Without our mothers, we aren't a strong as we should be. They can do a world of good for all of us, so just remember, if your mother makes you some food, be sure to thank her for it afterwards.

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Valanice - King's Quest VII

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Queen Valanice was proclaimed as a compassionate soul to just about everyone she met. Her loving heart relayed to her own daughter, and when she was sadly kidnapped, Valanice leaped into action to save her in King's Quest VII.

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Being the protagonist of the seventh entry in the series, Valanice braves harsh climates and environments in order to be reunited with her daughter. A face of beauty couldn't quite cut it when going up against giant scorpions and other nasties, but Valanice's sheer love and desperation to see her daughter again won the day.

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It's a clichéd term, but love does conquer all. In Valanice's case, it allowed her to courageously venture across dangerous lands for the sake of her child. Would your mother do that for you? You may be inclined to say no, but when push comes to shove, you'd be surprised at what a mother would be willing to do to keep their child out of harm's way.

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Lirum - Lost Odyssey

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Now we're moving on from Flemeth and going right to the other end of the spectrum. Lirum is a shining example of a mother who loves her children unconditionally despite having a truly hard life.

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After being separated from her parents when she was only a young child, Lirum spent almost her entire life searching for them so she could be with them once more. In that time, she bore children, Cooke and Mack. The quirky twins may have opposing personalities, but they both love their mother more than anything else.

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Once Kaim was able to be reunited with his daughter, it was too late to conventionally cure Lirum from the condition that she had been stricken with. Get ready for some gut wrenching spoilers here... In her final moments, Lirum wearily addresses her loved ones saying how much of a joy they were to her, before passing away in front of them.

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If this isn't enough to have you crying yourself to sleep, then do yourself a favor and go and tell your mother how much you love her. Seriously. Do it right now. Lirum's final moments in the Lost Odyssey compels you to!

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Dishonorable Mention: Flemeth - Dragon Age Series

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As a bonus before we begin, let's take a lot at a mother who acts as a very bad role model for every child-bearing parent across the globe.

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Morrigan's life was made much harder thanks to this witch. The not-so loving Flemeth literally absorbs the souls of her daughters in order to extend her own life. That right there is not a compassionate act of motherhood. 

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Morrigan fortunately escaped her, much to our delight, and then sees her somewhat estranged mother once again in Dragon Age: Inquisition. She isn't too thrilled with this reunion, and spares no expense in showing her disgust but Flemeth toys with her nonetheless.

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We still have to give Flemeth a little credit. She recognizes Morrigan's potential and isn't villainous to her outright, but if you're looking for a mother brimming with compassion, this isn't the lady you should be seeking.

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Who doesn't love their own mother?

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The very person who brought all of us into this world is someone we should always look up to. A special bond between mother and child is something to be cherished and with Mother's Day just around the corner in the States, it's something that should be on many people's mind right about now.

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Although it may not be seen as important in the world of gaming, RPGs throughout the years have given us a glimpse into the (sometimes harsh) reality of being a mother and how their love for their child resonates with other characters, whether it's through their words or actions.

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To get us into that Mother's Day spirit (not that we should need it anyway), here is a list of 5 mothers in RPGs whose love for their children is too big for words.

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Classic SNES Titles That Should Make a Comeback On The Switch https://www.gameskinny.com/6fzgs/classic-snes-titles-that-should-make-a-comeback-on-the-switch https://www.gameskinny.com/6fzgs/classic-snes-titles-that-should-make-a-comeback-on-the-switch Tue, 28 Feb 2017 12:00:01 -0500 Azreen_Azmi

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Given the vast library of the SNES, there’s bound to be plenty more titles that deserve a comeback. But for now, if Nintendo can remake these five SNES classics on the Switch, it’ll make plenty of Nintendo fans happy. But which SNES titles would you like to see remade? Let me know in the comments below!

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Earthbound
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Another cult classic that was underappreciated when it was released, Earthbound is a SNES title that truly deserves a comeback on the Nintendo Switch. Known for its quirky take on RPG tropes, nods to pop culture, and unique setting, Earthbound oozes with a certain charm that’s unlike any other -- even to this day.

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It’s no surprise then that it manages to amass a rabid and vocal fan base that still hopes for a sequel to this day. And we can’t think of a better place for Ness and friends to make their return, than on the Nintendo Switch.

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Secret of Mana
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For RPG fans, the SNES was considered the golden age for RPGs, with masterpieces such as Final Fantasy III and Chrono Trigger being released. Secret of Mana was one of those masterpieces but was sadly overlooked despite sharing the same publisher as the aforementioned RPGs.

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Secret of Mana manages to hold its own with its addictive real-time combat system, fun co-op gameplay, and a haunting soundtrack that’s iconic in its own right.

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A full-fledged Mana title would definitely work on the Switch as it can take advantage of the console’s ability to play multiplayer locally with the Joy-Con controllers.

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Battletoads
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Whenever someone mentions Battletoads, two things come to mind; that infectious pause menu music and the hilariously difficult bike level. Despite having a reputation for being the hardest platformer ever made, Battletoads had quite a following when it was released on the SNES back in 1991.

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While Battletoads went on to have several sequels and tie-ins, with the recent being a playable character on Killer Instinct, a new release that brings back the insane difficulty and cheeky humor on the Nintendo Switch is what we're clamoring for.

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Earthworm Jim
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Another cult classic that was much beloved on the SNES, Earthworm Jim boasted some of the most impressive animations, many of which still hold up to this day. Combine that with a zany art style, and surprisingly tight platforming gameplay, Earthworm Jim is a SNES classic that deserves a modern remake.

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Given that we haven’t had a new Earthworm Jim release since the 90s, we think it’s about time that the grooviest earthworm makes his return on Nintendo’s newest console.

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ActRaiser
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A cult classic among Nintendo gamers, ActRaiser is a classic SNES title that was criminally overlooked when it was released back in 1991. Mashing up two entirely different genres -- city-building and action platforming -- ActRaiser is one of those games that fans have always been clamoring for a remake.

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Sure, the thought of an ActRaiser that you can play anywhere is definitely tantalizing, but unfortunately, the original developer (Quintet) has long since become defunct. So alas, it doesn’t seem like there are any plans to remake it for the Switch, but there should be.

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March 3rd is just around the corner and gamers are plenty excited for the release of the Nintendo Switch.

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However, what gamers should be more excited for is the prospect of Nintendo bringing back classic Nintendo titles and remaking them for the current generation. Which classic titles you may ask?

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Well, here are a few that Nintendo should consider.

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Top 5 Weirdest Things You Can Eat in RPGs https://www.gameskinny.com/j0v49/top-5-weirdest-things-you-can-eat-in-rpgs https://www.gameskinny.com/j0v49/top-5-weirdest-things-you-can-eat-in-rpgs Sat, 10 Dec 2016 08:51:39 -0500 Unclepulky

Sometimes, the food our characters eat in RPGs can be rather strange. And even weirder can be the status effects that they have. From increasing HP to curing all sorts of diseases, food in video games can at times make you scratch your head. 

From the odd but edible to things that have nothing to do with food (but your character can eat anyway), these are the Top 5 Weirdest Things You Can Eat in RPGs.

5. Cup of Lifenoodles (Earthbound)

As tasty as these noodles seem to be, the concept of this food item is just odd. It's a cup of gas station ramen noodles that have the power to instantly get rid of any of the dozens of status ailments present in Earthbound. This means that these noodles are an all in one miracle cure.

From asthma to blindness, homesickness to poisoning, and unconsciousness to uncontrollable crying (!), there's nothing this soup can't cure.

(Oddly, real-life Ramen noodles, while tasty, are nearly the complete opposite. Just look at those nutrition facts!)

4. Dog Salad (Undertale)

Tongue in cheek humor is one of the most endearing aspects of Undertale. It flows into every part of the game, including the food items available for purchase.

There are an assortment of edibles in the game, some of which sound rather tasty. Among these are butterscotch pie, the glamburger and the Legendary Hero, a sandwich shaped like a sword.

However, there are plenty of strange, and frankly inedible, items as well. And topping them all is Dog Salad.

Yes, it's exactly what you think it is. Dog. Salad. 

This (gross) item increases your health at random intervals, and accompanying each amount of health gain is a different, sometimes gross, recipe: 

  • Oh. There are bones...2 HP is Healed
  • Oh. Fried tennis ball...10 HP is Healed
  • Oh. Tastes yappy...30 HP is Healed
  • It's literally garbage???- All HP is Healed 

Yeah, it gets a little weird. 

3. Pillow (Dracula)

Do text based games without any graphics count as RPGs?

Probably not, but this is too funny to not include.

In Dracula for the Commodore 64, you play as the Prince of Darkness himself, and type in commands for him to follow and act out. One of these is the "Eat" command. You can make him eat just about anything, including, of all things, a pillow.

And, what does the greatest vampire to ever "live" have to say in response to swallowing a pillow?

"Yuck."

Yeah, we'll have to agree with old vamp-head on this one. Yuck. And speaking of gross ...

2. Vomit and Roaches (Diary of a Spaceport Janitor)

This little known indie title is just strange all around. There's no epic adventure; you just pick up trash. Whoo!

However, fittingly for this game's offbeat nature, some of the things you can eat are vomit and roaches. Like the pillow in Dracula, these repugnant noms don't have any status effects, but unlike the pillow, there's an actual purpose to eating them.

It's because...you're a janitor! That's it. Really. Because sweeping this junk up wasn't enough. 

1. Whaka Bump (Paper Mario)

"A lump of something," it's called in the flavor text. Those of you who haven't played the Paper Mario games may not know what that "Something" is. Well ...

It's flesh.

Specifically, it's the forehead bump that you knock off of this little guy:

And SOMEHOW, eating the uncooked forehead bump of this mole-like creature causes the restoration of 25 HP and 25 HP.

Video. Game. Logic. It never ceases to amaze. Who knew Mario was such a monster.

So there you have it. Video game food is weird and often doesn't really make a whole lot of sense. But if game world's were just filled with cheeseburgers and pizzas, they also wouldn't be unique, would they? 

If you had to eat one of these things, which would you choose? What's the weirdest thing YOU'VE ever eaten in an RPG? Let us know in the comments!

 

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11 Tasty-Looking Game Foods That We're Dying to Try https://www.gameskinny.com/elpy4/11-tasty-looking-game-foods-that-were-dying-to-try https://www.gameskinny.com/elpy4/11-tasty-looking-game-foods-that-were-dying-to-try Mon, 26 Dec 2016 03:00:01 -0500 Unclepulky

Food is good.

It's a simple, Kindergarten level statement, yet at the same time, I don't think anyone would try to say it isn't true. And, since video games often star people as the main characters, it makes sense that they would like food too.

Here, I'll be taking a brief look at eleven of the tastiest looking foods in video games. I'll give the background and descriptions of each food item if available, and, since I have a culinary background, I'll give my two cents on how I think each food item is made.

Princess Peach's Cake (Super Mario Bros. Series)

Throughout the Super Mario games, we often hear that Mario's reward for rescuing Princess Peach from Bowser is cake.

Now, cake is tasty, but for Mario to still be saving her after, at the very least, ten separate kidnappings, Peach must be one of the greatest bakers to ever grace the Mushroom Kingdom.

One of the few times we actually get to see what I've dubbed, "Motivation Cake," is in Super Mario 64, the above image coming from its DS remake.

Now, from the outside, this looks like a basic vanilla cake with buttercream frosting. However, we must remember that this cake is baked specially for Mario, the Italian stereotype to end all Italian stereotypes.

Maybe, just maybe, that cake is filled with not cream, but spaghetti and meatballs.

Sea Salt Ice Cream Popsicle (Kingdom Hearts Series)

Moving on from the possibility of one of the strangest, most unrealistic cakes ever, we have something that you can actually make for yourself quite easily! 

Sea salt ice cream is a frequent motif in the Kingdom Hearts series, and, like many things in those games, it's used as a symbol of friendship. It's greatest use was in the criminally underrated Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days, in which it's used to represent the bond between Roxas, Xion, and Axel.

Now, salty ice cream is pretty delicious, especially if you mix in some dulce de leche, but if you just want to replace the blue ice cream bars seen in the games, all that's really necessary is to make some vanilla ice cream with sea salt in the mixture, and color it blue.

Ramen (The World Ends with You)

Regular old ramen? I think not!

 In the JPRG, The World Ends with You, one of the quests in the game involves assisting a traditional ramen chef. As Neku, you must help him figure out a way to have his restaurant complete with a new, trendy ramen bar.

While many different types of ramen are shown off, and even more are available for purchase throughout the game, it's the old fashioned, plain ramen, which is described to be the tastiest.

A traditional ramen dish consists of wheat noodles in a meat or fish based broth, usually flavored by miso or soy, and includes toppings such as pork seaweed and onions. Looking at the soup shown in the game, a quail egg may add some tasty extra flavor.

Sandvich (Team Fortress 2)

The Sandvich is a secondary weapon for the Heavy in Team Fortress 2. When eaten, the Heavy regains up to 300 health, and, it can also be shared with a friend.

Unlike most of these foods, we know exactly what the Sandvich consists of. Between the slices of bread are lettuce, tomatoes, Swiss cheese, and a few slices of both ham and bologna. Lastly, topping the Sandvich is a green pimento-stuffed olive.

Who wouldn't like to eat a sandwich the tastes great AND heals your wounds?

Spaghetti (Undertale)

In the hit indie game Undertale, one of the main supporting characters, the skeleton Papyrus, loves to make spaghetti.

Now, while those who have tasted it have said that Papyrus's spaghetti tastes rather bad, there would be a serious upside to eating it.

Papyrus... only serves spaghetti to his friends.

And no matter how unpleasant the taste of his spaghetti may be, getting to be Papyrus's friend would be worth it, as he is possibly one of the nicest characters in any video game.

Pumpkin Soup (Skyward Sword)

Pumpkin flavored anything may now be synonyms with stereotypical, vapid teenage girls, but when you get down to it, pumpkin is still a very tasty ingredient.

In The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, you can visit a pub known as The Lumpy Pumpkin. There, in addition to completing several quests, you can purchase Hot Pumpkin Soup.

While it'll lose some of its healing capabilities after it gets cold, when it's nice and hot, it's more effective than a red potion.

In addition to healing your wounds, we know that this soup tastes fantastic as it is the preferred food of the sky guardian Levias. And if it's good enough for a giant sky-whale, it's good enough for you.

The Cake (Portal)

Here, we have what appears to be a basic cake with chocolate frosting, topped with cherries and whipped cream.

While that would definitely be tasty, during the final battle with GLaDOS, the intelligence core recites the entire recipe. While there are plenty of items in the recipe that could make a cake extra delicious, such as coconut pecan frosting and fish shaped candies... there are also items included in the recipe like "Fish shaped volatile organic compound and sediment shaped sediment" and "Injector Needle Gun."

My advice? Leave out the ingredients that will cause you to die, and sit yourself down to enjoy a tasty chocolate cake with coconut pecan frosting.

Heart Stopper Burger (Grand Theft Auto 4)

DO NOT TRY TO ACTUALLY MAKE THIS!

Unlike the cake from Portal, there's no way to remove the lethal elements from this dish without turning it into a normal hamburger.

Lets count for a moment. According to this advertisement, the Heart Stopper 6lb Burger includes at least nine meat patties, five slices of what I can only hope is something resembling cheese, lettuce, pickles, tomato, and onion.

If you choose to make this burger for yourself and eat it, you will die. There's no getting around that. However, it would be the tastiest death ever.

Cup of Lifenoodles (Earthbound)

 The greatest cup of noodles ever to be cooked!

While as a standard cup of noodles, its taste can't compare to the traditional ramen seen in The World Ends with You, these noodles have the ability to cure any ailment.

Broken arm? Eat a cup of Lifenoodles. Have a fever? Eat a cup of Lifenoodles. Knocked unconscious by a guy because you're enough of a nerd to write about tasty video game food? Have a friend pour some Lifenoodles down your throat.

So long as you can stomach overly-salty gas station noodles, there's nothing Lifenoodles can't help you overcome.

Honningbrew Mead (Skyrim)

Out of all the alcoholic beverages I've had in my life, none have tasted better than homemade mead.

From my experience making it with my older brother, I've learned that there are several crucial aspects of making a good mead. Most importantly perhaps is how long you let it ferment. Quality mead needs a lot of time to sit, with a minimum of a year.

Seeing as how we have no idea what Honningbrew Mead tastes like, I imagine it to taste like one of my favorite flavors of mead: Chamomile, Maple, or Honey.

Since there are readers of this site who aren't old enough to drink, and even more who aren't qualified to make their own alcohol, I'm not going to lay out the process.

However, for those of you who really do want to learn, look around on the internet. There are plenty of tutorials to quench your thirst for knowledge.

Dots (PacMan)

For nearly four decades, Pacman has been eating these white dots. And spin-off games aside, that's really all that he does.

So what do these tiny, little, white pixels taste like?!

Surely, they must be good enough to risk getting killed by ghosts for. However, we have no idea what flavors they contain. Are they salty or sweet? Bitter or sour?

Perhaps the answer... is yes.

Perhaps this is a food so delicious, so perfect, that it perfectly balances all possible flavors.

That is the way of the dot. That is the way of the Pacman.

What food from games do you want now? And what would you throw in the dust, and not even leave for the dogs? Let us know in the comments below.

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Are RPGs Doomed to be Dumbed Down Forever? https://www.gameskinny.com/piis0/are-rpgs-doomed-to-be-dumbed-down-forever https://www.gameskinny.com/piis0/are-rpgs-doomed-to-be-dumbed-down-forever Fri, 18 Nov 2016 04:27:45 -0500 Unclepulky

Any long time player of RPGs can tell you that that genre has changed a lot over the last few decades. And, unfortunately, the things they have to say about the current state of the genre aren't positive.

The first commercially available tabletop RPG was the first edition of Dungeons and Dragons, released in 1974. A few years later, the concept of the RPG would move over to video game platforms such as the Atari 2600 and the NES. While these early games were rough and, for the most part, don't hold up too well, things quickly improved.

Many of the RPGs from the 90s are known as some of the best games of all time. The Final Fantasy series really hit its stride with numbers IV, VI, and VII, Earthbound showed that the genre could have non sci-fi or fantasy based games and still be a success, and the greatness of Chrono Trigger is denied by none.

What made these, and numerous other RPGs from this time, special weren't the refined gameplay or updated graphics compared to what had come before, but the stories. Stories which had never been told before, that had real, meaningful themes, and rich characters which players could relate to and care about.

Sadly though, its been a long time since stories like these were the norm for the genre.

To be fair, in the 2000s, things still weren't looking too bad. Final Fantasy has arguably its best iteration of all time in IX, players gained more control over the direction the stories took, the action and strategy RPG genres gained a lot of popularity, and of course, there was the release of my favorite game of all time, The World Ends with You.

However, it was during this time that the tropes and cliches of the genre became more noticeable and prevalent. There were even tropes which didn't come into existence until the 2000s that people got sick of within the decade. Ex. Morality systems.

                                      This game still rocks though.

And now in the present, AAA RPGs have, for the most part, become a joke. Gone are the days of stories with actual meaning, and in their place are games which feel they can get by solely on flash visuals. Even the gameplay seems more shallow now.

For the sake of comparison, lets look at Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar, released in 1985, and Final Fantasy XIII, originally released in Japan in 2009.

In Ultima IV, there is no antagonist for the player to go up against. Instead, you, as The Avatar, spend your time traveling the world, teaching interesting lessons about morality to others, and by extension, teaching the player.

In Final Fantasy XIII, your party consists of a ragtag team of idiots who are, for the most part, very difficult to sympathize with, and you travel around never really understanding what's going on because most of the game's lore is only available to learn about in data logs. And even if you do understand what's happening, there is no depth to the story beyond "We are friends and that makes us strong."

Sure, Ultima IV's graphics are horrendous compared to the beautiful presentation of Final Fantasy XIII, but it's clear which of these games is more interesting.

So, are we stuck in a world without great modern RPGs?

Not in the slightest!

Major developers may not be bringing their A game, but these past few years, the indie scene has been picking up the slack.

Evoland paid homage to all of the classic RPG tropes without simply recycling them, Gingiva threw logic away and worked as a surrealist masterpiece, and Undertale, with a story that can stand aside Final Fantasy VI's and Persona 4's as one of the greats, was one of the most popular games of 2015.

And with basic programs like RPG Maker available for an affordable price, we've got people whom, despite their limited resources, can bring their visions to life. Sure, there are tons of generic and downright bad RPG Maker games, but for everyone of those, there's a The Logomancer.

So no, we don't have anything to worry about. As long as there are independent developers with a story to tell, the gaming community will never stop getting great RPGs.

 

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New Rewards at My Nintendo https://www.gameskinny.com/t8hv7/new-rewards-at-my-nintendo https://www.gameskinny.com/t8hv7/new-rewards-at-my-nintendo Tue, 01 Nov 2016 06:59:02 -0400 Janette Ceballos

The My Nintendo website has announced a list of new rewards available for both the Wii U and 3DS systems. You can exchange gold coins earned from buying Nintendo eShop games or platinum coins from logging onto Miitomo for discounts on selected games. Just remember that these rewards are being offered until February 1.

European members can purchase these Wii U eShop rewards:

  • 30% off Typoman: 250 platinum coins
  • 25% off Zack and Wiki: Quest for Barbaros’ Treasure: 300 platinum coins

The 3DS eShop offers these rewards to Europeans:

  • 20% off Pocket Card Jockey: 10 gold coins
  • 50% off KORG M01D: 80 gold coins
  • 15% off Ultimate NES Remix: 300 platinum coins

North American members can get these Wii U eShop rewards:

  • 30% off Xenoblade Chronicles: 70 gold coins
  • 30% off EarthBound: 40 gold coins
  • 30% off Kirby Super Star: 200 platinum coins

The North American 3DS eShop rewards are:

  • 30% off EarthBound: 40 gold coins
  • 15% off Xenoblade Chronicles 3D: 600 platinum coins
  • 20% off BOXBOY!: 100 platinum coins
  • 20% off HarmoKnight: 300 platinum coins

Head on over to My Nintendo to grab some discounts just in time for the holiday season!

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How Pokémon introduced me to RPGs https://www.gameskinny.com/4ntg4/how-pokemon-introduced-me-to-rpgs https://www.gameskinny.com/4ntg4/how-pokemon-introduced-me-to-rpgs Tue, 20 Sep 2016 08:10:38 -0400 KINGDC1989

When Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue first hit American shores back in the fall of 1998 I wasn’t sure on what to expect, and I definitely didn’t know that Pokémon would have such a huge impact on my life moving forward. I vividly remember playing Pokémon Red on vacation in the back of the family car and frantically trying to keep the glare off the screen while simultaneously making sure my Gameboy didn’t die during my many attempts to catch the legendary Mewtwo.

I can’t even begin to calculate the hours I spent battling and collecting Pokémon throughout my Kanto journey. Something about the collection aspect of Pokémon and building the perfect team felt rewarding, and I became attached to each Pokémon on my roster.

The sense of progression in Pokémon and the victory I obtained over each gym became the catalyst that fueled my drive to continuously progress and shaped how I would play future games -- especially RPGs. The many memories that I established with the Pokémon games and the time I spent with the first generation Pokémon games in general would definitely go on to shape the rest of my gaming catalog for the proceeding years afterward.

The Pokémon series was my first introduction -- and I’m sure many people's first introduction -- to the world of RPG’s. Because of Pokémon, I developed a better sense of the mechanics and gameplay elements that defined role playing games at the time.

Although most of the core gameplay elements and progression systems present in Pokémon were not much different than many JRPGs released at the time (like the Final Fantasy series and Earthbound), it was the sense of accomplishment and camaraderie you established through building your team and the collection aspect that set Pokémon games apart from similar games in the genre. 

In spite of Pokémon's continued success for well over 20 years, there are some people today who constantly complain that the Pokémon core series as a whole has not changed much from a gameplay standpoint over the past 20 years. I personally believe that is perfectly fine that the series hasn’t changed much overall, and in many ways that is why the series has remained successful. Sometimes game series can change too much and that can potentially alienate long-time fans.

There have, however, been many incremental changes and additions made to the franchise and additional Pokémon that have changed the series in fundamental ways.  Although there haven’t been many changes made to the actual gameplay of the main franchise there have been many experimental games and spinoffs that have garnered plenty of success.

Pokémon Go is a current example of the nostalgic power of the Pokémon series. The fact that Niantic and the Pokémon Game Company only used first generation Pokémon was definitely strategic on their part and was one of the main reasons Pokémon Go was able to establish the foothold and see the success that it initially gained in the first month after release.

My main complaint about Pokémon Go is that it lacks the sense of progression and strategic elements that make the main games so fun and rewarding. The battle system present in Pokémon Go is very limited, and there’s no real strategy involved. Pokémon Go does, however, maintain the collection aspect that is present in the core series -- and that is probably why it remains so popular. 

I personally believe that Pokémon games are the perfect introduction for anyone trying to learn the mechanics and strategy that go into turn based and stat based role playing games. There is a heavy emphasis placed on numbers and statistics, and also a great deal of strategy involved within the Pokémon series. And if you actually spend the time learning all of the various nuances and layers of strategy involved, you gain a greater appreciation for RPGs in general. 

When you actually break down the moment to moment gameplay in Pokémon it is essentially about numbers, types, and weaknesses. Each Pokémon has a designated type, and sometimes multiple types. You base your team roster around multiple types so you have plenty of variation and differing Pokémon to deal with opponents’ weaknesses.

The combat system and strategy you learn in Pokémon can be very rewarding -- especially in the thriving competitive scene. Pokémon has personally changed my life and it introduced me to a gaming genre that I would grow to appreciate and respect over my many years of gaming. It has taught me patience and many of the fundamentals that are present in role playing games today -- plus to be a better gamer and more strategic gamer overall.

I think without having played the original first generation Pokémon games I would have never played many of the RPG series that I love today. The series overall has had plenty of ups and downs over the years, but the core gameplay has stayed pretty much the same and if you are looking to start playing RPGs (or JRPGs for that matter), then the Pokémon series is definitely the perfect introduction.

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5 Best Classic RPG Battle Systems https://www.gameskinny.com/t6tey/5-best-classic-rpg-battle-systems https://www.gameskinny.com/t6tey/5-best-classic-rpg-battle-systems Wed, 24 Aug 2016 05:05:56 -0400 Alex Anderson_0905

There are tons of ways to design a battle system, and it can make or break a game. For years, many RPGs have been pushing what makes a great battle system and what can work in tandem with the story and feel of the game. Some flop; some rise to the top. Here’s a list of the best RPG battle systems from the SNES to the PS2.

Earthbound

Earthbound is definitely a classic. First released on the SNES in 1995, Earthbound was ported to the Wii U Virtual console in 2015. While the game has a very simple turn-based battle system, it had one feature that made it great: the rolling HP counter. In most games, once you’re hit, the damage is definite. You take the hit, then you do damage control by using potions. In Earthbound, the HP counter rolls down, so, if you’re fast enough, you can heal party members before it stops moving. This is especially helpful when one of your party members is near death. With quick action, you can turn a whole battle around near the end.

The Shin Megami Tensei Series

The Shin Megami Tensei series adds more gameplay mechanics in almost every game which enhance the battles and flow of the game. One of the best battle mechanics is the extra turn system. It goes by different names, but it’s usually the same thing: if you hit the enemies’ weakness, you get an extra turn. This can potentially go on forever and, in some games—most noticeably Persona 3 and 4—you can perform team attacks and deal out massive damage. However, it’s a double edged sword. Enemies have the same advantage. This gives battles an extra challenge. Going into a boss battle, you never know what party members to bring, lending to the eerie feeling of the games.

Tales of the Abyss

Easily my favorite game in the Tales of series, Tales of the Abyss adds the Field of Fonons (FOFs) to its battle system. As an action RPG, Abyss doesn’t have a turn-based battle system. It’s real-time, and was the first Tales of game to add the ability to free run about the battlefield instead of just towards and away from the enemy you were locked onto. In addition to this, the FOFs allowed for characters to mix their Artes, or skills, with different elements, unleashing massive damage on enemy forces. This allowed for another level of co-op gameplay as well. It made players strategize with their friends to lay down the correct FOFs to deal extra damage to tough enemies.

Fable

 

While Fable is remembered most for its alignment system, the combat was also fun and engaging. The mechanics behind the combat were the best part of this battle system. Each time your Hero leveled up, you gained points to spend on a variety of attributes, including: Speed, Accuracy, Guile, Physique, Health, Toughness, Attack Spells, Surround Spells, and Physical Spells. Because there were so many options, the combat felt different for every different character you made.

There was also the combat multiplier, which changed the amount of experience you received based on your hit rate. The more you hit the enemy, the more experience you got, but the more the enemy hit you, the less you got. This system encouraged players to not just swing blindly, but it was still entirely possible to do. Fable was about choice, and this extended into the combat as well.

Breath of Fire IV

Another turn-based RPG, Breath of Fire IV combined 2D sprites with a fully 3D environment. Battles are viewed from overhead and can feature any number of enemies versus only three party members at a time. However, more party members can be in the back row for reserves. While in the reserves, characters cannot take damage or contribute to the fight, but they gain back their HP and magic. While a simple addition, this allows for players to switch characters in a pinch in order to restore their stats.

Also, Breath of Fire IV implemented a Combo System. This allowed for two characters to use specific moves back-to-back to create a stronger attack, such as two fire spells making a much stronger one.

There are plenty of other battle systems that are amazing in their own right. As time goes on, more and more RPGs push the envelope to create better systems to enhance gameplay. Don’t see your favorite system on this list? Go ahead and comment why you love it!  

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Best retro gaming buys: Best SNES games of all time https://www.gameskinny.com/yo883/best-retro-gaming-buys-best-snes-games-of-all-time https://www.gameskinny.com/yo883/best-retro-gaming-buys-best-snes-games-of-all-time Wed, 17 Aug 2016 07:00:01 -0400 kate.farrow

Last week’s post gave you the hardware. Today’s post will give you the must-have games for your Super Nintendo. The best SNES games don’t come cheap, but these tried and true titles are worth it. Part three of this series includes the best SNES games of all time.

Part One: SNES games under $50.

Part Two: SNES games under $100.

Ogre Battle: March of the Black Queen

Ogre Battle: March of the Black Queen - from $104.98 to $139.00

Reportedly one of the best strategy RPGs for SNES. Only 25,000 copies were released for North America so this is a higher ticket title.

Chrono Trigger

Chrono Trigger - from $65.00 to $155.50

If you already own this game, consider yourself a lucky, lucky human. Chrono Trigger has been called “one of the best video games of all time”.

EarthBound

EarthBound - from $49.00 to $260.43

If you’ve never played EarthBound, you need to. EarthBound is an all-time favorite with great replayability. The character, Ness, who you may know from Super Smash Bros, originated in this series. This particular title is known as Mother 2 in Japan, and was the first in the series to release in North America. Definitely one for the retro enthusiast. Fun fact: Former Nintendo President and CEO, Satoru Iwata, worked on this game.

This article concludes the "Best retro gaming buys: SNES games" series. Stay tuned for more great gaming articles!

 

I’m always looking for new awesome products, so please send me your favorites at commerce@LaunchMediaNetwork.com.

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The 5 Best Real-World RPGs You May Have Never Heard Of https://www.gameskinny.com/jfdyc/the-5-best-real-world-rpgs-you-may-have-never-heard-of https://www.gameskinny.com/jfdyc/the-5-best-real-world-rpgs-you-may-have-never-heard-of Fri, 01 Jul 2016 12:30:01 -0400 Noor Sami

RPGs are known for their fantastical elements, whether through medieval settings like Skyrim, science fiction worlds like that of Mass Effect, or the recent flood of post-apocalyptic environments like those in the Fallout series. Games set in our modern-day world, however, are much less common. Here are 5 of the best real-world RPGs to date.

Earthbound

The 1994 JRPG for the SNES initially performed poorly in the United States compared to its relative popularity and critical acclaim in Japan. Though the premise of the game involves a journey to stop the destructive forces of the alien force, Giygas, it was unique at the time for its primarily real world setting.

Protagonist Ness must travel the world, across resorts and deserts and boarding schools, to find a way to stop Giygas. Designed to be a satirical portrayal of Western culture, the game eventually gained something of a cult following and was reissued for the Wii U Virtual Console in 2013.

The Secret World

This horror folklore-themed MMORPG, developed by Funcom, was released in 2012 to fairly positive reviews. Throughout the game you must fight creatures like werewolves, vampires, and ghosts -- but the setting is ultimately contemporary.

A New England fishing village hides zombies, and Transylvania is home to vampires and werewolves. Despite critical appreciation for the game’s storytelling and atmosphere, it has remained largely under the radar and sold far fewer copies than Funcom expected.

The World Ends With You

Square Enix and Jupiter’s urban fantasy for the Nintendo DS is set in the Shibuya shopping district of Tokyo, and follows Neku Sakuraba and friends as they participate in a high stakes game.

The World Ends With You’s missions and gameplay borrow from Japanese youth culture to lend the game a unique and realistic feel. Critics largely praised the game for its graphics, setting, and soundtrack. However, the planned spinoff ended up cancelled because of a lack of interest.

Costume Quest

This 2010 Halloween RPG follows a child trick-or-treating when their sibling is kidnapped by a monster. For the rest of the game, you must wander the neighborhood in search of tools to help fight the monster, with an emphasis on the child’s costume as a means of battle.

It is available on multiple platforms: Windows, OS X, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. A sequel was released in 2014, and both received positive reviews.

Parasite Eve

Square Enix’s first M-rated game was Parasite Eve, a horror survival RPG based on a novel available for the PlayStation. It tells the story of Aya Brea, a New York City police officer fighting to stop a monster bent on destroying humanity.

The game was praised for its graphics and gameplay and went on to spark two sequels and a manga adaptation. Special attention was paid to the soundtrack that accompanied the game, and it was well-received enough that two album releases came of it.

What are your favorite real-world RPGs? Let me know down in the comments!

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Cosplay Crash Course: 5 Con-Ready Costume Projects Perfect For Beginners https://www.gameskinny.com/6ta84/cosplay-crash-course-5-con-ready-costume-projects-perfect-for-beginners https://www.gameskinny.com/6ta84/cosplay-crash-course-5-con-ready-costume-projects-perfect-for-beginners Sun, 05 Jun 2016 16:40:39 -0400 RobotsFightingDinosaurs

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Tetris Block

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For those of you who weren't scared off by that terrible pun, we've saved the best for last. This costume can be made in a single afternoon on the cheap, and the wow factor will be immense. First, visit this website and pick your favorite tetromino. In terms of difficulty, I'd recommend either going with the long I block, or an L block. Mark down its color, and head on to the hardware store. 

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All you'll need are 4 shipping boxes (make sure they're big enough to fit around you!), a can of spray paint in your Tetris block's color, 4 long metal rods to support the structure, a roll of black gorilla tape, and a roll of regular duck tape. 

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When you get home, remove the tops and bottom flaps of the boxes as necessary. For example, the L-block will require two blocks to operate essentially as tubes, and one block to cap them off, with one complete box attached to the side. For that reason, two of your boxes will need to have the tops and bottoms removed, and one of your boxes will need the tops removed. After you've done that, assemble your block! Add the metal rods for support and tape them to the inside of the block at the corners. Then, use the duck tape to secure the block pieces together at the outside, taking care to secure everything super tight. Also, make sure to tape any visible flaps together. Then, spray paint it!

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After that's all dried, cut out face and arm holes, and frame each box with the black Gorilla tape as a final touch, to give your block that classic Tetris feel.

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And that's it! You've got a Tetris piece costume! 

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Have you cosplayed before, or are you a first timer? Are you planning on attending a convention this summer and trotting out one of these costumes, or one of your own? Let us know in the comments, and please tweet at us @GameSkinny to show us your cosplay skills! Also, be sure to check out these amazing Overwatch cosplays, as well as this amazing (and functional!) Captain America shield!

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Little Mac (Training Outfit)

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Just as a heads up, though this costume is easy to put together, it might be a bit tougher on the wallet given the amount of stuff that you'll probably have to buy. Well, unless you have a pair of green boxing gloves lying around.

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That said, recreating Little Mac's iconic training costume can be done in one Amazon browsing session. Your boxing gloves are right here, and for those of you who want to go the extra mile and get wrestling or boxing boots, yep-- they have those too! But they're expensive. Your high-top Converse All-Stars would work fine, I'm sure.

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All that's left are the hoodie, the pants, and a personal trainer to tie you to the back of his bike and drag you all across New York City. We're sure this one will be a

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wait for it

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wait for it

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you ready?

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Knockout.

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Navi

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This is probably the simplest costume we'll feature today. It's just two pieces: a unisex blue bodysuit and a pair of small fairy wings. Done!

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Well, you would be, if you weren't going to go the extra mile.

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Before the con, grab yourself a dowel rod or piece of PVC pipe from the hardware store, as well as a signboard and some duck tape or adhesive. Then, in the most annoying font you can muster by hand, in gigantic letters, write those two words that have been the bane of every Zelda fan's existence since Ocarina of Time was released: HEY! LISTEN!

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It'll go over great. Trust us.

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Ness

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Speaking of hats, why not go as Eagleland's favorite world-saving little kid, Ness? Assuming you have a favorite pair of jorts and some red shoes at the ready, all you'll need is a blue-and-yellow striped shirt, and Ness's trademark hat. Amazon has the hat and you can likely find the shirt at a thrift store, but for folks who really want to impress, Fangamer has a package including super-high-quality reproductions of Ness's hat, shirt, and even his yo-yo! In addition, it even comes with a collection of Earthbound-inspired pins. Oh, and hey, just so you know, Fangamer itself started out as an Earthbound fansite, so they know their stuff. This is their wheelhouse.

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Misty, Ash, and Brock

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For as iconic as these characters are, a group cosplay of the three main characters from the Pokemon TV show is criminally easy.

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Misty
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If you're a redhead (and a Pokemon fan), a Misty cosplay is a no-brainer, and you likely have everything you need already. A yellow crop-top tank, cuffed jean shorts, and a pair of red suspenders are all you'll need to take on the role of Cerulean City's favorite gym leader. Oh, just don't forget a hair tie for that cute side ponytail!

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Brock
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This is another very simple costume that you can largely put together with things you already have in your closet (or from the local thrift store). All you really need is a pair of brown khakis or work pants, an orange shirt, and a green fishing vest. Extra credit if you wear a backpack as well, but it's not necessary. 

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Ash
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Ash isn't that hard to put together, per se, but the person in your group cosplaying as the character will likely have to buy a fair amount of stuff that they don't already own. The base of a black shirt and light blue jeans are easy enough to find, and most of you will have a backpack laying around that you can use as well. The top, hat, and gloves, however, will likely need to be sourced elsewhere. 

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Luckily, eBay has a plethora of bundles that include the jacket, hat, and gloves all in one package for a decent price! In addition, Amazon has a pretty nice version of Ash's Pokemon League hat as a standalone item available here.

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If you've ever been to a video game or anime convention before, you know the feeling. You're there in your favorite Mass Effect shirt, and then a group walks by in an incredibly detailed group Dragon Age cosplay. You hang your head and silently weep right outside the Doctor Who panel.

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Or maybe that was just me.

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Either way, there's no reason to be intimidated by people who have intense, intricate costumes at your local convention. Putting together a great costume doesn't have to be a gigantic ordeal. In fact, here are 5 crowd-pleasers that are easy and cheap to put together. We'll even link you to all the odds and ends you might not have. Don't thank us, just remember us when you're a big fancy cosplay superstar.

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Great games that you've probably never played https://www.gameskinny.com/2gyjg/great-games-that-youve-probably-never-played https://www.gameskinny.com/2gyjg/great-games-that-youve-probably-never-played Mon, 07 Sep 2015 19:00:19 -0400 katlaborde

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Like Buzz Buzz, this article has met its end. 

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Did I leave out any of your favorite forgotten gaming gems? If so, let me know in the comments!

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Image source: Destructoid

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Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 (2010)
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For me, the most disappointing entry of this list. 

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Developed by Ninja Theory, this action-adventure platformer was a re-imagining of the classic story, Journey to the West. If you don't know the story, its the same story that was used to inspire Dragonball. The player controls Monkey, performed by mo-cap king Andy Serkis, as he and his companion, Trip, must journey across a post-apocalyptic environment.

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The gameplay incorporates various elements such as close-combat and platforming traversal. Additionally, the player can occasionally play as Trip in order to solve certain puzzles or get through difficult obstacles.

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So what happened?

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Despite receiving critical acclaim from critics, Enslaved failed to meet Namco's sales goal of 1 million units. Due to this, a planned sequel was cancelled. Although its 730,000 sold units is admirable, it does not look like we'll see another adventure with Monkey and Trip anytime soon.

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Sad.

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Image source: Destructoid

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Shadows of the Damned, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 (2011)
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Developed by Suda51 and his studio, Grasshopper Manufacture, this strange and quirky third-person shooter is highly inspired by horror films. The player controls Garcia Hotspur, a Mexican demon hunter who literally goes through Hell to save his girlfriend. However, he's not alone; Garcia is accompanied by his smart-mouthed, shape-shifting companion known as Johnson.

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Shadows of the Damned plays as a standard shooter except with the added ability of Johnson to turn into different weapons on the fly. Also, Garcia must solve various "darkness" puzzles in order to make it through Hell. The game received mostly high praise with its humor and gunplay variety citied as its main high points.

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So what happened?

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It's no surprise the game only managed to sell 24,000 units in the United States. Often titles, such as Shadows of the Damned, are unfortunately easily overlooked by gamers. It seems Suda51 and his quirky creations have a very niche audience.

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Image source: Bloody Disgusting

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Sleeping Dogs, PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 (2012)
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Developed by United Front Games and Square Enix London, this open-world action game focuses on Wei Shen, an uncover Hong Kong police officer who is attempting to infiltrate the Triads.

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The gameplay is similar to Grand Theft Auto in that Shen can procure different vehicles, carry different types of guns, and free-roam the massive city of Hong Kong. However, Sleeping Dogs does emphasize melee combat a la Arkham Asylum. Ultimately, the game was well-received by critics who enjoyed exploring Hong Kong as well as the variety of gameplay elements.

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So what happened?

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This one is a bit weird. Although the game did sell reasonably well, selling 1.5 million copies in total, publisher Square Enix labeled the game as a flop along with other titles Tomb Raider and Hitman

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Perhaps Square Enix was expecting the game make GTA-like numbers, failing to make realistic projections for this title and the others. It's unfortunate as this will likely hinder any possibilities of a sequel.

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Image source: Hidden Gem Games

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Remember Me, PC, PlayStation 3, & Xbox 360 (2013)
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Developed by Dontnod Entertainment, this action-adventure science fiction game focused on memory hunter, Nilin, as she attempts to recover her lost memories. 

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The gameplay consists of a variety of elements including platforming and beat 'em up. Although the gameplay wasn't that highly praised, except for the innovative Memory Remix segments, critics did enjoy the game's story, main character, music, and overall design.

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So what happened?

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It is likely the lukewarm reviews of this game attributed to its poor sales. Despite this, however, Dontnod is planning a sequel. After completion of their episodic drama, Life is Strange, Dontnod plans to begin work on Remember Me 2. Let's hope they improve on the faults of the original and hold onto the Memory Remix segments.

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Image source: Video Game Writers

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Bulletstorm, PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 (2011)
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Developed by People Can Fly and Epic Games, this crazy first-person shooter failed to deliver the sales of Epic Games' massive hit, Gears of War. Unlike Gears, the game relies heavily on humor. In fact, the game opens with our hero, Grayson Hunt, drunkenly shooting an enemy spaceship causing the events of the game to be set into motion.

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The core of Bulletstorm's gameplay was the "skillshot" system. This system relied on the player to kill enemies in creative ways to garner points to increase their overall score. Overall, the game was a critical success as its innovative "skillshot" system and shooting mechanics were often praised. 

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So what happened?

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Selling just under a million copies, Bulletstorm failed to turn a profit for Epic Games. In turn, a planned sequel for the game was canned. With the success of Gears of Wars, its unusual how Bulletstorm did not garner the attention of gamers.

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Image source: Cinema Blend

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Armed and Dangerous, Xbox (2003)
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Definitely the most overlooked game on this list, Planet Moon Studios' third-person comedic shooter is virtually unknown to gamers. The game centers around a thief named Roman and his group of ragtag thieves known as the Lionhearts.

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Although marked down for its linearity, the game received high praise for its hilarious writing, clever weaponry, and use of destructible environments.

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So what happened?

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It's hard to find a reason as why Armed and Dangerous was not embraced by gamers. The game did receive very little marketing and it is likely the game's British style of humor did not translate well to American gamers, but it still does not explain why this little gem is so unknown.

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Image source: IGN

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Vanquish, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 (2010)
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Developed by PlatinumGames (yes, the people who made Bayonetta!), this fast-paced third person shooter let gamers assume the role of Sam Gideon, a DARPA agent with a slight resemblance to Solid Snake. 

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The gameplay was centered around Sam's Augmented Reaction Suit (ARS) which allowed for interesting gameplay mechanics. Sam's suit could slow down time to allow for extra time to kill enemies, boost him quickly across the battlefield, and incorporate different types of weaponry. The game's innovative mechanics awarded it high praise from critics.

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So what happened? 

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Although its sales were not as disappointing as other titles on the list, Vanquish simply became overlooked by gamers. PlatinumGames' other title, Bayonetta, overshadows this innovative and fast-paced shooter. However, Vanquish was released alongside Fallout: New Vegas which could have allowed for it to fall off of gamers' radar.

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Image source: Euro Gamer

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Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath, Xbox (2005)
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For this title, developer Oddworld Inhabitants, decided to develop a first-person shooter instead of the more familiar puzzle games featuring their mascot, Abe. The game focuses on Stranger, a bounty hunter, on the quest to capture various outlaws for cash.

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Much different than its predecessors, Stranger's Wrath focused on its shooting mechanics. In fact, one of its more prominent features was that of live ammunition. Stranger could load crossbow with various weird creatures to inflict different types of damage on his enemies. The game received tons of critical praise citing its impeccable, creative design and fun gameplay.

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So what happened?

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On initial release, Stranger's Wrath did not sell many units causing the PlayStation 2 version of the game to be cancelled. The creator of Oddworld, Lorne Lanning, citied poor marketing as the cause of this game's poor sales

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However, a HD release of Stranger's Wrath was released in 2011 allowing gamers to try out this crazy first-person shooter that they probably missed the first time around.

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Image source: Euro Gamer

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EarthBound, SNES (1995)
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Of course, nowadays a lot of gamers have heard of EarthBound, but how many have actually played it during its initial release? EarthBound is an RPG released for the SNES developed by Ape and Hal Laboratory. EarthBound centers on a group of kids joining together in an effort to save the world from the evil Giygas. 

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EarthBound is definitely different from its RPG brethren through its use of quirky writing, humor, and utilization of traditional RPG elements set in a more real world environment. For example, instead of gold, hero Ness must access his bank account to retrieve cash sent to him by his distant dad. 

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So what happened?

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EarthBound, also known as Mother 2 in Japan, was primed for success with Nintendo providing a $2 million dollar marketing campaign for the game. The campaign reflected the game's quirky sense of humor by boldly proclaiming "this game stinks" and including smelly scratch and sniff cards with each game copy. 

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However, despite Nintendo's efforts, EarthBound failed upon initial release selling around 140,000 copies. The bizarre marketing campaign as well as poor reviews from critics, remarking on the game's cartoonish graphics and humor, could have possibly been the cause for EarthBound's initial failure.

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Although, the game does now have a strong cult following among gamers. In addition, EarthBound was also recently added to Nintendo's eShop store.

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Image source: Game Church

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Psychonauts, PC, PlayStation 2, and Xbox (2005)
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Psychonauts is a platformer created by legendary video game designer, Tim Schafer and his studio, Double Fine. The game focuses on Raz, a young boy with powerful psychic abilities, who joins a summer camp designed for kids with similar psychic abilities. Of course, not all is what it seems at Whispering Rock Psychic Summer Camp, when Raz discovers a mischievous plot brewing in the confines of the camp.

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Psychonauts was highly praised by critics for its writing, characters, humor, and highly imaginative design specifically the varying unique themes of each level. It is often cited as one of Schaefer's more memorable creations.

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So what happened?

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Unfortunately, much like Schaefer's other titles, this one had a hard time finding an audience. Upon initial release, the game had sold fewer than 100,000 copies. However, in recent years, Double Fine has acquired the rights to digital distribution for the game allowing gamers to experience one of Schaefer's best quirky titles. 

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Image source: Giant Bomb

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Sometimes great games can fall under our radar or become overshadowed by the release of bigger, more popular titles. The following is a list of games that were overlooked by most gamers. I've limited this list to commercial releases, choosing to exclude indie games as they already have a limited market. 

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Image source: Giant Bomb

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9 beloved games fans hated (or didn't play) https://www.gameskinny.com/jk51m/9-beloved-games-fans-hated-or-didnt-play https://www.gameskinny.com/jk51m/9-beloved-games-fans-hated-or-didnt-play Wed, 28 Oct 2015 10:14:49 -0400 Curtis Dillon

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So those are the 10 games that were either hated by fans or largely ignored upon release. It's interesting to note that most of them are Nintendo and PC games. It also seems that most people end up changing their minds or rediscovering these games later in life.

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Remasters have certainly helped Grim Fandango, two Zelda games and EarthBound get more attention and love. Maybe the same could happen for Super Mario Sunshine, System Shock 2, and Street Fighter III.

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So what games did you initially hate but then changed your mind about? Let us know in the comments!

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The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
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There's a lot of revisionist history to be done with Majora's Mask. Since its 3DS remake, the game has been rightly lauded by almost everyone. But back when it was released in 2000, the same could not be said.

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Critics adored the game. Here's what one of them had to say: 

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"The Empire Strikes Back of Nintendo 64...it's the same franchise, but it's more intelligent, darker, and tells a much better storyline."

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And yet gamers were not so happy. The lack of dungeons, Zora eggs and darker story were not so well-received.

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Fast-forward 15 years and Majora's Mask is a darling of Nintendo fans. Of course, some people still dislike the game, but the 3DS remaster saw it receive a lot of love from those who previously disliked it. The consensus seems to be that those who wrote it off did so as kids that wanted more of the same, now as adults they could appreciate Majora's Mask for what it was.

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More than any other gaming series, Zelda seems to attract initial hatred, then find love in later years, as mentioned with Wind Waker.

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Diablo III
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This one might be hard to believe, considering how much love Diablo III has, both from fans and critics. Truth be told, however, the game did not have a smooth start.

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Even though fans waited 12 very long years from Diablo II to Diablo III, the game was heavily criticized because of story elements that contradicted or retconned earlier events, a lack of atmosphere and end game content, and the mistreatment of a few characters. The gameplay wasn't the issue with Diablo III, it was mostly the story.

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In the 3 years since its original release, Diablo III has moved to more platforms and sold over 30 million copies. It also received a huge expansion known as Reaper of Souls, which was much more appreciated by fans. The game continues to grow and the popular opinion has swayed much more to the happy side.

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Street Fighter III
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The biggest criticism thrown at Street Fighter III was the roster. Subtitled 'The Next Generation', the game introduced an entirely new cast except for Ken and Ryu. It's rather obvious that this wouldn't go down well with fans of the series.

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It seems that every new iteration of Street Fighter is initially disliked because of the tweaks to the mechanics that throw die-hard fans off their gameplans. However, they tend to come around to the changes once they've had time to adjust.

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On top of the huge roster change, the game was also really difficult in comparison to SF2, which is always a turn-off for new or casual players. On top of that, the game was ridiculed for having poor balancing, which is always the main concern for fans of the series. That being said, SF3 has gone on to become a cult classic.

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EarthBound
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EarthBound was a Super Nintendo game that released in 1994 to poor critical response and even worse sales. For a long time the game was disregarded in Europe - as opposed to Japan where it was rather well received.

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EarthBound was a JRPG that followed Ness and his compadres as they travel the globe searching for melodies that would help them defeat an alien called Giygas. As you can see from the picture above, EarthBound was a very pretty game in its day and offered a ton of charm.

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It wasn't until the game was reissued for Wii U Virtual Console in 2013 that opinions vastly changed. Critics reassessed the game when it came to the Wii U and decided it was a timeless classic. The revisionist history was very strong with this one.

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Super Mario Sunshine
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Ahhh, poor Super Mario Sunshine. This great game tried some new things and was completely lambasted for it. The biggest change, which was also the most hated, was Mario's jetpack: F.L.U.D.D.

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F.L.U.D.D., or Flash Liquidizer Ultra Dousing Device, is essentially a water jetpack. Mario can use various nozzles for F.L.U.D.D. which allow him to squirt enemies, hover, blast upwards or boost across areas. The jetpack was present for the entire game, and fans were not happy about being forced to use it.

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Super Mario Sunshine also introduced a more prominent story than most games in the series, which included Mario being arrested and forced to clean using the water, an evil Mario clone that framed him, Baby Bowser, and even Princess Peach. The game took place entirely on a tropical island, known as Delfino Island, which also frustrated fans who were accustomed to a variety of landscapes, i.e. snow, lava, the desert and more.

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Basically, Super Mario Sunshine was disliked for trying new things with the series, but in reality the changes were a welcome take on the tired formula. Sunshine was a beautiful, creative game that deserves a remaster to reach a new audience.

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Counter Strike 1.6
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Despite being an absolute behemoth in PC gaming, and arguably having the most longevity of any game ever, Counter Strike has seen its share of hatred.

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As you may know, the game has had several iterations and sequels through the years. But the most famous, and divisive, was 1.6. This version of the game was initially hated by fans of the series because it tweaked the gunplay and introduced the infamous riot shields.

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As is always the case (with the games on this list that is) fans eventually came around to 1.6. It is the most famous iteration of the game and one that nearly everyone prefers to the current Global Offensive.

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Grim Fandango
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This game wasn't so much hated as it was completely overlooked. Grim Fandango has even been labelled as the "game that killed the adventure genre".

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Grim Fandango was highly lauded by critics when it released, but it didn't sell spectacularly, and it came at a time when Lucas Arts wanted to move away from the adventure genre. Over time, the game achieved cult classic status, but it was pretty much impossible to get a copy - that was, until Sony helped fund Double Fine in remastering the game for PlayStation. Grim Fandango can be played on a PS4 or a PS Vita and has finally received the love it deserves.

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The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker
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The revisionist history of The Legend of Zelda is more prominent than any other series. The series is known for consistently changing gameplay mechanics, art styles and even dimensions, and yet with each iteration there seems to be newborn dislike for the changes.

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In the case of Wind Waker, fans immediately voiced their hatred for the new art style. The GameCube game was revealed in 2000 and received a large amount of backlash from fans for its cel-shaded, cartoony art style. What's important to keep in mind is that just a year earlier, Nintendo showed off a tech demo of Zelda that showed photo-realistic graphics and a much more mature take on the series. So when Wind Waker was actually revealed, it was not taken well by fans that were excited at the prospects of the series.

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Fast forward 10 years: the game gets re-released on Wii U and is suddenly beloved. Over the years, fans came around to the game, but it was the Wii U version that really changed their minds.

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System Shock 2
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As the spiritual predecessor to Bioshock and a game that was ahead of its time and very influential to modern FPS games, it may be a surprise that System Shock 2 received little fanfare upon release.

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The original System Shock was a game that not too many people played, and yet it received a sequel nonetheless. System Shock 2 sold poorly as well, despite being critically adored. It wasn't until much later, particularly after Bioshock, that people went back and found the game and saw it for what it was worth.

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Hindsight is 20/20. Often our favorite games, movies, music, or even people, were not something we initially liked. Some games are disliked by gamers right out of the gate - in some instances, before it even releases. Sometimes the dislike is justified, other times it really isn't.

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Nowadays, vitriol can be found in response to absolutely anything. The poisonous nature of the Internet has given everyone a platform to speak their minds. Here's where I should say, "for better or worse", but I think it's painfully clear that it's for the worse, considering the horrible things people say and the animosity found on almost any site. But the state of the Internet is a topic for another day.

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The point is that despite how beloved some properties are, you will easily find naysayers. In some cases, the dislike for these games stems from the very-human aversion to change. We always want new things, until we get them. So you will probably notice such a trend in this list.

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Almost every game on this list was loved by critics, but not-so-loved by gamers. Needless to say, not every gamer disliked these titles, but a fair share did. A number of these games ended up being adored years later. Fans eventually came to appreciate (or overlook) the changes that they initially opposed.

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Are the games you love on this list? Were you one of the ones who hated them at launch? Read on and find out!

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The 20 cult video games you need to play before you die https://www.gameskinny.com/yx47x/the-20-cult-video-games-you-need-to-play-before-you-die https://www.gameskinny.com/yx47x/the-20-cult-video-games-you-need-to-play-before-you-die Thu, 20 Aug 2015 02:30:01 -0400 Venisia Gonzalez

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Ikaruga

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Ikaruga is shoot 'em by Treasure for the PC, Dreamcast (Japan), Nintendo GameCube, and Xbox 360.

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In the nation of Horai, their leader discovered the Ubusunagami Okinokai (Power of the Gods) gaining great power. Calling themselves "The Divine Ones," begins conquering nations until they are challenged by those longing for peace.

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Why you should play
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Ikaruga's combat system is just mind-blowing. It's a polarity mechanic where only the opposite polarity can destroy the enemy. This constant "flipping" while maneuvering your ship, the "Ikaruga," had me on my toes.  It is one of the best shooters I have ever played.

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Verdict

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As previously stated, cult games are games that were not widely successful, but maintained a strong fan following. Some of the games here weren't always hits at launch and some even gained their 'AAA' status afterwards. Others can be successful, critically acclaimed, but overshadowed by others. What deems a game as "cult" varies from gamer to gamer and that's okay. It is great to see how gamers impact this industry.

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What did you think of our list? What games would you add? List in the comments. 

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Killing Floor

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Killing Floor is a cooperative zombie, horror, survival FPS by Tripwire Interactive for PC.

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Set in London, England, the Horzine Biotech, a biotechnology company, conducts military experiments involving mass cloning and genetic manipulation. During the process things go very badly and the human subjects begin to exhibit horrific mutations, disfigurement, becoming hostile, and eventually overrun the internal security forces. They escape and begin overrunning the city of London.

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Why you should play
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Where do I begin? Killing Floor has the most realistic weapons of any game I have ever played and I am a gun owner. The gameplay never gets boring no matter how much you play. This isn't a simple zombie survival by any means, oh no.

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"So how did Killing Floor become so successful you ask? It's a really good question but simple to answer, this game is possibly one of the most clever games ever created due to the fact it's not one of the games where you try to get the other side of the level and re-stock on supplies then trying to get to the other side of that level or trying to gather supplies and making gangs and being a total ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ ruining other people's experience with that game." - scud[i]Ö!

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The zombie hordes will ensure death and believe me--they will. Each wave becomes harder than before until meeting the final boss, the Patriarch. In between each wave you can visit the Trader's location which changes with every wave. Players earn money for every kill and for surviving the wave. Use the money to buy: katanas, shotguns, flamethrowers, and more. Select perks at the start of each match for bonuses.

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Killing Floor is deliciously fun and shouldn't be missed.

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Steel Battalion

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Steel Battalion is a Mech-simulator by Capcom for the original Xbox. The game bundles with the controller included. The controller has two control sticks, approximately 40 buttons, and a separate foot pedal.

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The controller lights up at key times, especially when taking damage. The unison lighting effect is to make the player "feel" like they are really taking damage.

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Why you should play
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Steel Battalion is a true sim to first exist on the console. The Mechs acted like real machine and the gameplay feels as close to the real thing as you can get. The controller set up makes you feel like you are in control of the Mech. If you run out of money and don't eject in time--game over! There is no pause button folks... just like real battle.

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Truly immersive game, a must-play.

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Portal

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Portal is a first-person puzzle-platformer by Valve for PC, Xbox 360, and PS3. It was originally bundled with The Orange Box upon release.

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Chell is challenged by GLaDOS, an artificial intelligence (Genetic Lifeform and Disk Operating System), to complete puzzles in the Aperture Science Enrichment Center using a portal gun with the promise of cake upon completion.

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Why you should play
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Portal offers unique gameplay and GLaDOS' dark, dry humor is brilliant. The portal gun is used by creating inter-spatial portals (orange & blue) between two flat planes in order to solve the puzzles. It is amazing, fun, and quite challenging. The test chambers vary in terms of hazards, so be prepared to die--a lot. There are challenge maps and two additional modes are unlocked once the game is completed.

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Valve never anticipated Portal would be such a hit with players and was originally a mod for Half Life 2.

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'Splosion Man

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'Splosion Man is 2.5D action platformer by Twisted Pixel Games for the Xbox 360.

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'​Splosion Man is created by the laboratory Big Science. He is completely made of explosive material. The purpose is to "splode" through the levels of puzzles, traps, and enemies to escape. A splode is a jump which is used to kill enemies, demolish walls, detonate explosive barrels or even trigger other surrounding effects.

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Why you should play
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'Splosion Man offers a hefty amount of single-player and 4-player cooperative levels (local or online). Its humor, originality, and simplicity is what makes this classic great. The controls are easy as pie I might add, so there's no difficult combinations to remember. The puzzles are cleverly designed to constantly add new mechanics to the players. It can be challenging but never to the point of frustration or boredom; it's fun. There are so many references to the 1980's that you are sure to be engaged in nostalgic fun.

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Earthbound

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Earthbound aka Mother 2 is an RPG by Ape and HAL Laboratory for the Wii U (originally NES).

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Follow Ness and his friends as they travel the world to collect melodies while defeating the evil alien Giygas.

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Why you should play
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Earthbound has a Lovecraftian theme that is both dark and fun. There are unique elements to this classic game that I found delightful such as the the numbered health wheel and never combating an enemy beyond your limit. It doesn't punish you but still allows you to gain the XP. Give it try.

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Demon's Souls

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Demon's Souls is the action RPG by From Software for the PS3 that accumulated more deaths than YouTube has epic fail videos. This is the game that started the Souls series.

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The kingdom of Boletaria is being ravaged by a curse. The "Deep Fog" brings forth demons to feast on mortal souls in this dark, fantasy. Brave warriors set out to save the kingdom against this threat.

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Why you should play
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If you are like me when it comes to playing any series, you have to go to the beginning. Demon's Souls is a testament to decision making all thanks to the auto-save system. Weapon mapping is critical when in combat. Death is cruel... but delicious.

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Xenoblade Chronicles

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Xenoblade Chronicles is a sci-fi RPG by Monolith Soft for the Nintendo Wii.

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Follow Shulk and his friends as they search for answers regarding the mysterious "Monado" sword to defend their land from robotic creatures called the Mechon.

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Why you should play
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Xenoblade is loaded with quests with an MMO similar combat system. The world is grand and gorgeous. Oceans, caves, and swamps can be found scattered throughout. The soundtrack is equally dynamic. It is a game that you'll either love or hate.

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Conker's Bad Fur Day

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Conker's Bad Fur Day is a crude adult-oriented, action platformer by Rare for the Nintendo 64.

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Take the foul-mouthed squirrel Conker, who has one hell of a bad fur day, through levels based on popular movies, even one made of poo. Yes... poo. Conker goes through all of this just so he can sleep off his hangover.

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Why you should play
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Conker's Bad Fur Day is a classic full of dark, vulgar humor, puzzles, cigars, booze, and fighting loads of enemies. Do you really need any more reasons?

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Catherine

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Catherine is an adult adventure puzzle-platformer and dating sim by Atlus for Xbox 360 and PS3.

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Catherine weaves a tale of a young man named Vincent as he attempts to come to grips with settling down with his girlfriend Katherine. However, when Vincent gets involved with another young woman named Catherine... all hell breaks loose. This is a game that makes you think twice about being unfaithful.

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Why you should play
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Catherine is a unique game unlike any other that I have played before. The use of puzzles as nightmares due to Vincent's moral dilemma is the game's core. The anime style is a fantastic and will certainly appeal to fans of the genre.

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Valkyria Chronicles

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Valkyria Chronicles is a tactical RPG by Sega for PS3 and PC.

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Set in Europa, similarly to Europe during World War II & the 1930's. The abundance of Ragnite ore has caused the neutral nation of Gallia to come under attack from the Empire; who is currently at war with the Federation. Soldiers of the Federation's 7th Platoon are fighting back to unify the continent under its power.

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Why you should play
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Valkyria Chronicles has an epic storyline, beautiful graphics engine, a great gameplay system, and loaded with tons of customization. The immersible environments are stunning to boot.

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Deus Ex: GOTY Edition

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Deus Ex: GOTY Edition is cyber-punk theme action RPG by Edios Interactive for PC.

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Set in the year 2052, Deus Ex follows JC Denton, an nano-technologically-augmented (UNATCO) agent, as he combats terrorist forces in a world slowly slipping chaos. He then becomes involved in an ancient conspiracy where he encounters groups similar to the Illuminati and the Hong Kong Triads.

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Why you should play
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Deus Ex: GOTY is an upgraded edition of the original that started a revolution as far as I am concerned. It brought an all-new gameplay to FPS with a real  immersive 3D, first-person perspective. Despite the original launching over 15 years ago, this is still a favorite among gamers.

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Alan Wake

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Alan Wake is an episodic psychological survival horror by Remedy Entertainment for Xbox 360 and PC similar to a television series. 

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Alan Wake is novelist suffering from a bout of writer's block who must uncover the mystery behind his the disappearance of his wife. However, his best clues come from torn pages of a book that he hasn't written yet.

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Why you should play
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Alan Wake is a fantastic combination of elements of storyline, television, and game creating an experience loaded with thrills, humor, and scares that is just as fun to play as it is to watch.

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Mirror's Edge

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Mirror's Edge is an action-adventure by DICE and EA for PS3, Xbox 360, and PC.

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Join the free-runner Faith as she works to uncover corporate conspiracies by moving across rooftops, walls, through ventilation shafts, and navigating the environment using parkour.

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Why you should play
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Mirror's Edge graphics are breathtaking. Once its parkour elements are mastered, Faith's movements are traversed seamlessly. This is a game that words cannot describe, you simply must see to believe. Its expansive environment provides a dynamic setting for the fluid parkour.

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Grim Fandango Remastered

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Grim Fandango Remastered is an adventure game by LucasArts and Tim Schafer for PC, Mac, PS4, PS Vita, Android, and iOS.

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The game combines elements of the Aztec belief of the afterlife with film noir style to create the Land of the Dead. Departed souls, represented as skeleton-like (calaca) figures, must travel to reach their final destination, the Ninth Underworld. The story follows travel agent Manuel "Manny" Calavera as he attempts to save Mercedes "Meche" Colomar.

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Why you must play
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Grim Fandango Remastered's story, its characters, and humor make it a classic unlike anything else. It truly is one-of-a-kind. You need to pay close attention to things people say, and everything you read and see in order to complete the puzzles. Its stylistic choice to mimic the Mexican paper dolls for the Day of the Dead is wonderful. Even after 17 years from its original launch, this game is still a must-play.

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American McGee's Alice

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American McGee's Alice is a third-person horror action by Rogue Entertainment and EA for PC.

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The game is an unofficial sequel to Lewis Carroll's Alice novels. Set years after Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, it is dark and Alice is maniacal. After witnessing the death of her family in a blaze, Alice suffers from survivor's guilt and is sent to the Rutledge Asylum when she begins losing her grasp on reality. Her only possession... her stuffed rabbit.

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Why you must play
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It's a steampunk, Gothic horror with no signs of Disney. A dark, deliciously morbid storyline with an amazing soundtrack. The level design and artwork are so elaborate, you will find yourself mesmerized. I cannot tell you how gorgeous it is. The characters are twisted and The Cheshire Cat delivers some of the most memorable lines to date.

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"We're all mad here." - The Cheshire Cat

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There is currently a petition on Change.org requesting that EA make another Alice game.

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Psychonauts

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Psychonauts is a fun platformer by Double Fine Productions for PC, Xbox, Xbox 360, PS2, and PS3.

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Psychonauts follows Razputin (Raz), a boy with psychic abilities, who runs away from the circus to sneak into a summer camp for those with similar powers to become a "Psychonaut" (spy with psychic abilities).

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Why you should play
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Psychonauts is a creative game that features fun gameplay, wonderful voice acting, beautiful environment, strange humor, and a great soundtrack. Each character's brain is  a world for Raz to explore. The puzzles are challenging without being too difficult. I love its bizarre cast of characters. They are hilarious and well constructed.

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Tim Schafer delivers a fantastic story with the comedic style he's known for. If you love his games, you need to play this one.

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Limbo

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Limbo is a puzzle-platformer from Playdead for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, and PC. Its black-and-white theme and lack of dialogue resonate similar to rich film noir. Its artwork speaks of German Expressionism and it is gorgeous.

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The darkness hides loads of hazards such as:

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The second half features mechanical puzzles and traps that use machinery, electromagnets, and gravity. There is no dialogue or instruction, just the ambient eerie setting in which you must explore while using critical thinking in order to advance. Love it!

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Why you should play this
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Limbo is intuitive and creative; cold, lonely, and stark. The nameless boy's journey provide a breathtaking experience. The stunning artwork and physics system lend itself to its maze of masterfully crafted puzzles that make every mistake a brutal consequence.

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Simply put... it is a perfect and emotionally moving game.

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Amnesia: The Dark Descent

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Amnesia: The Dark Descent is a first person survival horror available on PC, Mac, and Linux. It is a game about immersion, discovery, and living through a nightmare made by Frictional Games.

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If you are in the darkness too long, witness unsettling events, or stare at monsters, this will reduce Daniel's sanity (which needs to be maintained). If not kept in check, you are in for hallucinations that draw the attention of the monsters. Not fun at all!

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Why you should play
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Amnesia: The Dark Descent is one of the scariest survival horror games I have played on PC. Its thick atmosphere is terrifying. I love how well the gameplay is crafted. The scares are horrific and memorable. The story unfolds slowly to its unsettling climax. In my opinion it is a must-play, you do not know what you're missing.

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Castle Crashers

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Castle Crashers is a side-scrolling 2D beat 'em up game from The Behemoth available on Xbox 360, PS3, PC, and a remastered for Xbox One.

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Castle Crashers offers a single-player and up to a 4-player cooperative gameplay either locally or online. Gain experience points, unlock weapons, animal orbs, earn coins, and unlock characters. The melee and weapon combinations are so much fun to use, especially when fighting the giant cat fish (literally... it's a cat) while in battle on the raging river.

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Why you should play
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There are giant cats, corn, knights, sandwiches, lollipop swords, and... sketches of unicorns.

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The art style of Castle Crashers is by no means any indication that it is a G-rated "baby" game. It's Diablo meets princesses that crashed into the World of Dr. Seuss. It is hysterical, fun, and will make you feel like a crazy button-smashing kid again.

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Hello gamers. If you have ever wondered what cult games should be on your must-play list, GameSkinny has got you covered. We have selected some of the best games to play before you die from PC to console.

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Cult games are games that were not widely successful, but maintained a strong and dedicated fan following. Some of the games on this list weren't always hits at launch and some gained 'AAA' status afterwards. Others can be successful, critically acclaimed, but overshadowed by others in the same series or released around the same time. Unconventional elements are a common appeal that will also categorize a game as "cult."

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It just goes to show you how much of an impact we as gamers make in this industry. Here's our Top 20!

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Top 5 Badass Normals https://www.gameskinny.com/q5zaf/top-5-badass-normals https://www.gameskinny.com/q5zaf/top-5-badass-normals Sat, 18 Jul 2015 14:37:13 -0400 Matt Amenda

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1. Jeff

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Earthbound
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When Paula and Ness get together at the start of the game, their first order of business is to find another badass champion of Earth to help them fight off the Cosmic Destroyer, Giygas. They meet giant golems, master mentalists, men who can call down lightning, fly, teleport, and generally do impossible freaky shit.

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So Paula decided to call on Jeff, a 13-year-old four-eyed kid with a bowl cut who had no combat skills, survival experience, or PSI powers whatsoever. Because she knew, even though she'd never met or seen him before, that he was the perfect guy for the job. Jeff kicks ass with the powers of science.

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Just to give you a feel for the power gap here: Ness blows things up, fries brains, and puts up deflector shields; Paula annihilates everybody with elemental hellstorms; and the fourth party member, Poo, shapeshifts and calls down freaking meteor showers. They have to fight giant monsters, evil spirits, mighty alien warriors, and cosmic horrors so unspeakably horrible that just to look on them is madness or death. This is the kind of shit these kids have to deal with.

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You think Jeff needs all those powers to do that? Bitch please! He can take a shower head and a can of hairspray and make a bazooka out of it. With similar parts, he can make a machine that can bring down the toughest energy shields, or drain health, or even take away PSI powers when he wants. You give this guy a Multi-Bottle Rocket or two and he can take down dungeon bosses by himself. And if that fails, he just shoots them in the face with a death ray. Which he also made out stuff from a dumpster.

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Even among the strongest PSI users on the planet, never once does Jeff feel underpowered or out of place. He doesn't just keep up with his superpowered teammates; he is indispensable for the team makeup. In a fight, I would rather lose the guy who can call down asteroids than lose this kid. If the Earthbound crew is the Justice League, Jeff is the goddamn Batman.

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Revenge of the nerds, baby. Jeff rules. Badass Normal, indeed.

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Anybody else? Remember, people who can use magic or are even the tiniest bit superhuman don't count! Normal humans only! Let me know who I missed in the comments.

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2. Zeke Dunbar

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inFamous 2
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I'm not talking about that annoying, useless, traitorous, hateful Zeke in inFamous 1; I'm talking about the endearing, loyal, and totally awesome Zeke in the sequel. Though to be fair, I think it was because he was so unlikeable in the first one that he was so great in 2.

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Even though I kind of hated him, I really felt for him in a way. He was a regular guy who all of a sudden found himself in the middle of a brave new world of superheroes and supervillains, and he ended up with jack squat. He thought that his worth as a friend and human being was tied with having superpowers, so he did some really messed up things to try and get them.

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But then in 2, he turned around completely. He decided to utilize the skills that HE had, not the skills he thought would be useful. That is, being great at engineering gadgets, spying, espionage, and blowing jerks away with his giant hand-cannon. By embracing who he was and what he was good at, he went from being a terrible character to an awesome one. No powers necessary.

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3. Miguel

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Tekken 6
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Let's imagine that you decided you really want your teeth kicked in and joined the Iron Fist Tournament. At best, you'll be up against a large roster of expert fighters who've each mastered at least one martial art. At worst, you'll be paired with combat androids with chainsaws, winged demons with laser vision, dudes with lightning powers, and kung fu bears. Kung fu bears. As if regular bears weren't already godless killing machines, some madman taught some of them kung fu and another madman let them into a fighting tournament for people.

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But none of this fazes Miguel, and he has no formal training whatsoever. Nothing. He's just some dude. Everybody else has these fancy techniques and stances and belts and stuff, and this guy just struts in like some drunken fratboy and starts flailing like a jackass. I love that. It's hilarious and awesome. I connect this with guy so much more than the others. He's like the sloppy Britt Reid to the much more competent Kato. You expect the grand master to be good at fighting, but when the average dude has his time to shine it's something magical to behold.

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4. Solid Snake

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Metal Gear series
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Snake's situation is never fair. Look at the world he lives in: how is a regular soldier like him supposed to compete with cyborgs, mutants,  giant robots, and dudes with mind-control powers?

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By being Solid freaking Snake, that's how. Doing impossible stuff is how he rolls. Because he's just that good.

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No matter how high the takes, how impossible the odds, or how confusing the plot, Snake's the guy you call to save the world. By himself. And without killing anyone, if you love being frustrated.

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5. Salvador

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Borderlands 2
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Let's compare the playable characters here: we have Axton, the highly-trained space marine with a ridiculous robo-turret; Zer0, the invisible ninja assassin; and Maya, the reality-warping space witch, one of only six in the entire universe.

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And lastly, we have Salvator, whose only powers are the ability to use two guns instead of one. But his contribution to the team and ability to kick planetary ass is completely unquestioned.

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He is living proof that, mutants, magic, and giant aliens notwithstanding, there are few problems on planet Pandora that can't be solved by throwing more lead at it. 

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And no, steroids don't count as superpowers.

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What's a Badass Normal, you say? It's a character that's stuck in the middle of a world full of magic, mutants, superpowers, or other such fantastic abilities, and has the terrible luck of having none of them. Normal people would resign themselves to being either piss-ant bystanders or low-level goons, because that's just what makes sense.

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Badass Normals don't give a rat's ass about sense. They don't care that everybody's stronger than them. They don't care that they have no chance of winning. They sack up and take on the superpowered world anyway with nothing but brains, skill, and balls of steel. Here's the Top 5 list of the guys who live life on perpetual hard mode, and become bigger heroes because of it.

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And before you say anything, Batman doesn't count. He's a comic character originally, and he's too easy.

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Top 5 Greatest Girlfriends https://www.gameskinny.com/g2xr5/top-5-greatest-girlfriends https://www.gameskinny.com/g2xr5/top-5-greatest-girlfriends Tue, 14 Jul 2015 18:55:31 -0400 Matt Amenda

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1. Marle

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Chrono Trigger
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Boy, Chrono Trigger has a lot of things that could make #1 on a list, doesn't it? Well, here's another one: Marle, the marksman, cleric, ice mage, exiled princess, and greatest girlfriend in the video game universe. 

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First of all, how cool is it that they made the healing party member have some sass in this game? In other games they always make the cleric be some gentle girly-girl, but not Marle: Marle is the rudest, boldest, and most vicious of the whole Chrono Crew. She'll back-talk dinosaur kings and shoot cosmic horrors in the face with nothing but her trusty crossbow. Or by dropping an ice mountain on it.

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But that's not the reason she's the best girlfriend: the reason Marle Guardia is the best girlfriend of all time is that she climbed an Eldritch-spawn-infested demon-mountain from the future so she could bring her man back from the dead.

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This game had the balls to actually kill off Crono, the main protagonist. Marle had the bigger balls to defy time itself to bring him back. It's a long quest line, and that mountain is hard as shit. But she was not only willing but driven to fight her past hordes of bosses, up a frozen post-nuclear mountain, and snatch her love from the jaws of the devourer of worlds. And afterwords, help you kill that ugly bastard. That is some love, dedication, and outright badassery. If I had a girlfriend and got blasted to atoms by giant deer-tick Cthulhu, my ass would stay dead. Because that girlfriend would not be Marle.

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Honorable Mentions
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Elena and Cloe, from the Uncharted series

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Skylar Sinclair, from The Saboteur

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Berri, from Conker's Bad Fur Day

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Silvia, from the Viewtiful Joe series

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Lucy and Nix, from Infamous 2

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Anybody else? Who else is an awesome video game girlfriend?

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2. Paula

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Earthbound
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You think Ness is the protagonist of Earthbound? And this cute little girl is his faithful JRPG healing sidekick? Ha! Brother, you've got it exactly backwards.  Ness is only there to keep her healed so she can annihilate her enemies with lightning and hellfire. Her's is the true face of the destroyer. She is Armageddon with a pretty pink bow. She makes the supposed boy protagonist look like a chump. Paula is awesome.

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She's insanely brave too. She isn't just haplessly thrown into the adventure: she just realizes that saving the world is part of her destiny and goes with it. She doesn't even hesitate. She just says "Ness, let's go. We have a planet to save and I know just the crew for the job."

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Think about that. Even if I had demigod-like powers at my disposal like Paula has, I would at least think twice about going on a giant globe-trotting quest like this. I would be pretty scared, even now as a grown-ass man. But never once does she lose her cool. How does she fit those balls under that dress?

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 And on top of all of that, she knowingly volunteers to help Ness fight this.

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3. Anya Oliwa

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Wolfenstein: The New Order
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Finally, BJ Blaskowitz meets a girl who's crazy about killing Nazis as he is.

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In the main game she's already pretty great: she helps out with missions, intercepts messages, and makes loud, passionate love to our hero to the embarrassment of her friends. All admirable qualities as a supporting character.

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But then we hear her collectible diaries, and we learn that before the events of the game she waged a one-woman war on the Nazis that makes Inglorious Basterds look tame. Entry after entry about cartoonishly violent Nazi murder, from running them over with her car to feeding them cyanide sausages. She is a walking Tarantino movie. Listen to them here: you will either be disturbed or, if you're like BJ, extremely aroused. They're perfect for each other.

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4. Ophelia

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Brutal Legend
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As Eddie Riggs would say: "God, she's awesome."

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As with everything in the Brutal Land, Ophelia is the heavy metal girlfriend amplified. She isn't just a chick with black fingernails and weird jewelry; she's a chick with black fingernails and weird jewelry that slays demons, rescues damsels, talks like a Viking, and tears the bones from wild motorcycle-pigs with her bare hands. And then uses those bones to make cannons for her battle-sisters. That's brutal. Just one more reason I totally want to live in Brutal Legend.

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5. Juliet Starling

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Lollipop Chainsaw
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When Juliet finds Nick, her boyfriend, in this game, the first thing she does is chainsaw his head off and wear it on her belt like a Tamagatchi. She's a great girlfriend.

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But yes, that boyfriend is still alive as a head and she's trying to find a way to bring back the rest of him with magic or something. I don't know, the game was too crappy to finish. But hey, that means that the girlfriend gets to be the protagonist for once! Now the girl is the one slaying zombie hordes by the bushel while the guy is a literal helpless hanger-on. He's pretty depressed and weirded-out at the whole experience, but he should be more grateful: she managed to save 1/7th of him, after all.

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When we're talking about video games and their significant others, I really do mean significant: there is no overestimating the importance of a good love interest. Especially when these lovely ladies make their big, strong boyfriends look like wusses in comparison.

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These are the Top 5 girlfriends who support, love, and destroy the weak alongside their guyfriends. And, often at the same time, make them their bitches.

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President Satoru Iwata Dies After 35 Years With Nintendo of Japan https://www.gameskinny.com/6q4f5/president-satoru-iwata-dies-after-35-years-with-nintendo-of-japan https://www.gameskinny.com/6q4f5/president-satoru-iwata-dies-after-35-years-with-nintendo-of-japan Sun, 12 Jul 2015 15:38:49 -0400 Autumn Fish

Nintendo fans meet with incredibly somber news today. Nintendo of Japan issued a short statement moments ago regarding Nintendo's beloved Satoru Iwata.

The statement reads:

Nintendo Co., Ltd. deeply regrets to announce that President Satoru Iwata passed away on June 11, 2015 due to a bile duct growth.

Regrettably this news is not entirely surprising. In fact, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata was forced to skip E3 2014 due to poor health, and later underwent surgery to remove prior bile duct growth.

President Satoru Iwata helped bring us Earthbound, and stood at the helm of the past 3 generations of Nintendo consoles.

Satoru Iwata has made many great contributions to Nintendo since he joined the company 35 years ago. In his early years of developing games, he helped develop some of the classics Nintendo fans love enjoying today, such as Mother 2 — which later became Earthbound with the Western port.

Of course, let's not forget his successes with Kirby and Animal Crossing!

President Iwata has pioneered the way through 3 stunning generations of Nintendo consoles, and he will be sorely missed.

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Top 10 Most American Games Ever https://www.gameskinny.com/oj1kn/top-10-most-american-games-ever https://www.gameskinny.com/oj1kn/top-10-most-american-games-ever Sat, 04 Jul 2015 11:37:44 -0400 Matt Amenda

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1. Metal Wolf Chaos

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Truly, this is Japan's revenge for the atom bombs. Why else would they make the most senseless, stupid, cheesy, gloriously American game of all time and never release it stateside? It even had horrible English dialogue and everything! How could you do this to us!?

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Sigh...just look at it: 

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There is nothing more I can say. This is the most American game there ever was, is, and will ever be. I rest my case.

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What do you think are the most American games? Let us know in the comments below!

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2. Broforce

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You play as Rambo, Mr. T, Robocop, Walker Texas Ranger, Neo, and a huge roster of other action movie stars to liberate Vietnam from a terrorist army led by Satan. 

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I will not pollute that perfectly American sentence with further talk. Go check out the game, it's still in Early Access. There is only one game on the planet that can top it...

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3. Saints Row 4

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Volition was going to create this title, where you play as a President with superpowers saving the world from aliens, as DLC, but they wisely realized that this was a game too precious and patriotic to be limited in such a way.

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It is a game where you can truly do as you please: if you want to ride around in custom pimp cars and destroy the aliens with superior firepower, you can do that. If you want to fly around and destroy the invaders with orbital drop kicks and matrix powers, by God you can do that too. Whatever you want. You're free to do it all, because in this game you're not just American: you're Super American Gangster President.

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4. Duke Nukem 3D

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Look at that magnificent bastard. THAT is an American hero. Even after a terrible reboot, he's still the king, baby.

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He's a grenade-chucking, face-kicking, steroid-taking, piss-making murder machine. He mows down armies of alien pig-men and laughs in the face of restraint and good taste. His games are nothing but gratuitous violence and potty humor, and that is the American way.

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If only he could get a good modern game...

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5. Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon

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In this game, you play as Sergeant Rex Power Colt, Cyber Commando Mark IV. You are every '80s action hero stereotype in the universe. He kills commies and terrorists with lasers and shuriken, and he doesn't do drugs. He's a real American hero, even if he never asked for this. 

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It's one giant love letter to terrible '80s pulp action movies, and it is all glorious. 

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6. Wolfenstein: The New Order

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You see that? That is the face of a man who's about to kill a lot of Nazis.

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We Americans have gained a name for ourselves for bombing terrorists, but it's just not the same as the glory days of bombing Nazis. BJ Blaskowitz loves depopulating the Third Reich so much that he transcended time and space to keep the tradition alive. He spent fifteen years sitting comatose in a chair in the corner, and the first thing he does when he wakes up is shank a Nazi in the jugular with a kitchen knife. That's so American it puts a tear in my eye.

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7. Bioshock: Infinite

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Boy, jingoism is a lot less funny when the results are this creepy. This is definitely the dark side of what it means to be American.

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But still, you can't deny it's bursting at the seams with twisted American weirdness. It's got gatling gun mecha-Washingtons in it! There are flags and eagles everywhere! And it's got...class warfare. And...imperialism. And racism.

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Ok, bad example. Moving on.

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8. Red Dead Redemption

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Cowboys: when regular American's aren't American enough.

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Being from Rockstar, this is a more cynical take on the American identity. But to hell with their pretentious, depressing plot: this is a game where you shoot like lightning, drink like a fish, and ride like the wind. It is the best representation of the harsh grandeur of the American West there is, and probably will be for generations.

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9. Earthbound

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America, as told by Japan.

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You play as a fat kid who beats the crap out of things with a baseball bat and blows things up with his brain. You battle kung fu cops, hippies, and obese women with handbags. You heal yourself by eating burgers, fries, pizza, and cookies. I'm getting the feeling we're being mocked.

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Still, it's up to a boy from Eagleland to save the world from an alien invasion, because that's one of the many sworn duties of every American. Godspeed and fuzzy pickles.

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10. Assassin's Creed 3

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Killin' redcoats in the woods: America's original pastime.

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Connor the Broad Daylight Assassin up there is considered exceptionally good at it. He would be too: getting lost in the plot as often as he does, he gets tons of practice aimlessly slaughtering the British for no reason. What else is he supposed to do when he can't find Charles Lee? Or when there's no Revolutionary War moments he can't take credit for at the moment? Poor guy is stuck in one of the worst Assassin's Creed games ever, and a man's got to occupy himself.

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But still: Founding Fathers! Dumping the Tea! Muskets! Paul Revere's incredibly annoying ride! All of this old-school American-ness is enough to almost make me like this game. Almost.

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Happy 4th of July, fellow Americans. If you're not American, don't worry about it; just like everybody's Irish on St. Paddy's Day, the 4th of July is the day everyone gets to be American. Be proud. Be tacky. Be shamelessly awesome. For today is the day for freedom.

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To celebrate, I give you a top ten list of the most American games ever made. I would normally do five, but nothing is done halfway on Independence Day. Enjoy, everybody. And remember: inside of every calm and sensible person is an American trying to get out.

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