Wii U Platform RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Wii U RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network New Game Releases: Week of October 21, 2018 https://www.gameskinny.com/m3etr/new-game-releases-week-of-october-21-2018 https://www.gameskinny.com/m3etr/new-game-releases-week-of-october-21-2018 Mon, 22 Oct 2018 09:46:42 -0400 William R. Parks

As we begin a week that has no doubt been marked on many fans' calendars, let us look at who is willing to go toe-to-toe with Rockstar Studio's Wild West Goliath.

On Tuesday, October 23, players are invited to swing back into Spider-Man for its first DLC release, The Heist. Hot on the heels of last week's addition of NG+ and increased difficulty, the DLC brings more Black Cat, more costumes, and more enemies to PS4's high-flying blockbuster.

The Heist is the beginning of Spider-Man's three-part DLC package, The City That Never Sleeps.

Alternatively, fans of Gwent, The Witcher's digital card game, can look forward to Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales on PC.

Set in the world of The Witcher, Thronebreaker features a new story, exploration, and a single-player Gwent experience.

And for those of you who just want to dance, Ubisoft's Just Dance 2019 is bringing Bruno Mars, Cardi B., and 40 chart-toppers to PS4, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii, and Wii U.

Then it is Friday, October 26, a yet unrecognized holiday, a day where streets will be empty and a mysterious pandemic will cause millions to call in sick to work. It will be a day where we will all sit down and play Red Dead Redemption 2.

A friendly reminder: If you pre-ordered a digital version of the Western, go pre-load it now because it's quite big. At minimum, the sequel is a 99GB download, and you do not want to be the only person on the planet waiting for the game to load. Do you?

Here's a full list of what's coming out this week: 

Tuesday, October 23:
  • Cities: Skylines Industries DLC (PC)
  • Just Dance 2019 (PS4, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii, Wii U)
  • Nickelodeon Kart Racers (PS4, Switch, Xbox One)
  • PAW Patrol: On A Roll (PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One)
  • Spider-Man: The Heist DLC (PS4)
  • Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales (PC)
  • Windjammers (Switch)
Wednesday, October 24:
  • Stardew Valley (iOS)
Friday, October 26:
  • Castlevania Requiem: Symphony of the Night & Rondo of Blood (PS4)
  • My Hero One's Justice (PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One)
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 (PS4, Xbox One)

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Aside from RDR2, which, if any, of these games will you picking up this week? Which are you already adding to your Christmas list? Let us know in the comments below. 

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The Tea: A Long, Slow Steep in the Twilight Princess Prologue https://www.gameskinny.com/eot8k/the-tea-a-long-slow-steep-in-the-twilight-princess-prologue https://www.gameskinny.com/eot8k/the-tea-a-long-slow-steep-in-the-twilight-princess-prologue Thu, 23 Aug 2018 12:04:41 -0400 Jackson Ingram

Editors note: Spoiler alert for a very old game.

I knew almost nothing about The Legend of Zelda before Twilight Princess. I mean, I knew it was about Link and Princess Zelda saving the world and/or each other from an evil dude with a fire-engine-red dye job. And I knew that in this particular game, Link was also a furry. But I certainly didn’t know that its prologue was controversial. In fact, for the first two or three hours, I thought maybe running farm-boy errands around Ordon would be the general vibe for the rest of the game, too.

In my defense, I picked the game up in 2014, amid one of my epicly long Animal Crossing benders. Unfortunately, Ordon Village’s long to-do list didn’t captivate me the way AC’s did. Maybe I would’ve spent longer on it if I could’ve redecorated Link’s tree house (really so much underutilized space) or if Zant’s curse turned the hero of Hyrule into a wolf villager instead of a “noble beast” or whatever.

Imagine my surprise when, four years later, I dove back into Twilight Princess to discover over 40 hours of dungeon-crawling and monster-fighting awaited me beyond Ordon Village, with barely any tedious chores to do along the way. 

Dawn of the First (Long) Day

Really, when Link isn’t saving Hyrulians from the Twili monsters, he’s saving them from the humdrum frustrations of daily life instead. Those initial hours of herding goats and tracking down lost cradles were the perfect primer for some of Twilight Princess’ long-game side quests. If the prologue hadn’t taught me that every little peasant worry was not only important, but also Link’s personal responsibility, do you think I would’ve spent more than two seconds tracking down bugs for Agitha’s “ball”? Or single-handedly funding bridge repairs? Not in this economy, baby. The value of the rupee is going down with each HD remake.

And yet, while it wasn’t necessarily a joy to rescue Ordon’s brat pack again and again, their dependence on Link injected our blank-slate hero with some badly needed character. Unlike in Wind Waker (to which TP is frequently compared), this Link has all the lifelike proportions with none of the life. He kind of just goes with the flow, drifting from quest to quest until it seems like he saved Hyrule just because he didn’t have anything better to do that weekend.

Twilight Princess’ cast is very hit or miss for me. Arguably, the pushiest characters are the ones that exude the most personality. I remember wanting to strangle Milo (that is, if I could find his polygonal baby neck), but at least I could remember him to begin with. Meanwhile, each time Colin sniveled back onto the screen, I had to Google who he was and why I should care.

That’s a dichotomy that extends well beyond the prologue. The subtitular Midna is (rightfully) listed as one of the most interesting support characters of the franchise, while this iteration of the series name-maker Zelda is as beautiful as she is bland.

The side quests might start to pile up fast in this one, but Link wouldn’t be the hero (and there wouldn’t be a story) if he weren’t singularly driven by an innate desire to help people -- no matter what. So I caught ever stupid bug in Hyrule and I got Midna back on her Twilight throne because I could get behind a Link that would see value in both. His heroics might make for a one-note performance, but these tasks, no matter how small, keep him in tune with the world's much larger symphony.

Yeah, But Who Cares?

“Okay, sure,” you might be thinking. “The Twilight Princess prologue might thematically imbue the story with meaning, but does it have to spend so long teaching us how to do everything?”

Maybe not. But entering the series with very little base knowledge of Zelda puzzles and items, it was nice for me to ease into things (even if I would never, ever use that slingshot again).

Besides, as a launch title for the Wii, it couldn’t have been a bad idea to give us some guidance on how we were supposed to control the (newly right-handed) Link using the Wii remote. Think of it as the warm-up before we completely exhausted our noodle arms trying to get all those poorly explained sword techniques down.

At the end of the day, I’m glad Twilight Princess kicked off this infamous “gritty, edgelord” Zelda title with a Weenie-Hut-Jr. mode. It made us slow down and consider the world we're tasked with saving. Like the Shire, Ordon Village is a a home for LInk to come back to (and then leave again… after the epilogue).

As far as prologues go, it’s much more goat than G.O.A.T., but it gets the job done.

Fandom Freak-Out

For an old game, I have an old freak-out. This concept fan art for Midna’s Twili armor is everything I wanted for my snarky warrior queen. While the Twilight Princess could serve up all kinds of realness in any outfit, I have to admit I was deeply disappointed when my fave imp (whose cursed form is a fascinating departure from the typical mold of female character design) glowed up into just another slender, scantily clad video game babe.

Silverwolf05, if you're still out there in this post-DeviantArt era, I hope you’re doing the Lord's work: boldly designing practical, stylish outfits for ladies of all body types, classes, and platforms.

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Weekly questions: Which Zelda prologue stands out for you? Are we supposed to remember any of the Ordon villagers' names? Minda for Smash 2018?

Until next time. Stay steamy.

The Tea (never timely, always hot) is a weekly column steeped in gaming culture and the fandom experience. Tune in Thursdays for another cup of steamy content.

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WayForward Surprises Half-Genie Hero Fans With Jammies Mode Update https://www.gameskinny.com/ado5v/wayforward-surprises-half-genie-hero-fans-with-jammies-mode-update https://www.gameskinny.com/ado5v/wayforward-surprises-half-genie-hero-fans-with-jammies-mode-update Wed, 01 Aug 2018 09:21:15 -0400 Greyson Ditzler

Coming out of nowhere and surprising everybody, WayForward has released one final, free DLC campaign for Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, several months after the release of the game's Ultimate Edition. The added campaign is the new "Jammies Mode", which provides a new set of moves for Shantae and a re-written story.

"Jammies Mode" sees Shantae traversing Sequin Land in order to hand out invitations to her ultimate slumber party to everyone she knows, which she's hosting as a way of saying thank you to everyone for helping her on her journey. In this mode, Shantae has the ability to float on a dream cloud, bounce sleepy sheep across the screen, and pillow-fight enemies' pants off.

As yet another added surprise included with the update is a new Transformation Dance for Shantae, allowing her to transform into the tank Sophia III from Blaster Master Zero, in which Shantae made a cameo as DLC. The dance can be obtained from the game's snake merchant lady upon purchasing and trading in the Super Revive Dance

WayForward announced the free update for all versions of the game out of nowhere, and cited it as the team's way of saying "thank you" to everybody that supported the game throughout its long, extensive development process. The most recent update on the game's Kickstarter reads:

"Jammies Mode" is our way of saying [sic] THANK YOU to everyone who supported this campaign! We hope you’ll accept this gift, along with our warmest and most heartfelt appreciation for funding this project. We would never have made this game if it weren’t for you!

On behalf of our Backers, and with the cooperation of our partners at Xseed, Pqube, and Amuzio, we are launching this free content update today on all platforms, all versions, all over the world, to Backers and non-Backers. In this way we hope to spread your generosity to the next generation of Shantae fans!!

"Jammies Mode" and the optional Sophia III transformation dance are now available as free updates for all versions of Shantae: Half-Genie Hero. You can view a trailer for the "Shantae Summer Surprise" Down Below:

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Another 10 Badass Video Game Characters You Shouldn't Mess With https://www.gameskinny.com/v3fsf/another-10-badass-video-game-characters-you-shouldnt-mess-with https://www.gameskinny.com/v3fsf/another-10-badass-video-game-characters-you-shouldnt-mess-with Thu, 26 Jul 2018 10:25:41 -0400 Edgar Wulf

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Ryo Hazuki

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Shenmue (1999)
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Shenmue's Ryo Hazuki may not be the most skilled fighter, but he gets the job done.

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After being forced onto a path of revenge, Ryo must evolve from a regular, impulsive teenager into an imposing martial artist, learning new moves and styles from masters across Japan and Hong Kong. Ultimately, he develops his body and spirit to face the ultimate adversary, Lan Di. After almost two decades, his story is yet to reach its finale.

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That is it for this list. If you think a character is missing, they may be on the original list. If they're not, then comment down below on who you would like to see and, as always, stay tuned to GameSkinny for more badass compilations.

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Kazuma Kiryu

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Yakuza (2005)
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This man has been through it all; he has felled numerous skilled fighters, dealt with a thief of female underwear, and even taken care of a baby. A chairman of the highly respected Tojo Clan, Kazuma Kiryu is a master in many fields, including martial arts, which he gracefully employs to protect his friends, children, and simply beat up random punks on streets who annoy him. 

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Yakuza's Kiryu has a distinctive dragon tattoo covering his back, he enjoys drinking whiskey, fishing, and singing karaoke. Call him.

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John Marston

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Red Dead Redemption (2010)
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Perhaps one of the most tragic heroes in gaming, John Marston knows the definition of dire straits all too well. Compelled to reunite with his family, who are being held captive by the government, Marston embarks on a harrowing journey through the chaos-sphere that is the Wild West. 

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He is an outlaw -- a criminal, even -- and has no doubt committed numerous questionable deeds. But despite that, it is almost impossible to not relate with his noble intentions.

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Red Dead Redemption's John is a deadly sharpshooter -- especially during his signature "Dead Eye" mode -- and takes down many opposing factions on his quest which, ultimately and unfortunately, leads to a bittersweet conclusion

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Ellie

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The Last of Us (2013)
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Ellie might seem harmless enough; after all, she is just a child in the original The Last of Us. Past experiences and many gruesome events, however, have conditioned her to become a merciless killer -- being able to stand up for herself and those she cares about.

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She learns that, in a world where nobody can be trusted, a switchblade and a sniper rifle are your best friends. Them, and that Joel guy who has taught her how to survive in a post-apocalyptic world inhabited by monsters. That helps, too. 

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Doomguy

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Doom (1993)
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Not the fanciest name for someone who rips demons apart with his bare hands, but, thankfully, actions speak much louder than words. Doomguy is the eternally silent protagonist of the Doom series, one of the most historically significant franchises in the industry.

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He is agile, brutally strong, and remorseless; he doesn't have a love interest, though he may or may not have a special relationship with his signature chainsaw or destroying hordes of Hellspawn.

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Death

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Darksiders II (2012)
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Death is the main character in the sequel to Darksiders, one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse, and a brother to the first game's protagonist: War. He uses stylish scythes to slice and dice his opponents while employing stylish, yet devastating combos to come out victorious. He even transforms into a terrifying reaper to finish off his most resilient foes.

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The mask -- which Death never removes -- is not only for aesthetics: it adds a depth of mystery to the character, making him even more badass. 

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Dante

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Devil May Cry (2001)
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Dante's twin brother -- Vergil -- is already featured on our first list of 10 Most Badass Video Game Characters, but Dante deserves a spot just as much, if not more, than his brother. 

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Possessing the enhancing power to transform into a demon -- much like his evil sibling -- Devil May Cry's Dante gives preference to oversized swords. However, he never lets go of his trusty handguns (Ebony and Ivory), which he uses to soften enemies up before cutting them into pieces.

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At times, Dante may act somewhat cocky and playful, but he always backs it up with unprecedented skill.

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Big Boss

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Metal Gear (1987)
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Solid Snake may be considered the main protagonist of the Metal Gear Solid series, but let's face it: he wouldn't even exist without Big Boss.

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Boss' first appearance was in the original Metal Gear, though he didn't become a playable character until much later when Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater was released. An unfortunate encounter with his former mentor leaves him with countless bruises, dislocated joints, and broken bones; later on, he even gets his eye shot out.

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Despite all that, he manages to complete his mission, earning him the legendary title -- Big Boss. The rest, as they say, is history. 

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Aranea Highwind

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Final Fantasy XV (2016)
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This gorgeous blonde may very well be the most stylish Final Fantasy character in over a decade. She joins Final Fantasy XV's party of heroes as a dominating force -- however briefly -- and adds an amusing flavor to their conversations.

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Aranea dons stylish battle armor and employs an impressively-sized lance during combat, which, of course, decimates her opponents. Beautiful, confident, and strong, Aranea Highwind is not hesitant to take on multiple foes at once -- and deals with them in brutal, timely fashion.

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Ada Wong

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Resident Evil 2 (1998)
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Ada first appears in Resident Evil 2 as a supporting character, but she later plays a much more significant role in Resident Evil 4, where she receives her own story scenario: Separate Ways.

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Her personality and background are rather mysterious, though she seems to have an affection toward a certain someone (ahem). Ada tends to prefer lightweight, conventional weaponry like handguns and machine guns, but when push comes to shove, she is also a deceptively skilled hand-to-hand combatant.

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In a franchise full of badass characters, Ada often gets overlooked by casual fans, which is just too bad. 

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As it turns out, our original list of the 10 most badass video game characters needs an update. I mean, there are more than 10 badass characters in the pantheon of gaming. Surprising, right?

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That is why we decided to whip up a follow-up list including more of those badasses; 10 more, to be precise. Some of these characters are defined by superhuman strength, some by unique traits, some by the armory of weapons they possess, and some by the events they've endured. Ultimately, they are all bound by the same uncanny traits: individually completing meaningful tasks, defeating their enemies and, basically, getting sh** done.

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Much like our original list, this one is based on two simple criteria:

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  • Only one character per franchise (per individual list)
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Let's get started. 

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5 Extremely Difficult Modern Games for Masochists https://www.gameskinny.com/psa6x/5-extremely-difficult-modern-games-for-masochists https://www.gameskinny.com/psa6x/5-extremely-difficult-modern-games-for-masochists Fri, 25 May 2018 12:16:53 -0400 Edgar Wulf

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That's all, you can take a respite now. Have you played any of the games mentioned, or even managed to beat them? Perhaps you know of an immensely difficult game that deserves a place on this list? Let us know in the comments below.

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And if you enjoyed this list, check out other great compilations on GameSkinny:

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Cuphead

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Cuphead is a brutally tough 2D run-and-gun game with beautiful hand-drawn animation in the vein of old-school Disney cartoons. You play as Cuphead, who is indebted to the devil himself and must battle through a series of challenging bosses to repay his debt. The game follows segments of straightforward run-and-gun, as well as bullet hell-style stages where the screen is populated with a large amount of various projectiles that you have to dodge. All of it leads to the game's main attraction -- boss battles -- which are highly diverse, each requiring a different approach and strategy. Unlike the other games on this list, Cuphead allows for couch co-op, so give your best buddy a controller, let them take charge of Cuphead's brother Mugman, and as a duo, indulge in the pleasantly painful world of this charming title.

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Hotline Miami

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Hotline Miami is a top-down twin-stick shooter heavily inspired by 80's culture. You play as a nameless protagonist who is known among the community simply as Jacket, because he's wearing one. Jacket receives calls from an unknown source urging him to commit murderous raids on mobster hideouts around the city. His goal is to kill every single one on any given level with numerous weapons at his disposal, ranging from axes and swords to assault rifles and shotguns; most enemies die from a single attack, but so does Jacket. Hotline Miami is about dying, a lot, learning enemy layout, and attempting a level again -- and again, and again. Thankfully, the gameplay is kept engaging by fast-paced action, an amazing synthwave soundtrack, and a variety of animal masks that grant beneficial properties at the start of a level.

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Demon's Souls

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When presented with the question of the most difficult modern game, most would probably answer Dark Souls; however, it all began with Demon's Souls, which is, arguably, still the most difficult entry in the Souls franchise. Much like later titles, it revolves around creating a hero based on one of the available classes and traveling through the crumbling lands of Boletaria, populated by threatening foes, including a diverse range of bosses, most of which can kill you in a few hits. Only a small number of games can provide a feeling as rewarding as defeating a boss the size of a building after countless unsuccessful attempts, as well as seeing the infamous "You Defeated" appear on screen. For that reason, Demon's Souls still stands as a prime modern example of a brutally difficult yet immensely satisfying game.

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Darkest Dungeon

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Darkest Dungeon provides a different kind of difficulty; it doesn't test your reflexes or ability to nimbly traverse fast-paced levels. It's a dungeon crawler that presents you with the arduous task of managing a diverse group of heroes and guiding them through many dreary dungeons. There, heroes can die not only in battle against terrifying beasts, but also from starvation, deadly traps, or a heart attack due to accumulated stress. Despite the combat being turn-based, any one mistake can mean the difference between success and failure. It is therefore up to the player to micro-manage the roster available to them, making sure they are fed, well-rested, equipped accordingly, and mentally prepared. Alas, some deaths can't be avoided, and each hero should be treated as expendable, promptly replaced by new ones recruited in town.

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Super Meat Boy

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You're Meat Boy -- literally, a piece of meat -- and your goal is to rescue Bandage Girl from the evil Dr. Fetus. Super Meat Boy, made by the awesome Edmund McMillen and Tommy Refenes, is a punishingly difficult 2D platformer in which you must guide Meat Boy through increasingly elaborate levels littered with rotating sawblades, spikes, and other deadly hazards. Clearing all worlds, seven in total, is a serious feat in and of itself, and at the end of each, you are challenged by a powerful boss. Should you feel like testing the limits of your sanity, you can attempt an even more difficult Dark World, which is unlocked after completing a world's regular version. Super Meat Boy's demanding difficulty is easily justified by colorful visuals and impeccable controls, so you can always be certain that, if you died 200 times on one level, each misstep was your own fault.

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Most games nowadays make you feel comfortable; they tend to overwhelm you with tutorials and hold your hand throughout the first few hours. Without a doubt, more complex video games can definitely benefit from an in-depth explanation, but is it really necessary to teach a player how to move, look up, or open a door? Some games, like Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard, even make fun of such basic tutorials.

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Then there are games on the opposite end of the spectrum, games that challenge your skills, smarts, and reflexes, forcing you to earn the satisfying sensation of success by learning everything from first-hand experience. They're not always fair -- in fact, in most instances, they're the opposite -- but that's the whole appeal.

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It is thanks to these games that the term "Nintendo Hard" exists, but it is often used to describe the difficulty of older titles, like Battletoads or Contra. Modern games, for better or for worse, are rarely so challenging. There is, however, a less notorious term for defining the difficulty of more recent games, and that is "Masocore," a portmonteau of "masochist" and "hardcore," both of which perfectly characterize the games on this list. These games are either extremely challenging by default or don't have an adjustable difficulty setting at all.

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If you are tired of simple, straightforward games and crave a true challenge, then click over to the next page to view the first out of 5 extremely difficult modern games, in no particular order.

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Top 10 Most Badass Video Game Characters of All time https://www.gameskinny.com/4a5w5/top-10-most-badass-video-game-characters-of-all-time https://www.gameskinny.com/4a5w5/top-10-most-badass-video-game-characters-of-all-time Tue, 10 Apr 2018 13:40:44 -0400 Edgar Wulf

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Vergil

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Devil May Cry 3 (2005)
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Twin brother of the game's main protagonist and a highly skilled swordsman, Vergil's movement of his katana, Yamato, is so fast in Devil May Cry 3 that he can deflect incoming bullets with it and, just like his brother, he possesses the ability to transform into a demon form, further improving his speed and strength. These qualities make Vergil a formidable foe in the numerous encounters against him.

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This concludes the list. Do you agree with any of the entries? Who would you add? Let us know in the comments below.

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If you can't get enough of badass video game characters, then check out this follow-up list. And for more fun compilations such as this one, stay tuned to GameSkinny.

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Samus Aran

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Metroid (1986)
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A bounty hunter best known for providing one of the biggest surprises in gaming history, Metroid's Samus traverses a fictional universe, exploring uncharted planets and tracking down space-pirates. She uses a powerful arm-cannon as her primary weapon and can turn herself into a morph-ball to evade incoming attacks or reach otherwise inaccessible locations. Whenever she defeats a particularly powerful foe in combat, she is able to gain its ability or improve an existing one.

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Raziel

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Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver (1999)
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Once a vampire and a lieutenant to the most powerful among them -- Kain -- Soul Reaver's Raziel is sent to his death after being considered too threatening to Kain's position in the hierarchy. Stripped of his flesh and aesthetics, Raziel is resurrected by an old god, and now, in a wraith form, his thirst for blood has been replaced by consumption of souls. He's determined to exact revenge on his former comrades and on Kain himself, claiming their powers as his own.

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Lara Croft

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Tomb Raider (1996)
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This young lady needs no introduction; Tomb Raider's Lara is one of the most recognizable characters in gaming. Known for her athleticism, smarts, and signature dual pistols, she has been raiding tombs, uncovering long-lost artifacts, and breaking men's hearts for over two decades. She is skilled at translating ancient scripts and activating complex contraptions, and during combat, she relies on dexterity and stealth rather than brute force.

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Kratos

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God of War (2005)
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While not exactly the most likable character, God of War's Kratos deserves a spot simply by being a Greek-god-killing machine. His biggest asset is his unquenchable anger, and the many weapons he uses act mostly as stress-balls for him -- something to grip tightly. Should he ever find himself disarmed, he will tear the opponent's head off with his bare hands, which he actually did with Helios'. For Kratos, it was just a normal Monday.

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Isaac Clarke

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Dead Space (2008)
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Not your typical superhero, Dead Space's Isaac Clarke is an engineer who, along with a small crew, finds himself stranded on a seemingly abandoned starship after following its distress signal. Initially armed with nothing but a plasma cutter and, quite possibly, the coolest-looking suit ever made, he must battle through hordes of Necromorphs and uncover the source of their origin, acquiring military-grade weaponry as he traverses the dismal halls of the ship.

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Ciri

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (2015)
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Cirilla Fiona Elen Riannon, or simply Ciri, is a carrier of powerful elder blood and, much like the The WItcher 3's protagonist, Geralt, a trained witcher, which makes her a skilled sword fighter. She commands a unique blink ability, which allows her to teleport quickly around enemies and strike from behind. Due to her supernatural abilities, she is being pursued by The Wild Hunt, a group of elves whose intent is to take possession of her powers. Despite the odds, Ciri is able to overcome seemingly insurmountable adversaries, often all on her own.

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Auron

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Final Fantasy X (2001)
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An experienced warrior and a guardian to summoner Yuna, one of Final Fantasy X's protagonists, and formerly to her father. Auron carries an oversized katana in one hand and only unsheathes his other arm during combat to add more power behind each strike, which makes him command an intimidating presence even against the most formidable foes. The liquid in his flask, which is probably booze (definitely booze), is often used to ignite the katana for certain special attacks.

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Albert Wesker

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Resident Evil (1996)
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Killed by a tyrant whom he himself helped create, Resident Evil's Wesker survives thanks to a prototype virus circulating in his veins. As a result, he becomes the series' super-villain, possessing incredible speed and strength, and an even greater ego, the combination of which, apparently, allows him to catch incoming missiles with his hands. He never misses an opportunity to mock his opponents and is only willing to spend no more than seven minutes of his precious time to deal with them.

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Adam Jensen

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Deus Ex: Human Revolution (2011)
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After being killed by members of a black ops team during an attack on the company he works for, Deus Ex: Human Revolution's Adam Jensen is brought back to life via advanced body augmentations (even though he didn't ask for it). Armed with resolve and powerful new tools at his disposal -- including various vision enhancements and the ability to turn himself invisible or punch people through walls -- he sets out to uncover the truth behind the attack and take revenge on the group that destroyed his life.

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(this is Part 1 of the compilation; for Part 2 follow this link)

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The world of games is saturated with varied characters. There are brave, cute, intelligent, strong characters, and then there are badasses -- characters who stand out, whether due to their physical or mental attributes, their manner of speech, or their unique appearance. Regardless, they usually don't require the assistance of others to succeed and can conquer hardships all by themselves, should the need arise. This list features 10 of the most suitable characters in the category, and it was assembled based on the following criteria:

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Each entry will contain the name of the character, the game they first appeared in and its release year, as well as a brief description. Click through to view the characters in alphabetical, not necessarily numerical, order.

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Disclaimer: The writer's opinions herein are his own and might not coincide with those of the other 7+ billion people living on Earth.

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Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Costume Pack DLC Release Date Confirmed https://www.gameskinny.com/nr7ou/shantae-half-genie-hero-costume-pack-dlc-release-date-confirmed https://www.gameskinny.com/nr7ou/shantae-half-genie-hero-costume-pack-dlc-release-date-confirmed Fri, 06 Apr 2018 14:17:11 -0400 Greyson Ditzler

WayForward has released a new trailer for the final DLC add-on to Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, which is set to be the final piece of DLC for the game, simply titled "Costume Pack." While the title of the DLC is simple, the DLC itself is much more than just new outfits for Shantae, as each costume comes with its own unique mechanics and alternative story modes to the main game. 

The pack contains three outfits/modes for Shantae. First, there's the ninja, which prioritizes swift movement and utilizing new techniques such as wall jumping, throwing stars, and short-range teleportation. There's the Beach Costume, which also comes with its own moves, that adds a new heat mechanic that necessitates that Shantae not stay in the sun too long without sunscreen or a quick duck in the shade, which adds a ticking clock element to the gameplay. Lastly, there's the Officer Costume, which pays direct homage to WayForward's Mighty Switch Force! series of puzzle games and allows Shantae to phase certain blocks in the environment in and out of existence as she hunts down escaped criminal hooligans.

These modes will also all have their own "what-if" storylines, with new dialogue and voice acting as well as different end-screens based on the player's item collection skills and speed in completing them. And similar to the previous "Friends to the End" DLC, players will be able to gradually level up the strength of Shantae's weapons in each mode as they progress. 

The "Costume Pack" DLC for Shantae: Half-Genie Hero will be available on all platforms on April 10. The DLC will be free to all the backers of the game, as all previous DLC was, and will be included in the full package of Shantae: Half-Genie Hero Ultimate Edition.

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Three Wii U Games That Should Have Been https://www.gameskinny.com/dwf9v/three-wii-u-games-that-should-have-been https://www.gameskinny.com/dwf9v/three-wii-u-games-that-should-have-been Mon, 02 Apr 2018 17:10:10 -0400 natdanger

With the massive success of the Nintendo Switch, everyone is quickly forgetting the beleaguered Wii U, which is sort of sad considering how much Nintendo loved the console. Its limited catalog had a palpable amount of love poured into each game, from the crossover hit Hyrule Warriors to Mario Kart 8 to the biggest Super Smash Bros. ever. Even though many of the best Wii U games are being ported to the Switch, there’s a tinge of sadness in it. 

But even the best franchises didn’t take full advantage of the Wii U’s double-screen capabilities. The notable exception is ZombiU, which became two different games during multiplayer: player one played a horror survival FPS on the TV while player two played a strategy game on the tablet. 

But I’ve been thinking lately of what could have happened if more developers dug into this mechanic. What games could we have seen? Here are a few ideas. 

Zelda Wii U

It’s true that Breath of the Wild was developed (and released) as a Wii U game, but it doesn’t utilize the dual screen capability at all. 

However, the Twilight Princess remaster offers a glimpse into what could have been. The map and item screens, traditionally relegated to the pause screen, are accessible in real time on the Wii U controller. 

Nintendo is nothing if not inventive, so you can only imagine what they could have done with a game that had that mechanic from the start of development. Item switching has always been an important part of Zelda games, but doing so in real time could create a fast-paced combat system that would be truly one of a kind. 

Metroid Prime 4

How many times did Nintendo tease a Metroid game for Wii U? And while the fourth entry to the Prime series is coming to the Switch this year (maybe), having that second screen could have augmented the game. 

Metroid has always had a large exploration component. The Prime games had hundreds of scannable items that had no real purpose besides in-game world building -- not to mention information about enemies and mechanisms. 

While putting the scan visor in the controller would likely make for a clunky gameplay experience, having a readily accessible database outside of the pause menu would be a valuable asset. 

Ditto the map. The maps in the Prime games are complex labyrinths, but the HUD mini map is almost indecipherable. Putting the map on the second screen would remove a lot of the headache. 

Madden Wii U

True, the Wii U didn’t have much third-party support. Most developers weren’t sold on the console, and Nintendo didn’t do much to convince them. 

But imagine a multiplayer football game where one player acts as a coach while the others run the plays. You have the perfect recipe for family video game night. What dad wouldn’t love to play that game with his kids?

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Despite Nintendo’s best efforts, two screens aren’t better than one. But with a little more imagination, the Wii U could have had some incredibly intuitive games. 

What about you? What games would you like to have seen for the Wii U? Drop a line in the comments. 

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Gen 1 Pokemon are a Little Lame, and That's Okay https://www.gameskinny.com/fudy8/gen-1-pokemon-are-a-little-lame-and-thats-okay https://www.gameskinny.com/fudy8/gen-1-pokemon-are-a-little-lame-and-thats-okay Fri, 02 Mar 2018 19:55:37 -0500 Andrew Krajewski

If you've made it past the headline, you're either in agreement with me already, or you're raging mad. But either way, you're still here, and that's a good thing! This is the perennial debate among Pokemon fans: which generation is best, which is worst. I'm here to reach out to fans of all generations to definitively say that the original Pokemon generation is not the best generation. Now, before you begin tearing me apart, I want to also state that gen 1 of Pokemon is still my favorite generation, despite its shortcomings. (I even dressed up as Pikachu for Halloween when I was little). So, allow me to throw my hat into the ring as I show you why gen 1 is no better than the other Pokemon generations.

Every Generation Has Its Trubbish

The most common argument you see in forums and discussion boards is that a certain generation is bad because of its less than stellar Pokemon. But the truth is that not every Pokemon design can be a home run. Gen 1 has Charizard, Mewtwo and Pikachu, three of the most iconic Pokemon of all time. And gen 1 also has Grimer and Muk, a lump of toxic waste and...an angry lump of toxic waste. That sounds a lot like Trubbish, the Trash Bag Pokemon to me. What about Klefki, the Pokemon from gen 6 that is just a pair sentient keys? Well gen 1 has a sentient magnet, named Magnemite. Not much different.

The reality is that we need these "filler" Pokemon to make the great ones really stand out. Going on an adventure to catch all the Pokemon is so much more fun when you have to catch 151 Pokemon, instead of just the roughly 40 that really stand out as "cool." Finally catching a Tauros after countless attempts, and a never ending stream of Exeggcutes, in the Safari Zone make catching that Tauros extra satisfying.

The larger number of Pokemon positively contributes to the lore of the world too. Nobody expected a Pokemon god like Arceus, but his addition to the Pokemon universe adds whole new levels of depth. If every Pokemon was super strong, the sense of accomplishment from catching a legendary Pokemon would be greatly diminished.

We Were Children

Pokemon Yellow came out in 1998 and was my first Pokemon game. I was five years old. I was not old enough, or perceptive enough, to realize that Pidgey was just a pigeon (tough to make that connection right?) Yet Pidgey will forever be the first Pokemon I ever caught and remains among my favorites. The new Pokemon of today are just like the Pokemon we loved in generation 1. The only difference is that, as adults, we can more easily see through the marketing that captures the imaginations of children.

Gen 1: Not the Best in the Franchise.

Pokemon Red/Blue and Yellow will always be my comfort food. I know those games the best, but I also know they are not the best in the franchise. For example, the move Focus Energy and item Dire Hit are supposed to increase critical hit chance. Due to a bug, they actually decrease critical hit chance. That's a pretty major bug to miss, and a good argument against gen 1 being the best generation. But, Pokemon was still the best game of its kind for kids at the time. I mean, let's be honest. Digimon wasn't a huge hit, and even as a child, I was annoyed by the fact that every creature's name ended with the suffix -mon. 

If the first generation of Pokemon was perfect, the franchise wouldn't warrant any changes going forward, but even Nintendo recognized the faults of gen 1. Just because it was the best game at the time doesn't mean Nintendo and The Pokemon Company didn't want to improve and make a better game than what they made before. Gen 2 increased the polish of gen 1 games, and then when gen 3 came out, and I played Pokemon Ruby for the first time, I was blown away by how good it was. Pokemon had abilities and natures, and they had their own sprites in storage boxes, there were Pokemon contests, and secret bases, and 2v2 battles that took up countless hours of my childhood. Gen 3 isn't without its faults though. The infamous berry glitch prevented players from growing berries in their games without a patch.

Pokemon games have continued to improve on the base formula, and every new game is arguably the best to come out at the time. This doesn't mean the first games aren't good, they just don't hold up as well as we would like them too. It's why they got a remaster with Fire Red and Leaf Green.

So Which Generation is the Best?

I'm sorry that I'm not sorry, but the best generation is the one that means the most to you. Every generation has its faults. Every generation will be the best at something. What matters most is that we can recognize the faults of our favorite generations without attacking other generations. My love for generation 1 shouldn't take away from somebody else's love for generation 5.  At the end of the day, we are all Pokemon fans, and that alone should be enough to bring us together and rock out to the Pokemon theme song.

What's your favorite Pokemon generation and why? Let us know in the comments below, and do keep things civil. For more Pokemon content like this be sure to stick around GameSkinny!

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5 Games with the Best Soundtrack https://www.gameskinny.com/qp6ee/5-games-with-the-best-soundtrack https://www.gameskinny.com/qp6ee/5-games-with-the-best-soundtrack Wed, 28 Feb 2018 13:51:14 -0500 buymymixtape123

Music in gaming plays a big part in my enjoyment of a game and I'm sure many others feel the same way. A good soundtrack can really set the mood, and can add to the overall enjoyment of the game. Here are five games that I believe have the best soundtrack that really set a clear atmosphere for the game, and are great pieces of music to listen to outside of their respective games too. 

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Persona 5

Persona 5's soundtrack is what the standard of video game soundtracks should be. It is smooth and is similar to house music when you are in a calmer moment of the game, and then it fast and rockish when you're facing a strong enemy in a Palace. The starting theme,Wake Up, Get Up, Get Out There, really brings you into the game and makes you want to hear more from this excellent soundtrack. I remember when nearing the end of the first Palace, and Life Will Change started to play and it pumped me up to deal with the final moments in the Palace. This is a game changing soundtrack that other games will have to try to live up to.

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

The Witcher 3's soundtrack blends traditional Polish music with the sounds of rock, and it is beautiful. The Polish band Percival - who is actually named after a character in the The Witcher books - did most of music for the game and even tours around Poland playing it. Two of the songs that really stood out to me from this game are Fields of Ard Skellig and The Wolven Storm, and they both stood out to me because of the emotions they bring out when you first hear them. Riding through the beautiful environment of Skellige while hearing the sounds of that beautiful tune almost brings you to tears. An amazing soundtrack to such an amazing game.

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Final Fantasy X

The Final Fantasy series had to be on this list one way or another because of the timeless music that this series has given us. From the haunting ballad in Final Fantasy VII's One Winged Angel to the soothing tones in Final Fantasy IV's Theme of Love; Final Fantasy is a staple of video game music. With that being said, I believe the Final Fantasy with the best soundtrack is Final Fantasy X. The game's intro starts you with one of the deepest piano ballads ever - called To Zanarkand - and it makes you think I don't even know the characters on the screen yet, but I am connected to them because of the music and atmosphere. The music in Final Fantasy X is timeless and the peak of Final Fantasy's music. Songs like: Yuna's ThemeSuteki Da Ne, Fight With Seymour and A Fleeting Dream all fit the setting they are played in and are beautiful pieces of music you can listen to even when you're not playing the game.

 

Chrono Trigger 

Chrono Trigger is one of the greatest RPGs ever and has one of the greatest soundtracks I have ever had the pleasure of listening to. The games have the greatest theme I have listened to throughout my time gaming; with its bombastic sounds that get you ready for the long adventure to come, what's not to like? The music in this game is so well done that it was sampled into rap songs, with Secret of the Forest being sampled on Wiz Khalifa's Never Been part II, and Memories of Green being sampled on Hodgy Beats' Memorex CDs. This soundtrack is probably the most catchy and memorable on this list with songs that I have remembered and probably hummed for many years and many more to come.

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The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker

I love the Legend of Zelda, so finding one game was an incredibly difficult choice. Zelda games are known for their brilliant soundtracks, for example the original NES Zelda theme being almost as well known as the Super Mario Bros theme. This led me to decide between The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time's or The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker's soundtrack, but ultimately Wind Waker took the prize. Wind Waker's soundtrack just has so many songs that I listen to still, even though it has been a while since I have played the game. Songs like the Title theme of the game, Grandma's Theme, Dragon Roost Island and the classic Princess Zelda's Theme make up this amazing soundtrack that will immerse fully within the game.

These are the five soundtracks I think are the best throughout gaming history. Some honorable mentions must go out to: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Journey, DOOM, Halo 2 and Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. Be sure to check out any of the soundtracks listed and let us know your thoughts in the comments section below. 

 

 

 

 

 

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8 Games That Could Be Considered "Art" https://www.gameskinny.com/802tu/8-games-that-could-be-considered-art https://www.gameskinny.com/802tu/8-games-that-could-be-considered-art Sun, 18 Feb 2018 13:13:05 -0500 buymymixtape123

Video games have come a long way from the 8-bit sprites of the 80s. Games now rival other forms of media in art style, storytelling and music. Video games are as much of an art form as a movie or a piece of music. Here are eight games supporting this thesis and showing the boundaries gaming pushes as a art form.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt  

The Witcher 3 is as beautiful as a game could get. Just peering over the horizon while the sun is setting is just as soothing as looking over a real sunset. Furthermore, the narrative and music are exceptionally good, rivaling other popular high fantasy stories like Game of Thrones or Lord of the Rings. I remember the first time I played this game back in May 2015, and just riding through Velen for the first time on Roach and taking in the sights and sounds of the world changed the way I looked at gaming. This game made me realize that gaming is art.

Cuphead

Cuphead is one of those games many gamers would look at and think it's a 1930s cartoon. Cuphead is brilliantly designed and stays true to the 1930s cartoon look, even having the strong film grain cartoons and movies of the past used to have. This run and gun, boss rush game is notorious for its hard difficulty but just taking the time to appreciate the art that this indie studio, Studio MDHR, made is enough to make you fall in love with this game.

 

Bioshock

Bioshock is a game on this list that's artistic for more than its art style. This doesn't mean Bioshock isn't a beautiful game, just going down into the underwater city of Rapture in the first few moments is going to make your jaw drop. But the narrative is what pushes this game into art territory. The game pushes you to think about what is wrong and what is right, and even comments on tyrants and the struggle of power and narcissism. Not a lot of games cover subject matter like this, and Bioshock does it beautifully, to the point where you want to know what is going to happen next in this amazing story. Bioshock is more than a game; it is a piece of art.

Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

There is one moment in gaming I will never forget and it is the moment at the start of Breath of the Wild, where Link first comes out the Shrine of Resurrection and looks over the horizon of Hyrule for the first time. At this point of my life, I never thought a game would surprise me like that and this moment did to the point of tears. Breath of the Wild isn't a perfect game, but it is art in every aspect of the word. The attention of detail Nintendo did with the landscape of the world, the cartoonish but beautiful graphics all show how gaming is art. 

The Last of Us

The Last of Us shows that video game narratives can be just as compelling and serious as a feature length movie. The Last of Us story of Ellie and Joel as they survive together in a post-apocalyptic world is heart wrenching, addictive and bittersweet. Not to mention that this game is beautiful and dark, which the PS4 remastered port expands upon. This game's story is so beautifully crafted that it's well-known outside of gaming. Even non-gamers know of this title and enjoy Naughty Dog's creation.  

Journey

Journey is one of those games that will impact you immensely in the short time it takes to beat. It isn't hard and doesn't have complicated mechanics, but it uses beautiful visuals and music to tell an emotional tale of a robed individual in the vast desert. Journey's soundtrack was so beautiful that it was nominated for a Grammy in 2013, one of the highest awards in music. If after you play Journey, you still don't think video games are art, you may have to get your head checked out.

The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker

The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker was hated when it was first announced. Nintendo went for more of a cartoony, colorful experience than following the graphics laid out in Ocarina of Time or Majora's Mask. But, people came to notice how beautiful this game really was and how fun the game is in general. Nintendo really focused on facial animation in Wind Waker, where Toon Link makes a certain face when he swings a sword or tries to push something that is too heavy for him. Also, the game is gorgeous for its cel shading graphics. This games still looks as good, if not better, than games coming out on the Switch.

Shadow of the Colossus

Shadow of the Colossus is beautiful because of how little it does compared to other games. Other games on this list earn their beauty from a wide arrange of colors and architect. This game does not have any of that, as there are no towns to go to, nothing to really look at and no other quest besides killing all of the Colossi around you. It is similar to Journey, where the game takes you on a emotional roller coaster without really doing much. This is the beauty of gaming: it is able to tug at your heart strings just through gameplay, art style and music alone, without a direct narrative putting it all together. If you are unsure if Shadow of The Colossus is in fact art, please check out the PS4 remastered that just came out recently.

There you have it, eight games symbolizing why video games can be considered art. When it comes down to it, if any other media like movies and music can be considered art, then video games should be as well. 

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Nintendo Wasted a Massive Amount of Potential with Breath of the Wild https://www.gameskinny.com/kwcw8/nintendo-wasted-a-massive-amount-of-potential-with-breath-of-the-wild https://www.gameskinny.com/kwcw8/nintendo-wasted-a-massive-amount-of-potential-with-breath-of-the-wild Tue, 13 Feb 2018 12:13:35 -0500 Nerdburglars

Nintendo has been very slow to embrace digital services when compared to the likes of Sony and Microsoft. Having personally spent time using the networking features on the 3DS, Wii, and Wii U, it is very clear that building an online gaming network was very low on Nintendo's list of priorities for these systems. DLC, when implemented correctly, has become one of the greatest things for hardcore fans of various games. We no longer need to wait years for more content, as developers can simply release more bite-size chunks of content for a game that has already been released. Why is it that Nintendo is not grasping the potential here?

With the introduction of the Switch, Nintendo has had a change of heart and definitely seems to have an interest, but they are still years behind the competition. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is likely going to be the biggest release on the Nintendo Switch for quite some time, possibly until the next Zelda game is released. Speaking as someone who has been a massive Zelda fan since first playing The Legend of Zelda on the NES, I would eat up every piece of DLC that would be released for this game. Breath of the Wild is a massive open-world game with endless potential for additional content. The potential alone for additional content that takes place after the game's ending is massive. Breath of The Wild has sold over 5 million copies on the Switch, which is an absolutely staggering amount considering it was a launch game for a new gaming system. This is over 5 million people that Nintendo had the potential to make more money from.

There is a $20 season pass on the eStore for Breath of the Wild. This adds some new content to the game, but it's really not THAT substantial when you compare it to the level of DLC released for similar games like The Witcher 3 and Fallout 4. Currently there are 2 DLC packs for Breath of the Wild. In a recent interview with Famitsu, Breath of the Wild producer Eiji Aonuma clarified that development on this game has finished, making "The Champions Ballad" the final DLC pack. This seems like a massive waste of the huge potential they had to create new content for this game without having to completely build a new game.

Don't get my wrong, I think Nintendo is doing a great job with the Switch so far, and I am incredibly grateful they are not stuffing microtransactions down our throats like Ubisoft is. I am sure I speak for most gamers when I say that I am sick of getting games that are completely stripped of content and that need you to pay for the rest at a later date. It just feels like Nintendo has missed out on a massive opportunity to give Zelda fans more content and, from their end, make a lot more money from selling this content. Some might argue that it is better for them to move onto a new game instead of staying stuck in the past, and this does make sense -- but not in this context. Nintendo is working on the next game, but it's likely four to five years from release. At this stage in the process, it will be a lot of work to nail down a story, quests, concept art, and other planning that takes place before the development begins. Why not keep the programmers and 3D designers busy making more content for the previous game while other members of the team plan the new game?

As much as I would love to, I do not have any insight into the Nintendo mindset, so I can't answer this. I am sure Nintendo has its reasons, but I think a lot of that might come down to an underestimation of the digital market and the demand for DLC. For now, we can at least be thankful that they gave us the masterpiece that is Breath of the Wild.

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5 Gaming Consoles That Took a Hard Fall https://www.gameskinny.com/db120/5-gaming-consoles-that-took-a-hard-fall https://www.gameskinny.com/db120/5-gaming-consoles-that-took-a-hard-fall Tue, 06 Feb 2018 14:21:47 -0500 Nilufer Gadgieva

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Gizmondo 

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Finally a handheld for the list. The Gizmondo was probably among the most nightmarish (and dramatic) of the mentioned console failures. 

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In 2005, Tiger Telematics released the monochromatic handheld, meant to run hit games, send messages, use GPS services, and even play digital videos. Investors and developers were excited to get on board. Originally, the company had wanted to focus on GPS devices and safety pagers for children. This inspired a mixture of the gaming device and the GPS system, otherwise known as the infamous Gizmondo.

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Unfortunately, however, the Swedish company went bankrupt at 189 million British pounds due to ridiculously high debts and even some shady criminal involvement. An illegal Ferrari carrying a convict crashed, the driver disappearing promptly thereafter. Suffice to say that people were arrested, lawsuits went down, and the console flopped big time.

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The Gizmondo was ahead of its time with era-appropriate graphics, and it was considered a valuable purchase for most. It was also multi-functional. That said, it also had terrible gaming options and was cosmetically unappealing for the ridiculous price that it was sold for. In spite of its originality, the console moved sluggishly along the market, selling poorly enough without the criminal backdrop.

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While there have been many more console fails throughout history, these were some of the biggest splashes made by companies that left a genuine lesson to be learned by future developers. Some companies flourished despite their failures, and others slipped into the dark, never to be heard from again.

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What are some consoles you think deserve to be on the list? Comment below and stick with GameSkinny for more great content!

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Philips CD-I

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Possibly the most deeply hated console in history, the Philips Compact Disc Interactive (CD-I) was an iconic fail almost from the moment it hit the market. It was ridiculously expensive, with poor graphics set upon beloved game franchises, such as Mario and Zelda. 

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This seemed to enrage gamers, as the console was more of a video/CD player than anything else. The name of the Philips CD-I was tainted forever and still haunts the internet to this day.

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Nintendo Wii U

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Nobody's surprised that the Wii U made it to the list. Nintendo, thankfully, made up for this 2012 mess with the success of the Switch. This expensive console was built originally to invite more hardcore gamers to the table, in contrast with its predecessor, the family-friendly Wii. Unfortunately, however, that was not to be the case.

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Compared to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, the console couldn't deliver good, solid software for users to enjoy, either. The concept was also highly confusing for users, as it was a cross between an accessory for the original Wii and a tablet. Like the Dreamcast, this one was born at a very bad time and was kicked to the curb with only 13 million units sold, compared to the whopping 101 million the Wii cashed in. 

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Sega Dreamcast

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Sega's 1999 Dreamcast is definitely a memorable one. It had a great line of games, decent graphics, and fairly good software to boot. The only reasons this bad boy was a failure were that it was born at the wrong place at the wrong time, it was sadly impotent compared to the PlayStation 2 and the very first Xbox, and it emerged during an economic crisis in Japan.

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In fact, the Dreamcast was the last of Sega's consoles. Having sold less than the Saturn, the company lost heart and discontinued producing gaming hardware shortly after its demise.

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Nintendo Virtual Boy

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The Nintendo Virtual Boy was revolutionary for its time. Released in 1995, it caused a hype across the nation upon release. But perhaps Nintendo was far too ahead of themselves with this one, as it was nothing but a dull, psychedelic migraine. The Virtual Boy was ergonomically inefficient, causing headaches, eye strain, and overall discomfort to gamers.

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The selection of classic games was great, to be fair, but something of a horror story to look at. Not to mention the fact that the Virtual Boy displayed petty 3D graphics in a GameBoy-esque fashion.

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Production ended very soon after release, and only about 800,000 of these were sold. Obviously, Nintendo never made such a ridiculously far-fetched experiment (or rather, giant mistake) like this again. 

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One can't taste success without tasting failure, and the same can be said for companies and developers everywhere. What we see today lining the shelves in appealing boxing and being sold at light speed is nothing more than a product of hard work and endless remastering to avoid repeating mistakes of the past. Suffice it to say that a majority of consoles released in the past 50 years have taken quite a beating, and some never even made it to your local Best Buy. 

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Here are five of the biggest flops in gaming history, and why they made the list.

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7 Free to Play Indie Games On Steam, iOS and Android https://www.gameskinny.com/ypr4j/7-free-to-play-indie-games-on-steam-ios-and-android https://www.gameskinny.com/ypr4j/7-free-to-play-indie-games-on-steam-ios-and-android Sat, 06 Jan 2018 10:00:02 -0500 ReadyPlayerPaige

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Double Action: Boogaloo

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Have you ever wanted to play a game where you feel like you’re Jason Statham? Well, Double Action: Boogaloo gives you that type of gameplay. Developed by Double Action Factory, this game brings you closer to the action as this game is multiplayer first person shooter. The cool things about this game is that it also feature some parkour, which makes you feel even more like a stunt double in movies. So go head over to Steam and download Double Action: Boogaloo.

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Are there any other indie games that belong in this category? Post your comments below and stay tuned for more free games.

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Zombie Defense 

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Are you ready for some Walking Dead style gaming? I you are a fan of that show or other zombie games, this game is just for you. Zombie Defense is all about strategy and survival. Use your recruits to annihilate zombies from different standpoints and try to make it through each wave of challenges as the game gets harder. This game would make great basic training should a real zombie apocalypse ever happen. Zombie Defense is free to play on Steam

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Brain / Out 

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Get locked and loaded in Desertkun's online multiplayer game. Grab as many guns as you can to defend yourself against your enemies. Take 'em out and upgrade your weaponry. Not only does the game tell you how many enemies you killed, it also lets you know who sniped you so you can get them in the next match. Respawn and do it all over again. Shoot em up in BRAIN / OUT available on Steam. 

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Zombidle

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Berserk Studio developed something that is very different from any other strategy game. Though it has elements of Clash of Clans in it, Zombidle creates its own space in the market. Use your zombies to destroy towns and villages and build a massive army. Doing so allows to earn more skulls and gems for powerups and get more zombies. Who would've of thought you would build your own army in HELL of all places? Check out Zombidle for free on Steam.

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Badland

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Frogmind's game won Apple's Game of the Year in 2013 along with a slew of other awards. Badland is one those games that is very unique and creative, especially for a game that lets you play up to 4 players on a tablet.  Fly through Badland lands, teleport through portals, avoiding obstacles, and flying along with other birds in a hand-drawn environment. It is available on PlayStation, Nintendo and Xbox consoles, and Badland 2 is available for iOS and Android.

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Dan the Man

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Recognized as one of the "Best Games for 2016", Halfbrick Studios' Dan the Man is an action platformer that will take you back to arcade days. With more than 10 million downloads, players get a chance to kick ass and take names in this brawler. Think of an edgy Super Mario.The combat system and characters, particularly Dan himself, are entertaining, and the story will have you laughing out loud. If you want to check out Dan the Man, get it for free on iOS and Android. 

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Crossy Road
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Considered to be one of the best indie games made for mobile,Hipster Whale's Crossy Road has brought in more than $10M worth of profit over the chicken that crossed the road. It took the gaming world by storm and inspired many spinoff games, including Disney Crossy Road. With 3D graphics and pixelated characters, the game is charming. Another cool feature of the game is the creative levels and the ability to earning more characters using coins and unlocking new levels. If you haven't given this game a spin yet, it's well worth the minute it takes to download. Crossy Road is available  for free download on iOS and Android devices.

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Without a doubt, indie dev is taking over the market. From Steam, to iOS and Android, to consoles, indie games are making their mark in the video game industry. If you're new to the party, here are some great games to start with, if not, perhaps you'll revisit an old favorite. Stick with me as I take you through some indie gems that are definitely worth checking out.

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5 Games to Help You Get in Touch with Your Inner Artist https://www.gameskinny.com/ukpmc/5-games-to-help-you-get-in-touch-with-your-inner-artist https://www.gameskinny.com/ukpmc/5-games-to-help-you-get-in-touch-with-your-inner-artist Fri, 29 Dec 2017 14:00:01 -0500 Sarah Elliman

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So why not get creating straight away? The variety of art games we have uncovered can suit every artistic need you could possibly have. You might even discover some hidden talents!

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What did you think of our art games? Are there any art games you have fond memories of? Let us know in the comments below. 

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Little Big Planet 3 (PS3, PS4)
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One of the major aspects always present in Little Big Planet is the emphasis on being able to create worlds and customize your playable character. Though less of an artist experience exactly, you will still be able to create incredibly diverse and intelligent levels that expand on the Little Big Planet gameplay.

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There are so many options you can take, whether you create a racing level, sports or any other game genre you can think of. You can make the game your own while creating something personal and wonderful. Isn’t that what art is about?

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Mario Artist: Paint Studio (N64)
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If you want to relive some beautiful memories of the late 90’s with everyone’s favorite Italian plumber, then you’ve come to the right place. Mario Artist allows you to create stunning, or not so stunning, pieces of art with a variety of brushes, paints, and stamps, giving you a large amount of accessibility.

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It’s a great game for kids and adults alike, featuring key Nintendo-themed graphics that included all Pokemon from the Red and Blue series. This game was only released for Nintendo 64, but if you’ve got an old console or can find one cheap, this is the perfect game to draw out your inner artist.

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Passpartout: The Starving Artist (Steam)
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With Passpartout you can truly live and feel the life of an ingenious, down-and-out artist looking to make it in the world. You get to create the pieces of art then try to sell them to customers, who will have very strong opinions on your pieces. You can progress from street corners to galleries and live the dream of a troubled, decadent artist, looking for meaning in the world.

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The art style is truly wonderful: As you progress through the game, you’ll pass through cut-out set pieces which are framed in ambient lights and set the mood perfectly. It’s enough to make you want to brave the elements to set up your own art stall. Or, you can play Passpartout -- much warmer doing that.

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Art Academy (DS, 3DS, Wii U)
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If you want to get more serious about your artistic creations and learn something new, then Art Academy is the number one choice for improving your talents. You will have access to incredibly realistic tools to help you in your lessons, along with subject references, so you can begin to hone your artistic abilities as realistically as possible.

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There are ten lessons all in all, with a few small mini lessons that you can access as well. It also comes with a virtual mentor to guide you through the process and help in the areas you’re not as comfortable in. Art Academy isn’t meant to be a gimmick; it is honestly trying to help you improve your drawing abilities, to train you to draw what you see, not what you think you see. 

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Drawn to Life (DS)
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Drawn to Life gives you a great amount of freedom with what you draw while still being able to maintain a good story. You must draw a hero to free the village from the darkness that is descending upon it. Furthermore, you’re also able to draw or color vehicles, platforms, and weapons to help you keep the darkness at bay.

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It’s a great way to express yourself in a video game and be able to see what your creation does. Drawn to Life allows your art to interact with an adorable anime-esque setting, so you feel that what you drew meant something. Spend hours creating the perfect hero, or create something wild; the possibilities are innumerous when you play Drawn to Life.

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Sometimes you just want to relax or start up a new hobby, but anyone who paints, draws, etc. will tell you that it's expensive and requires a lot of time. So, maybe you want to try it out, hone your skills before taking the plunge? Or maybe you just want to try out a new game. 

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Either way, we have found the best games to bring out the artistic side in you that has always been waiting to come out. 

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10 Open World Video Games Set In Historical Eras https://www.gameskinny.com/aqo2t/10-open-world-video-games-set-in-historical-eras https://www.gameskinny.com/aqo2t/10-open-world-video-games-set-in-historical-eras Sun, 10 Dec 2017 15:06:55 -0500 Louis Bulaong

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Learning about history has never been so much fun. These titles have shown that video games can also be an educational way of learning about the past and see just how awesome our ancestors were when they kicked butt back then. With titles such as Red Dead Redemption 2 and Kingdom Come: Deliverance on the way, expect a lot more historical games to be released in the future. 

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Until then, grab a medieval sword, cowboy pistols, and a history book and go have some fun with these games on the list!

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Red Dead Redemption

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Available on: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360

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When Red Dead Redemption was released, it not only changed how historical games are made, it revolutionized how open-world video games should be played as a whole.

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In Red Dead Redemption, you play as John Marston, a former outlaw who is forced by the government to save his family. While open world games set in the Wild West are not a new idea (just look at previous titles like Gun and Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood), Red Dead Redemption is different by adding a morality system. This system affects gameplay whenever players act as a protector of the law or a bloodthirsty criminal.

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Players can traverse through the dying American frontier and across diverse environments, including snowy mountains, swamps and rivers, green forests, and deserts. They can also can gamble in towns, herd cattle as a cowboy, hunt animals, and engage in gunfights and duels. Everything from the diction and horses, to even the newspapers and moving pictures of the day is depicted accurately. Top it off with an amazing, Oscar-worthy story, and one could reasonably argue Rockstar created one of the greatest video games of all time.

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Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag

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Available on: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, Steam

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Of all the historical open world video games out there, the Assassin’s Creed series is by far the most well-known. The entire franchise spans many different historical eras, from the Third Crusade, Renaissance, the Age of Revolutions and many others. The best game in the series however, is the one that takes place in the Golden Age of Piracy, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.

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In the game, players take control of a pirate named Edward Kenway, and it certainly delivered on the swashbuckling action and high seas exploration that was expected of it. As a pirate, players can raid ports and other ships, find treasure hidden in uncharted islands or deep underwater, and fight soldiers and other pirates with cutlasses and flintlock pistols.

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While not entirely the most historically accurate game in the bunch (the series is sci-fi, after all), the game does well in resurrecting the Carribean during the age of the pirate, from the environment to even the historical individuals like Black Beard and Anne Bonney.

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The Saboteur

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Available on: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Windows

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There have been a lot of World War II games, but only one that used an open world environment. The Saboteur is an action adventure game starring an angry Irish resistance fighter named Sean Devlin, as he fights for liberty and vengeance in Nazi-occupied Paris. With an assortment of WWII weapons and vehicles, Sean Devlin fights for the French people by battling soldiers and destroying their war machines.

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What makes The Saboteur unique from the others is that it combines the gameplay of two of the best open-world game series, but in a WWII setting: Grand Theft Auto and Assassin’s Creed. Sean Devlin can roam around the city, stealthily destroying enemy outposts like V2 rockets and AT guns, or climbing famous sites such as the Eiffel Tower, that have been decorated in Nazi symbols. It's difficult to find another game that immerses the player so fully in the setting and combines setting so skillfully with gameplay.

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Far Cry Primal

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Available on: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Steam

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Far Cry Primal is a bit different, since it's one of a few games set in pre-history--the time of cavemen, massive creatures, and life without the perks (or life expectancy) of civilization. The Far Cry series is known for its creative use of first-person gameplay in a free-roam type setting, but this time developers replaced firearms and vehicles with stone-age weapons and ancient beasts.

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In Far Cry Primal players take control of a hunter named Takkar in the Mesolithic age, as he treks through lush, but unforgiving environments, hunts beasts like mammoths and saber-tooth tigers, and fights other cavemen and tribes for vital resources. Takkar can also tame animals that he can use at his disposal--an interesting and chronologically accurate depiction of the transition of mankind from a hunter-gatherer society to the time of settlement and conquering nature itself.

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Sherlock Holmes versus Jack the Ripper

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Available on: Xbox 360, Windows

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The long-running indie series Adventures of Sherlock Holmes has been scratching that open-world detective video game itch for over a decade, long before L.A. Noire. In this series, Sherlock Holmes solve a variety of cases, many of which pitted him against other famous characters, like Arsene Lupin and the Cult of Cthulhu. But Sherlock Holmes versus Jack the Ripper, the fifth installment, pits the world’s greatest detective against the world’s most infamous serial killer.

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Developer Frogwares meticulously researched every Jack the Ripper case and the general history around the murders to incorporate in the game, and strove for accuracy in every detail, from the crime scene to the socioeconomic conditions of the victims.

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While not entirely an open world game, players are still free to roam around Victorian-era London to see the dark Gothic buildings, the dreary economic state of much of the city, and walk through historical places like White Chapel itself. This great attention to detail turned this indie title into one of the best detective games of all time.

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Mafia II

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Available on: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC

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From games like Grand Theft Auto, Saints Row and Sleeping Dogs, it's easy to say gangsters are one of the most popular protagonists in many open world video games. So who wouldn't want to play as a tommy gun-wielding mobster in the 1950s? Thankfully for those who do, developer 2K Czech released Mafia II in 2010, where players take control of mobster Vito Scarletta throughout his criminal career. This particular game makes you feel like a true gangster better than many of its contemporaries.

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Unlike L.A. Noire, where you play as a law enforcer, in Mafia II, you play as a gangster who is free to cause carnage with tommy guns and a variety of classic cars. The developers included multiple details, large and small, to give the game a nice '50s vibe, from the rock and roll music, to the classic mobster suits and greasers jacket, and even collectibles in the form of vintage Playboy covers.

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L.A. Noire 

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Available on: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Steam, Xbox One

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Rockstar, a developer that can easily be seen as a master of open-world games, has released several sandbox games set in various historical eras. One of them is L.A. Noire, a detective game that takes place in the scandalous era of 1940s Los Angeles.

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Players take control of Cole Phelps, a WWII veteran who joined the police force, as he climbs the career ladder from beat cop to renowned detective. The game is reminiscent of all the classic noire stories and pulp fiction of the past, with players interrogating witnesses and investigating crime scenes across the colorful landscape of Los Angeles.

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Players fight criminals using tommy guns, Hollywood style gossip can be indulged in, and you can even drive along the old Hollywoodland sign. And let's face it: everyone wants to do that. One downloadable mission even has Cole Phelps solving the Black Dahlia murder. Los Angeles has never looked as gritty as it was in the old days in L.A. Noire.

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Mount & Blade 

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Available on: PC, Steam

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When it comes to medieval games in the industry, it seems one has to have at least a dragon, an elf, or magic to be popular, just like The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim or Dragon’s DogmaMount and Blade on the other hand, deviates from these fantasy trends and instead, depicts the so-called Dark Ages as they were more than a millennium ago. Even without the magic and the sorcery, Mount & Blade is still considered to be one of the best medieval action RPGs of all time. 

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Players only have their swords, bows, and other medieval weapons for support, as they journey through the countryside of Europe, fighting battles, conquering castles, and raiding villages. Players must personally lead their men into battle in either all-out brawls or smarter strategic assaults. There's just as much medieval fun to be had out of the less fantastical elements of the period than you might think.

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Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

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Available on: PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3

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The popular Grand Theft Auto series isn’t a historical open-world game in a sense, but there are many titles that takes place in certain time periods, and one of them is Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories.

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Like many GTA games, players take control of a down-on-his-luck protagonist, as he rises from the bottom to the top of the criminal world, filled with brawls, gunfights, and vehicle drive-bys. What sets it apart from others, however, is its satirical portrayal of 1980s America.

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Audio consists of iconic pop music of the time, vintage cars can be driven, and there are a ton of cheesy 80s references from aerobics, Rambo, Phil Collins, and even "99 Red Balloons." It captures everything related to how the era is stereotypically portrayed in pop culture. Even the game’s story is heavily influenced by the 80s idea of liberty, promiscuity, and rampart drug epidemics. 

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Way of the Samurai 3

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Available on: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Steam, iOS

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In this third installment of the long-running Way of the Samurai series, Way of the Samurai 3 lets players take control of an unnamed samurai as he fights through battles and duels in Sengoku Japan. Developer Acquire did a great job in recreating the Warring States Period of Japan, a time where factions and clans wage war until whoever can finally take control of the islands.

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The protagonist can be customized in terms of general appearance and clothing, as well as what type of Japanese weapon he can wield. Players can roam around the countryside, either helping people or causing mayhem with a katana or naginata. And in an era filled with treachery and betrayal, players can choose which side he wants to fight for, which can lead to different endings. 

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If you're a big fan of classic jidaigeki films like Seven Samurai and historical anime like Rurouni Kenshin, then give this one a try.

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With open world games set in modern day cities, cybernetic worlds, and fantasy kingdoms done to death at this point, there is no wonder that historical games such as Assassin’s Creed: Origins and Red Dead Redemption 2 are trending in the market. Not only do these games bring variety to a popular genre, but they also bring with them the chance to relive history and walk and interact with the people and events of yesteryear.

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You can play as a knight, pirate, samurai, noire detective, gangster or a cowboy; ride horses and mammoths or drive vintage cars; and roam around places like the Old West, Victorian London or Nazi-occupied Paris. The choice is yours to decide, but we've put together a list of the 10 best open world games with historical settings to help get you started.

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Bayonetta 3 Announced as Nintendo Switch Exclusive https://www.gameskinny.com/ei7ql/bayonetta-3-announced-as-nintendo-switch-exclusive https://www.gameskinny.com/ei7ql/bayonetta-3-announced-as-nintendo-switch-exclusive Fri, 08 Dec 2017 15:54:44 -0500 Greyson Ditzler

In one of many surprises to come out of the 2017 Game Awards yesterday, Nintendo has announced that Bayonetta 3 is officially in development and that it will be an exclusive title for the Switch. They also made the announcement that the former Wii U exclusive Bayonetta 2, as well as the original Bayonetta, will be coming to the Switch on top of that this February.

A brief teaser trailer was shown off, doing little else but establishing that the game is in fact real and in development, but also potentially hinting at some sort of narrative conflict as well. A sharp eye picking through the footage can spot streaks of blood running down Bayonetta's face, as well as her seemingly falling apart after being split in half by a mysterious ghostly entity. The Umbran Witch Seal towards the end of the trailer being purple may also hint at the game's color scheme, as was the case with the first Bayonetta being heavy on red and Bayonetta 2 being heavy on blue.

As for the Switch re-releases of both Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2, it seems that Bayonetta 2 will be receiving both a physical and digital release, while the first game may only be getting digital. Additionally, similar to how the initial edition of Bayonetta 2 on Wii U came with a disc copy of the first Bayonetta for the sake of those in Nintendo's audience who might not have played it, each physical copy of Bayonetta 2 will also come with a download code for the full game of Bayonetta.

No dates or major details have yet been revealed for Bayonetta 3, though the game is confirmed to be in development, and the Switch ports of Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2 will be available for purchase on February 16th, 2018. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more details on Bayonetta 3 as they develop.

You can watch the teaser trailer for Bayonetta 3 as well as the ports of the first two games below. Here's Bayo 3's trailer:

 

And here's the ports' trailer:

 

 

 

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Shantae: Half-Genie Hero DLC "Friends to the End" Release Date Confirmed https://www.gameskinny.com/owjv5/shantae-half-genie-hero-dlc-friends-to-the-end-release-date-confirmed https://www.gameskinny.com/owjv5/shantae-half-genie-hero-dlc-friends-to-the-end-release-date-confirmed Fri, 08 Dec 2017 15:26:47 -0500 Greyson Ditzler

The recently announced DLC for Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, "Friends to the End," which will have the player taking control of Shantae's friends Sky, Bolo, and Rottytops, has been given an official trailer and a release date of December 12th. The expansion will have the player swapping between the three allies of Shantae on the fly, using their unique abilities to rescue their friend from her dark counterpart Nega-Shantae.

WayForward Technologies announced in the latest Kickstarter update for the game that the "Friends to the End" expansion will be released on December 12th to the public, and they are currently sending out codes of the DLC to backers of the game, though there has been a bit of confusion due to a temporary shortage of codes from WayForward's partners.

The trailer showed off a bit of gameplay for each of the three characters and demonstrated how the player can swap between the three on the fly in order to take on enemies and solve puzzles in a manner similar to games like TrineMystical Ninja Starring Goemon, and Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse. It was also revealed that the campaign will feature a few new levels not seen elsewhere in the main game or its other DLC, in which the team of tagalongs will navigate through nightmare worlds of Nega-Shantae's creation. 

If you'd like more details on the gameplay of "Friends to the End," then you can check out our article about the expansion or head to the expansion's Kickstarter page.

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - The Champions' Ballad DLC Released https://www.gameskinny.com/v3a51/the-legend-of-zelda-breath-of-the-wild-the-champions-ballad-dlc-released https://www.gameskinny.com/v3a51/the-legend-of-zelda-breath-of-the-wild-the-champions-ballad-dlc-released Fri, 08 Dec 2017 14:23:54 -0500 Greyson Ditzler

Following the release of the Master Trials expansion to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild back in June, the second and last major expansion to the game included in the expansion pass, The Champions' Ballad, has been released on both Wii U and Switch as of yesterday. The DLC features a number of new additions to the game, including new weapons, armor, story elements, means of transportation, and even a new dungeon and shrines.

The expansion presents new armor sets that further reference past Zelda games, such as the Phantom Ganon armor from Ocarina of Time, the Island Lobster shirt from Wind Waker, and so on. Link will take on a new dungeon with a weapon called the One-Hit Obliterator, whose name makes its strength pretty clear, and will also gain access to the Ancient Saddle and Ancient Bridle, which will allow your horse to be summoned from far away and gain more stamina respectively.  

Most eye-catching of all, Link will in fact be able to unlock what is for all intents and purposes a fully functional motorcycle upon completing the expansion's newly presented challenges. The vehicle is called The Master Cycle Zero, and players can only obtain it once they have completed both the new dungeon as well as the new shrines in the expansion, as well as reached a point of progress in the main game where they have freed every Divine Beast. The Divine Beast and dungeon requirement also applies to the newfound story elements, where the player can learn further from Kass the Bard what became of the four champions as well as Princess Zelda, presumably before and after the invasion of Calamity Ganon. 

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild as well as all of its DLC is available now for both Wii U and Switch. You can watch a trailer for The Champion's Ballad expansion right here:

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Resident Evil Revelations 1 & 2: Survival Horror on the Go https://www.gameskinny.com/12j3a/resident-evil-revelations-1-2-survival-horror-on-the-go https://www.gameskinny.com/12j3a/resident-evil-revelations-1-2-survival-horror-on-the-go Thu, 07 Dec 2017 15:48:24 -0500 Joseph Ocasio

In January, Resident Evil 7 kicked the year off strong and brought the series back to its roots with a hardcore survival horror experience that ended up being one the best games of the year. Now, Nintendo Switch owners get to enjoy the complete side story of Revelations with Resident Evil Revelations 1 & 2, two titles praised for bringing the series back to basics after the polarizing Resident Evil 6. It's fitting the latest version of these 2 games makes its home on Nintendo's latest console, as the original Revelations started life on Nintendo's other handheld system, the 3DS, back in 2012. It also marks Revelations 2's debut on a Nintendo system, since Capcom decided to not port it to the Wii U. The end results are two solid ports of games that manage to find a perfect balance between old school RE goodness and the newer action focus.

Plot

Taking place between the events of Resident Evil 4 and 6, Revelations 1 & 2 has you playing as several different characters from the franchise. Revelations 1 has you primarily taking control of Jill Valentine as she and her new partner Parker Luciani are in search of Chris Redfield, who was last seen on an abandoned ship, the Queen Zenobia. Along the way, you'll have to deal with a new group of bio-terrorists who are out for world domination, and, of course, it's up to the soldiers of the BSAA to put a stop to them.

Revelations 2, meanwhile, has you playing as Clair Redfield (Chris's sister) as she and her young friend, Moira Burton, are kidnapped and forced to survive numerous Saw-inspired traps and trails on a deserted Island, while Moira's Dad, Barry Burton, tries to find them and simultaneously take care of the young girl he finds.

Both stories follow similar plot-lines and themes from past games, such as evil corporations attempting to use bio-tech for world domination and isolating protagonists from the outside world to add tension, but there's just enough new here that it doesn't feel like a complete retread. Both games seem to be aware of the convoluted timeline of the Resident Evil franchise and even have with it, with many corny one-liners and tongue-and-cheek dialogue. Despite a few references here and there, you can go into both games without playing past installments, though series fans will enjoy the various throwbacks  to past games. Just don't go in expecting the same kind of intensity as RE7.

Familiar Evil

Both Revelations titles follow a familiar structure to previous games. The big difference it that each game separates the dozen or so areas you visit into acts and episodes. Each has you exploring and trying to survive various areas to get to the exit and find the next one. Both games are linear affairs, but you'll do a good amount of backtracking through each area to look for keys and other items. Along the way, you'll be upgrading your weapons and solving simple puzzles to break up the action as well. Neither title is mold-breaking, but the formula is utilized well, so doesn't need much changing here.

Each game can be completed in about 6-8 hours, but there's a fair amount of replay value for each. From unlocking additional guns, costumes, and higher difficulty settings, each game has a decent amount reasons to got back and give them another shot. Along with the main campaigns, you'll get access to a fun, if basic, raid mode that you can play online that also unlocks new features for each of the campaigns. Both games also support coach co-op, though you still can't play either story mode online.

The New

One new feature exclusive to the Switch versions is motion controls. They're not quite on the same level as RE 4 on the Wii, but they're competent alternative control schemes, should you choose to play with them. The other new addition is Amiibo support that allows you to obtain various upgrades more quickly or gives you more points you can use to upgrade your skills. But that's about it. Don't worry about which Amiibo, as you can use any of them. The lack of any additional and meaningful features is a bit disappointing, and you'll probably find less of a reason to re-visit these games, if you've already completed them on other platforms.

Survival Action

Both Revelations games control as well as any other competent third-person action game that's been released over the past 10 years. Aiming is mostly solid, and the controls work well across both games. Ammo can be sparse at times, though more so in the sequel, so you'll have to use it wisely. But enemies don't make that easy. With their constant movements, it makes it difficult to get a good lock on them and makes those life saving head shots much harder. Despite this, enemy encounters never feel unfair, so the game is balanced well.

Revelations 1 introduces a scanner that allows you to search the environments for ammo and other items, as well as analyze enemies so they can be dispatched easier. That being said, it's far too easy to over-abuse the system and you'll be finding ammo and health at such frequent rate that the sense of tension and dread that the series is known for is practically non-existent. This puts the original Revelations a bit on the easy side, but it still holds up as a fun action game.

The only thing that that doesn't hold up is the awful dodge mechanic. You press up, just as an enemy is attacking, but the window to do so is so small that it's almost useless to pull off. It's awkward, to say the least, and feels more like an annoyance that anything else.

Revelations 2 is a bit more of what you expect from Resident Evil. The game is more scarce with its items, creating a more intense and challenging experience than with its predecessor. Enemies are most re-used throughout, though. From zombie dogs to the standard enemies you'll fight often, they all just come off as generic. Yet the encounters you have are still just as entertaining and tense, thanks to smart combat design, especially in the boss battles. These fights are, in general, much more creative and interesting, involving interesting creatures as well, like what you'd expect from past games. The inclusion of an ally (Moira) that has her own ability is a much better function than just using a scanner as well. Changing between characters adds another layer of strategy and tension to the mix, as you'll have to switch your tactics on the dime or suffer the consequences. Also, the dodge mechanic actually works!

Presentation

While the graphics won't blow you away, both Revelations games hold up strong in the art department. The ship from the first game might grow a bit repetitive, but it does a nice job of keeping itself distinct from areas within the RE canon. The best survival horror games make the worlds you visit act as characters in themselves, and the Queen Zenobia does just that, as does the island in Revelations 2

In terms of performance, both run at 1080p docked and 720p in handheld. However, only Revelations 1 runs at 60FPS, where as the sequel now runs at an unlocked frame-rate. It's understandable, given that it's more technically demanding, but it would of been nice to cap it to 30, when jumping form game to game. There were some frame-rate slow downs in the second installment that weren't there in other versions, and you'll need to be prepared to face load times as long as a minute when loading up a level in Revelations 2. It's not too frequent, but it's definitely noticeable. While the music isn't anything to write home about, the sound effects pack a punch, and the voice acting matches the overall atmosphere and setting.

Results

If you've already played both games, there isn't much here to recommend. Though they work a bit better for portable play, you wouldn't be missing much if you just bought both games for $20 at the bargain bin at any store. That being said, if you never played them, they're worth checking out. This sub-series of Resident Evil may not be perfect, but it still manages to do a good job in combining the old style of play with the new.

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