An onslaught of new arrivals

| Feb 25, 2018

An onslaught of new arrivals

by Brian Ashcraft

'Metal Gear' is a survivor When Hideo Kojima , the creator of the original "Metal Gear," left Konami, it seemed like the action-adventure series was over. Yet here it is again — this time in the form of "Metal Gear Survive," which introduces zombie attacks ...

Beloved games get bigger and better

| Jan 21, 2018

Beloved games get bigger and better

by Brian Ashcraft

'Dissidia' breeding' In the "Dissidia" games, "Final Fantasy" characters get together and beat the crap out of each other. The latest entry is no different, but that doesn't mean it's just another "Dissidia Final Fantasy." Developed by Square Enix, the first "Dissidia Final Fantasy" debuted on ...

Gaming is on a winning streak

| Dec 24, 2017

Gaming is on a winning streak

by Brian Ashcraft

The gods are back "Okami" is one of the most beautiful and imaginative games ever made. It first came out in 2006 on the PlayStation 2 and was dubbed the best game of that year. Over a decade later it is still wonderful. "Okami" is a ...

Better games for serious hardware

| Sep 24, 2017

Better games for serious hardware

by Brian Ashcraft

Get the Playstation 4 revved "Gran Turismo Sport" is Sony's long-running "Gran Turismo" game's PlayStation 4 debut. The first "GT" was released in 1997 on the PlayStation 1, and 20 years later, "Gran Turismo" is still going strong, holding on to its title as "the ...

Game industry vamps up classics

| Aug 27, 2017

Game industry vamps up classics

by Brian Ashcraft

The 'Sonic' boom Among video game fans, there's something called the Sonic Cycle — when a new "Sonic" game is announced and players get incredibly excited, and then the game comes out — with both good and bad results. With the game's uneven track record ...

Updates for the fan boys and girls

| Jul 23, 2017

Updates for the fan boys and girls

by Brian Ashcraft

Ready to paint the town again? Nintendo's colorful third-person shooter returns, ready to splatter players with ink and cuteness. When released in 2015, "Splatoon" was a big departure for Nintendo. First, it was a multiplayer shooter. Second, its vibrant color palette ushered in a new ...

Something old, new and renewed

| Jun 25, 2017

Something old, new and renewed

by Brian Ashcraft

2-D has its advantages When the Nintendo 3DS originally launched in 2011, the key feature was its 3-D-glasses-free stereoscopic 3-D screen. Many players enjoyed the visuals; however, some found them headache-inducing. The latest iteration from Nintendo will be a welcome release for the latter. This isn't ...

Summer releases: bring your A-game

| May 21, 2017

Summer releases: bring your A-game

by Brian Ashcraft

Stuff they don't teach at school It's May and it's virtually summer — the perfect time to play "Summer Lesson: The Hikari Miyamoto Collection," in which you tutor and hang out with schoolgirl Hikari Miyamoto. This game was released as a download last October, but ...