An onslaught of new arrivals

Digital | ON: GAMES 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

Digital | ON: GAMES 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

Digital | ON: GAMES 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

Digital | ON: GAMES 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

Digital | ON: GAMES 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

Digital | ON: GAMES 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

Digital | ON: GAMES 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

Digital | ON: GAMES 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 ...

Games: Best of editions and additions

Digital | ON: GAMES Apr 23, 2017

Games: Best of editions and additions

by Brian Ashcraft

Eighth time lucky for 'Mario Kart' The eighth entry in the long-running "Mario Kart" series first came out in 2014. Now a deluxe version is headed for Nintendo Switch, with the appropriate title "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe." Ever since "Super Mario Kart" was released in 1992 ...

'Senran Kagura' makes a big splash

Digital | ON: GAMES Mar 25, 2017

'Senran Kagura' makes a big splash

by Brian Ashcraft

The "Senran Kagura" games are ridiculous. But that's the whole point. Previous installments have followed the adventures of buxom female kunoichi (female ninjas), who end up with tattered clothing while battling foes. This latest game, however, trades ninja gear for water guns. "Peach Beach Splash" ...