Category: Games

My favorite Nintendo DS RPGs

No genre has flourished more on the Nintendo DS than the RPG.  Turn-based, strategy, action…they’re all represented.  With the DS’ lifespan coming to a close, I figured it was time to appreciate some of the best role playing experiences the system has to offer.  Here, in no particular order, is a list of what I consider to be the best Nintendo DS RPGs.

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9 Hours, 9 Persons, and 9 Doors is like an interactive novel crossed with an old-school first-person adventure game like Myst.  The storyline, which is undeniably inspired by the Saw films, really gets its hooks in you and doesn’t let go.  Toss on some headphones, turn out the lights, and the game becomes incredibly immersive.  You should definitely check it out…just make sure you have a lot of spare time on your hands, as it’s nearly impossible to turn this one off.  Look for our full review to post up soon.

Street Fighter II: Twenty Years Later

My weekly guest entry over at the Little-Players blog is now available for reading.  Join us as, twenty years later, I look back at Street Fighter II.

Sony confirms “compromise of personal information”

Sony has confirmed that some personal information has been compromised in the recent PSN intrusion.  However, they haven’t actually specified what information was compromised…no word on if credit card info has been pilfered, although they believe that everything ranging from address to email address to PSN ID to (possibly) your purchase history has been taken.  For now, we still don’t have any definite word on whether your financial information attatched to your PSN account is safe.  Any theories on why it’s taking Sony so long to figure this out?

L.A. Noire to have 2200-page script

The folks over at Gameblurb were lucky enough to attend the Tribeca Film Festival, where it was revealed that L.A. Noire will have a 2200-page script.  If the advanced facial animation wasn’t enough to do it for you, an epic and deep story should be!

Is the PlayStation Network working?

IGN has a new page up that constantly checks to see if the PSN is back up and running.  If you feel the need to know as soon as the PSN is accessible again, keep your eye here.

Classic Mondays: Hyperblade

Every Monday, we’re going to take a look at a classic game that redefined, embodied, or perfected a genre.  This week, we revisit Hyperblade.

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“External Intrusion” to blame for PSN outage

The PlayStation Network has inexplicably been down for the past couple of days, thwarting the plans of PS3 gamers the world over.  Sony has finally broken their silence, citing an “external intrusion” as the cause of the outage.  Anonymous, previously responsible for making things rough for Sony, has denied any involvement this time around.  Whatever’s really going on, one thing’s for sure: there are a lot of pissed off gamers out there.

Three gaming sites you should check out

Just like with music, I’ve always been a big fan of “bedroom” gaming sites…that is, sites or blogs that are run by individuals, rather than big corporations.  Don’t get me wrong, places like Joystiq and Destructoid have their place, but there’s nothing like the passion of a gamer when it comes to objectivity (provided they aren’t fanboys :p)  Here’s a short list of three gaming-related sites you should definitely keep an eye on:

Little-Players: Starting off as a flash game portal, and recently adding on a semi-daily gaming blog (which I have a guest writing spot for!), Little-Players is a great place to spend some time.  Their blog is quickly amassing content, and the site in general looks like it’s going places.  Their flash game library grows by the day, so there’s always something new to check out.

Epic Brew: this one seems to be a bit more focused on gaming culture, and tends to offer quick little insights.  I really dig its shortform-style presentation.  It tells you what you need to know, and only what you need to know.  If you’re looking for a quick culture fix, this should be your destination. 

Game Blurb: Game Blurb is definitely the largest of the three on this list, offering up full reviews, editorials, and an ”On Air” series in which the site owners/contributers play through a game while recording the video as well as their commentary.  Often times, these videos reach over an hour in length.  Game Blurb looks like it’s casting off its small-time shell and rapidly expanding into something much bigger.  Keep an eye out!

Guest writer for Little-Players

I now have a guest writing spot on the blogs.  Every Friday, I’ll be posting an article on there about gaming culture, be it past or present.  My first entry covers the gaming revolution of 1996.