July 8, 2018

How ‘Ocarina of Time’ Presents its Narrative

What makes a good video game story? Modern gaming discourse would seem to imply that the more overtly emotional a story is, the higher its quality. While a genuinely emotional narrative is certainly the sign of a good storyteller, there’s more to a story’s quality beyond how it makes one feel.
July 5, 2018
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‘Link’s Awakening’ and the Fragility of Existence

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening is a dream based narrative that wears its premise proud. In fact, its Japanese title is even The Dreaming Island.
July 3, 2018
A Link to the Past

A Link to the Past’s Mythological Structure

It says quite a lot about the quality of the game that A Link to the Past’s contributions to The Legend of Zelda franchise are still, more or less, relevant to this day.
July 3, 2018
A Link to the Past

‘A Link to the Past’s’ Mythological Structure

It says quite a lot about the quality of the game that A Link to the Past’s contributions to The Legend of Zelda franchise are still, more or less, relevant to this day.
June 26, 2018

The Inner Workings of Combat in ‘The Adventure of Link’

While Zelda II: The Adventure of Link is undeniably a disappointing sequel coming off the heels of The Legend of Zelda, it’s not without one key aspect it can lord over its predecessor: the combat.
June 24, 2018
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The Hyrule Fantasy: Freedom at all Costs in ‘The Legend of Zelda’

If there’s one element that defines the original Legend of Zelda, it’s freedom.
June 13, 2018
Fire Emblem: Three Houses

A Close Look at ‘Fire Emblem: Three Houses’ Reveal Trailer

Fire Emblem: Three Houses delay from 2018 to 2019 is certainly bound to disappoint some but not everyone.
June 12, 2018
Devil May Cry 5

What to Expect from Devil May Cry 5

It’s been exactly ten years since Devil May Cry 4’s release and, while Devil May Cry 5 has been teased for years, it’s only now that Capcom is finally getting around to properly continuing the franchise.
June 7, 2018

Nero Must Die! ‘Devil May Cry 4’s Lost Potential

DMC4 is the gold standard when it comes to combat in the genre and Nero’s first eleven missions are proof that DMC can still evolve in a tasteful, exciting manner. DMC4 is disappointing, but disappointment isn’t an outright absence of quality. In many cases, disappointment comes from the fact that quality is present, just not properly utilized. Devil May Cry 4 is a good game that very easily could have been amazing had its potential not been robbed by a rushed release date.
June 2, 2018

Vergil Must Die! How ‘Devil May Cry 3’ Refined A Genre

It’s easy to take for granted just how much of a risk Itsuno was taking with Devil May Cry 3. Fans wanted Devil May Cry and the ones that stuck around after DMC2 might have been completely satisfied with a sequel derivative of the original, but that would have locked the series into an awkward position where the first game all but invented a genre, the second ignored everything the first introduced, and the third simply reiterated everything the original established.
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