Tracking The Strange Trails Of The Adventure Game Genre

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Tracking The Strange Trails Of The Adventure Game Genre

Genres usually have specific requirements. A shooter needs to have players firing projectile-based weapons at targets, even if the projectile is ink instead of bullets. Strategy games such as StarCraft and Fire Emblem require you to make tough calls and carefully manage valuable resources to defeat enemies. However, “adventure” is such a nebulous term and the evolution this particular genre has taken over the years only reinforces just how malleable it is.

Once upon a time, an interactive adventure meant digging through your inventory for an item that would help you bypass a puzzle. Now, for many people, it means simulations that force them to make tough moral choices in life-and-death situations. From ancient quests in underground kingdoms to solving the disappearance of a child in a small town, we examine the genre’s twisted and unique evolution.

PlayStation Pro Review

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PlayStation Pro Review

From a glance, Sony’s new PlayStation 4 Pro implies significant upgrade. The console is roughly the same size as the original PlayStation 4 hardware, but the altered triple-decker design makes it look like a bigger machine, almost like two PlayStation 4’s were mashed together into one.Looks can be deceiving, however. PlayStation 4 Pro is not the next evolution of Sony’s long-running console; it’s a moderate upgrade designed mostly for people investing in 4K displays and want their games to take advantage of that new technology.

The Pro is a nice looking device, but it sticks to the conventions Sony established with the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 S. The new hardware is an inch longer and wider than its predecessor, and has the same black matte finish, but no longer a glossy racing stripe on top. The LED strip-light that visually shows the system is booting up or is on moved to the lower groove on the front of the unit. Sony also added a USB 3.0 port to the backside. The power supply is once again buried within the hardware, but the AC power cord is of a different, thicker design; meaning you won’t be able to simply use your previous PlayStation 4’s power cable to turn on this new device. The launch edition is equipped with a 1TB hard drive. Internal hard drives from the PlayStation 4 cannot be swapped into the Pro.

Replay – Monster Rancher

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This week on Replay, we, alongside a special guest, take a look at Monster Rancher – a game that turns your CDs into in-game content.

Andrew Reiner, Javy Gwaltney, and I are joined by Motion City Soundtrack frontman Justin Pierre for a look at Reiner's most-played games of all time. We give birth to a handful of monsters, freeze them, and train another, born from Motion City Soundtrack's 2010 album, My Dinosaur Life, into a frozen dinosaur crushing machine. For part two, we look at a game that is perfect for a special rock star guest. Also, Javy wears a chicken hat.

From left to right, two dudes, Motion City Soundtrack frontman Justin Pierre, and then another dude.

Replay – Monster Rancher

about X hours ago from
Replay – Monster Rancher

This week on Replay, we, alongside a special guest, take a look at Monster Rancher – a game that turns your CDs into in-game content.

Andrew Reiner, Javy Gwaltney, and I are joined by Motion City Soundtrack frontman Justin Pierre for a look at Reiner's most-played games of all time. We give birth to a handful of monsters, freeze them, and train another, born from Motion City Soundtrack's 2010 album, My Dinosaur Life, into a frozen dinosaur crushing machine. For part two, we look at a game that is perfect for a special rock star guest. Also, Javy wears a chicken hat.

From left to right, two dudes, Motion City Soundtrack frontman Justin Pierre, and then another dude.

Funny To A Point – Once More Unto The Breach With Battlefield 1

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 Funny To A Point – Once More Unto The Breach With Battlefield 1

Sci-fi shooters are so passé. This week's Funny To A Point heads back to the Great War courtesy of DICE's Battlefield 1, and because I'm not above bribery, everyone who reads it gets some free and totally wicked in-game prizes!

I've been a fan of the FPS genre ever since a grade-school friend and I (covertly) played Wolfenstein 3D on his dad's computer, but I was largely oblivious to DICE's brand of digital warfare until Battlefield 1943. The download-only experiment stripped the developer's already-established multiplayer formula down to its bare essentials; there was only a handful of maps, a single primary weapon per class, and no upgrades, health packs, or ammo to worry about. That simplicity – along with a complete lack of player progression – did nothing to diminish the thrills of parachuting onto unsuspecting foes, laying waste to enemy entrenchments with powerful tanks, and driving a C4-laden jeep straight into a capture point, then jumping out and detonating it at the last second. That last strategy never worked once, but damned if it wasn't fun.

Funny To A Point – Once More Unto The Breach With Battlefield 1

about X hours ago from
 Funny To A Point – Once More Unto The Breach With Battlefield 1

Sci-fi shooters are so passé. This week's Funny To A Point heads back to the Great War courtesy of DICE's Battlefield 1, and because I'm not above bribery, everyone who reads it gets some free and totally wicked in-game prizes!

I've been a fan of the FPS genre ever since a grade-school friend and I (covertly) played Wolfenstein 3D on his dad's computer, but I was largely oblivious to DICE's brand of digital warfare until Battlefield 1943. The download-only experiment stripped the developer's already-established multiplayer formula down to its bare essentials; there was only a handful of maps, a single primary weapon per class, and no upgrades, health packs, or ammo to worry about. That simplicity – along with a complete lack of player progression – did nothing to diminish the thrills of parachuting onto unsuspecting foes, laying waste to enemy entrenchments with powerful tanks, and driving a C4-laden jeep straight into a capture point, then jumping out and detonating it at the last second. That last strategy never worked once, but damned if it wasn't fun.

Testing The NES Classic Edition

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Testing The NES Classic Edition

Nintendo's plug-and-play console is out next week, but ours is already here. We hooked it up to play with it, and discuss all its games and features.

The system, called the NES Classic Edition, releases November 11, will be $59.99, and include 30 classic NES games. In the video below, Joe Juba (who reviewed the system here), check out a few of its games, try out its assorted display options, and discuss a few of its shortcomings. And by shortcomings, I mean the length of its controller.

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