The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Dubious Food, Design and Treasure

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is an impressive first step into open world design for the Zelda series. Yet ultimately, the game’s core flow and scale betray it.

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Spectrobes: Origins – Halfway Between Zelda and Pokemon

Note: Disney China was a previous client of my current employer as of posting.

It’s easy to forget about Spectrobes as it had a fairly short run before puttering out. While sales whimpered with the final release, it did go out with a bang. Spectrobes: Origins is a surprisingly ambitious release for the Wii, featuring RPG and action adventure elements with a bit of monster collecting.

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Aconcagua — Can You Survive the Language Barrier?

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(Image Source: ::: Morsh Borsh ::: )

Aconcagua, a PlayStation release from 2000 that’s often misreported as a survival horror game. It’s is a point-and-click adventure that pits five survivors against both environmental and military hazards.

This video is about the Argentinean market, Sony’s involvement in the region and Aconcagua itself.

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Finding Value in Rodea the Sky Soldier on Wii U

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I’m in the odd position of preferring Rodea the Sky Soldier on Wii U versus the generally agreed upon better release on Wii.

This video includes a quick look at developer Yuji Naka’s recent ventures, comparing the biggest changes between the two versions and how the Wii U version overcomes some of the challenges faced by the original.

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Never-Ending Backlog: Mega Man Legends

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Mega Man Legends is the series first foray into the 3D space. The title came out in a fascinating time as many developers were trying to get their bearings in a 3D world. Mega Man Legends fails in some areas, but also impresses with its ambitious design and variety of gameplay elements that go well beyond what the series’ past formula.

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Mini Never-Ending Backlog: Final Fantasy IX

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Final Fantasy IX, the last Final Fantasy for me to sink my teeth into, for now. It’s the final release in Final Fantasy series on the original PlayStation, but encompasses everything the series had been to that point.

Unfortunately, while the game is available on PlayStation Network, it has yet to be updated to HD, leaving it definitely one of the most pixely 3D Final Fantasys.

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Never-Ending Backlog: Shadow of Destiny (Shadow of Memories)

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(Image Source: Giant Bomb)

Shadow of Destiny, released on the PlayStation 2 by Konami in 2001, is an adventure featuring a time traveling protagonist who attempts to prevent his murder. Player must walk and talk his way to victory through cutscenes and dialog choices. Also available on Xbox and PC. There’s also a retranslated PSP port.

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