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Jurassic Park: Trespasser remake aims to make good on long-lost promises

Fifteen years later, Jurassic Park: Trespasser still seems to bring out the dreamer in game developers. It's largely forgotten today, but there was a time when the 1998 first-person shooter published by Electronic Arts aspired to be the ultimate technical achievement. Developer Seamus Blackley d...

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Rebuilding Nostalgia: Giving new life to Shadowrun SNES

When Shadowrun Returns went live on Kickstarter in April 2012, most people didn't know they were, by extension, funding more than one project. In a sense, they were funding dozens of them, all extensions of the much-loved RPG brand. J.R Riedel is behind one such project - an enhanced remake of t...

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Finding solace in anger with the 8-bit inspired Shovel Knight

Shovel Knight may have a relatively quaint exterior, but don't let its apparent simplicity fool you. At first it appears Shovel Knight is something of a Ducktales clone, with the eponymous knight bouncing about on his shovel like Scrooge with his cane. The knight can only bounce when hitting an ...

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Finding Mario's co-op sweet spot with Super Mario 3D World

While I'm a Mario fan, I was utterly baffled by the appeal of the four-player co-op play introduced in New Super Mario Bros. Wii. People tell me: "It's chaotic and fun!" But all I ever experienced was that little jerk Luigi distracting me while I try to make a precision jump. In Super Mario 3D...

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Remembering my favorite RPG: Valkyrie Profile

This is a column by Kat Bailey dedicated to the analysis of the once beloved Japanese RPG sub-genre. Tune in every Wednesday for thoughts on white-haired villains, giant robots, Infinity+1 swords, and everything else the wonderful world of JRPGs has to offer. Around here, we have a bit of a tradit...

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Etrian Odyssey 4: Legends of the Titan review: The warm embrace of exploration

This year is starting to feel like an embarrassment of riches for RPG fans who own the Nintendo 3DS. Fire Emblem is out, Pokemon X/Y and Shin Megami Tensei: Soul Hackers are on the way, and now we've got Etrian Odyssey 4: Legends of the Titan. Admittedly, Etrian Odyssey is not a series that I w...

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At long last, Fire Emblem and Etrian Odyssey can be recommended to the mainstream

This is a column by Kat Bailey dedicated to the analysis of the once beloved Japanese RPG sub-genre. Tune in every Wednesday for thoughts on white-haired villains, giant robots, Infinity+1 swords, and everything else the wonderful world of JRPGs has to offer. The average first-time experience with ...

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Why the PlayStation 4 reveal doesn't mean much for JRPG fans yet

This is a column by Kat Bailey dedicated to the analysis of the once beloved Japanese RPG sub-genre. Tune in every Wednesday for thoughts on white-haired villains, giant robots, Infinity+1 swords, and everything else the wonderful world of JRPGs has to offer. As we look ahead to the next generation...

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Dear Import Gamer: You can do better than Super Robot Wars UX

This is a column by Kat Bailey dedicated to the analysis of the once beloved Japanese RPG sub-genre. Tune in every Wednesday for thoughts on white-haired villains, giant robots, Infinity+1 swords, and everything else the wonderful world of JRPGs has to offer. Twitter followers have recently asked ...

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In search of a more eloquent solution to a second playthrough

This is a column by Kat Bailey dedicated to the analysis of the once beloved Japanese RPG sub-genre. Tune in every Wednesday for thoughts on white-haired villains, giant robots, Infinity+1 swords, and everything else the wonderful world of JRPGs has to offer. As soon as I finished Persona 4 Golden ...

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