We recently looked at the original Metal Gear Solid title. With Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes still to come, there are plenty more releases to explore. Today, we’ll be looking at Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, released on PlayStation 2 back in 2001. Metal Gear Solid 2 is a particularly interesting entry in the series. Surrounded in controversy, Metal Gear Solid 2 dared to replace Solid Snake as the lead protagonist. Meanwhile, the upcoming Ground Zeroes has also been subject to similar criticism, this time for replacing the iconic Solid Snake’s voice actor. It’s an interesting parallel, but I’d be deceiving you if I lead you to believe we’d be exploring any of Ground Zeroes’ controversies here. Continue reading
I’ve noticed that a lot of gaming outlets are reviewing the latest annual release of publisher EA’s Need for Speed series. In an effort to stay relevant, we’ll be reviewing it too.
Launching in 1998 and developed by Konami, Metal Gear Solid is one of the best selling PlayStation titles on the system. While not the first in the series, with both Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake preceding it, Metal Gear Solid was somewhat revolutionary. It married cinematic storytelling with gameplay to a level not yet seen on the system, and offered a unique and innovative experience for players to enjoy. With Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes coming out in March, we’re going to take a look through the Metal Gear Solid series. Continue reading
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers is a re-release of the Japanese Saturn and PlayStation title, Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers. The new release brings the title not only to the west, but full voice acting and additional content. Set in the vision of the future of the 90’s, Soul Hackers involves a world in which the player may enter the computer realm and demon companions may be stored digitally. Continue reading
Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc is a murder-mystery game that became quite the hit over in Japan even before it launched in 2010, with the PlayStation Portable demo leaving quite an impact. The demo even contained an exclusive scenario just to demonstrate the mechanics without spoiling even the story of tutorial chapter in the final release. In Japan, Danganronpa is successful enough that the franchise is seeing it’s third videogame release, with the third non-spinoff title also teased. Continue reading
Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory is the third installment in the Japanese Role-Playing Game series, Hyperdimension Neptunia. Established as a parody franchise, Neptunia goes out of its way to exaggerate and mock popular cliches in Japanese videogames. It’s a sequel to the mildly received Hyperdimension Neptunia Mk2, which saw a new protagonist. In Victory, the original protagonist, Neptune, returns as the hero for the story.
Most gaming outlets really enjoy their top five or top ten list articles. Who can blame them, really? Such lists not only generate a vast number of traffic, but also enable the writer to share an opinion in a structure that’s easy to digest for almost anyone–and it’s usually easy to write as well. For many, an editorial featuring a list is a nice and simple opinion piece to obtain an additional perspective or even some more knowledge about the medium they’re passionate about. For Examiner.com, these lists also serve as factual data representing players as a whole.