Metroid: Zero Mission: A Screw Attack to the Cerebral Cortex

Go immediately left from at the start of Metroid: Zero Mission and you’ll find the Morph Ball upgrade exactly where it was in the original Metroid. The remake modernizes the first adventure of galactic bounty hunter Samus Aran, bringing it to the standards set by one of the greatest games of all time: Super Metroid.

The game from there applies the legendary SNES classics structure as Samus navigates the depths of the planet Zebes, finding new weapons that allow her to go further, tearing through the Space Pirate armada before encountering the parasitic Metroid life forms and the evil Mother Brain. You’ll be collecting items and abilities including the Super Missiles, Power Bombs and Speed Boosters, moves that became staples with the third game. The design fleshes out a game that was more ambitious than the tech of the time would allow, implementing enough new content to ramp up the pace without padding the adventure.

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Bastion: The Kid’s Fairy Tale

A child’s eyes see a simple world.  For centuries, fairy tales have been tools to give those eyes a view on the world they might not see on their own.  They are a means of teaching lessons and giving metaphors, to see villainy and sorrow overcome by heroism and bravery.  In Bastion, Supergiant Games has crafted a new fairy tale in videogame form, one that allows you to revisit your youth while celebrating the games you loved when you were small and the world was big.

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Hallucinations From The Rhythm Heaven Fever

Videogames attempts to marry gameplay to music have long suffered from a case of ‘this’ or ‘that’.  Narrative or pure mechanics, simon says memorization or notes on cue.  Music rhythm games have been largely forced to pigeonhole themselves into working with a single mechanic with little flexibility.  None of those games are Rhythm Heaven Fever.

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Snappin’ Pics on a Pokémon Safari

More than any other medium, videogames possess the ability to immerse people in worlds, of giving them a sense of place, one that can be populated, filled out and come alive before our eyes.   But great worlds contain memorable characters with their own personalities- Pokémon has long had one of those worlds.  Pokémon Snap is built around this singular idea- it puts would-be photographers on a Safari in a Pokémon nature preserve and equips us with a camera to witness, interact and record.

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Snatcher: A Cyberpunk Adventure

Originally released on Japanese MSX2 and PC-8801 machines in 1988, Snatcher is a cyberpunk adventure, dripping in dark themes and dystopic style. In many ways, Snatcher is a classic Adventure game- but this one was designed and directed by Hideo Kojima, his second after Metal Gear. Continue reading “Snatcher: A Cyberpunk Adventure”