Live-Action JRPG Commercials Make Misery Impossible

For the past two days, I’ve had a terrible headache, which has put me in an equally terrible mood. Normally, I’m the sort of person who makes high-pitched noises when I see a new Pokémon or a particularly cute chicken. Today, the best I can muster is a half-hearted grunt.

I’m not a fan of grumping my way through life, so I popped a few Tylenol and took to the Internet. I thought lists about the 90s or pictures of cats might get out my pain-induced funk.

Instead, what cheered me up was live-action JRPG commercials.

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This Wind Waker Remix Hits Me Right In the Heart

Outset IslandBecoming a professional writer has helped deepen my appreciation for video game music. It’s inspiring without being distracting, and keeps me motivated even when writing is the last thing I want to do. I listen to game music on a daily basis, and am always discovering new gems.

The Outset Island theme from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker is a great song to listen as you’re waking up and figuring out your daily plans. It’s the perfect introduction to a beautiful morning, and makes you feel like your day is off to a solid start. [Read more...]

Retrovolve Reviews Test Drive 4

Test Drive 4In the second episode of a new retro game review series over at Retrovolve, Andy Reierson digs into the PlayStation classic Test Drive 4. During said digging, he uncovers a mine of metaphors that will make you ponder the meaning of life. Or maybe just how much you love toast.

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Assassin’s Creed Rogue Gameplay Trailer: One Foot In the Grave

Assassin's Creed RogueI love trailers; I can’t get enough of them. The best instantly instill that feeling of “I must have this game as soon as possible.” The worst go as quickly as they came, and leave little trace of ever existing, like a dry fart on a windy day. [Read more...]

Andy Reviews WWF SmackDown! 2: Know Your Role

WWF SmackDown! 2You may remember Andy Reierson from our short yet pithy video series on the Ouya. (And if you don’t, you must check that out immediately. The videos are here and here.)

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The Resident Evil Revelations 2 Teaser Trailers Tell Me Nothing

The Resident Evil Revelations 2 is completely devoid of any information pertaining to the game it’s attached to, but it’s a nifty little trailer regardless. It looks cool, and it has a nice flow to it. It reminds me of the first Dead Island trailer.

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In Smash Bros., Shulk Is Kind of a Jerk

Shulk Smash brosI’m a huge fan of Xenoblade Chronicles, and I generally think Shulk is a pretty cool guy. He’s not the most interesting character in the world, but he’s got a charming accent and a kickass sword. In a JRPG, that’s all you really need.

But in his Smash Bros. reveal trailer, he kind of seems like a jerk. [Read more...]

Hyrule Warriors Opening Cutscene – Here It Is in Japanese

Hyrule Warriors ZeldaCourtesy of the folks at GameXplain, we’ve now seen the opening cutscene for the Japanese version of Hyrule Warriors.

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The Until Dawn Trailer Is Nightmarish and Promising

Until DawnThe survival horror genre has had a sudden renaissance from big developers and independent studios alike. And Until Dawn appears to be another fresh take on things that go bump in the night. [Read more...]

Dying Light: The Other Dead Island

Dying LightWhen I watch new trailers, I try to keep an open mind and approach them with a clean slate. I attempt to allow the trailer to do all of the heavy lifting — I want it to tell me what I need to know or shape the way it wants me to feel.

Before viewing the following trailer, however, I watched the latest Dead Island trailer and was struck with an immediate sense of semi-déjà vu.

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