Criminally Underrated Roguelikes on PS4

Roguelikes are enjoying a surge in popularity, and it isn’t hard to see why. Instead of leaning heavily on over-the-top visuals, dazzling cutscenes, elaborate plotlines, and complicated mechanics, roguelikes keep it simple and rely solely on the gameplay. You might get a brief tutorial before they launch you into the central gameplay loop, but usually you kick things off and the game unapologetically whips you … Continue reading Criminally Underrated Roguelikes on PS4

The greatest N64 party games to beat your friends at

Multiplayer leveled up big time when the N64 dropped. While Genesis and SNES let you and a pal play couch co-op or versus mode, N64 doubled the controller ports and allowed up to four players to play simultaneously. You knew what that meant. It was time to grab the Pepsi Blue and pour a bowl of Doritos 3D for some sweet four-player multiplayer action. Here … Continue reading The greatest N64 party games to beat your friends at

10 Underrated Metroidvania Games on PS4

There’s a lot to love about Metroidvania games, from the original Metroid and Castlevania entries to some of the subgenre’s more compelling entries on PS4 and other more recent systems. While there are some that must be mentioned in every Metroidvania conversation, there are quite a few that offer a totally engaging and immersive experience that are always conveniently forgotten when the genre is discussed. … Continue reading 10 Underrated Metroidvania Games on PS4

Top 20 Soundtracks From the 16-Bit Era

You don’t need to be a music major or career composer to notice that the music quality on 16-bit games was superior to the 8-bit predecessors. Instead of orchestrating a collection of similar sounding tones and layering them for a simple, succinct melody, game devs and composers now could change the type of tones used in the music, simulating a wider array of instruments and … Continue reading Top 20 Soundtracks From the 16-Bit Era

Most Underrated Soulslike Games

Who knew that the unassuming 2008 title Demon’s Souls would wind up innovating an entirely new subgenre of games? Let’s face it– modern games are getting easier and easier. Players are rewarded constantly for simply walking the character to a map marker and mashing one attack button. Combined with frequent checkpoints that totally negate all risk of failure, modern games are often just a flashy … Continue reading Most Underrated Soulslike Games

5 Career Skills We Learned from Video Games

Video games get a bad rap.  Avid gamers get labeled by their peers as “losers” or “virgins” or any of many other colorful pejoratives.  We’re aware of the stereotype– the zit-faced middle-aged adult, one hand in the chip bag and another on the mouse, grinding away in a raid while tuning out the shouts of his disappointed mother upstairs. The problem with the stereotype is … Continue reading 5 Career Skills We Learned from Video Games