Illmatic and Chrono Trigger are yet to be bettered

Every once in a while, maybe only once in a generation, a film, album or videogame emerges that redefines a medium. In 1994, Nas released what is still considered to be the greatest Hip-hop LP of all-time. 'Illmatic' was a project formulated by some of the genre's greatest producers and a young, hungry MC who …

Nothing can stop the Cyberpunk 2077 hype train

On Monday morning, CD Projekt RED launched a stream showing nothing but a wall of unintelligible code, continuously loading within a command line window. Aside from the twitter faux pas during Gamescom last week (inexcusable and the apology seemed a little disingenuous), the studios marketing effort for their futuristic RPG, Cyberpunk 2077, has largely been …

The return of Devil May Cry and why this is so important pt.3: Rooted in history

Pt.2 of this series focused primarily on the combat origins of the character action genre, discussing it's Beat 'em up roots and how, with the introduction of character development via upgrades and combat depth, these games have evolved and deviated from their, somewhat, linear forefathers. The 3D character action titles offer more than just a …

The return of Devil May Cry and why this is so important pt.2: Origins

At the turn of the millennium, Capcom's Devil May Cry was created by director, Hideki Kamiya. Gamers hadn't seen anything of this type before; here we had a 3D title delivering relentless, fast-paced combat all at 60fps. But where did this genre stem from? We didn't really have a direct, 2D equivalent in previous generations. …

The Legend of Joe Musashi: Shinobi music collection

The Shinobi games on the Mega Drive are well known for their memorable audio tracks with the Yuzo Koshiro scored "Revenge of Shinobi" being the most heralded. In 2009, Wavemaster/Sega released a 4 CD set collecting tracks from every single Shinobi title up to from the Arcades to the 8 and 16 bit eras. It's …

Shadow Dancer (1990)

Shinobi week Day two and we move onto the second, series release on the Mega Drive, Shadow Dancer. Shadow Dancer was originally released in the arcades the same year Revenge of Shinobi arrived on the Mega Drive (1989). Although having similar core mechanics to the coin-op, there are slight changes to the "port" that make …