I agree 100 percent. Characters with projectiles in Soul Calibur have never been very good (Algol), and Link's coolest move, the spin attack, was a high attack, so opponents could just duck right under it and punish him. Still, his appearance in SCII marked the first time we saw adult Link rendered in more than 12… » 8/29/13 10:12pm 8/29/13 10:12pm

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time retrospective -- Prologue

My experience playing The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is most likely akin to the sense of wonder people a generation older than I must have felt when they first saw Star Wars: A New Hope or listened to The Beatles for the first time; Even before the credits rolled, even before the final note finished playing, I… » 8/03/13 4:34pm 8/03/13 4:34pm

What intrigues me is not your valid point of nostalgia goggles tainting our replays of our old favorites (Metal Gear Solid 2 just isn't the impressive game it was back in 2001, I'm sorry to say), it's that the particular game you focus on is only five years old, and it's already begun to show its age/blemishes. Just… » 7/29/13 6:22pm 7/29/13 6:22pm

Wow. What a great article, Mark. OoT is my favorite game to this day because it so effortlessly showed me all these amazing things I never knew video games were capable of. I recently picked up the 3DS version, and I can't help but feel saddened at how many of those elements (night/day cycles, horse riding, gigantic… » 7/10/13 10:29am 7/10/13 10:29am

How Kingdom Hearts Got Me Through Open-Heart Surgery

I stood in front of my TV in my living room, perusing the pile of games that had accumulated on top of my Playstation 2. I opened the disc tray and removed Virtua Fighter 4, a game I had sunk countless hours into that year. I knew it would continue to entertain me in the weeks to follow. Snapping the disc and my memory … » 4/04/13 8:53am 4/04/13 8:53am