Category:  Top 10

By Stephen Hilger, February 20, 2014 1 Features, Top 10

I recently composed a list of videogame’s lovably awesome sidekicks, but since I enjoy exploring the duality of things, I thought I’d sink back into the recesses of hate and disgust.

Here are ten sidekicks who made us reconsider our time spent on videogames and make us go outside. Maybe that was their intention?

Regardless, these are the ten characters that get the dishonor of being on this shameful list.

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By Stephen Hilger, January 28, 2014 1 Features, Top 10

Whether it’s because they simply exist as the foil to their respective leading character or because they’re just not that interesting, sidekicks are generally an under-appreciated bunch.

Regardless of their role in any given game, videogame sidekicks ideally prove themselves to be helpful, memorable and lovable characters. In rare cases, they can even be more interesting than their protagonist buddies.

So feel free to tag along with us as we run down the top ten sidekicks in games – in no particular order, of course.

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By Maxwell Coviello, January 6, 2014 0 Features, Humor, Top 10

It is a truth universally acknowledged that 2D fighter games feature some of the most colorful and bizarre characters in video game lore. Just look at Blanka, Street Fighter’s green wildman. Or BlazBlue’s Arakune, No-Face’s more horrifying cousin. And then there’s Kuma, the farting bear from Tekken.

As much as it’s known for its flatulating fauna, the fighting genre is also equally known for its beautiful and detailed backgrounds. It is quite the splendor to gawk at these tranquil and realistic animated locales such as zen gardens and smoky temples– all while you’re piledriving your opponents into oblivion.

But there are always a few exemptions to the rule, and said exemptions are sometimes so weird to the point of being disturbing. You get the sense that these game creators eventually got sick of hashing out the same mist-covered Japanese shrines and finally shouted: “Screw this, let them fight atop a giant demon baby” (this isn’t an exaggeration).

As I am a fan of all things odd in gaming, consider this article a celebration of that brand of weirdness.  (more…)

By Stephen Hilger, November 30, 2013 0 Features, Top 10

The main selling point of any fighting game are the characters and it’s not difficult to understand why. Our childhoods were ruled by warring action figures and super heroes. Who could beat up whom? Games such as Injustice, Marvel vs. Capcom, and Super Smash Bros. all fuel our nostalgic desires to see our favorite characters pummel their foes.

With each new fighting game, more and more characters and franchises are involved. We’ve seen fighters from the DC Universe, Marvel, Nintendo. The Castlevania series made its own brawler. Even Les Miserables has its own fighting game.The world is truly a very strange place.

So I figure if Jean Valjean can duke it out with Cosette and a robot version of himself, there really is no limit to what can go into a fighting game. Below, I’ve listed series and franchises that I believe would make stellar fighting games.

Oddly enough, Les Mis was going to be on my list before I discovered it already existed. I guess someone beat me to the punch. No pun intended.

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By Stephen Hilger, November 8, 2013 1 Features, Top 10

Pokémon X and may have gotten its fair share of cool new features, but let’s be real for a moment: the most obvious new enjoyment comes from the addition of new Pokémon.

Not too long ago, I chronicled the hideous Pokémon that made us all question Game Freak’s sanity and hydration levels. This time around, I’d like to list some pocket monster designs that actually deserve some credit.

Here is a top ten list of the new creatures inhabiting the France-inspired Kalos region. Their placement in this list is purely subjective on my part. These are tiered moreso in terms of their design and not necessarily their usefulness in combat.

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By Stephen Hilger, October 21, 2013 0 Features, Top 10

Mario Party has its appropriate place in history. The first few titles in the series introduced a fun, simple way for families and friends to spend time together without having to tread into complicated gameplay.

It is also convenient that Mario Party is the only game where you can win without doing anything. Lady Luck is the supreme deity of the Mario Party universe, and she will wantonly sprinkle you with stars or order your bankruptcy. The winner is either randomly determined or foreseen by the suggested telepathic powers of Koopa Troopa.

Still, they’re fun games.

Unfortunately, recent additions to the Mario Party canon have lowered their cultural significance to that of Disaster Movie or week-old pizza. What lives on from the series is Mario Party’s most prominent feature: the mini-games.

Here are the top ten mini-games I’ve experienced in other titles. Since the definition of a mini-game is somewhat broad, let’s limit it to “a game within a game.” With that note, let’s begin the list!

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By Stephen Hilger, October 8, 2013 0 Features, Top 10

The old cliché goes, “it’s not about the destination, it’s the journey that counts.” I would argue that this also applies to most of the games in the Final Fantasy series.

The main plots, regardless of individual strength, usually revolve around preventing a bad guy from gaining superpowers from crystals or some otherworldly source. There’s nothing wrong with this tried and true formula; a villain gaining divine abilities certainly raises the stakes for a group of heroes. And if the player gets emotionally attached to the heroes, then the story becomes that much more gripping. That’s where the subplots come in.

With more than a dozen installments, the Final Fantasy series has treated fans to many unforgettable characters and story lines. With Final Fantasy V just being released for Android, and Final Fantasy XV being somewhere on the horizon, I thought it’d be a good time to honor some of the subplots we have been treated to thus far.

These are the ten sub-stories that I consider the most effective in expanding on the series’ fictional universe and emotionally investing the player in the characters.

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By Stephen Hilger, September 24, 2013 2 Features, Top 10

The release of the highly anticipated Pokémon X and Y will bring many new things to the franchise: full-blown 3D graphics, the controversial mega evolutions, and of course, dozens of new Pokémon.

This means that the total number of Pokémon will now be over 700. Being that I’ve been a fan of the franchise since its humble beginnings with 150 Pokémon and monochromatic game title screens, I’d like to take a glance back at all the Pocket Monsters that we’ve seen so far. Pokémon certainly has a good amount of recognizable and beloved creatures like Pikachu, Charmander and Squirtle, just to name a few. However, with a number so high there are inevitably more than a handful of unloved abominations.

I’d like to honor dishonor the Pokémon that made us all seriously reconsider whether we actually wanted to “catch them all.”

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By Allain Richard, September 15, 2013 1 Features, Top 10

The Monster Hunter series has no shortage of wonderful and varying battle themes.

While every monster has their own unique looks and attacks, the theme that accompanies that also plays a big part in their personality. Alone or with friends, hunting is always thrill. With hundreds of hours spent in multiple Monster Hunter titles, I can safely say that I have hunted nearly all varieties of monsters available to the North America hunters.

A great battle is accompanied by a great theme, and much like a hunting horn, great music invigorates and pushes hunters to do their best. Thanks to the tireless work and talent of Capcom composers over the years such as Masato Kouda, Yuko Komiyama and Tetsuya Shibata, I present to you my personal list of the top 10 Monster Hunter battle themes that are set to make your blood pumping as you swing away at your target.

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By Maxwell Coviello, August 13, 2013 0 Top 10

Most RPGs offer villains and monsters that draw from myths and archetypes of Western and Eastern mythology. Ghoulish magicians and towering dragons are a staple of the genre.

But sometimes the producers of an RPG get bored with re-hashing the same old tropes and stock opponents. And that’s when things get weird.

In the spirit of keeping it freaky, today’s Top 10 list examines the most unusual, the most unexpected and the flat-out weirdest bosses in RPG history.

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