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8:00 AM on 08.31.2012

Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Ultimate Box announced

It's Final Fantasy's 25th anniversary this year, and you better believe Square Enix won't pass up the chance to sell things it's sold before in celebration. Still, when it's packaged this nicely, it's easy to see why folks'll...

Jim Sterling



Getting It Right: Klonoa 2 photo
Getting It Right: Klonoa 2
by Allistair Pinsof

[Getting It Right is a monthly series in which I take a look at the elements that make up a classic game. What were the key ingredients that set it apart and make it hold up to this day? Read on to find out.]

Did the 2D platformer achieve all it was capable of in the 16-bit era or did developers just run out of ideas?

Of course, we have the answer to that question now. The answer is Klonoa. It was a near-perfect platformer that merged polygonal environments within the perspective of a 2D sidescroller (“2.5D,” some endearingly called it). More importantly, it delivered on the growing demand for nuanced storytelling and variety that the PlayStation crowd demanded. In more ways than one, it made players look at the genre in a new light.

The original Klonoa is my favorite 2D platformer and each replay only makes this sentiment grow stronger. However, I’m tired of replaying it so why not turn my attention to its PlayStation 2 sequel? Another critically lauded but forgotten 2D platformer in the age of 3D shooters, Klonoa 2 gave fans of the original more of what they wanted. At the same time, it made the most of the improved hardware with some of the best art direction and design to ever grace the genre that Nintendo finds so difficult to innovate within these days.

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8:00 AM on 08.22.2012

Gungrave: Overdose launches as a PS2 Classics title

Do you remember Gungrave: Overdose? This crazy, stylish third-person shooter (run-and-gun?) was originally released back in 2004 for the PS2. I remember nice animated cutscenes breaking up crazy shooting and bashing enemies w...

Dale North

10:30 AM on 07.09.2012

Grasshopper says it's Killer7's seven-year anniversary!

Today has been officially recognized as the seven-year anniversary of Killer7, one of the most awe-inspiring and beautiful videogames ever created. Seven years ago today, the game launched in Japan. It actually came to North ...

Jim Sterling





11:30 AM on 07.03.2012

PS2 games coming to PSN next month (in Japan)

This is what I've always wanted Sony to do. There are tons of great PS2 games out there that are sitting and rotting. Why not re-release them digitally for the PS3?  They're doing exactly that in Japan, starting July 25....

Dale North



Report: Sony turning to Gaikai for backward compatibility photo
Report: Sony turning to Gaikai for backward compatibility
by Jordan Devore

Sources have indicated to GamesIndustry International that Sony has made a deal with Gaikai to offer first- and third-party PlayStation and PS2 games on PS3 via streaming. Presumably, we'll hear the official details about this next week during E3, assuming it's the real thing.

While backward compatibility is a feature some of us are certainly adamant about, I don't know that cloud gaming is quite there yet in terms of picture quality and latency, although NVIDIA would probably disagree. Perhaps that's a sacrifice worth taking in order to play our favorite older-gen games on modern hardware.

Sony brings backwards compatibility to PlayStation with Gaikai deal [GamesIndustry International]

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11:30 AM on 05.25.2012

Clock Tower 3, land of the f*cked up cutscene

Clock Tower 3 wasn't exactly the greatest game in the world, but it did one thing perfectly, one thing that has kept it stuck in my mind for years -- cutscenes. To many, the art of the cutscene is worth more sneering than pr...

Jim Sterling

4:00 PM on 04.09.2012

PS2 classic Persona 3: FES hits PSN tomorrow

Persona 3 is still one of my favorite games of all-time. I've played it so many times now that it's bordering on crazy, but I may give it another go on my PS3 as it's being re-released as a PlayStation 2 Classic tomorrow on ...

Dale North

5:30 PM on 03.29.2012

Live show: Zone of the Enders on Mash Tactics

Today is "Throwback Thurday" on Mash Tactics, and King Foom is cutting it close. Zone of the Enders is slated for the HD treatment this year, but until that actually happens, it still counts as a throwback, dammit! Konami's c...

Bill Zoeker

8:40 AM on 02.27.2012

Primal comes to PSN's PS2 Classics this week

Primal is one of those games that not too many people remember, but those that do remember it very fondly indeed. It's not even a very good game, but its engaging story and interesting concepts turned what could have been a f...

Jim Sterling

5:30 PM on 02.22.2012

Live show: WTF? Under the Skin on Mash Tactics

It's another odd edition of 'WTF Wednesdays' on Mash Tactics. King Foom is going to be playing Under the Skin on PlayStation 2. This Capcom gem has the player take the role of a toddler alien, born for mischief, causing havoc...

Bill Zoeker

10:00 AM on 02.20.2012

Rare no more: Digital Devil Saga series coming to PSN

Ah, Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga. Produced back in the pre-Persona craze days, when Atlus USA could only afford to do one print run of any given series (a rep they still hold today, though t...

Josh Tolentino



Preview: Mixing it up with MLB 2K12 photo
Preview: Mixing it up with MLB 2K12
by Samit Sarkar

This is the third year in a row that 2K Sports is holding its Perfect Game Challenge for its MLB 2K series. They're changing the format this time, but previously, the first person to throw a verified perfect game would win $1 million for doing so. In 2010, the contest's inaugural winner was 24-year-old Wade McGilberry of Semmes, Alabama.

I discussed the specifics of his feat with him when 2K Sports flew him and his wife to New York to present him with his winnings. I specifically remember him telling me that he gamed the game somewhat: MLB 2K10 let him get away with throwing the same pitch to the same location -- down and away -- every time, to each of the 27 batters he faced.

If you try that in MLB 2K12, hitters will eventually make you pay.

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8:00 AM on 02.17.2012

Sony has no plans to let PS2/PS3 games run on PS Vita

Although a number of PlayStation 2 classics have wandered onto the PlayStation Network lately, Sony has put paid to any hope that you'll be able to play them on the go. PS2 games will be restricted to the PS3, with no planned...

Jim Sterling

5:30 PM on 02.15.2012

Live show: Stretch Panic on Mash Tactics

It's going to be a 'WTF Wednesday' of ridiculous proportions today on Mash Tactics. King Foom is flinging himself face-first into Treasure's oddball PlayStation 2 title Stretch Panic. I could go into a full description of the...

Bill Zoeker





5:30 PM on 02.08.2012

Live show: WTF? Mister Mosquito on Mash Tactics

Today is a true 'WTF Wednesday' for Mash Tactics. King Foom will be playing the bizarre classic Mister Mosquito for PlayStation 2. This unconventional game puts the player in the role of the titular blood-sucker trying to sur...

Bill Zoeker