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Azure Striker Gunvolt: It's all for Speed

Fast-paced movement in a side-scroller is something I've never felt comfortable with. Sonic the Hedgehog comes to mind as the game expects a level of precision at high speeds, which can only be obtained through memorization. For someo...

 
 
 

Never-Ending Backlog: Mega Man Legends

Mega Man Legends is the series first foray into the 3D space. The title came out in a fascinating time as many developers were trying to get their bearings in a 3D world. Mega Man Legends fails in some areas, but also impresses with i...

 
 
 

Mini Never-Ending Backlog: Final Fantasy IX

Final Fantasy IX, the final Final Fantasy for me to sink my teeth into. It’s the final release in Final Fantasy series on the original PlayStation, but encompasses everything the series had been to that point. Unfortunately, whi...

 
 
 
 
 

Yumi's Odd Odyssey

I have a weakness for cute anime things, especially if it looks like it's from the 80s or 90s. While I had heard of the Japanese Umihara Kawase series, I've never been too big into importing. All of the games have passed me by until the m...

 
 
 

The Mysterious Murasame Castle

Nintendo has a weird interest in The Mysterious Murasame Castle. There's only been one game in the series, which was released for the Famicom Disk System in 1986. But it's a title that they keep referencing quite often in their modern ga...

 
 
 

Onslaught Review

I've started panicking about the future of WiiWare's availability, so I'm turning around and purchasing WiiWare titles I've been dragging my feet on. Onslaught, a first person shooter on WiiWare, was one of these. Despite being an early t...

 
 
 

Drakengard 3 Review

I'm not really sure what I expected coming into Drakengard 3. I've never played a main entry in the Drakengard series, but I fell in love with the spin-off title NIER. While NIER was far from a  AAA polished experience,  what made it stan...

 
 
 
 

The Retro Retro Indie Game Cave Story

I'm finally giving up on ignoring indie games. They just won't go away. I've gotta deal with them eventually, so it's about time I start playing some. I thought it'd be fitting to make one of my first forays into the space with Cave Story...

 
 
 
 

Changing the Rules of Game Completion

I have a massive backlog that consists of over 200 games, which accounts for almost half of my collection. Depression and frustration overcome me when I open my closet doors. I've only added to this pile over the last two years. However, ...

 
 
 

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 Video Game Review

This review was written for my editorial and critical writing class. The Castlevania franchise dates back to 1986 with its original release on the Nintendo Entertainment System. In the last decade, the series' popularity started to dwind...

 
 
 
 
 
 

Putting Cing to Rest

It's been almost four years since Cing went out of business. In over a decade of its existence, the company created multiple point-and-click adventure games for Nintendo's platforms. Being a fan of Hotel Dusk: Room 215 on the Nintendo DS,...

 
 
 
 

I wouldn’t mind if Monsters attacked on Friday

Little fanfare was made around Attack of the Friday Monsters' initial release. It's not a surprise considering most Nintendo fans were busy celebrating the long-awaited virtual console release of EarthBound. Thanks to Nintendo's Indie We...

 
 
 

Never-Ending Backlog: Blue Breaker Burst 2

Do you like 90s' anime girls? I've got a title for you: HuneX's Blue Breaker Burst 2! Released for the PlayStation this Japanese only fighting game has more of a focus on the ladies than actual fighting Blue Breaker footage courteous o...

 
 
 

Project X Zone: A Franchise Sampler

Project X Zone is all about tickling the inner fanboy in all us as a large variety of franchise characters from Capcom, SEGA and Namco Bandai mix together thanks to dimensional rifts.  Half the fun is seeing your favorite characters team ...

 
 
 

Backlogging Experiences

Having a backlog hurts my soul, face and hands. While it's nice knowing that I have a large variety of untapped experiences in my closet or on my hard drive, both now are overflowing with unfinished titles. However part of me still wants to...

 
 
 

Fresh in the Heels of Style Savvy: Trendsetters

While all the hardcore gaming ladies and gents were verbally exploding about the mastery of BioShock Infinite this week, I started Style Savvy: Trendsetters. Good heavens, what did I get myself into? Initially I was only able to scratch ...

 
 
 

Pandora's Tower Impressions

After nearly two years, the final title in the Operation Rainfall trilogy, Pandora's Tower, will be receiving its North American release, thanks to Xseed Games. It's easy to see why Xseed is bringing it over, as The Last Story became the...

 
 
 

Dishonored Mini-Review

I don't have much to say about Dishonored.(What a attention grabbing first sentence!) Part of that is due to playing it almost three months after release, and partly because, despite being a new I.P., there's not much really going on with...

 
 
 

Dead or Alive 5 Mini-Review

I'm just kind of posting this here cause I can. I'm aware Destructoid did their own review already, but yeah. VIDEOGAEMZ> To give some perspective before I even start talking, I'm a horrendously casual fighting game fan. My idea of st...

 
 
 
 

Never-Ending Backlog: Carrier

The actual piece is in within the video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDl1ercnAxs Carrier is a 2000s Dreamcast survival horror title developed and published by Jaleco. The survival horror title was one of the first 3D titles in the ge...

 
 
 

Never-Ending Backlog: Kirby Air Ride

The actual piece is within the video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2KDfyMaOfw I was told embedding videos doesn't work for some reason, but I thought I'd post a video I recently made talking about Kirby Air Ride, a 2003 GameCube exclu...

 
 

About Oculinone of us since 8:47 PM on 03.29.2012

Oculin, or Benjamin Yoder, was previously Editor-in-Chief at TheSpeedGamers and contributor at VGChartz. Now, he is simply a game blogger and weeaboo in denial.

Digging for gems in unknown or poorly received titles is what Oculin games for. He places a large emphasis on interesting ideas and entertainment value, versus polished mechanics.

Disclosure: The Pokemon Company International is a client of my current place of employment.
 
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