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Finding Value in Rodea the Sky Soldier on Wii U

I'm in the odd position of preferring Rodea the Sky Soldier on Wii U versus the generally agreed upon better release on Wii. This video includes a quick look at developer Yuji Naka's recent ventures, comparing the biggest changes betw...

 
 
 
 

Video Gaming Bits -- Tony Hawk's Undeground

Publisher: ActivisionDeveloper: NeversoftGenre: Skateboarding, Score Attack, ExplorationPlatform: GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox, PCNA Release Date: October 28, 2003 Considering its time and place, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater is a great series....

 
 
 

The Jump that Kills Ice Climber

(Image Source: The Gay Gamer) Ice Climber gets more attention than it probably deserves. It's been released on about ten different platforms and its protagonists have been featured in one of Nintendo's biggest franchises of a...

 
 
 

Battling the Inevitability of Nostalgia

I've feared nostalgia for years. Recommending or highlighting something simply because I enjoyed it as a kid feels irresponsible. I usually want to talk about a game's current day relevance. Yet as I frowned upon analyzing with rose-tinte...

 
 
 

Feeling the Cold Winter of Shenmue

Many like to boil Shenmue down to an open-world adventure game. Fundamentally they wouldn't be wrong, but it undermines the title's ambition. What makes the game special is not the countless items you can examine, the number of characters...

 
 
 

Video Gaming Bits -- Mario Kart: Super Circuit

Video Gaming Bits is a Tumblr series where I talk about a single aspect or memory of a game randomly selected from my collection. Publisher: NintendoDeveloper: Intelligent SystemsGenre: Kart RacerPlatform: ...

 
 
 

Video Gaming Bits -- Rampage: Total Destruction

Video Gaming Bits is a Tumblr series where I talk about a single aspect or memory of a game randomly selected from my collection. Publisher: MidwayDeveloper: Pipeworks SoftwareGenre: Arcade, DestructionPlatf...

 
 
 

Robbing Kirby of his Greatest Asset

Kirby has become defined by his ability to copy his foes powers. But what is he without them? They add variety to the gameplay and help differentiate each title. Rideable pets modify abilities in Dream Land 2, Super Star has multiple skills...

 
 
 
 
 
 

Video Gaming Bits -- Drakengard 3

Video Gaming Bits is a Tumblr series where I talk about a single aspect or memory of a game randomly selected from my collection.Publisher: Square EnixDeveloper: Access GamesGenre: Action, Hack and Sl...

 
 
 

Video Gaming Bits -- Disaster: Day of Crisis

Video Gaming Bits is a Tumblr series where I talk about a single aspect or memory of a game randomly selected from my collection.Publisher: NintendoDeveloper: Monolith SoftGenre: On-Rails Shooter, Action Adventure, ...

 
 
 

Video Gaming Bits -- Quake II (Nintendo 64)

Video Gaming Bits is a Tumblr series where I talk about a single aspect or memory of a game randomly selected from my collection. Publisher: ActivisionDeveloper: Raster ProductionsGenre: First Person Shooter, Sci...

 
 
 

Video Gaming Bits -- Full Spectrum Warrior

Video Gaming Bits is a Tumblr series where I talk about a single aspect or memory of a game randomly selected from my collection. Publisher: THQDeveloper: Pandemic StudiosGenre: Real Time Strategy, Modern Milit...

 
 
 

Video Gaming Bits -- Sonic Adventure 2 Battle

Video Gaming Bits is a Tumblr series where I talk about a single aspect or memory of a game randomly selected from my collection. Publisher: SegaDeveloper: Sonic Team USAGenre: 3D Platformer, Action Adventu...

 
 
 
 

Video Gaming Bits -- Dead or Alive 1 Ultimate

Video Gaming Bits is a Tumblr series where I talk about a single aspect or memory of a game randomly selected from my collection. Publisher: TecmoDeveloper: Team NinjaGenre: 3D Fighting GamePlatform: XboxNA Relea...

 
 
 

Video Gaming Bits -- 1080° Avalanche

Video Gaming Bits is a Tumblr series where I talk about a single aspect or memory of a game randomly selected from my collection.Publisher: NintendoDeveloper: Nintendo Software TechnologyGenre: Snowboarding, RacingP...

 
 
 

Video Gaming Bits -- Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

Video Gaming Bits is a Tumblr series where I talk about a single aspect or memory of a game randomly selected from my collection.Publisher: ActivisionDeveloper: Infinity WardGenre: First Person Shooter, Modern Military WarfarePlatform: PC, ...

 
 
 

Video Gaming Bits -- Kabuki Warriors

Video Gaming Bits is a Tumblr series where I talk about a single aspect or memory of a game randomly selected from my collection.Publisher: Crave EntertainmentDeveloper: Genki, LightweightGenre: 2D Fighting GamePlat...

 
 
 
 

Video Gaming Bits -- Medal of Honor: Heroes 2

Video Gaming Bits is a Tumblr series where I talk about a single aspect or memory of a game randomly selected from my collection. Publisher: EA GamesDeveloper: EA CanadaGenre: First Person Shooter, World War ...

 
 
 

Video Gaming Bits: The Legend of Zelda

Video Gaming Bits is a Tumblr series where I talk about a single aspect or memory of a game randomly selected from my collection. Publisher: NintendoDeveloper: Nintendo Research and Development 4Genre: Isometri...

 
 
 

Video Gaming Bits: Mega Man Legends

Video Gaming Bits is a Tumblr series where I talk about a single aspect or memory of a game randomly selected from my collection. Publisher: CapcomDeveloper: Capcom Production Studio 2Genre: 3D Action AdventurePlatform: P...

 
 
 
 

Freedom Wars Review

A bit of a forewarning, I didn't play any post game or online content for this game as an update error corrupted my game file. A good chunk of the Vita's Japanese library is made up of cooperative monster hunting games. Freedom Wars i...

 
 
 

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...

 
 

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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