Zelda Classic: Remaking a Legend From the Ground Up

So, given my namesake, it should come as little surprise the original Legend of Zelda is one of my favorite games of all time. So when you tell me there’s an entire engine built from scratch to not only re-create that game, but greatly expand upon it and effectively allow anyone with enough time and patience to make their own Zelda experience? Of course I’m going to be all over it. More after the jump!

GET IT HERE: Zelda Classic’s Official Website

JOIN THE OFFICIAL DISCORD: ZC Official Dev Discord Alternate Link (Get it? Link? :D)

GET QUESTS HERE: Pure ZC

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Waves of Steel: Sink Their Battleships!

So, I’ll say this right off the bat: I’m not really into Naval Combat Sims. There’s a lot to them I don’t get. …Thankfully, this isn’t a Naval Combat Sim. It’s arcade style naval combat and it’s addicting as heck. Folks, I’ve got a real gem for you today:

GENRE: Arcade Naval Combat and Shipbuilder

GET IT HERE: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1482750/Waves_of_Steel/ (Early Access)

 

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Nightmare Reaper: Don’t Fear It

I think it’s pretty clear at this point I subscribe to the “Classic” field of FPSes. Doom, Quake, Unreal. We’ve had quite the “Retro FPS” revival lately thanks to games like DUSK, and now thanks to Blazing Bit, we’ve got yet another great throwback style FPS with a lot of twists in Nightmare Reaper. More after the jump!

GET IT HERE: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1051690/Nightmare_Reaper/

GENRE: Retro FPS with a hint of Roguelite (No permadeath tho)

 

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Retro Game Curation: A new article series! THIS WEEK: Third Party NES Gems

So I came to realize that despite my namesake, I haven’t done a lot of retro reviewing. So I figured it was time I started doing that. For those of us who grew up in the good ol days of the NES and onward, consider this a trip down memory lane, or possibly finding some gems you missed. For the younger crowd, consider it a chance to see the roots of gaming and see just how far things have come, and just how well some things still hold up.

This week? We’re looking at some third party NES titles that absolutely deserve a look, whether it’s on the NES Classic, or through uh…Other means.

DISCLAIMER: While I do not condone or promote piracy, I do consider emulation more of a grey area due to several factors: Lack of digital availability, inflated prices on rare games due to collectors, and other things. Whenever possible, I strongly encourage grabbing games through official channels, and will try to mention them where relevant. Needless to say though, for legal reasons I cannot and will not provide assistance in locating emulation related items like game roms. Now then, let’s talk about some of the best stuff on the NES that Nintendo themselves didn’t put out.

 

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Gunfire Reborn: Borderlands with Roguelite and Cute Fuzzy Critter Flavors

Honestly I’m surprised it took as long as it did for someone to try and turn the Borderlands formula into a Roguelite FPS as opposed to a full fledged RPG, but the folks at Duoyi managed to do it. And the result is a pretty darned fun experience, solo or co-op. So yeah, it’s time we take a look at it I think.

GENRE: Co-op Roguelite FPS (But you can play solo too)

GET IT HERE: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1217060/Gunfire_Reborn/

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Crystal Project (Demo version): Where has this been all my life?!

So this is a bit of a special one for me. My favorite Final Fantasy has always been Final Fantasy V because of its job system which offers you so many ways to build your party, using a combination of abilities from different jobs to customize each character’s playstyle. Since you can freely change jobs at any time, it means you can always experiment and try something new.

And now someone’s making a game based on that concept. Heck yes I want it. And the demo just solidified that want. More after the jump.

Genre: Super open ended JRPG

GET IT HERE: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1637730/Crystal_Project/ (Launches March 31st. Demo available and progress carries over to full game)

 

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Vampire Survivors: Just one more run I swear!

When I first saw Vampire Survivors, I didn’t think much of it I admit. Then a friend gifted me a copy, and the next thing I knew, I was hooked. For a budget $3 title this game is way too addictive, and it’s still in early access! More after the jump.

GET IT HERE: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1794680/Vampire_Survivors/

Genre: Addictive Quick Session Roguelite

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