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Snake's Revenge Review Rewind

Revenge never tasted so bland

Hideo Kojima’s Metal Gear series enjoys the distinction of being an icon that still resonates with the majority of the gaming community. Even if you've never played any of them, chances are you've at least heard of it by now. With all of the positive attention that the relatively recent Metal Gear Solid 5 has received, it’s easy to forget about the game that that could have potentially killed the series. And no-- it’s not MGS 2 (although I’ll never forgive it for those protracted conversations between Raiden and his nagging girlfriend). Nope, I'm referring to something much, much worse-- Snake's Revenge.

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Backloggers Anonymous Castlevania

After almost a year long hiatus Backloggers Anonymous returns with a game to get you back into the Halloween spirit: Castlevania. Casey, Catherine, and Blake all tried to finish off Dracula before they got 25 Game Overs. Did they succeed? Did they fail? Check in to find out then try the challenge yourself! Then give Super Castlevania 4 a try for when the three of them return next time!

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Track & Field Review Rewind

Let the games begin.

Well, it's that time again-- the time that comes around every 4 years when hundreds of athletes from around the world compete in some of the most physically demanding competitions ever. Each athlete is highly skilled in their discipline of sport; but only the best get the gold. Of course, I'm talking about the 2016 Summer Olympics taking place in Rio de Janeiro today. With this exciting occasion just hours away, now is as good a time as any to take a look at Track & Field from Konami.

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Castlevania Review Rewind

Stalk the Night

For years, the story of Count Dracula has been told many times over, with different spins on how he wrecked havoc on human society and such things.  I dare say that there isn't a person on Earth who hasn't heard of the guy...at some point in their lifetime.  So given the popularity of this character, it was only natural that Dracula would eventually be featured in video games, when gaming found a new life on the Nintendo Entertainment System.  And sure enough, in 1987, Konami released Castlevania-- a game that featured a whip-wielding hero on a mission to defend the local townsfolk and stop Dracula's bite for good, or so he hoped.

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Metal Gear Review Rewind

Not Bad for a Rookie

Alright, let’s get the obvious out of the way: Yes, Metal Gear was originally released on the MSX in Japan.  Yes, it looked and played better than the NES version. And yes, the NES version is riddled with typos, inaccurate plot elements, and a counter-intuitive menu system.  But let’s be honest-- few, if any of us were aware of the MSX version before internet gaming sites came into full blossom. Be that as it may, the NES version was respected as one of the most innovative (albeit frustrating) games of its time, and rightfully so. Despite the many differences from the MSX version, Metal Gear still provided a unique experience you couldn’t get elsewhere.

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Allusions Rising: Gearing Toward Greatness

War transforms us, Snake. Into beasts.

A certain inability to walk into a normal life pervades the player’s thirst for playful violence after taking down the Patriots in the Metal Gear series. The Winds of Destruction will have to fill that void. Some, like Sundowner, claim we surround the Self with violence, because of the feeling instilled when you kill your enemies and liberate the less fortunate and able. Others maintain that we argue philosophy as a way of waking up the beast inside of the Self. Regardless of the means, these musings have persisted through the Metal Gear franchise from the beginning. With Metal Gear Rising, they mesh high and low culture together in allusions that complicate our reason for loving to play.

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Backloggers Anonymous The Soundtrack Special

Bust out your headphones, this one’s for the music fans.

Great news! Well, for me anyway - I’m on vacation. What this means is we won’t be talking about Darksiders this week. Instead, I’ve decided to solo this podcast and talk about one of my favorite things about modern gaming: the music.

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Konami Announces Limited Editions For Zone of the Enders and Metal Gear Rising

Kojipro is all about the bling.

Limited editions of big, triple-A games aren’t very, well, limited these days. There was a time, however, when the idea of a rare, feature-packed special edition for a game was almost unheard of. Konami helped pave the way for these collector’s gems with the Metal Gear Solid Premium Pack (Japan only) way back in 1997. Since then it’s almost expected that huge releases will have some sort of incentive for rabid fans of a franchise, but that’s not stopping Konami from doing up two of their upcoming releases with all the bells and whistles, as they just announced limited editions for both Zone of the Enders HD Collection and Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance.

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Tour de 64: Deadly Arts

More like deadly farts.

Released by Konami in 1998, Deadly Arts appears to have attempted to capitalize on the lack of fighting games for the N64 at the time. The game strives for something more like martial arts than fantasy combat, which just means that it contains a limited variety of moves and generic characters. A couple of novel modes try to spice things up, but it isn't enough to make the game worthwhile.

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Metal Gear Anniversary Event Reveals New Game

Get ready for MGS in an open world.

Hideo Kojima and his development studio Kojima Productions have obviously been working on something big. We’ve reported in the recent months about his teasing of the new Fox Engine, and between discussion about the upcoming Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance he’s been very coy about what’s coming around the corner. Earlier today in Japan at the special Metal Gear 25th Anniversary event Mr. Kojima showed exactly what the Fox Engine is being used for, with a couple other surprises to boot.

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