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Wizardry: Heart of the Maelstrom and Bane of the Cosmic Forge Sep 29, 2014

The first two of three Wizardry games by D.W. Bradley, who managed to restore the aged series back to glory and was considered one of the big CRPG masterminds of the early 1990s.

Phozon Sep 28, 2014

An early 80s action game from Namco based on creating chemical compounds. It's more fun than it sounds!

SWAT (Sega) Sep 28, 2014

This Sega developed (but Bally Midway distributed in the US) arcade game has nothing to do with beating terrorists, and everything to do with beating down alien invasions as a tiny dude riding a flying surfboard.

Gigas Sep 28, 2014

Sega somewhat shamelessly apes another popular game with this Arkanoid clone.

Heavy Metal (Sega) Sep 28, 2014

Nothing to do with either the magazine, movie or even the music genre, this is an early arcade shooter from Sega.

Elemental Master Sep 25, 2014

An overhead fantasy metal shooter for the Genesis from the same guys as Thunder Force.

Your Weekly Kusoge: King's Quest V (NES) Sep 24, 2014

Sierra's classic point-and-adventure game ended up on the NES, with less than optimal results.

Follow Hardcore Gaming 101 on Steam! Sep 23, 2014

Now you also can follow our recommendations directly on our Steam Curator list. Click on the link above or type Hardcore Gaming 101 in the curator search. You can also join our Steam community group (easier to find as hardcoregaming_101 if you go through the Steam client).

Smash TV / Total Carnage Sep 22, 2014

Midway reworks the classic dual joystick shooter Robotron 2084 into two spiritual successors, a satirical game show and a comical war blastathon.

Torin's Passage Sep 20, 2014

Al Lowe takes a break from raunchy lounge lizards to design this family friend fantasy adventure, which once again bests Sierra's own flagship series.

The Black Cauldron Sep 20, 2014

This early Sierra game, based off the Disney animated film, one ups the company's own Kings Quest series with branching paths, less frustrating gameplay, and an easy to use interface.

The Amazing Adventures of ANSiDude Sep 20, 2014

The days of games made under the DOS video mode restrictions are long gone, but The Amazing Adventures of ANSiDude is one of the weirder ones.

Your Weekly Kusoge: Smashing Drive Sep 17, 2014

"Smashing Drive will make you the devil's slave!", says the in-game lyrics. That's only part of this baffling racing game's "appeal".

Hoccer Sep 17, 2014

While billed on the flyer as "The Sport of the 21st Century," Hoccer is a fast-paced action game where the goal is to murder everyone.

Wizardry Sep 15, 2014

We're finally starting our retrospective on (mostly) the North American arm of the massive ancient dungeon crawler RPG franchise. This first part takes a look at how the series came into being, it's impact on the world and of course the first games.

System Shock Sep 14, 2014

Explore infested space stations and jack into cyberspace to defeat the evil AI SHODAN in these two FPS/RPG classics, the predecessors to Bioshock.

Now available! Hardcore Gaming 101 Presents: Castlevania Sep 13, 2014

Welcome to the hell house! Hardcore Gaming 101 Presents: Castlevania includes 158 pages with full reviews of over thirty Castlevania titles - starting from the 1986 Nintendo original up to the 2014 Lords of Shadow 2 - plus reviews of clone games, soundtracks, books, trivia, and more! Now available on Amazon US and most other Amazon sites.

First Strike - Five Nights at Freddy's Sep 13, 2014

In the latest episode of our indie game podcast, Guru Larry returns to join KaL Yoshika and Snarboo in discussing the latest Youtube jumpscare sensation about a bunch of creepy animatronics in an amusement venue. Also check out our short review of the game from a few weeks back.

Fighting Layer Sep 11, 2014

Arika, developers of the Street Fighter EX series, try their hand at an original 2.5D fighting game, one featuring ninjas and sharks.

Blog: HG101 State of the Union - September 2014 Sep 10, 2014

Updates on the Castlevania and Konami Shooter book, plus a summary of all of the articles from the past month.

Your Weekly Kusoge: Superman Returns: Fortress of Solitude Sep 10, 2014

Play as the heroic Superman as he fights evil by...playing Sudoku.

Game Club 199X Episode 33: Game Center CX2 Sep 10, 2014

You really stepped in it this time, dum-dum! HG101 tackles the recently fan-translated RGC2 and interviews lead translator Aaron Tokunaga.

Mega Man: Classic Series Sep 8, 2014

This week we present the final (for now) part in our huge Mega Man feature, including a dozen mobile games, the fan-game-turned-official-product Street Fighter x Mega Man, a shameless rip-off and all those cross media tie-ins.

Inventories: 1980s Video Game Heroines Sep 5, 2014

More than 75 games from the 1980s featuring women in starring or supporting roles.

Your Weekly Kusoge: Sonic's Schoolhouse Sep 3, 2014

Join Sonic the Hedgehog as he does a poor job teaching you English and math!

Mega Man: Classic Series Sep 1, 2014

Licensed games: Tiger Handhelds, the infamous DOS games, the WonderSwan stint and a bunch of surprising Taiwanese contributions.

Mercenary Kings Aug 30, 2014

Metal Slug meets Borderlands in this mission-based action game with gorgeous spritework.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Aug 29, 2014

This Ukranian developed FPS takes place in a completely nihilistic nuclear wasteland, where death and failure are commonplace.

Your Weekly Kusoge: Spanish for Everyone Aug 27, 2014

This innocuous looking DS shovelware title is actually full of drug smugglers, prostitutes, lots of casual racism, and talking bulls.

The Untold History of Japanese Game Developers: Volume 1 is now available! Aug 25, 2014

After a successful Kickstarter campaign, the first volume of The Untold History of Japanese Game Developers book, featuring 526 pages packed with interviews, is now available for purchase on Amazon and the CreateSpace e-Store.

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Essential Reading







Might and Magic

Realms of Arkania

Cinematic Milestones

Alone in the Dark

Prince of Persia

Another World

Fighting Games

Virtua Fighter

Fatal Fury

King of Fighters



Konami Shooters



Monkey Island

Gabriel Knight

Leisure Suit Larru

Side-Scrolling Action

Ninja Gaiden

Mega Man



Space Harrier

Golden Axe



Bionic Commando


Final Fight



Moon Crystal

Holy Diver

Super Famicom

Gunple: Gunman's Proof


Rendering Ranger: R2

Japanese PS1

Panzer Bandit

Harmful Park

Gunner's Heaven


Tracing the Influence

A History of Korean Gaming

Japanese Artwork of Western Games

Franchise Profiles


Donald Duck

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles


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