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Deep Fear Oct 25, 2016

Our Halloween week coverage kicks off with Deep Fear, Sega's attempt to make "Resident Evil in an underwater lab".

Her Story Oct 23, 2016

This indie darling from 2015 has you pouring over hours of FMV footage to piece together a murder mystery.

Top 47,858 Episode 20: Kwirk, Last Battle, Desert Strike: Return to the Gulf Oct 21, 2016

Join the HG101 Acclaim Power Team as they talk about sassy tomatoes, head-s'plosions, and the worst possible way to play Desert Strike.

Super Spy Hunter Oct 21, 2016

Sunsoft's NES sorta-sequel to Midway's classic arcade game isn't TECHNICALLY a Spy Hunter game - it's an unrelated title in Japan that's conceptually extremely similar - but it's a fantastic game that's better suited for its legacy than its actual follow-ups.

America Daitouryou Senkyo Oct 19, 2016

With the terrifying American 2016 Presidential Election finally in its last weeks, let's look back to the more innocent times of 1988, when a Japanese developer was kind enough to make a simulation game for the Famicom about the democratic process.

Kat's Run: Zen-Nippon K Car Senshuken Oct 17, 2016

An SFC racing game from Atlus that's a mish-mash of various concepts that don't quite gel together.

Black Oct 15, 2016

A take on first person shooters from Criterion, the developers of the Burnout series, often described in PR and reviews as "gun porn".

Top 47,858 Episode 19: Devil's Crush, Ganso Saiyuuki: Super Monkey Daibouken Oct 14, 2016

Join the HG101 FPS Lore Mythologists as they talk all over video pinball, "lose buttons," and the creepy peccadilloes of kusoge programmers.

New Patreon Tiers Oct 12, 2016

We've updated our Patreon tiers in order to give some more bonuses to our readers. Donate $2 per month and you'll get your name in print in our upcoming books! Plus previews of everything we've been working on, including Sega Arcade Classics Vol. 2, The Guide to Shoot-em-ups Vol. 1, and more!

Top 47,858 Episode 18: Mega Man 3, Team Buddies Oct 12, 2016

Join the HG101 Hostmasters General they kill the robot fish, kill the robot frog, and then they fly off on their robot dog.

Party Hard Oct 12, 2016

A darkly comic game where you play a man who's had it with their neighbor's loud partying, and pledges to stop them once and for all.

Christopher Columbus is an Idiot: Let's Play Part 2 Oct 12, 2016

Part 2 of our Let's Play (with director's commentary/late night ramblings) about this stupid little game. In this segment, Columbus has to fix up the Pinta by participating in a humiliating game show to become the assistant to billionaire idiot Archibald Horn (who is definitely not Donald Trump), who has embroiled himself in a war with the local beaver population.

Puyo Puyo Fever / Puyo Puyo 15th Annivesary Oct 9, 2016

Our coverage of Sega/Compile's cutesy puzzle series continues with the GBA game Minna de Puyo Puyo, as well as the two Fever games and the 15th Anniversary title.

Hector: Badge of Carnage Oct 7, 2016

A crass yet amusing point-and-click adventure starring a jerkass detective, with a decidedly British sense of humor.

Rent A Hero Oct 4, 2016

Sega's superhero parody RPG was originated on the Mega Drive and never left Japan, while a remake was slated for English release on Xbox but unfortunately canceled.

80 Days Oct 2, 2016

Based on Jules Verne's classic adventure novel Around the World in Eighty Days, Inkle's 80 Days feels like a throwback to a more experimental period of PC gaming.

Top 47,858 Episode 17: Metal Gear Solid, Aliens: Infestation Sept 30, 2016

Join the HG101 Market Research Commandos as they trade body cavity smuggling tips and get startled by space cats.

7th Dragon III: Code VFD Sept 29, 2016

Sega's role-playing series 7th Dragon was Japan-exclusive...until the fourth entry for the 3DS, released in English early this summer. This final installment tasks you to destroy hundreds of dragons across three time periods, while giving you a variety of unique RPG classes to customize your party.

IGPX: Immortal Grand Prix Sept 27, 2016

Easily confused with other licensed dreck, this PS2 racing game from Sting, based off the mid-2000s anime that aired on Cartoon Network, is actually quite good, if not exactly F-Zero.

Now Available: Unseen64's Video Games You Will Never Play Sept 25, 2016

Website Unseen64 has recently published Video Games You Will Never Play, a 480 page filled with information and interviews for all kinds of unreleased video games. We've written one of the forewords, too. Please check it out and support more great video game books!

Threads of Fate Sept 25, 2016

An action-RPG from Square's heyday in the PlayStation era, with two protagonists - a charming heroine and a shape-shifting boy.

Top 47,858 Episode 16: Bushido Blade, Ninja Baseball Bat Man Sept 24, 2016

Join the HG101 Itinerant Game-Sophists as they discuss the theft of baseball's greatest steroid-treasures and the appropriate, warriorly way to murder your enemies.

Blood & Magic Sept 22, 2016

A fantasy RTS from Interplay using the Forgotten Realms AD&D license, published during the genre's heyday in the mid/late-90s.

NOT A HERO Sept 20, 2016

An action game from the creators of OlliOlli with a very amusing deadpan sense of humor, absurdity, and a cynical view on modern politics.

Napple Tale Sept 18, 2016

A Japanese-only 2.5D platformer by Sega for the Dreamcast, this whimsical fairy tale emphasizes how to appreciate the fleeting nature of life.

Podcast: Top 47,858 Episode 15: Super Mario 64, Master of Magic Sept 17, 2016

Join the HG101 Mystic Defenders as they discuss the weirdest 4X game that doesn't involve volcano people and the totally legit way you can unlock Luigi in Super Mario 64. Also, the podcast is now going weekly! And there's finally a link in the header so you can more easily check all of our episodes!

Nitro Ball Sept 17, 2016

A totally crazy pinball/run 'n'gun amalgamation. This was originally featured on the site, but was rewritten for the Data East Arcade Classics book.

Rockin' Kats Sept 13, 2016

Take Willy the Cat across the mean streets of New York City, as he attempts to save his dame from the evil gangster Mugsy, in this Atlus-developed NES platformer.

Bloodnet Sept 12, 2016

It's vampires in cyberspace in this RPG/adventure hybrid from Microprose.

Midwinter Sept 7, 2016

Two ambitious late 80s first person RPGs/flight sims/strategy games (Midwinter and Flames of Freedom) by Mike Singleton, of the Lords of Midnight games.

Top 47,858 Episode 14: Final Fantasy VII, Carmen Sandiego, Pulseman, Revolution X Sept 6, 2016

Join the HG101 BK Kids Club as they discuss big swords, big hats, Joe Perry, and Game Freak juvenilia. Four more games are added to the Top 47,858 Games of All Time.

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