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Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando 3

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Commando

It took them nearly twenty years, but in 2008, Capcom dug up the Commando license and published a new entry in the

Mercs

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Commando

Many of the games released in the wake of Commando borrowed themes from American action movies – Ikari Warriors was

Hyper Light Drifter

With the indie game renaissance, one of the favorite subgenres of developers has been the Metroidvania, otherwise known as a

Commando

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Commando

Throughout the late 80s and early 90s, one of the more popular arcade subgenres was the “overhead run-and-gun”. They featured

Xerd no Densetsu (Japanese Video Game Obscurity)

On the surface, Vic Tokai and Graphic Research’s Xerd no Densetsu (“The Legend of Xerd”) seems like a typical JRPG for

Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom

This entry is part 8 of 8 in the series Wonder Boy

The title Monster Boy is a combination of Monster World and Wonder Boy, but in spite of the smashed together

Star Ocean: The Second Story

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Star Ocean

The original Star Ocean was released in the twilight days of the Super Famicom’s life, with the PlayStation having already

Star Ocean

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Star Ocean

Telenet was an interesting company, that got started in the mid-80s developing computer software, and then riding the wave of

Dusk

Dusk is part of trend of nostalgic, indie-developed first person shooters, which aims to recapture the genre’s glory days back

Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Final Fantasy Tactics

After the release of Final Fantasy Tactics Advance in 2003, the world of Ivalice become important to the core franchise,

Final Fantasy Tactics Advance

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Final Fantasy Tactics

Final Fantasy Tactics was a huge success, though Yasumi Matsuno and his crew changed gears for their next title, the

Final Fantasy Tactics

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Final Fantasy Tactics

When it was released in 1995, Quest’s Tactics Ogre shook up the strategy-RPG formula with its strong, politically oriented storytelling

Psycho Soldier

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Athena

After releasing Athena, SNK apparently decided that they liked the character so much that they’d re-use her in a completely

Athena

The SNK of the mid-80s was mostly known for military-themed action games like TNK III or Ikari Warriors. Athena is

SegaSonic Bros.

This entry is part 12 of 12 in the series Sonic the Hedgehog

Sega found massive popularity with Sonic the Hedgehog, a cute-but-cool animal mascot that almost singlehandledly turned around the fate of