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P.O.W.: Prisoners of War

While they first started releasing games in 1978 with Ozma Wars, SNK quickly made a name for itself with the popular

Bakutotsu Kijuutei: Baraduke II

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Baraduke

The Japanese part of the title of the Baraduke sequel, meaning “Big Assault Machine Gun Vessel”, refers to the contraption piloted by


This entry is part 1 of 11 in the series Fallout

Among Fallout fans, there are two conflicting ideas about what Fallout actually is. To many players, Fallout is about exploring the post-apocalyptic wasteland, shooting raiders and

The Untold History of Japanese Game Developers: Volume 2

The Untold History of Japanese Game Developers Volume 2 – Yakuza, Robots and the PC Engine – by John Szczepaniak

I’m Sorry

Video games don’t often tackle satirical matters, but back in the mid-eighties when games were in a bizarre state of

Heart of Africa

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Seven Cities of Gold / Heart of Africa

The Commodore 64 exclusive Heart of Africa looks superficially like Seven Cities of Gold. The game is kind of a sequel to the

Bio Menace

The early ’90s were an interesting time in PC gaming history. Just a few short years prior, the status quo

HG101 Digest Vol. 1: Strider and Bionic Commando

Hardcore Gaming 101 Digest Vol. 1: Strider and Bionic Commando Cover artwork by Rusty Shackles Introducing the first HG101 digest! This

Sayonara Umihara Kawase

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Umihara Kawase

After another few years, and a generally positive response to the DS re-release of the previous two games, a proper

Bionic Commando Rearmed

This entry is part 4 of 7 in the series Bionic Commando

With the series languishing for nearly a decade after the somewhat flat Elite Forces, Capcom focused on their more popular

Umihara Kawase Shun

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Umihara Kawase

Three years passed by quietly after the release of Umihara Kawase. TNN didn’t last. They were eventually bought out by Japan


What’s a Syvalion? Sounds like one of those cookie-cutter Japanese medieval fantasy RPGs, right? Well, not quite. It’s a game

Rent A Hero (Sega)

Sega is a company that has always liked to celebrate in its games their most famous achievements, as titles like


Until the 2009 reboot of Bionic Commando, Capcom’s acrobatic wire swinging series lay solely in the realm of 2D. For those

Traps ‘n’ Treasures

Before being released in July 1993, Traps ‘n’ Treasures had a difficult development phase. It was created primarily by Roman