It’s weird. I remember a time when open-world sandbox games were the one thing that everyone in the gaming space went head over heels for after Grand Theft Auto III dropped on the PS2. There’s something to be said about the kind of catharsis that games like it provide by dropping you into a huge
After 26 years (!!) without any entry in the series, you would think that fans of the long-forgotten Streets of Rage/Bare Knuckle franchise would have to resort to relishing in the glory of the Genesis/Mega Drive heydey with the first three titles with little hope for any sequel. While the hope was kept alive that
Let’s be honest here. Were it not for writing for Gamer Escape, I probably wouldn’t have fell as hard for the Yakuza franchise as hard as I did after I started off with 0 and had the chance to review Kiwami afterwards. Mind you, it’s obviously not my first exposure to open world games or
By now, it goes without saying how eager SEGA is to bring the story of the Dragon of Dojima to the masses as much as possible on PS4. With the release of Yakuza Remastered Collection, players can now play the entirety of the story of Kazuma Kiryu from his humble beginnings in ’80s Kamurocho to
We don’t need to delve into the…complicated history of the Blue Blur, but it’s safe to say that 2020 has been shaping up to be a decent year for him. He made his way to American cinemas in a halfway decent (and unsurprisingly immature at times) manner, and the movie is doing quite well at
It’s not anything new in media in general, but you do have to admit that it’s kind of satisfying to see something merged together in a result that is enjoyable in some way. One mashup that comes to mind to me pretty quickly are the music stages from Rayman Legends and how it seamlessly combined
It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to core Switch players how convenient it is to track down and fire up an increasing number of classic/classic-styled titles that have and continue to flood the plucky little handheld. I’m no angel in this scenario either, as I have downloaded my fair amount of classic titles
2019 has shaped up to look like the year for a handful of long dormant franchises with dedicated fanbases finally getting the follow up they’ve been wanting for ages. I ended up in that camp being one of the people who were excited enough to throw money at Yu Suzuki’s Kickstarter campaign to see the
Gaming is funny sometimes. In one era, you’re thinking that two of gaming’s most recognizable mascots would never appear on the same console. Later on, they’re competing with each other in Olympic events in near-regular installments for over ten years. Having survived The Great Mascot Wars of the 1990s, the mere notion that there would
Let’s get this out of the way straight out of the gate: The Wii and the motion controls that came with it was and still is a strange implementation in the gaming space. While the implementation of this method has had mixed results with consoles and anything sporting an accelerometer, there have been some developers
Dig if you will, a technological flashback. Arcades were the gold standard for graphical fidelity, game prices were extremely erratic, and swaths of beat ’em ups lined these same arcades during the heydey of this genre. Personally, I dipped my toes into titles like Streets of Rage, X-Men Arcade, and The Simpsons to name a
These days, modern day and retro-styled platformers have seen quite a bit of a comeback. In between modern remakes and reimaginings of established franchises, indie titles that have made a serious impression on me (looking at you Cuphead), and new titles that feel comfortable in their own skin, I was feeling pretty good about the direction this genre is going.
When something makes money, making more titles available to their audience only makes sense. Since Sega has been remaking and adding new entries to Kazuma Kiryu's story for modern consoles, players (including myself) were happy to see his gritty journey from low-ranking yakuza to makeshift father figure come to fruition midway through 2018.
JRPGs can be a tricky thing for the casual gamer with a passing interest in them. More often than not, they expect the player to make a large time and effort commitment with varying degrees of narrative coherency. Not only that, certain character performances and designs might make the game in question better suited for solitary play depending on their own comfort level.
Ah, the common trope of the humble bartender. Always there to listen to the woes to whoever strolls in and needs to throw back a drink of their choosing. It's not uncommon for this trope to rear its head in storytelling in general, and for said individual to be the stalwart rock that dispenses useful advice to the protagonist and supporting characters.
Boy, how time flies. The gaming industry has seen its fair share of IPs that have withstood the test of time with varying amounts of entries. Sure, you might think of the usual suspects in the ring such as Mario, Street Fighter, Sonic, and so on.
Stick With It There are times when I approach any Katamari game, I have to step back and recognize how nice it is to keep getting these quirky titles here in the US. Little is done to hide how weird this franchise actually is, and honestly that’s part of the reason I love Katamari as
Dueling Dragons Kazuma Kiryu has seen quite a bit of exposure over the last couple of years. Recently, we’ve seen the end of his story with the release of Yakuza 6: The Song of Life. It’s honestly safe to say that this franchise has been experiencing a bit of a resurgence thanks to these solid
Robo-Sapience You have to admit, there is a certain type of charm to point-and-click adventure games. While I personally didn’t dive headfirst into these games when Sierra ruled the roost in its heyday, I’ve enjoyed the fruits of of the modern resurgence of the genre that’s been led by Telltale as of late. Specifically The Wolf
Kiryu’s Curtain Call It’s safe to say that people like me here at Gamer Escape have taken a shine to the flood of Yakuza remakes and new releases as of late. It has a knack of mixing competent brawler gameplay, sandbox elements by way of free roaming, a lot of distractions to sink your teeth into,