Articles tagged namco, knights contract, enslaved, faust, journey to the west, adaptation, game republic, ninja theory, majin and the forsaken kingdom

‘Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom’ Just Isn’t Magical Enough

There are some games whose averageness you can actually taste.

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7 Jan 2011 // 4:00 AM

Pigsy’s Perfect 10

Pigsy was a great supporting character in Enslaved, but he can't support a game all on his own.

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Faust: C’est Com..Com..Compliqué

Faust continue to defy continuity and release the album that came before their last one. As per usual, traditional song structures are turned on their head.

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15 Mar 2009 // 10:00 PM

Retro Game Challenge

Retro Game Challenge allows the player to go through the motions of playing various games from the 8-bit era, which it does almost flawlessly.

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The Best Metal Albums of 2008

It was a stellar year for metal, and an eclectic year, too: Norweigian prog-metal, goth-infused death metal, Swedish thrash, black metal, and stoner rock all make the list.

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The Best Metal Albums of 2008

It was a stellar year for metal, and an eclectic year, too: Norwegian prog-metal, goth-infused death metal, Swedish thrash, black metal, and stoner rock all make the list.

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Tearing Down the Pillars

Enslaved's Ivar Bjørnson talks about the influence of Voivod and Pink Floyd, creative deconstruction and reinvention, and achieving that "futuristic yet retro sound".

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30 Sep 2008 // 11:00 PM

Monkey: Journey to the West

A musical, circus stage show based on a 16th century Chinese novel about a monkey who dreamed of being a god? Damon Albarn must have something to do with it. But stripped of the fancy visuals, the music is left wanting.

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11 Dec 2007 // 10:00 PM

Smash Court Tennis 3

Smash Court Tennis 3 lies in the murky middle ground between Wii Sports' tennis and Virtua Tennis, neither excelling in any particular area nor really doing that much wrong.

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6 Dec 2007 // 10:00 PM

Namco Museum Remix

Playing classic titles is often like reading a dense Victorian novel.

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1 Nov 2007 // 11:00 PM

Heavenly Sword

In a genre so dominated by men, it is refreshing to see a game where the girls get to kick butt in a land where nearly everyone else is male.

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11 Mar 2007 // 10:02 PM

Politic Live: Adaptation

Why "preachy" works for some artists, and how a bumpin' album can make you feel like Don Cornelius.

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25 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

New Rally-X

New Rally-X continues Namco's self-cribbing of the collect-junk-in-a-maze template.

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12 Nov 2006 // 4:00 PM

Dig Dug

Dig Dug further cements Namco's image as fortunate sons of context and circumstance.

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6 Jul 2006 // 12:00 AM

Enslaved: Ruun

Norway's ultimate late bloomers shed the black metal tag for something altogether more enthralling.

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Klonoa 2: Dream Champ Tournament

As with the best games based on environmental puzzles, level design is paramount.

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19 Jan 2005 // 1:00 AM

Namco TV Games

One look at the current crop of video games, and it becomes clear they just don't have the simple elegance so perfectly created in the days of yore.

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5 Nov 2004 // 1:00 AM

Donkey Konga

Despite the success of several rhythm games, none have yet to rival DDR in the home market. But that's where Donkey Konga comes in.

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20 Oct 2004 // 1:00 AM

Katamari Damacy

As the industry becomes more mainstream and the costs of development increase with each new hardware cycle, it seems like game creators are beginning to try to follow proven formulas out of fear of poor returns.

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