Some of My Favorites: Five Underrated Video Games!

Some video games have the ability to create wonderful memories, even if they aren’t exactly perceived as great.

These are the underrated games–titles that have some quality, some merit, but are perceived by many as terrible or bad.  For whatever reason, these titles end up being hated by the fanbase, or just hated in general, when I believe they deserve far better treatment than that.

Today, we’re going to talk about five of these kinds of games.  This list will be based purely on my opinion, so if we disagree, well.  I’d love to hear what your thoughts at the end of it!

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A Retrospective On The Star Fox Series

Star Fox is undoubtedly one of the legends of classic gaming.  But man, where did it go?

The franchise is one that I’ve had a LOT of fun with in the past, and I’m quite sure many people recognize the name, as one of the greats.  However, if you ask anyone to name the most recent good game in the series, there’s bound to be some mixed, uncertain answers.  How in the world did Star Fox gain its reputation, only to disappear?  Well…it’s an interesting story, honestly.

So then, what happened to the adventures of Fox Mcloud and the Star Fox crew?  And what’s the series looking like now?

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Some of My Favorites: Five Great Final Boss Battles!

Final boss battles are often what push video games into greatness.

I’m a firm believer in the idea that the ending of a story is imperative to its quality.  If the video game in question is beautifully executed up  until the end, then you just get that sour taste in your mouth, that it could have been so much better.  Luckily, many great video games are able to deliver, and some decent ones are remembered much more fondly thanks to their final bosses.

From my experience, final bosses don’t have to change the gameplay very much, but rather, they serve as the climax of the story.  They are the ultimate test of your fundamentals, a simple showdown that serves to wrap up the story in a satisfying, powerful way.

They’re the final glimpse you have of a game, the last takeaway- and boy, some of them are pretty damn good.

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The Sales, Reception, and Popularity of Pokemon!

Pokemon is one hell of a franchise.

The second-best selling video game franchise of all time, only behind Mario, Pokemon has become a legitimate worldwide phenomenon, known to essentially anyone and everyone.  It’s a huge franchise, released to positive reception with every new title, and one that everyone knows is going strong, but really, how strong is it nowdays?

Well, the trends aren’t exactly surprising, honestly: but they were certainly interesting to look at!  And here’s the results.

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3 Ridiculously Fun Rhythm Games!

Okay, so I know I love stories in gaming, stories in anime, all that good stuff, but I’d like to take just a moment to appreciate how stupidly fun Rhythm games are.

Maybe I’m alone in that, but I just love the feeling of steady improvement you get, I love being able to play a game that works so well off music, which is, in and of itself, already a fantastic medium.  Rhythm games tie together a perfectionist, growth-based attitude of gaming, with hype, emotional, or just plain awesome music, in a way that no other medium can.

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My Top Five Metroid Games!

The Metroid series is without a doubt, one of my absolute favorite franchises in all of gaming.  It’s a shame that there hasn’t been any new, great games as of late, but the series remains one of my personal favorites.  The feeling of exploration, of traversing an unknown, strange world, and the feeling of growth you experience as you gradually add to your arsenal of weapons and tools, all blends so well in the series as a whole.

That being said, every game in the series brings something new to the table.  It’s a new experience every time, with new weapons, new alien environments, and a new story to learn.  Metroid has been a series with consistently quality games, and it’s honestly been hard to pick out my favorites.  But, of course, I do have my favorites- some games that just stand above the rest.

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Why Super Smash Bros is The Best Fighting Game Series (of all time)

Ohhh boy.  Getting into some real opinionated stuff right here.

Now, I’d like to start this off by saying, no, I am not dissing the other fighting games in the world- more traditional, Street Fighter-esque, health-bar based fighting games.  Rather, this is just me venting about a video game series I personally love.  It’s a series that has given me countless hours of entertainment and created great memories, and so, I am absolutely, totally biased here, but hey, I think there’s at least a bit of substance to it.

That said: let me present my argument, if you’d like to hear it, as to why the Super Smash Bros series is the best fighting game series in the history of gaming- or at least, why it’s my favorite.

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RB Weekly News #9: Live-Action Anime, Legend of Zelda Redesigns, and Frostkeep Studios!

Heyo guys, RB Weekly News number 9 is here, and although nothing too unique or mind-blowing happened this week, there are still quite a few interesting tidbits of information to talk about!

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RB Weekly News #8: SnK Recap Movies, Switch News, and Pokemon’s 20th Movie!

What’s up guys, hope your day’s been going well.  It’s Ayron here, bringing you the latest in the animanga and gaming worlds!  The past week has seen some rather interesting developments, regarding some pretty big anime movies, and of course, has seen the advent of perhaps the most hyped-up video game console of all time.  Without further ado, let’s get to it!

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The Legend of Zelda: A Psycho-Analysis of The Usurper King

Anyone else hype to play the Switch?

Anyways, in honor of the release of the Switch, and of course, The Legend of Zelda, Breath of The Wild, I wanted to take a look at one of the best one-time villains of the series, Zant.

Zant, The King of Shadows, the Usurper King, was featured in the game, Twilight Princess, as seemingly the main villain.  Cold, intimidating, and powerful, Zant was extremely effective at being a dreaded presence for the player to confront, he was an antagonist that had tangible presence throughout the game.  However, come his actual boss battle, the facade drops, and he seems to go wild- throwing child-like tantrums, screeching maniacally, hopping around the battlefield, Zant displays his true nature as a psychotic lunatic.

That all being said, this behavior made me curious- what kind of person is Zant, really?  What caused him to be this way?  And of course, honestly, just what the heck is wrong with him?  Well, that’s what I’ll be exploring today-just what is the psychology of The Usurper King?

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