Pokemon Sun And Moon Review - The Old School Game Vault

In the 20 odd years since the lovable critters of the Pokemon Universe took the world by storm, the franchise has been adapted into several kinds of media. As would befit a franchise this popular, there have been a ton of Pokemon games over the years. Some of them have been great and inspired fan frenzy, while other shave tried and failed to garner player interest. However, Pokemon Sun and Moon Is a fine return to form for the series and a great reminder of what made the franchise so popular in the first place. Balancing combat, exploration and RPG elements expertly, Sun and Moon is a fun, challenging adventure that will be enjoyable for returning fans and new players alike. The GamePlay: The most noticeable change in Sun and Moon is the setting. The Island of Alola is a treasure trove of varied combat and puzzle challenges that usually lead to...

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Shovel Knight 3DS Review - The Old School Game Vault

What’s bad about being old-fashioned? It certainly isn’t the same as being nostalgic. There’s a reason why a lot of gamers still enjoy old-school games. It isn’t purely because they have a special connection to them since they grew up with these games, either. Some might balk at the idea of old-school games in an age where graphics and technology have progressed so much, but there’s one phenomenon that defeats their argument – mobile games. The success of simple, concept based games like Doodle Jump and Candy Crush, games that could easily have been part of the older era, proves that games work primarily because of one reason – fun. Good ideas, old or new, persist because they are based on sound principles. Shovel Knight is another game that takes a few time-tested principles of gaming – the importance of positioning in combat, the reflex-based counter-attacks and stages filled with branching...

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The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes - Nintendo 3DS Review

A good co-op puzzler is a hard thing to pull off. You need a balance of inventive mechanics, clever level design and clear advantages to playing with a group of friends instead of alone. But, fun as those things are, they aren’t the most important part of a good co-op puzzle game. I will admit, the game doesn't have any puzzles as hard as the Mirror Room from Majora's Mask. No, the most fun part of these games is the failures. The hilarious sight of you and your friends trying to figure things out and goofing up and dying or sending someone else to their doom in ever more inventive ways. Really, the best co-op games are as much fun to fail at as they are when you’re succeeding. And this central concept, more than anything else that The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes does, is what makes it such...

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Shin Megami Tensei Devil Survivor Review - Nintendo DS

No, it’s not some Japanese reality show; Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor (hereafter referred to as SMT: DS for love of convenience) is a great addition to Atlus’s Shin Megami Tensei family of RPGs. Which we have written about how fun Persona games can be, especially if you have not played any before.  So let's begin our review of the Devil Survivor True to the legacy of its kin, however, it features myriad demons that have been lovingly adopted from cultures and mythologies the world over. Ah, demons. Bridging cultural gaps and bringing the world together since time immemorial. The Story: Such a rich ensemble of demons deserves an interesting setting to back it up. Fortunately, SMT: DS definitely delivers on that front. The story is a clash between the amenities and culture of modern-day Tokyo and the timeless struggle between gods, demons, and those eternal in-betweeners, humans. Mythological mayhem abounds...

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Hyrule Warriors Legends Review - The Old School Game Vault

The Intro:

Let’s face it – executing a perfect superhero landing onto a field of battle and mowing down thousands of enemies, dozens with every attack, is a lot of fun. And when you get to execute said carnage with some of your favorite characters?

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