Narrative in Video Games #14: Shadow of the Colossus

When it comes to the topic of video games as an art form, few studios are as frequently cited as Team Ico. For as lauded as the team has been, however, their output has been anything but prolific, consisting only of 2001’s cult hit Ico and 2005’s Shadow of the Colossus, commonly regarded as one of the greatest games of all time. With The Last Guardian’s release finally cresting the horizon, let’s take a look back at their magnum opus: Shadow of the Colossus.

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Narrative in Video Games #13: Undertale

In mid-2013, up-and-coming indie developer Toby Fox launched a modest Kickstarter campaign for “a traditional role-playing game where no one has to get hurt.” With the genre typically defined by mowing down every enemy in your path for gold and experience points, the concept of a pacifist RPG was intriguing to say the least. The campaign easily raised ten times its funding goal and Undertale was finally released two years later to critical acclaim. It’s already become a cult classic, but how does it hold up to the uninitiated?

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Narrative in Video Games #12: Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner

In the previous entry on Zone of the Enders, I mentioned that the game felt more like a proof of concept than a standalone game. Having played Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner, I can definitively say that those feelings were entirely justified. The 2nd Runner feels more like a do-over than a sequel improving on every front from control, to gameplay variety, to story. The original PlayStation 2 version came out in 2003, but I will once again be covering the re-release included in the Zone of the Enders HD Collection.

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Narrative in Video Games #11: Zone of the Enders

Much has been made about the controversy between Hideo Kojima and former employer Konami that I won’t go into here, but their relationship wasn’t always so toxic. Following the breakout success of Metal Gear Solid in 1998, work began on a sequel that wouldn’t be released until late 2001. In the interim, Kojima worked on another series with an anime tie-in titled Zone of the Enders. Today we’ll be looking at the 2012 re-release included in the Zone of the Enders HD Collection. 

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Narrative in Video Games #10: Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D

Donkey Kong’s place in gaming history is unique to say the least. After debuting as the titular antagonist of the arcade classic Donkey Kong, the character fell into obscurity in the wake of his nemesis’ meteoric success. When the character finally reemerged in 1994’s Donkey Kong Country, he carved out a beloved series of his own with a dedicated following. Donkey Kong became largely relegated spin-off titles by the end of the 90’s, but returned to the spotlight once again with 2010’s Donkey Kong Country Returns. Our subject today is the 2013 Nintendo 3DS port: Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D.

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