10 Best Video Game Families

by Jon Ledford 6 days ago
As everyone is crowding around the dinner table for the holidays, getting ready to carve up a bird and gorge on side dishes, it's time we look back at our favorite families we've encountered throughout video game history. Family often sets the backdrop for your character's past. Many of times, family is used as the catalyst for the events of a story, whether its an abducted child or a sibling you have to rescue/protect. After a while, there were simply too many generic damsels in distress you could rescue. In order to help create a story players could be invested in, developers started throwing family members into the mix.

10 Best NES Platformers

by Jon Ledford 7 days ago
It's time we look at the golden age of gaming, back to a time when children would crowd around a TV screen and get frustrated at how tough Ninja Gaiden and Mega Man were. Many developers and publishers were hoping to try and recreate the widespread success of the original Super Mario Bros. throughout the mid-to-late 1980s. As a result, many of the earlier platforming games of the NES library simply tried replicating the Super Mario formula. Some were decent, and some where horrible. Luckily, developers started refining their trade over the years, learning to enhance what worked and eliminate what didn't in order to provide some quality platforming experiences. Now, it’s time we look back at the best of the best when it comes to jumping around on the Nintendo Entertainment System.

10 Hungriest Game Characters

by Jon Ledford November 19, 2015 @ 11:01 AM
With Thanksgiving on the horizon, gamers all across the United States will partake in some epic feasts, likely topping things off with some pumpkin pie and a few video game sessions with the family. While Thanksgiving was originally supposed to be a feast of appreciation for a good harvest throughout the year, it of course has become a commercialized shadow of its original intent. Supermarkets are jacking up the prices of canned cranberry sauce and gravy, so it's time we look at the real core of the holiday: gluttony. Throughout the history of gaming, there have been all kinds of characters we've seen with insatiable, otherworldly appetites, and it's time we look at the characters who can gorge through copious, even astronomical amounts of food without faltering.

10 Best Weapons in Destiny: The Taken King

by Danny Saya November 13, 2015 @ 7:01 AM
Even players that swore by mainstays like the MIDA Multi-Tool or the Icebreaker have found something to love with all of the new toys we've been given with the Taken King expansion. There are even a few surprises thrown in for players who loved their old legendary weapons. Here are the ten most powerful weapons in Destiny: The Taken King.

10 Best Real-Time Strategy Games

by Jon Ledford November 12, 2015 @ 11:01 AM
Westwood Studios
The term real-time strategy may have spawn from Dune II, but this genre of games has multiplied and evolved to become a big cornerstone of the video game industry, especially when it comes to PC gaming. RTS games take a lot of previous stategy game tropes and mechanics, focusing on unit, building and resource management, usually during times of warfare. For most games of the genre, you generally have to generate resources (usually by having a unit farm them somehow), use those resources to create buildings and have the buildings spawn additional units. Units usually consist of different builder/farmer and combat-oriented types. Proper time management and intuitive use of your forces and capabilities are a must as you continuously try upgrading and increasing your bases and forces while putting pressure on the enemies, who are trying to do the same thing.

Worst to First: Call of Duty

by Jon Ledford November 6, 2015 @ 3:30 PM
Infinity Ward
To celebrate the release of Call of Duty: Black Ops III, we're reloading and staying in cover as we review the 10 best hits of the franchise, going from worst to first. Ever since we first played as Private Joe Martin in the original 2003 Call of Duty and starting mowing down Nazis during Operation Overlord (the Battle of Normandy), players felt like their actions were important and greatly impacted both the battlefield and the lives of their fellow soldiers onscreen. There was something about the franchise that just made it standout from its contemporaries. While Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare would help the series become a household name and an online multiplayer phenomenon, lets not forget its origins.

Worst to First: James Bond Games

by Jon Ledford November 4, 2015 @ 2:01 PM
As the world is waiting for Daniel Craig to return to the suit and play our favorite martini-swigging, dame-slaying and bad guy-shooting special agent in Spectre, it's time we look back at 007's 10 best games in order to rank our favorite James Bond missions. As with most license-based franchises, the James Bond series has had its fair share of clunkers over the years, and the good 007 games out there are vastly outnumbered by the mediocre ones. Luckily, a few of them have beaten the curse of licensed games and established themselves as excellent titles in their own right.

10 Best SNES RPGs

by Jon Ledford November 3, 2015 @ 10:01 AM
The Super Nintendo Entertainment System spawned some of the greatest role-playing games ever made. The 16-bit RPGs created during the early '90s helped the genre grow beyond its niche audiences and expand into a broader fanbase. The widespread success of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (which we're not including in this list since we're classifying it as an action-adventure game) inspired a lot of action-RPGs in terms of top-down gameplay that didn't rely on turn-based combat.

Worst to First: Resident Evil

by Jon Ledford October 30, 2015 @ 2:31 PM
Resident Evil is one of the first video games to feature zombies in a Romero-like manner. After so many sequels and spin-offs over the years, it's time we ranked the series in ascending order to see what it takes to create a successful zombie game. Capcom has started to stray from the path over the past few entries of the franchise, resulting in a larger focus on action-oriented gameplay and less of survival horror, but a good game is a good game regardless of its premise or genre, just as long as it's done correctly. So mix a few herbs together, stay away from the windows and make sure you reload when no one is around, because it's time we go to Raccoon City and beyond as we rank the Resident Evil series from worst to first.