Save State takes a look back at older combat games that served as the foundations for incredible sequels in later generations. This includes older Monster Hunter and the first English language Fire Emblem.
Save State goes to the dark side this week with a foray into Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia, and then springs back into the brilliant light in pop of colorful confetti with Lapis x Labyrinth.
Save State Vince digs into two sci-fi heavy games of yesteryear this week, blowing dust off years of his backlog catalog. He rides to space in Star Ocean: First Departure R, and then goes back to the future with the Mega Man-like 20XX. To infinity!
This week our brave Save State Columnist dances enemies into submission with the alluring Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, then turns around and goes on an epic old-school quest with Radiant Historia. We may never see him again!
This week our Save State columnist dives into one game series that you probably all know well, The Halo Master Chief Collection, and one game that you may not have ever played, or at least remember: Yggdra Union.
John Wick Hex takes the strategic chess-like dance of death that the Keanu Reeves character is known for and puts it front and center in an extreme tactical strategy game that is as much about time management and counting seconds as it is about raw destruction and murderous mayhem.
This is a bit of an odd week as our Save State columnist performs accidental gremlin genocide with the Kerbal Space Program. And then we have Riviera: The Promised Land, a classic JRPG that challenges players to forget everything they think they know about how to actually play one.
Nordic Warriors carries on where Myth: The Fallen Lords left off back in the 1990s. Well, not really, but Nordic Warriors is so heavily influenced by that classic RTS that would be forgiven if you thought this was actually Myth 4.
Make War is a wargame that takes most of the planning elements and presents them almost like a logic puzzle. It makes for a nice twist on the Epic Battle Simulator genre. It’s lack of polish is forgivable given the very low cost of entry and many hours of fun gameplay.
This week our Save State columnist does a little silly co-op with The Stretchers on the Nintendo Switch. But after getting pushed into saw blades too many times, he reverts back to brooding single play with The World Ends With You.