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Retro Revolution

author image by Patrick Mifflin | Reviews | 0 Comments | 30 Aug 2020

Let’s be honest, the apathy, or perhaps antipathy, from the big three on the matter of comprehensive backward compatibility is absolutely maddening at times. That’s not to say they’re completely ignorant of the subject – Sony and Nintendo include BC…

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How We Lost The War

author image by Patrick Mifflin | Features PlayStation 4 Xbox 360 Xbox One | 0 Comments | 24 Jul 2020

Seven years. It’s really hard to believe, but it has been seven years since the disastrous Xbox One reveal that hung over an otherwise solid E3 2013 Microsoft conference like a rancid swamp ninja, smothering every last bit of potential…

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Patrick's Top 10 Games of 2019

author image by Patrick Mifflin | Best of 2019 Features | 0 Comments | 28 Dec 2019

2019 was an unexpectedly slim year for me. Despite finally getting my hands on (and head in) a PlayStation VR – or perhaps because of it – most of my gaming was actually stuff I missed out on in recent…

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Patrick’s Top 10 Games of 2018

author image by Patrick Mifflin | Articles Best of 2018 Features Nintendo Switch PlayStation 4 Xbox One | 0 Comments | 29 Dec 2018

There’s something to be said for consistency. Going into 2018, I could have put together a list very much like this one predicting how my top picks of the year would pan out, with the only surprises being games that…

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Patrick’s Top 10 Games of 2017

author image by Patrick Mifflin | Best of 2017 | 1 Comment | 27 Dec 2017

I’ve traditionally been a little bit of an outlier in the Game of the Year system here at SmashPad, largely because I tend to go into the year knowing what my top ten is likely to be at the end….

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“Tekken 7” Review

author image by Patrick Mifflin | Console PC PlayStation 4 Reviews Steam Xbox One | 0 Comments | 17 Sep 2017

The Tekken franchise has long since found its place in the fighting game landscape. Street Fighter II may have been the game that truly marked the genre’s arrival to fighting game prominence, and Virtua Fighter was the true 3D pioneer…

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“The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky the 3rd” Review

author image by Patrick Mifflin | PC Reviews Steam | 0 Comments | 04 May 2017

When Nihon Falcom reinvented their long-running Legend of Heroes franchise in 2004 as Trails in the Sky, the JRPG genre as a whole was in quite a different place than it was in 2011, when Xseed Games would localize the…

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“Super Bomberman R” Review

author image by Patrick Mifflin | Nintendo Switch Reviews | 0 Comments | 19 Apr 2017

There are few more deeply established institutions in the world of multiplayer gaming than Bomberman. Born on the NES and MSX as a one-off single player experience in the mid-80s, it wasn’t until Hudson Soft resurrected the concept in 1990…

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“Old-Time Hockey” Review

author image by Patrick Mifflin | PC PlayStation 4 Reviews Steam | 1 Comment | 03 Apr 2017

Hockey is, without a doubt, the toughest and most demanding of the “big four” major professional sports. Football demands toughness, yes, but only 16 times a year to hockey’s 82 (potentially 110 if you’re on a great team that just…

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“FAST RMX” Review

author image by Patrick Mifflin | Nintendo Switch Reviews | 0 Comments | 13 Mar 2017

Intended or otherwise, Shin’en Multimedia’s FAST Racing League has quietly become Nintendo’s unlikely marquee arcade racing franchise in the now generations-long glaring absence of the first party F-Zero and Wave Race.

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“Yakuza 0” Review

author image by Patrick Mifflin | PlayStation 4 Reviews | 0 Comments | 09 Feb 2017

When Sega quietly put the Shenmue franchise in mothballs about 15 years ago, they even more quietly transplanted its core concept to “Project J,” which would later be given the name Ryu ga Gotoku (lit: Like a Dragon) upon its…

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“Garou: Mark of the Wolves” Review (PC)

author image by Patrick Mifflin | PC Reviews Steam | 0 Comments | 30 Jan 2017

SNK’s recent revitalization has been a very successful one, not just due to the brilliance of their comeback game, The King of Fighters XIV, but in their ability to open their back catalogue to new and old fans alike on…

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