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Some games are so nice that you'll buy them twice, and with good reason. Most remakes are jam packed with new stuff and reimagined with new looks, making that second (or maybe even third) playthrough just so much more worth doing. With the release of Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire this month, I think it's time to honor these remakes for how great they really are. 

Head inside to take a look at my top ten video game remakes!

There've been a lot of character-action games since their initial conception with the first Devil May Cry, a game that created its own sub-genre of action games solely based around flashy melee combat. Character-action games, also referred to by some as "spectacle fighters", include games like Bayonetta, God of War, The Wonderful 101, and Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, and have all had one thing in common in this Japanese-bred sub-genre, fathered by Hideki Kamiya. Personally, I love Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, not only for its amazingly satisfying combat, but also with its hype music, as well as its ability to make the lamest Metal Gear protagonist into an utter badass.

Luftrausers is a fun, addicting airplane-based shoot 'em up set in the World War II era. You play as the test pilot of an experimental aircraft, and your mission is to blow as much stuff up as possible. Released on March 18 of this year, Luftrausers is available on PC as well as the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita. Featuring over 125 plane combinations, tons of replayability, and a burning desire to one-up yourself, Luftrausers is easily my favorite game to come from the PlayStation Plus program this month.

Luftrausers brings a new take on shoot 'em ups. Most titles in the genre feature a craft that is fixed in a particular direction, and thus you are stuck firing in that direction. With Luftrausers, however, you still shoot forward, but you have a full 360 degrees of motion. This allows you to quickly turn around and shoot the enemies behind you. Thus, Luftrausers can more accurately be placed in the multidirectional shooter subgenre.

As with any other form of media, video games can be separated into genres. Whether sports, action, or RPG, these genres exist as a way to classify a game based on the gameplay you can expect from it. Most gamers will play games from a variety of genres, but will often favor one over another. For me, I'm a sucker for a good puzzle game. Personally, my favorite puzzlers are Tetris and anything from the Professor Layton franchise. Tetris requires you to not only figure out where to place the falling blocks, but also to do so in an increasingly rapid fashion. Professor Layton games focus not on speed, but on a vast variety of puzzle types. What's your favorite genre, and why do you like it?

With both versions of Super Smash Bros. finally having been released, and both of the games having some amazing music in them, I thought that it was about time to find out what remix of any song from a Nintendo franchise you all liked the most. Personally, it's hard to single out just one song that I prefer over all the others in the games, but I will say that I have a personal love for Brawl's Mute City remix, as well as Brawl's Gourmet Race remix, and it's remix of Stickerbrush Symphony. The Mute City, Gerudo Valley, and Jogging themes from F-Zero, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, and Punch-Out!!, respectively also have some amazing remixes in Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U, so there's those too.


Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire launched in North America today, and I couldn’t have been more excited. Couldn’t have been. The key words there are "n’t have."

I went to the midnight launch of Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire and began my long drive home. I popped in the game at around 12:10 AM and by about an hour later, I had climbed the Gym Leader ladder and beaten the Elite Four. And that’s when I realized: there’s not enough water.

Gamnesia Recommends is a ’new’ feature that has been revived from the bygone days of our sister site, Zelda Informer. Each week, one writer takes the podium to talk about a game you might have missed and owe to yourself to have a look at. This week, we’re looking at PAYDAY 2 (PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3).

I’ll say this right now: PAYDAY 2 is not a game for the impatient. I picked up the title following an intense energy drink-fuelled weekend of its predecessor PAYDAY: The Heist, a game that makes a serious effort at excluding newcomers with the complete absence of a tutorial, I was relieved to realize that PAYDAY 2 does what any good sequel does; it elevates the core concepts of the original and takes them to the next level without compromising on quality. In PAYDAY 2 terms, this meant more maps, more features, and more confusion

Thanksgiving is next Thursday, and with every Thanksgiving comes another Black Friday. While this equates to throngs of people rushing to grab the biggest deals, it's also considered by many to be the start of the holiday season. Cities start decorating, radios crank the Christmas tunes, and families begin planning holiday gatherings. 

For many of us, this also means making our holiday wishlists. All the major companies have some awesome deals going on and impressive lineups going into the end of the year. I'm keeping it simple this year and just asking for Captain Toad's Treasure Tracker. What's on your wishlist this year?

This week is special because we're kicking off a brand new weekly feature: Top Ten lists! Every Tuesday, a different writer will be bringing you his or her top ten items from a given category. To kick things off, I've going to give you a rundown of my favorite handheld titles of all time. While it worked out that none of my favorites were from the same franchise, I did not take that into consideration in making my selection. Without further ado, let's begin, shall we?

Two weeks ago Nintendo finally announced a remake of Majora's Mask on 3DS, and the hype couldn't be higher! We've had a running series of Zelda theory articles revolving around Skyward Sword here at Gamnesia, but the long-awaited announcement of Termina's return has inspired me to dig into the mysteries of Majora's Mask instead. Hit the jump to dive in!