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Posted on Dec 15th 2020 at 08:00:00 AM by (GrayGhost81)
Posted under gaming, review


Xenoblade Chronicles: Future Connected - Listeners of the Playcast will be familiar with my very long history with playing Xenoblade Chronicles. In summation, I started the game in early 2019 on the 3DS. I got about eight hours into the game and decided to start the game over because I was enjoying it so much that I wanted to play in on a big screen. I fired it up on one of my modded WiiUs and got about thirty hours into it. I tried to tweak something related to the mod that I won't get into here and bricked the virtual Wii on this particular WiiU. I could not access the game or my save. I was more upset about that than I was about messing up this WiiU. I played other games for a few months but Xenoblade Chronicles never stopped calling me. Rather than starting again for a third time, I decided to go back to my 3DS save and continue the game. It took a very long time but I eventually beat the game. I absolutely loved every minute of the eighty hours it took me to roll the credits.


Continue reading What I've Been Playing



Posted on Dec 13th 2020 at 08:00:00 AM by (EZ Racer)
Posted under Top 20, snes, nes, ps1, mario, zelda, metroid, sega, nintendo, tg16, saturn, atari, gameboy, gba

As 2020 comes to a close, it's been an interesting and trying year for a lot of us. For me personally, I relocated in July and started a new job in August, and while the change afforded me the space to have a proper game room, since the new job started I rarely get to use it.



On top of that, COVID has turned the world upside down, and for most of us, our gaming hobby can be a welcome reprieve from all the stress the world finds itself in at the moment. When I started the top 20 lists at the beginning of the year, I couldn't have imagined all that would happen. January seems more like several years ago than several months ago. As the year inches closer to its end, I thought it would be fun to look back at some of my own thoughts from compiling the lists.

In putting together the lists, I always wanted it to be more about everyone else's thoughts on the games and systems above my own. But I also thought it would be fun to share some thoughts about what I found surprising (and in other cases, expected) results as we head toward the new year.


Continue reading 20 thoughts on Top 20 in 2020



Posted on Dec 10th 2020 at 08:00:00 AM by (Pam)
Posted under video, review, history, PC, adventure


Loom is one of the most beautiful stories that LucasArts Games has produced, telling the story of a young Weaver named Bobbin Threadbare, Chaos, and the Great Loom. This is the story of the game and its development. Warning: I will be spoiling everything from this 30 year old game.

Is this one you played too in the 90s?



Posted on Dec 7th 2020 at 08:00:00 AM by (MetalFRO)
Posted under Christmas, Gaming memories, retro gaming, old school


Christmas is a holiday that many of us have fond memories of. Not everyone celebrates Christmas, but most of us, as kids, got time off from school for a winter break of some kind. As kids, growing up in a burgeoning age of technology, many of us wiled away the wintry hours in front of the family TV, playing whatever video game we got for Christmas, or whatever the latest thing was we had access to. When it's cold outside, and you can only spend a limited amount of time out in inclement weather, most of us preferred to stay warm, and hunker down with some good old Nintendo or Atari. Here are a couple of my holiday gaming memories, that I hope you'll enjoy.


Continue reading Christmas Gaming Memories



Posted on Dec 5th 2020 at 08:00:00 AM by (zophar53)
Posted under Luna, Amazon, cloud gaming


It's been nearly one year since Google Stadia limped out onto the internet, bringing cloud gaming to the masses. It was pretty half-baked right out of the gate. Amazon's own cloud gaming service, Luna, is now in early access. I've spent about three weeks putting it through its paces to see how it compares to Stadia, and more importantly, if it's worth your time and money. The short answer is yes, it actually is not only a better cloud gaming option than Stadia, but also a decent enough service to warrant consideration. That said, it still has a ways to go if it's going to compete in a meaningful way with Xbox Game Pass. Read on for the details.



Continue reading My Experience As An Amazon Luna Early Access Member



Posted on Dec 3rd 2020 at 08:00:00 AM by (russlyman)
Posted under switch


I thought it would be fun for my Top 3 Tuesday to talk about the Top 3 Mario Games on the Switch I think you should pick up this holiday season if you don't have them already.

As a bonus, I discuss a fun Black Friday story of how I got my Nintendo Wii. I totally mess up the year and say 2012, because I looked up the Wii release date and got the WiiU released ate instead and realized after I uploaded the video 🤷‍♂️

It's still a fun time regardless.


Continue reading Mario Switch Gift Guide



Posted on Dec 1st 2020 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under VGM, music, gaming


Those of you who follow me on Twitter are probably already aware, but about six months ago I created a YouTube channel where I am arranging and recording covers of various video game music. This had been a goal of mine for nearly two years prior to actually starting my channel, but I had a hard time getting started. Playing music has always been an important part of my life since my mid-teens and especially during my college years, but in recent years I had sort of fallen out of it despite my best efforts to stay motivated. It wasn't until I had the epiphany that I could combine my two major interests, music and gaming, into something I could be passionate about again.

Some of you may remember the progress videos for the 2019 NES Challenge that were made by fellow forum member Wempster, and the NES-themed medleys I recorded for these videos was a good way to dip my toe into the arranging and recording process. This all came together at the perfect time, as I was already interested in doing my own VGM covers at this time but was unsure how to get started. The first medley was a 25-minute behemoth that was pretty overwhelming to work on for someone who really didn't (and mostly still doesn't) know what they're doing, but it turned out pretty well in the end and is something I'm still proud of.


Continue reading My New YouTube Channel!



Posted on Nov 29th 2020 at 08:00:00 AM by (SirPsycho)
Posted under ninja, playstation, action, stealth


Tenchu: Stealth Assassins is an action stealth game developed by Acquire and published by Sony Music Entertainment Japan in Japan, and Activision internationally. It released in 1998 and was Acquire's first developed game. 1998 was an insane year for the burgeoning stealth genre, it saw the release of both Metal Gear Solid on the Playstation and Thief: The Dark Project on PC. Tenchu would actually release before either of these other two classics, and as a result, may be a bit more forgotten.

Tenchu follows the tale of two ninjas, Rikimaru and Ayame. Both characters have distinct personalities. Rikimaru is an honorable warrior, respecting his adversaries if they show honor and skill with their weapon and combat style. Ayame is much less tactful than Rikimaru, often berating her enemies, which leads to some encounters throughout the game playing out differently. Both characters progress through the exact same levels, but their motivations and goals differ slightly. The game starts off grounded in reality, with both ninjas hunting down corrupt merchants, doing illegal border crossings, and going on rescue missions. In usual video game fashion this leads down the rabbit hole until the supernatural masterminds are revealed.



Continue reading Tenchu: Stealth Assassins



Posted on Nov 27th 2020 at 08:00:00 AM by (singlebanana)
Posted under news, Thank you, Playthrough, Shmup Club, submissions, November, 2020


We interrupt your regularly scheduled turkey stuffing to bring you the November 2020 edition of RF Generation's Site News! In this issue, we announce our December Community Playthrough game, reveal our shoot 'em up club title, and of course, thank those members who sent in submissions to our site and registered approvals last month. Thanks for keeping it on Channel 3 and please continue to keep you and your loved ones SAFE!     

REMEMBER: If you have any news about upcoming events or topics that you think the site needs to hear about, please PM singlebanana and put "RFG Site News" in the subject line.  Who knows, maybe your news will make our front page!


Continue reading All Our News Are Belong To You: November 2020 Edition



Posted on Nov 25th 2020 at 08:00:00 AM by (bickman2k)
Posted under Site news, Downtime, server news

Hey everyone, just wanted to give a heads up that there will be some down time soon. The OS that the server is on is going end of life soon, so we need to upgrade. Unfortunately, in this case, that means that we have to take it down and deploy a new server because of the version that we're moving to.

What does this mean? Well, I don't anticipate this taking an incredibly long time, but the site will be down while this is happening. We'll have the URL redirect to a Wordpress blog that we have set up for situations where there is an extended down time. You can watch for updates there in case something majorly breaks, but you can also hop in the Discord or follow the site on Twitter as well to get additional updates or if you want to hang with the community while this is being worked on.

Sorry in advance for the inconvenience, but hang with us while we get this done and we'll be back soon. So, while you may end up changing inputs temporarily, be sure to change it back to channel 3 when we return.



Posted on Nov 23rd 2020 at 08:00:00 AM by (MetalFRO)
Posted under Darius Twin, Shoot the Corecast, podcast, Shmup Club, Darius, Taito, STG, shooting game, shooter, shoot em up


In Episode 028, MetalFRO and Addicted tackle the first console-exclusive entry in the Darius series! Taito brought the aquatic-themed series home after 2 entries in the arcade, and brought a 2-player experience to the SNES, when most shmups of the time were still single-player experiences. Is this game still worth playing in 2020?

You can download the episode directly, or stream it on the website, right here:
http://rfgeneration.com/podcasts/shmupclub/?name=2020-11-19_stcc_ep_028_darius_twin.mp3

Check us out and subscribe (and rate!) on Apple Podcasts!
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/shoot-the-core-cast/id1432819542?mt=2


Continue reading Shoot the Core-cast Episode 028 - Darius Twin



Posted on Nov 21st 2020 at 08:00:00 AM by (NeoMagicWarrior)
Posted under Roguelike, PC


Come delve along with Neo in this month's "A Brief Look At"

This month, we check out Delver for PC!



Posted on Nov 19th 2020 at 08:00:00 AM by (GrayGhost81)
Posted under eshop, reviews

Swarm Riders

Shortly after I bought my Nintendo Switch, I caught wind of the trend of ultra cheap games on the eShop (shout-out to our very own Russ Lyman for making a video on these which was one of the things that initially got me into them). Since then, I've been adding about ten bucks to my account every few months and checking the eShop weekly to see what games are on sale for under one US dollar. I have many games on my Switch now. Make no mistake, many of them are not very good, but the low risk and potentially high reward have yielded some diamonds in the rough that I have thoroughly enjoyed. Here are a few of them. 


Continue reading The Nintendo eShop is a haystack. Here are some needles.



Posted on Nov 17th 2020 at 08:00:00 AM by (slackur)
Posted under PS5, Super Mario Bros. Game and Watch


As a guy who has stood in long lines more than once for a new console, the impending release of the new gaming hardware generation this time around just had not lit the same fire.  A combination of more strained finances, a gaming backlog of comical proportions, and a lack of day-one gotta-have-'em games meant while I would like to eventually own the new hardware, I was fine waiting.  But it just so happens, I have a wonderful Beloved (and also several now-spent gift cards and rewards points) and after a sudden opportunity we now have a shiny PlayStation 5.  As the title suggests, I'd like to offer my initial impressions.



Continue reading Initial Impressions On The Playstation 5 and Super Mario Bros. Game & Watch



Posted on Nov 15th 2020 at 08:00:00 AM by (Pam)
Posted under video, review, ps1, square


Parasite Eve has been a favorite of mine since I first got it for Christmas in 1998. Here's a look at how it holds up now... and how much it could use a remaster.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
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