Thursday, May 23, 2024


Gaming

Pokemon Games Need an In-Game Day-Night System. Pokemon Games Need an In-Game Day-Night System.

(AfroGamers.com) I’ve played the Pokemon games since Pokemon Red. At that time, the monster-catching element was a new experience for someone who had... 


Looking Back at 2017’s Absolver. Looking Back at 2017’s Absolver.

(AfroGamers.com) Devolver Digital became known for games like Hotline Miami and The Talos Principle. However, the publisher has released many games by... 


The Nightmare Dungeons in Diablo IV Should Just Be Replaced by the Vaults. The Nightmare Dungeons in Diablo IV Should Just Be Replaced by the Vaults.

(AfroGamers.com) My brother and I dropped in on Diablo IV early into ‘Season 2: Season of Blood’, which I felt was an extremely fun season once you... 


Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Its Skill Tree Are Worth Revisiting. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Its Skill Tree Are Worth Revisiting.

(AfroGamers.com) There are a few games I’ve recently checked out that came out in the last few years but I didn’t get to play when they were out. As... 


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Anime

Manhwa Corner: An Introduction to Cultivation Manhwa. Manhwa Corner: An Introduction to Cultivation Manhwa.

(AfroGamers.com) We’ve gotten into isekai manga and manhwa quite a bit here on AfroGamers—it’s one of my favorite subgenres or themes in comics.... 


Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Its Skill Tree Are Worth Revisiting. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Its Skill Tree Are Worth Revisiting.

(AfroGamers.com) There are a few games I’ve recently checked out that came out in the last few years but I didn’t get to play when they were out. As... 


Legacy of a Legend: Akira Toriyama’s Timeless Impact on Manga, Anime, and Gaming. Legacy of a Legend: Akira Toriyama’s Timeless Impact on Manga, Anime, and Gaming.

(AfroGamers.com) At 68 years old, Akira Toriyama passed on March 1, 2024. He is best known for the iconic Dragon Ball franchise as well as his artwork... 


What’s Your Preference: Anime or Manga. What’s Your Preference: Anime or Manga.

(AfroGamers.com) As an anime or manga fan, you’ll run into two notable questions of preference. The first which tends to descend into ugliness of varying... 


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News

Pokemon Games Need an In-Game Day-Night System. Pokemon Games Need an In-Game Day-Night System.

(AfroGamers.com) I’ve played the Pokemon games since Pokemon Red. At that time, the monster-catching element was a new experience for someone who had only played two JRPGs at that point. Then Pokemon Gold/Silver dropped and it introduced something that I’ve always wanted the series to get right. By the time Gold/Silver released in 1999, I had played more JRPGs including several such as Breath... [Read more of this review]


Manhwa Corner: An Introduction to Cultivation Manhwa. Manhwa Corner: An Introduction to Cultivation Manhwa.

(AfroGamers.com) We’ve gotten into isekai manga and manhwa quite a bit here on AfroGamers—it’s one of my favorite subgenres or themes in comics. In discussing isekai, we often blah-blah over specific types of isekai. Another favorite manga/manhwa genre is martial arts. Now take those two and put them together and you have something that is both great and overdone. Martial arts isekai is a safe... [Read more of this review]


Looking Back at 2017’s Absolver. Looking Back at 2017’s Absolver.

(AfroGamers.com) Devolver Digital became known for games like Hotline Miami and The Talos Principle. However, the publisher has released many games by indie developers and some were initially previewed favorably before being released to players. One of those games is 2017’s Absolver by SloClap. This title was an online martial arts-themed action RPG and that instantly had my attention. At the time... [Read more of this review]


The Nightmare Dungeons in Diablo IV Should Just Be Replaced by the Vaults. The Nightmare Dungeons in Diablo IV Should Just Be Replaced by the Vaults.

(AfroGamers.com) My brother and I dropped in on Diablo IV early into ‘Season 2: Season of Blood’, which I felt was an extremely fun season once you got past the story and was allowed to really run wild with those vampiric powers. At the moment, our seasonal main characters—my rogue and his sorcerer—are level 100. The Tedium of Diablo IV’s Nightmare Vaults We get on in the evenings between... [Read more of this review]


Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Its Skill Tree Are Worth Revisiting. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Its Skill Tree Are Worth Revisiting.

(AfroGamers.com) There are a few games I’ve recently checked out that came out in the last few years but I didn’t get to play when they were out. As I’ve mentioned before, I love open world and roleplaying games. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla came out in 2020 and it’s been a journey already. I’m certain that I’m not even halfway through the main storyline but I tend to get into all of the... [Read more of this review]


Legacy of a Legend: Akira Toriyama’s Timeless Impact on Manga, Anime, and Gaming. Legacy of a Legend: Akira Toriyama’s Timeless Impact on Manga, Anime, and Gaming.

(AfroGamers.com) At 68 years old, Akira Toriyama passed on March 1, 2024. He is best known for the iconic Dragon Ball franchise as well as his artwork in the Dragon Quest franchise and in the game Chrono Trigger. In his over 45 years in manga, anime, and gaming, Toriyama has created numerous one-shot series before moving into a creative consultant role later in his career. I’ve discussed the debut... [Read more of this review]


What’s Your Preference: Anime or Manga. What’s Your Preference: Anime or Manga.

(AfroGamers.com) As an anime or manga fan, you’ll run into two notable questions of preference. The first which tends to descend into ugliness of varying degrees is subbed versus dubbed—often the subbed group starts in on the dunking of dubbed anime. It’s often funny if not unnecessary. For those who don’t know, “subbed” refers to anime with subtitles thus keeping the original language... [Read more of this review]


What Are Builds in Diablo IV. What Are Builds in Diablo IV.

(AfroGamers.com) Builds is a big part of Diablo IV and other action RPGs and online games. There are builds for the Fallout and Elder Scrolls, games I’ve played for decades and never considered making specific builds in.  Hell, there are even retroactive builds where players make powerful builds for older games even if they didn’t have the greatest customization options.  What Are Builds,... [Read more of this review]


Manhwa Spotlight: Swordmaster’s Youngest Son. Manhwa Spotlight: Swordmaster’s Youngest Son.

(AfroGamers.com) Swordmaster’s Youngest Son is a martial isekai manhwa by creator Ice Penguin. I’ve made it no secret that I love isekai and martial arts comics and putting the two together—a popular combo—is the Reese’s Cup of manga. Sure, slice-of-life isekai is fine and who doesn’t like a series like Karate Baka Isekai, Overlord, or Shield Hero?  For those unfamiliar, isekai involves... [Read more of this review]


Diablo IV: How is Seasons 3 Holding Up? Diablo IV: How is Seasons 3 Holding Up?

(AfroGamers.com) So, Diablo IV season three—“Season of the Construct”—has been out for a few weeks now and my brother and I have had quite a bit of time with it. At the time of this posting, I’m past level 85 and yes, I’m running a rogue again.  I don’t know what it is but I really enjoy melee-focused classes in games—especially the heavy-damage dealing ones like rogues, thieves, monks,... [Read more of this review]


Retro Reflections: How 80s and 90s Game Design and Controls Shaped Difficulty in Gaming. Retro Reflections: How 80s and 90s Game Design and Controls Shaped Difficulty in Gaming.

(AfroGamers.com) I got into gaming at a specific period in time as I’ve mentioned before. It was a time of 2D side scrollers, Mode-7, and actual competition between consoles. It was also a period of what appeared a greater difficulty than present games. You might be like “Really? Harder than the games now?” Yes! However, in playing some of those games at the time and playing them now with the... [Read more of this review]


Game Changers: Four Features That Revolutionized Gaming in the 80s and 90s. Game Changers: Four Features That Revolutionized Gaming in the 80s and 90s.

(AfroGamers.com) We went into four features that made games more difficult to tackle in the 80s and 90s 2D era of gaming. It mostly rested in technical limitations and decisions with the mechanics in many titles and not so much in “This Game is hell.” Let’s look at four features that really popped multiple genres over the years. Experience Points   I’d say this is the greatest feature... [Read more of this review]


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