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It was great writing about games again for these past two months, but it’s time for Two Credits to once again come to an end. We’ve both realized, independently, that this isn’t what we want to be doing. The passion for picking apart games isn’t there anymore. Thus, we will be moving on to other ventures. The 2020 iteration of Two Credits will remain here as an archive. An archive of the 2017 iteration of…

We don’t get a lot of arcade-style racing games anymore, do we? I don’t mean “arcade racing games,” in the sense that they aren’t sim-like, but games that are styled after old-school racing games that were actually played in arcades. It’s been a while since I’ve seen a game of this kind, but Hotshot Racing is attempting to fill the void in the subgenre. Hotshot Racing has all of the hallmarks of a classic arcade…

What is fact? What is the truth? Are they the same? Can you tell the difference? The future of the island Paradise relies on your ability to discern the answers to these questions. You have to find out who killed Paradise and not everything is as it initially appears. Paradise Killer is an unquestionably interesting game. It throws you into an alien world with a strong aesthetic and its own rich history and asks you…

Mighty Fight Federation is an upcoming arena fighter inspired by both other arena fighters and one-on-one fighting games alike. Its combat system is intended to be accessible, as well as scale up to competitive play. Playable characters include a set of insane original characters, alongside familiar characters from other games, like ToeJam and Earl, and Yooka and Laylee. I recently had a chance to sit down with the game’s co-creator, Julian Spillane, to discuss its…

Samurai Jack is the kind of franchise that you would think would be a perfect candidate for a video game adaptation. There are guns, crazy sword fighting action, and an absolutely insane setting. Oddly, other than some middling games from the early 2000s, the franchise has spawned no video game adaptations. Fortunately, that finally changed this past Friday, when Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time was released, giving the franchise a long-awaited second chance at the…

Slayers for Hire is an upcoming platform fighter that features a unique cast of characters ranging from a baseball player to a dragon. Each character is designed to feel unique, with the dragon playing like a boss character. Currently in Early Access, plans for the game include a story mode and mod support. I recently had the chance to sit down with Meta Games founder Ryan Gilbrech to discuss the game’s inspirations, how some of…

There have been quite a few attempts at making solid melee combat games in recent times. Many of these are set in medieval times, as it is one of the most iconic eras for swordfighting. The latest of these games is Griefhelm, a side-scrolling melee combat game in which players take on the role of medieval knights and either attempt to fight their way through a randomly generated campaign or duke it out amongst themselves.…

I’m not a huge fan of Souls-likes. In my experience, they tend to favor building muscle memory over in the moment decision making. But, every now and then, I take another chance on the genre. Sometimes, it works out. This time around, the game I took a chance on was Eastern Exorcist. The art is nice and we don’t get enough story-focused games with distinct cultural influences beyond the West and Japan, so I was…

Interviewer’s note: This interview has been lightly edited for clarity. Rushdown Revolt is an upcoming platform fighter that also takes a fair amount of influence from more traditional one-on-one fighting games. It has its roots in the canceled platform fighter Icons, but changes quite a bit about the game’s more Super Smash Bros.-like formula. It features characters and stages that will be familiar to Icons players, but offers, among other changes, a much different style…

It would be easy to write off Boomerang Fu at first glance. Its bright colors, use of foods as characters, and focus on local multiplayer gameplay are all trademark signs of a casual game, a game that isn’t meant to be taken particularly seriously. But to do so would be a disservice to the game, as its casual exterior belies a surprisingly competitive, nuanced game. That’s not to say that Boomerang Fu isn’t exceedingly charming.…