BEACH WEEK

In Chrono Cross, the Beach Was the Border Between Worlds

Water is commonly associated with rebirth, and while this is true for the 1999 JRPG Chrono Cross, the game takes the metaphor to a strange new level thanks to the existence of Opassa Beach. It’s a place steeped in layers of incomprehensible sci-fi nonsense. There are ghost children, portals between…

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In Praise of Detective Barbie: Vacation Mystery

Twenty years ago, Detective Barbie: Vacation Mystery was released, and the world of video games changed forever. Okay, that’s probably not even remotely true. But my own fate as a would-be girl gamer was sealed. As a five-year-old with a chunky beige Windows 98 machine and no siblings, Detective Barbie…

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Move Over, Silent Cartographer — Long Night of Solace is Halo’s Best Beach Level

Ask Halo fans what the series’ best beach level is, and most will give the same answer: The Silent Cartographer. As the most iconic level in Halo: Combat Evolved overall, you’d be hard pressed to find someone who would disagree. Its nonlinear approach, which encourages exploration and lets you complete…

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War’s a Beach: Surf and Sand in Strategy Games

If you do a quick Google image search for “beach,” it might strike you that most of the photographs, whether taken in Panama or Ireland, are crafted similarly: sun, sand, some trees, maybe a lone recliner looking outward into the ocean. What unites all these images of the beach, apart…

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Pokemon Snap Lets Players and Pokemon Alike Relax on the Beach

Summer may be coming to a close soon, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t any time left to hit the beach. Whether you’re someone who likes to swim around, bask in the sun or just take pictures of natural beauty, there’s something quite special about a beach day. Of course,…

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7 Great Games for Chilling Out on Vacation

It is a truth universally acknowledged that certain books and vacation are perfect for each other. Vacation reads are a whole category of literature which appear annually on lists of recommendations and fill airport bookstore shelves. Why not vacation games, then? Like its book counterpart, the ideal vacation game is vivid,…

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