About Ryan Southard

Ryan Southard is a video game enthusiast, dissecting games down to their tiniest details. Whether it's new or it's old, as long as it's awesome, he'll play it. Follow him on Twitter at @Ryan_Southard Meet the Nerd Reactor Team

Kero Blaster, tight, action-packed platforming on your iOS?

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Daisuke Amaya, the man behind the construction of pixels known as Cave Story has just released a new trailer for his upcoming game, Kero Blaster. This game is all about action-platforming, so if you’ve been hankering for something Mega Man-like, you’re in luck. While Kero Blaster doesn’t have the same … Continue reading

This Dark Souls 2 launch trailer will (probably) eat you alive

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Dark Souls 2’s launch is nigh! With any good video game launch comes the inevitable launch trailer. This one surely includes all manner of foul, disease-infested beasts that lurk in the shadows. I can’t be too specific here, really, because I refuse to watch it. That’s right. I’ve already thoroughly … Continue reading

Are Dragon Age: Inquisition’s next-gen graphics enough to sway you?

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Whether you like it or not, your PS3 and Xbox 360 are on borrowed time now. Sure they’ll be participating in future releases such as Watch Dogs, Destiny, and even Dragon Age:Inquistion, but how long can you stare at those last-gen graphics? How long will you wait as potentially fantastic … Continue reading

PlayStation Plus granting access to Thomas Was Alone, Tomb Raider and more

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Sony’s Playstation Plus subscription has rarely failed to impress with its monthly quota of “free” games, and next month is no different. Starting in March, subscribers who’ve somehow managed to not play the new, great Tomb Raider last year now have a chance to make up for said past grievance. … Continue reading

Creator of Adventure Time’s game idea makes Amnesia Fortnight

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Double Fine’s “Amnesia Fortnight”, a two-week period of prototyping games, has begun yet again. Among the sturdy pack of four game ideas voted on by the public is one brought about by Pendleton Ward, the creator of Adventure Time. His game is currently titled, Little Pink Best Buds. It seems … Continue reading

The Dark Souls 2 weapon pack for pre-orders is not game-breaking

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[The following is an opinion piece] Giving players an incentive to buy early at full price is nothing new. Many publishers have chosen to offer costumes, gameplay modes, levels and characters to early adopters (and then selling those items later as dlc). Dark Souls 2 will be giving players who … Continue reading

Rumor – Sony’s PlayStation Now service to support PS1, PS2 games


How much would you pay for monthly access to a library of games from PS3, PS2 and PS1? Sony’s Playstation Now service allows users to stream games to their televisions, and the rumor now is that PS1 and PS2 games may be included. Unfortunately, that is just a rumor thus … Continue reading

Dark Souls 2 new digital comic is free starting Wednesday, January 8th

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Dark Souls 2 is near completion and ready to set the online community ablaze with jolly cooperation and dreadful invasion. To help in the promotion of the game, Namco Bandai is putting out a free digital comic titled “Dark Souls: Into The Light”, starting this Wednesday, January 8th. It will … Continue reading

Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures Review

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While booting up Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures, I felt like I was warping to the past; to the 16 and 32-bit eras in which the platformer genre was king. Whether it was Wayne’s World, The Adam’s Family or Aladdin, a huge percentage of licensed characters were turned into platformer … Continue reading

Shovel Knight digs into gaming history, IndieCade hands-on preview

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Having lived through (and thoroughly enjoyed) the 8-bit era, I can spot the probable influences that Shovel Knight has contained within it. Indie team Yacht Club Games is forging a seemingly worthy effort; a game that seems to contain influences from past greats such as Zelda 2, Duck Tales, and … Continue reading

Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn, level 10-25 impressions

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Having long since trounced the local squirrel population in the beta, I’ve gone forward, trekking through dungeons, partying up for quests, and getting a better sense of what Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn has to offer. If you haven’t already, perhaps you’d like to first read about my experience … Continue reading

Killzone developer, Guerrilla Games, working on something “completely different”


Guerrilla recently had a chat with Eurogamer, thus revealing the substance in the title of today’s news. Considering that Killzone 3 had only come out a few years ago, and that a new generation of hardware is about as good a time as any to explore new things, it’s a … Continue reading

Toon Link joins the Super Smash Bros. Wii U, 3DS roster

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Here comes a new challenger! Considering the launch date of Super Smash Bros., we could be saying that for a long while now. Today, as you can see by the picture above, Toon Link has again joined the fray. There aren’t any details yet regarding his moveset, but a few … Continue reading

Kojima Productions Los Angeles studio opens with a sake smash

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As previously mentioned in our Metal Gear Solid 5 preview, September 5th was a historic day for gaming. It marks the opening of a new studio under Konami’s Kojima Productions branch. After we were treated to a live gameplay demo of Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes, Hideo Kojima and … Continue reading