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Porting classic games has become something of an epidemic during this console generation. What’s worse is that, more often than not, these ports act as a reminder of just how far graphics in video games have come across the years. Rare exceptions to this rule do occur and when treated with the proper care, some games shine on the newer platforms. If I hadn’t played it back on PS2, and you told me that Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir was a brand new game I would likely believe you. The upgrades they’ve made to this classic action RPG were smart and the gorgeous graphics, a trademark of Vanillaware, looks as good today as they did back in 2007.
Entering fresh into a well-established franchise can be a pretty intimidating prospect. Warhammer 40,000 has a storied history in numerous media types including tabletop, video games and even a movie. Thus, coming in blind would be kind of like going to see Captain America: Civil War without seeing any of the previous movies. It’s certainly entertaining, but a little hard to follow in terms of character motivations and the established universe. Still, as I have found in the past, sometimes diving into this proverbial deep end is the perfect way to shoulder your way into something new and find the perfect jumping off point to becoming a fan. This is the approach I took in checking out Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor — Martyr at E3 this year and from what I saw, it looks to be the perfect on-ramp for me to get into the series.