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You’re looking at Jefklak’s Retro Game Codex, a dedicated and highly opinionated website about nostalgic games. A lovely mix between Nintendo handheld gaming love, ’90s DOS games and old school PC RPGs that were an integral part of my youth.
That healthy cocktail left a lasting impression - and netted me the Codex (and glasses). A lot of articles have been carefully restored from the black depths of the Jefklak Archive for your entertainment. As Deckard Cain would have said it:

Stay Awhile and Listen!

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Latest Retrospectives »

Diablo 2 Twenty Years Later: A Retrospective

12/2020

2020 marks the 20th anniversary of the beloved and mostly undisputed hack and slash king, Diablo II. Does it still hold up, twenty years later, compared to modern Diablo clones?

Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield - 17 Years Later

11/2020

It’s amazing that the second disk is still readable by my Retro WinXP machine. It has been heavily abused in 2003 and the years after that.

A Look At the Evolution of Retro Shooters and Their Engines

06/2020

I'm feeling nostalgic. Why don't you join me so we can marvel at magnificent achievements of the FPS past?

Castlevania Circle of the Moon: a retrospective

09/2018

As the hunt continues, from Aria of Sorrow to the beginning of Castlevania’s appearance on the GBA, Circle of the Moon, I have the uneasy feeling that my whip offers less solace in this scarier version of the castle.

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Latest Reviews »

Hollow Knight: Metroidvania marries Demon Souls

06/2021

I hope they get divorced. That’s my review, condensed into a single sentence. As much as I loved my deep dive into the world of Hallownest, as the end came near, I tried stopping playing three times.

The Messenger: the perfect love-hate relationship

05/2021

Never before have I bashed my head against the (virtual, thankfully) wall before. Celeste came close - very close. But this game… Oh, where to start.

Sonic Mania, four years later: still more than Grand.

03/2021

I finally cracked it. I finally know what makes a grand game. It turns out to be astonishingly simple: if it makes me smile.

Titan Quest VS Diablo 2: an In-Depth Analysis

01/2021

Originally released only two years after Sacred, Titan Quest combines Greek mythology with hack and slash: a world full of mesmerizing creatures to kill, wealth to collect, and above all: horrible bugs and boring gameplay.

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Latest Features »

E3 2021: a Retro PC Gamer's Perspective

06/2021

The summer of 2021 is here: not only the sun, but also hope is in the air. Most conferences are still mostly virtually presented, but at least this time E3 isn’t completely canceled.

Wizardry 8 Playthrough Blog

05/2021

Wizardry 8: the Adventure Blog! I’ve been keen on replaying the whole game for old times sake - on a ‘real’ retro Win98 PC. After finally convincing my friend to install the game, we were ready to go through it together/alone, since it’s a single-player adventure. In the same fashion as other adventure blogs on this site, I thought it would be nice to do a short write-up after making a bit of progress.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Adventure Blog

12/2020

It is a fresh breeze indeed as the Island unfolds, buildings appear, and I sweat my ass off trying to collect enough lumber and clay to satisfy even the most grumpy of Tom Nooks. Welcome to the latest installment of Animal Crossing!

The Best and Worst Retro Hack & Slash Games

12/2020

A selection of retro Hack & Slah games, ranked. Which ones stack up to Diablo 2? A summary of the best and worst action RPG games from 2000 to 2012.

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Latest Guides »

Wizardry 8: Classes Guide

04/2008

### The Bishop Race Best Races: Fairy: best INT & SPE. Downside: low PIE and almost no weapons/armor usable. (go for sprite daggers if you want close-combat) Elf: good INT, PIE & DEX.

BG2: Cleric/Ranger Guide

04/2008

Guide Content Introduction to the cleric/ranger Basic progression guide Picking your equipment The cleric/ranger’s spell picks Introduction to the cleric/ranger Since little non-playable and joinable characters are as good in healing as Viconia is, you might end up creating your own cleric.

BG2 Solo Blade: A Report

04/2008

Report Content Soloing - the Introduction The Blade Kit explained Used Baldur’s Gate II Setup Part 1: Irenicus' Dungeon Part 2: The Circus Tent & Slums Slaves Part 3: A Tanner & More Slaves Part 4: The Astral Prison Part 5: Daystar & Mae’Var Part 6: Some Beholders & a Lich Part 7: Druid Grove & Guarded Compound Part 8: Planar Sphere & Kangaxx!

Baldur's Gate 2: Mage Talk

04/2008

Ever wondered whatever the heck those crazy Arcane spellcasters say every time they unleash one of their spells upon you? It’s actually very simple and stands for the chosen spell’s spell school (abjuration, evocation, …).

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