Finally, one of the best action games of the 16-bit era, Flashback, has just been released on XBLA, PSN and Windows with updated HD graphics in 2.5D, voice-acting, an expanded story and members of the original team. Oh and they’ve included the 1992 game so you can experience the original. I’ve always been a fan … Continued
Kickstarter will hopefully be responsible for bringing a few more classic games into the era of HD. After the success of neo-retro games like Shadowrun Returns, Wasteland 2, and Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards: Reloaded, a new wave of franchises are currently on Kickstarter in need of mad loot, son. … Continued
It’s a first-person shooter that Ubisoft describes as “an 80s VHS vision of the future.” That’s it. Stop reading and buy it now. Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is a stand-alone expansion to Far Cry 3 (obviously) set in the post-apocalyptic future of 2007. You play as Sergeant Rex Power Colt, a Mark IV Cyber … Continued
Retro City Rampage makes it clear right from the title what you should probably expect from this game, it’s an 8-bit Grand Theft Auto homage. Makes perfect sense. That graphics are simple, sprites are tiny and the plot is deliberately lame but the concept behind the game is still amazingly brilliant. It’s an open-world experience … Continued
Easily my favorite RPG series, SMT takes the traditional RPG elements and places it inside a modern world. In the case of Persona 3 FES, the protagonist attends school, forms relationships with classmates and individuals around town and of course, hangs out with a drunk monk at a night club. It’s an RPG/Dating Sim combo. It’s a fascinating RPG that creates an experience unlike most console creations. I’ve covered most of the Persona 3 story with the portable review and this game is essentially the same except this time you can control the character and the interactive elements
About the game (via Wiki): In Persona 3, the player takes the role of a male high-school student who joins the Specialized Extracurricular Execution Squad (SEES), a group of students investigating the Dark Hour, a time period between one day and the next that few people are aware of. During the Dark Hour, the player enters Tartarus, a large tower containing Shadows, creatures that feed on the minds of humans. To fight the Shadows, each member of SEES is able to summon a Persona, a manifestation of a person’s inner self. The game’s most iconic feature is the method by which the members of SEES release their Personas: by firing a gun-like object called an Evoker at their head. In addition to the standard elements of role-playing games, Persona 3 includes elements of simulation games, as the game’s protagonist progresses day by day through a school year, making friends and forming relationships that improve the strength of his Personas in battle.
The action is split between daytime and nighttime activities. During the day you attend school, answer questions that build your stats, join clubs, make friends, work, play sports, go to the mall, etc. At night you are able to build additional social links but it is during The Dark Hour that you are able to into the Tartarus and fight the shadows. The battle gameplay is turn-based and you can attack the Shadows with traditional attacks or summon your Persona and utilize their special ability. Defeating Shadows helps you earn items, experience points, mad loot and new Personas. A visit to the Velvet Room will let you merge Personas to create a stronger one to battle with. The Velvet Room, that’s such a pimp title. I should create a Velvet Room in my house.
Anyway, the game has amazingly detailed graphics for the PS2, decent voice over work, an awesome soundtrack that mixes genres and cutscenes animated by Sunrise Studios, who created Cowboy Bebop, Inuyasha and Sgt. Frog! The only problem I have with the series is how linear it is, you’re stuck on a predetermined path for a good portion of the game. You go to school, a teacher talks and then it transitions to the next day which can be fairly annoying for gamers who want to dive right in and explore the world of Persona 3. Be patient, the game quickly becomes a rewarding experience. Also worth mentioning is the detail found in the character design and art. The art is beautifully illustrated and the Shadows are all unique and at times, creatively bizarre.
The game is now available via the Playstation Network and I highly recommend you download the game and check it out. Now.
I’ve always been a fan of the Need for Speed series going all the way back to a copy of the first one I played on the 3DO. It injected a dose of realism into the racing genre while most of us were still hooked on Super Mario Kart. The roar of the engine, the … Continued
I mentioned in the Devil Survivor review that I’ve been familiar with the SMT games since the early 90′s but sort of stumbled upon it when I was looking for a decent RPG for the DS/3DS. As a parent, my video game playing-time has been reduced over the years so I have focused on portable … Continued
I’ve known about the SMT games since the 90′s but never really looked into them. They either weren’t localized or the term “heavy dungeon-crawler” was used and that just wasn’t the type of RPG I was in to. I abandoned those back in the NES days and preferred the open exploration found in the Square … Continued
I’ll admit my Sly Cooper ignorance. The series has been around for years but I never took the time to dig into it until the HD re-release on the PS3 and it’s a decent next-gen platformer. You play as a raccoon thief who travels the world snatching up various artifacts while being chased by a … Continued
Like most games released near the end of a 16-bit console’s life cycle, SMW2 is one of the best games released for the Super Nintendo. Awesome graphics and gameplay, excellent sound and a crazy challenge contributed to a game that was overlooked as gamers began to transition to new systems. Let’s get the story out … Continued