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The latest game in Idea Factory’s strategy series, Generation of Chaos: Pandora’s Reflection is a departure from its normal fare. They’ve teamed up with Sting, best known for their Dept. Heaven games, to breathe new life into the series. And with notches like Yggdra Union and Riviera: The Promised Land on their belt, it’s safe to say this is a favorable pairing on paper. But I think that’s enough of the name-dropping.
Of all gaming’s great franchises, few have the proud musical history of Final Fantasy. Masters like Nobuo Uematsu and Hitoshi Sakimoto, among others, have graced it with their talents, creating memorable, majestic tracks like One Winged Angel, The Man with the Machine Gun, To Zanarkand, and much more. They’ve sold albums of this music, made concerts of it, and wow’d crowds the world over.
It’s happened again, hasn’t it? Another system, freshly released and dying for good software, has an interesting looking new IP, and everyone decides that it must be that system’s “Killer App.” And once again, with the finished product in our hands we can say that that really… just isn’t the case. Gravity Rush is not a bad game. It’s quite interesting. But it’s kind of a mess, as well.
When considering Kid Icarus: Uprising there’s really only one question you need to ask. How seriously do you take your video games? There are different ways to take your video games seriously. Some people invest themselves intellectually and emotionally into single player narratives, watching storytelling in the medium evolve and occasionally are deeply moved themselves. Some people take their multiplayer seriously, they hone their skills to a razor edge and carefully consider all different variables at play to try and competitively optimize their game. Some people take the technology of […]
Metal Gear Solid HD Collection is the definitive version for both Metal Gear Solid 2 and 3. For some of you, that sentence is all you need; you’ll rush to the store, pop in the disc, and relive your fantastic memories involving Big Shell and the Virtuous Mission in glorious 1080p. However, there are many of you who have never had the opportunity to sneak through Shadow Moses, chow down on a snake or battle a walking tank capable of shooting nuclear missiles. For the newcomers, these two magnificent gems […]
How do you approach reviewing a game like Ocarina of Time? How do you review a game so universally acclaimed by critics and loved by fans? If you’ve been gaming for any length of time then certainly you’ve heard the crazy amounts of praise the original game has received, and rightly so, it brought an already beloved series into a new dimension and set many a standard still used for 3D games. But with that in mind I don’t want this review to be nothing but praise for the original, […]
Youtuber Ashens has uploaded a near 50-minute long review of the Open Pandora handheld-computer. Ashens may be known to some readers for his Yahtzee-style reviews of knock-off consoles such as the Popstation and Vii, well worth watching if you haven’t.
Written By: Joseph Kee Think of your favorite strategy RPG. How does it differ from other strategy RPGs? Does it do anything different than the others? Does it reinvent the genre? What if you took gameplay elements from strategy RPGs such as Fire Emblem, Advance Wars, or the Disgaea series? Yggdra Union: We’ll Never Fight Alone does just that and adds something new to the mix. At a glance, Yggdra Union looks like a fusion of Fire Emblem and Advance Wars. Delve deeper into the mechanics, and one will notice […]
Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker is probably the most hyped PSP game released in 2010. Helmed by Hideo Kojima, possibly for the last time in the main Metal Gear Solid timeline, the game is a sequel to both Snake Eater on the PS2, and Portable Ops, also released on PSP.
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable is the PSP port of the hit PS2 turn-based Japanese RPG, Persona 3. it follows the exploits of a group of teenagers as they explore the “Dark Hour” a hidden 25th hour of day, using their ability to summon the games namesake Personas. These Personas play a pivotal role in combat against the Shadows, mysterious entities that feed off the people still awake within the Dark Hour.
You might be aware that Dragon Quest is a pretty big thing in Japan. In fact, ‘pretty big thing’ is an epic underestimation in itself, when I should realistically say that Dragon Quest is a phenomenally monumental thing in Japan – whenever a new game in the Dragon Quest series comes out, Japan shuts down. People skip work, book holidays in advance so they can queue up waiting for stores to open. The Japanese MEXT (The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology) have even implored to Square-Enix not […]