Monday, August 17, 2009

yay for updates and retyped reviews

As you can see i have updated my blog. I would also recommend reading the reviews from July if you haven't.

I am also re-typing all my reviews below Assassins Creed.

i only have two for now

God of War 2

and Wario World

check them out

Star Wars Rogue Squadron for the Nintendo 64

Star Wars, what an amazing franchise. It has one of the biggest cult followings of all time. They also have a good amount of games under their belt, and this is one of them, Star Wars Rogue Squadron for the Nintendo 64. So is this game based on a movie franchise as great as the force, or does it fail like Star Wars Episode 3? Let’s find out!

The whole plot of the game takes place between the original trilogies, as a small group of soldiers known as Rogue Squadron are sent on multiple missions to take down the empire. The whole story isn’t really that important, but if you care about the plot, then you might like it. I kind of like it and Star Wars fans like it to.

The game play was in the form of a strategy fighting game kind of like Battalion Wars for the Gamecube and Wii. You take control of whatever ships are available, and you go through levels, completing certain tasks. Most of them are basically like destroying bases on different planets and taking out hordes of enemy tie fighters. Still, a lot of the missions range from easy to hard from time to time, meaning the difficulty is maybe right in the middle. You get a whole list of fighters from the X-Wing, the A-Wing, the V-Wing and etc. You can also unlock special ships like the Millennium Falcon, the Tie Advance, the Naboo Starfigher, and one of my favorites and a lot of fan’s favorites, the Buick. You can also type in codes for stuff like infinite lives and three levels, of which two are from the original Star War’s movies.

The graphics are just fan freakin’ tastic! Lucas Arts and Factor 5 touched every little bit of processing power the Nintendo 64 could push, and they did it just right. Even better was if you had an expansion pack, the quality of the graphics would increase and look even more amazing. The sound is awesome, the music is amazing, and the voices are clear as crystal. I just can’t believe a lot of companies didn’t touch the full processing power of the Nintendo 64. The only other company I know that pushes the limit of the console is Rare.

It is time to get into your fighter and shoot down the bad parts of this game. First off, why isn’t there a movie based off this game? Why not a television series? I think it would do nicely! Second of all, the game can be pretty difficult, since it seems like later in the levels they won’t let you go. Then again, if I was getting attacked, I would fight back.

Over all, there aren’t a lot of things that are bad about this game. It’s amazing! It’s one of the best Nintendo 64 games of all time. I would recommend getting it for your collection. Even if you aren’t a gaming fan, you should get this game as a Star War’s fan. Now, if we can only convince George Lucas to make a series out of this game. No more Anakin Skywalker.

This game gets a 9 out of 10.

Virtual on Marz for the playstation 2

Bad games, you can’t escape them. They are everywhere and it’s not going to stop. Thank god we have things called bargain bins all across stores who sell them. So what do you have to do to get into the bargain bin?

1. Get bad to mediocre reviews
2. Cost to around ten bucks
3. Be poorly made.

Today I will be talking about one of those games. This so-called bargain bin game is called Virtual on Marz for the Playstation 2. Warning! This is a VERY bad game so expect to see more bad things then good things about this game.
Before I start with the story, I just wanted to say that the Virtual On series is mostly known on in the arcades and on the Sega Dreamcast. The story of this game is rather small and just confusing. So basically, there is some bad stuff going down. Some evil force is causing the ruckus, and it is up to the task force MARZ and their 49-foot robots to stop what ever is happening and save the planet.

The game was published by Sega and made by a separate team called Sega-AM3, which is famous for making games like Virtua Tennis, Crazy Taxi, and of course the Virtual On series. I have to say again I do like a lot of Sega made/published games, but it just seems like they don’t care anymore about what happens with their products. I wish they took as much care with their games now, like they did in the 16-bit days.
The game play style is of a strategy fighter, kind of like Batallion Wars and Factor 5’s Star Wars Rouge Squadron. You get to pilot multiple kinds of Virtuaroids and take on whatever mission you get put in front of you. Each Virtuaroid is different, like some are better at long range, some are better at short range, and you get the idea. The robots look like something that was out of robot anime shows like Robotech and Early Gundam series. The music in the game is of the techno-pop variety, like you would hear in games like Jetgrind Radio or in Dance Dance Revolution games. Most of the time, you will be hovering a couple inches off the ground, depending on which robot you are piloting. This game makes you feel like you’re in one of those robot animes like the ones I listed above.

I’m sorry for this short review, but I just have to get the rest of it out right now. It’s time to get into your robot and pilot the bad parts of the game. The game play can only be listed in one category, REPETITIOUS! It’s the same in every level. Sometimes, they do mix it up a bit, like destroy these trucks and such, but it’s all the same in every mission – it’s so boring. The controls seem to be 95% broken. It’s hard to turn and maneuver through the levels. The camera is also broken. You can only turn it around when you’re standing still. If you try to move it around while you’re running, it moves at a snail’s pace. When you use the boosters on the robot, you can’t turn right or left. For a fast-paced robot game, you really can’t move that fast. The difficulty is just mind-blowing. It’s even worse then Rygar the Legendary Adventure. It can be brutally hard on you through most of the game, and in the blink of an eye, it can be just stupid easy on you. It’s like the game keeps changing the rules. It’s kind of like playing with a spoiled brat who has to win. The graphics just suck. They seem dated by today’s standards, and the Playstation 2 has so much potential with graphics. I mean, look at Metal Gear Solid 3, God of War 2, and Devil May Cry 3. This game looks like a late 90’s arcade game or just a Dreamcast game that was meant for the Dreamcast system, but was put on hold for two years and then released for the Playstation 2. When I was playing the game in the early parts of it, I found out that your weapons could stop working. At first I thought there was limited ammo, but then I found out that there is a charge system, which recharges if you use stronger weapons quickly. In a game that requires you to be fast and dodge fast, this technique just doesn’t work at all
All and all, this has to be one of the worst games I have ever played. Let’s list out why.

1. Bad graphics
2. Broken controls
3. Awful camera.
4. Repetitive game play.

All I have to say is if you see this game in a bargain bin somewhere, just let it be. Don’t pick it up, and don’t even think about renting it. Sega, we are begging you to give us good games. Stop screwing around and make us some good games for once!
This game gets a 3 out of 10

Samurai Western for the Playstation 2

Samurais are the Japanese cowboys, and cowboys are the American samurai. They are both the best of two worlds of action entertainment. So, what would happen if you combined both worlds? In my opinion, it would be a thing that you couldn’t miss in the world. Let’s look at some great movies to give an example for both worlds. 7 Samurai is one of the best films of all time and is a personal favorite of mine. Representing the cowboy side is the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. Now, what happens if you combine both worlds into a game? Well, the result is the game known as Samurai Western for the Playstation 2. Just a heads up, I will be making a reference from my Mad World review, so make sure to read that before reading this one.

The story takes place in the Wild West in the 1800’s in America. A samurai by the name of Gojiro Kiryu is looking for his brother who has come here, and has gone missing. Later in the game though, you find out that an evil tyrant named Goldberg has taken over a small town, and wishes to turn the ranch into a vision he thinks as a Utopia. It is up to Gojiro and his friends to take him down and save the West from the grasp of Goldberg’s iron fist. During the game, you will find a couple of different twists, like Gojiro’s Brother isn’t actually missing, one of your friends is actually a military personnel and etc. The best part of the story is that it takes the best of two different plots. The first part of the plot is of a samurai movie and the second part is of a cowboy western movie. I really like how it’s set up, and the execution is pretty well done and doesn’t get confusing.

This unique game was made by Acquire, is responsible for the Way of the Samurai series and the Tenchu series. If you are fans of any of these series of games, then you won’t feel left out of this game, since this is actually a side story of the Way of the Samurai series. If you’re a fan of that, you will feel right at home. Even though this isn’t a well known game, the voice cast has pretty much a 5-star voice cast including Jennifer Hale who is the voice of Anne Barret. She is famous for doing the voices of Avatar Kyoshi from Avatar: Last Airbender, Zatanna from Justice League Unlimited, Naomi Hunter from Metal Gear Solid 4, and Tira from Soul Calibur 4 to name a few. One of my favorite voice actors in this game is Phil LaMarr, who is famous for being part of the MADTV cast, and famous for doing voices for Jack from Samurai Jack, Hermes from Futurama, and John Stewart the Green Lantern from Justice League Unlimited. Of course, Steve Blum, who if you read my Madworld Review, has done multiple voices and he is the voice for your Cowboy friend. The one voice actor who surprised me the most was Paul Eiding, who the young kids might recognize as Max Tennyson from the Ben 10 series, and for the more hardcore gamers out there, you will recognize him as Roy ‘freaking’ Campbell from the Metal Gear Solid series. This whole voice cast is one of the best in the industry, and I’m happy to know that they were in this game.

The whole game is kind of like the Way of the Samurai, Gungrave, and Genji Dawn of the Samurai games. What I mean by that is it’s a hack and slash beat ‘em up. You go through small areas in the Wild West, and cut down on enemies until you come to the end of the level and fight one of the unique bosses in the game. You can also choose what kind of sword style your character uses, depending on what kind of sword you wield. When you hold two swords, you have quick multiple strikes, and when you use a heavier sword, you use a slow but strong attack style. This game also gives you an RPG-like element, where you can equip your character with items to increase whatever stats the item gives them. One of my favorite parts of the game has to be the boss fights. They are typically of the cowboy movie variety, but sometimes, they have a samurai-esque vibe coming from them, which is pretty cool. Each fight is unique, varying from a guy with a gatling gun, two midgets who are fast and annoying to kill, and a quick machine gun wielding cowboy. Since you can’t use a shield or anything to defend yourself, you are forced to do a rolling maneuver, which adds personality to the game. You get a cute little surprise if you dodge a lot of bullets when you do the rolling maneuver

The graphics are pretty good. I mean, if you like graphics from games like Dynasty Warriors, the Tenchu series, and Way of the Samurai series, then you will like the style this game provides. Everything is detailed, and the characters are well designed and likeable. You also get some great western music while you cut through hordes of grunts and when you fight a boss. The execution and timing of the game is pretty well done, like I said above. It is one of the few games that defiantly pulls you into the story and doesn’t drag itself along like some stories do.

Now, it is time to draw your sword or gun and attack the bad parts of the game. The enemy variety isn’t that huge, meaning you will be attacking the same kind of enemies through all the levels. The game itself has suffered from what a lot of games suffer: The game is too short. There are multiple unlockable items and weapons, but since the game is too short, you won’t have enough time to get them all. Since you are a samurai, you don’t use long-range weapons, meaning you are forced to use short-range combat. It can get pretty difficult during the first part of the game, but you will get used to it. The game itself gets repetitious since most of the levels are the same. Though 5% of the levels have you do something different like getting rid of bombs, 95% of the game is just beat up everyone and fight a boss. Sometimes, the difficulty at the beginning of the game can get pretty hard if you don’t know what your doing, and it just isn’t fair since later bosses are just too easy.

All and all, this is a pretty good game. I mean, I enjoyed it, and everyone might not like it. For that reason, I will say rent it and see what you think. Though if you are a fan of hack and slash games or the Way of the Samurai games I would recommend it. I wouldn’t be surprised if there was some sort of spiritual sequel or just a plain sequel being made for this game. Like I said above, it combines the best from samurais and cowboys.

This game gets a 7.8 out of 10

Wave Race 64 for the Nintendo 64

Launch titles are important for a console when it’s released. It could either make or break the consoles sales for the first year. Though they aren’t what they used to be, nowadays there are some really good ones like… WAVE RACE 64! I also have noticed I haven’t done that many sport games for my review blog, so this is why I have decided to do a review of one of the better racing games on the Nintendo 64.

The story is well umm… not important. Okay, I’m going to be honest, there isn’t any story. Though for a racing game from Nintendo, it doesn’t really have a story. All you need to know is that you need to beat all the other racers and get in first every time. You also have to move between buoys, and that is basically the total summary of the game.

The game play is of a colorful Jet Ski racing game. You take control of one of four racers. The choices are Ryoto Hayami, Dave Mariner, Ayumi Stewart, and Miles Jester. Each character is different than another in ways, like some are better to control, some are faster, and etc.

The racing tracks are beautiful and fun to race around. This game reminds me of some other fun racing games on the Nintendo 64 like Mario Kart 64, Beetles Adventure Racing, and Diddy Kong Racing. The music is just fun to listen to, and it reminds me of Mario Kart 64 music. I wouldn’t have been surprised if Koji Kondo did the music. Even though he didn’t do the music, I wouldn’t have known if I hadn’t looked it up. Instead, we have Kazumi Totaka who has done music for games such as Luigi’s Mansion, Animal Crossing, Yoshi’s Story, Pikmin 2, Virtual Boy Wario Land, and others. Of course, with any racing game, there are multiple options like a 2-player mode, a challenge mode and etc. I have to say the 2-player mode is really fun, even though a 4-player option would be nice.

The graphics are really impressive. Since the game uses all 64 bits of the game’s hardware power, the game can have really impressive polygons for the day. I haven’t seen a game this impressive on the Nintendo 64 since, well, Beetles Adventure Racing or Banjo Kazooie. For a launch title, the game is really good since only a few of the launch title games are good. The rest are either decent or just terrible.

You know what time it is? It’s time to get on your Jet Ski and ride down the bad parts. There isn’t anything to unlock, which pretty much sucks. In a game, I love to find unlockables like artwork, videos, and etc. In this game though, there isn’t anything to find. The game can get boring if you’re playing alone, and it is my recommendation that you find a friend or someone to come play with you since it will make the game more enjoyable.

The final question is, is the game enjoyable? Yes it is. I can safely say that I would recommend this game to anyone who wants to own a good selection of Nintendo 64 games. Even though this game is fun, I would love to see a sequel with more characters and more tracks and more awesome music.

This game gets an 8 out of 10.

Pokemon Snap for the Nintendo 64

Pokemon. What an unexpecting franchise. It’s been around for a little over 10 years and it’s still pumping out games, which makes this one of the most committed franchises ever! They have made so many handheld games, so many console games, and so many spin-offs that it’s hard to count how many there are. This time though, I will be talking about one of the better spin-offs. Introducing the first Pokemon game review from Camseyeview, Pokemon Snap for the Nintendo 64.

Now, before I talk about the story, let me say that I am not the biggest Pokemon fan, but I will be talking and reviewing this game as a fan of Pokemon when I was young. The plot of the game goes like this. Professor Oak invites Todd Snap an early character from the Pokemon anime series to a mysterious island. Oak needs Todd to take photos of the Pokemon on the island to back up his research. It is up to Todd to take some of the best pictures of all the inhabitants of the island and make Oak proud.

The game play style is kind of unique since it is a first person rail shooter kind of game, but since you’re not a hunter shooting the cute Pokemon, you have to take pictures and find ways to get to different parts of the island. You basically move on a rail system in a multi-transforming buggy kind of cart as you take pictures of Pokemon. There are multiple ways to get good photos. The first way is just to take a picture of them, though to get higher scores, you will have to be a little more creative. The first way is to use a pester ball to stun them or make them upset. They usually do different things depending on how you use it. The second way is to use apples to feed or lure Pokemon together so they can eat. The final way is to use the pokemon flute. This means this item in the Pokemon universe is useful in more ways then one. It usually causes the Pokemon to either dance or something else. It’s very enjoyable to see all the effects of the items you use, and it’s just fun to see all the Pokemon without having to fight and capture them.

The music is quite enjoyable to listen to, and it’s fun to see all the Pokemon just running around at peace. The music is soothing, and it is maybe one of the more peaceful soundtracks to a game. I have to say, it is as peaceful or even more so than Pikmin. The charm of the game comes from the challenge to see how many great pictures you can take, and how many points they get. There is also a secret level, which is just purely amazing looking, which you will have to see for yourself. Since we’re talking about amazing looking things, let’s talk about the graphics. The graphics of the game look incredible. I mean, they have maybe some of the best looking graphics that I have ever seen on the Nintendo 64.

It’s time to pick up your camera and take pictures of the bad parts. First off, the first issue is the number of Pokemon in the game. There are only 63 Pokemon in the game out of the original 151. I know there are limitations to the Nintendo 64, but I think they could put in more then 63 Pokemon! The game itself is well, stupid easy. It might take some time to get some pictures, but it’s mainly for little kids. The game itself is, well, really REALLY short! You can get through this game in about 30 minutes or less.

My final conclusion is that it’s a pretty good game. Even if it has its flaws, the game is really enjoyable and I would recommend it to anyone who is a fan of Pokemon or has a Nintendo 64.

This game gets an 8 out of 10.

Overlord Series Part 1: Overlord: Raising Hell a.k.a Overlord for the Playstation 3

Action adventure games are pretty straightforward these days. You play as a hero or a chosen hero, and your job is to take down the evil forces that are across the land. There are a lot of good ones like Zelda, Shadow of the Colossus, and Okami, just to name a few. Though, what if you throw a fork into the equation, like combining the elements of Shrek, Pikmin, and a little bit of humor on the side? The result is one of the most offbeat, but interesting action adventure games ever, Overlord Raising Hell, or also known as Overlord. The version I am doing is the Playstation 3 version, but you can also get it for the 360, and I think they are pretty much the same. So, is this tale of a dark ruler worth checking out? Or is this Overlord an Underlord? Sorry for the bad joke.

The plot of the story is long ago, seven heroes murdered the previous Overlord and the land is filled with glee, or so it looks like. Meanwhile, the minions, which look like gremlins, open up a coffin and wake up the person inside, making him the new Overlord. It is his job now to take back the land, and kill the seven heroes who have been infected with corruption. This is kind of an interesting style of a story, since it borrows the fantasy parody of Shrek, because it’s not light and cuddly fairy tales. Instead, it has a darker demeanor. Since the title of the name says “Raising Hell”, there is a small story, which takes place after the events of the game if you get the PS3 version of Overlord, but you will have to find out yourself.

The game play style is, of course, an action adventure game. This time, you get the added fun of controlling a horde of minions. Since we are talking about the minions, I’m going to note right now that the whole game revolves around planning and using the minions in the correct way. There are four types of minions to control. There are the brown minions, which are the strongest fighters, red minions who can throw strong fire attacks and are immune to fire attacks, blue minions, who can go through water and can revive fallen minion, and green minions, who are immune to poison and can stab big enemies on the back. At first, you will start with 5 minions, though during the game, you can get more and more minions. Basically, you travel to different parts of the land with a small town of Spree being the middle point of the whole thing. Though you can attack with the Overlord, it’s much smarter to use the minions, since the Overlord moves and attacks like a tank. There are a lot of things you need to do, like save people from slavery and protect them from zombies. This is just a little taste of what you have to do. Though there is some fun stuff you can do, like sending the horde of minions to murder innocent sheep, and ransack houses and take their gold. Of course you also get to have a mistress in your castle also. The difficulty is right in the middle. It isn’t the easiest game around, but it isn’t the hardest game either.

The graphics are pretty awesome and amazing to look at. The whole art style is of a creative dark fantasy look, which really fits the game, since it isn’t too serious, but not too funny either. The story is really creative, and it is fun to know what will happen next in the story, after you have completed one quest. The whole charm comes from the minions and the so-called “heroes”. The minions are funny and interesting to look at. They have an interesting design since it has a cartoonesque-like look. The bosses or the so called “heroes” have an interesting take on them, since each one has been corrupted with a certain sin, like Melvin the hobbit hero has fallen to gluttony. The music is just nice to listen to. Fantasy music has always had a place in my heart, since it’s calm and peaceful. The more interesting character though, of course, is the Overlord. He looks like Sauron from Lord of the Rings, and just like Sauron, the Overlord doesn’t speak at all. It is also interesting that even though he looks like a villain, and even though he is an anti-hero, he is portrayed as a good guy more then a bad guy which I kind of like.

It is time to send your horde of minions to the bad parts of the game. Since the whole game revolves around using minions, it also means using your minions in customizing your weapons and armor. It is kind of annoying, since you have to sacrifice a certain amount of your choice of minions to forge the item in question. I don’t like that, since it’s hard to find minions and get more of them. In role-playing games, there is the occasional theme of leveling up called “level grinding” In Overlord, you have something I like to call “ minion grinding”. If you’re low on minions, you will, maybe like me, take a lot of time and gain more minions to use. It is just tedious. Another thing I don’t like about this game is that only one kind of minion can swim. This was funny when Pikman was first around, but it’s old and annoying now. This last thing is just minor, but this game will take a lot of time to complete, and right now it’s hard to, since I don’t have a lot of time on my hands.

The final conclusion is that Overlord or Overlord: Raising Hell, whichever version you have, is a pretty good game. I had a lot of fun playing this game, and that’s what a game is supposed to do. You’re supposed to have fun with it. I would recommend picking this game up for whichever console you have, though I will warn people who have a 360, that you have to download the “Raising Hell” expansion on the 360. Well, that wraps up the first installment of the interesting and awesome Overlord series.

This game gets an 8 out of 10.

Neo Geo Battle Coliseum for the Playstation 2

SNK will always have a special place in my heart for many of their awesome arcade game franchises. One of my favorites has to be the Metal Slug franchise. Other popular franchises are their fight game franchises like King of Fighters, Fatal Fury, Samurai Shodown, and Art of Fighting series. So far, in today’s world, they aren’t doing that well. Who could blame them? When you have Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft competing, what chance does SNK have? Well, 2 years ago, they came out with an unusual game that caught my eye called Neo Geo Battle Coliseum for the Playstation 2. So, will this game be the one to take them out of the shadows of the big companies? Or is it just another game to pick up for $10?

The story starts off with an evil man who wants to rule the Neo Geo world and defeat all its powerful fighters. A company named Warez decided to hold a tournament and see who is the strongest fighter. So, yeah, it’s your basic Street Fighter rip-off plot. Then again, it’s kind of hard to come up with a good story and present it through the game. Still, that’s for later in this review.

The game play style is in the form of a 2-against-2 fighting game which is, in a way, like another famous fighting game, Marvel vs. Capcom 2. You pick two fighters from the multiple Neo Geo universes, then you go through multiple fights just like in any fighting game, and then end with a tough boss fight. Now, if you are a fan of any the SNK or Neo Geo, you will feel comfortable with most of the characters in the game. You have people from stuff like Art of Fighting, Fatal Fury, King of Fighters, Metal Slug, King of Monsters, and etc. You also get to play as two original characters for this game, specifically named Yuki and Ai. They choose some of the best characters from each universe and that’s a smart call. You also get to use so-called super moves, like in Marvel vs. Capcom, in the form of the two characters combing their super moves.

The music has to be one of my favorite parts of the Neo Geo universe, since back in the day, they were superior in the ways of music and graphics. The music is full of life and rhythm, which you would find in any fighting game soundtrack. Since we’re talking about sound, I have to mention the best thing they did. They did a Cracker Jack job at voice acting. They didn’t change it for most of the characters, and only gave English voice acting to the few American characters. I think that’s a good move, since voice acting can screw up the game a little. You hear that Sega? Change the god dang voice acting in the Sonic games! Okay, now that I blew off some steam, let’s continue with this review. To finish this paragraph, I think the best part of this style of fighting game is because you get to choose your favorite characters from two universes and make it a deadly force.

Let’s pick your favorite fighters and beat up the bad parts of the game. The graphics are pretty stale and bad for an SNK game. Now, how bad are the graphics? They look a little better then Megaman and Bass. When you think of SNK, you think of beautiful graphics, but compared to stuff like New Super Mario Brothers Wii, Little Big Planet, and Halo, you can see that SNK hasn’t really aged well at all. The fighting mechanic for this game is kind of like a lot of fighting games where you need to pull of super combo moves and be cheap. If you’re not one of those people who can pull them off, then its just frustrating to play. When I pick up a game, I want to be able to easily learn the controls and play the game. I don’t want to have to go on the Internet, and print out sheets upon sheets of combos for each character. In my opinion, that isn’t a fun aspect of this game. With every fighting game, there is always the issue of the AI opponent, which can always pull off the super moves in an instant. That isn’t fair to the player who is playing the game and doesn’t know how to pull off any of the stronger moves. The biggest gripe I have with this game is the final boss selection. If you want to fight one out of the four or so final bosses, you have to do it under specific requirements. What?! Why do I have to do that instead of just going linear with the matches and fight all the bosses? Another thing that I’m just upset about in this game is when you die once, even if you have another fighter ready, it’s game over. How hardcore do I need to be to play a freaking fighting game? I think they just didn’t have a lot of time with this game, and they just couldn’t test it enough to see what works and what didn’t. Remember how I said up above about the plot in a fighting game and how it’s hard to pull it off? Well, this game does a horrible job introducing the plot through the game, since it’s just repetitious rounds, and it will just confuse the living heck out of everyone who plays it.

All and all, it’s a slightly above-average fighting game. It’s not the best by any means, but it isn’t the worst. All I have to say is if you have Gamefly, I say, check it out, I mean, if you’re a super combo kind of fighter fan, I guess. Other then that, this is just going to be on the shelves gathering dust.

This game gets a 7 out of 10
Rated T for Teen.

Mace for the Nintendo 64

Fighting games are just pure awesome. There are so many good ones like Street Fighter 2, King of Fighters, Power Stone, and multiple others. Mortal Kombat is one of the more famous ones, since it instigated the rating of games, based on how violent they are. Sadly, there are also bad ones like Shaq-Fu and Kasumi Ninja, though there are some decent ones also like Mace: the Dark Age for the Nintendo 64.

The whole plot of Mace takes place in a medieval time, and is under chaos and distress, which isn’t anything new that we have seen in games like this. Let’s just put it this way. The story is kind of like Soul Calibur, since Mace is an evil power and wants to conquer the whole world, and it’s up to multiple warriors from all across the land to take it down or whatever is on their agenda. Sorry to sum it up like this, but it’s basically true.

Ironically, this game was made by Midway, which is famous for their other fighting franchise Mortal Kombat. Just like Mortal Kombat, Mace is a bloody fighting game. This game had a lot of great-looking characters, which remind me of Soul Calibur characters, especially Lord Deimos, who reminds me of Nightmare and Siegfried. There is always something that makes fighting games unique, like Soul Calibur is an all-weapons fighting game, and Super Smash Brothers uses simple controls. Mace has unique death moves, kind of like Mortal Kombat. There are also unlockable characters, which I have to say are some of the coolest unlockable characters ever! One of my favorites is the Warmech-driving Gar and Pojo the Chicken. That’s right, I said that you could play as a chicken. There is also funny stuff like a code that can make everyone wear furry bunny slippers.

The graphics are pretty awesome for the Nintendo 64. They look almost as good as Banjo Kazooie’s or Mortal Kombat 4’s graphics. The music is pretty interesting, since a lot of games have unique songs for each stage, though most of Mace’s music sounds like it should be in a death metal album. In fact, most of the characters sound like they are actually death metal artists. The environments are pretty good-looking as well, and interactive, like if a character goes in the water, it makes a splash, and it just sounds amazing.

Let’s pick up your weapon and beat up the bad parts of the game. First off, let’s talk about the controls. I haven’t talked about them since, well, they are kind of broken. The combo system is very poor, and it feels just a little delayed. The characters seem stiff and it’s unfair how the enemies can pull off combos when it’s already hard to, in the first place.

Overall, this is a pretty interesting game. Besides the poor controls and stiff difficulty, the game does have some entertainment still left in it. I would say if you can find it with a decent price on it, I would buy it. This is one of the better fighting games for the Nintendo 64, but it isn’t much, since there weren’t a lot of great fighting games for the console.
This game gets a 7.8 out of 10.

Handheld Adventures Part 3: Astroboy: Omega Factor

Astro Boy. What can I say about this famous anime series? It was basically the first anime series ever created, and still stands as one of anime’s best series of all time. I have to admit, I just enjoy this old series. Still, with every popular series of anime, there is always some plan for a game of the same name. Now, only two Astro Boy games have come here into the American audience, one for the Playstation 2, and one for the Gameboy Advance. The one I will be reviewing today is the Gameboy Advance game, Astro Boy Omega Factor.

The plot of this game is kind of a mixed bag of stories, since it combines different elements from all the different Astro Boy incarnations. In my opinion, it’s a pretty good story. It has to do with Robot Rights, an ancient underground city, time traveling, and it is just awesome how they tied all this into one handheld game. Now, before I talk about the game play, I want to talk a little bit about who made the game. I didn’t really rent this game because of the title of the game. I picked it up because of a little-known name that produced this game. That name is called Treasure. Treasure in the Past has been known for making great high quality games like the Gunstar Heroes series, the Guardian Heroes series, and single games like Alien Soldier and Wario World.

The game is a hybrid, in the form of a part beat em’ up and a shoot em’ up. It’s like they took the game play styles of some of their last games and put them into this one game. You basically go through 7 levels divided into multiple chapters, beat down enemies from the Astro Boy universe, and fight a boss at the end of each chapter, like Atlas, Pluto, Blue Knight, and etc. Now, for physical attacks, you have the basic punch and kick attacks, but since this is Astro Boy we’re playing, you also get weapons like a finger laser beam, an arm cannon, and, umm, machine guns coming out of your backside. You also can use your boosters to get to higher places, and you use them to fight some bosses and to go through the shoot em’ up sections of the game.

The graphics are just awesome for a Game boy Advance game. Still, you can’t really be surprised since Treasure has always done a good job in the graphics department and the sound department. The story is amazing. It is serious and dark halfway through the game, and there is always a plot twist from time to time. The sound is interesting, and it’s enjoyable to listen to. The animations are smooth and pretty to look at. This is, to my surprise, one of the only few licensed games I actually care about. That’s kind of hard to say this time around, since so many licensed games are just horrible. Alas, there is a few licensed games to actually care about, and this is one of them.

Sadly, it is time to get down to the bad parts of this robotic creation. The really only bad thing I can say about this game is the procedure you have to go through during the second part of the game. You have to play through all the levels twice, and then after that, you have to backtrack through a couple of the levels and do certain things and that can get pretty confusing since you don’t get a clear note on where to go and where that person is. In a game, I kind of like a linear progression, and I think this game should have stayed linear. The hints are also kind of confusing since they can tell you where to go, but the hints themselves aren’t that descriptive.

My final conclusion is that this is a really fun game and it is one of the better Game Boy Advance games out there. I would highly recommend giving this game a try, so I say, rent it or buy it. For people who don’t know this, there is a new Astro Boy movie coming out later this year and I am just excited.

This game gets an 8.2 out of 10.