Saturday, December 24, 2011

Super Hero Holiday Special Part 2: Spiderman: Edge of Time for the PS3 and 360 review




Who here has played Spiderman: Shattered Dimensions? It was a pretty favorable game from last year and yet some people didn’t care for it due to the repetitious nature of the game. While I do hate it for that reason, and that there were some glitches and little replay value, I still think it’s a really good Spiderman game. If you put it into context with the pile of Spiderman games we have gotten this past decade, it’s the best. The developers Beenox did a good job in making the Spiderman franchise get a good clean image in the life of video games. Now we have another Spiderman game called Spiderman: Edge of Time! I did have my concerns about this when I first heard about it. It had just been a year since the last Spiderman game was released and there were only two Spiderman characters to play as, Amazing Spiderman and Spiderman 2099. This game also has the draw of famous actor Val Kilmer playing the villain. Is this a worthy Spiderman game to check out or should you just leave this at the end of time? Let’s find out in Spiderman: Edge of Time for the 360 and PS3 here on Cam’s Eye View. 

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Super Hero Holiday Special Part 1: Batman Arkham City for the PS3 and 360 review




Batman Arkham Asylum definitely has made quite a name for itself, hasn’t it? I mean, who thought that it would have been such a hit with the past Batman games being, well, terrible? It was one of the best games of 2009 and maybe the best license game of all time. That statement might be a bit on the fan boy side since there are other great license games, but this one definitely pushed the bar high for other games based off of licenses. That is until the sequel was announced at the end of 2010. We didn’t hear things for quite some time until E3 2011. I mean, there are big things going for this game. It was going to be bigger and better. The sad thing though was that this would be the last time Mark Hamill would voice the Joker. So, how does this game stack up? Is it better? Or does it have the vibe people had after seeing Batman and Robin? Well, read on to find out. 

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

El Shaddai for the PS3 and 360 review




After I played Alice: Madness Returns, I came to the conclusion that I needed a break from unique-looking games. There was so much wrong with that game, resulting in nomination of worst game of 2011. It was a terribly flawed action game. The story and characters might have been interesting, but the gameplay dragged the game down, including only ONE [insert bad word here] BOSS! I mean, why can’t action games have an interesting story, a unique and simple combat system, and a wonderful art style? Oh wait, there is a game like that! Its called God of War 3! WAIT WAIT WAIT! That isn’t the right action game to mention. Let’s see, I know there was a game released in 2011 that was like I described. Oh yeah! Its called El Shaddai! Yes, a game that was in a form of limbo for a while coming to America until the almighty Ignition Games decided to grab life by the balls and release this game here on August 16th 2011. It might be a tiny bit odd that this action game is based on Deuterocanonical Book of Enoch, which is a cultural thing that I’ll explain later. It turns out to be a very stylized game with a simple, but easy-to-get-into combat system, a pretty well-paced story, and an amazing art style that makes it one of the best looking games art-wise of 2011.  Let’s dive into this somewhat confusing culture mixture of Christian Old Testament and action. and review El Shaddai!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Y's: Ark of Napishtim for the PS2 review





Hello, everyone! Welcome back to my review blog. Do you remember a company called Nihon Falcom? This company was more well known during the late 80’s and early-to-mid 90’s, and was mostly known for the Dragon Slayer, The Legend of Heroes, Zwei, and Y’s series. The game this time is from the famous action RPG Y’s series. It is the 6th game in the series that was released for the PC, PSP, and PS2. This review is of Y’s: Ark of Napishtim for the PS2. Out of games to review, this one was not the most requested, but I decided to review it because a friend of mine recommended it and the other games that are on the PSP. While not a totally original game, it is a pretty fun and challenging game for the PS2, and is one of the better-unknown games for the system. So, let’s take a look into the underrated gem, Y’s: Ark of Napishtim.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

3 game special Part 3: Alice Madness Returns for the PS3 and 360



I have been playing a lot of unique games this year, with Portal 2 and L.A. Noire being the two big hitters for me. Sadly, I think I just hit the wall with unique games to play for a while. I say this since this next game is American McGee’s Alice: Madness Returns for the PC, PS3, and 360. I know this is a bit sudden for me to announce the game I am reviewing, but I have kind of had enough of playing unique games for now due to this game. I have a love-hate relationship with it. I love it for specific reasons, but I really hate it for technical and other specific reasons. I don’t like to scream and rave and rant about a game so early in the review, but that is how I feel about this game. Alice Madness Returns is a flawed, but interesting experience brought by American McGee to the gaming world. So, let’s dive into the madness of Alice: Madness Returns. Before I continue I just want to say this is my opinion and if you don’t like it, that is fine, just make your own review of it.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

3 game special Par 2: L.A. Noire for the PS3 and 360




Sometimes, it is nice to play something different. I mean, it seems like the industry is buried in Call of Duty games, Street Fighter 4 games, and thankfully, no more music games. I like to see companies break out of the mold and do something different. I think the company I am most proud of is Rockstar. I have played their Grand Theft Auto franchise, but I don’t really see the big deal about the games. I can understand their popularity and well thought out story to some extent, but it really isn’t my kind of franchise. That is why I was pleasantly surprised about Red Dead Redemption. I mean, yeah, the story dragged on near the end, but it was a very solid game and definitely worth the Game of the Year award. Personally, I would have chosen Super Mario Galaxy 2 or Mass Effect 2. When I heard Rockstar was doing a game where the setting was the 1940’s and you were a detective, I was intrigued and when I saw the trailers, I was excited. Some of the review scores for this next review can be a bit biased and overblown, but it is definitely worth playing, rather than games like Bullet Storm or Gears of War 2. The game in question is Team Bondi’s first game and hopefully not their last, L.A. Noire. Like I said, this game does have its share of faults, but they really aren’t that big. Besides, I have to talk about the game first and not just say all the bad things first. So, put on your nicest suit from the 40’s, this is my review of L.A. Noire

Friday, November 11, 2011

3 game special Part 1: Portal 2 for PS3, 360, PC, and Steam



I love to be surprised by games that everyone loves and I just didn’t get. Portal was one of those games that I just didn’t get. It seemed like some first-person puzzle game that was going to be hard to push to the gaming public. It also didn’t help that it was part of the Orange Box with Half Life 2 and Team Fortress. However, it got a lot of good reviews, and besides being short and having some clunky mechanics, somehow won Game of the Year Award from a couple of publications. Personally, in 2007, Super Mario Galaxy was Game of the Year for me, but we need to move on. After working on and milking every PC and Xbox360 gamer out of their hard earned cash with Left 4 Dead 1 and 2, I heard they were going to make a Sequel for Portal that came out this year. At first I still wasn’t impressed and just pushed it aside for other games that were coming out. I then decided to see what Valve had to show by watching all the trailers and footage they had of the game, and then I got a little interested. Portal was a game you had to play to get what people were talking about, and I bet this game was going to be like that too. I had it on my Gamefly list and got it about a week after it was released, and here I am today to talk to you about Portal 2 for PS3, 360, PC, and Steam. I was very surprised at how good this game was, and I could see why this series has received so much respect. It’s different, unique, and no one can match it. Let’s dive right into Portal 2.

Monday, October 31, 2011

3 Year RPG Special Part 4: Dragon Quest 8: Journey of the Crused King for the PS2




Welcome to the next part of the 3-year RPG special. I remember reading a pretty harsh statement from Bioware stating that Japanese-style RPG’s lacked innovation. While that may be true in some areas, I don’t think they should say that when Bioware’s Dragon Age 2 was not as good as the original, with a not-so-well-developed story, bland characters, and still had what critics called an identity crisis of wanting to know what kind of game it wants to be. It also doesn’t help with the whole controversy about that Bioware employee giving the game a perfect 10 out of 10 and calling any other reviewer biased and stupid. Even though RPG’s from Japan still use common gameplay elements like turn-based combat and have fairly simple melodramatic stories, it works out for some series since sometimes we don’t need a fully complex story with underlying political or religious themes. Sometimes, we just need a simple story with enjoyable characters and a sense of adventure and excitement without having to pay close attention to the story’s many underlying themes. This is where the very popular Dragon Quest series comes in. This is probably the most popular series back in Japan and for good reason. The franchise has had very simple, but entertaining plots (it differs from game to game since Dragon Quest 4 and 5 have great stories) and great characters with a combat system that hasn’t changed in about 20 or more years. While I have admittingly stayed far away from this franchise due to extreme levels of difficulty that does turn some people off, if you stay with the games you will learn to love them and be hooked on them for the rest of your life. This is where Dragon Quest 8 comes in for the PS2! A game that I think is far better than Final Fantasy 12 and 13 entirely, Dragon Quest 8 with its simple yet entertaining story, great characters, simple combat, and of course the artwork of Akira Toriyama added for some flare is a great RPG. Any RPG fan that likes old traditional turn-based RPG’s should get this game immediately! It’s one of if not the best RPG on the PS2 and one of my favorite RPGs. Let’s dive into the wonderful world of Dragon Quest 8: Journey of the Cursed King.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

3 Year RPG Special Part 3: Tales of Vesperia for the Xbox360




Hey, everyone! Welcome back to the third part of this 3-year special! Now then, since I got my “hello” out of the way, let’s talk about the Tales games from Namco. If you are blinded with confusion about this series and saying to yourself, “what is this Tales series?” Well, you are not alone, and no, I was not insulting your intelligence. I’m serious, since, um…let me explain. The Tale franchise is apparently a huge fan-followed-action RPG franchise from Namco that has been going on since the first game appeared on the Super Famicom. It officially started to come here when the PS1 came to be, and FF7 made RPG’s a huge moneymaker here in the states. Namco caught wind of this and decided to start releasing the Tale games over here to take the big boys like Final Fantasy down a couple of pegs. This plan failed, but we did get some of the games over the years. The first game we got in the series was Tales of Destiny, the first game to be released over here in 1998 with good reception. They then released Tales of Eternia over here under the title, Tales of Destiny 2 with generally positive reviews, despite some complaints about the graphical presentation and sound work, but well received nonetheless. Sadly, after that, they basically have been releasing some of them over here, but not all of them. I think this is due to a good chunk of gamers really liking this series, but not a big enough chunk of customers to port over the entire franchise in the U.S. For example, we got left out of the ACTUAL Tales of Destiny 2’s release on the PS2. We got Tales of Symphonia for the Gamecube with it ending up as one of the console’s best and ONLY RPG’s with a cult following. Namco left us in the dark about Tales of Rebirth for the PS2, but gave us Tales of Legendia for the PS2. Namco also gave us Tales of Abyss, and are going to give us Tales of Grace for the PS3. I am going to review the most recent of the Tales game to come over here in the states known as Tales of Vesperia for the Xbox360. In my opinion, this could be the best Xbox360 game. This is debatable, due to people saying that Gears of War or Halo is the best game on the console, but this is my review, and I am going to say that Tales of Vesperia is the best game on the console, and I could highly recommend it to anyone looking for a great RPG for the console. Let’s dive our way into no man’s land and get onto part 3 of this 3-year Anniversary Special. 

Monday, October 17, 2011

3 Year RPG Special Part 2: Blue Dragon for the Xbox360




Hello, everyone, and welcome back to part 2 of this 3-year RPG Special. We last left off on one of the developer Mistwalker’s most celebrated titles, Lost Odyssey for the Xbox 360. For a console that is covered in shooters, Lost Odyssey is one of the best games you could get if you want Japanese-style RPG’s. While you could complain that it shouldn’t have used random battles (and to some extent I agree), I love the game. I enjoyed and was pulled into the story, I enjoyed the characters, and I love the turn-based fighting mechanics. It’s one of the better games you can get for the 360, and for about 10 to 12 bucks, I could totally recommend this 4 disc long game. However, there was a game that came out before Lost Odyssey that is still solid, but might be the weakest RPG in this special. I mean it’s not a terrible game since I don’t want to play a terrible RPG like some RPGs in the past, but it is probably in the same area where it has good and bad points that could be the deciding point for you as a gamer as to whether or not to invest in it. Let’s try to catch our shadows and review Blue Dragon. 

Saturday, October 15, 2011

3 Year RPG Special Part 1: Lost Odyssey for the Xbox360 review


             

Welcome, everyone, to the multi-part RPG 3-Year Special. Since a lot of people liked how many RPG’s I did leading up to the 200th review of Lunar: Silver Star Story, I decided to do some more RPG’s since it’s slowly becoming my favorite genre of games. I have played about 20 or so RPG’s and reviewed about as many on my blog. I decided to review a modern day Japanese-style RPG that did surprisingly well over here in the states, and sold a total of 348,000 copies in America. The more amazing thing is that it is on the 360. Even though there are some pretty solid RPG’s on the 360, like Blue Dragon, the amazing Tales of Vesperia, and again depending on who you ask, The Last Remnant, the console is more known for its group of male-centric bullet-riddled shooter games like Halo and Gears of War, to name the two big dogs. This game is made by the famous Mistwalker’s Studios, founded by Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi. This game is known as Lost Odyssey. While some people could complain that it’s stuck in old world style of RPG’s with turn-based combat, random encounters, and a somewhat generic story, but I think it’s one of the best games on the 360 if you’re not interested in the shooters on the console. Let’s dive into the mysterious world of Lost Odyssey.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Yakuza Retrospective Part 2: Yakuza 2 for the PS2





Hello everyone, and welcome to part 2 of Cam’s Eye View’s Yakuza Retrospective! So, as you all know, I liked the first game, yeah, it had its faults and demanded commitment, but it was a great game. I just wish I knew about this series sooner so I could find a good condition copy of the game, but I know some people would rather rent it to see why it was so great. So, let’s dive into the sequel and one of the better late-coming PS2 games from 2008, Yakuza 2. If you liked the first game and wanted to bash some more skulls in Japan, we’ve got a sequel that definitely brings in more Japanese crime syndicates to fill your prescription of skull bashing. Now, granted, nothing much has changed, but there are some pretty good improvements. So, let’s clean off your brass knuckles, whip out Rosetta Stone Japanese, and read on about Yakuza 2! Personally, I wouldn’t recommend going through the hassle of Rosetta Stone, but do what you want.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Ratchet and Clank series part 5: Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction for the PS3 review




Hello, everyone. Welcome back to another Ratchet and Clank retrospective review. We are now finally finished with the PS2 games in the series. So far, I think the series is good, but it hasn’t really done anything special. Each game has been basically being more polished than the last one, but that was it. They didn’t really do anything, well, evolving with the series until Ratchet Deadlocked came out, but after playing that, I missed the old formula of the series. Like I said, they didn’t do anything special, and never really gave me the wow factor that I was hoping for, besides the amazing voice acting and the creative humor. I have my hopes up for the new Ratchet and Clank game that is multiplayer-centric, but is an all-out platformer. I am very excited for it, but before I can review it, I have two more PS3 games to review of this series. I am not going to review the downloadable PS3 game, but if they drop the price, then I will. Let’s get started with Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction. This is definitely yet another step in the right direction of what the series should have done in the PS2 games. Let’s dive into Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction for the PS3. 

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Beatdown Fists of Vengeance for the PS2 review




What games do you think of when you look at the beat ‘em up genre? First, you got your 2D beat ‘em ups that took place on a 2-dimensional plane. When I think of those kinds of games, I think of games like Final Fight, Knights of the Round, King of Dragons, Streets of Rage, Ninja Warriors, Kung Fu, Splatterhouse, TMNT Turtles in Time, and many other classic beat ‘em up games. Sadly, the 3D beat ‘em up genre doesn’t really have a lot of good games in that genre. Of course, we have the awesome Yakuza series for this answer. However, we usually think about bad or just average (some slightly above average) games that really come to mind in this genre. The games I can think of are The Bouncer, Final Fight Streetwise, and you get the idea. The 3D beat ‘em up genre isn’t that good. It isn’t the genre’s fault. It’s just hard to make a good 3D beat ‘em up. I recently was watching a video about 200 PS2 games and I saw one that caught my eye and it happened to be a 3D beat ‘em up. I put it on my Gamefly.com list and I rented it. The game in question is what people consider to be an underrated gem known as Beat Down: Fists of Vengeance for the PS2 and Xbox. Made by our now defunct friends from Cavia, who made Nier, Beat Down is yet another attempt to try and make a 3D platformer, and from the big name reviews, I could see I was going down a bumpy road ahead. However, I only read the reviews to see what I was getting into. It is my turn to see what I think about the game. This is my review of Beat Down: Fists of Vengeance.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Xbox360 Back Track Part 1: Deathsmiles for the 360




I recently got my first Xbox360. Now, I can review Xbox360 games! I decided since this is a very special occasion, I would make this a new section of reviews called the 360 backtrack! This is where I will review new and old 360 games that I might have missed. Let’s start off this new section with a recent fan favorite game that has gotten pretty popular even though it’s a bullet hell shoot ‘em up. This little title is called Deathsmiles. In the long line of recent bullet hell shooters that have made it onto the 360, Deathsmiles isn’t the hardest of the shooters since there are much MUCH harder bullet hell games out there. Deathsmiles is a very entertaining game that is definitely worth picking up if you’re running out of exclusive games on the 360. Let’s get into the world of shooters and check out Deathsmiles. 

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

200th RPG Review Special part 6: Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete for the PS1 review




Welcome to the 200th review and the final part of the Game Arts Tribute. I knew that I wanted the 200th review was going to be special, and  I wanted it to be a very special review for an RPG that I found to just be one of my favorites. It is also one of the games made by the recently passed co-founder of Game Arts. The sad thing about this RPG is that it only had a direct sequel, a spin-off title only for Japan for the Sega Saturn, and a very very terrible DS game. This game didn’t get the kind of respect that the Final Fantasy series received here in America. Due to this fact, these games are very hard to find and are almost near triple digits in price. Lucky for me, I got my hands on one of these games in the mid-double digits in price, and it’s a game that has aged pretty well. This game is called Lunar: Silver Star Story. Now, the original game came out in the U.S.A on the Sega CD with generally favorable praise, but the one I am reviewing is the Playstation update with animated cut scenes, redone voice acting, updated music, and just an overall charm that a lot of RPGs have lost in today’s gaming. It’s one of the hardest RPG’s to find, but it is one of the best old-time RPG’s that you could play. Let us begin this very special 200th review of Lunar: Silver Star Story.

Monday, August 22, 2011

199th RPG Review Special part 5: Grandia for the PS1 review





Welcome to a very special review for the 199th and 200th game. On June 29th 2011, one of the founders of the wonderful developing company known as Game Arts passed away at the age of 45. This wonderful man is named Takeshi Miyaji. He is a man who was behind many classic games like Grandia and Lunar Silver Star Story. These are two of my favorite games of all time and in my top 10 favorite RPGs of all time. These last two reviews will be a tribute to not only Game Arts, but to Mr. Takeshi Miyaji and the hard working people behind these two games. Let’s start with the wonderful and much loved, Grandia for the PS1. The classic RPG was originally released on the Sega Saturn in Japan and was brought here to America for the Playstation 1, and is now downloadable on the Playstation Network store. It is a wonderfully lighthearted RPG that stands the test of time. This results in Grandia being one of the most memorable and one of the best RPGs of all time. Let us begin my 199th review of Game Art’s classic, Grandia. 

Thursday, August 4, 2011

198th RPG Review Special part 4: Paper Mario for the N64 review




Super Mario RPG Legend of the Seven Stars. What could I possibly say about this Super Nintendo game that hasn’t already been said? Granted, I do want to review it, but I’ll just give a short summary here. The gameplay is fun, the characters are memorable, the story isn’t too complex, and the music is great. It was one of Square’s last things they did with Nintendo until the Gamecube and Gameboy Advance came around. It’s one of the best Super Nintendo games, and one of my favorite Mario games. Sadly, they didn’t make a sequel to it due to its limited release all around the world and other reasons I don’t want to get into. However, I do want to get into an RPG that stars Mario that sadly, no one really talks about. It’s a great game, but no one really seems to talk or give it as much praise as Super Mario RPG. It isn’t an underrated gem since it did do well in the gaming market, but I don’t think it gets as much love as it needs to. Let’s dive right into one of the best and one of the ONLY RPGS on the Nintendo 64, Paper Mario. I decided to do this game some justice. Not only did it get a lot of the votes, but also the new Paper Mario 3DS is coming out, which I am excited for. It is one of the Nintendo 64’s greatest games and one of my favorite RPGs. Let’s get started then on this wonderful N64 game.

Monday, July 25, 2011

197th RPG Review Special part 3: Final Fantasy Mystic Quest for the SNES review







Final Fantasy 4, Final Fantasy 6, Secret of Mana, and Super Mario RPG. What do all of these games have in common? They are classic RPG’s on the Super Nintendo. I know Final Fantasy 4 was named “2” here in the states and Final Fantasy 6 was named “3” in the states during the 90’s, but that doesn’t matter right now. The Super Nintendo had a lot of great RPG’s and many of them are still played today. However, there are other great RPG’s on the system like Lufia 2 and Breath of Fire 2. With every game system however, there is that black sheep out of the bunch of classics that it is either loved or hated by fans of that system. I absolutely love this game that I am reviewing and it’s Final Fantasy Mystic Quest for the Super Nintendo. Every one knows about this game due to the minor popularity of RPG’s back in the day, and this game was made to help American gamers get into RPG’s. The results, though, were that Mystic Quest was a failure and was not very popular. Though by today’s standards with RPG’s that require hours on end and a huge amount of multi-tasking, there is a certain charm to this wonderful and simple RPG from the 90’s. I guess I should jump on the bandwagon as well, and admit that I love this RPG. Let’s start the review of the cult classic and guilty pleasure-inducing Final Fantasy Mystic Quest.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

196th RPG Review Special Part 2: Xenogears for the PS1 review





Hello,  and welcome back to another part of the multi-part RPG review, counting down to the 200th review! I decided to take a look at a great and somewhat untouched RPG from the vault of Square’s gaming library. It’s weird that they haven’t touched this game to make loads of money on. I mean, they do know they don’t HAVE to do Final Fantasy. I know they have bought a lot of companies and their products like I.O Interactive and their Hitman and poorly done Kane and Lynch franchise. They also bought out Crystal Dynamics, who made the Legacy of Kain and Tomb Raider series, but that is for another time. We are here to talk about RPG’s. Today, we are going to talk about a game that is amazingly good, and for some reason, no sequels have been made for it. There is a so-called prequel trilogy that is supposed to be connected to the series, but the producer denied any connections to it. This game I am talking is the beloved Xenogears. Like I said a couple times, it’s weird that they don’t touch this game. I mean, it sold over a million copies by 2003. That should declare a sequel. Anyway, just like Threads of Fate, this game is great, and I would highly recommend it if you’re a rabid RPG gamer and love the old Squaresoft titles.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

195th RPG Review Special Part 1; Final Fantasy 13 for the PS3 and 360 review




Welcome everyone to a very special multi-part event. Since we are now heading toward number 200 in my written reviews, this will be a multi-part review of role-playing games. This is a genre that I hold dear to me. I have played the best, like Final Fantasy 9, and the garbage, like Quest 64. Good lord, I hated Quest 64. For this special event, I am choosing multiple different rpgs from Enix to Game Arts who I think make the best rpgs. For the first in this multi-part review, I decided to kick things off with a bang, and review an RPG that I promised myself I would never EVER review. Let’s start part one with Final Fantasy 13. It’s weird since I just hated the look and idea of the new Final Fantasy. I thought it went way too far from the source material, and it deserved a lot of the bad and negative reaction it got from the fans. It is definitely one of the worst in the franchise, but is it really that bad of a game? I played it and maybe some of my opinions of this game might have changed, but who knows. Let’s begin on this unusual adventure, shall we?

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Mass Effect 2 for the PS3 and 360 review




You are all in for a treat! This is a game that at first I had decided never to review because I never saw what was so special about it. The other reason was that it was on the 360. Now, it’s 2011, and it was released a few months back in January for the PS3. This is also a surprise to me since it is now one of my top 25 favorite games of all time. I won’t delay the tension any longer, here is my special review of Mass Effect 2! I was seriously surprised at how deep and great this game is. I kind of blew it off ignorantly due to the fact that it was a space shooter. However, it is from the critically acclaimed studio, Bioware, and winner of multiple Game of the Year Awards from many publications. It is definitely a game that is worth the money and time if you’re old enough. Let’s dive into this wonderful game simply known as Mass Effect 2.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

DLC Domination part 6: Stacking and Stacking DLC







The adventure game genre is definitely not one of my favorite genres. It isn’t that I think they are bad games, I mean, I enjoy the humor of the Monkey Island games and the Grim Fandango game. I just feel like the gameplay is clunky and very confusing at times on how to progress through the game. The puzzles would be so obscure and confusing that it would take me right out of the zone that the game has. and well, I would be right back in reality. However, I think I have found one of my all-time favorite downloadable games, and maybe another runner-up in my favorite games of my all-time list. This is yet another brilliant game from the minds at Double Fine Productions, called Stacking!  An adventure/puzzle game, based on those Russian stacking dolls, Stacking Is a very and I mean VERY good game. It is one game I would recommend in the first top 5 games to download if you are new to the market. Also, since they just came out with DLC, this will be a double-stacked review including Stacking: The Lost Hobo King DLC! An extension to the amazing awesomeness that is Stacking, The Lost Hobo King just continues with what works with Stacking. You have really clever puzzles, really funny wit and humor, a creative presentation, and just an all-around enjoyable story. Stacking is one of the most entertaining games I have ever played, and it is a game I would highly recommend downloading instantly. So, let’s get onto the review of Stacking and Stacking: The Lost Hobo King 

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

A Boy and his Blob for the Wii review



Many people my age remember a lot of retro games that are, well…not that good, but remembered fondly for some reason. When I was taking game industry classes, some people talked about the somewhat cult classic/bad game, A Boy and his Blob for the NES. What I remember hearing is that the concept is bizarre, and it’s very unforgiving in difficulty. Nowadays, people are always trying to bring back old classic games with varying results. The Blaster Master reboot was bad and the remake for Splatterhouse was pretty good. Nothing about these remakes has really blown my mind, until I picked up a specific game. What is this game I am talking about? Is it some whimsical underrated gem that is a remake…okay, the punchline is the remake of A Boy and his Blob. This game was a change of pace out of all the 2D style Wii games that are usually garbage. This game actually took some careful execution and actually results in it being one of the better Wii games. Now, from the look of it, I can see how you would need to take a second look to make sure it is a good game, but trust me, it’s one of the better Wii games out on the market.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Bujingai: the Forsaken CIty for the PS2 review




Here is a question. What other kind of game genre dominates the home console market besides the shooter? Research and sales results have shown that for a while, action games have dominated the market. I mean, for example, when the PS1 came out, there was a huge amount of rpgs released for the console from Square Enix and Game Arts. Another good example of this is the huge explosion of action games coming out for the PS2, when a little-known title known as Devil May Cry came out. Seriously, there were so many action games. There were games like Blood Will Tell, Nanobreaker, Gladiator Sword of Vengeance, Shinobi, Genji, Blood Rayne, Devil Kings, Onimusha, and even modern games today like Conan and Bayonetta. Yes, some of these were made by the same people, like Bayonetta had the same person from Devil May Cry, but my point is that even today the action genre is still very popular. One of these games is today’s review known as Bujingai: The Forsaken City! Now, this game has a lot going for it. You have a pretty good developer who made a personal underrated series of mine, Gungrave, and the lead character is based on one of the most popular glam rock stars in Japan, Gackt. One other thing that makes this game interesting is that it’s based on fast paced action films from China known as Wuxia. However, this game might have some flaws that keep this fast-paced game under the radar for most people.  Let’s take a look at this game and see what’s inside! This is Bujingai: The Forsaken City for the PS2.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 for the PS3 and 360




So yeah, I am reviewing a game based on an anime license that, in my opinion, is mostly overrated, but the games based on the anime have been getting pretty good reviews. Why is that?! I mean, the show itself ran on for far too long, the characters turned annoying, and just like Bleach and Inuyasha, it just ran on FOREVER. It basically had the Dragon Ball Z illness, where there would be too much filler and not enough fighting. So, how could you take this series and turn it into a somewhat successful series of fighting games? Well, even though it has its bad fighting games, this one is probably in the top 5 best fighting games based on an anime series. Today’s review is Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 for the PS3 and 360. Based on the overrated yet popular anime series of the same name, Ultimate Ninja Storm tries to iron out its faults from the last game, and ends up making a pretty solid game. It isn’t perfect, but if you are not a super fan of the series, then you will probably think of this as a solid and simple fighting game with a few faults that keep it from being anything super amazing. Let’s dive into the Ninja action of Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2. They need to make the name shorter for the next game.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Gladiator Special part 2: Gladiator: Sword of Vengance for the PS2 review




So, yeah, I am doing a retrospective on games based off the brutal sport of gladiators. The first one, Colosseum: Road to Freedom wasn’t as good as I wished it was. It had clunky combat, no story, and was all-around boring to play after a few hours.  I just wish it was more action-oriented, like Blood Rayne and Devil May Cry, which both came out around this next title’s time. What is this next title in the Gladiator Retrospective going to be? Well, it’s a game by Acclaim Entertainment. Now, I know that Acclaim isn’t really a GOOD company, but let’s see if they have redeemed themselves with Gladiator: Sword of Vengeance. What could possibly go wrong here? An actual story, more action-oriented combat, and a pretty cool-looking cover. I mean, yeah, it’s nothing like today’s games, but hey, I can’t just judge a game by its cover, now can I? So, let’s dive right into the blood pool again and review Gladiator: Sword of Vengeance!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Enslaved: odyssey to the West for the PS3 and 360 review







You know what bugs me about games of today? I hate how a lot of games don’t have a good story. It’s games like Kane and Lynch 2, the Call of Duty games, and other games in general that try to give a story, but then either ends with these various results. The story is either unimportant, which bugs me the most, the story is too long and boring, the story is too fast, or it just gets mixed with all of the above. Now, as a gamer, I like a good story, gameplay, and replay value. I usually judge the story in a game a lot in my later reviews because with games like Heavy Rain and Castlevania: Lords of Shadow have made storytelling in games an important aspect of the gaming genre. I think a great example of another game that is a legitimate format of storytelling is Ninja Theory’s hit game, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West. A post-apocalyptic version of the famous oriental story, Journey to the West, Enslaved gives us a different taste of gaming outside of all the clustered shooters and other bombs in 2010. Well then, let me enslave your eyes for a few minutes and enjoy my review of Enslaved: Odyssey to the West. Just a heads up, this review might be as long as the No More Heroes 2 review or other reviews that are 6 pages or more. Grab a drink is the only advice I have for you.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Gladiator Special: Colosseum: Road to Freedom for the PS2 review



What is with Roman or Greek gladiators these days? I mean, we have a lot of entertainment today based on the gladiator sports. For example, we have films and shows like Gladiator, 300, and Sparticus. One genre of entertainment however has also gotten this attention and that is the video game industry. I was surprised to see how many games were made based around the gladiator theme. They were mostly on the PS2 and Xbox, but I am going to look at the PS2 versions. The first game we are going to look at today in this Gladiator Special is the PS2 game published by Koei, Colosseum: Road to Freedom! I know that one of the first things you notice on the cover is the publisher’s name, Koei. This worried me since I was hoping I was not playing another game that was trying not to be Dynasty Warriors (the game series they are known for), but somehow ending up like Dynasty Warriors. I can’t tell you right now if it is a Dynasty Warrior’s knock-off, but you have to read on to find out. So, let’s put on a helmet and a sword for some reason, and review Colosseum: Road to Freedom!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Ratchet and Clank series part 4: Ratchet Deadlocked for the PS2




Okay, I am going to be honest here, I lied about the next game in the Ratchet and Clank Retrospective being the Playstation 3 sequel, Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction. Believe me, I was ready to move onto the next group of Ratchet and Clank games. However, something was nagging at me. I was done with the main PS2 games, but something was telling me there was one more. I knew what game was nagging me, but it isn’t considered to be part of the main series. It is interesting since it does have references from the last game, but is radically different than the last 3 games. In my books, I think that’s a good thing! While I enjoyed the third game in the series on the PS2, I felt it was pretty safe. Like I said in that review, I enjoyed the third game, but felt it was safe. Now, we move onto this game, definitely the black sheep of the games, but certainly a great game in the series. The game I am reviewing today is the 4th game in the series, Ratchet Deadlocked! The first thing you notice about this game is that Clank isn’t even in the title, which is odd since he was in the past games. This time however, you are ONLY Ratchet. What is even more odd is that this game is more combat-oriented, and has very little, if no puzzle-solving at all. Let’s dive into this odd experience, and review Ratchet Deadlocked! 

Sunday, April 3, 2011

vote for 2 rpgs ( and update video for my video series and blog)

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i am doing something special for my blog. i am doing a multi part rpg review and i want you guys to vote on which 2 rpgs to review along the four i am already going to review ( all details are in the video)

Friday, April 1, 2011

Ratchet and Clank series part 3: Ratchet and Clank Up Your Arsenal for the PS2





Well then, here I am talking about ANOTHER Ratchet and Clank game. I seriously don’t know why I didn’t want to play this series at first. Maybe it was because, like the Jak and Daxter franchise, each year after the first game was released, they came out with a sequel. It’s like the Guitar Hero and Rockband ordeal we are dealing with right now. Now, I am not saying this series is bad.  I mean, I have only played three of their games, though the first two don’t age that well in areas. The first was funny and had a lot of the series staples in voice acting and writing, but it felt underwhelming and tedious at times. The second game was definitely better, but got WAY too hard near the end of the game. So, here I am talking about the third game, Ratchet and Clank: Up your Arsenal! I don’t know if I am going to review Deadlock as part of this retrospective, but since we have a new game coming out this year called Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One, I think I will talk about what I consider the best game of the PS2 games in the series. So, let’s blast our way through Ratchet and Clank: Up your Arsenal.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Vanquish for the PS3 and 360




Platinum Games has done very well for themselves. They have made two quality games that I have played, Madworld and Bayonetta. Of course, the person to thank for this new game that is now available is Shinji Mikami. Yes, the brilliant mind behind Devil May Cry, Resident Evil 4, and you get the idea. He has had a lot time in the game industry, and his recent game caused some buzz. It’s a third person shooter that is futuristic and, wait… why is this causing buzz? Oh yeah, because it’s Vanquish, a third person shooter that adds the amazing and for some reason, untapped ability to dash. I mean, granted, you have seen Gears of War, where you can run like heck to cover. I mean the only third person shooter that I thoroughly enjoy is Uncharted 2, but I’m not saying Gears of War is a bad game. I even played the first game on the PC and thought it was good. However, I am more interested in this game since it has some pretty good potential for fast-paced and tactical shooting. So, let’s dash our way through the muck of shooters and see why we should care for Vanquish.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow for the PS3 and 360



So, what can you say about Castlevania as a series? Well, it definitely has its memorable moments in history, like having some of the hardest games of all time, reinventing itself with a new gameplay style on the PS1, and having some rough areas in its career by going 3D. It falls into the mold of having a bumpy, but good history of games. When I was growing up as a gamer, my taste really didn’t lean towards Castlevania, due to the high difficulty of the early games and the Metroid-style gameplay in the later games. I guess you can say this series is definitely an acquired taste, but I know a lot of people like the series, which is fine with me. In 2008, I saw a trailer for a game called Lords of Shadow. It looked interesting, but somewhat familiar, with the whole flame whip to Castlevania. At E3 2009, Konami then finally revealed that Lords of Shadow was turning into Castlevania Lords of Shadow. I was stoked. It looked amazing, it sounded amazing with the narration being mostly done by famous actor Patrick Stewart. We didn’t get a lot of info after that, which sucked, since I really wanted to know more about the game. I then read some info, finding out that it was going to be a revamp of the series. At E3 2010, we FINALLY got some more info about the game, and actually got to see a demo of it. Sadly, I had to wait, but I enjoyed the demo. Then, I preordered the Limited Edition version for my PS3. A few days later, I got it and now I am ready to review it. I know it’s been awhile since the game was launched, but I wanted this game to be special since I really do love this game. Yeah, it has some rough areas, but what game isn’t like that? Either way, this isn’t a game that should be skipped. As a revamp goes, it is a very good one. Let’s dive into the dark catacombs of Castlevania Lords of Shadow.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

NIER for the PS3 and 360 review



Have you ever played a game that wasn’t a classic, but could have been? Like almost everything works, but a lot of things get in the way? We kind of have a lot of those games this last year, haven’t we? We had games like Dark Void, Alpha Protocol, Final Fantasy 13, Army of Two: the 40th Day, Spiderman Shattered Dimensions, and other games from the past year. What happens? Is it time? Is it the budget? No one really knows, but we all knew that they could have been great games. A very good example of this was an RPG coming out from Square Enix known as Nier. It doesn’t seem like this was Square Enix’s year was it? I mean, Final Fantasy 13 isn’t a bad game from what I hear, but it’s not what fans want. That is why I’m not touching it. However, I was looking forward to Nier, but sadly, it falls into the “almost works” category. Now, let’s get near -  well, Nier, and take a look.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Under the Skin for the Playstation 2 review


Hey everyone, I must apologize right now for saying that Chulip was the weirdest game I have ever played. Now, I won’t hang or electrocute myself for my screw-up, but I will tell you guys about a very unknown video game made by Capcom. I will warn you though that there are not enough therapists in the world to solve what mental problem this game has. So then, I guess you’re wondering what game I am talking about? It’s a chaotic mental case of a game simply known as Under the Skin for the PS2. This little gem of a game is basically yet another over-the-top weird Japanese game that somehow got past the psyche screen. There are not enough medical pills to cure what kind of madness this game brings onto our mental stability. Let’s dive into this mental case of a game, and see what makes it tick.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Prince of Persia Retrospective part 2: Prince of Persia 2008 for the PS3 and 360 review




Hey, guys. Welcome back to Prince of Persia Retrospective part 2! Now, if you guys read the first part, then you know what I am going to review next. If you haven’t read the first part of this retrospective, then here is a short version. Prince of Persia: the Sands of Time was an okay game in my opinion. I thought the combat was tedious and platforming overly difficult, but it was worth a rent to see what the big deal was back in 2003. However, it is time to move on and play a different game. I decided to skip the two sequels and move on to the Prince’s first HD appearance in the 2008 Prince of Persia! I remember when people saw the new art style, everyone was overreacting and freaking out wondering what had happened. It turns out that, in my humble opinion, it’s a better game than the 2003 game, though it does have its faults, and I will get to them later in this review. So, let’s get into part 2 and review Prince of Persia.
          

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Modnation Racers for the PS3 review


Who here likes Little Big Planet? I know I do! I love that game so much. Great graphics, great platforming, and an overall great package that is a good reason to buy a PS3. Though what do you get if you take the simple version of Little Big Planet’s creation formula and combine it with Mario Kart-style gameplay and those mighty mug doll things? Well then, you get one unique package of a game known as Mod Nation Racers for the PS3! Although it isn’t as amazingly creative or as polished as Little Big Planet or Mario Kart, Mod Nation Racers holds up on its own as a great and fun racing game where you can create your own character and tracks. It definitely isn’t in the top 10 PS3 games, but it is definitely in the top 20. So, let’s create a character and drive our way through Mod Nation Racers on the PS3.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Metroid: Other M for the Wii review




I have to be honest with you all, there are some franchises that I just don’t get, sometimes. I don’t see why people want to be thugs and sleep with hookers in Grand Theft Auto, but I have heard that the stories and characters are good, so I don’t hate it as much as I used to, but it doesn’t mean that I don’t like other franchises for some odd reasons. For example, I don’t get the Metroid series. I can understand the action and exploration, but it doesn’t seem right to keep pushing the gamer to see Samus without the armor. Yes, she is hotter than any woman ever, but it isn’t like she’s naked under there. That’s all going to change since I decided to rent and try out, Metroid: Other M! Yes, I am finally going to try out a Metroid game since I am sick and tired of not playing one for some reason or another. However, I did have my doubts at first since Team Ninja (people who made Ninja Gaiden) was doing a co-op thing with Nintendo. My first thoughts came up like “ Oh dear, this is going to be frustratingly Ninja Gaiden hard”, but I will look past that and give an honest review of this game. Well, as honest as I can be. I also want to give a heads-up to everyone that I will not and I mean WILL NOT review the prime series. I don’t like the games in that series and I’ll explain later in this review.
         

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

DLC Domination part 5: Lara Croft: The Guardian of Light for the PS3 and 360 review



What can you say about famous female video game protagonist Lara Croft? Well, I mean, besides her curvy Angelina Jolie figure, the ability to look hot while shooting two guns, and her ever lovin’ hobby of tomb raiding. She definitely has had a long career since her games during the PS1 and Saturn days. However, it seems like recently she hasn’t been doing so well, since it seems like every game just got worse and worse after the PS1 era. What happened? She was one of the first female protagonists that made women more than Princesses in distress. Now she is known as the game series that has poor camera placement among other mess-ups. It’s weird because you think they would have revamped it early on since a main criticism was the camera set-up in her game. It seemed like she needed to retire, put up her two guns, and just stay as a nostalgic look at females in gaming. That changes now, however, with the recent smash hit Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light! Finally, Crystal Dynamics did something different by changing up everything about the game. It’s still platforming-puzzle-solving goodness, but it’s more on the line of an arcade style game. This definitely caught everyone by surprise, and well, this is the first Tomb Raider I ever played, so let’s dive into the light with Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Jumping Flash for the PS1 review






The Playstation was a great console, wasn’t it? I mean, it changed gaming as it brought in more adult-rated games. I don’t mean stuff like XXX stuff, but stuff that had cursing and more adult-oriented themes. We got stuff like the Hideo Kojima classic, Metal Gear Solid. We also got one of the MOST OVERRATED games of all time, Final Fantasy 7, but to be fair, we did get the more awesome and amazing Final Fantasy 9. We also got horror classics like Resident Evil 1 that was then outdone by Resident Evil 2 and 3, and we got Konami’s other hit, Silent Hill. We also got other games from Capcom, like Dino Crisis and Rival School, though we did get some bad games like Street Fighter EX. There are games though, that are, in my opinion, underrated. We have Sol Divide, Star Gladiator, Devil Dice, Alundra, and classics like the first three Crash Bandicoot games, and the first three Spyro games, though there is one game series that I consider to be extremely underrated. I mean, even more underrated than Rival Schools. This series is simply known as Jumping Flash! This little series was very innovative, being one of the first 3D platforming series of games. Sadly, the greatness of Super Mario 64 on the Nintendo 64 overshadowed this series.  After that, 3D platforming games became something natural and it was hard for a series to stand out. This series disappeared, and only two of its games were released in the U.S. Oh well, now I can tell you people about this wonderful little series. Let’s get started with the first game released in 1995.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Yakuza Retrospective part 1: Yakuza for the PS2 review


Oh, Sega, how you have fallen. You used to be so great, but now you’re just making money, publishing other companies’ great works like Platinum Game’s Madworld and Bayonetta. It doesn’t help when you have released junk after junk after junk. Admittedly, you did release that Sonic and Sega All-Star Racing, which was fun and all, but it doesn’t help when you are the guys who made Sonic the Hedgehog from 2006 and the two Iron Man video games, which are considered to be utterly pointless and utter garbage. I’m not even adding all the other horrible Sonic games you have made that ripped off more popular games. Why not change things up a bit and work on a different franchise for once, and not rely on horrible Sonic games or the already released Sonic 4 and Sonic Colors that you guys released for the Wii? However, I am glad that Sonic Colors has done well. Why not dump him as your mascot and use a different franchise as your flagship series? Well, I’ve got one franchise you can use as your flagship series, Yakuza. Often seen as Sega’s answer to GTA, the Yakuza series is a well-designed series that is very popular in Japan and has a good fan base here in the states. Ladies and gentlemen, this is my retrospective on the famous Yakuza series. Just a heads up, I will only be doing a review of the three games that have come here in America, so no Yakuza spin-off game or Yakuza 4 (yet). Let’s start with the first game, Yakuza, for the PS2.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

3D Dot game Heroes for the PS3 review




Ah, yes, Legend of Zelda, the first game in the long running Nintendo franchise to appear on the NES and still considered a classic. It had an open-ended world, great music, fun gameplay. Then, Link to the Past came out, and it was awesome and was the number 1 game for the SNES 5 years running. It’s hard to beat that. Then we also have games like Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons and Ages, Four Sword Adventure, Phantom Hour Glass, Spirit Tracks, and the Minish Cap that kept the top-down perspective and are really good games. However, today we are not talking about Zelda. You might be asking, “ Then why did I take up minutes of your time and nostalgia talking about Zelda when I am not reviewing a Zelda game?” Well, before I answer that, let me just say you won’t get those minutes back, though I will say that we will be talking about a game that took the Zelda formula and slapped it on a different console. No, I am not talking about Legendary Axe or Final Fantasy Adventure. No, this is much more recent. The Zelda formula this time was put on a PS3, and called 3D Dot Game Heroes! While you can say it isn’t an original game, I think it has a pretty original concept being a parody of the old NES and SNES adventure games of the time. It definitely stands out as a game that deserves to be in the top 20 PS3 games. Well, maybe in the top 10 for me personally. So let’s dive into a 2D world that’s gone 3D, and review 3D Dot Game Heroes.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Red Dead Redemption for the PS3 and 360 review





Recently, I have wanted to see a lot of western films. I want to see films like Tombstone, Unforgiven, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, that one awesome Samurai Jack episode parodying that last film I mentioned, and you get the idea. I have also been wanting to play some western-set games like Samurai Western, Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood, and even a game I am currently playing called Wild Arms. Overall though, I want to play a really good western game. I am still currently playing Wild Guns, so don’t email me about that game. I also wanted to find a copy of Sunset Riders for the SNES, but there is one game from Rockstar that has gotten critical acclaim and I have actually been looking forward to reviewing it. What is that game? GRAND THEFT AUTO 4! No, I’m kidding. It’s Red Dead Redemption. That is right, people. I am actually going to play a Rockstar game. Don’t get your hopes up since I don’t really care much for Grand Theft Auto series, but I just like the idea of a free-roaming open world set in the Wild West. I mean, who didn’t want to be a cowboy when they were a young kid? It was like one of the big fantasies next to being a cop and a firefighter. Heck, sometimes I dream of being in those stand-offs and then wake up right when I hit the guy with a bullet. So, let’s put on our ten-gallon hats, get on our horse and ride into Red Dead Redemption!