Thursday, March 29, 2012

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning

Action RPG games can be fun, can’t they? Of course, it all depends on the people making the games to result in them being good or not. For example, the Tales team always puts out a high quality action RPG like Tales of Vesperia and Tales of Graces F. On the other hand, Lionhead Studios, who makes the Fable games, keeps hyping them to no end, resulting in them being terrible games with some decent ideas, but just nothing creative or innovative. You would think they would learn from their mistakes, but they don’t. The game might have a fun art style and the help of one of the Monty Python people, but man, the Fable franchise just needs to be buried deep within the Ark and put away by top men never be seen again. Unless Fable: The Journey is good, I will change my mind about them. Now, we have two companies who are working on the game in today’s review, BIG HUGE Games and 38 Studio. One of these companies is famous for the popular Rise of Nation games, and for the other company, this is their first project. It does have some nice visuals and has the back-up of lead designer Ken Rolston who also worked on Elder Scrolls Oblivion, Todd McFarlane, the creator of Spawn, and fantasy writer R.A. Salvatore writing about the game and its lore. Do all of these people make this a good game? Or is it just another average action RPG that was overly hyped and disappointing like Dragon Age 2? Let us find out in today’s review of Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning. 

Monday, March 19, 2012

Darkness 2 for the PS3 and 360 review

The Darkness is a rather dark and very creepy looking comic book by Marc Silvestri, Garth Ennis, and David Wohl. Near the end of the first decade in the 2000’s, they released a game based off the license, simply called The Darkness. It did well, even though it had a weak multiplayer and weak boss fights. It did however have a great single-player experience with some rather dark moments in the game, like the main character seeing his girlfriend get shot in the head in front of him and then seeing yourself in a mirror shoot yourself. It was also cool to get Mike Patton to do the voice for the Darkness that enveloped your character. It was probably one of the more enjoyable shooters I have played, and I don’t play a lot of shooters. I personally liked the first game. It wasn’t one of my favorite games of all time, but it was more enjoyable than most FPS games that have come out in the past few years. Since the first game was somewhat popular, 2K Games decided to give Digital Extremes money to make a sequel. Once again, I heard about this game awhile back, but didn’t hear much about until this past year. Seems to be a trend with games these days. Anyways, this game hopefully improves on all the mechanics and the experience from the first game. Let’s get a flashlight and shine on the good and the bad of The Darkness 2. 

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Final Fantasy 13-2 for the PS3 and 360 review

Oh, dear gravy lord we are finally here. Sadly, for some reason, people still think Final Fantasy 13 is a GOOD GAME. Did I miss something here? Did the brain aliens from Futurama come down and make everyone stupid and I didn’t notice? Were people bribed by Square Enix to say it was good? I don’t fully know, but man, Final Fantasy 13 was one of the more disappointing games I have ever played in the series. Sure, it had good combat elements and wonderful graphics, but that was pretty much it. The rest of the game was filled with an utterly confusing plot, annoying as heck characters, pointless combat where all you really had to do was press auto-attack, a waaaaay too linear progression, and frankly, the game was just annoying for a million other reasons. It was one of the worst RPG’s I have ever played, and I still gave it a 6 out of 10, but I think a year later, I should have given it a 5 out of 10. It does make me happy that there are better RPG’s out there like Tales of Vesperia, Xenoblade Chronicles, and Dragon Quest 8 to fill the gap in my heart for the loss of my respect for the Final Fantasy franchise. This however leads to a deal I made to myself back in 2011 about this game. If I ever reviewed Final Fantasy 13, I would review its sequel, which is today’s review, Final Fantasy 13-2. Famitsu gave it a perfect score and Japan seems to love the game. Then again, they are the same people who gave Dragon Quest 7, a poorly aged and terrible RPG, a perfect score. I’m not saying they are wrong, but, well, yes I am saying they are wrong and can be wrong. Square Enix promised however that they fixed all the problems by adding a time travel gimmick to the story, recruitable monsters ala Dragon Quest, more endearing characters, and better combat. It’s promising, but this is the same company that published Kane and Lynch 2 and Mindjack, two of the worst shooters I ever played, that didn’t even deserve a review from me. Let us not forget how Final Fantasy 10-2 ended up. Pray for me people, this might be my last review ever. After a few deep breaths, let us get started. Who knows, I might be wrong and this game could be amazing! Emphasize on “maybe”.

Monday, March 5, 2012

DLC Domination Part 9: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World for the PS3 and 360

Welcome back to DLC Domination! Today, I decided to cover a fan favorite DLC game. Not only is it an awesome DLC game, it’s a movie-based DLC game. I know that sounds crazy, but hear me out. Yeah, most licensed games suck and there are a lot of good examples like Charlie’s Angels, E.T, and you get the idea, but this one is good. I mean there is a small movement that some games based on movie license are doing better now. A lot of people seem to really enjoy the Back to the Future games from Telltale Games, and X-Men Origins: Wolverine is a step up and is pretty fun. There is probably one game that really stepped it up and really had actual effort put into it. That is the thing that is wrong with movie-based games since they don’t put a lot of effort into them and they turn out to be very mediocre games, but let’s get back on topic. Remember Scott Pilgrim vs. The World? That was one of the best versus games Capcom ever made. It had so many balanced characters. Granted, it was just Scott and the World in this game, but it was awesome! Oh, wait it was a movie. Well, do you remember the film Scott Pilgrim vs. The World? I don’t remember it either. No, I’m kidding. I actually saw the film recently and it was pretty good, definitely a very action-oriented and very flashy film. I mean it had its flaws, like Michael Cera’s character is a jerk for a majority of the film, but it’s a fun film that I could recommend to anyone. Ubisoft then decided to make a game based off of it. It kicked so much butt! This is probably the best movie-to-license game ever. They definitely did a good job and I wanted to review it. So, let's dive into the crazed candy-coated world of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.