Tuesday, February 26, 2013

God of War Origins for the PS3 review

With the new God of War game coming out in March under the name of God of War: Ascension, I decided to round up my reviews of the God of War series with the obvious choice of the God of War Origins Collection. I love this series. Some of these games are some of my favorite action games of all time, alongside games like Bayonetta, Castlevania Lords of Shadow, and you get the idea. While some of the games in the series don’t age well, like the first God of War, it’s still a really consistent series. Sure, someone might a personal favorite amongst the game series, but they are all good games. God of War 2, Ghost of Sparta and God of War 3 are my favorites out of the bunch, but I still enjoyed playing through Chains of Olympus and the first game. It isn’t like Devil May Cry where the first game is now intolerable control wise and difficulty wise, the second game is just bad, the third game being the best, and the 4th game being a half-baked action game. Let us get started with the two games that come in the Origin’s Collection, Chains of Olympus and Ghost of Sparta. I decided to review both games so I will talk about both games at once. I will start off with the stuff about Chains of Olympus first, and then cover Ghost of Sparta. Think of this like my review of Stacking where I reviewed both the game and its DLC in the same review. Let’s get started. 

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Xbox Love Month Part 4: Panzer Dragoon Orta for the Xbox review

Here we are at the final review of Original Xbox Love Month! I am going to be a tad controversial and review a game that I consider to be the best game on the original Xbox, besides Halo and Knights of the Old Republic. I have not played Knights of the Old Republic, and while I enjoyed Halo, I am not a super hardcore fan of the franchise. I mean, you can still play video games and not be a fan of certain franchises. For me, I’m not a fan of Halo, Gears of War, Knights of the Old Republic , and a few others. Not that they are bad games, because they are not. They just never appealed to me. Plus, the only way you would consider a good game terrible is if you nitpick at every single element and push your opinion onto others, which is the sad fate of a lot of reviewers I have seen. I try not to push my opinion onto others because if you enjoy a game that I or others have given a bad review on, that is fine. You can enjoy it all you want, it just never did anything for me, and I personally found the game flawed. So, what game do I personally consider to be more for me than Halo or Knights of the Old Republic? Well, it’s Sega’s Panzer Dragoon Orta. Let us not waste any more time, let us get the review started. 

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Xbox Love Month Part 3: Outrun 2 for the Xbox review

Since we just reviewed a game where you shoot everything in sight, I was thinking we move onto a different genre altogether, and one that I sadly don’t talk too much about, the arcade-style racer. This is where you play a racing game that is more on the fun side and doesn’t try to be as super realistic as possible. Again, I don’t have an issue with a game being realistic, but sometimes that takes over the game’s whole design and can make it less fun. While I do like games that have a more realistic feel to them, sometimes I just want to drive around at top speeds in a red car, gaining multiple hearts for my girl in the side seat who will strangle me if don’t get an A on the race. Yeah….I’m reviewing Outrun 2 on the Xbox. This little known racing franchise’s first game was brought to you by Shenmue creator and Sega’s answer to Miyamoto, Yu Suzuki, and was released in 1993 for the arcades and a bit later on the Turbo Grafx 16. It was well-received and is remembered as one of the great arcade racers. There have been many spin-offs, but this is the true sequel to the first game. 

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Xbox Love Month Part 2: Armed and Dangerous for the Xbox review

Like I said in my last review, the original Xbox had a lot of hidden gems that are overlooked by the modern gamer. While Voodoo Vince might have been a decent experience, it was most of the time forgettable. This next game however is well known among older gamers for its personality and arcade-style gameplay. This game probably has more personality than many shooters these days. Sure, Call of Duty might have Hollywood-style action scenes, but does it have a robot that can produce a hot cup of tea? Battlefield might have massive multiplayer battles, but does it have a gun that shoots land sharks? What about a mole man voiced by Jeff Bennet? How about a villain voiced by Tony Jay? And if that isn’t enough to convince you how awesome this game is, what if it was developed by ex-Shiny Entertainment people? Well then, combine all of those wacky and fun elements and you get one of the best games for the system, Armed and Dangerous!