While its predecessors are known for their grand sense of freedom, Blackgate tries to compensate for its lack of large-scale exploration with a small-scale price... and small-scale fun.
Playstation 3 Game Reviews
Duodecim. NOL. The Six Heroes. The Black Beast. If you don't know what any of these terms mean, you probably haven't been keeping up with the BlazBlue series of fighting games from Arc System Works. Hell, even if you have been keeping up with the BlazBlue games you still may not know what these terms mean, as the series seems to relish obfuscating its fast-paced gameplay with extraneous details, and nowhere is that more evident than with its newest entry— BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma.
The Witch and the Hundred Knight exists in a world of green, swamp infested evil. You start off as a minion who's doing the bidding of a bloodthirsty witch named Metallia, and unless you get in her good graces, you'll be added to her pile of victims. Breaking bad in an RPG universe isn't exactly a novel concept, but The Witch and the Hundred Night weaved a beguiling enough spell to keep me intrigued.
Zombie. Ninja. Cyborg. When coming up with the concept for Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, it seems like the development team over at Tecmo Koei were just reaching for whatever pop culture trends they could find and merged them together to create their new hack and slash. This spin-off of the unforgiving, but rewarding, Ninja Gaiden series features a new hero, new look, and drastically different gameplay, but it forgot to include the one thing the previous Ninja Gaiden games had: fun.
Dark Souls and Demon’s Souls have become badges of honor amongst gamers. They transplanted the insane difficulty from the golden age consoles and spackled it in beautiful and gothic 3D graphics. They proved that gamers have gotten lazy and complacent with their new games that hand hold them all the way through right to the very end, all the while telling them which button to press. Their success is just as irrational as our love for them. Murderously hard games that make no apologies became best-sellers? Sounds impossible in the current landscape, but they proved that there was a thirst for a bit of punishment.
With enough on-screen content to count as the eighteenth season of the animated series, The Stick of Truth does not hold back in delivering the infamous, over-the-top, satirical comedy we have come to know and love from 'South Park.' So let's join Cartman, Butters, Stan, Kyle, Timmy, Clyde, Mr. Garrison, Jesus, Mr. Slave, Randy Marsh and the rest of South Park's citizens and see how well Obsidian did in bringing this insane town to life.
For many JRPG fans, Tales of Symphonia was their great introduction to Namco Bandai’s Tales series. It was the first fully 3D polygonal Tales game and the first Tales game that was widely popularized in the U.S. Heck, it even had its own Tales development team named after it, Team Symphonia. It was well received, but had a few flaws if only because Namco Bandai was still figuring out the 3D Tales formula at the time. Now it’s back with an high-def facelift, along with it’s sequel Tales of Symphonia 2: Dawn of the New World, in the newly released compilation: Tales of Symphonia Chronicles. It’s a great remake that reminds us why we fell in love with the Tales franchise in the first place.
I’m of the opinion that The Last of Us was such a perfect game -- such a perfect experience -- that it didn’t warrant a downloadable content episode. Where we had landed with Joel and Ellie at the end of the narrative felt open-ended and ambiguous, sure, but there was also a sense of finality; we’ve seen these two remarkable people to the end of our road with them. So when I heard that Naughty Dog was releasing a single-player, story-based DLC episode, I raised my eyebrow both skeptically and in confusion. Now, after having played through the handful of hours in The Last of Us: Left Behind, I can say that maybe I was wrong in fearing the worst.
The world of Final Fantasy XIII was actually kind of interesting. It had interesting character, strange techno gods, a cool creation mythos and an understandable power system. Sadly its sequel, Final Fantasy XIII-2 had little to do with that world and the latest release, Lighting Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, has even less. It’s just a completely new RPG covered with a coat of Final Fantasy XIII paint, and without the powerful nostalgia that comes with that branding, Lightning Returns barely holds up.
The lord of all racing simulators is back with another edition of their storied franchise that gets gear-head gamers hot under their manifold. Gran Turismo 6 represents the pinnacle of the franchise and it has a lot to live up to. Its predecessor was a gargantuan game beloved by car geeks and racing fans. I had the chance to check under the hood and see if Gran Turismo 6 has enough power and agility to drift its way into gamer's hearts once again.