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.
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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.
Adventure Time! Come on grab your friends and… dungeon crawl. Of all the licensed properties to make a video game out of, you would think that Adventure Time would be one of the best. Seriously, this is an IP set in a world with vampires, demons, people made of candy, a princess made of fire, magic dogs, flying rainbow snake unicorns that speak Korean, and B-Mo! Heck, it’s a world where participating in video game style quests is the norm. How could a video game set in the Adventure Time world be bad? Besides, the first Adventure Time game, “Hey Ice King! Why’d you steal our garbage?!!” was halfway decent, so Adventure Time fans everywhere were waiting eagerly for the franchises newest video game release “Explore the Dungeon Because I DON’T KNOW!” Unfortunately “Explore the Dungeon” fails to deliver on Adventure Time’s promise of adventure.
It's been a few years since our favorite Lombax and his trusty robot sidekick had a proper adventure together, but the dynamic duo made their sixth appearance on the PlayStation 3 this week with Ratchet and Clank: Into the Nexus. Though not every title featuring Insomniac's space-faring heroes has been memorable, the core Future entries have always stood out as pinnacle's of the developer's prowess. As an epilogue to the Future series, Into the Nexus serves as a fun and exciting way to close out Ratchet's and Clank's adventures on the PS3.
Are you as shocked as I was that someone is still making Pac-Man games? Apparently, Namco still feels there’s a market for the yellow cheese wheel whose best days are behind him. Don’t be fooled by the great old school Pac-Man games that were released on XBLA, PSN, and iOS. Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures is a 3D platforming game complete with voice-overs, plot development, and endlessly collectible items. Consider yourself warned.
The Guided Fate Paradox has come over to North America courtesy of NIS America, the folks responsible for giving us such treats like the Disgaea series and the Etrian Odyssey games. If you're aware of the company and its catalog of games, then chances are that you're a pretty big Japanese role-playing game fan and are very much appreciate of the niche RPGs that NIS America offers. The Guided Fate Paradox goes beyond what other games do and gives you the chance... to become God.
What exactly is the assassin's creed? What's the underlying principle upon which these titular assassins base their actions? That creed has become a bit fuzzy over the several years and seven Assassin's Creed games, but the one creed which has become exceedingly clear is Ubisoft's creed to milk this franchise for every penny they can while still trying to give gamers as much bang for their buck as possible.
Rocksteady's Batman: Arkham games have been celebrated for finally giving gamers the one thing that eluded them for years: a good Batman game. After the success of Arkham City, Rocksteady moved on to other projects, leaving WB Montreal to take up the mantle. Instead of trying to solve the puzzle of where to take the Arkham series next, WB Montreal went back to the beginning. With Batman: Arkham Origins, we get to see a younger, unproven Batman take on many of his famous rogues for the very first time. It might have been a good idea if everything about Origins didn't feel so familiar.