Hello everyone, and a very Happy New Year to you all. As many of you know, 2013 has come and gone. For some of us the year was alright, but for some of us it was a very trying year. Thankfully, 2013 was the year for great video games, Bioshock Infinite, The Last Of Us, Ni No Kuni, just to name a few. So, what were your favorite games of 2013, and which 2014 titles are you excited about? Here is my list.
2014 Most Anticipated List
-Infamous: Second Son
-Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Collection
-Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13
Let me know what games you’re most excited about. Tune in next time with my next review. Happy New Year!!!
Happy Holidays dear readers, and welcome back to my esteemed blog. I must apologize for the hiatus but, I recently acquired a new position, and that combined with a somewhat lengthy commute makes my time for blogging scarce, but I am back and the blogging will go on.
25 years ago, an action role playing franchise graced us with it’s presence. Unfortunately, it debuted on the Turbo Duo CD, a great console that was too expensive at the time to own. It was also competing with the already popular Zelda series, which is why this franchise never got the recognition it deserved. Now the Vita get a taste of the Ys franchise with Ys: Memories of Celceta for the Playstation Vita console. This is a reimagining of Ys IV: Dawn of Ys for the Turbo Duo CD, which never saw a North American release. So, does this reimagining succeed in giving gamers what they want? Let’s find out.
Graphics: For being a Vita exclusive title, Ys Memories of Celceta delivers graphics that are good but still remain true to nostalgia. The character sprites, animations and creatures are fairly robust, but still manage to keep a nostalgic look to it. The world is vast however, there is little to interact with in this massive re-imagined world, which is somewhat of a disappointment. Score: 7.5/10
Sound: The Ys series has always been faithful to delivering a fantastic musical score, and Memories of Celceta does not disappoint. Fans of Ys music will be having multiple eargasms listening to the amazing musical score. Plus, for those of you who can shell out the extra bucks, the collector’s edition comes with a three disc soundtrack featuring three to four tracks from each of the Ys titles. Score: 9/10
Gameplay: The meat of the package in Ys Memories of Celceta comes from the combat. From the moment you begin the game, you are instantly thrown into battle. In this title, our protagonist Adol is suffering from amnesia, and begins a journey through Celceta to regain the memories he has lost. The combat is pretty fast paced, and boss battles are epic. The side-quest options consist of fetch quests or hunting a creature (some of which can be difficult if unprepared) and killing it. You spend most of your time traversing through the world of Celceta while completing a quest that sadly tends to drag sometimes. Voice acting is present but, they are so rare that the story suffers as a result. Fortunately, the combat manages to keep the blood pumping enough to keep you from boredom. Score: 9/10
Ys Memories of Celceta is a great addition to the already minimal selection of Vita exclusive RPGs. Longtime fans, or if you’re seeking a new adventure, look no further than Ys.
Final Score: 8.5/10
Welcome back friends to my esteemed blog. As many of you know, the Playstation 4 console has been released and I have been very busy enjoying all that it has to offer. Look at the image below for the launch line.
I want to start off by reviewing one of it’s launch titles, the new adventure game Knack. Like most new consoles, the launch titles are usually hit or miss. So, does Knack make the cut as a good premiere title? Read on to find out.
Graphics: Knack delivers a very Pixar Studios like world with colorful characters and vibrant worlds. The enemy designs are very well done, and you can’t get over how cute Knack is in his tiny initial form. It all blends in to bring a cute package. Score: 9/10
Sound: The music in this particular title really makes a stand above the crowd. Each scene has a musical track that is fitting in exploration, combat, and story sequences. The voice cast is equally awesome. I was very amazed at the quality of music that was in this title, and I can assure you that you will be too. Score: 9/10
Gameplay: Knack’s story is unique in it’s own ways. War is rampant on humans as a result of Goblins led by their ruthless and cunning leader, Gundahar. A scientist and his assistant, along with the assistant’s uncle try to stop the goblin’s reign of terror with the help of Knack, the three-foot tall protagonist who is blessed with a unique ability. Knack can utilize pieces called relics to attach to his body, causing him to grow anywhere from eight feet to three stories tall. At the same time, Knack’s story tends to divide into fighting the goblins and butting heads with another antagonist Victor, along with his partner in crime Katrina. This is all combined with beat ‘em up combat and platforming elements that bring together a fun-filled adventure.
The battles in Knack can range from moderate to very difficult. Some areas require Knack to combat very large enemies in his tiny form, which results in one-hit kills from most foes that attack him. Of course, when Knack is giant-sized, he delivers the same one-hit kill style beat down to his now insect sized foes. There are tanks and combat planes that can knock giant Knack on his big behind, so play your cards carefully. Score: 9.5/10
There have been many critics who have given this game bad reviews, and I still can’t see anything wrong with this game. Don’t be fooled by biased reviews, Knack is an adventure that is definitely worth checking out. I believe critics were expecting too much from Knack, and decided to whine about it when they didn’t get what they wanted. Even though writer Mark Cerny said initially that the game will be a blend of Crash Bandicoot, Katamari Damacy, and God of War. In my opinion, Cerny delivered on his promise.
Final Score: 9/10
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