Monthly Archives: February 2012

Asura’s Wrath Review…Action game or really pricy motion picture.




Hello everyone sorry for being a little light on the posts, but life has been a bit crazy.  Nevertheless the show must go on and to start things off I will be doing a review of Capcom’s newest action game Asura’s Wrath.  While at first glance the game seems to be “pretty”  that’s pretty much all there is to this game…if you want to call it that.

Graphics:  Asura’s Wrath is probably most powerful in it’s graphics department.  Lushly drawn cell shade like graphics and character design truly make this game shine.  This game covers it all not only with nicely done backgrounds, but also with amazing anime style cel shaded character designs.  This game is very upscale in the animation department.  Score: 9.5/10

Sound:  The music in Asura’s Wrath is pretty well done.  There will be a lot of screaming from our main protagonist in this game…and I do mean A LOT!  Score: 8.5/10

Gameplay:  …good question.  There is enough gameplay in Asura’s Wrath to measure up to a grain of sand.  The game only lasts six hours.  Close to 95 percent of this time is CGI movie scenes.  There are segments where you will be in basic god of war type fight scenes.  There is also some unique missions, one of which includes you having sake in a spa like scene with several naked women.  The way to complete the mission…don’t stare at their assets.  Literally…you beat the mission by not staring at the women for too long.  Even though this adds a hint of intrigue, in the end you are paying $60.00 to watch a movie.  Score: 1/10

Issues:  With mainly eye candy and very little gameplay, Asura’s Wrath is not worth the price tag.  This title is a rental at most.

Final Score:  4/10

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Twisted Metal Review. Does it satisfy the sweet tooth of fans?

When I found out that Twisted Metal was finally getting a release for the Playstation 3 I was so excited.  This excitement started to hinder when I found out that yet another developer called Eat Sleep Play was going to take charge of the development.  In case you’re wondering fans, these are not the same developers of the first two Twisted Metal titles.  


Graphics:  Twisted Metal presents some amazing graphics.  The explosions and backgrounds are top notch in quality.  The arenas are very well suited for the atmosphere.  Overall a nice presentation.  Score: 9/10

Sound:  We all know that Twisted Metal has been famous for it’s gothic/heavy metal like soundtrack.  This newest addition aims to please their fans.  The music tends to pump you up for every battle.  The explosions are loud and insane, and the character voiceovers are pretty well done.  Overall a nice suiting package for Twisted Metal fans.  Score: 9/10


Gameplay:  This can be hit or miss for some fans of the series.  The controls for Twisted Metal are overall adequate.  There is however one major issue here.  There are too many controls.  You can literally find yourself using every button and function on the PS3 controller when playing the game.  While at times it can seem fun and addicting, there are other points especially in very hectic battles where you can find the controls overly irritating.  It all depends on your taste.  Score: 8.5/10

Issues:  Twisted Metal much like Soul Calibur suffers from lack of story.  You only play as four characters in story mode; Calypso, Mr. Grimm, Sweet Tooth, and Dollface.  Unfortunately, the single player mode is a very short experience.  Eat Sleep Play seemed to put all their elbow grease into making Twisted Metal a strictly multi-player game.  Don’t get me wrong, I am not objecting to that in any way, but you can’t forget about the roots of what made a franchise so great.  Sadly a lot of new age developers forget this aspect when receiving a project.  

Final thoughts:  Twisted Metal is a great game.  Unfortunately, the lack of story makes this a game strictly for online addicts only.  If you’re someone looking for the same twisted story lines and characters of Twisted Metal Black, then you may be in for a disappointment.  This may upset a few longtime fans of the series.

Final Score 9/10

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Kingdom of Amalur: Reckoning review.


Hello everyone Lucas here, sorry for being light on the blogposts lately but my new internship has had me running ragged.  Nonetheless, the blogging must go on.

Kingdom of Amalur: Reckoning literally blindsided me when it was released.  I felt that this title would not disappoint me, so I grabbed myself a copy with little expectations.  Let me tell you folks, this was the game I was looking for to tide me over since I long completed Dragon Age 1 and 2.

Graphics:  Kingdom of Amalur presents some fairly impressive graphics.  The lush backgrounds and spell animations are pretty good.  There are however a few graphical glitches that appear now and then, but this in no way ruins the amazing experience.  The character models seem a bit on the Playstation 2 side at times, especially with regard to the lip movement and details on the character expressions.  Score 8.5/10

Gameplay:  This is where Amalur truly shines.  From the moment you encounter your first battle, the game completely draws you in.    People will fall in love with the blending of hack and slash and strategic combat especially with bows and arrows, and sorcery.  The combat system is very slick and I experienced very little slowdown.  The character development system is also fairly unique and amazing.  You’re no longer structured to having a wizard who can only use staves.  In Amalur you can now have a sorcerer who can assassinate their opponent from behind like a thief.  This wonderful blend of possible customizations only makes the game that much more amazing to play.  See for yourself.  Score: 10/10

Sound:  A beautifully composed soundtrack.  If the gameplay and story fail to draw then the music will definitely do a good job of mesmerizing you.  The voiceovers are well done overall, but some of the voice acting can be hit or miss.   Score: 9/10

Issues:  Kingdom of Amalur: Reckoning unfortunately has it’s issues.  Somewhat low quality character models, and pixel glitches are highly noticeable.  Again folks, this is no reason to turn away from this amazing game.

This is a game that any RPG fan should have in their collection.  The story is amazing, the gameplay is timeless, and the length of the game is nearly similar to that of Dragon Age.  This is a definite runner for game of the year.

Final score:  9.5/10

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Final Fantasy 13-2 the story continues, but at what cost?


As many of you may already know, fans all over the world including myself felt cheated by the inconclusive ending of Final Fantasy 13-2.  So of course the question everyone is asking is, will there be a Final Fantasy 13-3?  Well, those of us that own the game probably notice the downloadable content option at the title screen.  Well, in a recent interview via IGN Motomu Toriyama stated that the game will have scenarios (paradoxes) for Lightning, Snow, and Sazh for download via PSN for a price.  So you have to pretty much pay to see the complete story, and multiple endings.  

I can honestly say that this is an outrage.  It’s bad enough that fans are forking out a huge chunk of cash for the game, but now Square-Enix is actually charging their fans more money to experience the complete story.  I don’t have to express my opinion on this issue, but I would love to hear your opinions.  Do you think this is fair?

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Tune in next time when I give a thorough review of Kingdom of Amalur: Reckoning.



VanillaWare’s sneaky but awesome surprise.



What is VanillaWare you ask?  Well, back in 1997 Atlus released a game entitled Princess Crown for the Sega Saturn console in Japan.  Sadly, this amazing game never saw a US release.  The director of Princess Crown and a few of the key developers soon after left Atlus to form VanillaWare.  They are responsible for games like Odin Sphere, GrimGrimoire, and Muramasa: The Demon Blade.  

Since Muramasa’s release for the Wii several years back, VanillaWare has been developing a game in secret for the PS3 that was recently revealed at E3 called Dragon’s Crown.  This is a side scrolling Action RPG platformer similar to that of Golden Axe, and Guardian Heroes. I think this will be a fantastic masterpiece from VanillaWare that will impress PS3 fans everywhere.  In the trailer shown here the game is scheduled for release in the spring.  Whether this game will be released in the spring is still unknown.  I will keep everyone posted once information becomes available.  What do you think of this game?  

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Soul Calibur 5 Review


“A tale of swords and souls eternally retold.”  It’s been three years since we have seen a new addition to the Soul Calibur franchise.  Soul Calibur 5 makes it’s debut to the Playstation 3 and XBOX 360.  Does this fighter have the capability to dazzle fans for yet a fifth time?

 Soul Calibur’s presentation is beautiful.  From the moment you turn on the game, Soul Calibur’s lush graphics completely consume you.  The detail of this game is amazing.  The lush backgrounds, and character details are outstanding.  Definitely top notch in the eye candy department.  Score: 9/10

Sound:  The soundtrack is adequate for the Soul Calibur atmosphere.  The beautifully composed musical score shines brightly in this sword fighting gem.  The voice acting can be hit or miss, but Ivy is still as evil as ever which is top notch for me.  Score: 8/10

Gameplay:  The traditional gameplay of Soul Calibur 5 still remains.  The controls and fighting are smooth as silk.  This, along with the new “Just Guard” and special moves for each character (think of turbo moves in Street Fighter) will keep players coming back to strut their stuff. Score: 9/10


-Story:  This is the issue that prevents Soul Calibur from earning a truly great score.  Soul Calibur 5 has little to no story.  The little storyline that exists is depicted through sketch like still images.  With all the effort Namco put into the game itself, they could have focused an equal emphasis on the storyline of each individual character.  If you are someone looking for a awesome single player fighter, then you may be disappointed with Soul Calibur 5.  This is strictly for those wanting to step into the ring and see who is the true Billy Bad Ass. Let’s face it everyone, bragging rights are the best.

Click here to watch some gameplay footage.  Definitely a good fighter.

Final score:  8/10

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Final Fantasy 13-2 review.

At last it Imagehas arrived.  Final Fantasy 13-2 was released yesterday for the Playstation 3 and XBOX 360.  The question that is on everyone’s mind is, does it make up for the errors of it’s predecessors?  The answer is yes and no.

Graphics:  Much like it’s predecessor, Final Fantasy 13-2’s presentation is fantastic.  From the moment you start the game.  The CG introduction cutscene sucks you into the story.  The worlds in Final Fantasy 13-2 are not only exquisite, but fascinating to look at.  There are a few minor issues with frame rates at times, but this doesn’t hinder the flow of the game.  Score: 9.5/10

Sound:  The musical score of Final Fantasy 13-2 is somewhat impressive, but doesn’t have the same emotional feel as the works of Nobuo Uematsu.  Voiceovers are well done and very in tune with the feel of the game.  Score 8.5/10

Gameplay:  The game’s ATB system returns for yet a second time around.  This may be familiar to fans of Final Fantasy 13.  However if you were not a fan of 13’s battle system and hoping for a change, you will be very disappointed in the end.  Most people are not big fans of controlling only one character while the others are assigned their individual roles, but I personally like this system.  It’s innovative and keeps players on their toes.  Score  9/10

Final say:  Final Fantasy 13-2 is an improvement over it’s predecessor.  However it is still lacking in story, character engagement, and satisfying mini games and side quests.  Overall a great JRPG and it’s nice to hear that Square-Enix actually listens to their fans.


-Unsatisfying extras: Unfortunately even though Square-Enix answered the calls of their fans this title still doesn’t satisfy.  There are mini games such as Chocobo Races, slot machines, and trying to find all the story fragments in the game (160 to be exact).  These sidequests don’t seem to satisfy players like previous Final Fantasy games.  It seems more like Square-Enix created a muzzle to put around the mouths of their complaining fans.

-No bonding with characters:  The two main characters are Lightning’s sister Serah, and a mysterious individual named Noel.  Noel is sent by Lightning to bring Serah to her while she remains in Valhalla fighting a war against a mysterious individual named Kaiius.  I didn’t feel an immediate bond with Serah and Noel, and to be honest I found them to be very bland and incompatible as characters.  Fans will be more interested in Lightning and Kaiius’ story than Serah and Noel.

-Closure:  For the sake of not revealing any spoilers I won’t say anymore about this.  I’ll let you see for yourself.

Click here to see the amazing introduction cinematic cutscene for Final Fantasy 13-2

Final review:  9/10