Greetings everyone, and welcome back to my esteemed blog. It has been quite a number of months since my last post. I have been very busy with the job search and seeking possibilities of returning to school. I am very happy to say that I have not only acquired a new position, but I am also in the process of applying for school.
Now that the wheels are in motion, I am happy to get back to my favorite past time; that being sharing my insights and reviews with you. I will be back on Wednesday 3/18 with my full review of Final Fantasy Type 0 HD. Until then everyone, be safe, and happy gaming!
Hello everyone, and welcome back to my esteemed blog. I must apologize for the delay on my Child of Light review, but Anime Central was in my hometown of the windy city this past weekend, and that took a redonkulous amount of my time. Now that another awesome year at ACEN has passed, I thought I would take a moment and show all of my followers a few snippets of the epic event that was ACEN 2014. I was so fortunate enough to not only see a free (provided you registered) performance of A New World (Final Fantasy Concert), but I unexpectedly bumped into none other than Mr. Nobuo Uematsu himself (yes, I was starstruck like a Beetles fan). It was indeed an amazing year at ACEN. Not sure what the hoopla is all about? Click here to learn all about ACEN! I will be back on Tuesday with my review of Child of Light, and this weekend with Transistor. Until then enjoy the pics!
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
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?
Thanks for reading, and as always I look forward to your feedback. Til next time.