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I’M BACK!!!

I have returned, Kweh!

I have returned, Kweh!

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!

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Sony vs. Microsoft. The winner is?

Welcome back friends to my esteemed blog.  As many of you know, Sony and Microsoft just had their press conference at the 2013 E3.  Now as many of you know, there has been a long debate on which system would dominate at this year’s E3.  There was also talk about which company would own with their arsenal of upcoming titles for their next generation console systems.  

Well, let’s do a quick rundown of each company’s arsenal.  

XBOX One:

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Cost: $499.00

Game List:

Forza Motorsport 5
LocoCycle
Quantum Break
Ryse
Super T.I.M.E. Force
Titan Fall

PS4:

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Cost: $399.00

List of Games

Deep Down
Drive Club
Final Fantasy XV Versus
Kingdom Hearts III (Trailer only, still in development)
Destiny
Infamous: Second Son
Killzone: Shadow Fall
Knack
The Witness
The Order
Diablo 3 
Elder Scrolls Online

I apologize if I missed a few games, but I am literally trying to get this in before the end of the night.  The arsenal of games for XBOX One was somewhat impressive.  I drooled slightly at the Killer Instinct trailer, but the overall arsenal of titles was far from persuasive enough to make a $500 investment.  The Kingdom Hearts III Trailer was without a doubt a major drool fest for Kingdom Hearts fans.  Final Fantasy XV versus looks impressive thus far, but it is still too early to tell.  So now, the question is, who won?  Well…the winner is?

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PS4 is the winner for one reason: No DRM (Digital Rights Management)  The PS4 has no restrictions, supports used games, and does not require internet connection to play.  

Stay tuned tomorrow with me when I report on the Nintendo E3 press conference, and be sure to follow my blog to stay up to date with the latest and greatest gaming goodness.  

Lucas

Persona 4 Arena Review: Fighting and RPG beautifully combined.

Hello everyone, and welcomed back to my esteemed blog.  For quite some time I have been praying for a fighting game that would have more to it than just kill the opponent.  I prayed for something with a little more depth.  Atlus and Arc System Works have thankfully answered my prayers with the new collaborated title Persona 4 Arena.

Graphics:  From the moment you turn the game on the graphics and anime cutscenes never fail to impress.  The animation is clean and crisp and the in game graphics are smooth.  A definite 2D fighter gem.  Score: 9/10

Gameplay: Keep in mind folks, this is not a fighting game where the only objective is beat, smash, and kill senselessly.  This fighting game actually has a very in depth story to it.  Don’t expect to beat this in a day with all the characters.  The story takes place two months after the Inaba murder mysteries in Persona 4.  The fighting engine is clean and fast paced.  The new quick combo feature is a nice way for beginners to dive right in without the intimidation of those tournament level pros.          Score: 9.5/10

Sound:  Shoji Meguro does a good job of blending in some classic tracks from Persona 3 and 4, along with a few remixes.  I can’t get the Arena version of Reach Out to The Truth out of my head.  Score: 9.5/10

Final Score: 9.5/10

 

Rainbow Moon review: A surprising RPG Experience.

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Hello everyone, and with the approach of another weekend brings another edition of The Gaming Angel blog.  This time around we will take a look at an RPG exclusively for the Playstation Network entitled Rainbow Moon.  Rainbow Moon is a strategy RPG developed by Sidequest Studios.  It focuses more on depth, exploration, and dungeon crawling level grinding fun.  Does this anticipated title fit the bill for RPG fanatics like myself?  Read on to find out.

Graphics:  The graphics are pretty impressive for a downloadable title.  The worlds are pretty, however the character models are nothing to write home about.  Overall pretty decent for a PSN download title.     Score: 7.5/10

Sound: There are a few quirky “hi” sounds when interacting with townspeople along with some “Hyaah” sounds for attacks.  The soundtrack actually surprised me.  There a few noteworthy tracks in this game.  Don’t be fooled because of it being a PSN downloadable game.  Score: 8/10

Gameplay: Here is where this game truly shines it’s talents.  The depth of this game is insane.  I am 41 hours into this game and have not even begun to scratch the surface of how much content this game has.  The combat system is pretty smooth and straightforward.  Customizable armor weapons and stats through the acquiring of certain items, tons of missions, level grinding goodness, and trophies to obtain makes this a great investment for any RPG fan out there.  Score: 9.5/10

Issues:  For someone like myself who values story first thing above anything in an RPG, I was disappointed with the poor story of Rainbow Moon.  The story pretty much puts your protagonist in a situation where he is involuntarily thrown into another world, and embarks on this perilous quest to save this world while finding his way home.  The story does very little to progress from that point on.  The AI of the enemies is also kind of suspect.  There is no real strategy to battles unlike that of Growlanser Generations or Final Fantasy Tactics.  It’s kind of a downer for me that Rainbow Moon’s story is not very in-depth as any RPG that is out there, but it doesn’t hinder the gameplay experience.

Final Thoughts:  Rainbow Moon is a definite must buy for anyone who loves RPG’s. This title emphasizes on strictly character development, exploring locations, and battling ferocious fiends, and with a price tag of $15.00 you can’t miss with Rainbow Moon.  

Final Score: 9/10

 

PS Vita

ImageHello everyone, and welcome back to my blog.  The hand held console wars still continue to reign on.  In the left corner with the 3DS at it’s disposal the reigning champion, Nintendo!  In the right corner the challenger who is taking the handheld market by storm with the PS Vita, Sony!

So the question everyone is asking is, which hand held is the best?  I have been a hardcore Nintendo fan since day one but, since the release of the Nintendo 3DS I have been very unsatisfied with the system and the lineup of games.  I never thought there would be a better system, and then I played the PS Vita.  

A lot of people are turned off by the price tag for the system and accessories.  I can proudly tell you that the money is well worth it.  From the moment I turned on the PS Vita I was hooked.  The launch lineup is not the best in the industry, but for those of you like myself who never owned a PSP it is well worth it.  I finally get to play some PSP titles that I never got to play like The 3rd Birthday.  So let me tell you hands down, the PS Vita is well worth it.  I spent the money, and I am not regretting it one bit.  

Thanks for reading and be sure to follow my blog.  See you next time.

Lucas

 

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.  

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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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See you next week when I prescribe a list of anticipated games for Spring, and a few of my favorite tracks from games of the past and present.

Thanks,

Lucas