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A title that deserves an HD re-release

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Hello everyone, and welcome back to my blog.  I hope your 4th of July festivities were fun and safe.  I have noticed a recent string of HD re-releases that have been released or are in the works for the Playstation 3 and XBOX 360 gaming consoles.  One title stuck out in my mind, and I thought I should share this insight with you.  The title that I think deserves a reboot in high definition is Shining Force 3.  This title was released for the Sega Saturn near the end of it’s life cycle in 1997.  This was by far the most revolutionary strategy RPG of it’s time next to Dragon Force, also for the Sega Saturn.

Sadly, Shining Force 3 consisted of three scenarios, but only scenario one was ported to the United States leaving many fans of the series on a cliff hanger to this very day.  The Sega Saturn died shortly after it’s release.  I believe that porting all three scenarios translated in one collective HD package would not only benefit Sega in the long run, but bring a smile to a lot of long time faithful Sega fans.  What are your thoughts everyone?  Please share this blog with your friends.  Maybe we can get a petition started to ask for this HD re-release of a timeless classic.

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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.  

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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