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 and happy Friday dear readers. I wanted to get this review up and running because Pokemon X and Y will be launching tomorrow morning, and that review is going to take me some time. Quantic Dream has been known for their unique approach to video games, making it more of an interactive movie experience. They are best known for previous titles like Indigo Prophecy and Heavy Rain. Now they have released their newest title, Beyond Two Souls. This title has been highly anticipated since Heavy Rain was a huge hit. Does this newest title live up to the reputation of previous games?
Graphics: To say that Beyond Two Souls’ graphics are amazing is an understatement. Quantic Dream achieves graphical perfection in this interactive cinematic game. The character models and animations are beautifully executed, and the locations that are explored through Jodie’s eyes are lush and quite beautiful to see. When you take control of Jodie’s spiritual companion Aiden, you see a different perspective that is again beautifully executed. Quantic Dreams even went as far as to model the characters after the actors who played them. This is something that is rarely seen in video games, and Quantic Dream should be highly commended for it. Score: 10/10
Sound: Lorne Balfe along with Hans Zimmer bring a fantastic soundtrack that draws you into the game. From intense action sequences, to even a simple dating scenario, Balfe and Zimmer bring forth a fitting musical score that fits every situation perfectly. Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe give fantastic performances. Score: 10/10
Gameplay: The gameplay of Beyond Two Souls can be described as a “love it or hate it” situation. You are more or less a companion that watches Jodie’s life unfold from childhood to adulthood. During action sequences you make decisions throughout the scenarios that dictate what Jodie will do, or whether or not an action she performs will be successful. For example, in a fight scenario Jodie picks up a pipe and swings at a foe. You must press the right analog stick based on Jodie’s body movement and where she is going to swing from. Therefore, if she is swinging to the right, you press the analog stick to the right. This applies to even mundane activities such as cooking dinner and eating. It is a mechanic that is unique and may not appeal to gamers that are well adjusted to intense action and nonstop button mashing. You will also assume the role of Aiden, Jodie’s spiritual companion and assist Jodie in both mundane and intense situations. You utilize Aiden to make objects move or break to impress or scare other people depending on your situation. In intense situations Aiden uses his abilities to choke enemies, or possess them in order to kill others. This is a unique approach to gaming which can be fun, but at times it can be tedious.
The areas in Beyond Two Souls are so gorgeous, and it is a huge shame that the game is linear, and exploring locations is scripted and severely limited. It’s a downer, but still a joy to look at. Unfortunately, the story in Beyond Two Souls tends to jump around far too much, which results in a person asking questions of how Jodie landed in the situations that you find yourself in. There are also points in the action sequences that can be very cumbersome. Jodie’s body movement is fairly easy to understand at first, but as the game advances her body movement becomes a bit too difficult to read, which results in making a wrong choice. This wasn’t a big deal, but other gamers out there may find this very frustrating. Score: 7.5/10
Beyond Two Souls is as I said earlier a “love it or hate it” title. Fans of Heavy Rain may not be as impressed by Beyond Two Souls and it’s shortcomings. However, the characters are deep, the story although fragmented is very well told, and it is an experience that every gamer should have just once.
Final Score: 8/10
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Welcome back friends to another edition of The Gaming Angel. I must admit that there have been a huge announcement of new game titles since E3 2013’s conclusion. Here are a few titles that I am looking forward to on both current and next generation consoles:
Dragon’s Crown (PS3, PS Vita)–August 8, 2013
Tales of Xillia (PS3, PS Vita)–August 8, 2013
Ys Memories of Celceta (PS Vita)–September 24, 2013
Mario and Luigi Dream Team (Nintendo 3DS) August 11, 2013
Pokemon X and Y (Nintendo 3DS) October 2013
So, my question to you is, which titles are you most excited for? I’d love to hear from you.
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Happy St. Patrick’s Holiday to all of my dear readers. Welcome back to my esteemed blog. We have seen several video game franchises make several attempts at returning to the spotlight of their glory days (Duke Nukem, Splatterhouse). Unfortunately, these attempts have failed miserably, and have only succeeded in damaging the franchise’s reputation.
Now another franchise has made an attempt at a divine resurrection. Lara Croft became the sexiest video game character ever with the release of Tomb Raider for the Playstation 1 in 1996. Since 2003 Tomb Raider seemed to fade out and most people considered the franchise to be extinct. Crystal Dynamics had other plans for the series however. They have completely redesigned Lara Croft and the Tomb Raider franchise in it’s entirety. So, does Tomb Raider have what it takes to make it’s way back into the spotlight? Let’s find out.
Graphics: Anyone who is familiar with the Tomb Raider series will instantly notice how beautiful the game is, not to mention Lara Croft’s makeover. The environments are very lush and detailed, and whenever Lara suffers an injury you will instantly notice the effort that was put into the beautiful details of the character and environments. Score: 9.5/10
Sound: The musical score is very well done, and fits the scenario of each location and situation within the Tomb Raider world. Jason Graves, who is best known for his work in the Dead Space series does a fantastic job of creating the right music for the right situation. The voice acting is also very well done with Camilla Luddington leading the way as the voice of Lara Croft. Score: 9.5/10
Gameplay: Fans of Assassin’s Creed and Uncharted will feel right at home with Tomb Raider. The gameplay mechanics have the same stealthy tactical mechanics and action packed gun, and arrow shooting as both game franchises. Real-time situations and environmental dangers will have you thinking quick on your feet. The storyline is also intriguing and told through cut-scenes, and in game voice dialogue throughout the adventure. Score: 9.5/10
Issues: The only issue that I have with this title is the multiplayer. While it was a cute attempt to add a little more variety to the game, it fails miserably. The multiplayer is very dull and pointless to say the least. While gamers might be entertained with this for the first hour or so, the interest will die very quickly.
Tomb Raider has made a huge return to the gaming spotlight in a big way. Lara Croft is back, sexier, stronger, and with more attitude than ever before.
Final Score: 9.5/10
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It has been nearly eight years since Sly Cooper 3 made it’s debut on the Playstation 2 console. It left fans wondering if there would be another installment to this amazing franchise on the Playstation 3 console. Well fear not because Sony is putting our worries at ease with the newest edition to the Sly Cooper franchise Sly Cooper Thieves in Time for the Playstation 3.
People have been very skeptical about this recent release since it was developed by Sanzaru and not Sucker Punch (developers of Sly 1-3). So the question on everyone’s mind is, can Sanzaru pull off a beautiful game as well as Sucker Punch? Let’s review shall we?
Graphics: The graphics of Sly are definitely top notch. The animated cut scene introduction is well done, not to mention funny. The cell shaded detail of the characters will definitely have Sly fans jumping for joy. Score: 9/10
Gameplay: Believe it or not, fans will be praising Sanzaru for the keeping the old style gameplay of Sly and adding a few new tricks to the roster. The difficulty of Sly is slightly amped, especially when it comes to finding the clue bottles to unlock the safe. The story of Sly is beautifully done, and Sanzaru should be commended for keeping in the roots of the original story, and not getting lofty visions and coming out with some way out story that doesn’t make sense or damages the franchise. Score: 9.5/10
Sound: The original voices of the Sly Cooper gang are back in high gear along with a soundtrack that stays true to the theme of the Sly Cooper world. A definite accomplishment. Score: 9/10
Sanzaru did an excellent job at taking the helm where Sucker Punch left off. Sly Cooper Thieves in Time is a definite must for those who have remained true to the series.
Final Score: 9/10
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Hello, Happy New Year everyone and welcome back to my esteemed blog. As many of you may already know, I have decided to get into playing video games both current and nostalgic while doing commentary on it. These are known as either LPAT (Let’s Play A Thing), or IPAT (I Played A Thing) on YouTube. I have graciously decided to dive into the IPAT club with video game commentaries of my own. My name on the YouTube Network is CrystalEsper. Yes, as many of you can tell by the name, Final Fantasy 6 had a profound impact on me in a very positive way. Anyhow folks, the project has begun and parts one and two are up for download. I hope you and enjoy and will also subscribe to my YouTube page. I will upload these as frequently as I can. Please leave me your feedback and comments, as I welcome them graciously. The link to my YouTube page can be found here.
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