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Knack Review: Building adventure from the ground up.

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Welcome back friends to my esteemed blog.  As many of you know, the Playstation 4 console has been released and I have been very busy enjoying all that it has to offer.  Look at the image below for the launch line.  

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I want to start off by reviewing one of it’s launch titles, the new adventure game Knack.  Like most new consoles, the launch titles are usually hit or miss.  So, does Knack make the cut as a good premiere title?  Read on to find out.  

Graphics:  Knack delivers a very Pixar Studios like world with colorful characters and vibrant worlds.  The enemy designs are very well done, and you can’t get over how cute Knack is in his tiny initial form.  It all blends in to bring a cute package.  Score: 9/10

 

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Sound:  The music in this particular title really makes a stand above the crowd.  Each scene has a musical track that is fitting in exploration, combat, and story sequences.  The voice cast is equally awesome.   I was very amazed at the quality of music that was in this title, and I can assure you that you will be too.  Score: 9/10   

Gameplay:  Knack’s story is unique in it’s own ways.  War is rampant on humans as a result of Goblins led by their ruthless and cunning leader,  Gundahar.  A scientist and his assistant, along with the assistant’s uncle try to stop the goblin’s reign of terror with the help of Knack, the three-foot tall protagonist who is blessed with a unique ability.  Knack can utilize pieces called relics to attach to his body, causing him to grow anywhere from eight feet to three stories tall.  At the same time, Knack’s story tends to divide into fighting the goblins and butting heads with another antagonist Victor, along with his partner in crime Katrina.  This is all combined with beat ’em up combat and platforming elements that bring together a fun-filled adventure.
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The battles in Knack can range from moderate to very difficult.  Some areas require Knack to combat very large enemies in his tiny form, which results in one-hit kills from most foes that attack him.  Of course, when Knack is giant-sized, he delivers the same one-hit kill style beat down to his now insect sized foes.  There are tanks and combat planes that can knock giant Knack on his big behind, so play your cards carefully.  Score: 9.5/10

There have been many critics who have given this game bad reviews, and I still can’t see anything wrong with this game.  Don’t be fooled by biased reviews, Knack is an adventure that is definitely worth checking out.  I believe critics were expecting too much from Knack, and decided to whine about it when they didn’t get what they wanted.  Even though writer Mark Cerny said initially that the game will be a blend of Crash Bandicoot, Katamari Damacy, and God of War.  In my opinion, Cerny delivered on his promise.  

Final Score: 9/10 

Thanks for reading and be sure to follow my blog, and spread the word about me.  This is going to be a busy week, but I will continue to keep the posts coming.  Tune in soon when I post my review for Contrast, ResoGun, and Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds.

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Persona 4 Golden Review: A classic beautifully remastered!

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HD Remakes are becoming an overpopulated category as of late, and now Atlus adds to this category with Persona 4 Golden for the PS Vita.  Does this version outdo the original?  Read on to find out.

Graphics:  Persona 4 is resurrected in beautiful high definition.  Atlus really did an impressive job in smoothing out the sometimes boxy pixellation of the original version.  New anime cut-scenes add to the enjoyment.  Score: 9/10

Gameplay:  The gameplay style of Persona 4 that fans remember returns in full fury.  Battles are quick and action packed, the dungeons are randomly generated and well designed.  The collection of Personas is more robust with new Personas added to the library or compendium.  The murder mystery storyline is among the best RPG story lines out there.  There is also TONS OF STUFF TO DO!  You battle creatures trying to save your friends from a horrible fate, while managing a student lifestyle on the side.  Everything from dating, to holding a job, even studying for mid-terms and final exams.  It’s all here in one terrific package.  Score 9.5/10

Sound:  Shoji Meguro does it again with this amazing soundtrack.  The catchy J-Pop music that plays during battles is addicting and doesn’t annoy a person in anyway even after 65 hours of gameplay (yes I have been playing for this long).  This is a soundtrack that will dazzle fans everywhere.  Score: 9.5/10

Issues:  Some people found the fact that there is so much to do in so little time in this game.  I only found this a reason to replay this amazing adventure and find those Personas.  Not to mention the hidden bosses in the game as well.

Final Score: 9.5/10

Did you enjoy Persona 4?  Do you like the Persona series?  I would love to hear from you!  Please leave me your feedback, and thanks again for reading and following my blog!  Until next time!

Lucas

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

 

Dragon’s Crown Update

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Hello everyone, and welcome to my esteemed blog.  For those of you who have been keeping up with my blogs.  I spoke about a particular VanillaWare title called Dragon’s Crown which was scheduled to be released for the Playstation 3 in the spring of this year.

There was a slight scare because the company that was going to release it originally had made a decision to scrap the project entirely.  Thankfully happy readers Atlus has decided to pick up the project and put it in the very capable hands of their team.  Atlus will be publishing this title for the Playstation 3 and PS Vita systems.  Both are slated for an early 2013 release, but things can change.  Let’s just be thankful that this title is still on the way.  

Thank you for reading, and be sure to follow my blog.  As always, your comments and questions are more than welcome.  

Lucas