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Mario's Most Challenging Adventure 0

The Lost Levels is famous for being Mario's most difficult adventure.  Unfortunately, I missed out on this Japan-only sequel upon its release.  The Lost levels (aka Super Mario Bros. 2 in Japan) didn't come here for a reason: the game is too similar to the original, and it's difficult as hell.  This game features far more obstacles, nerve-wrecking jumps, and poison mushrooms that will instantly kill you.  Also, enemies are far more plentiful, and there are new obstacles like wind and rain.  If y...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Still Great--Twenty Years Later 0

Mushrooms, plumbers, and goombas provided for a magical first experience with video games.  Regrettably, Mario wasn't my true first video game, but it's one of the first games that really resonated with me. Mario's side-scrolling adventure just felt so fresh, and the accurate controls made the portly plumber a dream to control.  I'm pretty sure that I first beat Mario back when I was four or five, but I'm almost certain that I made use of the game's warp pipes.  For my most recent play-through, ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

One On One Arcade Robot Mayhem: Now On XBLA 0

Back when American arcades were beginning their slow decline, there were a few types of games I turned to.  I mostly played racing, fighting, and light gun games.  These games did little to satisfy my competitive streak, however, so I turned to a fighting game featuring giant robots.  Similar to Gundams or Gears (from Xenogears), these hulking monstrosities were a dream come true to players who'd imagined piloting one of these behemoths.  Unlike Steel Battalion, these metal beasts were quite man...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

A Sci-Fi Predecessor To Halo 1

Ah...Marathon.  This series holds a special place in my heart, because an old friend of mine introduced me to several great obscure games like this at a young age.  He was one of the few people I knew that had a Mac (or computer for that matter), and he loved Bungie games like Myth (a strategy game) and Marathon.  For those of you who don't know, the Marathon series is basically a predecessor to Halo.  It's the first FPS series that Bungie produced, and it was quite impressive when it was initia...

0 out of 2 found this review helpful.

A Marine's Journey Through Hell 0

Hot on the heels of Wolfenstein 3D was a new ID Software First-Person Shooter called, Doom.  This 1993 FPS had players take control of a nameless space marine whose mission was to quash a demon assault on the moons of Mars.  Certain scientists on Mars' moons had been experimenting with teleportation and gateways, and demons from Hell managed to crash their party.  It's up to you to send the demons back to the depths of Hell. Okay, so, the premise isn't all that original, and we've seen it done m...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Nazis, Mazes, And A Giantess 0

Attention, Halo and Call of Duty fans.  Drop your controllers, and pay your respects to the game that started it all (at least in the FPS genre)--Wolfenstein 3D.  Do you enjoy riddling bad guys with bullets?  Mopping up Nazis?  Splattering fellow Spartans with a Ghost on Halo 3?  Okay, so vehicles aren't in Wolfenstein, but you may have never had the opportunity to kill Nazis from a first-person perspective if it wasn't for ID Software's innovative Wolfenstein 3D. This early FPS was initially re...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

A Grand Adventure From A Series That Rarely Strays From Its Roots 0

Dragon Quest is a legendary RPG series from Japan that nearly every gamer has heard of.  We may not understand why it's so popular there, but even in the U.S., there is a small audience that is charmed by this series.  Let me get this out of the way: I'm not a part of that audience.  Before playing the fourth installment of this series, I was a Dragon Quest hater.  I had spent 32 hours with Dragon Quest VII, and twenty plus hours with Dragon Quest VIII, but neither of those games hooked me.  I t...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

A Brilliant, But Flawed RPG That Pays Homage To 16-Bit Classics 0

People have been clamoring for a sequel to Chrono Trigger for years now.  Some gamers consider Chrono Cross to be a superb sequel to that time-traveling epic, while others found it to be a dud.  I thought Chrono Cross was an excellent RPG, but I had always desired another 16-bit RPG that had the same impact on me as Chrono Trigger.  That game of 1995 managed to amaze a young 5th grader like me, because many of the game's concepts were so fresh.  For one, there weren't countless random battles.  ...

2 out of 3 found this review helpful.

A Land of Pizza, Spaghetti, and Rusty Pipes... 0

This isn't a commentary on the Mario Bros. Super Show or that horrible Mario movie.  This is a review of the greatest collection of Mario games in existence.  I missed out on Mario All-Stars when it released back in '93, but I've recently been collecting old games, so I decided to pick up this gem used, for a mere ten dollars.  It features four excellent Mario games--Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 2, Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, and what is often considered the king of 2D Mario game...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The Most Mysterious Game You'll Ever Play 0

Anyone who was a gamer during the 16-bit era knows that the Super NES is a veritable treasure trove of RPGs.  There were standard RPGs like FFVI and Chrono Trigger, Strategy-RPGs that were never released in America like Tactics Ogre, and Action-RPGs like Secret of Mana, Soul Blazer, and Illusion of Gaia.  Of the last category, there's a game you've probably never heard of--the ever-elusive Terranigma.  This mysterious title was the third part of an Action-RPG series that included gems like Soul ...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Final Fantasy IV: The After Years--Better Late Than Never? 0

Final Fantasy IV holds a special place in my heart, as it was my first RPG experience.  Before Final Fantasy IV on the SNES, I had no idea what the acronym RPG stood for.  I was unaware of Role Playing Games played with pens & paper, dice, and computers.  I had missed the RPG genre on the NES, but my friend and I decided to rent Final Fantasy IV one fateful day instead of College Slam or Turtles Tournament Fighters.  I was initially disappointed that my mom let him pick this strange game tha...

7 out of 7 found this review helpful.

The only time you'll enjoy something that includes the word 'bits 0

Chip bits, binary digits (aka bits), and 'wait just a bit' are all terms and phrases including 'bits' that most of us have come to hate. The term 'bits' is often associated with something small. Well, for once you won't be disappointed with the small price you'll have to pay for the DSi gem called ' PiCTOBiTS'. The early state of DSiware had me worried for the future of the sleek new portable, but PiCTOBiTS gives me hope that brighter days will come. Like Art Style Aquios, PiCTOBiTS is a unique ...

2 out of 3 found this review helpful.

A fantastically re-imagined Persia. 0

I was eagerly awaiting the newest game in the Prince of Persia franchise, but I was skeptical that it could live up to the amazing Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.  This game is a brilliant creation that accomplishes some amazing feats, but it also has its fair share of drawbacks.  Prince of Persia has some controversial features, and as a result will garner varying degrees of praise and criticism.  While I agree with some of the faults that are often mentioned when discussing this game, the...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

This game blows. 0

Kirby games have a bad habit of being released when a console is practically dead.  Kirby's Dreamland 3 suffered this misfortune by being released a year after the Nintendo 64 was introduced.  I was one of those people who passed over this game.  I recall seeing it in video rental stores, but my attention was directed solely towards the N64 at that time.  Besides, I had already played Kirby Super Star, the ultimate Kirby collection, so why did I need this game that seemed to ape Yoshi's Island v...

1 out of 2 found this review helpful.

A rare action-RPG classic finally heads to the Virtual Console! 0

Despite the Wii Virtual Console's two years of availability, we have yet to see many classic RPGs available for download.  Ys Book I & II (pronounced "ease"), is an RPG most people have never heard of (I'll admit, I was one of those), but it is one that should not be missed.  Ys I and II were originally stand-alone titles that were released on the Sega Master System, but they were later released together as one adventure for Turbografx CD in 1990.  This remake includes anime cutscenes (altho...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

An excellent sequel that brings back fond memories of Earthbound. 0

Mother 3 was a game many Earthbound (Mother 2 in Japan) fans never expected to see on our shores.  It started out as a project for the N64 over a decade ago, then it was moved to the ill-fated N64 disk add-on, the 64DD, and finally, it was cancelled.  Several years later, it reemerged as a GBA title.  When fans first heard about it, they immediately started petitions to urge Nintendo to release the game in the U.S.  Nintendo considered Earthbound to be a sales failure in the U.S., so they would ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

If you enjoyed shaking your rattle as a baby, you'll like this. 0

Lately, the word Nintendo has almost become synonymous with thinking outside of the box.  First they released Wii Sports to the glee of consumers, which played a major role in increasing the size of the casual market.  Next came Wii Fit, which also sold like hotcakes despite having a ninety dollar price tag.  These unique gameplay concepts appealed to people, because they could partake in non-strenuous physical activity in the comfort of their home.  Pick up and play games have become increasing...

0 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Bioware's latest RPG proves that a good Sonic game is possible. 0

Sonic Chronicles has had a significant amount of hype behind it for a DS title, and for good reason.  Fans have long clamored for an RPG starring their favorite hedgehog that could rival Super Mario RPG.  Like Nintendo did with Super Mario RPG, Sega called on another company to develop the title.  The developer, Bioware, did an admirable with the ailing Sonic franchise.  Bioware is known for producing RPGs with a multitude of character customization options and deep combat systems.  They also te...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Whoever knew that manipulating goo could be so much fun? 0

It is great when you discover that a game you have long been anticipating delivers, but sometimes it is even better when an incredible new game drops out of nowhere and blows you away.  World of Goo is one of these surprise titles that will not only blow you away, but will leave a lasting impression on you.  Even after seeing a great review of this game, I was skeptical if it was worth plunking down fifteen dollars for a title I was previously unaware of.  After I passed the first level, I immed...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

A Treasure 3D-shooting masterpiece finally reaches the west. 0

Treasure is known among hardcore gamers for producing quality 2D-shooters with a sickening amount of detail.  The company is composed of former Konami vets, so they know how to make great side-scrolling games.  Gunstar Heroes is one of their most famous titles, but this classic fell under the radar due to it not being released in the U.S.  Instead we got the so-so Mischief Makers for N64.  Sin & Punishment leaves two dimensions behind and marks Treasure's transition to 3D games.  Some games ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Not incredibly innovative, but one of Kirby's greatest adventures 0

Kirby Super Star is a game you'll either love or loath depending on your feelings towards the pink puff.  If you are a fan of classic Kirby games, you'll be right at home with this one, as it is a compilation of several different games in one.  Kirby Super Star Ultra is a re-release of a 1996 Super Nintendo title with a few extra games thrown in for good measure.  Many of the games are full-fledged titles, while others are simple, yet addicting mini-games.  Something to be aware of when purchasi...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Contains cuteness, but lacks originality. 0

Back when the N64 was first released, there were a variety of solid titles from Nintendo and Rare.  During a slow period in early 1998, a title known as Yoshi's Story was released.  3D was all the rage in those days, but Nintendo tried to bring back 2D gameplay in a new form.  Yoshi's Story featured 2D side-scrolling gameplay, but used pre-rendered graphics to give the game a 3D look.  Nintendo called this 2 and 1/2D, but essentially, it was a 2D platformer with glossy graphics.  Some gamers sco...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

A vast improvement over its predecessor. 0

As someone who was extremely disappointed with Kingdom Hearts, I wasn't expecting much with this sequel.  I expected more of the same--poorly voiced FF characters combined with Disney characters and worlds, in a mess of a story.  Thankfully, Square-Enix redeemed itself by creating a sequel with brilliant gameplay improvements.  Almost every single problem from the original Kingdom Hearts was fixed.  For me, playing the original Kingdom Hearts was more of a chore than a fun experience, but this s...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

An interesting combination of two universes. 0

Kingdom Hearts was Square's first big hit since Final Fantasy X.  It brought together two popular universes--Disney and Final Fantasy, and melded them into a unique role playing game.  Disney movies and Final Fantasy games contain vastly different stories, but they often have themes of light versus dark, or good versus evil, so you could say that this unique pairing makes sense.  There is a division among fans on whether Disney characters belong in a Square game, so how much you like the game ma...

0 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Get off the couch and break a sweat! 0

Here we have another title aimed for the casual crowd.  Nintendo's scheme to get anyone from soccer moms to your elders playing Wii has worked so far, so why not another go at this market?  Wii Fit is Nintendo's latest non-traditional game; a title that will interest many, but will turn others off at the same time.  In order to properly describe Wii Fit, it is important that I not only discuss the gameplay elements, but also examine how useful it is as a fitness tool. When I first turned on Wii ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

In a world where 3D never existed 0

Remember the days before FF7?  It was a time when RPGs featured 2D sprites with large heads, colorful graphics, storylines where a band of heroes would save the world, and poorly translated text.  Okay, well the last two are still a feature of modern RPGs, but developers are slowly improving upon the RPG formula.  Tales of Destiny harkens back to this golden age of RPGs on the SNES.  Fans of old school RPGs will love the 2D character designs, the upbeat music, and the colorful world in which the...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

A Final Fantasy that doesn't live up to the series' high pedigree 0

Final Fantasy 12, the game all us FF fans have been waiting for, is here at last.  With such a long wait, you’d figure the game would be an outstanding experience, and maybe even be the pinnacle of the series.  FF12 is a good RPG with high production values, but it falls short in some areas.  First, I’ll let you know what this game does well.  The graphics are amazing, especially for PS2.  The environments are enormous and inextricably detailed.  Early on in the game, it becomes clear why FFXII...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

An enjoyable, but short title 0

LostWinds stands out as one of the best WiiWare launch titles.  The game makes excellent use of the Wiimote—you use the pointer and wrist motions to control the wind, your character, and to manipulate elements such as water and fire.  Controlling your character is a breeze—you move Toku with the analogue stick, and make him perform techniques by moving the Wiimote to utilize the wind.  Your wind powers can be used in clever ways—you can float across seemingly endless chasms, blow fire from a tor...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

A great portable iteration of the franchise 0

Get ready to dig that PSP out of your closet, because ReadyAtDawn has crafted an excellent God of War game for your shiny handheld.  When I first loaded up the game, I was blown away by the phenomenal graphics--Chains of Olympus looks just as amazing as its PS2 incarnations.  The game includes massive bosses and hordes of enemies, but still manages to run without a hitch.  There is no slowdown to be seen, and the character animations are impressive to say the least.  There is occasionally minor ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

One of the most disappointing Zelda games in recent years 0

The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass features a new control style, similar to Twilight Princess, which was released a year ago.  Unlike Twilight Princess, the stylus control doesn’t make for a better Zelda.  Moving Link is smooth, but it feels like you lose the precision control experienced in previous Zelda games.  Certain maneuvers like the roll are difficult to pull off.  Luckily, these moves aren’t a prominent feature of the game, so it doesn’t have a huge affect on gameplay.  The stylus ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Can it dethrone an N64 classic? 0

Super Mario Galaxy, is not only one of Wii’s most anticipated games, but a sequel to Mario Sunshine, which was considered a hit among some fans and a miss among others.  Sunshine played it safe and strayed little from the 3D Mario formula established in Mario 64.  It added a water pack, but had very little innovation other than that.  Despite what you thought of Sunshine, most Mario fans will love Super Mario Galaxy.  Mario 64 was previously my favorite Mario game, but Galaxy even tops that lege...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

An RPG masterpiece with historical flavor 0

Bandai Namco’s Eternal Sonata is a game that I was reluctant to play at first.  It had amazing graphics, but I was worried about the content of the story.  The mediocre reviews the game received gave me even less of a reason to try it.  After a few months passed, a friend recommended it to me, and since he was a big fan of RPGs, I took his advice, and purchased the game.  A couple months later, I finished what would become my favorite RPG on Xbox360.  Eternal Sonata is different than what most...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Brilliant mythological story, amazing art, and enjoyable gameplay 0

               As a sequel to one of the best action games of all time, God of War II had a lot to live up to.  The original God of War was a groundbreaking action game that combined exciting gameplay with an epic score,  that was accompanied by superb voices and music.  The graphics and art style brought God of War's version of Ancient Greece to life.  God of War II continues the first game's legacy with gameplay that remains faithful to the original, but it adds new moves that the original onl...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

A fun prequel, but it lacks the heart of FFVII. 0

                Final Fantasy VII fans have waited for what seems like eons for Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII.  Now that is has finally arrived, was it worth the wait?  In short my answer is yes, but this eagerly anticipated prequel isn't without its shortcomings.  FFVII's story is what the majority of fans have been looking forward to most, so I will explain whether it delivers without including any spoilers.  The script for Crisis Core is fantastic and manages to tie in well with FFVII.  As m...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Familiar gameplay paired up with new controls. 0

     This year has been great for the Nintendo Wii.  We’ve already seen the release of “Super Smash Brothers Brawl”, which most hardcore gamers have yet to put down.  Even though I’m a fan of “Smash”, I was eagerly awaiting the release of “Mario Kart Wii”.  Being the big “Mario Kart” fan that I am, I woke up early to pick up the game.  As I drove to the mall to pick up “Mario Kart”, I was fortunate in that I didn’t have to use any banana peels or mega mushrooms to clear the empty streets of .  ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Not your average crimefest 0

                This year's long anticipated crimefest has finally arrived.  There was no doubt that GTA IV would sell millions like the previous games, but some hardcore gamers wondered if it could live up to the last three titles.  GTA IV doesn't revolutionize the series like GTA III, but it fleshes out the core gameplay in several key areas.  For the first time ever in a GTA game, I was actually compelled to stick to the missions.  Previous GTA games such as Vice City and San Andreas have fea...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Fresh puzzles combined with innovative gameplay 0

               In a medium saturated with sequels, it is refreshing to play a game that embraces innovation and originality.  Sometimes original games don't reach the bar set by the numerous sequels in existence, but occasionally a game arises that should not be missed.  Zack & Wiki is one of those titles.  It is an adventure game of sorts, but the control mechanics and puzzles break boundaries set by previous adventure games.  Any Wii owner starving for an original title that utilizes the W...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

A hilarious 2D shooter packed with fun gameplay. 0

                I wasn't expecting much from Alien Hominid.  I have played countless side-scrolling shooters during my years as a gamer, and didn't expect this title to best one of my favorites, Metal Slug.  Even though I wasn't an arcade enthusiast by any means, I used to love playing Metal Slug games at the arcade.  Despite the fun I had with these games, their premise eventually began to wear thin.  I didn't know if a 2D shooter could ever rekindle my love for the genre, but Alien Hominid HD ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

A fun multiplayer dungeon romp with RPG elements. 0

Castle Crashers is one of those Xbox Live Arcade games that is a must download.  The game features a great, hilarious art style similar to Alien Hominid, which isn't a surprise since it is by The Behemoth.  The similarities end there however, because Castle Crashers is more about a multiplayer dungeon hack, rather than a fast-paced shooting experience.  As the title implies, Castle Crashers is set in a fictional medieval world.  You and a few buddies control a variety of characters that can att...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Tales Conquers Its Technical Flaws, But The Story Takes A Hit. 0

The Tales games are a brilliant series of RPGs that have steadily gained ground in the U.S. ever since the advent of Tales of Symphonia.  While its sales pale in comparison to Final Fantasy, it is not a series that should be overlooked.  The Tales games are notorious for providing an action-oriented RPG experience, and Vesperia is no exception.  Gamers that are turned off by turn-based battle systems, or are just looking for new types of experiences may want to check out this RPG that has more i...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.