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Trial and Error Suspense Horror: A Limbo Review 0

 Originally posted on my blog   Suspense horror is not my wheelhouse. I’m a naturally jumpy guy, so I avoid most horror in general, but suspense...that’s the granddaddy of all horror. Suspense sticks with me long after the experience is over thanks to its best friend unease. Thankfully, true discomfort, true unease, true terror, they’re not reliably easy things to create. Why else would garden variety horror media lean so heavily on jump scares and similarly cheap tactics? Even if you do manage ...

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You've Been Cheated 0

 Originally posted on my blog   In their last show as a band, the Sex Pistols played one song and left the stage. Before leaving the stage, Johnny Rotten quipped, “Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated?” The thing is, I don’t feel this way for the reasons everyone else might think I might. I suppose we’ll go after the biggest point of contention first. Linearity “Final Fantasy XIII is  The Worst Final Fantasy Ever (TM) because all the dungeons are straight lines and there are no towns.” Guess...

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Kojima Finds Meaning In Player Action 0

Originally posted on my blog.   <strong>SPOILER ALERT</strong>: This review may cover plot points that will spoil MGS3."<em>Whoever wins, the battle does not end. The loser is set free from the battlefield, while the winner must remain there. And the survivor will live out his life as the warrior until the day he dies.</em>"-Big Boss to Solid Snake<strong>The Story</strong>Metal Gear's story completely revolves around the subjects of loyalty and betrayal. Fro...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Itoi's Crowning Work of Genius (LONG!) 0

Originally posted on my blog. Wallpaper courtesy Pet-Shop on DeviantArt Ruminations on video games as an art form – this could very well become a Mother 3 review. There will be spoilers here. Seriously, don’t read it if you want to play Mother 3 and not have the plot spoiled. There’s a trite comparison that floats around the internet almost every month that always gets my eyes rolling. Inevitably, someone will call such-and-such the Citizen Kane of video games or ask what the C...

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The Best Action Movie of 2009 0

Originally posted on my blog  In my office there hangs a picture of Marilyn Monroe, a woman synonymous with beauty and sex appeal, but when you get closer to that picture the outline of Albert Einstein replaces the blonde bombshell. Uncharted 2 is a exactly like that. It’s hilarious to me that in a world where I want people to stop comparing video games to movies, I find myself so enthralled by what is actually the best action movie of last year. I’m pretty sure that I said tha...

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(Long) On Tim Schafer, Apotheosis, and Video Game Rockstars 0

Originally posted on my blog.  Apotheosis - 1. The fact or action of becoming a god; deification 2. Glorification, exaltation; crediting someone with extraordinary power or status. Do you know who Tim Schafer is? When I still lived at home, my dad used to ask me, "When are you gonna grow up and stop playing video games?" He tells my mother that he's sure I'm addicted to the medium. It's true that I spend the vast majority of my free time playing games. I can name developers, producers, ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Video Gaming Distilled to its Core 0

Originally posted on my blog I Bring Nothing to the Table   Eric came up with an idea to write parallel reviews of the same video game to see how similar our reviews came out. You can see his at Eric's Binary World 2.0    Tetris is..."video gaming distilled to its core" A Tetris Review (In Four Lines)  Tetris is a game where you try to clear lines from the screen using six different shapes. The highest number of lines you can clear with one shape is four (called a Tetris). There is no narra...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Long, Rambling Rhythm Heaven Review. This Game Rocks 0

Originally posted on my blog. I’ve always harbored this delusion belief that I would be pretty good at music if I ever picked up an instrument. I have no evidence to back this up. Back in the fifth grade when I played the recorder I wasn’t an instant pro and I didn’t pick up the drums in Rock Band without some struggles (I still can’t play expert). I just know two things that give me this notion: 1. I can keep a beat down fairly well and 2. Other people don’t seem to be able to. Logically, this ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Look! A Three-Headed Monkey! 0

Originally posted on my blogI should clarify a few points before I get into the CMI love, namely regarding the series creator, Ron Gilbert, and the last great Lucasarts adventure game, Grim Fandango. Ron left Lucasarts after Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge along with the other writers of the series, Tim Schafer and Dave Grossman. So, as mentioned before, the remaining team members were more or less forced to retcon and/or disregard story put forth by Gilbert, Schafer, and Grossman to further ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The Best FPS You'll Ever Play 0

Originally posted on my blogValve is used to revolutionizing the medium. Gordon Freeman’s first quest was game of the year when it launched and Half-Life 2 received similar acclaim. There’s just so much about the game that it just exudes perfection. From the moment the game opens and the G-Man deposits you on the train into City 17, Half-Life 2 just never stops. Every character has inherent life and realism in their actions, the voice acting is superb, and the story just flows so well. I could r...

7 out of 7 found this review helpful.

The Best in the Series that Invented "One More Turn..." 0

Originally posted on my blogIf you’ve never played a game in the Civilization series, then you don’t know the meaning of gameplay addiction. I’ve played many games until ungodly hours of the morning, but the game series that has made for the most red-eyed, bleary mornings has got to be Civ. If it weren’t for Civilization IV, the best of the series would have been the sophomore outing, Civilization II. Not that III was no good, but it just kept too much the same while not making enough different ...

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Still Fun 10 Years Later 0

Originally posted on my blogI still remember the first time I tried to play StarCraft. Note that I said tried… We ran a pretty pathetic rig back in those days. I’m sure it was decent at some point, but our 90 MHz (seriously!) junker couldn’t quite run anything! StarCraft installed and I even managed to get it to boot, but playing it…well it ran at a snail’s pace. I even remember trying to play it with my friend Tony over the Internet on our 14.4 modem (I know…). Needless to say, I never quite go...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The Best Final Fantasy of the Playstation Era 0

Originally posted on my blogA lot of firsts hit when Final Fantasy X landed on US shores. It was the first Final Fantasy on the PS2, first Final Fantasy without a world map to traverse, and, most importantly, the first voice-acted Final Fantasy game. I don’t think anyone’s gonna argue with me that the voice they chose for Tidus does kind of wear on you a little bit. Some of the acting is a little wooden too (See the “laughing” scene…that one hurts to this day. Also see “I hate you” at the end. T...

1 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Forget about Too Human, Just Play This Again 0

Originally posted on my blogWith a development time that almost approached eternity itself (I know it’s cheesy, leave me alone), Eternal Darkness, originally announced for the N64 back in 1999, finally launched on the Gamecube at the end of May in 2002. Being the all-around wuss with respect to horror games or movies that I am, I was among the multitude of players that didn’t go and buy the game and contributed to its commercial failure (lucky for all of us, Denis Dyack doesn’t see this as a dis...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Why Weren't the Prequels This Good? 0

Originally posted on my blogLucasarts knows one thing is constant about its fanbase: they will consume just about any piece of Star Wars-related media that they throw out there and that attention to detail is commonly expressed through the many mediocre video games that the company puts out. While the series has actually enjoyed a number of stellar titles, the prequel video game blitz had been taking its toll on consumers as the property was overexposed and not with a bevy of AAA titles. Enter B...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

One of the SNES' best. Why Won't Mother 3 Come to the States? 0

Originally posted on my blogThe brilliance of EarthBound lies not in its genre, but more in the originality and character that it brings to an already tired formula. How many sword and sorcery-themed RPGs does the video game market really need? (Answer: Don’t be stupid, sword and sorcery-themed RPGs rock!) Still, it’s refreshing to see an RPG take place in a modern setting like the country of Eagleland (a not-so-veiled reference to the USA). It’s hilarious to see that your weapons consist of bas...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The best Mario RPG Out There 0

Originally posted on my blogFor some crazy reason, nobody in the Mushroom Kingdom will believe that you are Mario. You’re probably the most famous savior of the land, but it’s not your dashing mustache or your red overalls that will prove your identity, it’s your trademark jump. This running gag is probably my absolute favorite part about SMRPG. No matter what part of the world you’re in, someone will inevitably ask if you are really the plumber. The dialog will pause, you will be unable to do a...

0 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Quick Review of the Best of the Metroid Series 0

Originally posted on my blogSuper Metroid is yet another one of those games that I never played during its actual lifespan. A full two systems after the launch of the game, I finally played Super Metroid on a ROM (DISCLAIMER: ROMs are morally and potentially legally wrong and I do not play them any more at all) prior to the release of Metroid Prime, just to see what all the hubbub was about and get some perspective on one of the most lauded franchises that I’d never played. Since I was playing t...

0 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Classic C-List RPG 0

Originally posted in my blogMany spoilers within!This one might fall a bit outside of most of your game radars. It’s not A-list like Final Fantasy or Dragon Quest, not even B-list like Breath of Fire or the Secret of series (you can bitch and moan all you want about this, but you’ll never convince me that the Seiken Densetsu series is anything more than B-list). Lufia is a pretty firm C-list series, with regards to RPG popularity. There were two SNES games games and one gbc game in the series ca...

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The PSX Epic That Started the Global Sensation 0

My first review on my blogThe Story Last night I finally got around to completing the Japanese stealth tactical action game: Metal Gear Solid. You play as Solid Snake, a veteran of (at least) two prior missions completed for the U.S. Government as a part of the secret, black-ops organization FOXHOUND. You’re sent to Shadow Moses Island to save some hostages and investigate terrorist ability to launch the nuke they are threatening to launch. If they can launch, you must stop it. Newcomers to the ...

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Kojima's Greatest Practical Joke 0

Originally posted on my blogSPOILER ALERT: This review may cover plot points that will spoil MGS2. The Story Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty picks up several years after the first MGS. Snake is still retired from FOXHOUND, but he is a part of the anti-Metal Gear proliferation group Philanthropy with Otacon. Snake and Otacon actively collect intel and information on Metal Gears and release them throughout the world to keep the global balance of power even and it’s rumored that they even destr...

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An Epic Game. BEST in the Series 0

Originally posted on my blogSPOILER ALERT: This review may cover plot points that will spoil MGS3. “Whoever wins, the battle does not end. The loser is set free from the battlefield, while the winner must remain there. And the survivor will live out his life as the warrior until the day he dies.” -Big Boss to Solid Snake The Story Metal Gear’s story completely revolves around the subjects of loyalty and betrayal. From the absolute first game for the MGX all the way to Metal Gear Solid 3 Snake is...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

It Will Fill that Square Enix-Shaped Hole in your Xbox 360 Heart 0

Orignally posted on my blogSPOILER ALERT: This review may contain story spoilers. Read at your own risk! Sakaguchi’s new company Mistwalker has had its share of problems. For very perplexing reasons they chose to chiefly develop for the Xbox 360 with side development on the Nintendo DS. As a result, nothing they make for the home console, no matter how good, will ever sell all that well in their home country. His first 360 game, Blue Dragon, sold 200,000 copies in Japan, which may sound good at ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Great, but Disappointing 0

Originally posted on my blogIt’s time for the moment many of you have been waiting for: my review of Hideo Kojima’s epic masterpiece: Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. SPOILER ALERT: This review may contain story spoilers. Read at your own risk! Operating mostly on the basis of a promised beautiful, cinematic, amazing future of games, the PS3 launched back in November of 2006 with many of its purchasers anxiously awaiting the arrival of one specific game: Metal Gear Solid 4. Arriving qui...

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Short Review 0

Originally posted on my blogThere was a day, back in my youth, when I abhorred first-person shooters. Sure, I played some Goldeneye here and there with my friends, but I was never a Doom, Unreal, or Halo fan. Then something spectacular happened: a company that I’d heard of, but avoided their games because of my fps ambivalence released one of the greatest games I’d ever played: Half-Life 2. It revolutionized my understanding of FPS games and instilled in me blind trust in Valve. I loved Counters...

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Rambling Review of P4 0

Originally printed on my blogWhen I was a kid I became saddled with the unfortunate notion that Japan did pretty much everything better than the United States. I don’t think I would have gone so far as to call myself a Japanophile, but it was definitely close. Their video games were all sweet (FF VI and Chrono Trigger!) and their cartoons sure beat the heck out of the asinine stuff I was sometimes watching on the Disney Afternoon. This may have had something to do with the fact that I was watchi...

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