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Clever combat, a great female protagonist, and just a little jank 0

Parasite Eve's heroine, Aya Brea.Parasite Eve takes place in New York City, circa-1997. NYPD officer Aya Brea decides to visit the opera on Christmas Eve, pulled there by some desire she can’t explain. Partway through the show, everyone in the theater begins to spontaneously combust--save for Aya and the lead actress. Aya chases after the mysterious woman, now calling herself Eve, and watches in terror as she changes before her eyes. Eve speaks of mitochondria, a part of human biology that...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Wholly unique characters and story only slightly marred by mediocre gameplay 0

"I kill my sisters. I take their men."NOTE: Instead of the usual captions for my images, I decided to include some Zero quotes with each picture. They were too good not to share!Drakengard 3 takes place in a conflicted world, a land ruled by five separate warlords who each despotically govern their territories. After many wars between the nations, these men were finally brought down by the five mysterious Intoners, sisters with the power of magical song. Because of their heroism, each sister is...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

A satisfying conclusion to the series but still a clunky mess of gameplay 2

The heroes (?) of the story.Legacy of Kain: Defiance completely ignores the events of Blood Omen 2 and instead picks up just after Soul Reaver 2 via a time paradox. Raziel has been sent back to the Spectral Realm after being absorbed by the Soul Reaver, while Kain searches for Moebius in the Physical Realm to track down his former minion. The two, each on their own, work to learn the truth about the prophecy that seems to regard them and the true history of where they came from. Only by finding ...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Nothing but tedium... 0

Kain, the game's antihero. I greatly prefer this character model to the one in the Soul Reaver games.Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen places players back into the role of Kain, the vampire bent on conquering the world. In what seems to be some sort of separate timeline, Kain has not yet attained control of the realm of Nosgoth. His forces battle the Sarafan, a fanatical group dedicated to wiping out the vampire race forever, led by the mysterious Sarafan Lord. Somehow, this being manages to best Kain...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

If you're willing to work for it, Transistor's engaging world will reward you immensely 4

The playable character, Red.Transistor takes place in the city of Cloudbank, a futuristic utopia that is ever-changing due to the whims of its people. Each person has a say in everything from future public works to the color of the sky--and of course, popular opinion rules the day. For most residents, this is the perfect life, one where the city takes care of all their needs and everything is decided for them. For others, it is an eternal hell devoid of individuality. This group believes the old...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

A creative concept with just a few clunky elements 0

The journal, a crucial tool in your quest for a cure.The story of Miasmata is quite thin. You play as Robert Hughes, a scientist who has found himself stranded on the island of Eden. As he wakes up, he finds that he has been stricken with a devastating plague, a plague that he will die from if he doesn’t find a cure. Lucky for him, the island he finds himself on was at one point home to a research team trying to find such a cure. The player must explore the island and find the necessary el...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

A much improved but shallow entry in the franchise 0

Raziel, the main character.Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2 picks up immediately after the events of the original game. Raziel, the player character, has chased his old master Kain through a time portal and finds himself in the distant past of Nosgoth, in a time before Kain’s actions doomed the land in the original Blood Omen. As Raziel continues his quest to enact his vengeance on Kain, he learns more about his heritage and the many intricate details that make up Nosgoth. Through his actions...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

A dated game that just doesn't work by modern standards 1

Raziel, after his transformation.NOTE: I would like to note that I did not play this game when it was originally released. As such, I decided to review this game as it stands today, for someone who doesn’t have any nostalgia for it. I ask fans of the original to remove their rose-tinted glasses and think about the game from my point-of-view.Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver places you into the role of Raziel, a former vampire who is forsaken by his master Kain at the beginning of the game. He is...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

A great premise that does nothing but tease 2

Winter punching her uncooperative instructor, Cyrus.The first episode of Dysfunctional Systems: How to Manage Chaos puts you in shoes of 14-year old Winter Harrison. Winter is training to be a mediator, a job that has her travel to different worlds in secret to maintain and possibly influence the balance of order and chaos found there. After an off-screen, successful (but short and easy) first mission, she is sent to the world of Sule and paired up with the infamous Cyrus Addington, a mediator k...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Some dated gameplay doesn't dull the unique vision 0

Trane "getting up" on a wall.Marc Ecko’s Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure features a young-blood named Trane, a graffiti artist who wants to get his name out there and become famous. After an early game beat-down, Trane rebuilds his image and forms the Stay Free Crew, a group dedicated to “getting up” (slang for painting graffiti) at any cost. The city is ruled by the CCK, a police force tasked with stopping taggers by any means necessary. Trane soon gets in over his head wi...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

A charming game nearly ruined by poor plot design 0

Exploring the overworld.Bravely Default takes place in the realm of Luxendarc, a fantasy world very typical of the JRPG genre The peace in the land is governed by four crystals, each watched over by a Vestal. For hundreds of years, the belief in Crystalism has been an accepted norm for most of the population. When the game starts, however, many forces are beginning to rebel against these ideas. Key among these forces is the Duchy of Eternia, lead by the shadowy Council of Six. Eternia seeks to e...

5 out of 5 found this review helpful.

An amazing idea that is completely wasted 0

Lucius and Daddy.Lucius features a plot that will seem very familiar if you’ve seen The Omen: a young boy, who turns out the be the Antichrist, uses his demonic powers to kill those around him to satisfy his father, Lucifer. You play as Lucius, awakening to your heritage on your sixth birthday (obviously) and starting your rampage. As you kill more and more people, a detective named McGuffin (I’m not shitting you) starts to get suspicious and investigates the “accidents” ...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Visually striking, frustrating to play. 0

There is a plot intertwined amongst the levels in Hotline Miami, but it is a vague and bland one. You play as an unnamed man who receives messages on his answering machine, sending him to certain addresses to “take care” of the residents within. Upon reaching the location, your character puts on a mask and enters the building to brutally murder everyone he finds inside. In between these levels, you get small scenes that are meant to slowly add up to something. However, you must find ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

If you like rhythm games--and vocaloid music--this is the game for you! 0

Hatsune Miku, the (undeniable) star of the show.I love rhythm games. Few things give me as much of a thrill as nailing a section of particularly tough notes. That moment when a song hits the chorus and the note patterns pick up always sends shivers down my spine. I can’t get enough of this genre. Like most people, I fell in love with the Rock Band series, spending hours strumming a plastic guitar to a variety of tunes. However, I always wished that I didn’t need to pull out a giant e...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Should have taken a longer smoke break... 0

A look at the new protagonist, Delsin.inFamous: Second Son takes place around seven years after the events of the previous game. The Conduit gene has returned in the wake of those events, causing more and more people to become super-powered. This necessitates the establishment of the Department of Unified Protection (D.U.P.), a group led by a cold-hearted woman named Augustine, meant to track down any Conduits and imprison them for the safety of society. Second Son also ditches previous protagon...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Maybe not for everyone, but one of my favorite JRPGs this generation 1

The game's protagonist, Lightning.As you probably guessed from the name, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII returns the lead protagonist role to Claire “Lightning” Farron, a stoic yet tough woman who finds herself constantly embroiled in the matters of gods and the state of the world. This game takes place some 500 years after the events of XIII-2, when the Chaos was released and began to overrun the world. Everyone who survived found that they no longer aged and can only die from...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

A poor Ys game but a great action-RPG for the Vita 0

Ys: Memories of Celceta is another game following the adventures of Adol Christian, a young man with a passion for exploring the world and seeing as much as he can. His previous exploits have won him fame and praise, but he continues to push as deep into the unexplored as possible. Upon visiting the Great Forest, he somehow manages to lose his memories. Through the help of those he meets on his journey, Adol must reclaim his memories and solve the mystery that caused him to lose them in the firs...

1 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Fascinating characters and the best JRPG combat system to date marred by a confusing, unrewarding story 0

Serah and Noel meeting for the first time.Final Fantasy XIII-2 drops you in the shoes of Serah, Lightning’s younger sister. She is having dreams about her sister, who was thought lost in the world-changing events of the previous game, locked in an endless battle with a shadowy man named Caius in some strange realm called Valhalla. Just when Serah thinks she is truly going crazy, a man she recognizes from her latest dream appears in her village saying he knows how to reach Lightning. This i...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Unique, deep RPG combat with a flat story and world 0

Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan tells a very simple story: you take control of a new group of explorers tasked with reaching the mythical Yggdrassil tree that towers in the distance. You meet a variety of characters to aid you in your quest, both in town at the various shops and guilds and out in the unexplored lands, who are often just a little too undeveloped to be interesting. Your missions come from the Count of Tharsis, the town where your journey begins, and slowly bring you throug...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

A overly monotonous experience with a few interesting moments and ideas 1

Persona 2: Innocent Sin, as you might expect, sticks you with a group of high-school Persona users (with a few young adults in the mix this time) who, like all teenagers, are trying to figure out who they are and what they want out of life. The only real difference this time is that these kids already have the power of Persona and aren’t introduced to it in the story. A new fad is spreading around town called the Joker Game where players dial their own cell phone number in order to meet the myst...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Boring, repetitive gameplay saved by one of the most interesting stories of the generation 0

For me, RPGs are all about the story and the world/characters crafted by the developer. The best games bring a brand-new world to life, giving me a place to explore for hours on end--learning its history, meeting its residents, and delving into its secrets. I can enjoy a good RPG combat system (real-time or turn-based) as well, but combat isn’t what keeps me coming back to the genre again and again. In fact, there are plenty of games with great story I almost wish didn’t have gameplay whatsoever...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

If only it didn't have those supernatural elements... 0

Jodie Holmes isn’t your average woman. She has been tethered to a spiritual presence named Aiden since birth, a presence she has partial control over. That spirit can affect the world in a variety of ways: everything from moving objects to healing wounds and talking with the dead. For most of her formative years, she grows up in a military facility with very little interaction with people her own age. Her first job out of this facility is working with the CIA to fully utilize the unique strength...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Sliding further down the Bat-hole 0

SPOILER WARNING!!!: I do talk about something I would consider a spoiler for the game’s story, but it’s rather minor and not overly unpredictable. Use your best judgement.Batman: Arkham Origins features a much younger, inexperienced Batman than the first two Rocksteady-produced games in the series. In fact, it’s so early in his career as the Dark Knight that most people don’t believe he really exists, aside from the big bads who are smart enough to acknowledge him as a threat to their criminal o...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Love's continued argument for the visual novel 2

How you choose your logsFor those of you who haven’t played Analogue: A Hate Story, the game that takes place just before Hate Plus, here’s a brief summary (although I suggest you go play it for yourself instead!). You were an investigator tasked with finding out what happened to the Mugunghwa, a derelict space station that went out of contact years ago. With the help of one, or both, of the station’s AIs, you were able to decrypt text logs from the various residents of the ship in the few years...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Abysmal gameplay hurts one of the most depressing stories I've ever seen 0

I didn’t really enjoy my time spent with Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon, at least not in that usual sense of the word. As a game, it’s not great. Boring and frustrating combat, ponderous fetch quests, and a difficulty curve that resembles a seismic scale during a violent earthquake made it a hard game to love. Pair this gameplay with a story that weighed heavily on me with its dark scenes and crushing sense of hopelessness and you can maybe see why I had a hard time making my way thr...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

A fantastic follow-up to one of the best games of 2011 (play it on PC!) 0

Saints Row IV hyped me in a way that few games do. About two weeks before the game came out, I started going nuts waiting to play it. The next several days featured several failed game sessions as I couldn’t sate my desire for the game I most wanted to play. I didn’t end up getting much done in those two weeks for this reason. On the night of its release, I eagerly sat up until it unlocked on Steam and played for several hours before collapsing in bed. The next two days were packed with nothing ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

It may have a few clunky edges, but Brothers is absolutely worth seeing through 0

Summer of Arcade has brought the gaming populace many great downloadable games over the last few years. It stands to reason that these games would still have existed in some form or another without the promotion, but Microsoft’s focus on getting the best of the best in its summer lineup of Arcade games has landed them some truly fantastic products and highlighted many superb games that absolutely deserved. Being the last year of Summer of Arcade before the new Xbox console, Microsoft really need...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

One of the strangest difficulty quirks I've seen doesn't ruin a fantastical, eerie open-world 0

Few games incite as must cult fervor as the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series. Made by several of the people who eventually moved on to the Metro games, this three-game series will instantly spark an enthused discussion and fond remembrance if you mentioned on a message board or to a group of gamers. Anyone with a remote liking of open-world games will inevitably give one a try at some point. I’ve owned the first S.T.A.L.K.E.R. game, Shadow of Chernobyl, for years now. A few times here and there, I’ve trie...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

A must-play experience that will leave you enamored with its setting and characters for weeks 0

This year in games has been absolutely fantastic. There have been some great games that are fun to play and appeal to a wide audience, sure, but 2013 has also brought some unmatched examples of why indie games are the future of the medium. Indie developers are willing to take a concept or idea that might not be widely accepted, something new or exciting in a way that we haven’t seen before, and risk a year or two of development to make it happen. They are the ones that have the commitment to the...

1 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Fantastic tower-defense gameplay with a unique style 0

Tower-defense is a rather divisive genre. Some people find it boring and refuse to touch it at all, while others can’t get enough of it. I am not the biggest fan of the genre, but I can appreciate a well-designed example when it comes along. Sang-Froid - Tales of Werewolves may not immediately strike you as one of these shining gems of the genre, but you will likely be as surprised as I was when you dig into its depths and see just how well-made it really is.The story starts off with a bit of a...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

A beautifully rendered world that unfortunately breaks the immersion in several ways 0

The world of Metro: Last Light is a horrifying one. It takes place after a nuclear apocalypse has rendered the surface uninhabitable, due to radiation and mutant creatures who have made it their home. All the remaining humans, at least the ones in Russia where the game takes place, live in the underground Metro system, using the tunnels to cross between various outposts scattered throughout the old rail lines. Several factions have risen within the Metro in the years since the bombs; you play a...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

A well-crafted puzzle experience from top to bottom 0

The Swapper is an indie puzzle game with light platforming elements and a unique visual artstyle. Don’t roll your eyes; I know you want to. While I have to admit that this particular kind of game has become a bit tired over the last few years, I still think The Swapper is a fantastic product, one worth your time if you're willing to give it a look.As a puzzle game, The Swapper is mostly about its puzzles. There is no combat to speak of and death is a rare thing (with a very forgiving checkpoint ...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Iffy shooting and frustrating moments don't ruin a game with some of the best characters to date 0

Story in video games is quite often terrible. It is a medium littered with trope-laden characters, plots more focused on pushing gameplay forward then making sense, and unfulfilling endings meant to drive fan fervor for a multitude of sequels and spin-offs. Few games have stories worth paying attention to; even fewer have stories that are as memorable as a great book or movie. Naughty Dog has managed to deliver a few of these memorable stories in their Uncharted series, creating an Indiana Jones...

2 out of 3 found this review helpful.

A few rough edges don't ruin a unique premise and striking visual style 0

I love cyberpunk. Seeing the ways that futuristic tech affects the real world is a fascinating subject that I feel not enough games take advantage of, especially with the fast-moving nature of technology today. Therefore, whenever a game decides to give this style a try, I’m almost immediately on board. This was definitely the case with Remember Me. My first exposure to it instantly put it on my radar, particularly because of its striking visual style and female protagonist. That style still sh...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

A disappointing ending doesn't ruin this unique visual-novel experience 0

999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors was one of my favorite games on the original DS. It was unlike anything I had ever played before it and one of my first exposures to a visual novel game. It seemed boring and strange at first but quickly became next to impossible to put down. The puzzle rooms were fun to solve, if not maybe a bit repetitive, and the story was fascinating, keeping me hooked until the final couple hours of mind-blowing reveals. The sequel, Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Rewar...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Motion controls hamper, but don't negate, the fun that Donkey Kong brings 0

I am a tremendous fan of the original three Donkey Kong Country games on the Super Nintendo. I spent dozens, if not hundreds, of hours playing those games over and over again. I loved the art style, the variety of stages, the tightness of the platforming, and the timeless music. When it was announced that another Donkey Kong Country game was being made, I was ecstatic. Retro being the studio to craft this new adventure was even more exciting. Unfortunately, it took me until recently to finally g...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The worst in the series but worth playing for fans of the series 0

The Dead Space franchise is one of my favorite new franchises from this generation. The first game was a modern survival horror game done right, taking place in an interesting and well-realized space setting with some clever creature design and tight combat. The second game built upon everything that was great in the first game, creating a sequel that was actually better than the original. Dead Space 2 was a bit less about the horror and more about the action, but it suited the style of the gam...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Some fun, exciting combat systems in a short, repetitive game 0

The history of Metal Gear Rising makes for a potentially suspect final product. It was shown at E3 2010 to modest praise and then was promptly forgotten about (by both Konami and fans) for years. When it was announced that Platinum was taking over development, some people were worried about the strength of the product. Platinum’s track record is quite good, but how would they handle this game that was unceremoniously dumped into their laps? While it is pretty obvious in a few places that Metal G...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

A clever world burdened with a forgettable story and strange Internet memes 0

Guacamelee places you in the shoes of Juan, a humble farmer. Soon after the game starts, his village is attacked and he races to rescue his love, the local president’s daughter. He finds her in the hands of an undead skeleton named Calaca and tries to save her. This, inevitably, leads to his death. All is not lost, however; in the land of the dead, he finds a magical luchador mask that brings him back to life to fight Calaca and save the woman he holds most dear.The story really isn’t the import...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Extremely imitative but interesting in its own ways 0

Dante’s Inferno places you in the shoes of Dante, reimagined as a warrior from the Crusades instead of the author of the Divine Comedy (why they didn’t just rename the character...?) on which the game is loosely based. He commits several sins in his while he is out fighting with the others, chief among them the act of adultery. This mistake causes his wife Beatrice to be killed, and her soul to be condemned to Hell. I guess this is due to a promise he made her, but it’s never really made clear. ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.