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Mini Review: Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc 0

Editor's Note: I wrote this review a year ago but never posted it till now. Ah it's been a few months since I've just enjoyed a game with a interesting cast of characters and a compelling story to go along with it. What gameplay this game has is minimal with the main focus being on figuring what piece of evidence is required to prove someone is lying. This is presented a few different ways throughout the game. The main one is to use a "truth bullet" to break a highlighted statement during a non...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Mini Review: Returning to the scene of the crime has never felt this good before 0

I really liked Danganronpa Triger Happy Havoc and this sequel is more of the same thing. Everything that was great about the first game has been improved yet the same thing can be said about the negatives. The cast is just as eccentric as before with a new set of ultimate talents. Along with the overall mystery of why Monokuma is back to his old ways again will keep you hooked till the end of the game.Putting together what you thought happened and figuring out the murderer is still exciting as ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Mini Review: Trying to escape a horror filled castle is still fun 0

Atic Atac manages to do a lot of things that kinda make this game fit in to the rogue lite category of games. The first fact that points in that direction is that the items placed in the castle are always randomized While searching through the castle the player must fend off enemies using a Ax/Dagger/Magic Missile depending on which class is picked at the beginning of the game. Other than the weapon looking differently they all act the same way. But the class also lets the player use different ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Mini Review: Lunar Repair Man 0

I can't believe I'm saying this about such a old game but the new mechanics they added to this one made it a worse game. Sure at first it seems fine with the addition of a lunar rover that must be moved around to position it close to a alien missile base. To do this Jetman must repair the holes in the moons surface so the rover can get to the alien base before time runs out. Once time runs out it launches a missile that must be intercepted or the game will be over. Which is when the game becomes...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Galak Z: The Mini Review 0

The great thing about Galak Z is that it relies on the player to get better rather than just letting them upgrade their ship till it is unstoppable. Different aspects of the game give you plenty of options to deal with the three opposing factions in game. Using the space ship form gives a lot of maneuverability and a lot of missiles to bombard any enemy. The robot form is all about close combat while using the grab function to disable most enemies. Plus even the quiet approach is the best option...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Mini Review: The legacy of ghost cop 0

A small adventure game that feels like it is the first chapter of a much bigger story. It sets up the setting well but once it starts getting interesting it is over. The gameplay mixes up a standard formula of a adventure game and makes you figure out puzzles without using items. A early example of this is getting a dog to tie his leach around a pole. I won't go into any details since it was enjoyable to figure out the puzzles like that one. Talking to people in this game is also a bit more com...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Mini Review: The game that has a lot of heart but no soul 0

Namco managed to create a Tales of game with a bunch of cookie cutter characters that I just couldn't care about. Half of the reason why I've enjoyed this series is that it was fun/interesting to see all the skits with the different characters between plot points. Along with the fact that the main story is once again about taking down a great evil left me with nothing to keep me going. They do sprinkle in a few good moments but the characters are always so obvious that it is possible to predict...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Mini Review: GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLL 0

Rocket League takes the one kind of sport that I haven't enjoyed playing since Mega Man Soccer and makes it into a fun time again. Sure on the surface this game is rather basic since it still just comes down to hitting a ball into a goal. Yet it manages to teach players how to play basic Soccer better than the most complicated tutorial. With the main focus of this game being 3 vs 3 you should quickly learn that playing defensively is vital to winning as much as being on all out offence. Up to t...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Mini Review: Jetpac 0

For a game that was made in 1983 it still managed to hold up fairly well. The main gameplay loop of blasting aliens while collecting fuel is fun. Along with the enemies not being super aggressive gives you plenty of chances to get better at this game before it gets harder. Yet the lack of music really shows the age of this game. Sure it may just be a bunch of bloops but a little tune can add a lot to a game. Also the lack of variation of the play area is also noticeable. It is the same exact le...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Mini Review: The game that oozes nostalgia 0

Retro City Rampage lets you know up front that this game is all about revisiting games/cartoons/movies from the 80's. The fact that it plays the first Grand Theft Auto is really only half true since the game is constantly changing up the gameplay style to better fit the game it is referencing. Whether it is playing a Paperboy like stage or the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles water levels you will always be seeing a slight variation on what could have just been a generic GTA clone. The over the top...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Mini Review: The Generic Puzzle game 0

MouseCraft just doesn't do anything to make it stand out from other puzzle games. The main goal of this game is to guide 3 mice to the goal while collecting crystals along the way. To do this you must use Tetris pieces to open up new paths to the goal. Along the way the game adds new obstacles like enemies or acid pits that can only be blocked off with metal blocks. Figuring out the puzzles is fun but once you finish the short 80 levels this game has zero replay value. The story is also nonexis...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Mini Review: Witcher 2 0

Witcher 2 improves on the foundation of the first game although I didn't enjoy the story as much even if it had a few good moments. They went in the completely opposite direction in this one with more focus on Geralt learning about what happened in the past. Plus the overarching story of trying to catch a Witcher that killed a king is kinda bland till the very end of the game. The combat is where they put a lot of their focus to make it more of a action game. Being able to dodge around a enemy ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Mini Review: Mario and Luigi Rehash Team 0

As my title implies this game just feels like I'm playing the same game as the last one with almost no improvements. Like making Luigi grow to a humongous size or using the same special moves over again. They do add a few new mechanics like the dream world but it just feels like I'm playing the inside Browser parts from the previous game. Starting off everything feels like it is going at a good pace but as the game goes along it keeps extending the time spent in one area which starts to be annoy...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Mini Review: Rocket's trip to Jo Jo world 0

Going back to a non Nintendo platformer for the N64 seems like a bad idea until I realized that this game held up surprising well. The game is about Rocket who must platform/puzzle his way through a theme park collecting tickets along the way to unlock new stages. Each new stage has new challenges other than just being good at platforming. Using vehicles or a assortment of puzzles depending on the level gives this game plenty of variety. Every level also has a unique theme like a Aztec environm...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Mini Review: Remembering the first world war 0

Valiant Hearts is a good puzzle game that manages to respect the setting it is portraying. Sure the cartoon art style may clash a bit with the horrors it is showing but it manages to still be effective at telling a compelling story with only a narrator. Some of the puzzles do slow down the pacing of the game every now and then yet it is always a unique puzzle that requires the player to do something new to solve it. The best thing this game does is that it makes you care about the cast of chara...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Mini Review: The Outfoxies 0

The stages and the characters in this game make it look better than it really is. The cast is really diverse with a monkey named Mr Dweeb being a notable highlight. This game is a fighting game but the focus is on picking up weapons to take out your opponent instead of fighting in the traditional way. Which also makes the game feel really slow since each shot from a gun gives the opponent a few seconds of invincibility. But on the plus side each level in this game is unique with it's own set of ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Mini Review: Mario's return to galactic scale 0

Super Mario Galaxy refined the SM64 formula to make a great game. Thus the sequel can't quite live up to that but it is still a worthy follow up. I'm not sure if I even need to mention the story but Browser once again captures the princess and Mario must hop onto a borrowed space ship to rescue her. The most obvious addition to this game is Yoshi in his most deadly form yet. Being able to aim his tongue with the wiimote makes any dangerous situation a walk in the park. Along with Yoshi it is po...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Mini Review: Ori and the blind forest 0

Ori manages to mix difficult platforming with a some metroidvania aspects to make a unique looking game. First up this game does look gorgeous with a nicely animated hand drawn style. The story to go along with the art style is rather simple but it at least tells a interesting tale. Unlike the cute exterior might imply the platforming challenges in this game will get pretty rough. Like all good platformers it feels great to control and it'll never feel like the game wasn't keeping up with your b...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Mini Review: COMBO BREAKER!! 0

Killer Instinct manages to make a complicated looking combo system into something anyone can pull off. Which makes each fight look really hectic and exciting to watch even if your the one getting wreaked. This doesn't mean you can fight back with a combo breaker if you figure out the type of attack they are using. Like I mentioned in the Skull Girls review each character in this game also feels unique. Going from one to another requires learning the different specials to figure out how to strin...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Mini Review: The skating game that was just to slow 0

My curiosity got the better of me and I had to see how this game compared to Tony Hawk 1. Turns out this one fails at having a smooth transition between tricks. Which makes pulling off a crazy combo almost impossible.In general none of the tricks feel like they are coming out at the speed the player is hitting buttons. This in turn gives the game a very slow pace that only gets slower if you crash. The one thing this game does do well is the graphics. Each level looks nice for a PS1 game althou...

1 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Mini Review: Skullgirls 2nd Encore 0

This is a fun fighting game that I completely ignored till now. I'm no expert on fighting games which is why the extensive tutorial this game has will teach you the basics needed to secure a victory. Giving the player information about each fighter lets you understand them a lot more than staring at a move list and trying out each move. Along with a story mode that had a bit more nuance than I expected that left me interesting in learning more about the crazy world of Skullgirls.But of the cour...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Mini Reviews: Thunder Force II 0

This game is split into two parts. First up the top down view plays like Xevious although instead of having two different buttons to attack air and land targets it does them both with one. After finishing the first level it switches over to a side view like Gradius and it also has a similar power up system although you can switch between power ups at any time. On paper this seems like a great way to add plenty of variety to this game but that isn't the case this time.Every level in the top down ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Mini Review: Cool Spot 0

Ah yes the 90's when someone thought putting shades on a 7up logo made it look cool. That might not hold up but the game itself is a serviceable platformer. The plot of this game is simple you are the Cool Spot and must rescue his radical friends. (AKA more Cool Spots.) To do this you will need to shoot soda like a projectile and platform your way through each level collecting 7up logos to unlock the cage at the end of each level. For the most part the gameplay feels good with the platforming b...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Mini Review: Ghosts from the past come back to haunt you... 0

Like i seem to mention a lot this first game has a good foundation that is eclipsed by the sequel. The main positive point about this game is that using the camera to catch ghosts is still quite fun and really creepy at the same time. I would even say that I was unnerved more than the sequel thanks to really good ghost design near the start of the game. Other than that the rest of the game doesn't quite feel right. First up the difficulty is kind of unbalanced since most of the areas make it im...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Mini Review: The never ending tale of the Assassins 0

I just can't seem to stop myself from playing Assassins Creed games. I just have to see all the highs and lows of this series. What I found after seeing the credits in Unity was a game that was trying to recapture the high of AC2 and they failed to do that completely. First up the combat feels off with the addition of the perfect counter mechanic the free flowing combat now feels slow and stilted. Which gave me a reason to use smoke bombs instead of actually trying to fight normally. The stealth...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Mini Review: Halo 2 Anniversary 0

Originally Halo 2 left a bad impression on me for the fact that I had to wait till the next game to see what happened next. It also felt like a short game yet revisiting it now I realize that I was wrong. Bungie keeps the story interesting with two opposing viewpoints that eventually merge together. Along with the nice looking CG cut scenes that kept me wanting to keep playing just to see the next one. The gameplay has also been augmented with the ability to dual wield two guns. Which allows the...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Mini Review: Bells Bells NEED MORE BELLS! 0

Animal Crossing still works in all the right ways. A fairly simple game about starting a new life in a small town and trying to pay off your ever increasing debt to Tom Nook. To do this you can fish, catch bugs and find the magical rock that drops money like every AC game. Which is fairly addicting in some weird way. Designing your own unique house is also a element although at this point I just throw whatever I can find into mine. One of the new features is being a Mayor which lets you place bu...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Mini Review: Three minutes to midnight 0

CounterSpy is a simple but effective stealth game that is about stopping two rival nations that have started a arms race to nuke the moon which will have the bad side effect of the moon falling onto the planet. As a agent of C.O.U.N.T.E.R. it is your job to stealth your way through a assortment of hidden bases to find the plans in order to stop armageddon. Most of the time this game is played in a 2D perspective although it kicks into 3D when hiding behind cover. Using the short amount of time t...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Mini Review: Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary 0

This review is of the Master Chief collection version of Halo. The foundations are here with great combat that requires some thought like it is half puzzle all action. Along with a few nice set piece moments that remind you how much fun it is to drive a warthog or the explosive dramatic intro level that lets you know what you've gotten yourself into. The overall story line is a little lacking but it also has its moments. It is also to bad that all the interesting story bits are hidden in termina...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Mini Review: Murasaki Baby 0

Traditional games using a gamepad are nice but when a game comes along that uses all the features of a device it gives it a unique feel compared to everything else. Using both the back/front touch screen and the gyros along with traditional controls at one point you'll always be given something new that must be used to figure out the next puzzle. This gives the simple premise of dragging a lost girl named Baby along while she tries to find her mother plenty of unique moments. With the obviously ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Mini Review: Yakuza 0

This game sets up a interesting tale of betrayal and murder in the seedy underbelly of Japan. Along with a simple but effective beat em up combat it kept my interest in it till the conclusion. It also doesn't waste any time with setting up a compelling mystery and a unique cast of characters as well. Unfortunately the main thing most people will notice is that the voice acting is really over the top. (AKA bad) Along with not having a good way to switch targets during a fight makes this game less...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Mini Review: Mario and Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story 0

Now I see why everyone considers this game to be the best Mario & Luigi game. Having Bowser as a party member added a ton of moments you wouldn't see otherwise which gave this game a unique take on the M&L series. The best thing this game does compared to the other ones is that is has so much variety in how each fight plays out. The timing based attacks like Paper Mario are mixed in with the fact you battle enemies both in and out of Bowser gives each battle a unique spin. Along with the...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Rio Starwind's Mini Reviews: Splatoon! 0

This game manages to take the simple concept of painting the environment and turns it into a fun multiplayer shooter. The story mode isn't half bad either with it getting really interesting near the end of the game. Most of the levels of the single player game are a bit easy so don't expect it to challenge you till near the end. The multiplayer was the true focus with a large assortment of costume pieces that will customize your inkling. Each piece of gear will give you different perks that'll ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Rio Starwind's Mini Reviews: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 0

The Witcher 3 manages to mix the best things about the first two games into a open world environment. First up the story is more compelling since it is about Geralt trying to find and help his daughter Ciri. Along the way he meets a cast of interesting characters like the often mentioned Bloody Baron. Which gives the player a reason to keep heading down the main story path more so than most open world games. Along with that the gameplay finally feels like a action game that lets me dodge and co...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Mini Review: The Witcher 0

The Witcher has plenty of flaws but it still manages to set the foundations for a interesting series overall. The strongest part of this game is the story which tells a tale of how Geralt must forge a new identity while making his way through the land around Vizima. Over time the narrative just keeps getting better with the realization that everything just isn't going to go the right way no matter what he tries to do. The gameplay part of this equation is certainly unique with the combat requiri...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Rio Starwind's Mini Reviews: Return of the demon blade 0

Muramasa Rebirth manages to make a awesome action game with only one attack button. The fact that it has a good variety of attacks like a slide dash or a up slash keeps the combat interesting. Each sword in this game also has a special attack that can aid the player a bit in a few situations. The unfortunate thing is that most of the special moves don't seem to be as effective as normal attacks. Most of the time I would rather keep my sword bar near max instead using some energy for a special mo...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Rio Starwind's Mini Reviews: Super Godzilla 0

Since the new Godzilla film is coming out I thought I would at least play through the one Godzilla game I own. This game had so much potential if they only refined the combat a bit better it could have been a great Godzilla game. The first type of gameplay you start with is stomping around different cities in japan in a overhead tactical view. The main goal is to get through the city and collect items so you will be better prepared to face the boss at the end. Plenty of obstacles get in the way...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Mini Review: A samurai's journey never ends... 0

So I finally got around to playing through one of my favorite budget titles from Spike. The way of the samurai series has always been unique in the many ways it mixes RPG/action and story progression. They added a few new things in but this is pretty much the same exact game as the other ones. Lets start off with a little preview of what kind of choices you might make.You start off as a ronin samurai who has been wounded from the previous battle. A townsperson comes up to you and asks if your o...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Mini Review: AfterBurner returns! 0

I always threw in a ton of quarters into the original Afterburner wherever it seemed to pop up. Blasting through the sky at supersonic speeds is what it's all about and the arcade sequel to that game kept that most important detail. Now it comes to psn and it's time to see if it lives up to my memories. As it states in the title this is truly the Climax for afterburner. You only have two different modes in this game. Score Attack where it all about how many points you can get and Arcade mode wh...

7 out of 7 found this review helpful.

Mini Review: Knockoff Double Dragon 0

This game can be most compared to Ku Fu from the NES days with a few extra tidbits added in. You can run around punching/kicking out enemies to make it to the end of the area while picking up extra weapons along the way like nun chucks or even a pistol. They don't last very long but they do add some variety to the gameplay. Also if you get lucky your enemy will be stunned which allows you to preform a special move which is nice but after seeing all 8 they might get old after a while. The final b...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.