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Guild 02 ReviewThe Guild games, for those of you who don't know, are a series of small downloadable titles developed for the 3DS eShop and published by Level-5. They typically involve some big names in game design, like Suda 51 or Keiji Inafune. So far, there have been two batches of Guild games. The first contained Liberation Maiden, Crimson Shroud, and Aero Porter. The second group, and the subjects of today's critique were Attack of the Friday Monsters!, Starship Damrey, and Bugs vs. Tanks. Rather than review each of these games separately, as I did with the Guild 01 games, I'm lumping the Guild 02 games into one review. Well, most of them anyway. It seems with these Guild games, there's at least one that excites about as much as a lump of gray mush. First, it was Aero Porter and now it's Bugs vs. Tanks. And I can't fathom why I'm so ambivalent towards Bugs vs. Tanks. It has a weird concept, has tanks, involves shooting down bugs (one of
Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze ReviewDonkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze is the game Retro Studios has been making instead of Metroid Prime 4 out of a crippling fear of success. But, don't worry, readers, this is in the only time in this review I'll whine about Tropical Freeze not being Metroid Prime 4, I promise. Not that I have much reason to complain anyway, as Tropical Freeze is a really good game.
You may recall that I once called this game's predecessor, Donkey Kong Country Returns, "one of the best 2D platformers on the Wii". Tropical Freeze continues this level of quality onto Nintendo's next gen console. This time, DK Island is under siege from northern vikings called the Snowmads, a motley crew of penguins, walruses, seals, owls, and the large, shadowy figure that commands them with the power of a horn capable of summoning chilling arctic winds when blown. Donkey Kong and his companions are blown away by the initial attack and sent flying across several treacherous islands. No
Steel Diver: Sub Wars ReviewAbout a week ago, Nintendo held their first Nintendo Direct for the year. During this presentation, they announced quite a few titles for the 3DS eShop, among which was Nintendo's first free-to-play game, Steel Diver: Sub Wars. Is Nintendo's first free-to-play software one for the ages or is it a complete sinker? And, don't worry, I've got nautical puns aplenty in store for you.
Steel Diver: Sub Wars is the sequel to the much maligned 3DS launch title. Why Nintendo saw fit to release a sequel for this game when so many more deserving are denied the honor, I'll never know. But, whatever, we've got to work with the cards we're dealt. Anyway, while the original Steel Diver was a third-person sidescroller, Sub Wars is more of a first-person shooter of sorts. Yes, Renegade Kid, it looks like Nintendo beat you to the punch in bringing the 3DS its first FPS. Players control a submarine and guide it through the sea, blowing up enemy submersibles
Bravely Default ReviewWith games like Fire Emblem: Awakening, Pokémon X and Y, Monster Hunter 4, and Shin Megami Tensei IV, the 3DS is shaping up to be the premier platform for Japanese RPGs. So, it should come as no surprise that Square Enix (which I shall hereafter refer to Squeenix) has decided to launch a new IP on the system. To that end, we now have Bravely Default, the marquee title of the 3DS 2014 line-up.
Thankfully, Bravely Default forgoes the typical bad habits held by modern RPG storytelling, drowning the player in unnecessarily convoluted exposition and lore, by keeping things relatively simple. In the land of Luxendarc, there are four crystals representing the four elements presided over by four vestals who pray to keep the world in balance. One day, the crystals are consumed by darkness, forcing the wind vestal, Agnes (whose name looks dangerously close to "angus"), to abandon her post in search for a remedy. Along the way she recruits a handful of compani
Star Wars: Rogue Squadron Retro ReviewRogue Squardron! Yeah! I used to love this game as a kid. But it has been awhile since I've last took to the skies in Factor 5's dog-fighting, Star Wars-themed aerial action game. The game first released on the N64 back in 1998, or, as I like to call it...THE BEST VIDEO GAME YEAR EVER! The game enjoyed quite a deal of success, both critical and financial. You might say we're dealing with a sort of classic here. But has this classic aged well? Or is it just fond childhood memories?
Star Wars: Rogue Squadron is an aerial combat game that has you piloting various iconic starfighters from the Star Wars franchise. You get to take the X-Wing for a spin, or try your mettle in a snowspeeder, and there's even a cheat code that lets you fly the Millennium Falcon. Each ship controls differently and has a unique secondary weapon to aid you in battle. Once in the sky, you'll be taking on TIE fighters, probe droids, walkers, and turre
Resident Evil 4 Retro REviewWhere to start with Resident Evil 4? It has quite a history, this one, which gives me a lot of ground to cover with these pointless, tangental ramblings I tend to put at the head of these reviews. So, screw it, you probably know all about Resident Evil 4's past without me having to tell you. Let's just skip to the good parts and talk about what makes this game a classic of the horror genre.
Let me preface by saying that Resident Evil 4 is not a particularly horror driven experience. It's pacing and plentiful ammo remove a lot of the tension created by more traditional survival horror games. However, that doesn't change the fact that the game is immensely fun to play. Why? Well, that's because the combat is fun and cathartic. The weapons are satisfying to use and offer the ever pleasurable experience of bullets flying into fleshy antagonists.
Another area the game excels in is with the inventory. As I said before, weapons are satisfy
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