The Unwound Future ReviewProfessor Layton and the Unwound Future ReviewBy James BestPuzzle solving truly is a gentlemanly sport. This is proven in the acclaimed Professor Layton series. Each game follows the adventures of Professor Layton and his apprentice, Luke, as they solve brain-wracking puzzles and crack bizarre mysteries. The latest installment, The Unwound Future sends the deductive duo into the fourth dimension as they travel into future London to save the city from chaos.Story 21/ 25The Unwound Future, like its predecessors, is riddled with a cast of varied and loveable characters, from the impeccable Professor down to the villainous Don Paolo. The plot is engaging and keeps an excellent pace. With all of its surprising twists and turns, the climax of this fantastic yarn will catch you off you guard. There are a couple of plot holes, but they are only barely noticeable save through a bit of nit-picking.Every time you start up your
The Legend of Zelda ReviewThe Legend of Zelda ReviewBy James BestThe Legend of Zelda is the game that made video game history. It was released in a day when people might have thought "saving your gave" meant something like taking the cartridge out of a fire and video games could be completed in a few hours. This game rocked the industry when it introduced the save-your-progress mechanism. The Legend of Zelda marks the turning point of video game history; no more were games a paper-thin pastime, but fully-fleshed, deep experiences requiring hours upon hours to complete.Story 1/ 1Graphics/ Art Style 20/ 33Graphically, The Legend of Zelda was on par with its peers. It did not look substantially different from, say, the original Super Mario Bros. Because of this, the graphics suffer the same faults as other NES games. There is a noticeable amount of lag when there are several enemies on the screen. Also, enemy sprites tend to blank ou
DK Country Returns ReviewDonkey Kong Country Returns ReviewBy James BestOf late, Nintendo has started to go back to its side scrolling roots. It all started with Wario Land: Shake It! and other series have since followed in its footsteps. One such production is Donkey Kong Country Returns, a game produced by Retro Studio, the same place accredited with the highly-acclaimed Metroid Prime series. Donkey Kong combines 3-D graphics with classic, side-scrolling gameplay.Story 1/ 1Graphics/ Art Style 33/ 33Donkey Kong Country Returns is the best-looking Wii game to come out since Super Mario Galaxy 2. The environments are beautifully rendered. The tropic setting of the jungle is expertly caught with an array of lush colors and the lava levels are so hot, you will sweat. In certain levels, you will only be able to see Donkey Kong's silhouette as the sun sets on the horizon.There is a good use of the foreground and background. Falling l
Majora's Mask ReviewThe Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask ReviewBy James BestThe Legend of Zelda series has been one of Nintendo's biggest sellers ever since its release on the NES. The company rarely tampers significantly with the mechanics set by the games' standard-setting titles: namely, the original NES classic and Ocarina of Time. But Nintendo does deviate from the norm in some instances and Majora's Mask is one such example.Story 25/ 25Superficially, Majora's Mask's story seems pretty much the same as in other Zelda games in that you are still playing as Link to save the world. This time, however, there is no Princess Zelda, Ganon, or even Hyrule. Also, Link has only three days to complete his quest before the land of Termina is crushed beneath the massive bulk of a diabolical moon.That said, the game's storyline is much deeper than in previous installments. The characters are better developed and play a more pivotal role than ever before.
Glory of Heracles ReviewThe Glory of Heracles ReviewBy James BestA man wakes up on the shore, his memory gone. Later, he finds out that, not only is he immortal, he may also be the legendary hero, Heracles. To ascertain whether he really is Heracles or if the nymphs who gave him this information were playing a devious trick, the supposed Heracles heads to Mount Olympus, home of the gods. This is the premise of the DS game The Glory of Heracles, a game in a series that has hither to never been released outside Japan. Hopefully, it will not leave its mark as the only entry to see international release.Story 20/ 25Story is one of the game's strong points. The plot is well written with its unexpected twists and turns. The characters are varied, from a smart-talking, young girl to a strapping man with a tendency to laugh off the ills of the world. The story gets a little too lengthy, but the comedic and light-hearted dialogue helps in