Posted on January 16, 2010 by masem
As I’ve been a bit slacking in getting out reviews, I’m going to approach these in a slightly different format, avoiding the headers I used before (though I still plan to call out the individual grades I give). As this year we had 6 (6!!!!) music games on the market, here’s my mass music reveal to cover all those.
These are all based on the 360 version. I’m aware of Band Hero and Lego Rock Band DS version, but have not tried those yet.
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Posted on April 20, 2009 by masem
Rhythm Heaven, a DS game that is a sequel to Rhythm Tengoku, a Japanese-only release on the GBA, has come to the states and provides a nice alternative to standard rhythm games while still providing that quirkiness factor that such games often bring with them. While the core game is pretty easy to get through, it is difficult to master, and backed by a great presentation to make it worth struggling to master it all.
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Posted on April 5, 2009 by masem
Following on the success of the immensely popular Final Fantasy 7 and the various spin-offs and media from that work, Square Enix has turned to a portable spin-off for the PSP in Crisis Core: Final Fantasy 7 that explores the character of Zack some years before the events in the main FF7 game. While the game does try to standalone from knowledge of FF7, it is best appreciated with full awareness of the previous title. The game itself is very well done and works perfectly as a PSP title, but some odd, though not game-breaking, design choices lead to the game being a lot easier than I believe the creators envisioned.
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Posted on April 4, 2009 by masem
The folks behind MadWorld, Platinum Games, have a lot of previously impressive games under their belt: Okami, Viewtiful Joe, and GodHand, to name a few, so it should be no surprise that MadWorld aims to keep up that trend, falling back to the developers’ more fighting-game style approach. Thankfully, this assumption proves correct, as MadWorld delivers what exactly is promised with an awesome presentation. While the gameplay does somewhat flatline in the latter part of the game, and there’s some aspect to its shortness, the rest of the game is really well done.
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Posted on March 16, 2009 by masem
Keeping this really short and simple – the Peggle translation to Xbox Live is pretty much all forms of awesome, with the "Peggle Party" addition for XBox Live being a perfect touch.
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Posted on March 16, 2009 by masem
LocoRoco 2 is the sequel to the popular LocoRoco game, does exactly what a sequel should do – it provides the same fun, if somewhat simple, gameplay with a few added twists which don’t detract from the game’s core entertainment value, keeping the strong presentation in graphics and music that also made the game what it is. Studio Japan’s put out another great game that works perfectly on the PSP and should be a part of any PSP owner’s collection.
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