Showing posts from August, 2011

Ratchet and Clank: Size Matters

My Rating: 6.8 out of 10
Ratchet and Clank: Size Matters brings the lombax (Ratchet) and robot (Clank) to the PSP for a fairly long journey through the galaxy with plenty of weapons, action and platforming to entertain owners of the PlayStation Portable and fans of the series alike. Crazy new weapons, with plenty of upgrades and lots of new planets to explore come ready to be played. New armor enhancements, along with a steady stream of unlockables will also definitely keep you playing. However, a foul camera and poor control over it can lead to quite a few frustrating deaths during platforming sections, and the control scheme sometimes feels sluggish, making fast-paced combat just a little less possible and enjoyable during some parts of the story.
Size Matters delivers more of what a Ratchet and Clank fan might expect right to your PSP for on the go action on those long car rides, or short elevator trips. Generous checkpoints allow for spontaneous 15 minute play sessions, and every …

PaRappa the Rapper

My Rating: 7.2 out of 10

A PlayStation wasn't a rare thing to own back in the 90's, and if you owned a PlayStation - it's very likely that you also owned a copy of Parappa the Rapper. Simply put, PaRappa the Rapper is the root of a popular genre in video games known as rhythm/music. A pioneer of it's kind, PTR hit a humble success during it's beginning times, and only much later did it become the occult hit it is today.
PaRappa the Rapper for the PSP is a straight shooting remake and reboot, so from the get-go, there's not a whole lot new to see. But for those who dig just a little deeper, they'll find that nostalgia isn't the only good thing this game has to offer. Anyone who has played PaRappa the Rapper before knows the fun and joy that it can bring, and it's simple enough for pros to conquer, and newcomers to enjoy. The songs are just as catchy now as they were back in the day, and it's still so much fun to watch this little guy try to get t…

Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep

My Rating: 7 out of 10

If you're at all familiar with the Kingdom Hearts series, you likely know what you're getting into when you look at Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep. With this new installment, Square Enix follows the old saying "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." by sticking to the same great action based RPG formula we've all experience many times before in Kingdom Hearts games prior to Birth By Sleep. 
With that being said, let's quickly nail down some obvious positives for Kingdom Hearts: BBS. Firstly, the graphics are amazing, and I'm normally not one to even mention graphics - but when they're as good as they look in Kingdom Hearts: BBS, I feel like I have to praise them. Also, tight controls and smooth gameplay (along with animations) increase the impact of whats happening on screen. 
Some not so wonderful things about Kingdom Hearts: BBS is the fact that the stories all over-arch, so some of the same names and faces you see during o…

Persona 3 Portable

My Rating: 10 out of 10
It's never been a secret: Atlus knows how to create a great RPG with a gripping, dark story. Persona 3 Portable is no exception, and I would argue that it's the best RPG they've made. Enhancements from both the original and the remake (both on the PlayStation 2) are easy to see, and it's clear that effort was made to address all of the key complaints that reviewers and fans had for years. Persona 3 is more fun than ever to play through this time around, with gorgeous painted backdrops (rather than the semi-clunky 3D environments) during the day, new missions (including rescue missions) to help shave off some unwanted level grinding, and a whole new character to play through the story as.
The story takes the front stage in Persona 3 Portable. Every night, before midnight, ordinary people transform into coffins for an hour, the moon turns green, water turns into blood, and shadows wander around the city for their next meal. The player-named charac…

Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of The Lions

My Rating: 8.5 out of 10

If you were a fan of the turn-based strategy "craze" that took hold in the 90's, then you've likely played Final Fantasy Tactics for the PlayStation (a game thought to help define that very genre). Well, Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of The Lions is the same game that we all fell in love with back in 1998, but with new additions such as new classes, levels, weapons, and a multiplayer mode.
In this 2007 remake, new things are present, but not obvious to the untrained eye. If you've had experience with this game back in the day, then you'll be able to tell where exactly the new stuff is. The new inclusions consist of: anime cut-scenes for MOST of the valuable plot-points, which adds a bit to the "style" of the game, a new multiplayer mode (that, admittedly I haven't gotten to try out yet, as nobody has a PSP) with co-op and a vs mode, and lastly - new classes and a few gameplay tweaks. If anybody remembers the story of Fi…