Showing posts from September, 2013

XCOM: Enemy Unknown

XCOM Enemy Unknown was the game I never knew I wanted. I usually avoid strategy games as I'm not very good at them, but I figured since it was free thanks to PS+ I'd try it. I was very pleasantly surprised. XCOM is the group in charge of protecting the Earth from the alien invasion. The opening tutorial does an excellent job of showing how to move your troops and control your characters. The tutorial is split into a few sections, a good idea for how much there is to learn.

First off, the game play. XCOM is a tactical shooter which gives you a slanted view of the action that you are free to rotate. You start with a squad of four and through the course of leveling up you can increase your squad and a few other helpful things. Each person gets two actions per turn which can be used to move, shoot, go into over-watch, reload, etc. As you can see from the picture movement is outlined to a certain area. The blue costs one move, but you can dash into an extended yellow area.

Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix Review

Originally, I was going to do all of these games separately, as I did Sly Cooper and am currently doing Ratchet and Clank, and Mass Effect. But this collection is much more about the collection as a whole than the other HD collections out there - so it gets reviewed as such! Mind you, I will still be reviewing each game separately, but I have way to much on my plate already as far as writing reviews goes, so that's far back on the queue for now.

So, as every form of publicity would lead you to believe, this is a three game collection of the first three Kingdom Hearts (in Chronological order, not by year made). This, however, is false advertising and the overall score will be severely affected by this. First of all, the very FIRST game in the chronological order would be Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep for the PSP, and this collection starts the party at Kingdom Hearts 1. Second, the third game featured in this collection is actually a painfully boring (albeit, informative) 3 hour …

Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine Review

In writing this review, I'm not sure which will become more apparent to the reader... My growing age, or my love for the 90's and this game. Hopefully it's the latter - as Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine perfectly embodies the very ideal Action / Puzzle game for its time. When I saw that an emulated port was coming to the 3DS for only $4.00 - my heart nearly exploded from joy. Now, this is a port from the Game Gear version (as the 3DS's virtual console appears to be focusing on the portable aspect), so it's far inferior to the Genesis version of the game - but it includes the new puzzle mode which is great, and the game plays exactly the same across all systems.

Some enhancements found their way to Mean Bean Machine as well during the porting process. You can create a save / load file within the game whenever you want (called a "Restore Point"), and you have a plethora of other options, such as having the game fill up the whole screen or viewing it li…

Bit.Trip Presents... Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien Review

This game is ridiculous, aside from just the title. But it's a good ridiculous. I'll tell you right now, I seriously have no problem with this game, I have no complaints. You might find yourself disagreeing with my final score for this game because of that fact. The only thing keeping this game from a perfect 10/10 is simply that there's just not enough of it! Runner 2 is all about rhythm. People have compared it to learning an instrument, and I'm not going to disagree with them. Jumping, sliding, dancing, collecting - they're all notes and chords that build up on each other and create a masterpiece of chip tune music.

The narrative is fantastic for what this game is. Charles Martinet (AKA - the voice of Mario) narrates this fascinating tale of Commander Video and friends on their psychedelic Bit.Trip through many detailed environments. Charles doesn't take his go-to Mario voice that he must be used to doing - he actually brings his natural "radio voice&qu…