Thursday, 03 April 2014 18:56

Ixion Saga DT (TV, 2012)

Overview

Ixion Saga DT is your generic story of a man summoned to another world to save the...

Wait, did he just DO that?! OH! That shit looks like it hurt! Holy shit, dude, that dude just got....and the hits just keep on coming! Oh the pain! The fuck?! He just...that's wrong dudes, that's wrong! Mercy! For fuck's sake, mercy!

Published in Anime Reviews
Wednesday, 21 October 2009 21:31

Shadow Complex (xBox Live Arcade, 2009)

Overview

There's something that we've lost as gamers in the years since the shift from 2D to 3D based graphics. Sure, you might say, we've gained the more immersive world of the Halo series or Gears of War shooters, or the riveting, beautifully crafted vistas to be found in games like Final Fantasy and Mass Effect. The shift to 3D allowed us to focus on world crafting, on building settings in which the player could lose themselves in as easily as the story itself. Remember how incredible that opening area in Metroid Prime on the Gamecube was? The stunning, pouring rain, the rich, lush vegetation and the ripples of the water as Samus ran around in it? The Metroid series, though, highlights that something that we lost in the transition from 2D to 3D. After all, long before Samus was running around the world of Tallon IV, she was an explorer of the dark, side-scroller tunnels of Zebes – a platformer. For all the advantages of 3D, it just doesn't do platformer style games well, much less the sort of huge-map, backtracking, hunt-and-seek style gaming of games like Super Metroid and Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. What does all this have to do with this review's target, Shadow Complex for the xBox Live Arcade? Everything.

Published in Video Game Reivews
Thursday, 06 December 2007 22:30

War Front: Turning Point (PC, 2007)

Overview

Ok, what's the last time you played a new, good, solid Real Time Strategy game - let me guess, the first name that popped into mind was Command & Conquer 3, right? Yes, the C&C series is still pretty much the best series in the RTS genre, right along side Warcraft if you like that much micro-management of your resources. When C&C3 came out earlier this year, though, there was another RTS that it completely eclipsed. Now, to be fair, the creators of the game just did not have much in the way of brains, putting it head to head against C&C3, so it's no big surprise if you've never heard of this one. War Front: Turning Point is an RTS that plays a lot like Red Alert 2, with a storyline unusual enough in the RTS world to be called great.

Published in Video Game Reivews
Sunday, 26 March 2006 00:00

Full Metal Alchemist (TV, 2003)

Overview

I'm sure that fans of Cartoon Network will recognize this series, and now that it's finished its run on CN, I figured it'd be a good time to review it. For those that don't have cable - or won't touch CN with a ten foot pole, the series in question is Fullmetal Alchemist. Now, FMA actually qualifies as one of those series that's fun to watch, but not really worth watching. I'm sure that I've just pissed off a fair number of fangirls - probably a few fanboys too - but I'll explain as I work my way through this review. For the uninitiated, FMA follows the fortunes of Edward and Alphonse Elric, a pair of brothers with a deadbeat dad and a mother who grows ill and passes away early on in their life. The world that they live in, though, is a world of Alchemy rather than one of science - I'll come back to this later - and so, after going out into the world for a few years and training with a teacher, they come back to their hometown and try to bring her back to life through alchemy and its first law, that of equivalent exchange.

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