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

Overview

One of the things that the entertainment industry often draws upon is that of the mob. From Al Capone to The Sopranos, and more episodes of Law & Order than I care to admit to having watched, America has a love affair of sorts with the notion of the mafia. It's not just an American obsession, of course, but we're certainly in the running for being the head of the family, so to speak. It's a popular setting – and thus we come to this week's review, Phantom ~Requiem for the Phantom~, an exploration into the dark and seedy world of the mob, and what happens when you drag an otherwise normal person into it.

Published in Anime Reviews
Sunday, 30 March 2008 23:10

H2O ~Footprints in the Sand~ (TV, 2008)

Overview

Geeze... short season, wasn't it? Aside from Persona and one or two others, everything for the Winter 2008 season was a short thirteen episodes, and I'm left feeling a bit unfulfilled, honestly. But, alright, since it looks like I haven't got much choice, I suppose that I'd better take a look at a couple of the shows that just finished wrapping up. First up on my list is a little gem called H2O ~Footprints in the Sand~. Now, before I go much farther, I should mention that there's something about H2O that will either utterly turn you off, or draw you in like moth to flame. Part of the opening includes scenes of one of the main characters - a young girl - getting the tar beaten out of her by a pair of boys. It's not an accident - and not a case of metaphor. Stick with me here, I'm going to delve into it a bit shortly.

Published in Anime Reviews
Wednesday, 26 December 2007 22:42

Myself; Yourself (TV, 2007)

Overview

This is the story of a girl... err, wait, sorry, that's a song, isn't it? But actually, it's not so far off from what I'm reviewing today, as you'll see in a few moments. The Fall/Winter season this year hit like a masonry full of bricks, and I found myself in a somewhat rare situation: Not only were there a lot of series that I was interested in, there were so many that I could barely keep up. Traditionally, the fall/winter season is loaded more with romance genre series - that's not to say that action can't be found, as Dragonaut and Night Wizard are proving, mind you. This year's offering included not one, but five exceptional romance series, and every damn one of them is proving good enough to require waiting until the series wraps just to ensure I don't miss anything. The first of those, Myself; Yourself, finished its run in my player not ten minutes ago, and I don't mind admitting that I'm sitting here with the same sort of warm fuzzies that Ah My Goddess TV left me with... Damn, this is going to be a long review season...

Published in Anime Reviews
Saturday, 01 September 2007 00:00

School Days (TV, 2007)

Overview

With the anime season slowly beginning to draw to a close, I was on the lookout for a decent filler series to watch, and thought that School Days might be interesting after a summer full of the likes of Claymore, Gurren Lagann, and Murder Princess. It wasn't long, though, before I started hearing rumors of the darker beginnings of School Days as an eroge of particular reputation. Still, I decided to keep watching, and see for myself what was up.

Published in Anime Reviews
Friday, 31 August 2007 00:00

Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann (TV, 2007)

Overview

I've said before that generally, Mecha anime aren't really my niche. Now and then I see something that seems like it might be interesting, and take a look at it, but for the most part, I tend toward other genres. So, when Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann went past in my feeder, I didn't pay too much attention. It wasn't, in fact, until after four weeks of listening to Drakstern rave about the series in #TenchiFF that I finally took the time to see what was up. If you like your characters to be laid back, level headed... sane, you might as well stop reading now... Because sane is not a term that can be honestly applied to the better part of the cast of TTGL.

Published in Anime Reviews

Overview

Folks, I'm going to give you a warning up front... check your sanity at the door if you decide to watch this series, because it's not going to benefit you any to have it. With that having been said, let me introduce you to Haruhi Suzumiya, a young woman who, I swear, has absolutely no concept what-so-ever of just how insane she is. It's almost as if Haruko Haruhara had been distilled and super-concentrated. Now, if that's not a scary thought, I dunno what is. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya follows the misadventures of the SOS Brigade, a group of hapless high school students dragged - kicking and screaming - into service by Suzumiya.

Published in Anime Reviews
Saturday, 01 July 2006 00:00

Yomigaeru Sora - Rescue Wings (TV, 2006)

Overview

I'll admit that I didn't go out looking for this particular series, and that I probably wouldn't have picked it up if not for the fact that I didn't know anything about it. That having been said, I'm glad that I decided to pick up the first three episodes of it when I saw them flash by in my RSS feed from Tokyo Toshokan. The series in question is Yomigaeru Sora - Rescue Wings, and it's about a young man named Uchida Kazuhiro. Kazuhiro is a pilot, freshly out of academy, and wants nothing more in life than to fly fighter jets. It's been his life-long ambition... so needless to say, he's not particularly happy when he finds out that he's been assigned to the helicopter search and rescue squad of the Komatsu air squadron.

Published in Anime Reviews
Thursday, 22 June 2006 00:00

Witchblade (TV, 2005)

Overview

Masane Amaha has problems - as hard as she tries, she can't seem to get her life right. On her own, it wouldn't be so bad, but Amaha has her daughter, Rihoko, to worry about too. The problem with that is that they live in a world in which children are incredibly rare, and the Child Welfare Agency has the government granted right to take children away for the least hint of cause. So when Amaha steals a Police Car after a moment of weakness in which she signs Rihoko over to the CWA in the belief that she'd be better off, you'd better believe that her problems are just beginning. Readers of the the Witchblade comic series should be interested to see the events that follow, as Witchblade is only just starting to get into gear.

Published in Anime Reviews
Thursday, 25 May 2006 00:00

Shuffle! (TV, 2005)

Overview

S'ok, everybody knows that any harem anime has to have three basic ingredients, right? You have your male protagonist, the girls - at least three, never more than seven - and some good, old fashioned Strange Events to round it all out. So, let me do a little check list here - Rin, male protagonist... check. Kaede, Nerine, Lisianthus, Asa, and Primula, girls in love with Rin... check. Next door neighbors that just happen to be gods/demons? Check. Alright, that's everything that Shuffle! needs to be your standard harem anime, complete with some great nude scenes from a set of excellent babes to top off the mix. Here's the problem: Shuffle! is a tale of two halves, and while the opening is very much a standard Harem anime, the second half of the series absolutely blows the top off the pressure cooker and ditches any pretense at being a standard Harem.

Published in Anime Reviews
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