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  • Mount & Blade: Warband   6 years 47 weeks ago

    I bought the game. And I'd say it's an Action RPG. and like Ian said. An emphasis on action. There's a lot you can do. I play with a mod tho. It's called the Diplomacy mod. It's very fun and I think better then the original one, AKA Native. But you could call the game an RPG or Wargame and both fit the bill.

    This is by far, the best game I have ever played. And I can't stop playing it :P

  • The Gaming Generation - Part 2   6 years 47 weeks ago

    This should be mandatory reading for any gamer with a wife and kid(s). There can still be a balance, however. I still enjoy squeezing in some game time in moderation, though playing an RPG is difficult after not playing for awhile after I started the game, and they generally take many hours to complete. I look forward to when my son is old enough so we can play video games together. I hope he likes them the same way I did since a young child. It will be a very different experience now compared to when I was hooked after playing Pitfall on the Atari 2600.

  • Another World   6 years 47 weeks ago

    Interesting review. I think it overlooks something regarding the genre, though. When it came out, Another World didn't join the ranks of "cinematic platformers" -- it more or less created the genre itself. Chiahi wrote the engine for the game, devised the vector handling system, and did all the graphics and other design features save the music.

    Anyway, the interesting thing is despite its trial-and-error mechanics Another World still holds its own today as an experience. Even back when Flashback was released (initially thought to be the spiritual successor of Another World) and people were going nuts over the advances in graphics and animation, I always preferred Another World. Although its vector graphics are crude even by contemporary Amiga standards (being a first experiment, with all that entails), none of the other games could replicate the artistry and bittersweet beauty of Another World.

  • Mega Man X8   6 years 47 weeks ago

    I am a big Mega Man fan and I like X8. You were just unlucky enough to have picked the two worst stages first. Those are the only bad levels in the game. The rest of the game is actually pretty good. I think you should give the game one more chance, but this time play on easy mode and go to Bamboo Pandemonium's stage first.

  • Okami   6 years 47 weeks ago

    i've beat the game also and know how all y'all feel and the-random-person-that-did-this-review-and-i-have-no-idea-wat-his-or-her-name-iz kinda has a point cuz he (i have a feeling this person is a guy) iz just statin' the facts. everbody has a different experience. i didnt feel bored cuz i got Okami 4 my birthday and i was so hyped up cuz I FINALLY GOT THE FLUFFING GAME!!! that i didnt give a freak if the story thingy was long or not .I JUST WANTED TO FREAKING PLAY!!! (the fact that played into my being so hyped was cuz the 1st gamestop didnt have it so i had to go to another one and it turned out that i bought the last copy...sucks for all those late fans lol>:D)....anyway be4 y'all get bored... when i 1st met Yami (yes that big fugly looking ball demon, the final boss) took awhile cuz there was sooo much dialogue. by now the hype had worn off and i sat there clicking X for a while and then i started fighting him an got all my powers back (witch 4 some reason took awhile) after that 1st part of the battle Amaterasu gets the fluff shocked out of her and loses her powers AGAIN!!! (Yami turns into a giant hand @ this point).....and then the whole everybody pray stuff with the musics playing and then BAM! Shiranui Power! and then more musics but this time im a uber powerful....and...it takes...a fucking...hour....click...SLASH!!!....roar...click...EXPLODES!!!...roAR!...click...SHINY SUN!!!...rOAR!!...click...INFERNO AND A WHOLE BUNCH OF OTHER RANDOM ATTACKS!!!...ROOOAAAAAARRRRR!!!! Yami disappears instead of explodin' his guts out......moooore dialogue and musics...issun stays behind....really long credits...presents from issun, karmic transformation, blah blah blah

  • How Persona 3 destroyed my love for Japanese RPGs   6 years 47 weeks ago

    Yeah the music is truly awesome and all, but is true that the game isn't perfect
    You should try P4 They enhanced the fight system and you can control the team

  • Wii Play Motion - Video   6 years 47 weeks ago

    Skip skimmer... Reminds me of trying to figure out the fishing in Twilight princess. It took me ages to work out how that worked. The manual didn't help. But once I figured it out it was obvious.

    Intuitively, it looks to me like they didn't write the instructions clearly. It seems far more likely from watching the video that you throw the stone by letting go of the B button. How else would it work?

    Still, I could be completely wrong. And those instructions don't make a lot of sense anyway. Hold B through the entire throw? Why? If it doesn't have anything to do with determining when you let go of the stone, why hold down a button at all?

    (intuitively, the most obvious thing for mimicking holding an object while using a Wii remote would be to press A and B at the same time. But that's probably awkward in actual gameplay.)

  • Star Trek: The Next Generation - A Final Unity   6 years 47 weeks ago

    From memory, You can certainly win ship battles, and there are only a handful of true 'instant death' options in the game. (and most of them have you repeat something 3 or 4 times to do so.)

    I agree some of the puzzles are very confusing, and the way certain characters can easily solve certain problems while others can't is an interesting concept, but very confusing in practice.

    The characters do give you hints about how to solve problems (and who would be best at doing so), but this game is much easier to figure out if you have obsessive levels of star Trek knowledge. (which makes the puzzles easier to follow). Otherwise, it's quite confusing.

    Also... Much later on there's perhaps the worst puzzle ever conceived... You have to fly the enterprise to an EXACT set of coordinates, but you aren't told what they are, nor is it at all obvious where it would be.
    It sounds like a perfectly logical puzzle if you know any astrophysics, but the details make a mess of it.

    Contrary to what you might be thinking though, Random deaths due to wrong dialogue options don't tend to happen in this game. What does happen, is getting into a fight... And those can be won, but only if you learn how to use the tactical and engineering systems well.
    (And that's not a simple challenge).

    The opening fight for instance, is one I have won on several occasions.

    Still, this game does have a lot of flaws. And unless you have a firm grasp of star trek lore (and the way problems in the show tend to get solved), this is quite difficult. If you do however, most of the puzzles aren't as bad as they might seem.

    Otherwise, your description of the game's strengths and flaws is pretty accurate.

  • Harvest Moon: Grand Bazaar   6 years 47 weeks ago

    Don't compare Harvest Moon to Farmville.

    Firstly you aren't doing it for no reason...you use the money to expand your home, barn and buy things from the stores.

    But more importantly there is a STORYLINE. You interact with the villagers, help them, give them gifts, piss them off and maybe even marry them and have a child after that.

    Rune Factory expands on this further and gives a more fantastical storyline (unfortunately you chose the one that sucks) but the first 3 for DS are wonderful and fun and you can fight wild animals, befriend them and take them out on walks with you!

    Both of these are simulation RPGS, games that tell a story. This is not Farmville.

  • Minecraft   6 years 47 weeks ago

    I knew instantly that Minecraft wouldn't do well in First Hour. After all, it has no tutorial at all at the moment. Most people do similarly to you the first time you play Minecraft.
    Of course, there's a Minecraft Wiki: http://www.minecraftwiki.net/wiki/Minecraft_Wiki
    And that contains pretty much everything you need to survive and thrive.

    Or, you could figure it out yourself. Covarr is right in saying that a sword would be a good idea.
    Made with one stick at the bottom, and two blocks on top of it.
    However, the pickaxe is obviously an even more important tool. Two sticks at the bottom, and three blocks on top.
    Most important would be finding coal though. That lets you make torches, which give light at night, so you don't have monsters spawning everywhere around you. You mine it with a stone pickaxe, and it can be found anywhere embedded in rock, but you'll recognize it as some black bits inside stone.

  • Mount & Blade: Warband   6 years 47 weeks ago

    ok... well this AWESOME website wont let me post anything. let me just say the castle battles will ruin the game for you. its an A+ game but with castle battles it brings it down to a D. you'll see why (im not allowed to post anything on this website)

  • Burnout Paradise   6 years 47 weeks ago

    Hey Greg! Excellent review! I maintain that rumors of my (site's) death are greatly exaggerated. Some things came up in my personal life that required me to put almost everything else on hold for a while. Now, while I'm not doing regular updates, I am working on the site and have gotten two reviews posted, with more on the way. Updates may be slow, but the gears are most certainly turning.

    I'm glad you are still chugging along, the site is easy to navigate and the reviews are a treat to read! I've always wondered how you actually write your reviews, it can't be easy to play a game and watch a stopwatch every few minutes. How ever it is that you manage to accomplish that feat, it makes for an awesome review format and I try to get in and read all your stuff. Hope to see you around the net more often from here on out!

    Cheers!

  • Retiring my Nintendo DS Lite   6 years 47 weeks ago

    I would like to add one more game to the list: Zelda and the Phantom Hourglass. Such a fun game, it's one of the few I still play today. I just beat it again yesterday, and I immeediately started again. It's a great game that really utilizes the touch screen, I think it was one of the first to have the majority of the controls rely on the touch pad. It also uses the microphone a little bit, and its just an all-around fun game.

  • Grand Prix Story   6 years 47 weeks ago

    Bought this game a few days ago and been hooked since! There is some longevity in the game which you failed to mention, in the way of the new game plus, where you can pull 1 and only 1 car, and one part across to the new game to speed up your progress. This makes it even more difficult as you have several choices in what you can pick which will then affect everything!

    Great game, best on Ipod

  • Bionic Commando and Bionic Commando   6 years 47 weeks ago

    Just a note the Modern Bionic Commando is no remake or reboot.

    It's a sequel.

    That's one of the reason BC fans really hate it, storywise.

    Seriously, Grin, how the hell did you fuck this up when the actual gameplay aspects were spot on? We needed more open areas, less instakill water bullshit, and less shit story, and this would be as memorable as the original and GB versions.

    Instead, it was far outshadowed by the actual remake for a variety of reasons.

  • Kirby Mass Attack   6 years 47 weeks ago

    I recently played and reviewed this game too, and I agree wholeheartedly with you about it. I actually thought the plethora of mini games to unlock and play were phenomenal, not the least of which was the Kirby Patrol side scrolling shooter. It's nice to see Nintendo not totally abandon their DS just yet, and it's even nicer to see this game successfully capture everything that made the DS great. Solid review. I look forward to reading more!

  • Rage [Video]   6 years 47 weeks ago

    For me, after one whole playthrough, its borderlands without the alien critters(the cases and barrels and landscape designs are near identical), meets black(similar progression and combat), with some vocals from FEAR(searching, nothing here, he took out the whole squad). I expected waayyy more. Seems like a mishmash of other games.

  • How Persona 3 destroyed my love for Japanese RPGs   6 years 47 weeks ago

    Um I loved Persona3 a lot, I found it repetitive, yes, but truthfully I kinda liked that. Graphics are by far not the best, but should that really matter? Social links was honestly a rather fun part of the game, helping you level up your personas with it was great help. But in all it's a game for people who has the patients for such a deep game. I found parts boring, but all games got those times. Persona3 just might not be for everyone. It's much better to say it that way, cause this review is dreadfully aweful. We all have different taste right?

  • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword [Video]   6 years 47 weeks ago

    No offense... but the "you dick" gag is kinda immature and it makes it hard to take the review seriously... makes it seem like you really just didn't care about the review.

    The only thing i can really agree on is that the game has a slow first chapter... It lacks a deku tree-esque opening dungeon to really pull the player in... In fact you don't even GET to the first real dungeon until you run through the preliminary "Wing Ceremony" to set up the Zelda/Link relationship and then still have to navigate a fetch mission in a labyrinth like forest before you get to the dungeon...

    That said, i still had a lot of fun in those two opening parts... i think the Wing Ceremony run around was useful to teach you how to use to new controls and how to control the bird... and the little fetch quest you do to get to the first dungeon helps to stop it from feeling like "cut scene, get items, long running, dungeon, rinse, and repeat". Also, the fact that your shield is not invincible anymore and that you can buy potions/repair your equipment makes the game feel even more like a rudimentary RPG, which i find refreshing for the series...

    I am enjoying the game so far, though i'm not being a pessimist.. :-/

  • Perfect Dark   6 years 47 weeks ago

    strafing with the Cbuttons? what drugs are you on..? you could select left handed controls with 90% of first person shooters with the N64 allowing our modern way of playing to slot nicely into current control schemes.. infact even at the time I was using D-pad was I more advanced than others? I think not.. more others were not thinking..

    goldeneye and perfect darks 1.2 control is still easily as comfortable to use now as it was then providing you have a relatvly fresh thumbstick in your pad

    get your facts straight before you riducule developers for making ancient control systems.. well maybe you could indicate their default control system was ancient haha

  • Shinobi   6 years 47 weeks ago

    Though it might be hard to ascertain during only the first hour, does it look like this game has the same level of difficulty as the rest in the series? It seems like the game is like the older ones, but I'm just wondering.
    Also, it's a shame more games for the 3DS haven't used the 3D capabilities yet. This one could have been cool, jumping between platforms in the foreground and background, or throwing kunai towards the screen. We can only wish I suppose...

  • How Persona 3 destroyed my love for Japanese RPGs   6 years 47 weeks ago

    I haven't beaten Tartarus yet, but I'm nearly there. On my climb up 160 floors, I've never had to grind. If you want to beat the shadow bosses, you just fight your way up to the top in a day, or extend your Tartarus visits to every few days and do a bit each day. The only time I was ever grinding in this game was to get Alice and for the floors above 160. I totally respect your choice for dis-liking the game; I'm just giving my opinion on grinding.

  • Chrono Cross: The Best Worst Sequel of All Time   6 years 47 weeks ago

    I enjoyed this game, but other than to boost sales - they really should not have tied it to the original. Going the final fantasy route and having completely unrelated stories would have worked.

    Ah well!

  • Dark Souls   6 years 47 weeks ago

    I had to rent the game a few times before realizing what potential it had. The first time I rented it I failed to realize that I could run from the first big boss and turned the game off after 5 minutes to avoid my controller being destroyed. My cousin convinced me to rent it again after explaining to me that I could run past the big fatty that destroyed me. After a few hours of trudging through multiple ass whippings, I discovered a love for this game that I haven't felt since the Vanilla days of WoW or when I played Chrono Trigger for the first time. It is truly gratifying when you do something right in Dark Souls, or better yet, when you know exactly how to do something right because you've worked for it. Not a perfect game, but none of them are.

    On another note, 3D Dot Game heroes is an incredibly challenging game! Give it a rip. It's guaranteed to tick you off at some point in time. Imagine the original Zelda, but on crack.

    Sincerely,

    Aaron

  • PC Gamer - June 1996 - Star Wars goes Multiplayer   6 years 47 weeks ago

    There was a song on this CD with lyrics about a guy getting drunk so the ugly girl he was dancing with would be acceptable. It played as you were playing the demo's. If you still have the CD, any idea what the song was??!!