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PostPosted: Fri Jul 11, 2008 3:50 pm    Post subject: Video Game Reviews Reply with quote

I figured this section should actually be used for video games, and not just rants about how I nearly deleted the Bead Sprite Forum...if you weren't here for that, it's probably for the better...

Anyways, I was thinking of starting this thread as a way for us to offer each other short reviews of newer games we've played, that we might be able to save others from suffering to play. I know I've bought plenty of games that were pretty terrible.

I'm going to start of with my own review of:

Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword

First off, I love my DS. I take it pretty much everywhere I go cause you never know when you'll need to kill a few minutes. I played nothing but Phoenix Wright for the first week or so then I got Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword.

The graphics are impressive for a DS game, and I'd say they fall somewhere in between N64 and GCN quality, which is great for a hand held. They mix pre-rendered backgrounds (Resident Evil style) and full 3-D environments pretty seamlessly, although that can get confusing sometimes when the perspective changes.

The control takes a level or two to get used to, but I love the way you slash across enemies with the stylus to fight, tap it to throw shuriken, etc. Once you get used to it, it's flawless, except for the times you're in a large deep room, because when you get towards the back the characters are very tiny.

The music and sound isn't to die for, but the music sets the mood nicely. The sound, on the other hand, can get annoying - repetitive grunts from Ryu are the least pleasant, and the sound of his sword when he blocks comes in close second - sort of sounds like a wooden spoon hitting a pot full of dry egg really does. However, they did keep the original Act Intro music, only done with strings.

The interface is perfect. The game is sideways, so you can easily hold the game in the palm of your hand and use R with your thumb to block. The touch screen is on the right and the map is on your left, and during cut scenes (which are done in Anime style) they cleverly utilize both screens. The best is when you use ninpo, you trace the outline of a character that coresponds...very nice!

Overall, I give the game an 8.5 / 10. Definitely a must own for DS if you like the NG series because it definitely lives up to the name.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 19, 2008 6:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dead Space (Xbox 360, PS3)

The graphics are one of the best to date for the next gen systems. From the gravity pull rooms, to the immensely large bosses, to the incredible planet views from the various parts of the space ship this game is setting new standards that not many will be able to live up to.

The control is your typical over the shoulder 3rd person view. It is perfect when targeting alien monsters and shooting them as well. The only bad thing about the controls is when creatures attack from behind. It gets a little frustrating.

The music and sound is better than you would expect. Creepy sound effects and ambient music make this game even that much more creepier.

The interface is excellent. The mapping system is easy and with one click of the right joystick you can bring up a guided light system that points you in the right direction. If that is not working for you than you can hit the select key to bring up a 3D hologram map of the ship. Very creative!

Overall, I give the game a 9.75 / 10. Definitely a scary ride that will keep your heart pounding throughout the game. The only downside is the lack of replay value and no online multi-player. Besides that BUY OR RENT THIS ONE FOR A HELL OF A RIDE.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2010 12:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i'm going to review super mario galaxy 2

the graphics are amazing in the cartoony mario style with some great effects

the sound and music are very well done, to with charles martine doing the voice of mario you smile with every "Yahoo" and "whipee" . the music is done my a full orchestra which gives it a almost cinematic atmosphere.

the gameplay is epic with it starting of easy and then getting to a rock hard difficulty.
overall this is an amazing game. oh yeah it has yoshi wich is cool ;D
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