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Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner 2: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King Abaddon Box Revealed!

By Shaun Hatton - April 22nd, 2009

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner 2: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King Abaddon Box Revealed!

Long-time readers of this site will know that Jamie Love is our resident RPG lover/guru/game hoarder. It’s true. He won’t let any of us play the RPGs until he has his way with them first. That’s fine with the rest of us, because the guy’s so into them that he can blaze through them in a matter of days. You know what that is? It’s hardcore, man.

Fittingly enough, the RPGs Jamie’s been talking about are also hardcore, and not just in length and narrative. Just check out the box of Atlus’ Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner 2: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King Abaddon. Yes, that is the full title. And if that’s not “epic” enough for you, the premium bundle box looks more like a special edition toy than a videogame. Just look at that cute little guy packed in there, and the way the game case is slanted rather than obscured behind the figure to conserve space, which in turn would have maybe meant more of these on store shelves. Seriously, if you see this in-store you should buy it before Jamie does. He’s got about 30 copies of Chrono Trigger and Earthbound.


SingStar Queen Coming August 18

By Shaun Hatton - April 16th, 2009

SingStar Queen Coming August 18

Today Sony Computer Entertainment America announced the upcoming SingStar Queen for PlayStation 2 and PS3, which will be made available as a standalone disc August 18.

The PS3 version looks to be the one to get, as it will include 25 songs compared to the PS2 version’s 20. And if you think Queen only had about three good songs: you’re dead fucking wrong. While the band’s level of musicianship and experimentation with sound was nothing short of amazing (even today but especially for its time), there’s no denying that Freddie Mercury’s outstanding vocal range is what made Queen.

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REVIEW
Monsters VS Aliens

By Shaun Hatton - April 13th, 2009

Monsters VS Aliens

Monsters VS Aliens is the latest computer-animated family fun film from Dreamworks, who have a history of making their characters grin uncomfortably. The videogame based on the flick is out now on every current console imaginable, ensuring that whatever deck you’ve got sitting at home, you and your children will be able to play this on it. The game focuses on four chapters, which are presumably based on the events in the film.

It should come as no surprise that the game is definitely aimed at a youth audience. Difficulty, therefore, is kept at a minimum even during the most hectic of boss fights. This doesn’t mean the whole game is a cakewalk, mind you. There are still plenty of platforming puzzles and interesting game mechanics for more mature gamers to enjoy (provided they’re still young at heart).

The premise of Monsters VS Aliens is just about summed up nicely in its title. In the game, the player controls the monsters on their missions against man and then alien forces. The plot is split up into chapters, which each chapter split up further into scenes. Each scene has players taking control of different monsters in the team. While the team has five characters, however, the single player game only allows you to use one of three of them. Each monster in this sense has his/her own scenes – so you won’t be able to play as another monster in someone else’s stage. In fact, each stage environment is built perfectly to suit the monster that you control during it. So who are these monsters?

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REVIEW
SingStar ABBA

By Michael Pugliese - December 21st, 2008

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“Can you hear the drums Fernando?”

This is the beginning line to ABBA’s  super hit “Fernando”, the first song I attempted to belt out when I popped in SingStar ABBA.  To give you an indication of how things went, I didn’t even know this line, let alone the rest of the song.  This is fundamentally the problem with a a game like SingStar that thrives in a party environment, being focused on a single group.  That being said, the game mechanics themselves haven’t changed (for better or for worse) and SingStar ABBA still makes for an entertaining experience overall.

Everything we have come to love about the series is present in this latest iteration, although there have been no changes to the tried and true formula at all.  Much like SingStar vol. 2 for the PS3, no additional functionality is made available by purchasing the disc.  What you do get is 25 of the Swedish pop group’s biggest songs (only 20 on the PS2 version), a number that falls slightly shy of the 30 tracks per disc that we’re used to up to this point.  This really is a testament to ABBA’s success over the years though, as there are few bands that could fill a disc with that many well known hits.

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REVIEW
Eternal Poison

By Jamie Love - December 17th, 2008

Eternal Poison

The kid behind the counter stared at me for a solid minute after I asked. He likely hoped I was joking, but when I didn’t crack a smile he set about finding me a copy of the game that hadn’t been opened and covered in pricing stickers. And it was a relief since I was already being knocked over by parents struggling to remember titles and gazing at box covers in utter confusion. It was also late and I didn’t have the will to start arguing about why an opened game isn’t new anymore. But is there any other media product where that’s even a debate? Okay, I promised I wouldn’t go there today, but you already know where I was! Anyway, during the ten minutes it took him to dig past releases on that mystical shelf behind the counter, I began to feel that despite my initial excitement, my quest for the Eternal Poison was going to prove difficult.

Starting the game seemed to prove my suspicion, though at first the CG sequence I was treated to looked promising. Not ground-breaking, but certainly in line with the semblance of production values. The game’s central character, Thage, was enticing in her Gothic lace and sharp green eyes. Her companion/servant was a magical creature known as a Majin, the race of creatures encountered in the game. He looked as if he’d just emerged from a Studio Ghibli production, which is a good source to borrow inspiration from.

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HOLIDAY HINTS
Disney Sing It

By Shaun Hatton - December 12th, 2008

Disney Sing It

At this point in time, some parents may be sick of the likes of Hannah Montana, Camp Rock, and High School Musical. But chances are their kids are not. Disney’s Sing It (which is available for Wii, PS3, PS2, Xbox 360, and PC) is a karaoke video game that lets kids of all ages belt out their favourite tunes from recent popular Disney shows. There are 35 tunes to choose from, so there’s no reason to have to hear Hannah Montana’s “Best of Both Worlds” ten times in a row – though I’m sure you still will.


REVIEW
Disney TH!NK Fast

By Shaun Hatton - November 30th, 2008

Disney TH!NK Fast

Trivia games are becoming a popular trend in the video game business, and surprisingly we’ve not seen much for the Wii, which is odd considering its “party system” status. PlayStation has the BUZZ! series, Xbox has Scene-It?, and now (although it does have to share with PlayStation 2) Wii has Disney TH!NK Fast, henceforth dubbed “DTF” as it is too mind-taxing to type out a name with punctuation smack-dab in the middle of it. (As a side note, yes, all trivia games must have either an exclamation or question mark in their titles).

As one can expect from a title bearing the Disney trademark, DTF is a game that’s not only kid-friendly, but fun for the whole family. Unlike other games in the genre, the Wii version (which is the one I played) doesn’t require the use of custom peripherals: the Wii Remote is sufficient, however not used as one might expect.

Off the bat the game asks a few short questions of its players. Enter your name, choose a Disney character to play as, and off you go. The interface for inputting your name isn’t as intuitive as it could be, given the Wii Remote’s capacity to be used as a pointer. Instead, in-game selections are handled by the D-Pad. Answering questions, though, can be done using gestures.

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