Now I love me some strategy games, Disgaea, Tactics Ogre, Advance Wars, Final Fantasy Tactics Advance and many others, so when Tony came to me with a review code for Etrian Mystery Dungeon, I was excited to experience a fresh take on this style of game. Having never played an Etrian Odyssey or Mystery Dungeon game, I walked into this with very little idea of what to expect.
What You Need To Know
EMD is a collaboration title using the gameplay style of Spike Chunsoft’s Mystery Dungeon games with a coat of Etrian Odyssey paint to brighten things up. The game starts off by having you create a character and a guild for exploring the mysteriously changing dungeons around the town of Aslarga. The town serves as a strictly menu based point of operation for your guild where you can visit the inn, buy weapons, items and food, recruit new guild members, and speak to NPCs with the ultimate goal of preparing to leave town and explore the dungeons.
A couple of weeks ago, the only thing I knew about Grim Fandango was ‘Casablanca meets the Mexican Day of the Dead’. This classic 90’s point-and-click adventure has been remastered for the PS4 and Vita and I can’t wait to tell you how much fun I had with it!
What You Need To Know
In Grim Fandango you play as a Manny, a travel agent for the Department of Death who’s job is to escort recently departed souls from the Land of the Living to the Land of the Dead and decide which mode of transportation they have earned for their journey to the Ninth Underworld. Travel packages range from wandering through the Land of the Dead on foot to a ticket on the Number Nine, a train that takes you from the D.O.D. to the Ninth Underworld in a matter of minutes, the better your life, the better your package. After a string of awful clients, Manny discovers a terrible plot when he comes across Meche, a woman who lived a life full of charity and good deeds who’s only available package was to walk alone. The game follows Manny’s journey to find Meche and figure out what’s happening to all the tickets for the Number Nine. Read more…
Good morning Mister Vice President, how did you sleep? What’s that, you had a nightmare about a cyborg barista…? You say he really tried to grind you into a double-shot espresso?! No… I don’t think you’re crazy, I just think you need to lay off the Special Blend for a few days.
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Citizens of Earth is an JRPG in the same vein of classics like Earthbound and Pokémon where you will traverse many environments recruiting and leveling party members as you fight your way through the story. You start the game as the newly elected Vice President of Earth waking up in your mom’s house the morning after the election. After walking out the front door, it is made apparent that something is wrong as your yard is flooded with violent protesters who start attacking. As the V.P. of Earth, it would be damaging to your political appearance to physically assault the citizens (no matter how justified it may be in self-defense) so your only solution is to recruit you mother and brother to do your dirty work as you sit back and delegate actions ‘Pokémon style’. After your first few minutes in the game, it is made clear that there’s more than just angry protesters on the loose and as the new V.P., it’s your duty to put an end to it. Read more…
I have played a lot of platforming games over the years and most of them have been happy stories involving saving princesses or a magical land of some type. When I heard there was a platformer that was about saving yourself from a void of darkness I couldn’t say no to that. What I expected and what I experienced were two different things and I was not disappointed when I started playing Nihilumbra.
What You Need To Know
Nihilumbra is puzzle platformer that tells the story about Born, a piece of the void that broke free. Born’s story is a struggle to remain free while avoiding the dark fate of the void. The main goal for Born is to escape from the void and avoid monsters it places in the way. Born isn’t capable of much from the start other than moving left, right, and jumping. Born will explore several unique environments and each environment will have a power to obtain that is related to that environment. The powers Born will find come in the form of colors that are used to paint the environment and changing the properties of the painted area. Read more…
If you haven’t yet been privileged to assume the role of Max in this dirty adventure, Renegade Kid has made it available on another platform! Is there anywhere they won’t put Mutant Mudds? Anyway, grab your warer pistols folks, the muddy invasion has made it’s way to PSN!
What You Need To Know
I’m not going to go into much detail here. Considering there have been countless releases of this game on multiple platforms, you can read Tony’s review of the 3DS version HERE and his review of the Wii U version HERE if you’d like more information about the story or overall game’s design.
To be honest, I was originally skeptical about how Mutant Mudds would port to a high definition platform. In my past experiences, taking a game with the looks of an old SNES game and blowing them up on a 42″ screen just mucks up the original look and feel that you remember. Having only played this game in the past on my 3DS, both the PS Vita’s OLED screen and my HDTV when playing it on the PS3 bring a new life to this beautiful game! The work that has been done to make Mutant Mudds look astounding in HD shows you that Renegade Kid is capable of making a game look good on anything. Read more…
I have been playing The Amazing Spider-Man over the last few days working on it for a review that was planned for later this week. I just wanted to let you all know that this review is going to be delayed until sometime next week due to an issue that occurred with the game. When I booted the game up Sunday afternoon to play, I noticed that my save file was missing. The only option that I had for a game was to start a new game, the continue option was no longer on my profile.
Because of that, I am going to have to restart my play through. I had gotten about five hours into it and was starting to put some of my notes in order so I could begin working on the review in anticipation of having it ready to go on Thursday or Friday of this week; but because the save file is missing I have to replay all of the portions I had already started. I had unlocked about 100 comic pages, found two or three additional suits for Spider-Man and was really getting into everything. That’s all gone now.
I did some of the usual checking that comes with a missing save file. I turned the Wii U off and turned it back on thinking that maybe something just glitched and the save file might show up again. I checked the data management of the system and it shows there is some data saved to the hard drive, but my save file progress is not available. Some people had suggested checking the SD Card or the external hard drive for the system, that the data had maybe somehow been moved to those, but they’re not hooked up to the system.
I’m going to check with Activision to see if there is anything that can be done, but barring that I’m going to have to replay through the whole game again. I can’t in good conscience post a review for a game that I had only gotten halfway through, especially one that I was enjoying. You deserve to get a detail of the full experience and I plan to give that to you. Please understand that because of that it’s going to take a little bit more time than I had originally planned so bear with me.
Review by Phil Stortzum
The Wii U saw an entire month without any kind of retail release, and without releases your console is not going to sell. Wii U owners have had nothing much except the titles that launched with the system way back in November. March has finally given the struggling system some new titles for owners to play. Arguably, one of the most anticipated is a Wii U exclusive from TT Games and Nintendo, Lego City Undercover. Not only is the title a welcomed and fresh take on the third-person, sandbox-style game, but it is one of the greatest [exclusive] reasons to own a Wii U right now.
What You Need to Know
Our protagonist Chase McCain is back on the beat and has returned to Lego City when he hears news that the man he helped put away behind bars has broken out, the villainous Rex Fury. In order to learn of his location, Chase will have to go undercover and infiltrate various gangs, and even the mafia, to gain helpful clues.
If you’ve played a Lego game in the past, especially an open world one like Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, then you should feel familiar with the gameplay of Lego City Undercover. Lego City, too, is open world, with you following along with the story (more on that later). When you’re not driving around taking in the sights and sounds of the big city, you will be in one of the game’s fifteen levels, similarly structured to past Lego games.
This is still the tried-and-true gameplay you might be accustomed to. This consists of making your way through levels, using your skills and abilities to solve environmental puzzles (which usually comes down to breaking everything in sight) and battling enemies through the admittedly simplistic combat. For instance, busting a certain car allows Chase to use the leftover pieces to build a ladder to reach an otherwise inaccessible area. These missions will have you and Chase going to all sorts of places and participating in all kinds of heists. From infiltrating a museum to steal a ride-able T-Rex skeleton, to taking out baddies in a mine, there is no shortage of interesting places to see and missions to accomplish.