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Sword Art Online Review

February 15, 2013 Leave a comment

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At first glance, I figured Sword Art Online to be a sort of .hack copy of sorts. However after watching the initial episode, I quickly realized its potential. A simple fun idea that quickly has a wrench thrown into it that will have you at the edge of your seat.

Story
sao2The story follows a kid named Kirito who seems like a sort of shut-in. For a while now, he had been beta testing a new Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game. Mouthful right? This VRMMORPG named Sword Art Online is later sold in limited quantity to the very eager mass public. Once in the new virtual world, Kirito parts from the initial crowds and party centered battle system to level on his own. Since he knows all the best places to level. Later, after being talked into assisting a new player, they attempt to log out only to find the Log Out interface is missing. Being as the VR headsets lock into the brain, trying to take off the headset is impossible without someone outside the game removing it. Read more…

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Categories: Anime, Review

Code of Princess Review

October 18, 2012 Leave a comment

Code of Princess was released on the Nintendo 3DS on October 9th in the North American region thanks to the efforts of Atlus.  Originally developed by Agatsuma Entertainment, a Japanese studio, it holds a likeness to the Sega Saturn hit Guardian Heroes. This due in part by the presence of the director of Guardian Heroes, Tetsuhiko Kikuchi. Which in effect grabs my attention greatly, as Guardian Heroes is one of my favorite games of all time. So does Code of Princess hold to the same greatness? Read more…

Categories: 3DS, Review, Video Games

Xenoblade Chronicles Review

September 8, 2012 Leave a comment

Originally released in Japan back in 2010, Xenoblade Chronicles was met with raving reviews.  As North American JRPG fans first set their eyes upon it, they craved it.  Bringing forth a host of fan groups clawing at Nintendo’s doors for a localization.  After 2 years, their outcries were finally appeased as it was finally released in 2012 for North America.  To be honest, my Wii has collected dust since the day I bought it, so the solid near perfect scores across the board and promises of an actual solid JRPG grabbed my attention quickly. Read more…

Categories: Review, Wii

The Last Story Review

August 20, 2012 5 comments

Hironobu Sakaguchi.  It’s a name some may be familiar with.  Famed as the one who created a franchise that some claim saved a company and launched a saga, Final Fantasy.  Hironobu Sakaguchi has since left SquareEnix, and formed his own company called Mistwalker.  From that company came not a swan song title, but hopefully the beginning of something amazing.  Originally release in Japan in 2011, it was published in North America by XSEED Games.  The Last Story, begins now. Read more…

Categories: Review, Video Games, Wii

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Review

August 17, 2012 Leave a comment

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy is a rhythm game developed by IndiesZero and published by SquareEnix for the Nintendo 3DS system.  It was originally released in February 2012 for Japan, then later brought west in July.  It originally sold for $39.99 USD and only available in cartridge format.  At first glance, this title seems like a cheap attempt to milk Final Fantasy fans of money, but this is a mistake in thought as Theatrhythm is much more than that. Read more…

Categories: 3DS, Review, Video Games

Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance Review

August 13, 2012 1 comment

The Kingdom Hearts saga has been around for a solid 10 years.  Starting on the Playstation 2 before venturing off into the many facets of handhelds and gadgets.  The recent installment of Dream Drop Distance continues that on the Nintendo 3DS.  Released on July 31st for the North American region, it aims to usher in the long-awaited Kingdom Hearts 3.  So before I degrade into the overdone “Did they DROP the ball?” or “Did it miss the MARK of Mastery?” puns that riddles the internet, let’s get on with the review.

Story
To prepare for the road ahead, Master Yen Sid tasks both Sora and Riku with the goal to train in the Mark of Mastery to be true Keyblade Masters. To do this, they would have to unlock 7 nightmare keyholes holding many of the worlds in a state of limbo. Read more…

Sound Shapes Early Thoughts

August 9, 2012 Leave a comment

While Vita’s first titles were being revealed back at E3 2011, there was one title I was absolutely captured by.  Sound Shapes.  Now over a year later, we finally get our hands on this title.  So does it hold up to my expectations?  It sure does! Read more…