Archive for the ‘OriginalReviews’ Category

Jet Set Radio (HD) Review

December 9, 2012

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Date Released: Fall 2012
Date Reviewed: December 5, 2012
Genre: 3D Platformer
Players: 1 Player
Length: 7 hours for main game, 25+ for extra content
Replayability: Very good

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Introduction

Jet Set Radio is the unique 2000 platforming game where players take control of a rebellious group of spray-painting, rollerblading teenagers who intend on seperating the government’s corrupt and overblown power over the people of a fictional variation of a futuristic Tokyo, Japan called Tokyo-to. Originally available on the SEGA Dreamcast, Jet Set Radio has gone on to only have one true sequel, but a strong cult following and has been featured in references and cameos in several unrelated games. This modern high definition version is one of SEGA’s highest quality re-releases of all their past titles to date.

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Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown Review

July 15, 2012

Date Released: June 6, 2012
Date Reviewed: July 13, 2012
Genre: 3D Fighter
Players: 1-2 Players local and online, lobbies extend this
Length: Singular fights typically a few minutes each, several types of modes alter this
Replayability: Incredible

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Introduction

Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown is the 2010 3D fighting game for the arcade RingEdge hardware. Newly developed and ported by the prolific SEGA-AM2 for 2012, the latest release of the game is a downloadable Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 game. More than an upgrade to 2007’s retail version of the original Virtua Fighter 5 for the same platforms, Final Showdown is arguably the deepest, most accessible fighting game available in the genre this entire console generation at a cheaper price than all competing products.

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Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II Review

June 3, 2012

Date Released: April 15, 2012
Date Reviewed: June 3, 2012
Genre: 2D Platformer
Players: 1-2 Players, Locally and Online
Length: 50+ Minutes
Replayability: Fair

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Introduction

Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II is the latest main-series release in the Sonic franchise, but a continuation of it’s original 2D style of gameplay. Conceptualized in ways to reclaim former glory and fans who have left or shunned the franchise ever since it’s transition into a 3D play space, Episode II is much of what was expected from a Sonic game in the early 1990s, but does not limit itself based on tried-and-true mechanics and concepts from the past. Created by Sonic Team, tooled by DIMPS and developed by SEGA Shanghai, Episode II is an improvement over it’s predecessor in all ways, but still fails to compare to the original series.

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The House of the Dead 4 (PlayStation 3) Review

May 19, 2012

Date Released: April 18, 2012
Date Reviewed: May 19, 2012
Genre: Lightgun Shooter
Players: 1-2 Local Players
Length: 40+ Minutes
Replayability: Good

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Introduction

The House of the Dead 4 is the 2005 lightgun arcade shooter developed by SEGA-AM1. The title has become available to home consoles for the first time in 2012 as a download on the PlayStation 3’s Sony Entertainment Network. This newly released version includes both the original arcade game and it’s direct sequel The House of the Dead 4: Special for a budget price point. Functionality for PlayStation Move and the standard PlayStation 3 controller is also included.

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Yakuza: Dead Souls Review

May 9, 2012

Date Released: 13 March, 2012
Date Reviewed: 8 May, 2012
Players: 1 main game, 2 in select side games
Length: 40+ hours
Replayability: High

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Introduction

Yakuza: Dead Souls is the latest entry in the Yakuza franchise to be released outside of Japan. Rather than being a direct sequel to the last entry, Yakuza 4, it instead goes for a hypothetical story-line that acts as a non-canonical spin-off title, focusing on a zombie outbreak in the well known locality of Kamurocho, in Tokyo, Japan. Abandoning the beat em’ up style the franchise is known for, Dead Souls instead opts to create a 3D, third person action game focused on gun mechanics, akin to classic video games such as Zombies Ate My Neighbours, although with the aesthetics of the Yakuza franchise. The same game structure the series is known for is also present with its action story segments, its missions, and its open world full of shops and attractions. Created by the same developers in SEGA of Japan as always (ie: ‘Yakuza Team’), Yakuza: Dead Souls comes off as an experiment, seeking to provide a combination of horror comedy, zombies, and SEGA’s take on Yakuza in one title.

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Renegade Ops Review

September 26, 2011

Date Released: September 14, 2011
Date Reviewed: September 26, 2011
Genre: Top-Down Shooter
Players: 1-4 Players Online, 1-2 Players Local
Length: 3-5 Hours
Replayability: Great

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Introduction

Renegade Ops is the 2011 downloadable top-down action game developed by Avalanche Studios for the Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation 3 and PC platforms. Designed as a throwback to comics, films and arcade games from the 1980s and 1990s such as Jackal and Desert Strike, the end result is a highly playable title with great production values and a surprising amount of depth and challenge.

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Virtua Tennis 4 Review

June 26, 2011

Date Released: May 10, 2011
Date Reviewed: June 26, 2011
Genre: Tennis Game with Party and Role Playing Elements
Players: 1-4 Players
Length: World Tour 8-10 Hours, Arcade 30+ Minutes
Replayability: Fantastic

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Introduction

Virtua Tennis 4 is the latest release in the heralded arcade tennis series. Lead by famed female game designer, Mie Kumagai it is the first release in the series (which is also known as SEGA Professional Tennis: Power Smash in Japan) to support motion control functions on all available platforms and the first to be made with no initial arcade release. Fan favorite features, such as the role playing World Tour mode and the numerous amount of arcade-like, yet very lighthearted minigames all return arguably stronger than ever before.

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Vanquish Review

December 29, 2010

Date Released: October 19, 2010
Date Reviewed: December 28, 2010
Players: 1 Player
Length: 4-10 Hours
Replayability: Entirely dependent on how much the player enjoys improving their score

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Introduction

Vanquish is the second 2010 HD action game by developer PlatinumGames, right after the universally acclaimed Bayonetta and the first game Shinji Mikami directed since God Hand and Resident Evil 4 under the publisher Capcom. Unlike any of their prior releases however, Vanquish is a third-person shooting game that takes place in a futuristic setting. Inspired by many concepts from popular franchises such as Transformers, Gears of War and Call of Duty, the end result leads to a very unique and very challenging game.

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Crazy Taxi (Xbox Live Arcade) Review

December 13, 2010

Date Released: November 24, 2010
Date Reviewed: December 13, 2010
Players: 1 Player
Length: 3 to 10 (Crazy) Minutes
Replayability: Incredible

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Introduction

Crazy Taxi is the 1999 arcade game on the NAOMI board that was later ported to numerous platforms based on it’s popularity. The Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network versions are ports of the PC version that was co-developed by now defunct Acclaim. It is the second of SEGA’s Dreamcast Revival downloadable re-release line of games.

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Sonic Colors (Wii) Review

November 30, 2010

Date Released: November 16, 2010
Date Reviewed: November 29, 2010
Players: 1 Player / Unlockable 2 Player levels
Length: 3-10 Hours
Replayability: Fair

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Introduction

Sonic Colors (or Sonic Colours as it is spelled in British English releases) is the first platforming centric spinoff Sonic the Hedgehog game on the Wii console. Aimed at a younger audience, it was designed with the intent of gaining more interest from Wii fans with borrowed elements from Super Mario and Kirby titles, among other Nintendo releases in hopes of bringing the franchise back to it’s acclaimed roots.

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