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Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax review

What happens when your last hope for the world is a bunch of anime characters? This is the main concept of Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax. A fighting game for the PS3 and PS Vita. Now this game has been out for about a year ago in Japan. I’ll give this review in two parts. First gameplay and then graphics. I tried the PlayStation Vita version.

Gameplay

Let me preface this review by saying it has been a long time since I’ve played a fighting game. The last fighting game I’ve played was Mortal Kombat back in the early 90’s. I loved all the battle modes in this game. In this game there are five modes: Story, Dream Dual, Versus, Training and Network. I’ll explain the story below but that is what you expect. Move up the chain battling until you get to the boss. Dream Dual is the most fun. I won’t reveal too much but it does have some fun banter between the anime characters. Versus is your typical match between the computer or another player. Training is where you hone those fighting skills against the computer. In my opinion that would be the best use of your time. Since it has been some time since I’ve played a fighting game, this mode helped me gain some skills. Finally, the network mode is the multiplayer. This is where the game get intense. I lost so much but that just makes me want to train to reach my potential.

I want to say I was quite surprised on how simple this was to play. There are three main attacks: Light, Medium, and Heavy. These input commands simple due to the quarter circle motion. As with other fighting games, each character has an extensive move list with these inputs. Along with the moves, you also have Assists, Climax Gauge, Blasts, Trump Cards. Assists are rechargeable characters that help you in battle. Most of these NPCs have two attacks, one general and one directional. Your blasts are temporary blow backs to stop an attack but these also increased your health a bit. Also, you have a trump card. It is what you think. A temporary use attack with some invincibility. My character I played was Kirito from Sword Art Online. His trump card is a double blade attack. While using this power up, you can also chain up your attacks. Which in the heat of battle can help you a lot!

Graphics/Story

As with most fighting games, the story does not make sense. This doesn’t mess with the gameplay but nevertheless it puzzles the mind. Most of the anime characters that appear in this game were somehow pulled from their universe and transported to this digital world/battle realm? I really don’t know. Summoned by a girl wearing a dress that looks like a Sega Dreamcast controller, you are fighting a computer virus that lost all hope and thrives on despair. Since you are the last hope for all, this virus absorbs all others that came before you and that is who you fight. All of the playable characters and assists characters are from popular anime. Kirito and Asuna, along with their assist Leafa are from Sword Art Online. Other anime characters that are playable are: Kirino Kousaka from “Oreimo,” Mikoto Misaka from “A Certain Magical Index,” Shana from “Shakugan no Shana. The OLED screen really provides a great experience when you are playing this game. The colors pop on the character and the backgrounds. This was also the problem. All of the characters looked like they did not belong in these backgrounds. The various backgrounds came from Sega games and not the some of these animes. Why?


Overall, this is a great fighting game. If you wanted to put your favorite anime characters together, than this is the game for you. The backgrounds take you away from that immersion point when playing but that would be a small nitpick from me. Fighting Climax is a fun yet simple fighting game. This game does have me waiting for Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax Ignition when it eventually come to the North America.

8/10

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Deadpool Review

 

I was looking forward to play Deadpool ever since the announcement at the VGA’s. Now I am not a fan of Deadpool but having read some of the comics beforehand made me want to play this game. As of this review, I wish someone would mindwipe me.

There are few words that can describe this game. Most of them cannot be spoken in present company. Except Deadpool speaks them. In all my years of playing video games, this is the first time the ESRB rating is appropriate. The ESRB describes the “Merc with a Mouth” as “Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Mature Humor, Strong Language”. This is hits the target right on the nose. For those few people who do not know who Deadpool is. He is a Marvel character, as Deadpool narrates- a anti-hero that worked with the X-men. He is insane super-mutant breaks the fourth wall constantly. Wade Wilson was drafted in the Weapon X program, experimented on, and turned nuts. Now having the same healing power as Wolverine, he will fight the war on justice or disfigure it.

What did I just play? Deadpool knows he’s in a video game. He frequently breaks the fourth wall to communicate with the player, barking complaints about the gameplay, level designs, and mission objectives. After finishing a level, one of the end scenes has Deadpool riding on a tiger with wings. His imagination takes control after the first mission. As I said he knows he is in a video game. When Deadpool does not like something he will change it. Some of his changes draw the ire of High Moon Studios; the game director calls him on the phone to complain about spending too much money on a scene filled with explosions, death, mass destruction, and effects galore. I wish I could change this game too.

Deadpool favors crude jokes and prop gags. Voice actor Nolan North nails the role of Marvel’s odd super-mutant, giving the voices in Deadpool’s head distinction, and his main voice captures the grating and annoying tones I always thought he had when I read the comic books. He not only voicing Wade Wilson but the two voices in his head as well as himself in a phone call in Deadpool apartment. Sure, he spits out legitimately funny lines occasionally, but he’s always talking and complaining and saying ridiculous things. The soundtrack is often drowned out by Deadpool saying some stupid illogical thing. I would say the voice acting and the characters are best things about this game.

The gameplay has moments of brilliance. Deadpool’s “gun-fu” blends the slicing and dicing of swords with forceful shotgun blasts. Other then that there is not much to offer. There is a Batman Arkham-like dodging system with the teleportation system. This has some drawbacks. You will button mash. It is repeating the same combo for all three melee weapon types. I used the same combos for most of the game. The upgrade system is successful in making the weapons and their wielder more powerful, but doesn’t offer much in terms of expanding Deadpool’s acrobatic arsenal. From the katanas to the huge hammers it the same combo, both light and heavy attacks. The repetition in moves pairs well with what else then repetition in enemy types. Deadpool is opposed by waves upon waves of clones. When new enemies are introduced, many are enhanced versions of the same types, wielding a shield or a new power. Gunplay and swordplay I do not think matter. I shot one enemy 50-something times and it looks like he took no damage. The aiming is horrible. You literally have to behind them to get a headshot.

When I finished this game, I walked away unfulfilled. After a day away from it, I found myself chuckling over the crazy things Deadpool said and did. His obsession with Wolverine is particularly funny. I loved Rogue in the game but other then that. If you love Deadpool then get the game if not rent it.

6.3/10.0

So, what do you think? Did I get it right or wrong tell me in the comments below. This is your friendly neighborhood MXAGhost writer… Signing off for now.

FarCry 3: Blood Dragons Review

Originally posted on May 14, 2013

Where can I start with this game? I did not play any of the FarCry games so I came into this game wondering whether I should have played the other games. Like I said, I did not play or even get FarCry 3. I thought this was some kind of DLC when I first heard about this. I looked so cool. When I seen the trailer for the game and seen the text at the bottom saying “This is a standalone game”, my heart skipped a beat.

The main theme of this game is right out of the 80’s. You play as cyber commando Sergeant Rex “Power” Colt (voiced by Terminator actor Michael Biehn). This half man, half machine spits out one liners like a gatling gun shooting bullets and celebrates high body counts by throwing up the longhorn symbols with his cybernetic fingers. He’s with another cyber-soldier named Spider, and they’ll take on an island overrun by your average 80’s nameless, faceless enemy. So to start things off Blood Dragon mocks the unnecessary tutorials that lead off most FPS games.

Sit back and let the Blood Dragon attack!

Sit back and let the Blood Dragon attack!

As you play the game you will encounter a variety of different enemy types. Androids(they sound like Cylons), mutant animals and dinosaur looking menaces known as blood dragons also roam this island. Pro tip: stay low and stay away from the Dragons! You have 13 garrisons around this island. During the tutorial you will liberate a garrison. Each of these garrisons have a different layout but all have high walls so you just can’t take the high road. In one of my encounters, I could not get in the walls without being seen. I took to the small building on the hill adjacent to the garrison. Zip-lined across to the lookout of the garrison. Pro tip: Use your Cyber-eye to mark the enemies. If a blood dragon is nearby, I recommend turning off the base shields and throwing a cyborg heart toward one of the doors to lure it in. These beasts will decimate all living things in the base.

Trouble is coming!

Trouble is coming!

 

I would also recommend going after all of animal types. You only need 12 types. This will give you upgrades to your weapons. Explosive sniper rifle rounds can take out a jeep and all nearby soldiers in one shot. The quadruple-barrel shotgun makes short work of the extremely dangerous blood dragons.

As for the story, there’s not much other than your typical 80’s movie. In a classic 80’s movie plot you have landed here because of a mission to stop a nuke from lifting up. Rex and Spider get abducted by the enemy after disarming the nuke. Now it is your turn to stop this! There are many humorous lines in the story. One of them has Rex saying ” I’m saving myself for a special lady” while showing a graffiti laden Statue of Liberty in the background. Rex is the typical 80’s hero, in line with Rambo to the cast of Red Dawn. It does get a little repetitive with the liberation of the garrisons but they do give you different layouts to play around in. The art style is amazing with a sunset-like color palette. Along with the art style there is the sound of the game. If you stop and listen, you can hear the crackle and pings of the large computers in the garrisons.

I love this game! The music is totally awesome! I would like if they would up the AI of the androids. You can stand in one of the garrison towers and the Androids will just stand there. They will shoot and find a better place to shoot you but will not come after you if you’re in a tower. I also would like it to be longer and for it to have more side missions. This is an open-world. They need to use this to their advantage.

The director of this game Dean Evans is already considering According to Michael Biehn, Rex “Power” Colt’s voice actor, the director of this game (Dean Evans) is already considering a sequel. Biehn told Microsoft spokesperson Major Nelson in an Interview: “I think he wants to turn it into some sort of franchise. He’s got a sequel in mind.” If they ever do this they need to add multiplayer. Now I don’t have any friends but I will get them for this sequel.

If you like the 80’s, mindless androids, faceless enemies, and Powerglove style music, then Rex Power Colt is your man, and Blood Dragon is your game.

9.0/10

Do you agree or disagree? Would you like a sequel or just this one-shot game? Answer in the comments below. This is your friendly neighborhood MXAGhost writer… Signing off for now.

Terraria Review!

Originally posted on March 27, 2013 

I have been waiting at least 8 months for this game. I could have gotten it when it had released over a year ago on PC. I believe that it was worth the wait. This is my first review, so bear with me if it is too long or not answer any questions you have.

The design of the Terraria is in the 2D 8 bit style. This would be comparable to game such as Castlevania or Spelunky. In my first playthrough, I did not notice that the background was moving apart from the sun and the moon. The clouds were moving! It was so cool. There are probably many different game that do this but I was still excited. The design of the game also help the game move along. The Sun and the Moon rises and sets. Day and night come around with it variety of villains and monsters. All the different types of blocks have their own style and colors. Dirt blocks are dirt color and stone blocks are a gray color. Some blocks sparkle like the copper block, which if there is enough light they will show you where they are. You can customize your sprite, by picking hair, skin, eye color and also you can pick the color of your shirt, pants, and shoes. One more thing, You can choose the world size. There is small, medium, and large. I chose the small. That is quite large.

Gameplay is amazing. As Terraria says “Dig, Fight, Explore, Build! Terraria gives you the tools to unleash your imagination: Explore a huge modifiable world with your friends. What will your story be?”. It has that Minecraft feel. With this game and Minecraft you have to carve out the ground around you looking for items and blocks. You need to use your axe and pickax right away! Don’t wait! Like Minecraft there is a night and day cycle. At night you have zombies and demon eyes after you. After you have all your materials, make a simple structure. They say 6 blocks high and 10 blocks across. DO THIS! Then create a workbench to make the door and the background walls(this is so any type of enemy does not respawn in your house). I found a cave and put a door on it. That is my house. I added all on to this main structure. When I am done with my house, it is going to look like a multi-roomed turtle shell. That first structure will not look pretty, but it will do for the night. That is all you want. When you first play you will meet your guide Jason. He will give you tips in this world of Terraria. For me, his life was short. That first night he died by zombie. If I would have built a house and added a chair and table he would be alive. I do have a bunny! If you have not played this game on PC then you NEED to play the tutorial. I would suggest this anyway if you did play this on PC. You can try to do this without the tutorial like I did but then you are stuck in a hole at the bottom of a sea. This was literally me. I dug my self in a hole and could not get out. Use the wooden supports! The controls are fine. You can quick connect things on your d-pad. You can switch between the two modes at the click of a thumbstick. The automatic digging targets and is great for just pointing the right stick in a set direction and then chewing through the ground with relative ease, while manual digging works best when you’re trying to build things or gather specific pockets of ore. You can keep lots of items in your inventory.

I think I need a map.

I think I need a map.

After only a few hours of playing I am addicted. There is a multiplayer mode to this game that I have not tried out. From what I can gleam, you can have up to 4 players locally and 8 online. There is also a leaderboard, for you people who what to spend day after day to top that thing.

I would give this a 8.7 out of 10. Like I said play the tutorial. I can’t stress that enough. It is an amazing game! I would like a button for a map. If there is a map on this I would like to see it. Plus, I would like to see it for the vita. It is available for the PS3(PSN) for 14.99, Xbox(XPLA) for 1200 Microsoft Points and coming soon to the European PSN. If you have played the game and have any questions, talk to me! I am not an expert but I can help! How good was this review? Answer in the comments below. This is your friendly neighborhood MXAGhost writer… Signing off for now!