Tokyo Mirage Sessions was originally announced as Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem. That gave people a lot of ideas concerning what kind of game it would be. Would it be a strategy RPG? Would it be a traditional JRPG where you control Chrom, Ike and Marth?
Well, the game we got was neither of those things. Don’t worry though, what we did get is an addictive JRPG in the vein of Atlus’ Persona games. You balance trawling through dungeons for loot and working for a talent agency in Tokyo Mirage Sessions and exploring the life of a JPOP star who casts spells is pretty refreshing.
Battles move along at a super addictive and rewarding pace.
The Fire Emblem elements come into play mostly as style choices, but the game flips the script to make it something special. The game is pretty lighthearted as well. While it does have its dark moments, there is a tongue in cheek sense of humor that keeps things from getting too heavy.
You learn new abilities by dapping up your mirages. Wuddup Chrom!
Check out the video review to see the games unique aesthetic in action. Also, follow me on Twitter @SpiegelDFE to see more JRPG related stuff.
In the interest of full disclosure, let it be known that I absolutely love the Star Ocean series. Star Ocean III: Til the End of Time is one of my top 10 favorite games ever, so I originally had no intention of being objective with this review. Other media had panned this game severely and I felt like it was up to me to defend it and big up its good qualities.
But then I actually played the game.
After the first five minutes, I didn’t feel that immediate engagement factor. Star Ocean V: Integrity and Faithlessness just kinda starts and before too long you’re off adventuring trying to save your hometown from bandits or something. While that may be refreshing for some JRPG players who are sick of games in the the genre taking upwards of 15 hours to get to the good part, that quickened pace comes at the sacrifice of the story’s length. You can complete the main game in a little over 20 hours, so if you were looking for a sprawling space epic, this is the wrong place.
Runnin’ through these pretty towns with my woes
The game does have good qualities about it though, and mainstream critics have been way too harsh. Battles are fun, the English voice acting is really good, and it’s beautiful to look at. However, this isn’t the triumphant return of a much beloved series. Not even a little. I outlined the good parts of the game in my video review above so definitely check that out for more in depth analysis on what Star Ocean V does and doesn’t do.
The cancel system and customizable move-sets keep combat pretty entertaining.
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The original Mirror’s Edge was something of a cult classic so the fact that the long awaited sequel actually came out is something of an accomplishment already. The way it uses next gen technology to improve on the mechanics that made the first game unique should net developer DICE considerable props.
Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst isn’t just a re-tread of old ideas but, while trying to expand on its formula, the game unfortunately experiences a few stumbles. The addition of an open world to explore seems like it fits right in with modern gaming trends, but over-reliance on timed side missions take away from what could have been a well paced story.
First day out the feds.
The game world looks beautiful and very interesting. However, and i’m not sure if i’m in the minority here, the amount of bright white surfaces found all over the city of glass gave me a bit of a headache and made me wish I had sunglasses. Combat was a nice surprise in this game and is much improved from the first game. If you want to see it in motion, definitely make sure to check out the full video review embedded above.
How you gonna call for backup when I just turned your larynx to spaghetti?
Overall, Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst is pretty good but certain design choices hold it back. If you want to check out the song I mentioned at the beginning of the video, here’s a link. For more game related content, follow me on Twitter @SpiegelDFE and be sure to keep checking back on NikkiSiixx.com for more news and reviews.
Platinum Games is known for dropping hits so, after hearing that they were picking up the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles license, there was cause for celebration. Following on the heels of the excellent Transformers: Devastation (reviewed here) the game seemed poised for success.
Early footage made it look like it was going to mimic Transformers in a lot of ways. Something about how the characters moved and the way combos linked made it seem like the only difference was that the turtles didn’t transform. Luckily, that isn’t the case and this game has a unique style of its own. Action is fluid and fun, but there are points where you can tell Platinum Games was just working on too much stuff at once.
You ever ran up on a helicopter before?
The usual Platinum Games polish is missing from this title and at times it was reminiscent of the studio’s notably lackluster Legend of Korra game. It’s easy to point the finger and say they didn’t try that hard since it’s just a quick cash-grab licensed title, but with how well their other licensed games have turned out, that would be wrong. Mutants in Manhattan definitely has a lot going for it so the initial negative reviews shouldn’t be taken as gospel.
You definitely want that Warp Dash on point for the boss fights.
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Looks like Nintendo fans have more than just Super Smash Bros. to give them their Pokemon fighting fix. Coming from a collaboration with Bandai Namco, Pokken tournament just might be the fighting game that Pokefans have been waiting for. If you grew up playing Pokemon on your Gameboy, then you remember the simple animations on the various moves. Pokken Tournament fully renders out these fantastic attacks and the aesthetics are sure to please new and old fans alike.
Machamp giving the the hands
You pick a trainer, you pick a partner Pokemon and you go on a journey to conquer the Ferrum league. The story isn’t nything outside of the typical Pokemon fare, but the story is not why we’re here. You make your trainer and there are a lot of customization options available for them through the use of in game money or by tapping any Amiibo figurines you might own.
Got my trainer swaggin’ hard
The fighting is fluid and does things differently from your typical fighting game. If you come into this playing like its Smash Bros. or Street Fighter then you’re in for a rude awakening. The moves have a feeling of weight and connection behind them which is very important to the genre. It feels very responsive when you’re handing out whoopins.k
Pikachu comin’ at ya from the top of the turnbuckle!
I had a lot of fun with Pokken tournament so make sure to check out the video above for more thoughts and see me go toe to toe with another trainer online in order to test my skills.
Capcom’s back at it again with the street fight, Street Fighter V is the latest entry in Capcom’s highly competitive game series. There’s been an overhaul of the systems at work so people that come into Street Fighter V trying to do the same things that worked in Ultra Street Fighter IV are going to be slightly disappointed. The game has launched with an initial roster size of 16 and more characters are slated to come to the game post launch.
The fighting looks good and the combos are immensely satisfying to pull off. Versus mode is this game’s bread and butter and if you blink, you’ll have played 50 consecutive versus matches before you even know what happened.
The game’s story is told through several short vignettes. The art style is neat and it’s kind of like a graphic novel where you get to beat people up every few pages. Much like the extra roster characters, an expanded story mode is in the works as a piece of future downloadable content. Watch the video for my full Gamer Time review.
Coming from the folks over at Platinum Games, Transformers: Devastation is something like a shot of straight adrenaline to your Xbox One or Playstation 4. The game is a wild ride from start to finish and has some of the slickest action and most popping visuals I’ve seen in a really long time.
It features an addictive battle system that I couldn’t stop playing. I kept saying “just one more mission” and would end up playing at least another three or four.
The game is an absolute joy to play because of its gameplay variety. I can’t recall feeling bored while playing this game and I never felt that there was only one way to solve a problem in front of me.
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Xenoblade Chronicles X on the Wii U is a gigantic JRPG that’s gonna take days of your life from you if you choose to fully commit. The first Xenoblade Chronicles on the Wii was an excellent breath of fresh air and this game aims to succeed it in every way.
The environments are impressive and full of breath taking visuals and exhilarating combat. Monolithsoft has jammed an impressive amount of content onto the Wii U game disk. Just when you think you’ve found the coolest gear, you’ll stumble across a piece of armor so cool that you just HAVE to complete the set. The grind is addictive in this one.
Check out the YouTube video above for the full review!
Fast Racing Neo is a futuristic racing game which can be downloaded from the Wii U’s online store. Race through a futuristic sci-fi world at incredible speeds in FAST Racing NEO. It’s an indie title, so you may be wondering if it’s worth your time with so much AAA stuff out right now. Well, Nikkisiixx.com is here with a review from Spiegz to help you figure that out.
Spiegz almost didn’t do this one, but Halo is too huge to ignore. Halo 5: Guardians is a first-person shooter video game developed by 343 Industries and published by Microsoft Studios for the Xbox One home video game console. Part of the Halo series, the game was released on October 27, 2015. Halo 5 ’s plot follows two fire teams of human super soldiers; when Blue Team, led by Master Chief, goes absent without leave to track down the artificial intelligence construct Cortana, Jameson Locke and Fire team Osiris are sent to retrieve him. Check out Spiegz’ Gamer Time Review of Halo 5: Guardians and make sure to check out NikkiSiixx.com for all your pop culture needs.
You know what time is it? Its GAMER TIME! Hosted by Spiegz and bringing you episode 4. Spiegz reviews the new Rise of the Tomb Raider which came out on the same day as Fallout 4, so you might have missed out on this. See exclusive game play from Spiegz. Featuring epic, high-octane action moments set in the most beautiful hostile environments on earth, Rise of the Tomb Raider delivers a cinematic survival action adventure where you will join Lara Croft on her first tomb raiding expedition as she seeks to discover the secret of immortality. So, here’s Spiegz to show you it’s worth your time. Watch GAMER TIME and decide for yourself!
We’re bringing you another dose of epicness! On this episode of GAMER TIME Spiegz gives us his review on Tales of Zestiria. Press play and get the scoop of this Japanese RPG. Find out if the latest entry in the series is worth giving a try.
We’re back with the second episode of GAMER TIME! This time Spiegz reviews the new MAD MAX! We get to see exclusive gameplay by Spiegz. Check it out and see whether or not it’s a good buy for you. Even though its based off a movie series, it doesn’t really feel like a movie game. Spiegz even comments on the fighting style used. Stay tuned for more reviews! Follow him on Twitter @SpiegelDFE and make sure to hit the site for all your entertainment news.
NikkiSiixx.com is here with its new GAMER TIME segment. We’re kicking things off with Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Stay tuned for more reviews! This review was done by contributor Spiegz. Follow him on Twitter @SpiegelDFE and make sure to hit the site for all your entertainment news.