Like all the best FromSoftware games, it wasn't until I'd cartoonishly bumbled my way into an impossible-to-continue position and been forced to start over again before I really got the hang of Armored Core 3 Portable. Well, I say "Got the hang of" but it'd be more honest to describe my second go as "It … Continue reading The joy of mechs
As the title of a blog post "Original 3D Polygon Action Shooting" may not roll off the tongue but it's hard to argue with the accuracy of the description on the front of Geograph Seal's box when it comes to the game in question, delivering as it does explosive full 3D arcade-like action on just … Continue reading Original 3D Polygon Action Shooting
Think of portable Sonic and you tend to think of the classic Game Gear adventures, all hang gliding in the rain and a zone's worth of bridge, or the later Game Boy Advance and DS titles with their new animal friends (there are always new animal friends), interesting Game Cube connectivity, and Jet Set Radio soundtracks. But … Continue reading A byte-sized blue blur
This is another one that, like Operation Raccoon City, I avoided for the longest time because everyone and their uncle was so damned sure it was the worst Castlevania game ever made and I went with the flow because frankly it was cheaper and easier than spending the time and money to find out for … Continue reading Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2
"If everyone hates it so strongly then there's got to be something to it." I used to believe that. It sounded reasonable. It even seemed logical in a cause-and-effect sort of way - if a game's consistently getting a load of negative press and vocal whinging from long-term fans then it can only be because … Continue reading Operation Raccoon City
Now not so very long ago I went to great foaming-at-the-mouth lengths to explain exactly how classic-flavour Resident Evil just doesn't work as an all-out action game - it's simply not built for that sort of thing. The movement system, the fixed camera angles, the... well, the everything - it's all wrong. So it may sound just a … Continue reading Saur-iously good fun
Twenty one years ago Burning Rangers took the normally risky business of firefighting and disaster rescue into a visually stunning sentai-esque future, eschewing the standard-issue bulky safety equipment and enormous water-spewing hoses of their Earth-shackled counterparts for personalised skin-tight suits, don't-think-too-hard-about-it sci-fi water pistols, spaceships, and extremely catchy theme songs. These days it's mostly famous for … Continue reading Hyper! Burning Rangers, wow!