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Delve II

So, this month I've had about 3-4 hours a week to game it seems like.  I especially have not been able to dig into the vault like I wanted to, so I'll throw up some quick reviews of all the games I played this past month.

Nintendo DS
Sonic Rush Adventure 8/10
I was a big Sonic fan during the Genesis era, playing almost everything (even Pinball).  This seems to be the most fun the blue hedgehog has been since.  Only a few minor nuances still make it seem like some elements were tacked on to the overall Sonic experience, but it was refreshing to play.

SpongeBob SquarePants: Atlantis Squarepantis 6/10
If I let my 4-year-old son review this it would get a 15, and admittedly, that is who this game is for.  Comparatively to other games on the market, this is just asi-asi.  For the target demographic, though, it is a good distraction.

Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions 8/10
Oh, how I love this game.  However, if you're going to update it, maybe add in some features I can use, like skipping cutscenes, autosaving, more intuitive UI for menus, in-game saves, etc.  The FMV and cast of fan-service unlockables (like Cloud from FFVII and Balthier from FFXII) are great, though.  And the game itself is served well by some narrative changes.

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars 9/10
Being a big fan of GTA before it was 3D, this is a great mix of the old and the new and is an excellent way to spend my commutes.  If only the gunplay had better controls, it may have been a less-frustrating experience.  Still, the best open world that fits in my pocket.

Final Fantasy II 4/10
Maybe it is just me and my jaded impatience, but this game did not stand up to the test of time.  All it did was make me wish ports of Vagrant Story, Chrono Trigger, FFVI or FFVIII were available on the PSP.

PlayStation 3
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves 10/10
I agree with our magazine's review and will go so far as to say this was more entertaining than any popcorn action movie I have seen in years.  The first game emulated the genre, this one pushes its boundaries and sets the new standard.  Even a month or so after beating it, I still think about it fondly.

Brütal Legend 7/10
World, writing, characters, and art direction: 10/10.  Gameplay, control choices, things that make games fun to play (make you feel like you're actually DOING something): 4/10.

Borderlands 8/10
I admit, I did not get a chance to play this in a group co-op, so I am certain I missed the point.  As a single-player adventure, it is a fast-paced Fallout 3 with less narrative and vehicles.  Which, by the way, is not a bad thing.  I just can't help but feel I'm rating fornication based on masturbation.

God of War Collection 8/10
I know, you're probably shocked that anything God of War could get less than a 100.  While the games remain amazing, the big thing I noticed to their tweaks was the fact they didn't change the in-game movies at all (so they look just as, if not more, pixelated as their PS2 days - and keep in mind, the cutscenes that were all CGI look great), and they didn't try to up the polygon count.  Maybe I'm being too picky and wanting too much from my re-releases, but blocky characters just don't do it for me.  The fact these games are incredible (but a little overhyped/overrated), and I have to give in  that this is just a simple facelift, keeps it afloat.


Hmm, this loser hasn't played Modern Warfare 2 or Assassin's Creed 2 yet, move along....

  • Marco...

  • Thanks, but no thanks. Last time i played that game i hit my head on the side of the pool. That sucked.

  • @ Sean. Second best hidden dialog in Uncharted 2 lol

  • Second best?  What's the first?  "Fish out of water!"?

  • what's the first?

  • Borderlands comment is genius.  I still can't stop laughing.

  • The best part is, you get Trophies for that part :D

  • I have to agree with you on God of War.  I've recently been playing it for the first time and while I've taken into account that it was the first game to institute a whole host of things, some parts are done really poorly, imo.  Like do I really need to perfectly walk on this high beam while dodging spinning blades?  How is this fun?  Boss battles are great but anytime the game strays from action or puzzles and I have to climb/balance on something then I get really annoyed.

  • FF tactics war of the lions is the definitive version of the world's greatest game. I easily put 100 hours in that game(plus about 70 in the original). 10/10 for me.

  • @shinra47 - I just think that they could have really improved the overall user experience instead of just rewriting a couple scenes, adding a few characters that don't fit the story, and renaming some abilities.  I do agree that I'm putting a LOT of time into this game still, and it will definitely be among my favorites.  

    I probably should be comparing these to other titles on the same console, and not to each other...  For instance, I don't think FFT stands up to Uncharted 2 very well, but compared to other PSP titles it is among the very best.

  • Anybody else think the jerk from Uncharted 2 looks like Gavin Rosdale?

  •       I think it is Gavin Rosdale?

  • You're Gavin Rosdale.

  • More Vault Spelunking Mr. Lowery!

  • I realize that your job is being made harder by people like me, but I also have some suggestions: most all of my favs just happened to be Gameboy color and advanced games, so at least your son could help here.

    #1: Dragon Warrior: Monsters 2. Like Pokemon on steroids. An addictive breeding system, hundreds of different (though vaguely similar) worlds, as well as a veritable crapload of monsters with differing personalities that affect their battle tactics and stat acquisition are what kept me playing this gem.

    #2: Medabots: Rokusho Version. A fast-paced (and satisfyingly difficult) brawler in the style of a multilevel team-based Street fighter; fully customizable bots and 50+ parts, as well as a customizable partner who can be influenced by commands unlocked by leveling equipped medals, which also affect the status of your leader, made an interesting mix of strategy and strength.

    #3: Megaman: Battle Network 3. Really, a game that is so massive and labyrinthine in it's concept and play that I really can't provide a summary to it. Try this one, if any.

    Oh, and please, whether you recognize this humble gamer's cry for attention or not, these are interesting to read. Keep typing, dude!

  • ROSDALE!!!!!!!!!

  • I'm glad you also loved Uncharted 2.