Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Eternal Sonata Unique simple as that--

The story of the game is indeed you can describe one of the unique RPG games out their. The battle system is what you can say "hard to master" but has a sense of humor and fun and challenge to it, true it can be sometimes a pain to level up but once you make your party sturdy and manageable you can feel the sense of relief and satisfaction of the game play. As for the story I felt a sense of depression when I first saw the "Introductional cut scene" seeing Chopin sleeping in his deathbed slowly dieing it just didn't feel right. Also what worse he had an attack of his seizure before going through that state, it just reminded me of my own sickness as well but to all that I found the story of Eternal Sonata a rpg to remember. it so diverse and the character has their own back story to it. I can tell this is one of the rpg games worth playing because of the feel of it its like your watching a story comic come to life, this is where there uniqueness come in play. The game play is like a clock board game into where when times runs out, you will be switching to defensive tactic to were you just hit one button to guard the character or counter attack the enemy. Its quit easy to use but hard to master especially on your second play through. To this ends I say this is one of the game that is unique as I said, and the feel of reality and facts of life that makes this game has my votes.

Overall:  8.9



Valkyria Chronicles Game thats all about war

The “Valkyria Chronicles” at first I was too hesitant to buy it for the reason a Friend of mine told me it was like playing the game XIII(13) so I was thinking “hm... I guess this game might be not that original after all“. But I just gone and buy it anyways, to a surprise the game had a mix and mash of different game-play of “Eternal Sonata” and yes it had a almost similar look to “XIII13” as my friend told me but also it has the similar strategy game play of a command and battle of a 3rd person shoot out in the game I played in a very classic game I played in the playstation 1, “Battle Station“. But the presentation of the game as a book for you to discover and unlock skirmish missions and there is also a headquarters tab in which here you can upgrade weapons recruit unit’s the units alone has there own special abilities leveling your unit has this unique system that they done level up one character but they level up by class there are five foot soldiers and two tank commander character’s to level up with each has there special and unique abilities with them. By the way for some of the new weapons to be obtain you must kill an enemy ace for that weapons to be used, to that you can only find by killing that certain soldier in a few chapters in the game it is like a treasure hunting wherein each chapter will provide rewards based on the level of achievement and experience you gain.

For the game play on the other hand, leveling up isn’t that half bad and the controls are not that hard to use. I know because my right side of my body is spastic so I only use one hand in my everyday lifestyle. For the most part I like about this game is there mixture of water color style experience you’ll have once you start the story, it’s a unique style that they will offer to the gamers who will play this game from start to end. Now as for the story line I would say the anime and the game had made some few changes, also for me for the anime story, I more prefer the game story than the anime one for the reasons the anime isn’t that very child friendly series unlike the game story it’s a little bit soft when it comes to the drama scenes in a sense it gives you a bit of relief after every challenges you faced.

Compared with the game, the story of the anime is much more brutal, There was one scene in where they showed a guy laying dead on the ground with a few splatter of blood in his body and his eyes was open, after I saw this I felt horrible his not even an adult yet his just a child, I think he’s name was Vyse Inglebard because he was the guy who has an eye patch on his right eye. For this terms I say Valkyria Chronicles is indeed more enjoyable game and the story isn’t that half bad due to its few changes. Oh I almost forgot about mentioning about the plot and the good and bad of every skirmish game in Valkyria Chronicles, its nice that the targeting system is a good when you miss in a fifty meter radius but when you fire some guy in a very close range and didn’t killed it, I have to say that was a little funny and to the fact it was an head shot. I laugh so hard it was just way bad that I have to admit the targeting system needs a little fixing. As for the plot all of the skirmishes, expect the skirmish game to be “Retake the Empire Took Again From Us” or capture the flag game you’ll be playing. For me this isn’t half bad either but for other player out their going through to repeat every mission they start and finish earlier in the main story they'll find it rather repetitive even though the amount of experience point they give is manageable they still disagree. So I say to them, oh well. Also as for the part of if your comrades die and in three turns you didn’t ask for a medic they are dead for good. This challenge gives the gamer a sense of “I need to be careful out there and no one must die” kind of way, to that I enjoy it because this plot sticks to the story of the anime in which Welkin was careful with his men and in the end no one died, well only in his squad anyways the others weren’t so lucky. One more thing though I was a bit disappointed about the Valkyrian fight, oh how I wish the game developers made a special game scene in were the player can control Alicia and brawl it out in the battle field just like what happened in the anime series instead of a movie clip.
And further more about the final battle with Maxillian since everyone has their own like and dislike about it I’ll just leave it at that. For the up coming Valkyria Chronicles two, someone please tell the game developers to put it in also in the ps3 for me to play and do a review on it as well for I really can’t play psp it’s hard for me to control for I only use one hand for the matter.

Overall: 8.9

Final Fantasy XIII Great game with some minor old school ff series feel

Final Fantasy XIII is a RPG that has a few tweaks in it to a sense the battle system nor the adventuring is not that perfect, for one in every final fantasy game I played you can only use a certain number of characters in a certain time. So that was a little bit of a let down for the sense of realism is gone, I mean think about it for a second if you may, for example I did a certain action in the game and in the movie clip the only people that they show in the screen are the people present in your party the rest just disappeared, were did the rest of them went?? Nobody knows. I was just hoping instead of that kind of order why not use the whole people at your own disposal if you look at things in that way you can have a new kind of battle and exploration experience feel. There was this one game I played I’m not going to name it so that no one can argue about it. Anyway I get to use all of the people in my party at my disposal, yes there are also some parts they get to split up but, the thing is in the end it was a good experience and the realism at that time felt real because everyone has there own parts to play. With Final Fantasy XIII on the other hand you are only limited to a certain number of character to work with. By the way I would also like to point out in the battle system they remove the freehand movement control, so the Final Fantasy XII was a hit in the head and the battle system regressed to something similar to Final Fantasy X with the exception of a better graphic and they kept the battle waiting gauge in Final Fantasy XII which made it more difficult in every battle you face and each encounter. Anyways with that said I just want to point out finally and if you can easily adopt to this changes you can have fun after you mastered the battle system they changed and I really mean master it every class type and every role they play into. I was astonished to see the preview that one of my classmate gave to me last year with this game I saw them flying and it was fun to watch with that small clip. I watch they were using a dragon like creature all together to fly, anyway I figured wow wouldn’t it be great to travel that way in exploring the area of the game? But then, big surprise, I bought the game. Turns out that clip I saw was just part of the story in the game to proceed. The Final Fantasy XIII guys just stayed safe and let the player travel faster the old fashion way and was using “Chocobo Bird”, it was, yeah, a bit of a let down as well. As for the hardcore final fantasy fan out there they might be a bit disappointed for the reason the mini games here are limited to only one to three chapters after those chapters are over you cannot play that game anymore unless you save that chapter and don’t overwrite it, leave that chapter alone and replay it again after you saved that particular chapter. I also wanted to point out it was a shame that every character in the game didn’t have any unique or any special abilities in the exploration part of the game that could have made a major change if they do have their own special abilities or skills and also could made the game more diversely challenging and fun. Lastly and some of the RPG I ever played also have this same kind of problem with them, only some not all. After the final chapter is finish I mean literary finish and the final movie has been shown you can’t make a rerun of the story so with this game after you finish the final chapter you will be sent outside of the maze to where the final chapter started and do whatever you have missed out after the last chapter. So what I did was all of the final side quest and level up the rest of what ever I missed out. After that nothing left to do but start a new game, no rerun though meaning your starting with nothing but a default item in the start of the game. You really can’t send your finished game equipment into your new one so it was a bit of a let down also. Never the less this is one game I’m comfortable giving it a high score.

Gameplay: 8.9

The changes really made a huge impact with the game experience so that’s why it can be also a good and bad thing for its more challenging in a sense its really hard to master. One of the reason also some of the monster is just to overwhelming more harder than the final boss. There was also one monster named vampire who doesn’t even look or act like one.

Graphics : 9.5

The whole story alone was awesome hands down should be ten, but with the unrealistic enemy and has a cartoon like feel to it. It didn’t hit the spot to well enough I had to drop 0.5% to it.

Sounds &
Music : 10

No word for it, I love the way the music and sound was made my only disappointment is I can’t listen to it in a separate menu or what they call it a jukebox.

Story : 9.7

The thing I like most with the flow of this RPG is everyone has their own back or sideline story not only the people but the whole planet and people who lived there. Still in the very end, the story line has the same old classic ending to any final fantasy game “Save The World”.

Overall: 9.1

Note: This review will continue on late Dec of 2011 as soon as Final Fantasy XIII 2 is released.


Bayonetta has a stunning effect and has a great graphic models and design, but the thing is its like playing “Devil May Cry” all over again especially with the boss battle its like a girl version of it. Still there is the great ecchiness theme that what makes this game stand out with other games out there. As far as the story telling goes the game has a great and realistic movie scene and for the cut scene your like reading a picture story book but the words are being spoken by the character instead of you reading it. Anyways one more bonus to this game is the online scoring system in which you can compete with friends with the score you gain for every level you finish and earn those trophy for the gold. Their also new mini games like in some of the chapter you unravel while you play. Although there is a tiny little problem with the difficulty level if your one of the guys who plays for the score and you have epilepsy I suggest not to buy this one save your money for something else, because the hard level or even the normal level can trigger your seizure so be careful when playing this game, but on the contrary to that if your just in for the story and the just to pass the time take the time and play in easy or very easy mode. In this mode its not so heavy with the player and it won’t be stressful as the higher level would be. I finished the game with the time of 52 hours that’s 2 days and 4 hours the ending was fantastic and funny. The best part of this game is you can preset your game play, this means all of your equipment can be carried out on your new chapter that you are about to play or you can select any chapter you want to play in the main menu. Lastly as for the sound you can expect a gangster theme all the way to the end and for the music its like a classical jazz and jam which makes the game come to place.

Gameplay: 8.6
Graphics: 9.3
Story : 9.0
Sound &
Music : 8.7

Overall: 8.5

Atelier Rorona A JRPG that will make you laugh ...

The game play is very simply and nothing fancy or anything really it will make you take some pressure on your part from the assignment and quest that the game entails but to the end if succeeds its rewarding for most part. As the game progresses new characters can join the fray on your job hunting quest. All in it its quite entertaining giving the fact of the ridiculously cartoony fights even though you win nor lose... well not much in losing because you’ll start again from when you last saved the game. For the other elements of this JRPG everything is fine the scenery is well done and the game play is simply and easy to use, the only thing I was disappointed in is the main character's image Rorona look's like a combined image that some other RPG I used to play I won't say the title of the game though because I really don't need to.

Anyway all in all this is a JRPG you wanna try just for the fun game play of it in a the stressful day in school or at work how ever old you are that is to say.

Game play: Its so easy to play and has a ridiculously comical moment for every battle. 7.8

Graphic: As for the graphics they made full use of the blue ray of the PS3 so thumbs up to all no question asked. 8.9

Sound/Music: The sound effect what makes the game has its funny moments for some of the sound is what you can really only hear in a cartoon. As on the other hand the music was a bit of a letdown for some don't really match the moments in in the movie scene, the time and place the music was a bit off. 6.4

Lasting Appeal: For the least part of it all you'll be enjoying item collecting for the reason you'll need it later on, and the fun of it really is collecting and figuring out how much you need for all is the enjoyment of it because your an alchemist and that's what your jobs is to collect and create simply as that. Also the easy monster battle on the sideline what makes it fun hehe. 8.0

Overall: 8.4

Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood The Game of Patient...

This game is pretty good in a sense it has tons of new feature that was added and for this game you can command brigade of assassin’s for when they are called. For the most part I was hoping they would get the time to modify the controller setting, because for the game the controller is hard to use you’ll need some practice to get used to as for me since I only use one hand, when I play my finger sometimes hurt or sore for the way the controller is set. To think by now they will let the player set the control’s to where they are comfortable with. So anyway when I got to play this game it was like playing the AC2 with some new command added, it was risky not to change anything but with the new commands and gadget involve it still works. I was in high hopes for them to make some changes in the map marker not to add only one marker in the map, but add multiple markers because since the map is way too big, I get to set the marker again and again after I get to that destination it was really annoying to go back and forth to the map screen. As the multiplayer goes I was hoping that I get to do the brotherhood assassin mission with a friend, but to a fact that most of the game for multiplayer is just plain all out rumble in time you might get bored. I think the only thing I enjoy doing in the multiplayer is the advance assassination, but for the most part I’m also getting tired of doing that mission as well and as I said for the way the control’s is set it hard to get round about. One more thing was the horse is set it’s a bit difficult to get by in tight area’s but thank god it’s easier when its open areas.

Graphics - As for this the design and graphics of the game is still at its fullest. 9.0

Music / Sound - For the most part everything is close to perfect. Good work on this one as well. 8.9

Lasting Appeal – Because of the added multiplayer you may enjoy this for a while, but beyond that there’s nothing new to added for the game. 8.5

Story – It’s a well based story and a long one, so all and all you’ll be engrossed in the adventure of the assassin Ezio Auditore. 8.9

Gameplay – The Controllers is hard for some of the acrobatic moves that you need to perform to escape the pursuers that are after you. But for all and all it’s just hard to use. 7.9

Overall: 8.3

Sunday, 27 March 2011

The Sims 3 World Adventure Basic / Starters Guide

This is a guide on how to get started with the game "The Sims 3" with its three expansion packs. I'm starting off with The Sims 3 World Adventure. As the title states you go places in this game through 3 different countries:  China, France and Egypt. The way it works is that each quest is started by  clicking the mail box (as shown in the picture below).  The mail box will disclose tasks requested by local people of those 3 countries. By completing the request you can earn "visa points" and the more points you have the more days you can stay. The maximum days of stay is around 12 or 15 days Sims time.
The 2nd part of this expansion is the tomb exploration. At this stage you will encounter mummies, traps and puzzles. One tip that I can share is that you need martial arts skills in order to defeat a mummy. Anyway, for more details on this skill I'll send a link at the bottom of the page. The best place to learn martial art is in China. You may ask, "Why not just use the code: ctrl shift c testingcheatsenabled and  the code: ctrl shift c debug and buy the equipment from home?" No, don't use that you should buy it in China because if you buy it from home and practice there you will miss out the opportunity to meet new people, have some quest completed in China and raise your "Visa Points" which is very important. My point is if you go to China first you can kill 3 birds with one stone. When you arrive in China go and take a request quest from the town mailbox "Base Camp". This first quest is to retrieve a relic from a tomb which is like a tutorial for future tomb quests that you will encounter in the game. Part of the game is a movie making in game which you do on your own time.You can edit your movies on the Sims3 website after you uploaded it in the launcher.
I'm taking snap shots of the tomb's interior in order to familiarize yourself with the layout.  Inside the tomb pop up windows will explain the details of the basic tomb quest. This quest will assist you in future tomb explorations in the game. But before you venture inside the tomb ascertain that all your "Sims needs" are fully charged  so as not to encounter any problems. Anyway, this is just one of the basic tomb quests and it will only last for a few minutes of Sims time.

After exploring the tomb and finally finding the relic head back to the one who requested the quest and find another quest about the dragon tomb.

The picture above shows the snap shot of what the end of the quest for the dragon tomb looks like. In order to enter into the next room you will need a dragon key. The request you have just completed will deplete your energy level so you have three choices:  (a) go back to your client and report in; (b) sleep in a tent, if ever you bought one in the shop, and explore the south part of the dragon tomb the next morning; or (c) just go straight to bed in your Base Camp and the next day train your martial art skill, since you will need this skill in fighting the mummies in Egypt later on in the game. Finding the dragon key is a whole new quest which is a request of the local people in France. This guide for The Sims 3 World Adventure is now complete.
You can get more guide about The Sims 3 World Adventure in this link below:

Next Week we will look into the basics of the Ambition expansion pack...