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So I broke my finger….

Which is not awesome. At least it gives me reason to play myPS3/3DS games!

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Thoughts on Resonance, NOX & Alice: Madness Returns

I recently completed some of the games I’ve been playing, which is not something I do too often. I also really enjoyed the games for various reasons so I figured I’d write my reasons for recommending those games and what stood out about them. So, let’s kick it off.

Resonance

Resonance Screenshot

What makes Resonance special is the story telling, the way it delivers the story is excellent, the voicework of the characters is good and contributes to pulling you into the story. You want to know what’s going to happen next and it largely succeeds in that. There was 1 moment after set 3 where I got fed up with it because I was stuck in a puzzle as I had forgot to do an (in hindsight) obvious thing, but after doing that it immediately roped me in. I also really liked the idea of the ending, it’s just a shame that you can get an actual “good ending”. Watch the videos to see what I mean with this.

NOX

NOX Conjurer

A completely different beast, and much more action-packed! This one carries a lot of nostalgia for me and I think it’s a near-perfect game. It gets ridiculously difficult/harsh at times, but other than that – it’s an awesome game. It’s fun to play, it’s got a very loose but interconnected story of 3 characters with wildly different endings. It was one of those games that I just had to record a lot of whenever I played it, I recorded it in 2 days – something that I normally never do. But it was just impossible to not play more of it. I might just get back to it much later to maybe play through the Warrior campaign, but I’m also very curious as to how many people will watch me go through it; I’m expecting barely anybody.

Alice: Madness Returns

Alice Madness Returns Screenshot

This one took me a while to get through, it’s a much longer game than I expected it would be. It’s also very good, I really enjoyed the whole story-arc of how Alice is doing psychologically and how it reflects on wonderland. I thought that this was exceptionally well done. Especially towards the end, it is simply wonderful and a delight to play through. The cutscenes deserve special mention as well, they had such a unique look which deserves praise purely from an artistic perspective as well as yet again drawing you in the world where everything’s just not right.. sort of unsettling in a way.

The combat system also is very good, I didn’t quite manage to upgrade all my weapons to maximum, but I also didn’t feel like I needed to. The combat system is very responsive and gives you slowmotion-moments when you’re about to get attacked. I still found it surprisingly difficult to not get hit at all despite of this system. I did however get a feel for it and proceeded through the combat at a good pace, it’s challenging but the systems and feel are there to make you really enjoy it.

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First game I’ve pre-ordered in a very long time

As you might know, I really like my rpg’s. I also really like J-RPG’s and have been feeling that there’s been a real lack of good releases lately. Then I saw Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch. I hadn’t been keeping up much so this release sort of came out of nowhere for me. First of all and likely the first thing you’ll notice is that the game is absolutely gorgeous. It has such a great looking style to it that very few games seem to get just right, only the Naruto Shippuudden: Ninja Storm games come to mind, but even they are on a level below what Ni No Kuni is.

Then what else I love about this game is that it combines 2 things I love: RPG’s with free-roaming/active combat and.. “pokemon”. You can collect your own familiars and train them, much like pokemon; but you can also equip them and that to me sounds just awesome. I will probably be spending ages finding new monsters and training them up. It’s such an addictive thing, combining that with real-time combat sounds amazing. Add in an apparently great story and this sounds like a truly amazing game. From what I’ve read and seen; it looks like that’s true. I’ve not really heard anything bad about it and everyone seems to agree; it’s a masterpiece.

Here’s a Video Review:

 

Looks like I’ll be losing quite some time on this game, I can’t wait! :D

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Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 impressions

Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 impressions

After having posted my thoughts on the Pain Saga in the Naruto: Shippuden anime a while back and recently having completed the first Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm game, it was time for the sequel.

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Is it release season already!?

I only recently realized that LA Noire is coming out very soon. It looks great and I have high expectations of it but somehow… it slipped under my radar?
If the game does what it wants to do well, it’ll be one of the best games of the year, and considering who’s making it, this could very well be the case.

I however am hesitant to throw down the full 50 euro for a PS3 title and to my surprise, you can’t really get it for much cheaper anywhere else.
Even if the game falls to mediocrity, it’ll not ruin the week with The Witcher 2’s release and DiRT 3 literally a week after.