Devil’s Third – Dodge Kick-ass Repeat

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There’s a lot of controversy around this game from Valhalla Game Studios, from being passed around by different publishers and almost got dumped but thanks to Nintendo this hybrid hack n’ slash first person shooter one-of-a-kind romp got to see the light of day. Continue reading

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Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc (A Post-hype Review)

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I never though I would finish this game, not that it was difficult but it was dragging at first for me. Coming from the awesome 999 and Zero Escape the change of phase and how the game progress is too Phoenix Wright for my taste not that it’s a bad game but It’s too weird at first try. But oh man! This game is awesome if you get the hang of it.  Continue reading

Thank You – Saturo Iwata

Hope you find peace on Mushroom Kingdom Iwata San.

Hope you find peace on Mushroom Kingdom (or Dream Land) Iwata San.

I had post this on Facebook last July but didn’t manage to post it on this blog. I almost forgot about this blog due to a busy schedule at work and I just rather play all of the backlog of games I have. Better late that never, I guess. Thank you Mr. Iwata for the fond memories that games made from our childhood (and present). You’ll be missed.

RESOGUN Vita Review

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Intro

There are many shoot-em-ups that graced the Vita’s library like Sine Mora, Velocity Ultra (and 2X), Big Sky Infinity, Luftrausers and the twin stick shooter awesomeness Super Stardust Delta. We all kinda long for another SSD shmup – introducing the spiritual successor RESOGUN! Continue reading

One Piece: Unlimited World Red 3ds XL vs Vita

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Intro

It’s always a dilemma for people like me who owns both Vita and 3DS XL for which version of a game to get. Ok some will suggest “Why not get both?”, even if both version offers exclusive contents it’s still not a valid reason to get two versions of the same game and besides it’s not practical. Example is when Zero Escape came out few years ago, good thing is that I saw some articles, few videos and forum topics about the comparison of the two version (Vita and 3DS) that helped me decide. I ended up picking the 3DS version and I’m glad I did, not that the Vita version is less good but because it caters some elements that I think will best serve the way I play the game and besides I have the 999 on the DS so I guess that’s another reason to choose that version. I really want to get my hands on One Piece: Unlimited World Red I’ve been looking around the net and can’t find any clear comparison for this game on the PS Vita and Nintendo 3DS so I decided to get both and make my own comparison article. I love  the One Piece series but lose track of it after getting busy with my family. A lot of characters added in the world of One Piece that I missed which is not a problem to this Bandai-Namco’s new installment. This time it has its own original story but I still suggest for those who are new to the franchise to check the past manga or anime which I’ll also consider doing as well. Maybe I need a weekend of One Piece marathon, watch it with my 4 year old daughter. A good time to introduce her to the Straw-hat crew. I love that developer Ganbarion made a Monster Hunter(esque) kind of game but as expected not as deep as MH but still have lots of content to satisfy your cravings while waiting for MH4 release. I haven’t played the previous OP games so I can’t compare that to this one. It’s not an over-the-top hack-n-slash game like the Pirate Warrior series but more of an action RPG combined with hunter-gatherer simulation on the side. I find that the latter part is more of an afterthought than a requirement. ‘Nuf said. I know that most of you would like to know the difference between the games Nintendo 3Ds/XL versus the PS Vita version and as much as possible I don’t wan’t to stir-up a fanboy argument on which version is superior. There are definitely pros and cons on both version. Without making this introduction stupidly long – here’s my comparison. Continue reading

Play Station Vita – Identity Crisis

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Am I a mobile gaming device or a portable gaming console?

Now that E3 2013 is over we’re looking forward on new IPs and game sequels on our beloved PlatStation Vita. Killzone: Mercenary looks awesome way better that Resistance: Burning Skies and Call of Duty Black Ops: Declassified. See! Developers can achieve console quality game play and graphics if they want to. That is just for the first person shooters (FPS) what about other stuff? Like RPGs or Action Aventure titles. Uncharted: Golden Abyss is pretty descent compare to other titles. Come on guys the Vita is way powerful machine than Nintendo 3DS (click here to view specs comparison) and why is that (My also beloved) 3DS gets more note worthy games than the Vita? The biggest example is Resident Evil: Revelations, this game is darn good looking on the 3DS specially on the XL vesion. No noticeable muddy textures, has ambient lighting and the “FOG!” effect. Deym! Some say this is an inferior machine but how come it can deliver good graphics and details. Now this game has console versions which is weird because usually games have console versions first then they strip it down for a handheld version. CAPCOM said they’ve skip the Vita because it’s a hand held… Hmmm… OK. Now enters the question – Is PS Vita a mobile gaming device or a portable gaming console?  Continue reading

Nintendo 3DS XL or DSi XL?

WARNING!!!

This is not a review or a versus comparison against the Nintendo 3DS XL and the DSi XL ‘coz obviously they are both different machines and have different hardware power although they can both play DS games they’re still like comparing apples and oranges. This is article is base on my observation and firsthand experience on the 3DS XL not a bias fanboy or hater’s point of view.

WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL?

Before I decided to get a Nintendo 3DS XL I’ve research and watch videos for about 3 months to justify how good the 90% upscale of the screen compare to the DSi XL in terms of playing DS games which I think is sharper in and have crispier colors than the regular DSi and DS screens, I though that it will be the same case as on the 3DS XL but I guess I’m wrong. By the way I don’t own a regular 3DS, I only have the chance to play with them on demo stands on my favorite game shops but still didn’t convince me to get one – feels like the 3D effect is a big gimmick. I tried playing with the demo units but there is no way I’m gonna use 3D feature – the small screen just doesn’t work. When I got my DSi XL I wish the 3DS has an XL version and eventually Nintendo answered my prayer. The only question is  – Is the upgrade or upscale worth the wait? My answer is Yes and No! Yes because 90% bigger screen, 3D effect is a bit better and No because there is no 2nd circle pad well I guess makes sense ‘coz they’ve just released the Circle Pad Pro for the regular size 3DSes. Nintendo will be killing their own product if they put a 2nd circle pad on the 3DS XL. Saw some photos from the net of the 3DS XL dismantled and seems like there is no space to put on the 2nd circle pad on the unit. If they tried squeezing that thing in the 3DS XL it will become a 3DS XXL – which  is the case now when you put the new Circle Pad Pro XL to be release in the States and the rest of the world this December of 2012.

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999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors (Pilot)

ZERO - The Mastermind of the Nonary Game

ZERO – The Mastermind of the Nonary Game

What better way to start of with this article. I just finished 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors on my Nintendo DSi XL well 5 times to be exacts so I’m left with one ending. It’s is easy to playback and make new choices for the the game well before I say any spoilers this game is about the survival of 9 (nine) people on a game called “The Nonary Game” from the root word Nona = Nine (9). It’s like your typical survival game movie bunch of people with different personalities trying to figure out how to escape this ship called the “Gigantic” which is an exact replica of the famous sunken ship “Titanic” according to the game. This is the only Digital Novel that I played straight except for the “Prof. Layton” series wich is more of a true puzzler game than a digital novel. The puzzles are not that hard to solve but it requires a lot of Math but basic math which is good for non-hardcore puzzle gamers. Continue reading