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You may wind up wasting 358 days playing this game
Written by Taake on Jun 11, 2015
Written by Taake on Jun 11, 2015
After dropping Kingdom Hearts 2 on shelves, Square-Enix's plans for the series involved developing a number of games to better explain the cluster*bleep* that was the aforementioned game's story in order to set up the events of Kingdom Hearts 3, likely in an effort to keep it as light on exposition as possible. Why there are separate games on the Nintendo DS, 3DS and Playstation Portable, I'll never know, nor do I want to know, but one thing is for certain – these portable titles got off to a rocky start with this one, 358/2 Days. This game sets out to explain why Roxas had defected from Organization XIII and why Axel wanted him back on the team so badly, which should make for a rather intriguing tale. Unfortunately, this game has a rather nasty penchant for taking an eternity to actually get anywhere. Whether it's due to its mission-based structure, fragmented cutscene and story progression or its insufferably long and tedious boss battles, 358/2 Days is incredibly slow and as a result, it becomes an...
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The Legend of Zelda Spirit Tracks is a great game. One of the best on the DS, and my second favorite in the series and also my second Zelda game I ever played. This is my opinion of the game in a review. Hey, you have your own, so you don't have to listen to me. You have your opinions, I can respect that. Anyway, let's get started. In 2009, Nintendo released the second game for the DS, a sequel to the disappointing Phantom Hourglass. We got the Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks, which improved a lot on Phantom Hourglass. Okay, before we go into the bad stuff, let's talk about the goods things about this game. Like any good Zelda game, there is a soundtrack to the game. With Spirit Tracks, let me just say my favorite in the series. It is beautiful, catchy, dark, anything you've wanted. The Soundtrack is fantastic and I recommend you listen to it on the internet. The Dungeons in the game are outstanding, improving the dungeons in Phantom Hourglass by a long shot. And I loved them. Let me tell you my 2...
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The original Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles on the Gamecube was a game that was fun but was clearly built entirely with the (rather expensive) multiplayer setup in mind, leaving the single player options more as an afterthought. Fast forward to the DS and this new entry in this subseries Echoes of Time, hoping that it can carry forward the quality of the original while addressing the issues that came with it. The story is fairly weak, especially for a RPG but also in general. Your character takes on a coming of age ceremony that involves fighting monsters (because, sure, why not?). An illness in the village leads you into the world to find medicine and eventually you discover things about ancient civilisations and magic crystals and some other stuff. Honestly, I didn't care. I wasn't given a reason to care about the characters and despite the game's attempts to shock with its plot twists, these things could be seen coming a mile away. Only towards the end as the conclusion was drawing near did I start...
The World Ends With You is a ground-breaking title that was created by Square Enix, the creator of the Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts series. Since this game was under the same developer as Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts, two extremely successful titles, The World Ends With You had a lot to live up to. Luckily for Square Enix, it lived up to these two series just fine, and turned out to be an amazing game. Game play: 9/10 This game takes on a very unique approach to battles and controls. Prior to battles, the player must select certain attacks that they want to be able to use in battles. These attacks take the shape of Pins, and you can buy them in stores, receive them as awards for tasks, or win them after battles. You can go to your cell phone menu and choose which pins you can use in battle, and each pin has a certain method of attacking, many of which are reused with other pins. These include slashing the enemy with the stylus, or slashing across the character to shoot something in the...
Pokemon "third versions". The trend started with Pokemon Yellow, altering the original games enough to include elements from the anime. It was a cool concept and it marked my first taste of the series. After that, Nintendo and Game Freak saw fit to continue releasing third versions to every set of games that weren't remakes. The result was the general thought of cashing in even moreso than usual and really put me off the idea. Everyone expected a similar entry for Black and White. To everyone's surprise, they announced not a third version but direct sequels instead. As news dripped out excitement grew. Could they finally buck the trend of slightly modified versions and deliver an actual proper sequel in the same region? The most obvious thing to point out is that, yes, White 2 reuses many of the assets of the original Black and White games. There have been a few major tweaks to ensure the presentation doesn't run stale though, which should be a bit of good news for long term fans. The battle scenes -...
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