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Untold Legends: Brotherhood of the Blade – Review

I like hack-and-slash games just as much as the next guy, maybe even more so. It's a very simple, straightforward genre that hasn't advanced very much since its inception. The basic rules and formula were set up long ago, and mostly hold true to this day because there's something very compelling about constantly battling off hordes of advancing monsters while finding new, shiny pieces of armor among the entrails. Still, despite the lack of sophistication and basic structure necessary to create a game in this genre, Sony Online's PSP entry Untold Legends: Brotherhood of the Blade is a perfect example of how even the most basic formula can be royally screwed up.

Untold Legends: Brotherhood of the Blade – Consumer Guide

According to ESRB, this game contains: Teen (13+), fantasy violence

Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga – Consumer Guide

According to ESRB, this game contains: Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Language, Sexual Themes

Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga – Review

Looking for a traditional turn-based role-playing game (RPG) that doesn't feature elves, dragons, and the days of yore? Then I've got the game for you. Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga (DDS) is the latest game from the much-loved (yet almost tragically ignored by American gamers) MegaTen universe. Renowned for their modern settings, philosophical and ideological story elements, use of demons, and unrelenting difficulty these games are revered by hardcore RPG fans. DDS is the latest offshoot in a gaming world that already features the Persona titles, Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne, DemiKids, and a slew of other games, and much like its brethren, it's a refreshing change of pace for a genre that seems to be mired in stale ideas and clichéd stories.

Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga

Game Description: Junkyard, a town of endless rain... With his four companions, Serf, the main character and a member of a tribe called Embryon, sets out for Nirvana, a land that can only be reached by the champions of Junkyard. They devote themselves to fighting against the never-ending resistance mustered by other tribes. In the midst of chaos, a mysterious object, the Pod, suddenly appears. Countless spheres of light are emitted by the Pod and infect Serf and his comrades, awakening their demonic power.

Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines – Consumer Guide

According to ESRB, this game contains: Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Sexual Themes, Strong Language

Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines – Review

I don't think 3D RPG's work. The number-based systems of old pen & paper games have not transitioned well into the realm of three dimensions. Back in the days of 2D these number systems still made sense, but now they just get in the way.

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door – Second Opinion

Tera has done a great job with her evaluation of Paper Mario, and I find myself in agreement with nearly everything she said. Paper Mario really is a great game, and the only area that I think I would like to reiterate is that I felt Intelligent Systems overdid it a bit on the backtracking.

Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories Review

Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories Screenshot

The title's narrative is certainly where it shines.

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