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Graffiti Kingdom – Review

When I reviewed Magic Pengel: The Quest for Color in 2003, I was blown away by the freedom of creativity and customization it offered. That game contained a very powerful drawing engine which was capable of taking player-created images and instantly translating them into interactive 3D characters. Without overstating the case, I thought that what this engine was capable of was flat-out amazing.

Graffiti Kingdom

Game Description: Graffiti Kingdom is the sequel to Magic Pengel, a popular action-adventure game that stormed Japan and developed a worldwide cult following last year. You'll play as Prince Pixel, a young hero trying to save his Canvas Kingdom. The once-peaceful land was turned into a dangerous labyrinth—with a little help from his 'Box Dog' and a magic wand that makes anything he draws real, he'll fix everything! Players will use their imagination to battle their way through levels or creatively solve puzzles, for a totally unique adventure.

Riviera: The Promised Land – Consumer Guide

According to the ESRB, this game contains: Mild Fantasy Violence, Sexual Themes, Use of Drugs

Riviera: The Promised Land – Review

In my opinion good RPGs are hard to find. There are a lot of them, but barely any are worth the time and effort needed to see them through to the end. Portable RPG's are even scarcer, and with the competition between Nintendo's DS and the Sony PSP, I was more than a little surprised to find a quality RPG on the GameBoy Advance new release rack. Not surprisingly, it comes to us courtesy of Atlus. One of my favorite publishers, Atlus certainly knows their niche market.

Riviera: The Promised Land

Game Description: The fate of Riviera: The Promised Land is in the hands of two resurrected angels, who must strengthen powerful seals before a horde of demons are unleashed upon the world., This RPG concerns a world torn apart by the strife of gods and demons, when two warriors quest to determine the fate of the paradise land, Riviera.

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.

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