By Brad Gallaway on July 10, 2008 - 6:51am.
A completely new interpretation of classic material, R-Type Command
takes the revered side-scrolling space shooter away from its action roots and plants it deeply within the strategy genre. As bizarre as it may seem to rework something based on timing and reflexes into one of the slowest, most methodical styles in videogaming, my hat is off to Irem—it absolutely works.
By Brad Gallaway on July 10, 2008 - 6:50am.
According to ESRB
, this game contains: Animated Blood, Mild Fantasy Violence
Game Description: In R-Type Command players are cast head-first into a desperate war against the mysterious alien race known as the Bydo, humanity sends wave after wave of fighters into Bydo space-none of which are ever heard from again. Mankind’s main hope now resides with a lone commander, sent to lead a small armada on a perilous mission into the heart of the Bydo Empire. Low on fuel and forced to scavenge resources and equipment from his surroundings, the commander must use all his cunning and wits if he hopes to succeed, let alone make it home alive.
Game Description: As Crypto, our loveable alien invader, take on the human race &other enemies once again to harvest valuable human DNA and destroy all humans. Use a devastating arsenal of weapons and mental abilities, take to the sky in your UFO to rain terror from above, or for the first time jump into your Big Willy mechand unleash even more massive destruction.
By Tera Kirk on May 22, 2008 - 4:07am.
But I think that the greatest weakness of Big Willy Unleashed
is its setting. The first Destroy All Humans!
was set in the 1950s: a time when America was still processing what happened in Nazi Germany and the threat of the Cold War, partly by making movies
about hostile aliens. In the first game, the humans’ barely-concealed anxiety about a Communist takeover fits perfectly with the alien invasion going on right under their noses. By the 1970s, alien invasions had fallen out of favor in scary movies, and the enemy was much more likely to come from our own ranks.
By Tera Kirk on May 22, 2008 - 3:50am.
According to ESRB
, this game contains: Alcohol and Tobacco Reference, Crude Humor, Mild Language, Sexual Themes, Violence
By Brad Gallaway on May 14, 2008 - 6:40am.
Putting aside all concerns of characterization and storytelling for the moment, as far as I'm concerned, Crisis Core is a complete failure in terms of mechanics and gameplay. There's no arguing that it's probably the most beautiful PSP game produced thus far, easily eclipsing the vast majority of PS2 games when it comes to visual sweetness, but once the sugar high wears off, it's hard to ignore the repetitive combat and absurd design choices that keep it from being anything but fanservice piffle.
By Brad Gallaway on May 14, 2008 - 6:30am.
According to ESRB
, this game contains: Blood, Mild Language, Mild Suggestive Themes, Violence
Game Description: Seven years prior to the events of FINAL FANTASY VII—The Shinra Company is rapidly increasing its influence through its monopoly on mako energy and military might. With the burgeoning city of Midgar as its base and symbol of prosperity, Shinra is on the verge of establishing absolute dominance over the world. SOLDIER is a group of skilled combat operatives within Shinra. The elite within the group—those strong enough to be deemed SOLDIER 1st Class—are respected and idolized by the citizenry. Zack is a young SOLDIER 2nd Class who aspires to become a 1st. He spends his days carrying out assignments under the guidance of his 1st Class mentor, Angeal. During an operation in Wutai, a large number of SOLDIER members, led by 1st Class operative Genesis, go missing. The severity of the situation prompts Shinra executives to deploy even more SOLDIER operatives in hopes of bringing an end to the war with Wutai—and conducting an investigation into the mass desertion. The ones assigned to the mission are Zack, Angeal, and the 1st Class hero who is known the world over as Sephiroth... What truths lie behind Genesis's disappearance? What secrets bind the three SOLDIER 1st Class operatives? For Zack, a cruel and fateful struggle awaits...
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