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Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga 2

Game Description: Digital Devil Saga 2 continues the story from the first hit. Serf and his companions from the Embryon tribe set out for Nirvana. 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 powers. An unimaginable battle unfolds within, as they fight a new desire to tear the flesh and shatter the bones of their enemies, who have also been transformed. Who will emerge victorious as everyone struggles with their own demons?

Trauma Center: Under the Knife

Game Description: Trauma Center: Under the Knife gives you the chance to play doctor. It's just another day in the O.R. until a mysterious outbreak sweeps the area. As the problems get more complex, it's up to you to wield your scalpel and test your medical skills under the most difficult conditions. Patients' lives are in your hands.

Trauma Center: Under the Knife – Consumer Guide

According to the ESRB, this game contains: Blood, Mild Language, Mild Violence, Partial Nudity

Trauma Center: Under the Knife – Review

With the unconventional design of the DS, Nintendo suggested that developers would step in and use its technological opportunities to create innovative games and new play experiences. Up to this point, I would say that this prophecy has gone largely unfulfilled. There have been some neat games to be sure, but in my opinion, very few of them have really capitalized on the things that separate the DS from the competition until Trauma Center: Under the Knife came along.

Stella Deus – Consumer Guide

According to ESRB, this game contains: Suggestive Themes, Violence

Stella Deus – Review

Boasting a script from Ryo Mizuno (who penned the anime classic Record of Lodoss War), character designs from Shigeki Soejima (the mastermind behind the creepy demons of the Shin Megami games), a score from Hitoshi Sakimoto (of Final Fantasy fame) and a development team who worked on the ambitious (albeit tragically flawed) Hoshigami: Ruining Blue Earth one wouldn't be remiss in imagining Stella Deus standing as an SRPG for the ages. The end result, however, isn't even the best SRPG on the PlayStation 2 (Disgaea retains its crown in that category).

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.

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.

Samurai Western

Game Description: Travel to the American West during the mid-1860s—the days of the pioneers and the Gold Rush are ending, and a new railroad is being built near a dangerous Western town. One day, a lone stranger arrives in town, with funny-looking clothes and a long blade that ain't a knife or a saber. He's come to use that blade to bring justice to this lawless town. His name is Gojiro Kiryu and he's the first Samurai in the West. Attack with all the power of the samurai, by chaining hundred-hit combos in Master Mode.

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