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Metal Saga – Review

No matter what else Metal Saga got wrong, I knew two minutes in that its score wasn't going to dip below a five. It starts off traditionally enough for a Japanese role-playing game, with a young man in a small town setting out to make his way in the world. Before leaving to start life as a bounty hunter, the main character's mother asks if he really wouldn't rather take over the family business and become a mechanic, avoiding all the dangers of a life spent hunting bounties.

Metal Saga

Game Description: Metal Saga takes place in the not-too-distant future. Desperate to find a way to save the earth from pollution, mankind created a gigantic supercomputer and named it Noah. Noah's solution, however, was to exterminate its creators. In a matter of days, civilization fell to terrifying weapons and monsters created by Noah. This cataclysmic event came to be known as the Great Destruction.

Steambot Chronicles – Review

The game's seeds of greatness are crushed by awkward controls and a lot of empty wandering.

 

Steambot Chronicles – Consumer Guide

According to the ESRB, this game contains: Alcohol Reference, Crude Humor, Fantasy Violence, Mild Language, Suggestive Themes

Steambot Chronicles

Game Description: Steambot Chronicles is unique open-ended gameplay and a more polished role-playing experience. Vanilla Beans wakes up to find himself lying on a sun-drenched beach. How did he get there—and who in the world is the girl standing above him? The girl introduces herself as Connie, and Vanilla begins the first busy day of a grand adventure. He'll take Connie home, meet the other members of her band (the Garland Globetrotters), and explore the town of Nefroburg. When a gang of bandits begins overrunning the town, you have a chance to be a hero—or not. What happens after today is completely up to you. Fight a multitude of enemies and gigantic boss mechs against overwhelming odds.

Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga 2 – Review

I have nothing against cutesy role-playing games (RPGs). But sometimes, their sunny kingdoms and bildungsroman-style heroes get on my nerves. A boy's journey into manhood is a fine theme—Charles Dickens and Mark Twain did some pretty good stuff with it—but do we really need more boob-obsessed teenagers who think they're the greatest warrior who ever lived?

Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga 2 – Consumer Guide

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

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 – 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.

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