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The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky Review

Familiarity Breeds Contempt

The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky Screenshot

HIGH Configuring my Orbment to get access to a powerful area-effect spell in the first chapter of the game.

LOW At least half of the game's playtime is spent with only two party members of a potential four.

WTF The budding relationship between Estelle and her adopted brother Joshua is weird enough, but was it necessary for nearly every NPC to peer-pressure them into it?

Ys: The Oath in Felghana Review

An Old Classic Gets a New Look

Ys: The Oath in Felghana Screenshot

HIGH Finally beating a difficult boss.

LOW The game is short. I wanted more!

WTF Why is it so damn hard to kill flying enemies?

Ivy the Kiwi? Second Opinion

Run Kiwi Run

Ivy the Kiwi? Screenshot

HIGH When you get going in a level.

LOW Fighting through the massive difficulty spike in the last third of the game.

WTF Why isn't the lovely storybook art part of the levels?

Ys Seven Second Opinion

Change is Good, but Soul is Better

Ys Seven Screenshot

HIGH The pulse-pounding boss fights are some of the best in the series.

LOW The story is easily one of the worst.

WTF Sanitized or not, I never thought I'd see a torture scene in an Ys game.

Ys Seven Review

Adol the Red is Back and This Time He Brought Friends

Ys Seven Screenshot

HIGH Bringing down a boss that has over 100K hit points in short order thanks to the fluid and fun combat system.

LOW Whenever the game forces players to stop killing things and advance the uninspired story.

WTF Really? A princess in disguise and a prison scene? Come on, RPG writers...

Ys Seven

Game Description: Ys SEVEN is the latest installment in the long-running Ys series which first debuted on PC in 1987. This is the first iteration to be built specifically for the PSP system, taking full advantage of the widescreen format and hardware. The battle system consists of a three-member battle party with enemies engaged on the field map in real-time for fast-paced combat. Old fans of the series and new players alike will be immersed into the rich vibrant world containing over 30 hours of gameplay.

Ivy the Kiwi? Review

Not Quite Cracking

Ivy the Kiwi? Screenshot

HIGH An extremely cute main character.

LOW The controls and central mechanic never come together.

WTF The colors make it difficult to see except under optimal conditions.

Ivy the Kiwi?

Game Description: Ivy the Kiwi? is an action/puzzle game created by Yuji Naka, creator of Sonic the Hedgehog, that stars a baby bird as she navigates through a series of 2-D side-view landscapes. Ivy runs back and forth independent of the player and can be guided by the use of vines, which are drawn and controlled using the DS stylus or Wii Remote. The player can use these vines to herd Ivy forward or lift her up stairs, carry her over walls and past spikes or other dangers. Multiple vines can be created at a time and they can be pulled and stretched like a slingshot to propel Ivy skyward to launch her as a projectile to drill through barriers and enemies as the player helps guide her home through 100 challenging stages.

 

Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon Second Opinion

You Talk too Much

Fragile  Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon Screenshot

HIGH The desolate, yet familiar environments, although they're repeated.

LOW The constant tedium of the Inventory Tetris.

WTF "Friends give each other kisses, right? I read that somewhere."

Samurai Shodown Sen Review

Just End it Now

Samurai  Shodown Sen Screenshot

HIGH Unexpectedly cutting my enemy in half, blood cascading to the ground.

LOW The wretched music in the Wild West stage.

WTF The Engrish of "The Crimson Murderousness" and "Handing Sword Princess."

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