Review: Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

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Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (MGR for short) is an action hack & slash game developed by Platinum Games and produced by the now defunct Kojima Productions. It was released in February 2013 for the PS3 and XBox 360, and received a PC release in January of 2014. MGR is a spin-off of the Metal Gear Solid series, and stars Raiden, the “ninja” cyborg from MGS2 and 4. Set four years after Metal Gear Solid 4, it features Raiden facing off against a new group who threatens global security, Desperado. Being a Platinum-made game, it has the usual staples of crazy action, a steep learning curve, fantastic bosses and great music. But considering the Metal Gear series has primarily always been about stealthy gameplay, how does the very action packed Metal Gear Rising hold up in comparison?

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Review: Hyrule Warriors

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Sorry for the late post, life stuff got in the way, as well as the election news.

Hyrule Warriors is an action game developed by Omega Force and Team Ninja as a collaboration project between Nintendo and Koei Tecmo. It was released in 2014 and is one of the best selling games on the Wii U. Hyrule Warriors mixes together the characters and settings of the Zelda franchise with the gameplay and graphics of the Warriors/Musou series. While being a top seller on the Wii U isn’t exactly hard considering the small library, this unlikely combination managed to impress many people. Fans of both series were worried that the mixture would dilute what they loved about their respective series, meanwhile many had written it off as just another [insert name here] Warriors game. So what separates Hyrule Warriors from the pack and makes it enjoyable to fans and cynics alike? Let’s take a look…

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Review: The Wonderful 101

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The Wonderful 101 is an action-adventure game developed by Platinum Games and published by Nintendo in 2013 for the Wii U. Take the high-octane action of Bayonetta and mix it with the group control mechanics of Pikmin, and you get this crazy game. The titular Wonderful 101 is a team of 100 (not yet 101) heroes from around the world tasked with protecting Earth from the forces of the invading aliens, the GEATHJERK. If you know either Platinum’s usual gameplay over the top action style and have played/seen Pikmin, you might be wondering how they could possibly be merged together. Well Platinum managed to pull it off with their distinct flair, but is it a wonderful combination or a complete mess? Read on to find out…

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Review: Super Mario Galaxy

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Super Mario Galaxy is a platformer created by Nintendo and released on the Nintendo Wii in 2007. At the time of its release, Mario had platformed his way through a castle and a tropical island, so what was the logical next step? SPACE! Yes, like most series that don’t know where they can go next, Nintendo took the Super Mario series to space. Thankfully unlike most movie and games that make this jump, Super Mario Galaxy does a triple jump and sticks the landing gracefully. Receiving wide spread critical acclaim and the highest praises from fans, Super Mario Galaxy has become known as one of the greatest games of all time. The question is: does it deserve such praise…? Well yes, there’s no point dragging this on past the “Read More”. Super Mario Galaxy is truly a fantastic the game, the real question, just what makes it so good…?

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Review: Child of Light

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Child of Light is a Platforming RPG developed and published by Ubisoft in 2014. It follows the fairy-tale like journey of Princess Aurora as she frees the strange land of Lemuria from the evil clutches of the Queen of Dark. During this quest, Aurora will meet a colourful cast of characters, many of which will fight alongside her, as well as learn to deal with the responsibility thrust upon her. Child of Light was released on practically every modern system (PC, Wii U, PlayStation and Xbox), save for mobile phones. It also makes use of a special engine developed internally by Ubisoft called the UbiArt Engine. So just what can this engine do? Quite a bit, although there’s one area in particular where it shines brightest…

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Review: Final Fantasy XIII

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Final Fantasy 13 is a RPG (Role-Playing Game) developed and published by Square Enix and released internationally in 2010. It stars the no-nonsense ex-soldier Lightning as she attempts to rescue her sister, Sarah, from the totalitarian government, the Sanctum. She and several others then get caught up in a grand plot that will either save the world or destroy it. Final Fantasy 13 was initially released on the PS3 and Xbox 360, and later on Windows and mobile phones. Final Fantasy 13 also happens to be one of those infamous games that cause arguments simply by mentioning it. Why is this? Let’s find out…

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Review: Okami

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Okami is an action-adventure game starring the goddess Amaterasu (in the guise of a wolf) and her tag-a-long friend, Issun. Together they travel around the land of Nippon, returning beauty to the land, and faith to its inhabitants. Developed by the now defunct Clover Studios and published by Capcom, Okami saw releases on the Sony PlayStation 2, Nintendo Wii and most recently, a HD rerelease on the PlayStation 3. This review will be looking at the Wii version in particular, though most of what will be said can apply to the other two versions as well.

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