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Phantom-Breaker-BG

Are you an old school 8 bit fan? Did you like River City Ransom or 2D side scrolling games? Well here’s a game up your ally and ready for combat. Phantom Breaker Battlegrounds is a spin off of the arcade fighting game Phantom Breaker but the real difference is that Battlegrounds is a hack and slash semi RPG 2D side scroll game. Just for 800 Microsoft Points (just around $10 USD) and about 1.56 GBs later you can hop online and battle other players, Co/op with other players or friends or local play with 4 of your friends. With a leader board menu you can see where you rank among other players and friends. And if you need more info you can check out 5bp’s website at (Read more…)

The Manliest of Man come on down!

Here comes yet another game by Arc System Works and Atlus from the popular game/anime series, Persona 4 Arena for PS3 and Xbox 360. In it’s first week Persona 4 Arena out sold Blazeblu and Street Fighter 4 in sales, now i know why. I would normally spend a few days playing games so i can get a grasp of how it works then let you know what i thought. (Read more…)

Skirts, Boobs, and Fast Ships; CHECK!!

Okay quick WARNING!!!

Skirts, Boobs, and Fast Ships is one of the best ways to describe Otomedius Excellent, and here’s why. You play one of 11 girls that is piloting a ship to shoot down enemy invaders (is what i think it is) from either destroying the earth or trying to enslave it.  No really that’s the plot.

I’ve only played this game for the weekend and i couldn’t help but to put this review up now.

If you have ever played the “Shooter” type games like 1942, Raiden series, Gradius, Death Smiles or even Touhou games, then you’ve come across your next fun game. This game is only on the Xbox 360 and when i picked this game up i was expecting something completely ridiculous, and that’s what i got. Here’s what i mean, in the past most 2D shooters was just a one layer game with 2D sprites, this game is all 3D on a 2D platform. So the end result is that it looks really good and also very distracting. Hey i know you just thought i meant about the girls in the game, but what i really mean is that if you don’t pay close attention to your character you’ll be shot down.

Oh yes some of the Bosses. If you are a Konami fan you’ll find some fun nifty things about this game. Konami looks like they decided to put in parts of there other games in this one, so if you pay close attention you’ll see some of your favorite games in this one as well. And also to show more of how ridiculous this game is, when you get your 1st boss it’s a Cat Pirate in your typical Japanese catgirl style. This just made me giggle more than anything but at the same time it was fun.

Now for some fun tidbits. This came you can play up to 3 players offline and also online, so for all you fans of this game you can play with others! If you play off line i found out something fun till they fix it. Normally in most games like this you have your own lives or shared lives. Not this one, as long as Player 1 does not die you can use Player 2 and 3 as your shields or sacrifices.  But don’t think that’s it, Konami also added in new features like upgraded weapons and heaven forbid, Art Gallery so you can see all your favorite girls in full 1080p goodness.

This game i really enjoy and recamend to anyone who likes this style of game or just want to play something completely ridiculous fun. If you end up getting the Limited Edition set you get some fun items as well like a 2 sided pillow, artbook and the soundtrack from the game, oh and yes a very shiny box. I dare anyone to leave this out when friends,  coworkers or even the in laws come over. I have to give a fair warning about this game if i somehow convinced you to get this, Konami seems to have released this very limited so you might have a hard time getting a copy in stores.

But anyways enjoy this colorful opening / game play trailer of Otomedius Excellent!

Dead Island Xbox 360 Review

 

So Dead Island on the Xbox 360, if you’ve been reading up on this then i’m sure you’ll hear mixed reviews about how the main characters have no personality, or how the weapons break easy or even how hard it can be to control your player. But have you ever had 4 player co-op and in a car just running over zombies?!

This game plays like Borderlands, and i don’t mean just cuz it’s a FPSRPG, but more how the leveling system works. Each “class” has there own strength like weapons expert, or blunt expert etc. When you level (every 2 it seems) you’ll get a point to place into your Skills list. Like Borderlands you have to fill up each skill before you can advance to the next stage.  The combat system is kinda funky, like Left 4 Dead you have a “Stamina” gauge and if you swing you weapon to much you will get slower, but you have a Kick button kinda like the Shove in L4D but that’s where these 2 are very different. L4D you get tired pushing zombies, but don’t when swing a melee weapon around. DI you can just use your Kick as much as you want but get tired swing a weapon. And theres the zombies, they remind of the 28 days later zombies, i mean unlike all the other zombies from past games most will charge and hit you. These charge you and beat the living hell out of you!

Anywho, i’ve had 2 days playing this and i figure it’s time to let everyone know what i like and dislike about this.

Likes;

It’s challenging. I could be just trying to get to one place and pass by a few dead bodies, but next thing i know i’m in a swarm of zombies. Never think all bodies are really dead.

It’s a true First Person game. Everything you do is in your point of view. When driving the cars in the game your behind the steering wheel. So if you ever high center yourself and find there’s zombies around you, you might not know where they all are before getting out.

Roaming. You can basically go anywhere in the game that it’ll let you. I’ve only explored 15% of the game so far so i don’t know how far you can go but from where i’ve been, as long as the zombies aren’t to much higher level than you. You can go just about anywhere on the island.

Co-op. Being able to have up to 4 other players or friends is very nice. There are some missions or places in the game that is just hard to do on your own, but when you get 2-4 more players the game gets even better.

It’s kinda scary. Okay i’m sure most of you will laugh at this but oh just you wait. When you have just killed a lot of zombies in an area and see your clear and start to look for what you need, then out of no where your grabbed by a zombie tell me you wouldn’t jump. Not to mention they did a good job with the lighting so in dark places you my never know what there. Flash light is your friend… I’ll leave it at that.

 

Dislikes;

The characters. It seems that rock star would have played a part in making of them. All but one seems to be some pissed off person with a sad past and needs a hug. The only one who i could even stand enough to play was the Asian women, mainly because she didn’t have to swear or cuss at something every 5 seconds. Beside the shooty voicing and over done one liners, the rest can be tolerated.

Controls. It’s not how the controls are, but how you can’t really customize them outside what’s givin to you. Here’s what i mean, i’m playing mainly a melee character and i would love to have my kick as my Left Trigger. But i can’t set it there and that’s my “Aim/Throw”. So i end up throwing my weapon at the zombie.

Everyone who you help. Like most zombie movies everyone who isn’t part of the main cast or what not are… Well lack of a better word, morons. When you take a mission from them, it seems like they are just not able to even wipe there own butts let alone give you a list of what you need.

 

So far this game over all is fun. The dislikes are more on the if i don’t pay attention to them, they don’t bother me. So if you are on the fence about getting this game, i would say rent it first if you can to see if it’s your cup of tea. I can see how some might not like it since it can get tough to play or how most of the characters might wanna make you /facepalm. But this is worth to try by either renting or getting a friend to lend you there’s. I say give it 2-3 hours to see if you really like it or not.