Holy crap, this is the TWELFTH Nobunaga's Ambition, and yet not a whole lot has really changed since the old NES days. Whether that's a good or bad thing depends on how much you fervently love the series. And with a series as focused on a specific audience as this is, you either maniacally tent your fingers at the prospect of another entry, or their brain wanders away at “Nobu-”
As the epitome of niche, Ar Tonelico 2: Melody of Metafalica will never enjoy mass-market appeal, and it’s kind of a shame. As far as JRPGs go, AT2 does absolutely everything right, with an innovative battle system that never seems to get old, well-developed characters, a complex yet easily-followable story, and even a well-streamlined map system that eliminates the tedium of traveling. Unless you totally hate RPGs, you will enjoy this game
In the arcade glory days, 2D fighting games from SNK had many fans in both the US and Japan. In the mid-nineties SNK created The King of Fighters, a “super” fighting game combining characters from some of their numerous hit series. This annually updated fighting franchise’s first five versions (1994-1998) have been archived in King of Fighters: The Orochi Saga.
No matter how much we try to forget it, we'll always remember high school. The tension, the confusion, the wanting to fit in, the falling through TV sets and battling monsters with our empowered darkest emotions, our most pivotal moments playing out in anime cutscenes. Good times. At least, that's how we choose to remember grades 10 to 12.
It's hard to believe in this age of shameless annual sequels to everything, but there have only been three games in the mega-successful Kingdom Hearts franchise since it began in 2002 (we're not counting the weird V-cast game).
The first draft of this review opened with a joke in which we talked about the amazing impression Dragon Ball Z: Infinite World made on everyone in the office, captivating and amazing us. But we changed it to make sure someone from publisher Atari’s marketing department couldn’t rip out just that quote and print it in the game’s ads.
The events of Eternal Poison are triggered by that timeless chestnut of plot clichés: the kidnapping of a princess. However, very few other details of this captivating strategy RPG are typical. The princess was kidnapped by demons, whose country seems to have just sprung out of nothingness.
If you had a Scalextric set as a kid, you’ll understand the appeal of Buzz! Junior Ace Racers. That’s not to say you’ll want to play it, mind you, because this game is pitched quite firmly at the sort of age group that’s only just learnt how to stop dribbling down their chins.
We’re not sure what this admission says about the quality of our musical tastes, but we reckon Boybands vs Girlbands is one of the best SingStar compilations to hit PS2 for quite a while. Part of the reason is down to Sony’s trawling of the back catalogues of those original boy and girl bands you might have forgotten (or are just too young to have ever known).
There are four Singstar games coming to PS2 this fall: Pop Vol 2, Legends, Country, and ABBA (dammit Sony, where’s the Bollywood pack for the US? We’re not kidding. The UK got it and we want it too). We’re going to use the same review text for all three. Not because they aren’t good – they are. And not because we haven’t played all three of them – we have.