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We don't regret the hundreds of hours we've sunk into Japanese role-playing games over the years. Not even the time we sketched out dungeon maps on graph paper for Phantasy Star. Honest. It's just that Half-Minute Hero has taught us that a game can deliver a true RPG experience without any of the time commitment
Keeping a single gig in this economy can be a tough task, but Hammerin' Hero protagonist Genzo Tamura somehow manages to juggle 10 different jobs – big league slugger, sushi chef, and deep sea diver among them. Gen's wide-ranging skill set serves as the hook for developer Irem's PSP platform/action game, a charming update to the early '90s series of Hammerin' Harry games.
Hammerin' Hero spotlights Gen's battles
Meddlesome heroes! They’re always busting down the damn front door and wrecking our carefully constructed evil lair. What is a malevolent God of Destruction to do but shore up his defenses and stock up an army of creatures in hopes of stamping out every last smidgeon of goodness that invades his realm?
If you're headed to the virtual links expecting something markedly different from the second portable extension of the long-running Hot Shots Golf series, think again – Open Tee 2 is a game of minor tweaks and extensive content, and aside from the advent of online play (missing from its predecessor), the game largely goes through the familiar motions.
Any new title from the Hot Shots Golf team is worth celebrating, and we’d go so far as to say this one is a near-perfect handheld game. For starters, unlike its PS2 daddy, Hot Shots Tennis: Get a Grip (known as Everybody’s Tennis in the UK) now has a proper Story mode. In it, you walk around hi-res environments, chatting with people and running errands, and it seems all of life’s puzzles can be solved with two rackets and a ball...