We normally try to avoid comparing games directly to one another in reviews, but it’s impossible to even look at Pangya: Fantasy Golf without exclaiming out loud, “Damn. This looks exactly like Hot Shots Golf.” It does.
PaRappa, a rapping dog, has the hots for a girl with a flower for a head called Sunny Funny. The trouble is, shes already going out with someone - a rich, narcissistic jock called Joe Chin. Undeterred, PaRappa embarks on a musical quest with his friends PJ Berri and Katy Kat to win her affections.
Were describing PaRappa the Rapper, one of the best rhythm-action games ever made, ported directly from PSone and squeezed into a tiny UMD. Sure, wed have liked some new songs, but its been ages
Dont be fooled by the cutesy, sun-shiney graphics: PaRappa the Rapper will kick your ass - its as hard as nails. So hard, itll destroy your self-belief. Were you ever any good at games? Ever? Apparently not, youll think, as the option to try again pops up for, like, the thirteenth time. Its hard in a way that makes your fingers freeze up (and not because of PSPs iffy control layout) as your mind starts interpreting Triangle as Square and vice versa. You panic. You screw up. And theres that
Pata Pata Pata Pon! Pon Pon Pata Pon! Chaka Chaka Pata Pon! Pon Pata Pon Pata! These words won’t mean much to you now, but after 15 minutes in the charming company of LocoRoco-meets-Rome-Total-War-hybrid Patapon, you’ll find yourself chanting them in public. Once the tribal beats get in your head, they refuse to budge. The game is essentially a test of your ability to correctly press a handful of pre-defined button combinations in
Apparently there’s well over twice as much content here as in the original, but you wouldn’t know to look at the screens and hear the same old PATA PATA PATA PON and PON PON PATA PON commands.
Do you know what Patapon is? Have you played the first two Patapon games to completion? If you answered "no" to one of those questions, Patapon 3 is not for you. At its core, Patapon 3 is a unique, addicting rhythm game, but reaching that core takes hours and hours of micromanagement and patient trial and error. Newcomers beware...
Confession time: we probably could have had this review of Persona 3 Portable up last week. Could, of course, is quite a bit different from should, but nonetheless there isn’t a ton here that's different from either of Atlus' PS2 releases of Persona 3...
There are certain things we expect in portable games. Quick bursts of gameplay and enough variety to hold our attention until the next stop are crucial elements to gaming on the commute. Hey, even being able to pause is nice. Phantasy Star Portable neglects all of these ideas.
Phantasy Star used to be the defining name in online multiplayer RPGs – except, er, it was sooo long ago we can barely remember what it was like. With Capcom’s Monster Hunter now the default choice for grind-loving, team-based RPG fans, Phantasy Star’s servers have shut down. But Phantasy Star Portable 2 could change that as, unlike the first Portable installment, it makes co-op scrapping against giant space monsters – as you’d hope – fun...
Pinball machines, despite their casino-like camp and old fashioned-ness, are one of the finest tests of skill and strategy you'll ever find. The placement of each bumper, kicker, and lit target on a typical pinball table is not random - it's a giant puzzle. Knowing the rules of the riddle, which targets to hit in which order for maximum points, is the strategy section. Actually executing your battle plan using a little silver ball and some rubber-coated paddles is the skill