xARTURIAx’s Video Game Reviews
-Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable –
By: Sara Pease
Who doesn’t love a game where you can kill yourself over and over again? Well, if you’re like any other poor college student, and sick of Adult Swim’s “Five Minuets to Kill Yourself”, Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable might be just the game you’re looking for.
First released on the PlayStation 2 console, Persona 3 didn’t receive as much attention as the game deserved. Soon after the PS2 game’s release, and after it became apparent this game wouldn’t make as much money as predicted, Famitsu (a Japanese video gaming magazine) announced the release of Persona 3’s enhanced remake for the PlayStation Portable. This remake, titled Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable (a.k.a. P3P), features many new options to game play, such as; a new storyline featuring a female protagonist, new looks to various characters, and new difficulty levels the player can choose before starting the game. If you’re not familiar with the Persona series, this new hand held version is a great place to start. By choosing to start with the male protagonist, a player is shown the basics of Persona game play as well as the original storyline from the PS2 version. Besides, Persona games are similar to Final Fantasy games; the storylines are all new, and rarely do they mention the existence of the other games. This was may first Persona encounter, and I was very impressed with how easy it was to catch on to the main plot, battle system, and the whole “social link” thing. Anyway, on with the review! more »
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Burst angle (Bakuretsu Tenshi)
Burst Angel, or Bakuretsu Tenshi, was originally aired on TV Asahi from April 6, 2004 to September 14, 2004. There were 24 episodes aired and on march 23, 2007, Burst Angle was released by Gonzo and licensed by FUNimation in Canada. The US. Burst Angle is a funny action packed sci-fi anime that will hook you in from the first episode, at least that’s what it did to me. It is one of 4 anime I have watched more then once and will watch again. The anime’s zany humor, along with the tear jerking drama, is mixed with action packed fights that will keep you wanting to pop in the next disk. On November 13, 2007 FUNimation released an OVA, titled Burst Angel: Infinity, and in 2008 Tokyopop released a 3 volume manga, telling Jo and Meg’s story prior to the events presented in the anime. more »
Looking for a breath of fresh air, then Cutouts! Is the game you are looking for. A warm fuzzy challenge of death awaits players in this felt coated world. Invoking a child like response, this action platformer brings enjoyment to players with it’s ease of controls and well crafted game play. This title was developed by Robert J. Louie who is the one man band for Cutouts! Creating all the elements of this game. The love poured into development shows making me even think that 80msp/$1.00 was a little low, even for an Xbox 360 indie download. Cutouts! is made of nine levels of twitchy platforming fun for all ages. Even my 25 year old self had to keep playing just to see World 3 at the cost to a pile of dishes I’ve yet to clean.
What got me playing were the visuals, they will be the lasting impression of Cutouts! With nearly 100% made of felt, playfulness brightly bursts from your screen with colorful fabrics. Even with my fat SD TV the texture of the felt is clearly visible. The art is not detailed, but it is this simplicity that creates the right about of distance from the art. Cutouts! has a subtle beauty that helped to keep me going in tough areas. Hopping on a rock monster across a lane of spikes in a vibrant volcano world is plain enjoyable to stare at. While not feeling obligated to study every detail of the mountain side. This child like art style relieves that pressure of worrying about what is what. With nine levels, Cutouts! Is split into three worlds that have a distinct style. With every world’s visuals reflecting the increased difficulty in game play. World 1 is a gentle lush forest that offers a calm game play experience, after the worlds become more intense and so do the visuals. I don’t wish to spoil, but when the game heats up, the world heats up too. When it becomes an ice queen ready to take your hat at anytime, the game will display it. more »