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Apr 06, 2014 1 comment

Pokemon Link: Battle! Review (3DS)

Pokemon Link: Battle! Review (3DS)
I am a self-confessed Nintendo fundamentalist. As a fundamentalist, I believe Nintendo should always develop games exclusively for their own consoles. In all likelihood, I will always remain a Nintendo fundamentalist. Not surprisingly, any Ideas that suggest Nintendo should begin a business model that involves mobile gaming immediately grinds my gears. I am not going to lie it genuinely does anger me. In truth, I am frightened that my favourite games such as Zelda, Mario, Donkey Kong and Metroid would lose their magic - if Nintendo begins to move into mobile gaming (just look how the mighty Square Enix and Capcom have fallen).   However, after playing Pokemon Link: Battle (known as Pokemon Trozei in North America) – I finally understand why investors and business analyst alike – want Nintendo to enter the mobile market. It is simple actually -games like Pokemon Link: Battle could make Nintendo millions, perhaps even billions in cash if they were available on Smartphones and ...
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Dec 10, 2013 0 comment

The Legend of Zelda: A Link between Worlds Review

The Legend of Zelda: A Link between Worlds Review
The Legend of Zelda: A Link between Worlds Review   There were two reactions when The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds was initially revealed. First, there was a group of fans that was elated with the news that Zelda will be revisting the same Hyrule in the A Link to the Past. On the other hand, there was the skeptics that felt that it would be a safe entry into the series. Admittedly, I was not impressed with A Link between Worlds since its initial reveal; the game looked too pedestrian and safe by Nintendo’s standards. Luckily, first impressions are often wrong and I will be the first to admit I was wrong. Boy was I wrong, despite the familiar setting, The Legend of Zelda: A Link between Worlds is in my opinion the most forward thinking entry since Ocarina of Time.   My initial pessimism stems from how familiar A Link Between Worlds is to the all-time classic – A Link to the past. Understandably so, A Link Between Worlds is set in the same world ...
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Oct 28, 2013 5 comments

Pokemon X and Y Review

Pokemon X and Y Review
At some points in our lives we all come to experience moments that will never be forgotten, but what are perhaps the most powerful of these events are those that occur during the innocence of childhood.  Sometimes, these moments are so commonly shared that they transcend experience of the individual, and go on to define a generation. For me, like many of you, one of these moments in my life was the North American release of Pokémon Red and Blue in 1998. I firmly believe that this year will be forever engraved in video game history. However, after a long fifteen years we may finally have a new event that might be able replicate a similar level of wonder once more – the release of Pokémon X and Pokémon Y.   Like all other games in the Pokémon series, Pokémon X and Y places you as a coming-of-age child cast out on an adventure of wonder and personal growth. Shortly after you and your mother move to Vaniville town in the French-themed region of Kalos, you are given ...
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Oct 24, 2013 1 comment

Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D Review

Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D Review
There's not much to say about Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D other than it takes the best bits from the mercenaries bonus game from both Resident Evil 4 and 5 and put them into one convenient package. The typical game play of Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D sees your character surviving against a horde of infected foes for a limited amount of time while trying to rack up the highest score. If you’re feeling brave and want more of a challenge, then there are several time bonuses dotted around each of the maps that allow you to extend the time you can play for, with minor time increases for each melee kill. In the 3DS version of mercenaries there are several missions to complete, while the game play is the same as it is for the typical style of play, these missions have objectives to complete. The first level of missions is the tutorial set which allows you to get to grip with the controls, get more challenging as the missions progress taking you through body count ...
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Oct 18, 2013 5 comments

Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance Review

Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance Review
Kingdom Hearts is a series that, in theory, shouldn’t work.  Created by Square Enix and Disney, Kingdom Hearts uses the light, friendly Disney characters and themes and makes it all as hopelessly complicated as a typical JRPG.  Somehow, though, it comes together in a way that it retains the Disney charm we all grew up with but with an exceptionally deep story spanning the entire franchise.  I have only played a handful of kingdom hearts games - so throughout Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance - I was asking myself questions about some plot devices that the characters seem to ignore or only acknowledge passively. What’s the difference between a Heartless and a Nobody? How do characters exist in sleeping worlds if they also exist in real ones?  But when I was asking those questions the game was also telling me something else: That these questions don’t matter if you don’t want them to. The story kind of begins “in progress,” with the two main characters - Sora ...
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