The original Two Worlds? Not so much. But this sequel looks better, plays (mostly) better, and I have to admit it really scratched my action RPG nerd itch. That said, there’s some wonkiness that pops up throughout the game. It’s not enough to ruin it, as it is a far superior product to its predecessor, but not everyone will have the patience for it. Just sayin.
You can check out my full review over here at EGMi.
“Enemies are attacking the castle! The queen is in danger! Quick, you must leap to her rescue! You have 60 seconds to save your poor bride from the clutches of evil. Ready! Set! Go! Yeah, that’s pretty much the entire the setup for 60s to Save the Queen, and what follows in the moments after you take on your frantic mission makes for unadulterated spazz-platforming glee. It’s a mad dash to be the hero, and every second counts.”
“It might have a strong identity in some areas–likeable characters, a solid plot, an interesting world to explore–but it’s odd how the Blue Dragon series is constantly reinvented with a different style of gameplay in each installment. Whatever the reasoning behind it, the original Blue Dragon’s traditional turn-based battles were thrown out the window in Blue Dragon Plus on the DS for a full-blown turn-based tactical strategy approach. Now Blue Dragon: Awakened Shadow takes the series in a different direction with more of a real-time action focus. This latest change of pace brings a few minor changes to the series and makes room for some decent multiplayer opportunities.”
“Once a grand metropolis full of thriving commerce and industry, Grant City has long since fallen under the thumb of numerous gang factions bent on causing havoc and mayhem throughout the darkened streets. Retribution re-imagines the original plot and gameplay of the original Dead to Rights on modern consoles. As Jack Slate, an ex-marine turned vice cop, you’ll get sucked into a personal quest to strike out at the numerous gangs and other scum responsible for dragging the city into the toilet. You’ll also pursue your goals with the help of Shadow, a large, powerful, and lethal dog who accompanies you throughout the game.”
Check out the full feature here at What They Play.
“After gunning and bombing through far too many uninspiring WWII flight combat games, it’s easy to be sucked in by the way The Sky Crawlers: Innocent Aces almost teasingly rolls out a compelling far-out story of airborne warfare built around wingman camaraderie and some intense flying and fighting. The game is based on the Sky Crawlers anime film and sports a cinematic progression that anime fans will immediately appreciate. And the fact it’s put together by the Project Aces team means it doesn’t skimp on the crazy dog fighting action in the least.”
Check out the full review here at Cheat Code Central.
“Kids these days never seem to be able to sit still for long. If the wrangling of human little tykes sounds like a difficult task to do on terra firma, try considering what it must be like being a bird parent. That’s right, nabbing your fluttering offspring that are scattered about in mid-air and ushering them to the safety — while being chased by vicious crows and the cutest witch I’ve ever seen — is (mostly) no laughing matter. Feel like stepping up to the plate for a shot at being named bird parent of the year? Be our guest.”
“Any RPG fan will tell you it can take between from 30 to 60 hours of hardcore level-grinding, adventuring, and monster battling to beat an average game. If that seems way too long, you’ll greatly appreciate Half-Minute Hero’s warp-speed take on the classic RPG. It boils down the typical trappings of the genre into their primordial elements and douses the whole thing with rocket fuel. You’ve got 30 seconds to save the world – try not to freak out.”