Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Quirky RPG Giant Ported to Portable Beautifully

I have always been an avid fan of Japanese style RPG's. My first real game obsession was Pokemon, and after that my friend Chris introduced me to the Final Fantasy series. It was a match made in heaven. To this day, there are very few games that can contend with my passion/obsession with Final Fantasy IX, and even fewer that can recreate the joy I feel when ever I pick that game up. I have recently been a huge fan of the genre's shift of focus from major console releases to the portable realm simply because finding the time to set aside and play a vast, tens of hours stealing adventure compared to picking it up on the go and starting from where ever I stopped last (especially on my PSP =] ). So when I heard that Persona 3, one of the most revered RPG's of the PS2 era, was coming to PSP, I was ecstatic to say the least. Persona 3 was one of the few RPG's on the PS2 that I never did get my hands on, and what a treat it has been on PSP.

Comic Book Hero Made For Games: inFamous Rocks!

Open world, sand box style games have never been much fun to me. I've played them all in bits and pieces, from Grand Theft Auto to Assassin's Creed, and though I enjoy them for their quality of freedom, I just never get into them. I recently acquired inFamous through the PlayStation Network Welcome Back program, and ever since acquiring it I delayed even touching it. I would turn on my system, and every time I stared at the game name and moved onto something else. This trend continued until my friend and fellow intern Kreston started raving about the game. So when he came over, I was forced into a corner and booted up the game. From start to finish, I could not put it down. inFamous is your typical sand box game on crack, a modern day Assassin's Creed with it's own slick style and power to make you the player feel like a total bad-ass, most of the time.

Incubus Slows Things Down, But Not in a Good Way

I have been a big Incubus fan for a long time. As a matter of fact, they are coming to Charlotte, where I live, in September and though I will probably be going alone I plan on being there. With that disclaimer, I have to say I am slightly disappointed in their newest work "If Not Now, When?" .

Amping Up the Anger in Feeding the Wolves

10 Years has never been a 'go-to' band for me, despite the fact that I have seen them perform live 3 times now and owning every album in the band's discography. The Cd's they have created before this newest album, 'Feeding the Wolves', were not weaker or worse than this newest release, but have always felt lacking in some way. This 'umph' that was missing from them is finally found in this new release, and it is fantastic.