Video Game Review: Pokemon Shield by Anna

 

On Christmas I got as a present: the game, Pokemon Shield. Even though I have not finished the game yet, I already have three major opinions about it. The three major opinions are about the design of the Pokemon, how difficult the game is and finally what I think of the story and its characters.

In Pokemon Shield one of the designs I dislike is of the new Pokemon called Alcremie.  The reason for my dislike of this Pokemon is that it looks like pudding or some type of tasty cream dessert. I don’t want to have a Pokemon that will make me hungry because it looks like a dessert.  In the new Pokemon games, Pokemon that were introduced in other earlier games, like Pokemon Red, appear in Pokemon Shield but with a different form. Meowth gets a different form, and well just look at it!  This is such a weird design and I was flabbergasted to see it. I don’t get why they made it look like this. I don’t see the point and in the last game, Pokemon Sun, it already had a form change so why make a new one?  It doesn’t make sense. I did like the design of CorviKnight. It looks like a Knight which is cool considering this game is set in the UK which makes people think of King Arthur and Knights.

The game, to me, is a little too easy to beat. I have not lost a Pokemon battle yet. Why this game is a little to easy to beat is because of the Pokemon camp. Pokemon camp allows the player to play and interact with their Pokemon and I love it.  However, in Pokemon camp, your Pokemon gets stronger because they get experience points which makes a Pokemon stronger and they level up. Pokemon camp can happen anywhere so gaining experience points is just too easy. I think they should just have a Pokemon gain experience points just for the Pokemon battles, not for just playing with them in Pokemon camp.

So far in the story I haven’t gotten much into it because I still am at the beginning. But, there are already a lot of characters with really cool designs. I really like the designs of characters like Milo and Nessa.  Their designs are really original I think they don’t get that much personality right now but I’m sure to see more of it later in the game. One character I love because it inspires me to beat him in battle is called Bede.  He acts like a stereotypical high class British snob and I want to destroy him in battle every time. I love that about the character. He is my favorite rival so far. The villains I can’t take seriously. They are just too funny looking with their punk like fashion style. It’s just them carrying trumpets and being fans of my other rival and it is hard for me to take them seriously to be bad guys. At the same time I kinda like them as characters, because I think they are based on UK fans who like soccer and are very into their teams and rivalry with opposing team fans.

So, despite some flaws of the game, I still have been playing it a lot and so far it is a good game just with flaws like all Pokemon games have.

Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two (Review)

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Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to review Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and the Nintendo Wii. This game takes place shortly after the events of its prequel, Epic Mickey. Unlike Epic Mickey, this game features co-op action where player 1 plays as Mickey Mouse and player 2 plays as Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.

 

In this game, Mickey returns to Wasteland (a realm where forgotten toons reside) only to find it has become inert (due to the damage caused by the quake) as well as finding that the Mad Doctor has turned over a new leaf (which is in fact an act of deception for a much grander, evil scheme). As such, both Mickey and Oswald work together to save Wasteland and Stop the Mad Doctor. The game has two endings (the game’s ending  as well as the fate of the Mad Doctor depends on your actions in the game).

 

The main protagonists in this game are Mickey Mouse, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, Ortensia and Gus the Gremlin. The main antagonists in this game are the Mad Doctor and Prescott the Gremlin.

 

The multiple versions of Pete we see in this game are Big Bad Pete, Pete Pan (Adventureland version of Pete), Petetronic (Tomorrowland version of Pete) and Small Pete (It’s A Small World version of Pete).

 

In conclusion, I found this game to be both magically heartwarming and spiritually, wonderfully amazing. Truly, this is a one of a kind Disney game that has touched and forever will touch the hearts of children throughout the ages.

Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Game Review)

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Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to review Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring for the PlayStation 2 and the Xbox. Unlike other Lord of the Rings video games, this game’s storyline is entirely based on the first Lord of the Rings book.

 

The cast of playable characters in this game are Frodo Baggins (Hobbit)(Weapons: Dagger/Elven Blade-Sting/Stones/Mithril Shirt/The One Ring), Aragorn (Human)(Weapons: LongSword/Sword of Kings-Anduril the Flame of the West) and Gandalf (Wizard)(Weapons: Elven Blade-Glamdring the FoeHammer/Magic-Fire Blast, Chain Lightning and Heal).

 

The protagonists in this game are Samwise “Sam” Gamgee (Hobbit),

Meriadoc “Merry” Brandybuck (Hobbit),

Peregrin “Pippin” Took (Hobbit),

Tom Bombadil,

Glorfindel (Elf),

Lord Elrond (Elf),

Arwen (Elf),

Bilbo Baggins (Hobbit),

Boromir (Human),

Legolas (Elf),

Gimli (Dwarf),

Lord Celeborn (Elf) and Lady Galadriel (Elf).

 

The antagonists in this game are The Nazgul “Ring-Wraiths”,

Old Man Willow (Tree),

Barrow-Wight,

Wargs,

Trolls,

Orcs,

The Watcher in the Water (Sea Monster),

Gollum,

The Balrog of Morgoth “Durin’s Bane”,

Uruk-Hai and the Fell Beasts.

 

In conclusion, I liked how they based this game on its novel counterpart instead of its movie counterpart. It was truly in fact an incredibly, ingenious/imaginative accomplishment on their part as well as an honorably, utmost praise to J. R. R. Tolkien himself.

(Opening & Intro)

(Tom Bombadil VS Barrow-Wight)

Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Game Review)

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Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to review the videogame version of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King for the PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube and Xbox.

 

In this game, the LotR characters you play as are Gandalf the White (Wizard)(Weapons: Staff/Sword-Glamdring the FoeHammer/Magic),

Aragorn (Human)(Weapon: Sword-Anduril the Flame of the West),

Legolas Greenleaf (Elf)(Weapons: Twin Elven Daggers/Bow of the Galadhrim),

Gimli (Dwarf)(Weapon: Double-Headed Axe),

Samwise Gamgee (Hobbit)(Weapon: Westernesse Dagger) and Frodo Baggins (Hobbit)(Weapon: Elvish Blade-Sting).


The game’s storyline begins during the Battle of Helm’s Deep with you playing as Gandalf. Afterwards, the game’s storyline splits into three different paths. The 1st path is The Path of the Wizard where you play as Gandalf, the 2nd path is The Path of the King where you play as Aragorn, Legolas & Gimli and the 3rd path is The Path of the Hobbits where you play as Sam and Frodo.

 

The levels in The Path of the Wizard are Isengard where you help the Ents defeat Saruman the White, the Top Wall of Minas Tirith where you aid in Gondor’s defense and Minas Tirith’s Courtyard where you hold the line as you usher civilians to safety.

 

The levels in The Path of the King are The Paths of the Dead which you explore as you seek both the The King of the Dead as well as the Undead Army of Dunharrow, Gondor’s Southern Gate, Pelennor Fields where you aid the Armies of Rohan against the Witch-King of Angmar as well as the Armies of Mordor and Mordor’s Black Gate where you make a final stand against the Dark Forces of Mordor.

 

The levels in The Path of the Hobbit are Osgiliath where you attempt to escape from Faramir and his Ithilian Rangers, Shelob’s Lair where you try to find and rescue Frodo from Shelob the Ungolian Spider, the Fortress of Cirith Ungol where you try to rescue Frodo and Mount Doom where you must both defeat Gollum as well as destroy the One Ring of Doom.

 

In conclusion, I found this game to not only follow it’s movie counterpart in perfect sync, but also make the story concept more action-packed/adventurous/mystically dramatic thus in turn making this a perfect game-related choice “For All Free Peoples”.

Sonic Unleashed (Review)

Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to review Sonic Unleashed for the PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and the Nintendo Wii. Unlike other Sonic the Hedgehog games, Sonic will have two forms consisting of his standard form during the daytime and his Werehog form during the nighttime.

 

In this game, Dr. Eggman unleashes an ancient evil known as Dark Gaia which in turn shatters the planet into seven pieces, transforms Sonic the Hedgehog into Sonic the Werehog and renders the seven Chaos Emeralds grey and powerless. In his Werehog form, Sonic’s speed is diminished and yet in turn gains both immense physical strength as well as stretchable limbs. Now Sonic must restore the seven Chaos Emeralds, fix the planet and defeat both Dr. Eggman and Dark Gaia to break the curse of the Werehog placed upon himself.

 

The nine locations you visit in this game are Apotos (based on Greek Mediterranean architecture-Greek island of Chora, Mykonos Greece/Greek city of Santorini),

Spagonia (based on western European architecture-Italian city of Siena),

Mazuri (based on Africa),

Holoska (based on Alaska),

Chun-nan (based on China’s architecture),

Shamar (based on a Middle Eastern desert-Petra, Jordan),

Empire City (based on New York City),

Adabat (based on Angkor, Maldivian, and Southeastern Asia),

Eggmanland and the Planet’s Core.

 

The cast of characters are Sonic the Hedgehog/Sonic the Werehog/Super Sonic,

Miles “Tails” Prower,

Amy Rose,

Dr. Eggman,

Professor Pickle,

Dark Gaia and Chip/Light Gaia.

 

In conclusion, I found this game to showcase the eternal conflict between light and darkness that takes place in the world as well in each and every one of us. But as long as we all stay true to ourselves, the light in us will illuminate our lives and the darkness in us will be in turn suppressed forevermore.

(Light Gaia)

(Dark Gaia)

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(Dark Gaia-Perfect)

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(Trailers)

Sonic Generations (Review)

Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to review Sonic Generations for the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360. This game commemorates Sonic the Hedgehog’s 20th anniversary. Unlike other Sonic the Hedgehog games, You play as both the classically, retro Sonic the Hedgehog and the modernally, mature Sonic the Hedgehog.

 

In this game, Sonic & Tails team-up with their past selves to rescue their kidnapped friends, defeat both Dr. Robotnik and Dr. Eggman (Dr. Robotnik’s future self) as well as prevent an evil entity known as a Time Eater from erasing all of history.

 

The areas we travel through are Green Hill (Sonic the Hedgehog-Sega Genesis),

Chemical Plant/Death Egg(Sonic the Hedgehog 2-Sega Genesis),

Sky Sanctuary (Sonic & Knuckles-Sega Genesis),

Speed Highway/Station Square(Sonic Adventure-Nintendo Gamecube),

City Escape/Final Rush(Sonic Adventure 2-Nintendo Gamecube),

Crisis City (Sonic the Hedgehog 2006-PS3),

Rooftop Run/Eggmanland(Sonic Unleashed-PS2) and Planet Wisp (Sonic Colors-Nintendo Wii).

 

The bosses you face off against in this game are Metal Sonic (Sonic CD-Nintendo GameCube),

Death Egg Robot (Sonic the Hedgehog 2),

Shadow the Hedgehog (Sonic Adventure 2),

Perfect Chaos (Sonic Adventure),

Silver the Hedgehog (Sonic the Hedgehog),

Egg Dragoon (Sonic Unleashed) and the Time Eater.

 

Sonic’s kidnapped friends in this game are Knuckles the Echidna,

Amy Rose,

Cream the Rabbit,

Cheese the Chao,

Rouge the Bat,

Vector the Crocodile,

Espio the Chameleon,

Charmy Bee and Blaze the Cat.

 

In conclusion, I found this game to showcase Sonic’s greatest, most historic hits as well as completely live up to its 20th anniversary declaration thus we should in fact feel the need, the need for “Sonic Speed”.

The Nightmare before Christmas: Oogie’s Revenge (Review)

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Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to review The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie’s Revenge for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox. This game was first released on October 21, 2004. This game is a direct sequel to The Nightmare Before Christmas movie.

 

In this game, Jack Skellington leaves Halloween Town again to seek new ideas and discoveries to improve on Halloween. Before leaving, Doctor Finkelstein gives Jack his latest creation: the “Soul Rubber” as a farewell gift.

 

In his absence, Oogie Boogie’s minions (Lock, Shock and Barrel) sew Oogie Boogie back together who in turn takes over Halloween Town, brainwashes Doctor Finkelstein, imprisons 5 of the 7 holiday leaders and attempts to take his revenge on both Santa Claus and Jack Skellington in order to ultimately become the 7 Holiday’s King.

 

When Jack Skellington returns to Halloween Town on December 24, he must maneuver through Oogie’s traps, battle past Oogie’s army of skeletons and ghosts, rescue Oogie’s prisoners and confront Oogie’s Minions (Lock, Shock and Barrel), Oogie’s Shadow and Oogie Boogie himself.

 

The 7 holidays in this game are Halloween, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Thanksgiving, Independence Day, Easter and Christmas.

 

In conclusion, I found this game to be a celebratory accomplishment to multiple, major, big-time holidays as well as combining the fear with the cheer.

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Review)

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Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to review The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword for the Nintendo Wii and the Nintendo Wii U. This game is the 16th installment in the Legend of Zelda franchise. The story setting of this game takes place on the floating island of Skyloft as well as in an ancient, abandoned land below the clouds known as the Surface.

 

In this game, Link attempts to rescue his kidnapped, childhood friend, Zelda as well as prevent Ghirahim the Demon Lord from resurrecting his master, Demise the Demon King.

 

The cast of characters in this game are Link (main hero)(equipment: Goddess Sword/Shield/Boomerang/Bow & Arrows),

Ghirahim (villain)(Demon Lord),

Zelda (main heroine),

Hylia (heroine)(White Goddess) and Demise (main villain)(Demon King).

 

In conclusion, I found that this game serves as a prologue/origin-point for the entire Legend of Zelda game franchise. Thus, I can conclude that this game will in fact act as a true beginning to the Legend of Zelda game franchise.

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (Review)

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Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to review The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker for the Nintendo GameCube and the Nintendo Wii U. This game is the 10th installment in the Legend of Zelda franchise. This game features a distinctive cartoon-like art style.

 

The story setting for this game is set on a group of islands in a vast oceanic world. In this game, Toon Link attempts to save his little sister and the entire world from the evil sorcerer, Ganondorf while becoming embroiled in a struggle for the TriForce (a sacred wish-granting relic comprised of the TriForce of Power, the TriForce of Wisdom and the TriForce of Courage).

 

The cast of characters in this game are Toon Link (main hero)(equipment: Sword/Shield/Boomerang),

Ganondorf (main villain)(equipment: Sword/Magic),

Tetra (main heroine)(Pirate Captain/Princess Zelda’s Incarnation),

King of Red Lions (hero)(Toon Link’s talking ship),

Daphnes Nohansen Hyrule (King of Hyrule/Princess Zelda’s father) and Aryll (Toon Link’s little sister).

 

In conclusion, I found that this Legend of Zelda game not only improves on its RPG category, but it also adds a big-time majority of comedy.

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Review)

Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to review The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess for the Nintendo GameCube and the Nintendo Wii. This game is the 13th installment in the Legend of Zelda game series.

 

The storyline of this game takes place hundreds of years after both Ocarina of time and Majora’s Mask and is set in an alternate timeline from The Wind Waker. In this game, Link tries to prevent the Kingdom of Hyrule from being engulfed by a corrupted, parallel dimension known as the Twilight Realm.

 

The protagonists in this game are Link (main hero)(forms: Hylian/Wolf)(equipment: Sword/Shield/Boomerang/Bow & Arrows),

Princess Zelda (main heroine)(equipment: Magic),

Epona (heroine)(Link’s faithful steed) and Midna (heroine)(Princess of the Twilight Realm).

 

The antagonists in this game are Ganondorf (main villain)(forms: Gerudo/Boar-based Monster)(equipment: Sword/Magic), and Zant (main villain)(the Twilight Realm’s Lord of Shadows)(equipment: Magic).

 

In conclusion, I believe that this game is in fact one of the biggest RPGs in the entirety of the Legend of Zelda franchise.