Spider-Man Review

 

After several crappy games, Spider-Man is back and given a new lease on life thanks to developer Insomniac games. The game takes a different turn with the story than most Spider- Man games have in the past. This time around Peter Parker is an adult in his early 20s and works as a lab assistant for Doctor Otto Octavius. Shortly after defeating classic Spidey villain The Kingpin a new villain appears named Mr. Negative. Now Spider-man must stop him and bunch of other villains from wreaking havoc on the city.

The game’s story also ditches Spider-Man’s classic origin story and decides to tell a new story outright. Spider-Man is an open world giving you the entire city of New York to play around in. Like most open world games, there are tons of side activities to keep you distracted from completing the main story. The activities vary from finding backpacks throughout the city, taking over enemy bases, to even taking pictures of famous landmarks throughout the city. There are also random crimes throughout the city that you can stop to earn not only experience but crime tokens as well. There are also research stations in the game that have you do research on various things like throwing toxic barrels out of the ocean and rerouting satellite signals. There are also side missions in the game that are also a lot of fun as well. Web slinging does take a little getting used to but it is satisfying and web swinging throughout the city is a blast and very relaxing at the same time.  You can also web zip to make travel through the city faster as well.

Combat is also very satisfying. While you do have your punches and kicks that you throw at your enemies, you can also use your web slinging abilities as well webbing enemies up and using web swinging kicks on them. You also have a focus meter that when full you can either heal yourself or perform a finisher on an enemy. All the side missions that you do in the game give you different tokens that you can use to unlock different gadgets and different costumes in the game. You can also use the various tokens to upgrade your gadgets as well. There are several points in the game where you will play as Mary-Jane Watson and Miles Morales. While you only play as them a few times in the game they still are pretty fun to play. Their missions are mostly stealth missions with you sneaking past guards to get to a certain objective. There are also science puzzles that you solve throughout the game as well. These range from matching up DNA strands to rewiring circuits, while you are required to do them during the main story you can skip if you are stuck or you just don’t feel like doing them outright. Another side activity that you can do in the game is stopping random crimes throughout the city. They range from stopping a bank robbery, to stopping a car jacking, to stopping a kidnapping. All the random crimes in the game happen throughout different parts of New York. There are also stealth portions in the game where you can sneak up on enemies the traditional way and use your gadgets to take out enemies stealthily,  but you can also use stuff in the environment to take out enemies as well.

While as great as this game is there is really only one problem with it and that is that the game can be glitchy at times. For example, when I was playing the game I clipped through a police station and was unable to get out. The game also crashed on me a few times. Aside from that I thought the game was great and I had a lot of fun playing. Spider-man is exclusive to PS4 and is rated T for Teen. My final score for Spider Man is a 5 out of 5.

Nathan B.

 

 

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Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age(Review)

Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to review Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age for the PlayStation 4. The game’s storyline takes place in a world called Erdrea where it’s said that Yggdrasil: the Great World Tree of Life was the source for all life in it.

 

The protagonists in this game are the Destined Hero (name of your choosing)(A reincarnation of the Luminary)(Weapons: GreatSwords, Swords & Shields), Erik (A Thief)(Weapons: Knives, Swords & Boomerangs), Veronica (A Mage)(Serena’s older sister)(Weapon: Heavy Wands), Serena (A Healer)(Veronica’s younger sister)(Weapon: Wands), Jade (The Martial Artist)(Weapons: Claws Spears), Rab (The Mysterious Old Man)(Weapons: Axes & Claws) and Sylvando (The Entertainer)(Weapons: Knives, Swords & Whips).

 

Three of the main antagonists are Jasper (The Cold-Blooded Strategist)(Weapon: Magic), Hendrik (A General)(Weapon: A Two-Handed Sword) and King Carnelian (The King of Heliodor)(A Master Swordsman)(Weapon: Sword).

 

In conclusion, this game is the latest in the Dragon Quest game franchise to feature a main character who is of Divine Heritage.

(Luminary)

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(Erik)

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(Veronica)

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(Serena)

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(Jade)

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(Rab)

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(Sylvando)

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Mickey MANIA(Review)

Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to review Mickey MANIA for the Super Nintendo. This game was released on October 1st, 1994 in collaboration with Mickey’s 65th birthday the year before.

 

In this game, you play as Mickey Mouse as you travel through various locations based on his past cartoon achievements. The order of cartoon areas you travel through are Steamboat Willie (November 18, 1928), The Mad Doctor (January 21, 1933), Moose Hunters (February 20, 1937), Lonesome Ghosts (December 24, 1937), Mickey & the Beanstalk (September 27, 1947) and The Prince & the Pauper (November 16, 1990).

 

The enemies and villains you face in this game are as followed: Birds and Pete-Steamboat Captain (Steamboat Willie), Bats, Skeletons and the Mad Doctor (The Mad Doctor), Angry Mooses (Moose Hunters), Bats and Ghosts (Lonesome Ghosts), Butterflies, Dragonflies, Beetles, Spiders and Willie the Giant (Mickey & the Beanstalk), Weasels (Daggers and Crossbows) and Pete-Military Captain (The Prince & the Pauper).

 

In conclusion, I confirm this game to showcase Mickey’s career from the very beginning to most recent events. Therefore, may his Disney magic live on forevermore.

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Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon: Another Story(Review)

Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to review Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon: Another Story for the Super Nintendo. This game was originally released in Japan as Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon: Another Story. This game’s  storyline takes place after the 3rd season of Sailor Moon (Sailor Moon S).

 

The Inner Senshi are Serena Tsukino/Princess Neo-Serenity of the Moon/Sailor Moon (Transformation Call: Moon Cosmic Power/Super Moon Crisis Power)(Techniques: Moon Tiara Action-Tiara based Boomerang, Moon Healing Escalation-Mystical healing spell, Moon Spiral Heart Attack and Rainbow Moon HeartAche-Techniques utilized via the Spiral Heart Moon Scepter),

Rini/Serena & Darien’s future daughter from 30th century Crystal Tokyo/Sailor Mini-Moon (Transformation Call: Moon Prism Power)(Techniques: Pink Sugar Heart Attack and Pink Sugar HeartAche),

Ami Mizuno/Academic/Princess of the planet Mercury/Sailor Mercury (Transformation Call: Mercury Star Power)(Techniques: Mercury Bubbles-Mist/Freeze, Shine Aqua Illusion and Mercury Aqua Mirage),

Rei Hino/Spiritual Priestess/Princess of the planet Mars/Sailor Mars (Transformation Call: Mars Star Power)(Techniques: Mars Fire Soul-Ignite/Bird, Mars Celestial Fire Surround and Mars Fire-Snake),

Lita Kino/Martial Artist/Gourmet Cook/Princess of the planet Jupiter/Sailor Jupiter (Transformation Call: Jupiter Star Power)(Techniques: Supreme Thunder-Crash/Dragon, Jupiter ThunderCloud Zap and Jupiter Coconut Cyclone),

Mina Aino/Athlete/Idol in Training/Princess of the planet Venus/Sailor Venus (Transformation Call: Venus Star Power)(Techniques: Crescent Beam-Smash/Meteor Shower, Venus Love Chain-&-Circle and Venus Wink Sword).

 

The Outer Senshi are Amara Tenou/Race-Car Driver/Martial Artist/Princess of the planet Uranus/Sailor Uranus (Transformation Call: Uranus Planet Power)(Mystic Weapon: Space Sword)(Techniques: Uranus World Shaking and Space Sword Blaster),

Michelle Kaiou/ Violinist/Olympic Swimmer/Princess of the planet Neptune/Sailor Neptune (Transformation Call: Neptune Planet Power)(Mystic Weapon: Aqua Mirror)(Techniques: Neptune Deep Submerge and Submarine Reflection),

Trista Meiou/Academic/Guardian of Time/Princess of the planet Pluto/Sailor Pluto (Transformation Call: Pluto Planet Power)(Mystic Weapon: Chronol Staff)(Techniques: Pluto Deadly Scream, Chrono’s Cyclone and Time Freeze),

Hotaru Tomoe/Rini’s Best Friend/Guardian of Death & ReBirth/Princess of the planet Saturn/Sailor Saturn (Transformation Call: Saturn Planet Power)(Mystic Weapon: Silence Glaive aka the Grim Reaper’s Scythe)(Technique: Deathly ReBirth Revolution).

 

A few of the locations featured this game are Tokyo, the North Pole, the ancient Moon Kingdom known as Silver Millenium (Past & Present) and Crystal Tokyo (Future circa 30th Century).

 

In conclusion, I found that this game truly symbolizes both the beliefs and ideals of Universal Trust & Friendship. Thus I quote in the words of Sailor Moon to evildoers everywhere “in the Name of the Moon, I shall Punish You!”.

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(Sailor Saturn’s Silence Glaive)

(Sailor Uranus’ Space Sword)

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(Sailor Neptune’s Aqua Mirror)

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(Sailor Pluto’s Chronol Staff)

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Mega Man: Legends(Review)

Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to review Mega Man: Legends for the PlayStation 1. The story timeline in this game takes place around 80XX which is sixty thousand years after the events of the classic Mega Man game series. Around that time, the world was mostly covered in water, save for several islands as well as some ancient ruins that are located either in the ocean or on the islands themselves.

 

The story setting in this game takes place on Kattelox Island. The locations on Kattelox Island that you visit are Kattelox City’s Cardon Forest/Market Street/Junk Shop(South), DownTown/Library(Central), UpTown/Museum/TV Studio/Hospital/Boat House/Lake Jyun(West), Old City/Main Gate ruins(East) and Clozer Woods/Bank/Police Station/City Hall(North).

 

The main protagonists are MegaMan Volnutt (Main Hero)(Digger: adventurers that explore ancient ruins), Roll Caskett (Engineer)(Spotter: an adventurer’s assistant who alerts said Diggers to oncoming dangers), Barrel Caskett (Roll’s grandfather)(Veteran Digger) and Data (a Robotic Monkey/MegaMan’s faithful companion).

 

The main antagonists are MegaMan Juno (MegaMan’s evil twin) as well as a family of pirates called the Bonnes which consist of Tron Bonne (Engineer), Teisel Bonne (Leader)(Tron’s big brother), Bon Bonne (a mechanized infant)(Tron’s little brother) and the Servbots (41 indestructible midget robots created by Tron Bonne).

 

The vehicles used by the protagonists in this game are comprised of an explorer’s van, an explorer’s boat and the Flutter (MegaMan’s personal AirShip).

 

The vehicles used by the Bonnes in this game are comprised of Ferdinand (Tron’s OctoRobot), MarlWolf (Teisel’s ultimate digging machine), Balkon Gerat (the Bonne’s mechanized Sea Serpent), Theodore Bruno (the Bonne’s mechanized Giant), Focke-Wulf (the Bonne’s mechanized Dragon) and the Gesellschaft (the Bonne’s Personal WarShip).

 

In conclusion, I found this MegaMan game to be one of the most highly challenging RPGs in the entire history of MegaMan.

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History of the Playstation

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While I’ll always remain a loyal Nintendo fan I am also a big Sony fan as well, and today I am going to tell the history of the Sony Playstation brand. It all dates back to 1986 when Nintendo and Sony had a joint venture. Nintendo had already been producing floppy disk technology to compliment cartridges that they had been planning to use for the Family Disk system. Nintendo had approached Sony about making a CD based add-on for the SNES titled either the Playstation or SNES- Cd. Sony had even planned on developing an SNES compatible console, that would play not only SNES cartridges but CD ROM ones that Sony would develop as well.  

The product nicknamed The PlayStation was set to be announced at The Consumer Electronic Show in 1991. However Nintendo decided to pull out of their deal with Sony and instead decided to partner with Phillips. Nintendo would eventually partner with Philips to develop the Philips CD-I. After the falling out between Sony and Nintendo they had briefly considered partnering with SEGA to develop a stand alone game console, but that never saw the light of day. 

In 1993 Sony began to rework the Playstation to target a new generation of hardware and software. The Playstation was ahead of it’s time with the hardware. For starters the system used Cds instead of cartridges. The system also used full motion video with a lot of its games giving them more of a cinematic feel. The controller for the system was different than any of the other video game controllers. For starters, the controller’s d-pad was different: the d-pad for the PSone used four directional buttons. The buttons on the controller were also different as well. The buttons on the controller were a green triangle, a red circle, a blue cross, and a ping square. The controller also had an L1 R1 button and L2 and R2 buttons.

On December 3rd, 1994 the Playstation launched in Japan. On September 9th, 1995 the Playstation launched in North America, and September 29th, 1995 the Playstation launched in Europe. The Playstation was immediately a success. In North America the system sold 800,000 units within 4 months. The Playstation launched with 10 titles which were Battle Arena Toshinden, Espn Extreme Games, Kileak: The Dna Imperative, Nba Jam Tournament Edition, Power Serve 3d Tennis, Raidne Project, Rayman, Ridge Racer, Street Fighter The movie the game and Total Eclipse Turbo. The launch price for the Playstation was $299 US.

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Mega Man: Legacy Collection 1&2(Review)

Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to review both Mega Man: Legacy Collection 1 & Mega Man: Legacy Collection 2 for the PlayStation 4. Both games are remastered collections of every classic Mega Man games from Mega Man 1 all the way to Mega Man 10.

 

The games in Mega Man: Legacy Collection 1 are Mega Man 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. The games in Mega Man: Legacy Collection are Mega Man 7, 8, 9 & 10.

 

The main characters in Mega Man: Legacy Collection 1 are Rock/Mega Man, Roll, Rush, Blues/ProtoMan, Dr. Thomas Light and Dr. Albert Wily.

 

The antagonists in Mega Man: Legacy Collection 1 are Mega Man 1: CutMan, GutsMan, IceMan, FireMan, BombMan and ElecMan. Mega Man 2: MetalMan, AirMan, BubbleMan, WoodMan, HeatMan, CrashMan, FlashMan and QuickMan. Mega Man 3: Needle Man, Magnet Man, Gemini Man, HardMan, TopMan, SnakeMan, SparkMan & ShadowMan. Mega Man 4: BrightMan, ToadMan, DrillMan, RingMan, DustMan, DiveMan, PharaohMan and SkullMan. Mega Man 5: Gravity Man, WaveMan, StoneMan, GyroMan, StarMan ChargeMan, NapalmMan and CrystalMan. Mega Man 6: Blizzard Man, Flame Man, WindMan, Plant Man, Knight Man, Centaur Man, TomahawkMan and YamatoMan.

 

The main characters in Mega Man: Legacy Collection 2 are Rock/Mega Man, Roll, Rush, Blues/ProtoMan, Duo, Dr. Thomas Light, Forte/Bass, Treble and Dr. Albert Wily.

 

The antagonists in Mega Man: Legacy Collection 1 are Mega Man 7: Freeze Man, JunkMan, BurstMan, CloudMan, SpringMan, SlashMan, TurboMan and ShadeMan. Mega Man 8: Tengu Man, FrostMan, ClownMan, Grenade Man, SearchMan, AquaMan, Sword Man and AstroMan. Mega Man 9: SplashWoman, Hornet Man, PlugMan, Concrete Man, Tornado Man, MagmaMan, JewelMan and GalaxyMan. Mega Man 10: PumpMan, ChillMan, SheepMan, StrikeMan, NitroMan, Commando Man, Blade Man and SolarMan.

 

In conclusion, I found these two Mega Man games to be a celebratory anniversary of the entire classic Mega Man franchise (Hooray for Mega Man aka “the Blue Bomber”).

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