Inuyasha: Secret of the Divine Jewel (Review)

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Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to review Inuyasha: Secret of the Divine Jewel for the Nintendo DS.

 

The protagonists in this game are as follows:

 

Janis (Main Heroine-Game Exclusive/American/Human)(Weapon: a Naginata called Akanemaru)(Powers: a Divine Power called Kamuitama),

 

Inuyasha (Main Hero/Hanyo “a Half-Demon”)(Weapon: a Sovereign Blade called Tessaiga Which is also known as the Sword of Man/Fang of Destruction),

 

Kagome Higurashi (Main Heroine/Human)(Weapon: Bow & Arrows)(Powers: Sacred, Spiritual Abilities),

 

Shippo (Hero/Fox-Demon/Child)(Weapon: Fox-Fire)(Powers: Fox Magic & Transformations),

 

Miroku (Hero/Monk/Human)(Weapons: Sacred Sutras & the Shakujo Staff)(Powers: the Kazaana “the Wind Tunnel”),

 

Sango (Heroine/Demon-Slayer/Human)(Weapons: a Katana “a Japanese Sword” & a Giant Boomerang called Hiraikotsu) and Kirara (Heroine/Nekomata “a Two-Tailed Cat-Demon”).

 

The antagonists in this game are as follows:

 

Naraku (Main Antagonist/Demon)(Weapon: Miasma “a Near-Fatal, Acidic Poison”) and Datara (Main Antagonist-Game Exclusive/Japanese/God of Storms)(Weapon: Sword).

 

In conclusion, I’ve learned through this game that even the most timeless of friendships can transcend even the most distant of cultural boundaries which in turn proves that while we all may have our unique differences & faults, we’re still in fact connected as a human species in mind, body, heart, & soul.

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(Tessaiga’s Forms-Top To Bottom)(Tessaiga-Dormant Form/Tessaiga-True Form/Tessaiga Red Form ” the blade glows a deep, crimson red”/Tessaiga-Adamant Form “the blade is automatically coated in a 14K diamond skin/Tessaiga-Dragon Scaled Form “the blade is automatically coated in Dragon Scales/Tessaiga-Black Form “the blade glows a starry, cosmic black).

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Digimon World 3 (Review)

Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to review Digimon World 3 for the PlayStation 1. This is the 3rd game in the Digimon World franchise.

 

The characters in this game are Junior (main protagonist), Ivy (protagonist/friend/rival), Teddy (protagonist/friend).

 

The storyline in this game takes place in a unique version of the Digital World that is known in this game as Digimon Online.

 

In this game, you choose 1 of 3 starter packs that are comprised of 3 digimon each. The 3 starter packs are as followed:

 

Maniac Pack (Bearmon, Guilmon & Patamon),

 

Powerful Pack (Koemon, Agumon & Renamon),

 

Balanced Pack (Kotemon, Renamon & Patamon).

 

In conclusion, I found this game to be the absolute best out of all three Digimon World games for the PlayStation 1. Thus, I hope that this particular game review will help evolve or “Digivolve” everyone’s positive opinions, dreams and ideals into even greater positives.

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(Patamon-Maniac Pack & Balanced Pack)

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(Koemon-Powerful Pack)

(Kotemon-Balanced Pack)

 

Resident Evil 2 (2019) Review

Resident Evil 2 (2019) is the long-awaited remake of the beloved second installment from 1998 in the classic Survival Horror franchise, helping bring a more modern take using elements from more recent installments such as 4 and 7.

 

The game remains set in the fictional Raccoon City, where two people traveling there find themselves caught in the middle of an outbreak that has resulted in creating hordes of zombies and mutated creatures, searching for a way to escape while uncovering the truth of how it all started. While there are a few changes made, the story is largely the same as the original, with nothing really contradicting how everything already happened. This allows for a couple of mysteries and surprises for those who already played the original game.

 

The visuals are obviously improved to meet the standards of current games of this generation, using the game engine from 7 to give much more detail to the environment and enemies, showing the horrific imagery such as the grotesque monsters and/or the brutal killings in all their bloody disgusting glory. A lot of it will still look familiar to older fans, while also altering other parts to help it stay fresh. Either way, it’s quite impressive to look at, even if your heart or stomach can’t take it as well as your eyes.

 

The gameplay returns to its classic roots of giving you the option to either fight or run away from zombies, depending on the weapons or items you have and how much of them you’re allowed to carry. Healing items and ammo are in limited supplies, so you have to be careful of how you use them up, which has always been a source of tension. There’s also a few puzzles you need to solve in order to escape. It of course has all come a long way, and is improved upon for today’s audience.

 

While zombies are slow for the most part, there’s still a chance for them to grab you while you’re busy running and shooting. Aiming for the head isn’t gonna cut it this time, and they can follow you to most of the other rooms. One monster in particular is a near-indestructible brute that will keep looking for you no matter how much you run or hide. There’s a lot of suspense with having to deal with him menacingly coming your way and smashing you to the ground. There’s a lot of strategy involved with having to deal with all these creatures, as you still need to save some stuff for the bosses that you’ll definitely have to fight. So make sure you have enough firepower to take those on.

 

Overall, the game stays true to the original terrifying experience from 20 years ago, while still using the later improvements to the series to truly make it a new take on an old favorite. While some things are still removed or heavily altered, it doesn’t stray too far from what people originally got in the day. Even keeping some extra content for after already finishing the game so that you can keep playing some more afterwards. With all the expectations this remake had to live up to, it manages to do the original game justice.

Super Smash Bros Ultimate Review

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After 4 years Super Smash Bros Ultimate makes it’s debut on Nintendo Switch and it lives up to the name ultimate. Super Smash Bros Ultimate is a fighting game in which characters from several different Nintendo franchises duke it out in a fighting game battle royale. With this being the fifth entry in the franchise Nintendo pulled out all the stops to make this the best Smash Bros game ever.

This time around the roster is a massive 74 fighters and Nintendo definitely delivered the goods when comes to the characters in the game. The game also boasts a massive 108 stages making it once again the largest stage selection in the series. With the game having 74 fighters in it’s roster Nintendo brought back every character that’s ever been in a Smash game ever, including characters that haven’t been in a Smash game since Melee.

There are also 10 new fighters this time around as well. They include fighters like Simon Belmont, The Inklings, Ridley, King K Rool, Isabelle, and Inciniroar. There are also echo fighters this time around as well. These are variants of previously existing fighters which include Richter Belmont who is an echo fighter of Simon Belmont, Daisy who is an echo fighter of Princess Peach and many more echo fighters as well.

Another new edition to Super Smash Bros ultimate are spirits; these take the place of trophies from the previous smash games. These are spirits of various Nintendo characters that you can equip to the fighter of your choice, these can be various things like an attack boost or having a specific item equipped  There are 4 different kinds of spirits: Attack spirits, Shield spirits, Grab spirits, and Neutral spirits. Super Smash Bros Ultimate uses a rock, paper, scissors type system with its spirits such as attack spirits are good against grab spirits, shield spirits are good against attack spirits, and grab spirits are good against shield spirits. Equipping the right kind of spirits into battle adds a lot of depth and strategy into the game. There are primary spirits and support spirits you equip to the character of your choice. Primary spirits have an amount of power that when leveled up increase your fighters stats. Depending on the type of primary spirit you have equipped it gives 1-3 support spirits slots. Support spirits are spirits that can only be equipped if you have a primary spirit equipped. Depending on the type of primary spirit that you have equipped will give a certain number of support spirits slots. Each support spirit has a cost and each one uses up a support spirit slot. Support spirits not only power up your fighter but also can give a specific bonus when starting the fight, such as zap floor immunity or having a home run bat equipped.

Classic mode once again returns and in my opinion it is the best it’s been in the series. It’s short and sweet, there’s unique boss battles and each fighter’s path is different and unique for each fighter in all classic mode and it is great in this game. All star mode also returns in this game but it’s not as good as it was in previous smash games, it’s basically a mob smash from the previous smash games. The fighting once again is fast paced and a chaotic like it’s been in previous Smash games. This time around you can not only air dodge but there is a critical smash if you land a critical hit on your opponent there will be a flash to indicate it. Once again 8 player smash returns.

There are 103 stages in the game but sadly there are only 4 new stages in this game. Just about all the previous stages get a big graphical upgrade being presented in HD. The only exception being the stages form the Super Smash Bros 64, those stages retain their original looks. New to Smash Ultimate this time around are  stamina battles. These play like a traditional fighting game where you deplete your opponent’s health bar or in this case percentage meter to 0. Vs mode now has a lot more options than before when creating your own custom Vs match. You can now modify rules set in the game for Smash/Custom Smash, Squad Strike and Smash Tourney. Custom Balance allows you to modify a fighter’s power so that way they’re not too overpowered. You can choose whether or not to seperate echo fighters or mii fighters.

Graphics are in full HD and to the date the best this series has ever looked being bright and colorful and cartoony at the same time. Assist trophies once again return and they’re better than ever. Not only is there more than there has been in the past, but now you can Ko assist trophies as well. Final Smashes once again make a return and they’re once again better than ever. They’re not only more flashier than before, but they also get right to the point this time around. No more having the final smashes be some powerup, now they feel like a finishing move in a fighting game.

Online play also returns this time with more options than ever. Up to 4 players can battle it out against each other online, players can also set up a private room together where you can voice chat with your friends via Nintendo Voice Chat app. For ranking system this time around we have the global smash power. This online ranking system ranks all players scores on a numerical scale with the number based on how many players that person outranks. There’s also a special mode in the game just for the top players called Elite Smash mode. You now have a preferred rules option for how you want to play multiplayers whether it’s locally or online. You can set the rules for how you want to play and who you want to play with as well.

There’s also a spectator mode where you can watch other players battle it out online. It’s a great way to pick up gameplay tips. All in all Super Smash Bros Ultimate is great and it improves over everything the previous games did and adds a lot of new stuff as well. It also adds a lot of new stuff into the game to make it feel unique and brand new at the same time. While there are a few game modes that I feel are missing, all in all I feel Super Smash Bros Ultimate is the best Super Smash Bros game to date. My final score for Super Smash Bros Ultimate is a 5 out of 5. Super Smash Bros Ultimate is exclusive to Nintendo Switch.

 

Nathan B

 

Transformers: Devastation(Review)

Hello, my name is Charles & I’m here to review Transformers: Devastation for the PlayStation 4. This game’s storyline is based on the original Transformers G1 animated TV series.

 

The Autobot protagonists in this game are as followed:

Optimus Prime (Rank: Commander)(Vehicle: Semi-Truck)(Weapons: Ion Blaster/Energon-Axe/Star Saber),

BumbleBee (Rank: Scout)(Vehicle: Car)(Weapons: Twin Blasters/Golden Hunter),

SideSwipe (Rank: Warrior)(Vehicle: Sports Car)(Weapons: Blaster/Twin Swords/Photon Disruptor),

WheelJack (Rank: Engineer)(Vehicle: Racecar)(Weapons: Blaster/Wrenches),

Grimlock (Rank: Dinobot)(Vehicle: Tyrannosaurus Rex)(Weapons: Sword/Galaxial Launcher).

 

The Decepticon antagonists in this game are as followed:

Megatron (Rank: Commander)(Vehicles: Tank/Blaster)(Weapon: arm-mounted Fusion Cannon),

StarScream (Rank: Air Commander)(Vehicle: Fighter Jet)(Weapon: Null Ray),

ThunderCracker (Vehicle: Fighter Jet),

SkyWarp (Vehicle: Fighter Jet)(Power: Teleportation),

SoundWave (Rank: Communications)(Vehicle: Cassette Player)(Weapon: Loudspeaker),

Rumble & Frenzy-Humanoid (Vehicles: Mini-Cassettes)(Power: Creating Earthquakes),

LaserBeak & BuzzSaw-Birds (Vehicle: Mini-Cassettes),

Ravage-Panther (Vehicle: Mini-Cassettes),

ShockWave (Rank: Engineer)(Vehicles: Turret/Blaster),

BlitzWing (Rank: Triple-Changer)(Vehicles: Tank/Fighter Jet),

BombShell (Rank: Insecticon)(Vehicle: Hercules Beetle)(Power: Mind-Control via Cerebro-Shells),

KickBack (Rank: Insecticon)(Vehicle: Grasshopper),

Shrapnel (Rank: Insecticon)(Vehicle: Stag Beetle),

Menasor (Rank: Combiner/Stunticon)(Stunticons: WildRider, BreakDown, Dead End, Drag Strip & MotorMaster)(Weapon: Ionizer Sword),

Devastator (Rank: Combiner/Constructicon)(Constructicons: Hook, Long Haul, BoneCrusher, Scavenger, MixMaster & Scrapper)(Weapon: Drills).

 

In conclusion, I found this game to be a celebration of the classic Transformers G1 TV series. Thus I conclude this article in the wise words of Optimus Prime: Autobots “Transform & Roll Out.”

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Transformers 2004(Review)

Hello, my name is Charles and I am here to review Transformers 2004 for the PlayStation 2. This game’s storyline is based entirely on the Transformers: Armada animated TV series.

 

In this game, the Autobots try to find and rescue the Minicons while battling against the evil Decepticons and their DeceptiClone Army who are attempting to find and enslave the Minicons. Most of the game takes place on Planet Earth with the game’s final level taking place on Planet Cybertron.

 

The locations in this game are as followed:

The Amazon Rainforest,

Antarctica,

The Deep Amazon Jungle,

The Mid-Atlantic Ocean,

Alaska,

StarScream’s Starship,

An Island in the Pacific Ocean,

Iacon City on the Planet Cybertron.

 

The Autobot protagonists in this game are as followed:

Red Alert (Medic)(Vehicle: Ambulance)(Minicon partner: LongArm),

Hot Shot (Scout/Warrior)(Vehicle: Sports Car)(Minicon partner: Jolt),

Optimus Prime (Commander/Leader)(Vehicle: Semi-Truck)(Minicon partner: SparkPlug).

 

The Decepticon antagonists in this game are as followed:

Cyclonus (Warrior/Scout)(Vehicle: Helicopter)(Minicon partner: CrumpleZone),

Tidal Wave (Warrior/SuperWeapon)(Vehicle: Aircraft Carrier),

StarScream (Warrior/Swordsman)(Vehicle: Fighter Jet)(Minicon partner: Swindle),

Megatron (Commander/Leader)(Vehicle: Tank)(Minicon partner: Leader-1),

Unicron (Chaos-Bringer/Planet-Eater)(Vehicle: Planet)(Minicon partner: Dead End).

 

In conclusion, I believe this game truly lives up to its animated TV series counterpart therefore extending the Transformers franchise to new heights. Thus I end this article via the wise words of Optimus Prime himself: Till All Are One!

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Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu(Review)

Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to review the PlayStation 2 game Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu. This game is a direct sequel to the PlayStation 2 game Batman: Vengeance.

 

In this game, you  play as one of four characters consisting of Batman, Robin, Batgirl and Nightwing. In this game, you fight to liberate Gotham City in it’s darkest hour from Sin Tzu’s tyrannical grip.

 

The main protagonists in this game are Batman (Bruce Wayne), Robin (Tim Drake), Batgirl (Barbara Gordon), NightWing (Dick Grayson) and Commissioner James Gordon. The main antagonists in this game are Scarecrow (Dr. Jonathan Crane), Clayface (Basil Karlo), Bane and Sin Tzu (Warlord of Asia).

 

In conclusion, I learned through this game that even in our darkest of hours there is always a light of hope to which we must never abandon/forsake/give up on.

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