Resident Evil 2 Review
Remastering old games is relatively easy. Just spice up the graphics and perhaps smooth out controls a bit and that’s it. Remaking is another story, though, especially if it concerns such a classic video game as Resident Evil 2, something that’s loved and cherished by a whole generation of gamers who first experienced it over 20 years ago on PlayStation 1.
Okami HD Review
An old legend tells how a white wolf Shiranui aided a young warrior Nagi to defeat Orochi, an eight-headed serpent terrorizing Japan. A time of tranquility ensued for hundred years but the vanity of men led evil to rise again. Once lush and green meadows are turned into grey ghost lands and the evil spirits haunt people. The sun goddess Amaterasu takes the form of legendary white wolf, and aided with a snappy spirit Issun (just don’t call him a bug!), she embarks on a quest to free the country.
Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 Review
The few modest upgrades serve casual fans, and the challenges offer veterans something to chew on. While I would have loved to see more new features and additional games like the oft-forgotten spinoff Mega Man and Bass, a package of four solid action platformers is enough to make Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 desirable to both fans and newcomers.
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Review
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is a worthy inclusion for any fighting game fan’s collection. It’s a straight port of the 2011 game, but the included DLC makes the purchase worth its price. The graphics don’t feel too outdated, and its comic-book style still holds up as far as 2D fighters go. With a huge roster of fan-favorites, flashy movesets, classic game soundtrack remixes, fair online infrastructure, and medium-defying crossovers, UMvC3 is pure, unadulterated fun.
Even though it is only a spin-off title, hopefully Capcom can use Umbrella Corps as learning material in order to make Resident Evil 7 and all future titles much better. It is uncertain what influence this game will have on the future of the series, but what we do know is that this competitive multiplayer shooter is a colossal waste of time, and a total failure.
Dragon's Dogma Dark Arisen
Dragon’s Dogma Dark Arisen should be played by every fan of action RPGs. There’s much to do and discover, and from exploration to character interactions to the exciting combat, everything is fun and genuinely interesting. It looks great, it sounds great -- the musical score is outstanding -- and refreshes the genre with some innovative ideas and masterful variations on old ones.
Ultra Street Fighter IV
With new characters, stages, modes, and careful tweaking of the entire roster, Ultra Street Fighter IV is without a doubt, the definitive version of Street Fighter IV. It provides a plethora of new content and a staggering amount of detail, all for the modest price of $15. Its greatest feat, however, is that everything culminates into a package that casual fans will enjoy and fighting game enthusiasts will appreciate. For anyone who has enjoyed the Street Fighter IV series, Ultra is most certainly a must-buy.
I had a great time with Strider in the beginning, but that satisfaction went on a steady and disappointing decline from the start. There's a great-looking game with some compelling exploration elements here, albeit a flawed one that almost always plays against those strengths in favour of more flat combat. The Metroid-style design could be a great fit for Strider, but this first outing comes up a little lacking.
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies
The narrative that runs through that world isn't always focused as it could be, but Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies is a largely excellent visual novel adventure. If you're a patient and detail-oriented player, it's tough to imagine many more games that absorb you into their world further. but it's tough to argue with yet another excellent - and markedly improved - entry in Capcom's juridical saga.
Lost Planet 3
Lost Planet 3 pulls off some genuinely interesting and entertaining things with its story and exploratory nature, but that potential is all but covered up by its middling action. It lies somewhere between the wants of series fans and the needs of those who have been playing these kinds of games for years, and I wouldn't recommend you play it.
That's the gist of it really. Ducktales Remastered looks great and sounds great, but at the end of the day, it's tired and repetitive. Does it color my perception of the older classic? Not in the least. But it will make me wary in the future, when a developer trudges out an old memory in new clothing, whispering the sweet siren's call in my ear, telling me it will all feel the same. It might, sure, but it rarely ever does.
There are a lot of ideas packed into this game but I feel like if they would have cut back on a couple of the concepts to focus more on the story then this could have been a real stand out game. As it is now Remember Me is more appealing when it gets cheaper or if you have absolutely nothing to play. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for a soundtrack release but the game itself is pretty forgettable and will only leave a memory of the visual art at best. I trust that Capcom can get some good games out there and Dontnod Entertainment can definitely make a good game, but Remember Me just isn't their best attempt.
Capcom Arcade Cabinet 1986 Pack
That's really the root of the problem with Capcom Arcade Cabinet; it's tough to get excited about this pack or others because, for the most part, their curated titles are less fondly remembered and celebrated for a reason. Unless you remember these three fondly from your youth, there's little reason to pursue them now. Being able to reach back to the origins of one of gaming's biggest companies continues to be an act of at least some historical interest, but little amusement.
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
It is a shame that Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate on 3DS is let down so badly by the lack of online capability. However, if you have friends with the title or have prior experience with the series and can deal with the challenge of fighting alone, then 3 Ultimate is worth picking up. Just make sure you play with the Circle Pad Pro.
Darkstalkers Resurrection is a great collection of some classic games. I really liked playing Darkstalkers 3, and the unusual round system and art style made the game seem like more than just another solid fighting game. Iron Galaxy did a great job updating the game in terms of visuals, tutorials, and online play. Night Warriors is by far the weaker of the two games, but Darkstalkers 3 is worth the price of admission. It’s not the best fighting game ever made, but it’s a lot of fun and the price point is right.
Capcom Arcade Cabinet: Pack 1
It’s nice that Capcom is attempting to preserve a portion of the company’s product history. Unfortunately, the games just don’t update very well. The absurd difficulty curve and cheap deaths are a constant reminder that these games were designed to take as many quarters from players as possible. With that dynamic removed, much of the tension and fun is absent. There’s still some fun to be had in each game and the price is very low, but the ability to brute force you’re way through each one with unlimited continues means that only those who enjoy chasing their friends on leaderboards should purchase this first collection.