Racing titles are ever-evolving. With the intoduction of the open world to the genre, it has seemed that subsequent titles especially after Burnout Paradise have followed suit. While Burnout Paradise was a glowing example of the open world mechanic done right, many of the games it has inspired have been less-than-stellar entries to their respective franchises. The latest evidence of this is Need for Speed Underground. While it aspires to be a “thrilling”, open exercise in evading the cops and rising above the ranks, it falls short in a number of ways, making the other racing contenders available right now the better choice, most definitely.
Archive for January, 2009
Almost a decade after the release of Persona 2: Eternal Punishment, gamers outside of Japan were treated with the third installment of the Revelations: Persona series of Shin Megami Tensei. Completely revolutionizing the series and the way gamers saw the Persona side stories, Persona 3 was a groundbreaking exercise in what is truly fun about RPGs. It introduced many innovative new facets of gameplay that were completely refreshing to play through rather than sit through the same old, stale, RPG for the umpteenth time. With such a stellar effort that even prompted the add-on disc to come to America, it was going to be a tough gig to follow. Not surprisingly, however, Atlus has hit another home run with the release of Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4.
As my Naruto-obsessed friend has shown me, the Naruto fighting titles have simply been newer renditions of themselves over and over throughout the years. This is even reflected through their titles, as there has already been a “Clash of Ninja”, and then “Clash of Ninja Revolution”. Now, with Clash of Ninja Revolution 2, we’re getting a superpowered dose of, well, more of the same. It’s apparent that in order to sell a Naruto title to fans like hotcakes, changes do not need to be made. However, that does not count of any of the series from being fun and interesting fighters that make competent additions to Naruto fans’ game collections. It just means that the series seems to be stuck in a rut. But hey, if it ain’t broke, why fix it?
Though there quite a few puzzlers out there that you could choose over Meteos Wars, it’s recommended that you give the latest iteration of Q Entertainment’s darling a chance. Making the leap from its ubiquitous Nintendo DS debut to the Xbox Live Arcade remixed and relaunched as Meteos Wars, it’s an impressive block-stacking title that should please even the most discerning of puzzle fans – that is, if you are wanting to play alone.