After protagonist Lightning’s sudden and seemingly unexplained disappearance at the end of Final Fantasy XIII, Serah Farron was distraught. Did she only dream the tender moments she shared with her austere sister moments before the end? And is Lightning attempting to communicate with her, wherever she is? These questions and more are addressed within Final Fantasy XIII-2, the direct sequel to 2010’s RPG, the first direct sequel to a Final Fantasy entry in eight years. Final Fantasy XIII might have spottily explored the indomitable Lightning’s journey to save Cocoon, but this annotated yarn follows the sprightly Mary Sue, younger Farron sister Serah, on a journey through time to save the world (and her sister) as she knows it.
Archive for March, 2012
Even if you don’t already know the name, there’s a good chance that you know the voice. Jennifer Hale is no n00b to the video games industry. You can hear her voicing characters from Bastila Shan in Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic to Dr. Naomi Hunter in Metal Gear Solid. Hale has also lent her voice to television in The Powerpuff Girls, Totally Spies and Avatar: The Last Airbender.
Zombies may be huge right now, but let’s not forget about their metal brethren, robots. The game Sminis is packed with a gaggle of tiny, adorable robots with a mind of their own. After a particularly nasty accident in an industrial lab, Sminis, the creation of yet another mad scientist, are on the loose.
Crush 3D takes many of the same elements its big brother utilized in the earlier PSP version and squishes them into a form suitable for play on the Nintendo 3DS. Five years after the original Crush hit the scene, Sega has resurrected the idea for another go-around from developer Zoë Mode that takes a few liberties with the previous game’s concept and expands upon its perspective-warping gameplay for something a little different. Where indie platformer Fez is being praised currently for its excellent efforts that combine both 2D and 3D mechanics, Crush paved the way and provided a stable foundation on which to build. Crush 3D excels as a fresh take on the PSP/Vita title and stands on its own as a worthwhile addition to your 3DS library, but does take a hit in terms of presentation and narrative.
Konami’s string of dance party antics since their switch to more Kinect-friendly booty-shaking continues with Rhythm Party, an Xbox Live Arcade title that feels very much like a simpler version of Dance Masters, but without all that made Dance Masters great. In fact, one might even go so far as to say Rhythm Party is a spiritual sequel to the ParaPara-lite we were treated to with the NAOKI-fueled Dance Masters, but with a lot less directions.