Archive for July, 2012

Review: Unchained Blades

XSEED is famous for localizing quirky Japanese niche titles that you wouldn’t always assume you’d see Stateside, and quite often the gambles they take pay off exponentially. While the PSP may be entering its final hours as a viable portable system, that isn’t keeping developers from releasing brand new options for gamers to dig into. Unchained Blades is a cut-and-paste dungeon crawler with anime aesthetics that attempts to draw in players with its gorgeous artwork and promise of beautiful women and brash heroes, but in the end it isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Hampering its release even further, it’s meant to be followed later this year by a release on the 3DS. Is the PSP iteration worth trying, though?

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Review: Dragon Ball Z Kai: Part One + Two Blu-ray Review

Dragon Ball Z has been a part of my life since I was a young child. It was there through my awkward adolescence, through my middle and high school love affair with Vegeta, and through my parents’ subsequent annoyance with my fictional crush. And though it’s been years since I’ve sat down and marathoned the series like I would in my youth, I still feel those familiar pangs of nostalgia, where I’m moved to dust off season 1, jump right back in, and re-watch the magical moments that accompanied my childhood. But alas, I’m an adult now, and this means I have to spend much less time sitting in front of the TV geeking out with Goku and the gang.

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Review: Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D

It was a long time coming, but Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater finally crawled all the way onto the 3DS. A triumph of a handheld, for sure, the entry into the Metal Gear saga is now available for scads more players to kill and consume frogs, rats, and of course, snakes. Oh, and to face up against hordes of enemies, from which you’ll spend a glut of your time hiding from in the tall grass. Largely, Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D brings the same PlayStation 2 hit you’re used to with plenty of new window dressing to up the ante. Portable Snake is the best snake when it comes to the 3DS.

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