Before the Uncharted series blossomed into Naughty Dog’s flagship franchise, the Santa Monica-based developer unearthed a completely different sort of success with that of platformer Jak And Daxter: The Precursor Legacy.
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How do you survive the brutal carmageddon that is Twisted Metal? Destroy every opponent by any means necessary. Careen through deathtrap-infested stadiums, quiet suburbs, and other locales mowing down anyone who dares stand in your way.
When I reviewed JU-ON, a lackluster horror outing for the Wii, I wanted to repeatedly bash my Wii remote against the wall until either my hand or the controller busted open. The survival horror genre is rather hit and miss, but I can put up with a lot in order to get to the good stuff, and have. The curious case of Amy is an interesting one. It’s nowhere near as disjointed and frustrating as the former, but its jarring brand of survival horror is a return to the early PlayStation brand of “turn-the-character-and-turn-the-camera,” which is no doubt a strange antiquity to gamers of today expecting a Resident Evil 5-styled shootout. With that said, it’s missing a certain level of polish and finesse that’s expected of any modern release, and the lack of said polish can hinder players when trying to progress through the game’s six chapters.
If you’re a shonen anime junkie, it’s doubtful you haven’t yet checked out Bleach. Like Naruto, Dragon Ball Z, and the several successful action series before it, the sprawling supernatural tale is packed with epic brawls, memorable characters, and plenty of filler. Ichigo Kurosaki, your typical teenager, is suddenly whisked away into the world of the Soul Reapers, powerful entities tasked with rounding up rowdy souls who linger in the living realm as malevolent spirits long after kicking the bucket.
During the Wii’s raucous run, one of my personal favorite adventures happened to be No More Heroes. As a longtime fan of Suda51, this rock-and-roll journey’s particular brand of insanity resonated with me. And as I guided otaku renegade Travis Touchdown through the ranks of the most powerful assassins in the land, I had the time of my life. Unfortunately, none of my friends were ever too interested in giving this stellar game a try, as its graphics weren’t modern enough and they didn’t own Wiis. However, with the release of No More Heroes: Heroes’ Paradise, for the PlayStation 3 featuring Move support, that excuse no longer flies. Heroes’ Paradise presents the original game in 720p with the choice to play with either motion controls or simple DualShock input.