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Posted:
2010-10-08

Mbradshaw

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8.2

Castlevania The Dracula X Chronicles for the PSP offers 3 games in 1 package or 2 if you prefer fewer technicalities. The once Japan – exclusive Dracula X Rondo of Blood makes up two of the 3 games. This game has been remade in stunning 3D graphics and remixed and re- recorded music and dialogue while you also have the option to play the game in its true form of 2D graphics, original score, and your choice of either English dialogue or Japanese translation. The 3rd game is Castlevania Symphony of the Night that is actually better than its counterparts on the PlayStation and Xbox 360.

In Rondo of Blood, you control either Richter Belmont, a whip – armed vampire hunter or Maria Renard, a young girl who throws doves (don’t ask) at the enemies. You guide your chosen hero into the dark chock – full of bottomless pits, surprise traps, and monsters. Each character has their own strengths and weaknesses: Richter has more health but he is slow while Maria is fast and her controls are easier, but her stamina is out in 2 or 3 hits. Level finales battles are against monsters such as werewolves, headless horsemen, or Dracula himself.

The game features a “Choose Your Own Adventure” style mode of progression, and strategic saving system that will help you ease up even if you repeatedly die while exploring the dungeons. The final boss is Dracula, and to get to him you have to go through nine levels which often have branching paths and optional areas to explore. If you choose to explore those areas, they will replace the usual bosses and levels you would normally encounter if you have gone straight up.

The 3D remake boasts robust details in the environment and in the enemies. Everything is essentially the same, only more pleasing to the eyes and ears.

The last game in this pack is Castlevania Symphony of the Night, a sequel to Rondo of Blood. The setting is 4 years after the time Rondo happened, a new vampire is in town: Alucard, son of Dracula. The transition from Rondo to Symphony has been humongous. You can now explore freely different parts of the castle without regards to levels, and you are able to equip the weapons and clothing your defeated enemies leave behind. Bosses, on the other hand, increase you life bar and gives you new powers when you defeat them.

When you first play the game, only the 3D version of Rondo of Blood is available; you must collect certain items in Rondo in order to unlock the two other games. This package is worth every penny.

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Posted:
2010-10-23

Mbradshaw

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8.4

Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 features a game that is almost identical from its predecessors. However, you should expect more twists and more challenges on this game that will surely intrigue and interest those football enthusiasts.

This updated version of the series Pro Evolution of football gives you a more difficult game of football that will surely get you down to business. The passing from one player alone is made crisper as ever, the players are unique from their physique to the facial hairs as well as accessories. The shots that are made by players also possess a big difference from the previous versions of Pro Evolution so be sure to train yourself well on making a kick.

The reaction time for this game is quite impressive that playing Pro Evolution 2010 on PSP is almost the same as playing on PS2. If you have been familiar with this game from its previous versions, you will easily notice that great improvements have been introduced for this year’s release. Back then, the versions were not a challenge enough because it was missing a Master League Mode; but now, Pro Evolution on PSP had been catching up slowly when it comes to the different modes of the game.

The Master League mode of this game is based on a basic version of PS2, however; since this game is something to be played continuously, it starts to fit the platform perfectly. Together with the Champions League ad-hoc game mode, you can also play the ad-hoc Legends mode. As you play, you can notice the impressive selection of game modes that this Pro Evolution version has to offer.

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2010-11-11

Mbradshaw

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7.6

Soul Calibur Broken Destiny for the PSP gives you a better environment and forces you to attack at the same time as you defend. The story line is little old and greasy but the addition of two new characters makes it exciting. The combat grounds are pretty much the same as in the previous version but still the developers have done a good job to give them a newish look. You can go for weapon based fights which will encourage more people to play in this mode.

There are 22 characters available for you from the start and to make things a little more interesting there is a feature allowing you to create your own character as well. However the tools for customization of facial expressions and costumes are rather limited in their effects. Also there are not enough performance bonuses in terms of new costumes and weapons and this will probably be something of a disappointment for many players.

Your choice of character will not affect your performance. Controls are made really easy to command. You can move in 8 directions using your D control pad. Then you just need 4 keys to make basic moves of kicking and punching but you will find that there are far more advanced techniques which you will learn with time.

In its story approach it is little different from other fighting games in which you face some opponents and then their boss. You will have to cross three kinds of modes which are defense, attack and endless flavors. In first stage you have to face five opponents and by beating them you earn points to qualify for the next round. At the first attempt this could be challenging as you have to start with really small health and you have to save him in the end for your attack. But with practice you will learn the skills.

I won't spoil any more of the outline otherwise it will not be worth playing and overall it is difficult to recommend this game to the newcomers but for the seasoned players of Soul Caliber it will be a treat to play.

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Posted:
2011-01-28

Mbradshaw

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6.6

This game is much like the Lego games, with only two characters at a time and both must be active so as to solve puzzles and overcome your enemies. The graphics in this game are ugly, blurry and undefined, far worse than they should be on a PSP. The music is just like it is in the movie UP which is a plus for the game.

The characters each have their own unique abilities to help them on their South American journey of exploration. Carl can grab on high ridges with his cane and can use his other abilities to scare off enemies; he can hit enemies with his golf club and he can use his torch to light a dark cave. Russell uses grappling hooks to attach ropes, he is a mirror to the blind enemies and can pick up heavy objects that Carl cannot.

The game however has some technical problems that restrain the main objective from being fully achieved. At times the AI controlled partner will make playing the game real difficult and you will have problems progressing with the game. When they get on your way, at times they can cause you to miss a jump. At other times they will stick behind, following you wherever you go to even when you don't want their company. You will also find this other major problem at times it is extremely easy to miss a jump because of the gauche angles. When a box is place at the edge of alevel, the camera may not give a good view as there is an angle and this can be dangerous to you.

You will also encounter some silly mini-games in every level of the game. You may be involved in collecting spiders, or playing squash. One good thing worth noting about this game is that you cannot die. If you are hit by an enemy or you miss a jump, all you do is loose energy and since there are plenty of fruits scattered all over, you can reenergize and get back on your feet. If the fruits run out then you may not be able to do things that can expose you to death.

Apart from plot forming there are another three game plays in the game: a canoe section, being tethered to a house, and aerial dog fight sections while in small planes.

The game is easy to play and will be ideal for children. It has good mechanics which are simple and easy to learn.


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