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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 (dont 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.
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 years 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.
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.
Gamers may be wondering why this remake was ever made when the original game was already popular and has become a hit. I have been playing these Tomb Raider games since the dawn of time, though. The original game had a few problems when it was launched, and now with a remake, it was made better and close to perfect. It had more action, adventure and challenges inserted into the game to make it more exciting and interesting for gamers.
The plot and story of the game also followed the original game. It was an impressive recreation of the original game to make it a highly recommendable new game. There are still lots of enemies like the original; rats, bats gorillas, crocodiles and a lot more. Weapons also come in plenty like pistols, shotguns and explosives. Expect the same great moves from Lara Croft.
There are tons of action, obstacles and puzzles waiting for the heroine of the game. The Anniversary gave more puzzles and bigger space to move in. This will give Lara Croft more room to make her famous moves. Aside from the usual missions that she has to accomplish, you can also explore her mansion. I like beating the shit out of the butler! Who's doesn't! This is where you can practice her moves. Secrets are to be found but this time, it is more difficult making you cram for time. So like Lara Croft, you need to do anything to finish your mission and get to the goal that you are to achieve.
The graphics are tremendously better than the original one. It is graphically rich as experts say. The voice acting is very clear and accurate. The audio was done perfectly. The plot was like the original one which is already okay. And the game play had become amazingly better. Seriously, if you played the original you will be surprised how much better this one is.
All in all, this remake of the original Tomb Raider has made its sense. It is packed with action that gamers are looking for in a game that stars Lara Croft. It is more exciting and challenging. You can never get a better Tomb Raider game like this. If you are looking for a cool action packed game to play in your PSP, Tomb Raider is highly recommended.
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