Archive for the ‘Video Game Reviews’ Category

By Keith Crandell Jr.

All-Stars has an amazing intro, so you can watch (or preferably listen) to it while reading this review! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDKXroc4Lsg

Image

Although Playstation All-Stars: Battle Royale is said to be inspired by, and more commonly compared to, Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. series, the two games are very different. These are two clearly different, but equally respectable fighting games. The comparisons end with the notion that both bring together their respective first and third party franchises. Super Smash Bros. is one of the ultimate fighting games in video game history. Almost everyone knows Nintendo and its characters, so throwing them all together in a button mashing insanity feud makes perfect sense. It’s fun for anyone of any age and is extremely competitive, although Mario Kart 64 may be more competitive among college students. PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale (All-Stars), developed by SuperBot Entertainment, is a competitive game, a legitimate and deep fighter, and one of the most entertaining things I’ve ever experienced. All-Stars is better than Super Smash Bros.

(more…)

by Keith Crandell Jr.

*Editor’s Note: This review covers Dissidia and Dissidia 012*

Dissidia’s initial selling point was the conflict between ten heroes and villains from the numbered installments.

(more…)

By Keith Crandell

Image

The main cast of Crisis Core. From left to right: Genesis, Angeal, Zack Fair, Sephiroth, Tseng, and Cloud Strife

Several years before Cloud Strife rode atop a train to commit unspeakable acts of terrorism, he was a wimpy little Shinra military grunt, and aspired to be strong enough to join SOLDIER, an elite military group. While he never actually made it into SOLDIER, his good friend Zack Fair did, SOLDIER First Class, in fact. Crisis Core –Final Fantasy VII- is Zack’s story, spanning the seven years leading up to Final Fantasy VII. The impact Zack has on Cloud is profound, and it’s great to see what actually happens to the man in this tragic story.

(more…)

By Keith Crandell

The main cast of Final Fantasy VII. Unfortunately, none of the cooler characters make an appearance until later in the game, and it’s hardly more than a cameo at that point.

The Compilation of Final Fantasy VII continues with perhaps the least loved installment, Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII. Breaking from the standard RPG formula of Final Fantasy VII, Dirge of Cerberus is actually a third person shooter starring the mysterious Vincent Valentine, an optional character from the original game, and his mission to stop Deepground, an organization hell bent on creating as much chaos as possible to destroy the planet. It’s actually a pretty solid shooter at that, but it isn’t particularly awesome, unless you love melodrama. Dirge of Cerberus is one of the darkest entries in the Final Fantasy series. Literally the darkest, with a dark story, overtones, and a dark picture on the TV screen.

(more…)

By Keith Crandell

Image

Final Fantasy: All The Bravest is the latest entry into the Final Fantasy series, one of a wide variety of notoriety, infamy, and success. All The Bravest is by far the worst entry in this wonderful series, insultingly so. The plot is nonexistent, and the premise is equally lousy.

(more…)

By Keith Crandell

Image

Final Fantasy XIII-2 displays Lightning on the box art, but hardly she’s hardly seen in the game at all.

Final Fantasy XIII-2 is the first numbered sequel in almost a decade in the Final Fantasy series, and picks up three years after the conclusion of Final Fantasy XIII. This time, Lightning’s sister Serah, and Noel, a mysterious boy from a distant future step up to save the world as they search for Lightning, who disappeared in the aftermath of Cocoon falling from the sky and crashing into Gran Pulse below. Final Fantasy XIII-2 was released in early 2012, and I think it’s terrible.

(more…)

By Keith Crandell

Image

I’m going to be upfront about this: Final Fantasy XIII is by no means the best game in the Final Fantasy series. It’s not even close. It’s a solid title, with varying strengths and weaknesses, and is not “garbage” or “an abomination to the greatest series of all time” as I’ve seen a few people put it. Final Fantasy reached the western audience in early 2010, and its main protagonist, a strong woman named Lightning, was intended by director Motomu Toriyama to be reminiscent of Final Fantasy VII’s Cloud Strife. Little did he know that not only was she indeed reminiscent of Cloud, but that Final Fantasy XIII would face a similar degree of controversy from the Final Fantasy fandom.

(more…)