I’ve been behind on review again, not because I haven’t been play any games. The games I’ve been playing aren’t necessarily recent. Guacamelee and Shovel Knight have recently gotten second winds due to going cross platform. Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack is a Vita launch title (made by the developer behind Guacamelee) and MonsterBag was a free PS Vita game from April. Let’s just say that I’ve had a lot of great gaming in the past little while.
The Lego games have been moving franchise to franchise making a lot of entertaining games for fans of the respective series and for gamers a like. Instead of talking about one of their full games, I got the chance to play the handheld version. It’s a stripped down version of the main games but does this handheld experience hold up?
It’s hard to believe that it’s only been a year since the first Tales of Xillia came overseas. It was considered by many (including myself) the best of the series and it was one that deserved a sequel. But we’ve been burned by a sequel before. Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World wasn’t bad but was a major let down to many fans. Will Tales of Xillia 2 suffer the same fate?
The latest of the Tales series chosen to be localized outside of Japan. Tales of Xillia along with the series bridges the gap between traditional JRPG’s and action games while not favoring one over the other. Originally released in Japan in 2011, Tales of Xillia is the highest rated Tales game. Does Tales of Xillia live up to its praises?
Following in the success of the comics and the television series Telltale Games has taken the franchise and made it into a game. Telltale is best known for the their episodic adventure games (Sam & Max, Tales of Monkey Island, Back to the Future) and has achieved high levels of acclaim. Is taking The Walking Dead to the video game frontier a good idea or will the series die out before it even gets started.
The Tales of series is one that often times never sees the light of day outside of Japan. That was the case with Tales of Graces which was originally a Japanese Wii exclusive. Tales of Graces f is the PS3 port with improved graphics, resolution and bonus content that includes a lengthy epilogue chapter. Those unfamiliar with the Tales games, they are JRPGs with battles systems akin to fighting games. As the series matured the gameplay has been getting faster and adding more without making the system complicated. Is Tales of Graces f RPG fans want or should the series stay at home.