Tag Archives: PS Vita

Persona 4 Golden: Still Amazing

2 Dec

Persona-4-GoldenIf you don’t know what Persona 4 is, that doesn’t surprise me. When people say “JRPG” most people thing of Final Fantasy. Not me. I’m a self proclaimed, loyal and dedicated follower of the Shin Megami Tensi franchise made by Atlus. Screw Final Fantasy. You want a good story that will take your mind on a trip it never expected, pick up any game with those three words above the title.

Persona 4 Golden is their newest game in the setting on the PS Vita, taking place in a small town called Inaba in Japan. You play as a young, second year high school student (equivalent to an American Junior) just transferred in front the big city after your parents shot off to the U.S. for work. You’ll be staying with your uncle, a detective in the small town, until they come back next year. Things seem perfectly normal, scandal in the news, bad weather, nothing that special; at least until you learn about the Midnight Channel. Continue reading

And Ubisoft Takes the Prize – E3 News

5 Jun

E3 over the last two days has been a flurry of news and information. While it’s not over yet, all of the big press conferences are over. Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo, EA, and Ubisoft held major press conferences and wowed, or bored, crowds with their presentations. Here’s what I thought stood out during each.

Microsoft came out with a presentation for the next Halo. My opinion is the game will be mediocre now that the old team is no longer developing it, but time will tell how good it really is. They also announced the release date, November 6, so we won’t even have to wait that long.

Next was the announcement of the new Splinter Cell which attempted to demo voice commands via Kinect. It didn’t come off so well. The developer playing the game knew the commands, but it’s going to take some heavy tutorials to get players using them as smoothly as a button press. The guys from Madden came in afterwards, though, and they showed how Kinect voice can really be utilized. Continue reading

In Before It’s Out – Persona 4: Golden

29 May

Inaba — a quiet town in rural Japan. A normal teenager arrives at the station to begin his year-long stay in the countryside, only to be welcomed by the news of a dead TV announcer. Shortly after, another body appears, mysteriously hung from the top of a telephone pole. The cause of death is unknown, with no leads on the suspect… As the peaceful community is thrown into turmoil, the urban youth and his classmates wander into a strange, surreal place covered by a thick fog…

AHH IT’S PERSONA 4 ON THE VITA!!!!!!!111!one!

Alright, now that that’s out of my system, let me tell you about the original game. Overall Metacritic score of 90, several “Editor’s Choice” and “Best Of” awards, Persona 4 was my favorite of the Persona series to date. I spent over 100 hours immersed in the story and combat, destroying demons in the various levels, and collecting/customizing my demons. As with all Atlus games I’ve played, the story is brilliant, engaging and twists about at the end. Updated from Persona 3, creating bonds with the memorable characters had bonuses outside of unlocking the highest tier of demon fusion. Continue reading

Uncharted: Golden Abyss Finished Review

11 Mar

Uncharted: Golden AbyssUncharted is a game that’s been talked about for several years now, ever since Nathan Drake went on his first adventure on the PS3. Naughty Dog has been lauded for its beautiful mixture of graphics, gameplay and story telling so much that I, for one, regretted never getting my hands on the first tow Uncharted games before my ex ran off with the PS3.

That being said, I picked up this game expecting not to understand some things. Sure enough, the game started me out in the middle of a jungle ruin, fighting against some guys for whatever reason, and with no idea why I (Nathan Drage) was there or what I was looking for. Figuring that I’m missing something from the PS3 games, I continue through the tutorial without a worry. Turns out, no one playing this game will know why the fuck Drake is here when they first pick up the game or what he’s looking for in these ruins. Way to go, Naughty Dog. Eventually, I got through tutorial and into the actual story of Golden Abyss which did live up to what I have heard about Uncharted’s storyline. There was just one problem, the game play sucked. Hard. The story and lovely graphics only barely make up for the unchallengeing and/or frustrating gameplay.

The platforming segments are broken up by puzzle solving and shooting segments. I use puzzle solving loosely as Continue reading