REVIEW: Yakuza: Dead Souls (PlayStation 3)

deadsouls-yakuzaA few friends have been telling me for almost a year now to try out Yakuza: Dead Souls, saying it’s something I’d really enjoy. I tend to twist my face at games I’ve never heard much about or when I’ve never played any of the other games in the series but I’m glad I picked this game up. It only cost me a fiver in HMV anyway, so it’s already off to a good start.

The story wasn’t particularly hard to follow, I was just unsure whether or not I was jumping backwards in the time line at points or not as it felt like I was meeting characters later on in the game in situations that I had played as them previously. Nothing too major, but it threw me off a little bit.

All I really knew about the Yakuza games is that the team developing them have some kind of connection with the Shenmue team for the Sega Dreamcast. It does have a Shenmue-like feel to some of the gameplay but maybe it’s down to it also being set in Japan.

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REVIEW – Uncharted 3 (PS3)

I’ve never really thought much about the Uncharted series. Didn’t look like something I’d thoroughly enjoy. I’m starting to think I’ve missed out.

I got the latest title as a birthday present last week and gave it a shot yesterday. I played it for 8 hours straight…haha.

I think it probably has the best story of all the games I’ve played in a while. I’ve never felt myself get sucked in as much for a long time.
It felt like I was playing a slightly more violent National Treasure movie (which I also enjoyed). It’s a pretty cinematic game which focuses a lot on the story telling in the beginning of the game, rather than give you action all the way through. It’s a nice contrast which not a whole lot of games could pull off.

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REVIEW – Final Fantasy XIII-2 (PS3)

When I first heard about this game, I wasn’t too keen on the idea of another main Final Fantasy title sequel, since the last one (X-2) kinda sucked. The previews all talked about how it fixed what was wrong in FFXIII and I started to anticipate the release a little more.
I had played the demo which featured the Bresha Ruins area and introduced players to the new mechanics and characters.

The new characters are Serah Farron and Noel Kriess. Players of XIII know Serah as Lightning’s sister, Snow’s girlfriend and ‘that lass that got turned to crystal and then back again’. Noel’s story is that he was the very last child to have been born and that he was chosen by Etro (the Goddess) to change the future in order to save Humanity.
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REVIEW – Resistance 3 (PS3)

I’m glad this has finally come out! I’ve been waiting about 2 or 3 year for the next installment of Insomniac’s Resistance series on PlayStation 3 and it does not disappoint. Well, maybe in some spots…

First off, the graphics and sound haven’t really changed much. Not a bad thing as the last 2 games for PS3 were pretty decent in these areas. The gameplay has changed a fair bit, though. Starting with the controls.

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REVIEW – Back To The Future: Episode I (PS3, Xbox 360, PC, Mac, iOS)

Today, my friend sent me a link to Telltales Games’ website and told me that they were giving away the first episode of their Back To The Future game for free. I HAD to head over there and download it.
All it took was a quick, 10 second-or-so registration with their site (also completely free) to begin the download of the 400mb file.

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