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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NERG: A Blast From The Past

This past weekend (29-30 June 2013) was an absolute blast!
A new retro gaming event took place at Gateshead Stadium under the name of North East Retro Gaming, or NERG for short.

It’s a shame that arcades are dying out but this is the purpose of the event, to bring back the classic 80s/90s arcade for the weekend. For me, the greatest thing about the event wasn’t necessarily the sheer amount of selection of Consoles, Arcade and Pinball machines; it was the ambience. It just sounded like an Old Skool arcade with the sounds of the mass of video game machines blaring in the background, unable to distinguish any one machine amongst the sounds of the hundreds of people that were most likely, like me, in a relapse with memories of their favourite arcades from back in the day.
For me it was a mixture of Spanish City and Metroland, 2 amazing amusements that are now, sadly, long gone.

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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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