Usually a sequel sports better graphics. But Star Ocean: First Departure was more remake than port while Star Ocean: Second Evolution seems more port than remake. First Departure got a sexy modern makeover; Second Evolution shows its wrinkles and age spots-it still looks a lot like it did on PSone 10 years ago. Luckily, Second Evolution has been a few perks in its favor. Originally, this was the second RPG from tri-Ace, the Japanese developer that started with the first Star Ocean and went on to make Valkyrie Profile, among other things.
If you adore the slightly melancholic, but richly imaginative, works of creators like Tim Burton, Neil Gaimon, or Jean-Prerre Jeunet, then Folklore id for you. The story begins in the decrepit village of Doolin, the gateway to the afterworld. Two strangers are beckoned to the island – one an orphan lured by a letter from her long dead mother and the other a jaded reporter for an occultist magazine who receives a mysterious phone call. They arrive in time to witness a murder. Solving it requires journeying into the Netherworld to interrogate the dead and facing truths that hit closer to home and have bigger impacts than they could ever suspect.
You can tell Rise of the Argonauts is a labor of love. Painstakingly researched (if dry and academic) mythological details nestle in every nook and cranny. The modest ambition of the bloody your dear wife Alceme is shot down with a poison arrow on your weeding day, and you immediately spring into brutal action, chasing down her killer – but then falls into the RPG trap of meandering side-quests and overlong chatty bits that, although interesting in snippets, add up to a whole lot of nothing.
We are always happy to welcome a well made RPG into the Playstation fold. And if sales of 500,000 within the first few weeks of its Japanese release are any indication, we’d better start chilling the champagne and polishing the silverware for Phantasy Star Portable’s March arrival. The game is chronologically set between Phantasy Star Universe and the other its sequel Phantasy Star Universe: Ambition of the Illuminus.
In the original, critically regaled, multiple Game of the year award-winning Deus Ex (on PC) government agents had superhuman abilities thanks to discreet nanomachine ‘’augmentations’’ implanted in their bodies. Those folks stuck with mechanical ‘’augs’’ were seen as relics of an unsophisticated past. Well, go back, 25 years in Deus Ex 3-a prequel-and mechanical augs are at the very forefront of the technology curve. Agents use mechanical arms and cybernetic implants as aids in their fight against terrorism, as the human race evolves artificially at breakneck speed.
Just released on Game Trailer late last week, the Final Fantasy XIII game intro video trailer has become one of the most popular videos on the site. For those of you who are FF fans, the game is due to be released next year by March, it will be available on PS3 as well as Xbox360.