Author Archives: Steven Lim

[Review] Record of Agarest War Zero

Available on: PS3, Xbox 360; Publisher: Aksys Games; Developer: Compile Heart; Players: 1; Released: June 14, 2011; ESRB: Teen; Official Site

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Over the years the tactical RPG formula has not changed much and with the release of Record of Agarest War: Zero, the statement still holds true.  But  Record of Agarest War: Zero is still a formidable game that has a solidly built battle system and interesting storylineThis game is a prequel to the original game aptly titled Record of Agarest War and the story begins 1,000 years before the original story line.

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[Review] Shadow Harvest: Phantom Ops

Available on: PC; Publisher: Viva Media; Developer: Black Lion Studios; Players: 1; Released: April 5, 2011; ESRB: Mature; Official WebsiteShadow Harvest Shot 6

When gamers think about a military shooter, they generally think about first rate games like the Call of Duty or Battlefield series.  Gamers think about these games because they are the cream of the crop, the best of the best, the Brad Pitt of military shooters; unfortunately for Black Lion Studios, their take on the military shooter genre is barely B list quality.  Shadow Harvest:  Phantom Ops is like the red headed step child of Splinter Cell and Call of Duty because it tries so hard to mimic the in-game cutscenes that Modern Warfare does so well, and also the third person stealth action that is reminiscent of Splinter Cell.  Although the attempt to create a hybrid of two successful franchises was a very admirable pursuit, it simply fails to grasp any kind of shock and awe that was apparent in any Call of Duty game and does not even come close to the gameplay level of Splinter Cell.

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[Review] Total War: Shogun 2 – Return of the Samurai

Available on: PC (Retail, Steam); Publisher: SEGA; Developer: Creative Assembly; Players: 1 – 8; Released: March 15, 2011; ESRB: Teen; Official Website

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In Total War: Shogun 2,Creative Assembly takes us back to its roots by setting the game in Feudal Japan. With a redesigned game engine that supports up to 56,000 soldiers in a single battle, it definitely pushes the Total War franchise into uncharted RTS territory. Total War: Shogun 2 is also the first game in the Total War series that has its franchise name used as the primary title and to have the Total War brand prefixed. Creative Assembly, with all due respect to Rome: Total War, has catapulted itself to the top with this game due to its breathtaking graphical engine, presentation, and simplified gameplay.

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