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Archive for July, 2010

Review #360

Friday, July 9th, 2010

Trinity Universe
Publisher: Nippon Ichi
Developer: Idea Factory
Genre: Turn Based RPG
Release Date: 06/30/2010

Nippon Ichi has had a pretty good track record this year. Everyone here at Diehard GameFAN is still giddy over a Sakura Wars title being released in English, they made their first foray into adventure gaming with Disgaea Infinite, and they released two anime series in Persona: Trinity Soul and Toradora!. Heck, even their worst game of the year so far, Last Rebellion was good enough that I kept playing until I earned a Platinum trophy on it.

Now it’s time for Trinity Universe. Following in the footsteps of last year’s Cross Edge release where Disgaea characters met flagship mascots from other series like Darkstalkers, this new game gives you characters from both Nippon Ichi and Gust titles, the latter of which are published in North America by Nippon Ichi anyway, so it probably seems like an “All-Star Game” of NIS characters. That being said, I’ve never been a fan of Gust titles like Mana Khemia or the Atelier series as they tend to be a little too pat and cliché for my tastes. I think Student Alliance has fared the best out of their titles with me. Gust fares significantly better with other DHGF staffers as DJ loves Mana Khemia 2 and Aileen was a big fan of Atelier Annie.

Finally, the game was developed by Idea Factory, which is a company that tends to make games that our staff, well, seems to hate. I really enjoyed Cross Edge and Agarest but those games has the involvement of Compile Heart and Red Company respectively. Just look at our staff’s bitter reviews of games like Spectral Force Genesis, Spectral Force 3, or Chaos Wars. However, none of those aforementioned titles were localized by NIS America, so were they able to break the streak of only bad Idea Factory games being localized for US shores, or rather, could it be that there is no such thing as a good Idea factory game?
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Review #359

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

Sin and Punishment: Star Successor
Developer: Treasure
Publisher: Nintendo of America
Genre Rail Shooter
Release Date: 06/27/2010

I love Treasure. They’ve given me so many great games over the years. Ikaruga, Radiant Silvergun, Gradius V, Bangai-O, Gunstar Heroes and of course my favourite video game of all time, Guardian Heroes. They are one of my favourite developers of all time, along with Black Isle Studio and Quest and they have a pretty solid track record…

…except for sequels. Treasure almost never makes a sequel to one of their games (Gradius V doesn’t count as it is the first and only Gradius game they made) , but when they do, they tend to be pretty awful. Take Advance Guardian Heroes for example. I was excited beyond verbal description for that game and so were many others. The end result however, was one of the worst games of 2004 and to say that most gamers felt it killed and raped (yes, in that order) the spirit of the original game is an understatement. There is still a lot of hate for that game and you can see it emanate from gamers just by mentioning the title.

Which of course brings us to Sin and Punishment 2. That’s right – this is a sequel to an old N64 game from 2000 that was only released in Japan. It finally saw a North American release in 2007 on the Virtual Console as the first import title for the Wii’s library of retrogames, and it ended up winning “Best Downloadable Game” from us in that same year. It’s an awesome game to say the least. So when Star Successor was announced gamers were excited for a new Treasure game, but also hesitant as the taste of Advance Guardian Heroes was still in many a mouth six years later. So how did S&P2 turn out? Was it a victim of sequel-it is, or could this be the game to finally win over North American games to rail shooters where Dead Space Extraction and Resident Evil: Darkside Chronicles failed miserably?
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Anime Reviews

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

Besides video game reviews and all the shit I do for amazon, NIS America, which usually only publishes video games, sent me two anime box sets to review. here are links to those reviews.

Toradora

Persona: Trinity Soul