Friday, January 19, 2007
Wario by himself is an imposing force of nature but even he has limitations. That's where his new helmet comes in handy which gives Wario the ability to transform into different personas. Early in the game, the "spaceman" incarnation is usable where the player draws a circle to change Wario into a raygun wielding hero. «NCS Game Notes»
At the outset of the game, Haseo's dressed in a spiky black outfit that makes him look demonic. When passing through a crowd, an "x" cursor appears over NPCs to indicate that they may be interacted with. Similar to the earlier .hack//G.U. games, pressing the SQUARE button in the overworld switches Haseo from walking on foot to riding atop his motorbike. The screen goes black for a second and he's high on his hog. Haseo can ram the bike against enemies or bank to stop with a curve. When passing fellow travelers on the road, the bike seems to scare them. «NCS Game Notes»
As the story begins, Kaito meets a comrade named Shizui who gifts him with a weapon known as a Matrix Gear which is what Variants use in battle. Soon afterwards, Kaito and Shizui are exploring the ancient ruins and find a wounded person on the floor. Two demons appear and subsequently attack. Despite the odds, Kaito uses the Matrix Gear to defeat the demons but four enemy reinforcements arrive. Things are looking bleak but Kaito is emboldened when Tatsuki and a fellow Variant named Raika Kiriyama appear to help beat the demons away.
Played in standard strategy-rpg fashion, DSS plays like many othersimilar games where movement, attacks, magic use, and item use are entirely controlled through a simple menu system. «NCS Game Notes»
At the outset of the game, Shinji emerges from an outdoor stall while sirens blare in the distance. Wandering over to investigate, he chances upon Rei Ayanami who's being held in the grips of a menacing tentacle-waving teenager. Horrified at first, Shinji musters up to courage to help his friend out. To free Rei, beat down on the attacker with punches and kicks to release an exhausted Rei from its grip. The game is mostly interactive where Shinji picks locations to visit and talks to friends and associates. The occasional action sequences and mini-games load up to break up the tedium of flick-screen game play.
To recreate the world of Evangelion on the PS2, the original voice actors from the animation series were hired to give each character speech.
The Premium Box edition of Meitantei Evangelion includes a limited edition wristwatch and an artwork booklet packaged in a largish box.
Shining Force EXA debuts an innovative Fortress System by which players manage the growth, layout, and defense of the Geo Fortress, the player's home base. As players leave the Geo Fortress to go on missions and quests, they are kept abreast of events at the fortress. If at anytime the Geo Fortress is attacked during the quest, players must switch between parties and use members from the defensive force that were left to protect the fortress from invasion. The Geo Fortress can evolve during the game to match players' personal style and tactics.
In the repetition exercise, Max may utter a question such as "Are you traveling for business or pleasure?" or "What would you like to drink?" in his pleasant sounding voice. Along with the spoken words, an English text bubble appears on screen. Underneath the English phrase is a Japanese translation in katakana. Your job is to listen, read the translation of the phrase in Japanese, and then repeat the English phrase as closely as possible. The mic will pick up your intonation and then Max will rank you accordingly with a letter grade.
When Max addresses the user, his text bubble is highlighted with a blue color. When the user's prompts and speaking selections pop up, they appear in red text bubbles to differentiate them. Note however that Max will speak both sides of the conversation so that players can listen to the proper use of English. If you repeat a phrase perfectly, Max will give you an "A" grade which he lifts up on a little sign card. When you speak, a little voice volume meter shows up on the upper right corner of the screen which blinks red and green to show the mic is picking up your speech properly.
A card system is used in Street Stage where a racer wins a card after certain conditions or targets are fulfilled during the course of the game. A card may be a battle card, a rival card, or a tuning card - the former two offer hints on driving and profiles of the racers in the game. A tuning card allows a rocket racer to kick up the specs of his vehicle to boost performance and handling. New to the PSP version of the game are additional Euro-beat music tracks and wireless link-up where 2 players may compete against each other in ad-hoc mode.