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App Review - DoDonPachi Maximum

Posted November 7th 2012 by Oliver Chen.

Time has not been kind to the shoot-em-up genre. The decline of arcades worldwide combined with a shrinking playerbase has forced companies who specialized in making these kinds of games to look for new outlets for their craft. One of these developers, CAVE Interactive, happened upon a new niche a few years back releasing ports of its famed arcade shooters on iOS and other smartphone platforms. It seemed all too certain that CAVE would eventually develop an original shmup game for mobile platforms. Enter DoDonPachi Maximum, a new bullet hell shooter in CAVE's venerated DoDonPachi series, which was released worldwide on Windows Phone 7 earlier this year and on iOS in late October.

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Tags: dodonpachi, shmup, ios, windows phone

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IMPRESSIONS — Phantasy Star Online 2 Beta

Posted May 16th 2012 by Oliver Chen.

Phantasy Star Online Beta Impressions

While I missed the boat on the original Phantasy Star Online for Dreamcast when it released over a decade ago, I played preposterous amounts of the later three Episodes on the GameCube and PC. The novelty of a "true" action MMORPG and an addicting rare loot system was fair incentive for me to spend hundreds of hours grinding across Ragol with friends both online and offline. Imagine my disappointment a few years later when I played Phantasy Star Universe, the next major Phantasy Star title, and discovered that most of that great PSO gameplay had been almost completely eviscerated. It could have totally passed as completely different series if not for a few trademark IPs present in the game.

Thankfully, Sonic Team realized they had blundered and began incorporating more and more of Phantasy Star Online's gameplay back into the subsequent spinoff titles on the DS and PSP. Some fans even joked that the next game might as well be "Phantasy Star Online 2" if the trend were to continue. Imagine their surprise when, at an event celebrating the tenth anniversary of the series, Sega announced a true sequel to PSO.

I recently had the opportunity to play in the Japanese closed beta for Phantasy Star Online 2 on the PC, and after about a week of playtime I can say that PSO2 more than lives up its predecessor's name. Not only does the game evoke ridiculous amounts of nostalgia for the original PSO, it also cherry-picks the best gameplay enhancements introduced in the Universe games while adding a plethora of features new to the franchise. Could this game end up being the best action MMORPG gaming has to offer when it releases later this year? More than likely, I would say.

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Tags: Sega, vita, PC, phantasy star, phantasy star online, phantasy star online 2

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Battlefield 3 Beta Impressions

Posted October 3rd 2011 by Oliver Chen.

As I traversed an open plain in Caspian Border from the gunner seat of a VDV Buggy, I managed to lose myself in the moment. The roar of engines deafened the skies as two jets flew past overhead and an enemy helicopter razed an unfortunate group of soldiers to the left. A tank accompanied by a squad of soldiers came into view ahead, and I harassed the troops while my driver took a hard right to narrowly avoid a tank shell. The horizon looked endless, and in that instant I suddenly felt like anything could happen. This realization that you are part of a conflict bigger than yourself, that there are more things happening around you than you can imagine, can only be described as a "Battlefield Moment."

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Tags: battlefield 3, PC, ps3, Xbox 360, battlefield: bad company 2, call of duty: modern warfare 3

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E3 2010: Nintendo 3DS Tech Specs

Posted June 15th 2010 by Oliver Chen.

Nintendo's site finally stopped getting hammered by bazillions of people trying to access their website, which means I finally got to take a look at some of the information they've released about the 3DS. While they failed to mention anything about the handheld's price or release date, there's other interesting information present.

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Tags: E3 2010, Nintendo 3DS

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E3 2010: Capcom's Lineup Revealed

Posted June 15th 2010 by Oliver Chen.

Capcom's always had a pretty strong showing at E3. This year, their titles include Marvel Vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds, Dead Rising 2, Bionic Commando: Rearmed 2, and more. Check out the press release below for a full list and descriptions of their offerings.

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Tags: E3 2010, Capcom

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E3 2010: The Sims 3 headed to Nintendo 3DS

Posted June 15th 2010 by Oliver Chen.

A handheld version of The Sims 3 is headed to the Nintendo 3DS, EA announced today. First released in February 2000, the various versions of The Sims has grown to sell over 125 million copies in 60 countries, and has received over 130 million downloads of player-created content. The 3DS will join other console versions of the latest people simulator in 2011.

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Tags: E3 2010, EA, The Sims

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E3 2010: Portal 2 coming to Playstation 3

Posted June 15th 2010 by Oliver Chen.

At Sony's Media Briefing, Gabe Newell announced that Portal 2 was slated for release for the Playstation 3. Additionally, it will be the only console version to feature Steamworks support, giving it a more flexible platform of content delivery and management. Check out the full press release below.

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Tags: E3 2010, Steamworks, Playstation 3, Portal 2

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E3 2010: Knights in the Nightmare coming to PSP

Posted June 15th 2010 by Oliver Chen.

Sting's PSP version of Knights in the Nightmare has been announced for American release thanks to Atlus. Originally released on the Nintendo DS, the game features an eclectic hybrid of strategy and shooter games. New to the PSP version is a third playable character, Princess Yggdra, from the previous Sting game Yggdra Union. The title is slated for an October 2010 release. Full press release after the break.

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Tags: PSP, Atlus, E3 2010

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E3 2010: Goldeneye 007 remake for Wii

Posted June 15th 2010 by Oliver Chen.

A remake of the FPS classic Goldeneye 007, originally for the N64, has been revealed exclusively for Nintendo Wii. The remake boasts improved graphics and the likeness of Daniel Craig, and includes several classic modes from the original title and supports four-player offline splitscreen. New to the game is eight-player online play with an XP and achievement system, and support for both the Classic Controller and the Wii Zapper. Check out the full press release below.

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Tags: E3 2010, Activision, Goldeneye 007

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E3 2010: Microsoft's Media Briefing Recap

Posted June 14th 2010 by Oliver Chen.

Another year, another E3. Last year, Microsoft wowed the world by out-Nintendoing Nintendo with Project Natal. This year, Microsoft had to put their money where their mouths were and prove that the technology behind the newly-christened Kinect was more than just smoke and mirrors. I mean, after yesterday's insane Cirque du Soleil performance, who can blame them?
Also, there were a few games shown for those philistines who have yet to upgrade to waggle controls.

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Tags: Kinect, Microsoft, E3 2010

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