Monday, October 31, 2011

Demon's Souls Review

Again, I'm late to the game, but I do enjoy getting games at the Greatest Hits bargain price. Yes, this is another review for a PS3 game. This game is notorious for being a difficult game. There have been times when I've looked up info on the net just to figure out what I'm supposed to do.

Now, that may not seem that enjoyable of an aspect. I would usually agree, and this game is still a thorn in my side. That being said, it's really a fun (err...challenging...) game. The basic premice is you kill demons and get their souls, which you can then use to buy weapons, attribute points, ammo, spells, etc. The only problem is, if you die you lose the souls you've collected.

You won't lose them completely just yet. You have the opportunity to go retrieve them in a new life. If you don't retrieve them, then you lose them forever. Think that's bad? It gets worse. Sure, you could play as if you didn't care about dying, but all the enemies respawn and your weapons and armor degrade over time. So you have to reap souls just to continue at efficient levels.

The good in all of this is that the combat is fair, you have multiple ways of taking out an enemy, and once you find their weakness it will be an easier challenge as you progress in the same level. In total there's 5 different worlds, if I'm right. I haven't beaten this game. In the first world, I believe there's even 3 stages. So the game is pretty expansive.

If you are willing to submit yourself to temporary torture, then this game should be a fulfilling experience. I have enjoyed it, though it really is a love/hate relationship.

Demon's Souls Review 9.0/10

Final Fantasy XIII Review

FFXIII [434]
Okay, so I got Final Fantasy XII a few weeks ago. I know, I know...I'm late to the game. Alright, well, let me give you basically my first impressions of the game. I haven't gotten too immersed into the gameplay or completed it yet, but I'll give you a reason for that later.

Graphics:
Alright, so let me clarify that I'm playing this on the PS3. The graphics for this game (at least the cutscenes) are the best of any game that I have played. They are so vivid. Maybe not life-like, due to missing imperfections, but it's a game.

Soundtrack:
It's alright, I guess. Mostly it seems to be a repeating song during battles, the generic battles anyway. I believe they change it up for the boss battles and such.

Story:
Maybe it's just me, but the story is somewhat confusing. Of course, I didn't go through all the logs that the game creates at every point. Those logs give detail as to how the characters feel, even if it wasn't portrayed that well. I still have trouble understanding who is against who and everything. I vastly preferred played Final Fantasy Tactics Advance to this game.

Gameplay:
This is where I have to really bash the game. It's a game. The number one feature of the game should be it's playability and enjoyment while doing so. This game fails in the fun department. There's little penalty to failing a battle, therefore try and try until you get through it. The battle mode itself seems like a tedious repetition of button mashing to achieve the goal. And this continues for everything in the game. At least as far as I got. So needless to say, I haven't been playing it much.

What I have enjoyed playing (though I am starting to hate the challenge) is Demon's Souls. Sure, it's very repetitive, but there's a mysterious goal in mind that keeps you wanting to explore more. If you want to read more of my review for it, please check out the review here.

FFXIII Rating: 6.5/10