Review scores, who needs them? Right?
With recent occurrences in gaming journalism (see recent SimCity reviews), I’ve decided to make some changes to the way I round up a reviews main points without the need for a numerical value that is hard to measure up and decide the difference between a great game and a good game.
“Vergil’s butthurt adventures…”
If there was one thing that interested me personally from the reboot of the Devil May Cry franchise, it was the potential of where they could go from that platform. Ninja Theory has already released one piece of free DLC which added the series’ classic wave-based Bloody Palace mode, but Vergil’s Downfall is the first story based DLC which sees the player take the role of Vergil after the end of the main game.
“…a triumph of the genre…”
Rhythm games took quite a hit a few years back with the over saturation of plastic peripherals and mountains of DLC making sure that yet another genre that had some real gems couldn’t fully recover. Luckily the genre was down and not out with a few games coming out reinvigorating what made the genre so interesting in the past. Bit.Trip Presents: Runner 2: Future Legend Of Rhythm Alien is probably the best recent example of the genre.
“…a rough gem…”
After a struggle to realise a vision, Kojima Studios handed development of the Raiden focused Metal Gear Rising to Platinum Studios, travelled developers in the realm of character action games and surely the perfect studio to create an intricate and over the top realisation of the character of Raiden, right?
“…a reboot of a popular franchise is always going to cause a few raised eyebrows…
Controversy and fan-outcry has been the focus behind most of the coverage for this game, a reboot of a popular franchise is always going to cause a few raised eyebrows, but boy did Devil May Cry fans ever take an instant dislike to this one and as in most cases, the loudest arguments were the dumbest arguments, with more sensible and reasonable complaints being muted out. Even those supporting the games release weren’t being reasonable with the instantaneous shooting down of anyone who dares say anything bad against it.
“…still just a pipe dream?”
Sony fans have batted around the idea of having their own version of Nintendo’s highly successful Super Smash Bros. series for years and last November, it actually happened courtesy of SuperBot Entertainment. Is having a game that measures up to its inspiration a reality fully realised here, or is it still just a pipe dream?
“…has the wait been worth it?”
Platinum Games launched Max Anarchy back in July last year in Japan. It featured up to 16 player brawling action with a plethora of modes and characters and formed a game that resembled a 2D fighting game in 3D. The game is now out in the US and Europe rebranded as Anarchy Reigns, so what has the western world been missing out on and has the wait been worth it?
“…might actually be the definitive version of the game.”
Last year Rayman Origins launched for consoles with very favourable reviews, including my own review of the game where I gave it an eight out of ten and I feel like I might have undersold the colourful and very enjoyable platformer that brings Rayman up to, and even surpasses, the level of his peers. With this review I want to put that right and also talk about the PS Vita version of the game that launched this year, which adds a few extras and might actually be the definitive version of the game.