October 8, 2013

Puppeteer (PS3)

Filed under: Playstation — Tags: , , , , , , , — Yukino @ 4:03 PM

Status: Finished all 21 curtains
Playtime: About 15 hours or so
Heads Collected: 66 of 100

With the holiday season approaching and the usual slew of annual sequels nipping at our heels, new and innovative titles such as Puppeteer are a welcome sight to this long-time gamer’s eyes. I knew from the first moment I caught wind of this fanciful Kabuki-style platformer from JapanStudio that it would become part of my Playstation library, something I will never regret and most likely chastise anyone who doesn’t add it to their own.

In this vibrant and charming chunk of software, you play as Kutaro, a young boy who’s been turned into a wooden puppet and caught up in a galactic struggle. The evil Moon Bear King has conquered the White Moon Castle and is capturing the souls of children, turning them into unwilling servants better known as grubs. The Moon Bear King has seized the Black Moon Stone for himself, destroyed the White Moon Stone, shattering it into shards and entrusting those shiny bits to his Zodiac themed generals. Recruited by the Moon Witch, Ezma Potts, Kutaro sets out to steal a pair of powerful scissors known as Calibrus and put a stop to the Moon Bear King ‘s plans. (more…)

April 11, 2012

Journey (PSN)

Filed under: Playstation — Tags: , , , , , , — Yukino @ 12:14 PM

Status: Finished completely through several times over
Trophies: 9 of 14

When Microsoft fails to give me the amazingly different and unique IP (intellectual property) I crave, I know I can turn to my PS3. Betsy doesn’t get as heavy a workout as Betty, her 360 counterpart, but she knows that when she does, she is about to be part of something truly special.

ThatGameGompany’s masterpiece has me going back for thirds, fourths, and fifths. If digital food had calories, I’d be too fat to get off my couch by now. Journey is indeed that delicious to behold. Stunning isn’t a strong enough word to describe the eye candy I’ve been ingesting these last few days. I can tell you it’s going to be ages before I get the Return trophy because I can’t see myself waiting a week to play this again anytime soon. Daily exposure is on my menu for the next month at least. (more…)

January 18, 2012

PixelJunk Monsters Deluxe (PSP)

I just can’t get away from spiders in video games

Status: Finished all levels on Casual and Regular (unlocked Hard-core mode), finding that I am awful at earning Medals (I have 2 of 24)

PixelJunk Monsters was one of the first PSN demos I gave any time to. Thanks to my time as a part of Sony’s now defunct Gamer Advisory Panel, I’d been aware of Q-Games new tower defense title for the PSN and was anxious to try it out. The demo gave me a small taste of what life would be like if I owned the game and I was excited for more. But I was working in video game retail at the time, and the amount of new games I told myself I needed every week kept pushing PJ Monsters to the back of my mind. (more…)

January 16, 2012

The Baconing (DeathSpank)

Status: Completed
Achievements: 10 of 12
Gamerscore: 155/200
DLC Purchased: None

Things seemed to be all well in good in Spanktopia after DeathSpank collected all of the Thongs of Virtue and vanquished Sandy. But the peace didn’t last forever, as DeathSpank soon discovers his wearing of all of the Thongs at once has created a new evil: the AntiSpank. Now he must travel across SpankTopia seeking out the Bacon Fires and destroy the extra Thongs that caused the problem in the first place if he hopes to bring down his evil creation and get back to mocking orphans and keeping overdue library books. (more…)

May 11, 2011

Patapon 3

Filed under: Playstation — Tags: , , , , , , — Yukino @ 4:46 PM

Status: Maxing out the Archer Uberhero skill tree, have unlocked other skill trees

It was beginning to feel as though it would be months before I would have a review of sorts for Patapon 3 together, what with the whole PSN debacle. With no Playstation gaming service and no one around to play ad hoc with, my poor Patapons were being worked to death, replaying low levels over and over again, grinding for cool weapons and attempting to level up as many classes and skill sets as I possibly could. But with delay after delay on PSN services coming back online, I figured I would stop waiting for it to happen and just write about what I was able to do with the game. So here it is. (more…)

April 20, 2011

Costume Quest

Filed under: Xbox — Tags: , , , , , , , — Yukino @ 4:40 PM

Status: Completed main game
Achievements: 15 of 20
Gamerscore: 200/250
DLC Purchased: None

If you are looking for an adventure game that holds it’s own at any time of the year, look no further than Costume Quest. Filled with sugary treats, villainous monsters and great humour, Costume Quest takes you on a journey with Wren and Reynold, twins who definitely don’t always get along, as they venture out for their first Halloween in a new town. When your twin is kidnapped by an ugly Grubbin named Gus who mistakes them for a giant piece of talking candy corn, it is up to you to save the night and get your sibling home safely. (more…)

February 1, 2011

DeathSpank: Thongs of Virtue

Filed under: Xbox — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , — Yukino @ 4:00 PM

Status: Completed
Achievements: 11 of 13
Gamerscore: 190/215
DLC Purchased: None

Impressed with the first part of DeathSpank’s tale, I made sure to pick up the second installment before I stole Lord Von Prong’s Thong. It was a smart move because I immediately began playing Thongs of Virtue. Damn Hothead and their addictive game. Damn that Sandy and her womanly woman-ness! (more…)

January 31, 2011

DeathSpank

Filed under: Xbox — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , — Yukino @ 2:27 PM

Status: Completed
Achievements: 12 of 12
Gamerscore: 200/200
DLC Purchased: None

I picked up DeathSpank and it’s sequel during the recent EA sale on the Xbox Marketplace, months after checking out the demo and wishing I had the points to grab it at launch. Santa deposited some points to my account at Christmas and I decided to hold off on buying stuff right away to see what kind of Boxing Week/End of the Year sales might go down. I have to say I am very glad I held out. (more…)

December 16, 2010

How I Gamed My Way Through 2010

With only a couple of weeks remaining, major video game releases for 2010 are in the books. Looking over the list of the releases I can remember playing, I would have to say I had a pretty solid year hanging out with my consoles. I can’t remember the last time I spent so much time with my PSP, a testament to the power of the non-Final Fantasy JRPGs that smaller publishers Atlus, NIS and XSEED bring to the handheld.

Below is a breakdown of the games I can remember spending more than three hours with this year, although in some cases three hours was three hours more than they deserved. (more…)

June 22, 2010

Diner Dash PSN

Filed under: Playstation — Tags: , , , — Yukino @ 4:07 PM

Status: Still playing, prefer it on the PC

Review for GamingAngels – Dec 28, 2009

One of the best known series in casual gaming history, Diner Dash is the one that started Flo’s gaming superstardom. Flo’s job is stressing her out and she decides to open her own restaurant. You will control the new and improved 3-D version of Flo, running around the restaurant seating your guests, taking checks to the pass, waiting on tables and cleaning up once they have enjoyed their meals. Its all about utilizing your time and figuring out how to serve the most amount of customers without sacrificing excellent service.

As with the original version of the game, you start out with just a few tables in a run-down hole in the wall. As you meet and beat your goals, more tables and upgrades to your restaurant will be awarded to you. Eventually you will have several 2-tops and 4-tops to service. Create chains for added bonuses by performing the same action several times in a row. Each level gives you a regular goal which you must meet to clear the level, as well as an Expert goal which gets you the Gold Trophy “I really ate the whole thing!” for achieving this rank on every level.

Flo is now 3-D, which moves the player away from the original point and click play of the computer versions that started the Dash craze. Using the left stick you will run around the restaurant and try to earn as much as you can in the allotted time. My only issue was some minor collision detection. If I wasn’t standing in exactly the right spot, I couldn’t interact with the diners or tables, having to waste precious seconds trying to find just the right spot. I also found myself bumping into the tables quite a bit and wasting time trying to run in a giant arc around them.

And then I discovered there are shortcuts. You can tell Flo to bring an order up by pushing Square, take her to the counter to pick up orders with Triangle, and bring the dishes to the cart with Circle. If you decide you want to change what you are doing while Flo is heading in one of those directions, simply move the left analog stick to regain control. Keep an eye out for the flashing upgrade icon in the top right corner. Once you have enough money and it starting blinking away, hit the Select button and choose which upgrade you would like to add to the restaurant.

There are four restaurants in career mode for you to complete, as well as added features of Endless Mode and multiplayer modes. You can choose Head to Head mode or Team Dash, allowing up to eight players to compete for bragging rights. I played Tip Wars and Endless Mode online, and both ran very smoothly. (Which is a nice change of pace for me, as most of my PS3 online play has  been brutal in the past.) One of the control modes we tried during this time was Cursor mode, where there is a giant arrow you move around instead of Flo. This mode was a bit clunky and hard to get used to, so I don’t recommend it.

Bringing a game such as Diner Dash to the PSN and XBLA is a great move. It makes the game accessible to people who are not that big into casual games, as well as brings casual gamers to a console where they can play with their loved ones. Nothing is lost in translation from PC to console, which is a huge plus.

Diner Dash is available on both the PSN and XBLA. This review is based on the PSN version of the game.

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