Archive for March, 2010

REVIEW: Cho Aniki 0 / Rei Cho Aniki

I do like shooters, but they have to be entertaining on some other level in order for me to like them enough to play over and over again. That’s not always the case (I loved Ketsui: Death Label), but my favorite series are always a little off. My absolute favorites are among the Parodius games, but the big fish in Darius and Metal Black and the strange bee theme in Donpachi also have a special place in my heart.

I’ve never played a Cho Aniki game before this one, but I figured a new PSP version was a good place to start. I’ve got the Japanese version (that’s the box above), but there’s also an English version coming out for PSN soon from our friends at Aksys games.

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REVIEW: Dungeon Explorer: Warriors of Ancient Arts

Old Dungeon Explorer for TurboGrafx-16 is Gauntlet super-sized—more classes, detailed statistics, and interesting areas. 20 years later, Dungeon Explorer: Warriors of Ancient Arts is made as two completely seperate games on PSP and DS. The PSP version shares some with the original (both emphasize teamwork and have Gauntlet monster spawners), but is mostly a sequel in name only.

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REVIEW: Space Shuttle Project

While sims, mini-games, and other miscellany are Wanda’s domain, I couldn’t overlook Space Shuttle Project’s uniqueness. Don’t be fooled by the edutainment title and box art—it’s both novel and fun.

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