Labyrinth Legends is a cute, little dungeon crawler which tasks players with saving their newly wedded bride. The simple premise and visuals are incredibly deceptive, as the game is actually kind of difficult. None of the levels have checkpoints. While this does not pose a problem at first, as you progress through the game, the overpowered bosses and respawning enemies will drive you insane, forcing you to restart levels over and over again from the beginning. As you defeat enemies, you’ll be lucky enough at times to win loot, which helps boost your makeshift knight’s defense and offense, but these loot drops don’t come often enough to mean a great deal to the gameplay, and the items are rarely different enough from your original items to elicit any sort of excitement. By far, the biggest disappointment in this game is the controls. They’re floaty and not anywhere near precise enough. Dragging boxes for puzzles and walking on platforms especially proves to be seriously frustrating. You may be charmed by the look of this game, but trust me and don’t give it a chance. It’s just not worth the time or frustration.
Darkstalkers Resurrection is the newest installment in Capcom’s “fighting games getting a new coat of paint and online play” series (a series which has also given us MvC: Origins and 3rd Strike Online). The games included in this release are Night Warriors and Darkstalkers 3 which, much like the games included in Marvel vs Capcom: Origins, are extremely different from one another. Night Warriors is a traditional fighting game whereas Darkstalkers 3 is an experimental title that does away with traditional rounds and instead gives each fighter two bars of health. There are also great balance changes and different characters between the games, so there are a lot of reasons to play each one. Online play is probably the biggest deal in this title, though, with the already near-perfect GGPO system somehow being better than it was in Origins. There are next to no instances of lag or rollback even when playing friends that are across the country. If you have never played a Darkstalkers game before, then this is really the perfect entry point.
Do you guys remember the Sega Saturn? I do. I rented it two or three times from Blockbuster to specifically play NiGHTS. Do you guys remember Blockbuster? I do. I even worked there for awhile. Did anyone else here ever rent consoles? I remember playing NiGHTS and thinking it was one of the coolest things I had ever seen. It was. It’s not now. It’s actually quite terribly dated. Even though it has been updated, the game’s difficulty is entirely derived by a clock… and archaic controls. Having to do everything within a time limit makes me want to scream. When you start over, you start ALL the way over. No save points here. If you read my review about the NiGHTS game for the Wii, I complained about this. I didn’t remember the original sucking like that… Oops. I even said I’d pay full price for a port. I paid $10, and I feel like I was completely taken, especially since it’s $2.50 right now with PS+. But seriously, screw Sega. *sigh* On a positive note, I rented Super Mario RPG about 25 times from the same Blockbuster. Now there is a great game! I should have purchased it.
Marvel vs. Capcom Origins is a remastered, HD collection of the original Marvel vs. Capcom and Marvel Super Heroes games that adds amazing online play. How amazing, you ask? Well, it beats out Street Fighter III: Third Strike Online’s netcode, and that is by far some of the best online I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing. The gameplay is also top-notch, of course. However, those who have issues with tiers and overpowered characters will most likely hate it, because, to put it simply: the game is broken. And by “broken,” I mean that a ton of characters have infinite combos, and some of them (I’m looking at you, Red Venom) are so fast that it’s hard to mount a proper offense against them. Outside of that, the end arcade boss for Marvel vs. Capcom is a bitch and will likely make you rage every time unless you’re amazing at fighting games. Nonetheless, this compilation is awesome, and if you’re aching for some great online fighting, then you owe it to yourself to pick this up.
Tokyo Jungle is weird, but not in a bad way. In fact, Tokyo Jungle may be one of the best games on the Playstation Network. The gameplay mixes survival and stealth mechanics into a beautiful monster held together by the cuteness and ferocity of Pomeranians attempting to make a living in a post-apocalyptic Tokyo. The game offers two different modes. There’s Survival, which allows you to pick an animal and survive as long as you can by conquering and breeding throughout Tokyo, and Story, where you get to experience some truly crazy things (such as two Pomeranian puppies tracking down and destroying a massive feral cat and bringing it back to their parents). Each mode is far too awesome to fairly describe. Survival mode alone is so engrossing that it can suck you in for hours at a time. The sheer amount of unlockable characters and random spawns help keep the game fresh throughout. There are simply no words to describe how cool Tokyo Jungle is. BUY IT.
Getting the obvious out of the way, Gotham City Impostors is kind of a rip-off of Team Fortress 2. So if you’re really against unabashed rip-offs, then it’s probably best that you just skip it. With that out of the way, this game is so fun! Minus the usual problems I have with people dressed as Batman using guns, this game is pretty fantastic. The shooting feels good, and the classes are actually different and not just re-skins of the same infantry class. One of the coolest things this game does is change how different classes traverse each map. Some can skate, some can fly, some can use grappling hooks, and when you get all of that into a single area and throw in guns, the game becomes pure chaos, and it is GLORIOUS! Being able to customize your costume is also surprisingly fun; I actually got pretty addicted to unlocking new costume parts and seeing just how awesome I could make my shotgun Batman look. If you love customization and team-based shooters, then this is definitely something you should look into.