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The calm before the storm.

Article by TNL Staff (Email)
November 5th 2008, 06:56PM
 

Andrew Martin

My Wii and 360 have been experiencing a bit of downtime lately. You see, the past month has been dedicated to getting through a lot of the last-gen stuff that I just hadn’t been able to find the time for until now.

On the console side, Xenosaga III has taken up the lion’s share of my time. I started this three-part space opera back in 2004, and I was quite eager to see it through to its end. Now that it’s all said and done, I can’t say enough to voice my utter displeasure. What started out as a promising RPG series ended as a turbulent clusterfuck of techno babble, contextually bizarre Christian themes, and an annoyingly disproportionate difficulty curve. Compounded with unnecessarily verbose cut scenes that should have made the chopping block, and rampant censorship that varied between unreasonable and ruinous to crucial, emotionally charged moments, the game was a monumental letdown.

I also got around to Yakuza, which was a blast. The cold-hearted bastards at Sega might never give me the Shenmue closure I deserve, but this a most decent substitute. The sequel is next in my queue, and judging by media reviews and reactions on our boards, I’m in for a good time. I also messed with the 360 version of Madden 09, and it does two things very well: it looks pretty, and it reminds me that I’m absolutely pathetic at calling defense.

On the handheld side, the Dragon Quest IV remake was the sweet, sweet nostalgia trip I was hoping for. Also, my initial reservations towards the cutesy look of the Final Fantasy IV remake were thankfully invalidated. And when I’m getting ready to check out for the night, Crosswords DS is beating the hell out of counting sheep. My PSP is in its usual dormant state, but that’s bound to change with two Star Ocean remakes quickly coming down the pipe. Original handheld games are for suckers, it would seem.


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