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Monday - February 09, 2009
RPGWatch Feature - The Whole Game in My Hand #12, Part 2
Mike Anderson wraps up the 12th epic edition of The Whole Game in My Hand with Part 2, which covers recent RPG releases for the PSP and iPhone. Nine games are reviewed in this article, from Suikoden PSN on the PSP to Dragon Bane II on the iPhone.
Read it all here and don't forget Part 1 for coverage of the DS.
Tuesday - February 03, 2009
RPGWatch Feature - The Whole Game in My Hand #12
Mike Anderson takes us on another handheld odyssey, with a huge roundup of the latest RPGs and other games of interest on the Nintendo DS. This article ranges from Mistwalker's Away: Shuffle Dungeon to a port of the classic console jRPG, Chrono Trigger - over a dozen reviews in all.
Read it all here and watch out the second part, covering the PSP and iPhone, later in the week.
Wednesday - October 15, 2008
RPGWatch Feature: The Whole Game in My Hand #11
Once again, Mike 'txa1265' Anderson brings us a massive handheld roundup as he continues his quarterly quest to keep us informed on the hits and misses of RPG's on the GBA, DS and PSP. This month's full-length review is none other than BioWare's Sonic and here's a snip:
Combat itself is both the same and different than any game you have ever played. As I mentioned it is turn-based and features a menu-selection form of choosing actions. That all works in standard jRPG form familiar to anyone who has ever played a Final Fantasy or Dragon Quest game. The character attributes impact turns in battle, damage done and defense from attacks. Where it gets interesting is the POW attacks. These are based on a time-based stylus tap system very much like playing Elite Beat Agents. Your success at tapping things in time or following the stylus guide determines how well you attack or defend with your POW move. Combine the side-scrolling chases, the menu-based attack system and the EBA-like POW moves and you have an interesting battle system that helps carry the game.
Sunday - August 03, 2008
RPGWatch Feature: The Whole Game in My Hand #10
What's going on in the RPG world for portable gaming systems? Can you get a decent role-playing experience on the go? Join Mike Anderson as he continues his quarterly quest to keep you informed on the hits and misses of RPG's on the GBA, DS and PSP. As usual, Mike covers more games in a single article than I've played in the last year with around eight mini-reviews and a full, detailed review of Square Enix' The World Ends With You.
Wednesday - May 28, 2008
RPGWatch Feature: The Whole Game in My Hand #9
Mike "txa1265" Anderson has put together another massive article on the current state of handheld RPGs, with nine games reviewed in addition to overviews for each platform.
Here's a bit on Crisis Core - Final Fantasy VII:
I have already mentioned how great the game looks, but I really just need to elaborate a bit because it is more than good looking - it is drop-dead gorgeous. The cutscenes - of which there are many - are equal to watching a theatrical CGI film on your PSP in terms of visual and audio quality. Voice acting is rock-solid throughout. There are also plenty of in-game scenes, which are also great to watch but contain my single complaint - there is scant voice acting despite watching the character's lips move. It seems petty, but in such a great looking game it is a shame that more of the lines weren't voiced. The look and feel of the rest of the game - characters, settings, effects and so on - are also very well done. Put simply this game looks better than almost any PS2 game and stands head-and-shoulders above pretty much any other PSP game (except the recent God of War: Chains of Olympus).
Wednesday - January 30, 2008
RPGWatch Feature: The Whole Game in My Hand #8
What's going on in the RPG world for portable gaming systems? Can you get a decent role-playing experience on the go? Mike Anderson writes another mammoth roundup to keep you informed on the hits and misses of RPG's on the GBA, DS and PSP!
This edition includes coverage of 13 games and a full length review of John Carmack's Orcs & Elves for the DS.
Thursday - October 11, 2007
RPGWatch Feature: The Whole Game in My Hand #7
Mike Anderson continues his one man army coverage of handheld RPGs with a seriously ridiculous amount of content - 13 reviews, including full articles on Brave Story: New Traveller and the amazing Jeanne D'Arc. Joss Whedon fans will remember a character in Angel having his sleep surgically removed so he could work 24 hours a day - Whedon got that idea from Mike.
Here's the intro of the Jeane D'Arc review:
Every child knows the story of Joan of Arc, the girl who was chosen by an armband that ended up being somewhat of an antenna to God. They know how she led an army consisting of talking lions and a wolf that speaks like Scooby-Doo and rained Fireballs on some English soldiers led by a crazy guy with multiple lives as she fought to end the English occupation.
What? That isn't the story you learned? Oh well, education continues to fail our children. Seriously, no one will mistake Level 5's wonderful new strategy-RPG game as a history lesson, as it takes broad license with the facts and timeline of her rise in fame and legend as she fought to retake occupied areas of England. The choices made were done to provide more gameplay options and help the story flow more naturally. And all of the changes made work excellently - the story and game flow along nicely and naturally, producing an excellent strategy-RPG accompanied by and excellent narrative, which is quite a rarity.
Thursday - August 30, 2007
RPGWatch Feature: The Whole Game in My Hand #6
Mike Anderson takes on the world of handheld RPG gaming with his latest entry in this series. As usual, Mike rounds up the recent releases on the PSP, DS and other formats and the feature is a full review of Etrian Odyssey - a classic hardcore title the likes of which is no longer made commercially for them PC. Here is a sample:
There seems to be something of a RPG revival happening on Nintendo's handhelds recently - at the end of last year there was Mazes of Fate for the GBA (DS version in progress as noted above), then earlier this year there was the rogue-like Izuna: Legend of the Unemployed Ninja, and now we have Etrian Odyssey. This game hearkens back to classic party-based dungeon romps such as the early Might & Magic games and The Bard's Tale as well as many others. It is one of the best games I have played this year, but also one of those experiences sure to split opinions - it is brutally hard, extremely long and unforgiving, and is basically a dungeon crawl. I would term this a 'narrowband release', as it is really not made for the audience who are the growth crowd of Nintendo's 'Touch Generations' playing Cooking Mama or Brain Age, nor is it for younger console-centric folks who see Final Fantasy as the origins of the role-playing genre.
Monday - June 25, 2007
RPGWatch Feature: The Whole Game in My Hand #5
What's going on in the RPG world for portable gaming systems? Can you get a decent role-playing experience on the go? Join Mike Anderson as he continues his monthly quest to keep you informed on the hits and misses of RPG's on the GBA, DS and PSP!