Queen’s Blade: Spiral Chaos

The Japanese media tends to trust hand-held devices – probably this is the main reason the consoles get attention – and more than that, most games are developed for these platforms.

It is the case of Queen’s Blade: Spiral Chaos – which looks like a promising RPG – with a bunch of developed stories – fighting modes and an armor-destroying system.

Inspired by the visual combat books and the later anime adaptation – Spiral Chaos follows strictly the story of the Queen’s Blade Universe.

In a world where’s terror, violence and social differences seem to be the key of judging others – everybody needs a ruler.

This is why they need a Queen who must be older than 12 – wise, beautiful and brave, powerful and fearless.

The Queen must be determined by battle – so we have a lot of warriors wanting to affirm themselves.

The official site –  PSP Queen’s Blade – has character info sheets for 20 of the girls used in the game. And you already know them from the artbooks and the anime series.

Being a RPG – the game lets you the pleasure to choose how to continue playing. You can explore a lot, bringing characters closer to each other. Strategy is a part of how you can win.

The armor destroying system – is what can be called a sexy battle mode – because by destroying clothes – other things can be revealed. This sounds so Queen’s Blade.

The game presents elements of visual novels – lots of dialogues due to the interaction of the combatants.

Being an RPG – you can develop your character – repair or buy items – you can use skill points – assuring your victory.

But in the end – the fun consists in expressing beauty. The QB series were meant to attract through the females presented in there. The game does the same.

The site also has some wallpapers if you are interested. Just follow the link – QB Illustrations – and enjoy.

Platformation

This 27 levels brain teaser it’s just perfect if you want to solve a few puzzles that connect your thinking with the virtual gravity perception.

You can play it for free here.

Platformation is what I call a perfect evening – mind game.

It’s pretty easy if you pay a little attention to the environment.

You cannot get stuck on many levels but only one demands extra skills – level 24 I think. This level demands quick reflexes if you want to avoid the spikes.

But it’s pretty easy and fun – Platformation was developed by 4Horsemen Studios.

Dragon Ball Raging Blast 2

With lots of improvements and new characters to choose from, DB RB 2 seems to be one hell of a fighting game produced for the XBox 360.

With a new fighting system and interesting modes, Raging Blast 2 will increase the number of hours of fun. Air movement is improved, bonus points offered for special attacks and strategy actions – and you can use these bonus points to customize the character you are fighting with.

The weather in every map can be challenging from what I’ve heard.

 

(C) Badosutajio / Shueisha Fuji TV Toei Animation (C)2010 NBGI (C) 2010 NBGI

 

Characters new to the Raging Blast series will be, among others: Ultimate Gohan, Saibamen, Cell Junior, Android 13 and Mecha Frieza.

With lots of action, destructible environments and the possibility of increasing your combat skills to the ultimate level – Raging Blast 2 will hit the market this November.

TLJ: Dreams

This is the intro a series of articles related the the best adventure game I’ve ever played: The Longest Journey. The articles will contain a lot of details about the game – so if you want to try it – you should consider not reading this article.

The Longest Journey is the story of the existence of two twin worlds. The Stark [Earth] and a parallel Universe called Arcadia.

The first one is governed by science and technology. We can see from the first chapter of the game that even if Venice it’s an old human-inhabited place – mega-structures and high-tech equipment is scattered all over the place.

Arcadia – is a place of magic, a place where dreams become truth. This will be explained in a later article.

Venice, Newport - outside the Border House

We have our protagonist – April Ryan. She is an artist studying at VAVA University.

Even if her inspiration left her – she has to finish some paintings for an upcoming exhibition.

We see that she has a troubling dream. She is taken to a strange realm where she encounters the Spirit of Wood and then a dragon which tells her that a greater destiny awaits her.

When she’s back to reality, a strange character – Cortez will show her his interest and knowledge about her condition.

He’s the one who marks a certain piece of the puzzle. He truly believes in the power of art and the truth of it. By using the phrase “visualize your dreams” he is capable of offering a detail about April’s dreams. They could be real – they are showing her something.

When while watching that movie – and the jungle landscape becomes real – we have our answer. Deep beneath our imagination is a sparkle of accuracy. It’s a principle that is the base of all things. It’s a naked-truth.

Does April know that?

Alter Ego Review

In the 19th century, in England, in the town of Plymouth, a tragedy occurred.

Feared by many, Sir William passed away. She had a terrible disease which deformed his face. Because of that people thought he was a monster and a killer. Many victims were found but nobody knew who was the real person behind those atrocities.

At the same time, one of our protagonists, Timothy Moor – a thief, is escorted to the city to be offered to the police. The sailors from the boat robbed and stripped him. This is our starting point. Timothy will escape the guardian and end up in the sewers – one place which will play an important role in our story.

Timothy came to the city because he has to meet a friend. Together they forge a plan to flee to America in order to start a new, better life.

A lot must happen til the moment Timothy and his friend will be able to get together. Unfortunately their plan of making money for tickets will bring them only trouble and they end up in jail.

The second character which the player will use is Detective Briscol. New assigned to the city of Plymouth, he will involved in the case of the disappearance of Sir William’s body in the night after his funeral.

A lot of clues are related to this incident. People died, others tried different solution for informing the population. Briscol is the severe type. He takes his role seriously but he is disadvantaged by the events that occur in a short period of time.

In the end, after struggling to find the truth, he will be dismissed from his authoritarian position. Here is when Timothy comes into play and they’ll team up to find the people responsible for all the recent murders.

One good part – if I might say – about adventure games is exploration. Lots of new and intriguing places makes the player feel like being a part of the story.

The design is very attractive yet simple. The interaction with objects and people is well-defined.

The puzzles have a normal level of difficulty. One thing that annoyed me was the fact that you can mix up objects in your inventory and that was the reason I sought help in order to continue playing. But at least I tried to play this game without much help from a possible written walkthrough.

The atmosphere in the game has a note of creepy darkness. The church, the mausoleum even houses have a bit of restlessness about them. But as you probably know I love these Gothic horror values.

It took me two days to finish the game. And I had fun and that’s all that matters. It’s not the best point-and-click game you’ll ever play but it is indeed interesting.

iPlay: Zoe Castillo

Welcome to the newest series of articles this blog has to offer. iPlay includes different aspects of gaming including stories, characters, puzzles and so on.

Today’s feature is the main character from a game I recently finished and which was featured here. I’m talking about the sequel to “The Longest Journey” – “Dreamfall”. Being an adventure game with a really cool story, the game has to offer interesting characters.

But probably the most interesting and cool and cute and…stop. The one which people loved is Zoe Castillo.

On the official “Longest Journey” forum someone stated – I think I’m in love with Zoe Castillo. Is that wrong?

If people fall in love with virtual girls that must have reasonable explanation. And all begins with the story behind the character.

Zoe is a typical girl who hasn’t found yet a purpose in life. She dropped out of university, she broke up with her boyfriend, she spends time doing useless things. She isn’t the type to get involve into every part of the society she lives in, by the contrary she has just a few close friends.

Lacking a purpose only makes her feel unsteady, useless, probably close to miserable. This til the moment her adventure begins. Being involved in the action of trying to help Reza will place her into a world she would never imagine.

At first she has a hard time accepting her role in all this story. She is the type of person who has to see with her own eyes in order to believe something. But she will convince herself of the things she has to deal with after The Eye – the police – puts her on the black list.

From the indifference she will get into really wanting to find out the truth.

The messages she receives – like the one in which she is told to find April Ryan – will reflect her devotion to the newly stated destiny.

It’s amazing how the creators put the pieces together and offered this character the possibility of mental and spiritual evolution. I always liked that in games or anime series or whatever crossed my path.

But is it worth to have a massive crush over a 3D virtual model? I guess not, but you can enjoy its aspect as long as you’re playing the game.

Zoe is smart, she is devoted to her cause and besides that she is represented as a women – acting cute sometimes or defending her personality. I guess I appreciate this character.

Mirror’s Edge

When I start playing a game and I really like it – I can’t help but spent many hours trying to beat it. This stuff happened again with Mirror’s Edge. I finished the game in about 14 hours. And the thing is that I enjoyed every minute of it.

Inspired by two real life disciplines: parkour and free running – this first person action-adventure game offer the best of exploring the city jungle – trying to reach a possible point that normal movement wouldn’t allow it to.

The protagonist, Faith is a runner – a futuristic messenger that is in conflict with the actual in-game government – a so called “absolute” form of leadership. As the game continues – we learn about Faith’s hatred for the people in charge with the administration and political course of the city. We also find out the plan of decreasing the runners’ number, by eliminating them.

Yes, the plot is intriguing and the every second action that this game offers makes it one of the best action games I’ve ever played.

A colorful environment, the accent put on the character’s chance to find it’s own way through the obstacles and a little bonus – combat request. We talk about using the physical strength through fists trying to knock down the enemy units – or the accuracy while using a gun. Yes, we have all from pistols, rifles, sniper rifles, machine guns to the Benelli M3 Super 90 shotgun.

About the game-play – every player can choose it’s own way of going through it. You can simply run and do simple tricks like wall running, slides, lazy movements of just simply avoid the obstacles which is a fucked-up way of playing Mirror’s Edge.

If you ask me, I encountered some problems and I struggled to keep on playing. But with all my efforts – this game is a good choice. I can’t wait til the sequel hits the market.