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Review - Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days

Saturday, December 19th, 2009 by Mark-12

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Title: Kingdom Hearts – 358/2 Days
Developer/Publisher: Square Enix
Platforms: DS, DS Lite, DSi
Release Date: 09/29/09
Number of Players: 1, 2-4 via Wireless Multicard Play

Kingdom Hearts…it all started September 16, 2002. Disney and Squaresoft came together and had a wonderous video game baby. They melded their perspective licenses together into a wonderful action RPG. It followed the story of a young boy, Sora, trying to find his childhood friends, Kairi and Rikku. The game ended with a definitive cliffhanger, leaving many people waiting anxiously for Kingdom Hearts 2. Sadly, they had many years to wait for that. In the interim, Square released Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories (CoM) on December 7, 2004. They billed it as a half step between Kingdom Hearts 1 and Kingdom Hearts 2. It wasn’t going to continue the story per se, but it would make more sense once you actually played Kingdom Hearts 2. At least, that’s what they said.

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Super-Duper Steam Holiday Deal

Friday, December 18th, 2009 by Ryan L. Lopees

If you haven’t already had the chance to check it out or perhaps were just waiting for the price to drop, that time is now. Runic Game’s gorgeous Diablo-esque dungeon crawler is on sale for a whopping $9.99. That’s 50% off it’s retail price. Hurry on over here and get it while it’s hot… or at least until Monday.

First Impressions: Dante’s Inferno (Demo) “Burn baby Burn!!”

Friday, December 18th, 2009 by Flatliner

Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: Visceral Games
ESRB Rating: M (most deservedly so)
Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360, PSP
Previewed: PS3 Demo

Timeless literature can be a very rich source of inspiration for game developers. Adapting literary classics for consumption by today’s audiences can really go a long way toward raising appreciation for these classics, as well as testing limits of vision and imagination. A few years ago, we were ‘treated’ to the adaptation of the epic poem “Beowulf” in film and, a bit less successfully, in game form, and now we have the literary classic of “The Divine Comedy”, more specifically its first act “(Dante’s) Inferno” re-imagined and personified in interactive media.

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FFXIV Beta Applications Now Open

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009 by Ryan L. Lopees

That is for the PC version, of course. Mind you, if you can get through the “congestion” as the site calls it, let me know. I sure haven’t been able to. You can sign up here.  It will be interesting since Yoichi Wada, President of Square Enix, has voiced his opinion that FFXIV could give World of Warcraft a run for its money.

SpikeTV’s VGA 2009 Winners

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009 by Ryan L. Lopees

If you missed SpikeTV’s airing of the 2009 Video Game Awards, don’t worry.. it’s Spike. They will play it another 20 times before the month is up. However, if you want to skip all the hub-bub and just get down to the winners, I am more than happy to give you the summary, with a twist. See, I don’t always agree with the “winners”, but I also don’t feel like I am anyone special to make my own “Best of” list. Instead, I just offer my “Editor’s Choice”. Like I said, I don’t always agree with the chosen “winners” and this is just something as simple as what I prefered. Also included with the “Editor’s Choice” is a quick score here from Gamers Platform, even if we haven’t gotten the reviews posted. Yay us! Bear in mind, those are my personaly scores, not my writers. I like to let them have their own say in things like that.

Note: Individual tastes may vary. The views expressed in this article specifically do represent Gamers Platform and its parent affiliation The GameTechWorld Network. If they didn’t I wouldn’t be writing them here, would I? I honestly never have gotten the point of all those disclaimers. Pansies. Anyway, the winners are…

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Review - Dissidia: Final Fantasy

Friday, December 11th, 2009 by Mark-12

Dissidia Final Fantasy

Title: Dissidia: Final Fantasy
Developer/Publisher: Square Enix
Platforms: PSP, PSP Go
Release Date: 08/25/09
Number of Players: 1-2 via “Ad-Hoc” Mode

I’ve been playing fighting games since the days of Street Fighter. I’ve played many fighting games and have enjoyed them for various reasons. I’ve played Final Fantasy since I owned a Game Boy, sadly I never owned an NES to enjoy the original. When I first heard about Dissidia, I thought this would be an interesting meld of 2 styles that I’ve enjoyed since early childhood. The game boasts a “Story Mode”, an “Arcade Mode”, a “Quick Battle Mode” and a Catalogue to purchase unlockables. Now, I know what a lot of people are thinking. How much depth can you get out of a fighting game? Well, for those who remember Ergheiz, Square Enix’s first foray into the “Fighting” genre, it can actually carry a LOT of depth.

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