Archive for the Reviews Category

Assassin’s Creed 2 – A Paragraph Review

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , on January 4, 2010 by Carlos Macias

“Ezio! I meant for you to keep running not to start climbing the walls! Why would I want you to take a dive from ten stories up onto solid concrete below? Keep climbing!” Don’t be surprised if early on in your play time with AC2 you hear yourself yelling out to your covert assassin to control a bit better. The mechanics never entirely meliorate but you get used to them enough to enjoy directing Ezio a la free running and parkour-esque scaling through beautiful Renaissance-era Italy. Add varied objectives, engaging combat, side missions that you’ll actually want to take on, and you have the ingredients to spruce up AC2 for even those who soured on the original. Further control streamlining will be a task left for the third act.

Rating: B

Miner Dig Deep – A Paragraph Review

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , on December 31, 2009 by Carlos Macias

Following in the footsteps of EGM and, most recently, Mitch Dyer’s “One Paragraph” reviews I bring you…well, basically the same thing. Short, one-paragraph reviews on games that are not necessarily recent, but games I’d still like to take a critical eye to. In reality, it’s just a way to trick myself into writing and updating this blog more often. Let me know what you think!

Xbox’s Indie section is, much like the iPhone’s App Store, filled mostly with pure and utter crap. Miner Dig Deep is one of the gems that serves as a counter to that statement. Simple, yet elegantly designed, MDD gives you a mine and a few tools to make it to the center of the world — presumably. Each incremental upgrade nets you a satisfying return on your investment (wait until you go past your initial pickax) and it keeps it up for 6-8 hours. Whether you treat it as a sweet background game when catching up on podcasts or an exemplary model for the 80 MS-point Indie game, MDD successfully pulls you in to digging its lucrative quarry and loving every minute of it.

Rating: A

Review Pimpin’: The Ballad of Modern Warfare

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , , , on December 1, 2009 by Carlos Macias

Order up! My latest reviews can be seen at PerezStart now. Yup. Right at THIS moment in time. One for Rockstar’s GTA IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony and I also chime in on Modern Warfare 2‘s Campaign mode here.

Review Pimpin’: Ratchet & Canabalt

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , on November 5, 2009 by Carlos Macias

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If you guys are wondering (the few the stumble in via Viral Play tweets, I’m sure) why I haven’t posted any reviews lately on this here blog, it’s because I’ve been…er, promoted? Yeah, that.

My reviews will be showing up on PerezStart.com. Go check ’em out! Leave a comment even. Porfa?

Recently published was my Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time review. And Canabalt for iPhone before that.

Klonoa Review (Wii)

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , , , on May 31, 2009 by Carlos Macias

[NOTE: Klonoa might have gotten rave reviews back in the PS1 days but the remake, as you can see by reading below, didn’t grab me the same way as the rest of the nostalgia-trippin’ industry.]

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Latest Draft Dated May 5, 2009
Published by: Namco Bandai Games
Developed by: Paon Corp
Genre: Action
US: May 5, 2009
MSRP: $29.99

Our Score: 6.5/10

Originally, Klonoa: Door to Phantomile was released in ’97 to prove that platformers did not have to be completely synonymous with Italian plumbers and jumping-and-stomping abilities. The decade-plus games returns on the Wii with no subtitle and upgraded graphics. Should you care? Continue reading

Yakuza 2 Review (PS2)

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , on May 31, 2009 by Carlos Macias

[NOTE: I’ll be using this site mainly to keep my older stories, reviews, etc. alive — those that site “upgrades” elsewhere have made obsolete. First up is my review for Yakuza 2 which was a great title that I’m glad I swooped up right when it came out. Heard it’s a lil’ hard to come by nowadays…]

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Latest Draft Dated Sept. 19, 2008 — While everyone is looking to the future of gaming with fancy console boxes and downloadable titles, we haven’t forgotten an old favorite: the PS2. Sure, it’s on its last legs but continues to prove a worthy contender with Yakuza 2, a Japanese crime drama that guises its budget price with excellent gameplay. Continue reading