Micro Review: 3 on 3 NHL Arcade [4/4]

It has two of my favorite things: metal, and hockey. It’s easy to pick up and play with a friend (online or otherwise). It simplifies how hockey works but substitutes rules with various power-ups for your players. A simple example is that you can freeze one of the other team’s players and it acts essentially like a penalty. There’s still more advanced controls as well so there’s plenty of room to become more skilled. It’s a pretty addicting game that packs a lot of punch for $10.

See also: Trailer

Rating: 4/4

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Revisited: Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII [3/4]

I played Crisis Core earlier last year. I was afraid it would about as good as the other entries of the compilation of FFVII, but I was fairly surprised by it. If you enjoyed FFVII this will bookend it nicely, giving more insight into the characters and their motivations. They managed to take a story that the game’s audience would already be familiar with and expanded on it very well. There are a few cringe-worthy characters and scenes, but all in all is fun to play and watch. It’s mentioned in most other reviews that the game’s finale is a high point. They are absolutely right.

See also: Trailer, Crisis Core’s Quiet Redefining Of The Gameplay Narrative Divide

Rating: 3/4

Micro Review: Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia [4/4]

Ecclesia has to be my favorite of the castlevnias post-symphony-of-the-night. It was challenging, but not frustrating, had good music, a small but well designed group of characters, a fun take on the weapons system, and a great sub plot in the castlevania universe. It was a memorable and satisfying experience for me.

See also: Trailer

Rating: 4/4

Micro Review: Silent Hill Homecoming [3/4]

A thoroughly unnerving experience as I marathoned it over the weekend. There were lots of great/intense moments and I feel that it really took Silent Hill to the next level with this generation of games. I did get pretty frustrated with the combat at times. Music, environments, monsters and characters were all well done and scary. There’s a lot of gore, violence, and disturbing situations, but I feel like it had a place and reason for being in the game.

See also: Trailer, Sexy Videogameland: Coming Home

Rating: 3/4

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