Thursday, March 26, 2009

Pass me the scalpel please: Under the Knife

Ever want to be a doctor but couldn’t because of obstacles like fear of blood or poor grade? Now you can fulfil your dream thanks to technology with under the knife…..

Well is not the same thing but you can cut people up right??? Before you ask what the heck I’m rambling about, I’m talking about Under the Knife: Trauma Centre of the Nintendo DS ‘surgical simulation’. You are Doctor Derek Stiles, surgeon extraordinaire with special heal power (literally) saving lives. The game test your speed and continuous string of procedures without break all while using a stylus. Unfortunately I don’t have a Nintendo DS but I feel I should talk about it as Under The Knife is one of the popular series in the collection of Atlus games. However you can play the game using an emulator. Under the Knife Series is also coming out on the Nintendo Wii, so maybe I’ll opt for Wii version when I acquire the console.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Persona 3: The creme del creme



Today I would like to introduce to you a RPG game, Persona 3 for the PS2. Before I start, let me get this out of my chest. OMG!!!!! Persona 3 is the best gamer EVA!!!. Phew… now we can begin. For those who still not notice, this is one of my favourite RPG games. This game is the combination of RPG and Dating Sim,

You start of as a male high school protagonist living in a co-ed dorm. You’re a part of a special group of high schoolers with special abilities to summon monsters called personas to help them in their quest to get rid of the ‘dark hour’ which is a special time where the world becomes a nightmare. What sold me into this game are two things, how they summon their personas (by shooting themselves ON THE HEAD!) and the dating sim kind of game play

Our protagonist not only have to fight and level up during night time, but also deal with problem like any teenager would (exams, girls, co- curriculum, friends, etc.). Your interaction with friends during daytime will affect the strength of your personas so you have to schedule your time to get the maximum potential. This for me is the shinning point of the game because this enables us to feel connected to the character and the environments in the game….I feel that I want to know all my friends as I progress into the game.

The storyline is good, game play is superb, and, animation is top notch. I highly recommend for those who like RPG or just like a great game. BTW this game also has another version name Persona 3:FES. This includes the original game plus extra and the story after the original.

Here are some samples of the gameplay:

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Meet Jack Frost......HEE HO!!

You all maybe wondering who is Mr.Jack Frost indicated on the header of the blog. Jack Frost is the Atlus company mascot. He originated supposedly from a Viking folklore as an elfish creature which represent snow and winter. He's included in a number of Atlus games especially Shin Megami Tensei series, even have their own game called Jack Bros.Altus made dolls and collectables of the mascot and introduce others so called relatives like King Frost, Pyro Jack, Black Frost to name a few. This is a good marketing strategy which broaden their brand recognition.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Devil Summoner: Kuzunoha Raidou vs. The Super Army

This is the first Altus game I played for the Playstation 2 . The game is the third of a series (Devil Summoner) which in turn is a spin-off of another series (Shin Megami Tensei). The first time I notice about this game is the title, it's got to be the longest name I've ever seen. It easy for me to just call it Devil Summoner.

The game sets you in the city of Teito Japan during the Meiji Restoration Era. You are suppose to be the protector of the city. You use sword, gun, and demon allies to help you on your quest. I find the game fast paced and somewhat easy. The artwork is very stylistic (East and West combo) and cool soundtrack. the game is innovative in using the demon allies for not only for fighting but also to sense people emotions, investigate hidden items and such. I recommend this for those who like action RPG.