Category Archives: Impressions

PNG Review: Resonance of Fate

Publisher: Sega

Developer: Tri-Ace

MSRP: $59.99

Grade: A

Tri-Ace, creators of the well known Star Ocean franchise, leave the stars behind and bring it back to earth for a refreshing take on the steampunk genre.  Without delving too much into the story, in fear of spoilers and such, mankind raped the earth to hell and now live in a giant spire-city connected by a series of elevators.  You play the role of three mercenaries trying to make a better life for themselves, and of course, get mixed up in some kind of god fearing church conspiracy, where the people have been following a robot that looks like something out of 2001.  That’s in the opening movie folks, I have ruined nothing for you.

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First Impressions: Dante’s Inferno Demo

Inspired by the real Dante Alighieri, but adapted for a new generation and a new medium, the hero of the game is a soldier who defies death and fights for love against impossible odds. The Italian mercenary Dante returns home from the wars to find that his beloved Beatrice has been murdered, and her soul pulled down into Hell by a dark force. He gives chase, and vows to get her back. For weapons, he wields Death’s soul-reaping scythe, and commands holy powers of the cross, given to him by Beatrice.

I can’t make this stuff up.  That there is the description of Dante from the official site of the game.  It was hard to not be skeptical about this game when it was first announced, but as more and more information poured out, most of us here at PNG looked upon this game with noses upturned.  A few were brave enough to admit that they would give it a shot, and much grief was given to those fearless souls.  I have never been a fan of brawlers since Streets of Rage 2 and Turtles in Time (not the shitty remake on XBLA).  But after seeing the game in action and some screenshots, I had to admit I was intrigued.  Did the demo that dropped a few weeks ago sell me?  Hit the jump to find out!
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First Impressions: Left 4 Dead 2 Demo

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When Valve first announced Left 4 Dead 2 back at E3, I won’t deny that I thought that Mr. Newell was not just content with making it rain at will… but that he wanted it to rain cash to fill Valve’s private swimming pool.  The original Left 4 Dead was less than a year old at that time, hadn’t been supported that well on 360, and felt a little incomplete.  The more and more you look back at the first Left 4 Dead, the more it seemed like a concept that they weren’t sure was going to be a hit rather than a full-fledged game.  Now we are on the cusp of Left 4 Dead 2’s release and the gamers that preordered it have been playing the two level demo for roughly a week.  Does Newell and Co. still have the touch and the power, Or is this the original reskinned with some new weapons and a blatant cash grab?
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PNG Impressions: Mario & Luigi: Bowsers Inside Story DS

Fire Goomba's, better than regular Goomba's

Unfortunately not often enough, does an RPG come around that instantly captures exactly what makes an RPG good.  There are plenty of RPG’s that follow the formula but don’t deliver once the game is finished.  Thinking back to the days of the PS1 when RPG’s were at their high point, It seemed like every one of them was a treasure.  Those days are gone for the most part with the shelves being flooded with a new JRPG (Japanese Role Playing Game) every other week.  I thought back to the PS2 and with the exception of a few Final Fantasy’s there wasn’t much that really made me reminisce about the system.  And also now with the inclusion of 3 newer systems that have 3-4 under their belts I can’t really say RPG’s have made any comeback.

This is where the DS, in my opinion, has really shined since its release.  I can count at least a good 10 RPG’s that really have made the system stand out the way the PS1 did.  With tons of remakes, ports, and even original RPG’s I have really filled that gap by owning a DS over the years.  And it keeps getting better now that the newest Mario and Luigi RPG game has been released, and it is unlike any other RPG out there.  And that’s a good thing.

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First Impressions – Warhammer: Chaos in the Old World

CitOWBox.jpgWhen I had first heard about Warhammer: Chaos in the Old World, I was knee deep in the Warhammer Fantasy thanks to Warhammer Online.  Logan and I were agents of Chaos in this venerable franchise’s first foray into MMO’s and it felt good to be evil.  Imagine my glee when I heard that Fantasy Flight Games announced Chaos in the Old World, where you play one of the four gods of Chaos vying for control of some of the very lands my character was roaming in Warhammer Online.  While the previews that Fantasy Flight had on their blog were able to satiate my desire a little to play this game, the month of September felt too far away to get my hands on it.  Luckily, the game was being demoed and sold early at Gencon ‘09 and I was able to score a copy.  Shortly afterwards Dave, Logan, and I sat down to take up the mantles of Tzeentch, Khorne, and Nurgle.  Impressions after the jump.

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First Impressions: The Spoils Trading Card Game (TCG)

The SpoilsTechnically, Gencon ‘09 wasn’t my first time to The Spoils rodeo.  My first encounter with this game was back at Gencon ‘06 when Tenacious Games still owned the game and rolled a big ol’ The Spoils RV into the exhibit hall for it’s launch at the convention.  Demoing the game with The Spoils boys and girls netted you a free starter deck in addition to getting a booster pack or two in your convention swag bag.  The demo I received impressed me so much that I immediately signed up for a couple of drafts.  Fast forward a little over a year later and Tenacious Games has lost a ton of money on The Spoils due to some poor business decisions.  The game then gets yoinked up by Arcane Tinmen and plans for a relaunch began.  So has the game lost it’s luster in the transition and downtime, or is it every bit the fun and enjoyable CCG as it was two years ago?  For the low admission price of $5 for a two player starter deck at Gencon ‘09, I was willing to find out.

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PNG Adventures in Champions Online – Getting Stronger

Respect.  Know about it!

When we last left PNG’s fearless hero, he was boarding an aircraft for the Southwest Desert for more adventure and excitement.  Irradiates have erected a radiation shield around (insert acronym here) and it’s up to heroes like The Equestrian to save the day!

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PNG Adventures in Champions Online – The Equestrian Born

Half horse, half man, all PNG

It’s been a long weekend PNG’ers and we’re ready to hit the ground running.  Today starts my weekly articles on my experiences with Champions Online.  I sat down on launch day of Champions Online and really thought about what and who my Champion would be.  It had to be something special and with flair, and more importantly, represent Pixels and Grids to his fullest capacity.  We needed a hero… and this is how The Equestrian was born.

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My Gencon Wrap-Up

We didn't actually go to the showing, but you could imagine... right?

It’s been a few weeks now since Gencon ended, but the experience has stayed with me.  I wanted to wrap things up with a gallery of pictures I took while I was there, and also some thoughts on things I didn’t cover in full.  I’ll be talking about Mindflex by Mattel, Word of the Street by Out of the Box, and The World of Warcraft TCG by Upperdeck.  So without further delay…

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PNG Review: Batman – Arkham Asylum

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What do you get when you take a ½ cup of Zelda, throw in a dash of Metal Gear Solid, and then a whole crap ton of Awesome? That’s right kids, you get Batman: Arkham Asylum.

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