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Persona Q: Shadow of The Labyrinth Review

Persona Q: Shadow of The Labyrinth

Developed By Atlus

Developed By NIS America

” Per…So…Na ”

The Story

Persona Q follows the stories of either the SEES team from Persona 3 or The Investigation Team from Persona 4. Following a school festival the team from either Persona game manages to get trapped in a mysterious world, here the teams meet Zen and Rei, 2 mysterious people who can fight shadows without the use of a Persona, they also have a case of amnesia, either the SEES or the Investigation Team offers to help them recover their memories so they can help the teams escape the mysterious world.

Overall when compared to the Persona games, Persona Q has a pretty average plot, especially when compared to persona 3, however as with all Persona games the cast of characters really help the plot along, regardless of which campaign you choose, however the new characters introduced in this game are incredibly dull, Zen is just a boring tough guy character only focused on protecting Rei who is completely obsessed with food to the point of it being annoying, of course this does change eventually as the game progresses but it still doesn’t change how anoying itis at first.

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The Gameplay

Persona Q is a mix up between the Persona and Etrian Odyssey series, which I have to say works perfectly. The basic gameplay (Exploration, Combat Etc.) is more based off the Etrian games in that the game is very much focused on exploring dungeons and trying to make it to the end, like the Etrian games, the dungeons are traversed in a first person perspective, all while drawing a map to keep track of where you are going (You can change the settings to have the map drawn automatically) I mentioned once in my Etrian Odyssey Untold review that I loved the feature of drawing my own map and this game doesn’t change my mind at all, I still find the map drawing system as fun and addicting as I did before. The combat pretty much follows the same style as the Etrian games but with some added features that make brings the game a bit closer to the persona series, firstly all enemies have weaknesses such as Cut attacks, Fire and Light Etc, this brings the different characters which you can choose into play, for example Yukiko has a mix of Fire and Healing spells, where as Aigis and Chie are Physically based characters, this lets you decide which path you would like to take and how your team will operate.

Another feature this game has is Persona fusion, by winning battles, eventually you will get a persona card that you can equip to a character to give them the skills that the cards hold (for example giving Yosuke, a primary Wind user the ability to use Electricity) or if you have multiple cards you can fuse them together to create a stronger Persona card, this is the type of customization is just what an RPG should have and is the reason I love the Persona series. I should mention that this game is INCREDIBLY hard, Atlus is known for making hard games and this game is no exception there was quite a few times where I felt tempted to drop the difficulty but with a little perseverance I managed to get through in the end. Defeated enemies also drop materials which you can sell in the shop to unlock different pieces of equipment which is pretty vital to avoid dying, I should also mention that these materials can also be found by exploring the dungeons to find power spots which reward you with special materials.

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The Sound

The soundtrack of the game for me was pretty disappointing most tracks were pretty dull when compared to the main Persona or Etrian games, some however were great, the battle theme for both campaigns mainly Persona 4’s campaign was in my opinion better than any other song from Persona, as well as the F.O.E theme being pretty good also. Voice acting wise the game is pretty much perfect only Zen and Rei under perform for me, they even managed to keep Fuuka’s voice actress from Persona 4 Arena as the one from P3 was incredibly poor.

The Graphics

Compared to most games on 3DS, Persona Q doesn’t really have the best visuals but when compared to Etrian Odyssey Untold, this game is a big improvement, Anime Style cut-scenes look great and the game even has some normal scenes where you see the characters in their 3D models, Dungeons look pretty nice, as well as having a pretty good variety to them. Finally this is another game that you are stuck in menus, apart from exploring dungeons there isn’t really much to do, you can’t explore Yasogami and that made me pretty sad, even if they let you explore it in first person I would be happy, the lack of exploration when outside of dungeons really made me wish I was playing Persona 3 or 4.

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The Lasting Appeal

Persona Q is a pretty long game overall, firstly don’t go in expecting Persona 3’s or 4’s length, however go in expecting a lengthy game in general and you’ll be fine, the game can take anywhere from 60 to 80 hours depending on how hard of a time you have, grinding or just plain taking your time, for me it took 71 hours which is fantastic as its much longer than most RPG games that I play usually, however I don’t know why I have this feeling but this game doesn’t seem that repayable, usually with other Persona games I want to replay the game immediately after completing it but here for some reason that isn’t the case.

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Final Thoughts

Persona Q: Shadow of The Labyrinth is a great fusing of 2 great RPG franchises, the gameplay should have Etrian fans right at home while the story will ease Persona fans into the experience, graphics are appealing especially when compared to Etrian Odyssey Untold, however this game is not perfect, first the story while fun isn’t the best when compared to Persona 3 or 4, same with the soundtrack, finally I also feel that this game is better for fans of Etrian Odyssey than Persona, I do understand that it is a cross over style game but I feel that the jump is easier to make if you were a Etrian fan instead of a Persona fan, but that’s just my opinion.

Final Thoughts

My Score – 8/10

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The Good

  • Very fun combat
  • Dungeon exploring is enjoyable
  • Appealing Graphics
  • Great Length
  • Good Mix of Persona and Etrian Odyssey

The Bad

  • Soundtrack is pretty dull
  • Story is average
  • The game can feel unfair at times
  • No exploration when outside of dungeons

Persona Q: Shadow of The Labyrinth is available now on the E Store for the 3DS. Thanks go to Reef Entertainment for supplying the game and the assets used in this review. Be sure to let me know what you thought of the review in the comments section below and be sure to stay tuned to UGNN for all your gaming news and reviews and remember to follow us on WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Reddit & YouTube.

Review By Jonnie Dixon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams Directors Cut

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Developed by Black Forest Games GmbH

Published by Black Forest Games GmbH

 

*Please Note: This Review is of the Xbox One Version.*

First Thoughts

Straight away from playing Giana sisters is Nostalgia from the old Giana sister games and it is amazing. The new look to the game is great as well and make a massive change on the experience and this is definitely a great addition to the Giana Sisters Universe.

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Story

The story to Giana sister twisted dreams is about saving your sister Maria who is abducted by a giant dragon and taken to the dream world and it is up to you to go and save her. Giana has now become a teenager since the last Giana sisters game in the series because Giana is in a stage of her life where it’s all about transformation, she has learned to change her dreams and with her new ability you will need to change from “Blonde Haired Giana (Also Known As Cute Giana)” And “Red Haired Giana (Also Known As Punk Giana)” These are both Giana’s persona’s in order to deal with the dream world and save her sister you must use both Red And Blonde Giana To Fight your way through this twisted dream!.

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Gameplay

The gameplay to Giana Sisters Twisted Dreams is a side scrolling puzzle platformer but it seems much different to that because the way the graphics are enhanced and how you can change from Red And Blonde Giana this changes the gameplay so much including the way the level looks and all the enemies around you.

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Graphics

The graphics to this game are so great, they are bright at one point and dark a creepy the next and every time you change from red to blonde Giana you will notice the level enemies and everything changes which makes a whole new experience every time.

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Sound

The Soundtrack to game is great and fits the game very well and is definitely one of the strong points to the game also when you change from red to blonde the music changes red has more of a metal feel to it and blonde has a peaceful kind of music which is awesome.

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Lasting Appeal

The lasting appeal to this game is you can go through it again and again trying to get all those missing gems that you couldn’t get and also trying to complete everything 100% this will take time.

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Final Thoughts

The game is amazing and looks great and is definitely worth playing for any fan of the previous Giana sisters games the way everything changes when you change from red to blonde never gets old as every level starts to look different and this makes everything feel new also the graphics are awesome for a side scrolling game and is another strong point to this great experience I really recommend checking this game out even if you never played any other Giana sisters game but if you like side scrolling puzzle platformers then this is definitely worth a try

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Rating 9/10

The Good

  • Gameplay is Fun
  • Game looks different every time you change persona’s
  • Lots to do when finishing each chapter
  • Overall Great looking game

The Bad

  • Not A Memorable Story (THIS DOES NOT CHANGE THE FACT THAT GIANA SISTERS IS STILL A GREAT GAME)
  • Gameplay can get repetitive very fast (THIS DOES NOT CHANGE THE FACT THAT GIANA SISTERS IS STILL A GREAT GAME)

Giana Sisters Twisted Dreams is available now on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, Wii U and PC . Thanks go to Black Forest Games GmbH for supplying the game & Assets used in this review. Be sure to let me know what you thought of the review in the comments section below and be sure to stay tuned to UGNN for all your gaming news and reviews and remember to follow us on WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Reddit & YouTube.

Review By Tenacious Tea Gaming

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The Walking Dead Season 2 Review

The Walking Dead: Season 2

Developed by Telltale Games

Published by Telltale Games

“Still Not Bitten!”

*Please Note: This Review is of the Xbox One Version.*

First Thoughts
After finishing season one of the walking dead i couldnt wait to see what happened next in the season and i enjoyed every bit of this season

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Story
For Obvious Reasons im not going to spoil the story so here are some points why the story is AMAZING
So season two takes place after season one you now play as Clementine and you experience her struggle through surviving THE WALKING DEAD while playing as Clementine you will encounter more tough decisions and also run it to some new survivors are they Good or Bad ill leave you to find that out

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Gameplay
The Gameplay is very similar to the The Walking Dead Season 1 but there are some new things added to it as dodging the walker (Pressing the analogue in the specified direction) the gameplay to the walking dead is amazing and is very enjoyable
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Graphics
The Graphics look like a comic or a Graphic Novel which is amazing and adds so much effect personally the graphics are amazing
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Sound
The Sound effects from music to gun sounds everything is perfect and makes the experience a whole lot better also the voice acting to this game is amazing and makes the experience a whole lot better
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Lasting Appeal
You can choose so many different options which will alter the game in so many ways so thats definitely worth checking out
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Final Thoughts
Overall The Walking Dead Season 2 IS AMAZING and i cant fault it in anyway as the story is great the sound the graphics the voice acting everything about the game is great. the story of each episode last at least 2 hours long to there is a total of 5 episode so you have atleast 10 hours of gameplay so The Walking Dead Season 2 Is definitely worth picking up

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Rating 10/10

 

The Good

  • Amazing Gameplay
  • Great Voice Acting
  • So much to do on the story
  • so many different choices
  • game last long
  • Great fun

The Bad

  • N/A!!!!

The Walking Dead Season 2 is available now on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, PS Vita and PC . Thanks go to Telltale Games for supplying the game & Assets used in this review. Be sure to let me know what you thought of the review in the comments section below and be sure to stay tuned to UGNN for all your gaming news and reviews and remember to follow us on WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Reddit & YouTube.

Review By Tenacious Tea Gaming

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The Walking Dead Season 1 Review

The Walking Dead: Season 1

Developed by Telltale Games

Published by Telltale Games

*Yeah…This Time…We’re the COOKIES!*

*Please Note: This Review is of the Xbox One Version.*

First Thoughts

I went into this game expecting quite a bit, because of all the great things I had heard and let me say that this game did not let me down one bit, everything is great but lets break it down into sections so you can see what you get

First Thoughts

Story

For obvious reasons I’m not going to spoil the story so here are some points why the story is AMAZING, every choice you decide makes a difference to everything and this is why this game is great because you can finish it and then go through it again trying out all the other options to see what else happens, I think this is amazing but I’m going to say one thing, the story is great and there here are a few words to describe it, INTENSE, ACTION PACKED, GORY DETAILED, POWERFUL, GRIPPING AND MORE THIS GAME HAS EVERYTHING.

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Gameplay

The gameplay of The Walking Dead is a bit like a point and click game but you get free movement to explore and find people to talk to, I like the gameplay as it feels quite different from all other types of games out there nowadays.

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Graphics

The graphics look like a comic or a graphics novel which is amazing and adds so much effect personally the graphics are amazing.

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Sound

The sound effects from music to gun shots sound perfects everything is spot on and it makes the experience all that more incredible, the voice acting is also top notch.

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Lasting Appeal

As mentioned above you can choose a great variety of options which will alter how the game plays out and how people will treat you. so multiple playthroughs are recommended

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Final Thoughts

Overall the game is great and if you take your time it’s gonna take you at least 2 hours for each episode and there are 5 of them, as well as the 400 days DLC, so if you add that up you get around 10-12 hours of gameplay, which in my opinion is great especially if you pay attention to the story and talk to every single character and think your options through.

Final Thoughts

Rating – 10/10

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The Good

  • Amazing Gameplay
  • Great Voice Acting
  • So much to do on the story
  • Many different choices
  • Great length
  • Just Plain Fun

The Bad

  • N/A

The Walking Dead Season 1 is available now on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, PS Vita and PC . Thanks go to Telltale Games for supplying the game & Assets used in this review. Be sure to let me know what you thought of the review in the comments section below and be sure to stay tuned to UGNN for all your gaming news and reviews and remember to follow us on WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Reddit & YouTube.

Review By Tenacious Tea Gaming

 

 

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Digimon: All-Star Rumble Review

Digimon: All-Star Rumble

Developed by Prope

Published by Bandai Namco

*Go Forth Agumon, Saviour of the Digital World*

*Please Note: This Review is of the PlayStation 3 Version*

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The Story:

Digimon: All-Star Rumble takes place at a time of peace in the digital world and while they enjoy the nature of peace; they find it boring. So all the Digimon decide to have a fighting tournament to determine who the strongest Digimon in the Digital World is however this fun tournament has an ulterior motive behind it as the Digital World’s fate hangs in the balance.

The Gameplay:

Digimon: All-Star Rumble is a fighting game that features multiple game modes. The story mode feels like a cross between full level exploration and a traditional arcade ladder as you choose your Digimon to play with and explore each level looking for Bits (The Game’s Currency) aswell as collectible Digimon cards before doing battle with one of your fellow Digimon. You fight numerous enemies on each stage however the playable Digimon work as sort of a boss for each level. Each fight with said Digimon plays with a different style of battle which I will go into more detail now. In point battle you essentially just kick the living daylights out of your opponent to score as many points as possible with every successful hit. Bomb battle is where you fight with a ticking time bomb strapped to you which basically gets more close to blowing up the more you are hit. Other modes included are Flag Battle, Damage Race, Survival and Medal Battle. All in all, the combat works well and feels like a throwback to the old Digimon fighting games while combining new elements from other Anime fighting games such as Naruto.

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The Sound:

Digimon: All-Star Rumble has a decent soundtrack which takes me back to the days of the older games however I do feel it could have been improved upon and another personal quarrel with the game is the lack of the Digimon theme tune however I feel that is just me being picky. One thing I can definitely praise about the game is the voice cast which consists of voice actors familiar with the Digimon Anime series with some even reprising their roles from previous Digimon outings including Tom Fahn, Lex Lang, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn & Steven Blum to name a few of the talented actors involved in the game.

The Graphics:

Digimon: All-Star Rumble is not the greatest game in terms of visuals with the game sometimes looking like a very early PS3 game/ late PS2 game however the characters and visuals do look pretty good at times. I do feel like more effort was put into some levels more than others but the levels do still look pretty detailed in terms of the structures of the levels and the full map that’s available to explore in each world.

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Lasting Appeal:

Digimon: All-Star Rumble can get slightly repetitive in terms of the story however if you are wanting to battle with friends in the multiple modes available then there is plenty of replayability. Add in the fact there is plenty of Trophies/Achievements (Depending on console) to earn which can take some time plus the fact that getting all the Digimon cards can be based around luck so that adds extra time aswell.

Final Thoughts:

All in all, I feel that Digimon has made the long awaited return that I as a fan have been waiting for however I feel that there is also plenty of improvements that can be worked on aswell. I feel that this game will prove that Digimon can still last in this modern day after a long absence however I feel the game could have been better if it had moved from the fighting approach and more towards the RPG genre as seen in Digimon World. In the end, the game is still enjoyable and definitely one for the fans. A Great Return for the Digimon Series that hopefully won’t disappear anytime soon.

My Score = 7.9/10

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The Good:

  • Enjoyable Story
  • Familiar Characters
  • Great Combat
  • Plenty of Modes
  • Brilliant Voice Cast
  • Loads of Replayability

The Bad:

  • Graphics aren’t the greatest
  • Soundtrack could be improved
  • No Digimon Theme Tune
  • Story mode can get repetitive

Digimon: All-Star Rumble is available now for PS3 & Xbox 360. Thanks go out to Bandai Namco for supplying the game and assets used in this review. Be sure to let us know your thoughts on this review in the comments section below and be sure to stay tuned to UGNN for all your gaming news and reviews and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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Tales From The Borderlands Episode 1: Zer0 Sum Review

Tales From The Borderlands Episode 1: Zer0 Sum

Developed by Telltale Games & Gearbox Software

Published by Telltale Games & 2K Games

The Story

WARNING THERE IS A FEW SPOILERS FOR BORDERLANDS 2 AND THIS GAME IN THIS SECTION OF THE REVIEW

Tales From The Borderlands takes place after the events of Borderlands 2, Handsome Jack has been defeated however the Hyperion company is still alive and kicking, this is where the main character Rhys a worker at the Hyperion company is set for a promotion, however his hopes are crushed when he finds his company rival Vasquez has now became his new boss, Vasquez still gives Rhys a new job, however the new job is the company Janitor, during the meeting with Vasquez, Rhys overhears a conversation he is having with someone on Pandora regarding a vault key, Rhys decides he is going to steal the vault key and screw over Vasquez.I should also mention that this game does have another character, besides Rhys who you play as however this is where I have to stop as I feel I may have spoiled quite a bit of the episode already

So first of all, Telltale games have become well known for producing games very much focused on a story driven experience and this game is certainly no exception, this game is probably one of the funniest games I’ve ever played but I have to say that for some reason I’m not incredibly attached to the characters however I’m sure this will change as more episodes are released.

Final Thoughts

The Gameplay

For everyone who has played a Telltale game, you will immediately notice the similarities between this game and The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us, for those who haven’t played a Telltale game however, Tales from the borderlands is a point and click style adventure game, where you walk around different areas and talk to other people, the game is mainly focused on what you say, there is always different dialogue options that harbor various responses from who you are talking to, another big thing in Telltale games is making decisions that affect the story, mostly in huge ways such as a character dying, this episode however didn’t seem to have any HUGE choices that really made me tear my hair out to decide which one to pick, I feel this is something that needs to change in the later episodes. There is also 2 different characters that have some slight differences in their playstyles, Rhys has his ECHO Eye implant which you can use to scan the environment and often find hilarious little side notes on certain characters, then there’s Fiona who can pick up money which can be used to bribe people and pick other unique choices, these aren’t the biggest things to include but it’s nice that they’re there anyways. As for combat/fighting, usually it’s your basic Telltale game press the right button to avoid or move the control stick the right way, there are also a part where you can control a hyperion loader and you can choose what weapons you would like to use on it, it’s again not the biggest thing to include as it doesn’t really make much of a difference what weapons you choose but it’s  a nice addition.

So overall the gameplay is pretty much the same as most Telltale games if you’ve liked the previous games you should have no problems here, however if you aren’t a fan then I’d say this game will not change your mind.

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The Sound 

The Soundtrack is pretty decent in TFTB, I wouldn’t say it’s spectacular, however there is one song called Busy Earnin by Jungle which is actually a really catchy song. As with pretty much all Telltale games the voice acting is pretty much perfect Troy Baker does a fantastic job as Rhys and I honestly thought Laura Bailey did an even better job as Fiona, the other characters also were voiced very well including Vasquez who is voiced by Patrick Warburton (Joe Swanson in Family Guy and Kronk in The Emperors New Groove) which is awesome.

The Graphics

Borderlands and Telltale have always had a similar art style, sort of a comic book except 3D, so as you would imagine the same style is applied here, and it looks fine there isn’t any bad points to the graphics that I can think of, there isn’t even any frame drops or freezes which I usually get in most Telltale games, the developers have really outdone themselves this time.

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Lasting Appeal

Now seeing as this is only the 1st episode of a 5 episode series don’t go in expecting it to be as long as most games, however for what it’s worth this episode seemed much longer than most episodes that Telltale has produced, I haven’t got an exact figure but I’m sure the episode spanned around 3 hours which as mentioned before is actually quite long for 1 episode, it would be great if the developers can manage to keep this going for the upcoming episodes.

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Final Thoughts

Tales From The Borderlands is a great start to what hopefully will be a great series, the game is incredibly funny and has that distinctive Telltale style, the voice acting and writing is just perfect and the episode is pretty lengthy and fun to play, the only thing I have to say about it is that some of the choices you make really don’t seem to be too interesting and if you do not like Telltales previous games then this will not change your opinion.

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My Score = 9.5/10

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The Good

  • A good opening to a hopefully interesting series
  • Fantastic voice cast
  • Distinctive visual style
  • Pretty Good Length
  • Incredibly Funny

The Bad

  • Needs Better Decisions
  • Won’t change your mind on Telltale games

Tales From The Borderlands Episode 1: Zer0 Sum is available now to purchase for PS4, PS3, Xbox 360, Xbox One & PC and the Season Pass is also available. Thanks go to Telltale Games for supplying the game and assets used in this review and be sure to stay tuned to both UGNN & My YouTube Channel; Tenacious Tea Gaming. Be sure to let me know what you thought of this review in the comments section below and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Review By Jonnie Dixon

 

 

 

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Tales from the Borderlands Episode 1: Zer0 Sum Review

Tales From The Borderlands

Developed by Telltale Games & Gearbox Software

Published by Telltale Games & 2K Games

*A Vault Key…*

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First Thoughts:

My First Thoughts Where Amazing this game is everything any fan of either telltale games or The Borderlands Series could ask for this game has everything Humor , Action , INTENSE STORY , Great Characters , Great Voice Acting and I’m going to point out the best things in this review

The Story:

*Warning this section of the review contains Spoilers so if you don’t want to find out what happens; Skip this section*

So Episode 1 Starts off with you being dragged along the ground in Pandora and you are telling your story so already the game has you gripped to the story because you want to know why is this happening to Rhys (The Character you play) So Rhys Tells his story (I’m not going to tell any of his story for the fact I don’t want to spoil the amazing story) you then meet up with the other character you play Fiona She tells her story and her side to it but that’s all I’m going to say because I don’t want to say to much as I don’t want to ruin it in anyway.

The Gameplay:

The gameplay plays a lot like other telltale games which is a great thing because telltale games are GREAT FUN. You dont need to use to many controls and it is very easy to get the hang of You choose what you want to say by clicking the text you move around with the directional controls (Depending on what you play on) The gameplay is fantastic and is a highlight to all telltale games.

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The Graphics:

The Graphics look like Borderlands So that’s a great thing seeing Borderlands graphics are awesome and different a lot of people would describe it as a graphic novel kind of look but anyway you describe it the graphics are amazing in every way.

The Sound:

The Sound to this game is awesome from the effects of movement to the amazing voice acting for EVERY CHARACTER FEATURED IN THIS EPISODE! there isn’t any issues with the sound to the game and it is great.

Lasting Appeal:

You can choose so many different options which will alter the game in so many ways so that’s definitely worth checking out.

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Final Thoughts:

Overall this Episode took me 2 hours to 2 hours and 15 mins to finish and that in my opinion is amazing and you can go through the episode again and make different choices so my final thoughts to this episode is ITS AMAZING AND I CANT WAIT UNTIL EPISODE 2!!!

My Score = 10/10

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The Good:

  • Amazing Gameplay
  • Great Voice Acting
  • So Much to do on The Story
  • So Many Different Choices
  • Episode Lasted 2 Hours That’s Great
  • A Lot of Fun

The Bad:

  • N/A

Tales From The Borderlands Episode 1: Zer0 Sum is available now to purchase for PS4, PS3, Xbox 360, Xbox One & PC and the Season Pass is also available. Thanks go to Telltale Games for supplying the game and assets used in this review and be sure to stay tuned to both UGNN & My YouTube Channel; Tenacious Tea Gaming. Be sure to let me know what you thought of this review in the comments section below and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Review by Tenacious Tea Gaming

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Tales of Hearts R Review

Tales of Hearts R

Developed By Bandai Namco Studios/7th Chord

Published By Bandai Namco Games

” Kor Meteor doesn’t try. Kor Meteor DOES ”

The Story

The story follows Kor Meteor, a young man trying to follow in his grandfathers footsteps as a Somatic, a warrior who can cure people of a disease known as despir, after finally surpassing his grandfather in skill, Kor finds a young girl washed up on the shores of his village, after waking her, she tells Kor that her name is Kohaku Hearts and that she is trying to find a Soma (The weapon of a Somatic) Kor tells her that there is one nearby at his mothers grave, on the way to the grave site, Kor and Kohaku come across Hisui who is Kohaku’s brother, initially skeptical about Kor, Hisui accompanies them to the grave site, after finding the Soma, the group encounter the witch Incarose, who was pursuing Kohaku and Hisui, after Kors grandfather shows up to protect them, Incarose defeats him easily and implants a mysterious creature inside of Kohaku’s spiria core (Basically her soul), after escaping from Incarose, Kor realizes that Kohaku has a severe case of Despir, being a novice as a Somatic, Kor attempts to cure her, however he accidentally manages to shatter her Spiria core, this makes Kohaku lose all her emotions that made up her personality, Kor and Hisui find out that if they can find the pieces of Kohaku’s Spiria core then they can restore her to the person she was before, so Kor, Hisui and Kohaku set out to find Kohaku’s missing Spiria pieces to help her return to her former self once again.

So the game has a pretty basic plot like most Tales games but in this games case the simpler the better, I find that the games simple goal makes it a enjoyable experience. Of course like all Tales games Hearts R has a decent variety of cast members, Kor is your standard hero character who will pretty much risk his life for someone he met 10 minutes ago, Gall who is the veteran Somatic of the group, being the wisest and always giving sound advice, or Beryl who is pretty much there for comic relief. One thing I have to say is that I feel they did a bit of a poor job with Kohaku in general, at first she is a very likeable and interesting character, however after losing her emotions, all of this is taken away, this wouldn’t be that much of a problem but when retrieving her emotion shards you seem to get all the bad ones first, Fear, Sorrow, Shyness etc, which just make her a bit of an annoyance in the first parts of the game, overall though I can’t really say anything bad in general about the story.

Story

The Gameplay

The Tales Of series is well known for it’s fast paced and exciting combat, when entering a battle, you can either move around the fighting area freely or stick to straight line while locked on to an enemy, you can use basic attacks by pressing the X button which can be chained multiple times for a combo, you can also use Artes with O which consist of spells and physical skills or both depending on the character you’re using, you can equip many different Artes to your character to deal with many situations and you can actually combo them really well. A new feature this game has is the Chase link system you can eventually knock the enemy around the fight area, teleporting to him and continuing to deal continuous damage, I am still in shock by how cool this is, when put together, these combos can look incredible, this feature alone makes this games combat my favorite in the series, beating Graces F which is quite some feat. As with pretty much any RPG, you can level up using points that you can put into certain attributes which increase your stats and unlock new moves and abilities, this leveling system is okay, however I prefer Tales of Xillia’s sphere grid style level system but that’s just my personal preference, in general I do like Heart’s leveling system, it’s very simple and enjoyable. You can also buy items and Armor but unfortunately you cant buy Weapons as you get them from leveling up, this basically kept leaving me with loads of money and nothing to spend it on. Finally I’ll move on to one of my favorite things about this game besides the combat, which is the exploration, gone are the connecting areas from Graces F and Xillia and returning is the World Map very similar to Symphonia, I LOVE this feature as I feel most JRPG’s are too linear in today’s world and this game proves that the old ways are still much better.

Gameplay

The Sound

Personally I feel this is the game only real flaw, the soundtrack is pretty poor and a lot of the music is pretty annoying in general, thankfully the battle themes are pretty good particularly Chalcedony’s battle theme and the normal battle theme. Voice Acting wise the game disappointed me before I even started playing as I knew the game would be Japanese Dub with English Subtitles, personally I wasn’t too bothered by it at first but as the game went on characters like Beryl and Kohaku who either are incredibly high pitched or talk too slow, I found myself skipping some dialogue thinking they had finished speaking, whether or not the reason for not having an English dub was because of the Vita’s memory space or other reasons, I really hope this does not continue in other Tales games.

In general the Tales games have never been the best when it comes to music or Voice acting, however if I were to pick the worst of the bunch I’d say this one takes home the gold.

The Graphics

Considering the original Tales of Hearts was on DS and in 2D, Hearts R is a full remake and a great one at that, everything is pretty much like the PS3 Tales games, overall the graphics are just great, environments are varied and pretty, characters look good and the Anime styled pictures and cutscenes all look fantastic.

So overall no complaints in the graphics section and I would even argue that this game looks better than Graces F and keep in mind that this is a remake which makes it all that more impressive.

Graphics

The Lasting Appeal

Tales of Hearts is decently long for Tales game, spanning around 30-40 hours depending on whether you do the side quests 20-25 if you rush through and 60-80 if you want to do everything, the game has a lot of side quests and content to keep you busy and as always there are trophies to collect.

Lasting Appeal

Final Thoughts

Overall Tales of Hearts R is a brilliant addition to the Tales franchise, having not played the original due to it only being released in Japan, it was worth the wait, the combat is fantastic and the story is simple and enjoyable, along with there being a good amount of content included in the game, if you have a PS Vita pick up this game as soon as possible and if you are a fan of the Tales series consider buying a Vita, games like Tales of Hearts R and Persona 4 Golden are testament to how the Vita can do well, And I thank Namco for releasing this gem.

Final Thoughts

My Score – 9.8/10

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The Good

  • Enjoyable Story
  • Mind Blowing Combat
  • Great Content
  • Very Pretty Graphics
  • WORLD MAP HAS RETURNED!!!

The Bad

  • Japanese Only Dub
  • Unmemorable Soundtrack

Tales of Hearts R is available now for the Playstation Vita. Thanks go to Namco Bandai for supplying the assets used in this review and be sure to stay tuned to both UGNN & My YouTube Channel; Tenacious Tea Gaming. Be sure to let me know what you thought of this review in the comments section below and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Review By Jonnie Dixon

 

 

 

 

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PlayStation Europe: The 12 Deals of Christmas – Deal 2 (3/12/14 – 5/12/14)

The European PlayStation branch have brought back the 12 Deals of Christmas promotion to save you some money through the Christmas season.

That time of the year has once again arrived when the nights get colder, the houses get quieter and the Coca Cola Truck advert is on. Yes it can only mean that Christmas is around the corner and the nice folks over at Sony are once again bringing their A game for you lucky people with their 12 Deals of Christmas Promotion. So without further ado I present to you your Deal 2 offers.

*All Deals will finish at 11:59 am on Friday 5th December 2014*

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Was €69.99/£49.99/AU$89.95, now €34.99/£29.99/AU$47.95

DarkSouls  (PS3)

Was €39.99/£29.99/AU$49.95, now €19.99/£15.99/AU$24.95

DarkSouls2_DLC_SeasonPass  (PS3)

Was €24.99/£19.99/AU$37.95, now €19.99/£15.99/AU$29.95

One-Piece-Unlimited-World-Red-Logo  (PS Vita)

(Not available in India and South Africa)

Was €34.99/£29.99/AU$47.95, now €14.99/£11.99/AU$22.95

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(India and South Africa only)

Was INR 3,330/ZAR 589, now INR 1,129/ZAR 219

So what do you think? Are you Fallen for the price of Lords of the Fallen? Is the price of Dark Souls II & It’s season pass to die for (Literally)? Which would you prefer (Depending on Country)…One Piece or Hyperdimension Neptunia? Be sure to let me know your thoughts in the comments section below and be sure to stay tuned to UGNN for all your gaming news and reviews and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter & YouTube.

Be sure to check back here on Friday for your Deal 3 offers.

Article by Matt McNamee

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PlayStation Europe: The 12 Deals of Christmas – Deal 1 (1/12/14 – 3/12/14)

That European PlayStation branch have brought back the 12 Deals of Christmas promotion to save you some money through the Christmas season.

That time of the year has once again arrived when the nights get colder, the houses get quieter and the Coca Cola Truck advert is on. Yes it can only mean that Christmas is around the corner and the nice folks over at Sony are once again bringing their A game for you lucky people with their 12 Deals of Christmas Promotion. So without further ado I present to you your Deal 1 offers.

*I would like to apologize about the lateness of this post due to being busy but you still have a few hours to pick up these deals before they are swapped out.*

All the following deals finish at 11:59 am on Wednesday 3rd December 2014

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Was €44.99/£39.99/AU$62.95, now €24.99/£19.99/AU$37.95
Additional 10% discount for PS Plus members

F1-2014-logo  (PS3)

Was €54.99/£39.99/AU$79.95, now €19.99/£15.99/AU$24.95

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Was €34.99/£29.99/AU$47.95, now €14.99/£11.99/AU$22.95
Additional 20% discount for PS Plus members

So what do you think? Do you think it’s a steal for the adventures of Joel & Ellie? Will you be racing at the deal for F1 2014? or will you Slash your way into battle with some touch screen Dynasty Warriors? Be sure to let me know your thoughts in the comments section below and be sure to stay tuned to UGNN for all your gaming news and reviews and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter & YouTube.

Be sure to check back later today for the Deal 2 offers.

Article by Matt McNamee