DS Game Reviews

Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stone
Apr18

Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stone

Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stone for the Nintendo DS By Michael “Beezledrop” Lester Fire Emblem is a game that has been around since the NES days, but it never got an American release until just recently. The Fire Emblem series is a turn based strategy game that was big in Japan. Americans were not exposed to this game until Super Smash Brothers: Melee added two characters “Marth” and “Roy” to their roster. When western audiences were first exposed to these two unknown swordsmen they were curious enough about their origins that Nintendo decided to finally bring the game to the West. Now there is a fair selection of Fire Emblem games available from the GBA to the WII. The game I’ll be reviewing is Fire Emblem and the Sacred Stones. Mainly because out of the games in the series released to the western market it is one of my favorites. Story: The story is about 6 countries who live together on one continent called Magvel. In the past 5 of the 6 countries banded together to defeat the Demon King with 5 sacred stones given to each ruler or each of the 5 countries. After the Demon King has been defeated the Magvel has been in an era of peace for 800 years. The story begins when the country Grado attacks the country Renais and invades it. The twins princess Eirika and Prince Ephraim have to embark on a journey to stop Grado from concurring Magvel and stop them from Destroying all 5 of the Sacred stones that each country houses. The story is pretty good and it lets you play through two different scenarios when Eirika and Ephraim part separate ways. Game Play: The game play is a turn based strategy style game, which the series is known for. It a lot like other tactic games like Final Fantasy Tactics or Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor. You’re given different types of units throughout the game each with his own personality and skills. The point of the game is to use your army to complete objectives given by the game for each map. One thing to note about the game is that each unit you’re given only has one life. So if any character is killed in game they stay dead and cannot be revived later. This makes it so you have to plan your attack carefully and use the battle mechanics and terrain to your advantage before you make your units attack or move. When it comes to the battle mechanics they have a system for each weapon and what they are strong and weak against. They call...

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Ace Attorney Series
Nov07

Ace Attorney Series

Ace Attorney Series for Nintendo DS By Michael “Beezledrop” Lester: The Ace Attorney series is for the Nintendo DS. It’s a point and click style series produced by Capcom. These games are fun, engaging and full of great story. The series mainly follows one protagonist by the name of Phoenix Wright. The first three games follow his journey solely. The two games after that star two other characters “Apollo Justice” and “Miles Edgeworth”. Though these two games star a different protagonist the game still anchors on Phoenix has a driving force behind the series. These games are very fun and thought provoking. If you’re a point and click adventure fan this game series is a must. Story: The story of the series is about an Attorney who solves murders while defending your Client from getting a guilty verdict in court. The first three games focus on a young attorney named Phoenix Wright. People like to refer to these three games as the “Phoenix Trilogy”. The next game takes on a new protagonist named “Apollo Justice” who is Phoenix’s apprentice seven years later after the first trilogy ends. The last game in the series takes a different approach and it focuses on “Miles Edgeworth” Who is a prosecutor instead of a defense attorney and focuses on a different style of game play. The story of each game focuses on each protagonist as they work their jobs as attorneys solving Murder cases. Their back stories and personal relationships are fleshed out throughout the series. The story for each murder is very well written. It’s is extremely engaging game that draws you in, and it keeps you in suspense until the very end. The Writing is humorous, riveting and full of unpredictable plot twists that makes this game a pleasure to play. The story and characters are a big reason this game has developed a cult following in the gaming community. Game Play: The game play in this series is mostly point and click based. There are two different types of game play in each game of the series (Miles Edgeworth’s game strays a little from the formula but I’ll talk about that later). The first type of game play is the Investigation. In the Investigation portion of the game play you are searching for clues, and getting information from witnesses and law enforcement involved in the crime to build a case for your client. You move from place to place picking up clues and getting information to solve the case. It’s a standard point and click type scenario for this part in the game. You have a cursor which you can...

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Shin Megami Tensai: Strange Journey
Sep03

Shin Megami Tensai: Strange Journey

Shin Megami Tensai: Strange Journey for Nintendo DS By Michael “Beezledrop” Lester: Atlas tends to be a hit and miss Production Company when it comes to video games, but Shin Megami Tensai: Strange Journey is in my opinion one of the best handheld games to come out in the last 5 years. It’s such a great game that I have dropped over 200 hours on it, and I have beaten it three times getting each ending. Like most Shin Megami Tensai games it’s a very deep game revolving around the occult and the summoning and interactions with demons and angels. Out of all the Shin Megami games I’ve played this one is my personal favorite. It’s like taking a D&D dungeon crawler game and fusing it with a Pokémon game. The game is a gem and it is a must play for any DS owner and RPG enthusiast. Story: The story of Strange Journey is about a growing inter-dimensional bubble growing in the Antarctic. This bubble or rift is growing in size and swallowing up everything it comes in contact with. The story begins with the world pooling its military forces together to send an elite team to go into the rift and find out how to stop it before it consumes the planet. Once the team enters the rift they find an altered dimensional reality which demons and angels are at war for the fate of mankind. You take control of a soldier who will have to fight his way through the rift to not only find a way out of it, but he will also have to choose the fate of the planet and all of mankind. It’s a very interesting story with multiple endings. Though the story is a bit slow and overly technical in the very beginning it’s a very captivating story dealing with some fairly dark subject matters. Game Play: The game play is the best part of this game. The game play is solid from the battlefield and over world maps, to the character and creature customizations. The game is a turn based RPG with a first person dungeon crawler point of view for the map traversing. The character your given wears a special advanced suit of armor that can be upgraded and leveled as you play through the game. The suit can install and utilize software called “Apps” there are two different types of apps in the game. “Main apps” and “Sub apps”. Main apps are applications that are mandatory things like Door unlocking applications to a “Creature proximity app”. The sub apps are customizable applications that give you different bonuses in...

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