Saturday, February 1, 2014

Month Overview: January

 Games completed in January:
 Castlevania: Lament of Innocence                          8.0
 Saint Seiya: Brave Soldiers                                    5.5
 Two Worlds 2                                                       6.5
 Castlevania: Lords of Shadow: Mirror of Fate        6.5
 Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning                            9.0

 Eh, Kingdoms of Amalur was fantastic and Lament of Innocence was a fun romp through Dracula's castle, but the rest was just so... so... average. Brave Soldiers was deceptively awful. I initially gave it 8.0, as I was having fun, despite how shallow it was, but the more I played, the more I realized that it just wasn't any fun. At all. Two Worlds 2 had the heart in the right place, but it just needed more polishing. Mirror of Fate tried to achieve a happy medium between Castleroids of old and the new LoS gameplay, but it didn't work as well as it should have. It's not a bad game, but it should've sticked to it's original formula.

 Game of January:
 Kingdoms of Amalur was the kind of game I've been yearning for a while now. Open ended and with a really good combat system. The main story was surprisingly good, specially when it comes to Western RPGs, and while some of the many sidequests got a bit repetitive, it always felt as if you had stuff to do.

 Lament of Innocence was really, really fun. Gameplay wise it was fun to play, with plenty of attacks to try out thanks to the orbs and the many sub weapons, and their combinations. But what was even better was just how well it captured the whole Castlevania essence, this game truly felt like a Castlevania in 3D. And it was done right to boot!

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