MMORPG Info Logo Yakuza 3, Bad Company 2, Half Minute Hero and more

2010 has been packed with new games but thank goodness we have Wukung to help us wade through the titles. These are predominantly single-player games with a bias towards the Xbox.

Previous games rated: Darksiders, Bayonetta, Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, Mass Effect 2, Dante’s Inferno, BioShock 2, Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, Heavy Rain

A group of reviews balanced against each other can be much more useful for making a decision and we’re hoping to see regular updates from Wukung on games as they are released throughout the year.


Yakuza 3

The Yakuza series offers a story driven adventure with beat’em up combat at its heart. The tone swings from melodrama to incredibly silly. If you have played any of the previous game, it’s the same package: plenty of side content and mini-games to go along with a decent length main plot. The fighting is still fun and seen some decent improvements. The melodrama has become too melodramatic and some aspects of the story feel like rehashes of previous games. Neither of the sequels has had as cohesive a plot as the first game. Yakuza 3 is still an entertaining game but not to be taken too seriously.

Battlefield: Bad Company 2

Polished single player campaign, and multiplayer. Yeah, it’s a bit like Modern Warfare but it’s still good. Compared to Modern Warfare, Bad Company 2 is more light hearted, a bit more action (and less simulation) and the multiplayer is class-based with vehicles (and less random death from above).

Sometimes check-points in the campaign are too sparse and experience points in multiplayer give far too much of an edge with even what should be basic abilities of some classes needing to be unlocked.

Half Minute Hero

16-bit RPG action chopped up into bite size chunks. In practice it’s more like a couple of minute chunks than the implied half minute. The depth and longevity comes from speed running levels, but it’s entirely optional to progressing. Perfect PSP train fodder.

BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger

2D fighter and spiritual successor to the Guilty Gear series. Like Tatsunoko vs. Capcom I haven’t spent a great deal of time playing it yet and I’m also going to cop out again and say I would have to spend a long time playing it to really understand it anyway. The action is solid and up to the standards of Guilty Gear. It is not friendly to new players and learning the game can be daunting but (so far at least) rewarding. BlazBlue has the best sprite graphics I’ve seen, the backgrounds are a seamless mix of 2D and 3D and the characters are exceptionally well animated.

Red Steel 2

A fun mix of sword play and shooting with some really cool moments. The Wii MotionPlus makes the sword swings nice and responsive and the Wii mote FPS action is neat. I was expecting this to be “good for a Wii game” but it’s just a good game.

Still to come: God of War 3, Final Fantasy XIII, Just Cause 2

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