Theme Park World

Lately I have been in a nostalgic mode and therefore I have been playing some classic games. This one from 1999. It’s available on PlayStation 1, 2, PC and Mac. This is the ultimate game for kids ever made and playing it as an adult is fun, at least for an hour or two.

In the game you build your own theme park after different themes, like Halloween, Space and Wonderland. To get access to some of these parks you must win keys and collect golden tickets. The keys unlock a new level and the tickets can be used to buy special rides. With the help of an assistant you will hope to run a successful park, or it will all crash and you will go into bankruptcy.

This game was marvelous in the old days and it was everything a kid could dream of. Considering it’s age I think the game holds up fairly well even today. It can still be plays on your old PS1 or 2 and it works at least on the future versions of Windows. It looks good and the gameplay and atmosphere is perfect for kids. I would still say that this game can still be a six year olds dream even in 2013. But how is it for an adult?

I would say that it doesn’t quite succeed in being as fun there. Why? It is simply because we are to smart. The game gets repetitive and while it is great for kids it is just annoying for an adult. Some of those features can be turned off but that does not increase the playability by far. It does get boring after a an hour or two. So it is a fun nostalgic experience for a while before you never want to see the game ever again. It is also not challenging at all as a grown up and like I said, you are too smart and the game can be completed in a few hours.

Still I will judge this game through a kid’s eyes. If I would have been an adult, it would have been a five, but since I am that six-year-old again the game is actually a 9/10.

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Remember Me

Here we have a game for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The game is set in future Paris  (Neo-Paris) and you play as Nilin, a woman with no memories who after escaping a facility must fight to get her memories back. The biggest thing this game got going for it is the originality. The plot very is different tough at times it can get confusing.

Neo-Paris

The gameplay usually have a great flow. Tough awkward camera angles are a reoccurring annoyance and even though the game is usually clear about where you are supposed to go the camera angles can sometimes make it hard to see these directions. Another thing that is quite of a struggle is the combat, I found it to be pretty hard and even though it looked good it was not so fun to play those sequences. The main reason is because of how much time it took, some boss fights lasted almost 30 minutes and I think that is a bit excessive.

The game does have originality and like I said it is the best thing about the game, the graphics are great, the setting for the game is marvelous and they manage to incorporate many different styles throughout the game. The highlights of the game are defeating the bosses in many different settings and the remixes you do on people’s memories in the game. Remixing a memory is a little bit like Surgeon Simulator except it is in someone’s mind. They look great and they effectively make you know more about the plot.

Memory remixing

So even though the game has its up’s and downs I think it is a must have and the game is a lot of fun, unless you get into that long time consuming fight… 8 / 10

Tekken Tag Tournament 2

I finally feel that I have played the game enough to be able to review it. Tekken is a series of fighting games were different characters fight against each other to win a tournament. The game can be played by yourself or with up to four players at the same time. The game was released last year for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii U.

The game has a lot of plusses and minuses. The graphics look a lot better but I sometimes felt that the characters looked a bit to shiny. They managed to fit a lot of characters into the game but they were all unlocked from the beginning which I did not think was particularly fun. The gameplay is on a similar level to what it has always been, at least when you play the arcade mode. When you go online and play ghost battles here is a problem with the game. There are attacks that can drain over 50% of your characters health, but they you just get up again right? Wrong, characters can juggle you character countless of times meaning that you might never get a chance to fight pack and the “don’t kick someone who is already down” policy does not exist here.

Example of a character who looks a bit to shiny.

I can get that to a certain extent and it has been like this in many of the previous Tekken games as well, but I feel that its way more in this game and it kind of kills the feeling. In many modes one can learn about the basics of the game and it’s not impossible for a button masher to win some fights. Personally I have never really been a button masher; I don’t know all the moves the character has because I think that kills the feeling. If you have studied the combat styles so much that you know everything then I don’t think the game is so much fun, you have become more of a robot who plays the game automatically. I know some character moves, and I do my fair amount of strategical guesses when I play and don’t just press the buttons randomly. My style is a problem in this game as it wants you to learn more moves and it kind off pressures you to become a more advanced player than the previous games have been doing.

The customization is a lot of fun and you can give the characters you personal twist, but sometimes I am not so much of a fan. Sur it is fun to see the ridiculous outfits some have come up with but is sometimes feel like “let’s make the girls look like strippers and the guys look like pink fairies with wings, oh and why don’t we give the characters an ice-cream to hold in their hand as they perform an uppercut?!” You get the idea and sure I think it’s a nice addition but it gets a bit too much at times and the characters can look really tacky.

I’m not even sure who this character even is with all pinkness going on and turning a tough guy into this is just not a good match.

Panda usually wears nothing, but not anymore and he just looks sad…

I won’t bore you with my long rant so I guess you can say that I think the game contradicts itself many times. It has a bit of everything but I don’t think they mixed it in the best way they could. Still this is one of my favorite game series and I will love Namco forever for making it and just because of that this game might get a higher score than it actually deserves… 8 / 10

Tekken Hybrid

It has been sooooo long since I wrote about a game, but games are expensive and I really do think that’s my main reason for so seldom updating the game category. Tekken has always been one of my favorite franchises, so when I heard that there was a new HD version of tekken tag tournament for ps3 I was instantly happy. Tekken Hybrid also features a movie (a review will come of that in the movie category sometime in the future) and a demo for tekken tag tournament 2. Since I have already bought tekken tag tournament  2 (review is coming soon) and will talk about the movie in the future as well this review will only be about the HD remake of tekken tag tournament.

Before I give you my opinions it would be good to know that tekken tag tournament is a fighting game where characters fight with each other to win a tournament. The game can be played alone but also with a friend and you can choose to have your friend on the same team as yourself or the opposite one. The game also features a bowling mode where you obviously enough play bowling with you characters.

I am honestly conflicted about this… I am glad to be able to play one of my favorite games again, but I am also disappointed for a lot of reasons. The HD version looks better than the original one for ps2, but I do feel that they could have done a lot more to improve the graphics if they had wanted to. The gameplay is still as fun as it used to be but the developers did one of the most awful things I have ever seen when it comes to releases… All the characters, gameplay modes and pretty much everything fun about playing the game was already unlocked! The basically ruined the entire experience and a game is supposed to be concurred and not handing you everything directly.

Where is the challenge, is what I ask myself now, and why take away all the joy from playing the game?! If your old playstation 2 is not working anymore and you really, really want to play the game (as I did) then go for it. You will like the nostalgia, but trust me, get the game cheap because this kind of disappointment is not worth spending your money one. Do I regret buying it? – No, it is still the fun game that I used to love, but I strongly advise you to think before you buy it. 6 / 10