Name: Brian Rowe
Date of Birth: 9/7/1980
Location: Brew City USA
All-time favorite game: Fallout 2 (PC)
Least favorite game: Friday the 13th (NES)
Title: Temporary ROTW 3/30/08-4/5/08 Posted: April 11, 2008 (12:34 PM)
I don't know exactly what it's been like for other people, but the forums of HG are almost completely inaccessible to me. I've been waiting for a good time, but it looks like the server switch won't be for a few more days. Since the blogs are still up and running, I'm bringing the Review of the Week here, and after watching far too many reality shows, I feel like switching things up a bit. Let's start off with the runners-up. As for the winner, you'll just have to check the replies. Think of it as the suspenseful commercial break.
The one element of this review that immediately jumped out was how well you seem to know the SEGA lineage. Mind you, I recently outed myself as having never owned a SEGA system. Shocking, I know. I could still recognize Jet Grind Radio, but remembering the names of the characters and levels? What are you, some kind of man-machine hybrid? As a "fan-service" title, the game was obviously meant for someone like you, and you do it proud. As for someone like myself, I would probably buy SST for the actual tennis matches and multiplayer, which are the two aspects that you breezed right over. I love the review, but it wasn't meant for someone like me.
I try to shy away from long intros that don't talk about the game itself, but this isn't some boring tale of going to GameStop and slapping money on the counter. It's about a game shrouded in mysterious obscurity. I'm intrigued, and the fact that mechs are involved just makes the whole scenario that much better. I loved the early rundown of gameplay for its simplicity. It's brief, but your few descriptions are right on the money. Unless it's the selling point of the game, I hate when people just rundown the pros and cons of every weapon and feature as if I actually know what they talk about. Side-scrolling combat = good. Upgradeable mech = good. That's enough said right there. I am also not a big fan of bulleted points. To your credit though, they're short, emotionally packed, and very effective. I just wish that you had worked them, and the obligatory graphics and sound sections, more seamlessly together. Great stuff, and I'll be looking to buy Blood Gear shortly.
User: pup Title: Posted: April 11, 2008 (12:51 PM)
I congratulated Felix_Arabia for not dragging me through every single, little weapon of his game, but sometimes those things do matter, and disco knows this. As a Ratchet & Clank fan, I have a soft spot for massive arsenals of crazy weapons and heavy doses of tongue-in-cheek humor. That's what three quarters of this review is focused on, but it never gets dull. It flows with ease through every aspect of the game, peppering it with the combat-related details to make the points. I love it when people can find the essence of a game, and use it for support throughout the entire review. If you can do it without someone saying, "quit talking about that already," it shows true craftsmanship. I wasn't a fan of the recapping conclusion, but it gets the job done. If nothing else, you just might deserve extra credit for working anal probes, Soylent Green, and the Baconator into the same review. Awesome review.
User: Felix_Arabia Title: Posted: April 11, 2008 (01:29 PM)
Congrats to everyone including myself.
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