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  • Rating:7.5
    Eternal Sonata manages to embrace it's unusual premise well and deliver an RPG that is highly entertaining...

    Trusty Bell: Chopin no Yume

    Eternal Sonata manages to embrace it's unusual premise well and deliver an RPG that is highly entertaining...

    Fredrick Francois Chopin a Polish pianist and his fevered delirium as he lays on his death bed does not sound like the most tasteful or exciting setting for a Japanese RPG adventure. However raised eyebrows and scepticis... Read Full Review

    0 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:5.5
    Mystwalker, one company on whom Microsoft have placed huge aspirations...

    Blue Dragon

    Mystwalker, one company on whom Microsoft have placed huge aspirations...

    Mystwalker, one company on whom Microsoft have placed huge aspirations. To conquer the Japanese market where the XBOX 360 has been doing more or less… well… disastrously. Enter their first title, Blue Dragon a JRPG with ... Read Full Review

    3 of 5 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:9.5
    A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…  Luke was yet to even be a twinkle in Darth Vader's eye.<br />

    Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

    A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… Luke was yet to even be a twinkle in Darth Vader's eye.<br />

    It is a time of great conflict, as lead by the Dark Jedi Revan and Malek, a new scourge is filling the galaxy driven by the Dark Side of the force: the Sith. You take the role of a customised character, either male or fe... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:8.5
    A while has passed since the events of the first KOTOR game and the galaxy is a very different place....

    Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

    A while has passed since the events of the first KOTOR game and the galaxy is a very different place....

    Taking the role of yet another self created male or female lead you find yourself on the hit list of Jedi to be removed. You fought under Revan's banner in some of the most brutal and bloody clashes in the galaxy but you... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:6
    Phantasy Star Universe does little to be amazing in terms of gameplay, but what it does deliver is a fun experience

    Phantasy Star Universe

    Phantasy Star Universe does little to be amazing in terms of gameplay, but what it does deliver is a fun experience

    "Phantasy Star Universe" is the next installment in SEGA's long line of RPG's in the "Phantasy Star" franchise, one that has gained a massive following over the years, particularly its Dreamcast incarnation, "Phantasy St... Read Full Review

    0 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:7
    Enchanted Arms is the first Japanese RPG to appear on a "next gen" (XBOX 360, PS3, Wii) system but sadly however this is

    Enchanted Arms

    Enchanted Arms is the first Japanese RPG to appear on a "next gen" (XBOX 360, PS3, Wii) system but sadly however this is

    Enchanted Arms is a cookie cutter JRPG to the extent that it has a linear path, a basic story, random battles, a cast of quirky characters and is lengthy. Fortunately this in itself is not a bad thing as, if you enjoy JR... Read Full Review

    0 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:8.5
    DOA 4 is fast paced, exciting and full of great action with lots to unlock and a great online mode.

    Dead or Alive 4 (Platinum Hits)

    DOA 4 is fast paced, exciting and full of great action with lots to unlock and a great online mode.

    DOA 4 is admittedly the first beat em up I have ever played properly. Aside froma few hours on the N64's "Fighters Destiny" and the PS2's "Soul Caliber 2" there has been little interest in the genre for me. Dead Or Aliv... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:8.8
    Kameo is the first RARE game I had played since the days of the N64, does it deliver like previous RARE classics? YES!

    Kameo: Elements of Power

    Kameo is the first RARE game I had played since the days of the N64, does it deliver like previous RARE classics? YES!

    I remember sitting down to play my N64 back in my teenage years, and can easily remember that most of my favourite games were made by RARE. Titles such as "Goldeneye", "Perfect Dark", "Banjo Kazooie", and "Diddy Kong Rac... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:9.5
    This Prince takes platforming to new levels of brilliance

    Prince of Persia

    This Prince takes platforming to new levels of brilliance

    I've never been into PoP of the franchise, the early originals passed me by and when I was introduced to 3D PoP games with "The Sands Of Time" series, the frustrating difficulty levels made me feel like the game had aban... Read Full Review

    17 of 18 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:7.5
    The fifth return to Silent Hills fog filled streets is entertaining enough if accepted as the fan orientated game it is.

    Silent Hill: Origins

    The fifth return to Silent Hills fog filled streets is entertaining enough if accepted as the fan orientated game it is.

    For fan's of the series you can't really fault Silent Hill Origins. The game has everything in it that made the original and it's sequels so popular. The storyline may not quite be up to scratch with the originals but it... Read Full Review

    12 of 13 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:9
    Clive Barker's Jericho is a hugely underrated shooter, that deserves a lot more recognition.

    Clive Barker's Jericho (Limited Edition)

    Clive Barker's Jericho is a hugely underrated shooter, that deserves a lot more recognition.

    The days since I was a big fan of shooters have long since gone by, none of the recent gen of shooters particularly impressed me, Perfect Dark Zero wasn't bad but not a patch on the original, Gears Of War was all right b... Read Full Review

    22 of 22 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:8
    The second trip in the Animus is even more rewarding than the first..

    Assassin's Creed II

    The second trip in the Animus is even more rewarding than the first..

    It's a strange time to have just finished Assasins Creed 2, a year after its release and with Brotherhood now on the shelves. It's taken me a year to complete after being sidetracked by other games but the 20 or so hours... Read Full Review

    0 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:9
    A Bullet To The Brain Paves The Way For This Amazing RPG

    Fallout: New Vegas

    A Bullet To The Brain Paves The Way For This Amazing RPG

    Let's begin this review by dimissing the myth that Fallout: New Vegas is just a huge expansion for Fallout 3. It isn't. The game in my opinion is vastly superior in terms of it's structure, map design and how immersive t... Read Full Review

    2 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:9
    Assassins Creed manages to overcome its flaws to create a engaging, adrenaline pumping experience.

    Assassin's Creed

    Assassins Creed manages to overcome its flaws to create a engaging, adrenaline pumping experience.

    When it comes to a game that's over a year old now, especially one that at the time was so hyped, there is little for me to say when it comes explaining what the game's about. For those who have been living under a rock,... Read Full Review

    12 of 12 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:9.5
    It really does sound quite absurd, adventures of a bear and bird... . Fortunately it's still great!

    Banjo-Kazooie

    It really does sound quite absurd, adventures of a bear and bird... . Fortunately it's still great!

    Banjo Kazooie Review Ten years ago I was a huge fan of Banjo Kazooie, the bear and bird who since have gone on to star in several other titles on a variety of formats. Their first adventure arrived on the N64 to rave ... Read Full Review

    3 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:7
    Too Human is brutal, mindless fun but lacks some of the sheen that would have made it a truly amazing title.

    Too Human

    Too Human is brutal, mindless fun but lacks some of the sheen that would have made it a truly amazing title.

    Saying "the best Action RPG I've played all year" is, in 2008 at least akin to saying "the best poo I had when I was suffering from gastric flu" but Too Human has the rather depressing honour of being just that. Too Huma... Read Full Review

    5 of 5 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:4.5
    Frankly it should have done the world a favour and stayed lost...

    Lost Planet: Extreme Condition

    Frankly it should have done the world a favour and stayed lost...

    Lost Planet to put it quite bluntly is one of the worst titles I have played this year, and one responsible for more frustration than any other. The myriad of flaws in the game come together to create a highly frustratin... Read Full Review

    7 of 12 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:7
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The second DDS title is more of the same and as a result lacks that special spark that could make it amazing.

    Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga 2

    <br /> The second DDS title is more of the same and as a result lacks that special spark that could make it amazing.

    I have a love/hate relationship with SMT games, essentially in they love to make me hate them. For every great battle in DDS 2 and for every well realised cut scene that has you on the edge of the seat, there's the insta... Read Full Review

    12 of 15 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:9
    Fallout 3 is a glorious cacophony of superb gameplay, graphic violence, dark humour

    Fallout 3

    Fallout 3 is a glorious cacophony of superb gameplay, graphic violence, dark humour

    I don't want to rant about how great the original two games in the Fallout franchise were, but they were pretty special and when it was announced that Bethseda were bringing the Fallout franchise to a third instalment of... Read Full Review

    17 of 18 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:8.5
    Lionheads second Fable manages to improve on every aspect of the first, unfortunately it is still disappointing.<br />

    Fable II

    Lionheads second Fable manages to improve on every aspect of the first, unfortunately it is still disappointing.<br />

    Introduction The first Fable was a good game, and fortunately so is this next instalment in the series, the main issue with both these titles arises from one thing, their creator. Peter Molyneux is as most of the gaming... Read Full Review

    8 of 9 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:10
    Shadow Hearts: Covenant is the benchmark all other JRPG titles should aspire to reach.

    Shadow Hearts II

    Shadow Hearts: Covenant is the benchmark all other JRPG titles should aspire to reach.

    Introduction So as I review the second game in the Shadow Hearts series you've already seen the score I have given it. It really is that good, in fact now I have experienced everything the game has to offer (yes I did e... Read Full Review

    16 of 16 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:4.5
    "You can't win Starkiller, your game is more buggy than you can possibly imagine..."

    Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

    "You can't win Starkiller, your game is more buggy than you can possibly imagine..."

    I'll say it now, Force Unleashed is a bad game. It's buggy, it features an awful cast, it feels rushed, incomplete and in general compared to franchises like Jedi Knight and KOTOR is the weakest Star Wars title in a whil... Read Full Review

    13 of 15 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:9
    Shadow Hearts is in every sense an essential JRPG purchase.

    Shadow Hearts (PlayStation2 the Best)

    Shadow Hearts is in every sense an essential JRPG purchase.

    Introduction I've been meaning to tackle Shadow Hearts as a franchise for some time now and while my previous brief brushes with playing the series were marred by being useless at the judgement ring I decided recently ... Read Full Review

    15 of 16 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:7
    There is trouble in paradise all right, namely this game not being anywhere near as good as it's original.

    Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise

    There is trouble in paradise all right, namely this game not being anywhere near as good as it's original.

    I'll keep this review relatively brief, as there isn't a whole lot to say about this title. Viva Pinata:- Trouble In Paradise is essentially the same game that was released a few years ago on the Xbox 360. Sure it has a ... Read Full Review

    6 of 7 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:8
    Rogue Galaxy is an entertaining futuristic romp that does a lot of things right but falls just short of being amazing.<b

    Rogue Galaxy

    Rogue Galaxy is an entertaining futuristic romp that does a lot of things right but falls just short of being amazing.<b

    Rogue Galaxy was a title I'd been wanting to try for quite a while and when I finally got sat down to playing it I can't say that the good recommendations I'd had from friends were wrong. However, while it's certainly en... Read Full Review

    12 of 12 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:7.5
    Infinite Undiscovery is a fun yet flawed experiment into how the JRPG genre can progress.

    Infinite Undiscovery

    Infinite Undiscovery is a fun yet flawed experiment into how the JRPG genre can progress.

    I don't want to spend too much time dwelling on the first hour of Infinite Undiscovery but I hate to say it really is one of the most atrocious hours to ever grace a JRPG. The narrative is poor, everything you do feels c... Read Full Review

    14 of 14 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:9
    Final Fantasy XII is a break from the norm for Squaresoft's venerable series, but fortunately thats a great thing...

    Final Fantasy XII

    Final Fantasy XII is a break from the norm for Squaresoft's venerable series, but fortunately thats a great thing...

    Once again,pretty much every one of you who reads this will know your opinions on FF12 already, so I'll keep things relatively brief and approach the review from a slightly different way to usual. Story & Characters ... Read Full Review

    15 of 16 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:5.5
    Sometimes a game can have many more gaming styles than most. Unfortunately Dark Cloud II pulls off none of them well.

    Dark Chronicle

    Sometimes a game can have many more gaming styles than most. Unfortunately Dark Cloud II pulls off none of them well.

    Gah I hate to do this I really do, but after slogging through a sizeable chunk of Dark Cloud II I literally can't face any more. This is because unfortunately the game really isn't that good. It tries to be different, it... Read Full Review

    14 of 34 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:7.5
    Soul Calibur IV is a competent, entertaining and beautiful fighter, but you can't help but feel something is lacking....

    SoulCalibur IV

    Soul Calibur IV is a competent, entertaining and beautiful fighter, but you can't help but feel something is lacking....

    Seeing as for once I'm not reviewing an RPG I'm having to stray a little from my usual review format. I'm by no means a beat em up expert but I enjoy a few franchises in the genre relatively well, Tekken, Dead Or Alive a... Read Full Review

    16 of 18 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:7.5
    Innovative combat and design can't prevent The World Ends With You's main issues... it's characters and setting.

    Subarashiki Kono Sekai: It's A Wonderful World

    Innovative combat and design can't prevent The World Ends With You's main issues... it's characters and setting.

    Now I'm really not a fan of handheld games, when I play them they seem watered down, fiddly and generally lacking in quality. Whether its in my palm or on my TV I want a game to have depth and seeing as I only play games... Read Full Review

    14 of 19 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:9.5
    Star Ocean: Till The End Of Time, is quite simply one of the greatest JRPG's to ever grace a console.

    Star Ocean: Till the End of Time

    Star Ocean: Till The End Of Time, is quite simply one of the greatest JRPG's to ever grace a console.

    Star Ocean 3 is a very devisive title among gaming fans as it falls into the love or hate category, as you can probably see from my blurb at the start of this review though, I definately love it. Story & Characters S... Read Full Review

    11 of 11 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:8.5
    SMT:Persona 3 is  the most accessible satisfying and best experience in either of the series it represents.

    Persona 3

    SMT:Persona 3 is the most accessible satisfying and best experience in either of the series it represents.

    Two dark, depressing and supernatural RPG franchises team up to bring you SMT: Persona 3, the title that was heralded as the best RPG of 2007. While this is a fairly easy job considering how crap most RPG's released last... Read Full Review

    13 of 13 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:7
    Dark Cloud is an enjoyable dungeon crawl which suffers slightly from trying to be too many genres at once

    Dark Cloud

    Dark Cloud is an enjoyable dungeon crawl which suffers slightly from trying to be too many genres at once

    In Dark Cloud, a Dark Genie reigns down terror on the earth wiping out villages and sealing the inhabitants and their houses in little orbs known as Atla. Our hero "Toan" finds himself thust into the role of collecting a... Read Full Review

    9 of 9 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:8
    Dragon Quest VIII's main flaw is that in the end theres too much of it for it's own good...

    Dragon Quest VIII: Sora to Umi to Daichi to Norowareshi Himegimi

    Dragon Quest VIII's main flaw is that in the end theres too much of it for it's own good...

    Now I like long video games, by long I mean about 30 hours potentially more when they are truly awesome. However, occasionally there comes a game that while evidently good is too long for me and boredom sets in. We've a... Read Full Review

    13 of 14 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:9.5
    Dragon Age is one of the best RPG's ever made.

    Dragon Age: Origins (Collector's Edition)

    Dragon Age is one of the best RPG's ever made.

    I am admittedly a huge fan of RPG's, Bioware being my favourite game developer of all time. Every single title they have produced for me has been gold. So it was with eager anticipation I purchased Dragon Age on launch d... Read Full Review

    3 of 4 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:7
    Umbrella Chronicles is a well put together rail shooter

    Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles

    Umbrella Chronicles is a well put together rail shooter

    I am actually not a huge fan of the Resident Evil series, I've played bits and pieces of the games but never finished one and while I intend to get around to it at some point this was the first title in the franchise I p... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:7
    Fatal Frame 3 is the weakest in the series so far, but that doesn't stop it being entertaining.

    Zero: Shisei no Koe

    Fatal Frame 3 is the weakest in the series so far, but that doesn't stop it being entertaining.

    Fatal Frame has always been one of my favourite horror franchises, both the first and second game told a good spooky story with unique combat and extremely fear-inducing ghosts. Fatal Frame 3 picks up the pieces from the... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:9.4
    Jade Empire is a stunning masterclass in all that makes RPG's good...

    Jade Empire: Hisui no Teikoku

    Jade Empire is a stunning masterclass in all that makes RPG's good...

    Jade Empire while not being the best RPG of all time, manages to do a pretty good job of combining the best parts of western and eastern RPG's together in one fantastic title. It has a decent plot, great combat, a brilli... Read Full Review

    5 of 6 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:9
    Grandia II may be old, but it can teach a lot of modern RPG's a lesson in, y'know, actually being good.

    Grandia II

    Grandia II may be old, but it can teach a lot of modern RPG's a lesson in, y'know, actually being good.

    There's no denying it, Grandia II is an easy game: during my 30 or so hour jaunt through its colourful world I died approximately no times whatsoever and barely broke a sweat. This fortunately isn't really a bad thing as... Read Full Review

    16 of 16 users found the following review helpful