Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 FES – Game Review

Persona 3 FES: Shin Megami Tensei

Release Date: April 22, 2008 (Original); April 10, 2012 (PlayStation Network Re-release)
Developed & Published by: Atlus
Rating: M
Genre: JRPG.
Platforms: PS2, PSP, PS3 (PlayStation Network Download)

Score: The Journey: ; The Answer:

Persona 3 FES is an expanded version of 2007’s hit Persona 3, providing players an enhanced main story (The Journey) while including a brand new epilogue campaign (The Answer.) Now–I will say this right of the bat: Persona 3 FES is one of the greatest RPGs of all time. The narrative is a masterfully written tale of triumph and sorrow, and the gameplay withstands repetition wonderfully while remaining fun.

In Persona 3, you play as a transfer student to Gekkoukan High School. A few days after this student’s arrival, he awakens his Persona, a power that allows him to summon a powerful manifestation of his personality to fight for him. He is unique, though, in that he has the ability to hold and manifest multiple Personas at one time. After awakening his power, the Protagonist joins SEES, a secret group composed of various tragically hip students from Gekkoukan High who can also summon Personas. He then learns about the Dark Hour, a period of time that occurs every night, hidden from most people.


Mass Effect 3 – Game Review

Mass Effect 3 Xbox 360

Release Date: March 6, 2012
Developed by: Bioware
Published by: EA
Rating: Mature
Genre: Third Person Shooter/RPG.
Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

First off…I must say that I am heavily conflicted over Mass Effect 3. The highly anticipated finale to the powerhouse franchise is a finely crafted narrative masterpiece, but it just doesn’t fully deliver. The almost-perfect meat of the game gets bogged-down with a clumsy beginning and an absolutely awful end.

Mass Effect 3 begins with an ancient race of intergalactic baddies known as Reapers destroying Earth. Every 50,000 years or so, the Reapers swoop in and destroy all advanced sapient life. This time around, Commander Shepard and his Scooby Gang are hell-bent on defeating the Reapers. Along the way, Shepard will have to end centuries-old conflicts, right ancient wrongs, and unite the galaxy to build the largest armada ever seen.


Marble Hornets Season 2 – DVD Review

Marble Hornets Season 2 DVD


Directed by: Troy Wagner & Joseph DeLage
Written by: Troy Wagner, Joseph DeLage, Tim Sutton & Kirill Baru
Starring: Troy Wagner, Joseph DeLage, Jessica May & Tim Sutton

Genre: Internet Horror series.
YouTube channels: Marble Hornets; totheark
Twitter: @marblehornets

Previously: My review of Season 1.

Series review: Marble Hornets Season 2 begins with our protagonist Jay waking up in a hotel seven months after Season 1 with no idea of how he got there, or what happened since entry 26. He and a girl named Jessica are the only tenants in the hotel, and Jay soon learns that Jessica has also forgotten how she got there. Jay later finds footage that he shot in the missing seven months, and he begins to piece together what has happened to him, and those in his proximity.


Dark Souls – Game Review

Dark Souls for the Xbox 360

Release Date: October 4, 2011
Developed by: From Software
Published by: Namco/Bandai Games
Rating: Mature
Genre: Third Person Hack-and-Slash RPG.
Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360

As the spiritual sequel to Demon’s Souls, Dark Souls had big shoes to fill. Demon’s Souls was a sleeper hit of 2009, its crippling difficulty and innovative online play quickly creating ripples through the gaming community. From Software, not content with releasing more of the same, set out to create a game that built on the innovations of the original. Not only has Dark Souls filled the shoes of its older brother, it has surpassed its sibling in almost every aspect.

In the world of the game, those marked with the Dark Sign are doomed to be undead. The sign provides immortality, but one day the one marked will become Hollow and lose all humanity. Undead that are not hunted or imprisoned journey to Lordran, a land overseen by ancient lords. Gwyn: God of Sun, The Witch of Izalith, and Nito: the first of the dead worked to destroy the dragons that ruled the world and allow the proliferation of mankind. However, Lordran has fallen into despair. Gwyn himself has died and become Hollow and evil; malice has spread across the land. You play as an Undead, chosen to leave their asylum and restore Lordran.


Catherine – Game Review

Catherine for the Xbox 360

Release Date: July 26, 2011
Developed and Published by: Atlus (Persona Team)
Rating: Mature
Genre: Survival horror platform puzzler.
Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360

Initially, Catherine was a game I didn’t have any interest in. All the marketing did nothing to change this. I would even go so far to say it repulsed me. I filed it away as a “pass,” and moved on. That is…until I saw who made it. The team behind Catherine also made Persona 4, my favorite game of 2008, and one of my most beloved games of all time. So with my low expectations raised slightly, I rented Catherine, and was pleasantly surprised with what I found.

In the game, you play Vincent Brooks, a thirty-two-year-old man who is happy with the status quo. He has a routine and he sticks to it. He wakes up, goes to work, then hangs out with his friends at the bar. All is well, until Vincent’s longtime girlfriend, Katherine (with a K!) starts to pressure him into tying the knot. Overwhelmed by the thought of being “chained down,” Vincent gets drunk at the bar one night, and meets Catherine (with a C.) The next morning, Vincent wakes up with Catherine in his bed and no memory of the night before. On top of his growing relationship troubles, Vincent has nightmares every night where he has to climb a tower of blocks, lest he fall and die. Wackiness ensues from there and Vincent must figure out what he wants in life: the order of Katherine, or the chaos of Catherine.