Saturday, February 1, 2014

Zombies, Noir and much more

Playing catch up with reviews lately, btw Killer is Dead LE is available for $30 at GS and other shops!

Anarchy Reigns
Platinum Games

What is a brawler?
For one, a character that can dish out sweet attacks (mix of punch and kicks) and the ability to toss things or wield weapons. But most of all, kick lots of ass!

Choose a side!
Taking on two chapters, players find themselves locked in a battle of opposing forces. The underground vs the holy order (hmm sounds familiar). Leaving the only way to answers is by taking power from the hierarchy, and opening everyone’s eyes about who the “good” and “evil” really are.

The real dish
I am honestly surprised that this game has an expansive story. Usually a brawler sends a character out to the world, throwing punches and kicks at unknown opponents from A to B. This game however gives you a reason to feel something for the underdog (even though they are from different game universes, but something important brings them together).

Mixing awesome beats with amped up gameplay, AR is a top notch game anyone who loves a unique concept with a classic premise. Do not pass this one up!

Killer is Dead
Grasshopper Manufacturer
Suda 51

K.I.D. introduces you to a world of light and dark. But wait, its not that dark, you can see (but what can’t you see / understand?) This is the hidden meaning in an exciting supernatural hunter squad tale. (*sequel to Killer 7? It may be the keyword in the title, but in fact its not)
A) Same director / developer
B) Different premise
C) May Contain Peanuts

Who Are You?
Mondo, (lead character you play), is part of a supernatural team that takes care of the unseen to the normal world. Living on two planes of existence, Mondo slays the “monsters” causing chaos in the human world. But the farther Mondo goes, things begin to change.

Like previous games, this entry carries the cel-shaded art design that makes you absorb more of the light/dark color contrasts throughout. Usually, cel-shaded based games use the influence of light, like other titles GHM has made, it is unlike anything you will play period.

Controls are introduced in each mission, from offense / defense, health, and fighting styles (wielding a blade) or using your (arm cannon?). From the start, Mondo gains abilities absorbed from those he “defeats”. Exp and money is also obtained, which enables you to buy skills, techniques, and gifts (for the ladies).

May contain Blood-
For those unaware, this is not a game for kids (sorry teens you are on that list). Centered more towards an adult audience: with themes of the unusual, to more adult themes that kids shouldn’t be a part of. Oh and its rated M for those who can’t read.

K.I.D. is a game that finds itself in a mixed mold of storytelling, and fascinating visuals. It may not be an epic spectacle, but with influences of a dark brooding noir, to comedy, and suspense. (For those that played Killer 7 on the Gamecube & PS2, welcome back)

Lollipop Chainsaw
Pomp and Circumstance
A fearless girl; a cheerleader, and her chainsaw. Enough said. Oh and you fight the undead. Coming from a unique background, Juliet is not your typical girl, and also super-sexy-cool. (did I just type that?!)

Shop Till You Drop!
Chop2Shop is a little venue that offers unique goodies for you to snag. If you have enough coins/medals, health, combo techniques, music, and extra outfits. (and a fun classic bgm tune)

She slices! She dices!
Like all hunters, one must take on all obstacles from a fearsome baddie, to saving another humans life (before they become lunch). On the plus side, she is one tough cookie. From the start there is an unexplainable outbreak of undead taking over her school, eventually it has spread through her whole neighborhood.

Sparkle Hunting! (Zombie Star Soul Mode)
Like all gaming icons, there is a hidden ability to become invincible. (in Juliet’s case, obtaining enough skill points allows her to gain a shield, and a boost in attack power) At this time, no enemy can touch her, so go nuts and save the day!
(*Collect enough Zombie Stars, and your XP meter fills up to allow you to chain power attacks + a handy defense shield that is a superstar mode, where you won’t lose health but gain awesome attack power)

Report Card -
After finishing a level, you graded on: zombies defeated, items obtained, and super modes you’ve achieved (+combos) (curious what an A grade might look like)

More fun goodies!
Further on into the game Juliet will wind up at an arcade. Guess what!? Its quarter plunking time, as you become part of the arcade cabinet fighting off various enemies, and earning extra bonus points. (even in classic definition!)

Overall, Lollipop Chainsaw is an awesome game that is a must own for your library.

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