Sunday, January 25, 2009

Games Played 01/24/2009

Castle Crashers - X-Box 360
Dragon Ball Z: Shinbutohden - SegaSaturn
F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin Demo - PlayStation 3/X-Box 360*
The Maw Demo - X-Box 360
Prince of Persia - X-Box 360

*The X-Box 360 version has deeper colors and a more steady frame rate. The PlayStation 3 version looks a bit more washed out but it still does look very good. The real kicker here is that the 360 version loads three times faster than the PS3 version at the beginning of the game. This counts as another blow to my PS3 revelation early this year.


Sonic Advance (2001)
Developer: Sonic Team/Dimps
Platform: Game Boy Advance
Purchase Date: 02/06/2002

Pure Sonic action, the way you remember it on the Sega Genesis.

Sonic Team is a classic Jekyll and Hyde case. They seem to have the capacity to bolster the creation of the proper Sonic game but they also have the ability to mess it up so badly that the blue hedgehog would never be able to recover from the shame. The latter seems to be happening more often these days. Today, I just want to remember the good and Sonic Advance delivers. It is the best Sonic game post-Sonic CD for the Sega CD and the gameplay is true to the classic formula used on the Sega Genesis games, which means that it has a nice balance between the speed and the platforming sections. The Dr. Eggman bosses are clever and there is a nice homage to the Genesis masterpieces to be found within the game. All Sonic games should be made this way. Just add high-resolution 2D artwork or high-tech 3D graphics on top of the 2D gameplay and we can have ourselves a true current generation Sonic revival. Dimps should be given the responsibility to create the next Sonic game for the consoles.

LIBRARY STATUS: 5 out of 5

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