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Friday, February 20, 2009

Games Played 02/18/2009

Siren - PlayStation 2
Street Fighter IV - PlayStation 3


RANDOM GAME OF THE DAY:


Advance Guardian Heroes (2004)
Developer: Treasure
Platform: Game Boy Advance
Purchase Date: 2004


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Treasure is one of the most talented video game developers in the world but they do have some troubles when it comes to sequels. Though they tend stick with creating new games - Ikaruga for example, is just a "spiritual" successor to Radiant Silvergun with similar gameplay mechanics and shared themes - but apparently games like Guardian Heroes on the SegaSaturn and Gunstar Heroes on the Genesis are just too popular for them to leave alone. While Guardian Heroes is a straight-up hack-and-slash role playing game, Advance is that plus more. Perhaps a bit too much more. New are the game's counter and platforming mechanics all framed around patterned enemy attacks that feel like they belong in one of Treasure's own shoot-'em-ups. The good news is even with all the hectic hodgepodge of things ,the game is still fun and it moves constantly from one impressive set piece to the next - the first game can get a bit too repetitive with its locales. Treasure really pushed the Game Boy Advance to its limits too with relentless graphical effects that brought the handheld down to its knees, causing some severe slowdown to the action. Thankfully, these instances are not game-breaking. A great game but it's hardly in the same league as the first one.

LIBRARY STATUS: 4 out of 5

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