Saturday, April 18, 2009

Games Played 04/13/2009

Champions of Norrath - PlayStation 2
Champions: Return to Arms - PlayStation 2
Deathrow: Underground Team Combat - X-Box
Phantasy Star Portable - PSP
Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection - PlayStation 3
Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom - PlayStation 3


Crimson Tears (2004)
Developer: Spike/Dream Factory
Platform: PlayStation 2
Purchase Date: 2004

I present to you, the state-of-the art Random Dungeon Creator/Transporter!

Crimson Tears is a dungeon crawler at heart but it plays mostly like a beat-'em-up. The game takes place in the future where you get to control three bio-engineered humanoids who are out to save the world from some sort of spatial dimension anomaly. The plot is paper thin and just trying to think about it gave me a serious headache. All you need to know is that there are randomly generation dungeons to conquer and characters to level up. There are many weapons that you can equip your characters with and you can can build up their attack combos. If the high repetition doesn't bore you to death, the game has a lot of depths and even though you can only play as one character at a time, the other two will always gain a good percentage of the experience points that are accumulated by the selected character. This really encourages you to switch between them without losing the progress that you have made in the game. Later on, you can unlock additional costumes for the characters though I really wish that their looks were fully customizable throughout the game. The main problem I have with Crimson Tears is that the camera zooms in too close to the action and this makes it difficult to anticipate the approach of the off-screen enemies.

LIBRARY STATUS: 3 out of 5

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