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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Games Played 05/17/2009

King's Bounty: The Legend - PC
Kingdom Hearts - Re:Chain of Memories - PlayStation 2
Mage Knight: Apocalypse - PC
Neverwinter Nights 2 - PC
Sonic Advance 2 - GBA
Spellforce 2 - PC
Warcraft III - PC
X-Men Origins: Wolverine Demo - PlayStation 3**
Zen Pinball Demo - PlayStation 3

*Yes, it was a very busy day for me!

*The frame rate seems to be a bit more erratic than the X-Box 360 version and in the title screen with Logan inside the Weapon-X tank, he is strangely missing a number of free-flowing hairs from his chin :) Definitely not enough to steer me away from buying the PS3 version.


RANDOM GAME OF THE DAY:

Romancing Saga (2005)
Developer: Square Enix Co., Ltd.
Platform: PlayStation 2
Purchase Date: 10/16/2005


The witch is right. The experimentation lead to another DOA for Saga.

Romancing Saga is a remake of Square's old Super Nintendo game of the same name. I have never played any of the 3 Romancing Saga games on the SNES - the first Saga game I played was Saga Frontier on the PlayStation. I was very excited about this release when it was first announced and upon its arrival, I was quite pleased with the result. The game got only a few favorable reviews from the game critics and it's easy to see why. Just like the other Saga games, it's incredible complex and demanding. You have to consistently manage the progression of your character classes, team member combinations, magic/skill efficiencies, and the field proficiency skills. Unlike a majority of the other Square games, Romancing Saga is not made with the casual gamers in mind so those who are expecting a brisk gameplay experience will find themselves at an extreme disadvantage. If you put enough time into the game, it can work for you but it will take a while to get there. Everything just seems very awkward as well as unfairly unforgiving at first and many will not be able to get pass that learning stage. There are 8 starting characters to choose from and though the game generally arrives at the same conclusion, the variety of ways to get there due to your character of choice makes everything exciting - this also encourages multiple play-through of the game. Romancing Saga has an amazing soundtrack - the stirring intro movie itself is magnificent - and a very unique graphical style where everything looks hand-painted instead of polygonal.

LIBRARY STATUS: 4 out of 5

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