Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Games Played 06/04/2009

Fight Night Round 4 Demo - X-Box 360*
Neverwinter Nights 2 - PC
Under Defeat - Dreamcast

*The gameplay hasn't changed from from Round 3 but the graphics continue to impress.
Those character models are incredible. I love the sweat effects and the slow-mo replay.


Sol Divide (1998)
Developer: Psikyo
Platform: SegaSaturn
Purchase Date: 09/20/2002

This game can only look good in a screenshot.

Apparently, there was a period of time when developers went a little crazy with pre-rendered 3D graphics (thank you Donkey Kong Country). This game uses that technique in full force and the result? A game that's beautiful when paused because everything looks terribly stiff in motion due to the lack of smooth animation to support the realism of that graphical style. Sol Divide is Psikyo's most unique shoot-'em-up but unfortunately, it is the worst game that Psikyo has ever made. Each stage is comprised of two very - as in VERY - short areas and they are each filled with generic action and uninspired boss battles. There are 3 mythical flying warriors to choose from and they all have long range shots and melee attacks. You can collect magical scrolls throughout the game that can be used when they are fully charged, giving Sol Divide a "role-playing game" feel to it. This Saturn port receives an original mode not found in the arcade version - an extended story mode where you can level up your character RPG-style while roaming about shooting things in the stages found in the main game. This is the only Psikyo game that I do not enjoy playing.

LIBRARY STATUS: 2 out of 5

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