Saturday, June 27, 2009

Games Played 06/11/2009

Gunstar Heroes - PlayStation 3
The Orange Box - X-Box 360
Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 - PC


Blood Will Tell: Tezuka Ozamu's Dororo (2004)
Developer: Wow Entertainment
Platform: PlayStation 2
Purchase Date: 2004

Do you like fighting nasty demons? There are plenty of them in here.

Blood Will Tell can never compete with successful action adventure games like Devil May Cry or God of War but it is certainly an entertaining game. The game is packed full of Japanese supernatural creatures, with a total of 48 boss fights against a wide variety of evil fiends. You control Hyakkimaru, a man who has lost 48 body parts during his infancy to 48 fiends who he must defeat. He would have been dead if not for the help of a physician who then transformed his body into a weapon of destruction with two blades and a machine gun hidden inside his prosthetic arms while powerful cannon is strategically placed inside one of his knees. He is accompanied by a boy thief named Dororo after he saved the boy from a group of rampaging demons. The combat system is simple and things get repetitive pretty quickly but thankfully, you get to increase your weapons' level the more you use them and there are not too many enemies that you have to fight to get to a boss battle. The highlights here are the 48 fiends. They are not difficult to defeat but it is fun to encounter them. You can also read up on them in the game's encyclopedia from the main menu where you will find out that one of the fiends like to kidnap children, work them to death, and then eat their dead bodies - Japanese ghosts are quite merciless. I like the stylish cut-scenes that show us Hyakkimaru's back-story but the game contains too many real-time cut-scenes that can sometimes break off the fast flow of battle sections.

LIBRARY STATUS: 3 out of 5

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