Welcome to the start of a monthly feature here on Gamers Corner, What Jake Played. It’s a short recap of the games I played in the previous month and my thoughts on them. A bunch of mini-reviews if you will.
So, without further adieu, lets get started!
To The Moon – The graphics aren’t much but the story and soundtrack are inspired.
To The Moon (PC) - I bought this game from GOG.com a number of months ago when I was on a point n’ click kick. I only got around to playing it last night though while I was backing up my PS3 to an external HD (rendering it out of action for 18 hours!).
To The Moon in an indie game made using the RPG Maker engine, however it’s a true point ‘n click game. You play the part of Dr. Rosalene and Dr. Watts, who have the job of altering the memories of dying people so they can die with no regrets. They do this by jumping through the patient’s memories from their latest memories to their earliest, to alter their childhood desires. In this case the patient’s dying wish is to go to the moon.
However the patient (Johnny) has lived a complicated, and at times mysterious life, and Dr. Rosalene and Dr. Watts find the job much more difficult and normal. Will they get to the bottom of why Johnny wants to go to the moon? Will they be able to fulfil his wish before he dies?
The game is very short, I completed it in about 3 hours, but it was an incredibly rewarding experience. If you enjoy point ‘n clicks or interactive novels then I would definitely recommend this game.
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Persona 4 Golden (PS Vita) -
Persona 4 Golden – Marie is a new character waiting for you in the Velvet Room.
Persona 4 was one of my favourite JRPGs on the PS2 so it was a no brainer for me to buy this new enhanced edition on the Vita.
You play the part of a boy who was moved to the country to live with his Uncle and cousin for a year and joined a new school. What sounds like quite a dreary setting soon picks up with the introduction of a murder in the sleepy town and the discovery of a shadow world full of monsters that seem to be killing off residents one by one.
Golden has added scenes and various bonuses, but the best thing about it is how it has improved the pacing of the original. You can now skip cutscenes and blocks of dialogue that you don’t want to see and movement feels much more quick and fluid.
If you enjoy RPGs then this is one to get. If you played Persona 4 on the PS2 then this isn’t essential but it is an improvement on the original.
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Let’s Fish Hooked On! (PS Vita) -
Let’s Fish Hooked On!…My dud of the month
This is a download only game on the Vita. From the description I was expecting a JRPG/fishing game combo. While there are a couple of JRPG elements this is really just an arcade fishing game…and not a particularly good one at that.
The camera is awful, the fish often miss the lure they’re trying to bite (and it’s clearly a glitch), there’s no free play mode and the tutorial is very basic.
Don’t buy this game unless you love bad fishing games and have money to burn.
Sleeping Dogs (PS3) – I got this game on PS Plus and have spent a few days playing it now.
Wei Shen – The man with the golden gun.
You play Wei Shen, an undercover cop given the task of taking down the Hong Kong triads. As with most undercover games, Wei finds himself getting sucked in deep and questioning where his loyalties really lie.
There’s triad missions, cop missions, missions where you help out random people, martial arts tournaments. car and bike races, and even some cockfighting. There’s a heck of a lot of things to do in Sleeping Dogs and it’s all well done.
This is the game that GTA IV wishes it was. Lots of action, good fighting mechanics, interesting characters and story, and a vibrant setting. Well worth a buy.
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Ni No Kuni (PS3)
Ni No Kuni
– I’ve not played as much of this game as I’d like as I’ve desperately been trying to complete games downloaded onto my PS3 and Vita to clear up some memory space. PS Plus + 1 Year Birthday Vita Sale were harsh mistresses.
In this JRPG (you may be sensing a theme in the type of games I play) you play the role of Ollie, a young boy who’s mother has recently died. Thanks to some well directed tears he awakens the power of a faerie who tells him of a magical world parallel to his own, how everyone has a double in this world, and how there may be a way to bring his mother back to life. So Ollie goes on a adventure to save the magical world and his mother along with his faerie friend Drippy.
I’m only a few hours into this game, but so far I’m enjoying it a lot. It feels like I’m playing a high quality anime movie and it’s abundantly clear how much love and care was put into making Ni No Kuni. Definitely give it a try!
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