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Five-Sentence Game Impressions – Part 1

Using only five sentences per game, I'm going to share my thoughts on some of the titles I've played over the past few weeks. Some will be insightful, while others can be a bit more like nitpicks from an obsessed fan. The first batch of games I'll rant and rave about on Bitmob shall be Deadly Premonition, Lips: Party Classics, Espgaluda 2 Black Label, Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce, and Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing.

 

Deadly Premonition

  • If you're a fan of classic survival horror and mysteries, you can't go wrong with Deadly Premonition and its $20 price tag.
  • The dialogue is the best damn thing about this game since many of the conversations are so unusual and funny, especially York's commentary on various real life movies.
  • The tank controls will irritate some players, along with the quality of the graphics.
  • I really wish that you could zoom the map out far enough to view the whole thing at once instead of just small portions.
  • The difficulty-based achievements do not stack, so you will have to replay the game several times if you want all the points.

Lips: Party Classics

  • Compared to previous editions of Lips, the tracks on this installment seem to require a stronger level of vocal skill to earn high scores on the online leaderboards.
  • Disc swapping has improved if you plan on singing songs from Lips: Number One Hits, but not if you intend on performing tracks from the original Lips.
  • Even though I like the song, I don't recall going to any parties that blasted Maroon 5's She Will Be Loved on the stereo.
  • The way that this game still only gives you an additional 250 achievement points instead of a true 1,000 points still bugs me.
  • Making an achievement that requires a player to record their performance was a brilliant way of bringing more attention to that underutilized option.

Espgaluda 2 Black Label

  • The standard edition of Espgaluda 2 Black Label is region-free, but I find it ridiculous that gamers won't be able to use the limited edition on an American or European console.
  • The scoring mechanics can be quite confusing, so I do recommend doing some research online if you don't understand Japanese.
  • The variety of modes gives the game much more replay value than Mushihime-Sama Futari Ver 1.5.
  • I actually managed to 1CC the game in one of the Novice modes, so even casual shooter players can achieve some form of "greatness" while playing.
  • I realize that they're two different kinds of shooter, but I felt that the visuals in Espgaluda 2 weren't as striking as DeathSmiles when it comes to enemy and boss design.

Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce

  • As much as I love Koei and enjoyed the 61 hours I spent playing Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce, I already know that this game will NOT be my pick for 2010's Game of the Year.
  • I'm disappointed that this is one of the few Musou titles that does not support local cooperative play.
  • The game has a rather bountiful selection of missions, but Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 2 still has a larger total.
  • Koei shouldn't have messed with Xiahou Dun's "Just another victim!" line, as the new quote isn't as badass.
  • I encountered one hacked Lu Bu while venturing online, but I don't predict the landscape to be riddled with cheaters like Borderlands once was.

Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing

  • The general frame rate is adequate, but the game is absolutely gorgeous during those rare moments when the animation hits 60 FPS.
  • Skill is more of a focus compared to Mario Kart, so you won't have to worry about crap like the Blue Shell punishing you for being the better player.
  • The online competition is fairly active and I haven't experienced any issues with lag.
  • If you hate Shadow, be warned that he seems to be this game's equivalent to Ken in Street Fighter 4 when it comes to Xbox Live character usage.
  • As much as I enjoy the game, I will say that I wish there was a wider variety of characters and stages since Sega has such a rich catalogue of games.

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