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Xenosaga Movie

Posted : 10 years, 7 months ago on 20 December 2007 04:06 (A review of Xenosaga Episode I: Der Wille zur Macht)

I like this movie a lot. It has a pretty nice plot with great characters. the graphics are pretty good for such an early PS2 release and the story is pretty well thought out, especially with the encyclopedia to look up terms in. I liked this feature a lot; the characters are supposed to know the terms so it makes sense that they don't explain a lot of them in script like they do in most stories.

All in all, I'd say it's a great movie.

What, you're saying it's NOT a movie?

Oh yeah. There's a game somewhere in those cutscenes, which is why it gets a 7/10.

Gameplay is okay. Not groundbreaking, decently difficult compared to simpler RPGS, but the great fault of it is that...there is no real amount of gameplay you could call a game. It works like two hours of watching the Xenosaga movie, then fifteen or so minutes of actual playing. Perhaps in the next installments they fixed that, I haven't tried those yet.

In any case, it's a great movie! Only eight dollars now!

A great game? Not so much.

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Great game! But not for everyone!

Posted : 10 years, 7 months ago on 12 December 2007 12:35 (A review of Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga)

Shin Megami Tensei is basically a stamp of excellence, both in storytelling and gameplay the way I see it. Digital Devil Saga lived up to that, wowing me with its gameplay and deep storyline. The gameplay is extremely hard- experienced RPG fans will find themselves losing and losing, unable to understand exactly why. This is not a Final Fantasy-in other words, a easy for everyone, RPG (excluding FFXII, haven't played).

Instead, it requires a great deal of patience and planning. Weaknesses MUST be exploited or you will lose, not only in boss battles but also in random encounters. You must also cover your own, because of the unique press turn system. Everytime your weaknesses are exploited, the enemy gains another round of attacking. I won't go into detail here, but if you miss or hit a null on the opponent, you lose two turns. Turns are very crucial, so if you mess up once, you can just fail in a battle easily. But, if you hit their weakness, you'll gain a turn. It's more complicated by this, but I'll leave that to you when you play, especially with flashing/stationary icons and the numerous skill systems.

The story is great but very hard to follow. Note that this game is the first out of two games-the sequel explains much of the first. So, don't try to figure everything out in the first, instead question all you can and keep those questions for the second. The party members look weird at first. You have Heat, the badass grenade launching guy with the Atma that turns him into Agni. Argilla, rifle aiming emotional woman with a freaky Atma indeed. Gale, the logical tactician and Cielo, the happy go lucky guy with a sweet Atma. Lastly we have the emotionless (or is he?) silent protagonist Serph, with the
Atma Varna.

What is Atma? Why, it's the mark that lets you turn into your demon form, what you fight in during battles. Demon form?
Well, I won't spoil that...but all I'll say is that the maxim in the intro is true. Kill...devour...slaughter your enemies. You must feed to survive, child of purgatory.

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A pretty funny, clever movie.

Posted : 10 years, 7 months ago on 12 December 2007 12:25 (A review of Thank You for Smoking (Widescreen Edition))

The title tells it all. Thank You For Smoking! The story follows Nick, the most famous cigarette salesman in the business. As he says, he gets "paid to talk." Talk he does, putting his own spin on everything that threatens him or his company in the slightest. He even turns a child with lung cancer on a talk show against the very people who brought him there to speak against cigarettes. But, Nick soon begins to question himself as things begin to pile up.

Direction was very good and stylish. It wasn't stand up and clap funny, nor was it laugh out loud hilarious. It was a movie that basically wowed you with it's script and portrayal of media, companies and people themselves. The movie made me wish I could spin lies just as good as Mr.Nailer can.

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