Excerpt: Beyblade: Evolution doesn’t need to exist, and it upsets me a little bit have to say that. This is because I quite like the actual Beyblade toy line. My son has them—two arenas and about a dozen actual Beyblades—but neither one of us ever had any interest in the cartoon or anything that tries to...
Excerpt: To Bey or Not to Bey? That is the question that I asked myself as I dove into BEYBLADE: Evolution for the Nintendo 3DS. Now going into this review, I can easily say that I know only two things about BEYBLADE.
Excerpt: Beyblade has been around for a while and has numerous DVD and accessories available for it. If you're like me and new to this craze, it's basically top battles where your top must out spin or knock its opponent out of the stadium.
Pros: Fun gameplay that can be enjoyed by those not familiar with the toys or DVDs
Cons: Some of the mini-games require you to be familiar with Beyblade parts and models
Conclusion: Unless you’re a big fan of the franchise, I can’t recommend buying Beyblade Revolution, especially at its suggested retail price. Its deceptively frustrating, promising a simple video game replication of real-life Beyblade that resides nowhere close to simple, especially as you begin.
Excerpt: When the signature phrase of a show or game is, 'Let it rip!' you know that the writers are either confident, or attempting a tongue in cheek piece of irony. On one hand, it's rather ingenious that the characters of Beyblade use, 'Let it rip' as the signature phrase because they pull a ripcord to...
Excerpt: I actually don’t know a great deal about Beyblade short of it being an anime about kids battling dramatically with tops. It’s an unusual concept, but no more outside the realm of absurdity as Air Gear (which is itself a show about kids racing dramatically on rocket-powered rollerblades).
Excerpt: BeyBlades was a franchise that really took off at that awkward phase where everything was too “lame” for me and I had dumped my previously cherished franchises like Pokemon and Digimon (only to pick up the former several years later).
Conclusion: BeyBlade: Evolution is rated E with a ESRB descriptor of Mild Fantasy Violence. You bash two tops around; I don’t see what’s so violent about that. Reading skill is a must with all the text. Kids might get frustrated at the difficult motion controls, though.