Excerpt: I’ve been playing Contact since I arrived in Spain about 5 months ago, but only clocked in a total of 20hrs playtime. There is a simple answer for that, it’s completely psychotic, swinging alarmingly from dangerously addictive to stupefying and boring. Not that it’s a bad game, because it’s not, it’s just that it has so many things wrong with it that finding the good bits becomes a real challenge in itself.
Conclusion: Other nice gameplay features include the costume system, in which Terry changes outfits to get new skills (a feature vaguely reminiscent of Killer7’s personalities, or the dress spheres of Final Fantasy X-2) and the decal system. Early in the game, the Professor equips Terry with a set of stickers which can be peeled out of Terry’s inventory and applied to the lower screen, changing status details or monster abilities.
Excerpt: As a kid, I always dreamed of being a hero. I don't mean that I one day hoped to grow up and become a fireman, a fighter pilot, an astronaut, or Indiana Jones though. No, I wasn't interested in waiting until I was an adult to become a hero; I wanted to be a hero... NOW! As such, I was a big fan of movies like The Never Ending Story and Back To The Future, where (relative) youngsters are sucked into some fantastic adventure and end up saving the day.
Excerpt: plays host to a wholly uninteresting, slow-moving, and surprisingly short story. You control Terry, a schoolboy who is skipping school one day when a spaceship happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and he bears witness to it crashing to Earth. Out comes the Professor, a kindly old man who bids Terry to get in his ship as soon as possible, as he is being pursued by a band of galactic terrorists called the CosmoNOTs.
Conclusion: Marvelous decided not just to serve players an appetizer, but also a secret dessert. The game ends quickly but there is still much to do, like fish and chat with girls on the various islands the game offers as a playfield. Only the change in meal gives us enough time to realize what we were eating wasn’t that good. If you enjoyed Contact enough to try dessert too, maybe it fully redeems the game. Unfortunately, I couldn’t stomach any more courses.
Excerpt: The Professor is having a rough day. Just after getting his trans-dimensional communications machine to work and contacting you, his ship gets attacked by some roving band of intergalactic thugs. As his spaceship dodges a volley of laser beams, one of the ship’s fuel cells tumbles out at falls toward a nearby planet. The little bundle of energy happens to fall in front of Terry, an average teenager/silent protagonist extraordinaire.
Excerpt: There are many role-playing games on the market that attempt to evoke certain nostalgic feelings from gamers. There are also many RPGs that attempt to rework proven formulas in entirely new ways.