Excerpt: The title Journey to the Center of the Earth may lead you to believe that this is a game based on Jules Verne's science fiction story of the same name. However, the similarities the game has to the story are largely superficial. Rather, in this game, you play as a journalist named Ariane who arrives at one of Iceland's volcanoes by helicopter. Unfortunately, a violent earthquake strikes shortly after the helicopter lands.
Excerpt: Due to the Steam Summer Camp sale a few weeks back, I was able to pick up the Longest Journey bundle. I had played the original some years back but most of that had faded from memory and the sequel would be brand new material. All I remembered about The Longest Journey was that it had left me with a feeling of being impressed and that it seemed more adult than I was used to.
Excerpt: If you live in a rural area, go stick your head outside and take a deep breath. If you live in a large city, which may be polluted, just pretend with me. Mmm, smell that? It's a big breath of what we call "fresh air." That's exactly what tactical RPG lovers feel when playing Saiyuki: Journey West . Saiyuki is a tactical/strategy RPG that centers around an adolescent named Sanzo or Genjo, depending on whether players should choose the character to be male or female.
Excerpt: What is it? This is one of the most heavily anticipated games of the last five years. The original Longest Journey won plaudits from across the gaming industry when it was released in 2000 (March in Europe, September in the US), and I've considered it a game against which to compare almost every other adventure game I've reviewed.
Conclusion: Whether you want to focus more in school, keep your cool during rush hour, or walk down the mystic's path, the Wild Divine offers an experience applicable beyond the time spent in the game. The skills learned can transcend the game world and extend into everyday life. It will be interesting to see this type of self-help entertainment software mature and merge with existing and yet to be invented devices and technology.