Excerpt: : Accessibility. The puzzles are tough enough, the battles take enough strategy and the plot has enough depth any deep-thinking gamer. But the frenzied gamer gets platforming action, a superior battle system and a story that never stops moving forward.
Excerpt: Sometimes you can switch off battles entirely. Some people might worry that this will result in a game where you give into temptation and don’t fight enough, resulting in mad level building halfway through the game. That’s not true, though, because you can’t switch off the fights the minute you feel like it. Each new locale forces you to endure combat first. There’s even more good news, too: battles don’t suck.
Conclusion: Despite a storyline and characters that are less than rewarding, the rest of WA4 's gameplay so makes up for it that this is a game worth checking out on the merits of its battle system and exploration alone. Easily one of the best RPGs on the PS2.
Excerpt: Although sports games haven't been Sony's strong suit in recent years, they have always managed to put on a good show with their MLB series. MLB 08: The Show is no exception and is sure to please any baseball fan. MLB 08: The Show obviously doesn't compete with the PS3 version, but it does a lot with the system's power. Players look as close to their real-life counterparts as the system allows and even showcase a few new animations.
Excerpt: This year is the tenth anniversary of the Wild Arms series. It doesn’t feel like it, but it has been a decade since the release of the first Wild Arms in Japan in 1996. XSEED games is starting the year off right with Wild Arms 4, which is the newest (and strangest) entry in the series. The game is unlike anything you’ve seen in an RPG, and it has taken the series in a bold new direction. Graphics Wild Arms 4 arguably has the best graphics in the series.