Summary: Phantasy Star Universe is an action-RPG where the main attraction is hooking up with your friends online to hack and slash your way through dungeons in search of rare items and loot. It also includes a surprisingly excellent single-player adventure that will make anime fans absolutely giddy.
Excerpt: Phantasy Star Universe has got to be one of the worst Phantasy Star video games the RPG Master has played. Not only is the ultra violent first person action adventure mode being used (still), but it puts the player to sleep. Even the special attacks can not make up for it.
Excerpt: Whilst Phantasy Star started life as a single player RPG with a compulsive storyline, latterly the series has transformed into an online multiplayer RPG, where narrative very much takes a backseat to the highly monotonous, but nonetheless addictive level grinding.
Conclusion: Bronze Rumble—Gather at least 10 medals (10 GS Points) Can’t Pick This—Do not pick up any power ups for 3 laps in ‘Black Out’ (10 GS Points) 8-Ball—Win a pool game without pocketing the black ball (10 GS Points) Real Fun—Finish five different challenges with friends on split screen (10 GS Points)...
Conclusion: The light glistens off of the edged weapons of Kingdom Under Fire: Circle of Doom every now and again, giving us hope for the future of this franchise. It is claimed by Blueside that over fifty percent of its focus was on the multiplayer aspects of Kingdom Under Fire: Circle of Doom , and we believe...
Excerpt: Kingdom Under Fire: Circle of Doom is Microsoft's first Xbox 360 release of the year, following an incredible line-up of titles during the last quarter of 2007. Sadly the roll hasn't continued, with Circle of Doom being one of the more uninspiring titles to be published by the platform holder.
Conclusion: For non-RPG fans, this might be a little more tolerable because of the free-action battle system, and even for RPG fans it's at least a small departure from the norm, but aside from that, it really is the norm, and doesn't offer anything we haven't seen before.
Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords review (X360)
1 November 2007
Excerpt: Something is seriously wrong in the borderlands. Peasants are being carried off by orcs, the undead are prowling the streets and the minotaurs in the highlands are looking pensive (as well as bullish). Clearly, something must be done. The problem is that no one's quite sure what's happening.
Conclusion: Aside from a visual upgrade, there's one other thing that Puzzle Quest on the 360 has over its handheld siblings: online play. With previous releases of Puzzle Quest, players wanting to get a little head-to-head action had to track down another player within the sound of their own voice.