Review – Journey

by Ben Adkins 8.5/10 Banza!s From the creators of flOw and Flower comes Journey, more of an experience than a game, and proof that good things come in small packages. It’s a short PSN game with a beautiful score, simple controls and graphics that draws the player in emotionally without any words or text. Without language, the player is able to focus on gameplay, solving puzzles and collecting glyphs. Basically, this game turns the essence of gaming into a playable form that is often lost these days. You start off with your character in a desert, and your goal is …

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Review – Alone in the Dark

by Ben Adkins 3.5 / 10 Banzai!s Alone in the Dark is easily the worst game I have played in the past decade, which is really sad because I played the PlayStation 3 version. The PS3 version is supposed to be the best of the bunch, with improved controls and an extra action sequence not presented in other version. How bad is this game? It is so bad that Atari threatened lawsuits over bad reviews, under excuses that they violated embargoes (which was apparently just fine if you wrote a good review for the game) or by claiming they used …

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Review: Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

Xbox live gold members were given a real treat this month when Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons was given away free for the Xbox 360.  I’d heard of this title before, after all it’s a weird title.  Webpage:  A Collection of HTML, is probably a more exciting title for a game.  But, that old proverb “Never judge a book by its cover,” was invented specifically for a game like this. I’m a sucker for a great story that leave an emotional impact, and Brothers is nothing short of a modern day fairy tale that does just that.  The game …

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Videogames and Sushi Episode 88

Episode 88 highlights: Funasshi has a 3DS game coming, and you can pre-order for a limited Funasshi 3DS pouch. Square has posted videos of Final Fantasy Type Zero, comparing the original PSP with the new remake for PS4 and Xbox One. Zelda Muso has sold 1 million world wide! Damon covers the bummer that is Iron Man 2. Zack has some gripes about Halo:  The Master Chief Collection, but overall likes it.

Review – Defiance

8 / 10 Banzai!s The Game:From Trion Worlds, the recently founded American Developer which seems to specialize in MMOs, brings us Defiance, a sci-fi third person shooter MMORPG for the Playstation 3, Xbox 360, and PC.  But this is more than just a game – it’s also a TV show! Defiance takes place in a future San Francisco Bay Area, which has been both ravaged by war and terraformed by aliens.  In back-story, a group of different alien races – collectively called Votans – came to Earth looking for a new home and began changing the environment to suit their …

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Review – Dragon Ball Z: Budokai HD Collection

written by Ben Adkins 8 / 10 Banzai!s While pursuing my usual trophy/achievement hunting sites, I saw this being touted as a remake of some of the best DBZ games from the PS2 era.  Being a Dragonball fan, I decided to give this a shot (and hey, why not get a platinum while I’m at it?) Dragonball Z Budokai was a solid introduction.  The story is mostly accurate, and you are able to control the different characters as the story progresses.  In the second playthrough you can also take control of the villains and play additional characters, rounding out the …

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My Top 10 Seventh Generation Titles

Only one month to go, and both the Playstation 4 and Xbox One hit the shelves – at least, everywhere except Japan.  And in honour of the coming eighth generation consoles, I decided to list my personal favourite games from the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 (sorry, nothing on the Wii made my top 10).  This list, of course, is highly subjective.  I’m not saying these were the “best” games on the seventh consoles, but simply the ones I enjoyed the most. 10. Rock Band 2 – It’s Rock Band 1, but with trophies!  84 songs, plus an additional 20 …

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Japan and the Playstation 4

There were a number of reasons why I decided to move to Japan.  One in particular, had to do with video games.  Growing up with the Nintendo Entertainment System, and always seeing that huge list of Japanese names during the credits after beating a game, it simply sunk in my young primary school age: Japan = video games. This ideology I’d developed never seemed to falter over the years, for despite the growing number of Western third-party developers, as well as Atari still struggling with their consoles, the majority of games and game systems came from Japan, up until the …

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Review – Afrika

7.5 / 10 Banzai!s The Game: In Japan, Afrika was released in the summer of 2008 when the Playstation 3 was still shy of its second year anniversary.  Its library of games were slowly growing, though many of which were just older Xbox 360 titles ported over.  Afrika was one of the few new games that were exclusive to the PS3, and Sony took advantage of that fact – as console sales weren’t reaching their targets – by deciding to go all out on their advertising.  Afrika became known for its humorous commercials of a father and son falling asleep …

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