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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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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VGAS Game Party!

It’s Golden Week here in Japan, and we celebrated by throwing a party – VGAS style! Four TVs, one of them 3-D, each hooked up to several game systems ranging from old-school Nintento to Playstation 3 and Xbox 360, a table loaded with every portable console under the sun, and nearly 300 game titles to choose from.  Plus all the snacks, dishes, and a main course of foot-long hot dogs. Some of the highlights included; putting babies through olympic hell in THE Akachan Pion, Zack nearly clearing Ninja Gaiden II before someone tripped over the cord and disconnected the Famicom, …

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