Monday, September 24, 2012

Kingdom Hearts for the PS2

Kingdom Hearts was released in the year 2002 by SquareSoft (Later to be called Square Enix). Only for the Playstation 2, Kingdom Hearts started the well-known series involuing Final Fantasy characters with Disney characters. Later, Square Enix created a moble phone version of this game in the year 2005.

FUN: This game is very entertaining. The characters, the dialoge, and humor, will make you smile or on your toes. Its never boring, but will sometimes annoy you (Like, when you are attacking an enemy and you fall of a cliff. Then, you have to go through the same path as before, fight the same battles again, just to get back where you were before). With the odd mix of different characters, there are little to no dull moments throughout the whole game. FUN - 2.

REPLAY: No replay value... I believe. REPLAY - 0.

STORY: Sora, Riku, and Kairi lives in a small place called Destiny Islands. There, the three friends decided to try to raft to other places to see what and who is out there. Suddenly, a strong and dark storm appears to destroy their plans. When Sora reach where the raft was, he saw Riku for only a brief second before a huge shadow appeared. Just before Sora thought he was a goner, a mysterious-sized key appeared in his hand. Using this oddly-sized key, Sora managed to defeat the shadow. However, along with the shadow being destroyed, so was Sora's homeland. When Sora awoke, he found himself in a new town. After wandering around, meeting new people, along with some he already knew, he meets Donald Duck and Goofy. They told him that they were looking for him, because he has the power of the Keyblade, the power that can save the many worlds in trouble. With his two new friends, Sora goes from world to world, helping people while looking for his own two friends that disappeared when the Islands did. STORY - 2.

DIFFERENCE/ORIGINAL: This whole game is original. Even though they use Disney and Final Fantasy charaters, each character has a part in the game that is different from their own game. DIFFERENCE/ORIGINAL - 1.5.

DIFFICULTY: Kingdom Hearts has a odd way to balance difficulty in each world. However, if you run into some trouble (Even on the Beginner difficulty level), you can easily grind for EXP and Munny (Money in Kingdom Hearts) and spam your spells to protect or heal yourself. DIFFICULTY - 2.

TOTAL - 7.5.

And that's the score for Kingdom Hearts! Thanks again for reading my blogs! Remember to check out my latest blog where I rate games that aren't in '1,001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die' book and is not a Nintendo game. Until next time, Nintendo Rater.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Paper Mario for the N64

Paper Mario was created for the Nintendo 64 in the year 2000. From the developers of Intelligent Systems, this game is the first of the 'Paper Mario' Series. 'Paper Mario' is one of Series where the gameplay is a RPG (Role-Playing Game). From 'Super Mario RPG: The Legend of the Seven Stars,' Nintendo wanted to try again with Mario being a RPG type game. From 3D to paper-like graphics (Still in a some-what 3D format), the 'Paper Mario' Series became a big hit for Nintendo, Mario, and RPG fans alike. Paper Mario is also for the Virtual Console for the Nintendo Wii.

FUN: This whole game is nothing but a blast to play. From the paper humor to the different partners' abilities, its non-stop entertaining. Even though there is no voice acting in this game, the dialoge is just so fun to read. On top of playing as Mario, in this game, you get to play as Princess Peach as you search her castle for clues on where Mario needs to go. FUN - 2.

REPLAY: I'm afraid that this game doesn't really have any replay value. In fact, the game will continually show the 'The End' screen until you restart your system. After you restart the game and click on the file that you just beat the game with, you find out that you are just where you last saved the game before you beat the game. REPLAY - 0.

STORY: It all starts out as a typical day in the Mushroom Kingdom. Princess Peach invites the Mario Bros. to a party she is throwing in the castle. Once Mario and Luigi entered the castle, Mario leaves Luigi to mingle with the guest as he went upstairs to find Peach. When Mario found Peach, they decided to take a break from the party and relax together. Suddenly, Peach's castle gets lifted up from the ground by another castle. Once in the dark, stary sky, Peach and Mario finds out that Bowser is behind the whole thing. On top of that, he stole the Star Rod from Star Haven and captured the Seven Star Spirits in cards. After Bowser shoots Mario out of the castle to his falling doom, Mario finds out that its up to him to rescue the Star Spirits and get back the Star Rod from Bowser. STORY - 2.

DIFFERENCE/ORIGINAL: Like I said before, this game is the first of the Series. True... its not the first RPG Mario ever had (Super Mario RPG: The Legend of the Seven Stars) nor is it the first for Mario having one or two partners helping him battle the bad guys, however this game started the whole paper-like graphics we now know and love (Or at least most of us do). On top of that, Mario helps himself in battle by equiping Badges that give him a new battle move or just gives him some better power or defence. The Badges also allow the player to switch unwanted Badges for more helpful ones by using BP (Badges Points). DIFFERENCE/ORIGINAL - 1.

DIFFICULTY: Paper Mario is not a very difficult game if you just strategize. Think carefully on what partner you are going to use and what moves and Badges you want Mario to use. If you do that, you will beat the game with very few problems. DIFFICULTY - 2.

TOTAL - 7.

There you have it! The score for Paper Mario by Nintendo Rater. Around November 11th of this year, the Nintendo 3DS will release 'Paper Mario: Sticker Star.' Sticker Star will go back to the old Paper RPGs that we love from the first two games and not 'Super Paper Mario' for the Wii. I have already pre-order the game. After I play it, I might post it on my Nintendo Rater Blog. So, keep an eye out for it. Until next time, Thanks for reading my posts! Nintendo Rater.