Author: Rich DeWester

Video Game Review: “Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 2”

Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 2 (Koei, 2009) Purchase from Amazon: Playstation 3 | Xbox 360 Koei’s powerhouse, Omega Force, returns with its second installment of the Dynasty Warriors Gundam franchise, adding all new characters, bosses, missions and online capabilities (but no online co-op — lame, right?). They’ve also really touched up the game’s AI to make even the weaker enemies very difficult at times at the harder setting. It almost reminded me of how hard Dynasty Warriors 3 XL was back in the day. There are several modes to play through, multiple stories, and if you’ve never played a Dynasty Warriors game before, a whole crapload of stuff to acquire through grinding. Grinding? I know what you’re thinking: sounds boring, right? Well it is usually, but in this title they’ve really gone out of their way to help curb that. Sometimes, when trying to build relationships with one of the game’s many pilots you’ll find yourself doing the same map over and over — but to help change it up for you, different enemies will attack …

Video Game Review: “The Godfather II”

The Godfather II (Electronic Arts, 2009) purchase from Amazon: PS3 | X360 | Windows Ah, The Godfather II. I know what you’re thinking: EA plus movie franchise equals suckfest. No brainer, right? Not so fast — this isn’t as bad as you might think. The game takes a few liberties with the movie, throwing you into the mix as Dominic Corleone, underboss of Aldo Trapani (main character from The Godfather). The game starts you off in Cuba, where the mafia is trying to get its foot in the door when everything goes to hell. After you sit through a few cut scenes — ta da, you’re a don. The Godfather II takes what its predecessor did and builds on it, adding features like recruiting your own family and a new feature called Don’s View. This time around, you can take over businesses from other families — or just bomb them. If you decide to take something over, you’ll have to defend it, which means hiring guards to watch over the place while you’re off doing …

Video Game Review: “Suikoden Tierkreis”

Suikoden Tierkreis (Nintendo DS, Konami, 2009) purchase this game (Amazon) I’ve been playing the Suikoden series since it first came stateside in 1996. Each story typically would touch on a cataclysmic event in the planet’s history, which involved one of the True Runes. The stories, while on different timelines, would usually have some sort of recurring cast which would help tie each story together. I was excited and intrigued when I saw that the DS was getting its own installment of the series in Suikoden Tierkreis. However, the addition of touch-screen mechanics wasn’t the only change — this title is a spin-off from the rest of the Suikoden series. One of the series traits they removed was that every character had his/her own personal weapon, instead deciding to go with the more traditional “buy them at a shop” method. With all the minor changes, this game still remains a solid RPG title for the DS. The story starts in your typical small village (named Citro, in this case). The protagonist is a member of Citro’s …