All posts by CrashScreen

Videogame reviewer and student videogame developer, located in Scotland. Founder of the Gaming Advance blog. Can be reached at the email address: CrashScreen@GamingAdvance.com.
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Where Have I Been?

I’ll make this short and to the point for anyone who might still have us in their RSS feed or follow us on Twitter or something. I’ve  been recently assisting my friends over at ReadersGambit. Mostly, I just provide them with reviews. If you’re interested at all, I’ve got three reviews for games that really excited me this year that I’ll link after the jump. I’ll be back to using this site for something, but I’ve been busy with a lot. That includes a Let’s Play of Final Fantasy XIV on the Something Awful forums. Check it out if Final Fantasy or MMOs are your speed?

In any case, that’s my update. This place actually used to get a fair bit of attention (by my own metric anyway, getting over three to four digit views on some articles was super exciting!), so I hope all the old readers are doing well. Hopefully I’ll have something for here soon.

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Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater

Metal Gear Solid 3, Snake Eater, Box Art, Game Art, Review, Gaming AdvanceFollowing our Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty rewind, we’re going to visit the third iteration and earliest chronological release of the series, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. Like Metal Gear Solid 2 before it, Snake Eater sees the protagonist Solid Snake replaced by another character. This time, players take the role of sort-of-father of Solid Snake, Naked Snake aka Big Boss.

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Hyperdimension Neptunia: Producing Perfection

gaming advance, box art, neptunia, producing perfection, vitaThe Hyperdimension Neptunia series is a role-playing game franchise intended to parody the game industry. Each of the main characters, known as CPUs, represent one of the three consoles of the previous generation: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Wii, with the main protagonist Neptunia depicting the unreleased SEGA Neptune. Supporting characters are inspired by development studios and publishers, and the world itself is unsubtly named Gameindustri. There are elements of self-awareness, but it’s a series that sometimes crosses the line between parody and imitation. Producing Perfection might be one of those things.

As a spinoff, Producing Perfection strays from the standard RPG fare of battling random encounters and defeating dungeon bosses to progress the story. Rather, the title instead belongs to the visual novel genre–a game genre that exists almost exclusively in Japan. Players must work with one or more of the protagonists to turn them into a popular idol. Yes, it’s an idol management simulator.

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Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl

Etrian Odyssey Untold, The Millenium Girl, Box Artwork, ReviewReleased in 2007 on the DS, Etrian Odyssey was a three-dimensional dungeon crawler inspired by the old classics that required the player to map out their progress. Taking advantage of the DS’ touch screen, players would map their progress with the tools provided, bringing that classic experience to the portable gaming environment. I never did get to personally experience any of the Etrian Odyssey titles before. Fortunately, they’re already remaking the original 2007 release. Is this a good time to enter the series, and is the remake truly warranted?

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Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes

metal gear solid, ground zeroes, box art, reviewSurrounded in controversy, Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes is a short prologue to the upcoming Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Before launching, players were split on the high price and low duration of the title, resulting in Konami reducing the recommended retail price and in a lot of claims that Ground Zeroes was likely nothing more than a purchasable demo.

It’s worth prefacing this review with a note that the cost of the title will not factor into the review. Instead, readers will be expected to make their own judgement as to whether the game described here matches the value that they would be expected to pay for it, regardless of this reviewer’s opinion on the matter.  Continue reading