Archive for the ‘DS’ Category

It’s hard to write something new about a game series, which for the majority has changed so little. The formula with Pokémon has always been the same: catch, battle, become a Pokémon master. Unlike the Final Fantasy series, for example, where the mechanics are generally the same but the storyline differs majorly within each game. This isn’t meant to sound like a complaint…

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Cate West: The Vanishing Files is based upon the PC game of the same title and revolves around finding items hidden in images, but not hidden as you might expect, some are stashed “in” the furniture, a shotgun might be superimposed on a chair leg or a broom, and the quest to find them begins.

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Pokémon has come in leaps and bounds since its first release in Japan 13 years ago, each with their own “added extra” version. Red & Blue had Yellow, Gold & Silver got Crystal. Ruby and Sapphire received Emerald. Forgetting about Fire Red and Leaf Green, now Pearl and Diamond have Platinum version. Each also had a unique spin on why you must buy this version if you’ve already bought the original version. Pikachu, Suicine, Rayquaza… Now it’s Giratina’s turn…

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Damn that Dracula, he just doesn’t know when to give up. The Belmont clan have had their hands full sorting him out over the years, but they have long perished. So organisations have been set up to discover ways to stop Dracula when the little ruffian shows up once again. One of these organisations is The Order of Ecclesia, which according to a vocal introduction, is apparently pronounced “Eck-cleese-sha”, and they have come across a way which should aid them to prevent Dracula unleashing his reign of vampire terror upon the world…

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Although it may not need stating, I shall say it anyway. This is NOT a game, but I will probably keep calling it one throughout this review. This is a library in your hand. A library which contains 100 of the most famous literary works of all time.

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In Professor Layton and the Curious Village, you assume the role of, surprisingly enough, Professor Layton. As well as his young assistant, Luke. In the village of St. Mystere, a wealthy Baron has passed away, his last will and testament have his family and the police baffled, thus Layton is called in to help solve the mystery of St. Mystere. The key to the inheritance is the Golden Apple, hidden somewhere in the village, and whoever finds it receives the Baron’s entire estate…

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The Pokémon Ranger formula is a marvellous one. If you stripped it of its Pokémon veneer, it would still be as fun. The original Pokémon Ranger title was a refreshing angle to the “Gotta Catch ‘Em All” motto and fun game, albeit a little short. Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia sets out to build upon this, with a few tweaks of its own.

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