Tales of Abyss is an excellent RPG that tells an engaging story, develops complex characters and presents mature discussions about identity and free will. Its combat system may be too simple for its own good, but the quality of the narrative makes up for any shortcomings in the gameplay department.
The protagonist of the game is a young man named Luke, the nephew of a king, who had to grow up locked away in a mansion after he was rescued from a kidnapping seven years before the events of the game, when he was just a child – a traumatic event that erased all his memories of his earlier years. With no contact with the outside world, living a good, but boring life, Luke [...]
Despite being developed in just one year, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask remains the most narratively ambitious installment of its franchise. Establishing an oppressive atmosphere from the first few minutes of gameplay, Majora’s Mask presents a world full of darkness, that is defined by the way those who inhabit it are related to the concepts of loss and death.
The game has its beginning soon after the events of its predecessor, Ocarina of Time, with the protagonist Link wandering through a forest in search of an old friend. The boy, however, soon encounters an elf-like creature named Skull Kid, who, wearing a strange mask, scares his horse away and causes him to fall in a [...]
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is an adventure game, released in 1998, that has become one of the most influential of the genre. Bringing a story with many classical elements, the game surprised players by reinventing the formula established by A Link to the Past, adapting it to accommodate the advent of the third dimension. Despite some flaws, Ocarina of Time is a game that delights in the way it stimulates the exploration of its universe, offering a wide range of memorable settings and situations.
The protagonist, Link, is a young Kokiri who lives in a secluded forest village. He is different from every one of his colleagues, because he is the only one who does not [...]
Paper Mario: Sticker Star is one of the most unusual entries in its franchise thanks to a controversial decision by Shigeru Myamoto. Treating the great volume of story in the previous games as unnecessary fat, Nintendo’s most important developer opted to rip it out from the adventure as much as possible, thereby shifting the focus to its main mechanic: the use of stickers.
The story, however, has not been completely removed from game, being only simplified. In the midst of festivities commemorating the passage of the famous Sticker Star, Bowser performs the only action expressly forbidden by local conventions – touching the star – which results in its shattering and the spread [...]
The multiplayer moments that the Mario Kart franchise provides are always entertaining: a chaos of exploding and flying items, no doubt, but a controllable chaos nonetheless. A rookie can take advantage of the stars to not finish in the last place, for example, and experienced players can decelerate when they realize that someone has picked up a blue shell, letting the new first place take the fall. That is, it is a game that can entertain any type of player and always maintain a good level of competition. In this sense, Mario Kart 7 is a new entry that tries to expand some ideas and improve existing mechanics, but ultimately fails to offer enough [...]
Lords of Shadow is a subtitle that many fans of the Castlevania franchise have come to fear. The first game to take that name changed the series direction to one more focused on action and spectacle. The level design that was based on exploration disappeared in favor of a much more furious combat system. Several old games were similar to the Metroid franchise because of their grand environments, feeling of desolation and little sense of direction. Lords of Shadow, on the other hand, remembered God of War, with its protagonist fighting with long chains, dismembering his enemies and climbing enormous structures. Mirror of Fate tries to reconcile the two genres, merging the Lords of [...]