Review: Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

Developer: Konami | Year: 1997 | List Price: ~$29.99 | Buy from Amazon

SOTNPALSo yesterday in my review of Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection for the PSP, I said I was nearing the end of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night and would be done in a couple of days. Well, it’s been one day (almost exactly), and I’ve now beaten Symphony of the Night. It’s so great that I just have to give my opinions on it straightaway! Note: As with all of Kantaloupe’s reviews, this review will be free of plot spoilers. However, I can’t really talk about this game without mentioning some of the gameplay mechanics that only open up towards the end of the game, so beware. With that out of the way, on to the review!
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Review: Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection

Developer: Square Enix | Year: 2011 | List Price: $19.99 | Buy from Amazon

FFIV_Complete_CollectionI’m currently on a quest to beat the first seven North American Final Fantasy games (since they’re all playable on Vita). First I played VI, VII, and X, in that order, and I was missing the sprites and old-schooliness of VI a little so I thought I’d go a little further back. Final Fantasy IV is one of the most celebrated of the franchise, some even going so far as to call it the best in the series. Since its original release as Final Fantasy II in North America, Final Fantasy IV has seen an almost excessive amount of re-releases. You can play it on the SNES, the PSX, the GBA, the DS, the PSP, as well as on iOS and Android. I’m personally playing the PSP version, The Complete Collection, on my Vita. It also includes the two sequels, the Interlude and The After Years, but I didn’t play those. I think I can still give a fair review of the package, however, and the sequels aren’t too celebrated anyway.
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Review: Grim Fandango Remastered (Vita)

Developer: Double Fine | Year: 2014 | List Price: $14.99 | Buy from Steam

gfheaderGrim Fandango is another one of those games that you’re vaguely familiar of, but haven’t tried. In this case specifically, it was practically impossible to get a copy, since it was only released once, back in 1998 by LucasArts. Back then, Grim Fandango did well critically, but didn’t sell very well, and had a rather small run. In fact, the original developers didn’t actually save a full copy of the source code, and the process of remastering Grim Fandango was uncertain and arduous. The operation was ultimately successful, and late last month Grim Fandango Remastered was released to PS4, Vita, and PC, Mac, and Linux. But how does a game hailed as the last of the adventure-game era hold up today? Let’s find out!
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Review: Final Fantasy X HD Remaster (Vita)

Developer: Square Enix | Year: 2013 | List Price: 19.99 | Buy from Amazon

ffxx2vitaThe other day, there was a sale at the local EB Games and I found a copy of Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD for only $15. So I ignored the fact that I already had about a dozen games in my backlog and took the plunge. 3 weeks later, and with over 40 hours lost, I’ve finished the Final Fantasy X HD and thought I should do a review on just the one game. I’ll make sure I cover X-2 separately when I play it later on. Note that I didn’t play the original FFX (I was only three when it came out!) and the only other Final Fantasy games I’ve played are FFVI and FFVII.
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Review: Borderlands 2 (Vita) [With tips and tricks!]

Developer: Gearbox Software | Year: 2014 | List Price: $39.99 | Buy from Amazon

BL2VitaBack in October, I got a PS Vita, my first and only non-Nintendo game console. It was bundled with Borderlands 2, a game which on Vita garnered a mixed reception. I had never really got into shooters, so I was interested to try out a new genre and I had heard so many great things about Borderlands in particular. I have since played the game, mostly solo, to the end of the main quest and would like to give a couple of my thoughts. The Vita version is the full version of Borderlands 2, but there are a couple of things to consider before you decide whether it’s for you.
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