April 5, 2011

Review – Moon Diver

Moon Diver
Moon Diver is an elevator ride that jolts as if the cable might snap at any moment while making quick stops at the bizarre, the surreal, and yes even something wanting for today’s secret word; esoteric.

The title was developed by feelplus with special guest, Strider creator Kouichi Yotsui, which is meant to mean something significant to those that played Strider so many years ago and perhaps were ever able to put a finger to the reasons they might have played it to death.

It’s not an easy point to nail down. Strider is a title often referenced by those creating 2D action titles in the here and now, those hoping to summon a connection to that release as a symbol of something eternal and pure and constant to the fundamental design of any old-school blade-swinging game worth your time and money.

It has to be a sense of control that such shout-outs hope to convince threads of commonality with – that your fingers will feel free for flinging a ninja across the screen, slicing through countless enemies in a sea of chaos while still discovering harmony and zen in the act.

But perhaps Moon Diver is about what the 2D action genre can offer when the man himself comes around, which at the very least is an easier matter to pick apart.


June 15, 2010

Trailer Park – Mindjack

Filed under: News Feed — Tags: , , , — Jamie Love @ 11:08 am

Anyone who gave Cavia’s 2004 PlayStation 2 title, Ghost in the Shell – Stand Alone Complex a chance will undoubedly recall the game’s most unique feature, namely the occassional ability to hack opponents in order to turn enemies against one another for short bouts of time.

Square-Enix has released an E3 trailer for another title with developer Feelplus, who possibly thought that was as good an idea for a fuller game as I did at the time. How it comes together remains to be seen of course, but I’d appreciate a game that offers me a chance to jump out of stereotypical and obligatory lead characters to take others for a spin.

Either way, somebody needs to start giving Squeenix a hand naming games. Anybody else immediately remember that awesomely awful Emilio Estevez / Mick Jagger movie Freejack?

Catch the trailer after the break.


June 10, 2010

Trailer Park – Necromachina

Filed under: News Feed — Tags: , , , — Jamie Love @ 9:00 am

Only yesterday I was staring at fuzzy Famitsu scans for Moon Diver, a new side scrolling ninja filled titled marked for XBLA and PSN, and today Square-Enix was good enough to open a page and add a trailer – what a difference a day makes indeed.

Staying in line with Square-Enix’s new goal of working with everyone on the planet, the title is being developed by Feelplus.

The best part is the game will be coming along with the rest of Square Enix’s E3 showings next week, under the North American title Necromachina.

Catch the trailer after the break.


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