November 20, 2014

Review – Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F 2nd

Filed under: Reviews — Tags: , , , , , , , , — Jamie Love @ 10:05 pm

Hatsune Miku Project DIVA F 2nd
After finally debuting in North America last year, Japan’s famous virtual pop star once again struts onto the PlayStation 3 and Vita. And while Hatsune Miku brings friends and tweaks to the familiar rhythm game formula, the Vocaloid personality also brings enough customization and music to have even casual rhythm game junkies waving a glow stick before long.

Beneath the candy coated exterior, there’s significantly more groove for the offering in Project Diva than the rhythm genre is typically known for.


July 3, 2012

Review – PixelJunk 4am

Filed under: Reviews — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — Jamie Love @ 7:03 pm

Review PixelJunk 4am
Though very nearly missing the boat on the latest release from Q-Games, I’ve finally stolen time with the title in recent days, which has proved a curious and intimidating affair.

Setting aside the presence of a very helpful tutorial for a moment, there’s a point at which the player begins their first performance, where music tracks begin to play and the trippy visualizer takes over the television screen, and the terrifying realization that one must find a way to create can feel a bit paralyzing and confusing.

Not unlike a frightened animal, I began flailing my limbs, which armed with a PlayStation Move controller exposed the interactive potential to manipulate the audio. Initially, the experience is similar to prehistoric man striking at objects with a leftover dinner bone to find a marvelous world of sounds all around. As a modern man, armed with said Move controller, I was no less perplexed and fascinated by the possibilities – the great discovery of the potential to create coupled with the terrible burden of making some sense of the opportunity, emerging from the cave with fresh experience for the trouble.

While I’m fashionably late to the party, PixelJunk 4am has picked up a bit of a reputation for being a terribly difficult game to review – fair enough given that there is no scoring system or end goal in the traditional sense. But the actual playing of 4am isn’t nearly so hard to nail down, so maybe that’s a good place to start.


February 12, 2012

Review – Rhythm Heaven Fever

Filed under: Reviews — Tags: , , , , , , , — Jamie Love @ 9:19 am

Review Rhythm Heaven Fever
Videogame releases comprised entirely of mini-games leave me struggling come review time, puzzling over some means to measure and weigh how the individual offerings form together into a cohesive experience. The situation might be easier if today’s game was 101-disposable-games-in-a-box – insofar as I could probably get away with giving the quick thumbs up or down to each tiny game and be done with it.

But as with the WarioWare series, Rhythm Heaven is less about bargain quantity and much more about offering dozens of brilliant ideas for tiny games – a landslide of joyful tactile discoveries that find harmony in the audio and visual to leave an impression best captured by a snapshot of the player’s lips curling into a smile the longer they play. My best attempts to describe the experience to others recently tended to descend into off-key singing and wild hand gestures while hurriedly listing off the games that stood out most.

The best review is probably that there are so many offerings from Rhythm Heaven Fever that I feel obliged to mention. If you’re willing to read on however, I’ll try to offer some more constructive words on the subject.


November 18, 2010

Kyatt vs. The Music

Filed under: Features — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — TJ "Kyatt" Cordes @ 8:55 am

Rock Band 3
I’ve been anticipating Rock Band 3 for a while now, and figured that I’d chronicle my experiences with the game in comic form. I couldn’t imagine how they’d mess up something like Rock Band, but I was sure there would be some changes that I should give mention.


July 13, 2010

Toronto’s Final Fantasy Music Fix

Filed under: News Feed — Tags: , , , , , , — Jamie Love @ 9:52 am

Distant Worlds
Distant Worlds, the touring symphony of music from the Final Fantasy series has a date with Toronto, hitting the Sony Centre on Saturday, November 27 2010. Arnie Roth will be conducting the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony through the 2-hour program featuring the compositions of Nobuo Uematsu, whom the event lists as being in attendance to boot.

If you’re in Toronto and interested, more information can be found here.

Not to ignore the rest of the world, Distant Worlds will also be in San Francisco on July 15 and 16, San Diego on July 22, Houston on July 24, and in Washington D.C. on July 30.

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