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Dynasty Warriors 8: Under the Radar review

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Developer: Omega Force
Publisher: TecmoKoei
Genre: (Crowd) Hack & Slash (1-vs-Many)
Available on: PlayStation 3 & Xbox 360 (for NA/EU)
Reviewed on: PlayStation 3
Release date:
(NA) July 16th, 2013
(EU) July 19th, 2013
(JP)  February 28th, 2013

What I’ve played:
Story Mode to completion
Free Mode battles to unlock weapons
Ambition Mode to completion

Welcome to another Under the Radar Review from Poppycock Reviews. This time we’ll be reviewing the Chinese Historical Fantasy game Dynasty Warriors 8. It is among one of the most popular video game series in Japan, but here in the West it is often reduced to “mindless button masher” and a series that is “more of the same.” In comparison to “Call of Duty,” which the West tends to prefer, you can see some hypocrisy in those statements (mindless shooter, more of the same). The purpose of these games is to deliver gameplay the fans know, love, and come to expect, all while giving the player new and different ways to do the things they love.

Ancient China is thrown into chaos once more in this eighth iteration of the Dynasty Warriors series. Known for its 1vsMany gameplay, Dynasty Warriors grants you the ability to slash your way through literally thousands of soldiers on the battlefield. You will do so quite effortlessly and stylishly while swinging your weapon of choice across the map and burning your enemies or striking them down with lightning. Being the eighth game in the series, improvements have been made across the board when compared to its predecessors. It is the best in its genre of Crowd-Clearing Hack & Slash.
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Watchmen: The End is Nigh Part I- Under the Radar review

Developer/ Publisher: Deadline Games/Warner Bros. Games
Genre: Action/Beat ’em up
Available on: Windows PC, Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network
Number of players: Single player, Multiplayer
Release Date: July 21, 2009

Laurie Juspeczyk: Do you remember that crazy guy? What did he call himself… Captain Carnage. The one who used to pretend he was a super villain just so he could get beaten up all the time?

Dan Dreiberg: Yeah, he tried that on me once. I just walked away. He starts following me down the street in broad daylight, yelling ‘Punish me! Punish me!’ I’m just saying ‘No! Get lost.’

Juspeczyk: God. Whatever happened to him?

Dreiberg: Well, he pulled that on Rorschach, and Rorschach dropped him down an elevator shaft.

[pause, they both laugh]

Juspeczyk: Oh my god. That isn’t even funny.

Dreiberg: [laughing] It is a *little* funny.

Having seen my nerd quotient rise significantly since graduating high school (no more lockers to be shoved into!), I am now fairly well versed in Dave Gibbons and Alan Moore’s alternate Cold War timeline, having seen the film at midnight and then going out and purchasing the graphic novel the day after. Feeling really behind this newfound interest in the Watchmen “franchise,” I heard there was going to be a game based on the film/novel. Read More…

El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron – Under the Radar review

Developer/Publisher: Ignition Tokyo/UTV Ignition Entertainment
Genre: Action
Number of Players: Single player
Available on: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
Release date:  Japan- April 28, 2011, NA- August 16, 2011, EU- September 9, 2011

Since the summertime is always slow when it comes to game releases, I decided to look around for games through Xbox Live. When I saw a game I had never heard of, with a title that caught my attention, my first thought was, “What the hell is El Shaddai?”

It was only $5.99, so I figured I’d download the demo and try it out first.

I had no idea what I was in for. Read More…

Poker Night at the Inventory 2 Under the Radar review

Developer/Publisher: Telltale Games
Genre:
Card game
Number of Players:
Single player
Available on:
360, PS4, PC/Mac/iOS
Release date:
XBLA April 24th 2013, Playstation Network April 30th (May, 1st EU) 2013, Steam April 26th 2013, iOS May 23rd, 2013

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The sequel to the relatively obscure poker game released in 2010 was released this past April and is now available on all platforms except the Wii U and Android devices. I discovered this game via Reddit, and being a poker fan, I gave it a shot.

The one word to describe this game is FUN.

Now, don’t let me fool you. If you don’t like poker card games, Texas Hold’em, and Omaha, then you won’t like this game. If you do enjoy poker and have ten bucks to spare, this game is worth your time. Read More…

Limbo: Under the Radar review

Developer: PlayDead
Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios (XBLA only), PlayDead
Genre: Puzzle-platformer
Number of Players: 1
ESRB: T for Teen; Animated Blood, Violence
Reviewed on: PlayStation 3 (PSN)
Also available on: Xbox 360 (XBLA), PC, Mac, Linux, OnLive

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It’s pretty safe to say that you have never seen another game quite like Limbo. You play as a silhouette of a boy with bright white glowing eyes. You don’t know who he is, what he is doing, or why he is stuck in this grayscale world. You just know that you have to move forward.

Limbo is much like thatgamecompany’s “Journey” in that there is no dialogue, little to no text or hints, and no clue about who you are or why you ended up where you are. These kinds of games are my favorites.

To be honest, I don’t know why I’m so fascinated with games that don’t give you any hints or background information on the character. Back in the days of the NES, most games were the same way. Read More…

Heavy Rain: Under the Radar review

Developer: Quantic Dream
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Genre: Adventure
Number of Players: 1
ESRB: M for Mature: Blood, Intense Violence, Nudity, Sexual Content, Strong Language, Use of Drugs
Available on: PlayStation 3

I know what a lot of you are probably thinking: Heavy Rain isn’t an underrated game. It received many awards and positive reviews. But “Under the Radar” isn’t just about underrated games; it’s also about games that a lot of gamers somehow overlooked or were skeptical to try out.

In a virtual world filled with first-person shooters and platformers, Heavy Rain presents something different.

The game involves four protagonists, Ethan Mars, Scott Shelby, Madison Paige, and Norman Jayden. The player switches between each character throughout the game as they try to discover the mystery of the Origami Killer, a serial killer who drowns his victims in rainwater. Read More…

Yakuza 4: Under the Radar review

Many games get overlooked because they aren’t plastered all over the advertisements you see on TV or over the webbernets. In order to do these games justice, we’ll handpick them for their high caliber in entertainment and satisfaction just so that they get the attention they rightfully deserve. We’ll call these inner looks into the shadowed world of gaming… “Under The Radar.” (Cos these games are so not getting on yours).

In our premier of “Under The Radar,” we’d like to personally hook you up with an inside look at “Ryu Ga Gotoku 4 (Like A Dragon 4)” or “Yakuza 4” for the U.S. Gamers’ Market. This would be the second addition to the Yakuza franchise that has placed its white-crocodile leather shoes onto the PS3 arena, tagging up with its partner and predecessor “Yakuza 3.” Read More…

Wrecked: Revenge Revisited: Under the Radar review

Developer: Supersonic Software
Publisher: 505 Games

Genre: Racing
Number of Players: 1-4
ESRB: T for Teen: Fantasy Violence
Reviewed on: Xbox 360 (XBLA)
Also Available On: PlayStation 3 (PSN)

“Under the Radar Reviews” is something that my dear friend Kevin Nguyen came up with a while back. He decided to start reviewing games that he feels are underrated or were somehow overlooked; games that deserve to have some light shone on them. I decided to do an Under the Radar review myself because I was inspired by a really fun game that I had never heard of until recently: Wrecked: Revenge Revisited. Read More…

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