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27
May
09

Review: Soma Bringer

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Soma Bringer is a hack and slash RPG for the DS. Developed by Monolith Soft, behind the fairly known RPG-series Xenogear. Soma Bringer was released in Japan in February 2008, but sadly there’s hasn’t been any word suggesting that it will be released anywhere else. It’s one of those Japanese games that hasn’t made it to the western market. It’s pretty strange though, since this is a really solid game. It received good reviews in Japan and sold about 51,000 units initially.

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Soma Bringer takes place in a world where an energy called Soma drives all technology and the daily lives of the Inhabitants. In this world lies the huge continent Barnea and recently the Soma balance as been disrupted. This causes monsters called Visitors to appear and terrorizing people. That’s where you come in. You play as soldier of an Visitor hunter organization called Secundady.
Your main quest is to help the people get rid of Visitors, but you end up getting you self involved in a much more harder mission. It seems that some evil force wants to bring an final end to the human world. Now you, together with your allies are the only ones who can save Barnea from destruction.

A Battle with wolfs

A Battle with wolfs

The gameplay in Soma Bringer is almost exactly as in Diablo. You pick a character and class, then you get in to the adventure where two team-mates hook up with you. You hack and slash the enemies with different spells and attacks. While you level up you can build talent trees to get better attacks/spells and boost certain abilities.
When you kill monsters some of them drop chests which you can loot for better gear and money. When you encounter rare monsters you get better drops and boss-fights gives you rare drops. Just like in Diablo the monsters re-spawn after you restart the game. So if you want to go on a grind-run, that’s an easy cake.
The boss fights are the most interesting in Soma Bringer, since they give a great challenge. You really need to check your tactics to get them down. Some rare bosses are so hard you’ll have to fight them later when you leveled up some more.

A boss battle

A boss battle

The gear you pick up has different colors depending on the rareness and the quality. Some even belongs to a set. Now there’s another similarity to the Diablo gameplay.
But wait, it doesn’t stop there. You can put gems in your gear to make it stronger and boost your skillpoints. You can even combine the gems to get higher leveled gems.
For every level you get some AP (Attack Points) and CP (Character Points) which you can spend to boost your stats and as mentioned build a talent tree.

Character Select

Character Select

The battlesystem is simple. You use X, Y, A, B for the attacks you have assigned. Then you make sure you got a target in front of you or just press one button until you see a red marker on your target.
Then just hack and slash away.
But to add some to the battlesystem there has been introduced a break system which gives you the possibility to stun your target for some time. This happens when you continually hit your target.
There will first be one (!) then two (!!) and lastly three (!!!) which shows a successful break.

Chest looting and break points

Chest looting and break points

You might think that a game that almost ripped everything from Diablo should be bad. In my opinion this is one hell of game. The story is simple and easy to understand. The character are pretty cool and the battles are kickass. One thing that really makes me happy while playing this game is that there’s no use of the stylus. The DS stylus should not be overused just because it’s there.
Well anyway, it’s easy to like this game when it’s so simple to get in to. It’s not the best game in the world, but it sure is fun.

The sad truth is that it’s only released in Japanese, but you can get a patch with a translation if you use chip. So that’s the only tips I can give you. I wont give you a link our anything.
You should absolutely play this game.

/Mr. D

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19
May
09

Kirby superstar

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It’s been a while since we dug up one of the classics for the blog, so I thought it would be a good moment to mention one of my favorites for the SNES: Kirby superstar. If you’re from europe like myself this game is called kirby’s fun pak.

Obviously you play as the pink blob Kirby who’s one of nintendos iconic characters. This game collects 9 small games.  Thei’r simply just a normal 2d platformer like most of the snes platformers out there. Like the previous games we have kirby’s ability to obtain enemys powers by sucking them into your stomach. Kirby superstar also introduced the feature of having a helper simply by pressing y when you have a power activated. The helper could be controlled by a CPU or even by a second player. Having a second player is recommended since the cpu helper is stupid as fuck.

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The games you can play is:

Spring breeze: Based on the first kirby game for the game boy. You have to face king dedede and reclaim the food he’s stole from the citizens of Dream land

Dyna blade: Almost the same as spring breeze but in this one you get an overworld map. At the end you need to fight a robot brid called Dyna blade.

Gourmet Race: It is a race against King Dedede incorporating platform elements. The objective is to both beat King Dedede to the finish line and collect the most food.

The Great Cave Offensive: In this one, the player must collect up to sixty treasure chests strewn throughout the game. There’s alot of hidden treasures to find.

Revenge of Meta Knight : In this one, Kirby attempts to destroy Meta Knight’s battleship, the Halberd, before Meta Knight can conquer Dream Land. Each area has a time limit, which will cost Kirby a life if it hits zero. It is particularly plot-based, featuring comments from the various crew members of the Halberd.

Milky Way Wishes: In this one, the Sun and Moon around planet Popstar are fighting, and Kirby must travel to different planets and defeat the boss at the end of each one in order to reach the giant comet NOVA, who Kirby hopes will help stop the unfortunate quarrel. Unlike the other platform games, Kirby cannot copy the abilities of enemies he inhales; instead, he collects “Deluxe Ability Pedestals”. These are items with abilities on them that, once in Kirby’s possession, allow the player to select them from a list of abilities. It also features a scrolling space shooter stage near the end.

The rest of the games is just mini games.

The best game, in my opinion, was the revenge of meta knight stage. In the end his aircraft plummets down to the ground and you see kirby making his epic escape. The music on the meta knight stage is one of the best ones in the snes library.

The controls can be a little hard to master at first but you will get the hang of it pretty soon. Since you pretty much can fly through whole stages there’s alot of enemies to fight and it never really feels too hard but never too easy eighter. The great cave offensive does require you to think alot if you want all the treasures.

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If you missed this game for the SNES there is still hope! They remade this game for the nintendo DS. Kirby superstar ultra and kirby’s new fun pak is a great remake and kept everything that was great about the game exept for the 2 player option. They added 4 new platforming levels and 4 new minigames. The 3d cutscenes is also worth to mention.

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Overall, this is a great game wich alot of people in europe didn’t play. I love it so much I spent alot of money on buying a new snes version of the game. I hope I inspiered you to pick this game up and give it a try. I mean who doesn’t like kirby?!

//Akira_san




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