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Realm of Ancient War review (PSN)

In an era where Diablo-like games have made a huge resurgence with titles such as Runic Games’ Torchlight I and II, often hastily developed to precede Blizzard’s own launch of Diablo III, the usual elements players expect and their actual execution quickly give away what constitutes a worthy entry in the genre.

Realms of Ancient War, commonly abbreviated as RAW, is a role-playing game in which the player controls one of three pretty typical fantasy classes: a warrior, a mage, or a rogue. Each play as one might expect; the warrior is an up-close and personal melee style character, the mage uses offensive and defensive spells, and the rogue can shoot arrows and also use a dagger for close combat, making her the most well-rounded character in the game. Alone, you must spelunk through dungeons, defeating enemies and looting for treasures along the way. Unfortunately it seems that Wizarbox’s attempt in Realms of Ancient War has proven itself to be a tattered recollection of fallen times.

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Jet Set Radio HD review (PSN)

Jet Set Radio was developed by Smilebit and published by SEGA in 2000, after 12 years it returns as Jet Set Radio HD. This downloadable title is available on PSN for $9.99. 

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In the glorious good ol’ days of the SEGA Dreamcast console, Jet Set Radio became something of an underground favorite – even spawning a sequel in 2002  on Xbox as Jet Set Radio Future.  As one of the first cell-shaded graphic art games, Jet Set Grind – as it was originally known – had left an impression on an entire gaming generation for its revolutionizing visuals, groovy soundtrack and quirky story.

There have been other recent re-releases of SEGA “hits” that have garnered varying levels of graphical and integral upgrades that have removed the nostalgic glow. As the next part of SEGA’s recent High Definition line-up, Jet Set Radio HD learns from the mistakes of their earlier HD attempts, but is it enough to match memories’ rose-tinted haze?

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PSNFancast Episode 12 – You Can’t Teach an Old Frog New Tricks

The PSNFancast is back in your life, and Chris Hague, Angelo Valdivia and Josiah Renaudin have plenty of catching up to do. The crew opens with both what’s coming out this week on PSN and what they missed last week. The wonders of football, why there shouldn’t be any new Frogger games, the awful release of Bellator and the wonderfully violent The Walking Dead are all discussed, as well as all the serious gaming everyone has been doing over the past two weeks. Angelo puts on his news hat and covers the few recent, PSN-related happenings, which leads to a lengthy discussion on why Sony’s purchase of Gaikai could be a really great thing for the next generation of consoles. Lastly, the group attempts to find a solution for episodic gaming on consoles, which as you’d guess, leads to even more conversation on The Walking Dead. Please subscribe, rate and review the podcast on iTunes. We really appreciate it! Check us out on Twitter (@PSNfans) for some great contests, and don’t forget to send us questions to be read on the next show! Tweet at us with PSN-related inquiries, as well as 140-character opinions on your favorite game from E3 for our “This Week’s Game” segment. Also check out the latest edition of the XBLA Fancast for even more audio goodness (after you finish this podcast, of course).

 

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The Walking Dead: Episode 2 – Starved for Help Review

The first episode of Telltale’s The Walking Dead was one of its finest adventures games; melding stomach-churning violence with a character-driven narrative worth paying attention to. With a fantastic cast of survivors and a presentation ready to stand toe-to-toe with any graphic novel on the market, it was difficult to not get amped about the eventual second episode.

After over a month of anxious waiting, Starved for Help is here to satisfy the undying hunger for the continued tale of Lee and company. Done with basic introductions and back story, Episode 2 is filled to the brim with action and unforeseeable twists – letting the player guide the outcome of established, real characters. It’s a hell of a ride, and one that fans of the first episode shouldn’t miss.

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PSNFancast Episode 11 – A Collection of Snakes

The three amigos return for this week’s episode of the PSNFancast, and it’s all about Jeremy’s McGrath’s Offroad. Well, that’s not accurate at all, since discussion on the Uncharted games coming to the Network, two Resident Evil titles for the PlayStation Move going downloadable, the mysteries behind Lego games, and the questionable brilliance of Two Worlds II take up a large chunk of the podcast’s opening. Some adventure games recently released on Steam, as well as the wonderful Gravity Rush, steal the crew’s attention as they tackle what they’ve been playing over the past week.

A few news stories are elaborated on, but a lengthy discussion on how to correctly handle HD releases of older games takes over thanks to the recent announcement of Okami HD. Somehow, Metal Gear Solid sneaks its way into the conversation, and while Angelo may not see the same magic in the series that Chris and Josiah rave over, a few listener comments point to a high level of interest in the franchise.

Please subscribe, rate and review the podcast on iTunes. We really appreciate it! Check us out on Twitter (@PSNfans) for some great contests, and don’t forget to send us questions to be read on the next show! Tweet at us with PSN-related inquiries, as well as 140-character opinions on your favorite game from E3 for our “This Week’s Game” segment. Also check out the latest edition of the XBLA Fancast for even more audio goodness (after you finish this podcast, of course).

 

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PSNFancast Episode 10 – One Chris, Two Chris, Red Chris, Blue Chris

It’s all about games, games and more games as Chris Hague, Josiah Renaudin, and Reaction Time Editor Chris Sheridan tackle this week’s Fancast. Lego Batman 2 brings on the discussion of Lego fatigue, Magic: The Gathering Duels of The Planeswalkers 2013 reminds the staff of the power of the booster pack, while AR games somehow make another significant appearance in conversation. What we’ve been playing, which includes a slew of free games thanks to PlayStation Plus, finds a way to make the group want to just play more video games.

Without Angelo’s expertise on news, Chris and Josiah do their best to discuss Angry Birds HD, Monolith’s next project, Super Monkeyball and much more. The topic of fan input in the development process is talked about at length, with listener questions and comments answered before time runs out.

Please subscribe, rate and review the podcast on iTunes. We really appreciate it! Check us out on Twitter (@PSNfans) for some great contests, and don’t forget to send us questions to be read on the next show! Tweet at us with PSN-related inquiries, as well as 140-character opinions on your favorite game from E3 for our “This Week’s Game” segment. Also check out the latest edition of the XBLA Fancast for even more audio goodness (after you finish this podcast, of course).

 

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PSNFancast Episode 9 – Imminent Segue

E3 is over, but to Angelo Valdivia, Chris Hague and Josiah Renaudin, that just means it’s time to discuss all the games and announcements from a crazy week. New releases and news of the world are discussed, but similar to last week’s show, the focus is on the gaming Christmas that is the Electronic Entertainment Expo.

What games impressed the staff at PSNFans? What was missing that everyone was looking forward to, and did Sony do what it needed to do at this 2012 show? All of these questions are answered, along with some serious fan feedback.

Please subscribe, rate and review the podcast on iTunes. We really appreciate it! Check us out on Twitter (@PSNfans) for some great contests, and don’t forget to send us questions to be read on the next show! Tweet at us with PSN-related inquiries, as well as 140-character opinions on your favorite game from E3 for our “This Week’s Game” segment. Also check out the latest edition of the XBLA Fancast for even more audio goodness (after you finish this podcast, of course).

 

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PSNFancast Episode 8 – ‘Twas the Night Before E3

It’s a special, early episode of the PSNFancast this week and it’s all about E3. Sure, what we’ve been playing and a bit of news finds a way into the podcast, but the crew is just too excited about this year’s show to talk about much else.

We do our best to predict what will happen when Jack Tretton takes the stage Monday night, as well as discuss what we hope to see and hear. The future of the PlayStation Vita, how PS Plus can be expanded, what games we’ll see on PSN this year, the existence of the PS4 – there’s plenty to talk about, and we here at PSN Fans are here with semi-answers. Listener questions are also tackled before the crew signs off and eagerly waits for the convention to begin.

Please subscribe, rate and review the podcast on iTunes. We really appreciate it! Check us out on Twitter (@PSNfans) for some great contests, and don’t forget to send us questions to be read on the next show! Tweet at us with PSN-related inquiries, as well as 140-character opinions on your favorite game from E3 for our “This Week’s Game” segment. Also check out the latest edition of the XBLA Fancast for even more audio goodness (after you finish this podcast, of course).

 

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PSNFancast Episode 7 – Wearing the Pouch as a Hat

It’s another edition of the PSNFancast, and while video games eventually become the main topic for Angelo Valdivia, Josiah Renaudin and XBLAFans.com guest Ross Adams, many hard-hitting questions about Australian culture are answered right off the bat. After a bit of nonsense, the ATV game Mad Riders, Resistance: Burning Skies and Pure Chess are discussed, along with the insanity of Table Top Tanks. Ross explains his new-found love of Shadow of the Colossus, while the crew tackles why God of War may not exactly be a “must-play game” anymore.

Plenty of Vita-related news is handled by Angelo, and while it’s still a week away, Sony’s E3 press conference is speculated on during the Topic of Interest. The community sound off on Sorcery and the PlayStation Move as a whole before the show closes with bit of breaking news on the Network.

Check us out on Twitter (@PSNfans) for some great contests, and don’t forget to send us questions to be read on the next show! Tweet at us with PSN-related inquiries, as well as 140-character opinions on Sorcery for our “This Week’s Game” segment. Also check out the latest edition of the XBLA Fancast for even more audio goodness (after you finish this podcast, of course).

 

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PSN Scheduled Maintenance Today

PlayStation 3 owners rightfully cringe at the words “schedule maintenance,” but all members of PSN can rest easy during the upcoming update. Sony will be tweaking the PlayStation Network today, but thankfully, gamers will be able to play games online.

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